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After a long career as university professor and as researcher in electrical engineering from 1985 to 1996 in France then in Lebanon beginning 1996, where he worked in addition as councilor of the MVTE and as expert of curricula development at CRDP and with UNESCO office in Beirut. He was nominated as DG of HE in Lebanon in 2002. Since that date he was responsible of the private HE sector. He worked on the Management of HE System, and the Development of strategic policy in HE, the Development of regulations in HE, and the development of internal & external QA procedures and indicators in HEIs.
Dr. Michelman is a Professor of Accounting and International Business at the University of North Florida. Most recently he led the Hicks Honors College as its founding Director. Previously he served as both Associate Dean of the Coggin College of Business and Director of the Flagship Program in International Business at the University of North Florida. He was runner-up for UNF’s Distinguished Professor Award, a recipient of the Coggin College of Business’ Distinguished Business Leaders Award, the University of North Florida’s Outstanding Research, Undergraduate Teaching, Faculty Service and Outstanding International Service Awards. Dr. Michelman received his both an M.B.A. and a Ph.D. degree in business from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where his major was Accounting and minor fields were Health Care Fiscal Management and Administrative Medicine. He has published articles in a variety of information systems, accounting, international business and healthcare journals. He has written three textbooks and developed several computer software programs to integrate technology into the accounting curriculum. He has had extensive involvement in teaching online, is a member of UNF’s teaching online faculty and has been involved in the accreditation of on-line academic programs. He has been a member of External Review Teams for the Commission for Academic Accreditation, Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, United Arab Emirates. He was a visiting scholar at the University of the South Pacific in Fiji. Dr. Michelman has been a member of the editorial board of five research journals around the globe and currently holds part-time teaching positions in the faculty of management at Warsaw University and in the School of Public health at George Washington University
Kathleen S. Ives, D.M. has worked in online technology for over 20 years and is currently the Online Learning Consortium's Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director where she oversees the organization's strategic direction. Additionally, she serves as faculty for the Institute for Emerging Leadership in Online Learning (sponsored by Penn State and OLC), and serves on the EdSurge Advisory Group, the Executive Strategic Council for IMS Global Learning Consortium and on the Leadership Advisory Board for the Center for Learning Innovations & Customized Knowledge Solutions (CLICKS). Formerly, Dr. Ives oversaw all forms of alternative instruction at Quinsigamond Community College in Worcester, MA (distance learning, accelerated programming). She serves as adjunct faculty for graduate and undergraduate business programs at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston. Dr. Ives began her career at CBS and helped to develop the service that evolved into Prodigy. She then spent fourteen years designing and implementing consumer online information services, first at AT&T and then at Verizon where she spearheaded the development of the nation's first online Yellow Pages product, now called superpages.com. Dr. Ives has degrees in communication, communication management, and organizational leadership from the University of California at Davis, the University of Southern California, Annenberg School of Communication, and the University of Phoenix-Online, respectively.
Since July 2009, Kurt is the Secretary-General of the League of European Research Universities (LERU, www.leru.org), an association of twenty-three leading comprehensive and research-intensive universities, promoting the interests of frontier research, innovation and education with the EU institutions. For his "exemplary leadership of LERU", he is awarded a doctorate honoris causa by the University of Edinburgh on 6 July 2017. Before joining LERU, he was the chief legal advisor (2004-2007) and the chief of staff (2007-2009) of the Flemish Minister for Public Works, Energy, Environment and Nature.
He is still a full professor of Environment, Energy, Climate and Construction Law (however on parttime leave since 2007) at the University of Leuven, the university where he studied law (1984-1989), obtained his PhD in Law (1989-1995) and spent (until now) his whole academic career. Furthermore, he is an honorary professor of law at the University of Malta and the University of Dundee, was awarded the Hou-De Honorary Chair at the National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan, and has been a visiting professor of law at the Universities of London, Sydney, Singapore, Keio and Chuo.
He is a member of the International Advisory Board of IE University (Madrid) and Humanitas University (Milano), the High Level Advisory Board of the Insight Foresight Institute (IFI) in Madrid, and the International Leadership Advisory Board of the Center for Learning Innovations and Customized Knowledge Solutions (Dubai). Upon the invitation of the European Commission, he is a member of the Open Science Policy Platform and the ABS Consultation Forum.
Finally, he chairs the Flemish Environmental Damages Commission, co-chairs the Malta Legal Forum on Adaptation to Climate Change, and is on the board of a number of profit (MRBB, AIF, AVEVE, M-tech) and non-profit (I-Cleantech, VVBBCI) organisations in Belgium. He was chairman of the Flemish Energy Regulator (VREG) from February 2012 to February 2017.
Francisco Marmolejo is the Lead Tertiary Education Specialist for India and South Asia, The World Bank
Advisory Board member, and since July 2016 he also serves as the Lead Education Specialist for India, based in Delhi. In his capacity as the World Bank’s most senior official in tertiary education, he serves as the institutional focal point on the topic of tertiary education (also known as higher education in several countries), and provides advice and support to country-level related projects that the Bank has in more than 60 countries. As part of his activities, he coordinates the Bank’s internal thematic group on tertiary education, which helps to facilitate exchange of ideas among the more than 100 staff members and consultants involved in related initiatives across the globe. In India he provides technical expertise on a variety of educational projects ranging from early childhood to tertiary education. One of the Bank’s initiatives in which he serves as Task Team Leader is the University Governance and Management Project under which more than 200 higher education institutions from 8 countries in the MENA region participate.Previously, he served as founding Executive Director of the Consortium for North American Higher Education Collaboration, a network of more than 160 tertiary education institutions primarily from Canada, the U.S. and Mexico, based at the University of Arizona (UA), where he also worked as Assistant Vice President. At UA, he was Affiliated Researcher at the Center for the Study of Higher Education, and Affiliate Faculty at the Center for Latin American Studies. Previously, he was an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow at the University of Massachusetts, and also he has been Vice President for Administration and Academic Vice President at the University of the Americas in Mexico.He has worked as International Consultant at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris, France, and has been part of OECD and World Bank peer review higher education teams in Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. He serves or has served on advisory boards and committees at a variety of universities and organizations, including the International Association of Universities, the American Council on Education’s Commission on International Initiatives, NAFSA, World Education Services, the Lumina Foundation for Education, and the Centre for Internationalisation of Higher Education at UNICATT-Milan.
Professor Asha Singh Kanwar, one of the world’s leading advocates of learning for sustainable development, is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Commonwealth of Learning (COL). Prior to joining COL, Professor Kanwar served briefly at UNESCO's Regional Office for Education in Africa where she came after a distinguished career at the Indira Gandhi National Open University, India.
Professor Kanwar has over 35 years of experience in teaching, research and administration. She has written, edited a dozen books and published numerous papers and articles. Her speeches and presentations are available at www.col.org.
A recipient of several awards and fellowships, Professor Kanwar received the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE) Prize of Excellence and the Meritorious Service Award for outstanding contributions in open and distance education from the Asian Association of Open Universities. She has been conferred six honorary doctorates: from the Vardhman Mahaveer Open University, KK Handiqui State Open University, India; the Open University, UK; the Open University of Sri Lanka; University of Swaziland and Wawasan Open University, Malaysia.
Previously, she served as founding Executive Director of the Consortium for North American Higher Education Collaboration, a network of more than 160 tertiary education institutions primarily from Canada, the U.S. and Mexico, based at the University of Arizona (UA), where she also worked as Assistant Vice President. At UA, he was Affiliated Researcher at the Center for the Study of Higher Education, and Affiliate Faculty at the Center for Latin American Studies. Previously, she was an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow at the University of Massachusetts, and also she has been Vice President for Administration and Academic Vice President at the University of the Americas in Mexico.
She has worked as International Consultant at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris, France, and has been part of OECD and World Bank peer review higher education teams in Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. She serves or has served on advisory boards and committees at a variety of universities and organizations, including the International Association of Universities, the American Council on Education’s Commission on International Initiatives, NAFSA, World Education Services, the Lumina Foundation for Education, and the Centre for Internationalisation of Higher Education at UNICATT-Milan.
He is internationally recognized and highly cited academic and expert in higher education and science as well as international relations, in particular policy development, policy and practices related to quality assurance, governance and management at the system and institutional level [h-index 24, i10-index 23], international governmental organizations.
In the past 30 years he has been involved in senior-level policy advice to international governmental [UNESCO, The World Bank, OECD, the Council of Europe] and non-governmental organizations, governments and higher education institutions in a number of countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, North America and Arab Region. He was directly involved in the policy formation for the Bologna Process [in the years 2000-2009]. He has an extensive record of being a member of the governing boards, scientific councils of various academic bodies and organizations.
In the period September 2009 – January 2011, he has been Professor and Vice-rector at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities/SWPS in Warsaw, Poland.
From October 1999 to July 2009, he has been Director of UNESCO-European Centre for Higher Education (UNESCO-CEPES) and Representative of UNESCO in Romania. Prior to this position he was Chief of Section for Higher Education Policy at UNESCO, Paris [1992 – 1999].
Jan Sadlak was awarded several high-level national and academic distinctions, among them eight honorary doctorates(Doctor honoris causa) from leading universities. He is Member Correspondent of the European Academy of Arts, Sciences and Humanities – Academia Europensis, France, Fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science, USA, and Honorary Memberof the National Academy of Sciences of Kazakhstan.
He holds PhD in Educational Administration and Comparative Education from the SUNY/ University of Buffalo, USA, and MA in Economics from the University of Economics in Wrocław, Poland.