Her Excellency Sarah bint Yousif Al Amiri was appointed to her current role in 2017. Her responsibilities include enhancing the contributions of advanced sciences to the development of the UAE and its economy. She chairs the UAE Council of Scientists and is deputy project manager on the Emirates Mars Mission at the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre. Al Amiri holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in computer engineering, and worked as programme engineer on the remote-sensing Earth observation satellites, DubaiSat-1 and DubaiSat-2.
In addition to his role as executive vice-president at KU, Dr Al Hammadi is chairman of several organisations including: board of trustees of the Emirates College for Advanced Education; steering committee of the United Arab Emirates’ Graduate Students Research Conference; and executive committee of the UAE Advanced Network for Research and Education. He is a member of the Emirates Scientists Council and of the Minister of Interior’s Award for Scientific Research. His academic experience lies in artificial intelligence and computer networks. He holds a PhD in telecommunications.
Dr Al Obaidli attended the School of Medicine at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, then moved to Toronto to complete postgraduate studies in internal medicine, nephrology and transplantation. He achieved certification with both the American Board of Medical Specialties and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in internal medicine and nephrology, and also United Network for Organ Sharing certification in transplant nephrology. He holds various leadership roles within the public health system including being a member of the Arab Board of Health Specializations.
Undersecretary for higher education academic affairs
Ministry of Education, UAE
In his current role since 2016, Dr Al-Mualla provides leadership for two sectors: planning and development, and accreditation and academic services. This includes the departments of scientific research, quality assessment, scholarships, graduates and labour market, registration and counselling, certificate equivalency, licensure and accreditation, and professional licensing. Prior to that, he spent more than 16 years in academic and administrative posts including a founding role at Khalifa University where his appointments included campus manager, interim provost and senior vice-president for research and graduate studies. He has a PhD in electrical and electronic engineering.
Dr Alsafar heads the Centre for Biotechnology and is an associate professor of biomedical engineering at Khalifa University of Science and Technology. She studied in the UK, US and Australia and her research focuses on constructing and understanding the genomic organisation of individuals of Arab descent to identify genomic segments that carry gene(s) that predispose to disease. She is a recipient of the L’Oréal-Unesco For Women in Science fellowship and was awarded the first UAE honour medal from His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum for her pioneering research.
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.
Roy Boverhof has worked as a data scientist for Elsevier in various roles for more than a decade. He is a technology enthusiast and has worked on projects ranging from building user interface prototypes for Elsevier’s ScienceDirect and Scopus, to the development of the Scopus Author Feedback Wizard and the Snowball Metrics Exchange. He has a bachelor’s degree in information and communication technology.
Simon has been working with Times Higher Education and universities for over 5 years. An advertising professional with extensive knowledge and expertise in peer to peer branding, and multi-platform campaigns, Simon has worked on some of the most high profile campaigns in THE history.
Director of the Explainable Artificial Intelligence Center
Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology
Jaesik Choi is an associate professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UNIST and an affiliate researcher at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (the Berkeley Lab). Prior to that, he was assistant professor at UNIST and a computer scientist postdoctoral fellow in the Computational Research Division at the Berkeley Lab. His research focuses on learning and inference with probabilistic graphical models, combining robot motion planning with AI planning, and spatio-temporal data analysis. Professor Choi completed his studies in South Korea and the US.
Charlotte Coles is a senior content manager at THE with more than five years’ experience working across global higher education in both the private and public sectors. Prior to joining THE, she worked in the communications and engagement team for higher education at the British Council in London.
Peter Corke leads the ARC Centre of Excellence for Robotic Vision at QUT. His research is concerned with enabling robots to see, and the application of robots to mining, agriculture and environmental monitoring. He has created widely used open-source software for teaching and research, devised several Moocs and the Robot Academy, and has won national and international recognition for his teaching, including 2017 Australian University Teacher of the Year. He is a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering.
Sara Custer is digital editor at THE. She has covered global higher education as a journalist for more than five years. Before joining THE in 2017, she was editor of international education website and magazine, The PIE News.
Chair of the Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology
University of California, Davis
Professor Dandekar received her PhD degree in microbiology from Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, India and her postdoctoral training at the National Institutes of Health. Her research focuses on the mucosal immunology of HIV infection with a specific emphasis on the host-pathogen interactions at the mucosal interface, microbiota, mucosal innate defences and gut healing. Her studies developed the SIV model of HIV enteropathogenesis and identified the role of gut epithelial damage in early HIV and SIV infections. Current studies apply immunologic and genomic methodologies to investigate the impact of HIV on the gut mucosal sensing and response to pathogens and microbiota.
Paolo Dario is the founding director of The BioRobotics Institute, professor of biomedical robotics and founding coordinator of the PhD in biorobotics at Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies. He is also a visiting professor at universities in Europe, US, the Middle East and Asia, founding editorial board member of the journal Science Robotics and editor-in-chief of IEEE Transactions on Medical Robotics and Bionics. He is an IEEE fellow, served as president of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society and received the 2017 IEEE RAS Pioneer Award for Biorobotics.
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.
Professor Emery is senior vice-president (global) and professor of translational virology at the University of Surrey. He leads the University of Surrey’s global strategy which aims to catalyse and expand international research networks, student and staff recruitment mobility; foster teaching collaborations; and realise transnational educational opportunities. His current virology research focuses on a holistic approach to understanding viral infections in immune-compromised hosts, such as HIV-infected patients and transplant recipients.
John Gill has been editor of Times Higher Education since March, 2012. He has previously held roles as news editor, deputy news editor and reporter with the magazine. John has been closely involved in the development of THE’s World University Rankings portfolio over the last eight years, and was called to give evidence to the recent parliamentary inquiry into teaching metrics.
Senior director of institutional research and planning
Dr Gomma joined Khalifa University in 2017. Prior to this, he was manager of planning and performance management of the higher education sector at Abu Dhabi Education Council and served as deputy director of the Strategic Planning Unit in the Ministry of Higher Education in Egypt. He has initiated and led many national projects both in Abu Dhabi and Egypt, such as Assessment of Higher Education Learning Outcomes, Abu Dhabi Higher Education Ranking System and Strategic Plan of Engineering Education in Egypt.
Dr Griffiths oversees the development and implementation of research strategy and operations at Khalifa University of Science and Technology and is also professor of practice. Among other activities, Dr Griffiths is a Zayed Sustainability Prize selection committee member, an elected member of the Global Energy Prize International Award Committee and a non-resident fellow of the Payne Institute for Earth Resources at the Colorado School of Mines. He holds a PhD in chemical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.
Wen Hai is the vice-chairman of Peking University Council, founding dean of Peking University HSBC Business School and former vice-president of Peking University. He has lectured at various universities in California and became a leading contributor to the study of China’s economy in the US. His main areas of research are in the fields of international economics, development economics and Chinese economic development.
President assistant for quality assurance and planning
As part of the senior management team, Ahlam Hassan has played a vital role in developing and implementing the Ahlia University Quality Management System, steering the university through quality reviews and evaluations. In her position as assistant professor in the College of Business and Finance, she is involved in teaching and, in 2015, was awarded a PhD by Brunel University London, which subsequently recognised her as a supervisor of PhD students. She was the first recipient of the Dean’s award for an excellent research thesis from Brunel Business School.
Vice-president of strategic alliances and global academic relations
Dr Karlsson joined Elsevier in 2012, as vice-president for strategic alliances and global academic relations, to support the company’s relationships with key stakeholders in the Asia-Pacific region. Before that, he was counsellor for science and innovation at the Swedish Embassy in Tokyo. He also previously served as a professor of quantum photonics at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm.
Chancellor emeritus and distinguished professor of electrical and computer engineering
University of California, Davis
Dr Katehi earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, and a master’s and doctorate in electrical engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles. She is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and has served as chair of the US Secretary of Commerce’s Committee for the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, and the President’s Committee for the National Medal of Science.
Prior to joining HKUST in 2017, Professor Lin held a number of executive positions in the IT sector. These included global vice-president, commercial and multinational corporation business (Asia Pacific, Japan and Greater China) at Cisco Systems and executive director, BRIC strategy and business development at Hewlett-Packard. She was also co-founder of two start-up companies in Silicon Valley – one that focused on commercialisation of educational research, and another that provided professional information and services to enhance personal, social and business effectiveness.
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.
Dinesh Manocha is the Paul Chrisman Iribe chair of computer science and electrical and computer engineering at the University of Maryland College Park. He is also the Phi Delta Theta/Matthew Mason distinguished professor emeritus of computer science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has won many awards, including Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow and the National Science Foundation Career Award, and is the inventor of nine patents some of which have been licensed to industry. His research interests include multi-agent simulation, virtual environments, physically based modelling and robotics.
John Morgan is deputy news editor of Times Higher Education. He reports on higher education politics and policy, in the UK and internationally. Prior to joining THE, he completed a PhD in English literature at the University of Leeds before spending three years as a reporter at the Cambridge News.
Before taking on her current role at Abu Dhabi Education Council, Martina Newell-McGloughlin was director of international biotechnology at University of California, Davis. She joined the UC system in 1989 and her accomplishments include directing life and health sciences research initiatives for UC Davis and directing the UC Systemwide Biotechnology Research and Education Program for 11 years. She has expertise in developing novel biotechnology research, training and education programmes and experience in managing large multidisciplinary grant programmes.
Before taking on her current role in 2013, Dr O’Donnell taught executive MBA, postgraduate and undergraduate business students for more than 20 years at the Australian School of Business, University of New South Wales. She has won awards for her research on human capital analysis in financial markets, and as an elected faculty member of the UNSW Academic Board, she combined academic policy development and implementation with her teaching, learning and research interests.
Higher Education industry solutions director (Asia-Pacific and Japan)
In his current role, Alexandros Papaspyridis covers India, Greater China Region, Asia Pacific, Australia and Japan. His focus is the digital transformation of higher education and research institutions, helping them to strengthen their artificial intelligence capabilities. He joined Microsoft in 2008 and has held various posts in business development and sales across emerging and developed markets. Dr Papaspyridis is a member of the industrial liaison boards in the departments of computing and electrical engineering at Imperial College London. He is an author on innovation ecosystems.
Lakmal Seneviratne is professor of mechanical engineering, founding director of the Khalifa University Centre for Autonomous Robotic Systems, and associate vice-president for research at Khalifa University. He is also technical director of the Mohamed Bin Zayed International Robotics Challenge. Prior to joining Khalifa University, he was professor of mechatronics, founding director of the Centre for Robotics Research and head of the Division of Engineering at King’s College London. His particular research interest is in increasing the autonomy of robotic systems interacting with complex dynamic environments.
During his presidency from 2003 to 2011, Professor Su – an advocate for science and technology – widened NTU’s academic programme with the establishment of three new schools, enhanced its research capacity and led the development of the NTU 2015 strategic plan. Before joining NTU, he spent 30 years working within Singapore’s defence sector, including as chief executive of the Defence Science and Technology Agency. He serves on the international advisory boards of King Abdulaziz University and Hong Kong Polytechnic University and is the recipient of many awards.
Professor Suri leads the Non-volatile Memory Research Group at IIT-Delhi and is the founder of Cyran AI Solutions (a deep-tech start-up). He was named as one of the world’s top 35 innovators and India’s top 10 innovators, under the age of 35, by MIT Technology Review in 2018. Awards received include IEEE Electron Devices Society Early Career (2018), National Academy of Sciences India Young Scientist (2017) and Institute of Engineers India Young Engineer (2016). He has filed multiple patents and serves as an adviser to neuromorphic/AI hardware companies.
Professor Wellings joined Wollongong in 2012 from Lancaster University in the UK where he was vice-chancellor for nine years. He started his career in the UK as an NERC research fellow and moved to Australia as a research scientist at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, becoming deputy chief executive in 1999. In 2006, he was appointed a board member of, and chaired committees at, both Universities UK and the Higher Education Funding Council for England.
Billy works closely with some of the top universities in the world to help them identify national and global competitors, understand their relative strengths and weaknesses, and formulate strategies that best suit the higher education needs of their countries. He studied in France and Hong Kong, and is involved with DataKind UK, which promotes the use of data science techniques in the charity sector.
Professor Yamaguchi is vice-president for education reform and global engagement at Tohoku University. He has played an important role in the internationalisation of the university, focusing on the design of the university’s international strategy and international education. He has devoted himself to the implementation of Tohoku University’s Top Global University Project. He has been a professor in the department of physics at the Graduate School of Science since 2003. His research area is theoretical particle physics and cosmology.
As well as vice-president and provost, Professor Yang is professor of business administration in management science at Tsinghua, his alma mater. His teaching methods at Tsinghua School of Economics and Management have won him awards such as Outstanding Young Faculty Award and Best Teaching Award. He is vice-chairman of the Association of Chinese Graduate Schools, secretary-general of the China National Engineering Education Supervisory Committee and secretary-general of the China National MBA Education Supervisory Committee.
Professor Yeo, an expert in consumer economics, has been teaching and researching consumer protection policy for about 30 years. Prior to becoming vice-president of SNU, she was president of the Korean Society of Consumer Studies and a member of the committee of Unicef Korea. She has been a visiting researcher at the US Federal Trade Commission and Harvard Law School. She also served as a member of National Economic Advisory Council, which is directly responsible to the president. She holds a PhD in consumer economics from Cornell University.
Dr Yeravdekar is principal director of Symbiosis International University. She has a postgraduate degree in medicine, a degree in law and completed a PhD on the topic of internationalisation of higher education in India. She has held posts on various governmental bodies including the University Grants Commission, Central Advisory Board of Education and the Indian Council for Cultural Relations. She is a member of the State Knowledge Advisory Board of Higher Education, Government of Andhra Pradesh.
Associate vice-president of the International Office
Korea Advanced Institute Science and Technology
As well as professor of the department of nuclear and quantum engineering, Man-Sung Yim is dean of the KUSTAR-KAIST Institute, and director of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Education and Research Centre at KAIST. Previously, he was a senior researcher at the Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute and taught at North Carolina State University and at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He serves as a member of the international advisory board of Imperial College London’s Centre for Nuclear Engineering, and on the scientific programme committee of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization.
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