Design Experts

Global Design Experts

UDI Global Fellows and Experts-in-Residence include university and foundation administrators, senior scholars, policy-makers and partner industry executives motivated by grand challenges and pressing trends in higher education. 

Additionally, UDI brings unique value to the university design journey by leveraging more than 20+ years of innovation experience and associated experts within the living laboratory of Arizona State University.

UDI Global Fellows


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Doug Becker

Former Chairman and CEO, Laureate Education

Founder, Cintana

Doug Becker is the founder of Cintana, founder & former Chairman and CEO of Laureate Education and co-founder of Sterling Partners. Doug ardently believes universities are indispensable in the development of nations, communities and individuals. His work is driven by his vision of using highly innovative design principles to deliver breakthroughs in quality and scale for all levels of education.

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Sir Malcolm Grant

Chancellor, University of York

Former President and Provost, University College London

Sir Malcolm Grant is Chancellor of the University of York. Previously, he served as Chairman of NHS England, President & Provost of UCL from 2003-2013, and was previously Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Cambridge & Professor and Head of Department of Land Economy. He has a strong interest in higher education globally and advancements in education and public service.

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Daire Keogh

President, Dublin City University

Daire Keogh is a Professor of History, Deputy President of DCU and the University’s President-designate beginning July 2020. Daire served as President of St Patrick’s College Drumcondra (2012-16). A former Government of Ireland Senior Research Fellow, he is currently Principal Investigator of an Irish Research Council funded project to publish the extensive correspondence of Cardinal Paul Cullen.

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Brian MacCraith

Former President, Dublin City University

Professor Brian Dominic MacCraith MRIA HonFInstP, is an Irish physicist who was the third president of Dublin City University in Ireland. He joined DCU in 1986 and became president in July 2010, for a term of 10 years.

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Rafael Rangel-Sostmann

Former President, Tecnologico de Monterrey

Rafael Rangel-Sostmann is the former President of Tecnológico de Monterrey, the largest private, non-profit educational system in Mexico. During his 26-year tenure, Rangel promoted knowledge-based economic development and entrepreneurial spirit among students, opened 34 business incubators, 22 global liaison offices, 14 technology parks, and ensured programs included humanities, applied ethics and civic education components.

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Jeff Selingo

Former Editor, Chronicle of Higher Education

Special Advisor to the President


Jeff Selingo has written about higher education for more than two decades and is a New York Times bestselling author of three books. His latest book, Who Gets In & Why: A Year Inside College Admissions, was published in September 2020 and was named among the 100 Notable Books of the year by the New York Times. A regular contributor to The Atlantic, Jeff is a special advisor for innovation and professor of practice at Arizona State University. He also co-hosts the podcast, FutureU. He lives in Washington, DC with his family.

Experts in Residence

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Derrick Anderson

Senior Vice President, American Council on Education

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Carlos Ivan Moreno

Chief Academic and Innovation Officer, Universidad de Guadalajara

Policy Advisor at the Ministry of Higher Education, Mexico

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Angela Owusu-Ansah

Provost, Ashesi University, Ghana

National Commissioner, Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)

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Satoshi Watanabe

Senior Fellow in the Secretariat of Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy, the Cabinet Office of the Government of Japan

ASU Experts in Residence

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Mark Searle

Provost Emeritus and University Professor, School of Community Resources & Development (CRD)

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Lev Gonick

Chief Information Officer, ASU

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Jeff Goss

Associate Vice Provost & Executive Director, Global Outreach and Extended Education, ASU

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Kim Merritt

Vice President, ASU Learning Enterprise

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Grace O’Sullivan

Vice President, ASU Knowledge Enterprise

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Julia Rosen

Vice President, ASU Global Academic Initiatives

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Julie Young

Vice President, ASU Preparatory Academy

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Tamara Christensen

Executive Consultant, Facilitator and Author

Founder, Idea Farm

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Stephen Feinson

Associate Vice President

Managing Director, ASU Knowledge Enterprise

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Paola Garcia Hidalgo

Senior Director, Mexico Affairs, ASU

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Sean Hobson

Chief Design Officer, EdPlus @ ASU

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Duke Reiter

Senior Advisor to the President

Executive Director, University City Exchange, ASU

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Ryan Shaw

Managing Director, Strategic Initiatives

Senior University Advisor