OECD Roundtable meeting on Higher Education in Regional and City Development - Speakers and Contributors

 

Here you will find short biographies of the speakers and contributors:

 

Fernando Aldea

Susan Christopherson

Lisa Colquitt-Muñoz

Andrew Davies

Monique de Knegt

Ernesto Flores

John E. Golub

Hanna Honkamäkilä

Barbara Ischinger

Saran Kaur Gill

Lochner Marais

Martí Parellada

Eulalia Petit de Gabriel

Jonathan Potter

Jaana Puukka

Michael K. Thomas

Paolo Trivellato

Dirk Van Damme

Josep M. Vilalta

Caroline Voisine

Philip Wade

Richard Yelland

 

Fernando Aldea

Fernando Aldea Godoy is the Executive Director of the Regional Development Agency of the Region of Valparaiso in Chile. He holds a degree of Economics from the University of Chile. He has gained extensive experience in the private sector as financial officer and managing director before becoming Executive Director of the Investment Attraction Agency of Valparaiso and Senior Adviser to the Governor of Valparaiso Region. He has also taught Management theory at the University of Valparaiso.

 

Susan Christopherson

Susan Christopherson is J. Thomas Clark Professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning at Cornell University. She is an economic geographer  (PhD U.C. Berkeley) whose research focuses on economic policy and economic development. Her work in the field of economic development has focused on strategies for revitalizing the New York State economy. In the past five years, she has completed policy studies on economic development via targeted workforce development; a clusters strategy to build the photonics industry;  the role of universities and colleges in revitalising regional economies; and production trends affecting media industries in New York City. Susan Christopherson is an expert on the film and television industries and particularly on work and the workforce in those industries. Her recent research has focused on the way in which trends in media work foreshadow changes in work organization across the economy.  She has served as a consultant to the OECD Working Party on the Role of Women in the Economy. In the field of media services, she has examined the implications of media globalisation and trade policy in China and Jordan for the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). Her current projects include studies of phoenix industries in resilient regions, entrepreneurship in creative industries and environmental sustainability in local communities. Christopherson has participated in OECD reviews of higher education in regional and city development in Catalonia (Spain), Lombardy (Italy) and Paso del Norte (United States of America and Mexico).

 

Lisa Colquitt-Muñoz

Lisa Colquitt-Muñoz is the regional co-ordinator for the OECD review of the Paso del Norte region (United States of America and Mexico). A native El Pasoan, she has over 18 years of experience working internationally in the public and private sector. She began her career as a television reporter and anchor with the Univision affiliate covering news in the United States and neighboring city of Juarez, Mexico. Ms. Colquitt-Muñoz served as Executive Assistant to County Judge Alicia Chacon where she was actively involved in overseeing community and economic development projects.  She was the Chief Operating Officer for Artemis Housing Corporation, a non-profit affordable housing developer that provides homeownership opportunities along the U.S./Mexico border communities. Most recently, Ms. Colquitt-Muñoz oversees K-16 Education initiatives for the Paso del Norte Group including serving as Regional Coordinator for the Review of Higher Education Institutions in Regional Development in partnership with the OECD Programme on Institutional Management in Higher Education. She is committed to community involvement has served on the El Paso Independent School Board of Trustees since 2003, including a term as President from 2005-07, a member of the Central Appraisal District Board and Rotary International. She is a graduate of St, Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas and received a Masters in International Management from Thunderbird in Glendale, Arizona.

 

Andrew Davies

Andrew Davies is the Head of the Regional Innovation Unit of the OECD’s Regional Competitiveness and Governance Division. He co-ordinates the OECD’s work on regional innovation, including the development of international indicators to measure policy performance, a series of policy reviews of regional innovation systems (most recently Catalonia, Spain and Piedmont, Italy) and thematic publications. Since joining the OECD in 1993, he has contributed to a wide range of projects relating to regional policy and economic development. These projects have included most recently publications such as Globalisation and Regional Economies: Can OECD Regions Compete in Global Industries?, Building Competitive Regions: Strategies and Governance and Integrating Distressed Urban Areas. He has also drafted or contributed to numerous policy studies of specific countries, cities and regions.

 

Monique de Knegt

Monique de Knegt is the regional co-ordinator for the OECD review of higher education in regional and city development in Rotterdam (Netherlands). She holds a Master of Science Degree in Landscape Architecture from Wageningen Agricultural University. After a career in managing regional, urban and port (re)development in Delft, Amsterdam and Rotterdam she chose to work part time as process manager for the Economic Development Board Rotterdam. The EDBR is an independent platform comprised of over thirty opinion leaders from the business community and the educational, scientific and cultural sectors in Rotterdam. The Board advises the Municipal Executive on matters of economic development and policy. Her fields of expertise are sustainable urban & economic development, education & employability and managing innovative processes. Her work as General Secretary to the EDBR working group on Higher Education & Urban Development made her the obvious candidate for the regional co-ordination. Outside her work as independent advisor,she owns a garden architecture bureau.

 

Ernesto Flores

Ernesto Flores, a Mexican national, joined the OECD Programme on Institutional Management in Higher Education (IMHE) in Paris in 2009 to support the OECD review programme Higher Education in Regional and City Development. He holds a master’s degree from Monterrey Institute of Technology and Advanced Studies, Mexico. He has worked as a Consultant in the Quality Centre of Monterrey Tech, developing projects in several companies. In 2002, he was invited to collaborate to the Strategic Planning and Regional Development Office of the Executive Office of the President of Mexico. There, he served as planner and consultant in strategic planning for Federal Government offices to support them applying strategic thinking and planning, developing scorecards and using technologies to strategy follow-up in order to align actions consistent with the Mexico’s National Development Plan. Since 2004, he was working at the Sonora Institute of Technology (Instituto Tecnológico de Sonora, ITSON) as planning
coordinator, participating in projects aimed at improving economic and social performance in the region, such as the creation of the Technology Park and the Digital City initiatives. In addition, he led international projects in the field of innovation-based regional development.

 

John E. Golub

John E. Golub was born and raised in New York and educated at Dartmouth College (B. A., Physics) and Harvard University (M. A., Ph. D., Physics). A recognized expert in optical science and technology, Golub served as Vice President at ¯ber-optic equipment vendor Movaz Networks; as North American Product Manager at ECI Telecom; and as a consultant to Fortune 500 companies. He has logged over 25 hours under oath as an expert witness. Between 1987 and 1999, Golub lectured, taught, performed research and developed technologies as a Member of Technical Sta® at Bell Communications Research (USA) and as a Senior Lecturer at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel) and at the University of Marburg (Germany). Through 1999, he published over forty papers dealing with opto-electronics and solid-state physics. From 1993 to 1997, he served on the State of Israel's National Committee on Electro-Optic Policy by appointment of the Minister of Science. He was awarded an Alon Fellowship by the State of Israel and an Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship by the Federal Republic of Germany.

 

Hanna Honkamäkilä

Hanna Honkamäkilä has worked since 200 as an EU co-ordinator at the University of Oulu, first in University of Oulu planning and development and now in University’s joint administration and services. She holds master’s degree in History of Science and she has also studied economics and business administration. She has experience in higher education and regional development.

 

Barbara Ischinger

Barbara Ischinger is the Director for Education in the OECD. Dr. Ischinger has held a range of senior international positions over the last 13 years in the fields of international co-operation and education, with a focus on Europe, the United States and Africa. Before joining the OECD, Dr. Ischinger was Executive Vice-President for International Affairs and Public Relations at Berlin Humboldt Universität (2000-05).  Her experience includes the reshaping of academic curricula and professional training to adjust them to the labour market conditions and social development. Between 1992-1994, she was a Director at UNESCO heading the Division of International Cultural Co-operation, Presentation and Enrichment of Cultural Identities.  From 1994 to 2000, she was Executive Director of the Fulbright Commission for Educational Exchange between the United States and Germany. Dr. Ischinger’s experience with the American university system includes several sojourns of teaching and research at Columbia and Harvard universities. She holds a PhD from Heidelberg University and a post-doctoral degree from Cologne University in African Literature.  Alongside her full-time appointments since 1993, she has been Adjunct Professor in the Institute of African Studies at Cologne University, where she has undertaken research and supervised MA and PhD theses. She has published numerous papers in English, German and French in the field of international relations and on the international higher education system.

 

Saran Kaur Gill

Professor Dr Saran Kaur Gill is Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Industry and Community Partnerships) of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (The National University of Malaysia). This was in 2007 when she became the first Malaysian of Punjabi-Sikh ethnicity to be appointed Deputy Vice-Chancellor by the government of Malaysia. With her specific portfolio of Industry and Community Partnerships, Saran is responsible for developing mutually beneficial partnerships between the university, industry and community.  These initiatives support the domains of education, research and service.  This is planned for and implemented through the Industry-Liaison Office, the Chancellor’s Foundation and the University-Community Partnerships Office.  Attached to the university for more than 30 years, Saran has a diverse background encompassing scholarly pursuits, human resource development and management of large projects. As Head of Academic Training, she collaborated with UNESCO in Bangkok in 1999 to develop and organize workshops on “Asian Women Leaders in Higher Education”. In 2004, Saran was appointed member of the UNESCO Scientific Committee for the Asia-Pacific Region for Higher Education, Research and Knowledge.  For her services, Saran in 1999, received the university’s Excellence Award for Enhancing the Image of UKM at the National and International Levels, in the category of Human Resource Development.  Saran obtained her PhD from the University of London on a Commonwealth Academic Scholarship.  In 2006, she successfully competed for a Fulbright Award to research on “Language Policy:  Managing Ethnic, National and International Identities” at the University of Pennsylvania.

 

Lochner Marais

Lochner Marais is the regional co-ordinator for the OECD review of higher education in regional and city development in The Free State (South Africa) and is Professor in Development Studies and Director at the Centre for Development Support (University of the Free State).  Prior to this, he lectured at Vista University in Bloemfontein for seven years and in the Department of Geography at the University of the Free State for two years.  He obtained a BA, BA (Honours), MA and PhD in Geography from the University of the Free State.   He has authored, co-authored and compiled more than 180 research reports and some 65 refereed articles in peer-reviewed journals or books.  He has also been rated by the National Research Foundation.  His research and teaching activities are focused on the areas of housing policy, integrated development planning and local economic development.  He has managed the revision of the Free State Growth Development Strategy during 2006. Other consultation services are in the field of capacity building, strategic planning, objective management and housing finance.  He has conducted work for the Free State Provincial Government, the National Department of Housing, CDE, GTZ, DFID, the Flemish Government and for USAID.

 

Martí Parellada

Martí Parellada is the Regional Co-ordinator for the OECD review of Higher Education in Regional and City Development in Catalonia. He is General Coordinator at the “Conocimiento y Desarrollo” Foundation, as well as Director of the Economics Institute of Barcelona, based at the Universidad de Barcelona (UB), Spain. He gained his PhD in Economics at the UB, the institution in which he later became a faculty member in Applied Economics, Vice President of Economics, and Director of “Les Heures”, a Centre for Continuing Education. Parellada has been Director General at the “Bosch I Gimpera” Foundation, and board member of the Virtual University of Barcelona. At CYD Foundation, he coordinates the development and publishing of the Annual Report on Higher Education in Spain, which is published since 2003. He also serves as member of the Experts Committee at the Observatory of SMEs, convened by the Federal Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Commerce of Spain. An expert in the field of continuing education, Parellada has been president of the Catalan Association of University Continuing Education Centres, as well as president of the Spanish Association of Regional Science. Parellada has also been visiting professor at John Hopkins University in the United States and Latin American continuing education consultant at Columbus. He is director of the Economic Review of Catalonia and co-director of the Economic Memoir of Catalonia which is published annually by the Chamber of Commerce of Barcelona.

 

Eulalia Petit de Gabriel

Eulalia Petit de Gabriel is the Regional Coordinator for the OECD Review of Higher Education in Regional and City Development in the Autonomous Region of Andalusia (Spain). She reports to the General Secretariat for Universities, Research and Technology within the Regional Ministry for Innovation, Science and Enterprise of the Government of Andalusia. The regional ministry is responsible for funding and managing higher education including ten public HEIs in its region. Eulalia Petit is a Professor of International Law, European Law and International Relations at the University of Sevilla. She was awarded the Diploma cum laude of the Hague Academy of International Law in 1998. She has held various positions in the university international operations and governance including the Director of Internal Relations Office, the member of the Board of Directors and Vice-Dean of International Relations. Her research interests include the history of International Law, the challenges of the application of International Law through domestic law, EU Cohesion Policy, the role of regional institutions in EU policy making, and international relations as seen through cinema. She has taught in several Master Programmes from Mongolia to Florida, Germany and United Kingdom.

 

Jonathan Potter

Jonathan Potter is responsible for the entrepreneurship policy development activities of the OECD Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED) Programme within the Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs and Local Development. He manages Local Entrepreneurship Reviews, Local Innovation Systems Reviews and Reviews of Foreign Direct Investment and Local Development. He has published widely on entrepreneurship policy and prepared a number of OECD publications, including “Global Knowledge Flows and Economic Development and Entrepreneurship: A Catalyst for Urban Regeneration”. He is now working on publications on the role of higher education institutions in fostering entrepreneurship and on the evaluation of SME and entrepreneurship policies. Before joining the OECD, Dr Potter worked for six years in the UK as a Senior Consultant in the PA Consulting Group specialised in public policy evaluation. He managed a wide range of national and international research studies for the European Commission, national government departments and regional and local government and development agencies. He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Cambridge, where he has also acted as Affiliated Lecturer and Research Officer.

 

Jaana Puukka

Jaana Puukka leads the OECD work on Higher Education and Regional and City Development. She joined the OECD Programme on International Management in Higher Education (IMHE) in 2005 to co-ordinate and manage the first round of OECD Reviews of Higher Education in Regional Development which took place in 2005-2007 and embraced 14 regions in 12 countries. She is leading the second round of reviews in 2008-2010 which is reaching out to 15 regions and city-regions in G8 countries and emerging economies. She is the co-author and editor of the OECD publication “Higher Education and Regions – Globally Competitive, Locally Engaged” (OECD, 2007). Before joining the OECD, Puukka had experience in higher education and regional development in Finland as a national and local government adviser, programme manager, practitioner and evaluator. She has management experience from both the university and polytechnic sector and has worked in university internationalisation, PR & communication and stakeholder management. In addition, she has experience in the corporate sector in the pharmaceutical industry.

 

Michael K. Thomas

Michael K. Thomas is President and CEO of the New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE) in Boston, Massachusetts, a regional organization working with New England’s 260 colleges and universities to address issues related to human capital and economic competitiveness. Dr. Thomas works extensively in state government and higher education with governors, state legislators, K-12 commissioners, state higher education commissioners, college presidents/chancellors and other business, education and government leaders. Dr. Thomas has worked in corporate training and human resources and held varied administrative positions in higher education institutions, both public and independent, including as Executive Assistant to the President at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Thomas joined NEBHE in 2002 and served as both Senior Director and Senior Vice President. He earned a doctorate in education and social policy from Harvard University and an M.B.A. from Boston University. He has been a faculty member, adjunct professor and lecturer at several universities and served as trustee and vice-chair of the board of Worcester State College, a public, master’s-level institution in central Massachusetts.  In 2008, Thomas was selected as a Millennium Leadership Initiative Fellow, recognizing the next generation of American’s higher education leaders.
 
Paolo Trivellato

A Bocconi University graduate (Economics, 1971) Paolo Trivellato was Postgraduate worker at the Department of Sociology, University of Edinburgh (UK). Lecturer of Social Institutions at Milan University, Faculty of Political Science, from 1979 to 1982. Associate Professor of Sociology of Education since 1987. Visiting fellow at Stanford University (USA) in 1986 and 1989; visiting professor at University of Tokyo (Todai) in 1993 and 1996. For many years consultant and research director in the field of educational policies for the Lombardia  regional council. Current research interests include: tertiary education (students’ condition in longitudinal perspective), educational indicators, educational welfare, the teaching profession.  Present position: full professor of Sociology, Università di Milano-Bicocca.

 

Dirk Van Damme

Dirk Van Damme is Head of the  Centre for Education Research and Innovation (CERI) at OECD in Paris. He holds a PhD degree in educational sciences from Ghent University and is also professor of educational sciences in the same university. He also was part-time professor in comparative education at the Free University of Brussels (1997-2000) and visiting professor of comparative education at Seton Hall University, NJ, USA (2001-2008). He was the deputy director of the cabinet of the Flemish Minister of education Luc Van den Bossche (1992-1998), general director of the Flemish rectors’ conference VLIR (2000-2003), expert for the implementation of the Bologna Declaration for Ms Marleen Vanderpoorten, Flemish Minister of Education (2002-2003) and director of the cabinet of Mr Frank Vandenbroucke, Flemish Minister of Education (2004-2008). In 2004 he served also as executive director of the RAGO, the organization of public schools in the Flemish Community of Belgium. He has also served as an expert on issues related to international higher education policy, quality assurance and accreditation for several international organisations, as board member of QANU, the quality assurance agency for the Dutch universities, as member of the scientific board of AQA, the Austrian Quality Agency in higher education, and as member of the Committee for the evaluation of the University of Luxembourg.

 

Josep M. Vilalta

Josep M. Vilalta Verdú is the Regional Co-ordinator for the OECD review of Higher Education in Regional and City Development in Catalonia. He is the Executive Secretary of the Catalan Association of Public Universities (ACUP). He has acted as Deputy Director General of Research for the Generalitat de Catalunya, Head of the Area of University Evaluation, Studies and Cooperation of the Generalitat,  Coordinator of the UNESCO Chair for Higher Education Teaching and Administration, Head of the Strategic Planning Unit of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Executive Secretary of the International Coastal Resources Research Centre and Deputy Managing Director of the Maritime Engineering Laboratory at the UPC. Vilalta is a specialist in public administration and policy, organization and strategic management in the public sector, university policy and administration, and policy and administration for R+D. He has taught public administration and policy at different universities and training centres, and has been a visiting lecturer at the University of London and Universiteit Twente. He has participated in different projects and groups of experts for the European Commission, OECD and UNESCO in the area of higher education teaching and science policy.

 

Caroline Voisine

Caroline Voisine joined the OECD/IMHE in May 2009 to assist in the Reviews of Higher Education in Regional and City Development. She is currently studying a M.Sc. in Education Sciences with focus on International Cooperation in Education and Training at the University Paris V – La Sorbonne. She is working for the Paris International Liaison Office of the Mexican university Tecnológico de Monterrey. She has carried out her studies in Australia, Spain and France and is fluent in French, English and Spanish. During her studies she has also gathered professional experience as translator.

 

Philip Wade

Philip Wade, retired (2007) OECD Administrator, is an expert in regional and rural development, with specific knowledge in Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs). In OECD, Philip Wade was responsible for several national territorial reviews in Europe, which objective is to identify and analyze the factors of disparity between regions and the implementation of regional policy, so as to formulate recommendations aiming to improve its delivery and increase its impact. He also carried out specific regional tasks and authored several rural case studies, and before that, the OECD report “ICTs and Rural Development”. Presently, Philip Wade is one of two experts, coordinating and supervising, under the aegis of the Government of Finland, a pilot rural development project in Mozambique. Prior experience in such countries was acquired in the field of technical assistance in Peru and Ethiopia. Philip Wade is a graduate in political science of Paris Sorbonne and ENA (economics, law and public administration). He holds a degree in Higher Latin American Studies (IHEAL). Before joining OECD, he worked in various international positions in the public and private sectors in France. Besides OECD publications, he is the author of several books on broadcasting, ICTs and tourism development.

 

Richard Yelland

Richard Yelland is Head of the Education Management and Infrastructure Division in the OECD Directorate for Education. This Division is responsible for the work of the Programme on Institutional Management in Higher Education (IMHE) and the Centre for Effective Learning Environments (CELE), formerly known as the Programme on Educational Buildings (PEB). Richard Yelland joined the OECD in 1986 from the Department of Education and Science in the United Kingdom, where he had held a range of posts in educational policy and administration since 1974. He has led IMHE since 1998. Richard Yelland has been responsible for and has contributed to a range of OECD publications on higher education and educational infrastructure. He is frequently invited to address international and national meetings on different aspects of education. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the UNESCO Centre for European Higher Education (CEPES), and of the International Advisory Network for the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education in the United Kingdom. He has contributed as an international expert to the evaluation of educational institutions and programmes in Belgium and France and in 2009 in Iceland. In 2006 he coordinated the review of Varmland (Sweden) in the first round of OECD reviews of higher education in regional development. In 2009, he is leading the Reviews of Higher Education in Regional and City Development in the Netherlands.