Sean Callaghan

Director of Program Development @ Meridian

Sean Callaghan serves as Director for Program Development at Meridian, where he works on proposal writing and business development activities, as well as oversees the work of a team that develops and implements tailored professional exchange programs, university programs, study tours, reverse trade missions, conferences, workshops, and training programs. Sean has 13 years of experience in the international exchange and training field. He oversaw Meridian’s implementation of the Iraqi Young Leader Exchange Program (IYLEP) from 2009-2013. IYLEP brought 100 Iraqi high school and undergraduate students to the US for study at 4-5 university enrichment programs. Sean oversaw participant recruiting and the work of Meridian’s in-country Iraq team as well as partner and financial management. He has developed short term international exchange programming in entrepreneurship, financial services, youth leadership development, trade and investment, public policy, U.S. civics and government, and U.S. foreign policy, as well as reverse trade missions in the transportation and healthcare sectors. Sean has also overseen conferences and workshops in Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, Iraq, and Mauritania. He graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Arts in History and French and from The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs with a Master of Arts in European and Eurasian Studies. Sean studied in Lyon, France, as an undergraduate and is conversant in French.