Professor Moura Quayle joined the Liu Institute for Global Issues as Director in July, 2014. Moura's interests lie in rethinking, refining and rebuilding collaborative spaces at the intersections of academia, government, business and civil society. Her recent focus has been the Sauder d.studio, a research and teaching studio that helps students and organizations learn to use design processes and tools to co-create innovative solutions to complex problems. She is also currently the Co-Director of UBCs Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs program.
She has brought her education and professional background in urban design and landscape architecture to bear on a variety of leadership positions. Moura's experience includes Deputy Minister of the B.C. Ministry of Advanced Education, Research and Innovation, responsible for updating strategic oversight systems for 25 institutions including the research and innovation portfolio; leadership of the B.C. Pacific Coast Collaborative as the BC Commissioner reporting to the Premier, for the Premier and Governors of Pacific Coast states in Canada and the United States; and transforming a faculty and diverse land and academic assets at the University of British Columbia, first as Dean to update UBC's Faculty of Land and Food Systems, and then as Associate VP, Academic Programs for the reorganization of UBC Okanagan. She has served on the Board of Genome BC and the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research.
Her community work has included developing and serving as chair of a City of Vancouver Urban Landscape Task Force, and her current service on the Boards of Genome Canada (Vice-Chair) and the Vancouver Economic Commission. She is also a representative to Leading Cities, a research partnership amongst global cities and their post-secondary institutions. She has been recognized as a Woman of Distinction by the YWCA, a Distinguished Alumna by UC Berkeley, and as an honorary Doctor of Science from The University of Guelph.