The Office of the Associate Provost for International Activities supports much of MIT’s work around the world
To deliver on our mission of advancing knowledge, educating students, and serving the nation and the world, the Institute must fully commit to strong and open relationships with international partners.
Our team’s functions and responsibilities include:
- Supporting the Institute’s international activities
- Overseeing major global engagements
- Developing and implementing global strategy
- Managing diplomatic functions
- Coordinating international risk reviews
- Offering strategic advice and counsel to the Institute
Who we are
Dr. Lester was appointed Associate Provost for International Activities in 2015. He is also the Japan Steel Industry Professor of Nuclear Science and Engineering and the founder and chair of the MIT Industrial Performance Center.
As Associate Provost, his main responsibilities include:
– Advising the president and the provost on all matters pertaining to the Institute’s international policies and programs
– Consulting with faculty on the development of international activities
– Helping to shape major new international initiatives involving multiple MIT units
– Coordinating the development of strategic priorities for the Institute’s global engagement
– Leading the process for reviewing international engagements that may pose elevated institutional risks for MIT
Dr. Lester’s research focuses on innovation, productivity and industrial competition, and he has led major research projects on innovation and industry performance in the U.S. and around the world. He is also well known for his research on energy and climate policy and nuclear policy. His most recent book, Unlocking Energy Innovation, with David M. Hart, outlines a strategy for mobilizing America’s innovation resources in support of the transition to an affordable, reliable low-carbon global energy system. He is also the author or co-author of seven other books on innovation management and policy, productivity, energy technology, and nuclear policy.
As Director of Global Partnerships, Beth works with stakeholders across the Institute to promote and coordinate collaborations in different regions of the world, with a particular focus on China, Africa, and Latin America, as outlined in A Global Strategy for MIT. Beth also advises the Associate Provost on the overall management of the office.
Previously, Beth worked primarily in government, serving as an aide to former Senator Edward M. Kennedy in Washington and Ambassador Caroline Kennedy in Tokyo, as well as being special assistant to former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Sarah Brown. Beth has a degree in International Affairs with a focus on East Asian Studies.
Robin has worked in international program finance and administration for 25 years—most recently as part of the MIT Skoltech Initiative, the MIT Portugal Program, and as Director of the Office of Major Agreements, and at an international research institute in Cote d’Ivoire as well as at the World Bank prior to joining the Institute.
As Director of Global Support, he works closely with colleagues both within and beyond the Office in support of institutional and faculty international activities. He facilitates the ICC/SRG elevated risk review and international people placement processes, and serves as chair of the International Coordinating Committee (ICC) and several subsidiaries. He has an MA in International Relations and a BA in European History.
Linda was a Program Manager in the Office of Major Agreements for four years before joining the Associate Provost’s office in 2019. In her current Global Support role, she is primarily responsible for overseeing the International People Placement process, which provides guidance for members of the MIT community working abroad for extended periods of time.
She also provides administrative support to the International Coordinating Committee (ICC) in its review of international engagements, particularly those involving elevated risk countries and potential review by the Senior Risk Group (SRG). She joined MIT in 2011 as a Program Manager in the MIT Skoltech Initiative.
Jennifer has been the Manager of External Relations since 2018. In this role, she is primarily responsible for coordinating visits by international delegations, and for vetting external requests for international partnerships. Jennifer also oversees and coordinates communications about MIT’s international activities and manages content for the Global MIT website.
Prior to joining the Associate Provost’s office, she worked in MIT’s Office of Philanthropic Partnerships for six years. Jennifer has a passion for international education, and has degrees in International Relations (S.B.) and Higher Education Administration (M.S.).
Diana provides comprehensive administrative support to the Associate Provost of International Activities. She is responsible for the research, management, and execution of special projects to help ensure all international activities are in alignment with MIT’s overarching global strategy. She also works closely with the Director of Global Partnerships and the Manager of External Relations to foster MIT’s relationships with international partner institutions.
Diana has extensive experience in business operations and project management with educational, international, and non-profit organizations. She received her B.A. in Japanese Language and Literature from Pomona College of the Claremont Colleges, and is JLPT N1 certified.
Tammy works for both the Office of Insurance (EVPT) and the Associate Provost for International Activities. For the Associate Provost’s office, she maintains and develops the database of global collaborations under review by the International Coordinating Committee (ICC), and helps coordinate the ICC/SRG review of these programs, including sponsor due diligence reporting and other decision support documentation. Tammy also manages the ICC website and oversees the operational needs of the Global Support function.
Prior to joining the Associate Provost’s Office, Tammy worked at MIT for five years, in the Office of Major Agreements and initially at the MIT Skoltech Initiative.