Ms. Palacio served as Minister of Foreign Affairs of Spain (2002-2004) and was a member of the Spanish Parliament (2004-2006) where she chaired the Joint Committee of the two Houses for European Union Affairs. She has been Senior Vice-President and General Counsel of the World Bank Group and Secretary General of ICSID (2006-2008). From 1994 until 2002, she was a member of European Parliament where she chaired the Legal Affairs and Internal Market Committee, the Justice and Home Affairs Committee, as well as the Conference of Committee Chairs. Ms. Palacio publishes regularly in periodicals and journals. In particular, she maintains a monthly column at Project Syndicate.
Lena Mangondo has extensive experience in infrastructure and energy. From an energy perspective she heads up the legal team at the IPP Office and as a result of this, she forms part of the Government team that initiated, formulated and implementing the Renewable Energy IPP Programme in South Africa. Not to mention the amendments to the various legislative instruments in the context of the energy sector broadly, as well as initiation of the ISMO Bill. Lena is also currently involved in the design and implementation of the various IPP Programmes, principally the Coal, Gas and Co-Generation Programmes. This is in line with the various Ministerial Determination as well as the Grand Inga Project and the Gas Utilisation Master Plan. Furthermore, on an on-going basis involved in providing such technical and strategic advice as required on energy related matters.
The university consistently ranks among the top ten public universities each year in enrollment of National Merit scholars.  According to the College Board , the fall 2008 entering freshman class consisted of 54% students in the top 10% of their high school graduating class, 86% in the top quarter, and 99% in the top half.  Seventy-four percent of these students took the SAT . The middle 50% of the freshmen had average scores as follows: in critical reading, 520–630, math, 560–670, and in writing 500–610. Twenty-six percent of the incoming freshmen took the ACT , with the middle 50% scoring between a 23 and 29.  About 80 percent of the student body receives about $420 million in financial aid annually.  The admission rate for students who applied as undergraduates in 2012 was 67%.  The school is rated as "selective" by US News & World Report.