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Brendan M Walsh

Director, Office of International Affairs

As the Director, Brendan is focused on international issues of long-term, strategic importance to the University. His goal is to help the university develop strategy and services that make it easier for faculty and students to carry out dynamic international research. In response to the impact globalization is having on higher education, Brendan works with schools and departments to develop creative ways to promote interdisciplinary research that addresses global issues. Brendan currently staffs the President’s “Global Advisory Council” and leads Stanford International Response Team.

Brendan has been engaged in international education since 1997, and has a Ph.D. in International Development Education.

Contact Brendan for:
- International research and exchange agreements
- International response planning
- New research centers and projects outside of the United States

Natalie Lu-Ann Chang


Natalie supports the Office's coordinating role in international incident response, and works with units across the university to ensure that faculty and students are well-prepared for international activities through pre-departure training and learning opportunities. She also helps international visitors connect with Stanford's faculty and scholars to advance international research and academic collaborations. Natalie is passionate about information design and international affairs, and has lived and worked in Asia, Europe, and Africa, most recently in South Sudan. She is a Certified ScrumMaster.

Contact Natalie for:
- University travel registry
- International travel preparation
- International response planning
- International Exploration Funds

Merry Pham


Merry coordinates with colleagues and faculty to advance international research opportunities, academic collaborations, and funding for faculty and students. She also supports the office’s internal and external communications. Merry has a background in international education programs, higher education administration, and student services. She is a Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO).

Contact Merry for:
-International visitor services
-University travel registry

Melina Gehring


At the Office of International Affairs (OIA), Melina helps develop strategy and communications infrastructure so that Stanford faculty, students, and staff have access to dynamic and comprehensive information that is relevant to their global research and education. She is a Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO).

Before coming to Stanford, Melina worked as an educational consultant in London (UK), supported international graduate students at Dartmouth College, and served as a desk officer at Germany s Federal Foreign Office in Berlin. Melina holds a Ph.D. in American Studies (University of Hamburg) and an M.Phil. in International Relations (University of Cambridge).


The Office of International Affairs is located on the Main Quad at 450 Jane Stanford Way, Wallenberg Hall, Building 160, suite 239. For a map view of our office location, refer to this page. You can also reach us by phone at (650) 723-3174 or (650) 723-3016.