Visiting Scholars

Current Visiting Scholars

Tugay Durak

Tugay Durak

Tugay Durak is a PhD candidate and postgraduate teaching assistant at the UCL Institute of Education (UK). His doctoral project focuses on the Turkish academic diaspora in the UK. In 2019, he completed his master's degree in higher education studies at the same institution where he wrote his master's thesis on international scholarships for outward student mobility.

Alongside his doctoral education, last year, he worked as a research assistant at a British Council project aiming to promote higher education partnerships between Turkey and the UK. Before his postgraduate studies, Mr Durak taught Mathematics in Istanbul for four years at the secondary level. He completed his bachelor's degree at Boğaziçi University in Istanbul, Turkey. 

Professor Isak Froumin

Isak Froumin

Isak Froumin is the former Head of the Institute of Education at the Higher School of Economics, National Research University in Moscow. Before joining HSE, he was a Lead Education Specialist at the World Bank and worked as a teacher and principal of the first university laboratory school in Russia.  

Prof. Froumin is an editor and author of more than 300 publications, including articles and books on educational reform and the theory of education, published in both Russian and English. His research interests are very broad, including educational development in countries with transitional economies, educational and life trajectories, the development of key competencies, and students’ experience within e-learning environments.

Marcelo Knobel

Marcelo Knobel was the 12th Rector of the University of Campinas (Unicamp), in Brazil, where he is a Full Professor of Physics. He has also held other leadership roles in higher education, including Vice-Rector for Undergraduate Programs, Vice-President of the Brazilian Physics Society and Executive Director of the Brazilian Nanotechnology National Laboratory (LNNano). Professor Knobel has published more than 250 scientific papers, in addition to numerous opinion pieces in both national and international newspapers and magazines. He is the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials (Elsevier), an Eisenhower Fellow (2007), Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation (2009), Lemann Fellow (2015) and Member (elect) of the Governing Council of the Magna Charta Observatory. Professor Knobel serves on the CIHE Advisory Board.

Emon Nandi

Emon Nandi

Dr. Emon Nandi is an Assistant Professor at Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai, India. She completed her Ph.D from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India in 2018. In her Ph.D thesis, she studied the influence of funding mechanisms on educational quality. Her primary research interests are in the areas of economics of education, organization and leadership in universities, and the linkage between labor market and higher education.

As a Fulbright-Nehru Postdoctoral Fellow in CIHE, Boston College, Emon intends to study how global university rankings and performance based funding trigger changes in the role of leadership in the universities. She would also like to look at the impact of these changes on universities’ culture, academic freedom, selection of students and faculty, allocation of resources and social inclusion.

Emon is passionate about folk-art and crafts of India. As a social scientist, she loves travelling to interior villages of India to interact with the community members. 


Jonah Otto

Jonah Otto is a doctoral candidate at the Universitat Augsburg in Germany. Prior to beginning his doctoral studies, Jonah was Assistant Director of International Programs for the O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University, where he was also an Adjunct Instructor. His research agenda focuses on the intersections between international higher education, international relations and national/international governmental policy, with a particular focus on relations between the U.S. and Europe.