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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, 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.

  • 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 is working as Programme Officer for Sustainable Development at the International Association of Universities (IAU), based in Paris at UNESCO. Higher Education and Research for Sustainable Development (HESD) forms one of the four strategic priorities of the Association. Amongst Isabel’s tasks at the IAU are the coordination of the IAU Global HESD Cluster, communicating with Members and partners on HESD, conducting the 3rd IAU HESD Global Survey, and creating content for the HESD Portal, as well as work on related events and publications. Before coming to the IAU in 2019 and taking up her current position in 2020, she gained international experience during work placements in the higher education sector in Mexico and Germany, and her studies (politics, international relations, languages) in Germany, Spain and the UK.

  • 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.

  • Justin Thorens

    Justin Thorens was the president of the University of Geneva between 1977 and 1983. Before that, he had hold various positions within the university, among others was he the dean of the Faculty of Law.
    He worked for a long time with and for the International Association of Universities. In 1984 he became a board member and only one year later was elected as president of the Association for the next five years. In 1990, he became honorary president. He contributed in particular to the foundational work on University and Academic Freedom.
    Following his appointment at IAU, he became president for the United Nations University in Tokyo and was the president of the European Centre for Higher Education (CEPES) of UNESCO.
    He studied and taught in many countries. During his own studies, he did an exchange semester in Berlin and London. Afterwards he thought and conducted research at the University of Stanford, and Munich.
    He recieved the first IAU President’s Award on 4 May 2018.

  • Eva Egron-Polak

    Eva Egron-Polak, former Secretary General of the International Association of Univeristies (IAU), was educated in the Czech Republic, Canada and France. Having studied French Literature, Political Science and International Political Economy, her post-graduate research focused on early stages of European Union policy in higher education. She held the position of IAU Secretary General from 2002 to 2017. Prior to joining IAU, for almost 20 years, she served in various senior positions at Universities Canada (former AUCC), including as Vice-President, International. As Secretary-General of IAU, Eva Egron-Polak launched a number of initiatives in various areas of higher education policy, positioning IAU as an important global actor in research and policy development concerning, for example, internationalization of higher education, provision of equitable access to and success in higher education, institutional autonomy and ethics in higher education as well as the contribution of higher education to sustainable development. She greatly expanded the Association’s convening role, consolidating the Association’s capacity as a clearing house of information on the systems and institutions of higher education around the world. Under her leadership IAU launched regular and systematic Global Surveys on internationalization, improved and expanded its communications with IAU Members and the higher education community, created the professional development program called LGEU and developed ISAS, an advisory service to review and assess institutional internationalization strategies. Eva Egron-Polak enlarged IAU partnerships to include many organizations and networks and made IAU highly visible.In addition to being an IAU Senior Fellow, Eva Egron-Polak is a member of many boards and advisory committees, including the Magna Charta Observatory, the GAPS initiative, and StudyPortals. She has written and presented many papers on higher education topics and continues to be actively involved in the field.

  • Madeleine F. Green

    Madeleine Green served as Vice President for International Initiatives at the American Council on Education, a membership association of U.S. higher education institutions, until 2010. Since then, she has served as an independent consultant and as a Senior Fellow at NAFSA: the Association of International Educators from 2011 until 2018. Her principal areas of expertise are policy and practice in internationalization and institutional leadership, management and governance. She is widely published in these areas. She has served as a member of the IAU Administrative Board and on the boards of several U.S. higher education institutions and organization. She currently chairs the board of ISEP (International Student Exchange Program), a global membership organization facilitating student mobility. Dr. Green holds a B.A. degree magna cum laude from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in French literature from Columbia University.

  • Saholi Andriambololo-Nivo

    Saholi Andriambololo-nivo graduated from Institut national des langues et civilisations orientales (INALCO-Paris) and holds a Master’s degree in Swahili and a Bachelor’s degree in Indonesian Language. After working 4 years with a French Group of Educational Publishers, she joined IAU in December 2006 and became part of the team maintaining and updating the World Higher Education Database (WHED), she is also in in charge of publishing News from IAU Members. She is from Madagascar. She speaks English, French, Indonesian, Malagasy and Swahili.

  • Samuel Pousson

    Samuel Pousson holds a Bachelor’s degree in English and German applied to Economics from Paris IV Sorbonne University. After experiences in the field of distribution and client files management, he joined IAU in June 2004 to work on reference publications published by the Association’s Information Centre, and in particular on the updating and development of the World Higher Education Database (WHED) and International Handbook of Universities (IHU). He contributes to IAU Lynx - the monthly electronic newsletter on the latest developments in Higher Education Reform and Policy worldwide - for which he monitors and collects news about the Asia-Pacific region and UNESCO. He also translates the first part of this publication from English into French - the Association’s second official language - as well as other IAU documents as required. He is a French national and speaks English.

  • Amanda Sudic

    Amanda Sudic joined the International Association of Universities in 2009 as Librarian / Documentalist. She manages IAU’s library, and is also responsible for the HEDBIB database, IAU’s e-newsletter IAU Lynx, and Highlights from the Press. Prior to the IAU, Amanda worked on information and publications at the OECD, she also has experience in intellectual property rights. Amanda completed her Bachelor’s degree at the University of Southampton, UK, and holds a Master’s degree in Librarianship and Information Management from the Ecole des Bibliothécaires Documentalistes (EBD) in Paris, completed by an internship in the library of the French parliament. She is a Chartered Member of CILIP, the UK Library and Information Professional Association. A British national, Amanda speaks English and French.

  • Nicholas Poulton

    After graduating with a BA(Hons) in French and Russian, Nick came to France in 2002 where he worked as an English language assistant at the Université de Picardie Jules Verne, in Amiens. He came to work with IAU in 2005, where he currently holds the post of Information and Publication Officer. Nick works on updating the WHED portal, especially the information on education systems and degrees, and is the point of contact for enquiries on institutions and systems as well extraction requests; he is also the contact person for adding events to the IAU calendar of events. Nick also serves as Editorial Assistant to the Editor of the Association’s quarterly, peer-reviewed research journal, Higher Education Policy (HEP), where he is involved in the editing and proofing process. He was involved in the Working Group on ICT for Information Accessibility in Learning (ICT4IAL), which helped in setting out and trialling the Guidelines for Accessible Information, and also worked on the IAU-MCO Guidelines for an Institutional Code of Ethics in Higher Education, as well as the IAU project Innovative Approaches to Doctoral Education in Africa.

  • Giorgio Marinoni

    Giorgio Marinoni has been Manager of Higher Education and Internationalization at the International Association of Universities (IAU), since February 2015. He oversees Internationalization as one of the four strategic priorities of the Association.

    Among his responsibilities at IAU are research projects, the coordination of the ISAS (2.0) programme of advisory services for advancing internationalization, and external representation of the Association in internationalization. He has recently published the report of the 5th Global Survey on Internationalization of Higher Education. In addition, he is the coordinator of the Network of International Education Associations, NIEA.

    Before his current position at IAU, Giorgio Marinoni worked for UNICA, the Network of Universities from the Capitals of Europe, in the field of internationalization and higher education policy and reform at the European level and beyond.
    He has been an active member of the Erasmus Student Network (ESN) at local, national and international level, and served the ESN as its President in 2007 – 2008.

    He has ample experience in the coordination of multilateral international projects involving a variety of higher education stakeholders, including public and private higher education institutions (HEIs), networks of HEIs, student associations, national and regional governments.

  • Trine Jensen

    Trine Jensen leads the work on the strategic priority Higher Education & Digital Transformation at the IAU. She is spearheading projects spanning policy-shaping, strategy, advocacy, and monitoring of the digital transformation of HE with global partners and is the author of the IAU Global Monitoring Report on Higher Education in the Digital Era: the Current State of Transformation around the World (January 2020) and leads on the IAU Policy Statement: “Transforming Higher Education for the Global Common Good in a Digital World” in collaboration with an international Expert Advisory Group. In 2019, she launched a new IAU programme entitled: “Institutional site visits” fostering international peer-to-peer learning in relation to digital transformation of higher education institutions. She is also co-editor of the Associations’ magazine IAU Horizons . Finally, she works with the Secretary General on the IAU events and Administrative Board meetings. Trine Jensen worked several years for UNESCO as part of the Bureau for Strategic Planning before she joined the IAU in 2012.

  • Carine Sébast

    Carine Sébast holds two Master’s degrees in general and comparative literature (Paris Sorbonne University) and in information management (INTD, Paris). She has over 20 years of professional experience as an editor in several publishing houses in Paris and as project manager in document engineering. Carine joined the IAU in March 2015 as Manager of reference publications and is in charge of the Word Higher Education Database (WHED). Carine is a French national and speaks English.

  • Georgeta Sadlak

    Georgeta Sadlak is currently Manager, Information Systems at IAU. She is responsible for the overall technology needs and system requirements at IAU as well as technical support, troubleshooting and data protection and security measures. She holds a MSc. in Public Policy and Management (University of London, SOAS, UK), a BSc (Econ) in Politics and International Relations (London School of Economics, UK). She studied Economics and Computer studies (University of Toronto and the Institute for Computer Studies, Toronto, Canada). She joined the IAU in February 1993 as consultant, Oracle database development and starting 1998 as full time Systems Analyst. She has held her actual position since 2002. Prior to joining IAU she spent several years in different informational technology roles in a private company in Toronto, Canada.

  • Angella NINO

    Since arriving at IAU in January 2013, Angella NINO holds the position of Manager, Finances and Administration. Having trained in accounting and financial studies at INTEC Paris, Angella has spent her professional career mainly in organisations operating on a human scale, where she has acquired more than fifteens years’ sound experience in the fields of operational management, budgetary management, financial and administrative steering strategy, and staff management. A native French-speaker, Angella also has a good working knowledge of English.

  • Henrik Øregaard Dam

    Vice-Chancellor, University of Southern Denmark (SDU)

    Holding a Master of Law (1991), Henrik Dam received his PhD from the University of Copenhagen in 1996. After one year with the Ministry of Health, he returned to the University of Copenhagen where he received his Doctorate in Law (Dr. juris.) in 2005 and was the same year appointed as Professor of Tax Law. The following year Henrik became Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Copenhagen and a member of the University’s Senior Executive Board. In 2014 he took up office as Vice-Chancellor (Rector) at SDU. As Vice-Chancellor, Henrik is engaged in a wide range of International partnerships including cross-border collaborations and student exchange agreements.

  • Oleg SMESHKO

    Rector, Saint-Petersburg University of Management Technologies and Economics, Russia

    Oleg Smeshko is the Rector of Saint-Petersburg University of Management Technologies and Economics (UMTE), one of the largest private universities in Russia. Oleg Smeshko has started his work at the University in 2000 and became rector in 2014. Under his leadership, UMTE has developed effective system of continuous multilevel education: secondary vocational education - higher education (Bachelor, Master) – Ph.D. studies. The University has created and implemented new innovative training technologies of the educational process, including e-learning. Research and teaching work of Oleg Smeshko is successfully combined with being a member of the Advisory Board of the Leningrad Region Legislative Assembly; the Council of Rectors of Saint-Petersburg universities and the Public Council on the non-state sector of education of the Education Committee of the State Duma of the Russian Federation.

  • Mohammad Reza POURMOHAMMADI

    Chancellor, The University of Tabriz, I.R. of Iran

    Mohammad Reza Pour Mohammadi has been reelected as the chancellor of the University of Tabriz in 2013. He is a Professor of Urban Planning and has held several leading positions within the university, for example Vice Chancellor for Students Affairs and Vice Chancellor for Educational Affairs and Graduate Studies. He earned his M.Sc. and Ph.D. from UWCC – U.K. He has authored and co-authored 91 articles. He has been the member of Oxford Round Table since 2003, and the member of the Board of the Directors of International Universities Council (IUC), Caucasus Universities Association (CUA) and Eurasian Silk Road Universities Council (ESRUC) since 2013, and Deputy Board Member of IAU 2000-2004.

  • Hasan Sohaib MURAD

    Rector, University of Management and Technology (UMT), Pakistan

    Dr. Murad is the founding President of ILM Trust and the Rector/President of the University of Management and Technology (UMT). He received bachelor degree in Civil Engineering from NED University of Engineering and Technology, Karachi and an MBA from Washington State University, USA. He earned his doctorate in Management from the University of Wales, United Kingdom. He is also Chairperson of a nationwide network of colleges and schools consisting of about 200 institutions. The leading brands of ILM Colleges and the Knowledge Schools are serving the middle class by providing them high quality education. He is also founding Chairman of the Institute of Knowledge and Leadership (IKL), Dubai which offers executive development programs in MENASA region.

  • Constantinos CHRISTOFIDES

    Rector, University of Cyprus, Cyprus

    With undergraduate studies at the University of Grenoble I, University of Grenoble II and the National Polytechnic School of Grenoble (M.Sc. in Physics, 1983, D.E.A in Energy - Economics, 1984, D.E.A in Energy-Physics, 1984 and Ph.D. in Applied Physics, 1986), Prof. Christofides worked as Post-doctoral Fellow at the University of Sherbrooke, and as Research Associate & Lecturer, at the University of Toronto in Canada. In 1992 he joined the academic community of the Department of Physics of the University of Cyprus (UCY). As the UCY ViceRector of Academic Affairs (2006-2010), he played an active role in establishing the UCY in the research community worldwide and strengthening the university-industry collaboration. Prof. Christofides has been serving as UCY Rector for two consecutive terms (2010-2018).

  • Mosleh DUHOKY

    President, University of Duhok, Iraq

    Prof. Duhoky’s academic career spans 37 years. He graduated with a B.Sc. from the University of Sulaimani, the College of Agriculture, Department of Horticulture in 1976. He did his M.Sc. from the same university in 1978. He obtained his PhD with honor degree in Cytology form the University of Silesia, Poland. Since 2012 he has been the President of the University of Duhok. He has been active in promoting international standing of the University of Duhok by further cooperation with different European, American, Asian and Middle Eastern universities and centers of excellence. He is also member of the Board of Trustees at the American University in Kurdistan (AUK).

  • Pierre-André PIERRE

    President, Université Notre-Dame d’Haiti (UNDH)

    Under leadership of Msgr. Pierre since 2008, UNDH has grown to become a seven campus university, offering in seven different provinces a variety of teachings in different fields, to name a few: Medicine and Pharmacy, Nursing, Bio Science and Medical Biology, Education, Psychology and Humanities, Religious studies, Business and Administration, Social Sciences, Economics, Law and Politics, Engineering and Architecture, Agriculture, etc. Msgr. Pierre is a well-known academic and social figure in the country and he has brought UNDH to a number of associations of Universities in the Caribbean and around the world and developed partnerships with a great number of institutions of higher education, in the five continents

  • Mirta M. Martin

    President Fairmont State University, USA

    Dr. Martin was the first female president in the University’s 114 year history and the first Hispanic president in the great state of Kansas’ history. Dr. Martin holds a baccalaureate in psychology and political science from Duke University; a master of business administration from the University of Richmond; and a doctorate with an emphasis in strategic management and leadership from Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Martin’s career involves work in both the public and private sectors. As a senior banking executive, Dr. Martin was recognized as a highly effective and innovative practitioner, positioning companies for growth and profitability. She has served in various faculty and administrative positions in academia, establishing herself as strong advocate and a transformative leader for education.


    Secretary-General, Association of Universities of Latin America and the Caribbean (UDUAL), Mexico

    After having graduated a Bachelor in Economics from the Faculty of Economics of the National Autonomous university of Mexico (UNAM), Dr. Semerena obtained a Master and a PhD in Rural Development from the University of London (UnitedKingdom). Dr Semerena was also the Dean of the Faculty of Economics at the UNAM where he is currently Professor of “Natural Resource Economics”. Dr. Semerena is also a member of professional bodies such as the Association of Faculties, Schools and Institutes of Economy in Latin America (AFEIEAL), the Mexican College of Economists, the Association of Former Students of Economics, Faculty of Economics - UNAM, the Latin American Society (England) and the European Association of Latino Americanisms.

  • Hilligje van’t Land

    Dr. Hilligje van’t Land serves the global higher education community as Secretary General of the International Association of Universities (IAU) - global NGO with UNESCO Associate Status. IAU celebrated it’s 70th Anniversary from 9 December 2020 to 9 December 2021. For the past two decades, she has fostered the key role of higher education in societal transformation. She supervises the overall programme activities of the IAU, develops the Association’s strategic plans and oversees the everyday work of the secretariat. She positioned the IAU as partner in UNESCO work on Education for sustainable development and in the UNESCO Futures of Education initiative, and higher education as a key stakeholder for the UN Agenda 2030 – Transforming our world. Hilligje van’t Land strongly believes in the importance of international cooperation and intercultural understanding and has developed multilateral projects related higher education and beyond.

    She represents IAU in various working groups and expert committees including at the Council of Europe, UNESCO and the UN as member of the High Level Advisory Board to the UNESCO Futures of Education Initiative and Mission 4.7; the UNESCO ESD for 2030 Programme; the UNESCO and Bergen Expert Group on Universities and Sustainability; the Council of Europe (CoE) Ad hoc Working Group on the Local Mission of the University; the CoE Steering Committee for Best Practice Programme in Promoting Academic Integrity; the CoE Ad hoc Working Group on Competences for a Democratic Culture; the Advisory Board of UVED, OneHE and Sulitest; the Advisory Board of the Observatory of Academic Freedom (GOAF - Soros Foundation).

    Hilligje van’t Land holds a PhD in comparative francophone literature, speaks six languages and published on higher education issues of relevance locally and globally. Latest publications: The Promise of Higher Education; Higher Education’s Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Building a More Sustainable and Democratic Future, Book coedited by IAU, the Council of Europe et al. published as part of the Council of Europe Higher Education Book series. Higher Education and SDG 14: Integrating Ocean Research for the Global Goals, 2021; First Global Survey Report on the impact of COVID-19 on Higher Education around the World; IAU-UNODC Young Scholars Competition: Higher Education engages with SDG 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions; IAU HESD global survey 2019

    For recent publications and conferences, please click on the links.

    For information on IAU Webinar Series on the Future of Higher Education, click HERE.

  • Zoltan DUBÉCZI

    Secretary General, Hungarian Rectors Conference, Hungary

    Dr. Zoltán Dubéczi graduated as a lawyer from the University of Miskolc in 1995 (legal bar exam 1998) and has been working as the Secretary General of the HRC since 2006. During the past 10 years, as the operative head of the unique representative body of the Hungarian Universities, he has been involved in all the strategic and legislation processes regarding higher education reforms in Hungary and gained comprehensive experience in international projects. Since 2014, he is honorary associate professor of Szent István University. In addition to his position at the HRC, since January 2015, he is the Director for Education at the Central Bank of Hungary, managing higher education programmes together with different universities in the fields of economics and social sciences.

  • Inga Žalėnienė

    Rector, Mykolas Romeris University, Lithuania

    Inga Žalėnienė graduated from Mykolas Romeris University, Lithuania in 2001. After graduation she joined the Department of Law at Stock Company „Lithuanian Savings Bank” and worked as legal adviser. In parallel she lectured the discipline of Family Law at Mykolas Romeris University. Inga Žalėnienė finished her Phd in Law in 2006. She was appointed as Vice-Dean of Law Faculty of Mykolas Romeris University in 2009 and was responsible for the development of education policy, formation and coordination of research groups, organization of scientific project activities, planning and accounting of scientific results. Inga Žalėnienė was appointed as Vice-Rector for Research and International Relations in 2012, as Vice-Rector for Education and Research in 2017 and has now been the Rector of Mykolas Romeris University since 2019. She is also a Board member of European Women Rectors Association (EWORA) since 2021.

  • Godehard RUPPERT

    Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg - University of Bamberg, Germany

    After studies of theology, philosophy, pedagogics and media sciences he earned his Diploma-degree in theology from University of Bochum, his ThD from University of Würzburg and his PhD in educational science from University of Hannover. He was Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and Associate Professor of educational science at University of Hanover and since 1991 Full-Professor of religious education (Chair) at the University of Bamberg. Since 1996 Dr. Ruppert serves as member of the University Board, since 2000 as President of the University of Bamberg (four re-elections). Simultaneously he is President of the Virtual University of Bavaria (since 2002). As experienced expert in Higher Education policy and leadership he is member of several national and international organizations and boards

  • Daniel Hernandez RUIPEREZ

    Former Rector of the University of Salamanca

    Prof. Daniel Hernández-Ruipérez obtained his degree in Mathematics at the University of Salamanca in 1976. He gained a PhD with his dissertation Duality in Algebraic Spaces. He was then appointed as Associate Professor (1978-1982), Lecturer in Geometry (1982) and Associate Lecturer in Topology (1983), finally obtaining the Chair of Geometry and Topology (1983). Since 1984 he has held managerial positions. He was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Science and also a member of the Governing Board of the University. From 2009 till 2017, he was the Rector of the University of Salamanca. At present, he presides over the Internationalization Work Group of the Conference of Rectors of Spanish Universities (CRUE) and is leading the organization of activities.

  • Remus Pricopie

    Rector, National University of Political Studies and Public Administration, Romania

    Remus Pricopie is professor and Rector of the National University of Political Studies and Public Administration (SNSPA), Bucharest, since March 2012. From December 2012 to December 2014 he served as Minister of Education and Research. His activity within the Romanian Ministry began in 1996, and includes positions such as Spokesperson, Director, Secretary General and Deputy Minister (Secretary of State) for Higher Education, International Relations and Teacher Training. Also, he has extensively worked / collaborated with many international organizations - UNESCO, UNICEF, EU, OECD, World Bank, United Nation University, Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie - and ministries of education / higher education and research from more than 100 countries. Prof. Pricopie holds a PhD in Political Science at the SNSPA and he is a Fulbright New Century Scholar alumnus, a World Academy of Art and Science Fellow, a member of the Romanian Chapter of the Club of Rome, and a member of the Atlantis Group. His educational background includes a rich international experience, being educated and trained in five countries and nine higher education institutions, especially in the United States of America and European Union.

  • Maria de Fátima Marinho

    Former Vice-Rector for Cooperation and Culture, University of Porto, Portugal

    Maria de Fátima Marinho graduated in Romance languages from the faculty of Arts and Humanities at the University of Porto, where she has taught 19th and 20th century Portuguese literature since 1976. In 1987, she obtained her Doctorate with a thesis on Surrealism in Portugal. She is a Full Professor and has been Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (2010-2014). She was Vice-President of the University of Porto from 2014 to 2018 and has now returned to her duty as full Professor at the Faculty of Arts. She is also Visiting Professor for PhD in Portuguese Studies of the University of Etvös Lorand in Budapest, Hungary, and Visiting Professor of the University of Belgrade, Serbia.

  • Andrew DEEKS

    Vice Chancellor and President, Murdoch University

    Educated at the University of Western Australia, Andrew received a first class honours degree in civil engineering in 1984. He worked in industry briefly, before returning to UWA to pursue his PhD and an academic career. He became Winthrop Professor, Civil and Resource Engineering, in 2004 and was Head of School from 2004 to 2009. In 2009, Andrew joined Durham University as Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Science where he led the development of the university’s global presence strategy and extensive international partnerships, particularly in China and Brazil. From 2014 to 2022 he was President of the University College Dublin, where he led a strategy which saw UCD establish itself as Ireland’s Global University. In March 2022 he returned to Western Australia to become the 8th Vice Chancellor of Murdoch University.

  • Ranbir SINGH

    Vice-Chancellor, National Law University, Delhi, India

    Founding Vice-Chancellor of ’The National Law University, Delhi’ established by the Delhi Government in 2008, Prof. Singh has been re-appointed for a second 5-year term. Prof. Singh obtained his LL.M. and Ph.D. degrees from ’Kurukshetra University, Haryana’ and joined ’M.D. University, Rohtak’ in 1978 as founding Faculty of the ’Faculty of Law’. In 1996-97 he was invited to ’NLSIU, Bangalore’ as a Professor of Law. In 1998 appointed as founding Vice-Chancellor of ’NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad’, until 2008, when NALSAR was rated as the best law University in India. Prof. Singh is an institution builder and an effective administrator who is one of the longest serving Vice-Chancellors in any public funded Universities in India. He is also a Council member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU)


    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.

  • 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.

  • Abdul Ganiyu AMBALI

    Former Vice-Chancellor, University of Ilorin, Nigeria

    Prof. Ambali studied at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria and University of Liverpool, UK for his undergraduate and postgraduate degrees respectively. Prior to his role as ViceChancellor of the University of Ilorin, prof. Ambali has held a number of academic and administrative positions, among which are: Head, Dept. of Vet. Medicine, Univ. of Maiduguri, (for 5years); Director, Veterinary Teaching Hospital, University of Maiduguri, (for 5years); member and/or chairman of various Council and Faculty committees; and the Foundation Dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Ilorin, Nigeria. These responsibilities afforded him the opportunity to serve in various committees including among others, Finance and general purpose committees, Staff recruitment and promotion committee.

  • Dzulkifli ABDUL RAZAK

    Vice-Chancellor, Albukhary International University Malaysia

    Currently, Dzulkifli Abdul Razak is the first holder of the Chair of Islamic Leadership at the Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM), and an Honorary Professor at the University of Nottingham. He was as the 5th Vice-Chancellor of Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) and held the office from 2000-2011. He was instrumental in introducing many new innovative ideas and concepts that led to USM being acknowledged by the United Nations University as one of seven pioneering Regional Centres of Expertise (RCEs) on Education for Sustainable Development in 2005, to mark the United Nations Decade on Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014).

  • Pam Fredman

    Former Rector, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

    Pam Fredman served as Rector of the University of Gothenburg from 2006 until 2017. She is a Professor of Neurochemistry and has held several leading positions within the University, for example as Dean of the faculty of medicine at the University of Gothenburg – the Sahlgrenska Academy. Pam Fredman was the head of the University and its principal representative. Over the years, she has been active in a large number of scientific and scholarly contexts. Pam Fredman has for example been Chair of the European Society of Neurochemistry and she is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, IVA. Since 2016, Pam Fredmam is the President of the International Association of Universities.

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