Shankar Prasad, Associate Provost for Global Engagement and Strategic Initiatives
Dr. Prasad is responsible for coordinating and supporting the University’s international strategy. He oversees the Office of Global Engagement to facilitate Brown’s global scholarship and engagement, and he collaborates with colleagues across campus engaged in global activities to harness resources, streamline existing processes and develop more strategic approaches to support students, faculty and staff in their internationally focused work. In collaboration with this larger community, Shankar will steward the development and implementation of Brown’s international strategy.
Shankar joined the Brown community in 2014, serving as associate director of the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs. He was instrumental in rethinking and redesigning the undergraduate and graduate policy programs, which led to the transformation of the Master’s in Public Affairs (MPA) program into a one-year, global program. As part of this work, he developed exchange programs with Sweden, Brazil, and India. He also helped to advance the integration of the Watson Institute and Taubman Center, working closely with Human Resources to shepherd the resulting reorganization process.
As assistant provost this last year, Shankar has taken on a number of critical projects, demonstrating exceptional leadership and the capacity to achieve results, often on an accelerated timeframe. He was integral to the development of the Pathways to Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan, and to engaging the community around the recommendations of the Deficit Reduction Working Group. He has been and will continue to be the Office of the Provost’s lead on entrepreneurship education, coordinating and maximizing expanding programs and activities and spearheading the search for the director of the Jonathan Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship.
Shankar came to Brown from NYU, where he served as director of undergraduate studies and clinical professor of public policy at the Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service. While at NYU, he worked on program development for the Global Network University, including the NYU Shanghai campus. He worked extensively in technology and public policy, co-founded the Governance Lab, and taught statistics, public policy, and technology and policy innovation. He was the 2012 recipient of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Faculty award.
Prior to NYU, Shankar co-founded and led AKOS Health Systems, then India's largest provider of clinical health data systems. He earned his PhD in political science from Brown and a BS in finance and BA in French and political science from Rutgers University.
Christine Sprovieri, Associate Director, International Travel Safety and Security
Christine is responsible for the development of University-wide global travel safety policies and works collaboratively with faculty, administrators, and students across campus to promote international health, safety and security and risk mitigation through trainings and outreach among the University’s outbound global travelers.
A member of the Brown community since 2006, Christine brings over two decades of experience in international education to this position. Christine began working in the OGE in 2014 as a Global Relations Officer, building partnerships between Brown and international institutions in Europe, Africa, and Brazil. She also served as a member of Brown’s International Risk and Operations Working Group. Between 2006-2014, Christine served as Senior Academic Manager in the C.V. Starr Program in Business, Entrepreneurship and Organizations (BEO) where she was instrumental in expanding and strengthening the BEO International Internships program. Her diligence and hard work earned her the Brown Excellence Award for Service in 2011 and a Fulbright grant to Germany in the fall of 2016 as part of the International Higher Education Administrators seminars, a program of the United States Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
Christine also has worked on a number of programs that send students on education abroad opportunities, including serving as the emergency contact administrator responding to crises, and has over four years cumulative experience living, working or studying overseas in Europe, South America, and Africa. Christine also has developed training programs through her service in the U.S. Peace Corps in Togo, teaching at schools in Brazil and Colombia, as well as through her employment at Harvard University, where she managed HIV/AIDS training initiatives in Botswana and Uganda.
Christine is fluent in Portuguese and proficient in French. She holds a dual BA degree in Political Science and International Affairs from the University of New Hampshire and is currently completing her MS in Global Studies and International Relations with a concentration in Global Student Mobility at Northeastern University.
Shaira Kochubaeva, Assistant Director, International Partnerships and Initiatives
Shaira Kochubaeva oversees all aspects of international partnerships for the University. She identifies, cultivates, and manages partnerships with institutions abroad to advance Brown’s international efforts in the areas of research, teaching, and service, and to expand University’s geographic footprint. She works with faculty and senior leadership in developing collaborative and cross disciplinary activities such as faculty and student mobility programs, academic and research exchanges, short-term professional training and experiential programs, among others with foreign universities and research institutions as well as developing a Memorandum of Understanding/Agreement, and managing delegation visits, with international institutions.
In addition, Shaira plays a critical role in identifying global funding opportunities and works with relevant units including research, foundation relations, among others.
She is a native of Kyrgyzstan, fluent in Kyrgyz, Uzbek, and Russian, and joined the Office of Global Engagement with experience in the world of nonprofits, higher education, and international development. Prior to her arrival in the United States, Shaira worked on international and community development projects for the United Nations Development Program, Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development, Jalalabad Education and Development Institute, and Aga-Khan School.
Shaira holds an MS in International Development and Management from Lund University, MBA from Bryant University, and a BA in International and Comparative Politics from American University of Central Asia.
Susan Vieira, International and Transfer Program Coordinator
Susan is the International and Transfer Program Coordinator and the contact person for Global Brown Community & Support, Brown’s "one-stop" global referral system designed to help international students, faculty, staff, and visitors on campus in addressing their needs.
Susan came to Brown after many years of management in the hospitality industry. Apart from working in the International Student & Visitor Experience office, she recently returned to college to complete a degree in cross-cultural psychology.