Simon Baker has been at Times Higher Education since May 2010 and was previously news editor. Before joining THE, he worked for eight years as a reporter and news editor at the Press Association. He studied at the University of Bristol for a BSc in Economics and Politics and also holds a postgraduate diploma in newspaper journalism from City University.
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.
Ellie Bothwell is rankings editor and international reporter at THE. She oversees editorial content for THE’s global series of rankings, including the flagship World University Rankings, and reports on all areas of internationalisation, including student and staff mobility, research and institutional partnerships, and branch campuses.
Mark has 12 years of experience in data and analytics. In his role, he takes raw data and uses it to produce various THE rankings and benchmarking products. He has a particular focus on the Academic Reputation Survey, which identifies the most prestigious institutions, for both research and teaching, in the eyes of active researchers all over the world. He also works on the THE World University Rankings and THE Impact Rankings.
Kate Carruthers is chief data and insights officer for UNSW Sydney, as well as adjunct senior lecturer in the School of Computer Science and Engineering. She is a certified information security manager and is currently undertaking postgraduate studies in cybersecurity, and is currently working at the intersection of data analytics, AI, machine learning, privacy, cybersecurity, and data protection.
Dr Amit Chakma, an expert in petroleum research and energy management, moved to The University of Western Australia in 2020. Prior to this, he served as president and vice-chancellor of Western University (2009-2019), and provost vice-president (academic) of the University of Waterloo. Dr Chakma is also a professor of chemical engineering, chair of the Council of the Association of Commonwealth Universities, and a member of the Science, Technology and Innovation Council of Canada.
President of the Public Affairs and Communications Department
Catherine Chen graduated from Northwest University in China. She joined Huawei in 1995 and has served as chief representative of the Beijing Representative Office, vice-president of the International Marketing Department, deputy director of the Domestic Marketing Management Office, a member of the board, president of the Public Affairs and Communications Department, and corporate senior vice-president.
Andy Cook is vice-chancellor of Ravensbourne University London, holding responsibility for overseeing the strategic direction of the University. In this capacity, Mr Cook has focused on the key priorities of delivering an exceptional learning experience and ensuring a compelling offer for student recruitment. He has also been leading the institution towards identifying opportunities for diversification and collaboration at the intersection of creativity and technology.
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.
Ronald Daniels has been serving as 14th president of Johns Hopkins University since 2009. Under his leadership, Johns Hopkins continues its pre-eminence in education, patient care, and innovative discovery, and has received more competitively allocated federal research funding than any other university in the country for more than 38 years. During his tenure, Daniels has focused his efforts on several key areas: strengthening inter-disciplinary collaboration in research and education, enhancing student access, deepening engagement with the city of Baltimore, and supporting economic and social innovation. These priorities are embedded in the university’s first comprehensive strategic planning document and in the $6 billion Rising to the Challenge campaign which concluded in 2018.
Professor Cheryl de la Rey has been the vice-chancellor of the University of Canterbury since February 2019. Prior to moving to New Zealand, Professor de la Rey was vice-chancellor and principal of South Africa’s largest research university, the University of Pretoria. She has 18 years of experience as an executive in higher education. After an academic career in South Africa’s university sector, she took up her first executive role as executive director at the National Research Foundation. Later she was appointed deputy vice-chancellor at the University of Cape Town and was the CEO of the Council on Higher Education.
As provost and chief academic officer for Coventry University Group, Ian Dunn is responsible for driving the highest standards of academic excellence and supporting the leadership of the three pillars of the corporate plan: education and student experience, research and enterprise, and innovation.
Jon Faulkner is the former chief information officer of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, with over 20 years of experience delivering and supporting others in institution-wide culture, capability and technology changes across multiple sectors. He is now leading Domain7's rapid growth in the UK as managing director. He is an accomplished speaker and presenter on topics of digital strategy and trends, technology adoption and collaborative change management. Faulkner is also working towards a doctorate of business administration with the theme of developing greater responsible leadership across the UK.
Dr Angie Fuessel oversees the selection and network collaboration of approximately 45 designated Changemaker campuses at Ashoka U. In this role, she bridges theory, research, and practice in the pursuit of catalysing social innovation and changemaking across higher education. Dr Fuessel draws from over 20 years of experience working to foster effectiveness and transformation amongst individuals, organisations, and systems. In previous roles, she served as a consultant in the US and abroad, and as an advisor for the government of Abu Dhabi in the UAE.
John Gill has been editor of Times Higher Education since 2012. He has previously held roles as news editor, deputy news editor and reporter with the magazine. Gill has been closely involved in the development of THE’s World University Rankings portfolio over the last eight years, and was called to give evidence to the recent parliamentary inquiry into teaching metrics.
Jack Grove covers careers in higher education for THE, with a particular interest in matters relating to early career academics and PhD students. He also writes about industrial relations, professional and support staff and European higher education. He was named the Data Journalist of the Year at the 2016 CIPR Education Journalism Awards. He has a BA in English from the University of Bristol, and previously worked on newspapers including the Cambridge News and the Peterborough Evening Telegraph.
Professor Adam Habib is an academic, researcher, activist and well-known public intellectual. He is a former chair of Universities South Africa, which represents vice-chancellors and higher education in the country. He has also focused on building African research excellence, and initiated the African Research Universities Alliance. Transformation, democracy and inclusive development are fundamental themes of his research. Professor Habib’s book South Africa’s Suspended Revolution: Hopes and Prospects, has informed debates around the country’s transition into democracy. His latest book, Rebels and Rage: Reflecting on #FeesMustFall, provides an insight into the recent student protests in South Africa.
Chris Havergal has been news editor since February 2017. Previously he was a reporter who covered areas including teaching and learning, access, and internationalisation. Havergal started his career as local government correspondent at the Cambridge News and holds a BA in history and an MA in medieval studies from the University of York.
Professor Friedrich Hesse is founding director of the Research Cluster “Digitalization, Diversity and Lifelong Learning - Consequences for Higher Education” (D²L²) at the University of Hagen. Since 2018, Professor Hesse has been the executive committee officer of the Leibniz Association where he is scientific co-chair of the Global Learning Council (GLC) and head of the working group “Digitaler Wandel”.
Cara Honey is a creative and pragmatic individual who has experience in the creative industries and higher education. In her current role, she strives to demystify the concept of employability and enable students to interact meaningfully with local, national and international employers.
Dr Freeman Hrabowski has led UMBC since 1992. He is also a consultant on science and maths education to national agencies, universities and school systems. In 2012, President Obama named him chair of the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans. He also chaired the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine committee that produced the report, Expanding Underrepresented Minority Participation: America’s Science and Technology Talent at the Crossroads (2011). His 2013 TED talk highlights the “Four pillars of college success in science”.
Before taking on her current role in 2017, Alison Johns was chief executive of the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education for three years. Prior to that, she was head of policy for leadership, governance and management at the Higher Education Funding Council for England, where she established the LFHE and the Equality Challenge Unit. She is a past-president of the Association of University Administrators and represents the UK on the Association of Commonwealth Universities Human Resources Management Network.
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.
Professor Lily Kong is the fifth president of Singapore Management University (SMU) and the first Singaporean to lead the 19-year-old institution. She is also Lee Kong Chian chair professor of social sciences. Professor Kong has previously served as provost of SMU, vice-provost and vice-president of the National University of Singapore, and executive vice-president (academic) of Yale-NUS College. She is widely known for her research on religion, cultural policy and creative economy, urban heritage and conservation, and national identity. She has received five international fellowship awards and has also won the Association of American Geographers’ Robert Stoddard Award for Distinguished Service.
Based in Hong Kong, Joyce Lau covers university and research news across the region, from Japan to India. She previously worked at The University of Hong Kong and The New York Times, where she also covered global higher education. Lau was a fellow at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford and studied English at McGill University in her native Montreal.
Mie-Yun Lee serves as Elsevier’s chief of staff and has a specific focus on supporting and leading key cross-team initiatives. She also has responsibility for marketing for Elsevier’s research division and has recently led a team transformation that was held by Zoom. She joined Elsevier in 2019. Before Elsevier, Lee was chief product officer for a group at the Risk and Business Analytics, which like Elsevier, is part of RELX. There she helped embed a focus on customer-centred product management and innovation.
Ovidia Lim-Rajaram oversees institutional communications at the National University of Singapore (NUS). Her responsibilities include reputation management, strategic communications, branding and marketing communications, digital communications, special events and protocol, issues management as well as crisis communications for a diverse community comprising 17 schools and 27 university-level research institutes across three campuses. She is the press secretary to the university president, and a university spokesperson. In her earlier life, Lim-Rajaram was a newspaper reporter, broadcast journalist, and lecturer in media studies.
Hardy Maritz is a finance professional with a 20-year track record in higher education leadership, with wide-ranging experience in financial management, cash flow planning and forecasting, strategic planning, governance, systems and projects and executive support and training. Maritz joined the University of Cape Town in 1999 and has fulfilled the role of managing and collating all aspects of the annual fee setting, budgeting and management reporting processes. In addition, he played a key role as part of a new finance executive team to manage and re-shape the finances of the institution to place it on a sustainable financial footing.
Professor Kenneth Matengu is vice-chancellor of the University of Namibia, prior to which he was pro vice-chancellor of research, innovation and development. He specialises in innovation diffusion, technology and development policy. He has served as a Steering Committee member of the Southern Africa Innovation Support Programme, and reviewed several SADC countries’ innovation systems.
Professor McCahan fulfils two roles at the University of Toronto – vice-provost for innovations in undergraduate education and vice-provost for academic programmes. She leads a set of IT and data initiatives at the University of Toronto aimed at improving learning experiences and outcomes for faculty and students. Prior to her current roles, she was vice-dean, undergraduate in the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering, where she led the redesign of the undergraduate curriculum of the mechanical and industrial engineering programmes.
Professor Anton Muscatelli, an expert in economics, has been in his current appointment since 2009 and fulfilled the same role at Heriot-Watt University from 2007-09. He chairs the Scottish Government’s Standing Council on Europe, is a member of the Scottish Government’s Council of Economic Advisers and a board member of the Scottish Funding Council. He previously chaired the Russell Group of British research universities and is a director of the Universities Superannuation Scheme.
Ceri Nursaw is chief executive of the National Centre for Entrepreneurship in Education (NCEE), which supports further and higher education to embed enterprising and entrepreneurial behaviour. From 2015, Ms Nursaw has grown NCEE's global reputation with programmes across the world including the Middle East, Africa, China and East Asia.
Santa Ono has served as president and vice-chancellor of the University of British Columbia (UBC) since 2016. Prior to this, he was president of the University of Cincinnati and senior vice-provost and deputy to the provost at Emory University. Dr Ono also serves as chair of the U15 Group of Universities, on the Board of Directors of Universities Canada, and as past chair of Research Universities of British Columbia. He is a member of the International Advisory Board of Keio University and the Boards of Fulbright and MITACS. He has also served on the Boards of the American Council on Education and the Council on Competitiveness and as chief innovation advisor to the Province of British Columbia.
In his current role, Dr Alexandros Papaspyridis covers India, Greater China Region, Asia Pacific, Australia and Japan. His focus is the digital transformation of higher education and research institutions, helping them to strengthen their artificial intelligence capabilities. He joined Microsoft in 2008 and has held various posts in business development and sales across emerging and developed markets. Dr Papaspyridis is a member of the industrial liaison boards in the departments of computing and electrical engineering at Imperial College London. He is an author on innovation ecosystems.
Karen Penney has spent over 25 years in blue chip customer-facing service businesses, working in the UK and internationally. She is currently the vice president of payment products for Western Union Business Solutions in the UK, where she leads a team focused on international payments, supporting companies across various industries including education, NGO, pensions and payroll.
Chief of staff to the president and senior advisor of student affairs
Wilfrid Laurier University
Sheldon Pereira is chief of staff to the president and vice-chancellor at Wilfrid Laurier University, and holds the positions of director of strategic institutional initiatives, senior advisor of student affairs, and co-lead of Ashoka Changemaker Campus. Pereira has a MDes from OCAD University and is pursuing a PhD in higher education and policy at Lancaster University. His work for social impact includes the establishment of the CityStudio Waterloo partnership between the university and city and designing the implementation framework for the IBM Smarter Cities Challenge recommendations at the City of Waterloo.
Tania Rhodes-Taylor joined the University of Sydney in 2017 as its vice-principal of external relations. Rhodes-Taylor leads the work to improve coordination of the university's external engagement activities and develop ways of ensuring that staff and students can easily and effectively move between the university and its external partners. Prior to joining the University of Sydney, Rhodes-Taylor was director of marketing and communications at Queen Mary University of London. She has previously worked in the corporate and government sectors in the UK, USA and Asia before moving to work for government agencies and, since 2007, within the higher education sector.
Dr Lenore Rodicio is a nationally recognised leader in higher education. As provost and executive vice-president of Miami Dade College, most of her work is centred on student access, success and achievement, the recruitment of underserved populations, and the continuous improvement of the teaching and learning process. In recognition of her role and voice in US higher education, Dr Rodicio was recently elected by her peers as vice-chair of the prestigious Association of American College & Universities.
Rachel Sandison has worked in the higher education sector for 15 years. In her current role, she has responsibility for leading an integrated directorate covering marketing, recruitment and admissions, international affairs, widening access, and development and alumni relations. She is the university’s Universitas 21 network senior leader and chairs the CASE Strategic Marketing Institute and the Glasgow Economic Leadership HE/FE Marketing Group, in addition to sitting on a number of sector and government advisory boards.
Elizabeth Shepherd has more than 15 years’ experience in international higher education research and consultancy. She has worked in the UK, North America and East Asia, and specialises in internationally comparative research methods, evaluation methodology and education policy analysis. She joined Times Higher Education in 2019 to lead its Consultancy Services team and develop the strategic support offered to universities and governments globally. She is also studying towards the completion of a PhD, exploring the language-in-education policy context of Vietnam.
Louise Simpson is an expert in higher education communications and branding, leading research for many universities and government bodies in the UK, Japan and Europe. Before becoming a consultant, she was director of communications at the University of Cambridge, and a commissioning editor for Reed Elsevier. Simpson has worked on a variety of major international marketing and reputation projects, creating tools to benchmark university reputation, brand and communications, and in 2007 created the World 100 Reputation Network, now supported by 50 World 100 universities.
Former vice-president of student affairs and strategic initiatives
North Central College
Dr Kimberly Sluis most recently served as vice-president of student affairs and strategic initiatives at North Central College, where she provided leadership for all aspects of the student experience including programs for first-generation students, diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts, and the college's Center for Social Impact. Dr Sluis was also responsible for the strategic plan and other cross-functional institutional initiatives. She holds a doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania, where her research focused on efforts to advance institutional quality.
Previously senior deputy vice-chancellor at Falmouth University, Professor Geoff Smith joined Regent’s University London in 2019 to help sustain and grow its reputation as a distinctive provider of future, global leaders. Regent’s is now part of the Galileo Global Education group.
Professor Mary Stuart is vice-chancellor of the University of Lincoln. She is a graduate of the University of Cape Town and the Open University where she obtained her doctorate in social policy in 1998. Professor Stuart has a strong track record in all aspects of university leadership, having worked in senior roles in three different universities.
In his role, Mark Sudbury connects leaders in communications, marketing and international at global universities, helping them to build profile and navigate the developments in university reputation. Before joining The World 100 Reputation Network (W100) in 2017 he was director of communications and marketing at University College London (UCL), helping to build its reputation and establish it as a global brand. Sudbury was one of a small group of communications directors who established W100 in 2007, and became its first chair. He has presented at conferences around the world on university reputation, communications, and marketing. Previously, Sudbury worked for the UK government and the English Football Association.
Dr Julie Sullivan is the 15th president – and first layperson and woman to serve as president – of the University of St. Thomas. A champion of social innovation, she is known for her commitments to eliminating economic, education, and health disparities and promoting racial equity. Dr Sullivan serves on the boards of TCF Financial Corp., Loyola University Chicago, Catholic Charities, Minnesota Business Partnership, Greater MSP, Ciresi Walburn Foundation for Children, and Come to Believe Network. She also is a member of WomenCorporateDirectors and Minnesota Women’s Economic Roundtable.
Dr Eden Woon became president of the Asian Institute of Technology in 2018, and also serves as special advisor to the Shaw Foundation in Hong Kong. The Shaw Foundation has funded education projects in Greater China and elsewhere for over 30 years, and is the sponsor of the world-renowned prestigious Shaw Prize in Mathematical Sciences, Life Science and Medicine, and Astronomy. Dr Woon was most recently vice-chairman of Alba Group Asia, one of the world’s leading environmental engineering and services companies.
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