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Prof Cees de Bont
Loughborough School of Design and Creative Arts School
Cees de Bont is the dean of Loughborough School of Design and Creative Arts School. Before that, Cees was the dean of the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering of the Delft University of Technology (2005-2011) and dean of the School of Design of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (2012-1018). Cees also worked for Royal Philips Electronics in various roles related to design, marketing and strategy (1995-2005).
Cees co-authored many academic papers in top journal, such as: Design Studies, Design Issues, International Journal of Design, Journal of Product Innovation Management, She ji: The Journal of Design, Economics and Innovation, Journal of Engineering Design, etc. His academic interests are in design education, consumer behavior, the adoption of innovations and responsible design.
Cees de Bont holds a BSc in Psychology and a MSc in Consumer Psychology from Tilburg University and a PhD from Delft University of Technology (1992). In 2017, Cees won the ICoNNN Award.
Prof Dr Maurits Van Rooijen
Group Rector and Chief Academic Officer of Global University Systems (GUS)
Rector of the University of Europe for Applied Sciences
Since the mid-90s Prof dr Maurits van Rooijen has served on the executive of the European Access Network (EAN), which is currently based in Belgium and is the only global organisation wholly dedicated to advancing access and widening participation to higher education.
Professor van Rooijen has held visiting and honorary appointments at universities globally in his academic field (sustainable urbanisation) and has published widely on international education and university management. He is actively involved in various international organisations. He is the long serving co-chairman of the World Association for Co-operative and work Integrated learning (https://waceinc.org/) and the former President of the Compostela Group of Universities from 2008-2016. (https://web.gcompostela.org/). He holds various international awards including the Constance Meldrum prize for Vision and Leadership (EAIE 2012) and the Emblema Ouro or Golden Insignia of the Universidad Santiago de Compostela (2014).
Professor Maurits van Rooijen is Group Rector and Chief Academic Officer of Global University Systems (GUS). In addition to this role, on 1st September 2019, Professor van Rooijen was appointed as Rector of the University of Europe for Applied Sciences. He is also Chairman of IBAT College Dublin and GISMA Germany.
Prof Dr Maurits van Rooijen
Chief Academic Officer, Global University Systems and Rector, University of Europe for Applied Sciences Germany
Prof dr Maurits van Rooijen is currently Chief Executive for Academic Affairs at Global University Systems, a private sector higher education provider that manages over two dozen HE institutions globally and with a wide range of partnerships with public or non-profit institutions. He is also the Rector (President) of the University of Europe for Applied Sciences in Germany and board chair of IBAT in Dublin, Ireland and GISMA Business School in Germany.
Before the launch of Global University Systems almost a decade ago, he was CEO and Rector Magnificus of the prestigious ‘corporate leadership’ university, Nyenrode in the Netherlands. Before that he was Executive Vice President at the University of Westminster, London, acting VP at Victoria University Melbourne, VP at Leiden University in the Netherlands, a director at the Erasmus University Rotterdam and held an academic position at his Alma Mater Utrecht University.
He has held many visiting and honorary members positions in his academic specialisation of sustainable urbanisation and leadership positions in international organisation such as the World Association for Cooperative and Experiential Education (WACE, now based at the University of Waterloo in Canada: https://waceinc.org/ ) and the Compostela Group of University (Santiago de Compostela, Spain: https://web.gcompostela.org/ ).
Dr Janet Ilieva
Founder & CEO of Education Insight
Janet Ilieva is the founder and director of Education Insight, a research consultancy specialising in international higher education. Janet’s research focuses on global student mobility, national policies and regulatory environment for higher education engagement, sustainable development, university partnerships and transnational education.
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. She joined the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) in May 2013 as head of the HEFCE Observatory. There, she published on international student demand for higher education in England, focusing on transnational education. Janet regularly researches higher education engagement for government departments and international organisations in Europe and Asia and the universities’ sector.
Education Insight’s most recent project is the Global Engagement Index (GEI), which captures the state of internationalism across the UK higher education, universities’ engagement in sustainable development and graduate outcomes. Her latest research studies institutional frameworks for global engagement and sustainable development.
Mr Pieter Stek
Pieter E. Stek is the Chief Analyst at AppliedHE, a role in which he is responsible for the company’s rating, ranking and related products. Before joining AppliedHE he worked for QS Asia Quacquarelli Symonds as Head of Content, overseeing the content for many of the company’s professional conferences and publications. He has also worked at universities in South Korea and the Netherlands and has experience as a journalist, civil servant, elected university council representative and bar tender. Pieter holds Master’s degrees from the University of Twente and Yonsei University and is currently pursuing a doctorate at Delft University of Technology.
Ms Mandy Mok
CEO & Founder
Mandy Mok has three decades of corporate experience driven by a deep passion for the advancement of Higher Education.
Joining QS in June 2002 was a major career move which gave her ample opportunities to spearhead their pioneering work for International Higher Education, particularly in Asia, Middle East and Africa (AMEA).
In her capacity as CEO of QS Asia, Mandy has offered the best of branding, consultancy, and student recruitment services to Universities in the region.
Visits to over 250 Universities in the AMEA region gave her compelling insights into prevailing realities and future requirements of its higher education. With these in mind, she has constantly supported top University leaders with strategies for advancement, globalization and internationalization.
Sensitive to the specific needs of institutions that fall outside of established ranking performance measures, Mandy has left QS to start AppliedHE on 1st January 2020, a new higher education branding and rating agency which is focused on employability, quality of teaching and learning, and collaboration with industry.
AppliedHE brings the benefits of a fresh, new technology-driven operation to the field of higher education branding, ratings and professional networking. It leverages big data and artificial intelligence together with Mandy’s vast and specialist experience to reinvent her industry and with it, the higher education sector.
Winnie Eley (Mrs.)
Partner, Education Insight, UK
Secretary to Governing Board of CityU (Dongguan) at City University of Hong Kong
Winnie has a dedicated interest in all-round education, strategy and governance, leadership and management. For two decades, she held a number of senior academic leadership and 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, Advisory Committee Member of QS-APPLE and QS-MAPLE, a Partner at Education Insight UK and Secretary to Governing Board of CityU (Dongguan) at City University of Hong Kong.
Mr Eddie West
Assistant Dean, International Strategy and Programs
San Diego State University (SDSU)
Eddie West serves as assistant dean, international strategy and programs at San Diego State University (SDSU), where he provides leadership of international partnership development, collaborations, and overseas programs. From 2016 to 2019 West served as assistant dean, international programs at Berkeley Extension, the continuing and professional education division of the University of California, Berkeley.
Previously he led international initiatives at the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), where he co-authored International Student Recruitment Agencies: A Guide for Schools, Colleges and Universities, and co-edited NACAC’s inaugural Guide to International University Admission. West is a founding member of https://www.can-ie.org/.
Ms Yifan Wang
Yifan works at Capgemini Consulting in Shanghai delivering innovative technology solutions to clients. She also provides pro-bono consulting services for environmental education NGOs in China. Previously, she had study and work experience in China, Australia, the U.S., Indonesia, and Thailand in the field of higher education, investment banking, and project management.
Yifan is an advocate for UN SDGs. She founded the Women’s Network of Australia-China Youth Association, the largest non-political youth organization between two countries, and was selected to attend Watson Institute, the first social innovation incubator in the U.S. She was the first-ever Global Citizen Award Winner at the University of Newcastle, and the 2020 Young Australia China Alumni of the Year Award Finalist. She’s featured on People’s Daily, Lowy Institute and other media in advocating for SDGs.
Yifan graduated with a Master of Management from the University of Melbourne. She holds ACCA and is a certified Scrum Master.
Prof Jenny J. Lee
Professor of Center for the Study of Higher Education
University of Arizona
Jenny J. Lee is a professor at the Center for the Study of Higher Education at the University of Arizona. Professor Lee’s research examines ways that policies, geopolitics, and social forces shape inequities in higher education, in the US and abroad. Her comparative research on international student mobility and experiences in the U.S., Mexico, South Korea, and South Africa over the past decade have especially been cited widely. Professor Lee has authored and co-authored over 120 publications, which regularly appear in the top journals of higher education.
In addition to over 4,000 scholarly citations, Nature, Science, the New York Times, Al Jazeera, and many other national and international news outlets have quoted Professor Lee and featured her research. She holds numerous editorial board positions, including co-editor of the Studies of Global Higher Education book series. She has held numerous scholar appointments at Korea and South Africa.
Her latest research focuses on the geopolitics of global science, which will be featured in her forthcoming edited book, “U.S. Power in International Higher Education,” to be published by Rutgers University Press early 2021.
Founder and Director
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/).
Prof Tawana Kupe
University of Pretoria
Professor Tawana Kupe is the Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Pretoria. He holds a BA Honours and Masters degree in English from the University of Zimbabwe, and a DPhil in Media Studies from University of Oslo, Norway. An Honorary Doctorate in Humanities was bestowed on him by Michigan State University in December 2019.
Prof Kupe has a notable publication record, having authored journal articles, books and book chapters in his main discipline, Media Studies and Journalism. He is an active member of several Civil Society Organisations, including the AmaBhungane Centre for Investigative Journalism and is Chairman of the Board of Media Monitoring Africa. He has been a judge and convenor of multiple major journalism awards in South Africa and is a member of the Council of the International Association of Media and Communication Research.
He has recently been appointed as a council member and trustee of The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) Council, as well as a member of the National Advisory Council on Innovation (NACI) in South Africa, and the Advisory Committee of the South African Sustainable Development Goals Policy Support Initiative.
Professor Kupe is a popular invited speaker, academic expert and regular commentator on issues of media performance on radio, television and the print media in South Africa for local and international media.
Ms Karen Peyronnin
Executive Masters at 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.
Mr Hung TRUONG
Head of International Student Recruitment
The University of Newcastle
Telephone: (61) 4921 5853
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.
Dr Richard Holmes
University Ranking Watch blog
Richard Holmes has worked at colleges and universities in the United States, Nigeria and Malaysia, most recently at Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM). His work in Applied Linguistics has appeared in journals such as English for Specific Purposes, ITL international Journal of Applied Linguistics, Innovations in Education and Teaching International and the Hong Kong Journal of Applied Linguistics.
He is now the writer of the blog University Ranking Watch and has worked on global university rankings with universities and organisations such as the International Ranking Expert Group, the International Network of Research Management Systems, and the International Visibility Project, Poland. He has spoken at academic conferences including Wuhan University, Ural Federal University, Qatar University, the University of Bologna, and Beijing University of Technology.
Zanné Van Wyk
Head of Data and Analytics
Diocese of Maitland – Newcastle
Zanné Van Wyk has 30 years of Data and Analytics experience with a particular interest in reimagining what’s possible with analytics and AI in Education. Her team utilizes the latest innovations in data and what’s possible with analytics and AI to accelerate their Data and Analytics transformation agenda. Insights extracted from data collected across the student learning lifecycle are applied to develop predictive models to be used for targeted ‘interventions’ in time to make a difference, not months downstream of an issue. The ability to understand what’s happening at the moment is more valuable than ever. And the ability to make confident decisions based on that understanding is essential for helping organisations adapt and thrive—even as circumstances change rapidly. With an MSc from Sheffield Hallam University (SHU) in the UK with Mathematical Statistics, Advanced Analytics and Data Science, she specialises in the development and implementation of comprehensive D&A Strategies focussing on Advanced Analytics and Data Science platforms.
Prof Sandeep Gopalan
Prof Gopalan is the Vice Chancellor of Carolina 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.
Elizabeth Lee (Dr)
Chief Executive Officer
Sunway Education Group
Under Elizabeth’s leadership since 1992, the Sunway Education Group (SEG) has developed from just one institution into a dynamic group of 16 institutions, currently empowering approximately 30,000 students. A recognised thought-leader by both the public and private sectors, Elizabeth has presented at the world’s top universities and global platforms. A Malaysian Qualifications Agency council member, Elizabeth holds a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Education from the University of Cambridge and has been awarded two honorary doctorates, from the University of Nottingham, United Kingdom, and Victoria University, Australia, respectively. Aside from many awards and accolades, Elizabeth was honoured by the Sin Chew media group as ‘Educationist of the Year’ in 2019.
To learn more about Elizabeth: https://www.sunway.edu.my/about-us/Dr-Elizabeth-Lee-CEO
Mr Pieter Stek
Pieter E Stek is Chief Analyst and Editor at AppliedHE. He previously worked for QS Quacquarelli Symonds’ Singapore office. Prior to that he worked in higher education, both as an administrator and a lecturer, at universities in the Netherlands and South Korea. He is currently pursuing his doctorate in the economics of technology and innovation at Delft University of Technology.
Prof Sibrandes Poppema
Professor Sibrandes Poppema took up the position of President of Sunway University in January 2021. He was invited to Sunway University in 2019 as a Tan Sri Jeffrey Cheah Distinguished Professor and Advisor to the Chancellor on the establishment of a Medical School at Sunway University. Professor Poppema is a Dutch Canadian Citizen and studied Medicine at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. He trained as a pathologist and holds a doctorate in Immunopathology from the University of Groningen. He held postdoc positions at the University of Kiel in Germany and Harvard University in the USA. He has widely published on subjects in immunology, haematology, oncology and transplantation, his papers have been cited more than 18,500 times for an H-factor of 76 in Google Scholar, and he is among the top 2% highly cited authors in the world in the field of immunology. He is an expert in lymphoma pathology, especially in Hodgkin Lymphoma, and he has contributed to several Hematopathology textbooks.
He has held several academic leadership positions, most recently from 2008-2018 as President of the University of Groningen, a global top 100 university established in 1614, and as Dean and Vice President of the University Medical Center Groningen from 2009 to 2018. As president of the University of Groningen, he oversaw the rise of the university to place 59 in the Academic Ranking of World Universities, as well as strong increases in student success and student satisfaction. Professor Poppema was the initiator of the Healthy Ageing focus at the University of Groningen and established the Biobank and Cohort study Lifelines. He also was one of the initiators of the New Energy Coalition and the zero-emission Energy Academy building. Finally, he was instrumental in establishing the University Campus Fryslan and the European Medical School Oldenburg Groningen. From 195-1999, he was the chair and head of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine of the Academic Hospital Groningen. From 1987-1995 he was a Professor of Pathology and Oncology at the University of Alberta, Director of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and Vice-President Research at the Cross Cancer Institute in Alberta, Canada.
On April 27, 2007, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands awarded Poppema a Knighthood in the Order of the Netherlands Lion for his scientific achievements. In 2020, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, the President of the Federal Republic of Germany awarded Poppema the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, for his achievements in strengthening scientific and educational ties between Germany and the Netherlands. Poppema has been a member of the Netherlands Academy of Technology and Innovation (ACTI). He also was a recipient of the Medal of Honor of the City of Groningen, and of the Medal of Honor of the Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg. Since October 2011 he has been the Honorary Consul General in the Northern Netherlands for the Republic of Korea.
Prof Dato Dr Toh Kian Kok
Group Business Development Advisor, UCSI Group
Senior Vice-President, Group Human Resource, UCSI Group
Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Global Rankings and Internal Audit, UCSI University
In his role as Senior Vice-President of Group Human Resource, Dr Toh Kian Kok works to address the needs, requirements and functions of each company within UCSI Group in accordance to company policy, labour law, as well as other social and ethical parameters. To ensure compliance with the University’s goals and objectives, he oversees university rankings portfolio as well as regular internal, external and collaboration partners’ audit exercises where he has been instrumental in inculcating a culture of quality and excellence at UCSI. Seeking to match the best people with the correct roles, he fosters an employee-oriented, high-performance culture at UCSI that empowers staff to raise the bar in all they do.
His contributions is critical in elevating UCSI University to become Malaysia’s and South East Asia’s top private university in QS World University Rankings (WUR) 2019 and 2020 apart from being among the top Malaysian universities alongside the five (5) research universities. Under Dr Toh, UCSI is now ranked Top 400 (1.3%) in the world, 105th in Asia, Top 300 for Graduate Employability Rankings, Top 60 for young universities, and in the recent edition of QS WUR By Subject 2021, four (4) of UCSI’s subjects being world ranked (Performing Arts at Top 50, Business and Management at Top 300, Hospitality and Leisure Management at Top 100 and Petroleum Engineering at Top 150 in the world.
Prior to this, Dr Toh served as Dean of the Faculty of Business and Information Science – the University’s largest faculty – where he was responsible for the Faculty’s academic operations and strategic direction. He was also chairman of the executive committees of UCSI Extension and UCSI Poll Research Centre. Dr Toh received his PhD in Statistics from University of Malaya. He also has an MSc in Applied Mathematical Sciences and a BSc Actuarial Science from University of Central Oklahoma in the United States.
Dr Aigerim Shilibekova
Director of Centre for Teaching Excellence
University of Canada West
Engr. Nestor Rubio Ong is a full-time faculty member and is presently the Deputy Director of the University of Santo Tomas’ Office of QS/THE Rankings. Previously, he served as Assistant Director of the University of Santo Tomas’ Quality Management Office, chair of the IE Department and dean of the College of Engineering of Lyceum of the Philippines-Laguna, and as senior manager of INTEL Philippines.
Engr. Ong is a Professional Industrial Engineer and an ASEAN Engineer. He was the very first to join the ASEAN Engineer registry in 2012 from the UST Faculty of Engineering. The recognition is given to engineers in the Southeast Asian region who have achieved “operational excellence in the field of engineering.”
With his more than two decades of accomplishment-laden experience in several multinational manufacturing companies by assuming various senior and technical management positions, Engr. Ong successfully turned around every manufacturing arena into delivering the necessary factory systems to enable World Class Manufacturing. His excellent leadership efforts won for him several recognitions/awards. One of his notable achievements, when he was named as INTEL Key Employee in Year 2000 in recognition of his valuable services and contributions to INTEL’s operation. This is Intel’s highest recognition award given to a deserving and consistently rated outstanding employee. INTEL Philippines was the nation’s leading exporter for many years past.
With his strong background in various key areas of expertise, he is the prime mover in the successful ISO Certification of UST. He is being considered to be a high caliber consultant that can be tapped in both the industry and academia. Moreover, Engr. Ong crafted a framework of the UST’s EQMS (Educational Quality Management System) for excellence which became his research paper as accepted in two international conferences in the same year entitled, “An Integrated Framework: Unifying Diverse Perspectives in EQMS” and turned out in reality when UST earned the distinction of being the first and only university in the Philippines with the four-star rating in QS Stars Rating awarded in 2015 and 2017. Moreover, four of his research papers have been accepted into International Journal of Advanced Science and Technology, which is a Q3 Journal under SCIMAGO-SCOPUS Rankings.
Engr. Ong is currently the only Filipino sitting as a member of the International Academic Advisory Committee of Quacquarelli-Symonds (QS) since 2015. Simultaneously, he has been chosen as the chair of the parallel sessions committee under the different tracks in every QS International Conference and Exhibit annual events. Presently, he is now being invited to be part of the AppliedHE Rankings Advisory Board (RAB).
Engr. Ong holds a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering degree from the University of the Philippines-Diliman where he was a consistent UPCE-PCIERD scholar and a BSIE degree from the MAPUA Institute of Technology.
Dr Nico Jooste
Founding Member and Director of the African Centre for Higher Education Internationalisation
Dr Nico Jooste is the Founding Member and Director of the African Centre for Higher Education Internationalisation. He has had a diverse higher education career before he formally entered the Higher Education Internationalisation field (in 2000), bringing with him Senior University Management Experience and the experience as a Senior Higher Education Lecturer. Dr Jooste firmly believes that Internationalisation is part of the Institutional Academic project (and not just an administrative activity), and that fundamental research about the practice of internationalisation and the development of the field as an academic discipline should be integrated and practiced throughout the institution and higher education systems.
In all his achievements these believes were always the guiding principle. For instance, at the micro-level he convinced his previous institution to recognise Internationalisation as part of the Academic Governance model of the University and as such it became part of the University Academic Senate, and the position of the Head of Internationalisation being awarded dual title, that of an Administrative Professional as well as that of a Senior Academic leader.
He was the Senior Director of the Office for International Education at Nelson Mandela University (South Africa) from 2000 till 2018 when he retired from the public sector to focus solely on AfriC. He was responsible for the development of the office as a self-funding entity. During his time in office, international student numbers grew from 130 in 2000 to 1500 in 2018. Comprehensive Internationalisation was implemented during this period as a strategic imperative of the University. In 2012, the Office was awarded the Excellence in Internationalisation Award by the International Education Association of South Africa (IEASA). Dr Jooste is involved in the re-thinking of higher education internationalisation globally and as such helped arrange the Global Dialogue on the Future of Higher Education Internationalisation, held in January 2014 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. He was appointed by the Department of Higher Education and Training to head the advisory committee responsible for the drafting of the South African National Policy for Higher Education Internationalisation. The draft policy was published in June 2017 and would be come national policy during the 2019 calendar year.
He is the former President of the International Education Association of South Africa (IEASA). From June 1998 to June 2000, he was the Executive Director of the Eastern Cape Higher Education Association. He was the Deputy Registrar Academic from January 1993 and acting Registrar of the University of Fort Hare from January 1995 to December 1996. Dr Jooste was also a lecturer and senior lecturer in the Department of History and Economic History at the University of Fort Hare from February 1982 to February 1992. His areas of specialisation are the Internationalisation of Higher Education in Developing Countries, the Eastern Cape history and international relations of South Africa during the Cold War. He has published widely on South African history as well as on Higher Education management and Higher Education Internationalisation. He has further presented numerous papers at local and international conferences on both topics, and been the keynote speaker at various international higher education conferences. He is a member of a variety of Global International Education Organisations and was identified by the AIEA as one of the 27 global international education provocateurs in May 2014.
Dr. Aigerim Shilibekova is the Founding Director of the Center for Educational Technology and Teaching Excellence at University Canada West in British Columbia, Canada.
Being a polymath, she strongly believes in a lifelong learning and is currently pursuing her second PhD in Educational Technology and Learning Design at Simon Fraser University in Canada. Her research is focused on Universal Design for Learning in online learning and professional faculty development.
Prior to shifting her career and moving to Canada Dr. Shilibekova was the First Vice-Rector of the Atyrau State University, the Founding Director of the Center for International and Regional Studies at Gumilyov Eurasian National University in Astana, as well as an Associate Professor at ENU for 11 years. She was a Visiting Scholar at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University in 2013 and 2014, the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy at Hamburg University in 2015, Fellow at School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.
Dr. Shilibekova is also an internationally certified trainer and facilitator with the portfolio of 18 successful face-to-face trainings and online courses, 8 innovative projects and programs. She is an author and editor of numerous policy papers and four books: Iran, the co-authored monograph on Iranian domestic and foreign policy (2013), Research Design and Methods in Political Science (2014), History of the Association of the Caspian States Universities (2017), Showcase Projects: Project Management in Higher Education (2017).
Dr. Shilibekova holds a PhD in Political Science from Eurasian National University (2009), an MA in International Relations from Istanbul University (2004) and a BA in Economics from Taraz State University, Kazakhstan (1999). She is an alumna of the Executive Education Program for Senior Executives in National and International Security at Harvard Kennedy School (2013) and holder of Award of Achievement in Intercultural Communication from University of British Columbia (2018).
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.
Prof Dr Shameem Rafik-Galea
Professor of Applied Lingustics and TESOL
Professor Dr. Shameem Rafik-Galea is presently a Professor of Applied Lingustics and TESOL at SEGI University Malaysia. She is also an associate consultant of Galileo Enterprises and Consultancy Services (M) as well as the current President of the Malaysian Association of Applied Linguistics (MAAL).
Shameem retired as a Professor of Applied Linguistics from Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) in October 2017 where she was actively involved in institutional ranking and branding matters. During this time she was an active member of the QS IAAC committee. She then served as the Dean of the Faculty of Social Science and Liberal Arts, UCSI University, Kuala Lumpur from January 2018 to December 2019 before embarking on a career as a consultant and her current position at SEGI.
Shameem has had an active career as a teacher and university academic spanning over 35 years. She has vast experience in matters relating to research, postgraduate education, internationalisation, institutional ranking, quality assurance and curriculum planning and renewal .
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.
Prof Kingsley Bolton
Professor of English Linguistics (Emeritus)
University of Stockholm
Kingsley Bolton is Professor Emeritus in English Linguistics. Kingsley was educated at the University of Kent, Edinburgh University, and Reading University, UK.
His research interests include a wide range of topics related to language and society and English worldwide. Kingsley is currently Co-Editor of the international journal World Englishes (Wiley-Blackwell), and a member of the Editorial Advisory Boards of Applied Linguistics Review, Educational Studies, English Today, English World-Wide and the Journal of World Languages.
He has an active and continuing research agenda, much of which focuses on English in the Asian region, English-medium education, and world Englishes. His publications include a number of books on world Englishes and Asian Englishes, as well as research articles dealing with issues related to English-medium instruction (EMI).
His most recent book project has been The handbook of Asian Englishes (2020, Wiley-Blackwell), which provides an up-to-date overview of the status, functions and features of English in the Asian region. In addition, he is also Series Editor for a new book series from Routledge, entitled Multilingual Asia.
Engr. Nestor Rubio Ong
Office of QS/THE Rankings
University of Santo Tomas
Prof Perry Hobson
Member, Board of Directors
International Centre of Excellence in Tourism and Hospitality Education (THE-ICE)
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 Ardian Wahyu Setiawan, Med
State Polytechnic of Malang
Ardian is a faculty member at State Polytechnic of Malang. He started his career as a trainer at the training centre of a state-owned company and moved to the polytechnic where he works as a lecturer and researcher. His experience of working in the industry has provided him with insights which guide Ardian in developing his professional expertise in the area of vocational HE.
Prof Nigel Healey
Professor of International Higher Education and Associate Vice-President (Global Engagement)
University of Limerick
Prof 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.
Dr Christopher Hill
Faculty of Education
The British University in Dubai
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Dr Christopher Hill has worked in transnational education since 2008; spending 9 years in Malaysia and the last 4 in Dubai. Christopher is an OBHE Associate, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a Specialist for the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications, an Adjunct Researcher for the Higher Evaluation and Accreditation Council of Taiwan and Senior External Examiner for the University of Westminster in Tashkent. His research interests include TNE and its impact on national systems; the role of online learning; and the development of international education and the student experience in the global arena.
Dr Hill hosts the Think Education podcast that provides a platform for reflection and discussion on research practice and teaching and learning within higher education.
Email : Christopher.firstname.lastname@example.org
Prof Abdelrahim A Hunaiti
Assistant Secretary General of AARU and
Director of the Quality Assurance and
He earned his B.Sc. in biology from the University of Jordan, M.S. in Microbiology from California State University in Fresno USA, and Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Washington State University Pullman USA 1983. He worked as a scholar, teacher, and administrator, with over three decades of academic and administrative experience and leadership in higher education. He was the president of University of Jordan, Hashemite University as well as Mutah University, and he also held the position of founding president for Jordanian Higher Education Accreditation Commission. He was elected as Assistance Secretary-General of the Arab Association of Universities in July 2018 till now.
Prof Mohammad Al-Widyan
Amman Arab University
Holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering (ME/thermal) in addition to MS and Ph.D. degrees from the USA in Thermal and Energy Engineering. Since 10/2020, Prof. Al-Widyan has been serving as the President of Amman Arab University, AAU, Jordan. Prior to that, he served as a professor in ME (JUST) and taught courses in the Renewable Energy and Sustainability Master’s Program and served as a supervisor for several grad students in the same program. He also has more than 45 published articles in international journals, several book chapters, in addition to two translated books, one of which won the national Philadelphia award for the best translated book for 2014. Prof. Al-Widyan has been actively engaged in research grants and projects, as well as in participating in the activities of several TEMPUS/Erasmus+ projects.
Prof. Al-Widyan assumed various admin positions including being currently the President of the AAU besides serving as Dean of Research, as well as the Director of the Academic Development and QA center at JUST and has been over the last several years heavily involved in academic quality- and accreditation-related activities nationally and regionally. He is currently serving on the Board of Trustees and Advisory Boards in several Jordanian institutions. Dr. Al-Widyan was pivotal to the establishment of the College of Engineering at King Faisal University, Saudi between 209 and 2014. He was recognized in several national international awards.
Ms Mandy Mok
CEO & Founder
Prof. Saad Abo-Qudais
Al-Balqa Applied University (BAU)
Prof. Abo-Qdais is an active member of BAU’s senior management team as the Vice-president for Scientific Research, International Cooperation & Quality Assurance. He has extensive experience in teaching and research, strategic planning, curriculum design and development, accreditation, quality assurance and graduate employability in Jordan’s Higher education. He is a strong advocate of international collaboration, community and industry engagement and is a firm believer in higher education’ socioeconomic transformative power. His strong record in fund-raising has seen BAU secure substantial funds to improve its programs and offerings, meet higher education’s evolving demands, and help BAU students realize their full potential.
Prof Judith Lamie
JL Education Consultants Ltd
Dr Krasae Chanawongse
Prof Peter Chang
Dr Pornchai Mongkhonvanit
President of Siam University
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.
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.
Ms. 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.
Prof Lilian J. Sison, Ph.D.
Director of International Relations and Programs
University of Santo Tomas
Chair, Asia Pacific Women of Faith Network
Religions for Peace, Asia
Lilian Sison has extensive experience in institutional development in Higher Education having held senior management positions at the University of Santo Tomas as Vice Rector for Academic Affairs and Research and then Dean of the Graduate School. She is also actively engaged in advocacy work on inter-religious dialogue as Chair of the Asia Pacific Women of Faith Network of Religions for Peace (RfP). She works with different Faith groups in promoting dialogue among different Faiths and in common action on humanitarian and resilience building activities particularly on women and children issues. Her work has been presented in regional and global forums such as the UN Alliance of Civilizations in Brazil, and RfP Assemblies in Bosnia Herzegovena, Myanmar, Indonesia and Southern Thailand. In 2019, she chaired the Women Forum of Religions for Peace World Assembly held in Lindau, Germany. Most recently she was invited to participate in the Asian Online Regional Consultation of the G20 Interfaith Forum 2020 sponsored by King Abdullah International Dialogue Centre (KAICIID) and the UN Alliance of Civilizations.
Prof Tahir Kasnawi
Senior Lecturer and Director of Doctoral Program
Professor Tahir Kasnawi is currently a senior lecturer at Hasanuddin University, Makassar, Indonesia, in Several Social Sciences related subjects. Also serving as Director of Doctoral Program at the University. He did his Ph.D. study in The School of Social Sciences, Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia. Besides activities in giving lectures, he also conducts various field researches on social development issues in Indonesia, as well as involve in many series of National and International Seminars. In addition, he currently serves as a vice chairman of The Provincial office of The Council of Indonesian Ulama (MUI), and chairman of expert group at The Indonesian Muslim Scholar Association (ICMI) South Sulawesi, and Member of Inter-religion Harmony Forum (FKUB) of South Sulawesi.
Ms. Jungin Choi, M.S.
Office of International Affairs,
Jungin Choi has worked at the Office of International Affairs at Hanyang University for over 7 years and is now a Manager mainly charged with managing about 4,000 international degree-seeking students coming from 90 different countries. She is responsible for developing extra educational programs and providing student support and services for international degree-seeking students. She is very experienced with managing varied government projects, academic affairs, immigration support, scholarship, career, and counseling programs.
Office of International Affairs, Hanyang University
222 Wangsimni-ro, Seongdong-gu, Seoul 04763 Korea
Tel: + 82.2.2220.2447, email: email@example.com
Mr Yordan Gunawan
Director of International Relations Office
Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta
Yordan Gunawan is the Director of International Relations Office of Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta, Indonesia. He also a Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Law. He received Bachelor’s degree from Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta and continued his study at the National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan, Republic of China. Yordan also finished his study at the Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva, Switzerland where he got certificate on International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law. His research fields are: Public International Law, International Disputes Settlement, Law of International Organization, and International Environmental Law.
Yordan is also serves as a Chairman of Association of International Offices of Muhammadiyah Higher Education Institution where he leads more than 70 International Offices in Indonesia.
Yordan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prof Dr Filipe De Castro Soeiro
Head of Digital Business and Data Science Programme
University of Applied Sciences Europe
Prof. Dr. Filipe de Castro Soeiro is senior international full professor, multidisciplinary academic, administrator and executive leader C-level with 25+ years of experience in restructuring, growth, and innovation strategies, who is market and digital disruptive, innovation sustainable and societal change driven. He holds five degrees in STEM fields of knowledge and has been driving successful navigation in complex and thriving HE institutions (FT ranking) and corporate business ecosystems (Fortune 500) in multiple leading executive and adviser roles. He has been leading and managing the development of multi-business university units and multi-programme lines of business, as well as the design and development of campus, blended and online teaching & learning technologies and methodologies, academic development, academic and student affairs, accreditation, applied research, internationalization and corporate industry linkages. He is currently full professor, researcher and head of the Digital Business and Data Science programme at the University of Applied Sciences Europe GmbH, advisory board member of Outreach Digital, senior external expert in Technology, Innovation and Business Strategy Development for the SPARK Berlin Fund lead by the Berlin Institute of Health and the Charité, and co-chair of the advisory board at the international think tank Health Captains and Medicinale Club in Health 4.0.
Dr Ching-Pu Chen
Professor of Department of Social and Policy Sciences
Chief Global Officer
Yuan Ze University
Dr. Ching-Pu Chen is a professor at the Department of Social and Policy Sciences, and also the Chief Global Officer, Yuan Ze University, Taiwan. He also serves as a director of the board at the Grape king Bio Corporation. He received his Ph.D. and M.S. from Harvard University, and B.S. from Virginia Military Institute. He had 19 years’ service in the R.O.C. Army. He was the director of the Graduate Institute of Defense Decision Sciences, National Defense University before he retired as a colonel. Dr. Chen has taught and published in areas of business ethics, decision and policy analysis, military transformation and affairs.
Ms Aigerim Shilibekova
Director of Centre for Teaching Excellence
University Canada West
Dean of Postgraduate School
Chairman for Marine Resilience and Sustainable Development
Prof. Jamaluddin Jompa, was borne on 8th March 1967 in Takalar, South Sulawesi, Indonesia. He got his PhD at James Cook University, Australia in 2001. He also graduated from McMaster University, Canada for his master degree in 1996. He is a senior lecturer and formerly serves as Dean of Faculty of Marine Sciences and Fisheries, Hasanuddin University (2013-2017) and now serving as Dean of Graduate School at Hasanuddin University. In the last few years, he also has been involved in various programs of the Indonsian Academy of Science (AIPI); including serving as the President of Indonesian Young Academy of Scince (ALMI). From 2004-2013, he served as Director of Research and Development Center for Marine, Coasts, and Small Islands, Unhas. He has published more than 100 journals/books; the majority of them are international publications. In 2007, in addition to his ongoing duties at UnHas, Jamal is also now serving as the scientific advisor to the Minster of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, Indonesia. Jamal is now the Chairman of Center of Excellent on Marine Resilience and Sustainable Development (MaRSAVE) at UNHAS.
Mr Zi Ming
Regional Head of Talent Management
Zi Ming is the Regional Head of Talent Management at Funding Societies – South East Asia’s largest digital Peer-to-Peer lending platform (FinTech). With more than 10 years of regional experience in consultancy and customized education, Zi Ming specializes in implementing highly tailored talent management strategies & workforce development initiatives focused on scaling companies and employees’ readiness for the new future of work.
Dr Lorna Jean (LJ) Edmonds
Former Vice Provost of Global Affairs and
Director of the Center for International Studies
Lorna Jean (LJ) Edmonds the former vice provost of Global Affairs and director of the Center for International Studies and professor, Colleges of Health Sciences and Professions at Ohio University has enjoyed a 30-year career spanning across the university mission as a global influencer. She worked in the United States, four U15 Universities in Canada and internationally. Her academic and administrative interests and leadership style include continuous learning and implementing actions for advancing inclusive and cooperative governance. She has a particular interest now on the governance of Earth within the universe as development and power extend to outer space and the imperative for all to be involved.
Dr Christine Piepiorka
Professor of Media & Communication and
Vice Dean of the Department of Sports, Media & Communication
University of Europe for Applied Sciences
Dr. Christine Piepiorka (*1981) is Professor of Media & Communication and Vice Dean of the Department of Sports, Media & Communication at the University of Europe for Applied Sciences. She graduated in 2001-2005 with a diploma in media economics from the Business and Information Technology School (BiTS). She completed a master’s degree in media science at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum, where she subsequently completed her PhD. During this academic career, she worked full and part time in various fields such as marketing, online marketing, public relations, TV production and film production. In addition to numerous conference contributions and the organization of international conferences as well as the national annual workshop for Television History and Television Studies in Germany, further specialist contributions in the field of television economics and media studies have been produced in recent years.
Ms Lily Manoharan
Worked and lived in the US, UK, Australia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia, Lily effectively connects multi-level stakeholders to forge international and multi-industries collaborative partnerships and projects, including developing institutions in international education arenas and beyond.
After serving Higher Education, K-12 and community development in various countries as a practitioner and leader, Lily now heads creativethinklabs, serving key clients including world’s top technology company, in partnership activation, strategic advisory, project leadership, organization coaching.
You can find her on https://www.linkedin.com/in/lilymanoharan/
Prof Yinghuei Chen
Dean, the International College and
Dean, College of Humanities & Social Sciences
Research Fields & Interests
Dr Shyamal Majumdar
Former head of the UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre for Technical and
Vocational Education and Training (TVET)
Dr Shyamal Majumdar is the former head of the UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET). Prior to taking up the position at UNESCO-UNEVOC, he served as the Director General of the Plan Staff College for Technician Education (CPSC), an intergovernmental organization for human resources development in the Asia-Pacific Region based in Manila, Philippines. He was also a Professor at the National Institute of Technical Teachers Training and Research (NITTTR) in Kolkata, India, where he originally comes from. Dr Majumdar has published over 150 research papers, and has received various international awards from UNESCO, International Vocational Education Training Association, USA, CPSC and various member states for his invaluable contribution to TVET worldwide. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in electronics and communication engineering, a Master’s degree in telecommunications engineering, and Ph.D. in educational computing.
Prof Themis Prodromakis
Professor of Nanotechnology and
Director of the Centre for Electronics Frontiers
Themis Prodromakis is Professor of Nanotechnology and Director of the Centre for Electronics Frontiers at the University of Southampton, UK. His work focuses on developing metal-oxide Resistive Random-Access Memory technologies and related applications and is leading an interdisciplinary team comprising 30 researchers with expertise ranging from materials process development to electron devices and circuits and systems for embedded applications. He holds a Royal Academy of Engineering Chair in Emerging Technologies and a Royal Society Industry Fellowship. He is an Adjunct Professor at UTS Australia, visiting Professor at the Department of Microelectronics and Nanoelectronics at Tsinghua University, and Honorary Fellow at Imperial College London. He is Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, the British Computer Society, the IET and the Institute of Physics and is also Senior Member of the IEEE. He and serves as the Director of the Lloyds Register Foundation International Consortium for Nanotechnology (ICoN: www.lrf-icon.com) and Co-Director of the UKRI Centre for Doctoral Training in Machine Intelligence for Nano- Electronic Devices and Systems (MINDS). In 2015, he established ArC Instruments Ltd that delivers high-performance testing infrastructure for automating characterisation of novel nanodevices in over 16 countries and in 2019 he founded SoneT.ai that is building new power-efficient hardware solutions.
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.
Dr. Don Olcott, Jr. FRSA
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.
Dr Anil Gandhi
Clinical Associate Professor (Surgery)
Monash University Malaysia
Dr Anil Gandhi joined Monash University in August 2009 as a Clinical Associate Professor (Surgery). He graduated from Christian Medical College, India in 1980 and obtained his Master in Surgery from the renowned Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education & Research, Chandigarh, India.
After post-graduation, Dr Gandhi worked in various hospitals in India and South-East Asia namely Brunei, Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong. He specializes in the field of Endoscopy, laparoscopy and upper GI Surgery.
For the last few years, Dr Gandhi has developed a keen interest in Medical Education. Before joining Monash University, Dr Gandhi was working at Queen Mary Hospital, University of Hong Kong and was Deputy Director at the centre for Education & Training within the Dept. of Surgery. He has worked extensively in the field of clinical & surgical skills lab and was a vital contributor in setting up skills centres in his previous places of work. His current plan is setting up a skills centre on-line apart from clinical interest in Endoscopy and Upper GI Surgery.
Ms Grace Apondi Titi
Chief Vocational Trainer
Ramogi Institute of Advanced Technology
Grace is a chief Vocational Trainer at Ramogi Institute of Advanced Technology in Kenya, she is the coordinator of ODFL and also the Dean of Students. She is a long serving TVET professional with technical skills demonstrated through an outstanding record of training and development projects. Besides, has carried out academic and action research in the use of Computer-Aided Design in the Apparel industry. She has contributed to the development of Flexible skills programs, online facilitation, and entrepreneurial growth in TVET. A skilled, creative, and enthusiastic promoter of concepts and ideas, with contributions in the labor market analysis through sharing experiences at various conferences in Kenya, Germany, Malaysia, Nigeria, and South Africa. She has been engaged with the SME sector in skills training, partnerships, and community work. Currently enrolled for a Ph.D. program, and hold a Master of Arts in Design, Bachelor of Science in Clothing Textile and Interior Design, a Diploma in Technical Education, and Certified Master Craft trainer for Industry. A Board member of the African Foundation for Quality E-Learning in TVET (AFQueT), A member of Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Kenya Fashion Council, and a national trade testing examiner under the National Industrial Training Authority- Kenya.
Dr Grace Ngai
Head, Service-Learning and Leadership Office
Associate Professor, Department of Computing
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Dr Grace Ngai is Head of the Service-Learning and Leadership Office and Associate Professor at the Department of Computing at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. She has extensive experience in teaching subjects at multiple levels and in multiple areas, and her contribution in teaching and learning has been recognized by the University in its prestigious President’s Award, and by the Hong Kong Government in its University Grants Committee Teaching Award.
Grace’s primary teaching interest these days are in service-learning, which she has been involved in for over 10 years. When service-learning became mandatory at PolyU in 2012, she was invited to chair the approval and monitoring committee for all PolyU service-learning subjects, in which capacity she has helped many colleagues to create effective service-learning subjects and projects. With her colleagues, Grace has been instrumental in developing PolyU’s international service-learning programme, which has been bringing more than 400 students to serve in impactful service projects in various countries including Cambodia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Myanmar, Kyrgyzstan, and Rwanda. She is interested in the intersection between technology, human interaction, especially in cross-cultural contexts, and global citizenship. She currently teaches the service-learning subject Socially Responsible Global Leadership in a Digital World. Her research interests are in human computer interaction and computer science education.
Assoc Prof Dr Jomphong Mongkhonvanit
Advisor and Chairman Emeritus
Association of Colleges of Technology and Vocational Education of Thailand Under Royal Patronage
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Jomphong Mongkhonvanit is Vice President, Dean of Graduate School of Business and Chair of Competitiveness Institute at Siam University, President of Siam Institute of Technology, Co-Chair of Global Impact Council of Microeconomics of Competitive Network at Harvard Business School and Principal Investigator of Digital Divide and Education System Project (Thailand) at the United Nations. He held positions such as Chair of Auditing Committee and Board Director at Thailand’s National Institute of Educational Testing Services (Public Organization) and President of Federation of Private Colleges of Technology and Vocational education of Thailand Under the Patronage of H.R.H. Princess Maha Ckakri Sirindhorn. Dr. Mongkhonvanit was also Advisor to Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister in Economic Affairs, Member in Thailand’s Parliamentary Standing Committees and Chief Consultant for international projects (sponsored by those such as World Bank, UNESCO, ASEAN Secretariat) and national development projects (sponsored by those such as Office of Prime Minister, Ministry of Education, Thailand Professional Qualification Institute, Office of Small and Medium Enterprise Promotion). Dr. Mongkhonvanit is the author of many books such as Coopetition for Competitive Regional Development published by Springer, and dozens of refereed articles Dr. Mongkhonvanit holds Doctor of Business Administration from University of Bath, Masters’ in International Education Policy from Harvard University and Political and Economic Development from Columbia University, and B.A. (Honour) in Economics and Political Science from University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Prof Maurits van Rooijen
University of Europe for Applied Sciences (UE)
Professor Dr. Maurits van Rooijen is Chief Academic Officer of Global University Systems as well as Rector of London School of Business & Finance and of GISMA (Germany). He has held senior management positions at various universities such as Leiden University, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Westminster University in London UK, Victoria University in Melbourne Australia. Previously he was Chief Executive and Rector Magnificus at Nyenrode University.
Professor van Rooijen is Co-Chairman of WACE (based at UMass Lowell, promoting work-integrated learning), Chairman of the High Council of garagErasmus (based in Torino Italy, promoting talent mobility and transnational entrepreneurship in Europe), vice-president of EAN (London based, promoting widening participation for underrepresented groups in tertiary education), immediate past president of the Compostela Group of Universities (based in Santiago de Compostela, Spain).
Mr Callistus Chong
School of Design & Media
ITE College Central
Callistus Chong Founder & Senior Director, School of Design and Media, Institute of Technical Education
Known for creating competitive advantage by harnessing the talents of the Creative Industries (Technology, Business & Arts).
Worked with cross-disciplinary, cross-cultural and international teams in the global Automotive, Consumer Electronics and Technical Education industries in Singapore, The Netherlands, France, Germany and China.
Navigated through three industry disruptions; from Cassette to MP3, Car Radio to Car Navigation and CRT to Flat Television with Philips Electronics. Tranforming current business from meeting manpower needs to being a tranaformation catalyst.
Received National Award for setting up the ITE School of Design and Media School that meets 25% of Creative Industry manpower needs of Singapore.
Credible Private and Public sector track record for transforming industry and organisation through Strategic Planning, Product Marketing, Organisation Development, Teamwork and Coaching.
Developed the signature Design Thinking Practise methodology to help organisation build innovation capability and able to effect transformations as Chief Design Officer.
Prof Dr Sascha Bosetzky
Vice Dean Faculty Business, Programme Coordinator Corporate Management (M.Sc.)
University of Applied Sciences Europe
Prof Dr Raha Abdul Rahim
Vice Chancellor of
Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka (UTeM)
Raha graduated with a Degree in Microbiology from Oklahoma State University, USA and proceeded to do her MS degree at the University of Oklahoma. She completed her PhD in Molecular Genetics at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.
Her main research interest is the Development of Lactic acid bacteria for delivery of useful proteins; plasmid biology, vaccine delivery and cell factory systems of lactic acid bacteria. She has supervised and co-supervised more than 80 post-graduate students, published more than 140 papers in peer-reviewed journals and filed several Intellectual Property rights.
Raha is currently the Vice-Chancellor of UTeM, a public university focusing on technology enhancement and producing highly skilled technologists, since June 16th, 2019. Prior to that, she was seconded to the Ministry of Education Malaysia as the Director, Institution of Higher Education Excellence Planning Division Department of Higher Education, April 2014 – 15 June, 2019.
Raha is presently the President of the Malaysian Society of Lactic Acid Bacteria (MSLAB). She was a past President of the Malaysian Society for Microbiology (MSM) and is a continuing EXCO member. She is also affiliated to several other professional societies such as the Malaysian Society for Molecular Biology and Biotechnology and the Malaysian Genetics Society. At the international stage, she is a member of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) and was the Sec-general to the Asian Federation of Societies for Lactic Acid Bacteria (AFSLAB).
Prof Dr Retna Apsari
Vice Dean of Student and Academic Affairs
Prof. Dr. Retna Apsari, M.Si. has greatly supported Faculty of Vocational Studies, Universitas Airlangga, as a part of the Faculty Board since 2014 when the faculty was founded. She started as Vice Dean of Partnership and collaboration in 2014, then moved to be Vice Dean of Student and Academic Affairs from 2016 till now. As one of the front-runners, Apsari has actively joined Indonesia Vocational Higher Education Forum (as General Secretary) and played one of the important roles in it. Her contribution to the development of Vocational Higher Education could be seen from her focal participation in developing Indonesia Vocational Higher Education since 2015 and 3-2-1 Curriculum of Vocational Higher Education in 2018. Further, she is currently working together with the other members of Indonesia Vocational Higher Education Forum in enhancing the implementation of redesigned vocational higher education curriculum, and implementation of link and match vocational higher education with industry, business and working place of vocational stundents.
Dr Conrado E Iñigo
Chairman of the Philippine Association of Colleges and
Universities Commission on Accreditation, (PACUCOA)
He holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila as a scholar. He has taken his MBA from Ateneo de Manila University and Philippine Christian University. He has obtained his Doctor of Philosophy in Business Management as a Dean’s lister.
He took his Post Doctoral course in Management Development Program from Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania and Minnesota Management Academy, University of Minnesota. He is a graduate of the Executive Strategy Program from Georgetown University, Washington D.C. He was granted a Lee Kuan Yew Fellowship at the National University of Singapore. He has completed international special trainings in business education as a scholar of the ASEAN – Ministry of Education of Malaysia. He was accredited Diplomate in Business Education by the Philippine Academy of Professionals in Business Education. Likewise, he was selected to represent the Philippines in several Asian Productivity Organization (APO) total quality management programs and the Malcolm Baldrige framework study mission in USA. He was tasked by the Asian Productivity Organization as the national expert for the Philippines on measuring productivity in higher education.
He was the recipient of the 2014 Juran Medal Award conferred by the Philippine Society for Quality for his contributions in upgrading the quality of management system in various organizations. The AGORA Award for his outstanding achievement in Marketing Education given by the Philippine Marketing Association. A recipient of 2016 Asia’s Education Excellence Award given by CMI Asia in Singapore. He was granted a lifetime Accredited Marketing Educator confirmed by the Commission on Higher Education. 2018 Tourism Hospitality Education International Center of Excellence Fellow award by the THE ICE in Australia. Likewise, he was recognized as Outstanding Alumnus of the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila during the PLM Ruby Anniversary and Outstanding Alumnus awarded by PLM Alumni Association.
He is the author of “Management for Filipinos, Principles and Applications” a prescribed textbook for senior high school and college students.
He is one of the active and recognized leaders of the educational, professional, and civic organizations, being the Founding President of the Philippine Council of Deans and Educators in Business, Charter Officer of the Council of Management Educators in the Philippines, and the Founding Chairman of the CHED-Business Education-Industry Summit. He was elected Deputy-President of the ASEAN Tourism for Research Association. (ATRA) and Vice-President for Academe, Government, Academe, Industry Network, Inc.
Currently, he is the Chairman of the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation, (PACUCOA) and former President of the Federation of Accrediting Agencies in the Philippines (FAAP). He has been appointed as Chairman of CHED Technical Committee for Business Administration, Entrepreneurship and Office Administration, and Chairman of DepED Senior High School Curriculum Task Force for Accountancy, Business and Management (ABM) academic track.
Dr. Iñigo counts with over 43 years of administrative and academic experience, most notably at Centro Escolar University where he served as the ISO Quality Management Representative, Dean of the School of Accountancy, Business and Management and the Vice-President for Technology and Development.
Has was the Vice-President for Academic Affairs and ISO Integrated Management Representative of Lyceum of the Philippines University Manila and Cavite campuses for twelve years and eight months.
At present, he is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the University of the Visayas, Cebu City.
Dr Janaka Jayalath
Deputy Director General and Acting Director General of the Tertiary and Vocational Education Commission (TVEC)
Janaka Jayalath is the Deputy Director General and currently acting Director General of the Tertiary and Vocational Education Commission (TVEC), the apex body for the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) sector in Sri Lanka. He was graduated from the TVET sector with National Diploma in Engineering Sciences (NDES) in Electronics. Later he has earned B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Computer Science from University of Colombo and MBA in e-Governance from University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. Currently he is reading for his PhD at Asian Institute of Technology in Thailand with recent Springer Journal publication “Gamification to Enhance Motivation and Engagement in Blended eLearning for Technical and Vocational Education and Training”
He started his career as an apprentice at Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation and Technical Assistant at National Television Corporation. Later he worked at Sri Lanka Telecom as Manager (Systems). He was a Project Manager for two Asian Development Bank (ADB) projects in TVET sector development and later worked as the Director (Information Systems) at TVEC. He has about 31 years of experience in the areas of Broadcasting, Telecommunication, ICT, TVET, Labour Market Information Systems, Career Guidance Systems and e-Learning systems. He has published several research papers and authored the book “A synthesis of best practices in TVET quality assurance in selected South Asian countries” published by UNESCO-UNEVOC and book chapter called “Using ICTs and Blended Learning in Transforming TVET”, which is a joint publication of UNESCO-COL focusing best practices in TVET. He has been instrumental in declaring “World Youth Skills Day” and has been involved and led policy development and TVET digitization activities.
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.
Prof. Budu, M.D, Ph.D, Sp.M (K), M.MedEd
Dean of Faculty of Medicine
Hasanuddin University (UNHAS)
Prof. Budu is the current Dean of Faculty of Medicine, Hasanuddin University (from April 2018), the largest university in the eastern part of Indonesia. Earlier he had been the Dean of School of Medicine, Muhammadiyah University (2008-2012), a largest private university in Makassar before returning to his almamater Hasanuddin University as Vice Dean of Academic Affair in Faculty of Medicine (2012-2014), and then pointed as Vice Rector for Research, Innovation and Partnership Affairs, Hasanuddin University (2014-2018).
After finishing his Medical Doctor from Faculty of Medicine, Hasanuddin University (1993), he continued his devotion in the Primary Health Care for 3 years (1993-1996) before joining Ph.D Program in Faculty of Medicine, Toyama Medical and Pharmaceutical University, Japan (1998-2002). He studied deeply in molecular genetic diseases of the eye (as Rhodopsin Gene andPperipherin/RDS Gene Mutations in Patients with Retinitis Pigmentosa) with some excellent in manuscript publications. He awarded as the best postgraduated paper context, Annual Meeting of Japanese Ophthalmological Association, Toyama Medical and Pharmaceutical University, Toyama, Japan. 2001 and as second best of Ophthalmologist paper context, Indonesian Ophthalmological Association Annual Meeting-XXXII, Jakarta, Indonesia. 2007.
Prof. Budu is also interest in medical education perpective. He finished from Master of Medical Education at Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia on 2014 and now as a chairman of the Department of Medical Education. He is a one of medical education promotor at the Faculty of Medicine, Universitas Hasanuddin.
Prof. Budu was also trained as ophthalmologist (2004) and inaugurated with Consultant in Vitreoretinal Diseases and Surgery on October 2008. He was awarded his professorship in Ophthalmology 2012 by Ministry of Education and Culture Republic of Indonesia. He is also a Master in Medical Education from Faculty of Medicine, Gadjah Mada University, Jogyakarta, Indonesia (2013). Based on his capabilities in education, he is still active as mentor and supervisor not only for clerkship of medical students but also for residential training in Department of Ophtahalmology, Wahidin Sudirohusodo Hospital and Hasanuddin University Teaching Hospital, Makassar.
Beside in his academic responsibilities Prof. Budu was also active in professional organization, such as a chairman of Indonesia Ophthalmology Society (PERDAMI), South Sulawesi chapter for the year 2008-2012. During his period, program in preventing blindness was handled well supported by Ministry of Health specially blindness patients in rural areas of Sulawesi Island.
Now, Prof. Budu is a Chairman of Indonesian Medical Institution Association covering 91 Medical faculty around Indonesia
Prof. Budu also involve in strengthening of quality assurance of institutional education process in Indonesia. He is a member of National Accreditation Board during 2010 and as chairman of internal quality assurance of Indonesia Ophthalmology Colleague (KOI) from 2016 to 2019.
Mr Chikodi Onyemerela
Director of Programmes and Partnerships
British Council in Ghana
Chikodi is currently the Director of Programmes and Partnerships at the British Council in Ghana. He oversees a broad programmes portfolio covering Primary and Secondary (Schools), Higher Education, TVET, Social Enterprise, Creative Industries, Entrepreneurship and everything in-between.
Before joining the British Council Ghana, Chikodi was the Senior Stakeholder Manager, Partnerships Manager, and New Business Development Manager for the British Council in Nigeria.
Before joining the British Council Nigeria in 2007, he was a Principal Scientific Officer at the Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Science and Technology where he was responsible for setting-up and implementing the Nigeria’s Technology Business Incubation Programme. A programme that commercialises Research and Development Results from Universities and Research Institutions in Nigeria.
His academic and research interest covers aspects of project management, business administration, entrepreneurship and marketing.
He is married with four children
Associate Professor Sally Hewat
BAppSc(SpeechPath) PhD CPSP
Assistant Dean International,
University of Newcastle
Sally is an academic leader and certified practicing speech-language pathologist. She believes in the transformative power of human connection that is enabled through one’s ability to communicate.
With a career in the higher education sector spanning 20+ years Sally is recognised nationally and internationally as an innovative academic leader in transnational education, curriculum development and the preparation of speech pathology students for practice. Her work has been supported by international and external funding exceeding $2.5M and has been recognized through numerous University and community awards.
True to her passion, Sally remains dedicated to the development of speech-language pathology in majority world countries and under-served communities. She volunteers on the Board of Directors of the Trinh Foundation Australia supporting the development of speech therapy in Vietnam and has been recognized with a prestigious award and medal from the People’s Committee of Ho Chi Minh City. Sally has undertaken numerous consultancy projects and currently working with Universities and industry partners on the development of speech therapy services and training for China.
Sally is her husband’s No. 1 supporter and greatest joy is her three daughters.
Dr 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 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.
IAU First Vice President and Chair of HESD Working Group
IAUP President Emeritus
Prof Marek Kręglewski
COMPOSTELA Group of Universities
Marek Kręglewski is full professor at Faculty of Chemistry of Adam Mickiewicz University (AMU) in Poznan (Poland), being theoretical chemistry and quantum chemical calculation, high resolution molecular spectroscopy of floppy molecules and computer tools for spectroscopy his main research areas.
Throughout his professional career, he has held various academic positions. Nowadays, he serves as Rector’s plenipotentiary for the University Management Information Systems, Head of the Department of Theoretical Chemistry, and Director of the AMU’s Interuniversity Centre for Informatics, which is a consortium of 20 Polish universities.
Professor Kręglewski is since 2015 the current President of the Compostela Group of Universities (CGU), where previously served as Treasurer and member of the Executive Committee.
Mr Sean Manley-Casimir
Consortium for North American Higher Education Collaboration (CONAHEC)
Sean Manley-Casimir is executive director of the 501c3 nonprofit Consortium for North American Higher Education Collaboration (CONAHEC). CONAHEC connects over 160 member higher education institutions of various types, sizes and profiles, all sharing interest in collaborating with North American institutions. This includes Affiliate Members institutions from outside the North American region in addition to a strong core of members in the USA, Mexico and Canada. CONAHEC serves as a vehicle through which they can collaborate to address humanity’s most important challenges; internationalize while strengthening their local and regional relationships; and provide high quality and continuously improving the opportunities they provide their students and communities through study, teaching and learning, research and extension activities.
Dr. Janet Ilieva
Director & Founder
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.
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.
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).
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.
Mr Choon Hyun Kim
Director, Office of International Affairs
Kyung Hee University, Republic of Korea
Prof Sandeep Gopalan
Piedmont International University, USA
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.
Ms Mandy Mok
Founder and CEO
Mandy Mok has 3 decades of corporate experience with a deep passion for Higher Education.
Joining QS in June 2002 was a decision which gave her ample opportunities to spearhead the pioneering work towards Higher Education, particularly in Asia, Middle East and Africa, also known as the AMEA region.
In her capacity as the CEO of QS Asia, she has worked towards offering the best for branding, consultancy, and student recruitment services for Universities in the region.
Her visits to over 250 Universities in the AMEA regions have helped her gain compelling insights into prevailing realities and future requirements of the higher education landscape. And keeping these in mind, she has always strived to support the top University leaders with strategies for advancement, globalization and internationalization.
However, she has recently left QS to start AppliedHE, a new higher education branding and rating agency which is focused on employability, quality of teaching & learning and collaboration with industry.
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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