Imperial College London

United Kingdom


Imperial College London is one of the world’s leading universities. Our mission is to achieve enduring excellence in research and education in science, engineering, medicine and business for the benefit of society.

Imperial staff and students work across disciplinary boundaries and collaborate each year with academic, corporate and charitable organizations in over 100 countries. With our partners we define excellence in new and unexpected ways to improve health and wellbeing, understand the natural world, engineer novel solutions and lead the data revolution. The rigor of an Imperial education gives our students the ability to apply their knowledge to real-world problems. We bring pioneering discoveries, innovations and inventions to society and are recognized as one of the most impactful and innovative universities in the world.

Imperial is a founding members of GFCC’s University and Research Leadership Forum and host of the 2016 GFCC Annual Meeting and Global Innovation Summit.



Professor Alice P. Gast, President


Professor Alice P. Gast became President of Imperial College London in September 2014.

Prior to her appointment at Imperial, Professor Gast was the 13th President of Lehigh University, Pennsylvania, USA, from August 2006 to August 2014. Other leadership roles include serving as the Vice-President for Research and Associate Provost and Robert T. Haslam Chair in Chemical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 2001 – 2006.

Professor Gast’s academic interest is in surface and interfacial phenomena, in particular the behavior of complex fluids. She has co-authored numerous scientific publications and a classic textbook on colloid and surface phenomena. She was a faculty member at Stanford University from 1985 to 2001, being promoted to full professor in 1995. She was also affiliated with the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory.

Professor Gast is a member of a number of international advisory committees and boards including the Board of Trustees for the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Thuwal, Saudi Arabia; the Academic Research Council for the Singapore Ministry of Education; and the Global Science and Innovation Advisory Council to the Prime Minister of Malaysia. She was made a United States Science Envoy to the Caucasus and Central Asia in 2010. In 2012, she was appointed to the board of directors of Chevron Corporation.