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Each IARU partner is represented by a Senior member of the institution. Senior Officers meet annually to review the initiatives that are branded under the Alliance's name as well as to discuss specific topics of interest related to the higher education trends. The IARU Senior Officers are:

Australian National University

Dr. Erik Lithander joined the Australian National University in the newly-created role of Pro Vice-Chancellor (International and Outreach) in June 2012. Prior to joining ANU, Erik spent six years as Director of International Affairs at University College Dublin, Ireland’s largest university, and was previously the Associate Director (International Relations) at the University of Auckland in New Zealand.

Originally from Sweden, Erik holds a Candidature in Political Science from Université Libre de Bruxelles in Belgium, a BSc Hons (Econ) from the London School of Economics, and a MPhil and PhD from the University of Cambridge where his research focus was on contemporary Latin American literature. He is an alumnus of the executive education program at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

The Pro Vice-Chancellor (International & Outreach) provides leadership on international partnerships and international government relations, international students at ANU, national and international student recruitment and admissions, brand and reputation management and domestic institutional alliances.

The key ANU units which form part of this portfolio are the Division of International Operations and Student Recruitment (DIOSR), the ANU Marketing Office, the ANU Office of Strategic Communications and Public Affairs and the ANU North American Liaison Office in Washington DC.

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Davina was previously Associate Director for Internationalisation at Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan, the largest private university in Europe. She has held previous positions in International Relations at Michigan State University, Macquarie University, University of Western Sydney and Miami University in Ohio. Davina served as Counsellor (Education) for Latin America for the (then) Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) from 2007-2009, based at the Australian Embassy in Santiago, Chile. 

Davina holds a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) from Queensland University of Technology, a Master of Educational Leadership (Higher Education) from Macquarie University, and is in the final stages of completing a PhD in Higher Education at Michigan State University. 

She brings a wide range of expertise in student mobility, study abroad, partnership development and internationalisation strategy. Davina has contributed widely to research in university internationalisation and is a regular conference speaker on issues relating to the development of student mobility.

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ETH Zurich

Dr. Jürg Brunnschweiler obtained his doctorate in Biology from the University of Zurich. He joined ETH Zurich in 2002, working first in the Presidents’ Staff and the Lecturers’ Office, then in the office dealing with the European Union Framework Programmes. In 2009, he returned to the Office for Faculty Affairs where he was responsible for faculty recruiting procedures at various departments. In addition, he was contact person for academic career advancement and Secretary of the Tenure Committee. Since 1 October 2012, Dr. Brunnschweiler is the Head of ETH Global and Director of Global Institutional Affairs at ETH Zurich.

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Mr. Anders Hagström is the Director of Global Educational Affairs at ETH Zurich. His previous appointments included project manager of ETH Zurich’s ICT development program, "ETH World", and various positions in the field of lifelong learning for engineers at Helsinki University of Technology, Cambridge University and European Federation of National Engineering Associations.

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National University of Singapore

Professor Barry Halliwell is Deputy President (Research and Technology) at the National University of Singapore and is responsible for driving the university's research agenda. He is involved in planning and establishing research institutes, centres and programs as well as in helping to formulate policies and agreements relating to intellectual property rights. He oversees the NUS research institutes and centres, the NUS Institutional Review Board (IRB), the NUS Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee (IACUC) and enforcement of the NUS Research Integrity Code. His responsibilities also include overseeing the expansion and allocation of research funding and liaison with granting bodies. In particular, he helped to drive the development of the Life Sciences / Translational Medicine initiatives at NUS over the past ten years and is now driving initiatives in aging research.

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Prof Andrew Wee is currently Vice President (University and Global Relations) at the National University of Singapore (NUS). In his role as Vice President, he works with the President on the University’s efforts to become a leading global university located in the heart of Asia through the strengthening of strategic relations with stakeholders both in Singapore and overseas.

Professor Andrew Wee was previously Dean of the NUS Faculty of Science from April 2007 to March 2014. He is a Provost’s Chair Professor at the NUS Department of Physics, and Director of the Surface Science Laboratory in the NUS Faculty of Science. He is also an adjunct scientist at the Agency of Science, Technology and Research’s Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE).

Prof Wee is currently the President of the Singapore National Academy of Science. He was awarded the President’s medal in 2008 by the Institute of Physics Singapore (IPS), and is a fellow of the Institute of Physics UK (IoP), the Singapore National Academy of Science (SNAS), the Institute of Physics Singapore, as well as an academician of the Asia-Pacific Academy of Materials (APAM).

Prof Wee’s research interests are in surface and nanoscale science, scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and synchrotron radiation studies of the molecule-substrate interface, graphene and related nanomaterials. He has published more than 500 internationally refereed scientific papers and has garnered more than 9000 citations. He is an Associate Editor of the journal ACS Nano since 2011, and serves or has served on several journal editorial boards including Applied Physics Letters-Journal of Applied Physics (2009-2011), Surface and Interface Analysis (2005-), and Surface Review and Letters (2002-).

Prof Wee was previously a visiting scientist with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories in the US, a Commonwealth Fellow as well as a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Physics as well as a Masters degree from the University of Cambridge. He received his DPhil from the University of Oxford.

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Mr. Bernard Toh joined the University in April 2005 as Director, Office of Corporate Relations. After leading the corporate events and communications team for four years, he was appointed to the Office of the President to assist in projects and communications. One of the projects that he is currently overseeing is the development of the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum which will be opened in late 2014. From October 2009 to July 2013, he served as Director of the IARU Secretariat and was recently jointly appointed as Director (Special Projects) in the Office of University and Global Relations, NUS, where he hopes to continue contributing on the international relations front drawing on the experiences and relationships built over the four years serving in the IARU Secretariat.

Prior to joining NUS, Mr. Toh served in the Republic of Singapore Air Force and the Singapore Ministry of Defence for twenty years. His last held appointment with the Air Force was Head Air Manpower, looking after the human resource and capital requirements of the entire air force. Prior to leaving the service, he served as Director Public Affairs of the Singapore Ministry of Defence. Mr. Toh’s academic background includes a Bachelor of Arts (Architectural Studies) from the National University of Singapore and a Master of Business Administration from Cranfield University, UK.

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Peking University

Dr. Li Yansong is the Vice President for international relations at Beida. He is concurrently the Co-Director of Peking University Center for International Higher Education, Secretary-General of Hongkong and Macao Research Association of Peking University, Standing Vice President and Secretary-General of Association for Introducing Foreign Intelligence, sub-association of Chinese Association of Higher Ecudation (CAHE), and President of Association for Ecucation Management Research of Macao, Taiwan and Overseas Chinese students in Beijing. His previous appointments in Beida included various key positions in the Office of International Relations. Dr. Li is an experienced administrator and researcher with a specialization in international relations, communication and development related issues.

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Dr. Xia Hongwei is Director of the Office of International Relations of Peking University and the Deputy Director of the Peking University Center for International Higher Education. He received his Bachelor degree in Political Science from the University of International Relations in 1989 and went on to further his postgraduate studies at Peking University and was awarded the Master and PhD in International & Intercultural Studies in 1994 and 2009 respectively.

From 1995 to 1997, Dr. Xia was invited as an exchange scholar in the Department of Communication Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, United States, engaging in the study of cross-cultural communication. In June 2005, he was again invited as a visiting scholar sponsored by DAAD to conduct research on the China-Germany Educational Exchange in the late 19th century at Freie Universität Berlin. In the summer of 2007, Dr. Xia visited the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University as a visiting fellow focusing on the research of cultural interactions between China and US in the early 20th century.

Dr. Xia has published several theses in academic journals about sino-foreign higher education exchange, edited books on the internationalization of universities and conducted some research projects on student mobility of China's National Association of Research on Study Abroad. His main research areas include: sino-western cultural exchange in late Qing Dynasty, cross-cultural conflict and communication, internationalization of higher education and international communication and management between universities.

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Dr. Chen is a tenured full professor in the Faculty of Academy for Advanced Interdisciplinary Studies, Peking University, since September of 2011. He is the Dean of School of Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Director of Office of Science and Technology Development of Peking University.

Dr. Chen was an adjunct Professor of the Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences where he served as the co-director of the Beijing National Laboratory for Condensed Matter Physics from 2004 to 2009. Before that he was a Sr. Rowland Fellow and the Head of the Nanoscale Quantum Physics Lab. of Rowland Institute at Harvard University where he worked from 1989 to 2004 and where he led the development of two generations of low temperature scanning tunneling microscope. His academic expertise includes nanotechnologies and advanced semiconductor process integrations, nonvolatile material and device physics, MEMS device and process, MEMS-CMOS integration; spin and quantum device physics. He co-authored more than 70 scientific publications and 200 US and international patents.

Dr. Chen is an Associate Editor and board member of Applied Physics letter and Journal and Applied Physics; a Sr. Associate Editor of Chinese Science Bulletin and an Associate Editor of Chinese Physics Letter.

Dr. Chen is a serial entrepreneur. He is the Chief Scientist of 4DS Inc. and a key inventor of 4DS’ Metal Oxide Heteorjunction RRAM device. He also co-founded Miradia Inc. in Silicon Valley in 2003 where he raised 80M USD from tier-1 venture capitals and led the development of a platform technology for MEMS-CMOS 3D integration for applications in digital micro-mirror array and motion sensors, and successfully licensed company’s patent portfolio to a major foundry in Asia.

Dr. Chen is the Board of Director, Sr. Advisor and former Chairman & President of Chinese American Semiconductor Professional Association (CASPA).

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University of California, Berkeley

Professor Pradeep Chhibber is the Director of the Institute of International Studies at UC Berkeley. He is concurrently the Indo-American Endowed Chair and Class of 1959 Chair as well as a professor at the Department of Political Science at UC Berkeley. Professor Chhibber has published extensively on issues related to party systems, electoral politics and the politics of India.

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Professor Price's research and teaching fields include comparative politics and African affairs, with a special emphasis on South Africa. He is author of Society and Bureaucracy in Contemporary Ghana (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1975), U.S. Foreign Policy toward Sub-Saharan Africa: National Interest and Global Strategy (Berkeley: Institute of International Studies, 1979), The Apartheid Regime: Political Power and Racial Domination (co-editor, Berkeley: Institute of International Studies Publications, 1980) and The Apartheid State in Crisis (New York: Oxford University Press, 1991) as well as a variety of journal articles and book chapters dealing with the new African state, U.S. foreign policy towards Africa and political change in South Africa.

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University of Cambridge

A former opera singer, Dr. Jennifer Barnes became associate professor at the Royal Academy of Music, full professor at the Royal College of Music, then Dean at Trinity College of Music.

In the 1990's, she instigated a research partnership between Imperial College, Manchester University and the Royal College of Music, utilizing early findings in neuroscience to enhance performance in musicians and dancers.

In 2005, she became Group Director of Global Education for BP. Working with colleagues across the globe, she was successful in establishing a $250m annual investment in the university sector. She advised colleagues in over 25 countries on partnerships with governments, academic institutions, NGOs and businesses.

In 2008, she was elected the 4th President of Murray Edwards College, founded as New Hall, in the University of Cambridge. In 2010, she was appointed Pro Vice Chancellor for International Strategy, developing policy and strategy for the university's international engagements.

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Dr. Toby Wilkinson took up his appointment as Head of the International Strategy Office at the University of Cambridge in July 2011. He works closely with the Vice-Chancellor and the Pro Vice-Chancellor for International Strategy to support the schools, faculties and departments in their international engagements and to develop the university's strategic engagements overseas, particularly research collaborations with the EU, USA, India, China and Brazil.

Prior to joining the International Strategy Office, Dr. Wilkinson served for four years as Chairman of the Cambridge Colleges Development Group, coordinating the external relations and fundraising functions of Cambridge's 31 colleges in the context of the university's institution-wide £1 billion campaign.

Dr. Wilkinson is also an acknowledged expert on ancient Egyptian civilisation and one of the leading Egyptologists of his generation. He is a Fellow of Clare College Cambridge.

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University of Copenhagen

Professor Thomas Bjørnholm has been Prorector and Director of Nano-Science since September 1, 2010.

Professor Bjørnholm obtained his PhD in materials chemistry in 1990. In 1992 he became affiliated with the Chemistry Department at the University of Copenhagen as Associate Professor, in 2000 as Research Professor and in 2005 as full Professor. In 1997, he was a visiting professor at the University of Texas at Austin and since 2003, he has been the chairman of the Copenhagen Graduate School for Nanoscience and Nanotecnology.

Professor Bjørnholm's main research interest lie within the area of organic electronics, single molecule science, nanochemistry and bionanotechnology. He has published more than 140 papers in scientific journals and books including several contributions to high impact journals as Science and Nature and given more than 150 invited talks at conferences and research institutions.

Professor Bjørnholm is elected member of the Danish Natural Science Academy, the Danish Academy of Technical Sciences, the Royal Danish Academy of Science and Letters, the Danish Natural Science Research Council and the Danish Technology Board. He has received several research awards including the Ole Rømer Fond Prize, the Ellen & Niels Bjerrum Prize and gold medal and the Direktør Ib Henriksen Prize.

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Dr. Lykke Friis is Prorector for Education since August 2013. Ms. Friis has once before been Prorector at the University of Copenhagen and held the position from 2006 until she was appointed Minister of Climate and Energy in November 2009–2011 and from 2010 also Minister for Gender Equality. She was member of the Danish Parliament from 2011–2013. Earlier in her career she has held positions at the Confederation of Danish Industries, the Danish Institute of International Affairs (Head of Research), the European Parliament and the Danish Ministry of Business Affairs. Ms. Friis holds a 1992 Master of Science in European Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science. The following year, she graduated from the University of Copenhagen as Master of Political Science. In 1997, she received her PhD in International Politics from the University of Copenhagen. Ms. Friis has studied and worked with EU and European affairs for many years. She has published scientific articles and often gives lectures on the subject or participates in panel debates at conferences. She has taught International and European affairs, both at the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Copenhagen and at Copenhagen Business School. Moreover, she frequently publishes articles on the development of Europe and the EU in various Danish newspapers. She is a frequent guest in Danish television as an expert on European affairs – and on football. In 2008 Lykke was appointed member of the EU Reflection Group established by the European Council.

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Mr. Steen Ulrich is currently the Director of the Rector’s Office at the University of Copenhagen. He has held previous positions as a political advisor in the European Parliament and as a European Affairs consultant with the Confederation of Danish Industry. Mr. Ulrich has also undertaken an internship with the Prime Minister’s Office in Denmark. He has a MSc in Political Science and MA in European Affairs.

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University of Oxford

Loren Griffith is Director of International Strategy within the University of Oxford. He and the International Strategy Team are responsible for developing a coherent corporate strategy to promote Oxford’s international relations, global profile and international competitiveness. The Team’s portfolio is broad and includes such issues as Oxford’s approach to:

  • international student recruitment and funding
  • integration of international academic staff and students
  • international educational experiences for all students
  • international collaborations (research and education)
  • promoting deeper engagement with key countries/regions

Prior to joining Oxford, Loren was a management consultant at McKinsey & Company for seven years. As a member of the London, Boston, Delhi, New York and Los Angeles offices, he served clients in health care, including health systems and pharmaceutical companies, and in secondary and higher education. He also worked for United States President Barack Obama’s transition team and for the California State Senate. He holds a law degree (J.D.) with distinction from Stanford University, a Master’s in Public Affairs (MPA) from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School and a B.A. in Ethics, Politics & Economics, magna cum laude, from Yale University.

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Ms Nina Tomlin joined the office in September 2011. Her areas of responsibility within the team include the regions of Africa, Europe and Latin America, the thematic areas of international staff recruitment and international experiences for students, as well as communications strategy.

Prior to joining Oxford, Nina was Deputy Director of the Ditchley Foundation, which promotes international understanding through the convening of high-level roundtable conferences on issues of international public policy, for over four years. She has also worked in the office of Amnesty International's Secretary General, the UK Home Office and the Electoral Commission, and for the Chairman of the European Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee. Nina holds a degree in Social and Political Sciences from the University of Cambridge (Trinity Hall) and a Masters in International Politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.


The University of Tokyo

Executive Vice President Matsumoto is Professor of Mechanical Engineering. He was a Special Adviser to the President and Vice President from 2008 to 2009, and became Executive Vice President in April 2009. Professor Matsumoto received his Bachelor's, Master's and Doctoral degrees all from the University of Tokyo in Mechanical Engineering respectively in 1972, 1974 and 1977. He became a Lecturer in 1977, an Associate Professor in 1978 and full professor in 1992. He served as Vice Dean of the School of Engineering from 2004 to 2006 and Dean of the School from 2006 to 2008.

Professor Matsumoto's most recent scientific interest is fluids engineering, molecular dynamics, rarefied gas dynamics, multiphase flows and medical application of fluid and bio mechanics. His research work and papers have received awards numerous times. He recently received the following awards: Calvin W. Rice Lecture Award in 2005 from ASME, the JSME Medal for Outstanding Paper, Fluids Engineering Award from JSME, the JACM Award for Computational Mechanics in 2007, APACM Award for Computational Mechanics in 2010, Ted Belytschko Applied Mechanics Award in 2010 from ASME and the JSME Medal for Outstanding Paper in 2011.

He served as President of the Japan Society of Fluid Mechanics in 2004, President of the Visualization Society of Japan in 2007, President of the Japan Socienty of Mechanical Engineers in 2010. Currently he is President of Japanese Socienty for Engineering Education. He is a fellow of JSFM, JSME and ASME and a Member of the Engineering Academy of Japan and Science Council of Japan.

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Masako Egawa is an Executive Vice President of The University of Tokyo, responsible for overseeing public relations, alumni relations, development and international student exchanges.

Dr. Egawa joined the University of Tokyo in April 2009. From 2001 through 2009, she served as the Executive Director of the Japan Research Center of the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration (Harvard Business School). Prior to joining Harvard, Dr. Egawa worked in the investment banking industry for 15 years in New York and Tokyo, advising corporations and governments on M&A and capital raising transactions for Salomon Brothers and S.G. Warburg (now UBS).

She received a B.A. in International Relations from the University of Tokyo, an M.B.A. from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration (Harvard Business School), and a Ph.D. in Management from Hitotsubashi University.

Dr. Egawa has served on the Tax Council (advisory body for the Prime Minister), the Financial System Council (advisory body for the Ministry of Finance), Council on Economic and Fiscal Policy (expert member) and the Self-Regulatory Board of the Japan Securities Dealers Association.In 2013, she was appointed as the chair of the U.S.-Japan Research Institute. Her recent publications include “Management with Weak Shareholder Orientation” (Nikkei, 2008) and “Case Studies of Japanese Companies” (Diamond, 2010).

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Professor Kiichi Fujiwara is a professor of International Politics at the University of Tokyo, teaching courses on international relations and international conflict at the Faculty of Law, Graduate Schools of Law and Politics, and the Graduate School of Public Policy.

A graduate of the University of Tokyo (B.A. and M.A.), Professor Fujiwara studied as a Fulbright student at Yale University before he returned to Japan to the Institute of Social Science (ISS) of the University of Tokyo. He first joined the faculty at Chiba University and then returned to ISS for seven years before moving into his present position. He has held positions at the University of the Philippines, Johns Hopkins University, and was selected as a fellow of the Woodrow Wilson International Center at Washington D.C.

Professor Fujiwara is known for his writings on international affairs, including Remembering the War (2001), A Democratic Empire (2002), Is There Really a Just War? (2003), Peace for Realists (2004) (winner of the Ishibashi Tanzan award, 2005), International Politics (2007), War Unleashed (2007), and Conditions of War (2013). Professor Fujiwara is a regular commentator on international affairs and Japanese foreign policy on Japanese TV networks such as NHK and TBS, along with the BBC World Service, CNN and NPR. He is also a film critic with two published works, America in Film (2006) and That’s a Movie! (2012).

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Yale University

Linda Koch Lorimer is Vice President for Global and Strategic Initiatives, overseeing Yale’s Office of International Affairs (OIA) and serving as the liaison to Yale’s Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS). She is also the Officer responsible for a wide array of administrative services such as Yale’s public affairs and communications, digital dissemination and online education, marketing & licensing, emergency management, visitor services, alumni affairs, the University Printer as well as the Yale University Press.

Ms. Lorimer served as Secretary of the Yale Corporation from 1993-2012 and was appointed Secretary & Vice President in 1995. She has developed and led a number of strategic institutional initiatives. She assumed oversight of Yale’s sustainability initiative from 2009-2013, and in recent years, as Vice President for Global and Strategic Initiatives, she has been instrumental in expanding Yale’s global footprint and guiding the dissemination of the University’s intellectual treasury. She currently sits on the non-profit board of Save the Children; is a corporate director of McGraw Hill Financial and Pearson, the world’s largest educational solution company; and is a member of the Trilateral Commission and the Council of Foreign Relations.

Ms. Lorimer was awarded the Order of Merit by the Government of Argentina for advancing international education (2003), the Sandra Day O’Connor Award by the American Bar Association for board excellence (2008), and the Yale Medal for conspicuous service to Yale (2008). She has received four honorary degrees for her efforts to advance women. She was Connecticut Woman of the Year in 2013.

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Mr. Don Filer is Executive Director of the Office of International Affairs. He was appointed to his present position in December 2004. Previously, he was responsible for the managing support for the Yale Corporation, the Visitor Center and the Office of Licensing Programs. Prior to moving to Yale, Mr. Filer served in a number of capacities at Connecticut College from 1991 to 2000, including Vice President for Community and Public Affairs, Secretary of the College and Acting Vice President for Development. He worked for former U.S. Representative Bruce A. Morrison of New Haven from 1985 to 1991.

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