Anita Abdul Aziz – the first woman to lead UBD – was appointed in 2016. Under her leadership, key initiatives include the establishment of the Centre for Lifelong Learning, the Institute of Applied Data Analytics and the FPT-UBD Innovation Lab, among others. She joined UBD from the Ministry of Education of Brunei where she was the deputy permanent secretary (higher education). Prior to that, she held various senior leadership posts at UBD. She graduated from the UK’s University of Glasgow with a bachelor of medicine and surgery and is a member of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.
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 Cao’s research focuses on innate immunity and inflammation, tumour immunology and immunotherapy. Academy memberships include the Chinese Academy of Engineering and the US National Academy of Medicine, among others. He is secretary-general and a past-president of the Federation of Immunological Societies of Asia-Oceania, secretary-general and a past-president of the Chinese Society for Immunology, president of the Chinese Society of Biomedical Engineering, and chair of China Union of Life Science Societies of the China Association for Science and Technology.
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.
Former executive member of the Council for Science and Technology Policy
Cabinet Office of Japan
Dr Harayama is a former executive member of the Council for Science and Technology Policy in the Cabinet Office of Japan. She is also the former deputy director of the Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation at the OECD. She is a Légion d’honneur recipient (Chevalier) and was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Neuchâtel. Previously, she was a professor in the department of management science and technology at the Graduate School of Engineering of Tohoku University. She holds two PhDs – in education sciences and in economics – from the University of Geneva.
Professor Høj’s previous appointments have included the same role at the University of South Australia, chief executive officer of the Australian Research Council and managing director of the Australian Wine Research Institute. He serves as a member on numerous boards including the Medical Research Future Fund Advisory Board and Group of Eight universities, and is a fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.
In 1963, Shigetaka Komori joined Fuji Photo Film Co Ltd (now Fujifilm Holdings Corporation), after graduating from the University of Tokyo with a degree in economics. From 1996 until 2000, he served as managing director of Fuji Photo Film (Europe) GmbH. In 2000, he became president, representative director of Fuji Photo Film Co Ltd and, in 2003, was appointed president and CEO. Faced with the development of digitalisation, Mr Komori led the management reform and dynamic transformation of Fujifilm. He accomplished a V-shaped recovery by focusing on the growing business fields including medical equipment.
Professor Lamberts took on his present role at the University of Sheffield in 2018. He is also chair of the UK Council for International Student Affairs and deputy chair and board member of the Russell Group. He is a cognitive psychologist with an extensive track record in experimental and theoretical research on human perception and memory, for which he has been awarded prizes from the Experimental Psychology Society and the British Psychological Society. From 2014 to 2018, he was vice-chancellor of the University of York.
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.
Professor Mahaisavariya completed his medical degree, internship and residency training in orthopaedic surgery at the Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University in 1983. He then undertook a range of fellowships in Europe, Canada and Australia. He returned to his alma mater in 1993 as an associate professor and rose through various leadership roles to his current position. In addition to his academic and executive roles, he was a founding member of the Asian Association for Dynamic Osteosynthesis, and serves as president of the Royal College of Orthopaedic Surgeons of Thailand.
Executive vice-president for global centres and global development
Safwan Masri is executive vice-president for global centres and global development at Columbia University and a senior research scholar at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs. He is a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations, an honorary fellow of the Foreign Policy Association and a member of the International Advisory Council of the World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies. He is the author of Tunisia: An Arab Anomaly (2017), which examines why Tunisia was the only country to emerge from the Arab Spring as a democracy.
Seiichi Matsuo has been president of Nagoya University since 2015. He received his PhD in nephrology there in 1981 and was then appointed as a visiting research fellow at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York (1981-82) and at the State University of New York at Buffalo (1982-84). In 2004, he took on the role of professor at the Graduate School of Medicine at Nagoya University and also became actively involved in the executive functions of the university, serving as vice-president (2009-15) and as director of various Nagoya University affiliated institutes such as the Nagoya University Hospital (2007-13).
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.
Professor Oh joined SNU’s department of physics and astronomy in 1984 as assistant professor and took on his current role in February 2019. He has spent more than 20 years teaching and researching and was also dean of the College of Natural Sciences (2004-08). Other leadership roles have included president of the National Research Foundation of Korea and founding president of the Institute for Basic Science. In 2016, he was elected a member of the National Assembly of Korea and has served on the standing committee for education, as well as for science and technology.
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 Rahman is responsible for the development and strategic enhancement of research and innovation at the University of Malaya. She is also responsible for building and managing relationships with internal and external research stakeholders, including industry and the local community. Prior to her current role, she was the director of the university’s Institute of Research Management and Monitoring.
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.
Vice-president and pro vice-chancellor for institutional advancement
University of Hong Kong
Professor Tien is the vice-president and pro vice-chancellor for institutional advancement at the University of Hong Kong and the Taikoo professor of engineering and chair professor of microsystems technology. He provides leadership for the university’s institutional advancement initiatives, strategically enhancing its global institutional-level communications, media and stakeholder engagement, fundraising strategies and alumni relations locally and internationally. He joined HKU in 2012 as dean of engineering, a role he fulfilled for six years. His research interests are in the area of micro- and nanotechnology and he has more than 130 publications in the field.
Alongside his leadership role at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Professor Tuan is Lee Quo Wei and Lee Yick Hoi Lun professor of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. He is a world-leading biomedical scientist specialising in stem cell science and regenerative medicine. His work covers basic science and engineering, as well as translational and clinical applications. Prior to joining CUHK, he held several key appointments at the University of Pittsburgh, including distinguished professor of orthopaedic surgery and director of the Center for Cellular and Molecular Engineering in the School of Medicine.
Takeshi Uchiyamada graduated from Nagoya University with a degree in applied physics in 1969 and joined Toyota Motor Corporation the same year. He was appointed project general manager of Vehicle Development Centre 2 in 1994, and became chief engineer of that centre in 1996. There, he played a leading role in the development of the Prius – the world’s first mass-produced gasoline electric hybrid car. He was appointed to the board of directors in 1998, and became an executive vice-president and member of the board in 2005. He took on his current role in June 2013.
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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