Hiltraud Casper-Hehne is Vice President for International Affairs at the University of Göttingen as well as a professor in the Department of Intercultural German Studies. She currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the European University Network U4Society (Ghent, Göttingen, Groningen, Uppsala, Tartu), as a member of the Board of the German Academic Exchange Service, as a member of the Language Advisory Board of the Goethe Institute, as a member of the Steering Committee “Global Education” of the British Council and as chair of the Advisory Board of the Academic Confucius Institute Göttingen. Her work experience encompasses internationalisation of institutions, research as well as teaching and learning and intercultural communication. She developed many local, regional, national and international activities on internationalisation, such as a general strategy for Internationalisation at Home or for international cooperation in education (internationalisation of teachers’ education, internationalisation and digitalisation of curricula, welcome services, integration strategy for migrants/refugees etc.). She has published many papers on Internationalisation at Home and on intercultural studies. She is the recipient of an Honorary Professorship of the Beijing Foreign Studies University, China, and is a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Nanjing University, China. Professor Casper-Hehne held a variety of positions focusing on international higher education cooperation in research and teaching as well as strategy development: Member of the Ad-Hoc Expert Group “European Universities” of the EU-Commission, member of the HERA-Board (Humanities in the European Research Area), member of the Executive Board of the European University Network COIMBRA, chair of the Association of German as a Foreign Language and chair of the Advisory Board of the German Ministry of Science and Education on developing a China Strategy.
Eva Egron-Polak studied French Literature, Political Science and International Political Economy in Canada and in France. She held several positions including as Vice President, International, at Universities Canada before becoming the Secretary General of the International Association of Universities (IAU) in 2002. She stepped down from this position in 2017, though she continues as an IAU Senior Fellow.
She developed many activities and services at the IAU, most especially in internationalisation, leadership development as well as promoting equitable access and success in higher education, ethics, academic values and higher education’s responsibility to society. She has undertaken reviews of higher education institutions and systems in many countries in Europe, Asia and Africa and serves on many boards and advisory committees of organisations such as the Magna Charta Observatory, the Global Access to Postsecondary Education initiative, the Global Centre for Higher Education and the University Granada. She has been a consultant for the OECD and the World Bank.
She co-authored two editions of the IAU Global Survey Report on Internationalization of Higher Education (2010 and 2014 respectively). She is the recipient of the Palmes academique from the Government of France and holds a Doctorate honoris causa from Mykolas Romeris University.
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.
Liviu Matei is Provost and Pro-Rector at the Central European University in Budapest, as well as a Professor at the School of Public Policy. He worked as a Director General for International Relations at the Romanian Ministry of Education, consulted for UNESCO, OSCE, and the Council of Europe, served as co-chair of the Working Group for Higher Education of the Stability Pact for South East Europe and also on the steering committee of the UNESCO-EU Project on Management of Higher Education in South-East Europe. He has been active in several research/policy projects of the European University Association and is a member of the Board of the International Higher Education Support Program, and member of the GRE European Advisory Council.
Dr Terhi Nokkala is a Senior Researcher at the Finnish Institute for Educational Research (FIER), University of Jyväskylä. Her research focuses on the interplay between higher education policy, technological developments, organisational parameters and networks, and individual experiences in various aspects of higher education, with specific interest in internationalisation, research collaboration and university autonomy. Prior to joining the FIER in June 2010, Terhi Nokkala worked as a Research Fellow at Centre for Research in Social Simulation at the University of Surrey with research related to research collaboration networks. Terhi received her PhD in Higher Education from the University of Tampere in 2007.
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.