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.
One of the world’s most respected voices on artificial intelligence and data science, Nozha Boujemaa joined Median Technologies in January 2019 as a member of its executive team. She was director of research at Inria (the French National Institute for Computer Science and Applied Mathematics), as well as director of the Inria Saclay Research Centre. In 2017, she founded the DATAIA Institute, an interdisciplinary institute for data sciences, artificial intelligence and society.
Professor Hofmann will become president of Technical University of Munich in October 2019, having served 10 years as senior vice-president for research and innovation. During this time, TUM has established itself as Germany’s number one university for business start-ups and has reinforced its standing as one of Europe’s leading research universities.
Head of Graduate School of Science and Technology Policy
A rising star in Korea, Professor Kim has won acclaim for her research into science policy, government research and development spending and governance of emerging technologies. She has led several large-scale science policy projects and served on government committees on science, workforce planning and gender equality. Most recently, she became deputy director for the KAIST Fourth Industrial Revolution Intelligence Center. As a Fulbright scholar, Professor Kim undertook her PhD at Northwestern University, specialising in international political economy and mathematical methods in social sciences, and joined KAIST after working at the University of Chicago and Florida Atlantic University.
Taking office in January 2018, Professor Marwala has championed research and innovation at the University of Johannesburg, drawing on his illustrious background in industry-related research and intelligent software. A former dean of engineering at Johannesburg, Professor Marwala has also held visiting academic posts at the University of Cambridge, where he undertook his PhD, Harvard University and the University of California, Berkeley. He was the first African engineer to receive the President Award from the National Research Foundation of South Africa.
Elected president of the Paris-Saclay university project in January 2019, Professor Retailleau heads France’s most ambitious higher education project over a generation, which will be formally established in January 2020. The distinguished microelectronics expert and physics professor, who was previously at the head of Université Paris-Sud, leads the new experimental university – an integration of 7 of France’s most renowned HEIs, working together with 7 National Research Organizations as partners – with some 65,000 students and 9,000 researchers benefitting from its new €1.5 billion campus, which is already a hub of tech start-ups and industry-academic collaborations.
One of China’s brightest young scientists, Professor Shi resigned his professorship at Princeton University to join Tsinghua University 15 years ago, where he rose to become dean of its School of Life Sciences. In 2018, he was appointed president of Westlake University, a newly established private institution in Hangzhou, which has been described as China’s answer to Caltech.
Former director-general of research and innovation at European Commission from 2010 to 2018, where he oversaw Horizon 2020, the €80 billion research and innovation programme from 2014 to 2020. Senior advisor for open access and innovation at the European Political Strategy Centre, he is the chief architect of Plan S, a radical EU-wide open access initiative.
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