WUN Governance

WUN is a not-for-profit organisation with prudent governance measures in place to ensure the effective and efficent delivery of its high quality programmes and activities.

Dr Max Price

Chair - Dr Max Price

The Chair of WUN is elected from among the Presidents of the member universities of WUN and serves a two-year term. The current Chair, appointed in April 2014, is Dr Max Price, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cape Town.

Dr Price has served as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cape Town since July 2008. From 1996 to 2006, Dr Price was dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of the Witwatersrand. As dean, he spearheaded the introduction of a new medical curriculum, led the transformation of the faculty, initiated a variety of courses and programmes, established the first University-owned private teaching hospital and also a major clinical research company.  He chaired the National Committee of Medical Deans for 4 years, and also the Medical and Dental Professions Board subcommittee responsible for accreditation of undergraduate medical degree programmes in South Africa.  He has degrees from the universities of the Witwatersrand (Medicine), Oxford (BA), and London (Public Health) and has published extensively in the fields of public health policy and health science education.  He has worked in hospitals in Johannesburg and in rural South Africa, was a research fellow at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and was director of the Centre for Health Policy at Wits University.  Amongst his awards are the Rhodes Scholarship, the Outstanding Young South African Award, an Honorary Fellowship of the Colleges of Medicine of SA, and the Takemi Fellowship in International Health at Harvard School of Public Health.

Professor John Hearn

Executive Director - Professor John Hearn

Professor John Hearn is Executive Director of the Worldwide Universities Network.

He is Professor of Reproductive Physiology in the School of Medical Sciences at the University of Sydney. He was awarded his PhD from the Australian National University (ANU) and served for 6-7 years each in leading research, teaching and administrative positions at the Universities of Edinburgh, London UCL, Wisconsin, ANU and Sydney. Most recently he was Vice President (Research) at ANU 2000-4, and Vice President (Academic and International) at Sydney 2004-13. He teaches first year and advanced students in science and biomedicine. He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Professor Hearn has published 210 research papers and edited six books in reproduction and fertility, stem cell biology and biotechnology. A committed international citizen, he has worked globally in research capacity development, especially in China, India, Thailand, Kenya and Brazil. He is a senior adviser to the Australian Government, World Health Organisation and the OECD. He is Chairman of the Australia-Africa Universities Network and was (to 2013) a Board member of the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation and Chairman of the Board of the Sydney Confucius Institute.


WUN is managed by a Secretariat, which is responsible for the operations, communications and strategy implementation of the network. Company secretarial and financial management services are provided by specialists from the University of Leeds.

General Manager: Nicholas Haskins

Program Officer: Bee Nortje

Communications Officer: Daniela Carlucci

Program Manager (China): Dr Grace Liu 

Company Secretary: Helena Smith

Partnership Board

The Partnership Board sets the strategic direction and vision of the network and its culture, values and membership. It provides entrepreneurial leadership of the WUN company within a framework of prudent and effective controls that enables risk to be assessed and managed.

The Board comprises the Presidents, Vice-Chancellors or Rectors of the member universities and the WUN Executive Director. Collectively, the Board has considerable international influence and ensures that WUN is recognised as a leading global higher education network.

Chair: Dr Max Price, Vice-Chancellor, The University of Cape Town

Steering Group

  • Sir Keith Burnett, Vice-Chancellor, The University of Sheffield
  • Professor John Hearn, WUN Executive Director
  • Professor Stuart McCutcheon, Vice-Chancellor, The University of Auckland
  • Professor Don Nutbeam, Vice-Chancellor, The University of Southampton
  • Professor Dr Martin Paul, President, Maastricht University
  • Dr Indira Samarasekera, President, The University of Alberta (Vice-Chair)
  • Professor Joseph Sung, President, The Chinese University of Hong Kong


  • Dr Eric Barron, President, The Pennsylvania State University
  • Professor Paul Johnson, Vice-Chancellor, The University of Western Australia
  • Professor Koen Lamberts, Vice-Chancellor, The University of York
  • Sir Alan Langlands, Vice-Chancellor, The University of Leeds
  • Professor Wu Zhaohui, President, Zhejiang University
  • Professor Dr Antonio Loprieno, Rector, The University of Basel
  • Professor Dag Rune Olsen, Rector, The University of Bergen
  • President Joel Seligman, President, The University of Rochester
  • Professor Michael Spence, Vice-Chancellor, The University of Sydney
  • Dr Kumble Subbaswamy, Chancellor, The University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Sir Eric Thomas, Vice-Chancellor, The University of Bristol

Academic Advisory Group

The Academic Advisory Group is responsible for overseeing the academic portfolio of the network and advising the Partnership Board on strategic direction. It is made up senior university officials, usually at the level of Vice-President or Deputy Vice-Chancellor with responsibility for the research or internationalisation priorities of the member universities. It is the task of this group to draw the threads from individual member universities together so as to nurture high impact communities tackling issues of global importance.

Chair: Professor Robyn Owens, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), The University of Western Australia

Steering Group

  • Professor Sian Griffiths, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Professor Peter Lennie, Provost, The University of Rochester (Deputy Chair)
  • Professor Tom van Veen, Dean of Internationalization of Education, Maastricht University
  • Professor Danie Visser, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, The University of Cape Town


  • Professor Mark Adams, Dean of Agriculture and Environment, The University of Sydney
  • Ms Britta Baron, Vice-Provost (International), The University of Alberta
  • Professor Jane Harding, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), The University of Auckland
  • Professor Madeleine Herren-Oesch, Director, Institute for European Global Studies, The University of Basel
  • Professor David Hogg, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research & Innovation, The University of Leeds
  • Professor Anne Christine Johannessen, Vice-Rector for International Relations, The University of Bergen
  • Professor Nick Lieven, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, The University of Bristol
  • Professor Katherine Newman, Provost & Senior Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs, The University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Professor Deborah Smith, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research, The University of York
  • Professor Yonghua Song, Executive Vice President for International Relations, Zhejiang University
  • Professor Mark Spearing, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (International), The University of Southampton
  • Professor Martin Trethewey, WUN AAG representative, The Pennsylvania State University
  • Professor Gill Valentine, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, The University of Sheffield

Coordinators Group

Each WUN member university appoints an administrator to manage the implementation of WUN programs on campus and to serve as the main contact point for network initiatives. This group shares information on collaborative opportunities and develops WUN’s research programs. Your local WUN Coordinator should be your first point of contact for information on WUN. Contact details for your WUN Coordinator can be found on the WUN member pages

Chair: Dr Stefan Scherer, The University of Alberta


Contact Us

For more information on WUN, contact the WUN General Manager, Nicholas Haskins:

Telephone: +61 2 9036 7219
Email: nhaskins@wun.ac.uk
Australia office: Room 207B, Old Teachers' College, The University of Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia
UK office: Room 11.23, EC Stoner Building, The University of Leeds, Leeds, LS2 9JT, UK