Professor Amano received his engineering doctorate from Nagoya University. Currently he is director of the Centre for Integrated Research of Future Electronics and a professor in the Institute of Materials and Systems for Sustainability at Nagoya University. He is currently developing technologies for the fabrication of high-efficiency power semiconductors and new energy-saving devices at Nagoya University. He has more than 560 publications. In 2014, he shared the Nobel prize in physics with Isamu Akasaki and Shuji Nakamura “for the invention of efficient blue light-emitting diodes which has enabled bright and energy-saving white light sources”.
Julia Buckingham joined Imperial College London in 1997, contributing to the establishment of the new Faculty of Medicine. In 2012, she was appointed to her current role. Throughout her career, she has combined research and education with supporting the broader aspects of academic life. She has served on numerous national and international review panels and received several prestigious awards for her work; she was awarded a CBE in 2018 for services to biology and education. Former roles include president of the British Pharmacological Society, president of the Society for Endocrinology and chairman of Bioscientifica Ltd.
Professor Shiyi Chen became president of SUSTech in January 2015, having previously worked at Peking University, first as dean of its Graduate School and later as vice-president for research. He has also held academic roles at Johns Hopkins University in the US. He is an academician of the Chinese Academy of Science, and a fellow of the American Physical Society, the Institute of Physics and the World Academy of Sciences for the Advancement of Science in Developing Countries. His research has made significant contributions to high-performance computing and fundamental studies in the theory of turbulence.
Professor Fujii is in charge of finance and external relations at the University of Tokyo. He served as associate professor in the university’s Institute of Industrial Science (IIS). He worked at the Riken Institute for four years before returning to IIS where he was promoted to full professor in 2007 and served as director-general (2015-18). He also served as an adviser to the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (2005-07) and was co-director of LIMMS-CNRS/IIS (2007-14), a joint research laboratory between CNRS (the French National Centre for Scientific Research) and IIS.
Dr Gruss, in his current post since 2017, is an expert in gene control and developmental biology, and plays a leading role in the field of technology transfer of research results and innovation creation. He was a professor and a member of the directorate of the Molecular Biology Centre at the University of Heidelberg (1982-86) and served as director at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry (1986-2014). He was appointed president of the Max Planck Society in Germany (2002-14) and is the current chairman of the Siemens Technology and Innovation Council.
President and Lee Kong Chian chair professor of social sciences
Singapore Management University
Professor Lily Kong is the fifth president of Singapore Management University (SMU) and the first Singaporean to lead the 19-year-old institution. She is also Lee Kong Chian chair professor of social sciences.
Professor Kong has previously served as provost of SMU, vice-provost and vice-president of the National University of Singapore, and executive vice-president (academic) of Yale-NUS College.
She is widely known for her research on religion, cultural policy and creative economy, urban heritage and conservation, and national identity. She has received five international fellowship awards and has also won the Association of American Geographers’ Robert Stoddard Award for Distinguished Service.
Before taking on his current role, Professor Lu held academic and leadership positions at the University of Queensland from 1994 to 2016, most recently as provost and senior vice-president. He has been appointed to the Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology, and serves on several boards including UK Research and Innovation, and Universities UK. He founded the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Functional Nanomaterials and has twice been the recipient of the Australian Research Council Federation Fellowship.
Principal and vice-chancellor, University of Glasgow
President, Russell Group
In his current role since 2009, Professor Sir Anton Muscatelli fulfilled the same role at Heriot-Watt University from 2007-09. He is chair of the Russell Group of UK universities, and of the Scottish Government’s Standing Council on Europe, a non-political group that provides expert advice to Scottish ministers on protecting Scotland’s relationship with the EU. He also chairs the Commission on Economic Growth for the Glasgow City Region and is a member of the Scottish Government’s Council of Economic Advisers. His research interests are monetary economics, central bank independence, fiscal policy, international finance and macroeconomics.
Yoshinori Ohsumi studied molecular biology at the University of Tokyo in 1963, where he returned in 1977 as an assistant professor. In 1988, he opened his own small laboratory and started to work on the lytic function of the vacuole, and then found yeast autophagy by light and electron microscopy. After leaving the University of Tokyo, he continued his research at the National Institute for Basic Biology at Okazaki. In 2009, he moved to the Tokyo Institute of Technology and received the Nobel prize in physiology or medicine in 2016 for elucidating the mechanisms for autophagy.
Professor Tan took up his post in January 2018. He is the university’s fifth president and the 23rd leader to head Singapore’s oldest higher education institution. A pioneer architect of the current academic system at NUS, Professor Tan has seeded many initiatives such as the Special Programme in Science, University Scholars Programme, University Town College Programme, Grade-free Year and Technology-enhanced Education.
Professor Tuan, a biomedical scientist, will take up his position on 1 January 2018. His long research career in the US has led to his current appointments at the University of Pittsburgh, including distinguished professor and executive vice-chairman in the department of orthopaedic surgery, Arthur J. Rooney Sr. chair in sports medicine, director of the Center for Cellular and Molecular Engineering, and founding director of the Center for Military Medicine Research.
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.
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