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.
Emma Deraze is a data scientist at Times Higher Education where she works on the teaching rankings, including the THE/WSJ US College Rankings and the Japan University Rankings. She is involved in the analysis and processing of the data used in those rankings as well as development of the various methodologies.
Duncan Ivison is a professor of political philosophy and deputy vice-chancellor (research) at the University of Sydney. Prior to his current role, he served as the institution’s dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and head of the School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry, having previously held appointments at the universities of Toronto and York. He is also a fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities.
Prior to her current role, Catriona Jackson served as Universities Australia’s deputy chief executive officer and gave evidence to parliamentary inquiries, briefed key decision makers and lobbied the government. She is a former CEO of Science & Technology Australia and has served as director of communication and external liaison in the office of the vice-chancellor at Australian National University, and as a senior journalist and ministerial adviser. She chairs the advisory board for the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale Biophotonics, and co-founded the National Research Alliance within the Australian Academy of Science.
Professor Klomp joined CQUniversity Australia in 2019 from the University of Canberra where he was deputy vice-chancellor (academic) and, before that, dean of the Faculty of Science at Charles Sturt University. He has a particular interest in student engagement in learning, excellence in teaching, and research with impact. He has a teaching excellence award, has been nominated for awards in the promotion of science, and was a science correspondent for ABC radio for more than a decade. He is also recognised internationally for his research in applied ecology and environmental science.
Zainab Malik joined THE in June 2018 as head of consultancy, providing advisory services to support higher education institutions’ strategic development. Before taking up her current role, Ms Malik served as research director at the British Council’s Education Intelligence, advising institutions and government entities on global higher education.
Director of the Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation and Innovation Centre
University of Adelaide
Professor Plewa is interim director of the ECIC, professor of marketing and stakeholder engagement and a research member of the Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing at the University of Adelaide. She combines her academic and industry experience to specialise in the interaction and value co-creation across organisations and individuals, with an emphasis on university-business collaboration. Her research in the context of university-business engagement has led to appointments on the South Australian Science Council (2015-18) and the University Industry Innovation Network Australia Chapter as inaugural co-chair (2017 ongoing), among others.
Tania Rhodes‐Taylor joined the University of Sydney in February 2017 as vice‐principal (external relations). In addition to coordinating the university’s engagement with industry, she has direct responsibility for the Marketing and Communications Professional Service Unit, the university’s Museums and Cultural Engagement team, and government relations. She previously served as director of marketing and communications at Queen Mary University of London.
Vice-president of university relations and strategy
University of Canberra
Belinda Robinson joined the University of Canberra in 2018 from Universities Australia, where she was chief executive officer for seven years. Prior to that, she spent 17 years as a CEO in the higher education and energy sectors and has held executive positions within the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, and Department of the Environment and Heritage. She has served as a non-executive director on a number of Australian Securities Exchange-listed boards, and her influence extends to a range of company directorships, government advisory bodies and working groups.
John Ross joined Times Higher Education in February 2018. He was previously higher education and science correspondent with The Australian newspaper. He has twice won the National Press Club’s higher education journalist of the year award, most recently in 2018, and has been shortlisted five times. He holds a communications degree from what is now University of Technology Sydney.
Marco Schultheis’ portfolio of responsibilities includes strategic planning, strategic projects portfolio management, market and institutional research and business intelligence and analysis. Dr Schultheis began his career with an electronic funds transfer design and manufacturing firm. Now with more than 20 years of experience in the field of strategic planning and management, he has worked in a variety of roles at Curtin University, including as a sessional academic teaching in the fields of market research and sports marketing. He has also served as director of marketing and alumni, as a member of the University’s Council and as non-executive director on the board of YMCA Perth.
Dr Spence, an expert in the field of intellectual property theory, returned to lead his alma mater in 2008 after spending 20 years at the University of Oxford where he headed the Faculty of Law and the Social Sciences Division. Before that, in Australia, he lectured in law and worked for the Australian Copyright Council. He became a Companion of the Order of Australia in the 2017 Australia Day Honours List.
Peter Varghese AO was secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Australia before taking on his current post. Other senior appointments have included High Commissioner to India and to Malaysia, director-general of the Office of National Assessments, and senior adviser to the Prime Minister of Australia. He wrote the India Economic Strategy to 2035 report, commissioned by the Australian Prime Minister. He is on the international governing board of the Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore and the governing board of Nalanda University in India.
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