Keynote Speakers

Confirmed Keynote Speakers

Gunnar Bovim

Gunnar Bovim

Norwegian University of Science and Technology

EUNIS 2019 will be opened by NTNU’s Rector Gunnar Bovim.

Read more about Gunnar Bovim

Alexandra den Heijer

Alexandra den Heijer

Professor/chair Public Real Estate
TU Delft

Alexandra den Heijer, MSc PhD is full professor (chair Public Real
Estate) at the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, Delft
University of Technology (TU Delft). She has a background in
Architecture (BSc) and Management (MSc). Her specialisation is
planning, design and management of university campuses and
buildings. She focuses on generating management information for
(public) real estate decisions.

In the past decade, she has developed models and theories that help universities to design and implement their campus strategies and that contribute to creating knowledge cities. She has explored international references and has written many reports, articles and papers on the university and campus of the future, trends and changing concepts and campus strategies. University campuses are examples of built environments that support public goals and have a large impact on society. By managing these buildings – often heritage on iconic locations – universities as large property users/owners need to set an example to society and have a responsibility to implement policies with effective and efficient use of financial resources, resulting in meaningful, functional, affordable and sustainable built environments.

Paul Feldman

Dr. Paul Feldman

Chief Executive

Paul have been chief executive of Jisc since mid-October 2015.

In January 2016, he was listed in The Sunday Times list of Britain’s 500 most influential in the area of engineering and technology.

Merete Kvidal

Merete Kvidal

Project Director for campus development

Experienced Project Officer with a demonstrated history of working in the public service, higher education industry and private business. Skilled in Leadership, Sustainability, Government, Entrepreneurship, Strategic Planning, Communication and Organizational Development. Strong community and social services professional with high understanding of political processes and systems.

The Project Director for Campus Development sits in the Rector`s Strategic Management Group; the Rector`s Office. She is responsible for the campus development at NTNU on behalf of the Rector. This includes acquisition and development of the knowledge base that ensures that campus is used as a strategic means to strengthen NTNU`s quality and position for the core activities at the university.

John O'Brien

John O’Brien

President and CEO

John O’Brien is President and CEO of EDUCAUSE, an international non-profit association and long-time partner of EUNIS.  Prior to this appointment in 2015, John served as senior vice chancellor for academic and student affairs at Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, the fifth largest higher education system in the USA. Prior to this role, John served as president of North Hennepin Community College, director of a statewide “Students First” initiative, a provost, and associate vice chancellor of instructional technology in Minnesota. John holds a bachelor’s degree in English and English education from Augustana College, a master’s degree in Anglo-Irish Literature from the University of Dublin (Trinity College), and a doctorate in English from the University of Minnesota.