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Brendan M Walsh

Director, Office of International Affairs / (650) 725-0076

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

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Pauline Larmaraud

Associate Director / (650) 723-1984

Pauline helps the OIA's team identify, create, and make available services that advance faculty international research outcomes and make doing international research at Stanford as easy as possible - "dans le meilleur des mondes possibles" (French for "in the best of all possible worlds"). After launching the Stanford Off-Campus Learning Opportunities website (SOLO), Pauline is now working with the Vice Provost and Dean of Research and Stanford research centers, institutes and other academic units to build a website that will aggregate in one place Stanford research funding opportunities for faculty. The website - - will make it easier for faculty to browse, identify and apply for opportunities. Pauline also manages the International Research Exploration Funds, that provide funding opportunities to faculty to explore new proof-of-concept projects and find innovative solutions to challenges that are specific to doing international and global research.

Pauline is always eager to find ways to collaborate with others on campus to design solutions together as this often proves to be the better, simpler and more pleasant path forward. Pauline has been involved in Stanford's international research efforts since 2005.

Contact Pauline for:
- Your international or global research challenges
- Stanford Seed Funding
- International Exploration Funds
- Your ideas to streamline international research at Stanford

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Natalie Lu-Ann Chang

Coordinator / (650) 497-1638

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 is passionate about information design and international affairs, and has lived and worked in Asia, Europe, and Africa, most recently in South Sudan. Natalie is a Certified ScrumMaster.

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

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Kathryn LeeAnne Kuruc

Coordinator / (650) 497-1627

Katie supports international initiatives for Stanford faculty and students as well as outreach efforts by various campus partners. Through collaboration with a team of stakeholders, Katie is developing and maintaining two Stanford platforms related to research and travel. The first, Stanford Off-campus Learning Opportunities (SOLO), aggregates opportunities available to Stanford students to gain experience through Stanford activities (research, internships, public service and so on). The second, Stanford Seed Funding (SSF), aggregates research and travel opportunities available to Stanford faculty. Katie is a Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) and Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO).

Contact Katie for:
- Stanford Off-campus Learning Opportunities (SOLO)
- Stanford Seed Funding (SSF)

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Amy Y.J. Lee

Coordinator / (650) 723-3016

Amy works with faculty and administrators to advance their research activities at the international level by developing a new opportunity with a foreign institute and government as well as formalizing faculty's academic collaboration around the world. She also engages with international visiting faculty and scholars to help them connect with Stanford's research community and deepen their academic collaboration with the university.

As a member of Stanford's Service Design Community of Practice, she is focused on applying human-centered methodologies to project development and management. She is a Stanford Certified Project Manager, Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO) and a member of the University Communications Working Group.

Contact Amy for:
- International research
- Research opportunity and international collaboration development
- International visiting scholar services

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Pui Shiau


Pui is engaged in various projects that aim to reduce the administrative burdens of conducting international activities, specifically as they relate to travel and safety. She collaborates with an extensive network of on-campus and off-campus partners to meet the needs of various stakeholders across the university. Pui coordinates the services for international visitors (faculty, government officials and dignitaries) who visit Stanford for research-related meetings and the activities for the Global Advisory Council to the President.

Pui is a service design advocate, a certified project manager and a member of the University Communications Working Group.

Contact Pui for:
- International visitor services
- University travel registry
- Communications: OIA and GoGlobal Websites

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The Office of International Affairs is located on the Main Quad at 450 Serra Mall, Wallenberg Hall, Building 160, room 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.