Joanne C. Bentley Director, Faculty Research Management Services, Yale University

Joanne Bentley is the Director of Faculty Research Management Services – a Research Administration shared service at Yale University. Prior to her appointment as Director, she co-led the project to create and implement this unit. This organization directly interacts with faculty/principal investigators for both Pre-Award and Post Award operations ensuring the highest level of service and compliance with policies and regulations. The organization partners with Yale’s Office of Research Administration and the Provost’s Office to provide cohesive integration of support to PI’s and their departments. Additionally, Joanne is a Senior Director of Regional Business Operations providing organizational support for three additional units within the university.

Preceding her current roles, Joanne was the Lead Administrator in the Department of Chemistry at Yale. She was responsible for managing finance, human resources, facilities, and operations in support of teaching and research. Concurrent with her various roles, she has served on many university committees and Business Process Redesign projects with particular emphasis and interest in sponsored research administration and department operations. Joanne holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Merrimack College and MBA from the University of New Haven with a concentration in Management and Organization.

David Langley Director, Research and Enterprise Development, University of Bristol

Dr David Langley is Director of Research and Enterprise Development at the University of Bristol, UK, where he leads a team of approx. 100+ professional staff across a broad spectrum of research and innovation activities. Before this he was Director of Research Services at Imperial College London, worked at the UK Medical Research Council, and in industry. David previously held the post of Professor of Practice in Research Management and Administration (‘URA’) at Cardiff University, the first appointment of its kind in the UK. He was also Deputy Chief Scientific Adviser to the Welsh Government.

David co-leads a €980K Erasmus+ funded project, which aims to build research management (URA) capacity across Southern Africa and Baltic States in Europe. He leads the workstream that is developing an Executive Master’s programme in URA.

He has a PhD in neuropharmacology from the University of London and undertook post-doctoral research as a Fulbright Scholar at the National Institutes of Health, USA. He was awarded the inaugural ARMA(UK) Carter Award for excellence in research management (URA) in 2014. David will shortly become Chief Partnerships Officer at a new university in the UK called New Model in Technology and Engineering (NMiTE).

Lorna Colquhoun Director of Enterprise, Research and Enterprise Development, University of Bristol

Dr Lorna Colquhoun has worked in research management for 15 years in research funding capacity and in Universities. Following a PhD at University of Southampton and post docs at Baylor College of Medicine in Texas and Tufts Medical School in Boston, Lorna hung up her labcoat in 1999 to come back to the UK to join the Medical Research Council (a funding agency) as Programme Manager where she looked after the MRC portfolio on international health research, including their research Units in Africa. Lorna joined Imperial College in the Division of Medicine as a senior manager in 2003 where she set up and led a team managing international research in infectious disease for 2 years, until taking on the management of the Division of Medicine working with the academic Head of Division on strategy, policy and operations.

Lorna left Imperial to become Head of Research Development at Bristol where she developed strategic direction of research at the University and facilitated growth of the portfolio, and established new strategic. She built a professional team of 22 Research Development staff and worked closely with the Faculty to offer expert guidance, advice and support in bid development. Lorna is currently Director of Enterprise at Bristol where she leads Enterprise and Innovation activity at the University. This includes delivering the structures to facilitate economic and social benefit from the outcomes of research.

Lorna has been an active contributor to our profession nationally and internationally, presenting at ARMA (UK), INORMS and SRA, and was a track co-Chair for the SRA international conference in 2015, and 2016.

Silke Blohm Director, Research and Enterprise Office, SOAS University of London

Silke Blohm works as Director of Research and Enterprise at SOAS, University of London. Her most recent positions involved establishing the Office of Research Services (ORS) over 3 years at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia and a role as Managing Director of the Addis Ababa Institute of Technology, Ethiopia.

Silke holds post-graduate degrees in both, Physics and International Business. She has more than 20 years of experience managing research operations in both academic and private sector environments with a strong track record of developing international collaborations and growing research portfolios.

Silke is an expert in Higher Education (HE) management, system and process development, governance systems, research capacity building and infrastructure development globally with in-country experience across three continents. She has led several workshops globally and is a regular presenter at learned societies internationally. She currently serves as President, International Section, and ad hoc Board member of SRA International, the largest research management society based in the US. She is an experienced leader and active in mentoring programmes. A focus of her work in recent years has been on change management at an institutional level as well as HE development in an international context.

山﨑 淳一郎 北海道大学URAステーション長


地球温暖化、人口爆発、テロの多発など地球規模で解決すべき課題や、 人口減少、少子高齢化、過疎化など地域で抱える課題に対して、大学はこれらのイシューに真摯に向き合う使命を負う。その解決に向けて大学のあらゆるリソースを把握し適切にプロデュースしソリューションを見いだす戦略企画部隊として、北海道大学URAステーションの存在意義がある。多くの他大学では,研究支援人材として活動しているURAだが、北海道大学では大学経営マネジメント人材として経営戦略の立案、資金調達などのデザインを含めた活動を行っている。これらの活動を通じて、大学を支える高度大学経営人材(UA)への変容をめざすことが北海道大学URAのミッションステートメントである。

佐治 英郎 京都大学学術研究支援室(KURA)室長



飯田 元 奈良先端科学技術大学院大学研究推進機構研究推進部門長



Cindy Kiel President of the Society of Research Administrators (SRA) International Executive Associate Vice Chancellor for Research Administration, University of California, Davis

As Executive Associate Vice Chancellor for Research Administration at UC Davis, Cindy Kiel provides leadership over research administration and compliance areas for the university. Cindy holds a Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Utah College of Law and a B.A. in Political Science with an emphasis in international relations. She most recently served as Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research Services at The Washington University in St. Louis with oversight for grants and contracts, interdisciplinary research development and export controls. Preceding her work at The Washington University, she was Executive Director for Sponsored Projects at the University of Nevada. Prior to her engagement in academia, she practiced law at Utah Legal Services and the law firm of McMurray, McMurray, Dale and Parkinson in the fields of consumer protection, government records access, education law, false claims act litigation, corporate transactional work, employment law, contract breach litigation, immigration, and intellectual property infringement.

Cindy is an active member in the Council on Government Relations and speaks nationally on a number of topics including: global research, research compliance, proposal development, federal contracting, subcontracts, budgeting and cost-share, negotiation tactics, export trade controls, technology transfer, and research infrastructure. She has served as a proposal reviewer for the National Institute of Health and the Department of Defense.

Campbell Thomson President of the Australasian Research Management Society (ARMS) Director, Office of Research Enterprise, The University of Western Australia

Campbell Thomson is currently the Director of the Office of Research Enterprise at The University of Western Australia. He has a PhD in Agricultural Science (1987) and spent eight years working in the area of physiological adaptation of crop species to environmental stress in laboratories in Germany, England and Australia. He has also worked in the CSIRO Division of Plant Industry as a pasture eco-physiologist.

In 1997 Dr Thomson commenced in the position of Director of the Office of Research Enterprise at UWA, a position which he has held for 20 years and has now grown to include the areas of innovation and commercialisation. He currently serves on a number of not-for-profit companies and joint venture boards, including the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre, the Population Health Research Network and the Western Australian Animal Resources Authority.

Dr Thomson is the current President of the Australasian Research Management Society (ARMS), a position which he also held from 2004 to 2006, and is committed to continuing the development of the profession of research management. He was appointed to the ARMS Accreditation Council in 2013.

三宅 雅人 奈良先端科学技術大学院大学 研究推進機構准教授・国際共同研究担当ディレクター


2014年より、奈良先端科学技術大学院大学 研究推進機構 特任准教授URAとして、主に研究大学強化促進事業に従事し、2017年からは、研究推進機構 准教授に着任し、大学におけるグローバル化や国際連携推進ならびに産官学連携業務に従事している。この他、サンフランシスコベイエリア大学間連携ネットワーク(JUNBA) 理事、化学工学会CVD反応分科会 幹事、大阪大学産業科学研究所 招聘研究員としても活動している。