The McDonnell Academy works closely with distinguished faculty across disciplines and key leaders in the areas of politics, business, science, engineering, and international relations.

Vijay Ramani

WashU Global Leadership

Vijay Ramani

Vice Provost for Graduate Education & International Affairs & Executive Director, McDonnell International Scholars Academy

Envisioning and achieving distinctive and inclusive excellence at scale in graduate education is critical to fulfilling the university’s mission as well as to further elevating our reputation through regional, national and global impact.



Meet Vijay Ramani

Expansion of the McDonell Academy’s executive management provides a collaborative partner to strengthen global connections and broaden interdisciplinary initiatives.

McDonnell Academy Leadership

Laura Benoist

Director, McDonnell International Scholars Acaemy

The McDonnell Academy aims to inspire Scholars and  meet their needs as developing world changers and global citizens. It has never been more essential to empower these emerging leaders to work together to solve our most challenging problems.

Will you join us on this mission?  Meet Laura Benoist

External Advisory Council

The McDonnell Academy has a council of leaders to advise the McDonnell Academy on programming initiatives and on developing partnerships with research universities in other countries.

David P. Conner
Retired CEO of Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation
John B. Emerson
Chairman, American Council on Germany; Former U.S. Ambassador to Germany
Greg Hyslop
Chief Technology Officer
The Boeing Company
Senior Vice President
Boeing Engineering, Test & Technology
Ganesh M. Kishore
Managing Partner
Spruce Capital Partners LLC
Fabio Letieri
Vice President – HR Commercial
Nestlé Purina PetCare Company
Alexander C. Lo
Executive Director
Great Eagle Holdings Company
John F. McDonnell
Retired Chairman of the Board
McDonnell Douglas Corporation
David L. Morse
Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer
Corning Incorporated
Grace Song Park
L. Cartan Sumner, Jr.
Vice President, International Operations
Centene Corporation
Raymond Ting
Credit Venture Partners
Ty Vaughn
Senior Vice President & Head of Regulatory Science
Bayer Crop Science
Mark S. Wrighton
Chancellor Emeritus
Washington University in St. Louis
Lewis Yang
Executive Director and General Manager
China Risun Group (Hong Kong) Limited
Jean Allman (l), McDonnell Ambassador to University of Ghana during Welcome Dinner for McDonnell Scholars.

McDonnell Ambassadors

The McDonnell Academy Ambassadors are distinguished faculty who mentor Scholars and promote the development of international cooperation among partner universities and sponsoring corporations.

Ambassadors play a key role in every aspect of the McDonnell Academy, from recruiting new Scholars to creating and facilitating international collaborations with McDonnell Academy partners.

Meet our Team