Speakers

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Pam FREDMAN


President, International Association of Universities, Paris, France

David LOCK

David LOCK


David Lock has had a varied career in international higher education and university leadership. As Director of International Projects at the UK’s Leadership Foundation for Higher Education, David was responsible for instigating and delivering projects with over 30 different countries, some at Governmental level. Projects have included major programmes for Rectors and Ministry Officials to implement national HE reform and autonomy strategies over several years and building partnerships between universities in different countries. Until October 2007 David was the founding Registrar and Acting Chief Executive of the British University in Dubai where he structured, built and then led the University following its legal creation by the Ruler of Dubai as a not-for-profit provider of Higher Education to UK standards. Prior to going to Dubai David was Secretary to the University of Huddersfield and Registrar and Secretary to the University of Hull in the UK for a total of 14 years. A teacher and Chartered Secretary by background, David has served on a number of international bodies and undertaken a range of consultancy assignments including international development and UK HE governance projects. He is Chairman of the Gulf Education Conference and served on the International Advisory Committee of the British Council. He was appointed Secretary General of the Magna Charta Observatory in September 2014.

Sijbolt NOORDA

Sijbolt NOORDA


Dr Sijbolt Noorda is president emeritus of the University of Amsterdam, past president of the Association of Dutch Research Universities and a former board member of the European University Association. Presently he chairs the board of Codarts (Rotterdam University of the Arts), as well as the board of International Baccalaureate, the board of Muziekgebouw aan het IJ (Contemporary Music Hall, Amsterdam) and the board of De Groene Amsterdammer (independent weekly). Furthermore he is a member of the International Advisory Board of Amsterdam University College, Universität Tübingen, the Berlin Universities, the Slovak Academy of Sciences and ITMO University, St Petersburg. He is editor-in-chief of the Dutch-Flemish Journal for Higher Education Th&ma. He lectures and writes on higher education issues and regularly reviews Higher Education Institutions in the European Higher Education Area. He has served on various executive and non-executive boards in the domains of Higher Education & Research, Public Radio & Television, Performing Arts & Moving Image, Health Service, High Performance Computing, Not-for-profit Publishing and Social Services. His academic field is cultural history of religions in Europe. He holds degrees from Free University Amsterdam, Utrecht University and Union Seminary/Columbia University, NYC. His mandate as Council member started on June 14th,2013 and his second mandate will expire in 2021. 

Ricardo RIVERO ORTEGA

Ricardo RIVERO ORTEGA


Prof. Dr. Ricardo Rivero Ortega is professor of Administrative Law at the University of Salamanca. he has been  the Dean of the Faculty of Law (May 2012-May 2017) and was elected University Ombudsman by absolute majority of the University Senate in 2005 (2005-2009). He is an expert in university management, standards and innovation applied to administrative organizations. As a renowned researcher in Public Law, he is author or coordinator of 24 books and more than one hundred research papers and has supervised 25 PhD theses. He is the Principal investigator of the "Reform and Modernization of Public Administrations" Research Group and has been awarded the Economic and Social Council (CES ) Research Prize of Castile & León as well as the "Isidro Fabela" Medal from UNAM University (Mexico). He has been visiting professor at universities and research centers in Germany, France, Portugal, England, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica and Paraguay. Director of 25 doctoral theses. He is currently full professor at the Faculties of Law, Economics and Business and Translation and Documentation. During the current academic year (2017-2018) he is teaching in five official university master's degree programs (Studies of the European Union, Democracy and Good Governance, Economic Analysis of Law and Public Policies, Prevention of Corruption, Criminal Law) and in three undergraduate degree programs (Degree in Law, Degree in Economics, Degree in Information and Documentation). He has always shown a very high teaching commitment and, even as a rector, insists on having the same teaching load as his colleagues.

Fabio ROVERSI-MONACO

Fabio ROVERSI-MONACO


He was born in Addis Ababa on 18 December 1938, and graduated in Law at the University of Bologna on 28 February 1962.

From 1972 to 2012, he was Full Professor of Public Law and then Full Professor of Administrative Law at the University of Bologna. He is a member of the Academic Advisory Board of many scientific journals. From 1978 until 2006, he was the Director of the Advanced School for Public Administration, Bologna, where he set up and directed the first Masters programme in Italy in Business Law. He served as a member of the Board of Administration of Bologna University from 1972 to 1979. He was elected Rector of the University of Bologna on 1 November 1985 and remained in office for 15 years, until October 2000. During his term of office as Rector of the University of Bologna, Prof. Roversi-Monaco conceived and implemented the Magna Charta Universitatum, signed by 430 Rectors, gathered together in Bologna on 18 September 1988, and subsequently by a further 400 Rectors. All the leading European universities signed the Magna Charta. The Magna Charta, the only written document on the basic principles of higher education adopted by the Universities in a spirit of autonomy, is considered the main reference point of Universities all over the world. In order to safeguard the principles of the Magna Charta, a Magna Charta Observatory was founded by Prof. Roversi-Monaco in 2000. Its members are representatives of the University of Bologna, of the European University Association (EUA) and other international organizations. The Observatory was chaired for seven years by Prof. Roversi Monaco, who is now Honorary President. Prof. Roversi-Monaco served as President of Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio in Bologna from 2001 until May 2013. He is currently President of Banca IMI. He is President and CEO of the Museum of the City of Bologna s.r.l., to manage and coordinate the Genus Bononiae museums and artistic heritage. He is President of the Inter-University Association Almalaurea, the main European organization analysing student careers and post-graduate employment. He is President of the Imola Piano Academy, and President of the Mozart Orchestra in Bologna, of which Claudio Abbado was Artistic Director. He is President of the European Secretariat for Scientific Publications (SEPS), and of Bononia University Press. He received many Honorary Degrees, among them: Brown University, USA; University Panthéon 1 Sorbonne, France; Soka University, Japan; Universidad Externado de Colombia; University of St Petersburg, Russia; University of Barcelona, Spain; Pontificia Universidad Cattolica, Brazil; University of Salta, Argentina; Université de Montréal, Canada; Victoria University, Australia; Catholic University, Uruguay; National University of Trieste, Italy; University of Maribor, Slovenia; State University of Samarkand, Uzbekistan; Palacky University, Czech Republic; and many others.

John Edward SEXTON


President Emeritus, New York University, USA

Francesco UBERTINI

Francesco UBERTINI


Originally from Perugia, where he was born on 6 February 1970. After completing scientific high school studies in Perugia, he moved to Bologna to study at the University, graduating with full marks in Civil Engineering. After a PhD in Mecha­ni­cs of Structures at the University of Bologna, a post-doc study grant and a research fellowship, he became university researcher in Construction Sciences at the then-Faculty of Engineering and, from 2001 to 2007, associate professor. In 2007 he became a full professor of Mechanics of Solids and Structures at the University of Bologna. From 2007 to 2010 he held the position of Head of the Department of Structural Engineering, Transport, Public Works, and Surveying of the Territory (DISTART) at the University of Bologna. During this period the DISTART was regrouped twice and then joined what is now the DICAM. From 2010 to 2015 he was Head of the Department of Civil, Chemical, Environmental and Materials Engineering (DICAM) and a member of the Academic Senate of the University of Bologna, as representative of the Heads of the Technological Area, and a member of the Research Group and the Internationalisation Group (2012-2015). Prof. Francesco Ubertini was also a member of the Technical Committee on Computational Solid and Structural Mechanics, European Community on Computational Methods in Applied Sciences and coordinator of the Italian Group of Computational Mechanics (GIMC) and the Italian Association of Theoretical and Applied Mechatronics (AIMETA). He is a member of the Academy of Sciences of the Institute of Bologna and member of the Academic board of the PhD degree programme (third cycle programme) in civil, chemical, environmental and materials engineering and tutor of the University of Bologna's Collegio Superiore.  The following teaching activities were undertaken until 1 November 2015: Construction Sciences, 1st cycle Degree Programme in Civil Engineering, University of Bologna. Advanced Structural Mechanics, International 2nd cycle Degree Programme in Civil Engineering, University of Bologna. Mechanics of Fracture and Fatigue, 2nd  level Master’s Degree Programme in Design of Oil&Gas Plants, University of Bologna. The research activities focus on various aspects of Construction Sciences and Mechanics of Structures, with theoretical and applied contributions in many fields of Engineering. The main themes covered are: numerical modelling and structural analysis; intelligent structures and innovative materials; historical and archaeological structures; structural monitoring and diagnostics. He coordinates an extensive research group which is very active on the international scene, and has participated in different roles, in numerous national and European research projects. He has also presided and participated in organisational and scientific committees of various national and international congresses. He been invited to speak at national and international conferences, is a member of editorial committees of various international magazines, he is also an expert reviser for the MIUR (Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research), national agencies of other countries and for the European Commission as well as for the most important international magazines of the sector. He is the author of over 70 publications in international magazines and over 200 publications in acts of national and international conferences. His mandate as Council member of the Magna Charta Observatory started on March 4th, 2016 and his first mandate will expire the 3rd March, 2020.