Dr Joanna Newman is Secretary General of the Association of Commonwealth Universities, and took up the post on 3 April 2017.
Joanna studied for her BA at Middlesex University and her MA at University College London. She was awarded the Parkes Studentship to study for her PhD at the University of Southampton, UK; her research focused on Britain, the West Indies and refuge during the 1930s and 1940s.
She received a fellowship in American Jewish history at the American Jewish Archives in Cincinnati, and a postgraduate fellowship at the Centre for Advanced Study, Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London.
She has held academic posts at the University of Warwick and University College London.
Following her time in academia, Joanna then lived in Germany and the USA, working as a journalist and producer, before returning to higher education management at the British Library.
Joanna was appointed Vice-Principal (International) of King’s College London in March 2014, having been Director of the UK Higher Education International Unit, representing UK higher education institutions in international policy and engagement.
Joanna is on the board of the School of Advanced Studies, University of London; International Programmes, University of London; The Conversation UK; and Vitae’s external advisory board.
In 2014, she was honoured as a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in recognition of her work promoting British higher education internationally.