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Alastair Summerlee

Interim President and Vice-Chancellor, Carleton University

A passionate humanitarian, dedicated teacher, and internationally renowned researcher, Alastair Summerlee is the interim president and vice-chancellor of Carleton University.

Previously, he served as president and vice-chancellor of the University of Guelph (2003-‘14) and professor of Biomedical Science (1989-2017). He spent six years on the board of the World University Service of Canada where he became involved in humanitarian issues in the refugee camps in Kenya. His work to raise funds to support education and women and girls in the campus attracted international investment from the governments of Canada and the United Kingdom and from private individuals.

Summerlee is part of the international movement to unite universities worldwide in fighting hunger and poverty known as the PUSH Initiative (Presidents United to Solve Hunger) and was the International Quality of Life Laureate at the United Nations in 2012.

Summerlee has published numerous scientific articles and book chapters, written about teaching and teaching practice, advocated in the media for better conditions for people in refugee camps and is regularly invited to speak on teaching, research, accountability, community engagement and fundraising.

His current research focuses on iron deficiency and a simple innovation, known as the Lucky Iron Fish® which has the capacity to alleviate the condition for almost two billion people worldwide.