Prof. Francisco Marmolejo

Higher Education President,
Qatar Foundation, Qatar

Francisco Marmolejo is since February 2020 the Education Advisor of Qatar  Foundation in Doha, providing support and advice at QF’s unique educational disruptive innovation eco-system. During 2012-20, he worked at the World Bank, where he served as the Global Higher Education Coordinator, based in Washington, DC., and as Lead Higher Education Specialist for India and South Asia, based in New Delhi. From 1995 to 2012, he served as founding Executive Director of the Consortium for North American Higher Education Collaboration at the University of Arizona, where he also worked as Assistant Vice President and Affiliated Researcher at the Center for the Study of Higher Education. Previously, he has been American Council on Education Fellow at the University of Massachusetts, Academic Vice President of the University of the Americas in Mexico, and International Consultant at OECD in Paris. He has honorary doctorate degrees from his Alma Mater, the University of San Luis Potosi, and the University of Guadalajara in Mexico.

Dr. Peter J. Wells

Chief, Higher Education, UNESCO, France

Since 2016, Peter has lead UNESCO’s priority area of quality higher education with an emphasis on widening access, quality assurance and academic mobility, the latter reinforced by the Global Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications concerning Higher Education adopted in 2019. Dr. Wells’ current priority is UNESCO’s 3 rd World Conference on Higher Education which will take place in Barcelona in May 2022 – a key landmark event which takes place once every 10 years and which will set the roadmap agenda for higher education for HE and the 2030 SDG Agenda. He also co-leads on the UNESCO Qualifications Passport for Refugees and Vulnerable Migrants initiative that aims to support access to learning and employment opportunities for displaced persons. Prior to taking up his current post, Peter was a Higher Education Specialist and Director of the UNESCO’s European Centre for Higher Education for ten years. He is author of strategy papers and monographs on the topic of higher education reforms, quality assurance, and inclusion in national HE systems. Originally from the UK, Peter has taught at the HE and TVET levels in the USA, Poland, the UAE and Romania. He holds a Master’s degree in International Relations and a PhD in Quality Enhancement of Higher Education Systems.

Dr. Rimah Saleh Imah Alyahya

Deputy Minister of Private Higher Education, Ministry of Education, KSA Shura Council Member, KSA

Dr. Rimah Alyahya was raised in the United States of America and completed her elementary, intermediate and secondary education with honors in Monroeville, Pennsylvania. She then procured her higher education in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia completing her Bachelors and Masters degree in English Literature from King Saud University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. She then went on to complete her Ph.D in English Literature from Princess Nora University with high honors and was one of the first Saudi women to have her Ph.D thesis recommended for public publishing. Immediately following her graduation in 2005, Dr. Rimah was appointed Chairperson of the English and Translation Department in PNU for three consecutive years. She has also taught English Literature Courses in PNU, Prince Sultan University and The Open Arabic University for several years. The Ministry of Higher Education has asked Dr. Rimah to research several issues concerning the level of educational aptitude in Saudi Arabia which have had excellent results. She has published much research in English Literature in renowned journals with high impact factors, her focal area of interest being immigrant literature. Dr. Rimah was awarded the title of Goodwill Ambassador for Peace and Women’s development in Saudi Arabia in 2016 as well as winning the Educational Leadership Award in the same year. She was appointed as the first female Vice Rector of Prince Sultan University for 7 years and then was appointed as one of the first Female Deputy Ministers in the Ministry of Education holding the title of Deputy Minister for Private Higher Education. She is currently a member of the Saudi Shura Council.