Leadership Advisory Board

CLICKS is guided by the sound leadership of an international advisory board that play an active role in providing sound advice and mentorship which help shape and continuously grow the Center’s vision and support the achievement of its strategic goals.


Advisory Board Chair
Secretary General, Association of Arab Universities

Dr.Sultan Abu Orabi, is an organic chemist, who obtained his P.hD from the University of Michigan, USA in 1982. Currently he is the Secretary General of the Association of Arab Universities since 2011, which has its headquarters in Amman, Jordan. Prof.Abu Orabi previously served as President of Yarmouk University (2009-2011), Jordan’s second largest public university, […]

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Dr. Larry Johnson

Advisory Board Vice-Chair
President and CEO, EdFutures, Inc
Senior Fellow, Center for Digital Education

Dr. Larry Johnson is a globally acknowledged expert on emerging technology and its impacts on society and education, and author of five books, seven chapters, and more than 175 papers and research reports on the topic. He speaks regularly on educational trends, creativity, leadership, and innovation, and has delivered nearly 225 keynote addresses to a […]

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Prof. Ahmed Bawa

CEO, Universities South Africa

Ahmed Bawa, a theoretical physicist, leads Universities South Africa. Until 30 April 2016 he was Vice-Chancellor and Principal of Durban University of Technology and before that spent several years as a faculty member of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Hunter College and a member of the doctoral faculty at the Graduate  Center, City […]

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Prof. Dr. Ahmad Jammal

Director General of Higher Education, Ministry of Education & Higher Education (MEHE)

After a long career as university professor and as researcher in electrical engineering from 1985 to 1996 in France then in Lebanon beginning 1996, where he worked in addition as councilor of the MVTE and as expert of curricula development at CRDP and with UNESCO office in Beirut. He was nominated as DG of HE […]

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Prof. M Badr Aboul-Ela

Director, Commission for Academic Accreditation, UAE
President, Arab Network for Quality Assurance in Higher Education

Dr. Aboul-Ela earned his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Agriculture from Cairo University, and his Ph.D. in Animal Physiology from the University of Aberdeen, UK, in 1980. He held several academic administrative positions at Mansoura University and UAE University, among which being a Chair, Director of Graduate Studies, and Dean. As a researcher, he published a […]

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Prof. Jeff Michelman

University of North Florida

Dr. Michelman is a Professor of Accounting and International Business at the University of North Florida. Most recently he led the Hicks Honors College as its founding Director. Previously he served as both Associate Dean of the Coggin College of Business and Director of the Flagship Program in International Business at the University of North […]

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Dr. Kevin Kruger

President, NASPA

An accomplished speaker, leader, and educator, Kevin Kruger joined NASPA as Associate Executive Director in 1994, and became its first executive-level President on March 15, 2012. In his capacity as a national advocate for students and the primary spokesperson for student affairs administrators and practitioners, he draws on more than 30 years of experience in […]

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Dr. Kathleen S. Ives

CEO and Executive Director, The Online Learning Consortium (formally known as Sloan-c)

Kathleen S. Ives, D.M. has worked in online technology for over 20 years and is currently the Online Learning Consortium’s Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director where she oversees the organization’s strategic direction. Additionally, she serves as faculty for the Institute for Emerging Leadership in Online Learning (sponsored by Penn State and OLC), and serves […]

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Prof. Dr. Jan Sadlak

President, IREG Observatory on Academic Ranking and Excellence

He is internationally recognized and highly cited academic and expert in higher education and science as well as international relations, in particular policy development, policy and practices related to quality assurance, governance and management at the system and institutional level [h-index 24, i10-index 23], international governmental organizations.  In the past 30 years he has been […]

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Kurt Deketelaere

Secretary General of the League of European Research Universities (LERU)

Since July 2009, Kurt is the Secretary-General of the League of European Research Universities (LERU,, an association of twenty-three leading comprehensive and research-intensive universities, promoting the interests of frontier research, innovation and education with the EU institutions. For his “exemplary leadership of LERU”, he is awarded a doctorate honoris causa by the University of […]

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