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  • 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.

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