Who we are
Dr William Lawton, Director
William (Bill) Lawton is from Newfoundland and has lived and worked in the UK for more than 25 years. He joined the Observatory on Borderless Higher Education early in 2011, shortly after it became part of the International Graduate Insight Group (i-graduate). Prior to this, Bill worked with the UK HE International Unit in London, from its inception in 2007.
From 2000 to 2007, Bill worked at the Canadian High Commission in London, first as a political analyst on UK devolution and latterly as Head of Academic Relations. In the 1990s he taught at the University of Hull in England, where he focused on Canadian and American politics and international political economy. Bill's PhD, from Edinburgh University, was an analysis and critique of economic development policies in Newfoundland. Bill likes food and wine, reading and writing, walking and cycling.
Alex Katsomitros, Senior Research Analyst
Alex Katsomitros joined the Observatory in May 2011. His work at the Observatory focuses on transnational education, international branch campuses and disruptive innovation in higher education. Alex also works as a freelance journalist on technology and politics. He has worked for David Game College in London.
Mamun Ahmed, Research Analyst
Mamun joined the Observatory from i-graduate in June 2013. Prior to that he worked for think tanks and research organisations in the UK and abroad. He has led research teams in Bangladesh assessing the student experience at public and private HEIs on behalf of the Washington-based National Bureau of Asian Research. He has contributed to Whitehall papers while working as a Research Assistant at the House of Lords. He has published articles in journals including Defence and Security Analysis.
Teresa (Tree) Angulo, Executive Administrator
Tree Angulo joined the Observatory in May 2011. Her experience is multi-faceted and ranges from public relations and customer service to administrative and web-based advertising. She has lived and worked in Turkey, the Czech Republic, Oman, Germany and the US. She has two Bachelor Degrees (International Studies and Anthropology) from Texas State University, San Marcos, and an MA in Bilingual Education with a focus on linguistic and EFL from Texas Tech University in Lubbock. Tree loves reading, travelling, live music, and random acts of silliness.