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Prof Sandeep Gopalan
Piedmont International University
Prof Gopalan is the Vice Chancellor of Piedmont International University. He was previously the Pro Vice-Chancellor for Academic Innovation at Deakin University, Australia. Gopalan has been a leader in legal education — serving as dean of law schools and a law professor in Australia and Ireland. Prior to that, he was an associate professor at law schools in the US and UK. Before commencing his academic career, he was an investment banker on Wall Street, and a lawyer.
Prof Gopalan has served as the Chairman of the Arizona Aerospace and Defense Commission, member of the Tempe Aviation Commission, co-chair of the American Bar Association Aerospace and Defense Industries Committee, and Insolvency and Restructuring Committee. He has also been a member of the ABA Commission on Immigration.
Prof Gopalan was educated at Oxford University (BCL and D.Phil.), where he was a Rhodes Scholar, and at the National Law School of India.
His legal research has been published in journals including at Georgetown, Northwestern, Columbia, Pepperdine, Buffalo, Rutgers, etc., whereas his business academic research has been published in journals such as the European Accounting Review.
Gopalan is a regular media columnist and has been published by the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Examiner, The Hill, the Khaleej Times, Al Jazeera, The Straits Times, The Australian, the Irish Times, Irish Independent, The Indian Express, Times of India, etc. He has also appeared on a variety of TV and radio shows as an expert commentator.
Ms Dian Ekowati
Head of Airlangga Global Engagement
As the Head of Airlangga Global Engagement, Dian is responsible to manage and coordinate internationalization initiatives and activities in Universitas Airlangga. She is also skilled in qualitative research and analysis, organizational theories and behavior, management of change, and university teaching/learning as well as quality assurance and internationalization. She is an education professional with a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) focused in Management of Change and Strategies, Interorganizational Network, Organization Politics/Power and Organizational Territoriality from the University of York, United Kingdom.
Prof Perry Hobson
Pro Vice-Chancellor for Engagement
Professor Perry Hobson, PhD is the Pro Vice-Chancellor for Engagement at Sunway University in Malaysia, where his portfolio covers both global and local engagement. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from the UK, a Masters from the USA, and completed his PhD in Australia. He has an academic background in hospitality and tourism, and has been the Editor-in-Chief of the SSCI indexed Journal of Vacation Marketing for over 20-years. He is a Visiting Professor at the Management Centre Innsbruck (MCi) in Austria, and an Adjunct Professor at Ton Duc Thang University (TDTU) in Vietnam. He also sits on the International Advisory Board of the University of Ostrava (OSU) in the Czech Republic. He joined Sunway University, which is a not-for-profit Foundation, in 2019.
Dr. Janet Ilieva
Director & Founder
Janet Ilieva is founder and director of Education Insight, a research consultancy specialising in international higher education. Janet’s research focuses on higher education engagement, global student mobility and transnational education and its contribution to sustainable development.
Janet started her career as a university lecturer in economics before joining the British Council in 2004, to lead the department’s work for higher education research and market intelligence. Janet joined the Higher Education Funding Council for England in May 2013 as head of the HEFCE Observatory. There, she published on international student demand for higher education in England with a strong focus on transnational education.
Janet is an advisor to the Philippine – UK Transnational Education Programme run by the British Council and the Commission on Higher Education of the Philippines (https://www.britishcouncil.ph/tne) and a member of the Board of Trustees at Richmond, the American International University in London (https://www.richmond.ac.uk/about-richmond/board-of-trustees/).
IAU First Vice President and Chair of HESD Working Group
IAUP President Emeritus
Pornchai Mongkhonvanit is the current president of Siam University, First Vice President and Chair of Higher Education for Sustainable Development cluster of the International Association of Universities (IAU). He is also the President Emeritus of International Association of University Presidents (IAUP) and Former President of the Association of Private Higher Education Institutions of Thailand (APHEIT) under the patronage of Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn. Pornchai is also the Former President of the Thailand Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa.
He has been recognized as the Notable and Prominent Alumnus in Education of the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he earned his Postgraduate degree in Finance, Investment and Banking. He received his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from Kasetsart University in Bangkok, Thailand. He studied and received the Degree of National Defense College of Thailand In addition; he participated in the Institute for Educational Management at the Graduate School of Education of Harvard University. Currently, he also serves as a Board member of World Association of Cooperative Education (WACE).
Being recognized as an expert on higher education strategy with emphasis on promoting sustainable relationship between University and Industry, Pornchai received the Medal of Honor from the International Association of University Presidents (IAUP) and also from Kyung Hee University, South Korea. Pornchai has also received Honorary Professorship from Autonomous University of Guadalajara, Mexico and Guizhou University, China; Pornchai has been honored the Ph.D. Honoris Causa from Angeles University Foundation, Philippines, University of Cordilleras, Philippines’s Women University, and Asia e-University in Malaysia. He also has received the distinguished alumni award from Saint Gabriel College and Kasetsart University.
Mr Aaron Darc
Senior Marketing and Communications Consultant
Aaron Darc is a Senior Marketing and Communications Consultant who has built and marketed global brands and products for over fifteen years. This includes within the Australian higher education sector, where he has developed student-centric content marketing and brand positioning that heavily incorporates internationalisation, and its connection to diversity and inclusion, as a value proposition for contemporary student audiences. He has previously worked on strategy and campaigns for the University of Sydney, University of Technology (Sydney), Macquarie University and University of Tasmania. He currently works at the University of Newcastle, Australia.
Ms Louise Goux-Wirth
Staff and Student Engagement Officer
University of the West of England Bristol
Louise is an equality specialist in higher education working to increase engagement for staff and students through enhancing a sense of community and connection. Her core passions are discussions around race, LGBT+ inclusion, mental health and theories of intersectionality.
Her proudest achievement last year was running in Kigali Marathon and raising £1000 for Imbuto – the foundation of the First Lady of Rwanda to support their programmes in education, health and youth empowerment. This led to incredible opportunities of performing at the V&A Museum, London City Hall and Google HQ. Louise wears her passion and values firmly on her sleeve through various charity engagements, public speaking and being visible within her community.
She recently spoke at the This Can Happen Conference as part of a panel on faith, diversity and mental health – where she shared her experience of racism in the workplace and how organisations can effectively support their black staff.
She describes herself as unapologetically ambitious – which is trait that has pushed her through various challenges and obstacles throughout her life. She uses her social media platform to talk candidly about her experience with adoption and lived experience of mental health – to create open and authentic dialogue. Her aspirations is to become a leading CEO in the charity sector combining her passion for equality, amplifying diverse voices and creating sustainable social change.
Prof Paulin Straughan
Professor of Sociology (Practice) and Dean of Students
Singapore Management University
Professor Straughan’s research interests center around the sociology of family and medical sociology. She is the Director of the recently established Centre for Research on Successful Ageing in SMU, a center dedicated to finding ways to ensure and improve well-being among the elderly in Singapore’s ageing society. Separately, she leads a project investigating the environmental risk factors in childhood obesity. She was also the Principal Investigator of a recently concluded project on Successful Ageing in Singapore, Seoul and Shanghai which involved multiple institutions and a multidisciplinary team. Professor Straughan serves as Consultant on numerous projects commissioned by various government agencies, including the Marriage and Parenthood Survey 2016 & 2012 commissioned by the National Population and Talent Division. She has published in both sociology and medical journals, like Social Science and Medicine, Cancer, and Cancer Causes and Control. Her books include Marriage Dissolution in Singapore: Revisiting Family Values and Ideology in Marriage, and Ultra-Low Fertility in Pacific Asia: Trends, Causes and Policy Issue (with Gavin Jones and Angelique Chan).
Professor Straughan was a Nominated Member of Parliament from 2009 to 2011, during which she argued for work-life balance and the nurture of a more pro-family social environment. Her community involvement includes serving on the Child and Youth Health Task Force, and the Infectious Disease Research Advisory Group (both at the Ministry of Health).
She is happily married to an Applied Mathematician, and they have 2 sons.
Ms Karin Fischer
The Chronicle of Higher Education
Karin Fischer is a journalist who focuses on higher education and a research associate at the Center for Studies in Higher Education at the University of California at Berkeley. She focuses on international education, including American colleges’ activities overseas, the globalization of the college experience, and study abroad. Her extensive reporting on international-student recruitment and the experience of foreign students in the United States has been collected in a special publication, Chinese Journey: Student Migrations, Family Dreams and What Happens Next. She also writes about U.S. higher education policy and the relationship between colleges and the economy. Her work has appeared in The Chronicle of Higher Education, The New York Times, EdSource, the Washington Monthly, and University World News. She publishes a weekly newsletter on global education, latitude(s).
Ms. Fischer is a recipient of the East-West Center’s Jefferson Fellowship for reporting in Asia and the International Reporting Project fellowship. Her work has been honored by the Education Writers Association, the National Press Foundation, and the Poynter Institute. She is a graduate of Smith College, in Northampton, Massachusetts.
Prof Mansoor Ahmed Al-Aali
Professor Mansoor Alaali became President of Ahlia University in 2015, following six years as Dean of Students. He joined Ahlia University in 2009 after 20 years at the University of Bahrain.
Professor Mansoor’s research interest is applied computer science, data mining, algorithm, Artificial Intelligence and Ethics. Graduating from the University of Teesside (UK), he gained his Master of Science and PhD at the University of Aston in Birmingham (UK). A member of several academic and professional bodies, he is a Chartered Engineer of the British Computer Society.
An editor and reviewer of international refereed journals, Professor Mansoor has written several books and numerous journal and conference articles; delivered keynote speeches; and is a committee member of local, regional and international conferences.
Professor Mansoor was a member of Bahrain National Qualification Framework’s Verification Committee; previous roles include external consultant for international off-campus programmes of the University of Greenwich (UK) and the University of Sunderland (UK); and IT strategy and training Adviser to Bahrain’s Minister of Labour and Social Affairs. He worked as IT and business consultant, developing and advising on various major commercial and technical systems.
Professor Mansoor is board member and chairperson of various community organisations.
Office of International Affairs
Kyung Hee University
Republic of Korea
Min-Yu (Michelle) Li
Office of Global Engagement
Chang Jung Christian University (CJCU)
Since 1998, Dr Min-Yu Li has been working in higher education sector. She is currently a faculty of College of Management at CJCU Taiwan. Her specialties center around TESOL, corpus linguistics, genre analysis, cross-cultural communication, and higher education. She had been directing the Language Education Center at CJCU for 5 years. In 2016, she joined the Office of Global Engagement, and now serves as the head of OGE.
Mr Hung TRUONG
Head of International Student Recruitment
The University of Newcastle
Hung joined The University of Newcastle, Australia (UON) in August 2017 as Head of International Student Recruitment. At the University, Hung has been advancing the institution’s student mobility strategies. He has 20 years of management experience in international education.
Prior to joining UON, Hung was the Executive Director at AFS Intercultural Exchanges Hong Kong. At AFS, Hung led an organization that offers Hong Kong’s first and longest-running youth exchange program. From 2008 to 2013, Hung was the Senior Manager of International Affairs at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU). At PolyU he led and executed PolyU’s student mobility and internationalization strategies. Between 2000 and 2008 Hung was the founding Country Manager of EF Education First, Vietnam and Recruitment Director of EF Education First, Asia. At EF, Hung advanced the organization’s presence in Vietnam and beyond.
Prof Maurits Van Rooijen
University of Applied Sciences Europe (UE)
Prof Dr Vinesh Thiruchelvam
Deputy Vice Chancellor
Asia Pacific University
Prof Ir Ts Dr Vinesh Thiruchelvam completed his PhD at University Tun Abdul Razak, Malaysia in 2006. He attained his Professional Engineering certification from the Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM) in 2012, his Chartered Engineer (CEng) qualification from Engineering Council, UK in 2011 (IET-UK) and is a Fellow & CEng of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE-UK). Prof Vinesh has been the Chairman of the Engineering Education Technical Division (E2TD) at the Institute of Engineers Malaysia, advisory to IEMASB, member of the Ministry of Education’s ‘STEM Task Force’ directly involved with the development of the MoE’s 2015 Education Blueprint, member of the Ministry of Human Resources’ BPIC on quality of graduates in 2014-2017, member of Malaysian National Task Force for Big Data Movements with Malaysian Digital Economy Corporation (MDeC) in 2015-2018 and is currently contributing to the Malaysian National Framework for Artificial Intelligence under the Ministry of Communications & Multimedia (KKMM) as a scientific expert appointed in 2019.
Prof Vinesh is also appointed on to Digital Expert Panel for Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) as endorsed by KKMM covering Cybersecurity, Data Science, Software & System Integrator, Animation, Games and Internet of Things for 2020-2024. He is also the Technical Chair and Lead for ISO/TC 307/WG 1 BlockChain Fundamentals Standards development worldwide.
Prof Vinesh is currently the Deputy Vice Chancellor for Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation (APU) and the Chief Innovation Officer for the APIIT Education Group. He is also an academic advisor and external examiner to three Malaysian Public Universities. His core scholarly research areas are in Sustainable Developments, Reliability Engineering using Smart Devices with IoT via Secured Infrastructure and applications of Data Analytics & AI with Business Intelligence. His recent innovation outcomes are in Online Distance Learning (ODL) for which he has developed and implemented teaching & learning processes, integrated approaches to sub-areas/sub-sets of programmes undertaken by students such as project delivery and internships which designing new dashboards & systems to support the work process flow of the ODL. Along with this was leading the evaluation of technology/platforms to be utilized and the Blended Learning strategy implemented.
Prof Judith Lamie
JL Education Consultants Ltd
Professor Judith Lamie is a highly experienced educationalist having worked in the education sector for over 30 years. During this time she held senior executive positions at several universities, providing institutional leadership in marketing and student recruitment, business engagement, online learning and international development. She has been responsible for running offices and campuses both in the United Kingdom and overseas and is an experienced leader, manager and consultant. Judith is Managing Director of JL Education Consultants Ltd. At JLEC Judith provides interim management solutions, project planning and delivery, coaching and training sessions across a range of academic and professional areas including strategic leadership, internationalisation, marketing and change management.
Judith’s academic background, as a Professor of Advanced Language Study, with a specialism in change management, means she is well placed to assist institutions in making change happen. Judith is a Fellow of the HEA and has authored books and articles in applied linguistics, change management and international education. She has presented at national and international conferences, and worked in an advisory capacity for many institutions, governments, businesses and national agencies. Judith has extensive experience on external boards and is currently Chair of the Navitas Board of Directors. She is acutely aware of the importance of ensuring sustainability in the business whilst managing risk through robust governance and management policies and procedures.
Dr. Don Olcott, Jr. FRSA
Global Consultant and Professor, Leadership and
Open and Distance Learning
Dr. Don Olcott, Jr., FRSA, is a Global Higher Education Consultant specializing in educational leadership and open and distance education. He is based in Romania. He is also an adjunct full Professor of Educational Leadership and ODL with the University of Maryland Global Campus (USA) and an adjunct instructor with Oldenburg University, Germany. From 2014-2017, he served as a visiting Professor and Co-Director of the uImagine Digital Innovation Laboratory and as Head of Virtual Campus at Charles Sturt University in Australia. Don is a Senior Fellow with the European Distance and eLearning Network (EDEN) and Honorary Professor at the University of South Africa (Unisa). Dr. Olcott is former Chief Executive of The Observatory on Borderless Higher Education (OBHE) in the UK (2007-2011), and former Chairman of the Board of Directors and President of the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA). He was the 2016 Stanley Draczek Outstanding Teaching Award recipient from the University of Maryland Global Campus for excellence in online teaching and learning.
Professor Darrell Evans
Darrell Evans is passionate about the transformative power of education and its promise for future generations. As a former Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Teaching), and with an academic background as a professor in anatomy, Darrell blends his teaching, research and senior management expertise as well as his creative flair to provide dynamic approaches to the training and mentoring of educators through his company globalDARBE. Darrell’s role as a change leader in higher education also provides the opportunity for sharing his experience and ideas in areas that span vision and strategy creation, curriculum development and online learning, infrastructure design and campus planning, and leadership development and change management. As an award-winning teacher, Darrell is internationally recognised for advances and creativity in higher education practice and contributions to the student experience. He is also an active supporter of outreach and has worked with schools and communities to widen participation and public understanding of science with several national television and radio appearances.
Datuk Ir. Dr. Siti Hamisah
Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation Malaysia (MOSTI)
Datuk Ir. Dr. Siti Hamisah is currently the Secretary General of Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation Malaysia (MOSTI) since March 2020. Datuk Ir. Ts. Dr. is responsible for research, development, commercialisation and innovation grants as well as debt and equity agencies that focus on technology startups. Datuk Ir. Dr. also has an extensive experience in higher education as the Director General and Deputy Director General of Higher Education Department since 2009 before being appointed as Secretary General of Ministry of Energy, Science, Technology and Climate Change (MESTECC) in 2019. She continues to provide the leadership needed in connecting strategically the government, academia, and industry for the economic advancement and societal well-being pillaring in science, technology and innovation – a passion she always holds dearly. Datuk Siti also served as academia in Universiti Teknologi Malaysia and professional engineer earlier in her career.
On professional level, she is a registered Technologist with Malaysia Board of Technologists and a registered engineer under the Board of Engineers Malaysia. Datuk Ir. Dr. Siti Hamisah received her PhD in Civil Engineering from University of Leeds United Kingdom and Honorary Doctorate (Doctor of Science) from the University of Southampton in 2016 for her outstanding contributions in the engineering field. She has received numerous education accolades including the Asia HRD Awards 2017 for her contributions to the Malaysian Society by advancing higher education and the Honorary Fellow of ASEAN Federation of Engineering Organisations (AFEO) in 2017 for her expertise and experience in advancing the growth of engineering in the ASEAN region.
Professor Mary Stiasny OBE BSc MA(Ed) PhD
Pro Vice-Chancellor (International) and Chief Executive,
University of London Worldwide
Throughout her career, Professor Mary Stiasny has worked to both deliver and promote quality accessible education across the world.
Prior to becoming Pro Vice-Chancellor (International), Professor Stiasny provided strategic direction and leadership at the Institute of Education, in her capacity as Pro-Director with responsibility for Learning, Teaching and International.
Working life for Professor Stiasny began as a secondary school teacher in West London. She then joined Goldsmiths College, where she was involved in initial teacher education, becoming Director of PGCE and Deputy Head of the Department of Educational Studies. This was followed by a move to Oxford Brookes University, where she was appointed Deputy Head of the School of Education. She then returned to London, to become Head of the School of Education and Training at the University of Greenwich. Professor Stiasny then spent four years at the British Council as Director of Education and Training before joining the Institute of Education.
Professor Stiasny’s practical and strategic experience in education spans across a wide range of roles, including providing consultancy for a number of education projects that have attracted external funding, and as an external examiner.
Ms Tori Ellenberger
Director, North America
Deakin University, USA
Tori Ellenberger serves as Director, North America at Deakin University and is based in North Carolina. She is responsible for developing partnerships, student and staff exchange, alumni engagement and supporting institutional partnerships. Previously she worked at universities in Ireland, US, and Australia, and in the private sector in the US in corporate international relocation. She holds a MA International and Intercultural Communication from The University of Denver and recently published in Studies in Higher Education.
Professor Abdulla Y. Al-Hawaj
Founding President and Chairman
Dr. Abdulla Y. Al-Hawaj, the Founding President of Ahlia University, ranks in the top echelon of educational leaders in the Arabian Gulf. His incumbency in numerous managerial posts in prestigious organizations associated with educational development at a national level, combined with a plethora of academic accolades awarded to him by esteemed institutions, attests to Dr. Al-Hawaj’s being in the vanguard of higher educational reform in the Kingdom of Bahrain. In recognition of Dr. Al-Hawaj’s trail blazing contributions in the sphere of educational advancement in the Kingdom of Bahrain, he was appointed in the year 2000 — by royal decree – as a member of the Supreme Committee for the Kingdom National Charter, in which he serves as the coordinator of its Educational Committee. Dr. Al-Hawaj holds a Ph.D. and M.Sc. in Applied Mathematics from the University of Manchester (UK) and a B.Sc. (Hon.) in Mathematics from the University of Kuwait.
Dr. Al-Hawaj launched his distinguished academic career at the University of Bahrain, in which he held the successive posts of Dean of Registration & Student Affairs, Chairman of the Department of Mathematics, and Chairman of the Department of Computer Science. He attained the rank of Professor of Mathematics at the University of Bahrain in 1993 and continued to serve the University of Bahrain in that capacity until 2005. Dr. Al-Hawaj’s profound contributions to the fields of Mathematics, Computer Sciences, and Education through numerous research papers, books, media debates, and public discussions are vast. His unstinting dynamism, paradigm-shattering innovation and superlative achievement in the academic and social arena have accorded him a number of prestigious awards and honorariums.
Dr. Al-Hawaj has extensive experience in leading large multi-dimensional institutions. His signature use of pragmatic and innovative thinking in solving complex educational and business issues stems from his strong managerial and educational background. He is widely acclaimed as a pioneering architect of the private university in the Arabian Gulf and a leading proponent of excellence in Higher Education in the whole of the Middle East. He is the Chairman of the Executive Office of The Association of Arab Private Institutions for Higher Education. In the year 2019, he was awarded the Doctor of Science honoris causa (DSc) from Brunel University London for his contribution to international education.
Ms Karen Peyronnin
Director of the Executive Masters
École des Ponts ParisTech
Karen Peyronnin is the director of the Executive Masters at École des Ponts ParisTech in France.
She was previously the director of International at BINUS University, Jakarta, Indonesia where she started her career in higher education and was in charge of the first EPAS accreditation for Binus International Accounting Program (awarded in October 2014).
She is French and graduated from ESG Paris (PGSM) with a master in international business Her previous European corporate experience in international business and supply chain management. Her research interest is in cross cultural management, process improvement and internationalization.
Mrs Ramatu Umar Bako
Head of Influencing, Advocacy and Public Engagement
Ramatu Umar-Bako is an alumnus of the UK Chevening leadership and UK Common Purpose Executive programmes. She has an LLB (Hons) in Law from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, BL from the Nigerian Law School, Abuja and an MSc Global Conflict and Peace Processes from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom. Ramatu also has numerous qualifications including a PGD Certificate in War, Conflict and Development from the UK Open University, Certificate in Gender Equality from the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, South Africa among others.
Mrs. Bako has over 18 years of experience in international development with a focus on good governance through human rights, gender equality, and youth empowerment. She has expertise in organizational development, project management, grant administration, institutional capacity building, audit and diagnostic review of governance structures, internal processes and financial management of private and public sector. She has delivered high level trainings and presentations across Nigeria, the UK and across Africa.
She has worked as a legal practitioner under a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), G. Offodile Okafor SAN and with various local and international organizations: League for Human Rights, International Human Rights Law Group, the British Council Nigeria as a Governance Manager and later, Portfolio Manager Public Diplomacy and the Country Director, Speakers’ Corner Trust Nigeria, a UK Charity organization promoting freedom of expression, public debate and active citizenship. She is a former Executive Director of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA).
Mrs Bako is a member of several local and international organizations namely: Association of Project Managers (APM) UK, Institute of Customer Service (ICS) UK, Nigerian Institute of Public Management and the Nigerian Portfolio Management Institute among many others. She is an Adjunct lecturer and Associate Editor of the Capital Law Review, has contributed to many other publications and is a regular contributor to public discourse.
She is currently the Head of Influencing, Advocacy and Public Engagement at Oxfam in Nigeria leading on the campaigns, advocacy, strategic partnerships and communications in country.
Ms Charlene Allen
Managing Director, Red Emerald and Co-Founder. The IC Global Partnership
Charlene has 21 years’ experience in Higher Education. She has held senior roles across several universities in the UK, held a national sector leading role as Chair of British Universities International Liaison Association (BUILA) and sat on strategic international advisory boards for the British Council, Universities UK International and the UK Council for International Students Association. Her work has included the development and implementation of various internationalisation projects, lobbying on internationalisation matters and working with the Department of Education and the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy International Team on the UK International Education Strategy. She is passionate about internationalisation of HE and the development of female leadership.
Mrs. Winnie Eley
Partner, Education Insight UK
Winnie has a dedicated interest in all-round education, leadership and management. In the past two decades, she held a number of senior executive positions from Vice-President at University of Southampton in the UK, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at The University of Newcastle in Australia, Director of International Affairs at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Deputy Country Director at British Council in Nigeria, to Director of Education Services at British Council in Hong Kong. Winnie is an appointed auditor of the Quality Assurance Council at the University Grants Committee in Hong Kong between 2014 and 2019. Currently, she is an honorary member of the Association of British Chinese Professors registered in the UK, International Academic Advisory Committee Member of QS-APPLE, QS-MAPLE and QS-Worldwide, and a Partner at Education Insight in the UK.
Mr Choon Hyun Kim
Director, Office of International Affairs
Kyung Hee University, Republic of Korea
Prof Sandeep Gopalan
Piedmont International University, USA
Ms Mandy Mok
Founder and CEO
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Dr Kevin Downing
Secretary to Council and Court
Director, Institutional Research Office
City University of Hong Kong
Dr. Kevin Downing is Director of Knowledge, Enterprise and Analysis at City University of Hong Kong. His portfolios have included strategic and academic planning, institutional research, quality assurance and liaison with the Universities Grants Committee. Dr. Downing is a Chartered Psychologist and Chartered Scientist with a current Licence to Practice, and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society with wide international experience, including senior academic posts in Europe and Asia. His published work centres on psychology, education and metacognitive development and he is Editor-in-Chief of the SSCI and SCOPUS listed journal Educational Studies.
Professor Sally Chan
Pro Vice-Chancellor (Singapore) and Chief Executive Office (UON Singapore)
University of Newcastle,
Professor Sally Chan is a global healthcare educator and researcher with more than 25 years’ experience in the university sector. She played an integral role in promoting the University’s nursing and healthcare research globally through developing and maintaining collaborative relationships with research partners in universities, hospitals and health providers in countries all over the world including Singapore, Thailand, China, Europe and the United Kingdom. Having featured in more than 400 international publications and presentations, Professor Chan’s passion for combining research, education and practice has significantly impacted nursing education, mental healthcare policy and service delivery across the globe.
In her previous role as Dean, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Professor Chan has led significant achievements in the School over the past five years, including improving School’s global standing, ranking in the top 50 in the world by the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019 and increasing the School’s international student numbers.
In her new role as Pro Vice-Chancellor, University of Newcastle Singapore, Professor Chan brings with her an outstanding track record in building international partnerships that will help create new opportunities for the University of Newcastle in this important region.
Professor Chan has been honored for her significant contributions to healthcare. In 2013, she was inducted into the ‘International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame’ by the Sigma Theta Tau International Honors Society of Nursing and Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.
In 2018, she received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Hong Kong College of Mental Health Nursing; and the Research Supervision Excellence Award from the School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Newcastle. In 2017, she was awarded the Outstanding Alumni Award from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University for her significant achievement and contribution to nursing development and Hong Kong community. In 2016, she received the University of Newcastle Vice-Chancellor’s Award for International Engagement; and the Faculty of Health and Medicine International Award for her exceptional achievement in building and sustaining international relations and engagement for the University.
Her extensive list of accolades also includes the Chinese University of Hong Kong ‘Teacher of the Year’ awards in 1998, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, and the ‘Master Teacher’ in 2007 by the institute’s Faculty of Medicine.
Prof Nigel Healey
Professor of International Higher Education and
Associate Vice-President (Global Engagement)
University of Limerick
Dr Nigel Healey is Professor of International Higher Education and Associate Vice-President (Global Engagement) at the University of Limerick. Prior to his appointment at the University of Limerick, Professor Healey held senior academic positions at Fiji National University, Nottingham Trent University, the University of Canterbury (New Zealand) and Manchester Metropolitan University, as well as teaching positions at the University of Leicester and Leeds Beckett University. He has been a visiting professor at various universities in Belarus, China, Poland, and the United States.
His current research interests are in the internationalization of higher education, transnational education and higher education policy and management. He has served as an economic policy advisor to the prime minister of Belarus and the deputy minister of economy of the Russian Federation and managed a number of multinational research and economic development projects in different parts of the world. He is chair of the QS-APPLE academic conference committee and, until recently, a member of the Council of the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU). He is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and the New Zealand Institute of Management and Leadership and a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.