EWORA is pleased to announce its project "Careers Beyond the Glass Ceiling:
European Women Rectors on the Map" (EWR-MAP) that was initiated in January 2022.
She Figures 2021 still reports that women remain underrepresented in senior leadership positions of higher education and research. This project aims to literally put Women Rectors on the map with the aim of raising the visibility of women in academia who cracked the glass ceiling in academia that is still a "gendered sphere".
The interactive world map is available here with including information (name, position, institution, country, picture, and bio) about active or former women rectors/presidents/vice-chancellors of academic institutions. It is making the portraits of women rectors "visible" as role models are key to gender equality and diversity. This database mainly includes women rectors of European Universities but will not be limited to this region only.
If you would like to be listed in this database, would you please kindly send us your "picture and biography including your title, position, and institution" by email to firstname.lastname@example.org ? Biographies should be between 500 - 750 words and written in the third person. Pictures should be in a high-resolution jpeg format (Min 500KB - Max 2MB).
All active/former rectors are eligible to submit their biographical data.
We also appreciate it if you help us by forwarding this email to relevant academics who are eligible/interested to be listed or sending their contact information to us. Also if there have been any women rectors in the history of your universities/countries we will be glad to receive your help in expanding our database.
Professor Dr. Inga Žalėnienė is the Rector of Mykolas Romeris University (MRU), Vilnius – the largest social sciences university of Lithuania. She was inaugurated as a Rector on March, 2019 and became one of the first women ever elected as a Rector of public university in Lithuania at that time.
The Rector of Mykolas Romeris University is the sole governing body and head of the University, which together with the Council and the Senate takes care of fulfilment of the vision of an open, progressive, vibrant and cohesive academic community, a leader in the European Higher Education area. As the Rector of the dynamic and international university, prof. Dr. I. Žalėnienė is devoting her efforts to enhance the implementation of the mission of MRU to promote socially balanced progress of society based on innovative science, to develop independent, creative, responsible, committed to critical thinking and lifelong learning individuals, to open ways for each community member to personal and professional success.
Inga Žalėnienė is an alumna of Mykolas Romeris University (MRU), where she finished her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Law. After graduation she joined the Department of Law at Lithuanian Savings Bank and worked as legal adviser. In parallel, she lectured the discipline of Family Law at Mykolas Romeris University and started her academic career as university lecturer at MRU. Inga Žalėnienė defended her doctoral thesis "Representation in Civil Procedure (Theoretical and Practical Aspects)" and obtained her PhD in Law, in 2006. She was appointed as Vice-Dean of Law Faculty of MRU in 2009 and was responsible for the development of research policy, formation and coordination of research groups, organization of scientific project activities, planning and accounting of scientific results. Inga Žalėnienė was appointed as Vice-Rector for Research in 2010, for Research and International Relations in 2012, then, in 2017 – as Vice-Rector for Education and Research, taking responsibility for development and supervision of the quality assurance system, development of priority research and innovation areas, provision of support for research groups and establishment of structures to reinforce them, she presided over the evaluation of University’ staff research activities, organized doctoral studies, engaged in the formation and development of the University’s publishing policy. Since Inga Žalėnienė took the position of Rector of MRU, the Law and Legal Studies of MRU was the first in Lithuania to receive a rank between 201-250 position the second year in turn according to „QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021“.
She completed traineeship courses in “Management and Leadership in Education” in Harvard Graduate School of Education, Massachusetts (United States) in 2013, accomplished senior executive programme “Leadership in Higher Education” in Oxford Academy for Education and Development, Oxford (United Kingdom) in 2013, and completed International Association of Universities program in “Leading Globally Engaged Universities,” Dublin (Ireland) in 2016.
Inga Žalėnienė is an Administrative Board Member at the International Association of Universities (IAU) since 2016, and a member of European Women Rectors Association (EWORA) since 2019 and a member of EWORA Board of Directors since 2019. She has published over 40 scientific publications and conference papers. Her research interests include civil procedure law, education law, higher education management, gender equality studies. She is a member of the Editorial Boards of research journals “Societal Studies” (since 2010) and “Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Issues” (since 2014).
Professor Chryssi Vitsilaki completed her Undergraduate Studies in Sociology at Trinity College, Hartford, Ct. and received an M.A. and a Ph.D. from the Department of Sociology, of the University of Chicago, Illinois, USA. She has been teaching at the Department of Preschool Education and Educational Design of the University of the Aegean since 1999. She has been responsible for designing, organizing and directing the Postgraduate program of the Department titled "Gender and New Educational and Work Environments in the Information Society", which is the only postgraduate program in Greece that has implemented e-learning and blended learning techniques from 2004 until 2014 and which was awarded by the European Commission with the “2009 Award for Quality in eLearning”. From 2014 onwards she has organized and directed the postgraduate program of the aforementioned Department titled "New Forms of Education and Learning". Her academic work focuses on gender issues and new forms of education with the use of technology, on which she has published 10 books and more than 50 articles. In addition, she has designed and implemented as Scientific Coordinator a great number of European and co-funded research programs as well as intervention programs on these issues, and has been a member of national and international committees for the evaluation of relevant projects and programs. She has held the positions of Dean of the School of Humanities (2004-2006), Vice-Rector of Finance and Development, and President of the Research Committee of the University of the Aegean (2006-2010), Chair of the Department of Preschool Education and Educational Planning (2014-2018) and is presently the Rector of the University of the Aegean (2018-2022).
American International UniversityEWORA MEMBER
Vice Chancellor, American International University-Bangladesh (AIUB) (1997-present)
Born in Manila, Philippines on December 1, 1956, Dr. Carmen Z. Lamagna , earned her Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Adamson University, Manila in 1978, passed the licensure examination for Chemical Engineers on the same year, she obtained her Master of Teaching Mathematics from Rizal Technological University, Philippines and Doctor of Business Administration from California Coast University, USA.
Under her guidance, the University, from its inception has earned eminences as a higher seat of quality education in Bangladesh and abroad within a short period of its establishment in 1995. From 70 students, the current student population is more than 10,000 under the Faculties of Science and Technology, Engineering, Business Administration and Arts and Social Sciences.
Dr. Lamagna’s achievements as an educator and manager may be gleaned from the positions she has in prestigious international bodies. She was the Treasurer (2011-2014) and Board member (2017-present) of the International Association of University Presidents (IAUP), Administrative Board Member (2017-present) of the International Association of Universities (IAU), with the Association of Universities of Asia and the Pacific (AUAP) as an ex-oficio board member (2010-2018) having served as the first female President for 2008 to 2010, AUAP Advisory Council member for 2021. She was a member of the Board of Trustees of Adamson University, Manila Philippines from 2008 to 2018.
Dr. Lamagna was one of the awardees in the 2006 Presidential Award (Pamana Award) for Overseas Filipinos. The award ceremony was held in Malacanan Palace, Manila, Philippines (President’s official residence and office) last Dec. 7, 2006. She delivered the acceptance speech on the said occasion on behalf of the 48 Presidential awardees.
She was also one of the 75 alumni awardees in the Adamson University Jubilee celebration held in the University Auditorium last February 8, 2007.
Dr. Carmen Z. Lamagna, was selected as top 100 women of the world under the education category by the International Alliance for Women (TIAW) held on October 18, 2012, in Canadian High Commission, Washington DC.
The Filipina Women Network (FWN) awarded Dr. Lamagna one of the 100 most influential Filipina in the world under the category of “Builders” for 2014, the ceremony was held during the Forum Summit in Shangrila Hotel, Makati, Philippines on October 5-7, 2014.
Dr. Esra Gençtürk is a full professor and Rector at Özyeğin University. After graduating from Robert College (1977) in Turkey, she received her B.S. degree (1981) from University of Southern California, and earned her M.B.A. (1983) and Ph.D. in Marketing (1990) from University of Minnesota. Before joining Özyeğin University in 2009, Dr. Gençtürk was on the Marketing and International Business faculty of the University of Texas at Austin (1989-1996), and a faculty member of the College of Administrative Sciences and Economics at Koç University (1996-2009). In 2009, she joined Özyeğin University, where she served as Vice Rector from 2011 to 2014, and has been serving as Rector since 2014.
Dr. Gençtürk was the recipient of the University of Minnesota annual doctoral dissertation fellowship for 1986-1987, and was a fellow at the 1986 American Marketing Association Doctoral Consortium. She was also the co-recipient of the 1987 Robert Lieberman Memorial Award for teaching excellence at the University of Minnesota. At the University of Texas, Dr. Gençtürk was a finalist in the 1990 Business Council Texas Excellence Teaching Award, and was nominated for several teaching awards including the Friar Centennial Teaching Fellowship (Spring 1991, Spring 1990), College of Business Administration Foundation Teaching Award (Spring 1992, Spring 1991) as well as the Hank and Mary Harkins Foundation Award for Effective Teaching in Large Classes (Spring 1990, Spring 1993). Dr. Gençtürk has taught International Marketing, Marketing Research, and Marketing Strategy at both the undergraduate and graduate levels as well as at Executive MBA and Executive Training programs.
Dr. Gençtürk’s research interests include management of intra and inter-organizational marketing exchanges as well as information/knowledge flows; global marketing strategy formulation and implementation; research design, and measurement considerations. She has published numerous papers at peer reviewed, major journals and conferences such as the Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of International Marketing, Journal of Management Studies, Industrial Marketing Management, Journal of Risk and Insurance, Journal of Global Marketing, Psychology and Marketing, and Psychological Reports. Her article titled “International Marketing Involvement: The Construct, Dimensionality, and Measurement,” co-authored with R. Ruekert and T. Childers was selected by the Editorial Review Board of Journal of International Marketing to receive the 1995 Hans B. Thorelli Best Paper Award.
Dr. Gençtürk served as the President of the American Marketing Association Global Special Interest group from 2010-2011, and its Vice President of Communication between 2005-2010. She served on the editorial board of Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of International Marketing, Journal of International Management, and Advances in International Marketing. She also serves as an ad hoc reviewer for AMA and AIB conferences as well as several professional journals including Journal of Marketing Research, Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, International Marketing Review, and Review of Social Economics and Administrative Studies.
During Prof. Gençtürk’s tenure as Rector, Özyeğin University has been ranked first for 3 consecutive years (2017, 2018, 2019) in overall student satisfaction ranking of the Turkey University Satisfaction Survey conducted by the University Research Laboratory ÜniAr. Also, Prof. Dr. Gençtürk was recognized with the Gold award in 2018 and the Silver award in 2019 in the Rector's Outstanding Performance category of the same ranking.
Under her leadership, the university is to have 70% of its undergraduate programs accredited by 2022, exceeding the 2023 goals stated in the strategic plan. Similarly, with the establishment of sustainability as a cross-faculty, multidisciplinary action-oriented collective effort embracing all activities of the university, Özyeğin University has consistently been one of the top ranked higher education institutions at UI Greenmetric, placed first in 2015, 2019, 2020 and 2021, second in 2018 and third in 2016 and 2017 among Turkish foundation universities. Özyegin University was also recognized at THE University Impact Rankings as one of the two most successful foundation universities in Turkey in the overall ranking, one of the top 5 universities among all universities in Turkey, and first in Turkey as well as 70th Globally for “Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production” in its 2021 Rankings.
Former Rector, Istanbul Technical University, 1996-2004. email@example.com
Prof. Dr. Gulsun Saglamer, Former Rector of Istanbul Technical University (1996-2004) is a professor of architecture at Istanbul Technical University. She graduated from Istanbul Technical University with a Master of Architecture degree in 1967 and received her PhD from the same university in 1973. She became Associate Professor in 1977, Full Professor in 1987 at ITU. She taught Architectural Design, Computer Aided Architectural Design, Logic Model of Design, Architectural Design Methods and Theories at ITU since 1973 until she retired in 2012.
She carried out her post-doctoral studies at the Martin Centre, Department of Architecture, University of Cambridge, UK 1975-1976. She was a member of the Scientific Committee of TUBITAK (The Scientific and Technical Research Council of Turkey) INTAG between 1990 and 1996. Prof Sağlamer was invited to Queen's University of Belfast as a Visiting Professor between 1993 and 1996 and was also invited to be an external examiner at the same university for four years between 1999 and 2003. She is a member of the Editorial Boards of “Open House International”, “International Journal for Housing Science and Its Applications”.
She was a Board Member of EUA (European University Association) (2005-2009) and a member of the Steering Committee of the EUA’s Institutional Evaluation Programme (IEP)
Prof.Dr. Şirin Karadeniz is the President of Bahçeşehir University (BAU) since July 2019. She is also the vice-chairman of International Training Center for Authorities and Leaders, CIFAL Istanbul, an affiliated center of United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR). In her prior roles, she has served as Dean of Faculty of Educational Sciences at BAU, chairman of Innovative Education & Research Center, and chairman of Center for Teaching & Learning. She has also served on the boards of Turkish Industry & Business Association, Association of the Future of Education and Foundation of Bahçeşehir Uğur Educational Institutions.
Prof. Karadeniz is an educational technologist. She has earned her bachelor’s degree in Computer System Education, master’s degree in Computer Education and Ph.D. in Educational Technology. Prof. Karadeniz has published books and articles and conducted classes and seminars on the integration of emerging technologies into education, learning designs for 21stcentury competencies and STEM education.
Prof. Karadeniz has led projects on developing computer science education frameworks and curricula for Bahçeşehir Uğur Education Institutions. She has also served as Academic Commission Member to develop Computer Science and Software curricula for primary, secondary and high schools for the Ministry of National Education of Turkey in 2016-2017. She has served as the head of Research & Development of Harezmi Educational Model of Istanbul Directorate of National Education since 2016. She headed the coding and robotics training project for disadvantage children planned with the cooperation of Bahçeşehir College & Garanti Bank. In light of her efforts and dedication to developing the quality of and increasing inclusion in education, she was awarded as the Woman Educator of the year in Women’s Leaders of Technology prize organized by Microsoft and The Women Entrepreneurs Association of Turkey in 2016, and BAU Social Benefit Award in 2018.
Prof. Karadeniz has served as a consultant, researcher, and leader of national and international projects for Scientific Research Council of Turkey, Ministry of National Education, UNICEF, World Bank and European Union. She is also a board member of the Turkish Basketball Federation.
Prof. Sirin Tekinay has held posts of academic administration as Dean of Engineering and Natural Sciences, Vice President for Research and Development, and Rector. She joined EWORA as the Rector of Isik University in Istanbul, Turkey, 2015-2017. Prior to her tenure in Istanbul, Turkey, and Sharjah, United Arab Emirates the last decade, she lived in the United States where she served as Program Director at the US National Science Foundation; she was tenured faculty at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, New Jersey Institute of Technology, and Director of NJ Center for Wireless Telecommunications. In addition to her core area of research and teaching wireless communication networks and related areas, she has been working in and teaching different aspects of Higher Education and Engineering Education, such as diversity, multi-disciplinarity, professional identity, technology based learning platforms, and most recently, virtualization. She is the elected 2018-2022 Chair of the Global Engineering Deans Council (GEDC) and a Board Member of the European Society for Engineering Education (SEFI). Before starting her academic career, she was a researcher at Bell Laboratories. Prof. Tekinay holds the PhD degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from George Mason University, Virginia, and the MS and BS degrees in Electrical-Electronics Engineering from Bogazici University, and high school diploma from Robert College, Istanbul.
Prof. Sondan Durukanoğlu Feyiz graduated from the Physics Department of Istanbul University’s Faculty of Sciences in 1989. She completed her Master’s in Physics at the University of Wisconsin (1992), and her Ph.D. at the Physics department of Kansas State University (1999). During her doctoral studies, Feyiz served as a teaching assistant at Kansas State University from 1994 to 1997, as a research assistant at the same university from 1997 to 1999, and as a postdoctoral researcher during 1999 and 2000. From 2000, she continued her academic career as an assistant professor at Istanbul Technical University, becoming an associate professor there in 2006, and in 2011 she became a full professor at Sabancı University. Between 2010 and 2018, she served as the Vice Rector of Sabancı University responsible for Education, International Relations, Individual and Academic Support and Summer Schools. She was then appointed as the Rector of Kadir Has University in 2018.
Durukanoğlu Feyiz has held numerous positions such as Member of the Senate Accreditation Committee of Istanbul Technical University (2002-2006); Visiting Scientist at Kansas State University (Summer 2002); Associate Editor in Chief of Istanbul Technical University Bulletin (2002-2007); Visiting Assoc. Prof. of Physics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) (2007-2009); Senior Researcher at Feza Gürsey Institute (2007-2009) and, co-translator of Introduction to Quantum Mechanics by David J. Griffiths (2010). She served as an Executive Board Member of the Nanotechnology Research and Application Center at Sabancı University (2014-2016), as the Chair of the Quality Assurance and Strategy Committee of Sabancı University (2015-2018).
Durukanoğlu Feyiz, who was the only female in 1991 to receive the Ministry of Education scholarship to study abroad in the field of physics (1991-1995), was also a recipient of the TUBİTAK (The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey) Research Fellow Support Funding (BİDEP scholarship) and
Obstetrics&Gynecology - Perinatology Istanbul, Turkey Academic Hospital, Chair of the Board Istanbul Kent University
Founding President World Academy of Science and Arts, Member (2009-…), Member of Board of Trustees (2009-2011), World Association of Perinatology, International Board Member (2005-2009), International Academy of Perinatal Medicine, Regular Member (2007-…),Fetus as a Patient Society, International Board Member (2006-…),Turkish Businesswomen Association (TİKAD), Vice President, International Academy of Human Reproduction, Member (2021-...), Leader of the Class of Foreign Members of International Academy of Sciences and Arts in Bosnia Herzegovia (2021-...)
Zehra Nese KAVAK, MD., Prof. Obstetrics&Gynecology - Perinatology Istanbul, Turkey Academic Hospital, Chair of the Board Istanbul Kent University Founding President World Academy of Science and Arts, Member (2009-…), Member of Board of Trustees (2009-2011), World Association of Perinatology, International Board Member (2005-2009), International Academy of Perinatal Medicine, Regular Member (2007-…),Fetus as a Patient Society, International Board Member (2006-…),Turkish Businesswomen Association (TİKAD), Vice President, International Academy of Human Reproduction, Member (2021-...), Leader of the Class of Foreign Members of International Academy of Sciences and Arts in Bosnia Herzegovia (2021-...) Prof. MD. Zehra Nese KAVAK graduated from Cerrahpaşa School of Medicine in 1986. During 1990 and 1991, she worked at St. Thomas’s Hospital / London, England towards her specialty training. She became an Associate Professor at Marmara University, School of Medicine in 1996. She worked at King’s College Hospital/London on Perinatology intermittently between 2000 and 2001. She acquired her Fetal Medicine Diploma at King’s College Hospital, London (2004). In 2001 she founded Perinatology Unit at Marmara University School of Medicine Hospital. The same year she became a professor and was appointed as the Head Physician of the Hospital. Between 2001 and 2005 she served as the Head Physician at Marmara University Hospital. In 2002, she was elected as the Chair of the Obstetrics and Gynecology Department at Marmara University School of Medicine and served in this assignment for two terms. She continued to serve as the Chair of the Perinatology Department from 2001 to 2011. Prof. Kavak has 70 articles published in international refereed journals, 83 articles in national refereed journals, 153 articles in total and 1331 citations made to these publications, 11 assistant’s dissertation theses completed under her guidance and has 120 papers/presentations given in national and international scientific meetings and published in proceedings. She has been invited to speak at 112 international meetings in various countries around the world, additionally Prof. Kavak has 23 post-specialty overseas education certificates on Perinatology. She also holds seats on the editorial boards of numerous national and international scientific journals. She was elected as a member of the World Academy of Arts and Science, founded by Einstein and Oppenheimer in 2004, and in 2009, she was elected as a member of the Board of Trustees of the same academy. She is the first Turkish person elected to these positions. With her extensive works in Perinatology, Prof. Kavak is elected to the Board of World Association of Perinatology in September 2005. In October 2007, she was elected as a Member of the International Academy of Perinatal Medicine. She is a Board Member of Fetus as a Patient Society (2006). Focusing her main field of research on the use of 3D-4D ultrasonography and invasive procedures during pregnancy, Prof. Kavak has co-authored 13 international titles, 8 of which are in English, 3 in Spanish and 1 in Turkish and has also published 2 books in English and Spanish and 1 in Turkish. In 2007, she was invited to teach as an adjunct professor at Cornell University in New York City and gave a lesson as a Lecturer Professor. On September 15, 2017 Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, President of Turkey, assigned Prof. M.D. Zehra Neşe Kavak to the Founding Rectorate of Istanbul Kent University. Prof Kavak has numerous awards such as; Health Award of the year (2002), 2006 Award of Excellence of the Turkish Grand National Assembly, 2006 Melvin Jones Award, 2007 Election of Honorary Member to Romanian Perinatology Society , 100 pioneer woman in Turkey award (2008), 2008 Excellence Award in Medicine, 2008 Excellence Award in Medicine by Lyons Clubs, 2013 Woman Scientist of the Year Award by Chamber of Commerce, 2013 Honorary Award by Istanbul Lyons Clubs and Samsun Chamber of Commerce, 2015 Woman Scientist of the Year Istanbul , 2016 Best Hospital and Best Hospital Manager Awards in London, 2017 European Quality Award in Switzerland 2017 Social Awareness Honor Award in Istanbul, 2017 Woman Super Achiever Award at 4th World Women Leadership Congress and Summit in India, 2017 Public Service Architecture and Public Service Interior Awards in London, 2018 Best Quality Leadership Award USA , 2019 Bravest Woman of the Year Award in Istanbul, 2019 Jury Special Award, TUMBIFED (All Bureaucrats and Businessmen Federation), 2019 Top 10 women of Turkey Award , 2019 Most Successful International Management of the Year Award in Cyprus.
Hanne Leth Andersen, Professor, Rector at Roskilde University, Denmark
Hanne Leth Andersen took office as Rector in 2014 after three years as vice rector, responsible for education. She holds a PhD in French Language (1997) and an MA in Romance Philology (1990), both from the University of Copenhagen.
From 1997 to 2010, she served at the Faculty of Arts at Aarhus University, among other positions as associate dean and professor of university pedagogy where she developed teacher-training programs, teaching portfolio for all academic staff, and courses for all students, e.g. in written and oral communication. After that, she came to Copenhagen Business School (CBS) as a professor and director of the CBS Learning Lab, to focus on the development of teacher training, management education, quality work, and internationalization.
Hanne Leth Andersen has substantial experience in executive management and international consultancy. She chairs the educational committee of the Danish Rectors’ Conference, and she is a member of various trusts and executive boards in Denmark. Hanne has several memberships of international councils and committees such as the International Advisory Board for the Research Council of Norway and the expert evaluation panel for The Academy of Finland for Competitive funding to strengthen universities' research profiles. She has served as President of the international expert committee for the French Government’s investment program on University Program Development, Nouveaux Cursus à l’Université. She has international experience as an expert in Quality Assurance and Quality Development, as an expert for the Norwegian Quality Assurance Agency, NOKUT, and for the European University Association, EUA, and as member of the Danish Accreditation Council.
Her primary research areas are education research, foreign language didactics and university pedagogy, and she works particularly with development of teaching forms, exam forms, evaluation, teacher cognition, language learning and the importance of foreign languages in education and in relation to quality of education. She is an author of more than 120 scientific articles in Danish and international journals and several monographs.
In 2021, she has received the Legion of Honor (l’Ordre de la Légion d’Honneur), the highest civilian honor in France and in 2015 she received the title of Commander of the Order of Academic Palms (l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques) the highest honor awarded to an academic in France. In addition, she is Knight of the Danish Dannebrog Order. In 2005, Aarhus University Awarded her its Price for Excellent and Innovative Teaching.
At the public level, she is currently one of the most active and cited university presidents in Denmark, and she frequently participates in debates and public round tables. She gives lectures and presentations to diverse audiences about university and teaching development, teacher and student motivation, and education quality. She is a frequent member of ministry Councils, such as in the committee for a new Danish grading scale for all educational levels, and she headed the committee for a Danish National Language Strategy for the Danish Minister of Education.
Andrea graduated as a veterinary surgeon from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, and after a short time in veterinary practice, embarked on an academic career which led to her appointment as a lecturer in Veterinary Pharmacology at the University of Glasgow, and ultimately, Professor of Veterinary Pharmacology. She became Dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in 1999, Vice Principal for Learning & Teaching in 2004 and thereafter, Senior Vice Principal & Deputy Vice Chancellor at the University of Glasgow before taking up the role of Principal and Vice Chancellor at Edinburgh Napier University in 2013.
In her academic career, Andrea established herself as a research leader in the field of animal pain, its recognition and management. She has published widely and has received awards for her work including the Pfizer Academic Award for Animal Health Research, the Amoroso Award from the British Small Animal Veterinary Association and the Universities Federation for Animal Welfare Companion Animal Award for contributions to animal welfare. She has contributed to educational development in animal pain management and welfare over many years including as a member of the World Small Animal Veterinary Association's Global Pain Council.
Andrea has contributed to the development of policy and strategy in Higher Education through work on a range of committees including for example the Scottish Funding Council Research and Knowledge Exchange committee, and the Scottish Science Advisory Committee and convenorship of the Scottish Higher Education Enhancement Committee. She held the Convenorship of Universities Scotland and Board membership of Universities UK between 2016 and 2020.
She currently chairs the Universities Scotland International committee and the Interface Strategic Board and is a Board member of the Moredun Foundation. She is a Trustee of the Carnegie Trust for Universities of Scotland and the Medical Research Scotland - Scottish Hospital Endowment Research Trust and, most recently, was elected as the Vice President Life Sciences for the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Scotland’s national academy. She was appointed as a member of the Board of Trinity College Dublin in 2020.
Andrea is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, a Fellow of the Royal Agricultural Societies and an honorary life member of the Association for Veterinary Teachers & Research Workers. She was awarded an honorary OBE in 2014 for services to Higher Education and Veterinary Science.
Professor Pamela Gillies CBE, FRSE has been Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Glasgow Caledonian University since 2006, having previously served as Pro-Vice-Chancellor at the University of Nottingham. A public health epidemiologist by training, she has been seconded to the World Health Organisation’s Global Programme on AIDS in Geneva (1989-90); been a Visiting Scholar in Residence at Cabot House, Radcliffe College, Harvard in Health and Human Rights (1992-3) and was seconded as the first Executive Director of Research at the Health Education Authority for England in London (1996-99).
She is a Founding Member of the Global Advisory Council for the African Leadership University; Trustee of the National University of Science and Technology in Muscat, Oman and a Founding Board member of the Grameen Caledonian College of Nursing in Dhaka, Bangladesh. She is also President of Glasgow Caledonian New York College (GCNYC) and a member of the Board of Trustees. She was a member of the Board of Trustees of the British Council from 2008 to 2014 and a Founding Board Member of the RFK Human Rights UK Board (2018-2020). She has also served on the Boards of the Scottish Institute for Enterprise, Grameen Scotland Foundation, STV, CBI, Saltire Foundation, Scottish Council for Excellence in Social Work and the Carnegie Trust.
She has served as Chair of the European Commission Working Group on Human Rights, HIV/AIDS and Discrimination, Chair of the Glasgow Health Commission and Chair of UK Ministerial task forces on welfare and on unintended teenage conceptions. She is currently the Lead Member for Universities Scotland on the Student Mental Health Group and on the Student Misconduct Guidelines Review Group.
She was awarded the honour of CBE for services to education and public health in December 2012; an Abbott Fellowship for Aids Research (1988) and a Harkness Fellowship of the Commonwealth Fund of New York at the Harvard School of Public Health (1992-92) and more recently awarded Social Mobility Champion of the Year in 2019. Pamela was elected a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health of the Royal College of Physicians of London in 2002; a Fellow of the Academy for Social Sciences in 2005; an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Glasgow in 2007 and became a Fellow of the Scottish Academy, the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2015. She holds an Honorary Professorship with the University of Jinan and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Aberdeen.
She is the founding patron of a school for children of sex workers in Domjur, Kolkata and has researched and written widely on HIV/AIDS, health development, and inequalities in health focusing on the potential of social action for health.
She is a keen associate member of the Scottish Lawn Tennis Association and a member of Glamis Castle Musicale, Glyndebourne Opera, the Royal Horticultural Society and the National Trust.
Professor Sally Mapstone has been Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of St Andrews since 2016. In this role Professor Mapstone directs the University’s Strategy and is responsible for the University’s operations. During her tenure the University was in 2021 ranked first in the UK in the Times and Sunday Times Complete University Guide – the only time in 30 years that a university other than Oxford or Cambridge has achieved this ranking. Sally is also currently Vice-Convener of Universities Scotland and a board member of Universities UK, the two major sector representative bodies for Scotland and the wider UK in higher education. She is also a trustee of UCAS and of the Europaeum, Vice-Chair of the Board of the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland, Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Higher Education Policy Institute, and President of the Saltire Society.
Professor Mapstone graduated from Wadham College at the University of Oxford with first-class honours in English Language and Literature in 1978. She then worked as an editor at the Weidenfeld and Nicolson publishing house in London. Sally returned to Oxford and attained her DPhil in 1986 for a thesis on the advice to princes tradition in Older Scots Literature.
In 1984, Sally was appointed Randall MacIver Junior Research Fellow at St Hilda’s College, Oxford. She was later appointed a Tutorial Fellow of St Hilda’s and a University Lecturer in Medieval English Language and Literature. She was appointed Reader in 2006, and Professor of Older Scots Literature in 2013.
Professor Mapstone is a medievalist with expertise in medieval and Renaissance Scottish literature. Several of her writings concern the identification of unrecognised textual witnesses to Older Scots texts, and she has written also on Chaucer, Malory, and Shakespeare. Professor Mapstone's first book, Scots and their books in the Middle-Ages and Renaissance, was published by Oxford University Press in 1996. She has edited, co-edited, or co-authored six further books, including Older Scots Literature and William Dunbar, 'the nobill poyet.’ In 2017, a Festschrift in her honour, Premodern Scotland: Literature and Governance 1420-1587, edited by Joanna Martin and Emily Wingfield, two of her many former graduate students, was published by Oxford University Press.
Professor Mapstone has partnered her academic responsibilities with leadership and community roles. She served as Junior Proctor of the University of Oxford in the 2006 to 2007 academic year, and Chair of the English Faculty Board from 2007 to 2010.
As a lifelong advocate for diversity and inclusion, Professor Mapstone was involved in the founding of Oxford’s first women’s consciousness-raising groups, served as the National Union of Journalists trade union representative at Weidenfeld and Nicolson, and spent much of her Oxford career at St Hilda’s, Oxford’s last women’s only college. Professor Mapstone was appointed Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Personnel and Equality in 2009, and she founded the Women of Achievement lecture programme and a mentoring programme to equip women to assume senior academic positions entitled Ad Feminam.
Professor Mapstone served as a Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education at the University of Oxford from 2011 to 2016. In that role, she assumed responsibility for Oxford's teaching and education policies and led the creation of the University of Oxford’s Strategic Plan for 2013 to 2018.
Her research distinction and leadership in higher education have been recognised through several positions and awards, including Fellowship of the Royal Society of Edinburgh; Emeritus Fellowship of St Hilda's College, Oxford, and Honorary Fellowships of Wadham and St Cross Colleges, Oxford; Fellowship of the English Association and Honorary Fellowship of the Association for Scottish Literary Studies; an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Aberdeen; a silver medal from the University of Helsinki, whose international advisory board she chaired from 2015 to 2021; and a medal from the Foreign Policy Association of America for her leadership in international higher education.
Born in 1959 Andrea Schenker-Wicki holds a master degree in Food Engineering from ETH Zurich and a master degree in Business Administration from the University of Zurich. In 1990 she obtained a doctoral degree from the University of Freiburg in the field of Operations Research and Information Technology. She habilitated in 1996 at the University of St. Gallen with a thesis about the measurement of academic performance.
From 1990 to 1997 Andrea Schenker-Wicki worked at the National Emergency Operations Centre in Zurich, as a research associate and from 1993 on she also became its Head of the information office. For the subsequent four years, she led the section for higher education at the Federal Office of Education and Science (today: State Secretariat for Education, Research, and Innovation).
From 2001 to 2015 she held a full professorship in Business Administration at the University of Zurich and acted as the Director of the Executive MBA as well as the CAS program “Essentials of management”. In addition, she was Vice President for Law and Economics at the University of Zurich between 2012 and 2014. On August 1, 2015, she became President of the University of Basel.
Andrea Schenker-Wicki has joined, among others, the Council of the Zürcher Fachhochschule (ZFH). Furthermore, she was part of the Austria Science Board (2010–2016) and the German Accreditation Council and presided over the Scientific Advisory Board of the Swiss Center of Accreditation and Quality Assurance in Higher Education (OAQ) from 2007 to 2012. From 2012 to 2015, she was a member of the Swiss Science and Innovation Council. In 2013 the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna awarded her an honorary doctoral degree.
Andrea Schenker-Wicki has been President of the University of Basel since 1 August 2015. She was elected for a further four years on 27 September 2018; her second term of office runs until 31 July 2023.
Prof. Velizara Ivanova Pencheva, PhD was born in the town of Oryahovo, Bulgaria on November 1, 1956. She is married with one daughter.
Prof. Pencheva finished high school with a profile in mathematics in Vratza, Bulgaria. From 1974 to 1979 she studied at the University of Ruse and graduated with a master's degree in Road Transport, Tractors and Fork-lifts, job-related skills: Mechanical Engineering and Transport. From March 1979 to December 1980 Prof. Pencheva specialized in Applied Mathematics at the Technical University of Sofia, Bulgaria. In 2001 she defended her doctoral dissertation in the field of Transport and Logistics.
In 1980 Velizara Pencheva started working as an Assistant Professor at University of Ruse. In 2002 she was elected Associate Professor and in 2012 Professor at the University of Ruse.
Prof. Pencheva is a leading lecturer in Transport Systems, Technology and Logistics, Transport Policy, Interaction of Types of Transport, Forwarding, presented to students trained in transport degree programmes.
In her academic career, Prof. Pencheva has also performed administrative activities related to the management of the University of Ruse: Vice Dean of the Faculty for Foreign Students (1985-1988); Head of the Department of Transport (2005-2008); Director of the University Directorate for the Quality of Education (2008-2014); Vice rector (2014-2016); RECTOR (2016-2018); Chairperson of the Assembly General of the University of Ruse (2018 to present).
In the period 2010-2014 Prof. Pencheva was a Member of the Accreditation Council of the National Evaluation and Accreditation Agency (NEAA) with the Council of Ministers, Bulgaria and was supervising the work of the Permanent Commission on Technical and Military Sciences. From 2014 to 2016 she was a Member of the Permanent Commission of Post Accreditation Monitoring and control in NEAA.
In 2016-2018 Prof. Pencheva was a Member of the Board of Directors at the Agricultural Academy, Bulgaria and Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Bulgarian-Romanian Interuniversity Europe Centre (BRIE)
Prof. Pencheva has won a number of awards and prizes: Bearer of Ruse, Bulgaria Award for lifelong contribution and activity in the field of Education and science – 2012; Plaque of the Governor of Ruse for lifelong contribution to higher education and science; Bearer of the Golden badge of the University of Ruse; Honorary Citizen of Vidin, Bulgaria /2019/ for her contribution to the development of higher education in Vidin and the region.
Prof. Pencheva participates in a number of municipal, regional and national commissions related to the organization and management of transport, education management, and regional development.
Prof. Pencheva is the author and co-author of more than 140 publications and study books in the field of transport and logistics. She is a project coordinator for the University of Ruse and а Member of more than 25 projects. Since 2019, Prof. Pencheva is the Head of the Research laboratory "Low Carbon Energy and Intelligent Transport Systems" at the University of Ruse. She also heads a scientific team that has developed the first demonstration project of a vessel powered by solar energy and hydrogen fuel cell (2021). Prof. Pencheva is the supervisor of 10 doctoral students and 7 postdoctoral ones. Their scientific works are in the field of management and organization of road transport.
As President of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCSPP), Dr. Michele Nealon oversees one of the most successful non-profit professional graduate and undergraduate Universities in the nation, directing campuses across the country that educates over 6,000 students from more than 30 countries in the fields of psychology, behavioral health sciences, and nursing. President Nealon has presided over the University’s expansion, from a single campus to now seven locations, which includes: Chicago; Southern California (Los Angeles, Anaheim, and San Diego); Washington, D.C.; Dallas; TCSPP at Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans, and a robust Online Campus. Under her strategic leadership, The Chicago School has enjoyed unprecedented success in enrollment growth, improved student outcomes, increased new and innovative program offerings at multiple degree levels, and significantly increased global presence as a result of online program offerings and ever increasing global partnerships, placing the institution at the forefront of advancing a curriculum that is interprofessional and transdisciplinary in nature. Dr. Nealon also spearheaded the development of a new roadmap for the future of the now 40-year-old institution, which includes creation of the University’s new College of Nursing and Advanced Health Professions to advance The Chicago School as a leader in the area of health sciences and release of the second edition of the University’s biennial No Health Without Mental Health report on the status of mental health in the United States.
Dr. Nealon’s distinguished career reflects her dedication to ensuring that underserved populations receive the mental healthcare they need and deserve. She began her career in clinical psychology while at University College in Dublin, Ireland, where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degree. In 1994, Dr. Nealon moved to the United States where she worked with adolescents in group homes and foster care for more than six years. Her clinical experience includes a variety of clinical settings with diverse groups of people including inpatient, outpatient, community mental health, forensic, and academic settings. As a licensed clinical psychologist, Dr. Nealon specializes in the treatment of children, adolescents, and their families.
Dr. Nealon is additionally the founder and CEO of The Nealon Group, LLC. Through private and corporate engagements, Dr. Nealon provides Executive Coaching and Business Consultation focused on senior level leadership development and business coaching. Dr. Nealon partners with corporations to offer a High-Performance Leadership Academy, utilizes coaching, peer support, training, reflection, and accountability, to generate results that matter in the workplace and challenge participants to achieve new levels of capability and performance. Dr. Nealon is an accomplished writer and speaker on a wide range of psychology and leadership related topics.
Prof. Dr. Birgitt Riegraf, born 1961, studied political science, sociology, psychology and religious studies as well as the interdisciplinary supplementary course "Qualitative Methods in Social Sciences" at the Free University of Berlin. She did her doctorate in 1995 at the Free University of Berlin and completed her habilitation in 2004 at the Faculty of Sociology at Bielefeld University. After visiting professorships and interim professorships at the University of Duisburg-Essen, the Technical University Carolo-Wilhelmina in Braunschweig and the Georg-August University in Göttingen, she has been Professor of General Sociology at Paderborn University since 2009. She has been President of Paderborn University since April 2018.
Social, justice and state theories, inequality, work and organizational sociology, science and university research, theories and methodologies of women and gender studies
Sari Lindblom is Rector of the University of Helsinki. Sari Lindblom is a licensed psychologist and Professor of Higher Education (i.e., University Pedagogy). During the years 2017-2020 she worked as Vice-Rector of the University of Helsinki responsible for teaching and learning, digitalisation and quality. Before entering the rectorate of the University, she was the Director of Helsinki University Centre for University Teaching and Learning (HYPE). She is Past President of EARLI (European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction) and WERA (World Education Research Association).
Sari Lindblom has been actively involved in many international research projects. Her research focuses on student learning and teaching at university, for example, on approaches to learning and teaching, procrastination, self-regulation, self-efficacy beliefs, student wellbeing, motivation to studying, assessment practices and quality enhancement in higher education. Her publishing name is Lindblom-Ylänne.