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Office of International Development

A Division of the Office of the Vice President for International Affairs

Staff

Patrick O’Meara, Special Adviser to the President, Chair of OID

Patrick O’Meara

Patrick O’Meara

Patrick O’Meara is Vice President Emeritus of International Affairs and currently Special Adviser to the President. He is also Professor Emeritus of Political Science and Professor Emeritus in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs.

Dr. O’Meara has published extensively on the African continent. His first book, Rhodesia: Racial Conflict or Co-existence?, was published by Cornell University Press in 1975. Six subsequent books include a textbook that has been adopted by nearly 100 universities and colleges throughout the United States. Dr. O’Meara has been called upon for interviews on southern Africa and South Africa by U.S. national television programs such as the MacNeil-Lehrer Newshour, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the Voice of America, and National Public Radio. He has also testified before the House Foreign Relations Committee of the U.S. Congress on African Affairs and the House Committee on Post-Secondary Education. Dr. O’Meara was project director for Living Africa: A Village Experience, a film on life in a Senegalese village, which was funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and was a finalist in the New York Film Festival. He appears in Who’s Who in America as well as in Men of Achievement and in Community Leaders in America. Dr. O’Meara is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Cross of Saint George, awarded in Spain; the Warsaw University Medal; the Amicus Poloniae, from the Embassy of Poland; and recently an honorary doctorate from NIDA University in Thailand, as well as IU’s Thomas Hart Benton Medal, the IU John W. Ryan Award, the IU Distinguished Service Award and the IU President’s Medal.

Email: omeara@iu.edu     Phone: 812-855-2072

Teshome Alemneh, Associate Vice President for International Research and Development

Teshome Alemneh

Teshome Alemneh

A Fulbright New Century Scholar, Teshome Alemneh earned his doctorate in Earth Sciences (Soil Sciences and Land Evaluation) at Ghent University in Belgium. Before joining IU in 2015, Teshome served as the Program Officer for Africa at the American Council on Education (ACE) office of Higher Education for Development (HED). In his position he effectively led and managed more than a dozen multimillion-dollar higher education partnership projects in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Senegal, South Africa, South Sudan, and Uganda. Since 2008, Teshome has worked closely with IU regarding its partnership with the University of Liberia and the Tubman National Institute of Medical Arts to rebuild Liberia’s health and life science academic programs and address a national shortage of health care workers.

Teshome held numerous educational and administrative posts in his native country of Ethiopia. In 2001 through 2005, he served as Ethiopia’s deputy minister of education, after leading the Department of Higher Education Academic and Research Affairs since 1998. Prior to working with the Ministry, he held faculty positions as Associate Professor of Soil Science and Land Evaluation at Hawassa University and Ambo College of Agriculture. Teshome is an expert in higher education development, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa with over 25 years of experience in national level policy making and leadership, teaching and research, project/grants management, and international education and capacity building. He has published Journal articles, a book and book chapters, consultancy reports and presentation papers on higher education issues in Africa.

Email: talemneh@iu.edu     Phone: 812-855-7012

Sarah Jan Murray, Associate Director of OID

Sarah Jan Murray

Sarah Jan Murray

Sarah graduated from Western Michigan University with Bachelors of Arts degrees in French and Global and International Studies.  She has studied for varying periods of time in France, Germany, Greece, and Italy.  From 2009-2010, Sarah took part in a term of service with LISC AmeriCorps, where she worked on community and economic development in southwest Michigan.  She continued to work in community and economic development across Michigan, providing technical expertise to municipalities and securing funding from state and federal agencies for infrastructure and community development initiatives, until 2013, when she began a master’s program as Michigan State University (MSU) in Urban and Regional Planning.  While at MSU, she engaged in research on land pressures from population mobility and climate change, and their impacts on food systems in developing countries, specifically in East Africa.  She was awarded two Foreign Area Language Studies fellowships to study Swahili, and conducted her thesis research in Tanzania.  Sarah graduated with the American Institute of Certified Planners Outstanding Planning Student Award, and taught as a Lecturer at the University of Michigan – Flint.  Previous to joining the Office of International Development in 2017 as the Associate Director, Sarah was a Program Assistant for the Environment Program at the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation (Foundation).  There, she worked on the Foundation’s international grantmaking dedicated to international development finance and renewable energy access in Tanzania and Brazil.

Email: sarjmurr@iu.edu     Phone: 812-856-1885

Purnur Ilolova, Program Manager

Purnur Ilolova

Purnur Ilolova

Purnur Ilolova received her Specialist Diploma in Finance and Credit from Technological University of Tajikistan and her Bachelor of Science in Public Affairs from Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Prior to assuming her role as Program Manager with the Office of International Development, Purnur served as the Oncology Unit Coordinator of Indiana University Health – Bloomington Hospital, and as the Finance Department Assistant at the Aga Khan Foundation, USA, an agency committed to breaking the cycle of poverty in developing countries. A world traveler, she is consistently looking for opportunities to contribute to building reliable institutions, and cultivating active civil society in order to improve the quality of life in developing and developed countries. Purnur has served in various leadership roles with Aga Khan Council, USA, and currently holds a leadership position with the Ismaili Tariqah and Religious Education Board, serving communities of South East Asian, Central Asian and African origin in the United States of America. Within OID, Purnur manages the Kosovo TLP and the Indonesian HELM programs.​

Email: pilolova@iu.edu   Phone: 812-855-0353

Kaveh Ekbia, Web Services Specialist

Kaveh Ekbia

Kaveh Ekbia

Kaveh graduated from Indiana University Bloomington with a Master of Science degree in Information Science. He has worked for the Department of Library and Information Science in Indiana University Bloomington as a Research Developer and for Data to Insight Center  in Indiana University Bloomington as a Database Technician.  He currently develops and maintains websites and database systems for the Office of the Vice President for International Affairs, OID, IU Worldwide, IU Global Gateway Network, and Office of International Partnerships.

Email: kekbia@iu.edu     Phone: 812-855-0756

Edda Callahan, Administrative Assistant

Edda Callahan

Edda Callahan

With more than 25 years dedicated to IU in International Programs and Affairs, Edda Callahan is Administrative Assistant to Patrick O’Meara. Since 1985, Edda has worked for or supported four deans and is a library of institutional knowledge in the area of international affairs at IU. She retired in 2011 and has graciously agreed to return to work part time. Originally from Germany, Edda has been in Bloomington since 1969, where she now lives with her husband, two children, and five wonderful grandchildren.

Email: egcallah@iu.edu     Phone: 812-856-7145