WUN Governance

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

Chair - Professor dr. Martin Paul

The Chair of the WUN Partnership Board is elected from among the Presidents of the member universities of WUN and serves a two-year term. The current Chair, appointed in January 2018, is Professor dr. Martin Paul, President of Maastricht University. 

Professor Martin Paul is President of Maastricht University (UM) since 2011. After finishing medical school at the University of Heidelberg he has worked as an academic at Harvard University, University of Heidelberg, Freie Universität Berlin and Charité University Medical Centre Berlin. Next to his distinguished career as a researcher (with more than 300 publications) and educator, Professor Paul has become active in academic management.

He was Dean of the Medical Faculty of the Freie Universität, and from 2004 to 2008 Dean and Vice President of the Executive Board of the Medical Faculty of the Charité Medical Centre. From 2008 to 2011, he has served as Dean of the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences at UM and Vice President of Maastricht University Medical Centre +.

In addition, Professor Paul has worked actively to improve academic management and leadership on the international level. In this context, he has served as Chair of DEAN, a European Network of deans and academic managers and has been a board member of the European Centre for Strategic Management of Universities. He also has been on the board of the Association of Academic Health Centers and served as chair of its International Steering Group. Currently, he is member of the board of the Dutch Association of Research Universities and is an elected member of the Netherlands Academy for Technology and Innovation. Furthermore, Professor Paul has been elected as vice-president of the Young European Research Universities Network (YERUN). As of June 2016, he has been appointed as a member of the National Science Council of Austria and as a honorary fellow of the Free University Brussels. Professor Paul has been elected chairman of the Partnership Board of the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) as of January 2018. Apart from these roles he serves on several advisory and supervisory boards in the Netherlands, Europe and beyond.

Executive Director - Professor Peter Lennie

Peter Lennie is the Jay Last Distinguished University Professor at the University of Rochester.  He has been Executive Director of WUN since August 2018.

Lennie is a neuroscientist whose work has focused principally on early stage mechanisms of vision,  and the encoding and transmission of information from the eye’s retina to the primary visual cortex.  His published work has contributed particularly to our understanding of how information about the color of objects is represented in the brain.

He was born and educated in the UK.  After obtaining his PhD in experimental psychology from the University of Cambridge, he held a Harkness Fellowship at Northwestern University in Evanston, followed by a Research Fellowship at King’s College, Cambridge, before becoming Lecturer in  Experimental Psychology at the University of Sussex.  In 1982 he moved to the University of Rochester to join the Center for Visual Science. During his time in Rochester he became founding chair of the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences.  From 1998 to 2006 he was at New York University as Professor of Neural Science and Dean for Science.  In 2006 he returned to the University of Rochester as Senior Vice President and Robert L. and Mary L. Sproull Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Sciences and Engineering.  From 2012 to 2016 he also served as the university’s Provost. During his time as Provost he drove a major expansion of the university’s international engagement.

His professional service includes appointments on editorial boards of several scientific journals, service on boards of professional societies, and on National Institutes of Health review panels, including from 1985-1988 as chairman of Visual Sciences B Study Section.  He served as chairman of the National Research Council’s Committee on Vision from 1991-95, and on its Board on Behavioral, Cognitive and Sensory Sciences from 1997 to 2004.  He was chairman of the National Research Council Committee on Disability Determination for Individuals with Visual Impairment.  From 1992 to 2002 he held a MERIT award from the National Eye Institute.  He is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America.


WUN is led and managed by the Executive Director and a part-time consultant team, which is responsible for the operations, communications and strategy implementation of the network and reports to the Partnership Board.  Company secretarial and financial management services are provided by specialists from the University of Leeds, which is the registered office of the WUN Company.

  • Executive Director:  Professor Peter Lennie
  • General Manager:  Dr Mike Hasenmueller
  • Administrative Officer: Ms Adriana Zobrist Galad
  • Research Development Manager:  Associate Professor Grace Liu PhD
  • Program Manager: Ms Marije Nieuwenhuis
  • Company Secretary: Ms Helena Smith, University of Leeds
  • Coordinator Chair:  Dr Susan Jim, University of Bristol
  • Financial Services:  Mr Marcin Sanocki, University of Leeds

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: Professor dr Martin Paul, President, Maastricht University

Steering Group

  • Professor Dawn Freshwater, Vice-Chancellor, The University of Western Australia (Vice-Chair of the WUN Partnership Board)
  • Dr David Turpin, President, University of Alberta
  • Professor Rocky Tuan, Vice-Chancellor, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Professor Katherine Newman, Provost & Senior Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs, University of Massachusetts Amherst (Alt. Dir. for Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy)
  • Professor Peter Mbithi, Vice-Chancellor, The University of Nairobi
  • Professor Peter Lennie, WUN Executive Director
  • Professor Saul Tendler, Acting Vice-Chancellor and President, The University of York
  • Professor Sandra Almeida, President, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais


  • Professor Stuart McCutcheon, Vice-Chancellor, The Univeristy of Auckland
  • Professor Dag Rune Olsen, Rector, The University of Bergen
  • Professor Hugh Brady, Vice-Chancellor, The University of Bristol
  • Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng, Vice-Chancellor, University of Cape Town
  • Professor Ebenezer Oduro Owusu, Vice-Chancellor, The University of Ghana
  • Sir Alan Langlands, Vice-Chancellor, University of Leeds
  • Professor Huey-Jen Jenny Su, President, National Cheng Kung University
  • Professor Liu Wei, President, Renmin University of China 
  • Professor Robert Clark, Provost and Senior VP for Research, The University of Rochester (Alt. Dir. for President Richard Feldman)
  • Professor Koen Lamberts, Vice-Chancellor, The University of Sheffield
  • Professor Sir Christopher Snowden, Vice-Chancellor, The University of Southampton
  • Dr Michael Spence, Vice-Chancellor, The University of Sydney
  • Dr David Garza, Rector, Tecnológico de Monterrey
  • Professor Andrew Deeks, President, University College Dublin
  • Professor Wu Zhaohui, President, Zhejiang University

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 Deborah Smith, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research, The University of York

Steering Group

  • Dr. Matthias Ruth, Vice-President (Research), The University of Alberta
  • Professor Fanny Cheung, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Professor Francis Dodoo, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research, Innovation & Development), The University of Ghana
  • Professor Tom van Veen, Dean of Internationalization of Education, Maastricht University
  • Associate Professor Martina Nieswandt Associate Vice-Chancellor (Research and Engagement),  The University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Professor Robyn Owens, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), The University of Western Australia
  • Professor Arturo Molina , Vice President of Research and Technology Transfer, Tecnológico de Monterrey 


  • Professor Jim Metson, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), The University of Auckland
  • Professor Annelin Eriksen, Vice-Rector for Global Relations, The University of Bergen
  • Professor Nishan Canagarajah, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, The University of Bristol
  • Professor Michael Kyobe, Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research and Internationalisation, The University of Cape Town
  • Professor Lisa Roberts, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, The University of Leeds
  • Professor Lucy Irungu, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, The University of Nairobi
  • Professor Tung-yang Chen, Vice President, National Cheng Kung University
  • Professor Wang Liming, Vice President, Renmin University of China 
  • Dr Jane Gatewood, Associate Provost for Global Engagement, The University of Rochester
  • Professor Dave Petley, Vice-President for Research and Innovation, The University of Sheffield
  • Professor Alex Neill, Vice-President (Education), The University of Southampton
  • Professor Kathy Belov, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Global Engagement), The University of Sydney
  • Professor Aziz Saliba, Dean of International Affairs, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais
  • Professor Dolores O'Riordan, Vice-President for Global Engagement, University College Dublin
  • Professor Yonghua Song, Executive Vice President for International Relations, Zhejiang University

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 below and on the WUN member pages

Chair: Dr Susan JimThe University of Bristol 


Contact Us

For more information on WUN, enquiries can be directed to info@wun.ac.uk

WUN Company Office: Room 11.23, EC Stoner Building, The University of Leeds, Leeds, LS2 9JT, UK