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.
Vice-president of global strategic networks (Asia-Pacific)
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.
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.
Sharron McPherson has many years’ experience as an investment banker and has lived in Africa since 2001, working at the forefront of the movement to invest differently in African women and youth. She is a founding member of Women in Infrastructure, Development and Energy, and of New Faces New Voices, which aims to expand the role and influence of women in the financial sector. She has a strong interest in advancing technologies for development in Africa. At present, she teaches project finance at the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business.
Executive vice-president and chief research and innovation officer
Arizona State University
In addition to leading knowledge enterprise development at ASU, Dr Panchanathan is director of the Center for Cognitive Ubiquitous Computing and holds the foundation chair in computing and informatics. In 2014, he was appointed by President Barack Obama to the US National Science Board for a six-year term. He fulfils many other leadership roles, including vice-president for strategic initiatives and membership of the National Academy of Inventors, and he is a fellow of many organisations, including the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
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.
Duncan Ross has been a data miner since the mid-1990s. As director of data and analytics at THE, he oversees a team that generates university rankings and related data products. Prior to this, he led Teradata’s data science team in Europe and Asia, where he was responsible for developing analytical solutions across a number of industries, including warranty and root-cause analysis in manufacturing and social network analysis in telecommunications.
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.
Dr Shoukri is president emeritus of York University in Canada, where he served until June 2017. He began his academic career at McMaster University where he went on to become department chair, dean of engineering and vice-president. He is the recipient of many awards and accolades, including the Order of Canada and the Order of Ontario for his contributions as an engineer and an academic administrator. He is a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering and the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering.
Alongside his role as president, Wei Shyy is chair professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at HKUST. Prior to joining the institution in August 2010 as provost, he was Clarence L. “Kelly” Johnson collegiate professor and chair of the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Michigan. Professor Shyy is a fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He has received awards for his research and professional contributions, including the AIAA 2003 Pendray Aerospace Literature Award, the ASME 2005 Heat Transfer Memorial Award, and the Engineers’ Council 2009 Distinguished Educator Award.
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.
Laura Tucker founded Vertigo Ventures in 2009 and led the development of the company’s flagship product, the VV-Impact Tracker, which is used by research institutions in the UK, Australia and Hong Kong, across disciplines, to identify, capture and report the impact of their research. She oversees service delivery, ensures the core values are at the heart of how the company operates and contributes to the impact agenda through co-writing papers and speaking at conferences.
Shearer West took up her current role in 2015 and is also professor of art history at the University of Sheffield. She previously served as head of the humanities division at the University of Oxford, where she oversaw the launch of the Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH) and the Ertegun graduate scholarship programme in the humanities. Prior to that, she was director of research at the Arts and Humanities Research Council where she chaired the Research Directors Group.
Joe White is a general partner at Entrepreneur First, a venture capital fund that invests in early-stage “deep” tech companies in Europe and South-east Asia. Prior to this, he was co-founder of Moonfruit, a DIY website platform, with more than 7 million sites built, which was sold to Yell Group in 2012. He is also a non-executive for the Behavioural Insights Team venture unit where he advises on social impact technology products. He is an active angel investor and received an MBE for services to technology businesses in 2017.
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