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  • Jocelyne Gacel-Ávila

    Jocelyne Gacel-Avila holds a PH.D in International Education, presently vice-dean for social sciences and humanities, tenured researcher at the University of Guadalajara (Mexico) and a member of the national research system of Mexico. UNESCO Chair on “Internationalization of Higher Education and Global Citizenship”; President of the Consultative Board of the Mexican Association of International Education. Recipient of the CONAHEC Award of Distinction for her contribution to academic cooperation in North America and the AMPEI Award for her contribution to the Internationalization of Mexican Higher Education. Considered the expert in the internationalization of Latin America and the Caribbean.




  • Justine Evans

    Justine Evans joined the IAU in 2021 as Manager, Communication & Media. Justine is a marketing and communications specialist with experience in the international nonprofit sector, managing stakeholder engagement campaigns, media relations and event promotion. She is responsible for IAU communications and media relations and supports membership development and engagement activities. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Comparative Literature and a Master’s in Media and Film Rhetoric from the University of California Berkeley. In addition, she speaks English, French and Spanish.




  • Elisa Guidi

    Elisa is a psychologist and holds a PhD in Nonlinear Dynamics and Complex Systems (scientific disciplinary sector: Social Psychology) from the University of Florence (UNIFI). Previously, she was a Lecturer in the School of Psychology at UNIFI and the "San Giovanni Bosco" School of Educational Sciences in Massa (Italy). She worked for the Council of Europe (Education Policy) after previously collaborating as an Intern, thanks to an Award for her doctoral thesis on the themes of the Istanbul Convention. Since 2013, she has been a member of the UNIFI academic spin-off LabCom, and LabCom Vice-President from 2017 to 2020.

    She is a current post-doctoral fellow at UNIFI in "Higher Education and Internationalization: Analysis of Processes and Paths", which foresees four months internship at IAU. She joined IAU in March 2022 where she works on the Follow-up of the 2nd IAU Global Survey Report on the Impact of COVID-19 on Higher Education and the preparation of the 6th IAU Global Survey on Internationalization of Higher Education. She is an Italian national and also speaks English.




  • Emma Furlan

    Emma is a master’s student in Sustainable Territorial Development, an international course jointly managed by the universities of Padova in Italy, KU Leuven in Belgium, and Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne in France, as part of the Erasmus Mundus program. Emma is a graduated bachelor student in Political Sciences at the University of Milan. In early February 2022, she joined IAU as an Intern to work on HESD and mostly on the IAU HESD Cluster Projects and third IAU Global HESD Survey. The experience at the IAU will feed into Emma’s master thesis and gives the unique opportunity to connect her studies with the work of the IAU. Emma is originally from Italy; she speaks English, French and Italian.




  • Meg Harris

    Meg Harris is a current masters candidate at Sciences Po Paris School of International Affairs studying Human Rights and Humanitarian Action with concentrations in the human right to education and project management. She has previously worked with numerous education-oriented NGOs to grow the access and quality of education in various environments. She began interning at IAU in March 2022 and is working on the preparation of the IAU 16th General Conference and membership engagement. Meg grew up in the United States, but she has been living in France for the last four years. She speaks English and French.




  • Renée Barata Zicman


    Renée Barata Zicman is Executive-Director of the Brazilian Association for International Education (FAUBAI) and a former Professor in the School of Social Sciences at Pontifical Catholic University of Sao Paulo PUC-SP (1980-2017). She is the author of books and articles on the internationalisation of higher education and has been a member of the Academic Committee of the Latin American Memorial Foundation. She has been named Chevalier (Knight, 2020) of the Order of the Légion d’Honneur, the highest French decoration, and Officier (Officer, 2012) and Chevalier (Knight, 2002) of the French Order of the Palmes Académiques. She has served as Director for International Affairs at PUC-SP (1994-2012) and Vice-President of the Franco-Brazilian Center of Technical and Scientific Documentation (2010-2015). In addition, she has taken part in various programmes and projects focusing on the internationalisation of higher education and the Brazilian national internationalisation strategy.




  • Marcelo Knobel

    Marcelo Knobel was the 12th Rector of the University of Campinas (Unicamp), in Brazil, where he is a Full Professor of Physics. He held other leadership roles, including: Executive Director of the Unicamp Exploratory Science Museum, Vice-Rector for Undergraduate Programs, Vice-President of the Brazilian Physics Society and Executive Director of the Brazilian Nanotechnology National Laboratory (LNNano).

    Knobel has already published more than 250 scientific papers, in addition to numerous opinion pieces in both national and international newspapers and magazines. He is the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials (Elsevier). Knobel is an Eisenhower Fellow (2007), Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation (2009) and Lemann Fellow (2015). He is Member (elect) of the Governing Council of the Magna Charta Observatory.

    His final report on the end of term as Rector is available online here (in Portuguese).

    Räumung Salzburg




  • Lianne Guerra Rondón

    JPEG Dr. Lianne Guerra Rondón joins the International Association of Universities in 2020 as Project Officer to work on the design and implementation of the IAU UIL Global survey on universities’ contribution to Lifelong Learning (LLL). She also supports IAU membership development in Latin America and contributes to IAU Lynx, identifying new policies and initiatives on various HE topics in the region. In 2019, she worked as consultant at the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) on comparative case studies, and on the development of cooperation strategies. In 2017, as Team Assistant at the ECLAC, she co-authored a policy document on South-South and Triangular Cooperation. Dr. Guerra Rondón holds a PhD in Political Sciences and International Relations from the Complutense University of Madrid, Spain. She is a Cuban national and speaks Spanish, French and English.




  • Stephen Sterling

    Dr. Stephen Sterling is Emeritus Professor of Sustainability Education at the Centre for Sustainable Futures, University of Plymouth, UK. A former Senior Advisor to the UK Higher Education Academy on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), and a National Teaching Fellow (NTF), he has worked in environmental and sustainability education in the academic and NGO fields nationally and internationally for some four decades, including as a consultant and advisor on on UNESCO’S Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) programmes. Widely published, he was co-chair of the UNESCO-Japan Prize on ESD International Jury 2015-19, and is a Distinguished Fellow of the Schumacher Institute. At Plymouth University, he led whole institutional change towards sustainability.




  • Hans de Wit

    Hans de Wit is Professor Emeritus of the Practice, Distinguished Fellow and Former Director (2015-2020) of the Center for International Higher Education, Boston College, USA. Before joining CIHE, he was Director of the ‘Centre for Higher Education Internationalisation’ (CHEI) at the Università Cattolica Sacro Cuore in Milan, Italy, and Professor of Internationalization of Higher Education at the Amsterdam, University of Applied Sciences. He was Vice-President for International Affairs of the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 1996-2003.

    He is founding member and past president of the European Association for International Education (EAIE). He is Founding Editor of the ‘Journal of Studies in International Education’ (SAGE), Consulting Editor of the journal Policy Reviews in Higher Education, Associate Editor of International higher Education, and Co-editor book series ‘ Global Perspectives in Higher Education, Sense Publishers.

    He publishes a blog in University World News, www.universityworldnews.com. He has (co)written books and articles on international education and is actively involved in assessment and consultancy in international education, for organisations like the European Commission, UNESCO, World Bank, IMHE/OECD, IAU, European Parliament. In 2021 he received the North Star Medal of Lifetime Achievement (A. Noam Chomsky Global Connections Awards) of STARScholars, society of transnational Academic Researchers.

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