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UCL's Global Engagement Office (GEO) helps connect people across the university with the world, leveraging the power of UCL's research and education to create positive and lasting change.

Led by Vice-Provost (International) Dame Nicola Brewer, GEO 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:

Vice-Provost (International)

Dame Nicola Brewer

Vice-Provost (International)
+44 (0)20 3108 7782 / internal 57782

Nicola gives strategic direction to UCL’s global engagement, and is responsible for implementing our global strategy. She is UCL’s ‘global ambassador’, sharing that role with as many UCL colleagues who can help us tell the story of UCL’s global impact. 

Read Nicola's full biography here.

Favourite place? Kalk Bay, South Africa. Sitting at the end of the jetty, watching seals play in the water at sunset.

Dr Dame Nicola Brewer - UCL Vice Provost International
Pro-Vice-Provost (International)

Professor Deenan Pillay

Pro-Vice-Provost (International) 

Professor Deenan Pillay, Pro-Vice-Provost International
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)
Email: k.carruthers@ucl.ac.uk

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.

Katharine Carruthers - UCL Global Engagement Office

Professor Brad Karp

Pro-Vice-Provost (North America)
Email: bkarp@cs.ucl.ac.uk

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.

Brad Karp - UCL Global Engagement Office

Dr Uta Staiger

Pro-Vice-Provost (Europe)
Email: u.staiger@ucl.ac.uk

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.

Dr Uta Staiger - UCL Global Engagement Office

Professor Monica Lakhanpaul 

Pro-Vice-Provost (South Asia)
Email: m.lakhanpaul@ucl.ac.uk 

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 Monica Lakhanpaul

Professor Stephen Hart 

Pro-Vice-Provost (Latin America)
Email: stephen.malcolm.hart@ucl.ac.uk

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.

Prof Stephen Hart

Professor Claudio Stern

Pro-Vice-Provost (South East Asia and Australasia)
Email: c.stern@ucl.ac.uk

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 Claudio Stern - UCL Global Engagement Office

Professor Ijeoma Uchegbu

Pro-Vice-Provost (Africa and Middle East)
Email: ijeoma.uchegbu@ucl.ac.uk

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.

Ijeoma Uchegbu - UCL Global Engagement Office
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.

The Global Engagement Office works closely with the Vice-Deans (International) to facilitate global engagement across UCL.


Professor Patrick Haggard

Vice-Dean (International) for Brain Sciences
Email: p.haggard@ucl.ac.uk

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.

Patrick Haggard - UCL Global Engagement Office

Professor Ibrahim Abubakar

Vice-Dean (International) for Population Health Sciences

Email: i.abubakar@ucl.ac.uk

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 Ibrahim Abubakar, Vice-Dean International for Population Health Sciences

Professor Claudia Mauri

Vice-Dean (International) for Medical Sciences
Email: c.mauri@ucl.ac.uk

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 Claudia Mauri - UCL Global Engagement Office

Professor Claudio Stern

Vice-Dean (International) for Life Sciences

Email: c.stern@ucl.ac.uk

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 Claudio Stern - UCL Global Engagement Office


Professor Kimberley Trapp

Vice-Dean (International) for Laws 

Email: k.trapp@ucl.ac.uk 

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.

Kimberley trapp

Professor David Coen

Vice-Dean (International) for Social and Historical Sciences 

Email: d.coen@ucl.ac.uk

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.

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Professor Sonu Shamdasani

Vice-Dean (International) for Arts and Humanities 

Email: s.shamdasani@ucl.ac.uk

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 Sonu Shamdasani - UCL Global Engagement Office


Professor Adriana Allen 

Vice-Dean (International) for the Bartlett 

Email: a.allen@ucl.ac.uk

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.

Adriana Allen

Professor Eli Keshavarz-Moore

Vice-Dean (International) for Engineering

Email: e.keshavarz-moore@ucl.ac.uk

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 Eli Keshavarz-Moore - UCL Global Engagement Office

Professor Ofer Lahav

Vice-Dean (International) for MAPS

Email: o.lahav@ucl.ac.uk

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.

Headshot of Ofer Lahav

Institute of Education

Dr John O'Regan 

Vice-Dean (International) for Institute of Education

Email: john.oregan@ucl.ac.uk

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.

John O'Regan
Global Engagement Office

Ioana Batis

Interim Project Manager (Grants & Evaluation) 
+44 (0)20 3108 6924 / internal 56924

Ioana manages the GEO’s flagship small grants scheme - the Global Engagement Funds - as well as the Global Leadership Funds. She develops and implements systems and processes that measure and articulate the success, progress, impact and investment of the Global Engagement Strategy.


Toni Blunden 

Executive Support Officer
+44 (0)20 3108 7818 / internal 57818

Toni provides operational and secretarial services to underpin the activities of the Vice-Provost International, Chief of Staff and Senior Executive Group in GEO.

Favourite place? Iceland for scenic views and tranquillity.


Andrew Brown

Senior Partnership Manager (South East Asia, Japan & Australasia) 
+44 (0)20 3108 6632  / internal 56632

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.


Numaan Chohan

Office Manager
+44 (0)20 3108 7775 / internal 57775

Numaan actively develops and delivers co-ordinated and effective support services for the GEO team, ensuring the office runs smoothly. His responsibilities include HR, Finance, IT and Infrastructure. He devises processes and manages systems for recruitment, induction, appraisals, expenses and procurement.

Favourite place? My favourite place in Europe is the wonderful bohemian city of Berlin. Guten tag!


Jinnie Chua

Communications Officer 
+44 (0)20 3108 6676 / internal 56676

Jinnie writes, edits and produces print and digital content to 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 channels and newsletters.


Chris Cook

(Acting) Strategic Programme Manager 
+44 (0)20 3108 7566 / internal 57566

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.


Lucy Crick

Project Support Officer
+44 (0)20 3108 7768 / internal 57768

Lucy provides support for strategic funding initiatives including the Global Engagement Funds, as well as supporting the review, evaluation and development of UCL’s Global Engagement Strategy.

Favourite place? Tonlé Sap River, Cambodia at sunset. There’s no bright orange like it!


Elizabeth Deacon

Senior Partnership Manager (East Asia)
+44 (0)20 3108 6923 / internal 6923

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.


Dr Sam Evans

GEO Director
+974 4000 2544


Piera Gerrard

Head of Planning and Operations
+44 (0)20 3108 7781 / internal 57781


Sophia Hilt

Administrative Assistant
+44 (0)20 3108 7795 / internal 57795

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

Senior Partnership Manager (South Asia)
+44 (0)20 3108 7811 / internal 57811

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 Leroy

Senior Partnership Manager (Americas)
+44 (0)20 3108 7400 / internal: 57400

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. 


Matthew Lilliman

Strategic Data Manager
+44 (0)20 3108 7792 / internal: 57792

Matthew oversees the management of the GEO’s data flows, ensuring they provide the insights and evidence that tracks and informs the Global Engagement Strategy.  Matthew works across the GEO to manage data as assets, supporting UCL’s and its global partners’ monitoring of global activity levels, engagement patterns and progress.

Favourite place? For me, it is as far east as you can get in the Gulf of Thailand, namely the very tranquil Koh Kut and Bang Bao beach.


Tomoyo Miyakawa 

Partnership Officer 
+44 (0)20 3108 7799 / internal 57799

Tomoyo supports the Global Partnership Managers in developing academic partnerships and collaborations across Asia, including China, Japan, Korea, Singapore, India and Australia.

Favourite place? My favourite place is Dubrovnik in Croatia. The Dubrovnik city wall walk was a wonderful experience with amazing views.    


Ciaran Moynihan 

Head of Global Partnerships
+44 (0)20 3108 7777 / internal 5777

As Head of Global Partnerships, Ciaran 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. 


Funi Nemaheni

Senior Partnership Manager (Africa & Middle East)
+44 (0)20 3108 7793 / 57793

Funi supports the development of partnerships for UCL in Africa and the Middle East, 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? My beautiful home country, South Africa. It's colourful, diverse and we love dancing. We dance even when we are protesting!


Conor Rickford

Senior Partnership Manager (Europe)
+44 (0)20 3108 7785 / internal 57785 

As Senior Partnership Manager for Europe, Conor helps develop collaborative projects from inception through to delivery. He can also provide strategic guidance for ERASMUS+ activities, including student mobility and funding bids.

Favourite place? Cliff Gate Road in the Dales, ideally with someone else doing the driving.


Jovana Savanovic

Partnership Manager
+44 (0)20 3108 7791 / internal 57791

Jovana supports the Global Engagement Office in building and managing collaborations with a wide range of internal & external stakeholders.

Favourite place? Hardly anything can live up to the hype of chasing the Northern Lights in Finland with people dear to my heart.


Bryan Taylor 

Programme Manager
+44 (0)20 3108 7780 / internal 57780

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.


Emma Todd

Head of Global Communications
+44 (0)20 3108 7870 / internal 57870

Emma leads on strategic communications to support the delivery of the Global Engagement Strategy and to raise the profile of UCL’s work around the world. In close collaboration with the UCL Communications and Marketing team, she brings together teams from across the university to tell UCL’s global story, celebrating its achievements and partnerships.


Tania Trosini

Chief of Staff to Dame Nicola Brewer
+44 (0)20 3108 7782 / internal 57782

Tania provides senior advisory support to the VPI and makes time, information, and decision-making more effective for her. She leads on aligning the strategic priorities of the VPI 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.


Ilya Tyurin

Interim Administrative Assistant
+44 (0)20 3108 7575 / internal 57575

Ilya supports the Global Partnership Managers in developing academic partnerships and collaborations across the world. 


Sophie Vinter

Global Engagement Communications Manager 
+44 (0)20 3108 7787 / internal 57787

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.