Before taking on the mantle of rector, Professor Agopyan, a professor of materials and components for construction, fulfilled a variety of roles. He has been University Scholars Programme provost for graduate studies, dean of the Polytechnic School, chief executive officer of the Institute for Technological Research of São Paulo State, and vice-president of the International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction. Among his numerous awards are Commander of the National Order of Scientific Merit (Brazil) and Distinguished Engineer of the Year (Institute of Engineering).
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.
Professor Sir Hilary Beckles is 8th vice-chancellor of The University of the West Indies, is a distinguished academic, international thought leader, United Nations committee official, and global public activist in the field of social justice and minority empowerment. Prior to assuming office as vice-chancellor, he served the university as professor of economic history, pro-vice chancellor for undergraduate studies, and principal of its Cave Hill Campus in Barbados for thirteen years. He has published over 100 peer reviewed essays in scholarly journals and over 13 books on subjects ranging from Atlantic and Caribbean History, gender relations in the Caribbean, sport development and popular culture.
Raquel Bernal commenced the role as academic vice-rector in December 2019. She has been linked to the University of the Andes since 2006 as a professor at the Faculty of Economics and as a tenured professor since 2014. Her research focuses on social economics, education economics, home and work economics, and the determinants of human capital, especially during early childhood.
Mario Chamorro is Coursera's head of Latin America and is responsible for developing data-driven strategies to bring the best education to more than 11 million learners, several organizations, universities, and governments in the region. In the past, Mario served as vice-president of marketing for SOMA messenger, where he secured 10 million downloads within 30 days of launching the app. Mario has a master's degree from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs.
Vice-president for academic relations, Latin America
Dante works for Elsevier since 2002, having occupied several positions such as digital library specialist, regional director of sales and marketing for Latin America and S&T managing director for Latin America. Dante represents Elsevier in several organizations such as: the Brazilian Publishers Association, the Brazilian Association for Copyrights, the International Publishers Association, the Pro-Livro Institute for Literacy, the Association for Corporate Innovation, the Innovation Workgroup of the National Confederation of Industries in Brazil, and the Americas Business Dialogue of the Inter-American Development Bank
Francisco helps Latam universities to transform themselves with online learning from top universities in the world to equip students with the best available knowledge and tools to handle the job demands. He has spent most of his career in the technology world, working with the world's leading brands in Latin Americato bring relevant strategies to create impact and results consistently. He has also helped businesses succeed in a connected world as well as contributing to solutions to sensitive problems in our society. He is convinced that attracting and retaining the best possible talent for the organizations is imperative for long term success. He loves to combine his passion for the Internet and digital content with photography, film production, and LiDAR technology. He was the Executive Producer of "Colombia, Wild Magic," the highest-grossing film in the history of the Colombian film industry with over 2.4 million spectators.
Dr Garza has spent more than 30 years at Tecnológico de Monterrey, his alma mater, in various academic and leadership positions, including director of research and graduate programmes, and dean of the School of Engineering. He developed the Tec21 Educational Model and was named academic vice-rector of the institution. As a research professor at the Centre for Research in Computer Science, he taught courses as well as participated in international research projects. He was president of the Global Engineering Deans Council in 2010-11.
Maria Alejandra Gonzalez-Perez (PhD; MBS; Psi) is a full professor at EAFIT University in Colombia and a senior researcher at Colciencias. From 2015 to 2018, she served as vice-president of the Academy of International Business (AIB), the world's leading association of academics in international business, and as the regional president for Latin America and the Caribbean (AIB-LAC) from 2018 to 2021. She is part of the global council of the World Government Summit (WGS) of Zero Poverty: Sustainable Development Goal #1 in addition to being a Research Associate at the Centre for Emerging Market Studies (CEMS) in Singapore..
Chris James is senior product manager for SciVal, Elsevier’s primary research performance analyses and benchmarking platform. He is part of the team responsible for the design and development of new features to help their global customer base meet their research strategy challenges. He was responsible for the launch of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs) in SciVal and is currently heading a partnership with a small group of institutions to improve the mapping of publications to each SDG.
Chris joined Elsevier in Amsterdam in 2004, where he has held roles in the company’s sales and product marketing teams. Prior to joining Elsevier, he worked at an engineering consultancy in the UK. Chris James holds a bachelor’s degree in Business from the University of Sunderland.
Professor emeritus of the School of Economics, Management and Accounting
University of São Paulo
Jacques Marcovitch is professor of management and international affairs at the University of São Paulo (Brazil) and a board member of IHEID-International Relations and Development Studies Institute (Geneva). His past appointments include rector of the University of São Paulo, president of Electric Utilities of the State of São Paulo and director of the Institute for Advanced Studies. Professor emeritus of the School of Economics, Management and Accounting (USP), his research and publications focus on higher education, environmental challenges, entrepreneurship, and Latin America.
Wim joined Elsevier in 2006 as a publisher for the Animal Science, Forensic Science and Legal Medicine journal portfolios. Since 2010, Wim has been working for Scopus, the largest multidisciplinary abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature. Currently Wim is the director of product management for Scopus. In this role, he is responsible for the content selection and content coverage of the Scopus database, where he is working with the independent Content Selection & Advisory Board (CSAB) and various stakeholders in the research community such as publishers, institutions and researchers.
Denise P. Carvalho is the rector of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and a full professor in endocrine physiology. She has been elected the past president of the Latin American Thyroid Society, the president of the Brazilian Thyroid Department of the Brazilian Endocrine Society, a member of the editorial board of endocrinology and was the past director of Carlos Chagas Filho Institute of Biophysics.
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.
As regional director for Latin America and Africa, Will Sánchez works with top-ranked institutions in data-led projects, as well as global brand visibility campaigns to improve institutional reputation. His wide experience in the global higher education sector includes working with universities from Africa, Asia and Latin America.
Director of the Office of Arts and Culture, vice-presidency for research
Pontifical Catholic University of Chile
Miryam Singer took on the role of director of arts and culture at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile in 2010. She is also a professor in the university’s Institute of Music, where she has directed an opera workshop since 2009. She trained as an architect but has dedicated her career to opera – as a singer, director, producer and theatrical designer – and is the recipient of numerous awards and prizes. She heads a project set up between five universities to promote opera in Chile.