International Strategy Office


The International Strategy office is responsible for developing a coherent strategy to promote Oxford’s international relations, global profile and international competitiveness. The work of the office is broad and includes such issues as Oxford's approach to:

  • Promoting deeper engagement with key countries/regions

  • International collaborations (research and education)

  • International educational experiences for all students

  • Integration of international academic staff and students

  • International student recruitment and funding

Whom to contact

International Strategy can provide information, advice and guidance to colleagues within the University on key countries and regions, existing collaborations with overseas institutions and opportunities being developed for international engagement.

The office also provides information to outside contacts on Oxford’s international links and often acts as a first point of contact for overseas institutions wishing to visit Oxford University in order to discuss potential future collaborations at the institutional level.

The office also co-ordinates links with the international alliances of which Oxford University is a member.

Overseas institutions wishing to discuss research collaborations or exchanges in specific subject areas should speak to the relevant department.

International alumni seeking information, for example about their local alumni group, should refer to the international alumni website.

Please note: International students should contact the Admissions office: International Admissions

International Strategy Team

Loren Griffith, Director
The Director of International Strategy is Mr Loren Griffith. Loren provides overall direction for the team and input on key priorities across the International Strategy remit. He acts as the team lead on links with China, India and the Middle East, an on international undergraduate and postgraduate recruitment strategy and teaching & support for international students.

Loren joined Oxford in 2010, and took up the post of Director in February 2012. Prior to joining Oxford, Loren was a management consultant at McKinsey & Company for seven years. As a member of the London, Boston, Delhi, New York, and Los Angeles offices, he served clients in health care, including health systems and pharmaceutical companies, and in secondary and higher education. He also worked for President Barack Obama's transition team in 2008-9 and for the California State Senate. Loren holds a law degree (J.D.) with distinction from Stanford University, a Master's in Public Affairs (MPA) from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School, and a BA in Ethics, Politics & Economics, magna cum laude, from Yale University.

Nina Tomlin, Senior Strategy Officer
Ms Nina Tomlin joined the office in September 2011. Her areas of responsibility within the team include the regions of Africa, Europe and Latin America, the thematic areas of international staff recruitment and international experiences for students, as well as communications strategy.

Prior to joining Oxford, Nina was Deputy Director of the Ditchley Foundation, which promotes international understanding through the convening of high-level roundtable conferences on issues of international public policy, for over four years. She has also worked in the office of Amnesty International's Secretary General, the UK Home Office and the Electoral Commission, and for the Chairman of the European Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee. Nina holds a degree in Social and Political Sciences from the University of Cambridge (Trinity Hall) and a Masters in International Politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

Ed Nash, Strategy Officer
Mr Ed Nash joined the International Strategy team in January 2013. Ed's areas of responsibility are East and Southeast Asia (excluding China), North America and Oceania. He also leads on international strategy relating to international students teaching and support, for research collaborations and funding, and on Oxford's membership of the League of European Research Universities.

Ed has a background in journalism in the UK and China, and has more recently worked for the University of Edinburgh and UCL, aiding international communications. He holds an MA from the University of St Andrews and an MSc in Comparative Public Policy from the University of Edinburgh.

Katherine Benson, Research Officer
The International Strategy team’s researcher, Dr Katherine Benson, joined the team in September 2012. Katherine leads on research and analysis of international issues in higher education and education policy, and also provides research and briefings for visits of international delegations to Oxford.

Before coming to Oxford, Katherine worked for the Elders Foundation, an independent group of global leaders who work together to mediate and resolve conflicts around the world. She previously taught at the University of Reading, and has worked as a researcher and analyst for NGOs in the Middle East and within University College London. Katherine studied history at the Universities of East Anglia, York and Paris-Diderot, and completed her PhD in diplomatic history at the University of Reading.

Rachel Saunders, Office Manager and PA to the Director
Mrs Rachel Saunders has recently joined Oxford's International Strategy team, and is responsible for the day-to-day running of the International Strategy Office and managing the Director’s affairs. Rachel also assists with the organization of delegations, events and overseas visits.

Contact details

Oxford University Switchboard: +44 01865 270000
Website: Oxford University - International
Postal address: International Strategy, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford, OX1 2JD