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Earl Kellogg, Advisory Board Chair, Professor Emeritus and Former Associate Provost for International Affairs, University of Illinois
Earl Kellogg is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois and is the Senior Vice President of Strategic Consulting. He was the former Associate Provost for International Affairs at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In 2007 he was appointed as Senior Fellow at the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) and was the first director of the Africa-U.S. Higher Education Initiative, led by APLU. Other previous positions include Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Winrock International (1992-1997) and Executive Director of the Consortium for International Development (1985-1992). He was a Professor of Agricultural Economics at the University of Illinois from 1970-1985 and 1997 – 2005. Kellogg has forty years of experience as a faculty member, chief international education administrator, association and consortium executive, and consultant. Kellogg has been Chair of the Advisory Council for the Association Liaison Office for University Cooperation in Development. He also served as a founder of the Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa, and was Vice Chair of the Board for several years. He is also the lead higher education consultant to the Millennium Challenge Corporation, US Department of State, which is partially funding a new university, focusing on Science and Technology in the Republic of Georgia.

Ilesanmi Adesida HeadshotIlesanmi Adesida
Ilesanmi Adesida received his BS, MS, and PhD in electrical engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. He is currently the Willett Professor of Engineering and Dean of Engineering Emeritus at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he has previously served as the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, the Dean of the College of Engineering, and the Director of the Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory. His research interests include nanofabrication processes and ultra-high-speed optoelectronics. He has published and presented over 350 journal papers and over 250 technical papers at international conferences. He has graduated 34 PhD and 21 MS students, worked with numerous post-doctoral research fellows, and mentored many undergraduate students. He was a member of the ASEE Engineering Deans Council and served as the Chair of its Public Policy Committee. He has organized and chaired many international conferences including the Fifth Global University Summit. He served as the President of the IEEE Electron Device Society and on many Boards including being the Chair of the NSF Engineering Advisory Board. He won many awards including the TMS John Bardeen Award and the IEEE EDS Distinguished Service Award. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

Jessica Aguti HeadshotJessica Norah Aguti, Associate Professor, Department of Open and Distance Learning, Makerere University
Jessica Norah Aguti is an Associate Professor in the Department of Open and Distance Learning, Makerere University but is currently away on secondment as an Education Specialist, Teacher Education at the Commonwealth of Learning (COL). Dr. Aguti joined the Department of Open and Distance Learning in 1990 and played a major role in the growth and development of distance education in Makerere University, and in Uganda. She has also played a part in leadership in Makerere University at various levels including being a Deputy Director and Director of the former Institute of Adult and Continuing Education (now School of Distance and Lifelong Learning) and a Deputy Principal of the College of Education and Eternal Studies. She has a vast experience of over thirty years as a teacher and teacher educator and has liberally shared this in a number of projects, seminars, workshops and conferences; and through her publications. At the Commonwealth of Learning Dr. Aguti is involved in conceptualizing, managing and implementing teacher education activities to build the capacity of teachers and support ministries and institutions to harness the potential of ODL and information and communication technology (ICT) to strengthen and expand teacher education institutions.

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Bruce Johnstone, Distinguished Service Professor of Higher and Comparative Education, State University of New York, Buffalo
D. Bruce Johnstone is Distinguished Service Professor of Higher and Comparative Education Emeritus at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He directs the International Comparative Higher Education Finance and Accessibility Project, an examination of the worldwide shift of higher education costs from governments and taxpayers to parents and students. The project has been the principal source of descriptive and theoretical work on tuition, financial assistance, and student loan policies worldwide, and has conducted conferences in Dar es Salaam, Nairobi, Arusha, Prague, Moscow, and Wuhan. Johnstone previously held posts of vice president for administration at the University of Pennsylvania, president of the State University College of Buffalo, and chancellor of the State University of New York. Johnstone has been a consultant to the World Bank in Morocco, Romania, and Kenya, where he led a team on the reform of university finance. He is the author of several books including: Financing Higher Education in International Perspective: Who Pays? Who Should Pay? (2010) and Financing Higher Education: Cost-Sharing in International Perspective (2006). Johnstone earned his Bachelors (in economics) and Masters (in teaching) from Harvard and doctorate (in education) from the University of Minnesota.

Goolam Mohamedbhai HeadshotGoolam Mohamedbhai
Goolam Mohamedbhai is the former secretary-general of the Association of African Universities, the former president of the International Association of Universities and the former vice chancellor of the University of Mauritius. He also was chair of the Africa Regional Scientific Committee of the UNESCO Forum on Higher Education, Research and Knowledge. He is the recipient of several awards, the most recent being the Symons Award 2009 from the Association of Commonwealth Universities for outstanding contribution to the association and to Commonwealth universities. He is currently a member of the governing council of the United Nations University. Lately his main interest has been African higher education about which he has written and spoken widely. His latest publication on that topic is The Effects of Massification on Higher Education in Africa (AAU, 2008). Mohamedbhai obtained his bachelor’s and doctorate degrees in civil engineering from the University of Manchester in the UK and did his postdoctoral research at the University of California, Berkeley, under a Fulbright-Hays award.

Rajul Pandya-Lorch HeadshotRajul Pandya-Lorch, Head 2020 Vision Initiative and Chief of Staff, International Food Policy Research Institute
Rajul Pandya-Lorch is head of IFPRI’s 2020 Vision for Food, Agriculture, and the Environment Initiative, a global initiative that seeks to identify solutions for meeting world food needs while reducing poverty and protecting the environment. She concurrently serves as Chief of Staff in the Director General’s Office. Pandya-Lorch has facilitated five major international conferences on food security and nutrition. She recently led a major project, Millions Fed: Proven Successes in Agricultural Development that documents evidence on policies, programs, and investments in agricultural development that have significantly reduced hunger. In recognition of her achievements, the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA) presented Pandya-Lorch with its 2010 Quality of Communication Award for her work on Millions Fed. She has also received the American Agricultural Economics Association’s 2002 award for Distinguished Policy Contribution. Pandya-Lorch earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Wellesley College and a Masters degree in public and international affairs from Princeton University.

APLU Commission on International Initiatives Knowledge Center Advisory Committee

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