Paul Serban Agachi

Paul Serban Agachi, President of the Academic Council, vice-rector of the Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, professor of Process Control at the Department of Chemical Engineering of the same university, and member of the Academy of Technical Sciences of Romania. 


 Liu Nian Cai

Liu Nian Cai, Director, Center for World-Class Universities and Dean of Graduate School of Education, Jiao Tong University in Shanghai, China. His current research interests include world-class universities, research universities, university evaluation, and quantitative science policy. He has published extensively in both Chinese and English journals. The Academic Ranking of World Universities, an online publication of his group, has attracted attention from all over the world. He has recently published “World-Class Universities and Ranking: Aiming beyond Status”, a book co-edited with Dr. Jan Sadlak of UNESCO-CEPES. Liu Nian Cai worked as an associate and full professor at the School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering of Shanghai Jiao Tong University from 1993 to 1998. He moved to the field of higher education research in 1999.


 Ying Cheng

Ying Cheng, Jiao Tong University in Shanghai, China Ying Cheng, Dr. is a lecturer of Graduate School of Education, Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU). He entered SJTU in the fall of 1996 as a college freshman. There he obtained his bachelor degree in Polymer Science and Engineering (2000) and his doctoral degree in S&T and Education Management in March 2007. From Sept. 2007 to Sept. 2008, he went to Paris as a postdoctoral fellow attached to école des Hautes études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) but conducted his studies at the Observatoire des Sciences et des Techniques (OST). He has worked full time at Office of Planning and Institute of Higher Education of SJTU since 2000. His current research interests include the benchmarking, evaluation and ranking of universities, and the use, analysis and design of scientometric indicators and methods for supporting decision-making.


 Jeffrey Clovis, Senior Director, Research Evaluation and Bibliometric Data, Thomson Reuters



 Michelle Asha Cooper, President, Institute for Higher Education Policy, USA

 Koenraad Debackere

Koenraad Debackere, Faculty of Economics and Applied Economics, Catholic University Leuven, Belgium. He obtained a Ph.D. in Management (1990) and worked as an ICM-fellow at the university of Gent (1987-1990) and a visiting Ph.D. student at MIT (1988-1990). From 1991 to 1992, he was a Fulbright-Hays Post-Doctoral Fellow at MIT. Since 1996, he is professor of technology and innovation management at K.U. Leuven and at the Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School. In 1993 and 1995, he was awarded the Best Research Paper Award of the Technology Innovation Management Division of the American Academy of Management, and in 1997 he obtained the Best Research Paper Award from the Decision Sciences Institute for his work in the area of technology and innovation management. He is a member of various professional societies and of the organizing committee of the EIASM New Product Development Conference, the European Doctoral Summer School on Technology Management and the RADMA Conference, as well as a member of the editorial board of the R&D Management Journal.

 Ferdinand Devinsky

Ferdinand Devinsky, President, Slovak Academic Ranking and Rating Agency (ARRA), Slovak Republic, Prof. Ferdinand Devinsky is a member of the governing board of the Slovak Academic Ranking and Rating Agency (ARRA). He is a member of the Slovak Parliament and Chairman of the parliamentary committee on Education, Youth, Science and Sports.  Prior to being elected to the parliament Prof. Devinsky was a rector of the Comenius University in Bratislava and a member of the European University Association (EUA). Prof. Devinsky’s academic field is research on bioactive compounds and development of new drugs. He is a member of several scientific societies, an author of over 150 research papers, and he holds 92 patents.


 Peer Eider, Lisbon Council, Brussels

 Gero Federkeil

Gero Federkeil, Manager in Charge of Rankings, CHE-Centre for Educational Development, Germany. Since 2000 he has been working at the CHE Centre for Higher Education Development as a project manager. His main fields of work are ranking, evaluation, quality management and performance indicators. He is coordinating the international ranking activities at CHE and has published on quality assessment and rankings. He is a member of the German Association of Higher Education Research and the German Association of Evaluation. He started to work for the German Science Council in 1993 where he focused on higher education, evaluation and indicators, higher education and employment and on university medicine. He conducted many evaluations of German higher education institutions.

Yukun Harsono

Yukum Harsono – Vice President Product Marketing, Elsevier BV

Yukun is based in Amsterdam and oversees the marketing strategy and planning for Elsevier’s flagship online products; including ScienceDirect, Scopus and Scirus. As part of his marketing responsibility, Yukun takes an active interest in understanding the desired outcomes of academic administrators and translating these needs into actionable solutions that help administrators achieve the goals that matter most to them.

Prior to Elsevier, Yukun started his career in publishing with Random House Inc. Based in New York, Yukun managed a series of marketing, operations and business development initiatives before moving to Tokyo as part of a taskforce to rapidly develop a new startup joint-venture with Kodansha.

Yukun received his MBA from Harvard Business School and he holds a BA in Sociology from Harvard University.


Nova Jayne Heath, Constable & Robinson Publishers, United Kingdom



Stefaan Hermans, Head of Unit, Universities and Researchers, DG Research, European Commission, Belgium


Luis Adolfo Piscoya Hermoza, Member of the National Education Council of Peru


Yung-chi Hou, Associate Professor, Graduate Institute of Higher Education, Tamkang University


 Klaus Hüfner, Chairperson of the Advisory Board of UNESCO-CEPES, Germany


Robin van Ijperen, Policy Officer, Higher Education, Directorate General for Education and Culture, European Commission, Belgium

 Sholpan M.Kalanova

Sholpan M. Kalanova, President of Independent Kazakhstan Quality Assurance Agency in Education (IQAA.KZ). She obtained Diploma of Engineer from the Kazakh Chemical-Technological Institute in Shymken and Doctoral degree from the Institute of Organic Catalysis and Electrochemistry of the Academy of Sciences of the Kazakh SSR as well as title of the Doctor of pedagogical sciences from the Moscow State Pedagogical University.  In 2001 she was awarded a title of “Professor” by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan. She has been a Vice-rector of two public universities. Professor Kalanova was in charge of the team which produced in 2007 the first ranking of higher education institutions in Kazakhstan.


Natalya Kryvulina, Project Manager, System Capital Management, Ukraine


Farhad Kuanganov, Executive Secretary, Ministry of Education and Science, Republic of Kazakhstan


Olessia Linevitskaya, National Technical University of Ukraine "Kyiv Polytechnic Institute", Ukraine

 Marko Marhl

Marko Marhl, Vice-Rector for International Affairs, University of Maribor, Slovenia. At the same time he is Head of the Continuing Education Centre at the Faculty of Education, University of Maribor, coordinating several educational programmes and projects in the field.

 Dewayne Matthews

Dewayne Matthews, Vice President for Policy and Strategy, Lumina foundation, USA

Mr. Matthews previously served in a variety of higher education leadership roles, including senior adviser to the president and vice president of state services for the Education Commission of the States (ECS), director of programs and services for the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE), and executive director of the New Mexico Commission on Higher Education. He has been a legislative staff member, faculty member, and university trustee, and has worked with higher education institutions in Mexico, Canada, and Japan. Mr. Matthews began his career as a first-grade teacher in Taos, New Mexico. He is a graduate of the University of New Mexico and received a master’s degree in bilingual education at New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas, New Mexico. He earned a doctorate in educational leadership and policy studies at Arizona State University.

 Robert J.Morse

Robert J. Morse, Director of Data Research, U.S. News & World Report, USA is head of the America 's Best Colleges and America 's Best Graduate Schools ranking projects. He plays an active role in survey design, methodology changes, discipline research, and monitoring data collection. Mr. Morse developed most of the current methodologies that are used in the rankings, and has been working full-time on both publications since 1989.Mr. Morse has a B.A. in economics from the University of Cincinnati and an M.B.A. in finance from Michigan State University.


Serik Omirbayev, Director, Department of Higher and Postgraduate Education, Ministry of Education and Science,

Republic of Kazakhstan


Natalia Pankratova, National Technical University of Ukraine "Kyiv Polytechnic Institute", Ukraine


Robert Reisz, Institute for Research on Higher Education, Martin-Luther University, Germany

 Jan Sadlak

Jan Sadlak, Director, UNESCO-CEPES; Chairperson of IREG/International Observatory. Prior to this appointment, he was Chief of the Section for Higher Education Policy and Reform in UNESCO headquarters in Paris. Dr. Sadlak holds an MA in economics from the Oskar Lange Economics Academy in Wrocław, Poland, and a PhD in educational administration from the State University of New York at Buffalo, USA. Dr. Sadlak has held, among other positions, those of Executive Secretary of the Standing Conference of Rectors, Presidents and Vice-chancellors of the European Universities (CRE), Geneva, Switzerland; Member of the Advisory Committee, Salzburg Seminar Universities Project, Salzburg, Austria; Special Advisor and Member of the Executive Committee, International Association of University Presidents (IAUP). He is a current member of the governing boards and scientific councils of various educational bodies and organizations.

 Jamil Salmi

Jamil Salmi, The World Bank Tertiary Education Coordinator, an education economist, is the principal author of the Bank’s new Tertiary Education Strategy. He was also responsible for the preparation of the World Bank’s first Policy Paper on Higher Education “Higher Education:  Lessons of Experience”. He is currently a member of the International Advisory Network of the UK Leadership Foundation for Higher Education, OECD’s expert group on Assessing Higher Education Learning Outcomes, the Editorial Committee of OECD’s Journal of Higher Education Management and Policy, and the International Rankings Expert Group. In the past thirteen years, Mr. Salmi has provided policy and technical advice on tertiary education reform to the governments of 39 countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, and South America. Prior to joining the World Bank in December 1986, Mr. Salmi was a professor of education economics at the National Institute of Education Planning in Rabat, Morocco.  Mr. Salmi is a graduate of the French Grande Ecole ESSEC.  He also holds a Master's degree in Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh (USA) and a Ph. D. in Development Studies from the University of Sussex (UK). 




Andrea Saltelli, Head of the Unit of Econometric and Applied Statistics Unit of the European Commission at the Joint Research Centre, Italy

 Claude Sauvageot

Claude Sauvageot, Division of Evaluation and Foresight, French Ministry of Higher Education and Research, France. He is also the Chairperson of the OECD Ines Working Party since March 2008, the Vice-Chair of the INES Advisory group since November 2008. Mr. Sauvageot is the French Representative on CERI (Centre for Research and Innovation in Education) since July 2004 and in the Standing Group for Indicators and Benchmarks of the European Commission since June 2006. He is also an Associate Professor in Education Sciences at Paris Descartes University at the Faculty of Letters and Humanities Paris Sorbonne: courses in educational economics to degree and Master level. Mr. Sauvageot was in charge of the organization of a French Presidency conference on International comparison in education: a European model? 13-14 November 2008 Paris. He is also an author or a co-author of many articles about indicators and information systems, international comparisons and vocational education and training.

 Waldemar Siwinski

Waldemar Siwinski, President, Perspektywy Education Foundation, Poland  Founder of a non profit organization specializing in marketing and promotion of higher education in Poland and internationally. He had been a president of the Polish Press Agency (PAP), bureau member of the European Alliance of News Agencies (EANA), board member, European PressPhoto Agency (EPA), member, International Press Institute. Waldemar Siwinski is an author an initiator of prestigious rankings of higher education institutions and secondary schools in Poland organized for the past 15 years by the "Perspektywy" Education Foundation and published by “Perspektywy” monthly magazine together with the "Rzeczpospolita", a top newspaper in Poland.



 Zhanseit Tuimebayev

Zhanseit Tuimebayev, Minister of Education and Science, Republic of Kazakhstan. Graduated from the Kirov Kazakh State University (1980), philologist, PhD in Philology, Associated professor. Minister extraordinary and plenipotentiary of the 2nd rank. September 1999 – appointed Chief of Protocol of President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, March 2004 – Advisor to President of the Republic of Kazakhstan. February 2006 – Ambassador of Kazakhstan to the Russian Federation. Since January 2007 appointed Minister of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan



 Alex Usher

Alex Usher, Vice-President, Educational Policy Institute, Canada. Prior to joining the Educational Policy Institute in 2003, Mr. Usher served as the Director of Research and Program Development at the Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation. Mr. Usher was the first national director of the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations and served as a researcher and lobbyist for the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada. Mr. Usher has authored or co-author over 30 articles and monographs focused on the policy environment surrounding post-secondary education. Mr. Usher holds an M.A. in political science from Carleton University and a B.A. in history from McGill University.



 Richard Vedder

Richard Vedder, Center for College Affordability and Productivity, Ohio University, USA. He studies higher education financing, labor economics, immigration, government fiscal policy and income inequality.  A distinguished professor of economics at Ohio University, he is the author of several books.A graduate of Northwestern University and the University of Illinois, Dr. Vedder has served as an economist with the Joint Economic Committee of Congress and has been John M. Olin Visiting Professor of Labor Economics and Public Policy at Washington University in St. Louis, among other appointments.



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