The Global Engagement (GE) team, 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 onwards
- International delegations, both inbound and outbound
- Regional advice, expertise and knowledge sharing
- Global communications, including the UCL Global Update
- 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 (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 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.
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.
- 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 Associate Clinical Professor at UCL Medical School, where he leads a portfolio of international collaboration projects, including in Saudi Arabia, China, Thailand, Egypt and Jordan. He has served as a university 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 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 non-governmental organisations.
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 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.
Dr Barbara Lipietz
Vice-Dean (International) for the Bartlett
Barbara Lipietz is Associate Professor at the Bartlett Development Planning Unit (DPU) where she directs DPU’s MSc in Urban Development Planning and convenes the DPU Research Cluster on Urban Transformations.
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.
Professor John O'Regan
Vice-Dean (International) for IOE
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.
- Global Engagement team
View members of the Global Engagement team by function:
Jessica Middleton, Interim Senior Partnership Manager (Europe)
Steven Hutt, Interim Senior Partnership Manager (East Asia)
Planning and Operations