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    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.

  • 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

    President, University College Dublin

    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. In 2014 he took up the position as President of the UCD as the first Australian to lead an Irish university, and the first person from outside Ireland to lead the University since John Henry Newman (1854).

  • 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)

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