IVAS was founded by Minyan Hiam, who previously ran a successful international trade and investment company. With a strong passion for sustainable international education, Minyan leverages her extensive experience in higher education project management and partnerships to shape IVAS. Currently, she is a visiting lecturer at the University for the Creative Arts, developing a predoctoral programme centred around creative practice-based research design.
She is a firm believer in lifelong learning and is pursuing her doctoral studies at the University of Bristol, with research interests in Intercultural Communication for Sustainable Global Partnerships. More information about her research is available upon request.
The Advisory Board (AD) for IVAS serves a pivotal role in furnishing guidance and support. Comprising two co-chairs and ten members, each equipped with substantial industry experience, the AD brings forth valuable insights and solutions to advance IVAS. Mirroring the AHRC advisory board's approach, the AD convenes semi-annually, providing input and advice on key strategic decisions, facilitating the identification of new growth opportunities, and offering guidance to the Managing Director and other staff.
Our members, drawn from diverse professional, academic, and cultural backgrounds, each specialize in unique fields of expertise. Together, they actively contribute to fostering growth and fostering meaningful collaborations within our community.