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Pedro Henríquez Guajardo

Director

Instituto Internacional para la Educación Superior de América Latina y el Caribe (IESALC), UNESCO

Venezuela

Multilateral Organizations and the Inter-American Education Agenda

Pedro Hernán Henríquez Guajardo is a public administrator at the Universidad de Chile and holds a diploma in International Economic Relations with Graduate Degrees in Public Administration, International Relations, and Political Science from the Universidad de Chile, Princeton University, and Pittsburgh University. From 1990 to 2010 Professor Henríquez Guajardo worked actively in the area national public policy in Chile (Ministries of Revenue, Education, and the General Secretariat of the Presidency). In the academic field he has devoted himself as much to pre and post-graduate education as he has to institutional administration and management in teaching, research and extension in the Universidad de Chile, Central de Chile and Santiago de Chile – and, additionally, at the Universidad de Los Andes in Colombia. He has been recognized for his work as the director of the School of Governance and Public Management at the Universidad de Chile as well as his role as the Dean of Political Science and Public Administration at the Universidad Central de Chile. At the International level, Henríquez-Guajardo has held positions in several international organizations such as the Executive Secretary of the Andrés Bello Agreement from 1994 to 2001 in Bogota, Colombia, the Director and Representative for Chile at the Organization of Ibero-American States from 2006 to 2008, in Santiago, Chile, and an Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) consultant for MERCOSUR Education and for the Regional Office of UNESCO Latin America and the Caribbean (OREALC / UNESCO). Since 2011, professor Henríquez-Guajardo has been the director of UNESCO’s Instituto Internacional para la Educación Superior en América Latina y el Caribe (IESALC) headquartered in Caracas, Venezuela.

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Maryse Robert

Director, Department of Economic Development

Acting Director, Department of Human Development, Education and Employment

Executive Secretariat for Integral Development

Organization of American States (OAS)

USA

Multilateral Organizations and the Inter-American Education Agenda

Maryse Robert is chief of the Office of Trade in the Department of Economic Development, Trade and Tourism at the General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (OAS). She coordinates and manages the work of the OAS on trade-related issues, including capacity-building and technical assistance for the negotiation and implementation of trade agreements. She is the author of numerous studies on trade in services, investment, and regional economic integration. Maryse is the co-editor with José M. Salazar-Xirinachs of Toward Free Trade in the Americas/Hacia el libre comercio en las Américas (Brookings Institution Press, 2001) and the author of Negotiating NAFTA: Explaining the Outcome in Culture, Textiles, Autos, and Pharmaceuticals (University of Toronto Press, 2000). She is an economist with training in international trade law. She holds a PhD from The Fletcher School (Tufts University) and a Master’s degree in applied economics from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (Montreal).

She has taught at several universities. She is currently visiting professor in the Master of Laws in International Economic Law and Policy (LLM IELPO) at the University of Barcelona and adjunct professor on international trade policy at the University of the West Indies (Cave Hill Campus, Barbados). Before joining the OAS, she worked on trade and development at the World Bank and the United Nations, and on telecom issues in the private sector.

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Vianne Timmons

President and Vice-Chancellor

University of Regina

Canada

Gender Equity in Higher Education: Institutional Policy as a Platform for Opportunities

Named one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women for four years in a row, Dr. Vianne Timmons is a nationally and internationally recognized expert in inclusive education and family literacy research. As the first female university president in the history of the province of Saskatchewan, Dr. Timmons has been a strong advocate for the development of women leaders both in her home province and beyond. She is the driving force behind the Inspiring Leadership forum, which annually attracts more than 500 participants to the University of Regina for a day-long symposium on women and leadership. She is also frequently consulted for insight on issues that women in leadership positions face, and she provides expert feedback and mentorship for women in her community and around the globe. Dr. Timmons was recognized in 2014 with the Senior Women Academic Administrators of Canada’s Recognition Award for promoting and supporting diversity within academic institutions. In 2015, she received the Inter-American Organization for Higher Education’s “Leadership and Influence” award for promoting policies that enhance gender equity. Most recently, Dr. Timmons was named “Citizen of the Year” by CTV Regina. She has been President of the University of Regina since 2008.

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Juan Carlos Romero Hicks

Senator and Chairman of the Education Commission

Congreso de la Unión

Mexico

Higher Education in the Americas: National Priorities and Regional Collaboration

Originally from Guanajuato, Mexico, Juan Carlos Romero Hicks is a State Senator and chair of Mexico’s Education Commission. Romero Hicks is also Deputy Coordinator of International Relations and Foreign Policy for the Panista Bank, Secretary of the Commission on Science and Technology, Member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Secretary of the Commission on Population and Development, Secretary of the Committee on Legislative Affairs, and member of the Bicamaral Commission on Library Systems for the Congreso de la Unión. Romero Hicks graduated from the University of Guanajuato with a degree in Industrial Relations. He holds a Master’s degree in Social Sciences and another Master’s in Business Administration from Southern Oregon University. He has been dedicated to teaching and was a professor at the University of Guanajuato, of which he was Rector since 1991. In 2000 he was elected governor of the state of Guanajuato and in 2006 appointed Director General of the National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT) . He has held various positions in university organizations and institutions including President of the Inter-American Organization for Higher Education (IOHE) and member of the Board of Directors of the Consortium for North American Higher Education Collaboration (CONAHEC).

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Andreas Weichert

Executive Director – International Education Division

Global Affairs Canada | Affaires mondiales Canada

Canada

Higher Education in the Americas: National Priorities and Regional Collaboration

Mr. Weichert is the Executive Director of the International Education and TourismDivision at Global Affairs Canada. Since joining the department as a Trade Commissioner in 1995, he has served in Ottawa and overseas in the OSCE Mission to Georgia and in Canadian embassies in Almaty, Amman, Riyadh and Moscow. Prior to joining the department, he worked in a variety of roles in advertising, investment and insurance. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours Finance) and a Masters in Business Administration, both from the University of British Columbia.

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Itzcóatl Tonatiuh Bravo Padilla

Rector General

Universidad de Guadalajara

Mexico

Higher Education in the Americas: National Priorities and Regional Collaboration

Itzcóatl Tonatiuh Bravo Padilla es Rector General de la Universidad de Guadalajara, en México. Es economista por la Universidad de Guadalajara, Maestro en Administración Pública por la Universidad de Nuevo México, Estados Unidos y cuenta con el Máster Universitario en Sociedad de la Información y el Conocimiento por la Universidad Abierta de Cataluña, España . Es investigador, entre sus líneas de trabajo se encuentra el financiamiento a la educación superior en México, la fiscalización y el ámbito de las políticas públicas. En la Universidad de Guadalajara se ha desempeñado como Vicerrector Ejecutivo (2003 – 2006), así como Coordinador Ejecutivo (1993 – 1994) y Rector del Centro Universitario de Ciencias Económico Administrativas (1998 – 2003 y 2010 – 2013). También ocupó los cargos de Coordinador General de Extensión Universitaria y Director General de Enseñanza Media Superior en la misma Casa de Estudios.

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Stéphanie Allard

Designated General Delegate

Québec’s General Delegation to Mexico

Canada

Gender Equity in Higher Education: Institutional Policy as a Platform for Opportunities

An economist by training, Ms. Allard is a seasoned manager in international business development and a career diplomat, with over 20 years of experience in strategic planning, communications and event management in Canada, Europe and Latin America.

Ms Allard’s past assignments abroad include the positions of Canadian Ambassador to El Salvador; Political Counselor & Coordinator for Canada’s Participation in the 2008 G8 Summit at the Canadian Embassy in Moscow, Russia; Consul, Senior Trade Commissioner & Deputy Head of Mission at the Canadian Consulate General in Milan, Italy, and Trade Counsellor & Deputy Head of Mission in Bogota, Colombia.

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Sara Ladrón de Guevara

President

Universidad Veracruzana

Mexico

Gender Equity in Higher Education: Institutional Policy as a Platform for Opportunities

Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology, with com laude honors and a specialization on Archeology, from UV; a Master’s degree on Art History and Archeology from University of Paris I – Sorbonne; PhD in Anthropology with an honorable mention from UNAM. She has more than 100 national and international publications. She has been a member of the National System of Researchers uninterruptedly since 1993; currently, she is at Level II. She was a substitute to the President of the Anthropology Council at the National Institute of Anthropology and History since 1996 to 2005, since then she has served as an external evaluator. In 2007, she received INAH´s Popularization of Science Award to the best publication for her book Hombres y dioses de El Tajín (Men and gods of El Tajín). She received the acknowledgment “Mujer Veracruzana 2008” (Best Woman from Veracruz 2008) from the Legislature and the Government of the State of Veracruz. She was the Director of the Museum of Anthropology of Xalapa (1995-1997 and 2005-2013). She was Provost of Academic Affairs at Universidad Veracruzana (1997-2001). Currently, she is the President of Universidad Veracruzana.

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Pepi Patrón Costa

Vice President for Research

Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú

President

EMULIES

Peru

Gender Equity in Higher Education: Institutional Policy as a Platform for Opportunities

Es profesora principal del Departamento de Humanidades, Sección Filosofía. Ingresó a la docencia en 1985 y es profesora nombrada desde 1988. Directora fundadora de la Revista ARETÉ, Revista de Filosofía de la PUCP. Investigadora principal del Proyecto Agenda: Perú. Consultora internacional del Banco Mundial (residente por tres años en la Misión Residente en Asunción) y del PNUD. Presidenta ad-honorem de la Asociación Civil TRANSPARENCIA. Columnista semanal del diario La República. Ha enseñado en diversas universidades privadas y públicas del país. Pepi Patrón es bachiller en Filosofía en la PUCP y Magíster y Doctora en Filosofía, en la Universidad de Lovaina-la-Nueva en Bélgica (con beca de dicha Universidad). Ha publicado muchos artículos en revistas académicas especializadas sobre temas de hermenéutica, filosofía práctica, filosofía política, desarrollo humano y género. También libros: Democracia y Buen Gobierno, trabajo de investigación interdisciplinaria en co-autoría con Max Hernández, Nicolás Lynch y Francisco Sagasti y Presencia Social, Ausencia Política. Mujeres y espacios públicos en el Perú. (Lima: Agenda Perú, Apoyo, 2001).

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David Julien

Executive Director

OUI-IOHE

Canada

Multilateral Organizations and the Inter-American Education Agenda

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Leonel Fernández

Former President of The Dominican Republic; President, Fundación Unión Europea-América Latina y el Caribe (Fundación EU-LAC)

Dominican Republic

Multilateral Organizations and the Inter-American Education Agenda

Leonel Fernandez holds a Doctorate in Law from the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo having graduated with honours in 1978. In November 2015 Fernandez was named president of the Fundación Unión Europea-América Latina y el Caribe (Fundación EU-LAC), a position that he has occupied since February 2016. He was the first Head of State under the Partido de la Liberación Dominicana, having been elected elected president of the party in January 2002. He has served as the president of the Dominican Republic on three occasions, and is the president and founder of the Fundación Global Democracia y Desarrollo (Funglode). Fernandez has also been a professor at the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo and the Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO), in the fields of sociology of communication, press law, and international relations.

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Enrique Deibe

Director

International Labour Organisation ILO/CINTERFOR

Uruguay

Multilateral Organizations and the Inter-American Education Agenda

Enrique Deibe Studied Labour Relations at the University of Buenos Aires and pursued his post-graduate studies at the University of Bologna (Italy) specializing in Labour Relations. On May 1st 2014 he was designated director of ILO/CINTERFOR. From May 2003 until April 2014 he served as Secretary of Employment for the Ministry of Labour, Employment, and Social Security in Argentina. During that period he was responsible for the management of programs such as: Heads of Household; Employment Programs; Training and Employment Insurance; the “Youth with Greater and Better Job Opportunities” program; Implementation of Public Service and Employment networks as well as implementation and administration of Continuing Education networks. He also participated in the development of various legal projects concerning rural employment, working in private homes and sheltered workshops as well as decrees and resolutions on unemployment and youth employment.

Since 2001 Deibe has held the Chair of Introduction to Labour Relations at Universidad Nacional de La Matanza and has been a member of the Chair of Sociology of Labour in the Social Sciences at the University of Buenos Aires since 1988. Since 2012 he has been a full professor in Sociology at Universidad Nacional de Moreno. From August 2013 to May 2014 he was regular full professor and vice-Dean of the department of Economics and Administration. At the international level he has represented the Argentinian government on ILO, ILO/CINTERFOR, WAPES, MERCOSUR and on the G20 Employment Commission, as well as taking part in numerous conferences and seminars.

Karine Awashish

Co-Founder/ Social Economy Advisor

CSSSPNQL

Canada

Information Technologies and its Impact on Social Innovation: Public Health, Justice and Indigenous Heritage

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Benedito Aguiar Neto

President

Universidade Mackenzie

Presidente

Council of Rectors of Brazilian Universities (CRUB)

Brazil

Higher Education Associations: Building a Collaborative Community for the Americas

Graduado em Engenharia Elétrica pela Universidade Federal da Paraíba (1977), mestrado em Engenharia Elétrica pela Universidade Federal da Paraíba (1982), doutorado em Engenharia Elétrica pela Technische Universität Berlin, Alemanha (1987) e pós-doutorado pela University of Washington, EUA (2008). Em janeiro de 2013 foi agraciado com o título de Doutor Honoris Causa pelo Gordon College, USA. Foi Coordenador do Curso de Engenharia Elétrica da UFPB de 1989 a 1993 e Diretor do Centro de Ciências e Tecnologia da UFBB e UFCG de 1997 a 2005. Foi Editor da Revista de Ensino de Engenharia da ABENGE, de 1999 a 2004 e Presidente do Conselho Diretor da Fundação Parque Tecnológico da Paraíba, de 2003 a 2005. Foi membro do Conselho Deliberativo do Instituto Presbiteriano Mackenzie e do Conselho Universitário da Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie. Foi Vice-Presidente do Grupo Coimbra de Universidades Brasileiras, Diretor Acadêmico da Associação Brasileira de Educação em Engenharia, membro da Comissão Assessora do Enade (engenharias-grupo II) e membro da Comissão de Especialistas de Engenharia MEC/Confea. Foi Professor Titular do Departamento de Engenharia Elétrica da Universidade Federal de Campina Grande, no qual atuou como Professor do Programa de Pós-Graduação em Engenharia Elétrica, nas áreas de Telecomunicações e Processamento de Sinais. Em junho de 2013 foi agraciado por esta Universidade com o título de Professor Emérito. Ainda em 2013 foi agraciado pela Câmara Municipal de Campina Grande, Estado da Paraíba, com o título de Cidadão Campinense e foi também outorgado com o título de Cidadão Paraibano pela Assembléia Legislativa do Estado da Paraíba. É Avaliador Institucional do INEP, membro do Conselho Curador da Fundação Padre Anchieta, desde março de 2011 e Conselheiro Regional da Organização Universitária Interamericana (OUI). Desde 2011 é Reitor da Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie. Atualmente é Presidente do Conselho de Reitores das Universidades Brasileiras (CRUB) e Presidente da Associação Brasileira de Instituições Educacionais Evangélicas (ABIEE).

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Agostinho Almeida

Director of Operations

Ruta N

Colombia

Smart Cities: An Opportunity for University-Industry Collaboration

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José Armando Tavárez

President

Instituto Tecnológico de las Américas y Presidente, Asociación Dominicana de Rectores de Universidades (ADRU)

Dominican Republic

Higher Education Associations: Building a Collaborative Community for the Americas

Rector del Instituto Tecnológico de las Américas (ITLA), desde el 2004. Académico de más de 15 años de experiencia en todos los niveles educativos. Ingeniero de Sistemas y Computación por la Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM) de República Dominicana, además de un Magister en Administración de Empresas (MBA) por la Barna Business School. Es candidato a Doctor en Ingeniería Informática, en el programa Ingeniería de Software por la Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca, en la Facultad de Informática. Ha ocupado puestos de gerencia en el área de Tecnología de la Información y Comunicación de diversas empresas privadas. Posee certificaciones internacionales en tecnologías CISCO, MICROSOFT, entre otras. Ha realizado cursos, diplomados y certificaciones ejecutivas en el Tec de Monterrey, el Instituto Tecnológico de Massashussets (MIT) y en Harvard University, en las áreas de Gobierno Electrónico, Administración y Liderazgo de la Tecnología de la Información, y Políticas de Ciencia y Tecnología. Actualmente es Vicepresidente del Consejo de Directores de EMPRETEC-RD, programa de Naciones Unidas que promueve el desarrollo del comportamiento emprendedor; Además es Vicepresidente del Consejo de Directores de EMPRENDE, Incubadora de Negocios de Base Tecnológica, miembro del Consejo Nacional de Educación Superior, Ciencia y Tecnología y Tesorero de la Junta de Descentralización de Educación Regional 10. Es miembro fundador del ClusterSoft, que aglutina las empresas de software de la República Dominicana y de CADISOFT, la Cámara Dominicana de Empresas de Software. Posee varios reconocimientos y premios por su aporte al desarrollo del Municipio de Boca Chica en Santo Domingo Este y por su contribución al desarrollo de la juventud dominicana.

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Charlene Bearhead

Education Coordinator

National Inquiry in to Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

Canada

The Limits of Multicultural Universities for Indigenous Peoples

Charlene Bearhead is a mother, grandmother, experienced educator and education innovator with 30 years of regional, national and international experience. Charlene currently serves as the Education Coordinator for the National Inquiry into Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women, volunteers as the co-chair of the Downie-Wenjack Fund Board of Directors and is a member of the Pathways to Education Canada Indigenous Education Advisory Circle. Ms. Bearhead also works to support the Alberta Schools Board Association and the College of Alberta School Superintendents for the Alberta Joint Commitment to Action: Education for Reconciliation. Charlene most recently served as the first Education Lead for the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation at the University of Manitoba. Prior to that she was the National Coordinator for Project of Heart, and for the National Day of Healing and Reconciliation. Ms. Bearhead also coordinated the Education Days within the TRC National Events for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. Charlene has served as a teacher, principal, education director and superintendent, both on and off reserve, over the years and holds permanent teaching certificates from both Alberta and Manitoba.

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Rajika Bhandari

Director, Deputy Vice President, Research and Evaluation

Center for Academic Mobility Research, Institute of International Education (IIE)

United States

Internationalization 2.0: Access and Opportunity for All

Rajika Bhandari is Head of Research, Policy and Practice at IIE where she provides strategic oversight of research and evaluation activities and leads the Open Doors and Project Atlas projects on international higher education mobility. She also directs IIE’s Center for Academic Mobility Research and Impact. Dr. Bhandari is a frequent speaker and widely published author on global student mobility with four books on the subject. She also has a background in international development with a special focus on gender and education in developing countries. Dr. Bhandari holds a doctoral degree in psychology from North Carolina State University in the U.S. and a BA (Honors) in psychology from the University of Delhi, India.

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Arturo Borja

Director of International Cooperation

Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT)

Mexico

Internationalization of Research, Science and Technology: Research Agendas and Sustainable Partnerships

Arturo Borja Tamayo is the Director of International Cooperation of the National Council of Science and Technology of Mexico. Previously he was the Executive Director of the U.S. – Mexico Commission for Educational Exchanges, in charge of all Fulbright programs between both countries, for ten years. He made an academic career at de Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE), where he was the Director of the International Studies Division and Academic Dean. He has been a visiting scholar at the University of California-San Diego; Duke University and Université de Montréal. He has published books and journal articles on topics of international political economy and international relations theory. Dr. Borja studied his B.A. at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de México (major in international relations), and a Masters and PhD in political science at Duke University.

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Sergio Branco

Director

ITS

Brazil

Information Technologies and its Impact on Social Innovation: Public Health, Justice and Indigenous Heritage

Docteur et Maître en Droit civil, diplômé de l’Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro – UERJ. Directeur de l’Instituto de Tecnologia e Sociedade do Rio de Janeiro. Professeur de la faculté de Sciences sociales appliquées – Ibmec. Ex-professeur de droit civil et de propriété intellectuelle au premier cycle et aux études supérieures à la FGV Direito Rio. Ex-coordonnateur de développement académique du programme d’études supérieures de la FGV Direito Rio. Auteur des livres “Direitos Autorais na Internet e o Uso de Obras Alheias”, “O Domínio Público no Direito Autoral Brasileiro – Uma Obra em Domínio Público” e “O que é Creative Commons – Novos Modelos de Direito Autoral em um Mundo Mais Criativo”. Spécialiste de la propriété intellectuelle de la Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro – PUC-Rio. Diplômé aux études supérieures en cinéma documentaire de la FGV. Diplômé en Droit de l’Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro – UERJ. Avocat à Rio de Janeiro.

Sergio Bravo

President

Universidad de La Frontera y miembro del Comité Ejecutivo del Consejo de Rectores de las Universidades Chilenas (CRUCH)

Chile

Higher Education Associations: Building a Collaborative Community for the Americas

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Dorval Brunelle

Professor

UQAM

Canada

Societal Evolution and Adaptability of HEIs

Dorval Brunelle a été directeur de l’Institut d’études internationales de Montréal de l’UQAM de 2008 à 2014. Au cours de sa vie professionnelle, il a été successivement Chef de cabinet du ministre des Affaires municipales, Pierre Laporte, de 1964 à 1966, et journaliste à la Société Radio-Canada (1967-68). Il est professeur au département de sociologie de l’Université du Québec à Montréal depuis 1970. Il a été co-fondateur et directeur du Groupe de recherche sur l’intégration continentale (GRIC) et, de 2004 à 2008, directeur de l’Observatoire des Amériques, tous deux rattachés au Centre d’études sur l’intégration et la mondialisation (CEIM) de l’UQAM. Ses champs de spécialisation sont l’économie politique, l’intégration dans les Amériques et les mouvements sociaux. Il a également été professeur invité dans plusieurs universités (Aix-en-Provence, Brasilia, Toulouse, Montevideo, Grenoble, Harbin et Rome). Il est diplômé en droit de l’Université de Montréal (LL.B., 1962) et en sociologie (doctorat de l’École pratique des Hautes études, VIième section, Paris, 1973). Il a été boursier du gouvernement espagnol (Universidad Complutense, Madrid, 1962-63) et du gouvernement français (EPHE, Paris, 1968-70).

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Allan Cahoon

President and Vice-Chancellor

Royal Roads University

Canada

 

ICTs and the Internationalisation of Higher Education: Opportunity or Hidden Danger?

Allan Cahoon, PhD, became President and Vice-Chancellor of Royal Roads University in 2007. He is the University’s third President and was re-appointed as President in 2012 for a further five year term. Academic Background: Cahoon started his undergraduate education at the University of Calgary before transferring to the United States to complete his BA in history and political science, a MSc in International Administration, and eventually completed his PhD at Syracuse University. As president, Cahoon has attended executive education programs at Harvard University and Oxford. Experience: Cahoon taught at the University of Saskatchewan in Commerce and Political Science and in 1976 joined the University of Calgary as an assistant professor in the Faculty of Management. He subsequently was promoted to a full professor and served in various administrative positions within the Faculty and University including: Assistant Dean, Chair, Management of Organizations and Human Resources, Director of International Business and President of the Faculty Association. As a professor, he specialized in executive development, organizational theory and building bestpractice, high-performance teams. He has conducted a longitudinal research project on the experience of women and men in organizations, and published on that topic as well as in areas of organizational stress and burnout, and cross cultural negotiations. He has consulted with a number of major Canadian organizations including the Red Cross, the YMCA, the Governments of Alberta and Saskatchewan, Trans Canada Pipeline, Trans Alta and the Calgary Board of Education. He currently serves on the Board of the International Chair Academy.

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Pierre Charest

Vice-President Research Grants and Scholarships

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada

Canada

Building Tomorrow’s Smart and Sustainable Cities: New Approaches for Collaboration and how to Integrate Technology for Human Advancement

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Mohamed Cheriet

Director

Green Star Network

Canada

Building Tomorrow’s Smart and Sustainable Cities: New Approaches for Collaboration and how to Integrate Technology for Human Advancement

Since 1996 Mohamed Cheriet has been a professor in the Department of Engineering and Automated Production at ETS as well as a Canada Research Chair holder since 2013. He is one of those rare researchers that has established and directed research initiatives which are international in scope ranging from green IT to human sciences. During his career of two decades, he has made a number of fundamental contributions in the domains of data processing and recognition, cloud-computing, and green ICT. Cheriet has authored over 350 high level publications, has chaired numerous scientific conferences, and served as editor for a number of well-recognized journals demonstrating his commitment to his leadership role in data processing and Green Technology within both the Canadian and International scientific communities. He is also the recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, the Award of Excellence in Research from the Board of ETS as well as numerous other recognized distinctions awarded by the IEEE and the community connected to image processing technology.

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Ernesto Chinkes

General Coordinator of Information and Communications Technologies, Buenos Aires

Honorary President

TICAL

Argentina

 

ICTs and the Internationalisation of Higher Education: Opportunity or Hidden Danger?

Coordinador General de Tecnologías de la Información y las Comunicaciones de la Universidad de Buenos Aires. Se desempeña en la Gestión TIC desde hace mas de 15 años en distintas organizaciones. Director del Programa Ejecutivo en Business Intelligence de la Facultad de Ciencias Economicas de la Universidad de Buenos Aies. Profesor Asociado a cargo de las cátedras de Sistemas de Datos y de Inteligencia de Negocios de la Licenciatura en Sistemas de Informacion de las Organizaciones de la Universidad de Buenos Aies. Autor de diversos libros y publicaciones sobre la especialidad. Disertante y autoridad en congresos, jornadas y conferencias en el ámbito nacional e internacional. Licenciatura en Sistemas de Informacion de las Organizaciones, Tecnologias de la Información (Universidad de Buenos Aires / UBA) y Doctorando en Ciencias Economicas – sub area Sistemas, Tecnología de la información (Universidad de Buenos Aires / UBA).

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Christina Cook

Science Officer, Synthesis & Foresight

Future Earth

Canada

Higher Education and Sustainable Development: a Shared Challenge

Christina Cook is a Science Officer for Synthesis & Foresight at the Future Earth Secretariat. She is based in Montreal. Christina’s work concentrates on understanding the institutions of environmental governance, with a focus on water. After her postdoctoral fellowship she joined the University of Oxford to work as a researcher on a multidisciplinary project on drought and water scarcity in the UK. While at Oxford she became a programme coordinator for a consortium of projects researching drought and water scarcity and worked to synthesize and integrate research across disciplines. Trained as a lawyer and social scientist and holding an undergraduate biology degree, Christina brings both scientific literacy and legal problem solving skills to her work on environmental governance. She has lived and worked in Asia, Europe and North America.

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Kakwiranoron Cook

Special Advisor, Indigenous Initiatives

McGill University

Canada

The Limits of Multicultural Universities for Indigenous Peoples

Kakwiranó:ron Cook is an enrolled member of both the Mohawk Nation at Akwesasne (New York/Ontario/Quebec) and Oglala Lakota Sioux Nation at Pine Ridge (South Dakota). As the Aboriginal Outreach Administrator, Kakwiranó:ron works collaboratively with First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities across Canada on- and off- reserve in an effort to connect with youth, prospective university students and their families to promote higher education and McGill University. This outreach extends to high schools, school boards, Band education centres and career fairs. In partnership with the First Peoples’ House, Kakwiranó:ron coordinates the welcoming ceremony and related activities for incoming Aboriginal students, McGill’s annual Pow-Wow, Education Day (for high school and CEGEP students), the Eagle Spirit High Performance Sports Camp, and the Aboriginal Pathways Program. Kakwiranó:ron is a member of the Montreal Urban Aboriginal Community Strategy NETWORK Employability-Training-Education Committee, McGill’s Aboriginal Affairs Work Group, the Aboriginal Post-Secondary Information Program, and the Canadian Association of Career Educators and Employers. A graduate of Hawai’i Pacific University, Kakwiranó:ron has professional experience promoting educational initiatives in his home communities and abroad.

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Maria Claudia Coral

Advisor

Colciencias

Colombia

Industry-Academia Collaboration and the Development of Lifelong Competencies

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María de los Ángeles Crummett

Deputy Vice-President Scholar Exchanges

Institute for International Education (IIE)

United States

Industry-Academia Collaboration and the Development of Lifelong Competencies

Dr. María de los Ángeles Crummett leads the Fulbright Scholar Program administered by Institute of International Education (IIE) on behalf of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State. Prior to joining IIE, María was the Associate Vice President for Global Affairs at the University of South Florida. She has served in a leadership capacity with international trade organizations including the District Export Council of the U.S. Department of Commerce, the Tampa Bay Trade Office, and the Florida Gulf Coast Brazil Chamber of Commerce. In 2013 she was named the International Person of the Year by the Tampa Bay Organization of Women in International Trade. She has worked as a consultant to international development agencies–USAID, the International Labour Organization, the Food and Agriculture Organization, the United Nations Development Programme, and the Fund for Population Activities–on issues related to economic development, international migration and labor legislation in Latin America. She received her B.A. in Latin American Studies from Stanford University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from the Graduate Faculty, New School for Social Research. She is a Fulbright Scholar having conducted research on Gender and Economic Development at the Universidad Nacional in Bogotá, Colombia.

Luc Dancause

Management and Knowledge Sharing Advisor (Consellier en gestion et partage des connaissances)

Sapiens Conseils

Canada

Technological Institutions in North America: Employability, Lifelong Learning and International Pressence

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Hans de Wit

Professor/Director, Center for International Higher Education (CIHE)

Boston College

United States

Internationalization 2.0: Access and Opportunity for All

Hans de Wit is Director of the ‘Center for International Higher Education’ (CIHE) at Boston College, USA, and professor in International Higher Education at the Department of Higher Education and Leadership of the Lynch School of Education, Boston College. He is the Founding Editor of the ‘Journal of Studies in International Education’ (Association for Studies in International Education/SAGE publishers), member of the Editorial board of the journal Policy Reviews in Higher Education (SRHE) and of International Journal of Educational Technology in Higher Education (Springer/Universitat Oberta de Catalunya), Associate Editor of International Higher Education, Co-editor book series Global Perspectives in Higher Education (Sense Publishers), and Co-Editor of ESAL – Revista de Educación Superior en América Latina. He publishes a monthly blog in University World News on internationalisation of higher education, www.universityworldnews.com, and contributes to The World View at Inside Higher Ed on a regular basis. He has (co)written several other books and articles on international education and is actively involved in assessment and consultancy in international education, for organisations like the European Commission, UNESCO, World Bank, IMHE/OECD, IAU, European Parliament, European Consortium for Accreditation. Hans de Wit is founding member and past president of the European Association for International Education (EAIE).

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Charles Despins

Professor in Electrical Engineering

ÉTS

Canada

Building Tomorrow’s Smart and Sustainable Cities: New Approaches for Collaboration and how to Integrate Technology for Human Advancement

Charles Despins is the Dean of Research at l’École de technologie supérieure. He has a bachelor’s in electrical engineering from McGill University in Montreal and both a Master’s and Doctorate in the same field from Carleton University. Despins’ career has spanned both the academic and industrial segments of the information technology and communications sector. After teaching telecommunications at the University of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM) for INRS in Canada he has held various positions in the private sector – including senior director of technology development at Microcell Telecommunications, Vice-President and Chief Technology Officer of Bell Nordiq Group, a wireless network deployment consultant in India and China, and President and Director General of Prompt Inc. In 1993, Despins was awarded Best Paper of the Year award in IEEE’s (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) Transactions on Vehicular Technology. He is also a fellow of the Canadian Institute for Engineers and was the recipient in 2006 of the Outstanding Engineer Award from IEEE Canada.

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Guillermo Hernández Duque

Director General

ANUIES

Mexico

Higher Education Associations: Building a Collaborative Community for the Americas

Guillermo Hernández studied Industrial Engineering at the Technological Institute of Aguascalientes, Mexico, after that He received a Master’s Degree in Metallurgy and Material Sciences at the UNAM. Then He got the opportunity to do a PhD in France and after that, two post doctorates: one in Sweden and the other one in the United States of America.

Dr. Hernandez was a Professor since 1979, in four countries. He was a member of the National Research System (SNI) from 1992 to 2009. He has relevant scientific publications with Harvard University, ASTM and has worked with NASA on the development of new technologies.

He was Director and Founder of the Research Center on Preservation of Infrastructure in Campeche, Mexico and Director and Founder of the School of Engineering at the Mayab University, in Merida, Mexico as well as Rector and Founder of the Polytechnic University of Aguascalientes, Mexico and Director and Founder of the Development Department, of the Industrial Group Perfor.

Dr. Guillermo Hernández has more than 30 years of international experience in research and development, and is, since 2013, the General Director of Strategic Partnerships at the National Association of Universities and Higher Education Institutions (ANUIES).

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Sonia Duran

Chancellor; Vice President for International Affairs

Universidad del Rosario

Colombia

Compared Challenges in Managing Research, Mobilizing Knowledge and Creating international research collaborations

Sonia Durán is the vice president of international affairs at Universidad del Rosario. Her last position was national director of planning and development at Uniminuto, the largest university in Colombia, awarded by the World Bank as a worldwide model of a socially innovative and sustainable institution. She has been representative of the BOX Hill Institute of Australia in Colombia and she contributed to the creation of the current network of public technological education institutions. She holds a master’s degree in administration from Universidad de los Andes, a diploma in international cooperation and development, from Universidad Externado, a bachelor’s degree in political sciences with a minor in economics from the University of San Francisco, CA, and a law degree from Universidad de Los Andes. She has taught at Universidad de los Andes, Universidad Sergio Arboleda and Universidad de la Sabana, in Colombia.

Héctor Floriani

President

Universidad Nacional de Rosario

Argentina

Higher Education Associations: Building a Collaborative Community for the Americas

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Antonio Fernández

Vice Chancellor of Government

Full Professor in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence

Universidad de Almería

Spain

ICTs and the Internationalisation of Higher Education: Opportunity or Hidden Danger?

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Oscar Garrido

President

Universidad de Los Lagos

President

OUI-IOHE

Higher Education Associations: Building a Collaborative Community for the Americas

Profesor de Estado y Licenciado en Educación. Posee una Maestría en Ciencias Sociales Aplicadas por la Universidad de la Frontera, Chile y estudios de doctorado en Ciencias de la Educación por la Universidad de Concepción, Chile. Sus especializaciones incluyen Diplomados en Administración Regional y Municipal por el Centro de Estudios Para El Desarrollo (CED)-Universidad de Los Lagos; en Dirección y Gestión de la Calidad dictado por Chile Calidad; en Dirección y Excelencia Organizacional por la Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.

Con una trayectoria académica de 20 años en Educación Superior, ha sido Secretario Ejecutivo del Consejo Universitario, Miembro del Equipo de Investigación del Centro de Estudios Universitarios, Jefe de Gabinete, Director de Planificación y Estudios, Coordinador Institucional Mecesup-Mineduc, Director Académico Campus Santiago y Vicerrector Académico; cargos que ha ejercido en la Universidad de Los Lagos, Chile.

Ha sido Rector de la Universidad de Los Lagos entre 2009 a 2013; y recientemente fue reelecto hasta el 2021. Es Profesor Asociado al Departamento de Educación de la Universidad de Los Lagos, miembro del Comité Directivo del Consorcio de Universidades Estatales de Chile (CUECH), Presidente de la Red de Universidades del Consejo de Rectores de las Universidades Chilenas que dictan formación Técnica, Vicepresidente OUI 2015-17, Vicepresidente Regional Países Andinos-OUI, período 2013-2015. Es miembro del Comité de Financiamiento y Política Universitaria del Consejo de Rectores de las Universidades Chilenas. Ha publicado artículos en revistas especializadas y editado libros en el ámbito de la educación superior.

Gonzalo Graña

National Officer of Social Dialogue and Labor Training (Oficial Nacional de Diálogo Social y Formación del Trabajo)

ILO / CINTERFOR

Industry-Academia Collaboration and the Development of Lifelong Competencies

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Humberto Grimaldo

Coordinator

Observatorio Regional de Responsabilidad Social para América Latina y el Caribe (ORSALC)

Venezuela

Societal Evolution and Adaptability of HEIs

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Philippe Haurie

Director, Architecture and Network Development – Engineering Technologies and Products

Videotron

Canada

Building Tomorrow’s Smart and Sustainable Cities: New Approaches for Collaboration and how to Integrate Technology for Human Advancement

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Elspeth Jones

Emerita Professor

Leeds Beckett University

United Kingdom

Internationalization 2.0: Access and Opportunity for All

Elspeth Jones is Emerita Professor of the Internationalisation of Higher Education, Leeds Beckett University and Honorary Visiting Fellow, Centre for Higher Education Internationalisation (CHEI), Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan. With over 35 years in international education, her specialisms include personal, professional and employability outcomes from international mobility, strategic leadership, internationalisation of the curriculum at home and abroad, global citizenship and intercultural competence development. She is series editor for Internationalization in Higher Education (Routledge) and winner of the European Association for International Education’s (EAIE) Award for Excellence in Research. She is Chair of the EAIE’s Expert Community on Internationalisation at Home and Visiting Professor at several European universities. Elspeth has undertaken consultancy, research, training and presentations for universities around the world and for organisations including the European Commission, European Parliament, British Council, UUK International Unit, International Association of Universities, UK Higher Education Academy and the International Education Association of Australia. She is a member of the Scientific Committee of CHEI, Milan and the Editorial Board of the Journal of Studies in International Education. She has published widely including The Globalization of Internationalization: Emerging Voices and Perspectives (2017) edited with Hans de Wit, Jocelyne Gacel-Ávila and Nico Jooste.

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Nishan Joomun

Vice President Technology and Development

KnowledgeOne

Canada

Higher Education and Sustainable Development: a Shared Challenge

Nishan Joomun currently serves as a vice president of technology and development at KnowledgeOne. He is in charge of all the IT development strategies and shaping the company’s roadmap for new solutions, platforms, and tools that will help and support the business growth. Nishan graduated from Cambridge University in Computer Arts and Design, and his strength lies both in programming and UX/UI with a special focus in rich Internet applications (RIA) and new media. His works have been honored at the Canadian Digi Awards and the Canadian Network for Innovation in Education.

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Carmen Gloria Labbé

General Manager

Cooperación Latinoamericana de Redes Avanzadas (CLARA)

Chile

ICTs and the Internationalisation of Higher Education: Opportunity or Hidden Danger?

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Debra Lam

Managing Director for Smart Cities and Inclusive Innovation

Georgia Tech’s Institute for People and Technology

United States

Smart Cities: An Opportunity for University-Industry Collaboration

Debra Lam is the Managing Director of Smart Cities and Inclusive innovation for Georgia Tech, a newly created role to drive smart cities and urban innovation work across the university and beyond. Prior to this, she served as Pittsburgh’s first ever Chief of Innovation & Performance where she oversaw all technology, sustainability, performance and innovation functions of city government. She crafted the city’s first strategic plan for innovation, Inclusive Innovation Roadmap. She has been a receipt of various awards, including one of the top 50 Women in Technology nationally. She has worked and lived in New York, the United Kingdom, China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. She is a graduate of Georgetown University and University of California, Berkeley.

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Marie-Josée Lareau

President and Founder

InnoveLab

Canada

Compared Challenges in Managing Research, Mobilizing Knowledge and Creating international research collaborations

Marie-Josée Lareau a réalisé des études aux Exécutive MBA à HEC Montréal – McGill. Avec plus de vingt ans d’expertise dans le domaine de la créativité et de l’innovation, elle est spécialisée dans le développement d’évènements corporatifs stimulant l’idéation, la réflexion stratégique et la collaboration. Marie Josée présente sa propre méthodologie et son processus pour former, aider et appuyer les dirigeants et leurs équipes pour améliorer leur créativité, leur esprit d’innovation et de collaboration. En 2014-2016, elle a travaillé chez AbbVie Canada, comme Chef de l’innovation. Elle a conduit des réflexions stratégiques pour identifier des solutions adaptées aux besoins d’affaires, grâce à sa certification au processus de remue-méninges, No Limit de What if. Elle a organisé des évènements corporatifs, stimulant l’adhésion des employés aux valeurs et priorités du groupe de BioPharma, en les aidant à partager leurs meilleures pratiques et en célébrant leurs échecs. Elle a élaboré des initiatives internes visant à renforcer l’engagement et la collaboration entre les différentes équipes de travail. Et elle a développé plusieurs partenariats, sessions d’innovation et activités sur le terrain auprès des principales associations de patients du Canada, tel que CAPAHC, Cactus, la Société de l’arthrite et Parkinson Québec. En 2016, Lareau a fondé sa compagnie InnoveLab. Avec Innove Lab, elle a développé sa propre méthodologie et son processus pour former, aider et appuyer les dirigeants et leurs équipes pour améliorer leur créativité, leur esprit d’innovation et pour mieux collaborer. Elle propose plusieurs cours sur la «Résolution créative de problèmes», le «Leadership créatif», la «Présence exécutive», la«Mobilisation des équipes» et «La Gestion du changement». Elle facilite des sessions d’Innovation et des réflexions stratégiques pour supporter la direction et les équipes vers de nouveaux modes de pensées.

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Sarah Lubik

Director of Entrepreneurship, Beedie School of Business

Simon Fraser University

Canada

Smart Cities: An Opportunity for University-Industry Collaboration

Dr. Sarah Lubik is Simon Fraser University (SFU)’s first Director of Entrepreneurship, promoting the power of, and need for, interdisciplinary teams and commercialization of research to solve wicked problems. She is co-Champion of the Technology Entrepreneurship@SFU program, a lecturer in Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Beedie School of Business and a researcher in technology management, including incubation, university entrepreneurship, commercialization and innovation ecosystems. Sarah has been named one of Business in Vancouver’s Top 40 under 40 and an Innovation Leader by the Government of Canada. She has experience coordinating pan-European startup support programs focusing on key areas such as coaching, funding and clusters, is a certified expert business coach and is the co-founder and marketing director of a high-tech startup: Lungfish Dive Systems.

Sarah holds a BBA (honours) from SFU and a masters and PhD from the University of Cambridge.

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Director, International Relations

Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education (CAPES)

Brazil

Industry-Academia Collaboration and the Development of Lifelong Competencies

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Lissa Matyas

Vice-President of International partnerships

MITACS

Canada

Industry-Academia Collaboration and the Development of Lifelong Competencies

Lissa Matyas is the Director of International Partnerships at Mitacs Canada, a national not-for-profit organization representing all Canadian research universities. Mitacs’ mandate is to build research partnerships between academia and industry in Canada and abroad to drive innovation and economic development. In her role, Lissa negotiates country-to-country research collaboration partnerships with international government ministries, research funding agencies and companies, with students acting as the conduit to drive innovation collaborations. Lissa has over twenty years of experience in the fields of research and graduate education, university strategic planning, stakeholder relationship management and marketing. She comes to Mitacs from McGill University where she held the position of Director of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and prior to this, Director of Graduate Enrolment Management at McGill. Prior to joining McGill she was at Concordia University where was responsible for the university’s strategic planning exercise in the Office of the President. Lissa also held the positions of Director of Alumni Relations, Director of Graduate Student Recruitment for the John Molson School of Business and Associate Director of the John Molson MBA Program at Concordia University. Lissa holds a Greenbelt in Lean Six Sigma from Fujitsu Canada, as well as a Master’s of Science in Administration degree with a concentration in Marketing and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, both from Concordia University. Lissa sat on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Association of Graduate Studies and is involved with several other professional associations relating to commercialization and technology transfer, and international education.

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Rosa Montes

Executive Director

CAMPUS OUI-IOHE

Mexico

Societal Evolution and Adaptability of HEIs

Rosa Graciela Montes is a tenured professor and researcher at the Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla (BUAP) in Mexico and currently holds the position of Executive Director of the CAMPUS program (IOHE-OUI). Her principal activities relate to promoting efforts by member institutions with respect to social responsibility for sustainable development (Social-CAMPUS); and through the DOC-CAMPUS sub-program, establishing links and collaboration between graduate programs in member institutions, to promote capacity development in the various OUI-IOHE regions.

At BUAP, she has held various administrative posts to develop and sustain the internationalization policy of the university through strategic inter-institutional programs and alliances, especially at the level of research and graduate studies.

She holds a Ph.D. in Sociolinguistics from Georgetown University (Washington D.C). Her area of expertise is the use of language in various societal contexts especially in multilingual, multicultural settings. A particular area of interest is that of language and social interaction and cultural (mis)understandings.

She is a Member (Level 2) of the National System of Researchers (S.N.I) maintained by the Mexican Council for Science and Technology (CONACYT) and has served as an expert peer evaluator for several national projects aimed at capacity building and the strengthening of Mexican HEIs.

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Christian Nicolai

Executive Director

National Commission for Scientific Research and Technology (CONICYT)

Chile

Internationalization of Research, Science and Technology: Research Agendas and Sustainable Partnerships

Christian Nicolai Orellana graduated in Electrical Civil Engineer, certified in Business Management by the Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences at the Universidad de Chile, where he worked as an academician at the Electrical Engineering Department. In 1984, he joined ENTEL Chile and in 1992 Telefonica Chile, where he took over various responsibilities, including Manager of Telefonica Mundo, Executive Vice President of Corporate Affairs at Telefonica Chile, General Manager of INTERCOM, and Vice President of Multimedia network, among others. In April 1999, he was appointed as Executive Secretary of The National Commission of Energy. In March 2000, President Ricardo Lagos appointed him as Undersecretary for Telecommunications, at which post he served until 2006. Between 2006 and 2008 Mr. Nicolai worked at ECLAC in various ICT projects within the Division on Productive Development. Between 2008 and 2010 he was Chairman of the board of CIMM T&S, a company that offers services to the mining sector. Between 2008 and 2012 he was the Director of the Tecnolimpia Program at the National Council for Clean Production. In recent years, Mr. Nicolai has worked as a consultant and advisor on regulatory affairs and public policy in the areas of Information and Communication Technology, Management (public and private sectors), Strategic Planning and Management Control, both in Chile and abroad. He has been Executive Director of CONICYT since march 2015.

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Marcella Ohira

Vice-President of International partnerships

Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI)

Uruguay

Higher Education and Sustainable Development: a Shared Challenge

Marcella Ohira is Assistant Director for Capacity Building at the Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI). She has organized more than 22 IAI training events, including interdisciplinary training institutes and science-policy fora on several global environmental change issues. She has also served as communications and outreach officer at IAI, and worked in international technical cooperation at the Brazilian Cooperation Agency and Division of Technical and Technological Cooperation of Brazil’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She has also worked at the U.S. NOAA ´s Office of Global Programs (OGP) in support of regional global change organizations. Marcella has a Masters of Arts in International Relations – International Economics and Science, Technology and the Environment from the Johns Hopkins University/The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Washington, DC, USA and Bologna, Italy, 1994, and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from the University of Brasília, Brasília, Brazil, 1991.

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Margarita Perez

Technical Secretary

URSULA

Colombia

Societal Evolution and Adaptability of HEIs

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Louise Poissant

Scientific Director

Fonds de recherche du Québec

Canada

Internationalization of Research, Science and Technology: Research Agendas and Sustainable Partnerships

Compared Challenges in Managing Research, Mobilizing Knowledge and Creating international research collaborations

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Víctor Malagón

Lead Advisor

Colombia Científica

Colombia

Compared Challenges in Managing Research, Mobilizing Knowledge and Creating international research collaborations

Víctor Hugo Malagón Basto es Economista egresado de la Universidad del Rosario y Especialista en Integración en el Sistema Internacional de la Pontificia Universidad Javeriana. Como Becario de la Fundación Carolina adelantó un Máster en Acción Política y Participación Ciudadana en el Estado de Derecho (Universidad Francisco De Vitoria, Ilustre Colegio de Abogados de Madrid, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Universitas Miguel Hernández) y un MBA en Liderazgo Estratégico en la Universidad San Pablo-CEU.

Ha estado vinculado por varios años a la Fundación Carolina como Secretario General en Colombia, consultor en España y actualmente como miembro de su Consejo Directivo; se desempeñó como Director para el Desarrollo de Capital Humano del Programa de Transformación Productiva en el Ministerio de Comercio, Industria y Turismo y en Bancoldex, luego ocupó el cargo de Gerente de Responsabilidad Social Empresarial en la ANDI y Director Ejecutivo de la Fundación ANDI y posteriormente fue Socio Fundador de la firma de origen sueco Kreab en Colombia. Ha sido profesor en varias universidades, en liderazgo, asuntos internacionales, responsabilidad social empresarial y economía, temas en los cuales tiene una destacada experiencia.

Ha sido invitado a programas en prestigiosas instituciones como Georgetown University, Harvard University, Mc.Gill University, IESE, Instituto de Empresa de Madrid, INALDE, JICA de Japón, entre otras. Ha recibido varios reconocimientos como haber sido exaltado como uno de los Diez jóvenes sobresalientes ejecutivos de Colombia por la Cámara Junior Internacional en el 2004. Miembro de juntas y consejos directivos de entidades públicas y privadas, entre las que se destacan el punto focal para América Latina del GRI, la red colombiana del Pacto Global, el ICBF, la Fundación Carolina, Invest in Bogotá, la Red de RSE de la Embajada de Suecia en Colombia. Fue nombrado Consiliario de la Universidad del Rosario en el 2014. Es autor de varias publicaciones nacionales e internacionales.

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Catherine Mounier

Vice-President of Research and Creation

Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)

Canada

Compared Challenges in Managing Research, Mobilizing Knowledge and Creating international research collaborations

Dr. Catherine Mounier obtained her Bachelor’s in Biochemistry (1987) and her Master’s in Molecular Chemistry (1988) from Rennes University (France). She then obtained her Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Biology (1994) at the National Superior Agronomic School in Rennes (France). Dr. Mounier continued her research with a first postdoctoral stay at the Department of Biochemistry at Iowa University (USA) where she studied the transcriptional regulation of the avian malic enzyme gene. During a second postdoctoral stay at McGill University (Montreal, Canada), she participated in the identification of new hepatic cell signaling pathways triggered by insulin and EGF ligands. Dr. Mounier is a professor at the Department of Biological Sciences at Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) since 2003 and was promoted to full professor in 2012. She acted as Assistant Director from 2007 to 2012 and then as Director from 2012 to 2015. She was appointed Vice-President Research at UQAM on July 2015. Her research projects focus on lipid metabolism and insulin sensitivity, with particular emphasis on nutritional and hormonal regulation of genes involved in hepatic lipogenesis and hepatic steatosis.

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Lyne Sauvageau

Vice-President of Education and Research

Université du Québec

Canada

Compared Challenges in Managing Research, Mobilizing Knowledge and Creating international research collaborations

Holding a Ph.D. in Public Health from Université de Montréal and a Master’s in Political Science from Université Laval, Ms Lyne Sauvageau is Vice President, Academic and Research for the Université du Québec, a network of ten institutions. She is responsible for supporting the development of training and research activities at network institutions by fostering consultation and collaboration, pooling means and resources where necessary, and providing expertise to the benefit of each.

Previously Ms. Sauvageau served as General Secretary as well as Vice President, Programs at Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture from 2002 to 2009.

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Philip Oxhorn

Associate Provost (International) and Professor of Political Science

McGill University

Canada

The Limits of Multicultural Universities for Indigenous Peoples

Philip Oxhorn is a Professor of Political Science at McGill University and the Founding Director of McGill’s Institute for the Study of International Development. Professor Oxhorn’s research focuses on the comparative study of civil society and its role in supporting democratic regimes, particularly in Latin America and Africa. His current research project examines the rights of indigenous peoples and processes of reconciliation from a comparative perspective. Professor Oxhorn’s publications include six books, the most recent being Sustaining Civil Society: Economic Change, Democracy and the Social Construction of Citizenship in Latin America (Penn State University Press, 2011), and he has lectured extensively in North and South America, Western Europe, Africa, and Asia. Prof. Oxhorn complements his academic work with an extensive background in policy analysis, focusing on governance issues, corporate social responsibility (particularly with regard to the extractive sector), public-private sector partnerships, food security and the rights of indigenous peoples. He has been a consultant to the Inter-American Development Bank, the United Nations Development Program, the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), and the Department for Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, Canada. Prof. Oxhorn has a PhD in Political Science from Harvard University.

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Ralph Nilson

President

Vancouver Island University

Canada

The Limits of Multicultural Universities for Indigenous Peoples

Dr. Ralph Nilson has served as President of Vancouver Island University since 2007. Shortly after his appointment, he oversaw the University’s transition from Malaspina College-University to VIU in 2008. After earning his Ph.D. in Physical Education, Health, and Recreation from the University of Oregon in 1984, Dr. Nilson served in numerous teaching and leadership positions in American and Canadian universities, including as Dean of the Faculty of Kinesiology and Health Studies and Director of the Indigenous Peoples Health Research Centre at the University of Regina. Among other things, his research has examined social determinants of health, Aboriginal leadership development, and recreation’s role in population health. In January 2017, Dr. Nilson received the honorary name Kwa’kwa’ni, which means “crane” in the Kwakwaka’wakw language.

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Luis Urrieta

Professor of Cultural Studies in Education

University of Texas at Austin

USA

The Limits of Multicultural Universities for Indigenous Peoples

Prof. Luis Urrieta is Associate Professor of Cultural Studies in Education and Mexican American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin, where he has taught since 2006. Additionally, he is chair of the Faculty committee of the Lozono Long-Benson Institute of Latin American Studies. He holds a Ph.D. in Culture, Curriculum and Change with a concentration in Anthropology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Among other topics, Prof. Urrieta’s research focuses on cultural and racial identities, agency as social and cultural practices, social movements related to education, and learning in family and community contexts. He is the author of the 2009 book Working from Within: Chicana and Chicano Activist Educators in Whitestream Schools. In 2014, the White House named Prof. Urrieta as a Cesar E. Chavez Champion of Change.

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Raymond Paquin

Associate Professor, Management Principal, Loyola College for Diversity and Sustainability

Concordia University

Canada

Higher Education and Sustainable Development: a Shared Challenge

Raymond has been on the management faculty at the John Molson School of Business, Concordia University since 2008. His research explores how firms create collaborative environmental, social, and economic value above and beyond what can be done through the actions of individual firms. In particular, he has an in expertise social networks, industrial symbiosis, and sustainability-oriented business model innovation.

His research has been funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, David O’Brien Centre for Sustainable Enterprise, and Centre for International Business. He has published outlets such as Organization Studies, Long Range Planning, Business and Society, Organization and Environment, Journal of Industrial Ecology, Journal of Cleaner Production, Case Research Journal and Project Management Journal and contributed chapters to several books.

He is the recipient of the 2016 Research Impact on Practice Award in Sustainability from the Organization and Natural Environment Division of the Academy of Management for his 2015 article on creating interfirm and regional environmental and economic value creation through industrial symbiosis, 2014 JMSB Distinguished Emerging Scholar Award, 2012 paper of the year award in Project Management Journal for research on sustainability in construction, 2014 oikos Case Writing Competition Winner for the teaching case on Quebec-based carsharing company Communauto, and 2012 oikos Case Writing Competition Finalist for the teaching case on Quebec-based ecological cleaning products company Bio-Vert.

He teaches corporate strategy, sustainable business, and international engagement in the undergraduate, graduate and executive programs.

He holds a Doctorate in Business Administration from Boston University’s School of Managemen (2008), a Master’s in Education from Virginia Tech College of Education (1998), and a Bachelor’s in Music from North Carolina School of the Arts (1996).

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Karen McBride

President and CEO

Canadian Bureau for International Education

Canada

Internationalization 2.0: Access and Opportunity for All

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Philip Landon

Vice president Governance and programs

Universities Canada

Canada

Higher Education Associations: Building a Collaborative Community for the Americas

Philip Landon is vice president, governance and programs at Universities Canada. He is responsible for the association’s corporate and governance framework and serves as secretary to the Board of Directors. He also leads the publications (including University Affairs), and programs teams which include Scholarship Partners Canada and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships program. Philip has over 25 years’ experience in the higher education, international development, and governance sectors. His work has focussed on shaping organizations and partnerships to create and share knowledge, deliver meaningful outcomes and improve lives.

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Anne Marchand

Vice-Dean of Research, Faculty of Environmental Design

Université de Montréal

Canada

Information Technologies and its Impact on Social Innovation: Public Health, Justice and Indigenous Heritage

Anne Marchand is a professor of Industrial Design at the School of Design and vice-dean of research at the Faculty of Environmental Design at the Université de Montréal. Her work relates to the conceptualization and consumption of sustainable products. Her interests include cultural consumption as a new manifestation of responsible consumption and local and traditional knowledge and skills. In partnership with members of First Nations’ communities in Quebec, she works towards the promotion and development of Indigenous heritage and the social and economic development of communities through innovation and contemporary creation. Marchand currently leads the Design and Material Culture research group at the Université de Montréal.

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Pascale Lehoux

Professor, School of Public Health

Université de Montréal

Canada

Information Technologies and its Impact on Social Innovation: Public Health, Justice and Indigenous Heritage

Pascale Lehoux holds a Bachelor’s in Industrial Design (1989), a Ph.D Public Health (1996) and carried out her postdoctoral studies in Science & Technology Dynamics at the University of Amsterdam (1997). She is a full professor in the Department of Health Management, Evaluation, and Policy in the School of Public Health at the Université de Montréal. Her most recent research program, In Fieri, aims to generate and diffuse new insights concerning the conceptualization, financing, and the commercialization of responsible innovation in health (RIH). The team includes universities from Canada, United States, France, the United Kingdom, and Brazil and catalyzes expertise at the interface between research on health policy and services, medicine, engineering, design, ethics, sociology, economics, and public policy.

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Vincent Gautrais

Professor, Faculty of Law

Université de Montréal

Canada

Information Technologies and its Impact on Social Innovation: Public Health, Justice and Indigenous Heritage

Vincent Gautrais is a full professor at the Université de Montréal’s Faculty of Law and as well as the director of the “Centre de recherche en droit public” (CRDP) – the Research Centre on Public Law. He also directs the multi-faculty strategic consortium “Regroupement Droit Changements et Gouvernance” (RDCG). Since June 1st 2015 he has held the L.R. Wilson Chair for Information Technology Law and Electronic Commerce after holding Université de Montréal’s chair in Security and E-Business Law from 2005-2015. Since the beginning of his career, he has taken interest in the relationship between technological change and law (proof, consumption, security, contracts, privacy, etc…) as well as teaching. For more information see: www.gautrais.com.

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Margot Edwards

Education Trade Commissioner

Global Affairs Canada – Embassy of Canada to Chile

Chile

Building knowledge and innovation bridges between Canada and the Pacific Alliance

Margot Edwards is a Trade Commissioner at the Canadian Embassy in Chile. She is responsible for several sectors including Education; Science, Technology & Innovation; Corporate Social Responsibility; Life Science; and, Cleantech. She has a Bachelor degree in Business Administration from Université Laval. Margot joined the Global Affairs Canada in 1985 as an administrative officer and was posted to Nigeria, Chile and Costa Rica. In 1993 she returned to Chile and joined the Trade Commissioner Service.

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Magali Boffet

Education Trade Commissioner

Global Affairs Canada – Embassy of Canada in Colombia

Colombia

Building knowledge and innovation bridges between Canada and the Pacific Alliance

BA in international relations and certified translator (spanish<>french). She holds a Masters’ degree in international cooperation and multi-languages communication, Université Stendhal Grenoble 3, Grenoble 3 (France). She has 12 years of professional experience in international education both in the private and public sector in France and Colombia. She has participated in the design and coordination of international academic mobility and research projects. At her previous positions, she contributed to foster scientific collaborations between Colombian faculty members and international peers in Latin America, Europe and North America. She also helped boost the participation of university students to different kinds of scholarships and study abroad opportunities.

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Laura Garza

Academic Affairs Officer

Global Affairs Canada – Canadian Embassy, Mexico City

Mexico

Building knowledge and innovation bridges between Canada and the Pacific Alliance

Laura Garza is the Trade Commissioner and Academic Affairs Officer at the Canadian Embassy in Mexico. Before joining Global Affairs Canada, Laura worked for six years at the U.S. Consulate General in Monterrey as the Education and Cultural Affairs Specialist where she was responsible for implementing a broad range of public diplomacy programs in Northeast Mexico. At the time, she was also responsible for the promotion of bilateral exchange and student mobility initiatives. She previously served as Public Diplomacy Assistant at the U.S. Consulate in Matamoros, Mexico, where she oversaw professional, cultural, youth, and sports exchange programs aimed at increasing bilateral understanding. Prior to joining the U.S. State Department, Ms. Garza was Headed the Scholarship and Cultural Affairs Office at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Nuevo Leon. Laura holds a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations from the Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon.

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Marta Losada

President

Universidad Antonio Nariño

Colombia

Building knowledge and innovation bridges between Canada and the Pacific Alliance

Higher Education Associations: Building a Collaborative Community for the Americas

President since 2010, Dr. Losada obtained her undergraduate physics degree and an MSc Physics from the National University of Colombia and her Ph.D. in Physics from Rutgers University, USA. From 1997 to 1999, she was a postdoctoral fellow at CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research), Switzerland. She has held positions as the National Director for Research at UAN from 2004 to 2014, and the Director of the Basic and Applied Science Research Center of UAN from 2000 to 2004. She is the group leader of the research groups in high energy particle physics focused on elementary particle phenomenology and cosmology as well as experimental high energy physics and has been a member of international collaboration efforts such as the ATLAS and NEXT Experiments.

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John Rossant

Chairman and Founder

New Cities Foundation

Canada

Smart Cities: An Opportunity for University-Industry Collaboration

John Rossant is the Founder and Chairman of the NewCities Foundation, a major global non-profit institution dedicated to improving the quality of life and work in cities. He previously led the team producing the famous World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland every January and has been been the producer of major World Economic Forum conferences in China, Latin America, Southeast Asia and Africa. He has also played key roles in Monaco, with the Monaco Media Forum and the ongoing Prince’s Roundtable on Philanthropy. In 2010, French President Nicolas Sarkozy asked John to organize the first global summit on the future of the Internet, the e-G8. John has worked with heads of state and government and leading CEOs from around the world.

John is currently leading LA CoMotion, the new global annual event on the future of mobility, which take place each November in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles. The five-day expo-festival combines a top thought-leadership conference, with real-world demos and exhibits, activating a whole neighbourhood to show what is coming next.

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Roger Scott-Douglas

Vice-President Policy & Governance

National Research Council Canada (NRC)

Canada

Internationalization of Research, Science and Technology: Research Agendas and Sustainable Partnerships

Roger Scott-Douglas was appointed Vice-President, Policy & Governance at the National Research Council Canada (NRC) in September 2016. His role is to support the President in advancing the Government’s innovation agenda through the continuing renewal of NRC.

Formerly, Mr. Scott-Douglas was the Assistant Secretary, Priorities and Planning, Treasury Board Secretariat. He led the development of transition advice post-election 2015; the re-set of the TB policy suite; horizontal work on reducing internal red tape, and reform of the Management Accountability Framework. He renewed internal TBS governance, linking it to integrated planning, performance measurement and risk management. He also managed departmental OAG audits and served as Chief Delivery Officer and liaison for files involving the Privy Council Office.

From 2009-12, Mr. Scott-Douglas led the TBS Strategic Review, followed by the Secretariat tasked with supporting the Red Tape Reduction Commission.

Mr. Scott-Douglas’s international experience includes OECD and World Bank missions to Europe, India and the Middle East. He co-chaired the OECD task force on the Observatory on Public Sector Innovation and, from 2006-09, worked with the Ministère du Budget, des Comptes publics et de la Fonction publique, in France, where he advised the Director General and Minister on a major public service change initiative based on Canada’s 1995 Program Review.

He has also held executive positions at Human Resources Development Canada, and senior analyst roles at the Privy Council Office and Western Economic Diversification.

Mr. Scott-Douglas has a Doctorate of Philosophy from the University of Cambridge, England, and is a Commonwealth Scholar.

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Hudson Silva

Researcher

University of Montreal

Canada

Information Technologies and its Impact on Social Innovation: Public Health, Justice and Indigenous Heritage

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Zvi Szafran

Chancellor

SUNY Canton

USA

Technological Institutions in North America: Employability, Lifelong Learning and International Pressence

Dr. Szafran is the former vice president for academic affairs and professor of chemistry at Southern Polytechnic State University in the University System of Georgia, a position he held since 2005. Dr. Szafran also served as the vice president for academic affairs at New England College in New Hampshire from 1998-2005. Previously, he held several positions at Merrimack College in Massachusetts, including dean of science and engineering, chairman of the chemistry department, assistant to the dean of arts and sciences, and professor. Szafran earned a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of South Carolina and a bachelor’s degree, also in chemistry, from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

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Rebecca Tittler

Coordinator, Loyola College for Diversity and Sustainability

Concordia University

Canada

Higher Education and Sustainable Development: a Shared Challenge

Rebecca Tittler is the Coordinator for Concordia University’s Loyola College for Diversity and Sustainability. Her research interests include the interactions between biodiversity, the structure of forested landscapes, and people, both in a larger forest context and in an urban and periurban context, the sustainable management of the boreal and mixedwood forest, and ecosystem services provided by trees in urban, periurban, and forested landscapes and how the provision of these services can best be reconciled with biodiversity conservation. Tittler has also been involved in development of a massive open online course for the United Nations Environment Program entitled The Ecosystem Approach and Systems Thinking in collaboration with colleagues at the Loyola Sustainability Research Centre. She holds a Doctorate in Biology from Carleton University (2008), a Master’s in Biology from the University of Alberta (1998), and a Bachelor’s in Biology from Swarthmore College (1995).

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Bernard Tremblay

President/Director General

Fédération des cégeps

Canada

Technological Institutions in North America: Employability, Lifelong Learning and International Pressence

Bernard Tremblay a occupé divers postes au sein de la Fédération des commissions scolaires du Québec, notamment à titre de directeur des relations du travail, secrétaire général et directeur des affaires juridiques. Il a également été président du Comité patronal de négociation pour les commissions scolaires francophones (CPNCF), organisme responsable de la négociation nationale pour les 200 000 employés œuvrant dans les 2 600 écoles et centres du Québec regroupés au sein des 60 commissions scolaires francophones. Il a été négociateur et porte-parole patronal dans les négociations au niveau national de 1991 à 2015. Membre du Barreau du Québec depuis 1990, M. Tremblay est détenteur d’un baccalauréat spécialisé en droit de l’Université Laval ainsi que d’une maîtrise en droit public axée principalement sur les droits et libertés de la personne en contexte éducatif. Il a de plus complété une maîtrise en administration publique à l’École nationale d’administration publique. M. Tremblay est président-directeur général de la Fédération de cégeps depuis mars 2015.

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Diego Urbina

Education Trade Commissioner

Global Affairs Canada – Embassy of Canada to Peru

Peru

Building knowledge and innovation bridges between Canada and the Pacific Alliance

Diego Urbina Fletcher is Trade Commissioner at the Embassy of Canada in Lima, Peru, where he is responsible for the Education, Clean Technologies and Consumer Products sector. In the past, he has worked as Business Development Manager for the Australian Trade Commission, as Director of Trade for North America and Europe at the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism of Peru, and as a consultant to the World Bank in Washington DC. Diego holds a Master of Public Administration (MPA) from Columbia University and a Bachelor degree in Economics from Universidad del Pacifico.

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Raúl Martínez

President

National Association of Technological Universities (ANUT)

Mexico

Technological Institutions in North America: Employability, Lifelong Learning and International Pressence

Raúl Martínez Hernández is an agricultural engineer and graduate from the Universidad Autónoma Agraria “Antonio Narro” with a Master’s degree in Agricultural Science from the same university. During his career he has held a variety of administrative positions including: State Coordinator for the General Management of Agricultural Technology Education for the State of Sinaloa (1994-2000), State Coordinator for the General Management for Agricultural Technology Education for the State of Morelos (July-December 2000), State Coordinator and Sub-Secretariat for Education and Research Technology for the State of Morelos (January-December 2001), State Coordinator and Sub-Secretariat for Education and Research Technology for the State of Coahuila (2002-2006), General Director of the Instituto Tecnológico Superior de San Pedro de las Colonias, Coahuila (2007-2008), General Director of the Colegio de Estudios Científicos y Tecnológicos del Estado de Coahuila (2008-2010), General Coordinator for Libraries, Publications, and Bookstores for the State of Coahuila (February-August, 2010), President of the Universidad Tecnológica de Coahuila (September 2010-September 2014), President of the Universidad Tecnológica de Torreón (September 2014-present), and President of the Asociación Nacional de Universidades Tecnológicas – ANUT (September 2015-present).

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Mary Heiss

Senior Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs

American Association of Community Colleges

USA

Technological Institutions in North America: Employability, Lifelong Learning and International Pressence

Mary E. Heiss serves as senior vice president for academic and student affairs for the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). In this role, she oversees a department that implements strategies and grant-funded programs to advance student access, diversity, and success in the nation’s community colleges, including activities with the National Science Foundation through the Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program, international programs and services, and the Plus 50 initiative.

Heiss joined AACC in 2006. She most recently served as Associate Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, where she led efforts related to the development of the association’s 2013-2016 Strategic Plan, and fundraising for the AACC 21st-Century Initiative. Before that, she directed the association’s outreach and engagement with corporations, foundations, and nonprofit organizations.

Prior to joining AACC, Heiss led resource development and communications efforts for two nonprofit organizations, including a national k-12 education foundation. Earlier in her career, she held increasingly responsible positions with global corporations for over 15 years.

Heiss is an alumnus of Michigan State University and St. Clair County Community College in Port Huron, Michigan. She has completed executive education at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and Indiana University.

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Federico Zaragosa

Vice Chancellor of Economic and Workforce Development at the Alamo Community College District (ACCD)

Alamo College

USA

Technological Institutions in North America: Employability, Lifelong Learning and International Pressence

Dr. Federico Zaragoza has been the Vice Chancellor of Economic and Workforce Development at the Alamo Community College District (ACCD) since 2004. Under his leadership, ACCD received the prestigious American Association of Community College Trustees’ 2005 National Workforce Excellence Award. Dr. Zaragoza was selected as a distinguished lecturer in technical and industrial education by the U.S. Department of State and has lectured throughout the United States, Germany, Nicaragua, Mexico, Brazil, and Spain. He was instrumental in establishing the ACCD Quality Institute to promote lean and quality training, and is working with area independent school districts and community stakeholders to implement innovative articulated school and career partnership programs, such as the Alamo Area Aerospace Academy, Information Technology Security Academy, and Project Phoenix. Dr. Zaragoza is also credited for implementing the award winning ACCD Workforce Specialty Centers serving three rural communities and San Antonio’s west side inner city neighborhoods. Dr. Zaragoza has held various leadership positions, including State Director for the Wisconsin–Job Training Partnership Act Programs, President and CEO of the Private Industry Council of Milwaukee County, and Dean of Continuing Education for the Milwaukee Area Technical College. He also worked for the Milwaukee Public School District as Director for Alternative Education Programs, where he headed a network of 16 public alternative and specialty schools. Prior to his appointment as Vice Chancellor, Dr. Zaragoza served as Vice President of Administration for St. Philip’s College–Southwest Campus. Dr. Zaragoza holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, a Master’s degree in Vocational Education, an Educational Specialist degree in Industrial and Technical Education from the University of Wisconsin–Stout, and a Ph.D. in Urban Education and Administrative Leadership from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee.