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Anthony Monaco

President, Tufts University (United States), Chair Talloires Network Steering Committee

Anthony P. Monaco has served as president of Tufts University since August 2011. Under his leadership, the university is implementing a comprehensive strategic plan and is actively engaged in long-term capital planning. In concert with President Monaco’s commitment to broaden access to a Tufts education and contain costs, the university has also successfully implemented university-wide initiatives to advance effectiveness in its administrative management. President Monaco served as pro-vice- chancellor for planning and resources at Oxford University from 2007 until his arrival at Tufts.

President Monaco chairs the Steering Committee of the Talloires Network, whose more than 350 member institutions around the world are committed to advancing civic engagement in higher education. He is President of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Massachusetts and serves on the boards of the Cummings Foundation; the Omidyar-Tufts Microfinance Fund; the Salesianum School in Wilmington, Delaware; Tufts Medical Center; and WGBH.

President Monaco was elected to the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) in 2006, and is a fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences (U.K.) and the Royal Society of Medicine and a member of the Association of American Physicians.

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Nieves Segovia

President, Universidad Camilo José Cela (Spain), Vice-Chair Talloires Network Steering Committee

Educator and expert in learning innovation, Nieves Segovia is President of SEK Education Group, comprising of University Camilo José Cela and SEK International Schools. SEK was founded in 1892. The group currently has nine schools in Spain, France, Ireland and Qatar, as well as UCJC University in Madrid, with over 15,000 students. SEK Education Group was recently B Corp certified

Nieves Segovia sits on the Education Advisory Board of the Spanish Ministry of Education. She chairs the Felipe Segovia Foundation, she’s a member of the board of trustees of Fundación Europea Sociedad y Educación andFundación Transforma España, and she also belongs to Ashoka Support Network. She is vice-Chair of the Club Excelencia en Gestión and the Global Sports Innovation Center. She also sits on the Advisory Board of the Global Future Education Foundation and is member of the jury for the Spanish National Awards in Education. She is a regular speaker at education forums and writes frequently for the media and specialised magazines.

She founded and promotes the Global Education Forum, a community of education innovators, and SEK Lab, an Edtech accelerator. In 2017 she launched the UCJC Integra Programme, a university refugee education scheme, which has now been joined by Sphera, a cross-cultural social entrepreneurship hub, and EachTeach, a refugee teacher training initiative. Among other awards, Nieves Segovia has received the UNICEF Prize for Education in Values and is recognised among the most influential women in education. She is a regular speaker at education forums and writes frequently for the media and specialised magazines. Nieves Segovia is a 2019 Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative Fellow.

Denise Pires de Carvalho

Rector, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)

Professor Denise Carvalho is a professor in Physiology and Biophysics at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. She is a full professor at the Carlos Chagas Filho Institute of Biophysics, teaching undergraduate courses in the health area and in the graduate programs in Medicine (Endocrinology) and Biological Sciences (Physiology) at UFRJ. A reviewer of more than 20 international scientific journals, she won several awards, among them the Senior Award of the Latin American Thyroid Society 2010 and the Faz Diferença - Saúde 2011 Award, from the newspaper O Globo. A graduate of UFRJ with a cum laude diploma, she has a master’s and doctorate in Biological Sciences, both from Carlos Chagas Filho Biophysics Institute (IBCCF). She held post-doctorate fellowships with Hôpital Bicêtre (France) and the other from Universitá degli Studi di Napoli Federico II (Italy). She has been Director and Vice-Director at IBCCF, Academic Coordinator of the Dean of Undergraduate Studies (PR-1), as well as Deputy Director of Undergraduate and Graduate Studies.

Vincent Chang

Vice-Chancellor and President, BRAC University (Bangladesh)

Professor Vincent Chang is Vice-Chancellor and President of BRAC University in Dhaka, Bangladesh. He has experience in international higher education and the US industry, with records in building new capabilities, new businesses, a new graduate school and a new university. His expertise is in defining strategies, translating them into high-impact actions and new opportunities, and executing them to yield desired results.

Before joining BRAC University, he served as the inaugural chair for institutional development at Chinese University of Hong Kong in China, as the founding president and planning director of University of Business and Technology in Oman (academically affiliated with Virginia Tech in the US), and as the inaugural executive dean of Peking University’s HSBC Business School, established as China’s first all-English international business school. He was instrumental in bringing this brand-new school to an internationally recognized status.

His experiences in the US span over medical imaging, energy, investment, marketing and consulting, with startup firms as well as well-known institutions such as JP Morgan, McKinsey, ExxonMobil and the US Federal Reserve.

Professor Chang holds a PhD in economics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), another PhD in electrical engineering and computer sciences from University of California at Berkeley, an MPA from Harvard, an MBA from Yale, and a BS in electrical engineering from National Taiwan University.

Verity Firth

Executive Director, Social Justice, University of Technology Sydney (Australia)

Verity Firth is the Executive Director, Social Justice at the University of Technology Sydney, leading its Centre for Social Justice and Inclusion. She is currently spearheading the university’s Social Impact Framework, a whole of institution social justice strategy, the first of its kind in the Australian university sector. She is the co-lead of the Australian pilot of the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification and a strong supporter of the Talloires Network.  Verity also served as a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly representing the Australian Labor Party from 2007 to 2011. During this period, she served as the Minister for Education and Training.  She was the CEO of the Public Education Foundation from 2011-2015, leading advocacy and funding for Australian public schools.

Ester Garcia

President, University of the East (Philippines)

Dr. Ester Albano Garcia is the President and Chief Academic Officer, and a Board Member, of both the University of the East (UE) and the UE Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center Inc. (UERMMMCI). She is also a member of the Steering Committee of the South and Southeast Asia and Taiwan Universities Presidents’ Forum; member of the Steering Committee of Talloires Network; member of the Board of Directors of the Association of South East Asia Institutions of Higher Learning-Philippine Chapter; and member of the Board of Trustees of both the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities and the Coordinating Council of Private Educational Associations (Philippines).

Dr. Garcia earned her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry degree, cum laude, from the University of the Philippines (UP) in 1963 and her Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry degree from Ohio State University in 1969. She was a postdoctoral fellow at ICN Nucleic Acid Research Institute n Irvine, California USA from 1969 to 1970 when she decided to come home to the Philippines as faculty member of the UP Diliman Chemistry Department. She went back to the US as an International Research Fellow in 1982-86 at Syracuse University.

At UP, she rose through the ranks both as faculty and academic administrator until becoming Professor of Chemistry and Vice-President of the UP System. As a researcher, she has published 20 scientific papers in peer-reviewed national and international journals, and has written at least 135 other papers on issues related to science, education, technology, environment and gender.

Haifa Jamal Al-Lail

President, Effat University (Saudi Arabia)

Dr. Haifa Jamal Al-Lail joined Effat University in 1998 and began her tenure as President in May 2008. She is one of the winners of 1,000 Women for the Nobel Peace Prize 2005 and the winner of the Distinguished Arabian Woman Award in 2005. A respected author and researcher, she is well known for her expertise in privatization, and women’s empowerment. She is the author of a number of articles, and has developed and taught undergraduate and graduate courses on topics like public administration and public policy.

Before joining Effat University, Dr. Al-Lail was the first Dean of Girls’ Campus in King Abdulaziz University. She was a visiting scholar at the John F. Kennedy School of Government in 2001. She participated in the Summer Institute for Women in Higher Education Administration at Bryn Mawr College in 2000. She is a native of Saudi Arabia and received a Ph.D. in Public Policy from the University of Southern California. Dr. Al-Lail has published and spoken on a range of topics including creative learning and women’s education. She is a member of multiple international bodies including the Board of Trustees of the Alexandria Trust in the UK, the Arab Social Science Monitor, and the American Council of Education in the U.S.

Mathew Johnson

President, Albion College (United States)

Dr. Mathew Johnson began his tenure as the 17th president of Albion College on July 1, 2020. He leads the development of Carnegie Foundation Elective Classifications, the Elective Classification for Community Engagement, and a multi-year international Carnegie Community Engagement Classification project, involving 26 institutions of higher education across the world. Dr. Johnson co-founded and co-directs the National Assessment of Service and Community Engagement. He consults for universities globally and has led projects in Ghana, Bolivia, India and elsewhere.

Dr. Johnson has served as Associate Dean of the College for Engaged Scholarship, as well as Senior Fellow and Executive Director of the Howard R. Swearer Center for Public Service, at Brown University. He led the development of a transformational strategic plan and oversaw the growth and development of curricular and co-curricular programs, including Brown in Washington, the Engaged Scholars Program, the Bonner Community Fellowship, the Brown University AmeriCorps VISTA Fellowship, Community Corps and the Royce Fellowship. Dr. Johnson led several significant shifts in the Swearer Center. Commitments to diversity and inclusion led to fundamental changes in staffing, orientations to partner organizations and communities, and student-participation demographics. The Center embraced a philosophy that positioned community partners as experts and leaders and worked to develop more robust co-curricular training for students to critically examine issues of power, privilege and positionality in their community engagement.

Earning his Ph.D. and M.A. in sociology from Brandeis University, Dr. Johnson has been a faculty member for more than 20 years. He has held appointments as Professor of the Practice in Sociology and served as a tenured professor in both sociology and environmental studies at his undergraduate alma mater, Siena College.

Pakiname Yousri Mamdouh

Program Manager for Ma’an Arab University Alliance for Civic Engagement

Pakiname Yousri Mamdouh holds an MA degree in Political Science from the Saint Joseph University in Beirut. Her studies have allowed her to develop an in depth understanding of development needs of the region to complement her professional experience in the field.

She is currently working as the Head of the Civic Engagement Unit, at the John D. Gerhart center at the American University in Cairo. Her work involves developing and advancing the Units’ programs nationally and regionally, and conducting strategic planning including outreach, partnerships, fundraising. Her main role is leading the efforts of institutionalizing civic education in the higher education institutions. Her main focus is working with youth from different backgrounds and providing them with the guidance and support they need to develop and accomplish their goals, while serving their communities and becoming social development agents.

She worked for almost 8 years as a Senior Development Specialist in Charge of Cooperation with European Countries in the Cabinet of the Minister of International Cooperation. As an assistant to the Minister her responsibilities included acting as a coordinator and a focal point with European Countries' Embassies in Egypt, as well as European agencies of development in addition to conducting research in relevance to development aid and cooperation between Egypt and European Countries.

Peter Mathieson

Principal, University of Edinburgh (Scotland)

Professor Peter Mathieson MBBS (Hons)(London), PhD (Cambridge), FRCP(London), FRCPE, FMedSci assumed the office of Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Edinburgh in February 2018.

He was born and educated in the United Kingdom. He was the first member of his family to go to university, graduating in Medicine with First Class Honours from the University of London in 1983. He specialised in renal medicine (nephrology) and undertook research on autoimmunity leading to a PhD from the University of Cambridge in 1992. In 1995 he moved to Bristol as the foundation Professor of Renal Medicine at the University of Bristol. In 1999, he was elected to Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences.

In 2007, he was elected President of the Renal Association (the UK’s national specialty association for nephrologists and renal scientists) in a competitive ballot of the membership, being the youngest President in its history. He became Dean of the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry at the University of Bristol in 2008 and served six years, also becoming Director of Bristol Health Partners. In 2014 he took up the role of 15th President of the University of Hong Kong. In 2018 he moved to his father’s birthplace, Edinburgh.

Kate Morris

Head of Campus Engage, Irish Universities Association (Ireland)

Kate’s role is to lead Campus Engage, on behalf of the 7 universities of Ireland. Campus Engage is based in the Irish Universities Association, which is oversee by the 7 Presidents of the Irish Universities. Kate works to enable higher education institutions embed, scale and promote civic and community engagement for societal impact; to demonstrate how higher education makes all lives better. This is achieved by lobbying Irish government and EU agencies, providing on and offline professional development services for staff; building the evidence base for ‘what works’ to inform higher education policy and practice change; and building online tech solutions to facilitate partnerships for social innovation. Kate has worked on the Talloires Network’s Regional Network Leaders Group since 2014.

Kate has over 18 years’ experience in building infrastructures to enable engagement to support decision making - putting lived experience at the heart of policy and practice change. She has worked on Irish and European wide EU Commission initiatives; Centre for Effective Public Services, Ireland; the French National Institute for Demographic Studies; and UNESCO NI.

Victor Ngonidzashe Muzvidziwa

Vice-Chancellor, Midland State University (Zimbabwe)

Professor Muzvidziwa is an extensively published scholar and Vice Chancellor of Midland State University in Zimbabwe. Professor Muzvidziwa is an editorial Board member of several refereed journals such as the Journal of Social Development in Africa and Lwati Journal of Research. He has worked with reputable international organisations such as WHO, UNICEF and USAID.

His areas of interest encompass livelihoods studies, gender, migration, housing and leadership studies. Prof Muzvidziwa possesses extensive administrative experience in university education. He is a former Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University of Zimbabwe (UZ), Dean of the Faculty of Social Studies (UZ) and also Dean of the Faculty of Social Science of the University of Swaziland (UNISWA), an Academic Leader for Research and Post Graduate Studies School of Social Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), Senior Proctor (UZ), Warden, a two term Chairman of the Sociology Department UZ, and has served in various committees of Senate and Council at UZ, UNISWA and UKZN. He first joined UZ as a Teaching Assistant and rose through the academic ranks to become full Professor. Professor Muzvidziwa is a member of several professional and academic associations such as Anthropology Southern Africa, Pan African Anthropological Association and the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences. He is an active member of the Zimbabwe Human Factor Chapter. He is the Board of Trustees Chairman for the proposed Southern Africa Methodist University and a Board Member for the Action Institute for Environment, Health and Development Communication.

Rajesh Tandon

Founder, Society for Participatory Research in Asia (India)

A Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University, an electronics engineer (IIT, Kanpur), and a graduation in management (IIM, Calcutta), Dr. Rajesh Tandon is an internationally acclaimed leader and practitioner of participatory research and development. He founded the Society for Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA), a voluntary organization providing support to grassroots initiatives in South Asia, and continues to be its Chief Functionary.

Participatory Research (PR), the forte of PRIA’s work, is a methodology that values experiential knowledge and practitioner’s wisdom in addition to formal knowledge available in academia and books. To bridge the divide between the world of practice and the world of research, Dr. Tandon has undertaken a number of initiatives to promote engagement of institutions of higher education with civil society and local communities to foster knowledge generation and mutual learning. This work found further support when he was appointed as

UNESCO Co-Chair on Community-Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education for two terms (2012-2016 and 2016-2020). Dr. Tandon is chairperson of the Global Alliance on Community-Engaged Research (GACER) network, which facilitates the sharing of knowledge and information worldwide to further community-based research. He is co-editor of the GUNI Report on “Engagement, Knowledge & Higher Education: Rethinking Social Responsibility” (2013).

Student Representatives

Rowyn Naidoo

Student Representative (South Africa)

Rowyn Emilio Naidoo is a South African of Indian heritage, currently studying electrical engineering at the University of Cape Town. As a student with extensive experience in various levels of university leadership, he is passionate about creating supportive environments and opportunities for students to thrive and become world leaders. After attending the 2nd Peace Summit of Emerging Leaders at the United Nations in Bangkok, Thailand, he serves as a Humanitarian Affairs Peace Ambassador where he institutes projects to effect change in the world.

As a Biomimicry Practitioner he believes in looking to nature’s genius to help solve the problems we currently face. He has also innovated various designs with great success, notably being a Schmidt Futures Global Reimagine Challenge Winner. As a believer in the power of social entrepreneurship, he also served as project manager of Enactus UCT which acts as an incubator for social enterprises.

Susan Azizi

Student Representative (Kyrgyzstan)

Susan Azizi is a first year student at American University of Central Asia (AUCA). She joined AUCA in February 2020, pursuing four months of New Generation Academy and starting her undergraduate degree in Fall 2020. Prior to coming to AUCA, she received her associate degree at National Institute of Management and Administration (NIMA) in Kabul, Afghanistan with specialization in Accounting and Management. Currently, she is pursuing her bachelor’s degree at American University of Central Asia in the Department of International and Comparative Politics. Susan has served as a program intern for USAID Promote Musharikat Project implemented by DAI, where she provided assistance and facilitation for smooth implementation of tasks and project activities. Susan was offered three months of consultancy and after completion, she continued employment within the organization. During her employment at DAI USAID Mushrikat Project, Susan wrote an Engagement Plan and a Strategy Plan with the help of her supervisor. She is glad to have received the opportunity to further express herself and build on her experience, learn, and have the opportunity to contribute to the Talloires Network in achieving its goals and objectives.

Prior Steering Committee Members

Lisa Anderson, President, American University in Cairo (Egypt)
Ernest Aryeetey, Vice Chancellor, University of Ghana (Ghana)
Muhammad Asghar, National University of Sciences and Technology (Pakistan)
Lawrence Bacow, President, Tufts University (United States)
Scott Cowen, President, Tulane University (United States)
John DeGioia, President, Georgetown University (United States)
Juan Ramón de la Fuente, President, International Association of Universities
Mark Gearan, President, Hobart and William Smith Colleges (United States)
Brenda Gourley, Vice-Chancellor, The Open University (United Kingdom)
Mabel O. Imbuga, former Vice Chancellor, Joma Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (Kenya)
Mónica Jiménez de la Jara, President, Catholic University of Temuco (Chile)
Shamsh Kassim-Lakha, Founding President, Aga Khan University (Pakistan)
Sara Ladrón de Guevara, Rector, Universidad Veracruzana (Mexico)
Lorraine McIlrath, Coordinator, Community Knowledge Initiative, National University of Ireland Galway (Ireland)
José Ignacio Moreno León, Rector, Universidad Metropolitana (Venezuela)
Goolam Mohamedbhai, Secretary-General, Association of African Universities
Olive Mugenda, Vice-Chancellor, Kenyatta University (Kenya)
Sari Nusseibeh, President, Al-Quds University (Palestine)
Santa J. Ono, President, University of British Columbia (Canada)
Andrew Petter, President and Vice-Chancellor, Simon Fraser University (Canada)
Cheryl de la Rey, Vice-Chancellor and Principal, University of Pretoria (South Africa)
Jan Reid, Vice-Chancellor, University of Western Sydney (Australia)
José María Sanz Martínez, Rector, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain)
Nisar Ahmed Siddiqui, Vice Chancellor, Sukkur IBA University (Pakistan)
Sharifah Hapsah Shahabudin, Vice-Chancellor, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
Jerome Slamat, Director, South African Higher Education Community Engagement Forum
Nieves Tapia, Founder and Director, Latin American Center for Service-Learning
Tim Tong, President, Hong Kong Polytechnic University (Hong Kong)
Andrew Vann, Vice-Chancellor, Charles Sturt University (Australia)
Rafael Velasco, Rector, Universidad Católica de Córdoba (Argentina)
Adam Weinberg, President, Denison University (United States)
John Wood, Secretary General, Association of Commonwealth Universities