(in alphabetical order)

AJAYI, Esther

Esther Ajayi

Esther Ajayi has been the Director of Personnel Affairs, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria, since January 2008. Prior to this assignment, she had served in various sections in the administration of the University since August 1983.

Esther holds a Bachelor of Education (1977) from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, and Master of Public Administration (1990) from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. She is a member and currently the Chairperson of the Nigerian Institute of Management (Chartered), Ile-Ife Chapter; 2008 Fellow of the Higher Education Resource Services - South Africa (HERS-SA) Academy; and Fellow of the Institute of Corporate Administration of Nigeria (FCAI).

She is married with children. She spends her free time as a volunteer church worker and as mentor/advisor to employees of her university and job-seeking youths.

Esther will be speaking in Session 7.iii. on the morning of Tuesday 15 July

ASIF, Aqeela

Aqeela Asif

Aqeela Asif is an Assistant Professor at COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Islamabad, Pakistan. Her qualifications include a BA in Political Science & History and a Masters in History from the University of the Punjab; and a B.Ed from Allama Iqbal Open University. She is currently completing an M.Phil in International Relations from Preston University, Pakistan.

Her work experience began with tutoring at Allama Iqbal Open University in 1989 and an internship as a teaching assistant at Fatima Jinnah Women University in 1999, which led to teaching at the Master’s level in the department of Education and Islamic Studies at the same university. In 2002, she joined Sir Syed Institute of Technology as Lecturer where she was also a member of the Academic Council. Aqeela joined COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT) in 2004, as Lecturer and was promoted the following year to Assistant Professor.

In 2012 her 32 bi-lingual (Urdu and English) lectures on Pakistan Studies were recorded for CIIT’s virtual campus. She has participated in many regional and international conferences, seminars and workshops and represented her institute and country. She is a freelance writer and has participated in various TV talk shows as an educationist. Her columns and articles regularly appear in international and national newspapers on different social, economic, moral and educational topics. In recognition of her services in higher education she was awarded a gold medal by Nazriya-i- Pakistan Council Islamabad in 2013. Idara Frogh-i-Taleem and Ministry of education also awarded her a gold medal in 2014.

Aqeela will be speaking in Session 13.ii. on the morning of Wednesday 16 July


Liz Bare

Liz Baré is a Senior Fellow in the Centre for the Study of Higher Education at the University of Melbourne, Australia, and also a Senior Fellow of the LH Martin Institute for Higher Education Leadership and Management. She is also a partner in HR Global Innovations.

Liz commenced her working life in charge of a small special library in a government agency, supervising two other staff. There she learnt valuable lessons in management, supervision and working in complex organisations. She moved through a series of technical and line management positions in that agency, and in 1983 was appointed to head its 50-strong personnel branch. There she fell in love with human resource management and decided that this was her true vocation. Her next assignment was to create a HR function in one of the world’s largest volunteer organisations.

She has now headed the human resource function in three different organisations. Her longest appointment was as Vice-Principal (Human Resources) at the University of Melbourne. She and her colleagues developed the function at the University from a personnel function to a well-regarded human resources division. In recent years, Liz has been Head of Administration at the University of Melbourne, where she was responsible for service delivery of IT, Finance, Research, Marketing, Property and Grounds as well as overseeing a major restructure of administrative service delivery.

Liz will be co-presenting an interactive forum with Kath Clarke in Session 4.iii. on the afternoon of Monday 14 July

BARR, Christine

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Christine Barr is the Director of Human Resources at the University of Glasgow, UK, with a track record of delivery at corporate and strategic levels within both the public and private sectors. A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development with an MSc in Human Resources Management, Christine spent her early career in a series of HR professional roles in the retail and manufacturing sectors and the water industry.

Following a period in the further education sector, Christine has been employed by the University of Glasgow for 15 years in a series of HR leadership roles including Deputy Director, having originally been employed in an HR business partner capacity within the institution. Christine has led the development and implementation of numerous HR strategic initiatives, aligned to the realisation of organisational objectives. This includes the University’s People & Organisational Development Strategy that includes the staff theme of the University’s Internationalisation Strategy – enhancing global reach and reputation. She has been an active participant in the HR network of Universitas 21.

Christine will be speaking with Tracey Stirling in Session 3.iii. on the morning of Monday 14 July

BEECH, Dr Diana

Diana Beech

Dr Diana Beech is a Research Associate at the Faraday Institute, University of Cambridge, UK, where she is working on a project exploring the role and relevance of values to decision-making processes in the European Research Area.

Diana came to this project from a strong background in both German and wider European Studies, having completed her PhD at the University of Cambridge before assuming two consecutive post-doctoral research fellowships at the University of British Columbia, Canada, and the Technical University of Berlin, Germany.

Today, Diana is highly involved in European research policy, both co-chairing a collaborative research network on the European Research Area and being an active member of the European Commission-initiated 'Voice of the Researchers’ group, committed to giving researchers a say in how European research policy is debated and formulated at the EU level.

Diana will be speaking in Session 4.ii. on the afternoon of Monday 14 July

BRIGGS, Professor John

John Briggs

Professor John Briggs is Clerk of Senate and Vice-Principal of the University of Glasgow, UK. He is also Professor of Geography and Chair of the interdisciplinary Glasgow Centre for International Development (GCID) which coordinates and promotes the University of Glasgow's research activities in the area of international development, mainly with partners in African countries. John is also the University of Glasgow's International Dean for Africa, with the responsibility for overseeing the University’s partnerships with African universities.

His research interests are in environment and development issues, primarily in rural Africa, and his most recent work has been on understanding key local environmental knowledges constructed and deployed by rural people.

He is a UK government advisor on international development and is a member of the UK Department for International Development’s Research Advisory Group.

John will be speaking in Session 3.ii. on the morning of Monday 14 July

CHAZARIN, Emmanuelle

portrait coming soonEmmanuelle Chazarin is Communications Assistant at The Association of Commonwealth Universities.

She works on a range of communications channels, both online and in print, which support external engagement and networking. She is also involved in the ACU's current digital campaign called ‘The world beyond 2015 – Is higher education ready?’, which aims to raise awareness of how universities can and should respond to global challenges beyond 2015.

Emmanuelle worked in the publishing sector prior to joining the ACU. She holds a BA (Hons) in Journalism from The University of Sheffield, UK.

Emmanuelle will be speaking with Natasha Lokhun in Session 13.ii. on the morning of Wednesday 16 July

CHOO, Siow Leng

Siow Leng Choo

Siow Leng Choo is currently Director of Human Resources at the National University of Singapore (NUS). She has more than 25 years of HR experience both locally and regionally, spanning across areas like compensation and benefits, performance management, employee relations, as well as HR integration in M&A exercises.

Joining the NUS when it became a corporatised entity in 2006 after a century’s existence as a public institution, she brought with her a well-rounded HR experience from various commercial and public sectors to contribute to the University’s transformation journey.

Siow Leng holds a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts from the NUS.

Siow Leng will be speaking in Session 11.i. on the afternoon of Tuesday 15 July


Kath Clarke

Kath Clarke is the Director of Human Resources at Goldsmiths, University of London, UK, a role she has held since January 2013. Prior to that, Kath was the Director of Human Resources at her alma mater, the University of Auckland in New Zealand, for nine years. The first fifteen years of Kath’s career were spent in human resources roles in international professional services firms in New Zealand and Canada.

Kath has an active interest in the internationalisation of the higher education sector. During her time at Auckland she attended the regular Group of Eight HR Directors meetings in Australia, undertook two study tours to universities in the US and Canada and led the development of the Universitas 21 HR Network.

Kath will be co-presenting an interactive forum with Liz Baré in Session 4.iii. on the afternoon of Monday 14 July

DAYSH, Steve

Steve Daysh

Steve Daysh is a Partner in HR Global Innovations. He has had extensive experience in both the higher education and government sector. Prior to resigning to move into consultancy in 2006 he was the General Manager of Human Resources at an Australian Group of Eight University for eight years.

In that position, Steve managed in excess of 40 staff in a diverse portfolio covering recruitment and appointments, industrial relations, HR strategy, equity and diversity, occupational health and safety, payroll services, superannuation, organisational development and HR systems. He has exceptional industrial relations and negotiation skills developed through two mergers, university-wide downsizing programmes and being a lead negotiator and strategist for four university enterprise bargaining rounds.

Steve has presented papers on Strategic Human Resource Management, Strategic Attraction and Recruitment, An International Perspective on Demography and Academic Staffing, and HRIS System Implementations at international conferences in Australia, England, Trinidad, South Africa and Pakistan. He has a B.Bus degree in HR and Industrial Relations from the University of South Australia.

Steve will be presenting a workshop in Session 7.ii. on the morning of Tuesday 15 July

FALK, Emma

Emma Falk

Emma Falk is a Research Officer at the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU). She is the author of the report ACU Academic Staff Salary Survey 2012-2013, the most recent of the ACU’s long-standing analysis of academic salary scales and benefits. She also led the previous analysis for 2009-2010.

At the ACU, Emma works on a variety of projects, including coordinating benchmarking exercises for the DFID-funded Development of Research Utilisation in Sub-Sahara Africa project; coordinating the Research Management Benchmarking Programme 2010-2012; and, currently, helping to develop quantitative benchmarking surveys for the ACU’s new online benchmarking tool ACU Measures. She has also provided support for the EU-funded Research & Innovation Management Improvement for Africa and the Caribbean project, for the conduct and analysis of surveys, and for organising conferences.

Emma graduated from the University of Westminster, UK, in 2005 with a BA degree in International Relations and Politics, and obtained her MSc in Violence Conflict and Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), UK, in 2008. She has previously been a part-time Visiting Lecturer at the University of Westminster, and has worked with Housing Strategy at Enfield Council.

Emma will be speaking in Session 3.i. on the morning of Monday 14 July


Andrea Farquhar

Andrea Farquhar is Assistant Vice-President, Public and Government Relations at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada. McMaster was founded in 1887 and is ranked in the world’s top 100 universities.

In addition to almost ten years spent as a reporter and newsreader, she has more than 15 years of senior level communication experience leading public relations and public affairs activities. At McMaster she is responsible for communications, government relations, media relations, social media, development communications, marketing, internal communications, community relations, the alumni magazine and issues and reputation management.

She served for over a decade on Hamilton’s Gallery of Distinction Board, currently chairs the Ontario Universities Public Affairs Committee, sits on the communications and marketing committee for Ronald MacDonald House, and is an active mentor within both the University and the Canadian Public Relations Society.

Andrea will be presenting a workshop in Session 7.i. on the morning of Tuesday 15 July


portrait coming soonAilie Ferrari is Director of Marketing Communications in the Communications Office at the University of Glasgow, UK. Her qualifications include a BA (Hons) in Marketing from the University of Strathclyde, UK, a Diploma of the Market Research Society, and a Diploma of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM).

With a breadth of marketing experience gained in financial services, learning, IT and B2B environments, Ailie is a Chartered Marketer, a member of the CIM Scotland Region Board and a Fellow of the Leadership Foundation.

Prior to joining the University of Glasgow in 2012, Ailie was the marketing lead at Glasgow Caledonian University, UK, winning awards for Best Student Recruitment Website from HEIST and Best Marketing Team from the CIM. As Head of Marketing Services at learndirect scotland (now Skills Development Scotland), Ailie delivered effective national media campaigns to convince ‘hard-to-reach learners’ of the benefits of lifelong learning.

Ailie will be Master of Ceremonies in Session 1 on the morning of Monday 14 July


Andy Fryer

Andy Fryer is Head of Communications and Membership at UCEA (the Universities and Colleges Employers Association), where he is responsible for developing and delivering an effective external relations strategy for the organisation and its 164 member UK HE institutions.

Andy provides communications advice and support to members, oversees media enquiries and plays a key role in managing the UCEA profile and membership development. He previously held communications posts at a number of further and higher education institutions in the UK, including the University of Sussex and Harrow College.

Before joining UCEA as a Communications Officer, Andy worked for Lewisham Council’s media department and was responsible for Education and Resources. He set up the UCEA Communications Strategy Working Group in 2008 and is an Executive Committee member for the Higher Education External Relations Association (HEERA).

Andy holds a BA (Hons) from the University of Sussex, UK, an MA from London Metropolitan University, UK, and a range of communications, marketing, PR and management qualifications.

Andy will be presenting a workshop at Session 10.i. on Tuesday 15 July


Paul Geswindt

Paul Geswindt is the Director of Alumni Relations and Fundraising at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU), a merged university in South Africa. He was responsible for Marketing and Recruitment at NMMU and the former University of Port Elizabeth. His current role includes serving as the Executive Officer of the NMMU Alumni Association and overseeing all its projects, including the University Shop.

Paul has postgraduate qualifications in Business Management, Marketing Management, Educational Management and Development Studies. He chairs the South African Higher Education Alumni Consortium and the Association of Commonwealth Universities’ PR, Communication and Marketing Network. He also serves as a trustee of several community development boards. Since he joined the University, his teams have won several national and international awards for recruitment initiatives (Open Day), marketing material (brochures) and newsletters (alumni and schools).

Paul will be speaking at Session 8.ii. on the morning of Tuesday 15 July


Johan Grobbelaar

Dr Johan Grobbelaar is a Senior Professor in Plant Sciences at the University of the Free State (UFS) in South Africa. He obtained a DSc degree from UFS in 1974 for his research on the freshwaters of the Sub-Antarctic Island Marion. His research activities have taken him to a wide variety of institutions in the world. He serves on several editorial boards of scientific journals and has received many honours, amongst others the Silver Medal from the South African Association of Botanists, the Council of the UFS’s Medal for research, the UFS National Alumni Award, and ‘Bloemfonteiner of the Year’ (the city where he lives).

He had been a City Councillor for 15 years, and served as chair of the majority trade union (UVPERSU) for 15 years. In 2011 he was a finalist for the prestigious SA NSTF-BHP Billiton Awards for his outstanding contribution to Science, Engineering, Technology and Innovation (SETI) in South Africa. During 2011 he also received an award from The International Society for Applied Phycology as Distinguished Applied Phycologist for continued and outstanding contributions to this field of Science.

Johan will be presenting a workshop, alongside Anita Lombard and Chelepe David Mocwana, in Session 8.i. on the morning of Tuesday 15 July

HALL, Julie

Julie Hall

Julie Hall is Director of Academic Enhancement at the University of Roehampton, a UK National Teaching Fellow and Vice-Chair of SEDA (Staff and Educational Development Association) in the UK.
Julie originally taught sociology at undergraduate level. At the University of Roehampton she has responsibility for the design, implementation and evaluation of the Learning Teaching and Assessment Strategy, enhancement of the student academic experience and the professional development of academic staff at all levels.

Julie regularly takes part in research and consultancy including contributing to the Educational Leadership MBA at the Institution of Education, London, UK. In 2011 she was invited to advise David Willetts, the UK Minister of State for Universities and Science, on reward and recognition for teaching in universities. She recently led a national team which explored the ways in which universities might embed strategies to ensure staff (academics and administrators) are able to engage with information technology.

Other projects, funded by the UK HE Academy, looked at issues of gender and pedagogic practice and the attainment of black and minority ethnic students. Julie sits on the editorial board of the Association of University Administrators’ Journal and has written extensively on academic professional development, access to higher education and change management in higher education.

Julie will be speaking in Session 11.iii. on the afternoon of Tuesday 15 July

HAWA, Harriet

Harriet Hawa

Harriet Hawa is Senior Employment Officer at Makerere University, Uganda. She holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resources Management, a Master's of Arts in Educational Management, and a Bachelor of Science, Organisational Management, from Ahfat University College for Women, Khartoum, Sudan.

Harriet has 16 years’ experience in higher education human resource management, specifically at Makerere University, as follows: August 2011 to date: Senior Employment Officer; July 2008 to August 2011: Senior Performance Management Officer; January 2008 to October 2008: Performance Management Officer; June 1998 to January 2008: Assistant Secretary (Personnel) and March 1997 to May 1998: Administrative Assistant. Before joining Makerere University, Harriet worked for the Episcopal Church of Sudan in Khartoum as an Administrative Secretary from 1988-1992.

Harriet will be speaking in Session 10.ii. on the afternoon of Tuesday 15 July

HILDYARD, Professor Angela

Professor Hildyard

Professor Angela Hildyard is Vice-President, Human Resources and Equity, and Professor of Higher Education at the University of Toronto, Canada. First appointed Vice-President in 2001, Professor Hildyard has since been reappointed three times. As Vice-President, she is responsible for employment and labour relations with 22 unions and three staff associations, as well as salary and benefits negotiations with the Faculty Association; organisational and leadership development; creating and implementing policies that reflect the University's commitment to equity, diversity and excellence; and environmental and occupational health and safety. She is also responsible for coordinating the University's crisis and pandemic planning and is a standing member of the University's 'High Risk' team.

Prior to this role, Angela was the Principal of Woodsworth College, the largest Arts and Science undergraduate college at the University of Toronto. She was also the Director of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) prior to its merger with the University of Toronto.

Angela is a Full Professor in the Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education at OISE, where she regularly teaches courses on Leadership, Diversity and Equity within Higher Education and supervises a number of doctoral students. She is in high demand as a mentor/advisor to graduate students and to employees – of every level – at the University.

Angela will be giving a Plenary address on the afternoon of Tuesday 15 July 

HUYSAMEN, Dr Renalde

Renalde Huysamen

Dr Renalde Huysamen holds a D.Com. degree in Performance Management and Change. She has 25 years’ experience in the business and educational fields where she operated as a business consultant, trainer, public speaker and part-time lecturer at both national and international higher education institutions. As a business consultant she implemented performance management projects in both the private and public sectors, where she also provided training initiatives. She has delivered papers at national and international conferences and has published articles in the fields of human resources and organisational behaviour.

In November 2006, Renalde was appointed as Head: Performance Management and Staff Development at the University of the Free State (UFS) in South Africa where her main tasks are the planning and implementation of Performance Management and coordinating professional enrichment programmes for staff. Renalde has been a part-time lecturer and supervisor at the School of Management at UFS since 2008.

What drives this person? The belief that leaders should create an environment where people experience flow, in other words, organisations that flourish and are not dogged by anxiety and stress. To create such an organisation is not easy (it is not Pollyanna stuff or marshmallow management) – it is tough work.

Renalde will be speaking in Session 10.ii. on the afternoon of Tuesday 15 July

JOHNS, Alison

Alison Johns

Alison Johns is Head of Policy for Leadership, Governance and Management (LGM) and Head of Organisational Development at HEFCE (Higher Education Funding Council for England). She has worked in higher education for over 20 years where she has held a number of senior positions.

As Head of LGM, Alison has a wide range of specific policy responsibilities to support the enhancement of LGM capacity and capability in the sector. These include: working closely with the CUC (Committee of University Chairs) on governance development; the Leadership Foundation for HE for which she has funding responsibility; the HE workforce; HEFCE’s strategy to support estates development in the sector; sustainable development including carbon reduction; equality and diversity and the Equality Challenge Unit; the efficiency and value for money agenda including shared services and procurement development. She also works closely with colleagues in the development of HEFCE's assurance and regulatory frameworks. Internally she heads up the OD and HR function and is a member of the HEFCE Executive Group and Senior Management Team.

She is the national President of the Association of University Administrators (AUA) and is the UK representative on the Association of Commonwealth Universities Human Resource Management Network. Alison holds an MA in Management Learning from the University of Lancaster, UK. She speaks regularly on the subject of Leadership, Governance and Management of Higher Education nationally and internationally. Prior to HE Alison worked in the private sector as a management consultant and before that was a career civil servant.

Alison will be speaking in Session 11.ii. on the afternoon of Tuesday 15 July


Emma Leech is currently the Director of Marketing and Advancement at Loughborough University, UK, since May this year. Prior to this appointment she was Director of Marketing, Communications and Recruitment at the University of Nottingham, UK.

She chairs the Chartered Institute of Marketing’s (CIM) HE Marketing Interest Group and is a member of CIM’s Board of Trustees. A Chartered Marketer, Chartered Manager, and a Chartered PR Practitioner, she has won a string of awards over two decades, spanning publications, innovation, fundraising, digital, PR, communications and web, and is skilled at harnessing resources strategically to improve reputation, brand and profile.

Emma’s team won both the 2011 THE Outstanding Leadership and Management Award Communications and Marketing Team of the Year award, and the 2012 Heist Marketing Team of the Year Award. She became the 2011 International Brand Master for her work in HE marketing. In 2012, she was awarded both IoD/CIPR Public Relations Director of the Year and IOIC Internal Communicator of the Year.

Emma holds a BA (Hons), an MBA and the following marketing, PR and management qualifications: FRSA, FInstILM, FCIPR, FCIM, FCMI, FIIC and MIoD.

Emma will be giving a Plenary address on the afternoon of Monday 14 July

LOKHUN, Natasha

portrait coming soonNatasha Lokhun is Communications Manager at The Association of Commonwealth Universities. She oversees a range of online and print communications channels which support engagement with and networking among an international audience.

She is also responsible for communications and external liaison for the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission, the UK government’s main arm for scholarships for developing countries, managed by the ACU.

Prior to joining the ACU, Natasha worked in internal communications for NatWest Bank. She has a BA in English Language and Literature from King’s College London, and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations.

Natasha will be speaking with Emmanuelle Chazarin in Session 13.ii. on the morning of Wednesday 16 July


Anita Lombard

Anita Lombard is Chief Executive Officer of the Personnel Union at UFS. She studied law, labour law and social sciences at the University of Pretoria, South Africa, the University of South Africa, and also at UFS. She has always been involved in community and social programmes, ranging from various sports activities to motivational talks, and plays an active part in UFS wellness and performance management committees, employment equity and managing diversity and multiculturalism.

In 1999 she was appointed as the first CEO of the majority trade union (UVPERSU) at UFS, a position she still holds today. She sits in on all shortlist meetings and interviews on the UFS campus where she gives legal and other advice when necessary. She also serves as union representative on several university committees as full member, observer or advisor. Amongst these committees are the Institutional Forum (a statutory body), the Executive of Senate, the University Management Committee, the Employment Equity Committee, and the Mutual Forum, which negotiates for fringe benefits, conditions of service and yearly negotiations for salary adjustments.

She represents members in disciplinary and grievance hearings and also in cases where retrenchments on grounds of operational requirements become necessary. She handles all union correspondence and communication (including social media and press conferences) and manages three charities for staff members. Good relations are maintained with the UFS Human Resources Department and the Employee Relations Division, and she works very closely with them on a daily basis.

Anita will be presenting a workshop, alongside Johan Grobbelaar and Chelepe David Mocwana, in Session 8.i. on the morning of Tuesday 15 July

MAKANJUOLA, Professor Roger

Professor Roger Makanjuola obtained degrees in Physiology (1966) and in Medicine (1970) at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, and a PhD (1978) from the University of Edinburgh, UK. He obtained his specialist postgraduate qualification, the Membership of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 1975. He is also a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London, UK, the West African College of Physicians, and the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria.

Roger spent the greater part of his working life on the academic staff of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria, and as an honorary consultant in its associated Teaching Hospital, the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital Complex. He was appointed a Professor of Psychiatry in 1984. He served as Chief Medical Director of the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospitals Complex from 1989-1997.

He was appointed Acting Vice-Chancellor of the Obafemi Awolowo University in 1999 and then Vice-Chancellor of the University from 2001-2006. He has also served as President of the West African College of Physicians from 2007-2008 and Chairman of the Medical and Dental Practitioners Council of Nigeria from 2010-2011.

Roger will be giving a Plenary address on the morning of Tuesday 15 July 2014

MARGINSON, Professor Simon

Professor Marginson

Professor Simon Marginson is Professor of International Higher Education at the Institute of Education, University of London, UK, and Honorary Professorial Fellow of the University of Melbourne, Australia, Centre for the Study of Higher Education. He is Joint Editor-in-Chief of Higher Education, the principal world scholarly journal in higher education studies. He specialises in research and scholarship in relation to higher education, and comparative and international education with emphasis on globalisation, and is one of the world's most highly cited social science researchers in these fields. In 2014, Simon will deliver the Clark Kerr lectures at the University of California, the first non-United States' scholar to be asked to do so.

Simon completed his PhD in Education in 1996 at the University of Melbourne, where he worked from 1993-1998 and 2006-2013. He was at Monash University, Australia, from 1998-2006 as Professor of Education. He edited the Australian Journal of Education from 2000-2005. He became a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences Australia (FASSA) in 2000, and in 2002 was awarded a five-year Australian Professorial Fellowship on the recommendation of the Australian Research Council (ARC). He is an Honorary Fellow of the Society for Research into Higher Education in the UK.

He has published more than 300 journal articles, review essays, books, and other academic publications and has co-written three policy papers published by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). He is a regular public commentator on higher education, especially national policy in the UK and in Australia, and on developments in higher education in East and Southeast Asia, and in Europe and Russia.

Simon will be giving a Plenary address on the morning of Monday 14 July 2014

MARTIN, Dr Catherine

Catherine MartinDr Catherine Martin is the College Secretary in the College of Arts at the University of Glasgow, UK, a post she took up in 2010, having joined from a professional services firm where she worked in corporate finance.

In 2014, Catherine chaired the University’s Commonwealth Games group, charged with maximising the benefit to the University of its interaction with the Games.

Catherine will be speaking in Session 5 on the afternoon of Monday 14 July

MOCWANA, Chelepe David

Chelepe Mocwana

Chelepe David Mocwana was born and grew up in the Free State in central South Africa. He obtained a B.Iuris degree at Vista University, South Africa, and a LLB degree at UFS. Since 2013 he has been serving as Senior Officer of Employee Relations at UFS.

Prior to this role, Chelepe served for six years as an administrator and also as the full-time shop steward of the National Education, Health & Allied Workers’ Union (NEHAWU) on the UFS campus. He has experience of service on many university committees, including the Executive of Senate, the Professoriate Committee, the Institutional Forum and the University Management Committee. He also served as the Provincial coordinator of the NEHAWU tertiary sector, a member of Free State provincial paralegal team, and regional coordinator of Central West region paralegal team, and represented members at hearings when delegated by the region and the province at different workplaces.

Chelepe will be presenting a workshop, alongside Anita Lombard and Johan Grobbelaar, in Session 8.i. on the morning of Tuesday 15 July

MOKOELE, Dr Matata

Matata Mokoele

Dr Matata Mokoele is currently the Senior Director of Human Resources at Durban University of Technology (DUT), located in the cities of Durban and Pietermaritzburg in the province of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

Prior to joining DUT, Matata worked for two other South African universities for an aggregate period of six years as a Human Resources Executive. Having worked for Morse Enterprises, Inc., Reach and Teach (both US-based companies), the National Home Builders Registration Council, Independent Development Trust, and the Independent Electoral Commission (all in South Africa), he has a credible record of international and local experience in both corporate and non-corporate settings.

Matata is also an Adult Educator and holds a PhD in Adult Learning and Human Resource Development, having graduated from Virginia Polytechnic and State University (Virginia Tech), USA.

Matata will be speaking in Session 3.iii. on the morning of Monday 14 July

MUSCATELLI, Professor Anton

Anton Muscatelli

Professor Anton Muscatelli has been Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Glasgow, UK, since October 2009. From 2007-2009 he was Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Heriot-Watt University, UK. An economist, his research interests are monetary economics, central bank independence, fiscal policy, international finance and macroeconomics. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and an Academician in the Learned Societies of the Social Sciences.

Anton served on the 2001 and 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) Panels for Economics and Econometrics. He has served on the Research Grants Board of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and its International Advisory Committee, and was a member of the Council of the Royal Economic Society. He has been a special adviser on monetary policy to the House of Commons Treasury Select Committee, and has previously acted as consultant to the European Commission and the World Bank.

He is a member of the Board of the Scottish Funding Council which provides funding and oversight of Scotland's Colleges and Universities. From 2008-2010 he was Convenor of Universities Scotland and Vice-President of Universities UK. He currently chairs Universities Scotland’s Research and Knowledge Exchange Committee. He has served on a range of committees, networks and working groups within Universities UK. He co-chaired, with Sir Richard Lambert, the steering board for the creation of the new National Centre for Universities and Business and was subsequently invited to join its Board of Directors. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Europe, and on the Board of the Glasgow City Marketing Bureau. From 2014 he is President of the David Hume Institute.

Anton will give a welcome address on the morning of Monday 14 July

NYONI, Lindiwe Judith

Lindiwe Nyoni

Lindiwe Judith Nyoni is the Information and Public Relations Officer at the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) in Zimbabwe, having joined the University in 2011. She is responsible for the Schools Liaison Programme which markets the University and its degree programmes to prospective students. Lindiwe is also responsible for the University’s internal newsletter which she publishes online every month for the University’s Community. Her other roles include managing the University’s social platforms as a communication line between NUST and its stakeholders.

She serves on the NUST Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF) Committee which spearheads the marketing of NUST and students’ projects to the international community that visits the annual ZITF.

Lindiwe holds a BSc (Hons) degree in Journalism and Media Studies obtained at NUST where she is currently working towards an MSc in the same field. Her research focuses on the relationship between the reputation of a university and its influence on the prospective student’s choice of that university.

Lindiwe will be speaking in Session 8.ii on the afternoon of Tuesday 15 July


Tracy Playle

Tracy Playle is the Founder and Director of Pickle Jar Communications Ltd. Following six years working in the Communications Office at the University of Warwick, UK, Tracy set up Pickle Jar Communications in 2007 to advise the education sector on emerging trends in communications and marketing.

She now works with schools, colleges and universities around the world to develop communications strategies that guide their digital content production and use of social media channels.

Tracy will be speaking alongside Rob Speekenbrink in Session 4.i. on the afternoon of Monday 14 July

SANDHU, Col (retd) Prabhdeep Singh

PS Sandhu

Col (retd) Prabhdeep Singh Sandhu is Registrar of the National Institute of Technology, Durgapur, India. Previously he has served as a Registrar for two other reputed technical universities in the country, the Indian Institute of Information Technology, Design and Manufacturing, Jabalpur, and the Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad.

During his tenure in these academic institutes, he has improved the quality of the institutions in a short span of time. He has handled expansion activities of the Indian School of Mines from preparation to implementation, with the students strength increased to 3,150 from 1,000. He has implemented policy and procedures of the Institute successfully in Academics, Examinations, Finance and Purchase. He also served as Secretary of the Selection Committees, conducting meetings for all levels of the faculty.

Prior to his entry into the academic sector, he served in the Indian Army for 30 years as Officiating Brigadier and Commanding Officer. In this capacity, he also made significant contributions to the Indian Army, especially in the field of Technology Management, HR and Logistics Management.

He holds a Bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering and a Master's in Personal Management. He is currently pursuing his PhD in Corporate Social Responsibility.

Prabhdeep will be speaking in Session 8.iii. on the morning of Tuesday 15 July

SALMI, Dr Jamil

Dr Salmi

Dr Jamil Salmi is a global tertiary education expert providing policy advice and consulting services to governments, universities, professional associations, multilateral banks and bilateral cooperation agencies. Until January 2012, he was the World Bank's Tertiary Education Coordinator. He wrote the first World Bank policy paper on higher education reform in 1994 and was the principal author of the World Bank's 2002 tertiary education strategy entitled 'Constructing Knowledge Societies: New Challenges for Tertiary Education'.

In the past 20 years, Jamil has provided advice on tertiary education development, financing reforms and strategic planning to governments and university leaders in more than 80 countries all over the world.

Jamil is a member of the international advisory board of several universities in Europe, Asia, Latin America, North America and the Middle East. He is also a member of the International Advisory Network of the UK Leadership Foundation for Higher Education, and the CHEA International Quality Group Advisory Council. Between 2008 and 2011, he represented the World Bank on the Governing Board of the International Institute for Educational Planning. He is Emeritus Professor of Higher Education at the Diego Portales University in Chile.

Jamil will be giving the Opening Keynote Address on the morning of Monday 14 July 



Dr Mookkiah Soundarapandian is a Professor of Economics and Rural Industries Management in the Gandhigram Rural Institute, Deemed University, India. He is also Director of the Directorate of Distance and Continuing Education, Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, India.

Mookkiah has served in many administrative positions, including Head of Department, Director of the Centre for Entrepreneurship Development, and Project Director. His experience includes 28 years of teaching at postgraduate level and 22 years of research. Under his guidance and supervision, 23 candidates were awarded their PhD and 64 candidates an MPhil degree. He has published 27 books and 139 articles in various international and national journals, and has presented more than 200 papers in various conferences including in Malaysia, South Africa, Thailand and the United Arab Emirates.

He has organised 21 workshops and refresher courses for college teachers. He received the Young Economist Award, Bharat Jyoti Award, and Eminent Educationist Award for his academic achievements. He is a life member of the Indian Economic Association, the Indian Society of Labour Economics, the All India Management Association, the Indian Adult Education Association, the Indian Society of Agricultural Economics, the Indian Academy of Social Sciences, the Indian Institute of Public Administration, the Association of Economists of Tamil Nadu, and the National Cooperative Union of India.

Mookkiah will be speaking in Session 7.iii. on the morning of Tuesday 15 July


Rob Speekenbrink

Rob Speekenbrink is Consultant Online Media at Delft University of Technology, Netherlands.

He has worked for, on and with the internet since 1993 – at first as a designer, later as a project leader for large websites, and now as a consultant on online media. Together with a colleague, he heads a webcare team for the University. They started the webcare service in 2010 and now have a team of 10 students providing online monitoring and service.

Rob will be speaking alongside Tracy Playle in Session 4.i. on the afternoon of Monday 14 July

STAMP, Rosemary 


Rosemary Stamp is Director and Principal Consultant, Stamp Consulting UK. She advises higher education and other public and private sector organisations throughout Europe on strategic planning, effective leadership, brand competitiveness and positioning, stakeholder engagement, policy response and strategic communications.

Rosemary lectures at the postgraduate level at the Institute of Education, University of London, UK, and at the University of Warwick, UK, and is a Leadership Foundation Key Associate, teaching on the Top Management Programme, Governor Development, Senior Strategic Leadership and Research Centre Directors programmes. She is also director of the Marketing Essentials Programme and the Power and Politics module of the Aurora programme, developing women leaders in higher education. Her specialist seminars have been filmed for the Open University, UK.

She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, the Chartered Institute of Public Relations and the Institute of Directors and an elected Fellow of the Association of University Administrators and the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

Rosemary will be giving the Closing Plenary address on the afternoon of Wednesday 16 July


Tracey Stirling

Tracey Stirling is the Recruitment Manager within Human Resources at the University of Glasgow, UK, since 2007. In this role, she has led the development and implementation of numerous HR recruitment strategic initiatives, including the staff recruitment and retention themes of the University’s Internationalisation Strategy.

Tracey works to improve the quality of hiring solutions in line with the University’s Strategic Plan, ‘Glasgow 2020 – A Global Vision’. Through continual assessment, Tracey is able to provide specialist guidance and advice on a personal support basis to international staff relocating to Glasgow.

She has developed a proactive, high-performing recruitment team to deliver a fast-paced professional recruitment service. Through innovative practice and specialist knowledge, Tracey and her team deliver high-volume, global people resourcing requirements.

Tracey will be speaking with Christine Barr in Session 3.iii. on the morning of Monday 14 July


portrait coming soonSteve Van Kamassah is Deputy Registrar and Head of International Relations and Public Affairs Division of the University of Education, Winneba, Ghana, where he overseas international relations, linkages and collaborations, faculty and professional staff exchanges, marketing and communications strategies, event marketing, media and public relations.

Steve read Geography & Resource Development and Spanish at the University of Ghana, Legon, where he graduated with combined honours. He completed his graduate studies in Spanish and Latin American studies at the University of Bergen, Norway, in 1997. While on the graduate programme, Steve registered and studied for the advanced certificate and postgraduate diploma in marketing at the Chartered Institute of Marketing, UK, which he completed in 2002 and 2004 respectively.

Steve is a Chartered Marketer and has presented papers at various conferences and workshops, both locally and internationally. He is a member of the Institute of Public Relations, Ghana, Chartered Institute of Marketing, UK, Council for Advancement and Support for Education (CASE), US, and Ghana Association of University Administrators.

Steve will be speaking in Session 3.ii. on the morning of Monday 14 July 

WAN, Monisa

Monisa Wan

Monisa Wan is Director of Human Resources at The Open University of Hong Kong, and has been practicing as a HR professional for more than 30 years. She obtained her BBA degree with major in Personnel Management and minor in Finance in 1979 and MBA degree in 1989, both from The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Monisa has also been certified as Global Mobility Specialist (GMS); Global Remuneration Professional (GRP) as well as Compensation Professional (CCP). In 2008, she was also awarded a Professional Diploma in Corporate Governance and Directorship.

Monisa is blessed with wide exposures in all aspects of human resource management: leading in sizeable organisations (such as Dao Heng Bank Group with 4,000 staff); firms of best HR practices (SWIFT); expanding multinationals (Manulife and Deloitte); quasi-government bodies (Hong Kong Monetary Authority, and Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute Ltd).

Monisa is committed to people development to support organisational objectives. She is a Fellow of the HKIHRM, the largest institute of HR professionals in Hong Kong; she is an elected Council Member since June 2006 and Vice-President since 2010. She serves as Chairperson of the Minimum Wage Task Force (2008-2010), Mandatory Provident Fund (MPF) Task Force (1997-2008), Organizing Committee for 2007 HKIHRM Annual Conference. She was a member of the HR Excellence Award Organization Committee, and has been on the Data Protection Committee since 1993.

Monisa will be speaking in Session 11.i. on the afternoon of Tuesday 15 July

WILSON, Lesley

Lesley Wilson

Lesley Wilson is Secretary General of the European University Association (EUA). She was educated at the Universities of Glasgow, UK, and Strasbourg, France, and also has an honorary doctorate from the Université Pierre et Marie Curie, France. Lesley joined the EUA at its creation in 2001 and became Secretary General in 2002.

Prior to joining the EUA she held a number of senior posts in higher education and research management in various European and international organisations, including the European Commission, where she was Director of Strategic Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation at the European Training Foundation in Turin, Italy from 1999-2001, and UNESCO where she was Director of their European Centre for Higher Education, based in Bucharest, Romania, from 1995-1999.

Before that she was Head of Policy at the European Science Foundation and also contributed to the development of EU education programmes through involvement in the launch phase of ERASMUS and, as of 1990, as the Director of the newly established EC TEMPUS Office in Brussels, Belgium. Her early career was spent in the German Science Council in Cologne.

Lesley will be speaking in Session 3.i. on the morning of Monday 14 July

WOOD, Dr Alison

Dr Alison Wood

Dr Alison Wood is a Mellon/Newton Research Fellow at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (CRASSH) at the University of Cambridge. Her research examines the traffic of ideas across disciplines and intellectual organisations, particularly in late 19th and early 20th century Britain. Current projects include an investigation of secularity, conversion narratives and British intellectualism; and the idea of a Research University, past and present.

She also regularly advises on researcher development in the European context: as member of the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Research Careers and Training Advisory Group; executive member of the Post-Doctoral Society of Cambridge; and co-convener of the CRASSH post-doctoral forum.

Alison will be speaking in Session 10.iii. on the afternoon of Tuesday 15 July

WOOD, Professor John

John Wood

Professor John Wood CBE FREng is Secretary General of the Association of Commonwealth Universities. John graduated from the University of Sheffield, UK, in metallurgy and studied for his PhD at the University of Cambridge. He has held academic posts at the Open University, UK, followed by the University of Nottingham, UK, where he was Dean of Engineering.

From 2001-2007, he was seconded from Nottingham to the Council for the Central Laboratory of the Research Councils as Chief Executive. John then joined Imperial College London, UK, first as Principal of the Faculty of Engineering, and subsequently as Senior International Advisor.

John sits on the Advisory Board of the British Library and on the Board of the Joint Information Services Committee (JISC), responsible for the UK academic computing network. He is also chair of the International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP). John was a founder member and chair of the European Strategy Forum for Research Infrastructures, where he was responsible for producing the first European Road Map. He became the first chair of the European Research Area Board in 2008, and in 2009 produced a long-term strategic vision entitled ‘Preparing Europe for a New Renaissance’.

John was elected as a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 1999. He was made a Commander of the British Empire in 2007 for 'services to science', and in 2010 was made an Officer of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany.

John will be speaking in Session 13.i. on the morning of Wednesday 16 July


portrait coming soon

Dr Chris Yeomans is Head of International Affairs at the University of Glasgow, UK, where he has oversight of the University's internationalisation activity.

Prior to joining the University, Chris was Head of Policy at the UK Higher Education International Unit. Before moving into policy Chris was a lecturer at Aberystwyth University, UK, where his teaching and research focused on European governance and post-socialism.

Chris has also held positions at the European Parliament and with the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office. He has a PhD in European governance systems, and Master’s degrees in Political Geography and International Relations.

Chris will be speaking in Session 4.ii. on the afternoon of Monday 14 July

YOUNG, Brooke

Brooke Young is Vice-President (Marketing & Advancement), Victoria University, Australia. With over 20 years of experience in universities, Brooke has worked in the USA, UK and Australia, including a U21 staff exchange to the University of Nottingham's International Office, UK. She has extensive expertise in international and domestic marketing and partnerships, design and delivery of innovative student programmes and services, change management, quality assurance and customer service systems.

Before joining Victoria University in July 2012, Brooke worked at the University of Melbourne, Australia, as Director of Marketing and Commercial Engagement in the Faculty of Business and Economics. She was responsible for the leadership of marketing, communications and executive education. She also worked as Executive Director of the Graduate School of Business and Economics.

She is a Certified Practicing Marketer with the Australian Marketing Institute, an experienced board member and a trained mediator. She has held numerous service roles in the university and community sector with a focus on student leadership and staff equity and diversity.

In her role as Vice-President, Brooke plans, directs and manages the University's brand profile consistent with the University's strategic direction. She leads marketing and communications, national student recruitment, web services, advancement and media relations, and delivers marketing services to the University community.

Brooke will be giving a Plenary address on the morning of Wednesday 16 July