Phil Baty is a leading international authority on university performance and strategy, with more than 22 years of experience in global higher education, including a decade as editor of the prestigious Times Higher Education World University Rankings and its derivative analyses. He is an award-winning journalist, a sought-after speaker and commentator, and the creator of the THE World Academic Summits.
Previously, Professor Cotton was principal of the College of Medicine and Health Sciences at the University of Rwanda. Prior to that, he was professor of learning and teaching at the University of Glasgow Medical School, his alma mater, a post he retains. He also worked as a general practitioner in Glasgow for many years. He is a fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners and board member of several development charities working in Africa.
Since joining Times Higher Education in January 2015, Nick Davis has worked closely with higher education institutions in the UK and internationally, helping to develop their long-term recruitment advertising strategies.
Abel Idowu Olayinka is vice-chancellor of the University of Ibadan and a member of council, Association of Commonwealth Universities. Other appointments have included chairman and, later, foundation president of the West African Research and Innovation Management Association from 2006 to 2015. He holds a BSc in geology from the University of Ibadan, an MSc in geophysics from Imperial College London and a PhD from the University of Birmingham.
Before joining the University of Pretoria in January 2019, Professor Kupe was vice-principal of the University of the Witwatersrand. He also served as deputy vice-chancellor for advancement, human resources and transformation, and between 2013 and 2014, he was deputy vice-chancellor for finance and operations. From 2007 to 2012, he was executive dean of the Wits Faculty of Humanities, after serving as head of Wits School of Literature and Language Studies, and founding head of the media studies department. He completed his tertiary studies in Zimbabwe and Norway.
Professor Marwala took on the role of vice-chancellor on 1 January 2018. Previously he was deputy vice-chancellor for research and internationalisation, and dean of engineering at Johannesburg, and held several senior academic positions at the University of the Witwatersrand, including the SARChI Chair of Systems Engineering. He has studied in South Africa, the UK and the US, and is a fellow of the World Academy of Sciences and African Academy of Sciences.
Before taking on her current role in 2018, Linah Mohohlo spent 17 years as governor of the Bank of Botswana and ex-officio non-executive director of the International Monetary Fund for Botswana. She has fulfilled numerous national and international roles working with governments, agencies and corporations. Awards received include a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum, and Botswana’s highest public service award for efficient and devoted service (The Presidential Order of Honour). Forbes Africa has ranked her one of Africa’s Ten Most Influential Women.
Before joining the University of Johannesburg in 2006, Professor Parekh was special adviser on higher education to the education minister. In this role, she headed the restructuring and transformation of South Africa’s higher education system through mergers and incorporations, contributed to higher education policy formulation and served on several ministerial task teams. She has also held several academic appointments, including chair of the department of psychology at the former University of Durban-Westville.
Professor Pityana is a lawyer, theologian and human rights activist. He graduated in law from the University of South Africa in 1976 but was barred from practising by the apartheid government. He was an important figure in the Black Consciousness Movement with Steve Biko. He went into exile in 1978 and studied in the UK, but returned to South Africa in 1993. He was elected chair of the South African Human Rights Commission in 1995. In December 2002, he was awarded an honourable mention in the 2002 Unesco Prize for Human Rights Education.
As the current regional director for Africa, Will Sánchez has worked with top-ranked institutions in data-led projects, as well as global brand visibility campaigns to improve institutional reputation. His wide experience in the global higher education sector includes working with universities in emerging economies from Africa, Asia and Latin America.
Linguist Dr Thwala has more than 20 years’ experience in education in South Africa, Swaziland, the US and the UK. He has a highly developed understanding of academic conditions locally and internationally, and aims to empower people with the language skills they need for personal, academic or professional development. He served as the lead language consultant and researcher at gold mining company Gold Fields in its New Way of Communication project, which seeks to phase out the use of Fanagalo in the workplace and replace it with Zulu and Sotho.
Nelson Torto was the founding chief executive officer of the Botswana Institute for Technology Research and Innovation before he joined the AAS in 2017. Other roles have included professor in analytical chemistry and head of the chemistry department at Rhodes University and associate professor at the University of Botswana. He served as founding secretary-general for the African Network of Analytical Chemists and is the recipient of various international awards including the American Chemical Society’s Young Investigators in Separation Science Award. A fellow of several academies, he is also a panel member of Research Councils UK.
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