University Leadership

Prof. Eric Fouache
Vice Chancellor,
Sorbonne Abu Dhabi


Prof. Eric Fouache is a Professor of Physical Geography and Geoarchaeology at Sorbonne University and has been Vice Chancellor of Sorbonne Abu Dhabi since 2012.

He is a Board Member of the ‘’Alliance Française‘’ and the Lycée Louis Massignon and Lycée Théodore Monod French schools. He is an Advisory Board Member of Flashes magazine and was a Board Member of the French Business Group from 2015 to 2017.

Prof. Fouache was a Professor at the University of Paris Ouest – Nanterre (Paris 10) between 2008 and 2011, the University of Paris Est – Créteil – Val de Marne (Paris 12) from 2002 to 2008, and Sorbonne University (Paris 4) between 1995 and 2002 as a Senior Lecturer. He was Chairman of the IAG Working Group on geoarchaeology from 2001 to 2009 and was Chairman of the French Group of Geomorphology (GFG) between 2004 and 2010. He is currently President of the International Association of Geomorphologists (IAG) and a senior member of the Institut Universitaire de France.

His research is related to geoarchaeological, palaeoenvironmental and palaeogeographical subjects in the Mediterranean, the Black Sea, the Near and Middle East and Central Asia. Eric Fouache has published two books as a single author and more than 100 scientific papers and book chapters, including more than 50 in international peer-reviewed journals. In 2000 and 2007, he received an award from the French “Société de Géographie” in Paris for his books.

In 2012, he was awarded ‘’Professeur Honoris Causa’’ from Bucharest University in Romania. In 2015, he was awarded ‘’Chevalier dans l’ordre des Palmes académiques’’.


Dr. Fatima Al-Shamsi
Deputy Vice Chancellor for Administrative Affairs,
Sorbonne Abu Dhabi


Dr. Fatima Al-Shamsi is the Deputy Vice Chancellor for Administrative Affairs at Sorbonne Abu Dhabi and a former Secretary General of the United Arab Emirates University (UAEU).

She holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom and a Master of Economics from the University of Baltimore in the USA. She has held several academic and administrative positions. She has served as a consultant to the UAE National Human Resource Development and Employment Authority. Dr. Fatima Al-Shamsi’s research interests deal with economic development issues and women studies. She has contributed many research publications in refereed academic journals and presented research papers in a number of scientific conferences. Dr. Al-Shamsi is currently the Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington D.C. and has been a member of the Board of Trustees of the Economic Research Forum in Cairo, Egypt since 2014.


Dr. François-Xavier Romanacce
Deputy Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs,
Sorbonne Abu Dhabi


Dr. François-Xavier Romanacce is the Deputy Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at Sorbonne Abu Dhabi. He specialises in History studies and is a former member of the French School of Rome.

He holds a PhD graduate degree from the University of Paris X Nanterre. He has taught history and geography in college and high school, and Roman History at Rennes II University and Sorbonne University. His research focuses primarily on the persecutions, heresies and judiciary procedures of the Roman Empire.