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Dr Wilhelm Klein
CEO, Zeta Motion
Dr Wilhelm Klein is CEO of Zeta Motion, a deep tech company based in the UK and Hong Kong, providing Visual AI for smart manufacturing and beyond. Zeta Motion is supported by CityU, the Hong Kong Science & Technology Park, Mizuho Crowdbrain, the Creative Destruction Lab at Oxford University, HKAI lab and other prestigious programmes, and was recently selected for the HK Tech 300’s inaugural Angel Investment cohort.
Both Wilhelm and his co-founder and CTO, Dr Huy Phan, earned their PhDs at City University of Hong Kong’s School of Creative Media, in Technology & AI Ethics and Computer Vision & Graphics, respectively.
Wilhelm also serves as visiting professor for Hong Kong Baptist University’s Ethical & Theoretical AI lab, where he contributes to collective efforts towards ethical and sustainable innovation, especially regarding AI-based technologies. He is an outspoken digital rights advocate and a director for Hong Kong’s Makerspace DimSumLabs.
In his free time, Wilhelm is a tinkerer and creator. He greatly enjoys black- and bladesmithing and building and racing drones competitively.
Professor Wang Zuankai
Chair Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering,
City University of Hong Kong (CityU)
Professor Wang is the founding member of the Young Academy of Science of Hong Kong, Fellow of the International Society of Bionic Engineering and Changjiang Chair Professor awarded by the Ministry of Education of China. He has won many awards including the Xplorer Prize (2020), Hiwin Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Supervisor Award (Silver, 2019), World Cultural Council Special Recognition Award (2018), Outstanding Youth Award from the International Society of Bionic Engineering (2016), Outstanding Research Award (2017) and President’s Lectureship at City University of Hong Kong (2018, 2020).
He has made seminal contributions to surface science and engineering, especially on innovating new materials, mechanisms, and manufacturing techniques for the water-energy nexus. His work on droplet impact was recognized as a Guinness world record and was featured as one of 15 favourite papers over 15 years of publications selected by Nature Physics editors. He achieved a major breakthrough by solving a 256-year challenge in thermal management. He is also the inventor of the Droplet-based Electricity Generator (Nature in 2020), which provides a paradigm shift in how water energy can be collected.
He has published more than 180 papers in Nature, Science and other peer-reviewed journals.
Dr Kannie Chan Wai-Yan
Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering
City University of Hong Kong (CityU)
Dr. Chan’s research focuses on the development of biomaterials and imaging approaches to facilitate the clinical translation of cancer therapy and cell therapy, and early diagnosis of neurodegenerative diseases.
She received her BSc and PhD degrees from The University of Hong Kong. She completed post-doctoral fellowships in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) at Department of Radiology, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and became an Assistant Professor in 2014. She joined City University of Hong Kong in 2016.
She is a leading researcher in applying a frontier molecular MRI contrast mechanism, known as chemical exchange saturation transfer (CEST), to address clinical needs. She has pioneered the imaging of glucose utilization in the brain using CEST-MRI. The way how our brain uses glucose has many implications on diagnosis and monitoring therapy in many neurological disorders, including Alzheimer’s disease and stroke. Her team is developing various techniques to effectively image and deliver drugs/cells to the brain non-invasively. She published over 60 peer-reviewed articles, including a cover article in Nature Materials, Science Advances and Nature Communications. Her works are well recognised by the MRI community, e.g. she has been invited to give education talks 5 years in a row at the annual conference of International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM – a premium conference in MRI with over 10,000 attendees, including scientists, engineers, clinicians and medical physicists). She was the committee of annual meeting program committee (AMPC), and now the publication committee of ISMRM. Most AMPC members are full professors at top research universitites worldwide (http://www.ismrm.org/20m/ampc/). Dr. Chan is one of the four members from Greater China Region. Recently, she was invited to give a webinar in the CEST imaging expert series organised by Bruker.
Mr Martin Zhu Yihao
Member of i2Cool, and PhD student
School of Energy and Environment
City University of Hong Kong (CityU)
Mr. Martin Zhu, a current PhD student in the School of Energy and Environment, City University of Hong Kong. His research focuses on understanding the fundamentals of heat transfer, energy conversion, and engineered materials. He strives to integrate theory and experiments to create innovative solutions for enhancing phase-changing, air cooling, dehumidifying, thermal management, thermal rectification, micro-droplet manipulation, and energy-efficient building technologies.
Incubated by HK Tech 300 programme, he and his team formed the startup, i2Cool, to commercialize their cooling technologies developed in the laboratory for building energy saving. Empowered by the self-developed and ever-improving product, as well as fueled by the highly adaptive and long-term strategies, i2Cool successfully attracted interest from various sectors of society, creating a significant social impact by contributing to the goal of carbon neutrality.
Professor Michael Yang
Vice President (Research and Technology)
City University of Hong Kong (CityU)
Prof. Michael Yang Mengsu is currently the Vice President (Research and Technology) and Yeung Kin-Man Chair Professor of Biomedical Sciences in City University of Hong Kong, and the Director of the Biotech and Health Centre of City University Shenzhen Research Institute. The research interest of Yang’s group focuses on development of biochip technology and nanotechnology for molecular diagnostics and therapeutic applications.
Prof. Yang has published over 280 peer-reviewed scientific papers and received 33 USA/China patents. He has been awarded the Chunhui Scholar Award by the Ministry of Education in 2003, the K. C. Wong Foundation Award in 2004, the Shenzhen Science and Technology Innovation Award in 2006, the Hong Kong Technological Achievement Grand Award in 2007, the Natural Science Award by the Ministry of Education in 2015, the Wuxi AppTech Life Science and Chemistry Award in 2016, and the Gold Medal of Geneva International Inventions Expo in 2019.
He is a member of Hong Kong SAR government’s Research Grants Council, and serves as panel members for the Health and Medical Research Fund and the Innovation and Technology Fund of Hong Kong. He also serves as vice chairman of the Hong Kong Biotechnology Association, a council member of the Division of Nanobiotechnology, Biosensors and Biochips of the Asia Federation of Biotechnology, and a Mentor of Hong Kong X-Tech Platform. He has co-founded several biotech companies including Genetel, Prenetics, and Cellomics.
Professor Christian Wagner
City University of Hong Kong (CityU)
Professor Christian Wagner has been on the faculty at CityU for over 25 years. He is currently Chair Professor in the School of Creative Media, as well as Provost. Professor Wagner started his academic career at the University of Southern California after receiving his PhD in Business Administration from the University of British Columbia in 1989.
Professor Wagner specializes in the development and study of creativity support, collective intelligence, knowledge management, and the use of computer games for learning. He is an award-winning author, multiple teaching award winner, experienced administrator, and software entrepreneur. He is most recognized for his research on wikis and their impact on organizational performance.
Prof Dr Saule Sarsenbayeva (MBA)
Director General of the non-profit organisation “Eurasian Centre for Accreditation and Quality Assurance in Higher Education and Health Care” (ECAQA).
Dr Saule Sarsenbayeva is an expert in the accreditation of medical education.Till 2016 she was the Head of the Department for Pediatric diseases, deputy director of the Institute for Development at the Asfendiyarov Kazakh National Medical University. Dr Saule has 30 years of experience in medicine and 25 years of teaching experience. Currently, she is a paediatrist and child cardiologist. She is an author and co-author of 128 research papers and theses published in republican and international journals, 6 patents for inventions and 2 innovative patents, 14 certificates for copyright registered at the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Kazakhstan, 8 textbooks and study guides.
Ni Nyoman Tri Puspaningsih
Vice Rector for Research, Innovation, and Community Development
Received the B.S.degree in Chemistry from Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Universitas Airlangga, Surabaya, in 1986, the M.Sc, degree from Department of Chemistry (Biochemistry) Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Institut Teknologi Bandung, in 1994, and the Doctorate degree from Department of Biology (Microbiology), Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Institut Pertanian Bogor, in 2004. On 1999, 2002 and 2003, she joined JSPS short course fellows in Japan. She joined post doctoral fellows program KNAW Netherlands on 2005 and 2007 at University of Groningen and also got KNAW-Multi networking Grant, The Netherlands on 2009 collaboration with Laboratory of Protein Crystallography, University of Groningen, The Netherlands.
She achieved the Professor in Biochemistry on 2010 and she was appointed as Adjunct Professor at Asia University in Taiwan in 2017-2018. From 1987 to present, she worked as Biochemistry lecturer at Dept. Of Chemistry, Faculty of Science and Technology in Universitas Airlangga. From 2011 to present, she appointed as the Head of Proteomic Laboratory at Institute of Tropical Disease in Universitas Airlangga that rebuilt as Center for Bio-Molecule Engineering in 2019. From 2007 to 2017 worked as Academic Director at Universitas Airlangga, then June 2017- December 2019, she is appointed as Excecutive Director for Airlangga Global Engagement at Universitas Airlangga. Since 2021-now she is appointed as Vice Rector for Research, Innovation and Community Development. The research grants during five years (2013 – 2019) are (1). Join Research with Institute for protein Research-Osaka University Japan on Crystallization for CBM of Geobacillus thermoleovorans IT-08 , (2). RAPID Research Grant and (3) STRANAS Grant, funding by Indonesian Ministry of Research, Technology, and Higher Education.and her current research interests include structure, mechanism and function analysis of Enzymes.
Related to the pandemic Covid19, she is appointed as Coordinator of Covid19 Research Product in Universitas Airlangga.She has already published the research at international journal, also awarded of 2 national patents. The research collaboration is being done with overseas universities, research institute, and industries. She is actively also participated as invited speaker related to International Collaboration on Higher Education strategy, output and impact. Prof. Dr. Ni Nyoman Tri Puspaningsih, M.Si is the steering committee Indonesian Society on Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (PBBMI) and Asian Community of Glycoscience and Glycotechnology (ACGG). She is also member of Indonesian Chemical Society, Indonesian Protein Society, Asean Microbiology Network and Utilization (AnMicro).
Ms Frances-Ann Mellanson MBA MPM
Senior Financial Manager (Bursar)
The University of the West Indies Five Islands Campus
Francis-Ann Melanson is a multidimensional finance executive successful in leveraging deep background in corporate finance, general accounting and auditing across B2B and B2C settings to drive results. Demonstrated ability in directing complex financial operations – implementing process improvements and collaborative enterprise solutions to optimize performance. Cross-functional Leader who directs teams with ease in diverse, multicultural environments. Expertise in working with general ledger, accounts payable/receivable, payroll processing, and regulatory compliance (SOX, GAAP, Accpac ISSA). familiar with French and Spanish with extensive knowledge of healthcare, childcare, association, ecommerce, CPG and international banking sectors. Notable contributions include influencing the Board of Directors at Mount St. John Medical Centre (MSJMC) via audit findings to implement user fees for services, generating $6M in new revenue, spearheading expansion of Tremont Crotona Agency market footprint by bidding on, acquiring and integrating failing competitor, worth over $1M, reducing accounts payable balance to vendors by $2.4M through proper debt management with a non-interest-bearing capital injection from central government in Antigua, and creating and maintaining revenue cycle processes and procedures to increase yearly collections by $1M. Now newly appointed Senior Financial Manager (Bursar) at The University of the West Indies Five Islands Campus with responsibility to maintain a profitable position of the campus in Antigua with a main aim to increase our international student enrollment.
Dr Jason Turner
Associate Professor and Head of the School of Business
Asia Pacific University
Dr Jason Turner is an Associate Professor and Head of the School of Business at Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation, Malaysia. His areas of expertise include digital and strategic transformation and human capital, with specific focus on graduate work readiness and the digital learning space. Having moved to Malaysia in 2016, following 12 years as an academic in the UK, he has expanded his network across Europe, South America and Asia through external engagement and collaborative research projects. During his time as an academic he has worked with a range of companies and tertiary education providers, teaching specifically at the Masters level and producing internationally recognised research in the form of books, academic journals and practitioner related reports and publications. He holds a number of external positions, grants and editorial roles which compliment his current university position and has a wealth of experience in scholarly and external engagement, managing people and leading initiatives relating to management and research. In his current post, he is responsible for the strategic vision, leadership and management of an academic product portfolio to ensure graduates have the appropriate employability skills set to thrive in a transitionary employment market.
He holds a number of qualifications include a Masters of Business Administration, Master of Philosophy and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) from the University of Edinburgh. He has received a number of awards, with the most recent being the Outstanding Paper in the 2020 Emerald Literati Awards. The editorial team said that it was one of the most exceptional pieces of work they saw throughout 2019.
Prof Kgomotso Moahi
Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic Affairs)
Bostwana Open University
Kgomotso Moahi has worked in academia for the past 37 years. She started her academic career at the University of Botswana as a Documentalist, after which she joined the Department of Library and Information Studies as a lecturer. As a professor in library and information science she has researched and published in the areas of health information systems and indigenous knowledge systems. She occupied several administrative and management positions at the University from Departmental chair, Dean, and acting appointments as DVC Academic Affairs and Vice Chancellor. After exactly 35 years of service at the University of Botswana, she moved to the Botswana Open University where she is currently the DVC in charge of Academic Services as well as Research Innovation and Partnerships. The Botswana Open University is a very young university that seeks to provide quality teaching, research, and service through open and distance learning methodologies. Kgomotso is looking forward to participating in the AppliedHE Squaring the Circle Debate.
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/ ).
Professor Mary Stiasny OBE BSc MA(Ed) PhD
Pro Vice-Chancellor (International, Teaching and Learning)
University of London
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, Teaching and Learning), 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.
Prof Sally Chan
Tung Wah College
Professor Sally Chan is the third President of the Tung Wah College, Hong Kong. Prior to this appointment, she was the Pro Vice Chancellor (Singapore campus) and the Dean of School of Nursing and Midwifery of University of Newcastle (UON), Australia. Sally has more 30 years’ experience in the university sectors in Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia. Her career influences the tripartite mission of research, education and practice. Sally focuses on translating evidence to improve healthcare practice outcomes, implementing teaching innovations, and mentoring new generations of healthcare professionals. Supported by more than 100 funded studies (more than Aus$10 millions), more than 400 publications in international healthcare journals and international presentations, Sally has developed and sustained international inter-institutional partnerships. The results of her sustained research agenda and scholarship have made a recognized impact on healthcare practice and education in the Region. Sally has been honored for her significant and sustained contribution to nursing which improved the nursing profession and the people it serves. In 2013, she was inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. In 2021, she has been listed among the top 2% scientists in a global list released by the prestigious Standard University.
Dr Dian Ekowati
Head, Planning and Development Board
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.
Ms Karen Peyronnin
Executive Masters at École des Ponts ParisTech
Karen Peyronnin is the director of the Executive Master programs at École des Ponts ParisTech in France since December 2018.
She has started her career in higher education in BINUS University, Jakarta, Indonesia in 2008 as a lecturer. During her 10 years at BINUS University, she has been in charge of the first EPAS accreditation in Indonesia, head of an international business bachelor program, and finally the director of International and industry partnerships, international office, and QS ranking strategy.
She is French and graduated from ESG Paris (PGSM) with a master in international business Her previous european corporate experience was in international business at Amore Pacific, Paris, France, and supply chain management at Toyota Europe, Brussels, Belgium.
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.
Dr Conrado E Iñigo
Philippine Association of Colleges and
Universities Commission on Accreditation
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.
Chief Academic Officer, Global University Systems and Rector, University of Europe for Applied Sciences Germany
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).
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 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 Judith Lamie
JL Education Consultants Ltd
Professor Judith Lamie is a highly experienced educationalist having worked in the education sector for over 30 years. During this time she held senior executive positions at several universities, providing institutional leadership in marketing and student recruitment, business engagement, online learning and international development. She has been responsible for running offices and campuses both in the United Kingdom and overseas and is an experienced leader, manager and consultant. Judith is Managing Director of JL Education Consultants Ltd.
At JLEC Judith provides interim management solutions, project planning and delivery, coaching and training sessions across a range of academic and professional areas including strategic leadership, internationalisation, marketing and change management.
Judith’s academic background, as a Professor of Advanced Language Study, with a specialism in change management, means she is well placed to assist institutions in making change happen. Judith is a Fellow of the HEA and has authored books and articles in applied linguistics, change management and international education. She has presented at national and international conferences, and worked in an advisory capacity for many institutions, governments, businesses and national agencies. Judith has extensive experience on external boards and is currently Chair of the Navitas Board of Directors. She is acutely aware of the importance of ensuring sustainability in the business whilst managing risk through robust governance and management policies and procedures.
Dr Petrus Johannes (Hannes) Loock
Researcher and Organisational
Dr Petrus Johannes (Hannes) Loock is a dedicated researcher and organisational behavioural specialist from South Africa. He has a keen interest in how various organisations react or adapt to the influence of external forces. Hannes holds a PhD in Higher Education with a focus on university rankings from the University of Johannesburg, where he worked as Senior Institutional Researcher and in other capacities for more than a decade. He is currently performing a similar research role in the corporate environment. Hannes recently co-authored a book “The Impact of Higher Education Ranking Systems on Universities”. His findings are presented at numerous ranking conferences where he also serves on panel discussions on the topic of rankings. Additionally, he holds a research Master’s degree in the field of Industrial Psychology with a focus on Job satisfaction and psychological safety.
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.
Engr. Nestor Rubio Ong
Office of QS/THE Rankings
University of Santo Tomas
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 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.
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.
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 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 .
Secretary to Governing Board of CityU (Dongguan) at City University of Hong Kong
HONG KONG SAR
She is French and graduated from ESG Paris (PGSM) with a master in international business Her previous european corporate experience was in international business at Amore Pacific, Paris, France, and supply chain management at Toyota Europe, Brussels, Belgium
Dr Aigerim Shilibekova
Director of Centre for Teaching Excellence
University of Canada West
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).
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.
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 Dato’ Dr Mohammad Shatar Sabran
Chief Executive Officer
Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA)
Prof Mohammad Al-Widyan
Amman Arab University
Prof. Al-Widyan 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.
Dr. Bahrullah Safi
Mirwais Neeka Institute of Higher Education
Dr. Bahrullah Safi is currently chancellor at Mirwais Neeka Institute of Higher Education, Kandahar, Afghanistan. He is also board member and country head at International Business and Economic Research Academy, United Kingdom. Dr. Safi is Recruitment and Marketing Partner of London Institute of Skills Development United Kingdom. Dr. Bahrullah Safi is member of editorial board International Journal of Management and Technical Research, India and He also serves as Peace Ambassador, Institute of Peace and Development, Islamabad, Pakistan.
Dr. Bahrullah Safi has earned BBA, MBA and Ph.D. in Management and he has published several research papers in national and international journals. Dr. Safi has been a keynote speaker in many national and international conferences and he has chaired quite a lot of committees at local and global levels. Dr. Bahrullah Safi is the recipient of different awards and he has trained many corporate professionals.
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