Sijbolt Noorda is president of Magna Charta Observatory, Bologna and of Academic Cooperation Association, Brussels. He is a former president of the Dutch Association of Research Universities, president emeritus of Universiteit van Amsterdam and a former Board member of the European University Association.
Dr Noorda writes and lectures on teaching and learning in Higher Education, about ideals and practices of internationalization, on open science, core values and on governance issues in HEIs. He regularly reviews and gives advice to individual universities and national systems in the European Higher Education Area. In The Netherlands he chairs the supervisory board of Codarts (the Rotterdam University of the Arts), the board of De Groene Amsterdammer (the only independent weekly magazine in the country) and the board of Muziekgebouw aan het IJ (the music hall for contemporary classical music). He is the father of three daughters who each have made their own professional career.
Professor of Gender Studies, Örebro University
Professor of Gender Studies; Co-Director of GEXcel International Collegium for Advanced Transdisciplinary Gender Studies, Örebro University, Sweden
Dr. Liisa Husu is a Finnish sociologist and gender expert, actively engaged in gender and science issues in research, policy and civil society since the early 1980s. She is Professor of Gender Studies at the Örebro University, Sweden, and Co-Director of the three-university research platform GEXcel International Collegium for Advanced Transdisciplinary Gender Studies, and also affiliated to the Department of Management and Organisation, Hanken School of Economics, Helsinki. From the early 1980s to mid-1990s she was engaged in gender equality policy-making in the Finnish governmental gender equality machinery in the Prime Minister’s Office and the Ministry of Social Affairs as a Senior Adviser and National co-ordinator of Women’s Studies.
Her research and publications focus on gender in science, academia and knowledge production, especially gender dynamics and inequalities in scientific careers, organisations and science policy. She has lectured and presented her research in thirty countries, including Australia, Canada, Chile, China, Europe, Morocco, South Africa and USA. She has contributed extensively as a gender expert and adviser for research and higher education stakeholders in Nordic countries, Europe and internationally, including ministries, international and national agencies and research funding organisations, as well as several universities especially in the Nordic region. Husu has played an active role in European research development and actions on gender and science in EC expert groups, European research projects (ADVANCE, PROMETEA, genSET, GEDII) and international networks. She is partner of GenPORT, a major EU FP7 project pooling and organising international gender and science resources for research, policy and action into an interactive portal. Husu contributed to the EC report Gender and Excellence in the Making (2004), and was the Rapporteur of the EC expert group Gender and Excellence (The Gender Challenge in Research Funding, 2009). She was a founding member of the European Platform of Women Scientists and a long-term member of its board. As the moderator of the European Network on Gender Equality in Higher Education she has contributed to organising nine European Conferences on Gender Equality in Higher Education. She has been Vice-Chair of the University of Helsinki Equality Committee, and inaugural Chair of the Board of NIKK, the Nordic Gender Institute. In 2009 she was awarded the University of Helsinki Gender Equality Prize, the Maikki Friberg Prize.
Prof. Dr. Gulsun Saglamer, Former Rector of Istanbul Technical University (1996-2004) is a professor of architecture at Istanbul Technical University. She graduated from Istanbul Technical University with a Master of Architecture degree in 1967 and received her PhD from the same university in 1973. She became Associate Professor in 1978, Full Professor in 1988 at ITU. She taught Architectural Design, Computer Aided Architectural Design, Logic Model of Design, Architectural Design Methods and Theories at ITU since 1973 until she retired in 2012.
She carried out her post-doctoral studies at the Martin Centre, Department of Architecture, University of Cambridge, UK 1975-1976 and continued her studies at the Martin Centre for short periods in 1987 and 1989. She was a member of the Scientific Committee of TUBITAK (The Scientific and Technical Research Council of Turkey) INTAG between 1990 and 1996. Prof Sağlamer was invited to Queen's University of Belfast as a Visiting Professor between 1993 and 1996 and was also invited to be an external examiner at the same university for four years between 1999 and 2003. She is a member of the Editorial Boards of “Open House International”, “International Journal for Housing Science and Its Applications”, “ITU Journal AZ/ Architecture Design” (in Turkish). She has been on numerous architectural competition juries at national level and also at international level such as the jury for the prestigious Daimler-Chrysler-UNESCO Mondialogo Engineering Prize 2005.
She was a Board Member of EUA (European University Association) (2005-2009) and a member of the Steering Committee of the EUA’s Institutional Evaluation Programme (IEP) (2009-2013), a chair of evaluation teams in IEP evaluations since 2011 and a member of the Research Policy Working Group of EUA since its establishment in 2005 till 2017. She has been an Executive Committee Member (2003-2021) of the International Association of University Presidents (IAUP) and the President of CMU (Community of Mediterranean Universities) (2012-2016). She was invited to the Marie Curie People Programme (EC) Advisory Group for five terms: 2006-2018 and has been the Chair of the Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions Advisory Group in Horizon 2020 (2013-2016). She was invited to the” Expert Working Group on The External Research Funding of Universities”, established by the EC (2007-2008). She was a member of the Steering Committee of the OECD/IMHE Quality Teaching Project (2009-2012).
She is a Member of the Board of Trustees of Kadir Has University (2006-2014)(2020-2024) and the President of the Council for Technology and Technoparks in Turkey (2006-2010). She is the Founder and a Board Member of ITU’s Technology Park and Incubation Centre, ARI Techno-City and a Board Member of ITU Development Foundation (2009-2021). She is the founder of ITU Development Foundation’s K12 Schools: Nursery (1998), Primary School (2001), High School (2006) to provide better work-life balance for ITU academic staff. She was the Chair of the Academic Council of these schools for 8 years (2000-2008)
Gulsun Saglamer is a registered architect at the Chamber of Architects of Turkey, Istanbul. She designed several important architectural projects and received awards at national and international levels such as First Prize in the Architectural Competition of the Aydin-Kusadasi Tourism Complex, Organized by the Ministry of Public Works, 1982; Best Buildings of the Year 2000 by Kolleksiyon, ‘Sedat Üründül Nursery’. Same project also received a prize from OECD PEB 2nd Compendium of Exemplary Educational Facilities, 2000. She designed a five-star hotel building with 320 beds (Trabzon-Grand Zorlu), a housing group with 360 dwelling units (Trabzon-ATAŞEHİR), a research centre, and villas in different parts of Turkey. She has served as jury member in many national architectural design competitions. She is the founder and president of “the Association for Architectural Education” (MIMED)(ArchED)(1997-2019) MİMED has been organizing very prestigious “Architectural Students Projects Competitions” since 2001 at National level. She is the first female Vice-Rector (1992-1995) and the first female Rector (1996-2004) of Istanbul Technical University since its establishment in 1773.
Research interests and experience
Major research areas are Computer Aided Architectural Design (CAAD), Architectural Design Theories, Computer Applications in Housing, CAAD of Dwelling Units, Morphological Studies of House Forms, Housing for Low Income Groups,Immigration from Rural to Urban Areas, Squatter Settlements, Comparative Studies in Housing, Space Syntax in Housing, CAAD in Housing, Higher Education and Research Management, and Women Academics in Science and Engineering. She did her PhD in CAAD in 1973. She is the pioneer of the CAAD courses at undergraduate and graduate levels at ITU and supervised 11 PhD theses together with 25 master theses at ITU Graduate Schools.
She coordinated a Med Campus Project titled “Housing for Low Income Groups in Turkey” under the 4th Framework Programme in 1995 and established “The Housing Research Centre” at ITU in 1997. This centre has taken part in many research projects and has organised international meetings for international networks. This centre also designed a master degree programme for “Earthquake Resistant Housing”(2000- ).
Prof. Saglamer established a centre at Istanbul Technical University titled “Women Studies in Science Engineering and Technology“ in 2009 and served as the director of this centre 2009-2012. She organised the “European Women Rectors Conferences” at ITU in Istanbul four times (2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014). Prof.Saglamer also chaired the “European Women Rector Platform” (EWRP) that was established in 2010. She has led the ITU team in 5 of the EC funded (FP6 and FP7) projects on Women in STEM (2006-2017). In December, 2015 European Women Rectors Association (EWORA) has been established under the Belgian Law in Brussels and Prof. Saglamer is the founding Board member and the President of EWORA. She is re-elected as the President of EWORA for the second period of 2019-2023. She has been representing Turkey in ERAC Standing Working Group on Gender in Research and Innovation (Former Helsinki Group) since 2o18. She has been an “External Assessor of Senior Academic Leadership Initiative 2020” of the Ireland Higher Education Authority.
Prof. Saglamer has a great interest in graduate programmes and under her leadership all the graduate programmes of ITU were restructured and new graduate programmes were created on “Advanced Technologies in Engineering” in 2000. The aim of these programmes was to train doctoral candidates for employment not only in academia but also in industry. This project was funded by the State Planning Organisation of Turkey and was successful in attracting funds from industry as well.
She has continued her work on graduate programmes after stepping down from her rectorship and established a research group on “Doctoral Education in Architecture”, and organised the first Conference on “Doctoral Education on Housing Studies” in 2008. After completing the pilot study at international level on “Doctoral Education in Architecture” she co-chaired the first international workshop on this subject at ITU in November 2011. She has established a research group on “Doctoral Education in Architecture and co-authored the book titled “Doctoral Education in Architecture” by Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2015.
She is also representing Turkey in the network titled “European Research in Architecture and Urbanism” and chaired the EURAU 2014 Conference on “Composite Cities” and Co-authored a book titled “Reinterpreting and Restructuring Composite Cities” (2016).
She has given over 90 keynote speeches and invited lectures on architecture and different aspects of higher education (such as research policy, doctoral education, quality assurance, quality enhancement, funding) at international meetings besides her keynotes on gender equality in HE&R, that has been her major research area since 2008.
Other significant events and prizes
Honoris Causa by
Carleton University, Canada (2001),
Universitatea de Nord Din Baia Mare University, Romania (2002),
Ovidius University of Constantza in Romania (2009),
Queens’ University Belfast (2018)
American Institute of Architects (AIA) Honorary Fellowship (Hon FAIA) in 2006
“Leonardo da Vinci Medal” by SEFI (Société Européenne Pour la Formation Ingénieurs - European Society for Engineering Education) in 2005-2006
Founding Board Member, Global Relations Forum (2009-2017)
Member of European Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters since 2011
Member of the Selection Committee for Fulbright Prize 2014
Chair of the Selection Committee of the Vehbi Koç Educational Prize, 2015.
She has led the ITU team in 5 of the EC funded (FP6 and FP7) projects on Women in STEM (2006-2017)
1. UNICAFE–Survey of the University Career of Female Scientists at Life Sciences versus Technical Universities, funded by European Commission, 2006-2008
2. Meta Analysis – Meta-analysis of gender and science research, funded by European Commission, 2008-2010:
3. SHEMERA–Euro-Mediterranean research cooperation on gender and science: SHE Euro Mediterranean Research Area, funded by European Commission, 2011-2014
My aim is to promote a competitive, socially cohesive and sustainable society by integrating education, research, innovation, culture and sports and by improving cooperation between government, knowledge institutions and private enterprise. I have gained expertise, through training and first-hand experience, in Swiss, Dutch, European and international affairs in research, innovation and education, networking and lobbying, management and administration of knowledge institutions, and designing and implementing complex ICT-systems. I enjoy and have a proven record of accomplishment in supporting research infrastructures to move towards implementation and in spotting, developing and promoting (young) talent and keep long-lasting relationships with it. Loyalty, integrity and hard work to me seem my strongest assets.
Managing Director & Founder chez TechBridgeOne s.p.r.l.
Dr. Léopold Demiddeleer has a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the Brussels University and is currently executive V.P. and Director of Future Businesses of SOLVAY S.A., a Belgian chemical group with a global reach. Having started his career in 1976 by teaching mathematics and physics, he joined the SOLVAY company in 1981.
Starting in catalyst research, he successively led different R&D entities of the group - polyethylene, high performance materials, global polyolefin’s research - before being appointed New Business Development Director for the Solvay Group in 2000. He is currently President of the EIRMA Board (European Industrial Research Management Association) and sits at the Advisory Board of 3 Venture Funds (Pangaea II, Vancouver - Conduit Ventures Ltd, UK – KAM, Korea).
He is a board Member of SolviCore, a joint venture between Solvay and Umicore for the development of fuel cells materials and a member of the academic strategic committees at Georgia Tech (Atlanta - USA), CEA (Grenoble - France) and Manchester Business School (UK). He was appointed as a member of Académie Royale des Sciences, des Lettres et des Beaux-Arts de Belgique since 2009.
Executive Director, Aydın Doğan Foundation
Candan Fetvacı is currently the Director and Member of the Board of Aydın Doğan Foundation. In this role, she plans and oversees all of the Foundation’s philanthropic activities, especially those in education. She also serves as a Board Member of TUSEV, the Turkish Third Sector Foundation which provides support to a network of over 100 foundations and associations in Turkey.
From 1997 to 2004, she served as General Manager of the Boğaziçi University Foundation, where she was responsible for supporting the university’s activities through the foundation. The University and the Foundation worked very closely for fund raising for the university.
Candan earned an MBA in Operations Management and did her graduate studies at Boğaziçi University in Istanbul. She also studied at the Middle East Technical University’s Faculty of Architecture and City Planning Department in Ankara.
She currently resides in Istanbul with her husband. She has two daughters and one granddaughter.
Ana M. González Ramos
Open University of Catalonia
Dr Ana M. González Ramos, senior researcher at IN3 (Open University of Catalonia). PhD. Statistics and Operational Research of the University of Cadiz, 2004. Sociology, University of Granada, 1994. Her work is focused on gender studies and science and technology. Among other projects, he has led two national projects on mobility of highly qualified personnel and scientific careers, emphasizing the structural changes that organizations would have to make to assume a more competitive and inclusive competition. She has been a visiting professor at the universities of Costa Rica, Havana in Cuba, the Catholic University of Pelotas in Brazil, the Institut für Horere Studien in Vienna and the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (PREST) in the United Kingdom. She has published in national and international journals such as Gender, Place and Culture, Interdisciplinary Science Reviews, Tertiary Education and Management, Women's Studies International Forum, Feminism, RIS, Politics and Society, Papers. Journal of Sociology.
Maren A. Jochimsen
Managing Director, Essen College of Gender Research
Maren A. Jochimsen holds a Doctorate in Ecological Economics from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, and is co-founder of Netzwerk Vorsorgendes Wirtschaften (Network Caring Economy). Before joining the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany, as Managing Director of the Essen College of Gender Research (EKfG), a central research institute of the University, in 2010, Maren A. Jochimsen was Secretary General of the European Platform of Women Scientists EPWS in Brussels (2005-2009). Since 2009 she has been supporting the Platform on a voluntary basis.
In the course of her mainly scientific-organisational career path, Maren A. Jochimsen has done research on gender issues in science, networking for the representation of women scientists in academia and its decision-making bodies as well as for the incorporation of the gender dimension in science and research. Her postdoctoral research on the integration of caring activities in economic science took her to the University of Cambridge, Harvard University, and the University of Amsterdam. Before joining EPWS she was employed at the Guaranteebank for Social Economy in Cologne, specializing in the financing of social enterprises and organizations.
Maren A. Jochimsen has longstanding substantial experience in interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary work and has published on feminist economics, care and economics as well as research policy.
Acting Director, Science Europe
Stephan Kuster is Acting Director of Science Europe. He is responsible for the coordination of all policy activities of Science Europe, including the development of common activities, positions and approaches by the Science Europe Member Organisations on policy areas such as the European Research Area, EU and national research funding, Open Access and Open Science, Cross-Border Research Collaboration, Gender and Diversity issues in research, Research Infrastructures and Research Careers and Mobility.
Before Joining Science Europe he worked as European Advisor for the Swiss National Science Foundation and the Swiss Contact Office for Research, Innovation and Education in Brussels, SwissCore.
Member of the UNICA Steering Committee
Jacques Lanarès has been Vice Rector of the University of Lausanne since 2006. He is in charge of Quality, Human Resources, Development of Teaching and eLearning. He is involved in quality matters at national and international level. He chairs the Quality Delegation of the Swiss Rectors Conference (swissuniversities). He is also quality expert for several organisations such as the European University Association (EUA/IEP), ENQA and the World Bank, and for various national accreditation agencies (Belgium, Finland, France, Ireland, Lithuania). He was trained in Neuropsychology and obtained a PhD in Psychology (University of Geneva). Since 2010, he has been a Professor at the University of Lausanne (Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and Life Long Learning).
Chief Policy Officer LERU
I am an expert in EU research, innovation and higher education policies, in particular with regard to the European Research Area, 'Open Science, Open Innovation, Open to the World' and the funding Framework Programmes (Horizon 2020, for example).
I joined LERU in 2004, when the organisation, founded in 2002, was in full development. LERU is an association of twenty-three European universities renowned for, and devoted to, world class research coupled with high quality teaching. LERU promotes the role and values of research universities in the knowledge society across Europe and beyond. Its purpose is to advocate these values, influence policy in Europe and to promote good practice through members' exchange of experience.
I have fulfilled several roles at LERU, having served as executive director, chief policy officer, deputy secretary-general and, currently, special initiatives ambassador engagement & impact. I have been responsible for developing policies and activities in many areas of LERU's research and higher education topics, from research funding, management and assessment, to research careers, doctoral education, professional development, gender equality and diversity issues, research integrity, and more. Recent LERU papers published with my involvement have treated such topics as universities and the future of Europe, research careers, doctoral education, equality, diversity & inclusion, societal impact, and interdisciplinarity.
A native of Belgium, I lived and worked in the US from 1986 until 2002, first as a doctoral student in linguistics, then as an assistant professor of Italian language and foreign language pedagogy at the University of Delaware. During that time my research interests focused on syntax, second language acquisition and computer-assisted language learning. My teaching subjects ranged from Italian language and linguistics to foreign language acquisition and pedagogy for young and adult second language learners.
Director, DG RTD Directorate B, European Commission
Jean-David Malo studied in the Institut National Supérieur des Sciences Economiques et Commerciales (Paris) and the University of California (Berkeley). He started his career as Head of internal control management in the Comité Professionnel de la Distribution de Carburants in France before joining ARMINES, a body managing contractual research and innovation for French engineering schools (Ecoles des MInes, Ecole Polytechnique, ENSTA, …), where he created, developed and managed the European Affairs Directorate. He joined the European Commission in January 2001. In the Directorate General for Research, he participated actively to a number of developments on the design of funding instruments, rules for participation, funding schemes, etc, both for FP6 and FP7. From 2003 to 2006, he was the assistant of Director Robert-Jan SMITS. After heading the unit in charge of the regional aspects of FP7, ie. the “Regions of Knowledge” and “Research Potential” programmes, from 2006 to 2010, he was managing from 2011 to 2013 a newly created unit in DG Research and Innovation, the main objective of which was to contribute to increase private finance and close market gaps in investing in research and innovation by expanding the scope and scale of existing EU innovative financial instruments (like the Risk-Sharing Finance Facility) and by developing new ones in the fields of debt (including guarantees) and equity financing, notably in the context of Horizon 2020 (“InnovFin”). The EU state aid framework, tax incentive schemes and philanthropic funding were also areas covered by the work of the unit. From 2014, this unit was also covering the SMEs dimension of Horizon 2020, including in particular EUROSTARS II and the design and coordination of the SME Instrument and the Fast Track to Innovation pilot. On February 2017 he has been appointed as Director of the Directorate in charge of “Open Innovation and Open Science”. The European Innovation Council, the Pan-European Venture Capital Fund(s)-of-Funds Programme, the RDI dimension under the European Fund for Strategic investments, the European Open Science Cloud, the long-term sustainable investments for Research Infrastructures, the monitoring of the ERA Roadmaps, etc… are among the various files he is in charge of or contributing to.
Vice Rector, Dimitrie Cantemir Christian University
Ramona Mihaila is a full professor at Dimitrie Cantemir Christian University, Bucharest and the vice rector for international relations. She is the author of books concerning women’s writing and co-editor for many volumes focusing on gender studies: Representations of Women’s Roles in Romanian Women’s Writing (2013), Identity Construction of Female Characters in 19th Century Prose (2008), editor of Divisions of Gendered Spaces (2016), Transnational Identities of Women Writers in the Austro-Hungarian Empire (2013), co-editor for Gender Studies in the Age of Globalization, volumes 1-10 (2013), Gender Studies: Woman Inside and Outside the Box (2012). She has been a visiting professor at Arizona State University (2010), research fellow for international institutions and universities, grants recipient for conference participations. She has been involved in European projects “Gender Studies and Gender Roles in Romania and Austria: A Contrastive Research of the Literary-Media Sources (2008–2011) - coordinator , “Women Writers in History” (2009–2013) co-leader of Working group 4, member of the Management Committee for “Gender, Science, Technology and Environment” (2012-2016). She serves as the editor in chief of Journal of Research in Gender Studies, Addleton Academic Publishers, New York.
Head of Operations, European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE)
Thérèse Murphy is Head of Operations of the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) since 2013. In this role, she is responsible for the strategic planning and coordination of the Research related work of the Institute. Previously, she has been involved with the pursuit of Gender Equality as a Trade Union Representative for more than 20 years. Formerly as Equality Of cer for the ESB Of cers Association (an Energy Utility), she held the position of Secretary and Deputy Chairperson of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions Women’s Committee, Chairperson of the National Women’s Council of Ireland, Board member of the Equality Authority of Ireland, Vice President of the European Women’s Lobby and latterly President of the Energy Services Union of Ireland, during which time she was Chairperson of the ESB Group of Unions.
Professor of Sociology and Social Policy
Professor Pat O'Connor is Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Limerick and Visiting Professor, Geary Institute, University College Dublin. Education: Ph.D University of London; M.Soc Sc (1st) UCD; B.Soc Sc (1st) UCD. Pat O'Connor's research interests currently revolve around gender equality in higher education: with a particular focus on organizational culture, leadership and management, constructions of excellence, micro-politics and STEM. Her roughly 120 publications include eight books and over 80 peer reviewed refereed journal articles (see Researchgate). Her most recent book (edited with Kate White) is Gender, Power and Higher Education in a Globalised World (2021:Palgrave Macmillan). A sociologist and feminist, she was the first woman to be appointed at (full) professorial level in the University of Limerick in 1997; and the first woman Faculty Dean there in 2000 and the first female professor of sociology in Ireland. She has been active in promoting gender equality at an organisational and national level and was a member of the National Review on Gender Equality in Irish Higher Education Institutions (2016). A member of WHEM (Women in Higher Education Management Network) she has been involved in a number of international research consortia: including FESTA, an EU funded project (2012-17). She has held visiting professorships at the Universities of London; Aveiro; Linkoping; Deakin and Melbourne. A research evaluator for the European Science Foundation; for Nordic Spaces; for the Austrian Science Foundation and for the Israel Science Foundation etc, she was Chair of the International Research Panel for Linnaeus funding. She is currently on Advisory Boards for three international research projects i.e. TARGET, CHANGE and RESET. She has edited/co-edited a number of Special Issues incl on Gender and Leadership(2018) and Creating Change: Gender, Leadership and Higher Education (2020). In the early part of her career, Pat O'Connor's research interests focused on women's worlds: their attitudes to familial roles and their close ties (friendships; mother/daughter; sister/sister and marital pleasure). Her publications from this period include Friendships Between Women (2002/1992: Harvester Wheatsheaf (UK) Guilford (US): nominated by Choice as an Outstanding academic book). Her research interests later returned to these areas: focusing on the gendering of children and young people's lives. Irish Children and Teenagers in a Changing World (2008) reflects this focus. In the 1990s, she became concerned with organisational and institutional gendered power: in semi-state structures, in higher education, in the family and in the wider society. Emerging Voices:Women in Contemporary Irish Society (1998/1999) reflects the beginning of these interests. They are also reflected in her more recent focus on higher education, and are reflected in Management and Gender in Higher Education (2014); in Gendered Success in Higher Education: Global Perspectives (2017) and in her most recent book (edited with Kate White) on Gender, Power and Higher Education in a Globalised World (2021:Palgrave Macmillan) as well as in an extensive range of refereed journal articles (see Reseachgate: Pat O'Connor, University of Limerick).
Pepi Patrón Costa
Vice-Rector, Pontifical Catholic University of Peru
Pepi Patrón Costa has a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Louvain-la- Neuve (Belgium). She is Professor of the Humanities Department (Philosophy Section) at the Ponti cal Catholic University of Peru (PUCP). Author and/or editor of books and articles in academic journals specialized in hermeneutics, practical philosophy, political philosophy, human development, and gender. She has being also Member of the Eminent Persons Group to the World Bank’s Chief Economist and international consultant to the World Bank (three years as member of the resident mission in Asunción, Paraguay) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). In 2009 she was chosen as the rst woman VicePresident for research at the PUCP, in addition to being President of the Superior Council of EMULIES.
Vice President, EUA
Originally from Belgium, and mother of one, Martine Rahier holds an Engineering degree in Agronomy from the Free University of Brussels (1977). She continued her studies in the USA at the Universities of Cornell and Berkeley, and obtained a PhD in Science from the University of Basel in 1983, and “Habilitation” in Ecology from the University of Zurich in 1993.
Granted a professorship by the Swiss National Science Foundation in 1988, she became a Professor of Entomology and Animal Ecology at the University of Neuchâtel in 1994. In 2001, she founded the “Plant Survival” National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR), a network comprising more than 200 people. In 2008, she was elected rector of the University of Neuchâtel ending in August 2016.
Martine Rahier has been a member of several national and international university committees, from appointment commissions to committees designing study programmes in various universities; she has also been president and member of committees assessing research programmes and projects, as well as of scientific associations. Author of numerous publications, she has also supervised a large number of doctoral theses.
Martine Rahier was a member of the Rectors’ Conference of Swiss Universities (2008-2016) and president (2013-2015) of the “swissuniversities”.She is member of the German accreditation council since 2013, vice-president of European University Association since 2015, member of the council of the Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation Austria since 2017, and board member of WWF Switzerland since 2017.
Former Rector, Ventspils University College
Dr. Gita Revalde is born in Riga, Latvia. Gita Revalde studied at the University of Latvia (UL), Faculty of Physics and Mathematics. After PhD studies in Riga and University of Mainz, Germany, in 1996 she received Doctor’s Degree. She worked at UL as leading researcher and lecturer. From 2006 to 2012 she was the Director of the Higher Education department, Ministry of Education and Science of Latvia. Main responsibilities were policy making and implementation in HE and R&D, supervision of universities, student loan policy, quality assurance, cooperation with social partners and stakeholders, organisation of international cooperation (ASEM, Baltic and Nordic cooperation etc. From 2012 -2013 Gita was Deputy Rector of Riga Technical University. From 2013 -2016 Gita was Rector of Ventspils University College. Currently she works as a leading researcher at the Smart Technology Research centre and professor in Physics. She is teaching such courses as Physics, Optics and Optoelectronics, Atomic Physics, and others. In 2014 Dr.Gita Revalde was approved as a member of the Research and Innovation Strategy Council by Prime Minister of Latvia and in 2016 Gita was elected as a Corresponding Member of Academy of Sciences of Latvia. Gita has approximately 130 publications.
Jimena Sánchez Barrenechea
Executive Director EMULIES
Jimena Sánchez Barrenechea has a Masters degree in Anthropology and an undergraduate degree in Sociology from Ponti cal Catholic University of Peru (PUCP). She is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Social Management from the same university. She is Adjunct Professor of the Masters in Social Policy at the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, consultant and researcher on gender, violence against women and social development. She currently serves as Executive Director of the EMULIES Program on Women Leaders from Higher Education Institutions in the Americas from the Inter-American Organization for Higher Education (IOHE).
Rector, UMIT Hall
Director of the UN Women Brussels Office
Dagmar Schumacher is the Director of the Brussels office of the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), part of UN Women.
The UNIFEM Brussels office is responsible for resource mobilization, policy dialogue and advocacy with European Union institutions and selected EU member states.
Prior to joining UNIFEM Dagmar Schumacher worked at the Headquarters of the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme in Bonn. From 1998 – 2002 she was working with UNDP in Hanoi, heading the Poverty and Social Development Unit.
Dagmar Schumacher started her career with the United Nations in 1990 as Junior Professional Officer in the Regional Office of UNIFEM in the Andean Region. She was the UNIFEM focal point in Buenos Aires, Argentina in preparation of the Latin-American Preparatory Conference for the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995.
Dagmar Schumacher holds a Master’s Degree in Food Science/Economics from Kiel University.
Executive Director at the Research Council of Norway
Dr. Jesper Werdelin Simonsen is Executive Director at the Research Council of Norway, where he oversees research funding in the areas of health, welfare, education and society, as well as development research and international bilateral cooperation. Simonsen is also currently member Norway’s Committee for Gender Balance and Diversity in Research. Before coming to the Research Council, Simonsen worked for 14 years as researcher and research manager in the eld of agricultural research. From 1997 to 2000 he served as State Secretary at the Norwegian Ministry of Environment.
Executive Director & Head of Research, Perspektywy Education Foundation
Dr Bianka Siwińska Executive Director and Head of Research, Perspektywy Education Foundation PhD of Political Science, journalist, researcher and initiator of social campaigns. Chief editor of the educational prospects and a correspondent for University World News. Polish coordinator of the study program conducted by the Polish Conference of Rectors of Academic Schools and Perspektywy Education Foundation. Initiator of the social campaign Girls Go Study, Girls Go Science, Lean in STEM and other campaigns. Expert of the World Bank in Central Asia. She studied at the Warsaw University, at the Humboldt Univeristät in Berlin and Columbia University in New York. She conducted research in Nifu - STEP in Oslo. Author of the books: University beyond borders. Internationalization of Higher Education in Poland and Germany and Education Goes Global. Strategies for Internationalization of Higher Education and an editor of Time Internationalization. Challenges for Polish Universities. Businesswoman of the Year 2015.
Former President, Centria University of Applied Sciences
Dr. Marja-Liisa got Ph. D in Economics from Jyväskylä University. She has 35 years of education experience.
She is member of the Research and Innovation Councilmember, the Institute for Accountancy and the Ministry of Education and Culture in Finland. She is former President and Managing Director of Centrial University of Applied Sciences for 17 years.
She has been a member of several business organisations and participates in many business projects, such as those of the Ministry of Education and Culture in Finland. She has been a member of the board of The Finnish Council for KLT-accountants and Finnish Accounting Firms Chartering Organization since 1994 and is continuing a membership ahead. The name of organization is The Institute for Accountancy. She also holds several confidential posts and is a member of numerous co-operation groups.
Dr. Marja-Liisa had been chosen for two terms (2004-2011) as delegation member for the Fin-nish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation Tekes. Tekes works under the auspices of the Ministry of Employment and the Economy.
Her most notable appointment has been member of the Science and Technology Policy Coun-cil for 2007-2011 by the Government. This Council is chaired by the Prime Minister. The name of this council is since 1.1.2009 the Research and Innovation Council (under the Finnish Gov-ernment). Certified Auditor of organizations of enterprises
She has tens of publications concerning higher education in Finland, on-line education and entrepreneurship and combinations of them.
Secretary of State of Investigation, Secretary of Ministry of Economy and Finance
In 1982 she started working for Ingenasa (Inmunología y Genética Aplicada), a company dedicated biotechnology, created by the National Institute of Industry and moved to the Centre of Molecular Biology Severo Ochoa, in the Autonomous University of Madrid. She worked for the project CBM/Ingenasa, directed by Eladio Viñuela [es], devoted to the development of vaccines and diagnostics for the virus of the African swine plague, grave problem in Spain in that time. In 1988, Ingenasa is privatised and bought by Ercros. After the bankruptcy of Ercros, Vela and other two partners bought out Ingenasa. From 1994, Vela is the general director of Ingenasa.
Professor Eva Wiberg is Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Lund University and has special responsibility for rst, second and third-cycle education and associated quality assurance. She is also responsible for international affairs. Eva Wiberg is a Professor of Italian. Her research concerns second language acquisition and bilingualism, with a focus on Italian. Eva Wiberg has long experience of teaching and supervision. She is a Dame of the Order of the Star of Italian Solidarity for her outstanding contribution to the development of Italian at Lund University. Eva Wibergwas Executive Director of the international network Universitas 21 during 2015-2016. Professor Eva Wiberg has been proposed for the position of Vice-Chancellor at the University of Gothenburg from 1 of July 2017.
Head of Sector “Gender”, DG Research & Innovation, EC
Head of Sector “Gender”, DG Research & Innovation, European Commission. The Gender Sector develops the strategy on Gender Equality in the European Policy for Research and Innovation. It coordinates and monitors its implementation along three objectives:
Gender Equality in careers at all levels
Gender balance in decision-making
Integration of the gender dimension in research content and programmes
The strategy is implemented within the European Framework Programme Horizon 2020 and the European Research Area in collaboration with Member States, Associated Countries and research institutions.
Doctor of Social Sciences Liisa Laakso started in her post as the Rector of the University of Tampere on 1 January 2016. Laakso was born in Rovaniemi, Finland, and earned her doctorate at the University of Helsinki in 2000. She has worked, among others, as Professor of International Development at the University of Jyväskylä and Professor of World Politics at the University of Helsinki. In 2010-2015, Laakso worked as Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Helsinki.
Laakso is an expert on world politics and international development cooperation. Her research interests include, among others, the democratisation of Africa; the Middle East and Asia; and the development policies and crisis management of the EU and Finland.
Vice Chancellor, Glasgow Caledonian University
Professor Pamela Gillies CBE, has been President and Vice-Chancellor of Glasgow Caledonian University since 2006. She is a member and trustee of many boards including: the Board of Trustees of the British Council from 2008 to 2014 and currently the Global Advisory Board of the African Leadership University, Board of the Grameen Scotland Foundation and of the Grameen Caledonian College of Nursing. Pamela was awarded the honor of CBE for services to education and public health in December 2012. She is an elected Fellow of a number of professional bodies including the Faculty of Public Health of the Royal College of Physicians of London and was elected to Scotland’s National Academy, the Royal Society of Edinburgh, in 2015. Past work experience includes: Pro-Vice Chancellor at the University of Nottingham, the World Health Organisation’s Global Programme on AIDS (1989-90) and as the first Executive Director of Research at the Health Education Authority for England (1996-99). She is a founding patron of a school for children of sex workers in Domjur, Kolkata and has researched and written widely on HIV/AIDS, health development, and inequalities in health focusing on the potential of social action for health.
Marie Helene Hellmark Knutsson
Minister for Higher Education and Research in the Swedish Government
Marie Helene Hellmark Knutsson (born 12 September 1969) is a Swedish politician of the Social Democrats. She has served as Governor of Västerbotten County since 2020. She previously served as Minister for Higher Education and Research in the Swedish Government from October 2014 to January 2019.
She has studied statistics, history and macroeconomics at Stockholm University.
Fanny M.C. Cheung
Former Pro Vice Chancellor, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
BA (UC, Berkeley); PhD (Minn)
Former Pro-Vice-Chancellor / Vice-President
Choh-Ming Li Professor of Psychology
Professor Cheung is currently Choh-Ming Li Professor of Psychology and Co-Director of the Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies at CUHK. She was formerly Dean of the Faculty of Social Science and Chairperson of the Department of Psychology. Professor Cheung was appointed Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research in 2013. As Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research, Professor Cheung is the Chairperson of the Research Committee and oversees the governance of interdisciplinary research institutes as well as knowledge transfer at CUHK. An active advocate for promoting women’s status through scientific research, Professor Cheung established the Gender Research Centre in 1985, and initiated the Gender Studies Programme at the University. Over the years her efforts have led to an increased awareness of gender issues in academia as well as the community at large. From 1996 to 1999, Professor Cheung served as the Founding Chairperson of the Hong Kong Equal Opportunities Commission, setting up the mechanism to eliminate discrimination and promote equal opportunities for women and men, and for people with disabilities.
Professor Cheung obtained her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley, and PhD in Psychology from the University of Minnesota. Her research expertise lies in cross-cultural personality assessment and psychopathology, personality and vocational behavior, gender equality, and women leadership. Professor Cheung is Past President of the International Test Commission, a Fellow and former President of the Hong Kong Psychological Society, and a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA) as well as the Association for Psychological Science (APS).
Professor Cheung is dedicated to public service and has served on many government committees and advisory bodies, including the Electoral Affairs Commission, Advisory Group on Eliminating Discrimination against Sexual Minorities, the Women’s Commission, and the Independent Police Complaints Council,. She was invited as a special delegate to the 7th to the 11th Sessions of the National Congress of Chinese Women. In recognition of her contributions to the community, she was appointed Justice of the Peace in 1988 and a Hong Kong Affairs Advisor from 1995 to 1997. She was made an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1997.
Professor Cheung’s academic publications total over 180 internationally refereed journal articles, book chapters, books and monographs. Her research on Chinese personality assessment has raised international attention on the need to mainstream culture in psychology. Her academic honours and awards include the IAAP Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award 2014, APA Award for Distinguished Contributions to the International Advancement of Psychology 2012, Distinguished International Psychologist Award of APA Division 52 (2005), and Distinguished Leadership Award for Internationals from the University of Minnesota (2003).
President, World Women University Presidents Forum
Professor Liu Jinan is the president of Organizing Committee of World Women University Presidents Forum, president of Women Leadership Academy, honorary president of Communication University of China (CUC), honorary president of Nanguang College of CUC and the member of National Committee of CinemaReview.
In February 1939, Professor Liu Jinan was born in Xiaogan city of Hubei province in China. Graduated from Peking University in 1965,she hasworked as a teacherand then professor, doctoral supervisor in CUC (former Beijing Broadcasting Institute)sincethen.From 1990to 2006, she had beenthe president of CUC (former Beijing Broadcasting Institute). In 2004, Prof. Liu Jinan founded a modern college named Nanguang College of CUCandshe was the president of Nanguang College of CUC from 2004 to 2010.
Since 2001 when launching the World Women University Presidents Forum, Professor Liu Jinan has successfully heldeightmain forums and tensub-forums.She took the lead in filming the first TV series of World Women University Presidents (15 episodes) and publishing the “World Women’s Universities and Women University Presidents” book series (50 books) which is another achievement of WWUPF.
In October 2004, she was awarded the "2004 Outstanding Achievement Award" by the International Association of University Presidents (IAUP).