Professor Silvia Serrano Appointed Executive Director of Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi

12 February, 2020

Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi (SUAD) is pleased to announce the appoint-ment of Professor Silvia Serrano to the position of Executive Director, effec-tive 27 January 2020.

In her new role, Professor Serrano will directly oversee management, stra-tegic planning, human resource development, communications, and execu-tive education across various disciplines, among other duties.

Professor Silvia Serrano is a political scientist and a specialist in soviet and post-soviet studies. She holds a doctoral degree from the INALCO (National Institute of Oriental Studies, Paris) and a habilitation to direct research, de-fended at the EHESS (Ecole des Hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris). Professor Silvia Serrano has been a professor at Sorbonne University since 2017.

His Excellency Zaki Nusseibeh, Minister of State and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi comments, “It is with great pleasure that I welcome Professor Silvia to the position of Executive Director where she will be a source of inspiration for the students at our prestigious university.”

“I am confident that she will lead the academic and administration teams to execute the university’s programmes in the new year in addition to advance scientific and academic excellence, create a quality environment for scien-tific research, develop human resources, and attract more students to join the specialised programmes at Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi.”

Commenting on her appointment, Professor Silvia said, “I am honored and delighted to join Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi as Executive Director and look forward to supporting the scientific and academic advancement of Abu Dhabi, the UAE, the Gulf region and the Arab world.”

She added, “I feel proud to take on the tasks of managing a university that is distinguished by its leading reputation and academic standing. Sorbonne University’s ability to offer varied areas of specialisations that serve sustain-able development and the national economy of the UAE and the rest of the world is unparalleled, and I will continue my efforts to achieve success for the university and create tremendous opportunities for students to obtain a quality education.”

Her research focuses on political, societal and religious dynamics in contem-porary Russia and the post-soviet states. In addition, she is the author of several monographs and collective books, of multiple articles and chapters in international publications and peer-reviewed journals.