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  • Mahmoud NILI AHMADABDI

    President, University of Tehran, Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran

    Professor of the School of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering Prof. Nili Ahmadabadi got his BSc in Engineering and Sciences of Materials from Shiraz University and his MSc in Identification and Selection of Materials from Sharif University of Technology. He received his PhD degree in Materials Processing from the University of Tohoku, Japan. He has had many administrative managerial positions including: Head of the Metallurgical and Materials Engineers Society and Dean of College of Engineering, University of Tehran. He has gained many outstanding awards and titles such as Exemplary Professor of the University of Tehran, Exemplary Researcher, Winner of the COMSTEC award and Winner of the Second Rank in Khawrazmi Intentional Festival.




  • Pornchai Mongkhonvanit

    President, Siam University, Bangkok, Thailand

    Pornchai Mongkhonvanit is President of Siam University. Concurrently, he has also served as the Thailand Chapter’s Vice President of the Association of Southeast Asia Institutions of Higher Learning (ASAIHL) and board member of the World Association of Cooperative and Work Integrated Education (WACE). He earned his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from Kasetsart University in Thailand and Post Graduate Degree in Finance, Investment and Banking from University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is also a member of IEM’ 2000 of the Graduate School of Education, Harvard University. Pornchai is recognized as an expert on Higher Education Strategy with Emphasis on promoting sustainable relationship between University and Industry as evidenced by the Reward received by Siam University in 2012 as the Thailand best institution in Cooperative Education among all public and private universities.




  • Carmen LAMAGNA

    Vice-Chancellor, American International University - Bangladesh (AIUB)

    Born in Manila, Philippines, Dr. Lamagna is the first woman Vice-Chancellor in Bangladesh. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Adamson University, Manila, obtained her Master in Arts from Rizal Technological University, Philippines and Doctor of Business Administration in California Coast University, California. Under her guidance, the University, from its inception in 1995 has earned eminences as a higher seat of quality education in Bangladesh. From 70 students, the current student population is more than 11,000 under the Faculties of Science and Information technology, Engineering, Business Administration and Arts and Social Sciences. Dr. Lamagna’s achievements as an educator and manager may be gleaned from the positions she has in prestigious international bodies.




  • Salim DACCACHE s.j

    Rector, Saint Joseph University of Beirut, Lebanon

    Prof. Salim Daccache s.j. has been the Rector of Saint Joseph University in Beirut since August 1, 2012 after having been Dean of the Faculty of Religious Studies since September 2009 and Director of the Institute of Oriental Arts since September 2010. He holds a PhD in Philosophy on Muslim kalam in the tenth century at the University Panthéon-Sorbonne I, Paris and another PhD in Education Sciences on Primary and secondary School pluralism and Citizenship in Lebanon at the University of Strasbourg-France, a BA degree in philosophy at University Saint Joseph of Beirut and a Master of Theology and Philosophy from Centre Sèvres - Jesuits Faculty of Theology and Philosophy in France.




  • Etsuko KATSU

    Prof. Etsuko Katsu, Former Vice President, Meiji University

    Prof. Etsuko Katsu was appointed Vice President, International of Meiji University, one of the leading private universities in Japan, in April 2008 and made her duty in 8 years up to the end of March 2016. She currently serves as board member of the Japan-US Education Commission, and director of Center for Entrance Examination Standardization. Since her appointment, she has promoted the Internationalization of the university and the university reform to make Meiji University Open to the World. She contributed a lot to get grants from government, including Global30, Go Global Japan, Re-Inventing Japan Project ASEAN, and Top University Initiative to promote degree programs in English, students and faculty mobility, and advanced research in order to establish a leading university in Japan.




  • Salvador VEGA Y LEON

    Rector, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Mexico

    Dr. Vega is the General Rector of Autonomous Metropolitan University (UAM), Mexico. He is doctor in Science and Veterinary Sciences, MSc in Food Science and Technology and BA in Pharmaceutical Biological Chemistry. He was appointed Rector of campus Xochimilco, UAM, Director of the Biological Sciences and Health Division, and Head of the Department of Agricultural and Animal Production. Dr. Vega was an advisor of Mexico City Head of Government, Dr. Miguel Ángel Mancera, for the city Constitution drafting in 2016; member of the Council Executive Board of the Mexican Gastronomic Culture Conservatoire, a consultative organism of UNESCO; and First Vice-President of the Latin American Institute of the Ombudsman-The People Defender- in Argentina. He has authored or co-authored more than twenty books and sixty-five scientific papers in food quality and safety.




  • Marta Losada FALK

    President, Antonio Nariño University (UAN), Bogotá, Colombia

    President since 2010, Dr. Losada obtained her undergraduate physics degree and an MSc Physics from the National University of Colombia and her Ph.D. in Physics from Rutgers University, USA. From 1997 to 1999, she was a postdoctoral fellow at CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research), Switzerland. She has held positions as the National Director for Research at UAN from 2004 to 2014, and the Director of the Basic and Applied Science Research Center of UAN from 2000 to 2004. She is the group leader of the research groups in high energy particle physics focused on elementary particle phenomenology and cosmology as well as experimental high energy physics and has been a member of international collaboration efforts such as the ATLAS and NEXT Experiments




  • Stephen Freedman

    Provost of Fordham University, USA

    Provost of Fordham University, Dr. Freedman is professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. He leads the University’s schools and colleges, research centers and institutes, and other academic units. An experienced educator, researcher, and university administrator, Dr. Freedman earned his B.Sc. from Loyola of Montreal, his M.E.S. from York University in Toronto, and his Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology from the University of California at Irvine. He also completed the United Nations Graduate Study Program in Geneva, Switzerland. Dr. Freedman’s research focuses on the interaction between humans and their environments from an ecological perspective. An active scholar, he has authored or co-authored more than 20 articles, and has received numerous grants to support his research in biology, curricular development and educational leadership.




  • Paul ZELEZA

    Vice-Chancellor, United States International University-Africa, Nairobi, Kenya

    Paul ZELEZA is the Vice-Chancellor, United States International University-Africa in Nairobi, Kenya. Prior to taking office in 2016, he was Vice President of Academic Affairs at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut, USA. Previously he was Dean of the Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts and President’s Professor of History and African American Studies at Loyola Marymount University. He also served as head of the Department of African American Studies and the Liberal Arts and Sciences, Distinguished Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, taught at the Pennsylvania State University, and was Director of the Center for African Studies and Professor of History and African Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Since 2006 he is Honorary Professor at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. In 2015 he was a fellow at Harvard University




  • Ebenezer Oduro OWUSU

    Vice-Chancellor, University of Ghana, Ghana

    Professor of Entomology, Owusu pursued his undergraduate studies at University of Ghana where he received a Bachelor of Science degree. He obtained a Master of Science degree and a PhD in Entomology (gold medal award) from Kochi University, Japan in 1995. He has over 120 scientific publications and conference papers in internationally recognized journals. Prof. Owusu is a member of numerous local and international organizations/bodies such as the Entomological Society of Ghana, Entomological Society of America, Japanese Society of Applied Entomology and Zoology, Ghana Science Association, African Association of Insect Scientists, International Society of Pest information (ISPI), as well as fellow of Toyota Foundation.

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