International Huskies

Out and About Around the Husky Globe: Fall 2022

Here’s what the UW’s international alumni and friends have been up to during the last few months.

Welcome Doug Wallack to UW International Advancement!

A portrait of Doug Wallack

We’re excited to announce that Doug Wallack is the new Assistant Director for International Advancement at the UW. Doug is already taking the lead on alumni engagement efforts and supporting our international chapters. We’re sure some of you have already have the pleasure of meeting him. Before joining the UW he worked as a grant writer, communications consultant and for the Office of Global Initiatives at the University of Pennsylvania. You can reach Doug at

New role at IMF for top economist

Portrait of Gita GopinathGita Gopinath, ’96, began a new role with the International Monetary Fund this year. Already the IMF’s Chief Economist, she was promoted to First Deputy Managing Director, the organizations number-two position responsible for a wide range of policy.
Read the IMF’s announcement.

Alum receives $1 million National Science Foundation award

A photo of Alexa Bednarz, founder of Eco-Shelter Inc.UW communications alum, Alexa Bednarz, ’12, began to learn about the housing and roofing issues faced by many low-income Indian families while living in New Delhi. After seven years working for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, she founded her own social enterprise, Eco-Shelter Inc. Their pilot product, the Eco-Roof Panel, is made from resin-coated bamboo mats that are hot pressed to form a durable roofing panel. Eco-Shelter was recently awarded the highly competitive National Science Foundation (NSF) Small Business Technology Transfer Phase II award to conduct research and development. Read the full story.

The world comes together for Husky Giving Day

During this year’s Husky Giving Day in April, more than 5,000 donors came together to support dozens of causes across the University, raising $2.3 million dollars. Gifts came in from 27 different countries helping to unlock $25,000 in matching funds through the Turn the World Purple challenge. Thank you for helping us have one of the best Husky Giving Days on record. See all the results. 

Indonesia Huskies president visits Seattle

Photo of Aldrin and Evie Tando with Ray LiUW’s Senior Director of International Advancement, Ray Li had a great time visiting with Aldrin, ’91, and Evie Tando while they were in Seattle.  We love it when Huskies come to visit and see everything new on campus. The future is bright and exciting for the Indonesia Huskies!

Shanghai Huskies join peer university’s for night out

Photo of people in a wine bar The Shanghai Huskies had a fun night out in September. They joined alumni groups from Stanford, UCSD and UCLA at Brut Eatery for an end of summer happy hour celebration!