Dr. Wayne Johnson

Chief Strategy and Transformation Officer for Federal Student Aid at the U.S. Department of Education, will be our 2019 Higher Education Partnership Conference Keynote Speaker on policies and strategies to promote international partnerships in higher education.

Dr. Johnson is the Chief Strategy and Transformation Officer responsible for the development and implementation of strategic operational transformation at Federal Student Aid. His primary mission is to deliver federal student aid in a world class manner. His vision for the Next Generation (Next Gen) Financial Services Environment includes the modernization of the systems architecture, technology, and system solutions to the entire financial aid delivery process. As part of Next Gen, Dr. Johnson is leading the conversion to a mobile first, mobile complete, omni-channel environment providing optimum customer service to students, parents and borrowers. U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos appointed Dr. A. Wayne Johnson as the chief operating officer for the office of Federal Student Aid (FSA) in July 2017, and he assumed his current role in January 2018. Throughout a career spanning more than 30 years, Dr. Johnson has proven himself as a dynamic, creative visionary and an entrepreneurial leader. His extensive background includes conceptualizing, developing, and leading successful businesses across multiple industries, with a particular focus on the financial services sector. Dr. Johnson earned a Doctorate in higher education leadership from Mercer University, an MBA from Emory University, and a Bachelor’s degree from Mercer University.

Matt Clausen

President of the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA), will be our 2019 Higher Education Partnership Conference Keynote Speaker on opportunities and challenges for human rights in Latin America and the role of international partnerships.

Matt Clausen is WOLA’s President. He brings to WOLA years of leadership experience in the non-profit sector, where he has built effective multi-sector engagement strategies that span across borders. Mr. Clausen’s professional life has been committed to social and economic rights. Prior to joining WOLA in January 2017, he spent fifteen years in the senior leadership at Partners of the Americas, a non-profit organization that brings together people, governments, and local organizations to address challenges in the hemisphere, including strengthening democratic governance by building resilient civil societies and accountable institutions, and by promoting citizen engagement and transparency.

Mr. Clausen has coordinated numerous professional fellowship and leadership programs throughout the Americas. He has led regional and global efforts to convene volunteers and organizations to promote service, including the 2009 Conference on Higher Education and International Volunteer Service and the 2011 World Summit for Youth Volunteering, which brought together 900 young leaders in Colombia. He oversaw the 100,000 Strong in the Americas initiative, which promotes global educational opportunities for students from diverse and often marginalized communities in the United States, Latin America, and the Caribbean.

Dr. Eduard Müller

President of University for International Cooperation will be our 2019 Higher Education Partnership Conference Keynote Speaker on global change and regenerative development.

Dr. Eduard Müller is the founder and rector of the UCI. He has visited more than 90 countries and has carried out professional activities in more than 35 of them on all continents, having given more than 120 international conferences in recent years on global change and regenerative development. He is currently globally recognized for his work in Regenerative Development Having established with more than 20 global partners the first center called Regenerate Center of Costa Rica in 2018 and collaborate in the launch of the Global Network of Regenerative Communities with Capital Institute. He has 40 years of experience in conservation and development. He has been an international consultant among others for GTZ / GIZ, UNDP, World Bank, UNESCO, IAEA, Convention on Biological Diversity, IICA, CATIE, FCBC, National and Provincial Congresses, central and local centers, as well as a peasant and indigenous communities. He is currently a member of the World Intellectual Forum, India, Director of the Chair, UNESCO Chair of Biosphere Reserves and Natural and Mixed Sites in the UCI and the Scientific Council on Climate Change – 4C of Costa Rica. He is a member of the Wellbeing Economy Alliance Global Council – WEAll.


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