Mark S. Lazar, Vice President for Scholarship Programs and International Operations at the Institute of International Education, oversees the work of the Institute's global network of offices around the world and supervises the scholarship and training programs that the Institute administers on behalf of corporations, foundations, individuals, international organizations and US government agencies. Programs include: the Ford Foundation Global Travel and Learning Fund, the GE Foundation Scholar-Leaders Program, the Japan-IMF Fellowships and more than a dozen Children of Employee scholarship programs for major international corporations including AIG, Harman International and Lockheed Martin.
Prior to this position, Mr. Lazar served as Executive Director of Scholarship and Training Programs, Director for International Operations and Assistant Director for Development at the Institute. He was also Regional Director of IIE's office for Central and Eastern Europe, based in Budapest, Hungary from 1995-98. Before joining IIE in 1994, he served as a program coordinator for the Soros Foundations and the Central European University.
Mr. Lazar holds Master's degrees from New York University in Urban Planning and Columbia University in European History. He has a Bachelor's degree in History from University of Wisconsin-Madison.