Uma Kollamparambil

I joined the School of Economics and Business Science (SEBS) in 2006 and have been engaged in teaching econometrics at both under-grad and post-grad levels. I also offer a Masters level course on Development Economics. I am currently the Course-Coordinator of the Masters course in Economics at SEBS. My research interests are in Development economics and International Capital Flows.



Usman W. Chohan

Usman W. Chohan (b. Manhattan, NY) has previously been a Consultant with the World Bank Institute in their department of Social Accountability, working on issues of fiscal governance reform, and specifically, the implementation of Parliamentary Budget Offices (PBOs) to help bring impartial and nonpartisan financial expertise into governance institutions. His work with the World Bank led him to collaborate with and inform experts as far apart as Sydney, Washington DC, Vienna, Kampala, Ouagadougou, Abuja, Ottawa, and Canberra [1].

His budget reform work has been used to challenge and contextualize the laws underpinning legislative budget institutions in even the strongest democracies [2], such as in Canada, where his work was used to inform the landmark parliamentary debate on amending the Parliamentary Budget Office Act (C-476, 2013).

Prior to this he was the Special Situations Analyst in the Global Equities Team at Natcan Investment Management, the investment arm of the National Bank of Canada. The Global Equities team had six investment professionals including Usman and $3 billion dollars in Assets under Management (AuM).

Usman has an MBA in Strategy and Leadership from McGill University [3]; he has done Masters coursework at MIT-Tsinghua [4]. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Economics on a full scholarship from UNSW (Australia) [5], where he is exploring the Fiscal Policy implications of Legislative Budget Offices.

Given his rich 'tri-sector experience' that encompasses private sector, public sector and academia [6], Usman enjoys consulting, research, and teaching in equal measure. He delivered the 2015 Foreign Affairs Lecture in the Global Leadership Program (GLP) at Macquarie University in Sydney [7], and has been a guest lecturer in several courses at McGill University in Montreal since 2013. He is also a Global Shaper of the World Economic Forum in their Canberra Hub (2016).

Usman was nominated the Chief Administrator of Urdu Wikipedia in 2005 [8], which he had helped grow, build and code in its embryonic stages, by a 7-2 administrator vote. Usman is also a respected sitar player who, as a leading proponent in a new generation of sitarists [9], has performed live in more than 5 countries on 3 continents, including at the prestigious Borges Center for the Performing Arts in Buenos Aires (2012) [10]. With his voracious appetite for reading, Usman has completed the Goodreads Challenge of reading 100 new books every year successfully since 2012 [11].

Usman is fluent in eight languages [12], and speaks 5 out of the 7 Official languages of the World Bank. These include English, Mandarin [13], French [14], and Spanish [15], among others. Given that his last four residences were Montreal, Buenos Aires, Canberra, and Beijing, you will likely find him roaming somewhere between these four coordinates at the ends of the earth.

[13] Ibid



Uta Staiger

Executive Director, UCL European Institute, UCL

Uta Staiger joined UCL in 2009. She holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge, gained with a scholarship from the Gates Cambridge Trust, as well as an MPhil from the same institution. She was also educated at the University of Edinburgh and the University of Konstanz (Germany). Prior to joining UCL, she held a post-doctoral position at the Cambridge Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH). Previously, she worked at a private foundation dedicated to cultural policy research in Barcelona, and was coordinator of a number of European Commission funded cooperative research projects.

As the Executive Director of the UCL European Institute, Uta develops the long-term strategy for the Institute, and devises and implements its work programme. She also teaches on the history and theory of European integration for the UCL Department of History.

Uta’s main research interests, spanning 20th century European thought, history and EU politics, are broadly in the relationship between culture and politics. She is interested in modern European, particularly early to mid-20th-century German thought that seeks to straddle aesthetics and the idea of the political. She has also worked on the role culture plays for citizenship and democracy, both in political thought and in policy developments over the course of European integration. She has published on the conjunction of culture and citizenship in European policy discourse, and the role of cultural practices for public discourses on contested urban sites. The latter also led to a co-edited volume, Memory Culture and the Contemporary City (Palgrave 2009). Most recently, she wrote a chapter on the historical policy context for the European Capitals of Culture programme for Patel, K. (ed.) The Cultural Politics of Europe. European Capitals of Culture and European Union since the 1980s (Routledge 2012). She has also contributed to and co-edited several policy reports for the European Commission, most recently writing the national report for Germany for the study Access of Young People to Culture for the DG Education and Culture (2010).

She was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts in 2012.



Utibe Effiong

Resident Physician at St Mary Mercy Hospital and Research Scientist for the Exposure Research Laboratory, University of Michigan

Dr. Utibe Effiong is a US physician. Before his clinical appointment at St. Mary Mercy Hospital, he was the Writer-in-Residence at the University of Michigan Risk Science Center. In that role, he ran Risk Without Borders, a unique blog which examined emerging risk issues through the lens of a developing economy.

Dr. Effiong is a qualified physician and public health scientist. He holds the MBBCh degree from the University of Calabar, membership of the Nigerian National Postgraduate Medical College of Physicians and the MPH degree from the University of Michigan. For his master’s degree he concentrated on Environmental Health and Infectious Disease Epidemiology. He is also a New Voices Fellow with the Aspen Institute.

Dr. Effiong is no stranger to public health risk communication having spent 3 years at the University of Michigan where he has produced nearly 50 publications. He also has more than 13 years of experience in the Nigerian health system.

Prior to starting Risk Without Borders, Dr. Effiong spent 2 years as a research scientist with the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Before that he had worked for six years as an Internist with several Nigerian hospitals including the University of Uyo Teaching hospital and General Hospital Umunnato where he carried out clinical duties, medical research, student/physician training and health education for diabetic patients.

Drawing on 16 years’ experience in healthcare, research and risk communication, Dr. Effiong now focuses on creating an understanding of emerging global health risk issues from the perspective of a developing economy. He does this through his writing, interviews and public speeches. His articles have been featured by the World Economic Forum, Huffington Post and the Detroit Free Press. He has given several television, radio and magazine interviews and has spoken at various international fora. Most recently he spoke at Exponential Medicine in San Diego and gave a TED talk in Berlin.



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