Heads of University Management & Administration Network in Europe

Annual Conference Speakers

Marianna Bom

Chief Financial Officer, Aalto University, FI

Marianna Bom is the Chief Financial Officer of Aalto University, responsible for the university financial management, campus and real estate development as well as administration of the group companies owned by the university.

Prior to joining Aalto University, she held several senior financial executive positions in the corporate sector; She holds M. Sc. (Econ) from Helsinki School of Economics.

She is passionate about developing the university leadership and administration, bringing the best practices from the corporate sector to Aalto University, without sacrificing the unique traditions of the three historic institutions that formed the university in 2010.

Alexandra den Heijer

Professor, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, Delft University of Technology, NL

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 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. All Dutch universities have supported her research from the start. Apart from the Dutch situation 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. After the fire that destroyed the building of the Faculty of Architecture in 2008 – including Alexandra’s workplace – she could put her theories to the test as member of the team that created a new home (“BK city”) for students and staff in a cultural heritage building, in an extremely tight time frame. Alexandra operates in an extensive network of national and international campus management experts – both in academia and in practice.

Her current research project explores (management of) the European campus – in an academic network – to support European decision makers. Focus is the presumed relation between the quality of the physical setting (workplace, ‘univer-city’) and the success of the knowledge economy (attracting and retaining Europe’s knowledge capital).

Aukje Leufkens

Operational manager EDUiLAB, Tilburg University, NL

Aukje Leufkens is the Operational Manager at EDUiLAB at Tilburg University, the Netherlands. Within the Educational Innovation Lab she is responsible for the innovation projects in which she coaches teachers that want to implement an innovation in their education. She is also involved in national innovation projects such as micro credentials.

She has an academic background in applied social sciences and is passionate about social and educational innovation through the use of technology. She is a team player who likes to initiate change and change the world around her.

Frederico Muñoz

Cloud & Architecture Lead, South West Europe, SAS Institute, PT

Frederico Muñoz started working with Linux in the mid-90s out of sheer curiosity, a decision which would define his career. Actively involved in the open source community from early on, he made a path from programming and system administration towards data science, cloud computing and enterprise architecture.

In recent years he has been actively involved in projects touching such diverse areas as Quantum
computing, IoT, and analytics.

He currently works leads the Cloud and Architecture domain at SAS, for the South West & East Europe region.

Frederico holds a BA in Archaeology from the University of Lisbon, where he is an MA student and where he also took Physics

Maud Pols

Learning Specialist, Microsoft, NL

Originally from the Netherlands, Maud Pols has a strong background in both education and technology. With bachelor degrees in Psychology, Educational Sciences and Cultural Anthropology the interest for understanding how people learn was already coined. After a Master’s Degree in Business Administration with a focus on Digital Technologies, the combination of Education and Technology formed the foundation of her career.

She has worked in roles in both the commercial and public sector, including E-learning specialist for developing learning content, Project Leader Educational Innovation at the University of Amsterdam and currently as a Learning Specialist at Microsoft.

Raili Pönni

Head of Planning, Aalto University, FI

Raili Pönni is Head of Planning at Aalto University, responsible for support services for the university’s strategic management, management information services and quality assurance system.

She has worked in Aalto University and former Helsinki University of Technology in various academic and leadership support positions. She has D.Sci. (Tech) from Aalto University, School of Chemical Engineering. She is also HUMANE summer school 2018 alumnus.

She believes world can be made a better place through research and education, when diverse talents work together.

Tobias Revell

Associate; Design Futures Lead, Arup, UK

Tobias Revell is a digital artist and designer from London, he is an Associate at Arup and Design Futures lead, co-founder of design research consultancy Strange Telemetry and approximately 47.6% of research and curatorial project Haunted Machines.

He lectures and exhibits internationally on design, technology, imagination and speculation as well as working with clients to imagine alternative futures. Previous to working at Arup he was a Programme Director at University of the Arts London where he worked on and oversaw various digital transformation projects, portfolio reviews and managed transition of the department through Covid.

Riitta Silvennoinen

Chief Human Resources Office, Aalto University, FI

Riitta Silvennoinen, MSc (Econ.), MBA, is responsible for personnel processes including competence and leadership development.

Her previous position was Nokia’s VP, Global HR Center of Expertise. She has been employed by Nokia, Nokia Siemens Networks and Nokia Networks in versatile human resources management tasks from 1997.

Prior to this, she worked at the Helsinki School of Economics’ International Center.

Brooke Thayer

Associate Director, Research Development, EAB Consulting, US

Brooke Thayer leads research on behalf of university cabinets that addresses cross-cutting strategic, operational, and financial challenges. Her recent efforts have focused on multi-modal strategy and investments, campus facilities and design, the future of teaching and learning, strategic talent management, and university business models.

Through her work, Brooke frequently collaborates with university leaders from around the globe, including chief business officers and provosts, as well vice presidents for research, senior facilities officers, vice presidents for student affairs, and chief innovation and strategy officers.

Brooke joined EAB in 2017 after studying and working as a practitioner in the higher education industry. She has administrative experience in areas like student success and retention, academic advising, records and registration, orientation, and residential education.

Annual Conference Facilitator

Ian Creagh

After serving 10 years as King’s College London’s Senior Vice-President Operations & College Secretary, Ian now holds a portfolio of non-executive and higher education consulting roles. Prior to King’s, he held similar chief operating officer roles at City University London and before that, the University of Adelaide.

The first part of his career was in the Australian Public Service where he rose early on to become a member of the Senior Executive Service. Ian is also an experienced non-executive having served on the Board of King’s Health Partners, the Council of Governors of an NHS Foundation Trust, and the audit committee of the British Academy. He is currently the Chair of the Academic Council of BPP University in the UK,

Since relocating to Europe 20 years ago, Ian became an active member of HUMANE serving on its Executive Committee. He was a regular contributor to the Winter School and was key in the development of its sister Schools, the Berlin Summer School and the Shanghai Transnational Partnership School.