Dr. Downing is Secretary to Council and Director of the Institutional Research Office (IRO) at City University of Hong Kong. In addition to his work as a member of the QS WUR rankings advisory board, Dr. Downing is Chair of the QS-MAPLE (Middle East and North Africa Professional Leaders in Education) International Academic Advisory Committee and a member of the QS APPLE (Asia-Pacific Professional Leaders in Education) International Academic Advisory Committee.
Dr. Downing is a Chartered Psychologist and Chartered Scientist with a current licence to practice, and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society with wide international experience including senior academic and administrative posts in Europe and Asia. He is Editor-in-Chief of the prestigious scholarly journal Educational Studies which is listed in SCOPUS. His substantial published work centres on psychology, rankings, education management and metrics, and metacognitive development.