Dr. Farouk Dey is a higher education and talent development executive with two decades of experience leading and transforming university organizations using innovations in technology, experiential learning, design thinking, community engagement, and resource development. He has approached his leadership and board roles at Johns Hopkins, Stanford, Carnegie Mellon, the University of Florida, the National Association for Colleges and Employers (NACE), the American College Personnel Association (ACPA), and various startups and non-profits with a passion for closing the gaps between the haves and have-nots. The same passion is apparent is many of his writings while he pursued a PhD and EdS in Educational Leadership with emphasis on higher education, MBA and MEd in Counseling Psychology, and BBA in Finance.
As the founding Vice Provost for Integrative Learning and Life Design at Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Dey has worked with education and industry leaders to launch a new vision of equitable access to life aspirations and economic opportunity for all students regardless of background or social capital using principles of integrative learning and life design. He leads a university-wide division of 15 departments and centers that orchestrate programs and services and bridge curricular and experiential learning with personal ambitions for all undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and alumni across the university’s nine schools and divisions. In his former role as Dean of Career and Experiential Education at Stanford University, he led a team of four departments and centers to build inclusive networks and scalable access to services, experiences, connections, and mentoring to ensure equitable outcomes for all students. Throughout his career, Dr. Dey worked with partners and teams to create equity dashboards to track outcomes for students and alumni of underrepresented communities, scale experiential learning and mentoring, integrate technology in high impact practices, enhance learning, and grow resources to support unpaid immersive experiences for students of disadvantaged backgrounds, especially those who identify as first-generation and/or limited income.
Dr. Dey has been involved in education since a young age and has developed a passion for helping people and organizations achieve their ultimate potential regardless of their contextual limitations. He was named one of LinkedIn’s Top Ten Voices in Education and is recognized for his thought-provoking writings, engaging talks, and transformational leadership around issues of workforce development, future of work, career and life design, and diversity, equity, and inclusion. Fluent in Arabic and French with a broad perspective in international and multicultural issues, he has consulted for many organizations and universities, served as guest faculty at several institutes, and delivered keynote addresses at dozens of conferences in the US and around the world. Most notably, he led a four-year USAID initiative to build career education and talent development centers at universities throughout the Philippines, taught transformative leadership courses for the Ministry of Education in Singapore, hosted several international delegations from around the world, and delivered keynotes at conferences in Australia, Austria, Algeria, China, Egypt, France, Germany, Korea, the Philippines, Russia, Singapore, the UK, and across the United States. As illustrated in his TEDx Talk titled “Life Purpose Reconsidered” and Vision Chats with thought leaders from various industry sectors, the central theme of Dr. Dey’s work has consistently been equity of access to education and economic opportunity for all people regardless of background or social capital.