Newman Alumni Center | University of Miami

Miami, United States

March 7-8, 2024

Conference Day 1: Thursday, March 7th

9:30 – 10:00 a.m.

Registration and Coffee

10:00 – 10:20 a.m.

Introduction and conducting of the conference by  Geoffroy Gérard, General Director of IE Foundation and IE Reinventing Higher Education Conference, and Laura Kohn-Wood, Dean of the School of Education and Human Development at the University of Miami 

Welcome by Julio Frenk, President of the University of Miami, and  Santiago Íñiguez, President of IE University 

Opening remarks by Francesca de Quesada, Chief Innovation & Economic Development Officer, Miami Dade County

10:20 – 11:00 a.m.

Keynote and introductory conversation: Connecting the dots and setting learning free

Keynote: Eric Mazur, Balkanski Professor of Physics and Applied Physics, Harvard University

In conversation with Julio Frenk, President, University of Miami, and moderated by Kathi Kern, Vice Provost for Educational Innovation, University of Miami 

11:00 –  11:40 a.m.

OPENING PANEL. The Convergence Nexus: Interdisciplinary Solutions for Societal Challenges


  • Monica Arés, Executive Director of Innovation, Digital Education and Analytics (IDEA) Lab, Imperial College, UK
  • Minu Ipe, MD and Vice Chair, University Design Institute (UDI), Arizona State University, US
  • Nhlanhla Thwala, Vice-Chancellor, African Leadership University, Rwanda

In conversation with Manuel Muñiz, Provost, IE University, Spain

11:40 – 12:00 a.m. 

Coffee Break

12:00 – 12:10 a.m. 

RHE Provocation Pills: Students’ Perspectives on Global Higher Education (VIDEO)

12:10 – 1:00 p.m. 

PANEL 2. Reality and Foresight: Global Perspectives Redefining Higher Education 


  • Ariel Armony, Vice Chancellor for Global Affairs, University of Pittsburgh, US
  • Annelien Bredenoord, Rector, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • Lucas S. Grosman, Rector, Universidad de San Andrés, Argentina
  • Ahmad Hasnah, President, Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Qatar (VIDEO)
  • Wim de Villiers, Rector and Vice-Chancellor, Stellenbosch University, South Africa


Anne McElvoy, Executive Editor, Head of Podcasting, POLITICO, United Kingdom

1:00 – 1:50 p.m

Networking Lunch 

2:00 – 2:10 p.m. 

RHE Provocation Pills: AI and the future of one-size-fits-one student experiences

Kyle Bowen, Deputy CIO, Arizona State University, US

2:10 –  3:00 p.m.

PANEL 3. Revolutionizing Education: Exploring and navigating AI’s Impact on Learning Innovation  


  • Tales Andreassi, Deputy Dean, FGV EAESP, Brazil
  • Kathi Kern, Vice Provost for Educational Innovation, University of Miami, United States
  • Archan Misra, Vice Provost (Research) & Lee Kong Chian Professor of Computer Science, Singapore Management University, Singapore
  • Shankar Prasad, Vice President of Academic Innovation & Dean of the School of Professional Studies, Brown University, United States
  • Andrea Prencipe, Rector, Luiss University, Italy


Andrew Jack, Global Education Editor, Financial Times, United States

3:00 –  3:10 p.m

RHE Provocation Pills: Bridging the Gap: From Ivory Tower to Industry Frontlines in Digital Healthcare Revolution

Dr. Wesley Smith, Clinical Professor in the School of Education and Human Development, University of Miami, US

3:10 –  4:00 p.m. (50 min)

PANEL 4. Impactful Alliances: Higher Education and Cross-Sector Collaboration for Innovation


  • Lori J. Carrell, Chancellor, University of Minnesota Rochester, United States
  • David Go, Vice Provost and Associate Provost for Academic Strategy, University of Notre Dame, United States
  • Wayne Mitchell, Associate Provost for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Imperial College London, United Kingdom
  • Diego Quiroga, Rector, Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador
  • Raul V. Rodriguez, Vice President, Woxsen University, India


John Byrne, Editor, Poet & Quants, United States

4:00 –  6:30 p.m.

Innovation Visit: a new initiative at University of Miami campus

Conference Day 2: Friday, March 8th

9:00 – 9:30 a.m.

Welcome back & Coffee

9:30 – 10:20 a.m.

PANEL 5. Navigating Change: Emerging Models in Higher Education 


  • Nelson Baker, Dean, Professional Education, Georgia Institute of Technology, United States
  • David Garza, Rector and Executive President, Tec de Monterrey, Mexico
  • Ben Nelson, Founder, Chairman, and CEO, Minerva Project, United States
  • Martin Paul, Rector, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany
  • Felipe Portocarrero, Rector | Universidad del Pacifico, Peru


Stela Campos, Editor, Valor Econômico, Brazil

10:20 – 11:10 a.m.

PANEL 6. Unlocking Potential: Access, Governance, and Funding as Keys to Human Capital Empowerment in Higher Education 


  • Christopher Bracey, Provost and EVP for Academic Affairs, George Washington University, United States
  • Mathias Falkenstein, Founding Partner, XOLAS / Professor of Practice in Higher Education Management
  • Gonzalo Garland, Executive Vice President, IE Foundation, Spain
  • Angelica Natera, Higher Education consultant and Former Executive Director at Laspau, United States


Laura Kohn-Wood, Dean, School of Education and Human Development, University of Miami, United States

11:10 – 11:20 a.m.

Coffee Break

11:20 – 11:30 a.m.

RHE Provocation Pills: New Narratives  & Hyperreality: Reality and Simulation in the Art History Classroom using VR

Dr. Karen Rose Mathews, Associate Professor of Art History, Department of Art and Art History, College of Arts and Sciences | University of Miami, US

11:30 – 12:30 a.m.

FINAL DEBATE. Engaging The Next Generations – Evolving The Ecosystem

A culmination of the key ideas that have emerged during the last two days and pointers towards the future.

Final Keynote: Joel Podolny, co-founder and CEO of Honor Education, former Vice president at Apple and Dean of Apple University, former Dean of Yale Business School. (15 minutes)


12:30 – 12:50 a.m.

Presentation of Reinventing Higher Education Conference 2025 and Closing Remarks

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Networking Lunch

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