Education in the Czech Republic, Canada and France, Eva Egron-Polak studied French Literature, Political Science and International Political Economy. For nearly 20 years at the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) she held several senior positions including Vice President, International, prior to becoming the Secretary General of IAU in 2002.
At IAU, an independent, global association of universities and associations of higher education institutions based at UNESCO in Paris, Eva Egron-Polak has been involved in numerous policy areas in higher education, most especially internationalisation but also issues related to equitable access and success in higher education, the contribution of higher education to sustainable development and a continued focus on ethics, academic values and higher education’s responsibility to society.
Eva Egron-Polak has served on many committees at UNESCO, the European Commission, OECD, etc. She is or has been a member of international advisory bodies in the Netherlands, Ireland, UK and Romania and is a member of the Magna Charta Observatory Council. She has taken part in system level reviews of higher education in Egypt and Spain. She has co-authored the two last editions of the Global Survey Report on Internationalization of Higher Education in 2010 and 2014 respectively, and written and presented numerous papers on a variety of higher education topics. In 2015 she was awarded a Doctorate honoris causa by Mykolas Romeris University in Lithuania.
Christian Müller works at the German Academic Exchange Services (DAAD) since January 2002. He served at DAAD Brazil from 2009 to 2014, heading the DAAD branch office in Rio de Janeiro. Simultaneously, he was President of the Board of the German Center for Science and Innovation (DWIH), Sao Paulo. Prior to this appointment, he was Head of the Division "Communication and Marketing" at the DAAD in Bonn. In this function, he was responsible for the secretariat of the consortium GATE-Germany and for the secretariat of the joint initiative "International Marketing for Education and Research". In former years, he worked as university lecturer for German Language and Literature in Portugal (Aveiro) and Brazil (Campinas, Rio de Janeiro) as well as in the training of experts in development cooperation (German Foundation for International Development). His academic background is in Social Sciences and German Studies at the Universities of Göttingen and Bonn.
Hanneke Teekens is an independent consultant in higher education with a focus on internationalisation. In 2014 she retired from her position as member of the board of Nuffic, the Netherlands Organisation for International Cooperation in Higher Education. Within her portfolio she was responsible for a wide range of activities, including the support offices in 10 different countries, diploma evaluation, Unesco Secretariat and communications.
Earlier on Hanneke was Director of the Socrates Agency and responsible for the coordination and information on Erasmus Mundus and Tempus. Currently Hanneke is a Senior Fellow for Internationalisation with NAFSA. In the Netherlands she sits on various boards of educational organisations.
Hanneke has worked at the Hogeschool and University of Amsterdam, at Twente University and in different places around the world as a teacher, researcher and project manager. She is a frequent speaker at international conferences, seminars and workshops and has published on various topics in the field.
Hanneke studied History and Education and is a graduate of Leyden University.
Lewis Purser is Director (Academic Affairs) at the Irish Universities Association, where he works with the Vice-Presidents Academic/Registrars' group, and also supports other groups including the admissions officers, access managers/directors, international officers, quality officers, heads of teaching and learning and heads of student services.
From 1998–2005 Lewis was Programme Manager at the European University Association. A graduate of Trinity College Dublin and of the Graduate Institute of Development Studies at the University of Geneva, he worked from 1989–1998 with various higher education institutions in Hungary, Romania and Bosnia-Herzegovina, and with several United Nations agencies in educational, health and social fields.
Madeleine F. Green is an independent consultant and Senior Fellow at the International Association of Universities and NAFSA: the Association of International Educators. She also serves as Senior Programme Consultant at the Teagle Foundation. Her work experience encompasses higher education policy and practice, focusing primarily on internationalisation, institutional management, and teaching and learning. She is widely published on these topics. Dr Green was recipient of the 2010 Charles Klasek Award of International Education Administrators (AIEA) for outstanding service to the field of international education. From 1991 to 2010, she served as Vice President for International Initiatives at the Council on Education (ACE), where led ACE's global initiatives and internationalisation programmes. Over her 35-year career at ACE, Dr Green held a variety of positions focusing on higher education leadership and management as well as international and global initiatives. She has worked with many institutions in the U.S. and abroad to develop and refine their internationalisation strategy. Dr Green has served as interim president of Mount Vernon College (Washington DC), on the boards of Wilson College, Sweetbriar College, Juniata College, the Forum of Study Abroad and the International Association of Universities. She is currently a board member of the International Student Exchange Program (ISEP). She holds a BA from Harvard University and a PhD from Columbia University, both in French literature.