- Campus Life
- Academic Deans
Alfred Bloom, Vice Chancellor
Alfred Bloom oversees all academic, administrative, and operational affairs.
Bloom joined NYU Abu Dhabi from Swarthmore College, after an 18-year tenure as president. Prior to assuming the presidency at Swarthmore, he served as executive vice president of Pitzer College in Claremont, California. Previously, he was vice president of Academic Affairs and dean of faculty at Pitzer. He was appointed as assistant professor of Psychology and Linguistics at Swarthmore in 1974, and named associate provost there in 1985.
Bloom graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University in 1967. He received his PhD from Harvard University in 1974, and holds honorary doctorates from the University of Richmond and Swarthmore College.
Fabio Piano, Provost
Fabio Piano serves as NYU Abu Dhabi’s chief academic officer, setting the University's academic strategy and priorities, and overseeing academic appointments and faculty affairs. Long before his appointment as provost, Piano was instrumental in developing and advancing NYUAD, helping to craft its innovative undergraduate science curriculum, as well as its distinctive research program. Piano is the director of NYU’s Center for Genomics and Systems Biology in New York.
Piano leads an active research program in genomics and systems biology and has taught at the undergraduate and graduate levels at NYU New York. Prior to serving as a faculty member in Biology at NYU, Piano was a Damon Runyon Cancer Research Fellow at Cornell University, where he studied early embryo development and evolutionary biology.
Piano holds a Laurea from the University of Florence and a PhD in Biology from NYU, where he also received his BA, MS, and M.Phil.
Carol Brandt, Associate Vice Chancellor, Global Education and Outreach, and Vice Provost
Carol Brandt plays a central role in shaping and implementing NYU Abu Dhabi's commitment to global education and the institution's connections to Abu Dhabi and the UAE.
Brandt joined NYUAD from Pitzer College, where she most recently held the position of vice president for International Programs and Fellowships. Previously, Brandt served as Pitzer's associate vice president of International Programs, director of the program in American College English, and director of Special Programs. She was also a senior lecturer in Modern Languages, Literature, and Culture.
Brandt received a BA and an MA in Linguistics from California State University Fresno.
Linda Mills, Vice Chancellor and Senior Vice Provost for Global Programs and University Life, NYU
Linda Mills serves as a key liaison between NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU, in New York City. In addition to her responsibilities with NYU Abu Dhabi, Mills serves as Vice Chancellor and Senior Vice Provost for Global Programs and University Life, and as professor of Social Work, Public Policy, and Law. Mills is also executive director of the NYU Center on Violence and Recovery, the Production Lab, and the Of Many Institute. Mills' research interests include domestic violence prevention and restorative justice practice with funding from the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Justice. In addition to these scholarly activities, Mills is a filmmaker, working across all film genres. Her 2015 short, Of Many, debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival (and went on to screen at 15 festivals). An extended version of the film also aired nationally in the Unites States on ABC.
Mills received her BA from the University of California, Irvine; JD from the University of California, Hastings College of Law; an MSW from San Francisco State University; and a PhD in Health Policy from Brandeis University.
MJ Knoll-Finn, Senior Vice President for Enrollment Management
MJ Knoll-Finn is the Senior Vice President for Enrollment Management, leading student recruitment, admissions, and financial aid for NYU Abu Dhabi and across NYU’s global network.
Knoll-Finn drives evidence-based enrollment strategies that focus on attracting and shaping classes of diverse and academically talented students who will thrive at NYU Abu Dhabi and beyond.
For the New York campus, Knoll-Finn also oversees the Registrar, Enrollment Technology, Enrollment Marketing and Communication, Graduate Marketing and Admissions Consulting, Institutional Research, Data Governance, Institutional Strategy, Positioning and Benchmarking, Opportunity Programs, and Student Success.
Prior to joining NYU, Knoll-Finn served as Vice President of Enrollment for Emerson College and Dean of Admissions at Northeastern University School of Law. She is an active member of The College Board, currently serving on their board of trustees as well as several key committees.
Knoll-Finn earned her BA from the University of New Hampshire and MBA from Northeastern University.
Fatma Abdulla, Senior Vice Provost, Strategy and Planning
Fatma Abdulla joined NYU Abu Dhabi from the General Secretariat of the Executive Council, where she was an advisor in the social development sector. Previously, Abdulla was founder and managing director of a strategic advisory firm, Chief Strategy Officer of Dubai Healthcare City, and Dean of Health Sciences, Communication Technology and Education at the Higher Colleges of Technology. Her research interests are in the area of gender and public policy.
At NYUAD, Abdulla works on academic programming and educational planning at the strategic level as well as working closely with leadership on proactively identifying and analyzing all issues that could impact NYUAD’s operations. She is also responsible for academic enrichment and executive and professional education programs.
She received a BS from Mount Saint Mary’s College, MS and MPH from California State University and the University of California and a PhD in Higher Education from University of Arizona.
Kyle Farley, Associate Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs, and Dean of Students
Kyle Farley leads NYU Abu Dhabi's Campus Life division spanning residential education, leadership and career development, intercultural education, spiritual life, community outreach, health and wellness, and athletics.
Prior to NYUAD, Farley most recently served as the inaugural Dean of Students at Yale-NUS College in Singapore where he built support structure for a global student body, oversaw student organizations, residential life, athletics, wellness, orientation, and Family Weekend.
He also served as the Dean of Higher Education at Academies Australasia in Sydney and was the Dean of Jonathan Edwards College at Yale University.
Farley received a BA in Philosophy and History from Calvin College and a PhD in American History from the University of Pennsylvania.
Mona Louca, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Finance
Mona Louca leads NYU Abu Dhabi’s centralized finance offices including supply chain development, budgeting and financial planning, and the Controller Office. Louca joined NYUAD in 2012, bringing more than 30 years’ experience in finance. She holds a BA from the American University in Cairo, Master in Professional Accounting from the University of Western Sydney, and is an Australian CPA.
Louca strongly believes that the finance team culture is about balancing control and customer service to ensure that the University community is fully supported and their needs are met while demonstrating due diligence and fiscal responsibility. Louca and her team pride themselves on getting this balance right, and on supporting the University to offer education of the highest quality while creating new knowledge and advancing research and innovation.
Sehamuddin Galadari, Senior Vice Provost of Research Outreach, Managing Director of NYUAD Research Institute, and Professor of Biology
Sehamuddin Galadari provides strategic oversight on the facilitation and growth of NYUAD’s research enterprise – including the NYUAD Research Institute, research labs, Core Technology Platform, and High Performance Computing. Having joined NYUAD in 2017, Galadari brings a wealth of scientific and administrative experience and strength that contributes to positioning NYUAD as a leading research university with a liberal arts core that is at the forefront of addressing complex issues of both national (UAE) and global significance.
Prior to joining NYUAD, Galadari was Vice Provost for Research and Graduate Studies at UAE University, and before that Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies at the College of Medicine and Health Sciences at UAE University.
Galadari leads an active research program primarily focused on cell death and cancer biology. He has contributed significantly to biomedical research development in the UAE.
Galadari holds a PhD in biochemistry from Imperial College London.
Martin Klimke, Vice Provost for Academic Policies and Governance
Martin Klimke advises the Provost on faculty-focused initiatives, as well as academic policies and procedures. He is responsible for clarifying policies and processes related to faculty rights and responsibilities in accordance with the NYU Faculty Handbook and respective NYUAD guidelines, as well as providing a liaison to faculty governance bodies and committees. He also facilitates the development and implementation of initiatives supporting faculty opportunities and connectivity in NYU’s global network in full consultation with the relevant deans and program heads.
Klimke received his MA and PhD in History from the University of Heidelberg. At NYUAD, he has served as the Program Head for History, Chair of the Faculty Council Steering Committee, Senator, Associate Dean of Humanities, as well as Co-Chair of the university-wide Faculty Advisory Committee on NYU’s Global Network.
Kirsten Sadler Edepli, Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity
In partnership with the NYU Senior Vice President for Diversity, Inclusion and Strategic Innovation, the Diversity, Inclusion and Equity Office at NYU Abu Dhabi and NYUAD senior leadership, the Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity develops and supports multiple ways of promoting diversity and inclusion, as well as faculty achievement and talent. By setting guidelines and providing clear, open, and consistent communication on shared goals in these areas, Kirsten Sadler Edepli is helping to foster a campus climate that values and advances a culture of inclusion and development.
Edepli originally joined the faculty at Bosphorus University in Istanbul/Turkey and then moved to work with Nancy Hopkins at MIT. She started her lab as an assistant professor at The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in NY in 2006, was promoted to associate professor in 2013 and joined the faculty of NYU Abu Dhabi as a tenured associate professor in Biology in 2015.
Edepli completed a BA at Mount Holyoke College in MA, a Masters in Medical Sciences at Harvard Medical School and a PhD in Cell and Developmental Biology at Harvard University.
Bryan Waterman, Director of Core, and Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Academic Development
Bryan Waterman oversees NYUAD's Core Curriculum, a set of intensive seminars in which students explore the university's broad arts and science curriculum and deepen their understanding of today's global challenges. His administrative work covers additional areas of undergraduate teaching, learning, and mentoring.
A member of NYU's Department of English since 2001 and NYUAD's Literature and Creative Writing faculty since 2012, his scholarship and teaching focus on US literature and arts with special emphasis on New York City's intellectual and artistic cultures. He is the recipient of NYU's Golden Dozen Teaching Award and has directed undergraduate programs in literature at both campuses. For ten years of his NYU career he lived with his family among students as Faculty Fellow in Residence and helped develop NYU and NYUAD's Residential College programs.
Waterman holds his PhD in American Studies from Boston University.
Additional Members of the NYU Abu Dhabi Core
- Andrew Hamilton, NYU President
- Martin Dorph, NYU Senior Vice President, Finance and Budget
- Katherine E. Fleming, NYU Provost
- Ellen Schall, Senior Presidential Fellow
Taneli Kukkonen, Interim Dean, Arts and Humanities
Taneil Kukkonen is professor of Philosphy and the Interim Dean of Arts and Humanities. He specializes in classical Arabic philosophy, Aristotle, and the Aristotelian and Platonic traditions from antiquity to the Renaissance. He also has interests in philosophy and pop culture, religious studies, Islamic culture in the classical period, and the early history of science. Taneli is an avid reader of comic books and lives on music and chocolate. He is the author of Ibn Tufayl (Oxford, 2014) and over thirty research articles on Arabic philosophy and the Aristotelian tradition.
Before joining NYUAD, Taneli held standing faculty positions in Philosophy at the University of Victoria (Canada); History at the University of Jyväskylä (Finland); and Religious Studies at the University of Otago (New Zealand).
Samer Madanat, Dean, Engineering
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.
He received a BSc in Civil Engineering from the University of Jordan in 1986, and a MS and PhD in Transportation Systems from MIT in 1988 and 1991 respectively.
Madanat’s 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.
David Scicchitano, Dean, Science
David Scicchitano is responsible for faculty recruitment, leading the science departments, and developing research.
Since 2004, he has served as director of undergraduate science initiatives for NYU's College of Arts and Sciences. Previously, Scicchitano was a National Institutes of Health (NIH) postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University in California. For more than 10 years, he has served as a peer reviewer for the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health, and as an advisor to McGraw-Hill on biology education.
Scicchitano holds a PhD in Physiology from the Pennsylvania State University Milton S. Hershey College of Medicine and a BA summa cum laude in Chemistry from Susquehanna University in Pennsylvania.
Hervé Crès, Dean, Social Sciences
Hervé Crès is a Professor of Economics at New York University in Abu Dhabi, where he officiates as Dean for the Social Sciences.
He has been previously a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, at HEC, Paris, and at Sciences Po, Paris; he has also taught at the University of Copenhagen, the University of Geneva, Koç University in Istanbul and Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore. His main research interests are in general equilibrium theory, social choice theory and formal political theory, with a particular emphasis on the study of the role of collective decision mechanisms to fix market failures.
Crès has held various leadership positions, among which Deputy Director of HEC Grande Ecole, and Vice-president and Interim Director at Sciences Po.