Saleem Badat, The Andrew W Mellon Foundation

Saleem Badat is Program Director of the International Higher Education & Strategic Projects program at the Andrew W Mellon Foundation. He serves on the board of the Centre for Higher Education Trust, is a trustee of the Harold Wolpe Memorial Trust, a member of the Mandela Initiative Think Tank on Strategies to Overcome Poverty and Inequality, and was chairperson of Higher Education South Africa.

Lisa García Bedolla, Professor, UC Berkeley

Professor Lisa García Bedolla is Professor in UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Education and Director of the Institute of Governmental Studies. She studies why people choose to engage politically. She has used a variety of social science methods – field observation, in-depth interviewing, survey research, field experiments, and geographic information system (GIS) – to shed light on this question. She has published four books and dozens of research articles exploring these questions, earning five national book awards and numerous other awards. Professor García Bedolla earned her Ph.D. in political science from Yale University and her B.A. in Latin American Studies and Comparative Literature from the University of California at Berkeley.

Henry Brady, Dean, Goldman School of Public Policy, UC Berkeley

Henry Brady is Dean of the Goldman School of Public Policy and Class of 1941 Monroe Deutsch Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. He received his PhD in Economics and Political Science from MIT in 1980. He has written on electoral politics and political participation, social welfare policy, political polling, and statistical methodology, and he has worked for the federal Office of Management and Budget and other organizations in Washington, D.C. 

George Breslauer, Professor, UC Berkeley

Political Science faculty member st UC Berkeley since 1971. Specialty: Soviet and Russian politics and foreign relations. Author or editor of twelve books. Chair of Center for Slavic and East European Studies (1984-1994); Chair, Political Science Department (1993-1996); Dean of Social Sciences (1999-2006), Executive Dean of College of Letters and Science (2005-2006); Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost 2006-2014). Social Sciences Distinguished Teaching Award (1997). Editor, POST-SOVIET AFFAIRS (1992-2015). Elected Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2014). Clark Kerr Award for distinguished leadership in higher education (2015).

Steven Brint, Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Public Policy, UC Riverside

Steven Brint is Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Public Policy at the University of California, Riverside and the Director of the Colleges & Universities 2000 study. He served as Vice-Provost from 2011-2016. Brint is an organizational sociologist whose research focuses on topics in the sociology of higher education, the sociology of professions, and middle-class politics. 

Igor Chirikov, Vice-Rector, HSE University Moscow

Igor Chirikov is a Vice-Rector of National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE University Moscow). He holds a Ph.D in Sociology and his interests include international comparative higher education, organizational change, institutional research and student experience. He was involved in several higher education consultancy projects including work for the World Bank and Sukhoi Aviation Holding Company. 

Rahul Choudaha, Executive Vice President, StudyPortals and Research Associate, CSHE, UC Berkeley

Dr. Rahul Choudaha is Executive Vice President of Global Engagement, Research & Intelligence at StudyPortals and Research Associate at Center for Studies in Higher Education at UC Berkeley. Choudaha is a recognized scholar practitioner with expertise on data-informed internationalization strategies in the context of shifting student mobility trends and evolving transnational education models. 

Carol Christ, Chancellor, UC Berkeley & former Director, CSHE

Carol Tecla Christ began her term as the 11th chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley on July 1, 2017. A celebrated scholar of Victorian literature, Christ is also well known as an advocate for quality, accessible public higher education, a proponent of the value of a broad education in the liberal arts and sciences, and a champion of women’s issues and diversity on college campuses. 

John Connelly, UC Berkeley

John Connelly has taught the history of East Central Europe at the University of California at Berkeley since 1994. Received a BSFS from Georgetown University (1982), MA (in Russian and East European Studies) from the University of Michigan (1987), and PhD from Harvard University (1995). He has published Captive University: The Sovietization of East German, Czech and Polish Higher Education (Chapel Hill, 2000). Other work has appeared in The Journal of Modern History, Slavic Review, The Nation, Neue Zurcher Zeitung, the London Review of Books, The Forward, and Commonweal. Connelly had also completed a study of the evolution of Catholic thinking on the Jewish people from 1933 to 1965 titled From Enemy to Brother: The Revolution in Catholic Teaching on the Jews, 1933-1965 (Harvard University Press).

John Aubrey Douglass, CSHE Senior Researcher, UC Berkeley

John Aubrey Douglass is Senior Research Fellow - Public Policy and Higher Education at the Center for Studies in Higher Education (CSHE) at the University of California Berkeley. His research focuses on globalisation and higher education, the role of universities in economic development and the history and development of California’s higher education system. His most recent book is The New Flagship University: Changing the Paradigm from Global Ranking to National Relevancy (Palgrave Macmillan 2016).

Isak Froumin, Head of Institute of Education

Isak Froumin is a Head of the Institute of Education at National Research University Higher School of Economics in Moscow (Russia)- first graduate school of education in Russia. Prof.Froumin is the author of more than 250 publications including articles and books in Russian and English. His current key research interests are: Development of education systems in transitional economies Educational and life trajectories.

Ronald Huesman, Director, Institutional Assessment, University of Minnesota

Dr. Ronald L. Huesman, Jr. (Ron) is the currently the Director of Institutional Assessment at the University of Minnesota. In that capacity he works collaboratively with many diverse units (e.g. Student and Academic Affairs) to design research studies, collect data, provide analysis, and report results to inform assessment efforts, policy development, and decision making. He also works closely with other institutions to develop comparable data for benchmarking purposes. His area of focus encourages the use of data and analysis to assist units in making informed decisions that support the University's strategic mission of providing an exceptional student experience.

James Johnsen, President, University of Alaska

James Johnsen was appointed to serve as the 14th president of the University of Alaska in 2015. His career includes leadership positions in state government, higher education, and the private sector. He holds a doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania, a master's from the University of Chicago, and a baccalaureate from the University of California Santa Cruz. He remembers fondly his time as a visiting scholar at CSHE, which included memorable conversations with Clark Kerr.

Judson King,Provost & Sr. Vice President - Academic Affairs Emeritus, University of California

C. Judson (Jud) King has been with the University of California for 55 years and counting. As a Berkeley Chemical Engineering faculty member he has had 250 research papers, centering upon processes for separating homogeneous mixtures in general and solvent extraction, adsorption, spray drying, and freeze-drying in particular. He has also authored a widely used text, "Separation Processes" (1980), now published by Dover and available open-access from UC's eScholarship. He has simultaneously been in university administrator, serving as Department Chair, Dean of the College of Chemistry, and Provost – Professional Schools and Colleges at Berkeley, and Vice Provost for Research, and then finally for a decade Senior Vice President and Provost of the University of California as a whole. After retiring from that post in 2004 he spent a decade as Director of Berkeley’s Center for Studies of Higher Education, which led him to write “The University of California: Creating, Nurturing, and Maintaining Academic Quality in a Public-University Setting”, a book available in January 2018 open-access via UC’s eScholarship and in Print-on-Demand form via Amazon’s CreateSpace, among other sources. 

Marcelo Knobel, Rector, University of Campinas (Unicamp), Brazil

Marcelo Knobel is a Full Professor in the Gleb Wataghin Physics Institute (IFGW), University of Campinas (Unicamp). His research interests are in the field of magnetism and magnetic materials, in the popularization of science and technology and in higher education. 

Wilhelm Krull, Secretary General, VolkswagenStiftung

Wilhelm Krull is Secretary General of Volkswagen Foundation following his studies in German, philosophy, education and politics, an appointment as a DAAD lecturer at the University of Oxford, and leading positions at the Wissenschaftsrat (German Science Council) and at the headquarters of the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft (Max Planck Society). 

Christine Musselin, Dean for Research, Sciences Po, CSO, CNRS

Christine Musselin is the Vice-President for Research at Sciences Po and a member of the Centre de Sociologie des Organisations, a Sciences Po and CNRS research unit. She leads comparative studies on university governance, public policies in higher education and research, academic labour markets. 

Brendan O'Malley, Chairman/ Managing Editor, Higher Education Web Publishing/ University World News

Brendan O'Malley is a journalist, author and researcher. He is Chairman of Higher Education Web Publishing, publisher of University World News; and Managing Editor of University World News, the online global higher education publication aimed at university leaders, high education policymakers, and senior academics. University World News covers international higher education developments, including regular reporting of academic freedom issues around the world.

Renato Pedrosa, Professor, University of Campinas - Unicamp

Renato H. L. Pedrosa. Electrical Engineer BSc from Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronáutica, SJ Campos, SP, Brazil, and PhD from UC Berkeley (Mathematics), Berkeley, CA, USA. Fulltime faculty at the department of Mathematics, Unicamp, from 1981 through 2012, since then FT faculty at the Department of Science and Technology Policy, Geosciences Institute, Unicamp. Besides academic duties, teaching and research, has been Research Coordinator (2003-2006) and Head of the Admissions Office at Unicamp (2009-2011). Currently, is Coordinator of the ST&I Indicators Program at the São Paulo Research Foundation (Fapesp) and member of the National Commission on HEd Evaluation, Ministry of Education. Coordinates the laboratory of Studies in Higher Ed. at Unicamp.

Robert Shireman, Senior Fellow, The Century Foundation

Robert Shireman is a senior fellow at The Century Foundation working on education policy with a focus on for-profit college accountability, quality assurance, and consumer protections. He served in the Clinton White House as a Senior Policy Advisor to the National Economic Council and later for the Obama Administration as deputy undersecretary in the Department of Education. Since his first education policy job in 1989, Shireman has played key roles in a wide variety of higher education finance, access, quality, and governance issues.

Maria Veronica Santelices, Associate Professor, Catholic University of Chile

Maria Veronica Santelices, PhD, is an associate professor at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Department of Education. Her research interests include educational measurement and educational policy. In higher education, she has researched admissions to selective institutions both in Chile and in the United States, college-going decision making, persistence and the impact of financial aid on educational outcomes. Her work has been published by specialized journals such as Harvard Educational Review, Higher Education and Higher Education Policy. She received her PhD in Education from University of California Berkeley in 2007, a Masters in Public Policy from the Goldman School of Public Policy also at Berkeley in 2001, and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with a minor in Sociology from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile in 1997.

Grace Ufuk Taneri, Chancellor Emeritus, Eastern Mediterranean University

Grace Ufuk Taneri is Chancellor Emeritus and one of the Founders of the Eastern Mediterranean University, Professor of Mathematics with specialization in Quantum Theory, Founding President of EMINENCE Quality Management Consulting Ltd. in Cyprus, Consultant on Quality in Higher Education and Organizational Excellence, Founding Chair of Mathematical Society and Quality Society in Northern Cyprus, and Research Associate at UC Berkeley’s CSHE. She received her BSc and PhD from University of London, UK.

Marijk van der Wende, Utrecht University, the Netherlands

Marijk van der Wende is Professor of Higher Education at Utrecht University's Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance. Her research focuses on the impact of globalization and internationalization on higher education. She has published widely on the impact of these processes on higher education systems, institutions, curricula, and teaching and learning arrangements. 

Jason Wittenberg, Associate Professor of Political Science, UC Berkeley

Professor Jason Wittenberg received a BA in Physics from the University of California, Berkeley; an MA in international affairs from The American University; and a PhD in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. A former Academy Scholar at Harvard University, he has been a visiting scholar at the Helen Kellogg Institute at the University of Notre Dame; a Fulbright scholar at the Central European University in Budapest; and a visiting professor at the University of Tokyo. Professor Wittenberg has published widely on topics including electoral behavior, ethnic politics, historical legacies, and empirical research methods.

Suk-Ying Wong, Associate Vice- President/ Professor of Sociology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Suk-Ying Wong received her PhD from Stanford University. She has been on the teaching faculty in Japan before joining the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) in 1997. Her primary interests involve the sociology of education, organizations and higher education, and much of her research and writing have related to the role of education in the construction of modern nationalism and identity formation. Her work has appeared in journals such as the American Sociological Review, Sociology of Education, Comparative Education Review, and Multicultural Education Review. She demonstrates an active record of community service both at home and abroad. At home, she currently serves as Chair of the Board of Management, Joint University Programmes Admissions System, a member of the Joint Committee on Student Finance, Working Family and Student Financial Assistance Agency, and a Subject Specialist for the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications. By invitation, she was Honorary Guest Professor with the School of Ethnology and Sociology, Minzu University of China (2005). She was also the former Co-President of the Comparative Education Society of Asia.

Satoshi P. Watanabe, Professor & Vice- President, Hiroshima University

Professor of Economics of Education at the Research Institute for Higher Education and Vice President for University Management and Planning at Hiroshima University, Japan. Satoshi’s current research topics include labor market and employment policy, resource allocation in higher education, retirement and pension systems in postsecondary institutions, and applied econometric analysis.

Alexander M. Sidorkin, Dean, College of Education, Sacramento State

Dean of the College of Education at Sacramento State since February 2017. Former dean of the Graduate School of Education and director of the Center for the Study of Innovation in Education, Institute of Education, at HSE University in Moscow. Sasha’s scholarly interests include philosophy and economics of education, innovation studies in education. He has authored four books and over ninety papers and chapters.

Harley Shaiken, Professor, UC Berkeley

Professor of Letters and Science and Director of the Center for Latin American Studies at UC Berkeley. He is a Professor at the Graduate School of Education and a member of the Department of Geography at Berkeley where he specializes on issues of work, technology, and global production.

Sheldon Rothblatt, Former CSHE Director, UC Berkeley

Professor of History Emeritus at UC Berkeley and former director of the Center for Studies in Higher Education (1989 - 1996). Fellow of the Royal Historical Society of Britain; Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts; member of the National Academy of Education (U.S); Foreign Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Science; knighted by the Swedish Crown as Knight Commander of the Royal Order of the Polar Star.