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Clare Adams
Head of University Success, Handshake

Clare Adams is Head of University Success at Handshake, working with Universities to level the playing field and ensure that all students have equal access to meaningful work. Prior to this, Clare has spent over a decade in a variety of roles across student and careers services. She worked with AGCAS Social Mobility Working Party, helping develop resources for universities and graduate employers to promote social mobility, and has also been part of the University of Westminster's careers team, as a Careers and Employability Service Manager.

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Net Loss – Why Are We Seeing Exclusionary Graduate Hiring Networks Replicated Online?
Ransford Bekoe
Journalist, Association of African Universities (AAU)

Ransford Bekoe works with the Association of African Universities (AAU) in Ghana and is currently the television manager of the Association’s television station, AAU TV. He writes passionately about educational, health and social issues. He is also an interviewer, reader, leadership training facilitator and a motivational speaker.

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Constructing Entrepreneurial Universities in Africa Presents Unique Opportunities and Challenges
Angel Calderon
Principal Advisor, Planning and Research, RMIT University (Australia)

Angel Calderon is co-editor of a book on institutional research and planning in higher education, published by Routledge. He has also co-authored another two volumes on higher education. His research interests include higher education policy, international education, impacts of trade liberalization on educational services, global megatrends, benchmarking and university rankings.

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Embracing the Sustainable Development Goals and Forging a Way Forward
Marguerite J. Dennis
Member, Society of Transnational Academic Researchers

Marguerite J. Dennis is an internationally recognized expert on higher education admission, financing, retention, and international student mobility. She is the author of six books on higher education administration, two books on international higher education, and more than 200 articles on higher education. The author serves as a consultant to colleges and universities in the United States and abroad. Since the outbreak of COVID-19, the author has conducted numerous webinars and seminars on the reimagined university.

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Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Higher Education in a Post-COVID-19 World
Amatey Doku
Consultant, Nous Group (UK)

Amatey Doku is a consultant at Nous Group, an international consulting firm with expertise in higher education. He has supported a range of projects in the UK higher education sector, including those relating to student experience, university strategy and Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. Prior to joining Nous, Amatey was Vice-President Higher Education at the National Union of Students (UK) and UK representative to the European Students’ Union.

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Taking a Strategic Approach to Tackling Racial Inequality in UK Universities
The Risk of Returning to “The Good Old Days” for Universities Post-COVID-19
Antonio Dottore
Independent educator, Australian Institute of Management

Dr Antonio Dottore’s professional career spans the public and private sectors, across various continents. As an Economist and Sovereign Analyst in the financial sector, in Sydney and London, he covered developed and emerging markets through various booms and crises: Citibank, Fidelity Investments, Henderson Investors. Antonio has taught in Australia, Europe, and Asia for several institutions: Australian Institute of Management, The University of Adelaide, Flinders University, Muenster University of Applied Sciences, Nankai University. Antonio has an MBA from INSEAD, and a PhD in Entrepreneurship, on business model adaptation. He has qualifications in financial planning and in corporate governance. His Directorships have been in disability and aged care organisations, as well as in Business Schools. Antonio is also Director and Company Secretary of the INSEAD Alumni Association for Australia and New Zealand. Amongst his pro bono activities, Antonio conducts a community radio current affairs program. Dr Antonio Dottore likes to support individuals and organisations aim for both growth and meaning.

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Leadership for the Engaged University: Nurturing Social Capital to Leverage Organisational Knowledge
Uliana Furiv
Associate Research Officer, International institute for Educational Planning UNESCO (IIEP-UNESCO)

Uliana Furiv is an Associate Research Officer at the International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP) of UNESCO. She supports the research activities of the institute in the areas of higher education policy making, planning and management, and external quality assurance. Currently, she is specifically supporting IIEP’s research on flexible learning pathways in higher education.

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Flexible Pathways for “Getting Out of Higher Education” Will Be Even More Important in the Post-COVID Era
Dr. Martina Gaisch
Professor, University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria

Dr. Martina Gaisch is professor of English, intercultural competence and diversity management at the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria, Austria. She completed her doctoral studies in philosophy at the University of Vienna. As an applied linguist working at a school of informatics her research focuses on the interface of educational sociology, higher education research and sociolinguistics. She has profound insights into seven different universities throughout Austria, Germany, France and the UK where she lived, studied and conducted research.

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Carrying the Third Mission Weight Requires Many Shoulders: Can Austria Learn from the German Approach?
Paul Greatrix
Registrar, The University of Nottingham

Paul Greatrix is Registrar at The University of Nottingham, and the author and creator of Registrarism.

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Shopping for Degrees
Ibrahim M. Karkouti
Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership, Graduate School of Education, The American University in Cairo

Ibrahim M. Karkouti is an independent thinker, a young scholar, and a life-long learner who teaches leadership at the American University in Cairo. Ten years of professional experience in Lebanon, Qatar, and the United States have taught Ibrahim that learning has no boundaries and that education matters the most when it is used to remedy the deleterious effects of segregation, racism, sectarianism, and other forms of discriminatory practices that prevent historically excluded populations from attaining their basic rights to education, healthcare, and prosperity. Karkouti’s research focuses on diversity issues in higher education, the elements that aid in the facilitation of the use of technology in the classroom and the types of social support K-12 teachers need to embrace and implement reform.

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Entrepreneurial Leadership Failure and Its Impact on Student Entrepreneurial Spirit
Wendy Kerr
Director, Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. The University of Auckland

Wendy Kerr is Director of the Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Auckland, where she aims to grow business savvy, entrepreneurially minded students. In her tenure there she has transformed the Centre, developing programmes and initiatives which have increased participation by 370% since 2015. Now, 8% of the University of Auckland student body are involved in the Centre’s innovation and entrepreneurship programmes, including the recently launched incubator and the iconic innovation hub which was opened by the Prime Minister. In 2019, the University was named Entrepreneurial University of the Year at the Asia-Pacific Triple E (Entrepreneurship and Engagement Excellence) Awards. Over her career Wendy has been drawn to developing new ventures. An experienced General Manager she has global experience in leading technology and media start-ups with the Financial Times, Pearson and Quicken. In these roles she developed and executed the business strategy to grow successful ventures, and a record breaking tech IPO on the ASX. Wendy is a Board member for the icehouse, chair of a femtech startup, an active angel investor, and mentors high potential start-ups. She is also a speaker in demand and a best selling author, having written two books on female led start ups, one of which got to number one on Amazon.

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Leading Entrepreneurship at a University During Turbulent Times
David Kirby
Holder of The Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion,

Professor David A. Kirby is an Honorary Professor of Almaty Management University, Kazakhstan, and a Council Member of The Accreditation Council for Entrepreneurial and Engaged Universities. In 2006 he was awarded The Queen’s Award for Enterprise promotion for his pioneering research, teaching, training and consultancy in the field.

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Entrepreneurship Education and ADHD: Is It Time to Support Right-Brain Thinkers?
Entrepreneurial University and COVID-19: Opportunities for Entrepreneurial Transformation?
Monika Maini
Doctoral Research Scholar, National Institute of Educational Planning and Administration (India)

Monika Maini is a Ph.D. Research Scholar at the department of Educational Administration, National Institute of Educational Planning and Administration, New Delhi (NIEPA). Her research interest areas are student voice in higher education, governmentality in higher education, student activism, philosophy of higher education, education for transformation, education of marginalized, educational administration and education policy analysis.

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Rethinking and Reinforcing Support for India’s University Researchers in the Pandemic and Beyond
Michaela Martin
Programme Specialist, International institute for Educational Planning UNESCO (IIEP-UNESCO)

Michaela Martin is a Programme Specialist at the International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP) of UNESCO with a track record of more than 25 years in research and teaching in higher education policy, governance and planning. Since 2017, she is in charge of IIEP’s research on flexible learning pathways in higher education.

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Flexible Pathways for “Getting Out of Higher Education” Will Be Even More Important in the Post-COVID Era
Daniela Nömeyer
Head of Department for Quality Management, University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria

Daniela Nömeyer studied social and cultural anthropology at the University of Vienna. She is currently head of department for quality management at the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria and a lecturer for quality management. Her research focuses on the interactions between universities and society and the strategic development and impact measurement of the “Third Mission”.

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Carrying the Third Mission Weight Requires Many Shoulders: Can Austria Learn from the German Approach?
Theodoros Papaioannou
Director of Academic Affairs, Study in Greece

Theodoros Papaioannou earned a Master's degree in Philosophy and Sociology in France. His PhD dissertation, which explores the impact of the Internet on Greek society, is a an avant-garde research that combines philosophy, technology, anthropology, and sociology. In addition to his professional writings, he has authored a book of poetry and a novel. In 2019, he joined Study in Greece as the Academic Affairs director.

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Combining Technology and Culture – Greek Higher Education Goes International
Christophe Paris
President, Collectif Mentorat (France)

Christophe Paris is the General Manager of AFEV, the first student mentoring organisation in France, which has mentored 200,000 children and young people at risk in its 30 years of experience. He is also the President of the mentoring collective (Collectif Mentorat).

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French President Makes Mentoring a State Priority: What’s the Role of Mentoring Organisations and Universities?
James Ransom
Independent Higher Education Researcher,

James is an independent higher education researcher, and has recently worked with the British Council, the Royal Society and the National Centre for Entrepreneurship in Education. He is a PhD candidate at UCL Institute of Education, a Research Affiliate at the University of Rwanda, and an Associate at Yorkshire Universities, and previously worked for Universities UK and the Association of Commonwealth Universities. His research focus is on the relationship between universities and place.

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Why Do Most University Impact Studies Fail to Adequately Assess Universities’ Engagement with Communities?
Samrat Ray
Researcher, Saint Petersburg Polytechnic University (Russia)

Samrat Ray is currently doing research in economics in the Peter the Great Saint Petersburg Polytechnic University in Russia. His research interests cover a range of topics, including entrepreneurship, innovation, gender studies, women in business and leadership, and feminist theory.

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COVID-19 Highlights the Role of the Entrepreneurial University in India
Angelo Romasanta
Innovation Researcher, ESADE Business School

Angelo Romasanta is a postdoctoral researcher at ESADE Business School, involved in two projects coordinated by CERN. First is ATTRACT, a 20M EUR initiative aiming to commercialize technologies by the largest research infrastructures in Europe. The second one is the Science Mesh which aims to connect the various cloud services across Europe to facilitate international collaborations. Previously, he did his PhD at the Science, Business and Innovation faculty at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, studying the adoption and commercialization of technologies in the pharmaceutical industry.

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Deep Tech and the Role of Universities
From Assessing Impact to Making an Impact
V. Santhakumar
Professor, Azim Premji University (Bangalore, India)

Professor V. Santhakumar is currently teaching Political Economy, Education and Development at Azim Premji University (Bangalore, India). Previously, he carried out post-doctoral research at the Wageningen Agricultural University (Netherlands) and Vanderbilt University (USA). He received the research medal and the outstanding research award of the Global Development Network. Santhakumar has worked on a number of consultant assignments and/or research projects funded by the Asian Development Bank, World Bank, UNEP, UNDP, CIDA and Azim Premji Foundation in India, Cambodia, Tajikistan, China, Palestine, Laos, Bangladesh, Brazil and Indonesia and on regional and global issues.

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Can Indian Universities Tackle Challenges to Deliver Social Impact?
Jessica D. Schüller
International Projects Assistant, ACEEU

Jessica Schüller is a graduate student in the Erasmus Mundus Research and Innovation in Higher Education (MARIHE) program, specializing in institutional research. She has worn many hats in international higher education: international student, practitioner and now, budding researcher. Her research interests include transnational education, international employability, and inclusive internationalization.

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European Higher Education 2030: Scenarios for the European Universities Initiative
Prof. Dr. Jean-Pierre Segers
Acting Dean of Business, PXL University of Applied Sciences

Prof. dr. Jean-Pierre Segers is the acting dean of Business at PXL University of Applied Sciences. He is a visiting professor at Riga Technical University – Faculty of Engineering Economics & Management (Latvia) and a research fellow at Université de Liège (HEC-ULg). He is the founder of StudentStartUP at PXL.

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Universities - Entrepreneurial and Sustainable. Best of Both Worlds?
Nikolai Shmelev
Project Development Advisor, ACEEU

Nikolai Shmelev is Project Development Advisor at ACEEU (Accreditation Council for Entrepreneurial and Engaged Universities). He writes on the topics of innovation, internationalisation and entrepreneurship in higher education, university-industry partnerships, community engagement of institutions and the 21st century skills. He also conducts interviews for and works with contributors to the ACEEU’s Spotlight online magazine.

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Prejudice-Driven Challenges of Entrepreneurship Education Limit its Impacts
Nita Temmerman
International Higher Education Consultant,

Nita Temmerman (PhD; MEd (Hons); BEd; BMus; ATCL; MACE) has held senior University positions in Australia including Pro Vice Chancellor Academic Quality, Pro Vice Chancellor International Partnerships and Executive Dean. She is an independent higher education consultant and invited professor to universities in Australia, the Pacific region, SE Asia and the Middle East and Academic Board Chair for 3 private higher education institutions. Nita is also an invited accreditation specialist with the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic & Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ), and international associate with the Center for Learning Innovations & Customized Knowledge Solutions (Dubai). Projects draw on expertise in organisational strategic planning, quality assurance, academic accreditation and reaccreditation, higher education policy development and review, teacher education and curriculum design and evaluation. Nita has published 14 books, over 70 scholarly papers, conducted numerous presentations in SE Asia, Middle East, Pacific, UK and USA and remains an active contributor to several education publications.

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Trust, but Verify the Words: The Importance of Site Visits as Part of an External Academic Accreditation
University – Industry Collaborations: Gaining Impact and Driving Valuable Outcomes
Aysuhan Tuba Saral
PhD Candidate, The Education University of Hong Kong

Aysuhan Tuba Saral is a PHD Candidate in the Department of International Education, The Education University of Hong Kong. Her research interests include generic green skills development and entrepreneurship for refugees’ empowerment

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Tailoring University Incubation Programmes Based on the Needs of Refugees
Linda A. Wendling
Senior Manager, Academic Engagement – Colleges of Business and IT, Western Governors University (USA)

Linda Wendling earned her BA in French with a minor in political science from Rutgers College, and her JD from Seton Hall School of Law. After leaving the active practice of law in 2001, she turned to academia. She joined the faculty of Union County College in Cranford, New Jersey as the Founding Program Director for Paralegal Studies. Living by the belief in lifelong learning, after moving to North Carolina in 2007, she pursued a Master’s degree in Constitutional History at North Carolina State University. Additionally, Linda earned an LL.M. in Environmental Law in January 2016 from Vermont Law School. The culmination of her studies was an appointment to the Paris Climate Change Conference (COP21) as a U.N. delegate to assist Myanmar in preparing their position papers for international negotiations. Linda is currently employed at Western Governors University as the Senior Manager of Academic Engagement for the Business and Information Technology Colleges. She has authored three legal textbooks on Paralegal Practice, Legal Ethics, and Contract Law and, as an Earth Law Center volunteer associate, is a contributing editor for the 2020 Earth Law textbook from Wolters- Kluwer. Her other professional pursuits include serving as both a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Examiner and an American Health Care Association Master Examiner, North Carolina Regional Representative, Mid-Atlantic Region of the Association for Continuing Higher Education, and an Earth Law Associate at the Earth Law Center.

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Lessons from an Academic Mountaineer: Exploring the Terrain and Getting a Grip on Competency-Based Online Education