About Us


The Randall L. and Deborah F. Tobias Center for Innovation in International Development at the School of Global and International Studies was founded in 2017 thanks to a contribution to Indiana University from Mr. and Mrs. Tobias. In its inaugural year, the Tobias Center for International Development will host the Visions of Development Conference.

Deborah F. Tobias

Deborah F. Tobias graduated from the University of Dayton in 1973 with a degree in Secondary Education and was the operations director of the United Kingdom & Ireland offices of Juniper Networks, a manufacturer of networking equipment. She is a former trustee of the University of Dayton, a former director of the Catholic Youth Organization in Indianapolis, and a former director of the Indianapolis City Ballet. She currently serves as vice chair of the board of the Methodist Health Foundation in Indianapolis and is a supporting member of the Women's Philanthropy Council at IU.

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Ambassador Randall L. Tobias is internationally recognized for over three decades of leadership in business, education, philanthropy, and government service and epitomizes the impact of multi-sector leadership practice both in the United States and around the world. A proud Hoosier, Tobias grew up in Remington, Indiana, and graduated from Indiana University, where he has gone on to play many volunteer roles, including Chair of the Board of Trustees. Five universities have awarded Tobias honorary degrees. Tobias’ corporate leadership includes the positions of Vice Chairman of AT&T, Chairman and CEO of AT&T International and later Chairman and CEO of Eli Lilly and Company.

In 2003, President George W. Bush nominated Tobias to serve as the first United States Global AIDS Coordinator, with the rank of United States Ambassador, reporting directly to the Secretary of State. In this position, Tobias was responsible for launching the highly successful President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), and for directing all U.S. government international HIV/AIDS assistance across the globe.

He also served with distinction as the director of U.S. foreign assistance with the rank of U.S. Deputy Secretary of State, and as administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the principal government agency that administers economic and humanitarian assistance worldwide, with the rank of ambassador.