Sean Callaghan

Director of Program Development @ Meridian

Sean Callaghan serves as Director for Program Development within Meridian's GlobalConnect Division. He leads proposal writing and business development activities and oversees a team that develops and implements tailored professional exchange programs, university programs, study tours, reverse trade missions, conferences, workshops, and training programs. Sean first joined Meridian in 2005 and possesses over 14 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, which brought 100 Iraqi high school and undergraduate students to the US for study at 4-5 university enrichment programs. Sean managed participant recruiting, oversaw the work of Meridian’s Iraq in-country team, and coordinated program finances and partnerships. Additionally, Sean has developed short term international exchange programming on the topics of journalism, 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. He coordinated Meridian's Corporate Diplomacy Professional Development Program and has organized conferences and workshops in Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, Iraq, and Mauritania.

Sean has a Master of Arts in European and Eurasian Studies from The George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs, and a Bachelor of Arts in History and French from The Ohio State University. Sean is conversant in French and studied in Lyon, France during his undergraduate studies.