Caring for 1.5 billion lost children: how universities have helped re-imagine a world-wide recovery from the COVID Pandemic
Donald Bundy | Professor of Epidemiology and Development, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
In January 2020, the global education system had used schools world-wide to establish the most extensive social safety net ever achieved. By April 2020, with the arrival of covid, almost every school in 199 countries had closed, and children suddenly lost not only their access to education and the promise of a future, but also all of their social support mechanisms. This talk will explore what happened next, and how universities world-wide are playing a key role in the global recovery.
Donald Bundy has worked for more than 30 years on the role of school health and nutrition programmes in the development of school-age children and adolescents, especially in low-income countries. He is the Director of the Global Research Consortium for School Health and Nutrition, and advisor to the World Food Programme in Rome, the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation in London, the World Bank in Washington DC, and several national governments.
Before joining LSHTM in 2018 he was Senior Advisor to the Global Health Team of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, in Seattle and London. Previously he served for 15 years (1999-2014) at the World Bank in Washington DC, and as Lead Health Specialist focused on the interface between the health and education sectors, and coordinated the Bank’s programme for NTDs and the African Programme for Onchocerciasis Control. These policy roles built on his earlier academic career (1979-1999) at the University of Oxford, Imperial College London and the University of the West Indies.
Advancing Education Across Boundaries
Sue Cunningham | President and CEO, Council for Advancement and Support of Education
Susie Balch | Associate Dean for Advancement, London Business School | Chair, CASE District for United Kingdom and Ireland
Liesl Elder | Chief Development Officer, University of Oxford | Chair, CASE Europe Regional Council
Teppo Heiskanen | Director, Advancement and Corporate Engagement, Aalto University | Chair, CASE District for Northern Europe
Leila Ojjeh | Director Alumni Relations, Ecole Polytechnique Federale - Lausanne (EPFL) | Chair, CASE District for Central, Eastern, Western and Southern Europe
In an era of declining trust in big societal institutions, education is no exception. We know the value of our institutions and yet sometimes their contributions get lost in public conversation. This panel of esteemed institutional leaders will provide insights from their perspectives about how to improve the public’s perception of education. They will share their views on how advancement teams (professionals in marketing, communications, alumni relations and fundraising) can help lead conversations with communities about the value of education and how it transforms lives and society. Hear from a panel of European university leaders with experiences in different continents and contexts toward the same goal: influencing the narrative and public perception of our sector.
This session will provide an opportunity to see the profession of advancement from multiple perspectives across Europe. How is the value of education perceived in different regions? What advancement challenges are similar and what are different? What are opportunities for further understanding and collaboration? What do we need to know about students from different parts of Europe as they become our students and evolve into our alumni? How can we, collectively, advance education to transform lives and society across the region? This session will build your understanding of the environment for education across Europe to enable you to better serve your institution and our sector as a whole.
Hear from a panel of European university leaders from diverse regions and institutions in discussion of how we advance our institutions and education as a vital means of improving all our lives.
Since 2015, Sue Cunningham has provided executive leadership for one of the largest education-related associations in the world serving over 3,200 members in 80 countries. Prior to CASE, she served as Vice-Principal for Advancement at The University of Melbourne and Director of Development at University of Oxford. She held advancement roles at Christ Church, Oxford and University of St Andrews. As a CASE volunteer, she received the CASE Europe Distinguished Service Award and a CASE Crystal Apple for Teaching Excellence.
Cunningham is a Trustee at University of San Diego, a member of Signature Theatre (Arlington, Virginia, United States of America) Board of Directors, a member of Washington Higher Education Secretariat Steering Committee, and is a member of the International Women’s Foundation.
She is an Honorary Fellow of the Melbourne Graduate School of Education and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Susie Balch is the Associate Dean for Advancement at London Business School, where she has been for the last 11 years. She has overall responsibility for alumni engagement and fundraising at the School. Susie led the School’s first ever comprehensive fundraising campaign for £125 million which concluded in 2016 two years ahead of schedule and 25% ahead of goal. The Advancement team manages relationships across the globe with the School’s vast international network of over 44,000 alumni.
Susie’s career spans over thirty years, running transformational campaigns for a variety of educational institutions. Before relocating to the UK with her family in 2005, she worked in the United States where she played an integral role in several $125 million + fundraising campaigns. The Institutions Susie has worked for include Harvard Law School, Hamilton College, Middlesex School, Buckingham Browne and Nichols School and the Chicago Waldorf School.
Susie received her BA in Political Science from Hamilton College and completed a certificate for the Accelerated Development Programme at LBS in 2010 and the Proteus programme in 2018.
Outside of the office, Susie is a member of the Advisory Council of the British Museum Friends.
Liesl Elder directs the University Development Office, overseeing philanthropic fundraising for the University across the academic divisions, museums and libraries. Her teams work worldwide, including the University’s offices in Hong Kong and Tokyo. She came to Oxford in in 2011 to lead the Oxford Thinking Campaign, managing its relaunch from a £1.25bn to a £3bn campaign, and seeing it though to a successful conclusion last year. The Oxford team won the 2020 CASE Platinum Award for Best Practice in Fundraising.
Liesl has worked in educational fundraising since 1993, beginning her career at the US liberal arts colleges Carleton College and Oberlin College before serving as Campaign Director for Santa Clara University in California. She moved to the UK in 2004 to become Director of Development and Communications at Durham University, followed by a few years in Scotland as Director of Development at the University of Edinburgh.
Teppo is the director for advancement and corporate engagement at Aalto University in Finland. The integrated advancement office at Aalto includes corporate relations, donor engagement, alumni engagement, career and recruitment services, as well as CRM development and analytics.
Before joining Aalto in 2016, Teppo was an independent consultant in fundraising and international cooperation for five years, supporting Finnish universities in the governmental matching funding campaign of 2015-2017. From 2003 to 2011, he worked for the Nordic Council of Ministers in Lithuania and Denmark in governmental relations and organizing the international support for the European Humanities University, the Belarusian university-in-exile in Lithuania.
He started his career in higher education management at the University of Helsinki in the 1990s in International Relations. He also has experience in Media and Communications, and he has written 6 travel guidebooks.
Leila is the Director of Alumni Relations at EPFL (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne) in Switzerland, coming back to her Alma Mater in 2017 to manage a thriving global community of over 40’000 engineers and architects.
After graduating in chemical engineering from EPFL in 1994, she started her career in marketing with L’Oréal, successfully launching the L’Oréal Make up brand then taking on the Marketing Director role for Lancôme in Switzerland.
After her MBA at INSEAD in 2001, she joined Firmenich, a leading flavor & fragrance company. There, she took on different regional and global roles in innovation and business development, leading cross-functional teams, global categories and innovation portfolios in food and natural ingredients.
During her MBA at INSEAD, she realized the importance and the power of networks and engaged as a volunteer in the Swiss Alumni Association where she became Regional President. This experience inspired her to transition to the Higher Education sector to bring impact and contribute to making Alumni Relations and Advancement a priority within her Alma Mater.
CASE has been an incredible source of support and encounters in this chapter of her life and the reason to engage as a volunteer. She is now the Chair of the Continental Europe District on a mission to support CASE grow its impact in this high-growth region.
Opportunities and challenges in reputation management: Where does Higher Education go from here?
Paul Andrew | Vice President for Public Affairs and Communications, Harvard University
As universities and colleges emerge from a global pandemic to resume more normal operations, they do so in a context of challenges and opportunities. What is the role of public affairs, communications, and engagement with external audiences in shaping this next vital chapter for institutions? What do we hold onto from the pandemic era, and what do we look to build upon? Where do we go from here to renew and reinvigorate our relationships with the public and key stakeholders?
Paul Andrew is Vice President for Public Affairs and Communications at Harvard University, overseeing the University’s core external communications functions and The Harvard Gazette, as well as regulatory and community engagement efforts in Boston and Cambridge, and Harvard’s relationships with federal, state, and local policy makers and stakeholders.
As Vice President, Andrew has developed and implemented coordinated communications and advocacy strategies for key University priorities and initiatives, including campaigns on the arts and humanities, public service, voting and citizenship, COVID and public health, and race and inequality. He has developed communications strategies for Harvard initiatives around the world, including in Europe, Asia and Americas. He also serves as an adviser to the President, Provost, and other University leaders.
Prior to joining Harvard, Andrew was Executive Vice President and chief growth officer at Weber Shandwick in Boston, a leading global strategic communications consultancy, where he advised governments, non-profits, trade organizations, and companies around the world.
A native of the United Kingdom, Andrew served as an adviser to Gordon Brown, then Britain’s Chancellor of the Exchequer, and as director of communications for the European Parliamentary Labour Party in Brussels. He has extensive experience in international affairs, having led communications strategies for the National Democratic Institute; the Caribbean Community; and the UN-supported International Trade Center in Geneva. He has also advised governments and leaders in Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa on communications and message development.
Andrew began his career as a reporter and has been a frequent commentator for the BBC, CNN, and Fox on politics and international affairs. He has presented on communications, reputation management, message development, and crisis strategy for a wide range of organizations including CASE Europe, Times Higher Education, and the Building Universities Reputation International Conference at the Universidad de Navarra in Spain. He serves on the board of Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries of Massachusetts and previously served as a member of the Executive Committee of HUBWeek.