Chair of the Executive Committee is Dr. Jim Randall. Jim is Professor of Island Studies at UPEI and serves as Co-ordinator of the Master of Arts in Island Studies (MAIS) program and the undergraduate Island Studies minor.
He is the also the co-holder (with Dr. Godfrey Baldacchino at University of Malta) of the UNESCO Chair in Island Studies and Sustainability. His background training is as an economic and social geographer. He has been the Principal Investigator, Co-investigator, or Collaborator on peer-reviewed grant and contract applications totalling almost $5 million (CAD) and has written more than 35 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters in the area of quality-of-life indicators, economic and urban geography, and community-university research collaboration. Since joining the Island Studies program at UPEI, he has written on quality-of-life issues in small island jurisdictions and biotechnology-based entrepreneurship on Prince Edward Island. He is currently writing an introductory undergraduate Island Studies eTextbook to accompany an online version of the 2nd-year Introduction to Island Studies course at UPEI.