Patrick Gilli has been President of the University Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3 since May 2016. A Professor of Medieval history, he graduated from École normale supérieure (Saint-Cloud), holds a post-graduate degree from Paris-Ouest-Nanterre-la-Défense University and a PhD from Paris 4 University.
After three years at the French School in Rome, he joined Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3 University in 1996. From 2002 to 2008 he headed the University Service for Continuing Education, was a member of the University Governing Board from 2006 to 2008 and the University’s Vice-president for Research from 2008 to 2016.
Patrick Gilli is a member of the French National Council of Universities, and High Council for the Evaluation of Research and Higher Education. He is on the Scientific board of the French School in Rome.
A specialist of Western Medieval History, he has published extensively on Medieval and Renaissance Italy, with a special focus on doctrinal constructions of authority and power, and relations between intellectuals and the political elites.

Tomáš Zima graduated from the First Faculty of Medicine of Charles University in Prague, in 1990, after he worked at the Institute of Medical Chemistry and Biochemistry of the First Faculty of Medicine. In 1999, he switched to the Institute of Medical Biochemistry and Laboratory Diagnostics, which he led until now. In 2001, Mr. Tomáš Zima became a professor of medical chemistry and biochemistry. He also specialises in clinical biochemistry, internal medicine and nephrology.

Professor Tomáš Zima was the Dean of the First Faculty of Medicine between 2005-2012 and since 2014 he became the Rector of Charles University and the President of the Czech Rectors’ Conference. Prof. Tomáš Zima is a member of UNICA Steering Committee and a member of EUROPAEUM Board of Trustees since 2016. Prof. Tomáš Zima is an author of more than 450 articles, citated more then 3400 (SCI), 8 books and the co-author of 71 chapters in books, H-index is 31. He gives more than 140 lectures abroad. Prof. Tomáš Zima is a member in many learned and scientific societies (e.g. Academia Europea, Czech Medical Academy, Czech Learned Society), their Boards (e.g. member of Executive Board EFLM) and a member of the European Commission’s Scientific Panel for Health (SPH).

Wojciech Nowak is the Rector of the Jagiellonian University in Kraków. He is a professor of Medicine, has been Deputy Ward Head at the Clinical Department of General and Gastroenterological Surgery at the University Hospital, Head of the Chair in Anatomy and the Head of the Third Chair and Clinic of General Surgery at the Medical College. He is also the President of the Conference of Rectors of Polish Universities. He is the author and co-author of 133 publications, 285 conference presentations, and co-author of 3 monographs.

Rosario Rizzuto, MD PhD, is Professor of General Pathology and Rector of the University of Padova since October 1st 2015.
His research interests have been centered on the study of cellular signaling. His research focus is the role of mitochondria in cellular calcium homeostasis, and he identified the mitochondrial calcium channels (MCU, “mitochondrial calcium uniporter”), the only fundamental component of the cellular calcium signaling machinery yet to be discovered. He is member of the Academia Europaea and EMBO, and acts as reviewer for high IF journals (Nature, Science, Cell, etc.) and international funding agencies. He was awarded the Chiara D’Onofrio prize, the Biotec award, the Theodor Bucher medal and the Antonio Feltrinelli Prize.
He published more than 280 papers in international peer-reviewed journals. According to Google scholar, H-index is 108, with more than 44.101 total citations.

Luc Sels is the Rector of KU Leuven and a member of the Rectors’ Assembly of the League of European Research Universities, the Board of Directors of Venice International University (VIU), the Board of the Flemish Inter-University Council (VLIR) and the Board of Directors of Vlerick Business School. Luc Sels is a professor at and former Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Business. His primary substantive research interests centre around projections of labour market indicators, active ageing and (corporate) demography, talent management and workforce differentiation, and has been published in leading scholarly journals. He is actively involved in labour market policy research and advice and represents the Federal Minister of Employment on the Belgian High Council for Employment as director of the Centre of Expertise in Labour Market Monitoring.

Dr Pilar Aranda Ramírez is a full professor of Physiology at the University of Granada. She has been Rector of the University of Granada since June 2015 and Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Health Sciences Technology Park of Granada. She was the Vice-President of the Spanish Rectors’ Conference from November 2017 to May 2019.

Stuart Corbridge joined Durham University in 2015 from the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he served as Deputy Director and Provost. In 1978, he graduated with a First Class BA Honours degree in Geography from Sidney Sussex College. He continued at Cambridge for his PhD, which was focused on the politics of ethnoregionalism in Jharkhand, India and carried out field-based academic work in eastern India into the 2000s. Alongside this, he has worked extensively in that region for the UK’s Department for International Development, including on public service delivery issues, joint forest management, participation and empowerment.  His major publication (with Glyn Williams, Manoj Srivastava and Rene Veron, 2005) remains, Seeing the State: Governance and Governmentality in India.
He has held posts at Huddersfield Polytechnic, Royal Holloway, Bedford New College (University of London) and the Maxwell School of Public Affairs at Syracuse University. In 1988, Corbridge was appointed to a Lectureship in South Asian Geography at Cambridge University and was elected to a Fellowship at Sidney Sussex College. He remained at Cambridge for the next eleven years before taking up a post of Professor of International Studies at the University of Miami, USA and later a Chair in Geography at the London School of Economics. He became the Head of the Department of International Development in 2007 and from 2010 served as Pro-Director for Research and External Relations. In 2013, Corbridge was appointed as the first Deputy Director and Provost of LSE.  At LSE, he led work to develop LSE’s core undergraduate course (LSE 100) and to improve systems of academic recruitment, mentoring, review and reward.

Jukka Kola is the Rector of the University of Turku and the Chairman of the national Forum for International Affairs in Higher Education and Research of Finland. He previously held the posts of Rector (2013-2018), Vice-Rector (2010-2013) and Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry (2004-2009) at the University of Helsinki where he started his career as Professor in the 1990s. His academic field is Agricultural Economics and Policy.

Jukka Kola has also served as a trustee in several international associations, including the Executive Committees and the Board of Directors of e.g. the European Association of Agricultural Economists (EAAE), the International Food and Agribusiness Association (IFAMA), for which he still acts as a Counsellor, and the League of the European Research Universities (LERU) where he was a member of the Board of Directors and the Rectors’ Assembly.