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.
Atul Chauhan is the president of the not-for-profit Amity Education Group and has been instrumental in the growth of Amity since 1994. With vast experience of internationalisation of higher education and global quality benchmarking, he is the chancellor of multiple universities. In addition he is the CEO of AKC Group with world-wide business interests. He has been conferred multiple awards and honorary doctorates and recently was featured on the cover of Forbes Magazine.
Professor of history and anthropology and former chancellor
University of California, Berkeley
Nicholas Dirks is a professor of history and anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley, where he served as the 10th chancellor until mid-2017. Before coming to Berkeley in 2013, Dirks was executive vice-president for the arts and sciences at Columbia University, which he joined in 1997. An internationally renowned historian and anthropologist, he is well known for his commitment to high-quality, accessible undergraduate education and emphasis on innovative interdisciplinary and international initiatives.
Jo Johnson is president’s professorial fellow at King’s College London and chairman of Tes Global, owner of Tes magazine and peer-to-peer marketplace for teacher resources, recruitment and software services. An MP until December 2019, Mr Johnson held key ministerial roles in the past three governments, including head of the No 10 Downing Street Policy Unit, and universities and science minister. Before entering Parliament, he was at the Financial Times for 13 years, including four years as South Asia Bureau chief, based in Delhi. He remains active in UK-Indian relations and co-edited Reconnecting Britain and India: Ideas for an Enhanced Partnership.
Professor Kuo is a member of the US National Academy of Engineering and Academia Sinica in Taiwan, and a foreign member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering and the Russian Academy of Engineering. He is renowned for his work in design for reliability of electronics systems and energy. He was on the senior management team of Oak Ridge National Lab and served as dean of engineering at the University of Tennessee before taking on his current role in 2008. His book, Soulware:The American Way in China’s Higher Education, is jointly published by Wiley-Scrivener (2019).
Ritin Malhotra is a regional director for South Asia at Times Higher Education specialising in branding and internationalisation. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from Singapore Management University and a certificate programme in marketing from University of California, Berkeley. He works with the leading higher education institutes and policymakers across South Asia to solve various key issues including improving quality of higher education, internationalisation, branding and recognition in the THE World University Rankings.
Head of the department of entrepreneurship and director of the Centre for Entrepreneurship
Priyank Narayan is an entrepreneur and educationist with wide experience in organisation building. He is the founder of IndiaPreneurship, an organisation that showcases entrepreneurial opportunities in India to the world; he also mentors a number of start-ups based in India and abroad. He is a visiting faculty at the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi in the department of management studies. He is an alumnus of the Asian Institute of Management, Manila and the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad.
Dr Ramesh heads up the activities of the Amrita Centre for International Programmes, developing collaborative initiatives between Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham and other international universities. She is also a professor and director at the Amrita Centre for Wireless Networks and Applications. Her role is to develop faculty and student exchange programmes, dual degree programmes and research collaborations with international universities. She holds a PhD in computer science and her research work was instrumental in deploying the first-ever wireless sensor network system capable of issuing landslide warnings.
Prior to taking on his current role in 2016, Professor Rao served as P. K. Kelkar chair professor for nanotechnology in the department of electrical engineering and as chief investigator for the Centre of Excellence in Nanoelectronics project at IIT Bombay. An expert in nanoscale devices and nanoelectronics, he is an inventor on 43 patents, 11 of which have been licensed for commercialisation. He co-founded two deep technology start-ups at IIT Bombay (NanoSniff and Soilsens) and was the first elected chairman for the India section, American Nano Society (2013-15).
Vijay Reddy has been a solutions manager for South Asia within Elsevier’s research management team since July 2014. He has worked on various consulting projects catering to the needs of government, academic institutions and corporations. This included a recent initiative with the government of Andhra Pradesh to benchmark state university research output and quality, to assist university R&D cells in adopting best practices, and to build local teams and metrics to track and measure research output. He is an engineer by training with a master's in management.
Senior fellow, Alliance for Higher Education and Democracy
University of Pennsylvania
Alan Ruby has had a long career in government, business, philanthropy and education ranging from classroom teacher to Australian deputy secretary of education, to chair of the OECD education committee. In his current role at UP, he focuses on globalisation’s effects on universities and education around the world. He received Penn Graduate School of Education’s Excellence in Teaching Award in 2006. Since early 2018, he has also served as the initial director of the global engagement office working to increase the school’s international impact. He is a trustee of Nazarbayev University in Kazakhstan.
Amity Science, Technology and Innovation Foundation
Dr Selvamurthy is president of Amity Science, Technology & Innovation Foundation, director-general for Amity Directorate of Science and Innovation, and chancellor of Amity University Chhattisgarh. He promotes and coordinates research and innovation in all Amity institutions. He has been awarded DSc (hc) by five universities in recognition of his outstanding research and development contributions in life sciences. He has served the Indian government’s Defence Research and Development Organisation for 40 years developing health and life science-related technologies for the armed forces as well as for society. He has been awarded several prestigious research awards by the government of India.
Dipit Sharma is a regional director for South Asia at Times Higher Education in the Hiring Solutions team. He has been working closely with universities in South Asia to develop their long-term recruitment advertising strategies. His forte lies in creating campaigns that not only enable higher education institutions to attract top talent, but also help in driving their thought leadership through THE’s print and digital channels.
Elizabeth Shepherd has more than 15 years’ experience in international higher education research and consultancy. She has worked in the UK, North America and East Asia, and specialises in internationally comparative research methods, evaluation methodology and education policy analysis. She joined Times Higher Education in December 2019 to lead its Consultancy Services team and develop the strategic support offered to universities and governments globally. She is also studying towards the completion of a PhD, exploring the language-in-education policy context of Vietnam.
Tanya Spisbah is an expert on Australia-India relations, focusing on health and sustainable development. After more than a decade at the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, she served from 2014-17 at the Australian High Commission, New Delhi, specialising in health and technology diplomacy for inclusive, sustainable growth. She led the health agenda resulting in the Australian and Indian prime ministers exchanging a Memorandum of Understanding for Health and Medicine, paving the way for cooperation on digital health. Most recently, she was head of strategic international engagement at the University of New South Wales, Sydney.
National Institute of Educational Planning and Administration, New Delhi
Professor Varghese’s previous roles include head of governance and management in education at the International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP/Unesco), Paris (1999-2013) and head of its training and education programmes (2001-06). He was responsible for designing and introducing the IIEP master’s programme in educational planning and management. In the 1990s, he was a professor and head of the Educational Planning Unit at NIEPA. He has been closely associated with educational planning at the federal and decentralised levels and with the design and development of externally funded education projects in India. He holds a PhD in economics specialising in educational planning.
At ORF – an independent, public policy thinktank – Dr Wadia focuses on higher education in India and has produced reports advocating reforms in science education, engineering education, medical education and vocational education. She also played a key role in the preparation of the Karnataka State Education Policy in 2015, and helped to prepare India’s draft National Education Policy, first as a researcher and then as a member of the drafting committee. She completed a PhD in physics at the Indian Institute of Science Bangalore in the area of high-performance computing.
Barbara Wickham joined the British Council in India team in 2019 from Bangladesh, where she led the British Council operation for over four years. During this time, she established the British Council as a strategic partner for the government of Bangladesh, working hand in hand on its education reform agendas and sitting on the National Advisory Board for Impact Investment alongside representatives from the United Nations and the World Bank. Her work has benefited more than 15 million young people by putting them and the skills they need to be successful at the heart of British Council programmes.
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