Dr. Bala Ramasamy has been Professor of Economics at CEIBS since 2006. Before joining CEIBS, Dr. Ramasamy was Professor of International Economics and Business and acting Director of Nottingham University Business School at the University of Nottingham in Malaysia. Previously, Dr. Ramasamy was a faculty member at both Massey University in New Zealand and University of Macau. He has been teaching at higher institutes of learning since 1988. He has had wide experience teaching students of different backgrounds and culture in mainland China, Macau, Malaysia, Singapore, New Zealand, Ghana and the UK.
Dr. Ramasamy received his Ph.D degree from University of Leicester, UK and his Master of Social Sciences from the University of Macau, both in Economics.
Dr. Ramasamy's research interest focuses on Asian economies, Foreign Direct Investment, Corporate Social Responsibility and International Business Strategy. His research has been published in Journal of Business Ethics, World Economy, Journal of World Business, Journal of World Investment and Trade, Journal of Business Research, among others. His views are regularly sought by the media. He has been interviewed by CCTV, Bloomberg, AP, Al Jazeera, Channel NewsAsia etc. His comments have also appeared in the Wall Street Journal, China Daily, Global Times and other newspaper around the world.
Outside academia, Dr. Ramasamy runs leadership and moral empowerment programmes for young teenagers.
PhD Candidate in Modern Languages & Politics, University of Birmingham
I started my PhD at Birmingham university in 2013. My focus is on translation, media, and politics, particularly with regards to Islamic State in Iraq. I completed my BA and MA in translation and interpreting studies in Al-Mustansirriya university, Baghdad, Iraq.
I also worked as a lecturer in the Translation department , Faculty of Arts, Al-Mustansirriya University, from 2006 to 2013 when I was awarded a scholarship to pursue my PhD study at Birmingham University.
Principal Research Fellow, Sensory Loss Epidemiology, Westmead Institute, University of Sydney
Associate Professor Bamini Gopinath is an epidemiologist who has been actively involved in developing and conducting numerous population health studies. To date she has co-authored over 150 peer-reviewed papers, several of which have been in high-ranking medical and health journals (with over 1600 citations to her name). Her publications have attracted >400 media stories with an estimated audience of 210 million people worldwide. Using large population datasets Bamini has provided novel community-based evidence on the health determinants and health outcomes associated with a range of chronic diseases and disability. Her research work is primarily focused on sensory loss epidemiology, which aims to assess the modifiable lifestyle determinants and impacts of age-related sensory impairments. Her ongoing research in the public health field aims to translate key study findings into health policy and practice, with the intention of targeting current gaps that exist in Australian healthcare.
Barbara is a Lecturer in the School of Health Sciences at the University of Stirling. Her research interests relate to the psychological aspects of health. She worked for 15 years as a Registered Nurse, including as a British Heart Foundation specialist cardiac nurse.
Dr Barbara Mintzes is a research scientist specialising in the study of pharmaceutical policy. Her research focuses on the effects of direct-to-consumer advertising of prescription drugs and other forms of pharmaceutical promotion on the prescribing and use of medicines. She also performs systematic reviews of clinical trial evidence regarding the health effects of medicines, including both benefit and harm, in terms of outcomes of importance to patients’ health. Dr Mintzes has has a doctorate in Health Care and Epidemiology and was Associate Professor at the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Canada prior to joining the University of Sydney in April 2015. At UBC, she worked with the Therapeutics Initiative, a research group that evaluates new drugs as a background to provincial reimbursement decisions and produces an educational bulletin on drug treatments. Currently, she is the lead investigator on an international comparative study examining the influence of national regulations on the amount of safety information that pharmaceutical sales representatives provide to primary care physicians. Dr Mintzes was a lead member of an international WHO and Health Action International (HAI) project that involved developing an educational manual on drug promotion, for pharmacy and medical students. This manual has been translated into Spanish, Russian and French, and incorporated into education curricula in a range of settings. Dr Mintzes maintains strong community engagement, having worked for many years with women’s health and consumer groups, including DES (diethylstilbestrol) Action Canada, and Women and Health Protection (a Canadian non-profit organization). She co-authored the book “Sex, Lies and Pharmaceuticals” with Ray Moynihan, published in 2010.
Professor of Clinical Neuropsychology, University of Cambridge
Barbara Sahakian's research is aimed at understanding the neural basis of cognitive, emotional and behavioural dysfunction in order to develop more effective pharmacological and psychological treatments. The focus of my lab is on early detection, differential diagnosis and proof of concept studies using cognitive enhancing drugs. She is President of the International Neuroethics Society.
Barry Avery is an Associate Professor in the Informatics and Operations department and is the course director for the MSc in Business Information Technology. Prior to moving into the academic sector, he was an IT consultant and worked for companies such as Unilever and Thomson Reuters, as a systems analyst and programmer.
Barry Avery has recently completed his PhD at Lancaster University, which examines the use of Technology Enhanced Learning with Assessment.
Internet and Web technologies
Web Application Building
Technology Enhanced Learning
Avery's research interests are in Technology Enhanced Learning, in particular the use of technology and social based pedagogies.
He teaches a variety of subjects to both undergraduate and postgraduate students, including in:
Programming and server side scripting
Business Information Architecture
Using Personal Learning Environments and Networks (PLE and PLNs)
I set up the Sexual Offences, Crime and Misconduct Research Unit in 2007 to build upon the collaborative relationship between ongoing research within the Psychology Division at NTU and HMP Whatton (the largest sex offender prison in Europe, holding approximately 830 convicted male sex offenders). The unit's primary aim is to conduct and facilitate applied forensic research in the area of sex offending and sexual crime, with the research unit sitting at the juxtaposition between the world of prison and that of academia.
Current research programmes include mixed method evaluations of anti-libidinal medication, pre treatment initiatives, prison and community based Circles of Support and Accountability. Also conducting research exploring religiosity and sexual offenders, peer support programmes, the collecting of sexually explicit materials, personality disorders in sex offenders, challenges for/with transgender prisoners, offenders who target elderly victims, as well as work with non-offending paedophiles and ex-prisoners who are seeking treatment and support to stay offence-free.
The Safer Living Foundation
I am co-founder and trustee of the Safer Living Foundation, a charity set up in 2014 to conduct (and evaluate) initiatives that help to prevent further victims of sexual crime. We are now running prison and community based CoSA and have also started Young People's CoSA. Additionally we are seeking funding to run a regional prevention project in which free treatment and support is offered to individuals concerned they may offend. Please contact me if you are interested.
Further projects include researching child sexual exploitation, and helping institutionalised offenders in the transition from prison to community. Additionally the charity has the goal of setting up accommodation for sex offenders released from custody who would benefit from a 'three quarters' way house.
Ben Goldsmith is Senior Lecturer in Screen and Media, and program convenor of the Bachelor of Creative Industries at the University of the Sunshine Coast.
His recent research focuses on media policy and the Convergence Review, and he wrote three submissions to the Review on behalf of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation. His research interests include Australian cinema and television, media production and globalisation, and media and cultural policy. He has previously worked at Queensland University of Technology, the University of Queensland, the Australian Film, Television and Radio School, and Griffith University. He has written several books including Rating the Audience (with Mark Balnaves and Tom O'Regan) The Film Studio (with Tom O’Regan), and Local Hollywood (with Susan Ward and Tom O’Regan). He is the co-editor (with Mark Ryan and Geoff Lealand) of the Intellect Directory of Australian and New Zealand Cinema, volume 2, published in 2015.
Ben Handel is an economist at the Unversity of Claifornia at Berkeley whose research focuses on health care markets. His research has studied consumer decision-making and market design of health insurance markets, and illustrates the interplay between consumer decision-making and market regulation. Ben has also researched provider financial incentives and take up of preventive care in health care markets.
Ben received his Ph.D. in economics from Northwestern in 2010 and an A.B. in Economics from Princeton in 2004. In addition to his teaching at Berkeley, he has advised numerous businesses and policymakers on a range of issues related to health economics.
Ben Heard is a doctoral student at the University of Adelaide, examining pathways for the decarbonisation of Australian electricity with the inclusion of nuclear energy.
As director of (currently in hiatus) ThinkClimate Consulting he delivered modelling of carbon neutral pathways for South Australia's largest local government and recently advised the South Australian Freight Council in a detailed report called Green Freight.
Ben’s appreciation of the climate crisis forced a rethink of his long-held opposition to nuclear power. In early 2011 he delivered his seminal presentation Nuclear Power: From Opponent to Proponent to a strong response. Ben has since become one of Australia’s most prominent nuclear advocates, presenting his work to audiences large and small around Australia including the 2011 Local Government Association State Conference, the 2012 Frontiers in Science conference and a landmark televised nuclear debate victory in 2012. Ben has written on nuclear power extensively in print and on-line media, including a recent popular article for ABC Environment, Renewable vs nuclear is the wrong battle. His advocacy website, Decarbonise SA, has become a popular resource, attracting over 100,000 hits.
In 2012 he launched his independently funded research Zero Carbon Options, with a first-of-a-kind direct comparison of nuclear and renewable options for the replacement of coal-fired electricity in Australia. In July 2013 he was a presenter and panellist for the ATSE conference "Nuclear power for Australia?"
Ben lives in Adelaide with wife Gemma Munro and their two children.
Professor Ben Marshall holds the MSA Charitable Trust Chair in Finance at Massey University, New Zealand. Among other topics, his research interests include: return predictability including the rigorous testing of trading strategies, mechanisms for minimising transaction costs in order placement, ETFs, hedging commodity risk, and liquidity issues. Ben has consulted to a range of organisations, ranging from large multinationals and hedge funds to SMEs, and not for profit organisations.His research has been discussed in numerous newspapers and investment blogs and he is a member of the Australian New Zealand Shadow Finance Regulatory Committee.
Director, WHO Collaborating Centre for Viral Hepatitis, The Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity
Director, WHO Collaborating Centre for Viral Hepatitis, The Doherty Institute
Epidemiologist, Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory, The Doherty Institute
Infectious Diseases Physician, Victorian Infectious Diseases Service, Royal Melbourne Hospital
Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Melbourne
Benjamin Dean is a Fellow for Internet Governance and Cyber-security at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs in New York City. In this role, he works at the intersection of technology and public policy.
Benjamin has lived and worked in seven countries over the past decade: his native Australia, China, India, Bhutan, France, the USA and Venezuela. He spent three years working as a research assistant in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's (OECD) Center for Entrepreneurship, Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and Local Development. In this role, he worked on a variety of projects including entrepreneurship and innovation policy reviews of Thailand and Mexico, the SME Financing Scoreboard and intellectual property rights management by SMEs.
For the past few years, Benjamin has concentrated on digital and information policy as well as working in New York's start-up scene. He is presently interested in developing alternatives to the advertising business model, which has led to the wide-spread surveillance and control of information on the internet.
Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Michigan
Benjamin Kuipers joined the University of Michigan in January 2009 as Professor of Computer Science and Engineering. Prior to that, he held an endowed Professorship in Computer Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin. He received his B.A. from Swarthmore College, and his Ph.D. from MIT.
He investigates the representation of commonsense and expert knowledge, with particular emphasis on the effective use of incomplete knowledge. His research accomplishments include developing the TOUR model of spatial knowledge in the cognitive map, the QSIM algorithm for qualitative simulation, the Algernon system for knowledge representation, and the Spatial Semantic Hierarchy model of knowledge for robot exploration and mapping. He has served as Department Chair at UT Austin, and is a Fellow of AAAI, IEEE, and AAAS.
I am a Research Associate at the University of Kent, working as part of the NORFACE research project entitled 'Welfare State Futures: Our Children’s Europe' (WelfSOC). My research interests include Euroscepticism, differentiated integration in the European Union and comparative party politics in Europe.
I hold a PhD in Politics from the University of Edinburgh, a LL.M. in European Law from the University of Kent and a BA in Political Science from the University of Namur (Belgium). Prior to joining Kent, I worked as a Teaching Fellow in Politics at the University of Bath, and as a guest researcher at the ARENA Centre for European Studies (University of Oslo). I tweet @BenLeruth.
Dean and Professor of Nursing, The Ohio State University
Dean, Associate Vice President for Health Promotion, Chief Wellness Officer
120 Newton Hall
1585 Neil Avenue Columbus, OH 43210
Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk serves as Associate Vice President for Health Promotion, University Chief Wellness Officer, and Professor and Dean of the College of Nursing at The Ohio State University. She also is a professor of pediatrics and psychiatry at Ohio State’s College of Medicine.
Dr. Melnyk’s groundbreaking work spans evidence-based practice, intervention research, child and adolescent mental health, and health and wellness.
In 2013, Dr. Melnyk became one of the few women and nurses elected to the Institute of Medicine – a division of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine whose members counsel government and private sector leaders to help them make informed health decisions. Election to the IOM is among the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine.
Appointed by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services officials, Dr. Melnyk also served a four-year term on the 16-member United States Preventive Services Task Force. That independent group of national experts in prevention and evidence-based medicine works to improve the health of all Americans by making evidence-based recommendations about clinical preventive services such as screenings, counseling services, or preventive medications.
She founded the National Interprofessional Education and Practice Collaborative to advance the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Million Hearts® initiative and its goal of preventing one million heart attacks and strokes by 2017. Dr. Melnyk also founded the National Consortium for Building Healthy Academic Communities, a collaborative organization to improve population health in the nation’s institutions of higher learning.
Since arriving at Ohio State in 2011, Dr. Melnyk has overseen significant steps toward establishing the nursing program there among the nation’s elite. In 2015, OSU’s master’s program in nursing was named among the nation’s top 25 by U.S. News and World Report – putting it among the top five percent of nursing programs nationwide – and the College of Nursing was designated by USN&WR as one America’s top 10 for both master’s and undergraduate online education.
Also in 2015, the OSU College of Nursing received a $1 million gift from FloAnn and John Easton to establish an endowed professorship for child and adolescent health – an important step toward improving health outcomes for a key at-risk population.
Dr. Melnyk has secured more than $19 million in sponsored funding from federal agencies as principal investigator and her findings have appeared in more than 280 publications. In 2002, she received the Jessie Scott Award from the American Nurses Association, recognizing her work to improve health care quality through the integration of research, education and practice. And Dr. Melnyk has been named one of the most 30 influential nursing deans by The Mometrix Blog, which based its selections on data including awards, Top 10 rankings, NIH funding, and NCLEX passing percentage.
Dr. Melnyk is co-editor of four books, including Evidence-based Practice in Nursing & Healthcare: A Guide to Best Practice, Implementing EBP: Real World Success Stories, A Practical Guide to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Screening, Early Intervention, and Health Promotion (2nd Ed), and Intervention Research: Designing, Conducting, Analyzing and Funding, an American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award winner.
Dr. Melnyk earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from West Virginia University, her Master of Science degree with a specialization in nursing care of children and pediatric nurse practitioner from the University of Pittsburgh, and her PhD in clinical research from the University of Rochester – where she also completed her post-master’s certificate as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She is an elected fellow of the National Academy of Medicine, the American Academy of Nursing, the National Academies of Practice and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.
Bernard Ryan became Professor of Migration Law at the University of Leicester in September 2013. He was previously Professor of Law at the University of Kent. He is the co-chair of the Migration and Law Network, which aims to promote the field of migration law in British universities.
Bernard’s research interests cover the field of migration law and policy. He is especially interested in the following areas:
The legal framework relating to irregular migration
International law relating to migration
The implications of diversity for migration law and policy
The relationships between labour migration and employment law.
Bert Scholtens is Professor of Banking and Finance at the University of St Andrews School of Management. He also holds the position of Professor at the Faculty of Economics and Business at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands.
Bert Scholtens earned his Masters in Economics at the University of Groningen. After his graduation, he worked with the Postbank in Amsterdam. He completed his PhD on international financial intermediation at the University of Amsterdam in 1994. He became assistant professor at the University of Amsterdam before he was an associate professor at the University of Groningen. In 2004, he became a professor in Groningen. In 2012, he was appointed professor in St Andrews.
Bert Scholtens' research is directed at international financial intermediation and environmental finance and economics. He focuses on finance, responsible investment and energy and publishes in international academic journals. He currently teaches about portfolio management, corporate governance, and credit risk analysis and coaches both Bachelor and Masters students in completing their thesis. He also supervises several PhD students, both in Groningen and St Andrews.
His research interests include Corporate Social Responsibility, Socially Responsible Investing, Energy Finance, Financial institutions (banks, pension funds, insurance companies, mutual funds, etc.), International finance, Financial intermediation, Financial systems and Environmental economics.
Director, Centre for Transformative Innovation, Swinburne University of Technology
Professor Beth Webster is the Director of the Centre for Transformative Innovation at Swinburne University of Technology. Her area of study is the economics of how knowledge is created and diffuses through the economy. On these topics alone she has authored over 100 articles in outlets such as RAND Journal of Economics, Review of Economics and Statistics, Oxford Economic Papers, Journal of Law & Economics and Cambridge Journal of Economics. She has been appointed to a number of committees including the Lomax-Smith Base funding Review; CEDA Advisory Council; the Bracks Automotive review; the Advisory Council for Intellectual Property; the European Policy for Intellectual Property Association; the Economic Society of Victoria and the Asia Pacific Innovation Conference. She is also holds honorary research positions at the Universities of Melbourne, Oxford and Tasmania.
She has a PhD (economics) from the University of Cambridge and economics degrees from Monash University.
Academic Researcher, PhD Supervisor, University of Sydney
Dr. Bettina Friedrich is a psychologist and researcher.
Bettina has worked in the in the research areas of mental health and mental health stigma at different international academic research departments: USA (UCSD), Australia (USyd), England (King's College London) and Germany (University of Würzburg). In addition to this she has worked for a year as a free-lance journalist for the Braunschweiger Zeitung. Her main areas are Clinical Psychology, Media Psychology and Cross Cultural Psychology.
She is particularly interested in social-psychiatric questions in health communication. She is investigating for example how we use media to communicate about mental health and how this impacts on mental health related stigma and self-stigma. She has also worked on the evaluation of Time to Change, the national mental health campaign of England which is the biggest of its kind world-wide.
Bettina is also involved with the Global Anti Stigma Alliance (GASA), a network of 120+ stigma researchers and health educators from five continents. She produces the quarter-annual newsletter for GASA.
Bettina obtained her PhD from the University of Glasgow in Scotland (Department of Psychology).
As Senior Lecturer in Digital Marketing, I have a particular interest in digital culture, and how this affects the third sector, especially faith organisations, voluntary organisations, and government behavioural campaigns. I moved to this position after five years involved with the CODEC Centre for Digital Theology, St John’s College, Durham University. At CODEC, I researched discipleship in a digital age, drawing upon over 130 voices from ‘the pew, the pulpit and the academy’ on the website http://bigbible.org.uk. My work included highlighting to the church the importance of engaging with digital technologies. Previous roles in academia include ‘Senior Fellow in Technology Enhanced Learning’ alongside temporary lectureships, web editorial work, and research projects (including into web accessibility and usability) at the University of Winchester and Interdisciplinary Research Officer at the University of Manchester.
I have been Director of social media consultancy Digital Fingerprint since 2001, whose clients have included third sector organisations such as Girlguiding, The National Archives and NCVO (via another agency), Christian organisations including The Church of England, The Methodist Church, and United Reformed Church, publishers including Lion Hudson and CPO, universities including ‘Organisational Development in Higher Education Group’ and The University of Limerick, and a range of small businesses, including anti-diet cause ‘Beyond Chocolate’, and involvement in the social media startup Super Fun Days Out.
I am regularly asked to write for a range of publications for a wide range of audiences, and often provide expert comment to the media. The Financial Times described my 2014 book Raising Children in a Digital Age as ‘sensible’ in a sea of scare texts around the topic of children and the internet. I have been on flagship shows such as The One Show (BBC One), Steve Wright in the Afternoon (BBC Radio 2) and BBC News, whilst local and specialist media frequently asks for comment or opinion pieces on aspects related to digital culture.
Professor, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay
- Computer networks, Wireless and mobile networks,
- Protocol design & evaluation, Wireless measurement studies,
- Computing and communication system design for the developing world,
- System building and protocol design for embedded wireless sensor applications.
Bill Buchanan is a Professor in the School of Computing at Edinburgh Napier University, and a Fellow of the BCS and the IET.
He currently leads the Centre for Distributed Computing, Networks, and Security and The Cyber Academy, and works in the areas of security, Cloud Security, Web-based infrastructures, e-Crime, cryptography, triage, intrusion detection systems, digital forensics, mobile computing, agent-based systems, and security risk.
Bill has one of the most extensive academic sites in the World, and is involved in many areas of novel research and teaching in computing. He has published over 27 academic books, and over 200 academic research papers, along with several awards for excellence in knowledge transfer, and for teaching, such as winning at the I ♥ my Tutor Awards (Student voted), Edinburgh Napier University, 2011, 2014 and 2015, and has supervised many award winning student projects.
He was named as one of the Top 100 people for Technology in Scotland for 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. In Feb 2016, he was also included in the FutureScot "Top 50 Scottish Tech People Who Are Changing The World".
He has been an external examiner at many universities, and is currently an external examiner at Royal Holloway (University of London). Also with this he has been involved in many PhD completions and many external PhD examinations (including recent ones in Newcastle, Liverpool, and Dublin). He is part of many editorial boards for conferences and reviews in a wide range of journals.
Bill regularly appears on TV and radio related to computer, and has given evidence to the Justice Committee at the Scottish Parliament, along with being part of the BBC Scottish Independence Team of Experts (specialty: Cyber Security). This includes appearances on Newsnight Scotland, Good Morning Scotland, and Radio 5 Newsdrive, and was named as one of the Top 100 people for Technology in Scotland for the last two years. Along with this he gives many keynote/endnote talks at conferences, including at NISC 2014 on Heartbleed.
He has led many innovations in teaching related to Cyber Security, including with the DFET Cloud Training project and leads the Scottish EU Centre of Excellence for Law Enforcement Training within the 2Center Network, along with being part of the setup of SIPR (Scottish Institute for Police Research). He currently leads on a range of training projects with Police Scotland and a range of industry partners.
Presently he is working with a range of industrial/domain partners, including with the Scottish Police, the finance sector, and many large and small companies. He has a long track record in commercialisation activities, including being a co-founder of Zonefox and safi.re, which of which progressed from PhD work to a university spin-out, though the Scottish Enterprise funded Proof-of-Concept scheme. Over the past three years he has received direct funding of over £2million related to computer security, which has had a major impact on an international basis. Both spin-outs build on patented technology, including one which has patenting protection over three territories around the World.
His current work includes a €500,000 project which aims to build an advanced training infrastructure for Cyber Security and Digital Forensics. Previous projects have included collaboration of TSB Grants with Microsoft plc on a £2million project which aimed to improve the care of the elderly using Trusted Cloud-based services, and with Chelsea and Westminster Hospital on a next generation Health Care platform. This also matches up with other funded projects with the FSA and the Scottish Police.
He has created many innovations in teaching related to computer security, including being sole author on http://networksims.com (Cisco Simulators), and http://asecuritysite.com (one of the most extensive computer security site for academic material in the World) and in creating DFET (an innovative Cloud training infrastructure for security and digital forensics training). His lectures are online at http://youtube.com/billatnapier, with over 500 on-line lectures, and has over 1,500 subscribers, with more than 1million minutes watched. He regularly appears on the BBC radio and TV talking about Cybercrime (see http://youtube.com/billatnapier).
Bill is also a member of the ICT in Education Excellence Group, which has been setup by the Scottish Government in 2012, and innovated the Christmas Cyber lecture for Schools in Scotland (attended by over 3,000 pupils in Dec 2013). He has done extensive work with Schools in promoting ICT, especially focused on computer security, and created the Bright Red Digital Zone, which now includes most of the subjects with the N5 (CfE) subjects in Scotland (brightredbooks.net), and which has extensive coverage of areas such as computer security.
My research is on transnational crime, terrorism and the process of creating a supranational police response to these phenomena.
I am a member of the executive committee of the Standing Group on Organised Crime of the ECPR and run the SGOC blog at:
The appropriateness of supranational policing arrangements as a response to changing structures of organised crime including terrorism. Particularly interested in relationships between Eastern and Western Europe with regard to crime, the Schengen acquis and Justice and Home Affairs matters in the European Union.
Bob De Schutter (MA, PhD) is the C. Michael Armstrong Professor at the College of Education, Health & Society and the Armstrong Institute for Interactive Media Studies of Miami University (Oxford, OH). His interdisciplinary research and teaching interests include game design, the older audience of digital games, and the use of digital games for non-entertainment purposes. He has been invited to teach in Europe, North America and Asia, and his work has been published in leading publications of several academic fields. Bob has served industry as an independent consultant, web developer and entrepreneur, and has founded and chaired the Flemish chapter of the Digital Game Research Association. Prior to joining Miami University, Bob was a researcher and lead designer for the e-Media Lab of the KU Leuven (campus Group T), where he worked on games to facilitate inter-generational knowledge transfer, rehabilitate psycho-motor skills, train entrepreneurial skills, sensitize university students on urban mobility for the disabled, teach the psychology of game design, etc.
For more information about him, please visit his personal website at www.bobdeschutter.be.
Lecturer on Law, Senior Clinical Instructor at Harvard Law School's International Human Rights Clinic, Harvard University
Bonnie Docherty is a Lecturer on Law and Senior Clinical Instructor at the International Human Rights Clinic at Harvard Law School. She is also a Senior Researcher in the Arms Division of Human Rights Watch. She is an expert on disarmament and international humanitarian law, particularly involving civilian protection during armed conflict. In recent years, she has authored several seminal reports in support of civil society’s campaign to ban fully autonomous weapons, also known as “killer robots.” Since 2001, she has played an active role, as both lawyer and field researcher, in the campaign against cluster munitions. Docherty participated in negotiations for the Convention on Cluster Munitions and has promoted strong implementation of the convention since its adoption in 2008. Her in-depth field investigations of cluster munition use in Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, and Georgia helped galvanize international opposition to the weapons. Docherty has documented the broader effects of armed conflict on civilians in several other countries and also done research and advocacy related to incendiary weapons. Docherty received her A.B. from Harvard University and her J.D. from Harvard Law School.
Brandon is the communications lead at Vanbex Group, a cryptocurrency and blockchain marketing and communications firm based out of Vancouver, B.C.
Brandon oversees creation and management of internal and external communications, which include press releases, articles and general inbound content.
He writes the Vanbex Report, an analytical, at times, thought-provoking, look at cryptocurrency and blockchain related news and current events published on a weekly basis.
Professor of Psychology, University of Michigan
Dr. Volling studies the social and emotional development of infants and young children, and the role of family relationships in facilitating children’s developmental outcomes. She is particularly interested in the role of fathers, and the development of early sibling relationships. Her current research focuses on the transition period following the birth of a baby sibling and the older child’s adjustment after the birth (the Family Transitions Study).
Dr. Volling is currently Director and Research Professor at the Center for Human Growth and Development and Professor of Psychology at the University of Michigan. Her research focuses on the social and emotional development of infants, parent-infant interaction, and the role of family relationships in facilitating children’s developmental outcomes. She has conducted extensive research on the role of fathers for infant development and is one of the leading experts on the development of infant-father attachment relationships. She is the Principal Investigator of the Family Transitions Study (FTS), a longitudinal investigation of changes in the firstborn’s adjustment and family functioning after the birth of a second child, which has received funding from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) and the Fetzer Foundation. She was the recipient of an Independent Scientist Award from NICHD and received a Faculty Recognition Award for outstanding research, teaching and service at the University of Michigan. She recently received the MICHR Distinguished Clinical and Translational Research Mentor Award. She is also a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science. Dr. Volling received her Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies at Penn State University.
My research investigates tourism, marketing and branding. I am particularly interested in the role, impacts and sustainability of tourism in small islands. Current research projects are interested in developing theoretical understandings of tourism.
LLB/PhD (UTAS), GLDP/LLM (ANU), Barrister & Solicitor. Chief Editor Journal of Law, Information & Science.
Research interests include International Law, Constitutional Law, Jurisprudence, Science, Technology and the law.
PhD Researcher, Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, University of East Anglia
Brendan Moore is a PhD researcher affiliated with the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research at the University of East Anglia. His research focuses on the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) and its political effects on European climate change policy. He holds an MSc in Nature, Society, and Environmental Policy from the University of Oxford and a BSc in Economics from the University of Florida.
Professor in the History of International Relations, University of Cambridge
Brendan Peter Simms is an Irish historian and Professor of the History of International Relations in the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Cambridge. Simms studied at Trinity College Dublin, where he was elected a scholar in history in 1986, before completing his doctoral dissertation, Anglo-Prussian relations, 1804-1806: The Napoleonic Threat, at Cambridge under the supervision of Professor Tim Blanning in 1993. A Fellow of Peterhouse, he lectures and leads seminars on international history since 1945.
Simms's research focuses on the history of European foreign policy. He has written a variety of books and articles on this subject, including Unfinest Hour: Britain and the Destruction of Bosnia (2001) and Three Victories and a Defeat: The Rise and Fall of the First British Empire, 1714-1783 (2007). His overarching book, Europe: The Struggle for Supremacy, 1453 to the Present, was favorably reviewed by The Telegraph and the New Statesman.
His latest book is Britain’s Europe: A Thousand Years of Conflict and Cooperation (2016).
In addition to his academic work, he also serves as the president of The Henry Jackson Society, which advocates the view that supporting and promoting liberal democracy and liberal interventionism should be an integral part of Western foreign policy.
He is President of the Project for Democratic Union, a Munich-based student-organised think tank.
Assistant Professor of Marine Science, University of Texas at Austin
Microorganisms are key mediators in nearly all of the planet’s elemental cycles. However, our understanding of the ecological roles of many groups of microbes has been hampered by low-resolution analytical approaches to studying the staggering diversity present in nature. As a result the tree of life is full of branches, which remain undiscovered, and those, which have only been identified in single-gene sequencing surveys (Baker and Dick, 2013). This is a fundamental gap in our understanding of biology. Filling in the genomic gaps in the tree of life will provide a rich context to understand the evolution of life on the planet and will provide us with a genetic understanding of how microbial communities drive biogeochemical cycles.
Recent advances in DNA sequencing technologies and computational analyses have made it possible to reconstruct the genomes and transcriptomes of uncultured natural populations (Baker et al. 2010, 2012 and 2013). I have been involved in the development (Dick et al. 2009) and implementation of environmental omics since the beginning. I was involved in the first metaproteomic study of a microbial community (Ram et al. 2005) and have been using these approaches to track fine-scale evolutionary processes (Denef et al. 2010). Using these techniques I discovered deeply branching, novel groups of microbes (Archaea referred to as ARMAN) that are close to the predicted lower size limit of an organism (Baker et al. 2006). Obtaining complete genomes of the ARMAN phylum revealed that they have signatures of inter-species interactions and form connections to other species in nature (Baker et al. 2010).
More recently, my laboratory has reconstructed the genomes of hundreds of widespread, uncultured sediment microbes to understand how ecological roles are partitioned in these microbial communities. Many of the genomes belong to phyla which have no previous genomic representation and discovered three new groups of bacteria they play important roles in the global carbon cycle (Baker et al. 2015; Lazar, et al, Environ Micro). One of the new branches for which we have obtained several genomes for is a deeply branched member (Thorarchaeota) (Seitz et al. 2016). These genomes have provided rich insights into the evolutionary histories of life on the planet and we have been able to map the flow of carbon and energy, a microbial food web, through sediments with unprecedented detail (Baker et al. 2015).
Brian Gendreau is a Richardson Fellow, Clinical Professor of Finance, and Director of the Latin American Business Environment program at the University of Florida. Previously Brian was a market strategist at ING, Heckman Global Advisors, and Salomon Smith Barney, and head of emerging market economics at JP Morgan. Before that he was an economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. Brian has a PhD in from the Wharton School and a MA in international relations from Johns Hopkins SAIS. He has appeared frequently on CNBC, Fox Business television, and Bloomberg television.
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