Academic Advisory

The team of experts in the academia will help in advising and recommending initiatives of The Master Plan pertaining to the academic sector. They will help in creating and implementing Common-Agreed-Program of the Fundamental Objectives, especially on SDG-4 and International Day of Education. The team works closely with the Core Committee of the Master Plan. Comprising of experts from different part of the world, and academia, gives it a diverse, but uniform perspective of academia and how this platform could mutually benefit.

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Dr. Dilson Rassier

Director, Academic Advisory

Dean Faculty of Education McGill University

Dr. Dilson Rassier was first appointed Dean of McGill University’s Faculty of Education in 2013 and is now into his second term. Previous to assuming his position as Dean, he served as the Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies, from 2010 to 2013. A current Professor within the Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education, Dean Rassier is also the Director of the Muscle Biophysics and Physiology Laboratory and a Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Muscle Biophysics. Dr. Rassier earned his bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology and his master’s degree in Exercise Physiology at Federal Universities of Brazil. He obtained his PhD in Muscle Physiology from the University of Calgary’s Department of Medical Sciences and went on to complete his postdoctoral training at the University of Calgary, and the University of Washington. Dr. Rassier is a strong advocate for the improvement of education and human development.

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Dr. Allan E. Goodman

Member, Academic Advisory

President, Institute of International Education

Dr. Allan E. Goodman is the sixth President of the Institute of International Education, which marked its Centennial in 2019.  IIE promotes the exchange of scholars and students, rescues scholars, students, and artists from persecution, displacement, and crises, conducts research on international academic mobility, and administers the Fulbright program sponsored by the United States Department of State, as well as over 200 other corporate, government and privately-sponsored programs.  U.S. Senate Resolution 146 passed unanimously in April 2019 commending IIE for its work in all these areas. Dr. Goodman is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a founding member of the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE), and serves on the selection committees for the Rhodes and Schwartzman Scholars and the WISE and Yidan Prizes. He also serves on the Council for Higher Education Accreditation International Quality Group Advisory Council and the Board of Trustees of the Education Above All Foundation. Dr. Goodman has a Ph.D. in Government from Harvard, an M.P.A. from the John F. Kennedy School of Government and a B.S. from Northwestern University, and is the recipient of honorary degrees from Canadian, European, Japanese, UK, and US universities.  He received decorations for his work in promoting educational exchange and scholar rescue from the governments of France, Germany, and Norway; he received the first Gilbert Medal from the Universitas 21 Organisation.

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Amb. Narinder Kakar

Member, Academic Advisory

Permanent Observer to the UN, University of Peace

Ambassador Mr. Narinder Kakar has devoted the last 50 years of his professional career to programmes related to development activities – more specifically to sustainable development and climate change and to education for peacebuilding.  He has had extensive experience working for the United Nations, having started his career with the UN Development Programme (UNDP) in 1968 in Yemen.  During his long and distinguished career with UNDP, he served in countries like Yemen, Guyana, Turkey, China and the Maldives, culminating in the position of Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative, in addition to serving in senior positions at UNDP headquarters. Mr. Kakar is currently accredited to the United Nations as the Permanent Observer for the University for Peace (an institution established pursuant to a UN General Assembly decision), which he joined in 2001 following his retirement from UNDP.  Until recently, he also served as the Permanent Observer to the United Nations for the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the world’s oldest and largest environmental network, dedicated to the cause of natural resources conservation.