Carol Bellamy chairs the board of directors of GCERF – the first global effort to support local, community-level initiatives aimed at strengthening resilience against violent extremist agendas. Previous roles have included chair of the Global Partnership for Education, and president and CEO of World Learning. She also spent 10 years as executive director of UNICEF and was the first former volunteer to become director of the Peace Corps. She spent 13 years as an elected public official, including becoming the first woman to be elected to citywide office in New York City.
Vice-provost and associate vice-chancellor of global education and outreach
NYU Abu Dhabi
Carol Brandt joined NYUAD in 2009 from The Claremont Colleges in California where she spent 25 years in teaching and academic administration, including as vice-president for international and special programmes. With teaching and research expertise in linguistics and second language acquisition, she developed programmes of intercultural and lan-guage learning such as the International Fellows Programme for the Peter F. Drucker School of Graduate Management. At NYUAD, she leads the administration for the global education programmes, including Semester Study Abroad, Engineers for Social Impact programme, Community-based Learning in the UAE and Student Global Mobility Services.
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
Tony Chan became president of King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in September 2018 after nearly a decade as president of The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He was assistant director of the Mathematical and Physical Sciences Directorate at the US National Science Foundation from 2006-2009. He joined UCLA as professor of mathematics in 1986, becoming chair of the department in 1997 and later dean of physical sciences. He was a co-founder of the US NSF-funded National Math Institute IPAM, is a member of US National Academy of Engineering and sits on the board of trustees for numerous institutions.
Professor Dajani is a Harvard Radcliffe fellow, a Fulbrighter and an Eisenhower fellow as well as a visiting professor at Yale and Cambridge universities. She established stem cell research ethics law in Jordan and is a world expert on the genetics of Circassian and Chechan populations in Jordan. She is a member of the UN Women Jordan advisory council and set up a women’s mentor network, for which she received a PEER award in 2014. Proclaimed one of “most influential women scientists in the Islamic World”, she is a recipient of the HM King Abdullah II Jordan Star of Science.
Prior to being appointed provost in 2016, Dr Fleming was deputy provost (since 2013) and vice-chancellor (Europe) (since 2007), which involved working with the deans, directors and schools on academic planning and overseeing the provost’s Global Research Initiatives programme, which she created in 2011. A historian, she is the Alexander S. Onassis professor of Hellenic culture and civilisation in the Faculty of Arts and Science, and served for many years as the associate director and then director of NYU’s Remarque Institute.
John Gill has been editor of Times Higher Education since March, 2012. He has previously held roles as news editor, deputy news editor and reporter with the magazine. John 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.
Director, Hilary Ballon Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
NYU Abu Dhabi
Nancy Gleason is the inaugural director of the Hilary Ballon Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and an assistant professor of practice in political science at NYU Abu Dhabi. Her research focuses on climate change and the fourth industrial revolution’s impacts on higher education, workforce training and the future of work. She is co-editor of Diversity and Inclusion in Global Higher Education: Lessons from Across Asia (Palgrave, March 2020). She holds a PhD from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and an MSc from the London School of Economics.
Sara Guyer is president of the CHCI, which includes more than 270 institutional members on six continents, and is director of the 2020 World Humanities Report. She is professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she directed the Center for the Humanities (2009-19), developing new programmes and partnerships in the public humanities. She currently leads the University of Wisconsin-Madison Global Humanities Initiative. A scholar of romanticism and its legacies, she is the author of two books, Romanticism after Auschwitz (2007) and Reading with John Clare (2015), and co-editor of the book series Lit Z.
Andrew Hamilton was named the 16th president of New York University in March 2015. He most recently served as the vice-chancellor of the University of Oxford, after an academic career that took him from Princeton to the University of Pittsburgh, and then to Yale, where he was named provost. Throughout his time in academic leadership positions, he has maintained his scholarly work, including an active research laboratory, and will continue to do so at NYU.
With a background in medical sciences, Dr Mostafa joined AUC in 2007 and focuses on educational development, digital education, learner experience and the integration of thinking skills in the classroom and beyond. She develops professional development workshops for faculty and teaching assistants, and works closely with faculty on course design and formative assessment of teaching and learning. She has also taught extensively in the core curriculum at AUC, directing a scientific thinking course initiative from 2011-15. She is an active design thinking facilitator and coach, co-leading design thinking activities at AUC.
Adil Najam is the inaugural dean of the Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University. Earlier, he served as vice-chancellor of Lahore University of Management Sciences. He was lead author for the third and fourth assessments of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, work for which the IPCC was awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. He has served as a trustee and chair of many international boards, including World Wide Fund for Nature, The Asia Foundation, Luc Hoffmann Institute, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, and South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics.
Sari Nusseibeh is a former professor of philosophy who served as president of Al-Quds University in Israel from 1995 to 2014. After earning his PhD in Islamic philosophy from Harvard University, he began his academic career at Birzeit University in the philosophy and cultural studies programme, where he launched an introductory critical thinking course as a core requirement in the Faculty of Arts. He also partnered with Bard College in the US to create a dual degree programme with Al-Quds, including an undergraduate liberal arts degree and a master of arts in teaching.
Dr Obeidat has more than 20 years’ experience in education quality, policy, evaluation and reform. Prior to taking up his current role in March 2019, he spent six years at Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge as director of the school inspection system. Before that he established and managed multiple monitoring and evaluation systems in Jordan, and consulted for local and international organisations, including the World Bank and Unicef. His academic experience includes working as an associate professor at Hashemite University, and he holds a PhD in international and development of education from the University of Pittsburgh.
Professor Penprase is the dean of faculty at Soka University of America. Formerly, he was an American Council on Education fellow at Yale University, and served as a professor at Yale-NUS College and at Pomona College in California. He holds a BSc and MSc from Stanford University and a PhD from the University of Chicago in astrophysics. He has authored the book The Power of Stars, several articles on international higher education, and more than 50 peer-reviewed articles in astrophysics. His latest book, STEM Education for the 21st Century, is due to be published in 2020.
Before joining NYU Abu Dhabi, Professor Piano was a founder of a flagship NYU research centre, the Center for Genomics and Systems Biology. He served as inaugural director for seven years and has now helped to bring a similar state-of-the-art facility to NYU Abu Dhabi. As a professor at NYU in New York and Abu Dhabi, he maintains an active research programme in genomics and systems biology. Prior to serving as a faculty member in biology at NYU, he was a Damon Runyon Cancer Research fellow and senior researcher at Cornell University.
Wasif Rizvi is the founding president of Habib University, Pakistan’s first liberal arts and science institution. He advocates higher education that provides a student-centric, interdisciplinary and contextually grounded intellectual experience. His achievements at Habib are visible through an innovative curriculum, diverse student body, accomplished faculty, collaborations with leading global academic institutions and an award-winning campus design. He holds twin graduate degrees from Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Graduate School of Education. Prior to founding Habib University, he was associated with the Aga Khan Education Service in Pakistan and spearheaded many development projects in Asia and Africa.
In her current role, Professor Roberts oversees all academic and student programming, including admissions and financial aid, curriculum, research, experiential learning and student support. She has served as a member of the executive of the Canadian Economics Association, president of the Canadian Women Economist Network, and co-editor of the Canadian Journal of Economics. A winner of the Polanyi research prize, Professor Roberts previously held the Canada Research Chair in the Economics of Organisations at the University of Calgary. She also served on the board of the Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association.
Vice-provost of undergraduate academic development
NYU Abu Dhabi
Bryan Waterman is vice-provost for undergraduate academic development at NYU Abu Dhabi, where he is also director of the core curriculum and an associate professor of literature. His research interests include US literary and cultural history, media theory, inter-arts movements, and global pop art. He specialises in the literary history of colonial North America, the early United States, the Atlantic World and New York City.
Mariët Westermann took up her current role in August 2019. Previous posts include executive vice-president of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, provost of NYU Abu Dhabi, director of NYU’s Institute of Fine Arts, and associate director of research at the Clark Art Institute in Massachusetts. At the Mellon Foundation, she launched initiatives to study and promote the value of the humanities and the liberal arts, strengthen community colleges, encourage graduate education reform, renew preservation of cultural heritage around the world, and support scholars and artists at risk.
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