is research professor and founding director of the Center for International Higher Education in the Lynch School of Education at Boston College. He is the 2013 winner of the Houlihan Award for distinguished contributions to international education awarded by NAFSA and the distinguished career award from the Association for the Study of Higher Education. He was the 2004–2006 Distinguished Scholar Leader for the New Century Scholars initiative of the Fulbright program, and in 2010 was an Erudite Scholar of the Government of Kerala in India. A recent book, coedited with Jamil Salmi, is The road to academic excellence: The making of world-class research universities. He is author of Turmoil and transition: The international imperative in higher education, Comparative higher education, Student politics in America, and many other books. He also coedited the International handbook of higher education. Other recent books are World class worldwide: Transforming research universities in Asia and Latin America, Leadership for world-class universities: Challenges for developing countries and Trends in global higher education: Tracking an academic revolution. He holds a bachelor’s, master’s and PhD degree from the University of Chicago.
assumed the presidency of HKUST on 1 September 2009. From 2006–2009, Professor Chan was assistant director of the Mathematical and Physical Sciences Directorate at the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), which is the largest directorate at NSF. In that position, he guided and managed research funding in astronomy, physics, chemistry, mathematical science, material science, and multidisciplinary activities. Chan’s scientific background is in Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering. He received his BS and MS degrees in engineering from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and his PhD in computer science from Stanford University. He pursued postdoctoral research at Caltech as research fellow, and taught computer science at Yale University before joining the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) as professor of mathematics in 1986. He was appointed chair of the department of mathematics in 1997 and served as dean of physical sciences from 2001 to 2006. He also holds honorary joint appointments with the University’s bioengineering department and the computer science department. Professor Chan is currently a member of the board of trustees of the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia, President’s Advisory Council of the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Scientific Advisory Board of the University of Vienna, and the United States Committee of 100. Chan is also a member of the Advisory Committee on Innovation and Technology of the Hong Kong Government.
was the founding president of the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech), serving between 2011 and 2016, He received an S.B. and an S.M. in aeronautics and astronautics and an Sc.D. in aerospace structures, all from MIT. Dr. Crawley’s early research was on structural dynamics and aeroelasticity. His most recent research has focused on the architecture, design, and decision support in complex technical systems subject to economic and stakeholder constraints. Professor Crawley has served as chairman of the NASA Technology and Commercialization Advisory Committee and as a member of the NASA Advisory Committee, and the Presidential Advisory Committee on the Space Station Redesign. From 2003 to 2006, he was the executive director of the Cambridge-MIT Institute. Previously, from 1996 to 2003, he was head of the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT. He is a founder of ACX, a product development and manufacturing firm and Proterix Bio, a company that develops biomolecular detectors. In 2003, he was elected to the board of directors of Orbital Sciences Corporation (ORB). In 2007 he founded Dataxu, a Boston-based company in internet advertising. He has served as founding co-director of an international collaboration on the reform of engineering education and was the lead author of Rethinking Engineering Education, the CDIO Approach. For his work in CDIO, he received the 2011 Bernard M. Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering Education from the NAE. He is a member of the US NAE, the Chinese Academy of Engineering, and the Russian Academy of Science.
is the director of Content Development at Olin College of Engineering. Prior to her work at Olin, Dorning was an Emmy award-winning journalist working for ABC News. Dorning earned her bachelor’s in political science from the University of Toronto and a Master’s in journalism from Northeastern University.
is senior advisor to the president of the École Polytechnique Fédérale. He has a diploma in biology from the University of Geneva, and a PhD from the University of Lausanne. He joined the Department of Neurobiology at Stanford University as a postdoctoral fellow and research associate. After his return to the University of Lausanne in Switzerland, he led a research group working on synapse formation. In 1999, he became scientific advisor to Secretary of State for Education and Research. He became assistant director at the State Secretariat for Education and Research in January 2005, in charge of science policy and forecast. In 2008, he moved to the École Polytechnique Fédérale in Lausanne.
is an academic director of the Institute of Education at the National Research University Higher School of Economics in Moscow. His responsibilities also include advising the university strategic planning and international cooperation. Froumin led the World Bank education program in Russia from 1999 to 2011. His World Bank experience also extends to the projects in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Afghanistan, Nepal, Turkmenistan and India. In 2011, he was co-chair of the education part of the “Russia Strategy 2020” government expert group. Since 2012, he has been an advisor to the Minister of Education and Science of the Russia Federation and the member of the Russian delegation at OECD Education Policy Committee. He is also an advisor to the vice-president of Skolkovo Foundation. Froumin is the author of more than 250 publications including articles and books published in Russian and English.
is president of Nazarbayev University, a position he has held since December 2010. Prior to that, over the course of 30-years he held various positions at the World Bank including leading financial sector reform support for China, director for Côte d’Ivoire, and vice president for Europe and Central Asia. After leaving the World Bank, he served on the US board of a youth-oriented international development NGO. Between 2011 and 2015 he was an advisory panel member of the ASEAN+3 Macro-Economic Research Office (AMRO). In addition to his responsibilities at the university he is a member of the National Commission on the Modernization of the Republic of Kazakhstan and serves as advisor to international and bilateral development institutions. In 2010/2011 he authored a chapter of “Asia, 2050: Realizing the Asian Century” by the Asian Development Bank; in 2014 he served as an editor for the book “Kazakhstan 2050—Towards a Modern Society for All” (2014), and in 2015/16 was involved in the book, Central Asia 2050—Unleashing the region’s potential.
has been professor at the University of Luxembourg since 2003, and was its vice-president for 10 years (2005–2015). He was in charge of the conceptual organization of the new campus of the University in Belval (the largest real-estate project in the country). In addition, his mandates covered organization, international relations and rankings. Before coming to Luxembourg, he previously held academic positions in France (CNRS Paris, University Joseph Fourier Grenoble), and in Germany (Max Planck-Institut für Mathematik Bonn, Technische Universität Berlin). He holds a PhD and a habilitation in mathematics. Franck Leprévost’s scientific background is in mathematics and computer science. He was member of the board of LuxTrust S.A. from 2005 to 2016, and of the scientific board of the Fonds National de la Recherche from 2010 to 2014. He has been a member of the steering committee of UNICA is since January 2016. The year 2016 was devoted to a sabbatical period at the European Investment Bank and at the Peter the Great St. Petersburg State Polytechnic University in Russia.
is the founding president of the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), one of thirteen Institute Professors at MIT, and former dean of MIT’s School of Engineering. He headed Management Science, one of three areas within the Sloan School of Management, and has led several centers and programs at MIT, including as a founding co-director of MIT’s Leaders for Manufacturing (now Leaders for Global Operations), System Design and Management Program, and the founding director of the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART). He has served on the board of directors of a number of universities, corporate and government boards and councils, and has served as president of three major professional societies and as editor of the journal, Operations Research. He has received numerous educational and research awards, including four honorary degrees. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has an undergraduate degree from Syracuse University, two master’s degrees and a PhD in operations research, all from Stanford University. His technical expertise is in large-scale optimization and its applications in telecommunications, transportation, production planning and scheduling, and logistics. He is the co-author of two textbooks (Applied Mathematical Programming and Network Flows) and numerous research articles. At SUTD he led the development of a university whose mission is to advance knowledge and nurture technically-grounded leaders and innovators to serve societal needs through a focus on design through an integrated, multidisciplinary curriculum, and multidisciplinary research.
was appointed president and first employee of Olin College of Engineering in 1999. Previously, he served on the engineering faculty at the University of Iowa, where he was dean of engineering; the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, where he served as associate dean of engineering; and at the University of California, Santa Barbara. With a background in applied mechanics and current interests in innovation in higher education, Miller is the author of more than 100 book chapters, reviewed journal articles and other technical publications. He received the 2017 Brock International Prize in Education for his many contributions to the reinvention of engineering education in the 21st century. Together with two Olin colleagues, he received the 2013 Bernard M. Gordon Prize from the U.S. National Academy of Engineering (NAE) for innovation in engineering and technology education. Recently elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he is a member of both the NAE and the National Academy of Inventors. In 2011, he received the Marlowe Award for creative and distinguished administrative leadership from the American Society for Engineering Education. Miller currently serves as chair of the National Academies Board on Higher Education and Workforce (BHEW). He has served as chair of the Engineering Advisory Committee of the U.S. National Science Foundation and has also served on advisory boards and committees for Harvard University, Stanford University, the Lemelson Foundation, the NAE, NAS, and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point along with others. Furthermore, he has served as a consultant to the World Bank in the establishment of new universities in developing countries. He received the 2002 Distinguished Engineering Alumnus Award from the University of California, Davis, where he earned his B.S. He earned his M.S. from MIT and Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology, where he received the 2014 Caltech Distinguished Alumni Award
served as the president of Masdar Institute of Science and Technology from July 1, 2010 to July 31st, 2015. During his time as president of Masdar Institute he supported the institute’s mandate of transforming the United Arab Emirates into a leading source of advanced technologies and highly skilled human capital. The institute’s academic and research programs are aligned with the Masdar Initiative, a multi-faceted initiative of the Abu Dhabi government aimed at the development, deployment and commercialization of advanced energy solutions. Widely recognized for his innovative role in building global institutions and developing new models of teaching and research through international initiatives in education, science, and technology, Moavenzadeh has had a long and distinguished career at MIT. He has served as the director of the Technology and Development Program and the Center for Technology Policy and Industrial Development. Moavenzadeh received his master’s degree from Cornell University and his PhD from Purdue University. During his career Moavenzadeh has conducted and supervised major research activities. He has served as a private consultant to the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, the Asian Development Bank and various United Nations agencies including United Nations Center for Human Settlement and UNIDO.
served as director of educational projects at the Skolkovo Foundation, overseeing and supporting the establishment of the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology, a graduate research university in Moscow, Russia. He also participates in consulting projects related to setting up systems of education, research, and innovation. Artemy joined the foundation at its founding stage in 2010. Before then he worked on university development programs at the Higher School of Economics, where he obtained his PhD. Artemy has a computer science degree from Lomonosov’s Moscow State University (2004).
is an international consultant working on projects related to the improvement of higher education. She has worked with governments, universities, and international donor agencies throughout the world. In an ongoing affiliation with the Center for International Higher Education at Boston College she has participated in research with international partners and contributed to a number of publications that resulted. Her experience and research have focused on quality assurance, internationalization strategy, improving university pedagogy and higher education reform. She has more than three decades of experience working in university admissions as well as designing and delivering professional development to university administrators and academic staff. Her most recent experience has been collaborating with international partners to deliver workshops on issues related to international trends and best practices in higher education. She teaches in both English and Spanish.
is a global tertiary education expert providing policy advice and consulting services to governments, universities, professional associations, multilateral banks and bilateral cooperation agencies. Until January 2012, he was the World Bank’s tertiary education coordinator. He wrote the first World Bank policy paper on higher education reform in 1994 and was the principal author of the Bank’s 2002 tertiary education strategy entitled “Constructing knowledge societies: New challenges for tertiary education.” In the past twenty-three years, Salmi has worked in about 95 countries throughout the world. Salmi is a member of the international advisory board of several universities in Europe, Asia, Latin America, North America and the Middle East. He is also a member of the CHEA International Quality Group Advisory Council. Salmi is emeritus professor of higher education at the Diego Portales University in Chile. In 2009, he published The challenge of establishing world-class universities. Salmi’s 2011 book, co-edited with Philip Altbach, was entitled, The road to academic excellence: The making of world-class research universities. His latest book, published in August 2017, is called The tertiary education imperative: Knowledge, skills and values for development.
graduated from the first PhD program at Nazarbayev University in the Graduate School of Education (2017). She earned her master’s degree from Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College of Education and Human Development (2011). She has been a member of staff in the Office of the President at Nazarbayev University since September 2011.
served as vice-president for education at the Skolkovo Foundation, a Russian development agency, from 2013 to 2016. He coordinated the educational activities of the Skolkovo Foundation, including the establishment of the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech), the MIT/Skoltech collaboration, the Open University Skolkovo, and others. Pavel graduated from the Higher School of Economics in Moscow with a degree in finance. The same year he founded a consulting firm specializing in organizational development, and managed it until 2004. He designed and implemented management systems for large Russian companies. In 2004, he joined the main Russian energy generation and distribution company, United Energy Systems. In 2005, he assumed a position of deputy CEO on strategy and corporate governance of a subsidiary of UES. In 2006, he moved to Integrated Energy Systems as vice-president and head of the organizational development and human resources department. From 2012 to 2013, he worked for TNK-BP, one of the largest private petroleum companies in Russia.