USR Speaker Biographies
Professor LIU Chuan-sheng
Chairperson of University Council, Beijing Normal University, P.R.C.
Professor Liu Chuan-sheng graduated from the Department of Industrial Automation and the School of Economics and Management, Tsinghua University. In 1994, she started working for the China Education Press Agency, where she has assumed such positions as the Deputy Secretary of Party Committee, Deputy Director and Director. Having worked as the First Secretary of Education Section, the Chinese Embassy in the United Kingdom and the Minister Counsellor for Education of the Chinese Embassy in the United States, she has gathered extensive diplomatic experience. When she was in the United States, she established the first Confucius Institute in North America. She has been the Chairperson of University Council, Beijing Normal University since June 2005. She currently acts as the Deputy Chairperson of the Chinese Society of Educational Development Strategy, the Director of the National Association of Research on Study Abroad, the Deputy Director of the Chinese Education Association for International Exchange, and the Director of Project Work Committee for Promotion of Human Resources of Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban). She is also the former Executive Director of the Chinese Association of Women Entrepreneurs.
Mr Alan D. SOLOMONT
Dean of the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service, Tufts University, U.S.A.
Mr Alan D. Solomont became the Dean of the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University in January 2014. The mission of Tisch College is to ensure that every student at Tufts University is educated to be an active citizen.
Previously, Mr Solomont was the United States Ambassador to Spain and Andorra, where he helped to strengthen Spain’s cooperation with the United States on matters of global security. He and his wife Susan promoted the values of volunteering and citizen service throughout Spain.
Prior to his diplomatic service, Mr Solomont was an entrepreneur, philanthropist and political activist. He served as Chairman of the bipartisan Board of Directors of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency that oversees all U.S. domestic service programmes, including AmeriCorps, Learn and Serve America, VISTA and Senior Corps. He was initially appointed to the Board by President Clinton in 2000, re-appointed by President Bush in 2007 and elected Chairman in 2009.
Mr Solomont has a long history of involvement at Tufts University. He served for ten years as a Member of the Board of Trustees and he was the Founding Chair of the Tisch College Board. He was also a visiting instructor at Tufts, teaching a political science course on the American Presidency.
Professor Faisal AZAIZA
Head of the School of Social Work, University of Haifa, Israel;
Deputy Chairman of the Planning and Budgeting Committee in the Council of Higher Education, Israel
Professor Azaiza Faisal is Head of the School of Social Work at the University of Haifa’s Faculty of Social Welfare and Health Sciences, and currently serves as a Member of the IASSW Board. He is on the Planning and Budgeting Committee (VATAT) and is Chair of the Committee for Promoting Accessibility of Higher Education for the Arab Population (The Council for Higher Education, MALAG), among other pursuits.
Prior to his current position, Professor Azaiza was Head of the University’s Jewish-Arab Center and Mayor of the municipality of Daburiyya, an Arab village in Israel’s north district. He is a former Member of the Council for Higher Education in Israel, and former Head of its subcommittee for universities and colleges of education.
Professor Azaiza completed his M.S.W. and Ph.D. in Social Work from Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and has published in the areas of Jewish-Arab relations in Israel; welfare and health of minority populations; cultural transformation of ethnic minorities; utilization of informal and alternative modes of help; and Arab families, women, and adolescents. His present research projects include School, Family and Community Partnerships: Empowering Arab and Jewish Parents in Education, Promoting Adherence to Early Detection of Breast Cancer Screening, and Psychiatric diagnoses in Arabic-speaking patients in Israel.
Dr Ann JARDINE
Director of Student Equity and Disabilities Unit, University of New South Wales, Australia
Dr Ann Jardine is the Director of the Student Equity and Disabilities Unit (SEADU) and of the ASPIRE outreach program of the University of New South Wales (UNSW). As Director, she has overall responsibility for thr strategic direction and outputs of the teams within SEADU. The Unit has carriage of important aspects of equity policy and practice. This includes educational outreach work with disadvantaged schools and work with students with a disability. It also includes providing broader frameworks for equity through the development of policy and practice.
Dr Jardine began her working life as a teacher, having graduated with a B.Ed. from the University of Lancaster in the U.K. After teaching stufents at primary and high school age in the U.K. and Sweden, she went to Australia. For several years, she worked in the corporate world as an adult educator and manager. She decided to return to study, which led her to work within the university sector.
Dr Jardine completed a Ph.D. with the University of Melbourne, entitled “Indicators of persistence and their influence on the first year experience of students from low socio-economic backgrounds “. The topic reflects her deep commitment to working to address social inequities and educational disadvantage.
Dr Jardine has won several grants relating to work on addressing educational disadvantage and has spoken at a number of conferences on the topic.
Professor YE Jing-yi
Vice Chairman of University Council, Peking University, P.R.C.
Professor Ye Jing-yi, Doctor of Laws, is Deputy Party Secretary of Peking University, and Dean of the Institute of Labour Law and Social Security Law of Peking University.
In September 1981, Professor Ye enrolled in the Department of Law (Law School) of Peking University. She has worked in Peking University since graduated in 1985. Prior to becoming Deputy Party Secretary, she has served as Deputy Party Secretary of Law School, Deputy Secretary of Peking University Discipline Inspection Committee and Director of Inspection.
In addition to the administrative and teaching work in Peking University, Professor Ye serves as Vice President and Chief Secretary of China Law Society Social Law Studies Institute and Vice President of Women Talents Specialty Committee, Chinese Talents Research. She is a Member of the Second Advisory Committee of Experts to Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, and a Consultant to the Legal Advisory Committee of All-China Federation of Labour.
As Chief Editor and Co-editor to over a dozen of books and author to tens of journal articles and essays, Professor Ye has presided more than twenty researching projects with domestic and international cooperation. The main books and articles authored, translated or edited by her include “An Introduction to Swedish Labour Law “, “Twelve Lectures on Labour Contract Law “, “A Guidance to the Training Course in Achieving the Equality of Opportunity of the Physically Challenged People by Legislation”, “The Construction of China Social Security Law in the Period of Social Transformation “, and “A Study on the Positioning of Social Law “.
Professor James THOMPSON
Associate Vice President for Social Responsibility, University of Manchester, U.K.
Professor James Thompson is Professor of Applied and Social Theatre and Associate Vice President for Social Responsibility at the University of Manchester. He leads the University’s social responsibility ‘third goal’ across the institution. He is also Director of In Place of War – an award winning research project, working internationally with artists in conflict zones. He has researched and developed arts projects in countries from DR Congo to Sri Lanka, and is author of numerous books and articles on theatre, conflict and the arts more broadly.
Professor YAN Shi-jing
Vice President, Sichuan University, P.R.C.
Professor Yan Shi-jing is Vice President of Sichuan University and Professor of Economics. He is in charge of international affairs and Humanities and Social Science research.
Professor Yan was admitted to the Department of Economics of Sichuan University in March 1978 and graduated with a B.A. in Economics in January 1982. From December 1986 to December 1987, he was invited as a visiting scholar in the Center for South and Southeast Asia Studies, University of California, Berkeley, U.S.A. He was also invited as a visiting scholar in the Center for Economic and Planning Studies, Nehru University of India, between December 1989 and December 1991.
Professor Yan has published two books: “The Development of the Regional Economy and the Construction of the Continental Bridge in Southwest China “, and “On the Problems with Southeast China’s Trading with India “. He has also published more than 30 papers, among which “Research and Practice on the Cultivation of Innovative Talents in International Cooperation in 2005 ” won China’s Second National Prize of Teaching Achievements Award.
Professor Masao KITANO
Executive Vice-President for Education, Information Infrastructure, and Evaluation, Kyoto University, Japan
Professor Masao Kitano was appointed as Kyoto University’s Executive Vice-President for Education, Information Infrastructure, and Evaluation in October 2014. Prior to the appointment, he served as Dean of the University’s Graduate School of Engineering from April 2012 to March 2014, and Director of the University’s Institute of Liberal Arts and Sciences from April 2013 to September 2014.
Professor Kitano received his Doctorate in Engineering from Kyoto University in 1983, after which he spent two years as a Research Associate in the Department of Physics at Princeton University. After returning to Japan, he served as Lecturer in the Faculty of Engineering of Kyoto University from 1987. He was appointed as Associate Professor in the University’s Graduate School of Engineering in 1989, and attained full professorship in 1999. His main research interests are optics and optoelectronics, geometric phases, polarization optics, electromagnetic theory, and metamaterials. His work has been widely published in scientific journals and he has contributed to several books.
Associate Professor Peter PANG
Assistant Vice-President (University and Global Relations), National University of Singapore, Singapore
Associate Professor Peter Pang is Assistant Vice President (University and Global Relations) and Associate Professor of Mathematics at the National University of Singapore. He has served in various administrative capacities at the University, including as Director of Graduate Studies in mathematics, and as Director of the University Scholars Programme. Professor Pang was former President of the Singapore Mathematical Society, and former Member of the Developing Countries Strategy Group of the International Mathematical Union.
Professor Pang has published more than 50 research articles in international refereed journals, and served on organizing/steering committees of various international conferences. In 2006, he received the Public Administration Medal (Bronze) from the President of the Republic of Singapore.
Mr Joseph SUN
Vice Dean for Academic Affairs, School of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
Mr Joseph Sun is Vice Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Pennsylvania School of Engineering and Applied Science. In addition to overseeing academic programs and students at Penn Engineering, he is responsible for the School’s international as well as local and global engagement (service learning) initiatives. This includes the development and administration of formal linkages and MOUs with partner Higher Educational Institutions (HEI) worldwide.
Mr Sun has worked with K-12 schools and non-profit organizations for nearly 30 years, to spearhead and organize numerous technology-based service projects that have reached thousands of individuals. Project expenditures have totalled nearly US$5m to date. His involvement with international education has resulted in numerous agreements for undergraduate exchanges, educational programs bridging undergraduate and post-graduate education, specialized training programs for Ph.D. students with international partners, and summer programmes abroad.
His international development interests have focused mainly on China and western Africa, and he has led or overseen the implementation of more than 30 international development projects in such locations as Ecuador, Honduras, Mali, Ghana, Cameroon, Rwanda, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and China.
His academic interests include information and communication technologies in development and education; appropriate technology; biomass energy utilization; rural development; and global/multicultural awareness. He has taught courses on Technology and Development, Information and Communication Technologies in Education and Development, Chinese Development, and Asian American Studies. He holds an M.Sc in Appropriate Technology and Energy Management for Development from Penn and a B.A. in Design from UCLA’s School of Fine Arts.
Professor David IBBETSON
President, Clare Hall, University of Cambridge, U.K.
Professor David Ibbetson is the Regius Professor of Civil Law in the University of Cambridge, and President of Clare Hall, a graduate college within the University. He studied for his B.A. and Ph.D. in Cambridge, then taught in Oxford for twenty years before returning to Cambridge in 2000. He has been President of Clare Hall since 2013.
Professor Ibbetson’s academic interests are primarily in the history of law, from the earliest period for which records exist right through to the present day. He has a particular interest in graduate education cutting across disciplines, and so is completely at home in Clare Hall, a college comprising international graduate students and academics working on a variety of different subjects.
Dr Amanda Moore McBRIDE
Bettie Bofinger Brown Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Social Work, Brown School;
Director, Gephardt Institute for Public Service;
Faculty Director, Civic Engagement and Service, Center for Social Development, Washington University in St. Louis, U.S.A.
Dr Amanda Moore McBride is the Bettie Bofinger Brown Associate Professor at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work (Brown School) at Washington University in St. Louis, where she is the Associate Dean for Social Work, leading the School’s top ranked Master of Social Work programme in the United States. Dr McBride is the Faculty Director for Civic Engagement and Service at the Center for Social Development, Brown School.
With her collaborators, Dr McBride has published two books, three journal issues, and over 50 publications. She is an internationally recognized scholar of civic engagement and service with special emphases on service learning, national service, and international volunteering. She applies this expertise as Director of Washington University’s Gephardt Institute for Public Service, promoting community engagement across the University.
Dr McBride earned a B.A. from Hendrix College and M.S.W. and Ph.D. from Washington University. In 2012, she was the recipient of the Washington University Distinguished Faculty Award, and this year she is being honoured by Hendrix College with an Odyssey Award for her ‘Service to the World’.
Professor Yul SOHN
Dean, Graduate School of International Studies, Yonsei University, Korea
Professor Yul Sohn is Dean and Professor of the Graduate School of International Studies at Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea. He also serves as Chairman of the Global Net and Director of the Japan Research Center at the East Asia Institute, a leading foreign policy think-tank in South Korea.
Before joining Yonsei University, Professor Sohn taught at Chung-Ang University, Seoul, Korea, and was a visiting scholar at the University of Tokyo and Waseda University, Japan, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA. Currently, he serves on a number of government advisory committees including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Korea National Diplomatic Academy, and Northeast Asian History Foundation. He also regularly consults for National Security Council. He was the President of the Korean Association for Contemporary Japanese Studies in 2012.
Professor Sohn has written extensively on East Asian international relations, Japanese and East Asian political economies, and public diplomacy. His most recent publications include “Attracting the Neighbors: Soft Power Competition in East Asia “, “Securitizing Trade: The Case of US-Korea FTA”, and “Japan’s New Regionalism: China threat, Universal Values, and the East Asian Community”. He wrote Asian Survey’s year-end articles for South Korea in 2012 and 2013.
Professor Sohn received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Professor Hau LEE
Thoma Professor of Operations, Information and Technology;
Faculty Co-Director of SEED (Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies);
Faculty Co-Director of Value Chain Innovation Initiative, Stanford Graduate School of Business, Stanford University, U.S.A.
Professor Hau Lee is the Thoma Professor of Operations, Information and Technology at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. His areas of specialization include global supply chain management, entrepreneurship and innovations in developing economies, and value chain strategy. He is a Faculty Co-Director of the Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies, a Co-Director of the Stanford Initiative on Value Chain Innovation, and was the past Director of the Stanford Global Supply Chain Management Forum.
Professor Lee has published widely. He has served on the editorial boards of many international journals. From 1997-2003, he was the Editor-in-Chief of Management Science.
Professor Lee obtained his B.Soc.Sc in Economics and Statistics from the University of Hong Kong in 1974, his M.Sc. in Operational Research from the London School of Economics in 1975, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Operations Research from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1983. He was awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Engineering by the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in 2006, and an Honorary Doctorate from the Erasmus University of Rotterdam in 2008.
Professor Lee was inducted to the US National Academy of Engineering in 2010. He was elected a Fellow of Manufacturing and Service Operations Management, 2001; Production and Operations Management Society, 2005; and INFORMS, 2005.