EDUIMHE › OECD Roundtable on Higher Education in Regional and City Development - Speakers and Contributors
Here you will find short biographies of the speakers and contributors:
Bjørn Asheim is Deputy Director of CIRCLE (Centre for Innovation, Research and Competence in the Learning Economy), a multidiscplinary Centre of Excellence in innovation research at Lund University. He holds the chair in economic geography at the Department of Social and Economic Geography at the University of Lund, having previously held the chair in human geography in the Department of Sociology and Human Geography at the University of Oslo. He is Visiting Professor at the Department of Geography at the National University of Ireland at Maynooth. His research interests are in the areas of economic and industrial geography, and regional innovation research, where his specialisations include: regional clusters, regional innovation systems and learning regions; SMEs and innovation policy; globalisation, and the geography of the creative class. He has served as an international expert for UNCTAD, OECD and EU. He coordinated the EU projects on "SME Policy and the Regional Dimension of Innovation" and the European Science Foundation project "Constructing Regional Advantage". He has participated in OECD reviews of higher education in regional and city development in Berlin (Germany) and Rotterdam (Netherlands).
Lorenzo Bagnoli is a researcher at the Faculty of Sociology of University of Milano-Bicocca since 2007. Previously a geographer and a teacher in the Italian public secondary education system, he holds a MA in international co-operation for development (political science) and a PhD in geographical, environmental and cartographic sciences. He has published in the areas of cultural, political and historical geography, particularly in tourism.
Peter Baur is the Deputy Head of the unit LifeLong Learning, Higher Education and International Affairs at the European Commission Directorate-General for Education and Culture. Before joining the European Commission, he worked for 10 years as project manager in the IT industry. He joined the European Commission in 1994 and he worked for almost 7 years in the European research programmes in the area of information technologies. In 2001 he started to work in the Directorate General Education and Culture. He was closely involved in the elaboration of the Commission's proposal for the integrated lifelong learning programme and in the activities related to the Education and Training 2010 work programme. He worked during a number of years on the development of vocational training policy on EU level and was responsible for the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (Cedefop) in Thessaloniki, Greece. Since 2008, he has been working on the development of policy in the area of Higher Education on EU level, with particular focus on the development of university-industry co-operation.
Jaume Bertranpetit is Director of ICREA (Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies) which is a foundation that recruits top scientists for the Catalan R&D system. He is professor of biology at the Pompeu Fabra University (Barcelona). From 1998-99, he was dean of health and life sciences and from 1999-2001, he was vice-rector for research. He was also a Professor at the Barcelona University. His research field is in the study of the human genome variation and diversity: human population genetics, molecular evolution, comparative genomics and the interaction between human evolutionary biology and other fields, including medicine, genetic of complex diseases, statistical genetics and others. He has published over 290 research papers, most of them in genome studies, including on the natural selection in the human genome and the emerging field of Evolutionary Systems Biology. He is director of the Spanish National Genotyping Centre (CeGen), director and group leader of the Unitat de Biologia Evolutiva and promoter of the Institute for Evolutionary Biology. He is a member of Institut d'Estudis Catalans and a number of international organisations.
Alastair Blyth is an Analyst for the Centre for Effective Learning Environments in the Directorate of Education at the OECD. He is an architect and joined the OECD in August 2007 from the University of Westminster, London where he was a senior lecturer and senior research fellow. His current projects include innovative design for education buildings and in particular higher education buildings, facilities for vocational education and training, and facility performance evaluation. While he was at the University of Westminster he ran a research project on facilities performance evaluation for higher education buildings. He also taught in the School of Architecture on architectural technology and construction law. As a consultant Alastair specialised in project briefing and worked on higher and further education projects as well as on schools. He co-authored a book Managing the Brief for Better Design, published in 2001, and he has written on a range of technical subjects for the UK architectural, property and construction press.
Steve Cannon is the Secretary and Director of Operations at the University of Aberdeen. He began his career in higher education management at the University of Warwick in 1982 and in 1985 he became the first Financial and Administrative Manager of the newly established University of Warwick Science Park. In 1988 he moved to Scotland to take up the post of Financial Manager at Ninewells Hospital and Medical School in Dundee, at that time the largest purpose built teaching hospital in Europe. In 1992 he became Secretary of Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and led the negotiations that led to the College’s merger with the University of Dundee. He became Deputy Secretary of the University following the merger. In 1996 he was invited to join the Scottish Higher Education Funding Council as its Secretary and Director of Finance, Strategy and Corporate Affairs and in 1998 he was appointed Secretary and Director of Operations at the University of Aberdeen. He serves on numerous task forces and committees concerned with higher education. He has written several publications and given domestic and international presentations on governance, leadership and management in higher education. He is a non-executive Director of a number of companies and a member of the Board of Governors of Strathallan – a leading independent school in Scotland.
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 revitalising 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. She is an expert on the film and television industries and particularly on work and the workforce in those industries. 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. She has participated in the 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 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 neighbouring 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.
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 in Landscape Architecture from Wageningen Agricultural University. After a career in managing regional, urban and port (re)development in Delft, Amsterdam and Rotterdam she became 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. Outside her work as independent advisor,she owns a garden architecture bureau.
Austin Delaney is a Consultant for the OECD reviews of higher education in regional and city development. He holds a Degree in economics and political science and a Masters in economics, both from Trinity College Dublin. Prior to joining the OECD IMHE programme, he was a research trainee at the OECD LEED Trento Centre for Local Development in Italy. He is the co-author of the OECD publication Shooting for the Moon: Good Practices in Local Youth Entrepreneurship Support. He also co-authored the chapter on EU enlargement in the Balkans in the forthcoming OECD and Hungarian Academy of Science book Regional Transformation in the Balkan Countries. He has also worked for Thomson Reuters, KPMG and Allied Irish Bank.
Alice Frost is the Head of Business and Community Policy at the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE - the primary public funder of higher education in England). She has previously held a number of policy positions at the Council, including Head of Research Policy and Head of Learning and Teaching. Alice Frost has had a varied career in the UK in national public policy (including in the Department for Education, Cabinet Office/Office of Science and Technology and House of Commons), higher education policy (Universities UK and the charitable sector), and in HE and the regions. Her areas of policy interest include science and technology policy and regional economic development. She studied politics at undergraduate and postgraduate levels at Oxford University.
John Goddard, Emeritus Professor of Regional Development Studies at Newcastle University UK, is one of the leading experts in the field of higher education institutions’ engagement in regional development. He was previously Deputy Vice-Chancellor with responsibility for the University’s links with the city and region, in particular the development of Newcastle as one of the UK’s six Science Cities. He led the implementation of a major restructuring of the University. He has more than thirty years experience in the field of regional development as a policy developer and ministerial adviser, programme manager, regional practitioner, researcher and evaluator. Goddard’s academic background is in economic geography. He founded and led the University’s Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies and directed numerous academic and policy research projects on the role of innovation in territorial development. In the UK, he contributed to the Dearing Review of Higher Education through a Committee of Vice-Chancellors and Principals report on Universities and Communities. His international work includes collaboration with the OECD. He has also led reviews of regional engagement by Finnish Universities sponsored by the Finnish Higher Education Evaluation Council. He has participated in OECD reviews of higher education in regional and city development in Jyväskylä (Finland) and in Berlin (Germany).
Ellen Hazelkorn is a Director of Research and Enterprise, and Dean of the Graduate Research School, and Director of Higher Education Policy Research Unit (HEPRU) of the Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland. She also works as a consultant to the OECD/IMHE and is associated with the OECD Centre for Co-operation with Non-Members. She is on the Editorial Board of Higher Education Management and Policy (OECD), Contributing Editor of Science and Society (New York) and on the International Advisory Board of Journal of Arts, Science and Technology (Jamaica). In addition, she is an executive of the Dean and European Academic Network (DEAN), and Company Secretary and Board Member of the Contemporary Music Centre, Dublin. She leads a consortium of European academic, research and industrial institutions developing EU research programmes in intelligent digital content. She has published articles and books on Irish politics and society; digital technologies, gender, work practices and the cultural industries; relations between the media and the state; and higher education policy. she has led an international research project on the impact and influence of league tables and ranking systems on higher education decision-making and government policy-making in association with IMHE and the International Association of Universities (IAU). In 2008-10, she has participated in OECD reviews of higher education in regional development in Catalonia (Spain) and the State of Victoria (Australia).
Bernard Hugonnier is Deputy-Director of the Directorate for Education in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Prior to his present position, he was Head of the Territorial Development service at the OECD (1999 to 2002). He joined the OECD in 1978 and held since the following functions: Administrator in the Directorate for Financial, Fiscal and Enterprises Affairs (1978-1985) where he dealt with liberalization of capitals movements and invisible transactions as well as international investment and multinational enterprises; Head of the Management Unit, Executive Directorate (85-89); Head of the Publications Service (90-96); and Deputy-Director, Public Affairs and Communication Directorate (97-98). Prior to joining the OECD, he was a consultant in economics and was teaching international economics at the University Paris-Dauphine. He holds an MA in economics from the University of Pittsburgh (USA) and a PhD in economics from the University of Paris-Dauphine. He published several articles and three books.
Barbara Ischinger is the Director for Education in the OECD. She 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, she was Executive Vice-President for International Affairs and Public Relations at Berlin Humboldt University (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. 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. She has published numerous papers in English, German and French in the field of international relations and on the international higher education system.
David Joyner is the Director of Innovation at the Research and Innovation Office at Bangor University. He has a PhD in Chemistry and experience in academic research in chemistry, physics and materials science at Universities of Wales (Swansea), Pittsburgh (USA) and Cambridge. He worked in industrial research in Unilever PLC before establishing his own company in scientific imaging software. Since 1993, he has worked at the university/industry interface on technology transfer and business development, in partnership with a wide range of business support organisations, SME's and corporations, specialising in supporting regional development using European funding programmes.
Maciej Litwin is the Head of University Relations at Wrocław City Hall in Poland. He supports the development of WROCŁAW ACADEMIC HUB, the academic community platform for Wrocław which seeks to engage universities in development of Wrocław and to continue the transformation of Wrocław economy. The Hub brings together higher education institutions and businesses to support the investment process, to coordinate academic strategies with metropolitan development policy and to manage its own diverse portfolio of projects. He has spent the last 7 years working for the local government in Wrocław. His experience includes contributing to the Polish European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) 2006-08 bid. He has worked on Wrocław “EIT Plus strategy”, the largest single innovation scheme in Poland. He was also involved in setting up of Wrocław Research Centre EIT+ Ltd.
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 at the 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. 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.
Marco Marchese is an Analyst at OECD LEED on entrepreneurship policy and evaluation of local economic development approaches. At the OECD, among other things, he has managed a number of reviews on entrepreneurship and SME development at the local level (e.g. Andalusia, Spain, Marche, Italy, Wales, UK, etc.) and has co-authored two chapters of the publication “SMEs, Entrepreneurship and Innovation”. Prior to joining the OECD in 2007, he worked for the United Nations (ILO and UNIDO) on the theme of business clusters promotion and for the Italian Prime Minister’s Office on the informal economy in the south of the country. He has been a Fulbright visiting scholar at MIT and holds a MSc in Development Economics from the University of Rome “Tor Vergata”.
Martin Mahn is the Managing Director at Humboldt-Innovation GmbH, the Technology Transfer Office of the Humboldt University of Berlin. He studied biology at degree level at the Free University of Berlin and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He has a postgraduate qualification in Environmental Economy and Environmental Management from the Berlin School of Economics and Law. From 1986-1993, he was assistant at the Institute for Water, Soil and Air Hygiene of the Federal Agency for Health, Berlin and the Federal Office for Radiation Protection, Berlin. From 1994-98, he served as an environmental consultant for SMEs and for the Institute for Environmental Surveys and Analysis, Berlin. In 1996, he was a founding member of the Managing Board at Institute for Resource Conservation, Innovation and Sustainability at the Berlin School of Economics and Law. From 1996-2008, he fulfilled a number of senior managing roles at the Optic Lighting division of OSRAM GmbH Berlin, subsidiary of Siemens AG.
Aims McGuinness is a Senior Associate with the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS), a private nonprofit policy centre in Boulder, Colorado. At NCHEMS, he specialises in state governance and coordination of higher education; strategic planning and restructuring higher education systems; roles and responsibilities of public institutional and multi-campus system governing boards; and international comparison of education reform. Prior to joining NCHEMS in 1993, he was director of higher education policy at the Education Commission of the States (ECS). Before joining ECS in 1975, he served as a congressional staff member and was executive assistant to the Chancellor of the University of Maine System. Over the past twenty years, he has advised many of the states that have conducted major studies of their higher education systems and undertaken higher education reforms. He has participated in OECD reviews of higher education in regional and city development in the Galilee (Israel) and Penang (Malaysia).
Raed Mu’alem is the Senior Vice President of Nazareth Academic Institution and educational administrator who has spent a decade working to establish the first Israeli institution of higher education created by the initiative of the Arab community in Israel. As the institute’s senior vice president, he leads the development of new academic programmes and international partnerships as well as the institute’s strategic planning process. He earned a doctoral degree in life science in Tel Aviv University. He completed post-doctoral work in biochemistry at CNRS in France. He lectured in human biology and animal physiology at Oranim Educational College. He served as vice president of Mar Elias Educational Institutions from 2002-09, directing a dynamic K-12 school system and managing the Mar Elias Campus transformation into the Nazareth Academic Institution. During his tenure as vice president, he also established the Professional Development Center for teachers and participated in the U.S. State Department’s International Leadership Program in 2004.
Maria Helena Nazaré, former Rector of the University of Aveiro (Portugal), has experience in higher education management at the institutional, national and international level. She was rector of the University of Aveiro in 2002-10 (Jan). Member of the Research Working Group of the European University Association and member of the EUA Institutional Evaluation Pool, since 2004, she has participated in the evaluation of universities in Spain, Turkey, Palestine and Slovenia. She was appointed Vice-President of the EUA in 2009. She is chair of the Portuguese Rector’s Conference Committee for Research and Knowledge-transfer and a member of the administration board of Portugal Telecom. She started her academic career in Mozambique, in 1973, lecturing at the University Eduardo Mondlane. She completed her PhD in physics at King’s College London in 1978. In 1986, she was appointed leader of the research group in Spectroscopy of Semiconductors in the Department of Physics at the University of Aveiro. She has participated in OECD reviews of higher education in regional and city development in Catalonia (Spain) and Lombardy (Italy).
Inmaculada Periáñez-Forte is a Consultant for the OECD reviews of higher education in regional and city development. She has a law degree from the University of Seville, Spain, an LL.M in European Legal Studies from the University of Bristol and an MSc in Regulation from the London School of Economics. She is currently studying for a Masters in Management, Evaluation and Planning of Innovation at the International University of Andalusia. She previously worked as a technical advisor to the General Secretariat for Universities, Research and Technology in the regional Government of Andalusia, which participated in the OECD review of higher education in regional and city Development and was the co-author of the Andalusia self-evaluation report.
Eulalia Petit de Gabriel is the Regional Co-ordinator 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 Economy, Innovation and Science of the Government of Andalusia. The regional ministry is responsible for funding and managing higher education including ten public HEIS in its region. Currently on leave of absence, she is Professor of International Law, European Law and International Relations at the University of Seville. 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 instructions 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.
Mario Piacentini is an Economist in the OECD Public Governance and Territorial Development Division. He is co-ordinator of the OECD project on Rural-Urban Linkages, which focuses on labour mobility and other economic interactions between rural and urban areas. He is also responsible for a project on migration and regional development and has drafted the chapter on “Green Growth” for the forthcoming OECD publication on “Competitive Cities and Climate Change”. He is an applied economist with a strong background in analysis of micro data. During his PhD in Economics at the University of Geneva, he studied the links between migration and education attainments. He is the author of several papers in the areas of migration, human capital, firm performance, university productivity and social networks. He previously worked for the Research Department of the World Bank, the Swiss Development Cooperation, the African Economic Research Consortium and UNCTAD. He has participated in the OECD review of higher education in regional and city development in the State of Victoria (Australia).
Jaana Puukka is an OECD Analyst and the Project Leader of the OECD work on higher education in 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 2005-07 and embraced 14 regions in 12 countries. She is now leading the second round of reviews in 2008-10 which includes 14 regions and city-regions in 11 countries. She is the co-author and editor of the OECD publication “Higher Education and Regions – Globally Competitive, Locally Engaged” (OECD, 2007). She has experience in higher education and regional development in Finland as a ministerial and local government adviser, programme manager, practitioner and evaluator. Before joining OECD, she was the Regional Development Manager of Turku University of Applied Sciences, at that time the biggest professionally oriented HEI in Finland. She has been involved in various university evaluations and has worked for the Finnish Ministry of Education to review the university master's programmes. In 2008-10, she has led the reviews of Andalusia (Spain), Berlin (Germany), Bío Bío region (Chile), Catalonia (Spain), the Galilee (Israel), Lombardy (Italy), Paso del Norte (United States of America and Mexico), Penang (Malaysia), South Arizona (United States of America), and the State of Victoria (Australia).
Professor Seeram Ramakrishna is the Vice-President (Research Strategy) of the National University of Singapore. He received his PhD in Materials Science & Engineering from the University of Cambridge and General Management training from the Harvard University. He authored five books and over three hundred international journal papers. According to the ISI Web of Knowledge Essential Science Indicators he is ranked 51 in the world of Materials Science. He is a Fellow of UK Royal Academy of Engineering, American Association for the Advancement of Science, and ASEAN Academy of Engineering & Technology. He is the author of book The Changing Face of Innovation: Is it shifting to Asia? He is interested in understanding the global trends of higher education and research enterprise.
Cássio Rolim is the Regional Co-ordinator for the OECD Review of higher education in regional and city development in the State of Parana, Brazil. He is Professor at the Federal University of Parana and has held various positions in other Brazilian universities. He obtained a BA and PHD in Economics from the University of São Paulo and a MSc in Urban and Regional Planning from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. He worked on a project associated with the Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper for Mozambique by the Center for International Development at Harvard University and has worked as consultant for several governments and official institutions. He is the former president of the Brazilian Regional Science Association. His research and teaching activities are focused on the areas of regional and local development, poverty reduction, innovation and cluster analysis.
Linda Rosenman is Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost at Victoria University in Melbourne. She has a PhD in Economics and Social Work from Washington University St Louis. She was Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences at the University of Missouri, President of the University of Queensland Academic Board, and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences and Head of School of Social Work and Social Policy at the University of Queensland. She has a long history of community engagement within and beyond the tertiary sector and was awarded an Australian Centenary medal for her services to education and the community. She is the current President of the Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS), former President of the Australasian Council of Deans of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities and of the Association for Social Work and Welfare Education, as well as a number of other Boards, Commissions and advisory councils in education and human and community services sectors. She has published and presented widely on economic security, retirement, pensions and aging with a particular focus upon older women.
Aliza Shenhar is President of the Max Stern Yezreel Valley College. She holds an MA in Hebrew Literature and a PhD in Jewish Ethnography and Folklore, both from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In 1975, she established and headed the Department of Folklore Studies at the University of Haifa and went on to serve as the University's Rector, the first woman in Israel to hold this position, from 1991-94. She also headed a National Commission on Jewish Studies in the state education system, which published the "Shenhar Report". She has also published over 90 articles and ten books. From 2003-08, she held the position of Deputy and Alternate Mayor of the Haifa Municipality, in charge of Education and Culture. She served as Israel's Ambassador to the Russian Federation from the years 1994-97.
Xavier Testar is Director of the “Barcelona, Research & Innovation” Programme of the Barcelona City Council. He is Professor in biochemistry and molecular biology at the University of Barcelona (UB) and co-author of more than 80 refereed articles in international journals. He was a member of the UB Governing Board and Vice-dean of the Faculty of Biology (1991-96). From 1997 to 2004, he was Director of the Innovation Centre from the Bosch i Gimpera Foundation, the Technology Transfer and Spin-off promotion unit of the UB. He was Head of Strategic Programmes at the Catalan Foundation for Research and Innovation (FCRI) (2004-08) and member of the Steering Committee for the Development of the Catalan RITTS Programme (Regional Innovation and Technology Transfer Infrastructures and Strategies) that developed the basis for the first Catalan Innovation Plan (2001-04). He was a member of the committee that designed and developed the Research and Innovation Plan for Catalonia (PRI-Cat) in 2005-08. He was also a member of the commission to set up the BioRegion of Catalonia (BioCat) and represented the FCRI in the board of the “Cluster for Innovation” Association. Since 2006, he has been a member of the Board of “Barcelona Activa”, the City Council Agency devoted to economic development, entrepreneurship promotion and start-up incubation. He has recently been appointed a member of the Steering Committee for Singular Scientific and Technological Infrastructures (CAIS) of the Spanish Ministry for Science & Innovation (MICINN).
Gianluca Valentini is Rector Deputy for Intellectual Property management and protection and Associated Professor of Physics at Politecnico di Milano. He is also in charge of fostering and evaluating the proposals for the creation of academic spin-off companies and is responsible for representing Politecnico di Milano in technology transfer in national and international contexts. He received his degree cum laude in nuclear engineering from Politecnico di Milano, Italy in 1985. In 1988, he joined the Istituto di Fotonica e Nanotecnologie as research scientist. He is co-author of more than 80 papers published in peer reviewed international journals.
Marco Waas is the Chair of the regional steering committee for the OECD review of higher education in regional and city development in Rotterdam. He is the Dean of the faculty of Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering of the Delft University of Technology (3mE). He is responsible for the development and implementation of the valorisation of knowledge for the Delft University of Technology. Since 2008, he has been project leader for the Innovation Platform that brings together key players in the knowledge economy and aims to examine how knowledge and innovation systems functions and facilitate breakthroughs. He performs the following additional functions; Member of the supervisory Board Science Port Holland; Board member for the Incubators YES!Delft and DNAMO, Board member of the Holland Program of Entrepreneurship (HOPE), expert member of the National Valorisation Committee and member investment Committee Dutch Green Tech Fund. In Unilever, he exercised several management positions. As of 1998 he was global Vice President Supply Chain & Technology for a division.
Francesc Xavier Grau Vidal is the Rector of the University Rovira i Virgili and Professor in Fluid Mechanics. He holds a PhD (1986) and a Licence Degree (1981) in Industrial Chemistry, from the University of Barcelona. He is the author of more than 80 research papers and the supervisor of 10 PhD thesis and has a long experience of applied research and relations with industry. He has also been researcher at the Institute of Fluid Mechanics of the INP-Toulouse (France), at the NASA-Ames Center for Turbulence Research (USA) and at the Department of Mechanical Engineering of Stanford University (USA). He has taken active part in setting up programmes for educating and informing the general public on scientific issues, and been involved in University-Society and Industry-Society relations. he has extensive experience in university management, between 1993 and 2000 he was director of the Department of Mechanical Engineering of URV, from 2000 to 2006 he has successively been vice-rector for Infrastructure and ICT, vice-rector for Academic Affairs and Personnel, and vice-rector for Scientific Policy. Elected rector of University Rovira i Virgili in 2006, he has been reelected in 2010.
Richard Yelland is Head of the Education Management and Infrastructure Division in the OECD Directorate for Education which is responsible for the work of the IMHE Programme and the Centre for Effective Learning environments (CELE). A graduate of the Cambridge University, he joined OECD in 1986 from the then Department of Education and Science in the United Kingdom where he had held a range of posts in educational policy and administration. In 1998 he was seconded to the University of Adelaide, South Australia. He has been responsible for or contributed to a range of OECD publications on higher education and educational infrastructure. 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. In 2006, he co-ordinated the OECD review of higher education in regional and city development of Varmland, Sweden and led OECD reviews of higher education in regional and city development in Amsterdam and Rotterdam (Netherlands).