In addition to his role as executive vice-president at KU, Dr Al Hammadi is chairman of several organisations including: board of trustees of the Emirates College for Advanced Education; steering committee of the United Arab Emirates’ Graduate Students Research Conference; and executive committee of the UAE Advanced Network for Research and Education. He is a member of the Emirates Scientists Council and of the Minister of Interior’s Award for Scientific Research. His academic experience lies in artificial intelligence and computer networks. He holds a PhD in telecommunications.
Professor Al-Khalili is a renowned science communicator, author and broadcaster, who has published almost 100 papers on nuclear physics, quantum mechanics and quantum biology. He has also written 11 popular science books, including Life on the Edge, with University of Surrey colleague Johnjoe McFadden, which was shortlisted for the 2015 Royal Society Winton Prize. He is a regular presenter of TV science documentaries, including the Bafta-nominated BBC series, Chemistry: A Volatile History and the weekly BBC Radio 4 programme, The Life Scientific. He is a recipient of the Royal Society Michael Faraday medal, the Institute of Physics Kelvin Medal and the Stephen Hawking Medal. He received an OBE in 2007 for services to science.
Hana Al-Nuaim is a professor of computer science and the first vice-president of women’s campuses at KAU. Since 2009, she has been the dean of women’s campuses for five terms. She was also dean of the Faculty of Home Economics for six years and as acting dean of the new Jeddah University, she launched the university’s first women’s campuses. Other posts include head of the Computer Science Department and, as the first vice-dean of e-learning, she launched the first higher education e-learning programme in the kingdom for women.
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.
Head of School of Education, Faculty of Social Sciences
University of Wollongong
Professor Bennett is an expert in information and communication technologies in education, with more than 135 publications under her belt. Prior to joining the University of Wollongong’s School of Education, she managed the Interactive Multimedia Unit at Central Queensland University. She has previously held positions at Griffith University, the Australian National University and the University of Canberra.
Dr Benoit joined UAB in 2017 from Ohio University where she served as executive vice-president and provost for eight years. She led many initiatives at Ohio including creation of the nationally recognised Innovation Strategy Investment Programme in 2016. Prior to Ohio, she held leadership positions at the University of Missouri, including chair of the department of communications in the College of Arts and Science, and associate and assistant dean of the Graduate School.
Australian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom
George Brandis has been Australian high commissioner to the UK since May 2018. Prior to his diplomatic work, he had a distinguished political career in Australia as a member of the Federal Parliament, where his appointments included attorney-general, vice-president of the Executive Council, leader of the government in the Senate, federal minister for the arts and deputy leader of the government in the Senate. Before entering politics, he practised as a barrister and has a degree in civil law from the University of Oxford.
Sharan Chandradath Singh is a higher education leader with more than 20 years of international experience developing collaborations between universities, governments, multilateral organisations and the private sector. He currently serves as managing director at the Minerva Project with responsibility for strategic partnerships. Minerva Project works with a diverse range of partners towards its mission of “nurturing critical wisdom for the sake of the world”.
Professor Shiyi Chen became president of SUSTech in January 2015, having previously worked at Peking University, first as dean of its Graduate School and later as vice-president for research. He has also held academic roles at Johns Hopkins University in the US. He is an academician of the Chinese Academy of Science, and a fellow of the American Physical Society, the Institute of Physics and the World Academy of Sciences for the Advancement of Science in Developing Countries. His research has made significant contributions to high-performance computing and fundamental studies in the theory of turbulence.
Dong-Sung Cho is the 15th president of Incheon National University. He was professor of business at Seoul National University from 1978-2014, where he held terms as dean of the College of Business Administration and dean of the Graduate School of International and Area Studies. More recently, Dr Cho was professor of strategy at Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business in Beijing. He received a doctoral degree from Harvard Business School in 1976.
Senior vice-president of global strategy and engagement
University of Surrey
Professor Emery is senior vice-president (global strategy and engagement) and professor of translational virology at the University of Surrey. He leads the University of Surrey’s global strategy which aims to catalyse and expand international research networks, student and staff recruitment mobility; foster teaching collaborations; and realise transnational educational opportunities. Before joining Surrey in 2012, Professor Emery was pro-provost for Africa and the Middle East, vice-head of the Graduate School and professor of virology at UCL where he still holds an honorary professorship.
Prior to taking up his current role, Professor Farrell was dean of arts and social sciences at City, University of London and, before that, professor and head of the department of war studies at King’s College London. He is a former chair and president of the British International Studies Association. He is also a fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, the Royal Society of Arts and the Royal Society of New South Wales. His research focuses on transformative change in armed conflict, and his latest book, Unwinnable: Britain’s War in Afghanistan, 2001-2014, was named Book of the Year by the Sunday Times and the Evening Standard.
Before joining the Higher School of Economics – a national research university in Moscow – Isak Froumin was an adviser to the minister of education and science of the Russian Federation (2012-16). His current responsibilities include advising on strategic planning and international cooperation, and his research interests focus on the development of education systems in transitional economies, and educational and life trajectories. From 1999 to 2011, he led the World Bank education programme in Russia.
Alain Fuchs joined PSL in October 2017. Before that he was president of CNRS, France’s National Centre for Scientific Research, a professor at Pierre and Marie Curie University and director of Chimie ParisTech. He also founded and led Laboratoire de Chimie Physique in Orsay. He was president of Section 13 (Physical Chemistry: Molecules, Environments) of the National Committee of Scientific Research from 2004-07, and he has been granted an academic knighthood (Chevalier des Palmes Académiques).
John Gill has been editor of THE 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.
Professor Goh leads the development and implementation of the National Institute of Education’s strategies and policies for academic and professional excellence, and works with the Ministry of Education for NIE to support the nation’s aspirations for education. She holds a PhD in linguistics from Lancaster University and is widely known for her work on second language/bilingual oracy and English teacher education. A member of the NTU Leadership Council, she contributes to the university’s strategic work in education and research programmes, as well as talent attraction and retention.
Katharine Hackett directs the administration of PEI’s research and academic programmes including the programme in environmental studies, the environmental internship programme and Princeton’s Grand Challenges Programme, an integrated research and teaching programme that addresses environmental challenges around the globe with scientific, technical and policy dimensions. She has played a formative role in developing Princeton’s environmental humanities initiative and expanding field research programmes for undergraduate and graduate students.
Deputy vice-chancellor of health and communities, and executive dean of the faculty of science, medicine and health
University of Wollongong
Prior to her current roles, Professor Jones was dean of medicine at both the University of Wollongong and the University of Western Sydney. In September 2013, she was awarded a prestigious fellowship by the American Academy of Clinical Toxicology in recognition of her work as a leading clinical toxicologist. She has more than 25 years’ experience in clinical practice, and continues to work at Blacktown Hospital in toxicology and at Wollongong Hospital in general medicine. She is an executive board member of Medical Deans Australia and New Zealand.
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.
Appointed president of the City University of Hong Kong in May 2008, Professor Way Kuo was previously Dean of Engineering at the University of Tennessee from 2003 to 2008 and a member of the senior team at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the US Department of Energy. Before that, Professor Kuo worked in the departments of industrial engineering and electrical and computer engineering at Texas A&M University from 1993 to 2003. Professor Kuo is a member of the US National Academy of Engineering, the Academia Sinica in Taiwan, the Chinese Academy of Engineering and the Russian Academy of Engineering.
Before taking on his current role, Professor Lu held academic and leadership positions at the University of Queensland from 1994 to 2016, most recently as provost and senior vice-president. He has been appointed to the Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology, and serves on several boards including UK Research and Innovation, and Universities UK. He founded the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Functional Nanomaterials and has twice been the recipient of the Australian Research Council Federation Fellowship.
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.
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 taking on her current role in March 2019, Professor Martin was director of the Griffith Institute for Drug Discovery at Griffith University in Queensland. She is a protein crystallographer and structural biologist with a special interest in the development of new antibacterials. She is president of the Asian Crystallographic Association, was elected a fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 2017, and made a Companion of the Order of Australia in 2019. She was a founding member of the Science in Australia Gender Equity steering committee that established the Athena SWAN pilot to address gender equity in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine.
Peter Molyneux is an entrepreneurial video game designer and creator of the God Game genre. In 2012, he founded the company 22cans with the aim of handcrafting a team of 22 of the most talented and creative individuals to create video games. He was awarded an OBE in 2004, and a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Game Developers Choice Awards in 2011. He was also the recipient of a BAFTA fellowship at the 2011 British Academy Video Games Awards.
The former Goldman Sachs chief economist took up his post as chair of the Chatham House thinktank in July 2018. Before that, he occupied the crossbenches in the House of Lords, and served as Commercial Secretary to the Treasury from 2013 to 2015. Lord O’Neill is vice-chair of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership and a member of the Shelter Social Housing Commission; he is also one of the founding members of the UK educational charity, SHINE.
Professor Paul has worked as an academic at Harvard University, Heidelberg University, Free University of Berlin and Charité University Medical Centre Berlin. Alongside his academic career, he has been dean of the Charité University Medical Centre (2004-08), dean of the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, Maastricht University and vice-president of Maastricht University Medical Centre (2008-11). Currently, he is vice-president of the Young European Research Universities Network and chair of the Worldwide Universities Network. He also serves on several advisory and superviosory boards in the Netherlands, Europe and beyond.
Before joining PLuS Engineering in January 2019, Professor Raper was deputy vice-chancellor (research and innovation) at the University of Wollongong for 10 years with responsibility for the global challenges research programme. She has held senior roles at the National Science Foundation and Missouri University of Science and Technology in the US, and was the first female dean of engineering at the University of Sydney (1997-2003). She was awarded the Chemeca Medal in 2017 and the Ada Lovelace Medal in 2018 for the most outstanding female engineer in Australia.
Formerly vice-chancellor and principal of the University of Johannesburg from 2006 to 2017, Professor Ihron Rensburg joined the board of EON Reality Education in May 2018. During his tenure, the new university, formed in 2005 from a three-way merger, increased its student population to more than 50,000 and its research output grew fivefold in the first 12 years. It now sits in the top 200 of the THEYoung University Rankings and is ranked in the top 18 of THE Millennials.
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.
Professor Sampson is the vice-provost of research and innovation at the University of Surrey, with responsibility for research, innovation, the Doctoral College and Surrey Research Park. He is an active researcher in photonics, optics, microscopy, and applications in biomedicine. Through his interest in publishing, he sits on the editorial board of The Conversation UK, and also serves as director of SPIE – The International Society for Optics and Photonics – and chairs its publications committee.
Senior vice-president of research, innovation and knowledge enterprise
University of South Florida
Alongside his vice-presidential role, Dr Sanberg is a distinguished professor and executive director of the Center of Excellence for Aging and Brain Repair at USF, as well as president and founder of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). He researches new ways to repair brains damaged by stroke, spinal cord injury, motor neurone disease and Alzheimer’s disease. He holds 163 patents and is a fellow of the NAI, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Royal Societies of Chemistry, Public Health and Medicine.
Appointed rector in January 2018, Professor Yonghua Song has held leadership positions in both UK and Chinese universities. In 1997, he became the UK’s youngest engineering professor when he was appointed professor of power systems at Brunel University; in 2004 he became the first Chinese scholar to take up a senior university management position in the UK when he was made pro-vice chancellorfor graduate studies at Brunel University. He returned to China in 2009, serving first at Tsinghua University until 2012 and then, until December 2017, as executive vice-president of Zhejiang University.
Professor of sociology (practice) and dean of students
Singapore Management University
Professor Straughan’s research centres on sociology of family and medical sociology. Her current research is on environmental risk factors in childhood obesity. She was also the principal investigator of a project on successful ageing in Singapore, Seoul and Shanghai, which involved multiple institutions and a multidisciplinary team. She serves as consultant on numerous projects commissioned by various government agencies, including as principal consultant for the Marriage and Parenthood Survey 2016 and 2012. She was a nominated Member of Parliament from 2009 to 2011.
Director of the Institute for Communication Systems
University of Surrey
Rahim Tafazolli has been professor of mobile and satellite communications at the University of Surrey since April 2000, director of the ICS since January 2010 and director of the institution’s 5G Innovation Centre since 2012. He has more than 25 years’ experience in digital communications research and teaching. He has authored and co-authored more than 500 research publications and edited two books. He is regularly invited by governments to advise on 5G technologies and was adviser to the Mayor of London with regard to the London Infrastructure Investment 2050 Plan in 2014. He is also a recipient of the KIA Laureate Award of Iran in 2015 for his contribution to communications technology.
Vice-president of academic and government strategic alliances
Before joining Elsevier in 2016, Dr Thompson worked for 26 years at the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council . In 2006, she was appointed research director, responsible for driving the quality of the research portfolio as well as fostering collaboration with industry. She has always championed early career researchers, interdisciplinary research and diversity. She is a member of the Royal Society Diversity Group and in 2016 was awarded an MBE for services to research.
Dr Tong is Huawei fellow and chief technology officer of Huawei Wireless Network where he currently spearheads research and development of the company’s 5G wireless technologies. Prior to joining Huawei in March 2009, Dr Tong was the Nortel fellow and global head of the Network Technology Labs at Nortel. In 2014, he was a recipient of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Communications Society Industry Innovation Award and, in 2018, he received the IEEE Communications Society Distingushed Industry Leader Award for “pioneering technical contributions and leadership in the mobile communications industry and innovation in 5G mobile communications technology”.
Jessica Wade is a postdoctoral physicist at Imperial College London. She works on new materials for light emitting diodes and is involved in projects to improve diversity in science. She won the Institute of Physics (IOP) Early Career Physics Communicator Award (2015), the IOP Jocelyn Bell Burnell Medal and Prize (2016), the Imperial College Julia Higgins Medal and Award (2017) and the IOP Daphne Jackson Medal and Prize (2018), as well as being named by Nature as one of the 10 people who mattered in 2018.
Sir Mark is chief executive of the newly formed UK Research and Innovation, which is responsible for the public funding of research and innovation. He was previously the UK government’s chief scientific adviser and director of the Wellcome Trust. Prior to that, he was professor of medicine and head of the division of medicine at Imperial College London. He received a knighthood in the 2009 New Year Honours list for services to medical research and was elected a fellow of The Royal Society in 2011.
Professor Wellings joined Wollongong in 2012 from Lancaster University in the UK where he was vice-chancellor for nine years. He started his career in the UK as an NERC research fellow and moved to Australia as a research scientist at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, becoming deputy chief executive in 1999. In 2006, he was appointed a board member of, and chaired committees at, both Universities UK and the Higher Education Funding Council for England.
The Rt Hon Lord David Willetts served as Conservative MP for Havant from 1992 to 2015, and as Minister of State for Universities and Science from May 2010 to July 2014. He was appointed a life peer in 2015. Lord Willetts is a visiting Professor at King’s College London, Governor of the Ditchley Foundation, Chair of the British Science Association and a member of the Council of the Institute for Fiscal Studies. He was appointed executive chair of the thinktank in June 2015, and his most recent book, A University Education, was published in November 2017.
Professor Yeomans has recently completed a two-year secondment as the first academic director of equality, diversity and inclusion, having previously held the positions of head of the department of mechanical engineering sciences and director of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council’s Centre for Doctoral Training in Micro- and Nanomaterials and Technologies. She is a member of the Strategic Facilities Advisory Board of the Henry Royce Institute. In 2008, in recognition of her contribution to ceramics, she was awarded the Verulam Medal and Prize from the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining.
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