Awam Amkpa is a Professor of Drama and Cultural Theory at the departments of Drama, Tisch School of the Arts and Social and Cultural Analysis, Faculty of Arts and Sciences at New York University. He is an accomplished and world-renowned theater scholar and practitioner-director, playwright and actor, filmmaker and curator of visual and performing arts.
Awam received his BA in dramatic arts at Obafemi Awolowo University and his MA in drama at Ahmadu Bello University in Nigeria, and completed his PhD in drama at the University of Bristol in the UK. Before coming to NYU, he was a Senior Lecturer of Drama and Television at King Alfred’s University College in the UK, and Assistant Professor of Theater Arts at Mount Holyoke College in the US.
Awam is the author of Theatre and Postcolonial Desires, London: Routledge, 2003, and Archetypes, Stereotypes and Polytypes: Theatres of the Black Atlantic. Additionally, he was the director of film documentaries including Winds Against Our Souls, It's All About Downtown, National Images and Transnational Desires, and feature film Wazobia!, as well as the author of art catalogs, several articles in books and journals on modernisms in theater, postcolonial theater, Black Atlantic studies, and film studies. As an interdisciplinary artist and scholar, Awam continues to exhibit globally and present his multifaceted scholarship in venues across the world.
Samer Madanat is the Xenel Distinguished Professor of Engineering, former Chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and former Director of the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California at Berkeley.
Samer received a BSc in Civil Engineering from the University of Jordan in 1986, and an MS and PhD in Transportation Systems from MIT in 1988 and 1991 respectively.
His research and teaching interests are in the area of transportation infrastructure management, with an emphasis on modeling facility performance, the development of optimal management policies under uncertainty, and developing solutions for improving the sustainability of transportation systems.
Marta Losada is a Professor of Physics and the Dean of Science at NYU Abu Dhabi. Specializing in high energy particle physics, with a focus on the interplay of elementary particle phenomenology and cosmology and experimental HEP, Marta has been a member of multiple international collaboration projects, including the ATLAS, DUNE and NEXT Experiments. She received her undergraduate degree and an MSc in Physics from The National University of Colombia, and a PhD in Physics from Rutgers University in the United States. From 1997-1999, she was a postdoctoral fellow at CERN (The European Organization for Nuclear Research) in Switzerland.
Prior to joining NYU Abu Dhabi, Marta served as President of Universidad Antonio Nariño (UAN) in Colombia from 2010-2018, and was previously National Director for Research, and Director of The Basic and Applied Science Research Center, also at UAN. In addition to her research, Marta is passionate about higher education and research policy and has held numerous positions in the field. She is currently International Councilor for the American Physical Society and a Board Member of the International Association of Universities. She has been a scientific consultant for the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics.