EDUIMHE › Reviews of Higher Education in Regional Development - Launch Workshop for Participating Regions - Speakers
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Professor Bjørn Asheim is a major international figure in the area of Economic Geography. 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. Professor Asheim is co-founder and deputy director of CIRCLE (Centre for Innovation, Research and Competence in the Learning Economy), a multidisplinary Centre of Excellence in innovation research at Lund University. He is Visiting Professor at the Department of Geography at the National University of Ireland at Maynooth.
Asheim’s 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. Asheim has served as an international expert for UNCTAD, OECD and EU. He coordinated the EU project on "SME Policy and the Regional Dimension of Innovation" and is currently coordinating the European Science Foundation project "Constructing Regional Advantage". In 2008-2010 Asheim will be one of the key experts in the OECD review of higher education in regional development.
Alastair Blyth is an analyst for the Programme on Educational Building 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.
Since March 2007 Mr. Aart de Geus is the OECD Deputy Secretary-General and in charge of the Political Economy of Reform, and of the preparations for the Ministerial Council Meeting and the Executive Committee in Special Session. In the OECD, de Geus is in charge of, among other things, education and territorial development.
De Geus, a Dutch national, was Minister of Social Affairs and Employment in the Netherlands from 2002 until 22 February this year. As Minister, de Geus introduced major reforms in the Dutch social security system, notably by turning it into an activating system. During the four years of his tenure, he concluded major national agreements with social partners on wages, reforms of social security and tax-facilities for early retirement. He chaired the OECD Social Policy Ministerial Meeting in 2005 and has served in various functions at local, national and international level. From 1998 until 2002, de Geus was a partner in an Amsterdam-based company for strategy and management, where he worked in the fields of health care, pensions and human resource development. De Geus served as vice-chairman of the executive board of the National Federation of Christian Trade Unions from 1993 to 1998, where he focused on social security, health care, pensions, labour market policy, income policy and education. He had been member of the Trade Union’s executive board since 1988. Prior to that, Mr. de Geus worked as a lawyer in the industry sector of the Christian Trade Union.
De Geus has a law degree from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam and post-graduate studies in labour law from Nijmegen University.
Patrick Dubarle, former Principal Administrator at the OECD Public Governance and Territorial Development Directorate (GOV), has co-ordinated and contributed to a number of OECD territorial reviews at the national and regional level and has recently participated in the regional innovation reviews in Italy and Mexico. In 2004-2007 he represented GOV in the OECD project on supporting the Contribution of Higher Education Institutions to Regional Development which embraced 14 regions in 12 countries, and coordinated the review of the Mid-Norwegian region. In 2008-2010 Dubarle will be one of the experts in the reviews of higher education in regional development.
Patrick Dubarle is a graduate from the French “Ecole des Mines”, and holds a Master's degree in Economics from the University of Paris Sorbonne. He joined the OECD in 1978 as Administrator in the Directorate for Science Technology and Industry.
He was appointed Secretary of the OECD Working Party on regional development policies in 1992, where he was responsible for country regional policy reviews and horizontal programmes. He has worked with national governments in many OECD countries and has spoken at several international conferences. He is the author of documents on high technoloy policies and sectoral questions including space industry, technological change, technology fusion, innovation and higher education in regional development.
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. As DVC he also led the implementation of a major restructuring of the University. Goddard 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 (CURDS) from 1977 to 1998 and directed numerous academic and policy research projects on the role of innovation in territorial development. Within the UK, John Goddard contributed to the Dearing Review of Higher Education through a Committee of Vice-Chancellors and Principals report on Universities and Communities and in subsequent work for the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and Universities UK (UUK) on the Regional Mission of Higher Education.
Goddard’s 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. In 1997-1999 John Goddard led the OECD/IMHE study “The Response of Higher Education Institutions to Regional Needs”. In 2004-2007 he was the Academic Leader of the OECD/IMHE project “Supporting the Contribution of Higher Education Institutions to Regional Development” which embraced 14 regions in 12 countries. In this conjunction he also led the review of the Jyvaskyla region in Finland and contributed to the OECD publication Higher Education and Regions – Globally Competitive, Locally Engaged (2007). In 2008-2010, Goddard will be one of the key experts in the OECD reviews of higher education in regional development.
Professor 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, Hazelkorn 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.
Hazelkorn 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. Her study Developing Research in New Institutions was published by OECD in September 2005. In 2006 Hazelkorn 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, phase 2 was launched with focus on institutional and stakeholder views of the impact of rankings. In 2008-2010, Hazelkorn will be one of the experts in the OECD reviews of higher education in regional development
Francisco Marmolejo serves as Executive Director of the Consortium for North American Higher Education Collaboration (CONAHEC), a network of more than 140 colleges and universities from Canada, the U.S. and Mexico, headquartered at the University of Arizona. He is also Assistant Vice President for Western Hemisphere Programs. Previously, Marmolejo was an American Council on Education fellow on higher education leadership development at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. His past positions include Vice President for Administration and Academic Vice President at the Universidad de las Américas in Mexico.
Marmolejo has taught at several universities and has published extensively on administration and internationalization. Marmolejo consults for Latin American universities and governments, and has been part of OECD and World Bank peer review teams conducting evaluations of higher education in Europe, Latin America and Asia. During the academic year of 2005-2006, Marmolejo served as an international consultant in the OECD/IMHE. He was the coordinator of 4 reviews in the OECD study of Supporting the Contribution of Higher Education to Regional Development: Autonomous Regions of Canary Islands and Valencia (Spain), State of Nuevo Leon (Mexico) and Northern Parana (Brazil)
Professor Minna Mattila has more than ten years experience in the field of applied research bringing together actors from academic, public and private sectors. Currently, she is responsible for corporate relations, research and development activities under Laurea University of Applied Sciences (Finland) peer-to-peer open innovation based learning environment. Mattila is an invited member of the European Academy of Sciences for an outstanding contribution to science and technology. She serves the European Commission as an Expert Evaluator. Her current research interests are in the fields of regional research-driven clusters and development together with international knowledge transfer and co-creation as well as innovation eco-systems and entrepreneurship. In 2008-2010 Mattila will serve as an expert in the OECD reviews of higher education in regional development.
Prior to her current position, Mattila led an innovation and research unit in a university of technology in Finland. Professor Mattila has also held chairs in Commercialisation of Innovations and Marketing in the Electronic Channels. She works part-time at Market Court as a Council of State assigned Expert Member specializing in cases concerning restrictions of competition. She consults both private and public sector actors.
Professor Renato H. L. Pedrosa is a full-time member of staff of the Department of Mathematics of the University of Campinas (Unicamp), one of the leading research universities in Brazil, responsible for about 15% of all indexed research published in the country. He has held various positions in Unicamp and, since 2003, served as a member of the coordination group of the Office of Admissions as Research Coordinator and Adjunct Coordinator.
Pedrosa has directed and coordinated academic and policy research projects in higher education in São Paulo and Brazil, including a long term study of the social background of Unicamp undergraduate students and their academic performance – a study on which the university’s affirmative action programme was based (Higher Education Management and Policy 2007 Vol. 19 issue 3) and, more recently, a study of the long-term development of higher education in the state of São Paulo, for the period up to 2020 (to be published in 2008).
In 2008-2010 Professor Pedrosa will act as Regional Co-ordinator of Campinas in the OECD/IMHE reviews of higher education in regional development. In addition and linked to this work, he will also lead a study on impact of higher education in the metropolitan region of Campinas where a large part of scientifically based and technology-intensive sectors of Brazilian industry is concentrated.
Helen Pickering is the Executive Director of the Higher Education Regional Association in the North East of England, Universities for the North East. She has worked at a senior level in economic development and was the founding Director of the Leeds Initiative, one of the first and most influential UK city public/private sector partnerships.
Formally qualified in economic development, Helen Pickering also has more than 30 years of experience in higher education as a teacher, researcher, Dean of Faculty and Deputy Vice-Chancellor. She has extensive experience of directly managing universities' local and regional engagement activities.
Helen Pickering was the Regional Co-ordinator in the OECD project "Supporting the Contribution of HEIs to Regional Development" 2004-2007. She has had experience of being a Board/Council member of numerous local and regional bodies including local strategic development partnerships, city centre companies, education partnerships, health authority, arts, film and media organisations. She has acted as a government advisor and presented both her academic and practitioner work internationally.
Jaana Puukka is an analyst in the OECD/IMHE. She joined OECD in 2005 to co-ordinate and manage the thematic review project on "Supporting the Contribution of Higher Education Institutions to Regional Development" which embraced fourteen regions in twelve countries throughout the world. She co-ordinated four regional reviews of higher education in Finland, Denmark, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom and was the co-author and editor of the final report of the project Higher Education and Regions – Globally Competitive – Locally Engaged. In 2008-2010 she is the Project Manager of the OECD Reviews of Higher Education in Regional Development and will be a key expert in regional reviews.
Puukka has experience in regional development and higher education in Finland as a ministerial and local government adviser, programme manager, practitioner and evaluator. She has management experience from both university and polytechnic sector. Before joining the OECD, Puukka was the Regional Development Manager of Turku University of Applied Sciences, the then biggest professionally oriented higher education institution in Finland. She was involved in the evaluation of the external engagement of the University of Turku and has worked for the Finnish Ministry of Education to review the impact and quality of university master's programmes with funding from the EU structural funds. In addition to her experience in university internationalisation, PR & communication and stakeholder management, Puukka has experience in the corporate world (pharmaceutical industry).
Javier Sanchez-Reaza is an Administrator at the OECD’s Regional Competitiveness and Governance Division where he works on urban and regional competitiveness and growth. At the OECD he has drafted and co-ordinated territorial reviews in cities and regions in Canada, Mexico, Poland, Spain and Turkey. He has contributed to the work of the OECD on urban competitiveness through the creation of the metropolitan database for urban functional areas, and his participation in the “Competitive Cities in the Global Economy” –an OECD flagship publication in territorial development.
Sanchez-Reaza is a trained economist with more than 15 years of experience in economic and regional analysis and holds a PhD in Regional Economics from the London School of Economics, and Master's degrees in Business Economics as well as Regional and Urban Planning. His prior working experience has been on fiscal issues at Mexico's Ministry of Finance, as well as on firms' technological modernisation and innovation with Mexico's National Council for Science and Technology. As a regional civil servant, he has experience on industrial cluster development and FDI attraction, as well as on setting regional development agencies in Northern Mexico. As a scholar, he has been a professor and researcher in the UK (University of Surrey Roehampton), the USA (the University of Texas at El Paso), Mexico (Centre for Economic Research and Teaching-CIDE), and France (Sciences Po) teaching macroeconomics, econometrics, environmental economics and regional development. He has carried out research and published in the fields of trade, regional economic growth/inequalities, and urban competitiveness.
Lena Ulbricht joined the OECD/IMHE in March 2008 to work for 6 month on the review programme Higher Education in Regions. Beginning in September 2008 she will work at the Social Science Research Center Berlin and act as a Regional Co-ordinator for the city-region review in Berlin.
She holds a M.Sc. in Political Sciences from the Free University of Berlin and a M.Sc. of Regional and Urban Studies from Sciences Po Paris. She has worked at the Heinrich-Böll-Foundation in Frankfurt and at the press agency AFP in Berlin. During her studies she has also gathered professional experience in the German Federal Foreign Ministry in Berlin, as an assistant to the former State Secretary for Environment (2005) and as a consultant on a French pôle de compétitivité.
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 Programme on Educational Building (PEB).
A graduate of the Cambridge University, Richard Yelland 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.
Richard Yelland 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 review of higher education in regional development of Varmland, Sweden.