As the Computer Science Advisory Committee meets this week, it is a great occasion to both introduce all of the members of our Advisory Committees, as well as thank them for their tremendous assistance.
Men and women from top universities from around the world make up the five UoPeople advisory committees. These distinguished individuals, who advise and shape the curriculum and advancements of UoPeople, contribute greatly to what makes UoPeople so unique. They ensure we build the right university able to serve the needs of the world’s populations.
On behalf of the students, volunteers, supporters, staff, and myself, I would like to thank all of our advisors for the valuable time they dedicate to our mission to democratize higher education in the world:
General Advisory Committee
Ms. June Arunga is a founding partner and member of the board of directors at Black Star Lines, a technology solution provider for cell-phone based payments and money transfers in Africa. She is also the founder and president of Open Quest Media LLC in New York.
Mr. Jack M. Balkin is Knight Professor of Constitutional Law and the First Amendment at Yale Law School, the founder and director of Yale’s Information Society Project and the co-director of Yale’s Law and Media Program.
Mr. M. Humayun Kabir is the former Ambassador of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh to the United States. A career diplomat with the rank of Permanent Secretary to the Government, Ambassador Kabir previously served as Bangladesh’s High Commissioner to Australia, New Zealand and Fiji, as well as Ambassador to Nepal.
Dr. Abdul Waheed Khan, Ph.D. is currently the President of Talal Abu Ghazaleh Business University, Bahrain, and Senior Adviser to the Arab Open University. Dr. Kahn was previously the Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information at the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization. Prior to joining UNESCO, he served as Vice-Chancellor of the Indira Gandhi National Open University in New Delhi, and the Founding Director and Professor of its Communications Division.
Dr. Mihai Nadin made a name for himself as one of the first proponents of integrating computers into the U.S. education system. Dr. Nadin has served as Endowed Professor at the University of Texas at Dallas since 2004, and he is also the founder & Director of anté, Institute for Research in Anticipatory Systems.
Dr. Y.S. Rajan is Principal Adviser, Confederation of Indian Industry, and best known for co-authoring a best-selling book with India’s former President Abdul Kalam: INDIA 2020: A Vision for the New Millennium. He is a well-recognized authority in the field of technology development and business management in India
Dr. David Wiley is Associate Professor of Instructional Psychology and Technology at Brigham Young University, Chief Openness Officer of Flat World Knowledge, and Founder of the Open High School of Utah.
Ms. Esther Wojcicki has been the Journalism & English teacher at Palo Alto High School, Palo Alto, CA for the past 25 years. After building the journalism program from a small group of 20 students in 1985 to one of the largest in the nation including 350 students, Ms. Wojcicki was selected by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing as 2002 California Teacher of the Year.
Computer Science Advisory Committee
Dean: Dr. Alexander Tuzhilin currently, serves as Professor of Information Systems at the New York University (NYU) Stern School of Business. He has previously held visiting positions at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Columbia University and École Nationale Superieure des Telecommunications in Paris.
Dr. Vijay Atluri is currently a Professor of Computer Information Systems in the MSIS Department, and research director for the Center for Information Management, Integration and Connectivity at Rutgers University.
Professor HV Jagadish is the Bernard A Galler Collegiate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan and a Senior Scientific Director of the National Center for Integrative Biomedical Informatics established by the National Institutes of Health.
Business Administration Advisory Committee
Dr. Kriengsak Chareonwongsak is a Senior Fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School, the President of the Institute of Future Studies for Development in Thailand and former advisor to the Prime Minister of Thailand.
Dr. Gabriel Hawawini served Henry Grunfeld Chaired Professor of Investment Banking and former dean of INSEAD (2000-2006), one of the world’s leading and largest graduate business schools. He is currently Visiting Professor of Finance at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Indu Shahani is the Dean of H R College of Commerce and Economics in South Mumbai since 2000. Shahani graduated from renowned Sydenham College, Mumbai and holds a Ph.D. in Commerce from the University of Mumbai.
General Studies Advisory Committee
Dr. Catherine M. Casserly is currently CEO of Creative Commons. While the Director of the OER Initiative at The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, she managed investments totaling more than $100 million to harness the efficiency and effectiveness of knowledge sharing worldwide.
Dr. Peter Awn currently serves in his 14th year as Dean of Columbia University’s School of General Studies and his 33rd year as a professor of Islamic Religion and Comparative Religion at Columbia University. Dr. Awn also currently serves as the director of the Middle East Institute at Columbia University.
Dr. Preetha Ram is currently the Associate Dean for Pre-Health and Science Education at Emory University. Dr. Ram received her PhD in biophysical chemistry from Yale, holds an MBA from Emory, graduated with a Msc in Chemistry from I.I.T Delhi and has an undergraduate degree from Women’s Christian College, Chennai, India.
Dr. Ruth Yakir currently serves as the director of the Center for International Studies at Kibbutzim College of Education, Technology and the Arts and chairs a “think tank” to propose changes in teacher education curricula in the era of globalization.
Library Services Advisory Committee
Chair: Ms. Ilene Frank currently serves as the Director of Library Services at University of the People. From 1974 to 2009, Ms. Frank was a reference librarian at the University of South Florida (USF), where she retired with professor emerita status.
Mr. S. Blair Kauffman is a Law Librarian and Professor of Law at Yale Law School. Mr. Kauffman has authored books including Szladitz Bibliography on Foreign and Comparative Law (2000) with Dan Wade and Tracy Thompson, and Law in America (2001) with Bonnie Collier.
Mr. James Neal is currently the Vice President for Information Services and University Librarian at Columbia University, providing leadership for university academic computing and a system of twenty-two libraries.
Mr. Tom Peters is the current CEO of “TAP Information Services”, founded in 2003, to assist libraries, publishers and other such organizations in research and assessment services. Mr. Peters has served as the Dean of University Libraries at Western Illinois University and as Humanities Reference Librarian and Coordinator of Bibliographic Instruction, Miller Nichols Library, University of Missouri–Kansas City.
Ms. Elizabeth F. Watson is Campus Librarian at the Cave Hill Campus in Barbados of The University of the West Indies (UWI). She is a member of the Barbados National Commission for UNESCO, Chair of the UNESCO’s Memory of the World Committee (MoW) and also serves on the (International) Marketing Committee for MoW.
Once again, thank you all very much for your time, insights, contributions, dedication and support!