UCL Global Engagement (GE) helps connect people across the university with the world, leveraging the power of UCL's research and education to create positive and lasting change.
GE and UCL's networks of Pro-Vice-Provosts and Vice-Deans (International) help forge connections, collaborations and relationships between people at UCL and others in universities, companies and organisations around the world.
Contact us for guidance and support with:
- Partnerships and collaborations, from concept and proposal stage onwards
- International delegations, both inbound and outbound
- Regional advice and expertise
- Knowledge sharing, including termly Regional Network Meetings and the UCL Global Update
- Vice-Provost (RIGE)
Professor David Price
Vice-Provost (Research, Innovation & Global Engagement)
Professor David Price served as UCL Vice-Provost (Research) from 2007–2021 before taking up the post of UCL Vice-Provost (Research, Innovation & Global Engagement).
David is responsible for bringing together a range of functions, services and resources to improve the ways they work together to facilitate and promote the public benefit generated by our research and academic colleagues, as well as to maximise UCL’s collective institutional impact on the world.
- Pro-Vice-Provost (International)
Professor Deenan Pillay
Deenan Pillay, Professor of Virology at UCL Division of Infection and Immunity, began his three-year term as UCL Pro-Vice-Provost International (PVPI) in February 2020.
The PVPI provides engaging, inspirational and strategic academic leadership for UCL’s networks of Regional Pro-Vice-Provosts and Vice-Deans International.
Until recently, Deenan was also seconded from UCL as Director of the Africa Health Research Institute (AHRI), where he focused on clinical, population and laboratory-based studies to limit the spread of HIV.
- Pro-Vice-Provosts (Regional)
The PVPs play an important strategic role as a catalyst for UCL’s engagement in their particular region.
Each term they chair a meeting of the Regional Network; they also welcome international delegations to UCL and act as ambassadors and advocates for UCL's work internationally.
Director Katharine Carruthers
Pro-Vice-Provost (East Asia)
Katharine Carruthers is the Director of the UCL Institute Of Education (IOE) Confucius Institute for Schools. Her research interests centre around teaching and learning of Chinese as a foreign language in schools, the notion of intercultural competence in Chinese and UK schools and globalisation and language policy.
Katharine chairs the East Asia Network.
Professor Brad Karp
Pro-Vice-Provost (North America)
Brad Karp is a Professor of Computer Systems and Networks and Head of the Systems and Networks Research Group in the Department of Computer Science at UCL. His research interests span computer system and network security, large-scale distributed systems and wireless networks.
Professor Karp chairs the North America Network.
Dr Uta Staiger
Uta Staiger is Executive Director of the UCL European Institute. Her research interests are in mid-20th-century European thought seeking to straddle aesthetics and politics, and the role culture plays for ideas of citizenship in both political theory and European integration.
Dr Staiger chairs the Europe Network.
Professor Monica Lakhanpaul
Pro-Vice-Provost (South Asia)
Professor Lakhanpaul is Professor of Integrated Community Child Health at the UCL GOS Institute of Child Heath. In 2016 she was appointed Head of Population, Policy and Practice. Professor Lakhanpaul’s research promotes citizen science and she particularly focuses on disability, asthma and nutrition as exemplar public health issues in South Asian families.
Professor Lakhanpaul chairs the South Asia Network.
Professor Stephen Hart
Pro-Vice-Provost (Latin America)
Stephen M. Hart (BA, Cambridge University 1980; PhD, Cambridge University, 1985) is Professor of Latin American Film, Literature and Culture at UCL. He is a specialist in Latin American literature, film and culture and has published a series of monographs and edited volumes on Latin American literature and film.
Professor Hart chairs the Latin America Network.
Professor Claudio Stern
Pro-Vice-Provost (South East Asia and Australasia)
Claudio Stern was born in Uruguay, and moved to the UK where he took a BSc in Biological Sciences and PhD at Sussex University, followed by postdoc at UCL. He is a former Head of the Department of Anatomy (now “Cell and Developmental Biology.”)
Professor Stern chairs the South East Asia Network.
Professor Ijeoma Uchegbu
Pro-Vice-Provost (Africa and Middle East)
Ijeoma Uchegbu is Professor of Pharmaceutical Nanoscience at the UCL School of Pharmacy and Chief Scientific Officer of Nanomerics, a spin out company from the UCL School of Pharmacy in London.
Professor Uchegbu chairs the Africa and Middle East Network.
- Vice-Deans (International)
The Vice-Deans (International) provide a Faculty focus for UCL's global activities – they help us tell the story of UCL’s global impact by discipline and department.
UCL Global Engagement works closely with the Vice-Deans (International) to facilitate global engagement across UCL.
Professor Patrick Haggard
Vice-Dean (International) for Brain Sciences
Patrick Haggard leads a research group at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience. He has extensive experience of research collaborations, management of international teaching programmes, and international enterprise activity. He has been involved in several international programmes, particularly at EU level (COST, ERC, ESF), and with Japan.
Professor Ibrahim Abubakar
Vice-Dean (International) for Population Health Sciences
Ibrahim Abubakar is Director of the UCL Institute for Global Health, Honorary Consultant at Public Health England and NIHR Senior Investigator. He qualified in medicine in 1992 from Ahmadu Bello University and initially trained in general medicine before specialising in public health medicine. He is currently chair of the UCL Lancet Commission on Migration and Health and the WHO Scientific and Technical Advisory Group for TB (STAG TB).
Professor Claudia Mauri
Vice-Dean (International) for Medical Sciences
Claudia Mauri is Professor of Immunology at UCL. She received her Doctor of Biology with magna cum laude in 1989 and her PhD equivalent in 1996 from the University La Sapienza in Rome, Italy. Following her PhD she performed postdoctoral work in London at The Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology, Imperial College.
Professor Kimberley Trapp
Vice-Dean (International) for Laws
Kimberley Trapp is Associate Professor of Public International Law. She holds a PhD (with the Yorke Prize) and LLM from the University of Cambridge, and a BA, LLB and BCL from McGill University. Her research focuses on issues relating to armed conflict, and the interaction between international law regulating the use of force and terrorism suppression / human rights law. Kimberley is Co-Director of the UCL Public International Law Pro Bono Project.
Professor David Coen
Vice-Dean (International) for Social and Historical Sciences
David Coen is the founding Director of the Institute of Global Governance at UCL. Previously he was Head of Department of Political Science from 2010 to 2018. He has held the Fulbright Distinguished Fellowship at Harvard University and visiting fellowships at Harvard, Boston University, the Max Planck Institute, Koln, Sciences Po Paris, and the European University Institute, Florence.
Professor Sonu Shamdasani
Vice-Dean (International) for Arts and Humanities
Professor Sonu Shamdasani, School of European Languages, Culture and Society (German), is a historian of psychology and psychiatry. From 2009 to 2010 he was the Acting Director of the Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at UCL. He is the Co-Director of the UCL Health Humanities Centre.
Professor Adriana Allen
Vice-Dean (International) for the Bartlett
Adriana Allen is Professor of Development Planning and Urban Sustainability at the Bartlett Development Planning Unit, UCL, where she leads the research cluster on Environmental Justice, Urbanisation and Resilience (EJUR) and the practice-based component of the MSc in Environment and Sustainable Development (ESD). She is also the co-chair of the UCL Grand Challenge of Sustainable Cities.
Professor Eli Keshavarz-Moore
Vice-Dean (International) for Engineering
Eli Keshavarz-Moore is Professor of Bioprocess Science & Enterprise. Since 2000 Eli has led the development and implementation of innovative enterprise training at the bioprocessing/life sciences interface, encompassing a range of courses at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. The programme has extended to include business enterprise for industry in the healthcare and biotechnology sectors.
Professor Ofer Lahav
Vice-Dean (International) for MAPS
Ofer Lahav is Perren Chair of Astronomy in the Astrophysics Group at UCL. He is also co-Director of the STFC-funded Centre for Doctoral Training in Data Intensive Science at UCL, established in 2017. Ofer's research area is observational cosmology, in particular probing and characterising dark matter and dark energy. His work involves advanced statistical methods e.g., machine learning for big data.
Institute of Education
Dr John O'Regan
Vice-Dean (International) for Institute of Education
John O’Regan is Reader in Applied Linguistics in the Centre for Applied Linguistics at UCL IOE. He holds a PhD in Critical Linguistics from the IOE, and MAs from Birkbeck College and the University of Warwick. As an applied linguist his research is concerned with the exploration of real-world problems in which language is a central issue. John grew up in Hong Kong and has close ties with the East Asia region. He also speaks Spanish.
- UCL Global Engagement
Toni provides operational and secretarial support to the Director of UCL Global Engagement and works closely with the Senior Leadership Team to support the smooth and effective functioning of the department.
Favourite place? Iceland for scenic views and tranquillity.
Senior Partnership Manager (South East Asia, Japan & Australasia)
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Andrew works to develop partnerships for UCL in South East Asia, Japan and Australasia, in line with the Global Engagement Strategy. Collaborations can range from academic partnerships with overseas universities to engagement with governments, funding bodies and corporate partners.
Favourite place? I would probably have to say Northern California. San Francisco and Muir woods in particular.
Anna supports the Global Partnership Managers in developing academic partnerships and collaborations across the world.
Jinnie produces print and digital content to raise the profile of UCL's work around the world. She works with teams across the university to create content for the UCL Global website, blog, social media channels and newsletters.
Favourite place? I’m a big nature girl but after living there for a few years it's got to be New York for me.
Chris is responsible for managing implementation, delivery and review of the Global Engagement Strategy, working in collaboration with delivery partners across UCL faculties and professional teams.
Favourite place? Yosemite National Park – Yosemite Valley and the views from on top of Half Dome are breath-taking.
Executive Assistant to Dame Hazel Genn
Lucy manages the strategic funding initiative the Global Engagement Funds, as well as UCL's flagship virtual conference Beyond Boundaries: Realising the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Favourite place? Tonlé Sap River, Cambodia at sunset. There’s no bright orange like it!
Lizzy develops and manages partnerships with institutions in East Asia, specifically within China and South Korea. She also leads on strengthening networks and support for academics collaborating in this region.
Favourite place? I'm hoping that this is somewhere I am yet to go but watching the elephants and swimming with sea turtles, as well as the delicious food, makes Sri Lanka a highlight so far.
Sophia assists the Global Partnerships Team in the development of international partnerships for UCL across Asia by providing administrative and logistical support for inward and outbound visits.
Favourite place? The beautiful city of San Francisco. There’s no place quite like it and it will always be close to my heart.
Dr Amit Khandelwal
Amit's aim is to develop robust partnerships for UCL in South Asia, in line with the Global Engagement Strategy. Collaborations can range from academic partnerships with overseas universities to engagement with governments, funding bodies and corporate partners.
Favourite place? India for its beauty, culture, cuisine, history, saris, vibrancy [coupled with chaos] and wildlife. People smile and it is a country that has tremendous absorptive capacity.
Clément supports the development of partnerships for UCL in North and Latin America, in line with the Global Engagement Strategy. Collaborations can range from academic partnerships with overseas universities to engagement with governments, funding bodies and corporate partners.
Favourite place? Watching the sunset on Sydney Harbour from Watsons Bay.
Tomoyo manages cross-regional strategic projects and develops digital engagement with global partners. Tomoyo also supports coordination of the Global Group.
Favourite place? My favourite place is Dubrovnik in Croatia. The Dubrovnik city wall walk was a wonderful experience with amazing views.
Project Support Officer (Interim)
Victoria provides support for strategic funding initiatives including the Global Engagement Funds.
As Head of Global Partnerships, Conor works with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders to ensure that UCL's global partnerships policy, planning, delivery and evaluation underpin the aims of UCL's Global Engagement Strategy.
Favourite place? Cliff Gate Road in the Dales, ideally with someone else doing the driving.
Bryan works with the Academic Directors of the Cities partnerships Programme to support and broker the creation of knowledge in partnership between UCL scholars and their peers in the cities. He supports the wider programme team in developing opportunities for students and alumni, and for engagement beyond the HE sector.
Favourite place? A rooftop in Poble Sec in Barcelona at 4am on a summer morning, against the backdrop of the castle at Montjuïc basking in the moonlight.
Tania provides senior advisory support to the VPI&A and makes time, information, and decision-making more effective for her. She leads on aligning the strategic priorities of the VPI&A and her leadership team with UCL’s 2034 and other strategies, by coordinating their activities and by managing the VPI Directorate to ensure high level support is provided at all times.
Favourite place? Having left sunny Italy for it, I must say London: so mesmerizingly diverse I feel happily lost between surprise and déjà vu.
Sophie delivers strategic communications to help raise the profile of UCL's work around the world. She works with teams across the university to source and create content for the UCL Global website, blog, social media and e-News, as well as producing print and digital publications.
Favourite place? Anywhere in Latin America. I love the variety and vibrancy of life there - there is never a dull moment.