OECD Roundtable on Higher Education in Regional and City Development 2012 - Who’s Who


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


Aldo Aldama

Abdullah Saeed Al Darmaki

Yousuf Al Marshoodi

Heli Aru

Sergio Arzeni

Bjorn Asheim

Aldo Ballerini

Anzori Barkalaja

Jonathan Barr

Martina Bechter

Ghita Benkirane

Rik Bleeker

Alystair Blyth

Gabriele Böhmer

Piyawat Boon-Long

Lidia Borrell-Damian

Sal Brinton

Cagri Bulut

Steven Cannon

Jenni Chambers

Heeseon Choi

Nizar Cheniour

Susan Christopherson

Peter Creticos

Joanne Curry

Kris Dejonckheere

Jaime Del Castillo

Reem Derbala

Jean-Noel Durvy

Abdul Razak Dzulkifli

John Edwards

Henry Etzkowitz

Gideon Fishman

Isak Froumin

Jocelyne Gacel Avila

Laris Gaiser

Maria Amata Garito

Massimo Giordano

John Goddard

Francesc Xavier Grau Vidal

Roy Green

Dominique Guellec

Christophe Guy

David Halabisky

Ahmad Hasnah

John Hearn

Fabrice Hénard

Gernot Hutschenreiter

Saikou Kanyi

Michal Karpisek

Tatiana Kastuéva-Jean

Mary-Louise Kearney

Holm Keller

Jason E. Lane

Juuso Leivonen

Daniel Lincoln

Maciej Litwin

Karen Maguire

Martin Mahn

Paul Manners

Dewayne Matthews

Aims McGuinness

Holly McKiernan

Alisa Miller

Thandwa Mthembu

Raed Mu'alem

Michel Mudry

Robert Nachtmann

Elizabeth Noonan

Asa Olsson

Kirsten Panton

Marti Parellada

Renato Pedrosa

Inmaculada Perianez-Forte

Monika Petraite

Mario Piacentini

Malgorzata Piasecka

Lance Pressl

Mike Proctor

Jaana Puukka

Gonzalo Rodrigeuz-Villanueva

Linda Rosenman

Andreas Schleicher

Sajida Hassan Shroff

Irina Smirnova

Jakob Stolt

Laura Stracinskiene

Hal Swerissen

Leandro Tessler

Natalia Tikhomirova

Jean Henri Thomas

Michael K. Thomas

John Tuppen

Mario Enrique Vargas Saenz

N.V. Varghese

Nevena Vuksanovic

Mary Shufeng Wang

Andy Westwood

Richard Yelland
Aldo Aldama is currently delegate of Mexico to the Development Assistance and the Science, Technology and Innovation Committees of the OECD. Previously he was Director for Economic and Social Affairs for the UN, Director for the Middle East and Central Asia, and Director for International Economic Promotion at the Mexican MFA. He has a BA in economics from the ITAM, a MA in International Relations and Global Development from the Institute of Social Studies and a MA in International Affairs from the Fletcher School.  He was Deputy Director for International Trade Studies at the Center of Economic Studies for the Private Sector (CEESP) in Mexico where he conducted negotiation strategies for Mexican private economic sectors for NAFTA.  He’s done research published work for the European Commission. Since 1992 he has been a career member of the Mexican Foreign Service having been responsible for economic, commercial and cultural affairs in Saudi Arabia; deputy head of mission in South Africa; and head of the Mexican Office to Taiwan. He has teaching experience at postgraduate level both at ITAM and the Monterrey Technological Institute where he has taught National Innovation Systems, Competitiveness and Economic Growth.

Abdullah Saeed Al Darmaki is the Chief Executive Officer of the Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development, a government entity that spearheads the support and development of Small & Medium enterprises in the UAE. His role is integral to the strategic planning and management of the organization in alignment with the Executive Council’s objectives. With over 17 years of experience in oil & gas, petrochemicals and manufacturing industries, and a background in sales & marketing, Al Darmaki has held a number of leadership positions with governmental and private organizations in the United Arab Emirates. In 2006, he developed and led the Abu Dhabi Polymers Park project, the first integrated downstream petrochemical cluster in the MENA region.  Later on, he moved to the Human Capital Development area and was appointed as the General Manager of Abu Dhabi Tawteen Council, (The National Employment Agency of the Abu Dhabi Government). He was responsible for transforming the Council into a comprehensive government employment agency and played a key role in establishing the Council’s strategic relationships with both public and private sectors.

 Yousuf Al Marshoodi is the Head of Branches of Khalifa Fund for the Northern Emirates. He focuses on entrepreneurship development and provides advise, evaluation and selection of profitable investment initiatives for the SME sector in line with Khalifa Fund’s strategic objectives. He is also in charge of various fishery and agri initiatives and projects in the region, particularly in partnership with government and semi-governmental companies. Al Marshoodi has more than 10 years of working experience with banks in UAE, which have focused  on risk management, credit, retail, corporate, SME, and Islamic banking.  Previously, he worked for Ajman Bank, where he established a new branch in Dubai and later became area Manager for Dubai and the northern Emirates.  Throughout his career, Al Marshoodi has often led the charge of establishing and expanding start-up ventures, businesses and divisions. His experience includes executive management for private sector and semi-government companies. He is currently a board member of the Golden Way Group Compan and the Fujairah Welfare Association.  He  holds  MBA in General Management  from the Canadian University of Dubai and a BA in Business Information Systems from Bedfordshire University, UK. ‌

‌‌Heli Aru is the Counsellor for Education and Science Affairs at the Estonian Permanent Delegation to the OECD and UNESCO. She has worked in different positions at the Estonian Ministry of Education and Research since 1999, mostly related to higher education and internationalization issues. During 2003-2011 she served as the Member and the Vice Chair for Archimedes Foundation.  From 2002-2010 she worked as the Estonian representative to the Bologna Follow-Up Group, responsible for coordinating, developing and implementing many higher education modernization efforts in Estonia. She was also the National Coordinator for OECD Review on the Tertiary Education Policies with the responsibility of compiling the country ground report (2004-2007)

Sergio Arzeni is the Director of the Centre for Entrepreneurship, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) and Local Development of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris, France. The Centre oversees the work of the Programme on Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED), the Working Party on SMEs and Entrepreneurship, the Tourism Committee, the Modules on Women Entrepreneurship and Fostering Entrepreneurship in the OECD-MENA (Middle East and Northern Africa) Project and the OECD-LEED Trento Center for Local Development in Italy. Arzeni’s work focuses mostly on entrepreneurship and innovation, on job creation and social cohesion, on SME financing and internationalization, on business clusters and area-based approaches to economic development and community capacity building. Arzeni has worked at the OECD for nearly 30 years as a senior economist publishing several reports and supervising a wide range of publications on the areas under his responsibility.  He is also Senior Enterprise Fellow at the School of Entrepreneurship and Business, University of Essex, UK. Prior to joining the OECD, Arzeni served as an economist for the Italian Parliament, the Italian Trade Unions and the European Commission. As an economic journalist he has contributed to several Italian and international newspapers. He holds a First Class Honours Degree in Political Science from the University of Rome and specialised in Industrial Economics at the International University Institute of Luxembourg and in International Economic Relations at the Brookings Institution in Washington D.C., USA. He speaks French, Spanish, English, German and Italian.

Bjørn Asheim holds the Chair in Economic Geography at the Department of Human Geography, Lund University, Sweden since 2001 and is Co-founder and Director of CIRCLE (Centre for Innovation, Research and Competence in the Learning Economy).   Asheim teaches part-time at the University of Agder and the Norwegian School of Management.  He has also taught at the University of Oslo (1993-2001). He represents Lund University in DIME (Dynamics of Institutions and Markets in Europe). He was a member of the international advisory committee of two major research projects on ‘Clusters and regional development’ (2001-2005) and ‘The Social Dynamics of Economic Performance: Innovation and Creativity in City-Regions’ (2006-2010).  He is a member of a number of editorial boards and has served as an international expert for UNCTAD, OECD, UNIDO and EU/DG XVI and Research. He coordinated the EU/TSER project on “SME Policy and the Regional Dimension of Innovation” (1998-2000), and European Science Foundation ESF projects on ‘Technology, talent and tolerance’ (2004-2006) and ‘Constructing Regional Advantage’ (2007-2010).

Aldo Ballerini is the Vice President of Academic Affairs of the University of Bío-Bío, in Concepcion, Chile. In this position, he leads and oversees undergraduate activities related to academic policy, quality, accreditation, and curriculum development among other. He has been responsible for or contributed to a range of  academic innovation projects funded by the Chilean government. He played a key role in preparation of the self-evaluation report of the Biobio Region. Dr. Ballerini has a B.A and an M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from University of Concepción, Chile, and a Ph.D. in Forest Products from Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, USA.


Anzori Barkalaja has been head of the University of Tartu Viljandi Culture Academy (former Viljandi Culture Academy) since 2000 as Rector and, after merging with the University of Tartu in 2005, as Director until today. The academy is one of the university’s regional colleges with its main focus on sustaining and developing Estonian traditional culture and combining it with the modern world, technology and entrepreneurship.  As Director of the academy in recent years, Anzori Barkalaja is dedicated to fostering the co-operation between the academy and entrepreneurs by engaging them in the development of new interdisciplinary MA programmes and by developing the creative industry in Viljandi region. He was one of the initiators of the Viljandi Creative Incubator Foundation, created in 2009 by the University of Tartu, the town of Viljandi, Viljandi Metal AS and the Ugala Theatre FDN. Anzori Barklaja was educated at the University of Tartu in Estonia where he gained his graduate degree and PhD in Estonian and Comparative Folklore.

Jonathan Barr works for the OECD on the OECD LEED Local Job Creation project and the OECD Skills Strategy. Prior to the OECD, where he has worked since February 2012, Jonathan worked for the Ontario government in Canada, where he led numerous policy projects related to employment, skills, and early childhood education, including the development of a provincial-wide skills strategy. Last summer, he also completed a temporary assignment at the Canadian Mission to the EU in Brussels, Belgium supporting work on Canada-EU negotiations for a new free trade agreement. Jonathan has a Master of Public Administration from the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada.  

Martina Bechter is the structural funds representative at the Leuphana University of Lüneburg and operational manager of the EU large-scale project Innovation Incubator at the Universities Presidential Office.   As manager for the ERDF (European Regional Development Fund) funded project her role covers the representation of the project, external coordination of processes with federal state ministries and EU level representatives, internal implementation of application processes as well as monitoring of results. Between 2005 and 2010 Martina Bechter worked for an Austrian consulting company managing international projects funded by the ESF (European Social Funds) aiming on improving equal access to employment, combating unemployment and promoting education and training throughout working life. As business consultant during this period she carried out change management and public participation processes. Martina Bechter has been trained as kindergarten teacher until 1999 in Austria and studied business administration until 2005 at the University of Innsbruck, Austria and the New University Lisbon, Portugal.

Ghita Benkirane is the founder and managing director of the Art & Management company, within which she develops the Aesthetics of Management concept to accompany small and big organizations.  She leads several international seminars and workshops in Quality Management and Change Management, which are based out of the Sophia-Antipolis Technology Park.  Previously, she held diverse jobs in Management Quality in England, France, Mauritius and Morocco. She also pursued a career in International Consulting for the World Bank, UNDP,UNIDO, European Union and ISO (International StandardizationOrganization).

She is at the origin of the creation of the subsidiary of the Group AFNOR in Morocco, and her actions worth her to being classified in 2005 in the "100 Women who make Morocco move". She had been qualified as a Third Party Auditor for ISO 9001 and ISO 22000 standards, as an EFQM Assessor and a Trainer of Trainer for Third Party Auditing.  She holds a degree in Engineering in Agriculture and Food industry (ISAB, Beauvais) and a M.Sc. in Management and Marketing (Cranfield University, UK),

Rik Bleeker is the Director of the Amsterdam knowledge network foundation, Stichting KennisKring Amsterdam. The foundation serves to promote knowledge transfer and to strengthen the knowledge infrastructure. The Foundation has approximately 7000 knowledge partners, comprising executives of corporate industry, board members and policy staff of local authorities and scientists from educational and research institutions in the Amsterdam Region. The Amsterdam Knowledge Network Foundation focuses on the 7 spearheads of the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area: ICT, Creative Industries, Red Life Sciences, Financial Business Services, Food & Flowers, Conferences & Tourism and Trade & Logistics. He previously was team leader of central staff units (HRM, Quality Management, Legal Services) at the Chamber of Commerce Amsterdam.

Alastair Blyth is an education policy analyst focusing on how learning environments support education. A key theme of his work is higher education and the link with cities, and he is currently working on an international research project Designing Cities for Knowledge. Formerly at the OECD Centre for Effective Learning Environments (CELE) until August 2012, Alastair’s work covers all levels of education and advising policy makers, educators and designers on how to create physical learning environments that meet the needs of education. He chaired the Education Outlook Australia 2009 conference on higher education, and has presented at many international conferences on higher education spaces and places. Alastair joined the OECD in August 2007 from the University of Westminster, London, where he ran a research project on facilities performance evaluation for higher education buildings. He co-authored a book Managing the Brief for Better Design, the second edition was published in 2010. He regularly writes on higher education learning spaces on his blog: www.alastairblyth.com.

Gabriele Böhmer is Deputy Head of Economic Development at the Department of Labor and Economic Development, City of Munich. She also serves as Head of Entrepreneurship and Startup Consulting. In this position, she initiated the implementation of Munich’s Business Startup Office to promote entrepreneurship and foster innovation, business development, job creation and sustainable economic growth. Operated jointly with the local Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Munich’s Business Startup Office has established itself over the past 14 years as the central hub for all information and contacts related to future entrepreneurs whatever their size and scope. Mrs. Böhmer's wide range of responsibilities include shaping an entrepreneurial ecosystem that supports the prospective entrepreneur and startup. Services offered range from financing options, office and commercial space at one of Munich's nine mostly city-operated business and technology centers as well as access to networks and institutions. Mrs. Böhmer has also been actively involved in strengthening the ties between Munich's institutes of higher education and the city. She has repeatedly acted as a municipal expert on entrepreneurship at international conferences. ‌

Piyawat Boon-Long is the Executive Director at the Knowledge Network Institute of Thailand (KNIT) which is a policy-research institute set up to strategically help influence reforms in the Thai higher education system.  He has also served as a University Board Member in several universities.  Prior to his work as the Executive Director at the  KNIT,  he was the Director of the Thailand Research Fund (TRF) during 2001 – 2009, a Vice-Director at TRF from 1998-2001, and Professor Emeritus  at Chiang Mai University, Thailand.Prof. Boon-Long holds a Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering from Kansas State University in 1978, and Master and Bachelor degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University, USA

Lidia Borrell-Damian joined EUA in January 2006 and has been working within the areas of doctoral programmes and researchers’ careers, university-industry collaborative research and knowledge transfer and also on the contribution of universities to regional innovation. Her main role is to help stimulate dialogue for action in order to develop a knowledge-based European society. She is also involved in developing international relations between Europe and Latin America in Higher Education and Research.  Lidia Borrell Damian holds a Doctorate in Chemical Engineering from the University of Barcelona, where she was an assistant professor from 1990-1998. She was a post-doctoral researcher in the US (North Carolina State University) and Canada (The University of Western Ontario), from 1997 to 2000. Back in Barcelona, she worked for a private chemical company as deputy director for the R&D department. After two years of being immersed in the R&D industrial world, she moved to the public research management sector at the Pompeu Fabra University (Barcelona), where she was director of research services in 2003-2005, managing research projects and knowledge transfer activities.

Sal Brinton is a working Liberal Democrat Peer in the House of Lords, with a special interest in education, skills & learning, following twenty years working and serving in the education sector.  She is the Director of the Association on the Universities in the East of England. In 1997 she won the East Anglian entrepreneurial businesswoman of the year award. She was Bursar of Selwyn College Cambridge from 1997 to 2002 and has also worked as a venture capitalist, investing in high-tech companies, and in the construction industry. She joined the Liberal party in 1975   and was the Liberal Democrats' candidate for MP in the Watford constituency in the 2005 election. She has served as Vice-Chair on the Federal Policy Committee and was a member of the Federal Conference Committee. She has a particular interest in education, skills and learning, and was a member of the Party's national working group. She was on the Board of the East of England development Agency from Dec 1998 to Dec 2004, and was Deputy Chair from Dec 2001 to Dec 2004. In 2003, she was awarded an honorary PhD for her contribution to education, skills and learning by Anglia Polytechnic University. She is currently a director of the University for Industry.

Cagri Bulut is an associate professor of Management and holds the chair in Business Administration Department at Yasar University, Turkey. Cagri Bulut has degree of Economics from Istanbul University, Master of Science in Strategy, and PhD of Business Administration from GIT, Turkey. Prior joining to Yasar University, he served as postdoctoral Economist to FAO of The United Nations, CountrySTAT Project. Cagri Bulut has a wide range of publications on Strategy and Management of Innovation and Corporate Entrepreneurship. He has given lectures in several European countries as visiting professor such as Italy, Germany and Slovenia. He has taken role in many projects, some funded from The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) and ISI-FRAUNHOFER. He is serving as member of Entrepreneurship Education Commission at TUBITAK, board member of seven faculties at Yasar University, and many other organizations supporting Entrepreneurship. He is the co-editor of Yasar University Journal, and member of reviewer and editorial boards at prominent business journals. Dr Bulut is the Ambassador of Academy of Management, Entrepreneurship Division to Turkey.

‌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.

Jenni Chambers joined the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) as a Policy Advisor in the Knowledge Exchange and Skills team in July 2008. She leads on public, civic and community engagement for the Council. She has overseen projects such as the Beacons for Public Engagement which sought to foster culture change within the HE sector to encourage public engagement, and South East Coastal Communities which sought to pilot new, community based, forms of knowledge exchange, both of which were funded by HEFCE’s Strategic Investment Fund. Chambers is also responsible for the assessment, monitoring and evaluation of the Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF) the Council’s major fund for all types of knowledge exchange.

Heeseon Choi has worked at Korea Institute for Industrial Economics & Trade (KIET) as a fellow since 2003. She is a team leader of the Workforce team in KIET. She has written numerous articles, policy reports and books about university-industry cooperation, the employment of innovative SMEs, part-time employment and so on. This year, she is writing a book about the role of local universities in creating local employment. She is also a member of various advisory committees of Ministry of Knowledge Economy (MKE)

Susan Christopherson is a 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 the spatial dimensions of economic policy and economic development. Her work in the field of economic development has focused recently on strategies for revitalising economies in manufacturing regions and on the economic development implications of natural gas development. In the past seven years, she has completed policy studies on economic development via targeted workforce development; a clusters strategy to build an advanced technology industry; and on the role of universities and colleges in revitalising regional economies. She is an expert on the film and television industries and particularly on work and the workforce in those industries. Her research in this field has focused on the way in which trends in media work foreshadow changes in work organization across the economy. She served as a consultant to the OECD Working Party on the Role of Women in the Economy and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development. She has participated in three regional reviews for the OECD IMHE project on how higher education institutions can positively affect regional economic development.

Peter Creticos is President and Executive Director of the Institute for Work and the Economy, a small Chicago-based think tank specializing in national and regional workforce and economic development policies, and Principal of the policy consultancy, Peter A. Creticos, Ltd. He recently finished a four-year-long appointment as Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Latino Studies at the University of Notre Dame. He is adjunct faculty at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Urban Planning and Public Administration, at the Illinois Institute of Technology Stuart School of Business, and in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at Roosevelt University. Prior to establishing the Institute in 2000, he served in senior positions in state and local government and national and state NGOs.  He earned his Ph.D. at the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Northwestern University due to  his innovative work on job matching.  He also earned a Master of Management at Northwestern’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management, a Master of Arts in Political Science from the University of Missouri at St. Louis and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Washington University in St. Louis.

Joanne Curry is the Associate Vice-President, External Relations, for Simon Fraser University (SFU), a research university with over 30,000 students at campuses in Vancouver, Burnaby and Surrey, Canada.  Her current responsibilities include the development and implementation of an institutional community engagement strategy, local government relations, and marketing and communications.  Joanne has more than 20 years in the university sector including Director of SFU’s University-Industry Liaison, SFU Administrative Head of a new campus, and Executive Director of a national Centre of Excellence in eLearning involving 30 Canadian universities and over two dozen companies.  With previous private sector experience in banking, consulting, and biotechnology, Joanne has sat on various Boards including the Surrey Board of Trade, the Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association, and the Telus Vancouver Community Board. Joanne is currently enrolled in a Doctorate of Business Administration program in higher education at the University of Bath and is completing her thesis on university-city relationships.  She holds a Bachelor of Commerce with distinction from the University of Manitoba and a Masters of Business Administration degree from SFU (first class honours). ‌

Kris Dejonckheere has been UNICA Secretary General since 2001. She holds degrees in Law and Ethics. After graduating from the University of Ghent, Belgium, she was called to the Bar in the Court of Appeal of Ghent before taking up a role of Assistant Lecturer at Rijksuniversiteit Ghent. She taught Law and Ethics in several higher education institutions. In 1994, she was appointed Political Advisor for University matters to the Flemish Minister for Education. Since 2001 she holds the position of Secretary General of UNICA, an institutional network of 43 universities from the capitals of Europe. As head of an international network of universities that promotes the Bologna Process & the Lisbon Agenda, she has an extensive knowledge on European higher education and the processes taking place in the European Higher Education Area.

Jaime Del Castillo is Managing Director of Informacion y Desarrollo (Infyde) and Professor of Applied Economics at the Basque Country University. He has EU-wide experience in innovation and technological development and the design and setting-up of territorial development strategies and has extensive knowledge of the procedures and instruments of European regional development policy. He has worked for a number of years as process consultant and specialist for the European Commission in respect of its Regional Innovation and Technology Transfer Strategies and Infrastructures (RITTS) and Regional Innovation Strategies (RIS). He has also worked for the OECD, BID, CEPAL (United Nations) and for regional and local governments in Spain, Portugal, France, Italy, Greece and Bulgaria.

Reem Derbala is the director of the Strategic Planning Unit (SPU), Ministry of Higher Education of Egypt. Derbala was appointed to the position recently on July 1, 2012. Derbala is no stranger to the SPU, as she previously served as the head of Strategic Planning and Decision Support Department from April 2008 to June 2012. In her role, Reem Derbala leads planning of the higher education sector, as well as overseeing and managing the analysis of existing plans, ensuring the alignment of educational objectives, and developping and modifying plans to ensure consistency and continual improvement. Reem Derbala has also served as an assistant professor at the School of Education, Helwan University,  During this time, she was the director of the Virtual Graduate Studies in Education (VGSE). Reem Derbala holds a Ph.D. in Educational Administration from Helwan University; a Masters of Educational Administration; and a Bachelor of Science in Education from Helwan University. Her education is complemented with formal training from governmental agencies.

Jean-Noël Durvy is the general manager of the Sophia Antipolis Foundation. The foundation is responsible for scientific, entrepreneurial and cultural support activities in the technology park of Sophia Antipolis, as well as of its overall promotion at European and international levels. Sophia Antipolis is one of the oldest technology parks in Europe and also one of the most important, taking account of its size, in number of enterprises and of employees.   He has a double education in sciences (mathematics) and economics (PhD). After a few years experience in the university and Prime Minister administration, he joined the European Commission , where he became head of unit in September 1988. He was successively head of the following units: evaluation and exploitation of research results , strategic aspects of innovation and exploitation of RTD results –IPR,  Innovation  policy and financing SMEs , entrepreneurs and innovation. He became director of the innovation policy in the DG enterprises and industry in 2007, until he left the Commission in July 2010.

Abdul Razak Dzulkifli is the Vice-Chancellor of Albukhary International University and former Vice-Chancellor of Universiti Sains Malaysia (2000-2011).   He is the Vice-President of the International Association of Universities (IAU) and the former President of Association of Southeast Asia Institutions of Higher Learning (ASAIHL) (2007-08).  He is a member of Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) - Advisory Education Hub Advisory Committee, Executive Council of Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), and the Advisory Committee of World Universities Forum, Davos. He serves on the WHO Expert Advisory Panel on Drug Policies and Management since 1995, and the WHO Scientific Advisory Committee on Tobacco Product Regulation (2000-02).  At the national level, he is the Chair of Malaysian Vice-Chancellors’/Rector’s Committee, Chair of Multimedia Technology Enhancement Operations Sdn Bhd (METEOR) the parent body of Open University Malaysia), and Chair of Malaysian Examination Council, and serves as Advisor to the National Higher Education Research Institute and is a member of the Malaysian Qualification Agency (MQA). He is also a member of the Steering Committee of the newly established Razak School of Government. He is appointed a member of National Economic Advisory Council established in 2009; and the Co-chair of the Malaysian Industry-Government Hi-Technology (MIGHT). He is also a Director of the Malaysian Productivity Corporation (formerly National Productivity Corporation) where he heads the Creativity and Innovation Consultative Panel. He is currently a member of the National Innovation Council, the National IT Council, and the National Biotechnology Implementation Committee. He is a Fellow of the Malaysia Academy of Science, the World Academy of Art and Science and the Malaysian Institute of Management.

John Edwards works for the Smart Specialisation Platform at the European Commission's Joint Research Centre in Seville. He has an interest in the role of universities in Smart Specialisation and is also following the UK and Portugal within the Platform.  He is an economic geographer by training and completed his PhD in local and regional development at Newcastle University's Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies. He also holds degrees in geography from St Andrews University and European politics from the College of Europe in Bruges. John has worked in a number of jobs related to EU policies for economic development, including at the Leader Observatory, the European Central Bank and as a research consultant


Henry Etzkowitz is a scholar of international reputation in innovation studies as the originator of the 'Entrepreneurial University' and 'Triple Helix' concepts that link university with industry and government at national and regional levels.  He is currently a Senior Researcher at the Human Sciences Technology Advanced Research Institute at Stanford University, Visiting Professor at Edinburgh University Business School, the University of London, a member of the Executive Education Faculty, Kennedy School, Harvard University and former Chair of Innovation, Creativity and Enterprise at the Newcastle University Business School.  As President of the Triple Helix Association, he is at the centre of a unique international network of several hundred scholars, policy analysts and practitioners of university-industry-government.  Henry has participated in various innovation consulting and advisory projects with the OECD, the Center for Business and Policy Studies (SNS) Stockholm, the Brazil Innovation Agency (FINEP), the Sultanate of Oman, the Comptroller of the City of New York, the Puerto Rico Commission for Higher Education, Rockefeller University, the State University of New York, King Ibn Saud University, and the European Union. Henry has directed numerous research projects funded by the US National Science Foundation, the European Union, the German Research Foundation (DFG), and the Andrew Mellon Foundation. ‌

Gideon Fishman is the President of the Western Galilee College and a Co –Director at the Centre for the Study of Society at the University of Haifa. In the past he held several positions at the University of Haifa that included Chairman of the Department of Sociology, Dean of Social Science and Dean of Graduate Studies. Fishman, who is a sociologist and criminologist, received his Ph.D. from the Ohio State University. He held teaching and research positions at several North American Universities, including: the University of South Florida, the University of Minnesota, the University of Michigan, the University of Pennsylvania, Carleton University and the University of British Columbia. He was a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and at the Israel Democracy Institute.   Fishman is a referee for various research foundations and academic journals. He has received several prestigious research grants; co-authored two books, and has published many scientific articles.

Isak Froumin is an Academic Director of the Institute for Educational Studies for the University - Higher School of Economics in Moscow. He is also advising the university strategic planning and international cooperation. Since February 2011, he is co-chair of the Expert Group “New school” in the framework of development of Russia “Strategy 2020”.   Froumin lead the World Bank education program in Russia from 199 to 2011. His World Bank experience also extends to projects in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Afghanistan, Nepal, Turkmenistan and India. He is the editor and author of numerous books and articles on educational reform and theory of education.   He is also an advisor for Vice-president of Skolkovo Foundation on educational projects.

Jocelyne Gacel-Avila holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education and is a tenured professor in charge of the internationalisation process at University of Guadalajara, Mexico. She is a member of the National System of Research of Mexico, level 2. She is considered a world expert on internationalisation and has published twelve books and numerous articles on the topic. She served as representative of Mexico (2007-2011) and Vice-president (2010-2011) of the Governing Board of the IMHE/OECD and she is a member of the Peer Review team of Higher Education in Regional Development. She was Vice-President of the Consortium for North American Higher Education Collaboration (2005-2007) and President of Mexican Association for International Education (1996-2000). Currently, she is aNAFSA Senior Fellow in Internationalisation and Member of the Global Advisory Council of the Observatory on Borderless Higher Education/UK. She has collaborated with different international organisations such as the World Bank, the International Association of Universities, the Inter-American Organization for Higher Education and the Ford Foundation. In 2010 she received the CONAHEC Award of Distinction for outstanding contribution to academic collaboration in North America and the 2006 AMPEI prize for contribution to Mexican Higher Education Internationalisation. She is also the founding director of international education magazine “Educación Global” and a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Studies in International Education/SAGE.

Laris Gaiser is Vice President of the Euro Mediterranean University (EMUNI) in Portorož, Slovenia.  He was previously a member of the Management Board representing Slovenian Government and since September 1st is serving as acting President. Laris Gaiser is a geopolitical analyst, economic adviser, manager and columnist. After a period of studies at the Anglia Polytechnic University of Cambridge, he graduated in Law at the University of Verona in 2002. He earned his Master's degree in International Affairs and Diplomacy from the Institute for International Political Studies of Milan in 2003 and diploma in humanitarian action and crisis management from United Nation College (Turin, Italy) in 2005.  He is currently a lecturer of International Relations at Globis Institute- University of Georgia, USA, as well as of Geopolitical Economy at the University Guglielmo Marconi in Rome.  Laris Gaiser is a co-author of several books and has published several articles about national interests and democracy. He is a co-founder of the Italian think-tank Il Telescopio, President of Slovenian Pan-European Movement and has served as personal advisor of the president of Italian Middle Industries Confederation of Young Entrepreneurs. Since April 2012 he is the member of the Slovenian Foreign Ministry Strategic Council.

Maria Amata Garito is President and Rector of the International Telematic University UNINETTUNO. She has been full professor of “Teaching and Learning Technologies” at the Universities “La Sapienza” (Rome), Salerno (Italy) and Pantheon-Assas (Paris-France). She was general director of the Med Net’U project, “RAI NETTUNO” satellite channels, CATTID (Univ.“La Sapienza”). She is coordinator of the Italy-Morocco Cultural Cooperation Committee, member of the EXPO Milan 2015 Scientific Committee, scientific coordinator of the “Euro-Mediterranean Ministers Conference for the Catania Process”, UNESCO 2002 expert in charge of the design of the Arab Open University in Kuwait, scientific consultant for “Teaching and Learning Technologies” and for “Distance Teaching” MIUR, member of  the Scientific Committees for the several European research programs. She has led or coordinated over  50  research projects at international level in the sector of “Innovative e-learning applications for distance university  teaching and  on psychotegnologies She received many international Prizes for her cultural contributions given  in the World. She was awarded for six times the Hot Bird TV Award for the direction of the best satellite television cultural channel, RAI NETTUNO SAT, for Europe, Asia, and South America. She has authored more than one hundred publications including books, essays and contributions to international journals.


Massimo Giordano is the Regional Minister of the Piedmont Region, first appointed in 2010.  He is responsible for the economic development of the region, including industry, SMEs, and crafts; research and innovation in energy and communication technologies; and the internationalisation of the Piedmont region.  He has been a member of the board of the Institute for Local Finance and Economy since July 2012. Massimo Giordano  is  responsible  for  the  most  important  and  innovative  actions  that  have  been  taken  by Piedmont  Regional  Government.  The main measure is the Extraordinary Employment Plan introduced in June 2010 to encourage and support job creation.  He  also  presented  the  guidelines  of  the  2011-2015  long-term  plan  for  the  competitiveness  of Piedmont  Region  to  tackle  the  challenge  of  the  new  market  scenario,  launching  a  season  of reforms  characterized  by  innovation,  development  of  local  products  and  support  for  those enterprises, including small ones, that focus on quality. Massimo Giordano  has  worked  on  other  simplified,  innovative  policy  systems  that  respect  tradition while,  at  same  time,  embracing  new  opportunities  (long-term  Plan  for  Young  People,  long-term Plan  for  Information  and  Communication  Technologies,  long-term  Plan  for  Research  and Innovation policies, long-term Plan for Energy policies, long-term plan for Confidi warrants).

John Goddard, Professor Emeritus, 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 also led the implementation of a major restructuring of the University. Goddard has more than 30 years experience in regional development as a policy developer, regional practitioner, researcher and evaluator. His academic background is in economic geography. He founded and led the University’s Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies (CURDS) and directed numerous academic and policy research projects on the role of innovation in territorial development. His international work includes collaboration with the OECD and reviews of regional engagement by Finnish Universities sponsored by the Finnish Higher Education Evaluation Council. He is currently working with DG Regio of the EC on universities and regional development and a member of its Smart Specialisation Platform, advising the European Universities Association on a DG Research study of Collaborative Research and leading a DG Education and Culture Lifelong Learning project on building partnerships between universities, business and public authorities.

Francesc Xavier Grau Vidal, rector of the University Rovira i Virgili since 2006, is Professor in Fluid Mechanics at the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He holds a PhD (1986) and a degree (1981) in Industrial Chemistry from the University of Barcelona. His research interests focus on the physics, modelling and control of heat, mass and momentum transfer in industrial flows and in the environment, with a long lasting 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). Grau has also 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.

Roy Green is Dean and Professor of Management at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) Business School. Roy received his undergraduate degrees from the University of Adelaide and a PhD in economics at the University of Cambridge.   He worked subsequently in universities and government in Australia, the UK and Ireland. Roy has published widely in the areas of innovation policy, business and management education and industry and regional development. He has also undertaken projects with industry and OECD, European Commission and Enterprise Ireland. Roy is chair of the Australian Government’s Innovative Regions Centre and CSIRO Manufacturing Sector Advisory Council, and a member of the Enterprise Connect Advisory Council, Australian Bureau of Statistics Innovation Reference Group, and advisory boards for the ARC Centre for Creative Industries and Innovation, Society for Knowledge Economics, Australian Centre for Design and Centre for Policy Development. He was lead author of the Business Council of Australia’s 2006 report, ‘New Pathways to Prosperity: An Innovation Framework for Australia’ and he conducted the Australian Government’s 2008 Review of the Textile, Clothing and Footwear Industries. He also led Australian participation in a recent global study of management practice and productivity for the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, and most recently joined the Prime Minister’s Manufacturing Taskforce. He is currently leading a project by the Australian Business Deans Council on ‘The Future of Management Education’.

Dominique Guellec is Head of the STI’s Country Studies and Outlook (CSO) Division, created on 12 April 2010, which is responsible for co-ordinating the analysis of country-specific information on member and non-member countries across the directorate. This notably includes the OECD Reviews of Innovation Policy, the STI Outlook, the web-based Innovation Policy Platform (IPP) and work relating to innovation for development.  Mr. Guellec joined the OECD in 1995 and has worked in the Statistics Directorate and the Directorate for Science, Technology and Industry on statistics and quantitative economic analysis of research and development, innovation and growth. From 2004-2005, Mr. Guellec was Chief Economist of the European Patent Office (Munich). Mr. Guellec has authored several books and many articles on patents, innovation and economic growth. Before joining the OECD, Mr. Guellec worked at INSEE (Paris), where he was in charge successively of short-term analysis and forecast on external trade, and of surveys and analysis of innovation and growth. Of French nationality, Mr. Guellec is a graduate from the École nationale de la statistique et de l’administration économique (ENSAE, Paris).

Christophe Guy is Chief Executive Officer of École Polytechnique de Montréal. As Polytechnique’s Chief Innovation Officer from 2001 to 2007, he intensified partnership with industry, established an international-calibre research infrastructure and positioned the university as a Canadian leader in engineering research and innovation. An ardent proponent of technology transfer, Guy has supported the start-up and development of Québec firms emerging from university research and is the author of eight invention patents. He is a co-founder of Odotech inc. - twice Top ten clean tech. company in Canada and spin-off of Polytechnique. He is currently Vice-Chair of the Board of the Consortium for Research and Innovation in Aerospace in Québec (CRIAQ). He also sits on the boards of many other organizations, including the Conference of Quebec universities presidents, the Montreal Science Centre Foundation, Angus Techno-Park.  As a professor, researcher and expert in environmental engineering, Guy has authored more than 110 peer-reviewed scientific publications. He has supervised 37 doctoral and master’s students. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering and an Officer of the National Order of Québec.  He holds a bachelor degree and a doctorate in chemical engineering

David Halabisky joined the OECD in November 2011 as an economist in the Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED) Programme.  He is currently working on a number projects including a multi-year study that monitors and reports on the state, development and impact of entrepreneurial activity in Europe and related public policies and actions.  This project focuses on how public policy can create jobs through self-employment and entrepreneurship, and provide better access to the labour market for economically and socially disadvantaged and under-represented groups.  Prior to joining the OECD, David worked for more than a decade in the Canadian Public Service where he worked on small business and labour market issues at Industry Canada, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada and the Department of Finance.  Mr. Halabisky holds degrees in economics from the University of British Columbia and McMaster University.

Ahmad Hasnah  is the Associate Vice President for Higher Education, Education Division at Qatar Foundation for Education, Science, and Community Development in Doha, Qatar. He has been a member of the Education Committee since 2002, where he has been a main participant in the planning and development of Education City.  He previously served as the Director of Academic Affairs in the Education Division (2005-2007).  He was a key member of negotiation teams to establish branch campuses in Education City.  Ahmad Hasnah is a member of the Steering committee of Qatar National Research Fund and the Task Force Committee on Biennale Education.  He is the Vice-Chairman of the steering committee for a new initiative of Qatar Foundation, the World Innovation Summit for Education – WISE.  Ahmad Hasnah is an Associate Professor in Computer Science at the University of Qatar and was the head of Computer Science and Engineering Department, University of Qatar from 2003 to 2006.  He holds a Masters (1993) and PhD (1996) in Computer Science from the Illinois Institute of Technology, USA.  He graduated from University of Qatar in 1990 with a Bachelors of Science in Mathematics and Physics.

John Hearn is Chief Executive of the Worldwide Universities Network, and is Vice President (International), responsible for the international engagement and internationalisation, and Professor of Physiology (Medical School) at the University of Sydney. He was awarded his PhD from the Australian National University (ANU) and has served for 5-7 years each in leading research, teaching and administrative positions at the Universities of Edinburgh, London UCL, Wisconsin, ANU and Sydney. He is a senior scientific adviser to WHO and the Australian Government. He has published 190 research papers and edited six books in reproduction and fertility, stem cell biology and biotechnology.  A committed international citizen, he has worked extensively in research capacity development, especially in China, India, Thailand, Kenya and Brazil. He is a Board member of the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation and is Chairman of the Board of the Sydney Confucius Institute. He was a member of the OECD Bio-economy 2030 Futures steering group and is an alternate board member on the OECD Programme on Institutional Management in Higher Education.

Fabrice Hénard leads the project on Quality Teaching in Higher Education within the OECD’s Programme on Institutional Management in Higher Education (IMHE) since 2007. He is also responsible for the Managing Internationalisation initiative which explores the effects of globalisation and the interplay between institutional and governmental policies. He is furthermore part of the Assessment of Higher Education Learning Outcomes (AHELO) feasibility study team. In 2003, Fabrice joined the French Agency for Evaluation of Research and Higher Education, conducting institution-wide audits and European reviews. He developed the evaluation methodologies of European joint-Master programmes, explored the convergence of Quality Assurance mechanisms across Bologna Process countries under the auspices of the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA). From 1999 to 2003, Fabrice was a senior consultant at the Centre for European Evaluation Expertise, where he carried out evaluations of economic and social policies for public authorities and contributed to several evaluation guidelines for the European Commission and the EuropeAid agency. A French native, Fabrice Hénard graduated from Sciences-Po Paris in 1991 and holds a master in urban planning from Sciences-Po Paris (1993).

Gernot Hutschenreiter is a Senior Economist/Policy Analyst in the Directorate for Science, Technology and Industry of the OECD.  He works in the Country Studies and Outlook Division.




Saikou Kanyi works for the Institute of Economic Affairs Gambia.  He has a broad background in the economics and public policy. During his career, he has initiated, participated in, and carried to completion a number of sub-regional advisory assignments and research projects aimed at providing counsel to government, business and the volunteer sector in many parts of the Gambia on thorny issues of technology, economy and society.

Michal Karpisek serves as a Vice President of EURASHE, a representation of the professionally and applied-science oriented sector of higher education. Michal works as an Executive Officer of the Czech Association of Schools of Professional Higher Education (CASPHE), an organisation of colleges and universities of applied science. He has been involved in the introduction and development of the sector of professional higher education in the Czech Republic from its very beginning in 1990s, including attempts to transfer the foreign experience to the Czech environment, with particular focus on policy, diversification and quality.  In the recent years, he has been involved in the reform of Czech tertiary education. He served twice as an advisor to Czech ministers of education (2001-03, 2010-11) or their deputies for higher education with particular attention to issues of diversification and quality of tertiary education.  He graduated at the Czech Technical University, Faculty of Civil Engineering and has a degree in Quality Management from the Cranfield University, U.K.

Tatiana Kastuéva-Jean holds a degree from the State Pedagogical University of Ekaterinbourg, the Franco-Russian Master in International Relations from the University of Sciences Po/MGIMO in Moscow, and a DEA (Diplôme d'études approfondies) in International Relations from the University of Marne-la-Vallée in France. Her research areas are higher education, technology and innovation in Russia, and Russian domestic policy.

Mary-Louise Kearney is a Senior Research Fellow at Oxford University (UK) and a Vice President of  Society for Research into Higher Education  (SHRE) where she is now editor for Special Issues for the SRHE Journal, Studies in Higher Education.  She is also a board member of the European Journal for Higher Education and active in the International Federation of University Women (IFUW) and the  International Federation of Business and Professional Women (IFBPW).  She has worked in policy formulation and partnerships in higher education, led by the UN, IGOs and NGOs, amongst policy-makers, academia, civil society and the private sector for some 30 years.  She held the director’s post in Education and in External Relations and Cooperation at UNESCO (1983-2009).  Since 2009, she has undertaken consultancies at the OECD with the IMHE Programme (Institutional Management of Higher Education) and the IHERD Project (Innovation, Higher Education and Research for Development), which is funded by the Swedish International Development Agency.  She holds a BA, MA, and a diploma in teaching from Aukland University, New Zealand, doctorates (in Linguistics and in Education) from the Université de Paris III – La Sorbonne Nouvelle, and management/finance training from INSEAD Business School, France.

Holm Keller is Vice President for University Development and Innovation Incubator at Leuphana University of Lüneburg. His work contains the university and organizational development in a broadersense, including the management of strategic projects, such as the large-scale EU project Innovation Incubator or the campus development including a new central building designed by Daniel Libeskind.In addition, he is a lecturer at Leuphana University in the field of campus development. Since 2007, he also teaches at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland.   Holm Keller studied dramatics at the University of Vienna (1986-1992) and worked as a composer and arts journalist. From 1994 to 1996 he studied at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University and finished with a Master of Public Administration (MPA). Until 2002 he worked for McKinsey & Company in Vienna, Munich and NewYork.   In 1993 he started as dramatic advisor and producer for arte TV GmbH Germany, ZDF and WDR.From 2002 to 2006 he was President of Corporate Development at Bertelsmann Asia before he became a member of the Presidential Committee at Leuphana University of Lüneburg in the year 2006.

Jason E. Lane is director of educational studies and senior fellow at the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government, the public policy think tank of the State University of New York.  He is also an associate professor of educational policy and co-director of the Cross-Border Education Research Team (C-BERT) at SUNY-Albany.  His research focuses on the organization and leadership of higher education institutions as well as their relationship governments.  Most recently he has been studying the development of cross-border higher education, with a specific interest in the emergence of the multi-national university and the role of internationalization in public diplomacy and economic and community development.  Lane has written numerous articles, book chapters, and policy reports and authored or edited five books, including Multi-National Colleges and Universities: Leadership and Administration of International Branch Campuses (Jossey-Bass).  His forthcoming books include the Handbook for Academic Leadership (Stylus Press) and Colleges andUniversities as Economic Drivers (SUNY Press, with Bruce Johnstone) He serves on the board of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES), Council for International Higher Education (CIHE), and the (Arab) Gulf Comparative Education Society (GCES).

‌Juuso Leivonen has worked with academic affairs as the academic officer of the National Union of University Student in Finland. He has also been actively involved with international higher education policy, and especially the Bologna process through the European Students’ Union (ESU) and through the national Bologna experts’ group of Finland. Currently he works as the Secretary General of the Association of Business Schools in Finland.

Daniel Lincoln is a visiting scholar at the Center for International Higher Education (CIHE), Boston College. Prior to this he taught at the Center for International Education (CIE), University of Massachusetts, and before that worked in UNESCO's European Center for Higher Education (CEPES) in Bucharest, Romania. He is founding editor of European Journal of Higher Education and special issues editor of Studies in Higher Education, and a current collaborator on the OECD's Innovation, Higher Education, and Research for Development (IHERD) project. Mr. Lincoln holds master's and doctoral degrees in comparative and international education from St. Antony's College, Oxford.

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.

‌Karen Maguire is responsible for thematic work on innovation in the Regional Development Policy Division of the OECD’s Public Governance and Territorial Development Directorate. Her projects focus on policies regarding clusters and regional innovation systems. She is the main author of the OECD publication Competitive Regional Clusters: National Policy Approaches and a co-author of Globalisation and Regional Economies: Can OECD Regions Compete in Global Industries? She has managed several OECD Regional Innovation Reviews in addition to other thematic regional innovation work. Reviews recently completed include: the North of England, Mexico (15 states), Catalonia and the Basque Country (Spain), and Central and Southern Denmark. Prior to joining the OECD, Ms. Maguire worked as an investment banker for UBS in New York, an international consultant in economic development and a research analyst for the Urban Institute in Washington, D.C. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in economics and sociology from the University of Chicago and a Master in Public Policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

Martin Mahn is Managing Director at Humboldt-Innovation GmbH, the Technology Transfer Company of the Humboldt University of Berlin and holds a lectureship of innovation management at the Berlin School of Economics and Law. 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.

Paul Manners is director of the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement, part of a major initiative to transform universities across the UK.  It was set up on 2008 as part of the Beacons for Public Engagement project, which involved six HE-based beacons piloting innovative approaches to involving the public and community organisations in their work.  The NCCPE’s role is to help to coordinate public engagement practice, to provide leadership to the HE sector, and to catalyse a culture change in UK higher education.  Paul’s whole career has been education related.  He trained as a secondary English teacher and after teaching for five years, joined the BBC at the Open University as a television producer.  His credits include the long running BBC2 series, ‘Rough Science’.  He then joined the BBC as an executive producer, responsible for a number of broadcast-led public engagement campaigns, including launching BBC Breathing Places, a campaign to inspire a million people to get actively involved with nature, and the BBC’s People’s War project, gathering tens of thousands personal reminiscences about WWII into an online archive.  Paul is also Associate Professor in Public Engagement at the University of the West of England (UWE).

Dewayne Matthews is Vice President for Policy and Strategy of the Lumina Foundation, the largest private foundation in the United States focused on higher education access and success. In this position, he leads strategy development and planning and directs the Foundation’s policy work at the state and federal levels. Matthews has served in a variety of higher education leadership roles, including Senior Advisor to the President and Vice President of the Education Commission of the States (ECS), Director of Programs and Services for the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE), and Executive Director of the New Mexico Commission on Higher Education.  He has been a legislative staff member, faculty member, university trustee in the U.S. and Japan, and a team member and co-author of OECD and World Bank higher education reviews in Spain, Chile, and Colombia.  He began his career as a first-grade teacher in Taos, New Mexico.  Matthews is a graduate of the University of New Mexico and earned a master's degree in bilingual education at New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas, N.M.  He earned a doctorate in educational leadership and policy studies at Arizona State University and received an honorary doctor of humane letters from Marycrest International University.  

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).

Holiday Hart McKiernan serves as vice president, operations and general counsel for Lumina Foundation for Education. McKiernan directs the Foundation’s legal affairs and also leads Lumina’s exploration of the Bologna Process and the implications of that reform effort on American higher education. She speaks frequently on legal, governance and policy issues concerning nonprofit organizations and higher education institutions. McKiernan began her career practicing law concentrating on nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations. Prior to joining Lumina in 2003, she was executive director and counsel for Alpha Chi Omega and advised universities on approaches to high-risk student behavior. McKiernan has co-authored several journal articles, including Making the Implicit Explicit: Demonstrating the Value Added of Higher Education by a Qualifications Framework The Journal of College and University Law; “The Changing Landscape of Higher Education: An Analysis of How National Change Might be Brought About in American Higher Education Compared with the Bologna Signatory States,” Education and the Law; and “Trans-Atlantic Ping-Pong and the Bologna Process,” The European University Association Bologna Handbook. She serves on the Board of Visitors for DePauw University, the Board of Directors of ADI, Inc., a corporation that holds the charters for two Indianapolis charter schools, and the International Advisory Board for the Stetson University College of Law Center for Excellence in Higher Education Law and Policy. McKiernan is a Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude graduate of DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind., and earned her law degree, cum laude, from Indiana University.

Alisa Miller is the Policy Officer (Research & Innovation) and CREST Network Coordinator at GuildHE.   She works on the development and dissemination of policies related to national, European and international research and innovation, including the CREST (Consortium for Research Excellence, Support and Training), comprised of 20 small, specialist and regional Higher Education Institutions in England and Wales. Her focus areas include research funding, project and bidding support (e.g. the GuildHE Innovation Project, Research and European Council consortia applications, and the Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014)) and the facilitation of: interdisciplinary and institutional collaboration; community and industry engagement; open access, research repositories and online research communication systems; and training programmes for research-active staff and postgraduate researchers. Dr Miller is also Research Fellow at the University of Chichester, where she lectures on ‘Mobilisations and the home front, 1914-1919’, and has published articles and an edited volume on the First World War. She is currently completing a monograph entitled Rupert Brooke in the First World War.

Ed Morrison is the Economic Policy Advisor at the Center for Regional Development at Purdue University. For over twenty years, he has conducted strategy projects with economic and workforce developers in the U.S. His work emphasizes the strategic value of focused regional collaborations and open innovation, network-based models in today's global economy. Ed developed a new discipline called Strategic Doing to accelerate these collaborations that is now widely used across the US. His work won the first Arthur D. Little Award for excellence in economic development presented by the American Economic Development Council. Prior to starting his economic development work, Ed worked for Telesis, a corporate strategy consulting firm. In this position, he served on consulting teams for clients such as Ford Motor Company, Volvo, and General Electric. He conducted manufacturing cost studies in the U.S., Japan, Mexico, Canada, Italy, Sweden, and France. Ed started his professional career in Washington, D.C., serving as a legislative assistant to an Ohio Congressman, staff attorney in the Federal Trade Commission, and staff counsel in the US Senate. He holds a BA degree cum laude with honors from Yale University and MBA and JD degrees from the University of Virginia.

Thandwa Mthembu is the Vice-chancellor and Principal of Central University of Technology, Free State (CUT). He was formerly Vice-Principal and Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (Wits). Professor Mthembu holds a BSc Honours degree from the University of Fort Hare (1985), an MSc degree in Mathematics from Vanderbilt University in the USA (1987), and a PhD in Mathematics from Wits (1991). He also earned diplomas in Management, Financial Management and Project Management between 1994 and 1998. Over the past years, he has worked tirelessly in the areas of strategic partnerships, community engagement and internationalisation – the latter with a focus on Africa. Mthembu has written and published papers on educational, social transformation, and internationalisation, in addition to various publications in mathematics.   In 2005 he was involved in seminal brainstorming, engagements and planning that led to university-led regional development partnerships. These include the city-university partnership for the establishment of the Johannesburg Centre for Software Engineering and the establishment of the regional Gauteng Global City Region Observatory about 5 years later. In the Free State Province where CUT is located, he has pioneered a number of university-government partnerships on regional development, including the establishment of the Free State IT Hub in 2010. His university participated in the regional and city development review conducted by the IMHE in October 2010.

Raed Mu’alem is the Senior Vice President of Nazareth Academic Institute—the first institution of higher education established at the initiative of the Arab community in Israel. Mu’alem leads the development of new academic programs and international partnerships as well as the institute’s planning process.   Originally established as a branch campus of the U.S.-based University of Indianapolis, NAI opened in 2003 as the Mar Elias Campus in Ibillin. It graduated 228 students. NAI began its first year as an independent Israeli institution on 1 November 2010, offering baccalaureate degrees in communication and chemistry from its new Nazareth campus. Mu’alem completed his undergraduate studies in biology. He went on to earn masters’ degrees in science, educational leadership, and management and health administration, along with a doctoral degree in life science—all awarded by Tel Aviv University. He completed post-doctoral work in biochemistry at CNRS in France and went on to teach courses such as human biology at Oranim Educational College. He served as vice president of Mar Elias Educational Institutions and the Mar Elias campus from 2002-2009, managing the Mar Elias Campus that would become NAI.

Michel Mudry is the International Representative for European Organisations, North America, and China for the Conference of Directors of French Engineering Schools (CDEFI).   He is also a full professor and the Honorary President of the Université d’Orléans.   He previously served as the President of the Université d’Orléans   (1997-2002), where he worked on the implementation of the Bologna Process, and the Deputy President of the CDEFI (2002-2011).   He also served as a member of the French Accreditation Committee for Engineering Curricula at the graduate level (1992-2000).   He holds a Ph.D. from the Université Pierre et Marie Curie in Theoretical Mechanics and Applied Mathematics.   He is also a graduate of the École Supérieure des Techniques Aérospatiales (ESTA, Paris).

Robert Nachtmann came to UTEP as Dean of the College of Business Administration and Professor of Finance in 2005 after 24 years at the University of Pittsburgh, where he served as the Executive Associate Dean and Professor at the Katz Graduate School of Business Administration.  He has served as a visiting faculty member at a number of universities around the world and as a Visiting Scholar at the U.S. Securities Exchange Commission in the Office of Economic Analysis.   Dr. Nachtmann holds a Doctorate in Business Administration from Indiana University, a Master’s of Business Administration from Long Island University and a Bachelor’s of Science in Applied Mathematics, Engineering Science and Physics from City College of New York.  Under Dean Nachtmann's leadership, his College expanded enrollment in doctoral and masters programs by a factor of five, while achieving national recognition as the top-ranked program in the US for Hispanic MBAs.  His College was able to grow its financial endowment and chaired faculty positions by over two-hundred percent; and expanded investment in both faculty research and student engagement activities by ten-fold over the past seven years.  He has served in a consultancy capacity for several universities and numerous colleges throughout the world for the purpose of academic, financial, and organizational restructuring.

Elizabeth Noonan is Director of Academic Development in Teaching & Learning at University College Dublin. Her role involves university-wide development of: teaching reward and recognition initiatives; accredited and non-accredited training and academic development activities for teaching staff; teaching enhancement projects First Year Assessment, Module Enhancement, Education Strategy.  She is a Director of the UCD Fellowships in Teaching & Academic Development (established in 2007). Within Dublin, she is involved actively in the regional teaching enhancement network (Dublin Regional Higher Education Alliance) and is Project Director of the Dublin Regional Higher Education Alliance Teaching Fellows (2012). In 2004-2008, as Director of Academic Policy at UCD, she was actively involved in the development and implementation of a learning outcomes ECTS approach for all programmes from undergraduate to doctoral level.  Prior to joining UCD, Elizabeth was Head of Quality Assurance at Edinburgh Napier University with responsibility for managing and implementing the university’s quality assurance framework.  She holds a Masters degree (English) from University College Cork and a Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education Research (Stirling University).

Åsa Olsson is the Programme Manager for the Programme on Innovation, Higher Education and Research for Development (IHERD) at the OECD since May 2011. IHERD aims at increasing the knowledge and awareness of policy and management instruments in higher education, research and innovation, and shares this knowledge with developing countries so that they are better able to plan, produce and use research and innovation for sustainable economic growth. Prior to her OECD position, Åsa Olsson was a Research Advisor for the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Sida. Her portfolio included research communication and research and innovation policy. From 2005 to 2009 she served at UNESCO co-ordinating the UNESCO Forum on Higher Education, Research and Knowledge. Olsson has also served various non-governmental organisations in development contexts. She holds a Master Degree in Political Administration from Uppsala University, Sweden.

Kirsten Panton works as the Partners in Learning regional lead for Western Europe in Microsoft.  Before joining Microsoft in 2003 as the PiL manager in Denmark, Kirsten had spent 15 years working in the education sector. This includes 11 years at Niels Brock, the largest business college in Denmark in the roles of teacher, program manager and Head of Information. She also held the position of Head of Teacher Development, designing and implementing key pedagogical development for the 2,000 teachers at the college.  Previously, Kirsten also spent 12 years in the modern industrial design industry where she was head of buying at Form & Farve. Her responsibilities included working with international companies, like Crate and Barrel in the US, Marimekko in Finland and others on procuring goods for resale within Denmark.  Kirsten holds a Master of Science (Economics) degree and a Bachelor degree in English.

Martí Parellada 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.

Renato Pedrosa is professor of the Graduate Program in Science & Technology Policy (sub-area of Higher Ed Policy) and Associate Director of the Center for Advanced Studies, where he coordinates the Group of Studies in Higher Education, at Unicamp, located in Campinas in Brazil. He has a degree in Electronic Engineering and a PhD in Mathematics. Professor Pedrosa has been involved in areas related to higher education, including access/admissions policy (as former research co-ordinator and director of admissions at Unicamp), in which he researched how performance of students relates to their various socio-economic characteristics. As a result of that, Unicamp has developed an affirmative action program that has served as model for many other Brazilian universities. His current interest include access, social inclusion, systems of learning outcomes assessment and other policy aspects of HE.

Inma Perianez is a consultant in the Countries Studies Division at the OECD Directorate for Science, Technology and Industry. She is co-ordinating the TIP-Smart Specialisation project, in which 12 OECD countries and 15 regions are participating and is also working on a project on Open Science. Previously, she worked for the Institutional Management of Higher Education Institutions Division in the Directorate of Education at the OECD. Inma Perianez has been seconded to the OECD from the General Secretariat for Universities, Research and Technology in the Government of Andalusia where she co-author the Andalusia self-evaluation report on Higher Education in Regional and City Development. Inma has a law degree from the University of Seville, Spain, an LL.M in European Legal Studies from the University of Bristol, an MSc in Regulation from the London School of Economics and a Masters in Management, Evaluation and Planning of Innovation at the International University of Andalusia.

Monika Petraitė (Kriaučioienė) is a dean at the Faculty of Social Sciences and a Full Professor at the Institute of Business Strategy, Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania. Her research focus is on national innovation systems and the role of higher education in the development of national and regional innovation systems, and its constituents (i.e. R&D intensive businesses, new technology based firms), and also in shaping smart specializations of regions, especially in catching up economies via competence accumulation, supporting the development of innovation and knowledge transfer systems, contribution to R&D in business and NTB firm creation, high tech (knowledge-based) entrepreneurship, and shaping innovation cultures within regions. She contributed as a member of highest level expert group to the EC DG for Research “The role of community research policy in the knowledge-based economy” and is in the core-expert group advising the Lithuanian Ministry of Economy in Innovation policy design and implementation. She has also co-authored several studies, including one in preparation of Lithuanian innovation in business programme 2007-2013. She is a senior researcher in the national programmes for innovation and innovation cultures research, and leads a scientific group on Innovation research.

Mario Piacentini is an Economist in the Statistics Directorate of the OECD. He is responsible for the development of entrepreneurship indicators and gender statistics. He recently authored the entrepreneurship section of the Report of the OECD Gender Initiative, presented at the 2012 Meeting of the OECD Council at Ministerial level. Before joining the Statistics Directorate, he worked on regional and urban economics at the Regional Development Policy Division of the OECD. In this position, he developed a new definition of metropolitan areas currently used for international urban statistics. He previously worked for the Research Department of the World Bank and for the Swiss Development Cooperation. He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Geneva, and is the author of several articles in the areas of migration, human capital, firm performance, university productivity and social networks. He participated in the OECD Review of Higher Education in Regional and City Development in the State of Victoria (Australia).

‌Malgorzata Piasecka is Director of Rector’s Office at Warsaw School of Social Sciences and Humanities. Previously, she was Deputy Director of English Studies Institute. She holds an MA in English Studies (Warsaw University) and an MBA (dissertation: branding and quality  in higher education).  Main professional interests include management of  higher  education institutions, enhancing quality culture in organizations, especially HEIs, ways of connecting academia and the business world, quality in teaching foreign languages for professional uses, and innovative educational and vocational products.

Lance Pressl serves as Senior Policy Fellow at the Institute for Work and the Economy.  He is also leading two new startup ventures.  Previously, Pressl served as President of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce Foundation, where he led  “The Territorial Review of the Chicago Tri-State Metropolitan Area”, conducted by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Pressl began his professional career in state government in 1979.  He joined a small venture capital firm in 1987 and starting in 1990, he served as director of corporate affairs and issues management for Philip Morris Companies, Inc.  In 1996, Pressl was named president of the Civic Federation, the oldest taxpayer watchdog organization in the country. In 2000, Pressl was the Democratic Candidate for the United States Eighth Congressional District of Illinois.  His congressional race is the subject of the book, Challenging the Incumbent.  Pressl served as senior associate for government and public policy for the American Council on Education and vice president at the Council of Graduate Schools. Pressl was awarded the Ford Fellowship for Regional Sustainable Development in the spring of 2008. He earned his BA, MA and Ph.D. in political science from Northwestern University.

Mike Proctor is Vice President for Regional Development, Outreach and Global Initiatives at the University of Arizona.  Mike works to connect UA faculty-driven programs across Arizona and abroad, with a particular focus on innovative mechanisms for linking learners and communities to relevant knowledge.  He also serves as the Dean of the UA Outreach College, which provides credit and noncredit educational opportunities beyond the traditional campus experience, including multiple physical locations across Arizona.  He is also a professor in Watershed Management in the School of Natural Resources, and teaches Applied Environmental Law in the Department of Soil, Water and Environmental Science.  Mike has a long affiliation with the University of Arizona which includes a 1983 bachelor's degree in renewable natural resources and a 1988 J.D.  He has worked in natural resource positions in Arizona and New Mexico; practiced law for 12 years; served nearly five years as director and assistant vice president of corporate relations for the UA; and was most recently the associate dean for external affairs in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.  Mike also serves on the Imagine Greater Tucson Leadership Council, the Tucson-Mexico Trade Coalition, and on the Downtown Tucson Economic Development Committee.

Jaana Puukka is an international higher education expert, currently working in the OECD education directorate. She leads the OECD work on Higher Education in regional and City Development. Since 2005, this has involved reviews of Higher Education in Regional Development in more than 30 cities and regions in 20+ countries. Puukka has led more than 15 reviews and drafted 20 review reports providing policy advice to national and subnational governments and tertiary education institutions. Puukka is the co-author and editor of the OECD publication “Higher Education and Regions – Globally Competitive, Locally Engaged” (OECD, 2007) and the forthcoming publication “Higher Education in Cities and Regions – For Stronger, Cleaner and Fairer Regions”. Before joining the OECD, she was engaged in higher education and local 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. Her corporate sector experience comes from the biomedical industry.

Gonzalo Rodríguez-Villanueva is professor of the Department of Accountancy and Finances of the Sonora Institute of Technology (ITSON). From 2003 to 2011 he was the President of ITSON and worked with regional stakeholders in fostering the creation of high-tech companies and support cluster initiatives. During 2008-2009 he was appointed the Chair of the State Council for Social Participation, Accountability, Evaluation, and Improvement processes in educational institutions in Sonora. He also worked with City Majors of southern Sonora region in developing a strategic plan in which higher education institutions supported knowledge economy. During his presidency, Mr Rodriguez-Villanueva participated in the Mexican Universities’ Presidents and European Universities Alliance (France, United Kingdom, and Spain); the evaluation and perspective of common ground between Latin America Higher Education Institutions and the European Union; North American Meeting for sustainable development in the U.S.-Mexico border; fifth Ibero-American Summit of Presidents of Public Universities; member of the board for the Columbus Association, Paris; member of the Mexican Council of Foreign Commerce. Mr Rodríguez-Villanueva is a Ph.D. candidate in economic sciences from the School of Economics, National Polytechnic Institute, Mexico.

Linda Rosenman is Deputy Vice-Chancellor 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 Behavioral 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 immediate Past 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.

Andreas Schleicher is Deputy Director for Education and Special Advisor on Education Policy to the OECD’s Secretary-General. He also provides strategic oversight over OECD’s work on the development and utilisation of skills and their social and economic outcomes.  This includes the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), the OECD Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC), the OECD Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS) and the development and analysis of benchmarks on the performance of education systems (INES). Before joining the OECD, he was Director for Analysis at the International Association for Educational Achievement (IEA). He studied Physics in Germany and received a degree in Mathematics and Statistics in Australia. He is the recipient of numerous honours and awards, including the “Theodor Heuss” prize, awarded in the name of the first president of the Federal Republic of Germany for “exemplary democratic engagement”.  He holds an honorary Professorship at the University of Heidelberg.

Sajida Hassan Shroff is the Director of Strategy and Busines Development Consulting at EdWorx Inc – Global Education Solutions. Sajida focuses on organizational development, strategic planning and operational excellence for the private and public sectors in North America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East where she strives for systems that enable quality and access. Sajida concentrated on strategic educational development in North America for 14 years and moved to the UAE in 2006. She is now actively engaged in educational development for the Asia/GCC/MENA regions. Sajida’s work in strategic planning and quality assessment has been commended by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (USA) and the UAE Ministry of Higher Education. Sajida remains focused on developing educational systems strategically, as well as cultivating policies that enable access, equity and quality. Her current focus areas include strategic planning centered on business efficiency and access for non-traditional and international students, as well as quality assurance. Sajida has a Masters of Education degree from Harvard; a MBA from Emory University; a Bachelors of Education from the University of British Columbia; and a Bachelors of Arts also from UBC.

Irina Smirnova is the Chief of the Department for International Projects at Moscow State University of Economics, Statistics and Informatics (MESI) since 2004.   She is in charge of MESI relations with major international organizations, e.g. OECD Programme on Institutional Management in Higher Education, International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE), European University Association (EUA), European Association of Distance Teaching Universities (EADTU), European Distance and e-Learning Network (EDEN), European Foundation for Quality in e-Learning (EFQUEL), Baltic University Programme (BUP), etc.   She is a member of MESI Rectorate,  Editorial Board member of the European Journal of Open and Distance Learning.   Formerly, she worked as a lecturer, Chief Expert of the International System Research Centre for Higher Education and Science (affiliated to UNESCO), and Senior Project Manager of UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education. She has repeatedly acted as an expert, coordinator and /or project manager in international projects on education, ICT application in education and lifelong learning.  She has a Ph.D. in Philosophy and the main field of her research interest is philosophy and methodology of education, and she has publications in this area.

Jakob Stolt is Senior Adviser at Aalborg University at the department AAU Innovation with the responsibility of innovation and entrepreneurship as an integrated part of the work at the university. A leitmotiv is his work is creating relations, that is, common goals for an enhanced effort within entrepreneurship and innovation with relevant partners. Prior to this Jakob was a partner in a course and publishing firm, later working at Copenhagen Business School, then Regional Director at International Danish Entrepreneurship Academy (IDEA), and as Director of Øresund Entrepreneurship as a true practitioner building on his Master in Leadership and Innovation in Complex Systems (LAICS). Jakob has edited and published two anthologies about entrepreneurship education and done reviews of universities’ efforts within entrepreneurship as part of OECD-projects.

Laura Stračinskienė is currently the Head of Higher Education Policy Analysis Unit of Research and higher education monitoring and analysis centre (MOSTA) in Lithuania. MOSTA, founded by the Ministry of Education and Science, draws up recommendations on the development of the national research and higher education systems, performs monitoring function, analyses the state of the Lithuanian research and higher education systems, and participates in the development and implementation of research and higher education policies.  Laura Stračinskienė is involved in research and higher education in the areas of infrastructure and management.  Additionally, she is responsible for development monitoring and analysis system in higher education. Laura Stračinskienė is involved in the evaluation of the higher education conditions in Lithuanian higher education institutions. Her current research topics include: science, higher education and innovation policy, analysis systems for higher education.  Laura Stračinskienė has a background in law, and was in practice with Mykolas Romeris university for five years. She also holds two Masters Degrees in European Union policy and administration and administration law studies from Mykolas Romeris University in Lithuania. ‌

Hal Swerissen is Dean of Health Sciences and Pro Vice Chancellor (Regional) at La Trobe University. He has previously been an Associate Dean, a Head of School and a Director of a health research institute. He has also worked for the Commonwealth and State governments as a senior ministerial advisor. He is a leader in health policy and planning. He has contributed extensively to policy and service development in primary care, public health and health workforce development. He has led a number of research and evaluation projects on these topics. He has been on a number of government reviews.

Leandro Russovski Tessler is the advisor to the president of Unicamp on international strategies, having previously served as the Director of International Relations of Unicamp (2009-2012).  He joined the Instituto de Física “Gleb Wataghin” (IFGW) of Unicamp in 1991, where he has been an associate professor since 1999.  Leandro Tessler served as Director of Undergraduate Studies in Physics at IFGW (2000-2002) and Director of Admissions (2002-2009), where he was one of the proponents of Unicamp’s Affirmative Action Program.   He has worked as an institional evaluator for the Brazilian Ministry of Education since 2000, was a member of the Committee for Evlatuion of Graduate Courses in Physics (2004), and a member of the Committee of Evaluation of Undergraduate Courses in Physics (2005-2010).    He was also a member of the REUni Program Steering Committee at SESu/MEC, which was in charge of curricular reform and expansion of the Federal Higher Education system in Brazil from 2007 to 2011.  He is the author or co-author of more than 50 research papers, 3 book chapters and several articles about higher education and affirmative action in Brazilian newspapers.   He holds a Master (Unicamp, Brazil, 1985) and a Ph.D. (Tel Aviv University, Israel, 1989) in Physics, as well as the title of Livre-Docente (Unicamp, Brazil, 1996).

Natalia Tikhomirova is the Rector of Moscow State University of Economics, Statistics and Informatics (MESI).   She has been working in MESI since 1992.   She has a Dr. Sc. in Economics and her main research field is management of social and economic systems and strategic management of educational establishment of higher professional education. She was an initiator and leader of implementation of Quality Management System according to ISO 9001 in all areas of the university’s activities as well as new quality assurance systems in e-learning. She has authored more than 100 publications,  7 study guides and 6 monographs, one of which is devoted totransforming management system of a modern distributed university in the information society. Her public and social activities include membership in the Executive Committee of the European Association of Distance Teaching Universities (EADTU), Expert Council of the State Commission for Academic Degrees and Titles under the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation,  Committee for promotion of professional and business education under the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation, Board of the Russian Organization for Quality, Business Club “Women of Future Russia” and others.

Jean Henri Thomas is currently a head of the Technical Studies and Decision Support Department in the Strategic Planning Unit (SPU) at the Ministry of Higher Education in Egypt. He is also an associate professor in automatic control engineering at Beni-Suef University. Thomas began as consultant in the SPU in September 2007. He is responsible for conducting technical studies and strategic plans for different academic sectors of higher education, and for economic regions in Egypt. He is also responsible for decision support studies. He holds a PhD from France, a MSc from the Netherlands, and a Bachelor degree from Egypt, in addition to a postdoctoral in Sweden.

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.

John Tuppen is  Professor of Geography and Dean of the School of Geography (Institut de Géographie Alpine) at Joseph Fourier University, Grenoble (UJF).  He received a B.A. and Ph.D from the University of Southampton and was awarded a postdoctoral degree (Habilitation) at the Université Jean-Moulin, Lyon. He has taught and carried out research in both Britain and France and held senior management positions in both countries.  Between 2002 and 2007 he was Vice-Rector for International Relations at UJF and for three years (2005-7) he was also Vice-Rector responsible for co-ordinating the international policy of the 5 HEIs at Grenoble. Other responsibilities have included being a member of the French National Universities Council and an expert evaluator for the European Commission and for the French quality assurance agency (AERES).  His research relates to the fields of urban and economic geography, tourism and regional planning, particularly in relation to France.  It has resulted in over 80 academic and scientific publications. He has been involved in a wide range of international collaborative projects, concerning especially Latin America. Between 2008 and 2012 he was President of the Santander European Universities’ Network which brings together over 30 institutions spread across 16 countries.

Mario Enrique Vargas Saenz serves as Director of the Llanogrande headquarters of EAFIT University, which is located 38 km from Medellin, Colombia. He is also the Director of EAFIT Social, a department in charge of university-community relations and the articulation of social responsability programs through public-private partnerships that generate autonomy and development skills for vulnerable populations.  He also coordinates the Master degree program in Management of Social Enterprises for Social Innovation and Local Development and, as a partner of OECD-LEED, has been member of the management and coordinator team of the Summer School for local development and territorial capital, which takes place on July in Trento, Italy for 3 years.  He holds an MBA, is a specialist in International Senior Management and Industrial Relations, and holds a PhD in Philosophy. ‌

N.V. Varghese is currently Head of Governance and Management in Education at the International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP/UNESCO), Paris.  He was Head of   Training and Education Programmes  and   also Head of Higher Education and Specialized Training  in IIEP. Prior to joining IIEP he was Professor and Head of Educational Planning at the National Institute of Educational Planning and Administration (NIEPA), New Delhi. His recent publications include Higher education reforms : Institutional Restructuring in Asia, 2009;   Financing Education: Redesigning national strategies and the global aid architecture (with Lene Buchert) 2011; Directions in Educational Planning: International experiences and perspectives (with Mark Bray), 2011. He was also a member of the OECD review team which prepared the report : Higher Education in Regional and City Development: State of Penang, Malaysia, 2011.

Nevena Vuksanović is student of Belgrade University, department for Landscape Architecture. Before being elected to the Executive Committee (EC) of the European Students’ Union, she was an EC member of the Students’ union of Serbia, responsible for the Academic and International Affaires. In the European Students’ Union, Nevena is responsible for Bologna Process, including topics of Student-Centred Learning, Qualifications Framework, Governance and Student Participation, Employability, Research. Nevena coordinates project SAGE (Students’ Advancement of Graduates Employability). The first outcome of the project was Bologna With Students’ Eyes 2012 publication, a unique stocktaking report on implementation of Bologna Process, from students point of view, published in April 2012. In May 2012, Nevena organized Roundtable on Employability, launch event of SAGE which gathered different higher education stakeholders to the premises of the European Parliament, to discuss employability and relevance of higher education. In the field of Students’ Rights, Nevena coordinates Belarus Working Group of ESU which has a mandate to create and implement the Strategy for bilateral cooperation between EHEA students and Belorussian students.

Mary Shufeng Wang is the International Development Manager (China) at the University of Sydney. She is responsible for university-wide consultation, planning and implementation of the university’s China action plan in health, sciences, arts and humanities. She develops briefings on Chinese policy in higher education and research; assists in managing partnerships with peer universities including the China 9, 985 and 211 universities and the academies; and liaises with government, academia, business, alumni, media and international agencies in Australia, China and globally within the priorities of the Universities strategic plan. She provides briefings and advice to academics, faculties and senior executives of the university on cultural and business practices in negotiations with China. She is a university negotiator in the above relationships and in facilitating the “Australia-China Bridge” for further and future development, including the flagship initiatives and centres of excellence of the university. Before joining the University of Sydney, Mary was a diplomat for 15 years, carrying out diplomatic, research and consular duties for government.   Previously to that she worked as an engineer at the Beijing Electrical and Mechanical Research Institute. She graduated in Engineering and in International relations.

Andy Westwood is Chief Executive Officer of GuildHE.  GuildeHE is one of the two formal representative bodies for higher education in the UK, with 34 members including specialist vocational institutions, university colleges, new universities and further education colleges.   He is President of the OECD Forum on Social Innovation and a former special adviser to ministers in the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills. He has also worked as an adviser at the Department of Communities and Local Government, and at the UK Treasury as a member of the Leitch Review of Skills. Prior to that, Andy worked in Further Education and as Head of Policy Research at the Work Foundation and Director of the Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion.  He has written widely on many subjects including vocational education and training, urban policy, welfare to work and is a visiting professor in local economic development at London's South Bank University, in business at the University of Buckingham and a Research Fellow at the Institute of Education.

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).











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