The Global Engagement team, Pro-Vice-Provost (Global Engagement), and networks of Global Strategic Academic Advisors and Vice-Deans (International) work together to help forge connections, collaborations and relationships between people at UCL and other universities, companies and organisations around the world.
Are you a global partner interested in collaborating with UCL? See our regional pages for the latest news from your area, and to contact the relevant Senior Global Engagement Manager. We'd love to hear from you.
Are you a UCL staff member? Contact us for guidance and support with:
- Global partnerships and collaborations, from concept and proposal onwards
- International delegation visits, both inbound and outbound
- Regional advice, expertise and knowledge sharing
- Global communications and telling UCL's global story
- Vice-Provost (RIGE)
Professor Geraint Rees
Vice-Provost (Research, Innovation & Global Engagement)
Geraint took up the role of UCL Vice-Provost (Research, Innovation & Global Engagement) in May 2022, having served as Dean of the Faculty of Life Sciences from 2014-2022.
He is responsible for providing vision and academic leadership for UCL’s world-leading research, knowledge exchange and global engagement, bringing together a range of functions, services and resources in order to maximise UCL’s impact on the world.
- Pro-Vice-Provost (Global Engagement)
Professor David Coen
Pro-Vice-Provost (Global Engagement)
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.
David helps shape UCL’s strategic approach to global engagement, while providing academic leadership that ensures GE effectively coordinates strategic input from UCL’s networks of Vice-Deans (International) and Global Strategic Academic Advisors.
- Global Strategic Academic Advisors
The GSAAs play an important strategic role as a catalyst for UCL’s engagement in their particular region.
They welcome international delegations to UCL and act as ambassadors and advocates for UCL's work internationally.
Director Katharine Carruthers
Global Strategic Academic Advisor (China)
Katharine Carruthers is the Director of the IOE, UCL's Faculty of Education and Society 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.
Dr Uta Staiger
Global Strategic Academic Advisor (Europe)
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
Global Strategic Academic Advisor (India)
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 Julius Mugwagwa
Global Strategic Academic Advisor (Africa)
Professor Mugwagwa is Professor of Health Innovation and Public Policy in UCL's Department of Science, Technology Engineering and Public Policy (UCL STEaPP), and currently serves as the Global Health Thematic Director of UCL’s Global Governance Institute. He has worked in veterinary research, pharmaceutical research and development and quality assurance and harmonisation of medicines regulatory systems in Africa.
- 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 Dr Lasana Harris
Vice-Dean (International) for Brain Sciences
Lasana Harris completed post-doctorate research at New York University and held his first appointment as an Assistant Professor at Duke University, USA. He was Assistant Professor at Leiden University, the Netherlands and is now an Associate Professor in Experimental Psychology at UCL. His research explores the neural correlates of person perception and social decision-making.
Professor Jolene Skordis
Vice-Dean (International) for Population Health Sciences
Jolene Skordis is Director of UCL’s Centre for Global Health Economics, Deputy Director of the Institute for Global Health and Vice Chair of the European Global Health Research Institutes Network. She is an economist, specialising in health and development, and a regular advisor to the WHO and World Bank. Her work has directly influenced government policy in a range of countries.
Professor Ahmed Rashid
Vice-Dean (International) for Medical Sciences
Ahmed Rashid is Professor of Medical Education at UCL Medical School, where he leads the UCL Centre for International Medical Education Collaborations, including current projects in Saudi Arabia, China, Thailand, UAE, Egypt and Jordan. He has served as a higher education accreditation reviewer in UAE and Bahrain, as a medical school external examiner in the UK and Oman, and has advised on postgraduate medical training in Vietnam, Japan, and Mexico.
Professor Tara Keck
Vice-Dean (International) for Life Sciences
Tara Keck is Professor of Neuroscience in the Division of Biosciences, where her research focuses on how experience and external factors shape the brain during adulthood and ageing. She has worked in collaboration with the United Nations and NGOs on projects in a range of countries, examining how communities can be engaged to support mental well-being in underserved populations.
Associate Professor Gracia Marín Durán
Vice-Dean (International) for Laws
Dr. Gracia Marín Durán is an Associate Professor in International Economic Law at the University College London Faculty of Laws. Her areas of teaching and research expertise are in the fields of EU/international trade law and policy and EU/international environmental law and policy. She has widely published on the relationship between international trade and environmental protection. She has also extensive experience in providing legal consultancy and pro bono legal advice on trade and trade-related matters to governmental institutions, international organisations and NGOs.
Professor Sue Hamilton
Vice Dean (Research, Innovation & Global Engagement) for Social and Historical Sciences
Professor Sue Hamilton is a Professor of Prehistory at the UCL Institute of Archaeology, where she was Director from 2014-2022. Throughout her career as an archaeologist, she has spearheaded and secured funding for innovative, interdisciplinary projects spanning diverse geographical areas, including the UK, China, Europe, the US and the Pacific. She serves as the Principal Investigator of the Rapa Nui (Easter Island) Landscapes of Construction Project (LOC). Sue and her team were the first British archaeologists to work on the island since 1914.
Professor Florian Mussgnug
Vice-Dean (International) for Arts and Humanities
Florian Mussgnug is Professor of Comparative Literature and Italian Studies in SELCS. He has held visiting and honorary positions at Rome Sapienza University, the Universities of Siena, Roma Tre, Oxford and Cagliari, and the British School at Rome. From 2018-2021, he served as the first academic director of the UCL Cities Partnerships Programme, enabling the organisation of more than forty UCL-led international conferences and symposia in Rome.
Professor Barbara Lipietz
Vice-Dean (International) for the Bartlett
Barbara Lipietz is Professor of Urban Development Planning at the Bartlett Development Planning Unit where her research and teaching focus on the governance of urban transformations. She has an extensive public engagement record with actors across scales in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America. Barbara is part of the editor collective for City and sits on the Board of Trustees for the IJURR Foundation.
Professor Tiziana Rossetto
Vice-Dean (International) for Engineering
Tiziana Rossetto is the founder and co-director of UCL EPICentre, a multidisciplinary research centre focused on studying natural hazard risks affecting communities and the built environment. She founded and teaches on the MSc Earthquake Engineering with Disaster Management. Tiziana has undertaken a number of field missions to assess damage to buildings and infrastructure in earthquake zones including the L'Aquila earthquake of 2009, the Wenchuan earthquake in China in 2008, the Kashmir earthquake of 2005, the Sumatra earthquake and tsunami of 2004, and the Bhuj earthquake in India in 2001.
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.
Professor John O'Regan
Vice-Dean (International) for IOE
John O’Regan is Professor of Critical Applied Linguistics at IOE, UCL’s Faculty of Education and Society, where he is also Deputy Director of the International Centre for Intercultural Studies. He has held visiting and honorary positions at South-Western University of Finance and Economics - Chengdu, Beijing Normal University, and the Universities of Granada, Negeri Jakarta, Chileno-Británica, Potosí, and National Taiwan Normal University. John’s research crosses applied linguistics, sociology, philosophy, history, international political economy, and education, with a specific focus on the political economy of English as a global language. He also speaks Spanish.
- Global Engagement team
View members of the Global Engagement team by function:
Dr Yuchun Chiang Mathews, Strategic Global Initiatives Manager
Mustafa Sakr, Global Engagement Manager