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Priya Soma-Pillay

Chair: School of Medicine and Head of Department: Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of PretoriaProf Soma-Pillay holds a Ph.D. in Obstetrics from the University of Pretoria and is a member of the global NIHR-funded PRIME research study group. Her research interests include preventing pre-term birth.

The appointment marks yet another significant milestone in Prof Soma-Pillay’s illustrious career; she has served on numerous committees and boards of national bodies, including the College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of South Africa, the South African Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (SASOG) and International Federation of Gynaecologist and Obstetrics (FIGO).

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Priyabrata Chowdhury

Senior Lecturer, College of Business and Law, RMIT University
Dr Priyabrata Chowdhury is a Senior Lecturer of Supply Chain Management at the School of Accounting, Information Systems and Supply Chain (AISSC) at RMIT University. He received his PhD in Supply Chain and Logistics from RMIT University, having been funded through the RMIT PhD International Scholarship. Prior to joining RMIT University, he worked with several universities in Australia and abroad.

Priyabrata researches contemporary supply chain issues to guide businesses in developing resilient and sustainable supply chains. His research interests include supply chain risk and disruption management, supply chain resilience, supply chain sustainability, and talent management in supply chains. His research articles appear in top-tier journals, including Transportation Research Part E, International Journal of Operations and Production Management, International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management, Journal of Business Research, International Journal of Logistics Management, and Journal of Cleaner Production.

Priyabrata has received several teaching and research awards, including the AISSC Teaching Award, the AISSC Early Career Teaching Award and the AISSC Early Career Researcher Award.

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Priyanka Dhopade

Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering, University of Auckland
I am a researcher in space sustainability and environmental engineering.

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Prof Priti Parikh

Professor of Infrastructure Engineering and International Development, UCL
Professor Parikh has expertise in infrastructure (water, sanitation and energy) for resource constrained settings such as slums and rural communities in Africa and Asia. She is also leading research on developing evidence base to link SDG's and infrastructure. She is Director of Bartlett's School of Sustainable Construction and Engineering for International Development Research Centre.

She provides strategic advise on links between Infrastructure and climate change and SDGs in emerging economies. She is a Trustee with Institution of Civil Engineers, Engineers Against Poverty and Happold Foundation. She was recognised as one of the top 50 women in engineering in UK in 2022 and one of the top academics for supporting policy making by Apolitical.

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Prof Prof Mairead Nic Craith

Máiréad Nic Craith joined the Department of Languages and Intercultural Studies as Professor of European Culture and Heritage in September 2012. She previously held a Chair in the School of Social Sciences and Applied Social Studies at the University of Ulster. Máiréad has held an honorary professorship at the University of Exeter as well as a DAAD guest professorship at the University of Göttingen. She has held other academic positions at the Universities of Liverpool, Dublin and Cork. She has received many accolades for her publications, including the Ruth Michaelis-Jena Ratcliff research prize for folklife (joint winner), which was awarded at the University of Edinburgh in 2004. Two years later she was awarded a Senior Distinguished Research Fellowship at the University of Ulster. In 2009 she was elected to the Royal Irish Academy, the highest academic honour in Ireland. Máiréad has served on numerous research evaluation panels in Europe and in Canada. She has recently been appointed assessor to the Australian Research Council.

Máiréad’s research focuses on different aspects of living heritage including literary heritage (from the Great Blasket Island), intercultural heritage (Cork), World Heritage sites (Skellig Michael), heritage and conflict (Northern Ireland) and heritage and law in a European context. Her recent publications include an exploration of the role of heritage in the Derry/Londonderry (the first UK City of Culture). Máiréad has published a number of edited volumes on heritage including Cultural Heritages as Reflexive Traditions (2007 with Ullrich Kockel) and Cultural Diversity, Heritage and Human Rights (2010 with William Logan and Michele Langfeld). She is currently co-editing the Blackwell Companion to Heritage (due for publication in 2014). In 2011, she was invited by the United Nations as an expert on access to heritage as a human right.

Language, power and cultural policy in European society have also been a sustained focus of interest throughout Máiréad's academic career. In 2009 Máiréad held a Leverhulme Research Fellowship examining the sense of dislocation that is experienced by bilingual authors living ‘in-between’ two cultures and two languages. She has explored key questions, such as the impact of political boundaries on the concept of language and the significance of language for citizenship. Máiréad has examined the quest for recognition and legitimacy among speakers of minority and contested languages and queried the non-recognition of migrant, non-European languages in the public space. In 2013, she was invited by the European Centre on Minority Issues as an expert on (linguistic) minorities.

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Prof. Mulala Danny Simatele

Environmental Scientist, University of the Witwatersrand
Prof. Mulala Simatele is an Environmental Scientist by training and specialized in Geographies of the Environment and Sustainability. He holds a DPhil in Environmental Management and Sustainability from the University of Sussex in the UK. Prior to joining Wits, Mulala worked for the University of St. Andrews in Scotland where he was part of the team which established the St Andrews Sustainability Institute.

His main areas of research interest revolves around community based natural resource management with a special focus on water management, education for sustainability, climate change adaptation, environmental justice, environmental impact assessments, marine resource management and disaster risk management. In additional to academic engagement, Mulala is one of three technical advisors to the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and the Australian Center for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) on the Cultivate Africa Programme.

He is also a board member for Hanell International and has diverse experiences working with policy related institutions notably on environmental management, climate change adaptation and environmental sustainability. Notable among these institutions include: The World Bank; The Scottish Environmental Think Tank, and the Ford Foundation. He has also served as an environmental consultant for different governments; the government of Bolivia; Botswana, Ghana, Jamaica, Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, Tanzania, Sweden, Zambia and Zimbabwe. He has also worked with various NGOs on environmental and climate change issues including community development. Mulala is very passionate about research and working with students from diverse backgrounds. Since arriving at Wits in 2013, he has successfully supervised 20 PhD students and over 80 Masters and honours students.

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Professor Dibyesh Anand

Head of School of Social Sciences, University of Westminster
Dibyesh Anand is the Head of the School of Social Sciences at the University of Westminster in London. He is a professor of international relations and the author of monographs "Geopolitical Exotica: Tibet in Western Imagination" and "Hindu Nationalism in India and the Politics of Fear" and has spoken about and published on varied topics including Tibet, China-India border dispute, Hindu nationalism and Islamophobia in India, and the colonial occupation in Kashmir. He is co-chair for the Westminster BME network and newly formed EDI committee. He identifies as queer in personal and political terms. He is available on Twitter @dibyeshanand.

Dibyesh Anand is the Head of the School of Social Sciences at the University of Westminster in London. He is a professor of international relations and the author of monographs "Geopolitical Exotica: Tibet in Western Imagination" and "Hindu Nationalism in India and the Politics of Fear" and has spoken about and published on varied topics including Tibet, China-India border dispute, Hindu nationalism and Islamophobia in India, and the colonial occupation in Kashmir. He is co-chair for the Westminster BME network and newly formed EDI committee. He identifies as queer in personal and political terms. He is available on Twitter @dibyeshanand.

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Professor Keith Ryden

Professor of Space Engineering, University of Surrey
Prof. Ryden is currently Interim Director of the Surrey Space Centre which is a research unit within the School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering. The centre currently focusses on space applications, exploration and instrumentation and has a long history of building space experiments (including experimental satellites) and space instruments.

Keith’s field of research concerns the effects of space radiation and space weather on spacecraft, aircraft and ground systems and also how to protect them. He has been involved in a numerous national and international (e.g. European Space Agency and NASA) projects to develop space environment models has invented and flown novel instruments to measure and investigate such issues – his instrument designs are used today for example, in the European Space Agency ‘Galileo’ satellites and the Japanese Meteorological satellites. He has strong research links with the UK Met Office and Ministry of Defence in the field of space weather as well as with the space industry. Keith has developed a new Masters-level module ‘Space Environment and Protection’ at Surrey.

After graduating from the University of Bath in 1986 with a First in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Keith joined the Royal Aerospace Establishment (RAE), Farnborough, then part of UK Ministry of Defence (MoD), to carry out research into improving the effectiveness and survivability of UK defence satellites. In parallel he completed a part-time MSc in Satellite Engineering at the University of Surrey, graduating with Distinction. Keith led the design, construction and launch of MoD’s 50kg STRV1a research satellite which performed its mission successfully from 1994-1999. In 2007 he was appointed to the position of Technical Fellow at QinetiQ (a spin-out from MoD) where he led a team dedicated to understanding radiation environments and effects. In 2012 he joined the Royal Academy of Engineering study team looking into Extreme Space Weather which reported in 2013. Soon thereafter he took up a post at the University of Surrey as Reader in Space Engineering.

Keith is currently a member of the UK Space Environment Impact Expert Group (SEIEG), which advises the UK Government on space weather risks. He is Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the IET.

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Progress Hove-Sibanda

Associate professor of logistics, Nelson Mandela University
Prof Progress Hove-Sibanda is a Logistics and Supply Chain Management Professional and an NRF rated researcher. She is an associate professor in the Department of Logistics, School of Business and Economic Science, Nelson Mandela University. She is a board member of the Journal of Transport and Supply chain management; and a committee member of the African Institute of Supply Chain Research (AISCR). She has published widely and presented several papers in local and international conferences. Her research interest lies in the areas of Supply Chain Management, Logistics, Sustainable Supply Chain Management, Green Logistics, Reverse Logistics, Waste Management, Smart Logistics, Industry 4.0, Smart Cities, SMEs, Islamic banking, Maritime Logistics, business management, sustainable entrepreneurship, and economics.

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Pui Ting Wong

PhD Candidate, diet and adolescent mental health, The University of Queensland
I am a PhD Candidate and Accredited Practising Dietitian researching the impact of culinary education on the psychosocial wellbeing of adolescents. My vision is to empower people to lead happy and healthy lives through education around diet and mental health. My international research portfolio spans nutrition education, nutrition in cystic fibrosis and migrant health. I have worked with organisations including American Diabetes Association, Dietitians Australia, and Hong Kong Community Dietitian Association.

As an emerging educator, I have provided nutrition education both within Australia and internationally to a diverse range of audiences including people with neurodiversity and special education needs, families, allied health professionals, and First Nations people, across clinical, community, and corporate settings.

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Pujo Semedi

Professor, Department of Anthropology, Universitas Gadjah Mada
Dr. Pujo Semedi is a professor at the Department of Anthropology, Universitas Gadjah Mada. His research is focused on rural-agricultural economic and ecological issues, and he carried out fieldwork among fishers and farmers in Java, Kalimantan, and South Germany. His works include Rubber, Oil Palm and Accumulation in West Kalimantan, 1910s-2010s (2022); Plantation Life. Corporate Occupation in Indonesia’s Oil Palm Zones. with Tania Li (2021); “Fishers’ responses to the Danish seiner ban and the history of fisheries governance on the Java north coast” with Katharina Schneider (2021); “The Development and Demise of Child Labour in a Javanese Tea Plantation, 1900–2010” with Gerben Nooteboom (2018). He got his Ph.D. in anthropology at the University of Amsterdam in 2001.

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Puneet Vatsa

Senior Lecturer in Economics, Lincoln University, New Zealand
I am an economist at Lincoln University in New Zealand who enjoys answering interesting questions about people, prices, and society using data. My current research focuses on energy and agricultural commodity markets, the socioeconomic effects of technology adoption, and rural development.

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Purungu Desmond Taylor

Warnman - Manjilyjarra man from Karlamilyi National Park, interpreter and artist, Indigenous Knowledge
Purungu Desmond Taylor is a Warnman - Manjilyjarra man. His country is within Karlamilyi National Park and the Martu Native Title Determination Area. Desmond was born near the Oakover River, Western Australia. His family, children and grandchildren live in Jigalong, Parnngurr, Bidyadanga, Perth, Adelaide and other places.

He is an interpreter and artist. He speaks more than five Western Desert languages. He paints ancestral and personal stories including the Niminjarra, Jila Kutjarra, yiwarra and others. He has worked in linguistics, archaeology, history, anthropology, ethnoecology, health and other disciplines.

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Purva Abhyankar

Lecturer in Psychology, University of Stirling
I am a health psychologist by training and have many years of research experience in applied health and health services research. My research aims to help people make better decisions about their healthcare and actively manage their health and illness by engaging in healthy behaviours. It draws on the knowledge from psychological theories underpinning human behaviour and decision making, applied to improve health and healthcare delivery. I am an inter-disciplinary and mixed methods researcher, equally comfortable with qualitative and quantitative methodology.

I joined the Division of Psychology, in FNS at Stirling in June 2021. Prior to this, I spent nearly 6 years as a lecturer in the Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport, teaching several aspects of Health Psychology (e.g. health behaviour change, clinical and shared decision making), and a wide range of research methods to nurses, paramedics and allied health professionals.

Within Psychology, I lead the third year undergraduate module Clinical and Health Psychology, along with contributing to teaching on final year electives, MSc Health Psychology and UG, PG and doctoral supervision.

I am also the convener and University representative for the Health, Families, Relationships and Demographic Change Pathway for ESRC's Doctoral Training Pathway.

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