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Wendy Purcell
Vice-Chancellor Emerita, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health at Harvard University


Wendy is an Emeritus Professor and was President Vice-Chancellor of a UK university (2007-2015), taking it to the top 1% of world universities, 37th among global modern universities, and 1st ‘green’ UK university.  She joined Harvard in fall 2016, initially on sabbatical and now in an academic position, where she undertakes research and education on global leadership and governance for sustainable transformation across various business sectors. 

Wendy is a Council Member of the United Nations University, Director of United Planet and Adviser to the Boards of StudyPortals and EAUC The Alliance for Sustainability Education in Education.  She was a Non-Executive Board Member of the UK Government’s Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, an Expert Adviser on the national Review of Universities and Economic Growth and supports Foresight programs for the Government Office for Science and senior leadership development for Cabinet Office. 

Wendy is a thought leader on disruption and distinctiveness and a transformational visionary leader strategist able to deliver excellence in mission-driven organizations in executive and non-executive roles and through leadership, coaching and consultancy.  With over 100 academic publications, Wendy’s purpose lies in helping transform lives through education and research in pursuit of social equity, the knowledge economy and sustainable development. 

Agenda Sessions

  • The VC Panel: What’s on the horizon for higher education during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond?

  • ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION 9: The pandemic is revealing important issues of student equity, from access to technology to campus services. How are universities and colleges tackling this and what more can we do?