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Prafula Pearce

Associate Professor of Law, Edith Cowan University
Dr Prafula Pearce is an Associate Professor in Law at Edith Cowan University, a member of the Research and Research Training Committee, and ECU Tax Clinic Coordinator in the School of Business and Law.

Key Research Areas: tax law, environmental law, socio-legal research.

Associate Professor Prafula Pearce has over 40 years of experience that includes academic and commercial:

Over 25 years of Academic and leadership experience in the law discipline at both Edith Cowan University School of Business and Law and Curtin Business School. She also obtained leadership experience, having served as Academic Discipline Lead and the Deputy Dean.

Over 15 years of commercial experience in London and Perth, having worked in large commercial organisations, such as Cadbury Schweppes London, Bond Corporation, and Deloitte in Perth.

Prafula’s qualifications in both law and accounting bring a unique perspective on commercial, legal, and taxation issues. She is a fellow of CPA Australia, the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants in England and Wales, Chartered Tax Adviser and has also attained the Bachelor of Laws, Master of Laws and a PhD.

Prafula’s research is mainly in the area of law, policy, and taxation. Since the attainment of her PhD in 2012, her research focus has been in the area of tax and regulatory measures to promote sustainable energy use. She has published widely in highly ranked national and international journals, made submissions to Federal Government inquiries to influence policies, and liaised with community and professional associations.

Prafula also has a wealth of supervision experience of PhD students in research areas that are of international importance and have the potential to make a difference in global policies and an impact on human lives and economic circumstances. She has been a member of various executive and research committees at Curtin University where she actively participated and advised on academic, management, and research issues.

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Prashant Kumar

Professor & Chair in Air Quality and Health; Founding Director, Global Centre for Clean Air Research (GCARE), Co-Director, Institute for Sustainability, University of Surrey, University of Surrey
Prashant is a founding Co-Director of the pan-university Institute for Sustainability (https://www.surrey.ac.uk/institute-sustainability), Founding Director of the Global Centre for Clean Air Research (GCARE; www.surrey.ac.uk/gcare) at the University of Surrey (UK). He is a Full Professor and Chair in Air Quality & Health, the founder of successfully running Guildford Living Lab (https://tinyurl.com/GuildfordLL), a Trustee at Zero Carbon Guildford (ZERO), an Adjunct Professor at Trinity College Dublin Ireland, and a Guest Professor at Southeast University China.

As an Associate Dean (International), he provided international leadership to the largest faculty. Earlier, he served as a Reader, Senior Lecturer and Lecturer. An engineer by training, he obtained his PhD (Engg) from the University of Cambridge (UK) after winning a Cambridge-Nehru Scholarship and Overseas Research Scholarship award, and earned his Master's Degree in Environmental Engineering & Management from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, with CGPA 9.8/10 and rank 1.

Clarivate Analytics recognised him in the top 1% of the Global Highly Cited, Researchers, 2022. He was the winner of the University of Surrey's "Researcher of the Year Award" in 2017.

His fundamental and application-oriented cross-disciplinary research develops the interfaces of clean air engineering/science, human health and smart/sustainable living in cities/megacities. His current research projects are focused on multidisciplinary areas of air pollution monitoring/modelling, low-cost sensing, citizen science participation, nature-based solutions for climate change mitigation and the development of innovative technological and passive (e.g. green infrastructure) solutions, tools and guidance for both developing and developed world.

A prolific author with >300 articles in top-ranked journals, his research has attracted >16800 citations, h-index, 68; i10index, 239, secured £11M of individual research funding from >£30M projects, funded by the UKRI, EC, industry, charities & international funding bodies. Currently, he is a PI/Director of the £1.2M UKRI-funded RECLAIM Network Plus.

He has developed a network of collaborators across four continents and works closely with industrial partners. He is Editor-in-Chief of the air quality section of ‘Atmosphere’, founding Speciality Chief Editor of ‘Climate Change & Cities’ and serves editorial board of several journals (e.g. Scientific Reports).

He advises local/international bodies and serves as a board member of many funding agencies in the UK and worldwide. His research has featured in well-read media outlets such as the BBC and The Times.

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Prashant Nagpal

My research focuses on development of novel material systems and processes for development of functional nanomaterials. Our studies are focused on advancement of fundamental knowledge of electronic structures, carrier dynamics, and interactions between incident electromagnetic radiation and these nanoscale materials. Based on our understanding, we design and fabricate these nanostructured materials using a variety of top-down and bottom-up scalable nanofabrication techniques. We also employ a variety of spectroscopic methods including optical, electronic, ultrafast and other optoelectronic and surface sensitive spectroscopy techniques to study fundamental interaction between light, charge carriers and phonons in individual nanoparticles and mesoscale nanoparticle assemblies. This leads us to design principles for development of useful devices based on desired engineered nanoparticle properties and cooperative phenomenon in nanostructured assemblies.

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Pratik Raul

PhD candidiate, University of Canberra
I am a Phd Candidate in the university of canberra completing my thesis on the stochastic resonance (SR) phenomenon. I am currently in my last year and expected to complete my thesis in the next 5 months.

SR is a phenonmenon in which optimal amounts of noise can enahnce the detection of a weak stimulus. I am researching how noise in the autistic brain (neural noise) can lead to enahnced peroformance in some coginitve task. I am also studying how we can artifically use visual noise to enhance vision in people with age related macular degeneration or AMD which is the leading cause of blindness in older populations across many nations such as Australia and the USA. My AMD project with SR is also currently undergoing a patent process which further showcases the novelty of my projrect.

I was introduced to SR in my Psychology Honours year which I completed with a First class (7/7 GPA). I was also inducted in the Golden Key International Honour Society that year which is an orgianisaton that recognises high-achieving academics. I also run my own website https://neuropsyence.net where I and few other doctorate students write articles to spread scientific knowledge.

SR is a topic that I am very interested in and passionate about and I am hoping that I can share my knowledge through the Conversation.

Latest publication:

https://www.frontiersin.org/journals/neuroscience/articles/10.3389/fnins.2023.1110714/full?utm_source=F-NTF&utm_medium=EMLX&utm_campaign=PRD_FEOPS_20170000_ARTICLE

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Pratim Sengupta

Professor, Learning Sciences and STEM Education, University of Calgary
Dr. Pratim Sengupta is a Professor of Learning Sciences and STEM education at the University of Calgary. He is a critical scholar of computing and STEM education. He has served as the Research Chair of STEM education at the University of Calgary, and received a CAREER Award from the US National Science Foundation for his research on integrating computational modelling in K-12 STEM classrooms.

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Pratim Milton Datta

Professor of Information Systems & Cybersecurity, Kent State University
Dr. Pratim Milton Datta is a Professor of Information Systems in the College of Business at Kent State University. He specializes in Cybersecurity, Digital Transformation, Corporate Analytics, and 4IR global ICT strategy.

Pratim also serves as a Senior Research Associate (4IR Visiting Researcher) with the University of Johannesburg, South Africa and a Visiting Researcher with ITU Copenhagen, Denmark.

He served as the PhD Director for the College of Business from 2012-2018. He also served as the College's AACSB accreditation Assurance of Learning (AoL) lead from 2010-2012.

Pratim received the Farris Family Research Innovation Award twice (2009, 2010). He was the 2014 University Scholar of the Month and received the University President's Faculty Excellence Award in 2017.

Ranked among the top 100 researchers internationally (https://drive.google.com/file/d/1UT9dC6LDPgumiNljKs9nFoBaITIcw_2G/view?usp=sharing), Pratim has more than 75 journal articles and conference proceedings with multiple best paper nominations and awards. He has published in journals such as EJIS, JAIS, ISJ, JKM, ACM, CAIS, JIT, CACM, and IEEE.

Pratim's textbook "Global Technology Management 4.0: Concepts and Cases for Managing in the 4th Industrial Revolution" is published by Palgrave Macmillan (https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-030-96929-5).

Prior to academia, Pratim worked for global technology consulting firms. He actively consults, teaches, and presents his research internationally.

With multiple sole-inventions and patent applications, Pratim enjoys designing engineering and technological solutions. His E-Voting process invention was featured on FOX8 news in April-May 2013. He has been cited in various business media. He is an avid traveller and photographer.

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Preety Sharma

Fellow, Dalla Lana Journalism and Health Impact, University of Toronto
Preety Sharma works as an independent consultant in the area in public health and development. She is trained in Nutrition, Management and Public Health. She is a freelance journalist and Fellow of the Journalism and Health Impact Fellowship 2024 at the University of Toronto.

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Prem Bhalla

Professor of Crop Biotechnology, The University of Melbourne
Professor Bhalla is a plant biotechnologist with an international reputation in plant reproduction, plant development biology, genetic engineering and tissue culture of crop plants. Her research has focused on discovering new knowledge that has strategic applications. She developed world’s first hypoallergenic grass and led to the discovery of a genetic ‘switch’ that can be turned on or off to alter the development of male gametic cells in plants bringing the understanding of plant reproduction to a whole new level.

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Prem Sikka

Prem Sikka is Professor of Accounting at the University of Essex. His research on accountancy, auditing, corporate governance, money laundering, insolvency and business affairs has been published in books, international journals, newspapers and magazines. He has also appeared on radio and television programmes to comment on accountancy and business matters.

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Prema Arasu

Postdoctoral research fellow, The University of Western Australia
Prema Arasu is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Minderoo-UWA Deep-Sea Research Centre. They are a writer and poet interested in the phenomenology of the deep sea. They have an MLitt in Modern and Contemporary Literature and Culture, and have a PhD in Creative Writing from UWA.
Prema is interested in how speculative fiction and experimental forms might provide us with new ways of talking about and conceptualising the oceans, particularly in the context of the Anthropocene. Their approach is interdisciplinary; integrating the methodologies of literary studies, creative arts, environmental humanities, philosophy, and science communication.

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Premeet Sidhu

PhD Student in Media and Communications, University of Sydney
Premeet Sidhu is a PhD student at The University of Sydney. Her PhD focuses on understanding the modern resurgence and appeal of the tabletop role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons [D&D]. Her current research interests include investigating how meaningful player experiences in both digital and non-digital games can be applied and considered in wider areas of game studies, education, and media.

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Premeshin Naidoo

Head of Middle East & Asia Corridor - Absa Corporate and Investment Bank

Premeshin Naidoo is Managing Director for the Middle East & Asia Corridor at Absa Group Limited, responsible for the strategy to originate and execute corporate and investment banking solutions for multinational clients across the Middle East and Asia region looking to trade or invest in Africa.

Premeshin has over 20 years of experience in corporate and investment banking focused primarily on the mining and telecoms sectors. He spent 7 years as the Sector Head of TMT for Absa CIB before taking on his current role in January 2020. Prior to Absa, he spent 6 years as the Head of Mining and Telecoms for Citi Bank where he worked on a number of landmark capital raising transactions across Africa.

Prior to his career in banking, Premeshin worked as a Civil Engineer specializing in hydraulics and hydrology, and remains registered as a Professional Engineer. He has further completed a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) as well as a Master of Science in Finance (University of London). In addition, he has attended executive programmes at Kellogg School of Management (Chicago) and Rotterdam School of Management

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Priestley Habru

PhD candidate, public diplomacy, University of Adelaide
Currently a PhD Candidate at The University of Adelaide researching Public Diplomacy and its implication in the Pacific.
He has a Master of Arts in Global Media from The University of Adelaide and completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Gender Studies from the University of the South Pacific (USP) in Suva, Fiji. His undergraduate studies were in Journalism, Language and Literature where he attained a Bachelor of Arts (BA) from the University of the South Pacific. He is a journalist by profession having worked in Solomon Islands for over 15 years before embarking on his PhD studies in October 2022.

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Prima Nurahmi Mulyasari

Researcher, Badan Riset dan Inovasi Nasional (BRIN)

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Primrose Freestone

Senior Lecturer in Clinical Microbiology, University of Leicester
Dr Primrose Freestone (BSc (Hons), PhD, PGCE) is a Lecturer in Clinical Microbiology. She is a biochemist by training, with extensive experience in bacterial physiology and biochemistry, including bacterial protein phosphorylation (she was the first to identify tyrosine phosphorylation as a regulatory mechanism in bacteria and provided key evidence concerning the biochemical function of the Universal Stress protein (uspA) in E. coli).

Currently, Dr Freestone’s research interests are focused on the relationship between stress and infection. She is a co-founder and internationally recognised leader in the field of Microbial Endocrinology, a newly recognised research discipline which represents the intersection of microbiology, endocrinology and neurophysiology.

Microbial Endocrinology is directed at providing a new framework with which to examine and understand the ability of microorganisms to interact with a host in both health and disease (Freestone et al 2008, Trends in Microbiology). Dr Freestone’s Microbial Endocrinology research interests are focussed on the relationship between stress and how it influences human and animal infection, particularly the effects of exposure to human stress hormones such as adrenaline and noradrenaline on bacterial growth and virulence. This research has led to the demonstration that stress hormones stimulate biofilm formation in normally harmless skin commensals such as Staphylococcus epidermidis, an important factor in the mechanism by which these inadvertent pathogens form biofilms within indwelling medical devices.

This research was funded by the Wellcome Trust and was published as a lead article in the Lancet.

Other ongoing research projects include molecular analyses of stress hormone responsiveness in E. coli, Salmonella, the staphylococci, and other bacterial pathogens.

Dr Freestone is an editorial board member of Recent Patents on Anti-Infective Drug Discovery, Bentham Publishers, and a member of the SGM, ASM and SFAM. She has research collaborations with Professor Mark Lyte, Texas Tech University; Texas, USA, Professor Charles Penn, University of Birmingham; Dr Anthony Roberts, School of Dentistry, University of Manchester; Professor Vic Norris, University of Rouen; Dr Nick Walton, Institute of Food Research, Norwich, and with colleagues at the University of Leicester, including Dr Jonathan Woodward, of the Department of Chemistry and within the Department of III - Professor Christopher O’Callaghan, Professor Richard Camp, and Dr Jonathan Barratt.

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Prince Kwame Odame

Lecturer, Geography Education, University of Education, Winneba
I am a Transport Geographer with interest lies in transport and mobility issues of vulnerable populations like those with disability and have contributed to a number of journal articles and research reports while using MAXQDA for qualitative analysis. Beyond my primary research focus, I have won grants and also engaged in other transport studies that include children's travel issues, road crashes and cycling. In my spare time, I contribute to OpenStreetMap and try out my GIS skills.

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Princess Sibanda

Postdoctoral researcher, University of Fort Hare
A postdoctoral fellow under the SARChI Chair: Sexualities, Gender and Queer Studies at the University of Fort Hare, I am a teacher, writer and scholar activist with interests in participatory performance forms and their intersections with race, gender and sexualities in Africa. In 2018, I was awarded the Canon Collins Scholars Scholar award as well as a community engagement award (UKZN) in recognition of my scholar-artivist work.

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Priscila Izar

Centennial Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Architecture and Planning, Centre for Urbanism and Built Environment Studies, University of the Witwatersrand

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Pritish Behuria

Senior Lecturer in Politics, Governance and Development, Global Development Institute, University of Manchester
Dr. Pritish Behuria is a senior lecturer in politics, governance and development at the University of Manchester’s Global Development Institute. His research examines the political economy of late development under contemporary globalisation. To read more about some of his research on industrial policy, please see his work on Rwanda in [Development and Change](https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/dech.12498 "") and [Journal of International Development](https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/jid.3375?casa_token=5BJIagGWRJUAAAAA:O-HR1xr56IvbgZAJhn99BhozUVRqqR16pe0UAQXWLUhMF71NZeUxBD-PbTo0tm88sSwmzV5meAlLuEiu ""). For his work on Uganda, see his work in [Oxford Development Studies](https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13600818.2021.1960296 "")

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Priya Gupta

Associate Professor of Law, McGill University
Priya Gupta is Associate Professor of Law at McGill University's Faculty of Law where she teaches Property Law and courses on race & law. She has published widely on housing justice, international law, capitalism, and race. She previously served as Professor of Law at Southwestern Law School, where she taught Property Law, Critical Race Theory, Public International Law, and Law & Development. Prior to joining Southwestern, she was Assistant Professor and Co-Director of the Centre for Women, Law & Social Change as part of the founding faculty of Jindal Global Law School in Delhi NCR, India.

She holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; an MSc. in International Political Economy from the London School of Economics; a juris doctorate (J.D.) from New York University School of Law; and a Ph.D. in Law from the London School of Economics.

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Priya Kurian

Professor of Political Science and Public Policy, University of Waikato
Priya Kurian is Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at the University of Waikato. She has published widely in the areas of environmental politics and policy, media and communication, gender politics, and public engagement in decision making. Much of her work focuses on the significance of gender, culture, and race/ethnicity to understandings of sustainability.

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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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