Speaker's Profile 

Gretchen Kalonji

Dean, Sichuan University

Gretchen Kalonji currently serves as the Dean of the Sichuan University – Hong Kong Polytechnic University Institute for Disaster Management and Reconstruction, and as Strategic Advisor to the Institutional Development of Sichuan University.  She brings to these position the experience of having served almost four years as the Assistant Director–General for Natural Sciences at UNESCO, a position she assumed in July 2010.  Reporting to UNESCO’s Director General, Kalonji was responsible for strengthening the efforts of the organization in all aspects of the science and engineering enterprise, and for working together with the rest of UNESCO’s senior leadership team in the design and implementation of interdisciplinary programs focusing on poverty eradication and sustainable development.    Prior to joining UNESCO, starting in 2005, Kalonji served in various leadership roles at the University of California, including as Director of International Strategy Development at the UC Office of the President, where her responsibility was to lead in the design and implementation of the first coordinated and comprehensive international strategy for the ten-campus UC system, and as Director of Systemwide Research Development.  Kalonji came to the UC from the University of Washington, where she served as Kyocera Professor of Materials Science from 1990 - 2005.  Prior to joining UW, Kalonji served as Assistant and Associate Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at MIT, where she earned her B.Sc. degree in 1980 and her Ph.D in 1982.  She holds or has held visiting faculty appointments at the Max Planck Institute (Stuttgart), the University of Paris, Tohoku University, Sichuan University, Tsinghua University, Peking University Graduate School in Shenzhen, and Hokkaido University, where she is currently assisting them in the design and implementation of a new PhD. Program on Global Food Resources.