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Steering Committee

Anthony Monaco

Anthony (Tony) Monaco became President of Tufts University in August 2011 and as President, has continued to advocate for Tufts’ existing commitment to the mission of the Talloires Network. He was elected to be Chair TN Steering Committee in 2015.  Prior to his appointment at Tufts, President Monaco served as Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Planning and Resources at the University of Oxford.  He was elected to the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) in 2006, and is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences (UK) and the Royal Society of Medicine.  President Monaco serves on the Boards of the Cummings Foundation, the Omidyar-Tufts Microfinance Fund, and the Tufts Medical Center.

Cheryl de la Rey

Prof. de lay Rey is registered as Psychologist by the Health Professions Council of South Africa and a fellow of the Psychological Society of South Africa. She has played a key role in several education policy- and research-related committees, including the National Advisory Council on Innovation, the National Human Resource Development Council, the Council of the Botswana University of Science and Technology.    She is a member of the Academy of Science of South Africa and a fellow of the Royal Society of South Africa.  She is also a member of the International Council of Science’s Strategy and Planning Committee.  Professor de la Rey previously served as CEO of the South African Council on Higher Education and as Professor of Psychology and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Cape Town.  She has published books and several articles in psychology.  Her research focuses on gender issues, leadership and higher education policy.

Ernest Aryeetey

A Professor of Economics, Dr. Aryeetey became Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ghana in 2010.  Previously he was Director of the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research of the University of Ghana.  Dr. Aryeetey’s research focuses on the economics of development with interest in institutions and their role in development, regional integration, economic reforms, financial systems in support of development and small enterprise development.  He is well known for his work on informal finance and microfinance in Africa.  He has consulted for and advises a broad range of international agencies.  Aryeetey has published three books, seven edited volumes, and numerous journal articles.  Among his publications are Financial Integration and Development in Sub-Saharan Africa and Economic Reforms in Ghana:  the Miracle and the Mirage.  He directed the Brookings Africa Growth Initiative (2009-10) and continues as a non-resident Senior Fellow at Brookings.  Dr. Aryeetey has held academic appointments at University of London, Yale, Cornell and Swarthmore.  He obtained a doctorate for his work in Political Economy from the University of Dortmund, Germany in 1985.

One of Vice-Chancellor Aryeetey’s strategic priorities at the University of Ghana is to develop the University into a research institution that supports structural transformation in Ghana and in Africa.  Therefore, he and his colleagues are building research programs that aim to both advance knowledge and to promote national development.  In addition, the University of Ghana supports community service learning and a wide range of student volunteer progams.

Muhammad Asghar

Muhammad Asghar was appointed Rector of the National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) in 2007.  He has led organization of the Pakistan Chapter of the Talloires Network, launched at a national conference that he hosted at NUST in 2013.  He is Chair of the Pakistan Chapter and NUST serves as its Secretariat. A large number of Pakistani universities – 47 are members of TN.  During his Rectorship, NUST has grown substantially in quality and student enrollment, emphasizing research, innovation, entrepreneurship, industry and international linkages, social initiatives and infrastructure development.  Engr Asghar received a Bachelor’s in Civil Engineering and did graduate work in Pakistan and the U.S.  He was commissioned in the Pakistan Army Corps of Engineers in 1972, and retired from the Army as a Lieutenant. General. He has served on the faculty of a number of institutions including Military College of Engineering, Risalpur, Command and Staff College, Quetta and National Defence University, Islamabad. Rector Asghar attended the 2011 TN Conference in Madrid.

Pakistan government has recently recognized his contributions towards higher education and the outstanding performance of his university by awarding him “Hilal-e-Imtiaz”, the second highest civil award of Pakistan.

Defining civic engagement as a strategic priority, NUST now requires all undergraduates to take a course in community service learning.  NUST served as the lead Pakistani university in the U.S. – Pakistan university civic engagement exchange and training program of five Pakistani and five U.S. universities operated by Innovations in Civic Participation. NUST has now struck an agreement with Rural Support Programme Network of Pakistan to train its students through internships and also develop a compendium of case studies in Civic Engagement and Community Service. NUST plans to engage US universities for academic support in this connection.

Haifa Jamal

Dr. Haifa Jamal Al-Lail joined Effat University in 1998 and began her tenure as President in May 2008. She is one of the winners of 1,000 Women for the Nobel Peace Prize 2005 and the winner of the Distinguished Arabian Woman Award in 2005. A respected author and researcher, she is well known for her expertise in privatization, and women empowerment. She is the author of a number of articles, and has developed and taught undergraduate and graduate courses on topics like public administration and public policy.

Before joining Effat University, Dr. Al-Lail was the first Dean of Girls’ Campus in King Abdulaziz University.  She was a visiting scholar at John F. Kennedy School of Government in 2001. She participated in the Summer Institute for Women in Higher Education Administration at Bryn Mawr College in 2000. She is a native of Saudi Arabia and received a PhD in Public Policy from the University of Southern California.

Dr. Al-Lail has published and spoken on a range of topics including creative learning, and women’s education. She is a member of multiple international bodies including the Board of Trustees of the Alexandria Trust in the UK, the Arab Social Science Monitor, and the American Council of Education in the US.

Santa Ono

For Santa Ono, starting his new job as president of UBC is a heartfelt homecoming. In many ways, his life has come full circle – he was born in St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver in 1962, when his father was a professor at UBC.

His family moved to Vancouver when his father accepted a faculty position in UBC’s math department, but moved to the United States a few years later. Although he has spent most of his life outside Canada, Ono did have a memorable experience at McGill University, where he earned not only his PhD in Experimental Medicine, but also the hand of his Chinese-Canadian wife, Wendy Yip.

As a professor of medicine and biology, Ono has worked at Harvard, Johns Hopkins, University College London, and Emory universities. He was also inducted by Johns Hopkins into its Society of Scholars, which honors former faculty who have gained distinction in their fields. Ono’s research encompasses the immune system, eye inflammation and age-related macular degeneration – a leading cause of blindness.

As a university administrator, Ono is also known for his vision beyond the laboratory. He was the first Asian-American president of the University of Cincinnati when he was appointed in 2012. Previously, he served as the University Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs. Prior to his recruitment to the University of Cincinnati, Ono was Senior Vice Provost and Deputy to the Provost at Emory University.

Ono is deeply committed to diversity, and his achievements were recognized by the American Council on Education with an award that honors individuals who have demonstrated leadership and commitment on a national level to the advancement of racial and ethnic minorities in higher education.

In addition, Inside Higher Education named him America’s most notable university president in 2015. Ono uses social media frequently to connect directly with followers and students. Ono has used social media to spread awareness about mental illness and to share his own struggles as a high-achieving student who battled depression.

Adding to his impressive list of accomplishments, Ono has been named a recipient of the 2016 National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP) 100 award. He was selected to the Talloires Network Steering Committee in 2016.

Sara Ladron de Guevara

Sara Ladron de Guevara is the current President of Universidad Veracruana (UV) in Veracruz, Mexico. She previously served as Provost of Acacemic Affairs at the same institution, between 1997 and 2001. In addition, she was the Director of the Museum of Anthropology of Xalapa between 1995 and 1997, and again between 2005 and 2013.

A scholar with more than 100 national and international publications under her name, Ladron has been a member of the National System of Researchers since 1993. Between 1996 and 2005, she was a substitute to the President of the Anthropology Council of the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH, for its initials in Spanish). Since 2005, she has served as an external evaluator. In 2007, she received INAH´s Popularization of Science Award to the best publication for her book Hombres y dioses de El Tajín (Men and gods of El Tajín).  She also received the acknowledgment “Mujer Veracruzana 2008” (Veracruz Woman of the Year 2008) from the Legislature and the Government of the State of Veracruz.

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Lorraine McIlrath.

She is Principal Investigator (PI) of Campus Engage, a national Irish network to support civic engagement within higher education in Ireland. Since 2010, she has been a member partner in a nine university EU Tempus Funded Project to support the introduction of service learning to five universities in Jordan and Lebanon entitled the Tawasol Project.

She spent the previous ten years in Northern Ireland where she pursued postgraduate studies exploring the role of the media in contested societies. After which she became a Lecturer at the University of Ulster’s UNESCO Centre. Primarily she taught courses on the Northern Ireland conflict and peace process which underpinned service learning. In addition, she was worked on the development of the Northern Ireland curricula framework for ‘Local and Global Citizenship’ in partnership with the Citizenship Foundation, UNESCO Centre and CCEA and published a “Resource Directory” (2002) for all schools in Northern Ireland.

She has consulted for the British Council in Russia – supporting the development of the College for Multicultural Education in Sochi on the Black Sea – and the Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs (HECUA) in the US – as Programme Director in Northern Ireland.

Lorraine has published on the broad theme of civic engagement and higher education in books and journals and is coeditor of the recently published Mapping Civic Engagement within Higher Education in Ireland [All Ireland Society for Higher Education (AISHE) and Campus Engage 2009] and codirected and coauthored a national survey of civic engagement within higher education in Ireland (Campus Engage 2011). Her most recent book entitled Civic Engagement and Higher Education – Comparative Perspectives was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2012. She is peer reviewer on a number of higher education journals and reviews a number of university civic engagement awards including the MacJannet Prize for Global Citizenship.

Rajesh Tandon

A PhD from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, USA and an electronics engineer (IIT, Kanpur) with a graduation in management (IIM, Calcutta), Dr. Rajesh Tandon is an internationally acclaimed leader and practitioner of participatory research and development. He founded the Society for Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA), a voluntary organization providing support to grassroots initiatives in South Asia, and continues to be its Chief Functionary.

Participatory Research (PR), the forte of PRIA’s work, is a methodology that values experiential knowledge and practitioner’s wisdom in addition to the more formal knowledge available in academia and books. In order to bridge the divide between the world of practice and the world of research, Dr. Tandon has undertaken a number of initiatives to promote engagement of institutions of higher education with civil society and local communities to foster knowledge generation and mutual learning. This work found further support when he was appointed as UNESCO Co-Chair on Community-Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education for two terms (2012-2016 and 2016-2020).

Dr. Tandon has authored more than 100 articles, a dozen books and numerous training manuals on themes such as democratic governance, civic engagement, civil society, governance and management of NGOs, participatory research and people-centered development.  Recent publications include Knowledge and Engagement: Training the Next Generation of Community Based Researchers, University of Victoria (2016), Training the Next Generation of Community Based Researchers: A Guide for Trainers (2016), Institutionalizing Community-University Research Partnerships: A User’s Manual (2015), Community University Research Partnerships: A Global Perspective (2015), Global Governance, Civil Society and Participatory Democracy: A View from Below (2014).

Dr. Tandon is chairperson of the Global Alliance on Community-Engaged Research (GACER) network, which facilitates the sharing of knowledge and information worldwide to further community-based research. He is co-editor of the GUNI Report on “Engagement, Knowledge & Higher Education: Rethinking Social Responsibility” (2013).

The Indian Adult Education Association (IAEA) awarded Dr. Tandon the Nehru Literacy Award in 2016. He has been inducted to the International Adult and Continuing Education (IACE) Hall of Fame (class of 2011). The University of Victoria in Canada awarded Dr Tandon the degree of Doctor of Laws (Honoris Causa) in June 2008 recognizing his work in the area of civic engagement, governance and community-based research.

In 2013, Dr. Tandon was appointed as a member of the sub-committee constituted by the Planning Commission of India to make recommendations on strengthening community engagement in higher education for the 12th Plan. For his distinguished work on Gender Issues, the Government of India honored Dr. Tandon with the Prestigious Award in Social Justice in March, 2007.

Dr. Tandon has been Chair of the external advisory committee at the Office of Community Based Research at the University of Victoria in Canada (2006); chair of the International Forum on Capacity Building of Southern NGOs (1998-2002); president of the Asian-South Pacific Bureau of Adult Education in New Delhi (1991-2000); and vice president of the International Council for Adult Education in Canada (1986-1994). He also serves on the Boards of nonprofits around the world, and was Advisor to the Commonwealth Foundation, UNDP, and numerous other international agencies. He was selected to the Talloires Network Steering Committee in 2016.

Andrew Petter

Andrew Petter began his teaching career in 1984 at York University’s Osgoode Hall Law School before joining the University of Victoria’s Faculty of Law in 1986.  In the 1990s, he was twice elected to the British Columbia Legislature and was appointed to a series of key cabinet posts, including Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, Minister of Forests, Minister of Finance, Minister of Advanced Education, Intergovernmental Relations, and Attorney General.  Petter chose not to run for re-election in 2001, returning instead to the University of Victoria to resume teaching and then serve as Dean of Law. He has taught and written extensively in the areas of Constitutional Law and Public Policy, and is currently a member of the B.C. and Saskatchewan law societies.  He earned an LL.B. from the University of Victoria and an LL.M (Public Law) from Cambridge University.

Since assuming his current position in 2010, President Petter has forged a strategic vision for the university that has civic engagement as a centrepiece. That vision seeks to establish SFU as Canada’s “leading engaged university defined by its dynamic integration of innovation education, cutting-edge research, and far-reaching community engagement.” Pursuant to that vision, he has worked to make SFU a leader in community engagement, pioneering community-based programs such as SFU Public Square (to foster public dialogue on key public issues), promoting community-based research initiatives such as the Hakai Network (to undertake collaborative research with First Nations in support of environmental and social sustainability on B.C.’s Mid-Coast), and establishing community engagement centres (to serve as hubs for service learning, community-based research and community programming).

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ría Nieves Tapia

Nieves Tapia is the Founder and Director of the Latin American Center for Service-Learning, a major provider of training, program development assistance, and research in Latin America and beyond, and a partner regional organization of the Talloires Network.  From 1997 to 2009 she initiated and coordinated national service-learning programs for the Argentina Ministry of Education.  In 2002 and 2003 she coordinated the Solidarity Program Schools for the city of Buenos Aires.

A professor history with over 30 years of experience in tertiary and secondary education, she is the author of numerous books and articles about service learning in Spanish, English, Portuguese and Italian. A pioneering leader in higher education civic engagement (and in primary and secondary education as well), she has delivered speeches at higher education conferences in many countries including Ireland, Australia, Spain, South Africa, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, and U.S.  Prof. Tapia was a founding board member of the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement. She has participated in numerous national and international selection panels including the Presidential Award Solidarity Schools in Argentina and the Talloires Network’s MacJannet Prize for Global Citizenship and Youth Economic Participation Initiative.

Adam Weinberg

President Adam Weinberg has a long-standing commitment to reviving and strengthening the public purposes of higher education. During his initial three years at Denison, the college has become heavily involved in civic and economic renewal efforts in Central Ohio. In particular, he has focused on increasing university support of local community organizations who are engaged in addressing pressing problems throughout the region. This work has included expanding the efforts of students and faculty through service learning, community service, and publicly engaged scholarship, while also finding ways for the college to play a larger role by financially supporting community efforts.


He has also focused extensively on rethinking the role of college presidents as well as the ways in which colleges operate. He is acting to incorporate civic engagement and community work, not only in the research and teaching mission of the college, but also in how the college operates as an employer and large civic actor in the local community. These efforts have led to ongoing examinations of human resource policies, organizational structure, college governance practices, purchasing patterns, and other day-to-day operations as methods for the college to open up more space for civic action. This work includes helping to develop a new project at the Kettering Foundation entitled “College Presidents and the Civic Purposes of Higher Education.”


In addition, President Weinberg has worked to increase Denison’s global focus. He has been actively involved in helping to strengthen the Global Liberal Arts Alliance as a network of 29 liberal arts colleges from 17 countries who are learning from each other and partnering in reciprocal ways to enhance each other’s missions. Denison will host the Global Liberal Arts Alliance in November 2016. Weinberg is also organizing a spring 2017 convening of college presidents at the University of Buckingham (England) to examine presidential leadership and crucial global issues.


Prior to coming to Denison, Weinberg served as president of World Learning, one of the premier international education, exchange and development organizations. Each year, World Learning works with a new generation of emerging civic leaders in more than 60 countries, helping them develop the ability to address critical global issues. Weinberg came to World Learning to serve as the provost of its signature School for International Training (SIT) before becoming president of the parent organization. President Weinberg also served as vice president and dean of the college at Colgate University, where he was a member of the sociology department for more than a decade. At Colgate, he founded a number of organizations, including the Center for Outreach, Volunteerism, and Education (COVE) and the Partnership for Community Development.


President Weinberg attended Bowdoin College. He studied at Cambridge University before earning his master’s and doctoral degrees in sociology from Northwestern University. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and of the Higher Education Working Group on Global Issues, and has served on a variety of national and local boards. He was elected to the Talloires Network Steering Committee in 2016.​

Andrew Vann

Professor Vann was born in the UK, trained as a civil engineer and worked in engineering consultancy before completing a PhD in the Civil Engineering Systems Group at University of Bristol in 1994.

He lectured in structural engineering at University of Bristol prior to moving to Australia in 1996 where he took up a similar post in the Faculty of Engineering at Central Queensland University in Rockhampton. During this time he pursued research interests in structural monitoring and artificial intelligence, as well as leading pedagogical change in moving the Bachelor of Engineering at CQU to a project-based format.

He held various senior academic and administrative roles at CQU before joining James Cook University in North Queensland in 2004 as Pro-Vice Chancellor Information Services and Technologies, subsequently Pro-Vice-Chancellor and, from 2008, was Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor with responsibility for the Faculties and Teaching and Learning.

Professor Vann joined Charles Sturt University as Vice-Chancellor in December 2011.

He has held a number of board and community leadership roles, is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow of Engineers Australia, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and an Associate Fellow of the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation.


Student Representatives

Purity Gitonga

Basavan Patil