Patrick O’Meara, Special Adviser to the President, Chair of OID
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.
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Teshome Alemneh, Associate Vice President for International Research and Development
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.
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Genevieve Pritchard, Associate Director of OID
Genevieve began studying and traveling internationally while earning her B.A. in African-American studies at IU in 1995. Following graduation she spent two years with the Peace Corps in Honduras, planning and implementing water and sanitation systems by coordinating efforts among local community, branches of government, and NGOs such as PLAN International and Save the Children. She next spent seven years in Mexico as a social entrepreneur and in Belize as seasonal Field Operations Manager for a research and study archeological field school. Genevieve returned to IU in 2005 to earn her M.B.A. from the Kelley School of Business during which time she joined the OID team to support the Kazakh Bolashak and the Burmese Refugee Scholarship Programs. Consulting opportunities led her back to Mexico in 2007 where she provided strategic management solutions for business upstart and turnaround as well as became the President of the Board for PEACE, Inc., an international NGO. In 2012 Genevieve returned to OID as Associate Director.
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Courtney Huynh (Hermann), Program Manager
Courtney earned her undergraduate degree in International Studies and Spanish at Indiana University Bloomington in May 2014 with a concentration in communications. As a 2009 alumna of the IU Honors Program in Foreign Language studying in Oviedo, Spain and a 2013 Summer Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellow studying in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, she has always enjoyed exploring the globe through travel and education. In 2011, Courtney interned with Exodus Refugee Immigration Services in Indianapolis, Indiana where she aided in the resettlement process of Burmese refugees, addressing health concerns upon arrival and establishing primary care. In the fall of 2013, Courtney joined the OID team as a Program Assistant for the Youth Leadership Program with Burma (YLPB). In 2014, Courtney moved to a permanent position as a Program Coordinator with the YLPB project and currently supports a small portfolio of federally funded projects.
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Purnur Ilolova, Program Manager
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.
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Louise O’Connor, Web Services Specialist
Louise graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in sociology and statistics. She has worked for the U.S. Navy in Maryland as an Information Programmer/Operations Researcher and at Hewlett-Packard in Colorado as a Systems Analyst in database design and programming. She currently develops and maintains websites and database systems for the Office of the Vice President for International Affairs, OID, and the IU Honors Program in Foreign Languages for High School Students.
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Edda Callahan, Administrative Assistant
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.
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