Mary Anne Walker serves as the Director of Global Engineering Programs at Michigan State University. She has been working in the field of international development, research, education and training for 30 years. Mary Anne has taught and consulted on topics of global research development using analytics that drive strategic investments, community and economic development, financing of public/private alliances via building extensive networks.
Mary Anne did her undergraduate work at Northeastern University (Comparative Int’l Politics) studied abroad through London School of Economics & Kings College with graduate work at Tufts Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (U.S. Foreign Policy), in Madrid, Spain (language pedagogy) and American University (International Law). She also served as a Fellow to the United Nations University. After working 5 years with Sherin & Lodgen, a law firm in Boston, she joined US Agency for International Development's Europe & New Independent States Bureau. She specialized in education and training programs, economic development, rule of law initiatives and finished her tenure with USAID serving as a Senior Democracy officer in Zagreb, Croatia managing projects that aided civil society development.
In 2000, she started-up and directed the MSU Office of International Development (later renamed OIRC), supporting international research and project initiatives with partners around the world. In late 2009, Mary Anne moved to MSUglobal as the Director of Business Development engaged in technology-enhanced education. In 2012, Mary Anne took on another start-up position within MSU to advance international STEM engineering research and education programs as the Director of Global Engineering.
Mary Anne has been engaged with the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA) and the Association of Public Land Grant Universities (APLU) Commission on International Initiatives for the past 17 years; both organizations advance internationalizing higher education. She also served 5 years on the Board of Advisors of MSU’s international development student association; she currently serves on the Board of Advisors of the MSU Institute of International Health and MSU’s Visiting International Professional Program.