Educated in the Czech Republic, Canada and France, Eva Egron-Polak studied French Literature, Political Science and International Political Economy. After nearly 20 years at the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, now known as Universities Canada, where she held several positions including as Vice President, International, she became the Secretary General of the International Association of Universities (IAU) in 2002. She held this position until 2017 and now continues as an IAU Senior Fellow.
At IAU, an independent, global association of higher education institutions and associations of universities, based at UNESCO in Paris, Eva Egron-Polak developed numerous new activities and services in various higher education policy areas, most especially in internationalisation, but also promoting equitable access and success, the importance of sustainable development and a strong focus on ethics, academic values and higher education’s responsibility to society.
Eva Egron-Polak serves on many committees in organisations such as UNESCO, the European Commission, or OECD, as well as on various university or national advisory committees in the Netherlands, Ireland, UK, Spain and Romania, among others. She is a member of the Magna Charta Observatory Council and a member of the Executive Committee of GAPS. She has taken part in system level reviews of higher education in Egypt and Spain, co-authored the two last editions of the IAU Global Survey Report on Internationalization of Higher Education (2010 and 2014 respectively), and written and presented numerous papers on higher education topics. In 2015 she was awarded a Doctorate honoris causa by Mykolas Romeris University in Lithuania.
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.