The THE MENA Universities Summit took place on 2–4 February at UAEU, Al Ain.
Delegates and speakers from leading universities and multinational corporations, government officials and policymakers came together to explore issues such as engaging stakeholders, international collaboration, governance and benchmarking for success.
David Willetts is executive chair of the Resolution Foundation, visiting professor at King’s College London, governor of the Ditchley Foundation, chair of the British Science Association and a member of the Council of the Institute for Fiscal Studies.
He was previously minister for universities and science and became a life peer in 2015.
Professor Sir Pete Downes has been principal and vice-chancellor of the University of Dundee since 2009. He is one of the UK’s leading biochemists and led the development of biosciences at Dundee, which is now ranked first in the UK for research in the field (2014 REF). He is also convener of Universities Scotland.
Lisa Anderson took up her current post in 2011, having served as the university’s provost from 2008-10. Previously, she was James T. Shotwell professor of international relations and dean of the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. She is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Professor Smith chairs the Graduate Prospects and Higher Education Careers Service Unit boards, and the Financial Sustainability Strategy Group for Higher Education. He also serves on national boards including the Higher Education Council for Wales, the Higher Education Funding Council for England’s Leadership, Governance and Management Committee, Universities UK strategy groups, the AQA Council and Jisc.
Phil Baty has been with Times Higher Education magazine since 1996, as reporter, chief reporter, news editor and deputy editor. He was named among the top 15 “most influential in education” by The Australian newspaper in 2012 and received the Ted Wragg Award for Sustained Contribution to Education Journalism in 2011. He is a regular speaker at international conferences.