Speaker Profiles

Sydney Summit III
Thursday 28th September and Friday 29th September 2023

Please click below to learn more about our outstanding speakers.

University of Sydney Speakers

Professor Susan Rowland

Professor Mark Scott AO
Vice-Chancellor and President
University of Sydney

BA DipEd MA Hon DLitt Sydney, MPA Harvard, Hon DBus UNSW, Hon DUniv UTS, FAICD, FRSN

Professor Mark Scott was appointed as the University’s 27th Vice-Chancellor in 2021.

As Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Mark Scott AO leads The University of Sydney’s strategic direction in close consultation with the chancellor, senior leaders and the university’s Senate and Academic Board. He is a highly respected and successful senior leader of large and complex institutions across public service, education and the media. His notable roles include secretary of the NSW Department of Education (2016–2021), managing director of the ABC (2006–2016) and editor-in-chief of Fairfax newspapers.

He is also a proud alumnus of the University and holds a Bachelor of Arts, a Diploma of Education, a Master of Arts (Political Science and Government), an Honorary Doctorate (Letters) and a Professor of Practice (Education and Media) from the University of Sydney, as well as a Master of Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He has also been awarded honorary doctorates from the University of NSW and University of Technology Sydney.

Professor Susan Rowland

Professor Susan Rowland
University of Sydney

Professor Rowland is an Australian leader in the field of science education and an internationally recognised expert in the areas of large-scale undergraduate research experiences and science communication. Throughout her career, Professor Rowland has focused on teaching and learning strategy, educational innovation, and improving the student and staff experience through academic professional development.

After completing her BSc Hons and PhD at the University of Sydney, Susan was a Human Frontiers in Science Long-Term Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Connecticut. She returned to Australia in 2006 to teach and research at the University of Queensland. As a Teaching Focused academic she served in several leadership positions including Deputy Director (Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation), Associate Dean Academic and Deputy Executive Dean (Faculty of Science), and Acting Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning).

Susan has held the Manning Clark Fellowship and the American Society for Microbiology Biology Scholars Fellowship. Her teaching and education leadership has been recognised with awards that include an AAUT Award for Teaching Excellence and Principal Fellowship of the HEA.

A Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD) Susan has served on the boards of The Lodge Youth Support Service, Australian Collaborative Education Network, and The QUEX Institute. She currently Chairs the Sydney University Press Advisory Board.

Professor Susan Rowland

Professor Lisa Jackson Pulver AM
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Strategy and Services)
University of Sydney

Professor Jackson Pulver is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Indigenous Strategy, and Services at the University of Sydney.

She entered Public Health via the MPH here in Sydney and did graduate studies through the NSW Dept of Health’s Public Health Officers program. Following this, she worked as an epidemiologist at the South East Sydney Public Health Unit before moving back into the academy at UNSW.

Lisa grew a team of committed public health researchers and academics who together developed the Murri Marri Indigenous Health Unit within the Faculty of Medicine at UNSW Australia.

She was instrumental in developing an Indigenous Master elective and an eventual Master Public Health stream (2012). During this time, she engaged vigorously with many communities and organisations to develop residential scholarship programs for Aboriginal students at UNSW.

In 2011 Professor Jackson Pulver was made a member in the General Division of the Order of Australia for:

'Service to medical education, particularly through the Muru Marri Indigenous Health Unit at The University of New South Wales and as a supporter of educational opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People.’

In 2022, Professor Jackson Pulver became a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Science.

Professor Jackson Pulver is an academic leader, a recognised expert in public health, a prominent researcher, a visionary, and a tireless advocate for Health and Education.

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Professor Emma Johnston AO FAA FTSE
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)
University of Sydney

BSc (Hons), PhD Melbourne

A highly-awarded and world-leading authority in marine science and conservation, Professor Johnston’s current research focuses on global change including marine debris, biological invasions, extreme events, and Antarctica's environmental future. She was previously Dean of Science and Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Research at the University of New South Wales.

As the past President of Science & Technology Australia (STA), an elected position, she is a highly influential figure in the Australian higher education and research sector. Professor Johnston has led major research projects for industry, government, the Australian Research Council, and the Australian Antarctic Science Program and contributed to the development of international and national research strategies, priorities, and plans. She is a sustainability and diversity champion and a Chief Author of the Australian State of Environment Report 2021. She is a trusted advisor working across a range of government and industry bodies. Professor Johnston is a Director on the Board of the CSIRO, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA), and a governor of the Ian Potter Foundation.

Professor Johnston is an elected fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (AAS), the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE) and the Royal Society of New South Wales (RSNSW) and was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in the 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours for ‘distinguished service to higher education, particularly to marine ecology and ecotoxicology, as an academic, researcher and administrator, and to scientific institutes’.

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Professor Kathy Belov AO FAA FRSN
Pro Vice-Chancellor, Global and Research Engagement
University of Sydney

Professor Belov is one of Australia’s leading geneticists and leads a team of researchers using immunogenetics to study immunity and health in Australia’s native wildlife, including Tasmanian devils, koalas, wallabies, platypus and other species. She has participated in large international sequencing consortia and was an active participant in the opossum, platypus and tammar wallaby genome projects.

In recognition of her research discoveries, she is a fellow of the Australian Academy of Sciences and the Royal Society of NSW. She was awarded the Fenner Medal by the Australian Academy of Sciences in 2014, the Crozier Medal by the Genetics Society of Australasia (2013) and the MJD White Medal by the Genetics Society of Australasia (2021).

She is a member of the NSW Koala Expert Advisory Group and serves on scientific advisory boards at Taronga Zoo and the Ramaciotti Centre. She is co-chair of the International Policy Advisory Committee of the Association of Pacific Rim Universities and a trustee of the Australian Museum, where she chairs the Science Advisory Board. Kathy is also on the Council of the Royal Society of NSW and is a past president of the Genetics Society of Australasia.

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Professor Richard Miles
Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education - Enterprise and Engagement)
University of Sydney

Richard Miles is the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education – Enterprise and Engagement) in the Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education). He leads the University’s Sydney Connect initiative which brings together careers advising, work integrated and engaged learning, entrepreneurial activities, and access to internships and placements to prepare students for high quality career and life opportunities. Richard was formerly Vice-Provost (Academic Performance), and the Head of School of Humanities at the University of Sydney.

Richard is also Professor of Roman History & Archaeology and the author of a number of books and articles on the ancient Mediterranean world. Previously Richard was a lecturer in Ancient History at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Trinity Hall. He has also held research posts at the CNRS (Paris X Nanterre) and the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Richard has additionally written and hosted a number of television documentaries including 'Carthage, the Roman Holocaust' (ABC), 'Ancient Worlds' (BBC) and 'Archaeology: a Secret History’ (SBS).

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Professor David Schlosberg
Director, Sydney Environment Institute and Professor of Environmental Politics
University of Sydney

David Schlosberg is Director of the Sydney Environment Institute and Professor of Environmental Politics at the University of Sydney. His main theoretical interests are in environmental politics, environmental movements, and political theory, and in particular the intersection of the three with his ground breaking and highly-cited work on environmental, ecological, and multispecies justice.

His other theoretical interests are in climate justice, climate adaptation and resilience, and environmental movements and the practices of everyday life. Professor Schlosberg’s more applied work includes justice in adaptation and resilience planning, the social impacts of climate change, and community-based food movements and policy.

He is the author or co-author of numerous books, including Defining Environmental Justice (Oxford, 2007) and Sustainable Materialism: Environmental Movements and the Politics of Everyday Life (Oxford 2019); he is co-editor of both The Oxford Handbook of Climate Change and Society (Oxford 2011), and The Oxford Handbook of Environmental Political Theory (Oxford 2016). His articles are on the top-ten cited list of the journals Contemporary Political Theory, Environmental Politics, Ethics and International Affairs, Global Environmental Politics, and WIREs Climate Change.

Professor Schlosberg has been a visiting scholar at the London School of Economics, Australian National University, Princeton University, University of Washington, UC Santa Cruz, and University of Manchester.

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Professor Jaime Miranda
Professor and Head of School, Sydney School of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine and Health
University of Sydney

Jaime Miranda, MD, MSc, PhD, FFPH, is Professor and Head of School of the Sydney School of Public Health at the University of Sydney's Faculty of Medicine and Health. Prior to his move to Sydney, he was a Full Professor at the Department of Medicine, School of Medicine, and founding Director of the CRONICAS Center of Excellence in Chronic Diseases, both at Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia (UPCH) in Lima, Peru. His work brings together epidemiological and health policy aspects of chronic non-communicable diseases in low- and middle-income countries, with a focus on obesity, hypertension, diabetes, and mental health.

Professor Miranda has served as Councillor for Latin America and the Caribbean of the International Epidemiological Association (2011-2014), Co-Chair of the Joint Technical Steering Committee of the Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases (2012-2016), Member of the Working Group of WHO Global Coordination Mechanism on the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases (WHO WCM/NCD) of the World Health Organization (2015-2016), and as President of the Advisory Committee on Health Research for the Pan American Health Organization, World Health Organization (2014-2016).

In 2012, he was elected as a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health of the Royal College of Physicians of the United Kingdom. In 2014, he was listed as one of the 30 scientists under 40 who are redefining science in the Latin American region. His research and academic trajectory, profiled in The Lancet, has been described in Nature as a "model of interdisciplinary research that is scarce in any part of the world".

Professor Miranda is currently a member of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) for the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research, World Health Organization (2021-24), member of the World Health Organization’s Technical Advisory Group of Experts on NCD-related Research and Innovation (TAG-NCD-R&I) (2021-25), and co-Chair of the Independent Group of Scientists (IGS) appointed by the UN Secretary-General António Guterres in charge of drafting the 2023 Global Sustainable Development Report (2020-2023).

Professor Miranda trained in medicine at UPCH and earned a PhD in epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He holds appointments as Professor of Global Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Lown Scholar at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, MA, USA, and Distinguished Fellow at The George Institute for Global Health in Sydney, Australia.

Professor Kathryn Refshauge OAM FAHMS
Professor Emeritus, Faculty of Medicine and Health
University of Sydney

Professor Emeritus Kathryn Refshauge has held several senior roles at the University of Sydney, the most recent being Professor of Allied Health (Strategic Partnerships) and Dean of Health Sciences. She concurrently held leadership roles in the health sector, such as in the Primary Health Networks and the South West Sydney LHD. She continues as a Board Director for several health and education organisations. Her research is focussed on musculoskeletal health, particularly health service delivery. She has won several national and local awards for excellence in supervision of research students, for her research and for leadership, including in her profession. She is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences.

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Professor Melissa Haswell
Professor of Practice in Environmental Wellbeing, Office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Indigenous Strategy & Services and Honorary Professor, School of Geosciences
University of Sydney

Melissa Haswell MSc PhD is Professor of Practice (Environmental Wellbeing) in the Deputy Vice Chancellor Indigenous Strategy and Services Portfolio and Honorary Professor of Geosciences at the University of Sydney. She also maintains a part-time Professor of Health, Safety and Environment at Queensland University of Technology. Melissa contributed significantly to inclusion of Indigenous rights and knowledges in the Foundational Pillar Caring for Country, Biodiversity Management Plan and Sustainable Investment Plan of University of Sydney’s Sustainability Strategy. Melissa is Academic Lead of Service Learning in Indigenous Communities (SLIC) unit and conducts research on climate change adaptation in the Torres Strait, health and wellbeing losses from oil and gas developments and Aboriginal empowerment programs.

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Professor Sharon Naismith
Leonard P Ullman Chair in Psychology, School of Psychology
University of Sydney

Professor Naismith is a Clinical Neuropsychologist, National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Leadership Fellow and holds the Leonard P Ullman Chair in Psychology at the University of Sydney. Her work focuses on the mechanisms by which modifiable risk factors for dementia including depression, sleep disturbance, and cardiovascular disease impact on the brain and how best to treat them. She has authored more than 350 papers and her work has attracted awards from the Society of Mental Health Research, Australian Psychological Society and the International Neuropsychological Society. She leads the NHMRC ‘Centre of Research Excellence to Optimise Sleep in Brain Ageing and Neurodegeneration (CogSleep)', a new NHMRC Synergy grant, the Australian Dementia Network Memory Clinics Initiative, and is the Academic Lead for the Brain and Intelligence Science Alliance (BISA), in collaboration with Fudan University.

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Dr Anna Young-Ferris
Senior Lecturer, University of Sydney Business School
University of Sydney

Dr. Anna Young-Ferris is a sustainability and climate change accounting specialist bringing over two decades of academic (research and lecturing) and corporate experience. In 2022, Anna and her team were awarded the prestigious Vice Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Contribution to Sustainability. Her award-winning PhD study examined the integration of environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) accounting information in mainstream investment decisions, and she continues to focus and publish her research in the fields of responsible investment, corporate sustainability, and responsible management education. Anna has presented her research at numerous international settings including Harvard University, the London School of Economics and HEC Paris.

Anna leads the design and coordination of the new Master of Commerce core unit Responsible Business Mindset (BUSS5220). This unit challenges Shareholder Primacy as the dominant mindset of business by exploring the emerging mindset of Responsible Business that understands business as deeply interconnected to hhumanity and nature. In 2019, Anna received the Dean's Teaching Award for Sustainability Accounting (ACCT3016). In both these units, students are asked to challenge assumptions and critically reflect on the extent (or not) to which business practices can be transformed and contribute to a more sustainable and conscious capitalism, and to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Anna is the Business School's Academic Lead for the UN Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) and the strategic integration of the SDGs into teaching, research, and organisational practices; a Founding Member of the Australian Business Leaders Reporting Forum for Integrated Reporting; and a Consultant for One Stone Advisors. After becoming disillusioned with the state of sustainability reporting in the corporate sector working as a climate change and sustainability professional at Ernst & Young, Anna joined academia in 2010 to pursue her research in the field and was awarded her PhD in Responsible Investment (Accounting) in 2014. She graduated with Honours in Economics (Social Science) her thesis examined Triple Bottom Line accounting in 2001.

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Ms Amanda Sayan
Director, Global Research Engagement
University of Sydney

Ms Amanda Sayan is Director, Global Research Engagement in the Office of Global and Research Engagement at USYD. She has worked in international education for over 20 years and is responsible for managing the implementation of the University’s international partnership strategy. A key objective of her role is to help the University build and monitor alliances with leading universities around the world, bringing together researchers to work on collaborative projects and creating innovative educational opportunities.

She is a regular presenter at the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA) and the Asia-Pacific International Association for International Education (APAIE). Ms Sayan is an active member of the University’s India Advisory Group and has been responsible for leading the University’s engagement with prominent institutions in India.

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Ms Esty Marcu
Director, Modern Slavery Unit
University of Sydney

Esty is the Director of the Modern Slavery Unit at the University of Sydney, where she is leading the University’s strategic response to the Modern Slavery Act and enabling academic excellence on business and human rights. She currently lectures at the University of Sydney Business School on creating shared value, business and human rights, and improving ESG performance.

Prior to her role in the higher education sector, Esty spent over 10 years working with both federal and state government departments in Australia on complex public policy issues such as migration policy, refugee settlement, international development, health policy and strategic governance. Esty is on the Advisory Panel for the NSW Anti-slavery Commissioner and the Board of Trustees for Electronics Watch, a worker-driven monitoring organisation that brings together over 900 public buyers to address human rights risks in the electronics industry. She is also the Co-founder and Director of the anti-slavery non-profit Project Girl Code, a tech-based organisation providing digital literacy and coding skills to survivors of trafficking and slavery in Cambodia.

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Mr Kirk Doyle
Manager, Global Research Engagement
University of Sydney

Kirk Doyle is the Manager, Global Research Engagement at the University of Sydney. He manages a portfolio responsible for the University’s collaboration with key international networks, including the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) and Universitas 21. He oversees the coordination of international delegations to the university and provides analysis and strategic advice to the University executive to support diplomatic and partner engagement. Kirk’s team also leads the Office of Global and Research Engagement’s regional partnership strategies.

For over two decades, Kirk has managed diverse educational partnerships to expand opportunities for student and staff mobility, research collaboration, language teaching and multilateral engagement. His strategic advice has informed global initiatives and priority projects at four Australian universities.

Between 2018 and 2022 he was an elected executive member of the Australian Universities International Directors’ Forum (AUIDF), a role through which he led the Australian education sector’s engagement at the world’s largest international education conferences.

Prior to his career in international education Kirk worked as an architect. He holds a Master of Architecture from the University of New South Wales.

Partner University Speakers

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Professor Sir Anton Muscatelli FRSE AcSS
Principal and Vice-Chancellor
University of Glasgow

Professor Sir Anton Muscatelli has been Principal and Vice-Chancellor, University of Glasgow since October 2009. From 2007-2009 he was Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Heriot-Watt University.

An economist, his research interests are monetary economics, central bank independence, fiscal policy, international finance and macroeconomics. Prior to 2007 he held various roles at the University of Glasgow including Vice-Principal - Strategy, Budgeting and Advancement (2004-07) and Professor of Political Economy (1994-2007).

Sir Anton was Chair (2017-2020) of the prestigious Russell Group of UK research-intensive universities. He has held numerous UK and Scottish Government advisory roles including Chair of the First Minister of Scotland’s Standing Council on Europe, member of the Scottish Government’s Council of Economic Advisers, member of the Advisory Group on Economic Recovery and the National Strategy for Economic Transformation, as well as adviser to the House of Commons Treasury Select Committee. He had also advised the European Commission and the World Bank. He is a Director of the Universities Superannuation Scheme, one of the largest private pension funds in the UK, and in January 2023 was appointed Chair Elect of the Royal Economic Society Trustee Board.

Sir Anton was knighted in 2017 for services to economics and higher education and was awarded the honour of Knight Commander (Commendatore) by the Republic of Italy in 2008 for contributions to higher education and economic science. He holds an honorary degree from McGill University in Canada.

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Professor Rocky Tuan
President and Vice-Chancellor
The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Professor Rocky S. Tuan is a world-renowned biomedical scientist specializing in regenerative medicine. He received his PhD in Life Sciences from Rockefeller University in 1977 and has authored >550 research publications. He had held various academic and administrative positions at the University of Pittsburgh and research leadership position at the National Institutes of Health before he assumed the presidency of CUHK in 2018. Professor Tuan was elected Chair of the Steering Committee for the Association of Pacific Rim Universities in August 2023.

Professor Tuan was elected to the fellowships of National Academy of Inventors, Chinese Association of Inventions, American Association of Anatomists, Orthopaedic Research Society, and Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society for his accomplishments in innovation and translational research.

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Ms Rachel Sandison
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (External Engagement)
University of Glasgow

Rachel is responsible for leading the University of Glasgow’s strategy for external engagement covering an integrated portfolio of International Policy and Partnerships; Marketing and Communications; Brand and Reputation Management; Transnational Education; Student Recruitment and Admissions; Widening Access and Lifelong Learning; Development and Alumni Relations; and Civic Engagement. Rachel is also the University’s Sanctuary Champion.

Rachel is the University’s Universitas 21 network Senior Leader, a Board member of the University’s European network, The Guild, and the University lead for the CIVIS European University Alliance, thereby supporting the activity of a global group of research-intensive universities.

Rachel is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, a Global Trustee of CASE and a member of the Board of Trustees for Fulbright, whilst also contributing to several sector advisory boards both at home and overseas.

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Professor Joanna Regulska
Vice Provost and Dean of Global Affairs
Professor of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies
University of California, Davis

Joanna Regulska, vice provost and dean of Global Affairs and professor of gender, sexuality and women’s studies at the University of California, Davis, has led large-scale programs that transform institutions, establish partnerships, and substantially improve global services, for over 30 years.

Regulska oversees Global Affairs at UC Davis where she strives to provide all students with global learning experiences through a Provost’s Priority of Global Education for All; engage faculty, staff and students with the UN Sustainable Development Goals as part of UC Davis’ commitment to solving global challenges; and help promote understanding and address global inequities.

Regulska serves on the board of directors for NAFSA: Association of International Educators as the vice president for public policy and practice. In 2022, she was honored with the Charles Klasek Award for outstanding service to the field of international higher education from the Association of International Education Administrators. In 2021, Regulska was named an inaugural member of the National Academy for International Education. In 2019, she was honored with the first-ever Senior International Officer Award from the Institute of International Education.

A respected scholar, Regulska’s research concentrates on women’s political activism, grassroots mobilization, decentralization, democracy and democratization, with a focus on Europe and the Caucasus.

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Professor José Manuel Páez Borrallo
Vice-Rector for Internationalization
Tecnológico de Monterrey

Professor Páez is, since 2017, the Vice-Rector for Internationalization at Tecnológico de Monterrey. Before that, Dr. Páez was the UPM (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid) Director for North America, UPM-President’s Delegate at RCC in Harvard University (2014-2017), Vice President for International Relations (2004-2014), Dean of the Telecom Engineering School (2002-2004) and Vice-Dean for PhD studies (1998-2002). He has been a Full professor at UPM since 1998.

He also occupied several positions in international universities, as an invited professor at the International Computer Science Institute (ICSI) and Berkeley Wireless Research Centre (BWRC), both institutions linked to the University of California at Berkeley (USA). After working in the private sector in Germany, besides having created and supported several startups, he has dedicated his professional career to fostering internationalization in education and research. He negotiated and promoted the creation of the permanent delegations of UPM abroad: China, the USA, and Brazil; he is the founder and honorary President of Magalhães Network.

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Dr Guillaume Fiquet
Vice-President for International Relations, and Territorial and Socio-Economic Partnerships
Sorbonne University

Guillaume Fiquet is a CNRS research director and a member of the Institute of Mineralogy, Physics of Materials and Cosmochemistry at Sorbonne University (IMPMC) since 1999. After a PhD at the University of Rennes 1 and a post-doctoral stay at the Max Planck Institute of Mainz, he started his career at the ENS of Lyon before joining Sorbonne University in 1999. He is a specialist in the physical properties of materials under extreme conditions and in the modeling of the interior of telluric planets. He was awarded the CNRS silver medal in 2011. From 2009 to 2013, he was deputy director of the IMPMC and then director from 2014 to 2021. From 2002 to 2011, he was a member of the scientific council of the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) and is currently a member of the scientific council of the European-XFEL (Hamburg).

Guillaume Fiquet assumed his role as Vice-President at Sorbonne University in January 2022. He is in charge of international relations and economic partnerships. With a team a five senior advisors, he has the responsibility to develop an integrated view of partnerships of Sorbonne University. This policy involves the European 4EU+ Alliance and strategic partnerships around the world, connected to the university's expertise on research, education, innovation and outreach to society.

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Professor Jiun-Haw Lee, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President for International Affairs
National Taiwan University

Professor Jiun-Haw Lee is a distinguished figure in the fields of photonics, optoelectronics and academic leadership. He earned his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from National Taiwan University (NTU) in 2000 after completing his Bachelor's degree in the same field in 1994. Professor Lee is a prominent figure at NTU, where he currently holds the position of Associate Vice President for International Affairs.

Professor Lee's commitment to global engagement is evident in his extensive international experiences and affiliations. As a Distinguished Professor at NTU’s Graduate Institute of Photonics and Optoelectronics, Professor Lee has contributed significantly to academic and research endeavours. With a rich academic background, including editorial roles for esteemed journals and membership in renowned international organisations such as SPIE and IEEE, Professor Lee is a leading figure in fostering global academic connections.

Professor Lee's commitment to internationalisation extends beyond his academic roles. From 2019-2021, Professor Lee served as the Director of the Science and Technology Division at the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Houston, further exemplifying his dedication to international collaboration.

His contributions to the fields of photonics and optoelectronics, coupled with his engagement in international academic networks, highlight his leadership in promoting knowledge exchange across borders. With a remarkable track record in education, research, publication and internationalisation, Professor Lee continues to shape the field of photonics and optoelectronics on a global scale.

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Associate Professor Lum Sau Kim
Associate Vice President (Global Relations)
National University of Singapore

Associate Professor LUM Sau Kim is Associate Vice President (Global Relations) at the National University of Singapore (NUS). She served as Academic Director at NUS Global from 2021 to 2023, and as Assistant Dean at the former School of Design & Environment from 2018 to 2021. Currently, Sau Kim is also a Resident Fellow at the Ridge View Residential College.

A former ASEAN and British Council scholar, Sau Kim obtained her B.Sc. (Estate Management) honours degree from NUS, Masters in Land Economy from University of Aberdeen, and PhD in Business Administration (Finance and Real Estate) from University of California at Berkeley. She teaches real estate finance and securitisation as a faculty member of the NUS Business School, and is a winner of several faculty and university teaching awards. Her research interests cover the areas of housing and land policy, index construction and green finance.

Sau Kim developed the official suite of indices for the Singapore housing sector. She has also consulted for various organisations including Citibank, GIC, Housing & Development Board, Ministry of Housing of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Ministry of Law of Singapore, Singapore Land Authority and Urban Redevelopment Authority. She sits on the Valuation Review Board of the Ministry of Finance.

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Ms Gwen Burrows
Associate Vice President International
University of Toronto

Gwen Burrows was appointed Assistant Vice-President, International Engagement & Impact at the University of Toronto (U of T) in June 2022. Gwen previously served as Executive Director, International from 2017-2022. She takes joy in collaborating with colleagues across the university and internationally to advance.

U of T ’s global engagement and impact in research, in teaching and learning. She leads the team who further develops and implements the university’s international strategy across multiple dimensions, with a particular focus on region-specific engagement strategies and the development of respectful, reciprocal partnerships to maximize U of T’s global impact. Over the past several years, she has been a key contributor to the development of an Institutional Strategic Initiative focussed on the SDGs; the development of a Health Collaborative network with 8 African universities; the launch of a new Centre in Mumbai focussed on urban challenges; and ongoing engagement through several global networks on how universities can and do contribute to addressing social challenges.

Prior to joining the University of Toronto, Gwen held a number of leadership positions at The Hospital for Sick Children, including as Executive Director, Public Affairs and Child Health Advocacy from 2013-2017.

Gwen holds a Master’s in Philosophy from Johns Hopkins and a BA (Hons) from McGill University.

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Professor Alex Mihailidis
Associate Vice President, International Partnerships
University of Toronto

Professor Mihailidis is the Associate Vice-President for International Partnerships at the University of Toronto, and the Scientific Director of the AGE-WELL Network of Centres of Excellence, which focuses on the development of new technologies and services for older adults. He is a Professor in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy (U of T) and in Biomedical Engineering (U of T), with a cross appointment in the Department of Computer Science (U of T).

Professor Mihailidis has been conducting research in the field of technology to support older adults for the past 24 years, having published over 250 journal papers, conference papers, and abstracts in this field. Dr. Mihailidis is also very active in the rehabilitation engineering profession, currently as the Past-President for RESNA (Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America). He was also named a Fellow of RESNA in 2014, which is one of the highest honours within this field of research and practice, and a Fellow in the Canadian Academy of Health Science (CAHS) in 2021 for his contributions to the health and well-being of older Canadians.

In 2022, Dr. Mihailidis was recognized by the UN as one of the Healthy Ageing 50 – 50 leaders working to transform the world to be a better place in which to grow older.

Professor Mihailidis received a B.A.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from University of Toronto in 1996, a M.A.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering in 1998 from the University of Toronto, and a PhD in Bioengineering (Rehabilitation Engineering) in 2002 from the University of Strathclyde (Glasgow, Scotland).

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Professor Raghunathan Rengaswamy
Dean, Global Engagement
IIT Madras

Professor Raghunathan Rengaswamy is the Marti Mannarriah Gurunath Institute Chair Professor, Dean Global Engagement, and a core member of the Robert Bosch Center for Data Science and AI (RBC-DSAI) at IIT Madras. He is a co-Founder and Director of three IITM incubated companies: Gyan Data Pvt. Ltd. in data analytics, GITAA Pvt. Ltd., a data science training company, and Elicius Energy, developing novel hydrogen PEM fuel cells. Prior to his joining IIT Madras, he worked for several years as a faculty in the US and at IIT Bombay.

As Dean of Global Engagement, he oversees an office that is tasked with enhancing international engagement, developing joint degree programs with international partners, and running an international conference secretariat at IIT Madras. He has recently been leading IIT Madras efforts on starting its first offshore campus in Zanzibar, Africa. The first BS program in Data Science and AI is expected to be offered in the Zanzibar campus in October 2023.

Raghu’s research work is in systems engineering with a focus on modeling and the use of data science, ML and AI techniques. He also approaches problems in energy systems, systems biology and droplet microfluidics using systems principles. His work in these areas has resulted in more than 150 papers, two US patents, two Indian patents and several conference papers and presentations.

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Dr Sebnem Ozkan
Associate Director of Global Hubs, Office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs
Cornell University

Şebnem Özkan is responsible for the coordination and operations of Cornell Global Hubs. Özkan joined Global Cornell in January 2022 with more than two decades of professional experience and extensive academic background in international and area studies, including holding critical positions at federally funded European and global studies centers at the Georgia Institute of Technology, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Most recently, she served as the inaugural associate director of the Atlanta Global Studies Center, a consortium of Georgia Tech and Georgia State University (2019–22). Before that, she worked at the European Union Center at Illinois (2008–19), first as an outreach coordinator and then as associate director and director of graduate studies. She also held positions at the European Studies Alliance at Wisconsin as a research assistant and student advisor (1999-2008).

Özkan holds Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in industrial relations, with an interdisciplinary emphasis in international and comparative industrial relations, from UW-Madison and a B.A. in labor economics and industrial relations from the Faculty of Political Science, Ankara University (Mülkiye).

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Professor Clare McManus
Dean for Global Engagement (External Relations)
University of Glasgow

Clare McManus is the University of Glasgow's Dean for Global Engagement for South East Asia and Australasia (since 2019). Previously, she was the International Dean for the College of Social Sciences within the University. She has developed joint degree programmes and research partnerships with a range of international partners. She holds a PhD in Politics and is a Professor and Head of Central and East European Studies, and Co-Director of the Centre for Russian, Central and East European Studies (CRCEES).

She developed, won European funding for and implemented the University of Glasgow’s first ever Erasmus Mundus joint postgraduate taught degree programme, International Master in Russian, Central and East European Studies from 2012 onwards. It incorporated mandatory international mobilities in at least two different countries, international placements, international summer schools and jointly delivered blended learning. This involved leading a Consortium of ten university partners from across Europe and Central Asia. She has advised on the curriculum design of further Erasmus Mundus programmes which also include international summer schools, deliver blended learning programmes, offer joint dissertation supervision and student placements.

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Professor David Weller
Regional Director (Southeast Asia & Australasia)
University of Edinburgh

David Weller graduated from the University of Adelaide in 1982. After postgraduate training and academic posts in Australia he took up the James Mackenzie Chair in General Practice at the University of Edinburgh - he also co-directs the University’s Centre for Population Health Sciences. David’s main research interests are in cancer and primary care, and he works with an international network of collaborators on cancer prevention, screening, early diagnosis, and survivorship. David sits on various national and international research and government committees on cancer and works as a general practitioner in central Edinburgh.

In 2017 he was appointed International Dean for SE Asia/Australasia for the university; his key role is to develop and nurture partnerships with academic institutions, government & funding agencies, and industry in the region. His interests include SDG-driven partnerships and mechanisms for engaging the academic community. As part of the Edinburgh Global partnerships team, he contributes to the university’s internationalisation efforts in developing sustainable, equitable and focused partnerships, as part of its ‘Strategy 2030’ initiative.

External Partner Speakers

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Mr Simon Duffy AM GAICD
Executive Director, Taronga Zoo
Taronga Conservation Society Australia

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Simon has 25 years’ experience working in the zoo and wildlife conservation industry. In 2009 Simon was awarded the position of Director of Wildlife Conservation and Science at Taronga Conservation Society Australia. In this role he was responsible for developing the care and welfare of Taronga’s wildlife population and the 2000 injured and orphaned wildlife admitted to the Wildlife Hospitals annually, the expansion and evolution of the conservation science team and the transformation of Taronga’s investment and impact in wildlife conservation. In 2019 Simon was appointed to the position of Executive Director for Taronga Zoo, responsible for the full operations of the Zoo in Mosman, Sydney and shaping what Taronga Zoo will look like and be for the community well into the future.

Simon’s an active member of several conservation and welfare committees and Boards. He is currently Chair of the Jane Goodall Institute Australia Board. Simon is passionate about creating better relationships between wildlife and communities – how they can connect and interact for a more balanced and sustainable future.

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Mr Paul Maguire PSM
Director of Education, Taronga Zoo
Taronga Conservation Society Australia

Paul is the Director of Education at Taronga Conservation Society Australia and has worked there for 27 years. Paul has a Bachelor of Education (PE & Health and Science) and is passionate about nature, conservation, youth, Indigenous issues and behaviour change. He has had several roles at Taronga primarily in the education sphere but also spent significant time as the Director of Guest Experience and Community Conservation.

Paul is passionate about transforming students and guests into advocates for conservation – into people who will do more and be more “for the wild”. To achieve this brave goal, he has developed many innovative education programs, exhibits, experiences, and partnerships. Education at Taronga includes programs for students from pre-school to university delivered alongside innovative informal learning programs for guests and of ages. He is very proud of the significant extension and growth in adult education through the Taronga Training Institute as an RTO and the University of Sydney Education partnership which have extended Taronga’s impact. In 2017 his hard work and dedication was recognised with him being awarded the NSW Public Service Medal for contributions to conservation education.

Paul has developed and implemented many behaviour change campaigns at Taronga with a focus on illegal wildlife trade, sustainable seafood, plastics free oceans/rivers, human animal conflict and sustainable palm oil. These campaigns use the theory of planned behaviour change to drive conservation action from guests and have won both national and international awards for their engagement and the positive impacts they have on wild species and habitats.

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Ms Emma Hoy
Media Liaison, Communications and Development Coordinator

As Media Liaison, Communications and Development Coordinator, Emma works closely with 360info clients and stakeholders around the Asia Pacific to establish and maintain strong partnerships, and build brand awareness for the public interest journalism initiative. She holds a double Master’s Degree in Journalism and International Relations from Monash University, and is passionate about fostering impactful, public interest journalism around the world.