- Keynote Speaker – Adrian Monck
- Philip G. Altbach
- Nicole Blanchett Neheli
- Tony Burman
- Alan Chartock
- Rahul Choudaha
- Shaun Curtis
- Sir John Daniel
- Roopa Desai Trilokekar
- Gili S. Drori
- Jeffrey Dvorkin
- Mary Dwyer
- Sheila Embleton
- Frank Furedi
- Chad Gaffield
- Shari Graydon
- Mathew Ingram
- Scott Jaschik
- Glen A. Jones
- Andrew Keen
- Mark Kingwell
- Pericles Lewis
- Karen MacGregor
- Sandy McKean
- Goolam Mohamedbhai
- Tehobo Moja
- Robert Morse
- Zukiswa Mthimunye
- Bill Murphy
- David Naylor
- Janice Neil
- Lynn Pasquerella
- Zha Qiang
- Elizabeth Redden
- Jesse Rosenfeld
- Mark Rosenfeld
- Aron Solomon
- Joseph Wilson
Conference speakers include leading thinkers and experts from media and higher education in North and South America, Europe, Australasia, Africa and other areas of the developing world.
Keynote Speaker – Adrian Monck
Managing Director, Head of Communications and Media, World Economic Forum
Adrian Monck is the Managing Director and Head of Communications at the World Economic Forum (WEF). Prior to joining the WEF, he was a professor of journalism at City University, London, and held varying positions at Instituto de Empresa, Madrid, and the University of Hong Kong. Mr. Monck has been an active member in the media, having been a journalist and editor with CBS News, ITN and Sky News, among other media outlets. He was President of Britain’s Media Society and serves as chair or judge on varying award juries including International Emmies, BAFTAs, RTS, Broadcast and British Press Awards. With Mike Hanley, he co-authored Crunch Time – How Everyday Life is Killing the Future (2007) and is the sole author of Can You Trust the Media (2008).
Philip G. Altbach
Director, Center for International Higher Education, Boston College
Philip G. Altbach is J. Donald Monan, S.J. University Professor and director of the Center for International Higher Education in the Lynch School of Education at Boston College. He was the 2004–2006 Distinguished Scholar Leader for the New Century Scholars initiative of the Fulbright program, and in 2010 was an Erudite Scholar of the Government of Kerala in India. He has been a senior associate of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and has taught at the State University of New York at Buffalo, the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and Harvard University.
Altbach most recently coedited Paying the Professoriate: A Global Comparison of Compensation and Contracts (Routledge), and The Road to Academic Excellence: The Making of World-Class Research Universities (World Bank).
Nicole Blanchett Neheli
Professor, Sheridan Institute of Technology
Nicole Blanchett Neheli is the co-ordinator of and a professor in the Journalism Broadcast Program at the Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning in Oakville, Canada. She is a regular contributor and section editor of The Canadian Journalism Project and has served as a judge for the Gemini news awards and the Atlantic Journalism Awards. Blanchett Neheli holds a B.A.A in Journalism and MA in Professional Communication. Her research speciality is participatory journalism and her findings are showcased on her blog, Redefining Journalism. She previously worked as a daily news show producer and writer at Citytv in Toronto.
Velma Rogers Graham Research Chair, Ryerson University, former Chief Strategic Advisor for the Americas, Al-Jazeera
Tony Burman was Al Jazeera’s head of strategy in The Americas and was Managing Director of Al Jazeera English from 2008-2010. He oversaw AJE’s efforts to expand its reach and reputation in the U.S. and Canada as the world’s leading global news provider.
Between 2000 and 2007, he was Editor-in-Chief of CBC News in Canada., overseeing CBC’s TV, radio and online operations. In his 35-year CBC career, he was also an award-winning news and documentary producer in more than 30 countries, spanning the Middle East, Europe, Africa, the United States and Latin America.
President and CEO, WAMC/Northeast Public Radio
Dr. Alan Chartock, the President and CEO of WAMC/Northeast Public Radio, is a broadcaster, educator, syndicated columnist, newspaper publisher and musician.
Alan hosts WAMC’s popular Media Project and Capitol Connection series, “Medical Monday” edition of WAMC’s call-in program, Vox Pop, and WAMC’s “In Conversation with…” series featuring one-on-one conversations with authors, artists and newsmakers. He is also the author of Me and Mario Cuomo: Conversations in Candor, published by Barricade Books.
Chartock is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Communication at the State University of New York, University at Albany and Executive Publisher and Project Director of The Legislative Gazette, the newspaper of state government.
He has won numerous awards for teaching and broadcasting and holds honorary doctorates from the Sage Colleges, Western New England College, and Westfield State College.
Director of Research and Advisory Services, World Education Services, World Education Services
Dr. Rahul Choudaha is Director of Research and Strategic Development at World Education Services, New York (wes.org/RAS). He specializes in internationalization of higher education from the perspective of strategic planning, student mobility and transnational education. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Studies in International Education (JSIE) and has presented more than 50 sessions at professional conferences. Dr. Choudaha earned a Ph.D. in Higher Education from the University of Denver, a Master’s degree in Management and a Bachelor of Engineering degree from India. He also blogs on www.DrEducation.com and tweets @DrEducationBlog
Director, International Exeter
Shaun Curtis was appointed Director of International Exeter in August 2009. He is responsible for implementing the University of Exeter’s Internationalisation Strategy, managing a team of 30+ individuals to develop stronger links with leading international universities and to expand and diversify Exeter’s international student body. Previously, Shaun was the inaugural Head of the UK Higher Education International Unit at Universities UK and was Research Manager at the Economic Development Office of the City of London Corporation. Shaun has had a diverse career over the last 20 years, working in the public, private and university sectors. He received a BA in Politics and an MA in Middle East Politics from the University of Exeter, and a PhD in Political Science from the University of Toronto.
Sir John Daniel
Former Assistant Director-General, Unesco, and former President of the Commonwealth of Learning
Sir John Daniel served as a university president for 17 years in Canada (Laurentian University) and the UK (The Open University) before joining UNESCO as assistant director-general for education in 2001 and assuming the presidency of the Commonwealth of Learning from 2004-12.
Among Sir John’s 330 publications are his books Mega-Universities and Knowledge Media: Technology Strategies for Higher Education (Kogan Page, 1996) and Mega-Schools, Technology and Teachers: Achieving Education for All (Routledge, 2010).
He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth for services to higher education in 1994 and holds 32 honorary doctorates and fellowships from universities in 18 countries. He now works on a variety of international projects, notably as Education Master in the Beijing DeTao Masters Academy, China and Chair of the UWC (United World Colleges) International Board.
Roopa Desai Trilokekar
Assistant Professor, York University
Roopa Desai Trilokekar is an assistant professor at York University. Her areas of interest include internationalization, intercultural education, government policy on higher education, as well as the student learning experience as it pertains to study abroad, and internationalizing teacher education. Her edited books include Making Policy in Turbulent Times; Challenge and Prospects for Higher Education (to be published in 2013, with Paul Axelrod), Canada’s Universities Go Global (with Adrian Shubert, York University, and Glen Jones, University of Toronto). Prof. Desai Trilokekar has also written widely on higher education in Australia, and India.
Gili S. Drori
Associate Professor, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Gili S. Drori is associate professor of sociology and anthropology at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. She was awarded Ph.D. in sociology by Stanford University in 1997. Before joining HUJI in 2011, she was at Stanford University for 22 years, initially as a graduate student and later as Lecturer of International Relations and Director of Honors Program in International Relations. She also taught at the University of California Berkeley, the Technion (Israel), and University of Bergamo (Italy) and in 2010 was a guest scholar at the Forum on Peace, Democracy and Justice in Uppsala University (Sweden). Gili’s five books and tens of journal articles and book chapters tell of her research interests in: globalization; science, innovation and higher education; technology divides; culture and policy regimes; and organizational rationalization.
Director, University of Toronto Journalism Program and Executive Director, Organization of News Ombudsmen
Jeffrey Dvorkin is a lecturer and the director of the Journalism program at the University of Toronto. As the Rogers Distinguished Visiting Professor of Journalism, he taught journalism at Ryerson University in Toronto. In Washington, DC he was the Shapiro Fellow at the George Washington University and taught media ethics at Georgetown University. He was a visiting scholar at the Hoover Institute at Stanford University and held the Goldensohn Chair in Community Journalism at the Missouri School of Journalism.
Mr. Dvorkin’s career includes stints at various news organizations around the world, including CBS News, CBC TV, CBC Radio and NPR, where he was the organization’s first news Ombudsman.
Mr. Dvorkin has co-authored four position papers on objectivity and balance in public broadcasting for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting in Washington and has been a consultant on issues of media accountability in Romania, Hungary, Slovenia, Turkey, Portugal, Armenia and Chile. He is on the board of the International News Safety Institute. In June 2010, Mr. Dvorkin was in Guinea and Niger for the US Department of State doing pre-election training for journalists in West Africa.
Senior Editor, (University Rankings), Maclean’s
Mary Dwyer has been responsible for coordinating Maclean’s annual university rankings since 1994. In 2006, she helped to develop Maclean’s interactive online ranking tool and in the following year, oversaw a major revision to the ranking methodology. In addition, she serves as an editor on the annual Maclean’s Canadian Universities Guidebook, as well as the annual Student Issue and Professional Schools Issue.
Mary holds a B.A. in English and Drama and an M.A. in Drama from the University of Toronto.
Distinguished Research Professor of Linguistics, York University
Sheila Embleton, FRSC, is Distinguished Research Professor of Linguistics, York University. Her former positions include VP Academic & Provost 2000-2009, Associate Dean of Arts 1994-2000, Chair of the Ontario Council of Academic VPs 2004-2008 and the National VPs Academic Council, President of the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute, president of the main international scholarly organizations in her fields, and member of numerous boards and advisory groups nationally and internationally. Her academic background is in both mathematics and linguistics. Her research areas are historical linguistics, sociolinguistics, dialectology, mathematical/statistical methods in linguistics, onomastics, and policy and practical issues in contemporary post-secondary education and internationalization, especially in Canada, India, and the EU.
Author and Professor Emeritus, University of Kent
Furedi’s research is oriented towards the study of the workings of precautionary culture and risk aversion in Western societies. Furedi’s writings offer an authoritative yet lively account of key developments in contemporary cultural life. Using his insights as a professional sociologist, Furedi has produced a series of agenda-setting books including: Paranoid Parenting (2001), Culture of Fear (2002), Therapy Culture: Cultivating Vulnerability In An Uncertain Age (2003), Where have All The Intellectuals Gone?: Confronting 21st Century Philistinism (2005), Politics of Fear: Beyond Left and Right (2005), Invitation to Terror: The Expanding Empire of the Unknown (2007). His books have been translated into 11 languages. Furedi also regularly comments on radio and television. His articles appear in a variety of circulars and newspapers.
President, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
Chad Gaffield, one of Canada’s foremost historians, has been President of SSHRC since 2006. In this capacity he has helped define a new model of innovation that places understanding about people—human thought and behavior—at the organization’s core, and that reaffirms the contributions of social sciences and humanities research to our economy and quality of life.
Gaffield has won many awards for his teaching and research. The University of Ottawa named him Researcher of Year in 1995 and Professor of the Year in 2002. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, he received the society’s J.B. Tyrrell Historical Medal in 2004 for his outstanding contribution to the study of Canada. In 2007, the Canadian Association of University Teachers presented him with its Distinguished Academic Award in recognition of excellence in teaching, research and service to the community. In 2011, he was the inaugural winner of the Antonio Zampolli Prize, awarded by the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations to recognize a single outstanding output in the digital humanities by a scholar.
Gaffield received his BA and MA from McGill University, and his PhD from the University of Toronto.
Senior Writer, GigaOm blog network, former Editor, Globe and Mail
Mathew Ingram is the senior writer at GigaOm.com, one of the leading technology blog networks in the United States, based in San Francisco and founded in 2006 by former Forbes and Business 2.0 writer Om Malik. He writes about the evolution of media and content and all that involves, including social media, Google, and the web in general.
Mathew previously worked at The Globe and Mail, where he was the Globe’s first “communities editor,” a new position aimed at helping make it easier for readers to interact with the paper and its writers and content. Mathew is strong proponent of social media and is active on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.
Editor, Inside Higher Ed
Scott Jaschik is one of the three founders of Inside Higher Ed. With Doug Lederman, he leads the editorial operations of Inside Higher Ed, overseeing news content, opinion pieces, career advice, blogs and other features. Mr. Jaschik is a leading voice on higher education issues, is quoted regularly in publications nationwide and publishes articles on colleges in publications such as The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post and Salon. He has been a judge or screener for the National Magazine Awards, the Online Journalism Awards, the Folio Editorial Excellence Awards and the Education Writers Association Awards.
Mr. Jaschik is a mentor in the community college fellowship program of the Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media. From 1999-2003, Scott was editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education. Previously at The Chronicle, he held numerous other positions and his reporting work was honored by Investigative Reporters and Editors and The Washington Monthly.
Glen A. Jones
Professor, OISE/University of Toronto, Ontario Research Chair, Postsecondary Education Policy and Measurement
Glen Jones is the Ontario research chair in Postsecondary Education Policy and Measurement and the Associate Dean, Academic at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto. His research focuses on higher education systems, policy and governance and he is a frequent contributor to the higher education research literature. In 2007 he held a visiting fellowship at Fudan University in Shanghai and in 2008 he was an Erasmus Mundus visiting professor at the University of Oslo.
His edited books include Creating Knowledge, Strengthening Nations: The Changing Role of Higher Education (with Patricia McCarney and Michael Skolnik) and Governing Higher Education: National Perspectives on Institutional Governance (with Alberto Amaral and Berit Karseth). An expanded version of his 1997 book Higher Education in Canada: Different Systems, Different Perspectives was translated into Chinese and published by Fujian Education Press in 2007. In 2001 he received the Distinguished Research Award from the Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education.
His most recent book (co-edited with Roopa Desai Trilokekar and Adrian Shubert) is entitled Canada’s Universities Go Global and was published by Lorimer in 2009.
Author, Internet Entrepreneur
Andrew Keen is an Internet entrepreneur who founded Audiocafe.com in 1995 and built it into a popular first generation Internet company. He is currently the host of “Keen On”show, the popular Techcrunch chat show, a columnist for CNN and a regular commentator for many other newspapers, radio and television networks around the world. He is also an acclaimed speaker, regularly addressing the impact of digital technologies on 21st century business, education and society. He is the author of the international hit “CULT OF THE AMATEUR: How The Internet Is Killing Our Culture” which has been published in 17 different languages and “DIGITAL VERTIGO: How Today’s Social Revolution Is Dividing, Diminishing and Disorienting Us”, his controversial critique of contemporary social media.
Professor, University of Toronto
Mark Kingwell is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Toronto and a contributing editor of Harper’s Magazine. He is the author of sixteen books of political, cultural and aesthetic theory, including the national bestsellers Better Living (1998), The World We Want (2000), Concrete Reveries (2008), and Glenn Gould (2009). His articles on politics, architecture and art have appeared in, among others, Harper’s, the New York Times, the Guardian, Utne Reader, BookForum, the Walrus, the Toronto Star, and Queen’s Quarterly; he is also a former columnist for Adbusters, the National Post, and the Globe and Mail. Mr. Kingwell has lectured extensively in Canada, the U.S., Europe, the Middle East, and Australia on philosophical subjects. He is the recipient of the Spitz Prize in political theory, National Magazine Awards for both essays and columns, an Outstanding Teaching Award at the University of Toronto, and in 2000 was awarded an honorary DFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design for contributions to theory and criticism. His recent books are a collection of his essays on art and philosophy, Opening Gambits (2008), and with Joshua Glenn and cartoonist Seth, The Idler’s Glossary (2008) and The Wage Slave’s Glossary (2011). A new collection of his essays, Unruly Voices, was published in fall 2012.
Pericles Lewis, Founding President and Professor of Humanities at Yale-NUS College, formerly served as Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Yale University. As President, he has advocated for liberal arts and sciences education that encourages critical thinking in the context of a residential community of learning. He has responsibility for all aspects of the College’s operations, including the articulation of the College’s mission, development of an innovative curriculum and co-curricular activities, maintaining the financial well-being and physical infrastructure of the College, oversight of teaching and research programs, and recruitment, development, and well-being of an outstanding student body, faculty, and staff.
Global Editor, University World News
Karen MacGregor is one of the founding editors of University World News, the weekly international higher education e-paper, and is currently its Global Editor and director of the Africa Edition. She is a former foreign editor of the Times Higher Education Supplement, and for 10 years wrote about Southern African news and current affairs for a range of publications including Newsweek (New York), The Sunday Times (London), The Independent (London) and The Globe and Mail (Toronto). MacGregor holds an MA in International Relations from the University of Kent, UK.
Associate Dean, Film, Television and Journalism, Sheridan College
Sandy McKean is the Associate Dean, Film, Television and Journalism, in the Sheridan College Faculty of Animation, Arts and Design in Oakville, Ontario. Sandy joined Sheridan College in 2006 after three decades working in the media industry.
His journalism career has included stints as a daily newspaper reporter, a wire service reporter with Canadian Press, and numerous assignments with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation as a radio and television news reporter, producer, executive producer and senior news executive.
Sandy was a founding Executive Producer of the CBC’s 24- hour news and information network and founding Executive Producer of Newsworld International. He was later appointed Head of Network Television News for CBC and later Director of Administration and Staff Development.
He is currently an executive member of HOMAD (Heads of Media, Arts and Design) for Ontario Colleges.
Former Secretary General, Association of African Universities, Honorary President, International Association of Universities
Goolam Mohamedbhai was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Mauritius from 1995 to 2005 and Secretary-General of the Association of African Universities from 2008 to 2010. He served as President of the International Association of Universities from 2004-2008. He has also been Chairman of several other university associations, including the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) from 2003-2004. He was Chairman of the Africa Regional Scientific Committee of the UNESCO Forum on Higher Education, Research and Knowledge and a member and Vice-Chair of the governing Council of the United Nations University. He is the recipient of several honorary doctorates and awards, including the insignia of Grand Officer of the Star and Key of the Indian Ocean from the President of Mauritius in recognition of his distinguished contribution to higher education, and the ACU Symons Award 2009 for outstanding contribution to the ACU and to Commonwealth universities.
Professor of Higher Education, New York University
Dr. Teboho Moja has held visiting professorships at University of Oslo, University of Tampere, University of Pretoria, and currently the University of Johannesburg.
Dr. Moja was the founder member of the Union of Democratic University Staff Associations (UDUSA) and was also appointed to the Centre for Educational Policy Development (CEPD) as a policy analyst for higher education. In these roles she oversaw the production of a policy documents for the transformation of higher education in South Africa. Following the South Africa’s first democratic elections, Dr. Moja served as a Special Advisor to two Ministers of Education, and was appointed Executive Director and Commissioner of the National Commission on Higher Education. She has served on boards for UNESCO, Councils of Universities in South Africa, and the first Robben Island Museum Council. Dr. Moja has also been a consultant to the government of Ethiopia, the World Bank and major funding agencies based in the U.S.A.
Director of Data Research, U.S. News & World Report
Robert Morse is director of data research for U.S. News & World Report and has worked at the company since 1976. He develops the methodologies and surveys for the U.S. News Best Colleges and Best Graduate Schools annual rankings, keeping an eye on higher-education trends to make sure the rankings offer prospective students the best analysis available. He also plays a key role in the other U.S. News rankings: Best High Schools and Best Online Degree Programs. He is the author of the Morse Code: Inside the College Rankings widely read blog which provides deeper insights into the methodologies and is a forum for commentary and analysis of college, grad, and other rankings.
Researcher, New York University
Zukiswa Mthimunye is a researcher at Teacher’s College, Columbia University and New York University. She is involved in research with Prof. Teboho Moja at New York University, United States. She is also a Research Assistant at Columbia University’s Teacher’s College where the focus of her work currently is on school climate and school experience for learners in low socio-economic communities across various regions including the United States, Brazil, India and Mozambique.
Zukiswa holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Industrial Psychology from the University of the Witwatersrand, a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration from the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS), University of Pretoria, and has recently completed her MSc. International Business from the University of London.
Vice President of Communications, University of Rochester
Bill Murphy has been vice president for communications at the University of Rochester since 2006. He is responsible for the University’s communications efforts, including overall strategy, crisis communications, media relations, periodicals, publications, graphic identity, and the Web. He is a co-founder of Futurity.org, which is based at Rochester. Murphy has held leadership positions in communications at Ohio State, Illinois, and Chicago. Murphy has a Ph.D. from Chicago in modern Irish history. He is the author of The Parnell Myth and Irish Politics, 1991-1956 (1986) and co-editor of The Idea of the University of Chicago: Selections from the Papers of the First Eight Chief Executives of the University of Chicago (1976).
President, University of Toronto
David Naylor has been President of the University of Toronto since 2005. He earned his MD at Toronto in 1978, followed by a D Phil at Oxford where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. Naylor completed clinical specialty training and joined the Department of Medicine of the University of Toronto in 1988. He was founding Chief Executive Officer of the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (1991-1998), before becoming Dean of Medicine and Vice Provost for Relations with Health Care Institutions of the University of Toronto (1999 – 2005). Naylor has co-authored approximately 300 scholarly publications, spanning social history, public policy, epidemiology and biostatistics, and health economics, as well as clinical and health services research in most fields of medicine. Among other honours, Naylor is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, a Foreign Associate Fellow of the US Institute of Medicine, and an Officer of the Order of Canada.
Associate Professor, Ryerson University
Janice Neil is an Associate Professor in the Ryerson School of Journalism, teaching television and radio journalism for students in the Bachelor of Journalism and Masters of Journalism programs. Earlier, she was an Assistant Professor on the journalism faculty at Carleton University in Ottawa.
Prof. Neil is the Editor-in-Chief of the Canadian Journalism Project (J-Source.ca), a national, non-profit web publication which provides information, commentary and resources for professional journalists, academics and students. Her academic research includes professional practices, foreign news on Canadian television and, media coverage of election nights.
Her journalism career included Senior Producer of Metro Morning, Toronto’s #1 radio morning show, Senior Editor of TVOntario’s Studio 2 that involved producing documentaries, studio discussions and interviews. She also worked as an on-air reporter, mostly with CBC Radio and CBC TV, in London (UK), Toronto, Regina, and Saskatchewan.
President, Mount Holyoke College
Lynn Pasquerella, President of Mount Holyoke College, is a prominent teacher, scholar, and ethicist. After graduating magna cum laude from Mount Holyoke in 1980, Pasquerella earned a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Brown University in 1985. She joined the Department of Philosophy at the University of Rhode Island, rising rapidly through the professorial and administrative ranks to the position of Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Graduate School. In 2008 she was named Provost at the University of Hartford, where she provided academic, financial, and administrative leadership for seven schools and colleges, and in 2010 her alma mater named her the eighteenth President of Mount Holyoke College.
As President, she has focused especially on strategic planning, shared governance, long-term financial sustainability, access for students from all socioeconomic backgrounds, and increased visibility for Mount Holyoke across the nation and around the world. At the core of her career and her priorities is an abiding commitment to liberal education as a force for good, both for the individual and for civic society. Manifestations of that commitment include her work as senator and member of the executive committee of Phi Beta Kappa; her role as host of The Academic Minute, a WAMC Northeast Public Radio program featuring brief faculty presentations on subjects of both scholarly and general interest; and her public advocacy for cost and price containment in higher education backed up by two years of freezes in Mount Holyoke’s tuition rates.
Associate Professor, York University
Qiang Zha is an associate professor at the Faculty of Education, York University. His research interests include international academic relations, global brain circulation, globalization and education, internationalization of higher education, East Asian and Chinese higher education, differentiation and diversity in higher education, theories of organizational change, knowledge transfer and commercialization, and international migration and development. He has written and published widely on these topics in journals such as Compare, Higher Education, Higher Education in Europe, Harvard China Review, and as book chapters. In 2004, he was a co-recipient of the inaugural IAU/Palgrave Prize on Higher Education Policy Research. His most recent books include a co-authored book (with Ruth Hayhoe, Jun Li and Jing Lin) Portraits of 21st Century Chinese Universities: In the Move to Mass Higher Education (Comparative Education Research Centre, University of Hong Kong and Springer, 2011), and two edited volumes Education and Global Cultural Dialogue: A Tribute to Ruth Hayhoe (with Karen Mundy, Palgrave Macmillan, 2012) and Education in China. The Educational History, Models, and Initiatives (Berkshire Publishing, forthcoming). Since 2011, he has joined in an Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada research initiative, Canada-China Human Capital Dialogue, as an Associate Team Member.
Reporter, Inside HigherEd
Elizabeth Redden reports on international education for Inside Higher Ed. She reports on such subjects as study abroad, internationalization of the curriculum, and the recruitment and integration of international students. Her articles and essays have appeared in a variety of publications, including Gastronomica, The Hechinger Report, Orion Magazine, The Swarthmore College Bulletin, and The Washington Post. She holds an MFA in nonfiction writing from Columbia University.
Freelance Journalist, Contributor to the Nation, the Toronto Star, the Guardian, and le Monde Diplomatique
Jesse Rosenfeld is a journalist who covers Middle East and North American politics and social issues. Based primarily in the Middle East since 2007, he was in North America as the occupy movement spread across the US and Canada. During the spring and Summer of 2011, Rosenfeld was filing from the front lines of anti- Austerity protests in the UK and Greece as well as the second flotilla of international activists to Gaza. He then spent six months reporting from Montreal on Quebec’s Student unrest in 2012 before moving back to Ramallah. Exploring the impact of war, occupation, authoritarianism and revolt in the Middle East he has witnessed both Gaza wars, The Arab Spring, Palestinian national division, Israeli expansionism and Egypt’s constitutional crisis. His writing has been published with the Guardian (UK), Le Monde diplomatique (France), the Nation (US), The Irish Times, Toronto Star, The National (Abu Dhabi), Al Jazeera English, Foreign Policy (US), Maisonneuve Magazine (Canada), NOW Magazine and Haaretz (Israel), among other publications.
Executive Director, Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA)
Mark Rosenfeld is the Executive Director of the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA) which represents 17,000 professors and academic librarians in Ontario universities. He is also the publisher of OCUFA’s journal Academic Matters which examines from a variety of perspectives current trends in Canadian and global higher education and consideration of academe’s future direction.
He is a graduate of York University and the University of Toronto and has a Ph.D in Canadian labour history. He has taught at the University of Toronto, York University and the University of Edinburgh and has been a policy advisor in the Ministry of Education and Training and Ministry of Labour. His publications include articles ranging in topic from government funding and policy directions for universities in Ontario to provincial labour market adjustment programs. He has also co-edited a book titled Gender and History in Canada.
A global strategist, entrepreneur, and advisor, Aron Solomon has over a quarter century of experience at the intersection of education and innovation.
Aron launched the first independent school in-house consulting business, which became profitable in its first year. Soon after, Aron became Chief Operating Officer of an early global e.learning initiative. In this role, he established and communicated a new online brand throughout the world with a focus on India and China. He was also the Chief Executive Officer and first employee of THINK Global School, the most innovative high school in the world, where students study in three international cities each academic year. Aron speaks widely on educational issues, and provides consulting to a wide range of companies.
Aron holds an undergraduate degree in Political Theory , a graduate degree and teaching certificate in English and Economics, a law degree, and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the Kellogg School of Management in Chicago. He is also a 2011 graduate of Sweden’s leading-edge Hyper Island Master Class.
Education Advisor, MaRS Discovery District
Joseph is an education advisor at MaRS Discovery District and is the Executive Director of the Treehouse Group, dedicated to fostering innovation by hosting cross-disciplinary events. He works directly advising K-12 education entrepreneurs in the Information technology, Communications and Entertainment group. He also helped develop the Entrepreneur’s Toolkit Workshop Series, and consults on a wide range of educational programming. He writes on issues of technology and culture for NOW Magazine, The Globe and Mail, Spacing and Yonge Street. He has edited two books and written academic papers in astronomy, education, entrepreneurship and innovation strategies. He has also appeared on CityTV, the Space Network, CBC, CTV and Talk TV to communicate science and technology topics to the general public.