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Executive Leadership

ABOUT US / Executive Leadership
  • Vice-Chancellor Nirmala Rao

    Professor Nirmala RaoProfessor Nirmala Rao began her tenure as Vice Chancellor of the Asian University for Women (AUW) on 1 February 2017. She served for eight years as Pro-Director at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London between 2008 and 2016, prior to which she held a similar post as Pro-Warden for Academic Affairs at Goldsmiths College, University of London.

    Professor Rao took her first degree in Economics at Delhi University, India, and subsequently received her MA and MPhil from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. She came to the UK in the late 1980s and took up her first research post at the Policy Studies Institute. In 1993, she was awarded her PhD and the following year she was appointed as a Lecturer in Politics at Goldsmiths College. Nirmala was elected Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in 2003.

    Nirmala has extensive experience of public service and served as an advisor to a range of bodies including the UK Audit Commission and the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM). For a number of years she was also a lay member of the General Council of the Bar, a non-executive director of Ealing Hospital NHS Trust and an appointed member of the Architects Registration Board. She currently serves as Trustee of the Learning from Experience Trust and member of Governing Body of Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. Professor Rao has published widely in the field of urban governance and public policy and some of her recent books include Reshaping City Governance: Mumbai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, London; Cities in Transition: Growth and Change in Six Metropolitan Areas; Governing London and Transforming Local Political Leadership.

    Dean of Faculty and Academic Affairs Rosie Bateson

    Dr. Rosie BatesonRosie Bateson joined AUW in July 2016, with the responsibility for innovative development and day-to-day operation of all academic areas, program development and assessment, institutional accreditation and the academic support units, including the University Library; monitoring of student learning objectives and outcomes assessment; faculty recruitment, development, and evaluation; building new, and strengthening existing, partnerships with other universities; assessing admissions policies to ensure AUW’s commitment to preparing women from all strata is fully realized. In the period July 2016 – January 2017, Rosie served as AUW’s Acting Vice-Chancellor.

    With a diverse international career in senior higher education roles – including working, teaching and research experience in the United States, the United Kingdom, continental Europe, India and Indonesia – Rosie brings with her extensive experience of strategic development, university management, academic and business planning, as well as negotiating significant international partnerships. Her most recent assignment was establishing the Sampoerna University in Jakarta, Indonesia, where she served as its founding Executive Vice-Rector, and other leadership roles for the past five years. Previously, she was Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Professor of Higher Education Management of Abertay University in the United Kingdom; Vice President for Student Services of the Central European University in Budapest, where she also taught Higher Education Management at the Department of Public Policy; and Special Assistant (US-based) to the President of the American University in Bulgaria.An alumna of the Management and Leadership in Education Program of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Rosie Bateson obtained her PhD in Higher Education Management from the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom.

    Associate Dean for Special Programs Meherun Ahmed

    Dr. Meherun Ahmed

    Meherun Ahmed has been at AUW since 2010, when she moved to Chittagong from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. She is an Associate Professor in Politics, Philosophy and Economics and the Associate Dean of Special Programs, responsible for working with other institutions interested in partnering with AUW; visiting professor assignments; and new program development.

    Dr. Ahmed obtained her PhD in Economics from the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington. Her primary research interests are in Household and Family Economics, Economic Development, and Labor Economics, and she has published numerous journal articles and reports on those subjects.

    Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Herman Salton

    Dr. Herman Salton

    Herman Salton joined AUW in August 2013. An Associate Professor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics, Herman currently serves as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. He was educated at the Universities of Trento (Italy), Auckland (New Zealand), Wales (UK), and Oxford (UK). He was a visiting researcher at Sciences-Po in Paris and TUJ in Tokyo; an international relations officer at the Icelandic Human Rights Centre in Reykjavik, Iceland; and he also briefly worked for the Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs (USG-DPA) at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Herman teaches and publishes in the areas of international politics, international law, global institutions (especially the UN) and human rights. He is the author of three books, most recently Dangerous Diplomacy, published in 2017 by Oxford University Press. A cosmopolitan by vocation, Herman is fluent in English, Italian, French and Spanish. He is also a life-long enthusiast of history and archaeology, and is a passionate collector of ancient art. For more info on Herman’s teaching, scholarship and service, see

    University Registrar and Chief Operations Officer Lt Col Md. Foyzul Islam (Retd)

    Lieutenant Colonel Md. Foyzul Islam (Retired)Lieutenant Colonel Md. Foyzul Islam (Retired) has begun his career as the University Registrar & Chief Operating Officer in October 2016. Prior to joining AUW, Mr Foyez worked as the Registrar and Head of Administration at the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh for about five years. Mr Foyez had a long twenty five years of career with Bangladesh Army where he held appointments on various command, staff and instructional capacity. He was a recognized Distinguished Instructor in Bangladesh Army. He was the Principal of two military educational institutions commonly known as Cadet College. On various command and administrative positions, he had been involved in crisis management, coordination of activities and supervision of team of professionals.

    He participated in two UN Peace keeping Missions and a recipient of UN peace keepers’ medal and certificate of commendation. While working with the United Nations, Mr Foyez learnt the art of establishing and maintaining effective working relations among people in a multi-cultural and multi-ethnic environment.

    As the University Registrar & Chief Operating Officer Mr Foyez is responsible for supervising the activities of academic registry, general administrative matters including maintenance and welfare, human resources management,  security matters,  external liaison etc. He also acts as the Secretary to the AUW Board of Trustees.

    Lieutenant Colonel Foyzul Islam, a graduate in International Relations from the University of Dhaka, currently pursuing his M. Phil in Jahangirnagar University, Dhaka.

    Chief Financial Officer Bhupinder Gupta

    Bhupinder Gupta

    Bhupinder Gupta was appointed as Chief Financial Officer in June 2016. A member of the Vice-Chancellor’s Executive Group, Bhupinder is responsible for leading and managing the University’s financial affairs.

    Previously Bhupinder was Head of Finance for Shiv Nadar Foundation in India and Chief Financial Officer at Aga Khan Foundation (India). Prior to Aga Khan Foundation, Bhupinder was Assistant Manager with PricewaterhouseCoopers.

    Bhupinder is a Chartered Accountant from Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and has more than 16 years of experience.

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