IIE is honored to have distinguished speakers participating in the Summit. As leading experts in their respective fields, these speakers will share their perspectives on the future of international education and its implications for student mobility, access and equity, scholars and innovation, international partnerships and higher education in emergencies.
ALONDRA NELSON, PhD | President, Social Science Research Council
Alondra Nelson is president of the Social Science Research Council and professor of sociology at Columbia University. An award-winning scholar of science, medicine, and social inequality, her recent books include The Social Life of DNA: Race, Reparations, and Reconciliation after the Genome, Genetics and the Unsettled Past: The Collision of DNA, Race, and History, and Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight Against Medical Discrimination. Alondra has contributed to national policy discussions on inequality, and about the social implications of new technologies, including artificial intelligence, big data, direct-to-consumer genetics, and human gene-editing. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Data & Society Research Institute. Alondra is chair of the American Sociological Association Section on Science, Knowledge, and Technology and is an elected member of the Sociological Research Association.
ANANT AGARWAL, PhD | CEO, edX; Professor, MIT
Anant Agarwal is the CEO of edX, an online learning destination founded by Harvard and MIT. Anant taught the edX course on circuits and electronics from MIT, which drew 155,000 students from 162 countries. He has served as the director of CSAIL, MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, and is a professor of electrical engineering and computer science at MIT. He is a successful serial entrepreneur, having co-founded several companies including Tilera Corporation, which created the Tile multicore processor, and Virtual Machine Works.
Anant won the Maurice Wilkes prize for computer architecture, and MIT's Smullin and Jamieson prizes for teaching. He is also the 2016 recipient of the Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize for Higher Education, which recognized his work in advancing the MOOC movement. Additionally, he is a recipient of the Padma Shri award from the President of India and was named the Yidan Prize for Education Development Laureate in 2018. He holds a Guinness World Record for the largest microphone array, and is an author of the textbook "Foundations of Analog and Digital Electronic Circuits."
Scientific American selected his work on organic computing as one of 10 World- Changing Ideas in 2011, and he was named in Forbes' list of top 15 education innovators in 2012. Anant, a pioneer in computer architecture, is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a fellow of the ACM.
He hacks on WebSim, an online circuits laboratory, in his spare time. Anant holds a Ph.D. from Stanford and a bachelor's from IIT Madras. Anant's twitter handle is @agarwaledu.
DOROTHEA RÜLAND, PhD | Secretary General, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
Dorothea Rüland studied German Literature, History and Musicology at the University of Freiburg. She has been Secretary General of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) since October 2010. Before coming back to DAAD, she was Director of the Center for International Cooperation at the Free University Berlin for two years. During her time in DAAD from 1980-2008, Rüland was responsible for several regions of the world. In 2004, she was assigned Deputy Secretary General of the DAAD. From 1999 until 2004 she was in charge of diverse DAAD activities in Asia, Africa and Latin America; from 1994 to 1999 she was head of the office in Indonesia.
She is a member of several national and international associations and administrative boards.