Global Advisory Council

Dr. Jean-Lou Chameau

President Emeritus - Caltech & Former President - KAUST,Provost - Georgia Institute of Technology

Jean-Lou Chameau is President Emeritus of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), an institution he led from 2006 to 2013. In 2018, he was appointed by the French government to initiate and plan for the creation of NewUni. Prior to returning to France, he served as the President of the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudia Arabia. In this position, he guided this private “startup university,” modeled after Caltech, on a path to excellence and led the development of the campus and its surrounding community comprising members from over 80 different nations.

Dr. Chameau received his undergraduate education from the École Nationale Supérieure d’Arts et Métiers and earned his Ph.D. in civil engineering from Stanford University. An internationally recognized leader, Dr. Chameau has been committed to fostering excellence in science and technology, as well as promoting a multidisciplinary approach to research and education (“The Leader with the Midas Touch”, Times Higher Education, 2017). He received numerous awards for his research and contributions as an educator and academic leader.

Sh. Mukesh Dhirubhai Ambani

President, Nanyang Technological University (NTU)

Dr. Suresh is an eminent scientist, engineer and entrepreneur with decades of distinguished and impactful leadership in academia, industry and government. He was appointed president of NTU in July 2017 and began his tenure on 1st January, 2018. In recognition of his scholarly and scientific achievements in research, the NTU Board of Trustees also selected him as the inaugural Distinguished University Professor, the highest honour given to a faculty member at NTU.

He was the 9th President of Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) from 2013 to 2017. Prior to that, he served as Director of the US National Science Foundation (NSF) from 2010 to 2013, and Dean of the School of Engineering from 2007 to 2010 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he was a faculty member for two decades. Dr. Suresh has a deep understanding of higher education and research systems in North America, Europe, Singapore, India and China, having actively engaged with various public and private agencies, boards and individual researchers across these regions, to advance research, education and innovation.

Dr. Levin is the Chief Executive Officer of Coursera. In 2013, he completed a 20 year term as President of Yale University, during which he played an integral role in growing the University’s programs, resources and reputation internationally. He also served on President Obama’s Council of Advisors for Science and Technology. He is a director of American Express and C3 Energy. In addition to this, he is a fellow of the American Academy of Sciences and the American Philosophical Society.

Dr. Rick Levin

President Emeritus, Yale University

Dr. Jeffrey Sachs

Director at Center for Sustainable Development, Columbia University

Jeffrey D. Sachs is a world-renowned professor of economics, leader in sustainable development, senior UN advisor, bestselling author, and syndicated columnist whose monthly newspaper columns appear in more than 100 countries. He is the co-recipient of the 2015 Blue Planet Prize, the leading global prize for environmental leadership, and has twice been named among Time Magazine’s 100 most influential world leaders. Professor Sachs served as the Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University from 2002 to 2016. During that time, he led a university-wide organization of more than 850 research scientists and policy experts in support of sustainable development, championed the Masters of Development Practice (MDP) program, which is now offered at 30 universities around the world, and helped to introduce the PhD in Sustainable Development at Columbia University. He was appointed University Professor at Columbia University in 2016 and also serves as Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development and Professor of Health Policy and Management. He is Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the Sustainable Development Goals, and previously advised both Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Secretary-General Kofi Annan on the Millennium Development Goals. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis in Laxenburg, Austria.

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