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  • 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).

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  • Disha Kohli

    As IAU’s Communication and Media Manager, Disha is responsible for developing, coordinating, and implementing the Association’s overall communications strategy. Disha holds a master’s degree in International Relations from the University of Strasbourg, and a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Communication from Indira School of Communication. She started her career as a journalist with an English newspaper – Daily News & Analysis – in Pune, India. Prior to joining IAU, Disha worked in the Advancement Department at INSEAD – one of the world’s leading business schools.

  • 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 and Director of the ‘Center for International Higher Education’ (CIHE) at Boston College, USA. Before, 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, 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.

  • Diana Camelia Iancu

    Dr. Diana-Camelia Iancu holds a PhD in public administration (2008) and is senior lecturer in comparative public management at the National University of Political Studies and Public Administration (Bucharest, Romania). She has previously worked for Radboud University, Nijmegen School of Management (the Netherlands) and assumed different academic assignments in Slovenia, France, Spain, USA and Greece. Since 2012 she is the Dean of the Faculty of Public Administration at the National University of Political Studies and Public Administration, Romania). Diana has worked as a quality assurance expert for the European Association for Public Administration Accreditation (EAPAA) and the Romanian Agency for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ARACIS) and starting with 2018 she serves a four years mandate as an independent expert of the Group on the European Charter of Local Self-Government of the Council of Europe. Her research interests include political-administrative relations in transitional democracies, local government development and sustainability in higher education. In preparation for the IAU 2020 General Conference, she contributes to the creation of the “IAU at 70” celebration publication.

  • Isabel Toman

    Isabel Toman took up the position of Programme Officer for Sustainable Development in February 2020, after previously working with IAU on HESD (Higher Education and Research for Sustainable Development) and the IAU’s Events team as an Intern. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in English and Latin-American Studies from the University of Hamburg and a dual master’s degree in European Studies from the University of Göttingen, Germany, and Universidad de Deusto, Spain. Before coming to France, she lived in Germany, Mexico, Spain and the UK. A native speaker of German, she also speaks English, Spanish and French.

  • Andreas Corcoran

    Dr. Andreas Corcoran took up the position as Deputy Secretary General of the International Association of Universities in 2019.

    For the last two decades, Dr. Corcoran has taken an interest in the role universities play in society – history, present, future. He is a keen believer in the transformative power of higher education as a driver of global development. He sees diversity, academic freedom and integrity as prerequisites for any form of academic enterprise and as the bedrock of progress. He is therefore proud to share the IAU’s mission and to be part of the IAU’s global network committed to the shaping of international higher education policy and the formation of a truly global scientific community.

    As Deputy Secretary General, he contributes to the organisation’s institutional development, the conceptual design of the IAU strategic plan, takes the lead on the thematic priority ‘Value-based leadership’, and the IAU cooperation with partners and members. He oversees the IAU university leadership programme and the strategic development of the reference publications, including the World Higher Education Database.

    Prior to joining the IAU, Dr. Corcoran was Director of Higher Education at SOFIA in Rome where he managed the higher education portfolio in charge of the financial, academic and institutional development of a university in Tanzania - spanning across strategy, governance, recruitment, and internationalisation.

    Previously, Dr. Corcoran worked for the University of Kent in the UK, the Federal Chancellor Willy Brandt Foundation and the German Historical Museum in Berlin. Dr. Corcoran has published and lectured on university management, history and epistemic culture and holds a PhD in intellectual history from the European University Institute in Florence and a Master’s degree in Reformation and Enlightenment Studies from Trinity College Dublin.

  • Jessica Huang

    JPEG Jessica Huang holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Shanghai Normal University and studied English at Shanghai International Studies University. After 8 years working experience in client services & events in the hotel industry in Singapore and China, Jessica joined IAU in 2019, as Assistant to the Secretary General and as Assistant, IAU Administration. In addition to her mother tongue Chinese, she speaks English, French and Cantonese.

  • Amr Ezzat Salama

    Secretary General of the Association of Arab Universities

    Dr. Amr Ezzat Salama is a Professor of Structural Engineering in Helwan University, Egypt. He is a holder of PhD in Structural Engineering from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK and has a Master in Maritime Civil Engineering, from Manchester, UK as well as a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering degree from Cairo University. Dr. Amr Salama was the Counselor of The American University in Cairo and is the Former Minister of Higher Education, Scientific Research and Technology of Egypt. He is also the Chairman of the Management Engineering Society and the Chairman of the Board of Trustees and the President of the Executive Bureau of 57357 Foundation as well as the Chairman of the Council of Housing and Building of Academy of Scientific Research and Technology.

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