HRH Prince Turki Al Faisal bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud

Member of Effat University Board of Founders and Board of Trustees

Chairman, Board of Directors
King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies
Saudi Arabia

His Royal Highness Prince Turki Al Faisal bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud was born on February 15, 1945, in Makkah, Saudi Arabia. HRH began his schooling at the Model School in Taif and went on to gain his high school diploma at the Lawrenceville School in New Jersey. HRH then completed his studies at Georgetown University.

His Royal Highness was appointed as an Advisor at the Royal Court in 1973. In 1977 HRH was appointed Director General (with a rank of Minister) of the General Intelligence Directorate (GID), Saudi Arabia's main foreign intelligence service and served as the head of the GID until August 2001.

In October 2002 His Royal Highness was appointed as the Saudi Arabian Ambassador to the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. HRH served in that position until July 2005, when he was appointed as Ambassador to the United States. He retired in February 2007.

A Founder and Trustee of the King Faisal Foundation, His Royal Highness is also the Chairman of the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies.

Additionally, His Royal Highness is a Trustee of the Oxford Islamic Center at Oxford University and the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies (CCAS) at Georgetown University. HRH received an honorary PhD in Law in 2010 from the University of Ulster in Ireland, an honorary PhD in International Politics in 2011 from the University of Hankuk in Korea and an honorary PhD in 2015 from the University of Shanghai. HRH is a visiting Distinguished Professor at Georgetown University.

His Royal Highness is an active participant in the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting, the Global Economic Symposium, and the Clinton Global Initiative’s Annual Meeting. HRH is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Library of Alexandria, a member of the Board of the Beirut Institute, member of the Board of Trustees of the Council for Arab & International Relations, member of the Board of Directors of Al-Quds Fund & Endowment and a member of the Advisory Council of the Munich Security Conference. In September 2015, the University of Rome ‘Tor Vergata’ appointed HRH as an honorary professor and the Fondazione Mediterraneo in Naples, Italy granted Mediterranean Award for Diplomacy 2015 to HRH. In Oct 2016, HRH was awarded honorary citizenship of Seoul, South Korea, by H.E. Mr. Park Won-Soon, Mayor of Metropolitan Government of Seoul. HRH is a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Asia Society.

Dato’ Professor Khalid Yusoff

Vice Chancellor and President

UCSI University

A clinical cardiologist by training, Professor Khalid has led UCSI University as its Vice Chancellor and President since 2013 after successfully created one of the largest medical faculties in Malaysia at UiTM. He has brought in considerable changes to the university – student learning and experience, curriculum changes, linkages with the industry and other universities and institutions abroad and locally.

One of the areas which he focused on is the training of university teachers, particularly through the Postgraduate Diploma in Tertiary Teaching (PGDTT) which was undertaken with Durham University and his alma mater The University of Melbourne. UCSI University now enjoys a great deal of prestige and is ranked among the top private universities in Malaysia and has done tremendously well in the recent QS Asian Universities ranking.

Lord David Howell

Chair, International Relations Committee

House of Lords

Lord David Howell is a former UK Secretary of State for Energy and is currently Chairman of the Lords International Relations Committee, Chairman of the Windsor Energy Group and President of the Royal Commonwealth Society.

He has served the UK for 50 years both as an MP and as a Member of the Lords, and has held roles in the Heath, Thatcher & Cameron governments. He was also the Secretary of State for both Energy and Transport in Margaret Thatcher’s Cabinet. He served as MP for Guildford from 1966-1997, is a Privy Counsellor, and was created a peer in 1997.

Previous roles include:

  • 1987-1997: Chairman of the Commons Foreign Affairs Committee
  • 2002-2010: Deputy Leader of the Conservative Party in the Lords and Chief Opposition Spokesman on Foreign Affairs.
  • 2013-2014: Chaired the Lords Select Committee Report on Soft Power and British Overseas Influence.

He has also served as Minister of State in Northern Ireland, Parliamentary Secretary for the Civil Service and Minister of State for Energy. He is an author, economist and journalist.

Ms Loes Rutten


AEGEE European Students Forum

The 24-year old Loes Rutten is the president of AEGEE-Europe. Parallel to studying for her degree in Geophysics in Utrecht, she has been actively involved as a member of AEGEE for more than five years. After being active on a local level, she gained knowledge in European politics through non-formal learning opportunities in AEGEE and became a regional coordinator of the network.

Besides her involvement in AEGEE, she has participated in several mobility programs, including volunteering in India and Bolivia, an internship in Iran and academic exchanges to Bologna, Padova (Italy) and Innsbruck (Austria). She is now living in Brussels, representing AEGEE-Europe towards the European institutions and other stakeholders.

Dr Euiho Suh

Associate Vice President

Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science & Technology

Dr Euiho Suh has been an Associate Vice President for Strategy & Excellence of DGIST (Daegu-Gyeongbuk Institute of Science & Technology), Korea since September 2017.

For the last 28 years (1989-2017), he has been a professor of Industrial Engineering of POSTECH and served POSTECH as Special Adviser (Vice President Position) to President, and Chair of Globalization/University Ranking Committee. During his tenure, POSTECH achieved No. 28 in the world, the highest rank any Korean university has ever achieved, and reached No.1 in the world among young universities.

He is currently the president of URFK (University Ranking Forum of Korea), a nation-wide forum with 30 top universities’ participating. He is a frequent speaker at diverse conferences and forums as a nationally and globally known scholar in university competitiveness and global visibility/rankings.

He received a B.S. at SNU, M.S. at Stanford University and a Ph.D. from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA.

Dr Ivan Prostakov

Vice Rector

National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE)

Dr Ivan Prostakov joined National Research University “Higher School of Economics”, Moscow, Russia, in 2016 and was appointed as Vice-rector (international).

He holds a Bachelors and Doctoral degrees in Economics from Moscow Lomonosov State University, Russia, and Master’s degree from Turin University, Italy, all in economics. For several years he pursued academic and scientific careers, working as a researcher at the Lomonosov State University and Russian Academy of Sciences.

From 2002 to 2012, Dr Ivan Prostakov served as the Head of the Economic and Trade Office of Russia to France, and was also the Delegate of Russia to the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE). From 2007 to 2009, he served as the Chairman of the BIE Rules Committee. From 2012 to 2015, he was the Counsellor to the Secretary General of the BIE.

He has a consistent record of publications on international economics and French-Russian economic relations.

Marina Kozak

Advisor to the Vice Rector

National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE)

Marina Kozak is an Advisor to Vice Rector at the National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE University). She is responsible for marketing and HSE University strategy on international markets. She has more than 10 years’ experience in strategic marketing in IT industry.

Marina Kozak was Director of marketing and PR in Russia and CIS countries in Abode Systems and Siemens Enterprise Communications and successfully implemented global marketing and PR strategies in different regions. The acquisition of business knowledge helps her to build modern and competitive environment in HSE University for international students.

All best practices are implemented for building a strong marketing campaign for student’s recruitment. Variety of digital marketing instruments helps her to define target audience and give personal offers for potential students. Marina Kozak graduated from the Master program in Strategic Management at the HSE University in 2007. With 10 years of international marketing experience, Kozak returned to the HSE University to help enhance the international development of the institution.

Professor Ahmed AlKuwaiti

Deanship of Quality and Academic Accreditation

Imam Abdulrahman bin Faisal University
Saudi Arabia

Dr Ahmed Al Kuwaiti is a Quality and Accreditation Associate Professor and Senior Consultant. With 29+ years of academic and research experience, Dr. Ahmed AlKuwaiti comes with strong expertise in medical education, quality in healthcare, hospital facilities management safety, patient safety and risk management.

He has worked as an academician and researcher. Currently, he serves as the Supervisor General of Deanship of Quality and Academic Accreditation, Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University and the Director of Directorate of Quality and Safety at King Fahd Hospital of the University.

He is the President and Senior Trustee of the Association of Healthcare Professionals (AIHCP) at United Kingdom (London), Editorial Board member and Associate Editor of four international journals.

Dr Ahmed Al Kuwaiti has established many organisations and programs in various healthcare organizations and higher educational institutions. He has published 33 journal articles, written 3 books and given several conference presentations.

Dr Imtiaz Ahmad

Assistant Professor

Electrical and Computer Engineering Program
Effat University
Saudi Arabia

Dr Ahmad is an Assistant Professor in the College of Engineering at Effat University in Saudi Arabia. A native Londoner, she earned a PhD in Physical Chemistry from the University of London. She has extensive research and academic experience and has been awarded a number of prestigious fellowships that enabled her to undertake cutting-edge research in non-thermal plasma technology, high resolution spectroscopy and astrochemistry in leading academic and research institutions, including the Universities of Cambridge, London and Manchester, and Japan's Institute for Molecular Science and the University of Tokyo, amongst others. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and a long-time member of the Institute of Physics.

Having previously lived in Japan, Dr. Ahmad spends her vacations there volunteering at an international non-governmental organisation, which supports refugees, low-income households, homeless people and those affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 2011.

Mr John O’Leary


Times Good University Guide

Mr John O'Leary is a journalist and education consultant, who works for QS and a variety of newspapers and magazines, universities and national organizations. He was education editor of The Times from 1991 to 2002 and editor of The Times Higher Education Supplement from 2002 to 2007. He is a member of the executive board responsible for the QS World University Rankings and is consultant editor of QS Showcase, focusing on higher education in Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

Mr O’Leary writes regularly on education for The Times, Education Journal and Higher Education World, and is a frequent speaker at international conferences. He also edits The Times Good University Guide, which introduced the first university rankings to the UK. He is also the author of Higher Education in England, published by the Higher Education Funding Council for England in 2009.

Soha Mohamed Fuad Khalil Al Fahal

PhD in Educational Leadership and Management

The University of Nottingham
United Kingdom

Ms Al Fahal is a Ph.D researcher at the University of Nottingham. After attaining her first degree in Early Childhood Education from the Effat University, Ms Al Fahal developed an interest developed an interest to explore the field of Education Leadership and Management. She chose to focus her research in the area of Distributed Leadership.

Ms Al Fahal currently lives in the UK and plans to return to Saudi Arabia upon completing her degree and begin a career in academia at King Abdul Aziz University.

Professor Vincent Emery

Senior Vice-President (Global Strategy and Engagement)

University of Surrey
United Kingdom

Professor Vincent Emery is the Senior Vice-President (Global Strategy and Engagement) with an additional role as Chair of Translational Virology within the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the University of Surrey.

He was previously Pro-Provost and Professor of Virology at University College London. Professor Emery started his scientific career as a biochemist but has been a virologist for the last 28 years. His current research aims to provide a holistic approach to understanding viral infections in immune compromised hosts, such as HIV-infected patients and transplant recipients. In the context of International development of Higher Education teaching and research, Professor Emery currently leads the University of Surrey’s international strategy seeking to catalyse and expand international research networks, student and staff mobility and exploit transnational educational opportunities.

Dr Carol A. Leary


Bay Path University

Dr Carol A. Leary became president of Bay Path University in Longmeadow, Massachusetts, in 1994. She previously served as vice president for administration and assistant to the president at Simmons College in Boston and held administrative positions at Siena College, Boston University, and The Washington Campus, a consortium that promotes partnerships among business, government, and public policy organizations. A thought leader in adult women’s education, she is the author of Achieving the Dream: A How-to Guide for Adult Women Seeking a College Degree.

In 2014 and 2015, Bay Path was selected by The Chronicle of Higher Education as one of the 20 fastest growing baccalaureate colleges in America, and was the only women’s college to be included in the ranking. Under President Leary’s guidance, Bay Path launched The American Women’s College (TAWC) in 2013, the first all-women, all-online baccalaureate program in the United States.

Leary is a member of the Board of Directors for the Association of American Colleges and Universities, and serves on the US Department of Homeland Security’s Academic Advisory Council. Currently, she also chairs the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) New Presidents Program. She was also the chair of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Massachusetts.

A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Boston University, she earned her master of science degree at the State University of New York at Albany and her doctorate of philosophy degree at The American University - Washington, D.C.

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