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.
Vice-president of the Office of Diversity, Equity and Student Success
Association of American Colleges and Universities
Alongside her vice-presidential role, Tia Brown McNair is executive director for the Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation Campus Centers at AAC&U in Washington DC. She oversees funded projects and AAC&U’s programmes on equity, inclusive excellence, high-impact educational practices and student success, including AAC&U’s Network for Academic Renewal series of yearly working conferences. She also directs AAC&U’s Summer Institute on high-impact educational practices and student success. She is the lead author of Becoming a Student-Ready College: A New Culture of Leadership for Student Success (2016).
Special adviser to the provost (Indigenous initiatives)
Candace Brunette-Debassige is a Mushkego Cree woman from Fort Albany First Nation (Treaty 9 territory). She has been working in Indigenous education at the K-12 and post-secondary levels for more than 15 years. In her role as special adviser (Indigenous initiatives) at Western, she offers strategic direction in the implementation of Western’s Indigenous Strategic Plan. Her current research explores the enactment of Indigenising policies in Canadian universities.
Dr Chakma, an expert in petroleum research and energy management, moved to Western in 2009, from the University of Waterloo where he served as vice-president, academic and provost, and as a professor in the department of chemical engineering. He is also chair of the Council of the Association of Commonwealth Universities, and a member of the Science, Technology and Innovation Council of Canada.
Albert Chau is responsible for HKBU’s teaching and learning activities including curriculum development, quality assurance, innovative and diverse pedagogies, student recruitment, student support, internationalisation of students’ learning experience and staff development in teaching and learning. Prior to joining HKBU in 2016, he served in several posts at the University of Hong Kong (his alma mater), including dean of student affairs, director of general education and associate dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences. Before that, he taught in the department of psychology, rising to associate professor.
Director of faculty professional development, Centre for Education Innovation
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Dr Chu oversees the professional development programmes and initiatives for faculty and frontline teaching staff on teaching approaches that facilitate students’ knowledge, skillset and mindset for the 21st century. She has more than 20 years of experience working in tertiary education and was previously a faculty member in the department of electronic engineering at City University of Hong Kong. She holds a PhD in physics from the University of Kent, and her current interests are innovative instructional approaches and programmes for the future of education.
Dr Clinefelter has been the provost or president of several online universities in the for-profit and non-profit sectors. He currently serves as dean of student affairs (pro bono) for the University of the People, a fully online, tuition-free university in California. Since 2012, he has been the lead author of an annual survey report of online college students in the US.
Vice-principal of academic and educational innovation
University of Glasgow
Professor Coton has responsibility for the development of educational policy and strategy and all teaching quality processes at Glasgow. He also leads innovation in learning and teaching at institutional level, and shapes and implements the university information technology strategy. Previously he has been dean of engineering at Glasgow, chair of the Russell Group Committee of Pro Vice-Chancellors for Learning and Teaching, and a member of the Universitas 21 Educational Innovation steering group.
Association of International Education Administrators
As well as executive director of the AIEA, Darla Deardorff is a research scholar at Duke University’s Social Science Research Institute, and holds faculty positions at universities in several countries including Nelson Mandela University and Shanghai International Studies University. She is on the faculty of Harvard University’s Global Education Think Tank as well as the Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication in Portland, Oregon. She is a founder of global research and development network ICC Global and regularly gives invited talks, trainings and workshops around the world.
Emma Deraze is a data scientist at Times Higher Education where she works on the teaching rankings, including the THE/WSJ US College Rankings and the Japan University Rankings. She is involved in the analysis and processing of the data used in those rankings as well as development of the various methodologies.
Dr Dimitrov’s work as an educational developer focuses on mentorship across cultures, and course design for intercultural learning. She has been invited to facilitate faculty development at universities across Canada, as well as in Switzerland, Japan and Hong Kong. Her recent publications have explored the development of intercultural teaching competence and the impact of faculty development programmes; she recently served as co-editor of a New Directions for Teaching and Learning (2019) special issue on indigenisation, internationalisation and intercultural learning.
John Doerksen’s portfolio includes the Office of the Registrar, Western Continuing Studies and the Centre for Teaching and Learning. Programmes and services within the portfolio focus on student learning and help to fulfil Western’s commitment to delivering Canada’s best student experience. Dr Doerksen works with academic leaders across campus on academic policy and programme development, pedagogical and curricular innovation, undergraduate programme quality and educational partnerships. A music theorist, he holds a PhD in systematic musicology from Western University.
Pedagogical coordinator for intercultural engagement
IÉSEG School of Management
Grant Douglas has worked in international education since 1991 and was in charge of the international relations service in a variety of higher education institutes for 17 years. Since 2000, he has focused on the conception, organisation and implementation of undergraduate, postgraduate and professional development study programmes with an international and intercultural dimension. He is currently in charge of developing the intercultural communication/management track at IÉSEG School of Management and is co-director of the IÉSEG Centre for Intercultural Engagement.
Appointed pro vice-chancellor (Indigenous) in 2017, Professor Ewen is also foundation director of the Melbourne Poche Centre for Indigenous Health in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences at the University of Melbourne. From 2010-17, he was associate dean (Indigenous development) and in this role, he advanced the Indigenous development agenda – in concert with the Reconciliation Action Plan – for the faculty. He also provides academic and Indigenous leadership for the Leaders in Indigenous Medical Education project, a bi-national project of Medical Deans Australia and New Zealand.
Peter Felten is a professor of history, assistant provost for teaching and learning, and executive director of the Center for Engaged Learning at Elon University. His current research focuses on the influence of human relationships, and on individual and institutional change, in undergraduate education. He was president of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (2016-17) and also of the POD Network (2010-11). He is a fellow of the Gardner Institute, which works to advance equity in higher education.
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 participating in international research projects. He was president of the Global Engineering Deans Council in 2010-11.
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.
Dr Gunasena is a senior lecturer in the department of international studies in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Kelaniya – her alma mater – and she was department head from August 2017 to February 2019. Her areas of expertise are foreign policy studies, international relations theory and regional integration, and she was awarded Senate honours for her high-quality research and publishing in 2015 and 2016. She holds a PhD from the University of Colombo.
David Helfand chairs the department of astronomy at Columbia University where he has served on the faculty for four decades. He has also been a visiting scientist at the Danish Space Research Institute, the Sackler distinguished visiting astronomer at the University of Cambridge and president of the American Astronomical Society. He was a founding tutor and served as president and vice-chancellor at Quest University in Canada. He has published commentary in Nature, Physics Today, The Globe and Mail, The Washington Post and The New York Times, among other publications.
In August 2018, Professor Hrymak was appointed Western’s provost and vice-president (academic) for a five-year term. Prior to this, he served as dean of the Faculty of Engineering at Western after being recruited from McMaster University in 2009. As Western’s chief academic and budgetary officer, he provides senior executive oversight for a broad portfolio of academic and administrative units across campus. He holds a PhD from Carnegie Mellon University and his research interests include modelling, design and optimisation of materials processing systems. He is a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering and the Chemical Institute of Canada.
At Elsevier, Dr Jayabalasingham develops custom analyses using bibliometric data to support strategic planning needs in academia and government. She completed a PhD in microbiology and immunology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at Columbia University. She later served as an American Association for the Advancement of Science science and technology policy fellow at the National Institutes of Health, where she supported implementation of a policy to improve research outcomes for women.
David Lammy has been the Labour MP for Tottenham since 2000. He has served as higher education minister (2007-10) when he established the Skills Funding Agency and the National Apprenticeship Service. He campaigns for social justice and diversity and led a campaign calling on the universities of Oxford and Cambridge to improve access for students from under-represented and disadvantaged backgrounds. In 2016, he led the Lammy review into the treatment of and outcomes for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic individuals in the criminal justice system. He is a fellow of Birkbeck, University of London and St John’s College, Durham University.
Associate vice-president of indigenous initiatives
University of Winnipeg
Kevin Lamoureux is a faculty member at the University of Winnipeg and a well-known public speaker. He has served as associate vice-president for the University of Winnipeg, education lead for the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, and as scholar in residence for several school divisions. He has appeared on television, in documentaries, in print and in the media. He is committed to reconciliation and contributing to an even better Canada for all children to grow up in.
Zainab Malik joined THE in June 2018 as head of consultancy, providing advisory services to support higher education institutions’ strategic development. Before taking up her current role, Ms Malik served as research director at the British Council’s Education Intelligence, advising institutions and government entities on global higher education.
Prior to joining Western, Jennifer Massey held several student-focused leadership positions in Canada and the US. As a student affairs scholar-practitioner, her research focuses on the geographies of higher education, with special interests in access, retention and persistence. Her work examines the impact of co-curricular experiences on student learning and engagement, particularly for marginalised student populations. She holds a BA in geography from King’s College London, an MA in urban political geography from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a PhD in geography and planning from Queen’s University at Kingston.
Martha Maznevski is professor of organisational behaviour and faculty director for executive education at Ivey. She is an expert in global teams, global leadership, culture and identity, and empowering individual differences, and works closely with world leaders on innovative approaches to leadership. Her current research unlocks the performance dynamics of lateral teams that coordinate across multi-unit organisations. Prior to joining Ivey, Dr Maznevski spent 15 years as professor at the Institute for Management Development in Switzerland.
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.
David McKay started his career at RBC in 1988 as a computer programmer before moving to the bank’s retail banking arm. He held progressively senior roles in Canada and Japan and was named Retail Banker of the Year in 2012 and 2015 by Retail Banker International. He is a champion for Canada’s innovation ecosystem and leads RBC’s support for and partnerships with universities, start-ups and accelerators, particularly in transformational technologies such as artificial intelligence and blockchain. He is the co-chair of the Business/Higher Education Round Table.
Julie McMullin is Western’s first vice-provost and associate vice-president (international), presently serving a second five-year term which began in July 2018. Prior to her appointment, she served an 18-month secondment as special adviser to the provost on internationalisation, and had previously fulfilled the role of acting dean of Western’s Faculty of Social Science. Her most recent research interests include the examination of social inequality in paid work, especially in relation to older workers, and she was the principal investigator on the Workforce Aging in the New Economy project.
Michael Milde became dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities in 2012. Previous roles included acting dean of arts and humanities, associate vice-provost in the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and associate dean (academic) in arts and humanities. He received his PhD in philosophy from the University of Calgary in 1992 and has been at Western ever since. His research area is social and political philosophy, with a particular interest in justice, multiculturalism, and the intersection of constitutional law, democracy and social contract theory.
Shigeru Miyagawa was on the original MIT committee that proposed OpenCourseWare and was chair of the MIT OpenCourseWare Faculty Advisory Committee (2010-13). He co-directs Visualising Cultures with the Pulitzer prizewinning historian, John W. Dower, and co-created Visualizing Japan, an MIT-Harvard Mooc that has attracted thousands of learners worldwide. He is also professor of linguistics and works on human language and evolution. Along with his appointment at MIT, he served as the director of online education for the University of Tokyo (2014-19).
Joanna Newman joined the Association of Commonwealth Universities in April 2017 and is also a senior research fellow in the history faculty of King’s College London. Before taking up her current role, she served as vice-principal (international) of King’s, director of the UK Higher Education International Unit (now Universities UK International) and head of higher education at the British Library. In 2014, Dr Newman was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire in recognition of her work promoting British higher education internationally.
Before joining BCIT, Todd Odgers was principal of the NorQuest Centre for Intercultural Education in Edmonton, Canada. He has spent his career working in many intercultural intersections in Canada and abroad as a consultant, teacher, faculty trainer and applied researcher. He facilitates and speaks widely to groups on how to create inclusive campuses and workplaces. In Canada, his early research and work in higher education has contributed to the emerging practice of interculturalisation.
Professor Ottmann is an international researcher, advocate and change-maker who aims to transform practices inclusive of Indigenous leadership, methodologies and pedagogies. She is Anishinaabe (Saulteaux), a former elementary and high school teacher and principal. She was at the University of Calgary for 13 years where her roles included coordinator of the First Nations, Métis and Inuit undergraduate teacher education programme and director of Indigenous education initiatives within the Werklund School of Education. She also co-chaired the Werklund School of Education Indigenous strategy, and alongside the provost, the university-wide Indigenous strategy.
Associate dean of research and external relations, Faculty of Engineering
Professor Preston is the associate dean of research and external relations for McMaster Engineering. As such he oversees the faculty’s $45M research portfolio and is responsible for managing and enhancing the faculty’s relationships with local and global industry and government partners. He has applied innovative, strategic thinking to enhance the faculty’s reputation for excellence in research and has spurred new initiatives in priority areas such as bio-innovation, smart systems, advanced manufacturing and entrepreneurship. He is a strong community advocate and currently serves on the Mayor’s Intelligent Community Task Force for the City of Hamilton. His own research involves nanostructured materials for electronic and optical applications. He has served as an Associate of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research in the area of Quantum Materials and as a founding member of the Board for the Waterloo Institute for Nanotechology. He has represented Canada on numerous technical delegations including those to Germany, UK, Scandinavia, India and China and has represented Canada on the ISO technical committee on nanotechnology.
Prior to taking on her current role, Nirmala Rao spent eight years as pro-director of the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Before that, she was pro-warden for academic affairs at Goldsmiths, University of London. She has also acted as an adviser to the UK Audit Commission and the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister.
Senior lecturer, department of English language teaching
University of Kelaniya
Romola Rassool has more than 20 years’ experience as a lecturer in English as a second language, and also teaches business communication in postgraduate programmes. At present, she serves as a senior academic expert in English language skills enhancement in the Accelerating Higher Education and Expansion Development operation, funded by the World Bank, which works to enhance aspects of higher education in Sri Lanka’s state universities. She obtained her PhD in sociolinguistics from the University of Melbourne in 2014 as a recipient of an Australian Leadership Award.
Senior lecturer in international relations and chair of the Decolonising SOAS Working Group
SOAS, University of London
Dr Sabaratnam is a senior lecturer in international relations, and chairs the Decolonising SOAS Working Group and the Academic Senate. Her research focuses on the colonial and post-colonial dimensions of international relations, in both theory and practice. She has worked on questions of decolonisation, Eurocentrism, race and methodology in world politics, and applied these concepts to the analysis of international development aid, peacebuilding and statebuilding, most recently in her book Decolonising Intervention: International Statebuilding in Mozambique (2017). She is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Prior to his current role, Professor Saini was vice-president of the University of Toronto and principal (chief executive) of the University of Toronto Mississauga, where he was also a professor of biology. Previously, he served as director-general of the Plant Biology Research Institute at the University de Montreal and dean of the Faculty of Environment at the University of Waterloo. An educational visionary and distinguished scientist, his research on plant biology and biotechnology has focused on the cellular mechanisms behind crop survival and yield in hazardous environments.
Gerard Seijts is professor of organisational behaviour at Ivey Business School and holds the Ian O. Ihnatowycz chair in leadership. His areas of research include leadership, teams, performance management and organisational change. He has authored or co-authored four recent books: Leadership on Trial: A Manifesto for Leadership Development (2010); Good Leaders Learn: Lessons from Lifetimes of Leadership (2013); Developing Leadership Character (2016); and Leadership in Practice: Theory and Cases in Leadership Character (2017). He has received awards for research, innovation in teaching and outreach activities/service.
Deputy director, Institute for the Advancement of Higher Education
Aya Takahashi is deputy director of the Institute for the Advancement of Higher Education and also director of the International Education and Research Division of the institute. She is engaged in international student education and research as well as global education for outbound students. She has also been working on educational reform of the university as an adviser to the president of Hokkaido University since 2016. Her main research interest is in international exchanges of modern Japan from historical perspectives.
Alex Wright leads policy and advocacy work at the ACU. He has more than 15 years’ experience in international development and education, working as an independent consultant, NGO director and in multilateral agencies. During this time, he has led advocacy initiatives around the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals process, been involved in the planning and delivery of several high-level intergovernmental conferences, and overseen education programmes in Africa. He holds a master’s in development studies from SOAS, University of London.
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