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DIT Conference: Higher Education in the 21st Century – Diversity of Missions

Speaker Biographies - Main Sessions

Picture of Professor Brian Norton, President of DIT

Brian Norton

Professor Brian Norton is President of Dublin Institute of Technology. DIT is Ireland's largest higher education institution.

His research on the applications of solar energy is cited extensively internationally. He is the author or co-author of six books (including a sole authored major advanced text) and over 300 papers.

Brian has chaired various international bodies. He was a ministerial appointee to the Construction Industry Training Board and chaired the Northern Ireland Business Education Partnership. He acted as Specialist Advisor to the Committee for Enterprise, Trade and Investment of the N.I. Assembly. Brian is Chair of the Board of Management of Action Renewables, the body responsible for developing the use of renewable energies in Northern Ireland.

He has doctorates from Cranfield University and the University of Nottingham. He is a Fellow, Institute  of Energy and Institution of Engineers of Ireland, and a Chartered Engineer (both in the UK and Ireland). He has been awarded the Gold Medal of the Amir of Bahrain, the Napier Shaw Medal and the Honorary Fellowship and a Fellow of the Irish Academy of Engineering.

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Barbara Ishinger

Dr. Ischinger took up the post of OECD Director for Education on 1 January 2006.

Dr. Ischinger has held a range of senior international positions over the last 13 years in the fields of international co-operation and education, with a focus on Europe, the United States and Africa.

Before joining the OECD, Dr. Ischinger was Executive Vice-President for International Affairs and Public Relations at Berlin Humboldt Universität (2000-2005). Her experience includes the reshaping of academic curricula and professional training to adjust them to the labour market conditions and social development.

Between 1992-1994, she was a Director at UNESCO heading the Division of International Cultural Co-operation, Presentation and Enrichment of Cultural Identities. From 1994 to 2000, she was Executive Director of the Fulbright Commission for Educational Exchange between the United States and Germany.

Dr. Ischinger’s experience with the American university system includes several sojourns of teaching and research at Columbia and Harvard universities.

She holds a PhD from Heidelberg University and a post-doctoral degree from Cologne University in African Literature. Alongside her full-time appointments since 1993, she has been Adjunct Professor in the Institute of African Studies at Cologne University, where she has undertaken research and supervised MA and PhD theses.

She has published numerous papers in English, German and French in the field of international relations and on the international higher education system

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Eva Egron-Polak

Eva Egron-Polak

Eva Egron-Polak is Secretary-General of the International Association of Universities (IAU), an international Non-Governmental Organisation based at UNESCO in Paris, France. Bringing together Higher Education Institutions and Associations from every region, IAU is committed to strengthening higher education worldwide by providing a global forum for leaders, undertaking research and analysis, disseminating information and taking up advocacy positions in the interest of quality higher education being available to all. With a long experience in international cooperation in higher education, and now as head of IAU.

Eva Egron-Polak is engaged with many of the most pressing issues in current higher education policy debates globally, such as internationalization, cross border higher education, higher education for sustainable development, and equitable access to higher education, among others. Prior to joining IAU she was Vice President (international) of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada. She was educated in the Czech Republic, Canada and France.

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Michael Kelly   

Michael Kelly was recently re-appointed as Chairman of the Higher Education Authority in Ireland.

Previous appointments include a five year term as Secretary-General of the Department of Health and Children and a period as Deputy Secretary-General of the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform. He played a leading role, in these capacities, in the re-structuring and modernisation of the Justice and Health Systems.

Current concerns in the HEA include :

 the integration of the Institutes of Technology following designation under the HEA;

 policy advice on future strategy for higher education;

 revised funding arrangements for HEIs; and

 improved governance, among others.

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Frans Van Vught

Frans van Vught

Prof. Frans van Vught (1950) is a Member of the Group of Societal Policy Analysis (GSPA) of the European Commission (under the leadership of EC-President Barroso) and Member of the Executive Board of the European University Association (EUA).

From 1997 to 2005 he was Rector and President of the University of Twente. Before that he was the founding director of the Center for Higher Education Policy Studies (CHEPS), a higher education research center of the University of Twente.

In the Netherlands, Frans van Vught is Member of the National Innovation Platform (presided by the Prime Minister) and of the National Social Economic Council. In the past he was among others, Member of the National Council on Education, President of the Board of Governors of the International Institute of Aerospace Survey and Earth Sciences, Chairman of the Dutch National Foundation for the Advancement of Science and Technology and President of the Supervisory Board of the “Hogeschool Enschede”.

Internationally, he is a Member of the University Grants Committee of Hong Kong and the German "Akkreditierungsrat".

Van Vught is an expert in higher education policy and management. He has published widely (and in several languages) on these issues and has been consultant for many international organisations, governments and universities. He holds several academic awards and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Ghent, Belgium.

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Helen Garnett

Helen Garnett

Professor Helen Garnett PSM commenced as the inaugural Vice-Chancellor at the Charles Darwin University in October 2003. The University results from a coming together of four tertiary institutions including the previous Northern Territory University.

Previously she was the Executive Director of the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO), and Acting Executive Director since 1994. From 1992 to 1994 she was Deputy Executive Director of the same organisation. During her tenure she led ANSTO to become an outward focussed organisation with a strong international reputation.

Professor Garnett has a national and international reputation for her contribution to the life sciences and the peaceful development and application of nuclear technologies and as an Australian representative to the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency from 1994 until joining Charles Darwin University has played a significant role in numerous international initiatives.

Professor Garnett is an Emeritus Professor of the University of Wollongong and prior to joining ANSTO was Professor and Head of the Department of Biology at the University of Wollongong, Australia (1987-1992), and Foundation Professor and Head of the Department of Microbiology, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa (1979-1986). During her five year tenure she developed the Department from a small Department with few postgraduate students to a Department with two key research Programmes, linked to other centres of excellence and to business through her coaching and facilitation.

Professor Garnett is Deputy Chair of the Northern Territory Research and Innovation Board, she is a Fellow of the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is currently a Director of Energy Resources of Australia Ltd, IDP Education Australia Ltd, Business-Higher Education Round Table and Australia's Academic and Research Network. She has previously held directorships in a number of organisations and served on committees of both the Australian Research Council and the National Health and Medical Research Council, Australia.

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Peter Eckel

Peter Eckel is Director, Programs and Initiatives in the American Council on Education’s Center for Effective Leadership. His portfolio includes the ACE Institute for New CAOs, the ACE Presidential Roundtable Series, and other programs that focus on leadership and governance in a changing global context. His latest book is The Shifting Frontiers of Academic Decision Making. His research appears in many of the leading peer-reviewed higher education journals and he is the lead author of three ACE occasional paper series On Change, The Changing Enterprise, and The Changing Relationships Between States and Institutions. He is also series editor of the ACE paper series, The Unfinished Agenda: Ensuring Success for Students of Color.

His books include, Taking the Reins: Transformation in Higher Education (with Adrianna Kezar); Changing Course: Eliminating Academic Programs; and Bridging the Gap Between Research and Practice in Higher Education (with Kezar). He received his Ph.D. in Education Policy, Planning, and Administration from the University of Maryland, College Park. He is a graduate of Michigan State University (Journalism).

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Seán Dorgan

Seán Dorgan

Sean Dorgan has been Chief Executive of IDA Ireland since 1 January 1999. He is also a member of the Board of Forfás – the policy advisory and co-ordination Board for industrial development and science and technology in Ireland.

As Chief Executive, Sean Dorgan has led IDA Ireland to continued success as one of the world’s leading inward investment agencies. Ireland has been the most successful investment location in Europe over recent decades and is the location of choice for global leading companies in Information and Communications Technologies (ICT), in Pharmaceuticals and Healthcare and in International Services. It is also the largest exporter of software in the world (Source: OECD).

Since his appointment as Chief Executive, Sean Dorgan has led steps to add to Ireland’s competitive advantages in knowledge-based activities, especially through enhancement of skill and research capabilities, in flexible and speedy operating conditions and in tax. He has also taken a special interest in the achievement of balanced regional development in Ireland.

Prior to joining IDA, Mr Dorgan was at different times: Secretary General of the Department of Industry and Commerce; Secretary General of the Department of Tourism and Trade; Chief Executive of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland; Member of the Board of the Industrial Development Authority; Member of the National Economic and Social Council; Member of various Government-appointed Boards and Committees.

Sean Dorgan played a central role in promoting and shaping the Culliton Review of Industrial Policy in 1991, and subsequently in implementing its recommendations which have contributed to much of Ireland’s industrial and economic development since then.

He was born in Cork in 1951. He is married to Mary Lennan and has four sons.

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Jaana Puukka

Jaana Puukka

Jaana Puukka is an OECD Analyst and is currently managing the OECD/IMHE thematic review project on "Supporting the Contribution of HIgher Educations Institutions to Regional Development" which engages fourteen regions in twelve countries throughout the world. Jaana was also the Team Co-ordinator of four individual reviews in this project.

Jaana has experience in regional development in Finland as a ministerial and local government adviser, programme manager, practitioner and evaluator. She is the Regional Development Manager of Turku University of Applied Sciences, the biggest professionally oriented HE in Finland, and has been involved in the evaluation of the external engagement of the University of Turku and the subsequent re-evaluation. She has worked for the Finnish Ministry of Education for the review of Masters' programmes with funding from the EU structural funds. Her interests are in the fields of regional development, higher education evaluation, stakeholder management, corporate social responsibility and entrepreneurship.

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Francisco Marmolejo

Francisco Marmolejo

Francisco Marmolejo serves as executive director of the Consortium for North American Higher Education Collaboration (CONAHEC), a network of more than 140 colleges and universities from Canada, the U.S. and Mexico, headquartered at the University of Arizona. Previously, he was a fellow of the American Council on Education at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. His past positions include vice president for administration and academic vice president at the Universidad de las Américas in Mexico. He has taught at several universities and has published extensively on administration and internationalisation.

Marmolejo consults for Latin American universities and governments, and has been part of OECD and World Bank peer review teams conducting evaluations of higher education in Europe, Latin America and Asia. Currently, he serves on advisory boards at a variety of universities, and professional organisations, including the Mexican Association for International Education (AMPEI) in which he serves as president of the External Advisory Board.

During the 2005-2006 academic year, while on sabbatical leave, he collaborated as an international consultant at the Organisation for Economic and Co-operation Development (OECD), Programme on Institutional Management of Higher Education (IMHE), based in Paris. Marmolejo holds an MBA from the Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí, and has conducted doctoral work at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.

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Ossi V Lindquist

Ossi V Lindquist

Ossi V Lindqvist was elected chairman of the Finnish Higher Education Evaluation Council from 2000 to 2003 and again for a second term from 2004 to 2007. Before retiring in 2004, he served as director and professor at the Institute of Applied Biotechnology at the University of Kuopio, Finland. From 1990 to 1998, he served as Rector of this University. He has also served as chairman of the Finnish University Rectors’ Council from 1993 to 1997, was member of the National Council for Science and Technology Policy from 1996 to 1999, and he is a lifetime foreign member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry. He was professor at the University of Dayton, Ohio, USA from 1970 to 1972. Dr. Lindqvist holds a Ph.D. from the University of Turku.

Dr. Lindqvist has served as evaluator or in an advisory role for several dozen European, and especially eastern European universities. His current specialties cover management and technology transfer issues in HE, as well as quality assurance in HE institutions.

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John Hughes

John Hughes

Professor John G. Hughes is President of National University of Ireland, Maynooth and is Vice-Chancellor of The National University of Ireland.

Professor Hughes has an international reputation in Information Technology. A native of Belfast, Professor Hughes was educated at the Christian Brothers’ Grammar School and at Queens University Belfast where he obtained a BSc with First Class Honours in Mathematics and a PhD in Theoretical Physics. Following appointments at Queens and at the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, he became Professor of Information Systems Engineering at the University of Ulster in 1991. He held a range of senior academic positions at Ulster and was actively involved in promoting research and technology transfer initiatives which attracted substantial funding to the University. Professor Hughes is a Fellow of the British Computer Society and was elected by the Society as IT Professional of the Year in 1997. In 1999 his research team won the prestigious European Grand IST prize for software innovation. He sits on the boards of a range of public and private sector organisations.

Professor Hughes has extensive international links in Europe, the US and Asia. He has initiated a large number of successful research collaborations with prestigious institutions including the Max-Planck Institutes, Carnegie-Mellon University, MIT and Tsinghua University in Beijing.

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Sir Howard Newby

Sir Howard Newby

Sir Howard Newby was born in 1947 and grew up in Derby. He was educated at John Port Grammar School in Etwall, Derbyshire, Atlantic College in South Wales and at the University of Essex where he obtained his BA and Ph.D.

His academic field was rural sociology and he has held chairs in sociology at the University of Essex and the University of Wisconsin – Madison in the USA. Sir Howard has published sixteen books and many papers on social change in rural society and for eight years was a member of the Rural Development Commission, the UK government body promoting social and economic development in rural areas.

In 1988 Sir Howard became head of the Economic and Social Research Council, the funding agency for research in the social sciences in the UK.

In 1994 Sir Howard was appointed Vice-Chancellor of the University of Southampton. Over the next seven years the University doubled in size and established itself as one of the UK’s leading research universities. In 1999 he was elected President of Universities UK, the organisation which represents Vice-Chancellors across the sector.

In 2001 Sir Howard was appointed Chief Executive of the Higher Education Funding Council for England, the agency which funds all the English universities and other higher education institutions. This period included the publication of the 2003 White Paper on higher education culminating in the passage of the Higher Education Act of 2004.

In 2006 Sir Howard became Vice-Chancellor of the University of the West of England in Bristol. He has stated his intention to develop the University into a new kind of university for the twenty-first century, one which focuses on engagement with the community and the region, in learning and teaching, research, and knowledge transfer. He is also committed to widening access to higher education.

Sir Howard was awarded a CBE in 1995 for his services to social science and was knighted in 2000 for his services to higher education.

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Mala Singh

Mala Singh

Mala Singh is the Interim Chief Executive Officer of the Council on Higher Education (CHE) in South Africa. She was the founding Executive Director of the Higher Education Quality Committee (HEQC) of the CHE. Dr Singh has been the Executive Director of the Centre for Science Development in the Human Sciences Research Council, and of the Division for Humanities and Social Sciences in the National Research Foundation. She was formerly a professor and head of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Durban-Westville. She has published in the fields of philosophy, higher education and quality assurance.

Dr Singh has done post-doctoral research at the University of Cologne, Germany and Yale University in the United States of America. She was founding president of the Union of Democratic University Staff Associations (1988 - 1990), coordinator of the National Commission on Higher Education Task Group on Governance (1995-1996) and a member of the writing team for the Green and White papers on Science and Technology in South Africa (1996). She is a member of the Academy of Science of South Africa. Dr Singh has served as a board member of the International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE). She is a member of the Task Force of the UNESCO Global Forum on International Quality Assurance, Accreditation and the Recognition of Qualifications; and vice chaiperson of the Regional Scientific Committee for Africa, UNESCO Global Forum on Higher Education, Research and Knowledge. She is a visiting professor in the Centre for Higher Education Research and Information at the Open University, United Kingdom.

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Ellen Hazelkorn

Ellen Hazelkorn

Professor Ellen Hazelkorn is a Director, and Dean of the Faculty of Applied Arts, of Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland. She also works as a consultant to the OECD's Programme on Institutional Management of Higher Education (IMHE), and is also associated with the OECD Centre for Co-operation with Non-Members. She is on the Editorial Board of Higher Education Management and Policy (OECD), Contributing Editor of Science and Society (New York) and on the International Advisory Board of Journal of Arts, Science and Technology (Jamaica). In addition, Ellen is an executive of the Dean and European Academic Network (DEAN), and Company Secretary and Board Member of the Contemporary Music Centre, Dublin. She leads a consortium of European academic, research and industrial institutions developing EU research programmes in intelligent digital content.

Ellen has published articles and books on Irish politics and society; digital technologies, gender, work practices and the cultural industries; relations between the media and the state; and higher education policy. Her study, Developing Research in New Institutions, was published by OECD (September, 2005). Ellen is currently leading an international research project on the impact and influence of league tables and ranking systems on higher education decision-making and government policy-making in association with IMHE and the International Association of Universities (IAU).

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Sir David Watson

Sir David Watson

David Watson is an historian and Professor of Higher Education Management at the Institute of Education, University of London. He was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Brighton (formerly Brighton Polytechnic) between 1990 and 2005. His academic interests are in the history of American ideas and in higher education policy. His most recent books are Lifelong Learning and the University (1998), Managing Strategy (2000), New Directions in Professional Higher Education (2000), Higher Education and the Lifecourse (2003), and Managing Institutional Self-Study (2005).

He has contributed widely to developments in UK higher education, including as a member (from 1977 to 1993) of Boards and Committees of the Council for National Academic Awards. In 1988 he was appointed to the CNAA Council and the Polytechnics and Colleges Funding Council, and in 1992 to the Higher Education Funding Council (England). He chaired the HEFCE Quality Assessment Committee until his retirement from the Council in May 1996 and was a member of its Learning and Teaching Committee between 1998 and 2003. He was a member of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation's National Commission on Education (whose report Learning to Succeed was published in 1993), of the National Committee of Inquiry into Higher Education chaired by Sir Ron Dearing (whose report Higher Education in the Learning Society was published in 1997), and of the Roberts Review of Research Assessment in 2002-03. He was the elected chair of the Universities Association for Continuing Education between 1994 and 1998, and chaired the Longer Term Strategy Group of Universities UK between 1999 and 2005. He is a Trustee of the Nuffield Foundation and a Companion of the Institute of Management. He was knighted in 1998 for services to higher education.

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John Rickard

John Rickard

John Rickard was born and educated in England. He read mathematics at Queen Elizabeth College, University of London from 1963-1966 and then moved to the University College London to study for his Ph.D in Geophysical Fluid Mechanics. After completing his Ph.D in 1969 he moved to Australia to take up a Lectureship in the Mathematics Department at the University of Melbourne.

During the seventies John’s research interests gradually migrated from Fluid Mechanics to Economics and Finance, including game theory, taxation and executive remuneration. In 1980 he moved to Griffith University to take up his first professorial appointment. He subsequently returned to Melbourne in 1984 to take up one of the two Foundation Chairs at the newly established Graduate School of Management at the University of Melbourne. In 1992 he joined Deakin University to head their Graduate School of Management and (what is now) Deakin Australia, the University’s commercial arm. In 1994 John was appointed Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of the Faculty of Business and Economics at Monash University. He moved to Southern Cross University in March 2000 to take up the position as Vice-Chancellor (President). July 2004 saw John leave SCU for the position of Vice-Chancellor (President) at Central Queensland University.

John has held numerous visiting appointments, including Visiting Professor of Finance at the London Business School and Visiting Professor of Marketing at the Cranfield School of Management. He has acted as a consultant in many areas including finance, taxation, executive remuneration, customer retention and strategy – to a wide range of public and private organisations. He has been a board member of several private and public companies and was the Attorney–General’s Specialist appointee on the Credit Co-operatives Reserve Board (1989-1991), Friendly Societies Reserve Board (1991-1992) and was Deputy Chairman of the Australian Financial Institutions Commission (AFIC) from 1992-1995. John was a member of the Council of the La Trobe University from 1991-2000. He has joined the Board of UniSuper Ltd. formed following the merger of SSAU and TESS, the two university sector superannuation funds. In 2003 John was elected to the board of the Australian Vice-Chancellor’s Committee (AVCC). He chairs the AVCC Superannuation Working Group.

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Abdul Dzulkifli

Abdul Dzulkifli

DZULKIFLI Abdul Razak joined Universiti Sains Malaysia, (USM) as an academic staff in 1980.
He has served as: Deputy Dean in the School of Pharmaceutical Sciences from 1988 – 1994; and Founder, and Director of the National Poison Centre, 1994-2000. At the same time, he was appointed as the Head of the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre on Drug Information beginning 1998.

In December 2000, he became Vice-Chancellor of USM after serving as the Deputy Vice-Chancellor since July 2000.

He is appointed as: a member of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Expert Advisory Panel on Drug Policies and Management since 1995 - present; a member of the WHO Scientific Advisory Committee on Tobacco Product Regulation between 2000 and 2002; a member of the National Higher Education Council of Malaysia, since 2002; a member of the Board of Directors, Open University of Malaysia, since 2003; a member of the Committee to Study the Future Direction of Higher Education in Malaysia, since 2004.

Dzulkifli also acts as a Consultant to WHO/HQ (Geneva) and Western Pacific Regional Office (WPRO). On behalf of WHO, he led and conducted more than 10 missions to a number of countries in Asia, South Pacific and East Africa, before taking up his current appointment.

For the last 10 years he writes a weekly column for The New Straits Times, and has contributed no less than 400 articles on science, health and also current events. In addition, he authored more than 20 titles; 6 of which are singly. One of title (on AIDS) won a Special Prize at the 1990 Malaysia Book Fair.

For his services and contributions, Dzulkifli received:

the 1999 Olle Hanson International Award for his work in areas of health care; the 2000 Global Leadership Scholar Award by The Robert Wood Foundation USA; the 2002 Rotary Research Foundation Gold Medal for Medical Sciences; the Inaugural South East Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) Award in recognition of his outstanding contribution and dedication to tobacco control.

He also received, among others: the Darjah Kebesaran Dato’ Paduka Mahkota Selangor (D.P.M.S) from the Sultan of Selangor in 2001; the Darjah Yang Mulia Pangkuan Negeri [D.M.P.N.] from the Governor of Penang in 2003, and the Darjah Dato’ Paduka Mahkota Perlis (D.P.M.P.) in 2004.

He is married to Datin Masrah Abidin with four children, two sons and two daughters: Ridzal, Johan, Suriani and Farhana.

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