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:
- 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 (International)
Dame Nicola Brewer
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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.
Favourite place? Kalk Bay, South Africa. Sitting at the end of the jetty, watching seals play in the water at sunset.
- Pro-Vice-Provosts (International)
Professor Gudrun E Moore
Pro-Vice-Provost (International) and Director GEO
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Favourite place? Yosemite National Park, California. I spent a wonderful holiday there with my family, swimming in fresh water lakes and hiking.
Dr Karen Edge
Pro-Vice-Provost (International) and Director GEO
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View Karen's full profile here.
Favourite place? Our family cottage. A log house in a forest on Wolfe Lake, Canada. Filled with memories and always feels like home!
- 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.
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 Marie Lall
Pro-Vice-Provost (South Asia)
Professor Marie Lall, FRSA is a South Asia expert specialising in political issues and education. She has over 23 years of experience in the region, conducting extensive fieldwork, and has lived both in India and Pakistan. She is a Professor in Education and South Asian Studies at the UCL Institute of Education.
Professor Lall chairs the South Asia Network.
Professor Alejandro Madrigal
Pro-Vice-Provost (Latin America)
Professor Alejandro Madrigal trained at Harvard University, Stanford University, Imperial Cancer Research, UCL and at the Universidad National Autonoma of Mexico (UNAM). In 1993, he established the Anthony Nolan Research institute in England. He is currently Professor of Haematology at UCL.
Professor Madrigal chairs the Latin America Network.
Professor Nicholas Phelps
Pro-Vice-Provost (South East Asia)
Nicholas Phelps is Professor of Urban and Regional Development in The Bartlett School of Planning. His research in Southeast Asia covers issues of multinationals, foreign direct investment and economic development as well as urban planning and governance, and has been funded by the British Academy and the National Geographic Exploration Fund.
Professor Phelps 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.
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
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 Claudio Stern
Vice-Dean (International) for Life Sciences, Medical Sciences
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 George Letsas
Vice-Dean (International) for Laws
George Letsas is Professor of Competition Law & Policy at UCL Laws. He holds a PhD in Law from UCL, an MA in Legal and Political Theory with Distinction from the Department of Political Science at UCL, and an LLB from the University of Athens. He is Co-Director of the UCL Institute for Human Rights and co-convenor of the Oxford-UCL Colloquium in Legal and Political Philosophy.
Dr Ruth Mandel
Vice-Dean (International) for Social and Historical Sciences
Ruth Mandel teaches in the Department of Anthropology at UCL; she received her PhD from the University of Chicago. She has long been engaged with issues of xenophobia and migration. She was a Berlin Prize Fellow at the American Academy and a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
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 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 Nikolaos Konstantinidis
Vice-Dean (International) for MAPS
Professor Nikolaos Konstantinidis is a particle physicist and has been at UCL since 2002, having previously conducted postdoctoral research at CERN, UC Santa Cruz, and CPP Marseille. He is currently heading the UCL team working on the ATLAS experiment at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider, and is the PI of ATLAS-UK.
Professor Caren Levy
Vice-Dean (International) for The Bartlett
Caren Levy is Vice Dean International at The Bartlett and Professor of Transformative Urban Planning at DPU, UCL. An urban development planner, her research focuses on the institutionalization of socio-environmental justice in planning, community-led development and governance in cities of the Global South, with a special interest in transport, housing and infrastructure, and land management.
Institute of Education
Dr Clare Brooks
Vice-Dean (International) for Institute of Education
Dr Clare Brooks is a Reader in Geography Education. Clare's primary interest is in teachers' development and use of their subject knowledge, in particular how this influences their engagement with curriculum. As a geography educator, she is particularly interested in teachers' engagement with geography, as well as how teachers grow their expertise.
- Global Engagement Office
Interim Partnership Manager (Africa and the Middle East)
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In her role as Partnership Manager for Africa and the Middle East, Zarah focuses on capturing data on UCL’s existing activity and looking at new opportunities for colleagues within these regions.
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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!
Project Manager (Grants and Evaluation)
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Chris manages the GEO’s flagship small grants scheme - the Global Engagement Funds - as well as the Global Leadership Funds. He develops and implements systems and processes that measure and articulate the success, progress, impact and investment of the Global Engagement Strategy.
Favourite place? Yosemite National Park – Yosemite Valley and the views from on top of Half Dome are breath-taking.
Senior Programme Manager
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Rachel works with colleagues across UCL to drive implementation of the Global Engagement Strategy, planning, monitoring and evaluating its objectives. She supports the GEO team in applying principles of project management and is responsible for operational aspects of strategic funding that facilitates academics’ work with global partners.
Favourite place? Miyajima in Japan – beautiful and serene.
Senior Partnership Manager (East Asia)
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Lizzy helps develop and manage UCL’s international partnerships in East Asia. She also provides guidance and direction on inbound and outbound regional delegation visits and collaborative projects.
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
Director, UCL Qatar
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As Director for UCL Qatar, Sam is leading the organisation through the next phase of its development, alongside the Overseas Operations Manager.
Favourite place? Anywhere hot.
Global Operations Manager and Programme Director
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Piera supports the recalibration of UCL’s existing overseas operations in Qatar and Australia in line with the Global Engagement Strategy. She is the main point of contact for UCL professional services and academic departments for matters relating to these operations.
Favourite place? France.
Senior Partnership Manager (Americas)
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Rachel works closely with UCL faculties and departments, as well as other Professional Services, to manage and develop partnerships with institutions in North and Latin America. Some of the partnerships she works on include the Yale UCL Collaborative and an emerging partnership with the University of Toronto. She is also responsible for UCL’s relationship with Santander Universities.
Favourite place? I am a Londoner through and through but my favourite place is Rio de Janeiro. I did my Masters fieldwork there – a magical, difficult and mad paradise and close to my heart.
Head of Global Partnerships
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Lesley leads the Global Partnerships team. As Head of Global Partnerships she ensures that UCL’s global partnerships policy, planning, delivery and evaluation effectively underpins the ambitions of the Global Engagement Strategy.
Favourite place? London. I am a Londoner through and through. I love the diversity, vibrancy and energy of the city.
Dr Amit Khandelwal
Senior Partnership Manager (South Asia)
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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.
Project Support Officer, UCL Qatar
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Dr Gavin Moorhead
Partnership Manager (South-East Asia and Australasia)
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Gavin manages UCL global partnerships in South East Asia and Australasia. He also manages the UCL relationship with CARA (the Council for At-Risk Academics).
Favourite place? The beautiful beaches and sunsets of the Maldives, and swimming, snorkelling and diving amongst its amazing marine life in the clear blue waters of the Indian Ocean.
Strategic Data Manager
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Through analysis of the various databases that UCL uses and produces, Alejandro monitors the levels, patterns and progress of global activity underway across the university, which helps track delivery of the GES.
Favourite place? Cholula, Puebla. The only place in Mexico where you find locals, students, lecturers, city people and great food.
Chief of Staff and Head of Planning
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Rebecca leads the Planning team in implementing the Global Engagement Strategy across UCL. This includes planning, monitoring, evaluating and delivering strategic initiatives, and budget planning. As Chief of Staff, Rebecca enables the VP(I) to be more productive, by leading strategy planning, and acting as her adviser, key communicator and coordinator.
Favourite place? Stockholm’s archipelago - chosen both for its beauty and as it's where I grew up.
Senior Partnership Manager (Europe)
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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.
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Jovana supports the Global Partnership Managers in building and managing collaborations and networks in Europe, America and Africa & Middle East. She also leads the Partnership Support Team.
Favourite place? Hardly anything can live up to the hype of chasing the Northern Lights in Finland with people dear to my heart.
Head of Global Engagement Communications
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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 Communications and Marketing team, she brings together teams from across the university to tell UCL’s global story, celebrating its achievements and partnerships.
Executive Assistant to Dame Nicola Brewer
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Tania is the first port of call for visitors and enquiries to the VP(I) and GEO team. She assists the VP(I) in the management of her busy schedule and co-ordinates her overseas travels, so Dame Nicola can dedicate her time to think strategically and creatively, telling the world UCL’s global story.
Favourite place? Having left sunny Italy for it, I must say London: so mesmerizingly diverse I feel happily lost between surprise and déjà vu.
Global Engagement Communications Manager
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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.