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José Escamilla is the Director of TecLabs – Learning Reimagined, Tecnologico de Monterrey disruptive innovation unit whose objective is finding out how higher education will be in 2030. TecLabs is responsible for articulating the research, innovation, and entrepreneurship processes for Educational Innovation in Tecnologico de Monterrey. He was the Dean of the Graduate School of Education. He has worked in the use of technologies in educational, artificial intelligence in education and other educational innovation projects. He holds a Computer Science Engineering Degree from Tecnologico de Monterrey, and a Ph.D. in Artificial Intelligence from Institut Polytechnique de Grenoble.
He is chair of the Global Higher Education and Research (GHEAR) Global Challenge Steering Group for The Worldwide Universities Network. He is a member of the International advisory committee of the Institute for Ethical AI in Education, the Digital Credentials Leadership Council, and the Coursera Council. He is active in his Edutrends podcast ( and writing about educational innovation and the use of technology in higher education and lifelong learning.
Vikas Mehta, PhD, is a Professor of Urbanism, the Fruth/Gemini chair and Ohio Eminent Scholar of urban/environmental design at the School of Planning, University of Cincinnati. His work focuses on the role of design and planning in creating a more responsive, equitable, and communicative environment. He is interested in various dimensions of urbanity through the exploration of place as a social and ecological setting and as a sensorial art. Dr. Mehta has authored and edited books, book chapters, and papers on numerous topics including public space, urban design pedagogy, urban streets, neighborhoods, retail, signage and visual identity, public space in the Global south and more. Dr. Mehta is the co-editor of Companion to Public Space (Routledge, 2020), Public Space Reader (Routledge, forthcoming 2021), editor of Public Space, a 4-volume anthology (Routledge, 2015), and co-author of 101 Things I Learned in Urban Design School (Three Rivers Press/Penguin, 2018) and author of The Street: a quintessential social public space (Routledge, 2013) that received the 2014 Book Award from the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA) and was also a finalist for the 2014 Francis Tibbalds Award for Best Book of the Year. Dr. Mehta holds degrees in architecture, urban design and city planning.
Diane Brand is the Dean of the Faculty of Creative Arts and Industries at the University of Auckland, which includes the Schools of Architecture and Planning, Music, Fine Arts and Dance. Diane is a member of the New Zealand Registered Architects Board. She is also on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Urban Design.