Vanessa Laufer

Vanessa Laufer

Administrative Director, Global Scholars Initiative, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy
Director of International Relations, University of Toronto




Vanessa is currently housed at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy where she is leading the development of the framework and implementation strategy for a new Global Scholars Initiative. The Global Scholars Initiative is a first of its kind program providing highly talented undergraduates students with valuable international experience and multidisciplinary problem-solving skills. This initiative is a key priority for the University of Toronto.

In addition, Vanessa is Director, International Relations in the Office of the Vice-President, International (OVPI) at the University of Toronto. A senior member of the OVPI team, Vanessa holds an important leadership role in the development of OVPI’s international strategy for India.

A fully qualified lawyer and member in good standing at the Law Society of Upper Canada, Vanessa is a valued volunteer both inside and outside the University, including as mentor of students, and of new immigrants transitioning to the Canadian market. She also serves as a current chair of the University’s Academic Appeals Committee.

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