Dr Anglin, who has more than 10 years of experience in user-centred product design research, is a senior user experience researcher at Google and an adjunct professor at Carnegie Mellon University. As a designer of global products and services, her fieldwork is focused on learning about people across Asia, Africa, Australia, Europe, North and South America. Her efforts inform product strategy and innovation in new markets, most notably Google’s food ordering and local services platforms available in several countries via Google Search, Assistant and Maps.
Trevor Barratt is the chief executive of THE World Universities Insights, home of Times Higher Education (THE), the THE World University Rankings and the THE World Summit Series of events. He joined THE in 2014, having previously run his own consultancy firm. Prior to that he served as chief executive of Ocean Media Group and also spent time as managing director of United Business Media and Aprovia UK.
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.
Malin Cronqvist is the founder and managing director of Help to Help, a foundation that crowdfunds higher education scholarships for promising youths in East Africa who, otherwise, would not be able to study. Help to Help also trains thousands of youths in the soft skills needed in the labour market in order to bridge the existing skills gap between academia and the business sector, and thereby decrease unemployment. Help to Help has received considerable recognition and numerous awards for being a sustainable, digital and transparent alternative to traditional aid.
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.
Warwick Dawson is the director of knowledge exchange in the Division of Enterprise at UNSW Sydney. He has more than 20 years of experience in strategic leadership roles in the public and private sectors. In addition to various senior positions in research-intensive universities, he has held legal and commercial roles in the engineering, construction and IT sectors supporting a wide range of clients ranging from multinationals to SMEs. His key achievements include building effective innovation partnerships enabling the successful execution of high-impact projects, and delivery of effective customer-focused services.
As chief technology officer, Erik Ekudden is responsible for setting the direction of technology leadership for the Ericsson Group. His work influences the strategic decisions and investments in areas such as mobility, artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things. He joined Ericsson in 1993 and has held various management positions in the company, including head of technology strategy, chief technology officer Americas, and head of standardisation and industry. He is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences and holds an MSc in electrical engineering from KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden.
Vice-president of product management, funding and content analysis
M'hamed el Aisati has held his current position in the research management unit of Elsevier since 2012. He leads a team that looks after content and analytical services, supporting large research performance evaluation programmes and rankings. After joining the company in 1998, he contributed to the realisation of its first digital journals platform, which preceded ScienceDirect, and in 2004 he helped launch Scopus. El Aisati was granted a master’s in computer sciences from the University of Amsterdam. He has published several papers in peer-reviewed journals and holds two patents.
Lisa Ericsson has more than 20 years’ experience of working with innovation and entrepreneurship tied closely to the academic sphere. She has held a number of roles at KTH Royal Institute of Technology since 2002 and is currently chief executive officer of investment company KTH Holding AB, and founder and head of KTH Innovation, the innovation support department at the university. She studied business at Orebro University and at HES Amsterdam School of Business, and has taken complementary courses at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Cambridge.
Göran Finnveden is vice-president for sustainable development and professor of environmental strategic analysis at KTH Royal Institute of Technology. As vice-president, he focuses on the integration of sustainable development in education, research and cooperation across the whole university. His main research interest is the use and development of life cycle assessment and other sustainability assessment tools. Application areas include buildings, energy, ICT, transportation, urban development and waste management. He is active in public discussions, appears in media and writes opinion papers.
Associate provost and dean of faculty and postdoctoral affairs
Skoltech Institute of Science and Technology
Clement Fortin joined Skoltech in 2014 as senior adviser to the president and took on his current role in 2015. Previous roles included president and CEO of CRIAQ, an open innovation research consortium in aerospace (2010-14), and director of the department of mechanical engineering at École Polytechnique Montréal (2005-10). From 2006-10, he was co-chair for the Americas of CDIO, a worldwide initiative that proposes an innovative educational framework for the next generation of engineers. He is a member of the Canadian Academy of Engineering and was also selected as a research fellow of aerospace manufacturer Pratt & Whitney Canada.
Jayati Ghosh is professor of economics at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Her research interests include globalisation, international trade and finance, employment patterns, macroeconomic policy, gender issues, poverty and inequality. She has authored and/or edited a dozen books and more than 180 scholarly articles, most recently Demonetisation Decoded: A critique of India’s monetary experiment; the Elgar Handbook of Alternative Theories of Economic Development and India and the International Economy. She was member of the National Knowledge Commission reporting to the Indian prime minister, and writes regularly for popular media.
Henrik Henriksson joined commercial vehicle manufacturer Scania in 1997, and was appointed president and CEO two decades later. The transport industry accounts for a significant share of global carbon dioxide emissions, and is one of the issues that Agenda 2030 has to tackle. Henriksson’s advocacy for sustainability has become a beacon in the shift towards a fossil-fuel-free transport system. He is an adviser to the Swedish government and part of its delegation for Agenda 2030 – the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. He is also a board member of the Association of Swedish Engineering Industries.
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.
Duncan Ivison is a professor of political philosophy and deputy vice-chancellor (research) at the University of Sydney. Prior to his current role, he served as the institution’s dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and head of the School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry, having previously held appointments at the universities of Toronto and York. He is also a fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities.
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.
Sigbritt Karlsson is president of KTH and professor of polymer technology targeting the polymeric materials technical environment. An MSc in chemical engineering and a PhD in polymer technology at KTH were followed by a variety of academic posts including director of studies (1996-2004) and vice-dean of faculty with responsibility for undergraduate studies at the School of Chemical Science. From 2008 to 2010, she was vice-dean responsible for strategic education issues. She was president of the University of Skövde from 2010 to 2016.
Korea Policy Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution
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.
Elected in 2018, Anna König Jerlmyr leads a green-blue political coalition whose priorities are innovation and sustainable development to create opportunities for growth and quality of life. She is president of the Eurocities network and vice-chair of C40 – a network of megacities committed to addressing climate change. During her leadership, Stockholm was awarded for its Smart City Strategy and subsequently named “smartest city in the world” by the Smart City Expo World Congress. Anna was a member of the Swedish Parliament between 2006 and 2010, and has been vice-mayor of social affairs and chair of Stockholm’s Police Authority.
Jaya Krishnakumar is a full professor of Econometrics at the University of Geneva, Switzerland. She has publications in multiple prominent international journals, and is an author and editor of econometrics books. She is a member of the statistical advisory panel for the human development reports of the United Nations Development Programme, the Human Development Report Advisory Panel, the academic experts panel for the World Bank’s Women, Business and The Law Index 2019, and the International Scientific Committee of the Committee on Sustainability Assessment. She is also an adviser for the sustainable development goals platform being developed by B Lab, along with the UN Global Compact.
Michael Lubacz leads THE’s global brand and strategic solutions team. He works closely with institutions to help raise their international profiles, build visibility around their research excellence, and create identities that differentiate their institutions in what is a competitive global market.
Innovation strategist and business development coach
KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Donnie Lygonis has been working in entrepreneurship and innovation for more than 25 years, running his own companies and helping others start theirs. For the past 10 years, he has helped to shape and build KTH Innovation, the innovation support office at KTH Royal Institute of Technology. He speaks widely on innovation and creativity, including at five TEDx events and has taken part in three television series on innovation. He is the founder of the Entrepreneurs Without Borders Foundation, which works to help founders start and grow sustainable businesses.
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.
Tolulope Ogunsina is a Forbes 30 Under 30 honouree and co-founder and CTO of Playbrush, a technology company that digitises oral care by connecting toothbrushes with interactive gaming and monitoring apps for adults and children. The London- and Vienna-based company has raised seven-digit investments from investors and partnered with big brands such as Unilever. Ogunsina focuses on building high-tech products, solving new problems and using data to simplify complex decisions. He holds an MSc in technology entrepreneurship from UCL.
Dr Puri is dean of engineering at McMaster University and has enabled a substantial innovation ecosystem. Last year, McMaster’s accelerator, The Forge, hosted 82 student-led engineering-related start-ups that raised C$26 million in capital. McMaster Engineering has also originated start-ups through its research-based inventions, where the inventors consist of teams of faculty members, research staff and students. Puri is a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, past president of the National Council of Deans of Engineering and Applied Science, and a member of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.
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.
Dr Rowe is vice-president of global research talent at the RAND Corporation, a non-profit, non-partisan research organisation that improves policy and decision making through research and analysis. As RAND’s principal strategic adviser on analytic capability, she cultivates interdisciplinary teams of the world’s top research talent to tackle complex policy problems for transformational innovation and impact. She founded the Methods Centers at Pardee RAND, which encompass methodologies such as scalable analytics and computing, decision making under uncertainty, and network analysis and systems science. She serves as a board member and adviser for organisations including New Roads School, the Development Partner Institute, the Oxford Global Consortium for Human Rights and the Space Ventures Coalition.
Tony Sandelius is responsible for the IKEA range strategy and for ensuring that IKEA develops world-class competence and capability within design, engineering, innovation and range and product management. With 20 years of experience in all aspects of development throughout the value chain, he shifts and connects perspectives across product, sourcing, business and innovation development in the search for new, outstanding customer value.
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.
Dr Sivarasu is an associate professor of biomedical engineering and head of medical device innovation in the department of human biology in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Cape Town. His research focuses on developing appropriate health technologies with a special focus on transition towards low-resourced settings. He also conceptualised the multi-award-winning Frugal Biodesign™, a unique medical device innovation methodology. He is a serial MedTech innovator with 51 patent applications and 12 granted patents from the US, UK, South Africa and India.
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.
Tuula Teeri has been president and CEO of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences since 2017. She has held research and leadership positions at the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden where she was appointed pro vice-chancellor in 2008. From 2009-17, she was president of Aalto University. She is a fellow of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences and the Technology Academy Finland foundation, and a co-founder of SweTree Technologies, Sweden.
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.
Dr Le is currently serving as a member of the board, director of research affairs, director of research foundation, head of the Informetrics Research Group and researcher for the Education Research Group at Ton Duc Thang University. He is also a freelance journalist specialising in higher education and scientometrics for many Vietnamese newspapers and has been interviewed about university rankings and higher education by many television programmes and newspapers in Vietnam.
Professor in the department of management, strategy and innovation
A world authority on innovation and science policy, Professor Veugelers is a full professor at KULeuven in the department of management, strategy and innovation. A former adviser to the European Commission, she was the president-elect of the European Association for Research in Industrial Economics and currently serves on the European Research Council’s Scientific Committee. A leading voice on EU regulation on innovation, she is also a member of the Research, Innovation, and Science Policy Experts high-level group advising EU commissioner Carlos Moedas.
Professor West has held a number of leadership roles in universities and higher education, including head of the School of Historical Studies at the University of Birmingham, head of the Humanities Division at the University of Oxford and deputy vice-chancellor at the University of Sheffield. She spent four years as director of research at the Arts and Humanities Research Council. She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, the Higher Education Academy and the Royal Historical Society, and has held two visiting fellowships at Yale University.
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