Dr Beale has a PhD in biology from University College London and now works in the Learning team at London’s Science Museum. He blogs at adbscience.wordpress.com.
As director of the Science Initiative Group (SIG) at the Institute for Advanced Study, Arlen Hastings is involved in the design, implementation and administration of initiatives to build scientific capacity in the developing world. A senior administrator at the Institute since 1992, Ms. Hastings was instrumental in conceptualizing and establishing SIG and its first project, the Millennium Science Initiative, in 1998, and later the African Regional Initiative in Science and Education (RISE). Ms. Hastings came to the Institute from the International Research & Exchanges Board, where her responsibilities included organizing US-Soviet academic conferences. She holds an A.B. in anthropology and Russian studies from Princeton University.
Kwadwo A. Sarpong is the Chief Executive Officer of ARA-W, a non-profit organization that seeks to bridge the gap between male and female scientists in Africa. Sarpong is a recent graduate of Emory University and holds a degree in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology. Kwadwo hopes to one day become a Neurosurgeon; he is concerned about the lack of proper healthcare in his native country, Ghana. Growing up with a brother with a disability sparked his curiosity in medicine at a young age. As his love for medicine flourished so did his passion for research into the causes of disabilities in children during birth. He is a current PREP Scholar at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and an advocate for changing the world through scientific research.
David is Head of Education Strategy for Promethean, working in the International Division that encompasses all but North America. He works with governments, corporations, funding organizations and NGO’s advising on and developing projects for the use of technology in the classroom. Recently he has been developing strategies for Promethean in the International community, to ensure technology is used effectively as a tool to drive educational transformation. He has spoken at and taken workshops at many international conferences such as the Planet Earth Institute High Level Forum at the UN General Assembly, the ICTLT in Singapore, ULearn in New Zealand, several World Didac and BESA conferences, the International and Private School Education Forum and the UNESCO ICT in Education conference where he was awarded the honour of presenting the most innovative idea in educational technology. For 2 ½ years, David also was responsible for the management of the South East Asia region for Promethean. Currently David is working on developing initiatives around the effective use of renewable technologies in accelerating educational change in developing countries. David graduated from Loughborough University, UK with an Honours degree in Sports Science and a Certificate of Education. He has taught in Further Education, Secondary and Primary schools, leaving a post as Deputy Head teacher in 2001. He then took a post as Senior Educational Consultant with a UK based IT company and during this time was seconded for 2 years to the UK Ministry of Education, developing and implementing national computerised assessment tests. David lives in the UK with his wife and young daughter and enjoys the outdoor life as much as possible. He has represented his country in 2 sports and coached a national team for 3 years.
Jim Wynn is Chief Education Officer at Promethean and is responsible for the company’s education strategy. Prior to joining Promethean, Jim led the Public Sector team and Education in the Emerging Markets Public Sector Practice of the Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG), where he advised government and public sector organizations on the intelligent use of ICT to transform education. Previously, Jim has been head teacher of two secondary schools in the UK, in which he pioneered the use of ICT. He was also Head of Research at RM Plc, as well as the Partners in Learning lead for EMEA at Microsoft. Jim holds a first-class degree in mathematics from the University of Hertfordshire. He is a director of the 21st Century Learning Alliance Board in the UK.
Joyce Elemson is a Further Education lecturer in the UK. She holds a Master’s degree in Education Management and an Education Economics degree. She took up a PGCE (2002) at the University of Greenwich, London. Her first role as a lecturer exposed her to the challenges faced by returnee adults to education, who struggle to complete and progress on to higher education or employment. Joyce thus got involved in the quality of education provided such profile of students. Her sound pedagogical practice was acknowledged by the UK inspection watchdog which led to the delivery of teacher professional development and strengthened her involvement in the development of Basic/Functional skills in the core subjects for adult learners. Joyce has mentored trainee teachers, simultaneously spearheaded fellow lecturers’ registration with the Institute for Learning, UK and promoted the annual declaration of Continuing Professional Development. Her knowledge of best practice has significantly increased student achievement in many low performing departments in 2 colleges within London Southeast. Joyce’s membership of a European teacher network has expanded her horizons in teacher education, pedagogic innovations and quality education for young adults. She has developed a voluntary and annual project in teacher training in parts of West Africa to improve teaching and learning quality. Her objective to engage non-governmental organisations in supporting such training programs has been realised following a recognition of her individual efforts by reputable and award winning organisations such as DADAMAC UK and Fantsuam Foundation who share similar vision and mission in the spheres of international development with special focus on improving teacher effectiveness. Joyce has attended some European teacher conferences including UNESCO’s education conferences, as a source of inspiration to realise a key objective in driving forward education equity for young adults amidst very dysfunctional backgrounds both in the UK and parts of West Africa. Joyce has contributed articles and presentations to some journals, conferences and leading teacher organisations in the UK and Europe.
Prof Lopes Da Silva is affiliated to the Mining Engineering Department of the Faculty of Engineering at UAN, with teaching experience in Geostatistics and Operational Research. For over 10 years he has been working to build capacity in petroleum geosciences and engineering at UAN, by means of several pioneering educational initiatives and programmes, known as PEP, ANHEI and CPETRO. An expert in mineral resources modelling, he is now actively expanding to aggregate issues of oil and water resources management into concepts of sustainability.
Misgun is one of the beneficiaries of the PEI sponsored PhD. programme. Originally from Ethiopia, Ms. Kashu received the PEI scholarship to study her PhD. at Newcastle University, where she has previously completed her Undergraduate and Master Degrees. Alongside her PhD, she sits as an observer on the PEI Global Scientific Committee.
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Prof. Tebello Nyokong is a multi-award winning South African scientist currently positioned as the DST/NRF’S (Department of Science and Technology and the National Research Foundation's) Professor of Medical Chemistry and Nanotechnology as well as being the director of the DST/Mintek Nanotechnology Innovation Centre (NIC). She is currently based at Rhodes university, Grahamstown. She is also an adjunct professor of Chemistry at the University of Tromso in Norway. She has garnered recognition for her groundbreaking work on Cancer diagnosis and treatment. Professor Nyokong specializes in the the development of phthalocyanine molecules of photodynamic therapy (PDT) as well as magnetic nanoparticles and quantum dots with regards to more efficient cancer treatment that involves photosensitization, imaging and hyperthermia. Furthermore, she has more about an interest in the use of nanostructured materials for development of sensors for medical purposes. Professor Nyokong has achieved a multitude of awards. Some major ones include winning the SABC2 Shoprite/Checkers Women of the Year Award for Science in 2004. In 2005 she received a National Order bestowed by then President Thabo Mbeki. In 2009 she won the Africa-Arab State 2009 L'Oréal-Unesco Award for Women in Science in recognition of her research into alternative treatment of cancer. Recently, she was award an honourary Doctor of Philosophy degree from UNISA as well as a Doctor of Science degree from Walter Sisulu University. In 2010 she further received a Lifetime Achievement award and a place in the Lesotho Hall of Fame in the education department.
Ylann Schemm (@ylannschemm) drives Elsevier's corporate responsibility programs which focus on research capacity building in the developing world and advancing women in science. She manages the Elsevier Foundation's Innovative Libraries in Developing Countries Program which provides additional infrastructure-building, medical library needs assessments, preservation of unique research and training to boost information literacy and research skills to enable the optimum use of Research4Life. Ylann also chairs the Research4Life partnership's Communications and Marketing working group.
Prof. Janusz Brzeszczynski is a Professor of Accounting and Financial Management in the Newcastle Business School (NBS) at Northumbria University in Newcastle upon Tyne. Before joining NBS, Janusz worked at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh and held a number of visiting positions at the universities abroad in the USA, Germany, Switzerland and Poland. He was awarded Fulbright scholarship (Senior Grant) at the Arizona State University in the USA, Humboldt Fellowship for Experienced Researchers at the University of Münster in Germany, ESKAS federal scholarship at the Swiss Institute of Banking of Finance at the University of St.Gallen in Switzerland and DAAD research scholarship at the Kiel University in Germany. Janusz published in such top journals as: “Journal of International Money and Finance”, “Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money”, “European Journal of Finance”, “Applied Financial Economics“, “Journal of Business Ethics”, “Emerging Markets Finance and Trade”, “International Journal of Finance and Economics” and “Journal of Financial Stability”, among others. He acted also as a consultant for Reuters and did research projects for various banks and other financial institutions. His research interests and fields of expertise cover such areas as: finance, financial markets, financial econometrics, sustainable investing, SRI stocks and business ethics.
Dr. Amezaga is a Senior Lecturer in Environmental Policy and Sustainability at Newcastle University. He is a member of the Association of Chemical Engineers IQS and of the International Mine Water Association. Dr. Amezaga previously worked as a consultant for the Environment Agency of England and Wales. He worked closely with UNESCO and the IYPE (International Year of Planet Earth), the predecessor of the PEI.
Prof. Jerry Kuma is a Professor and Pro Vice Chancellor at the University of Mines and Technology, Tarkwa, Ghana. As an expert in sustainability issues relating to the use of water in the African mining sector. Prof. Kuma provides the PEI with scientific support and guidance relating to a number of the Institute’s key projects on the African continent.
Prof. Garcia Vargas is an Associate Professor of the Universidad del Valle, Cali, Colombia and a member of the Institute for Research and Development in Water Supply, Environmental Sanitation and Water Resource Conservation at the University. She provides crucial expert advice and guidance within the parameters of PEI initiatives on sustainable water management, one of the most important themes within the PEI’s sustainable development agenda, as well as broader initiatives based in Latin America.
Dr. Mukesh Khare is Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, India, and member of the PEI Global Scientific Committee. Professor Khare received his PhD in Faculty of Engineering (Specialized in Air Quality) from the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne in 1989. He has published to date more than 140 refereed articles in refereed professional journals and conferences/seminars; 4 books ("Modelling Vehicular Exhaust Emissions", WIT Press, UK; "Artificial Neural Networks in Vehicular Pollution Modelling", Springer, USA; "Aluminum Smelting: Environmental, Health and Engineering Perspectives", Ian Randle, Jamaica); 6 contributed chapters in books/handbooks, published by WIT Press, UK and Elsevier, USA. Additionally, he has published about 40 technical reports on research/consultancies conducted for government agencies and private industries. Prof. Khare continues to serve as peer reviewer for several government ministries grants programs and state programs and consultant/advisor to the Government of NCT Delhi and Central Pollution Control Board.
Prof. José Octávio Van-Dúnem has a PhD in Human Sciences, specialising in Sociology, from the Research Institute of Rio de Janeiro (IUPERJ/IESP), University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He is the Director for the Centre of Social and Legal studies at the University Agostinho Neto and was the Dean of the Faculty of Law. Prof. Van-Dúnem is currently focused on CESSAF, managing the scientific and governmental relations as well as the guaranteeing the necessary funding for the Centre’s implementation.
James is the PEI's Policy and Communications Director, responsible for the advocacy and campaigning work of the charity on science, technology and innovation. With a background in political campaigns in the UK, US and Africa, James joined the PEI from a leading communications consultancy in 2012.
Kelly is the PEI's Chief Financial Officer, having joined in 2012. With a strong background in corporate and not for profit organisational development in Toronto, Kelly supports the overall management of the charity and the Board.
Nick is the PEI's Operations Director, having joined in early 2011 to help establish the charity's core private sector partners. With a background working with businesses across Africa's frontier markets, Nick co-ordinates the PEI Partners Forum activities and all additional PEI operations, while studying for his MBA at the Open University.
Telma is PEI's Marketing & Africa Relations Director, joining from UNESCO's International Year of the Planet Earth initiative where she led co-ordination of private sector partnerships in Africa and was responsible for establishing a network of regional scientific committees across the continent. Telma is now responsible for the institute's overall marketing strategy and for the implementation of the Partners Forum in Africa. Telma graduated with a BA in Communications in Portugal, during which she also completed the Erasmus programme in Italy. She is now undertaking her post-graduation studies through the Oxford College of Marketing, in affiliation with Chartered Institute of Marketing.
Dr Álvaro Sobrinho is a prominent Angolan businessman and philanthropist, and Founder and Trustee of the PEI. Born and raised in Angola, Álvaro has been at the forefront of the rise of one of Africa’s most powerful economies and is now devoted to his mission to empower the continent through investment in science, technology and advanced academic training. Following the completion of the United Nations sponsored International Year of the Planet Earth in 2009, Álvaro was one of the key founding members of the PEI as a means to bring academia, governments and the private sector together to develop innovative, locally-led projects to train a new generation of African scientists.
Mauricio Fernandes is the Chief Executive Officer of the Planet Earth Institute. Following his work with the United Nations International Year of the Planet Earth and the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, Mauricio was fundamental in launching the PEI as an independent NGO. Appointed to CEO in 2012, Mauricio now leads all PEI global operations and promotes the Institute’s vision of scientific independence for Africa to international governments and policy-makers.
Prof. Paul Younger is Rankine Chair of Engineering and Professor of Energy Engineering (Systems Power and Energy) at the University of Glasgow and one of the world’s leading hydrogeologists. A former Director of the Newcastle Institute for Research on Sustainability (NIReS), during his time he founded the award-winning Hydro Geochemical Engineering Research & Outreach (HERO) group and the Sir Joseph Swan Institute. Also the Chair of the Planet Earth Institute’s group of advisory scientists, the Global Scientific Committee, Prof. Younger has been at the heart of the Planet Earth Institute since its creation and remains a passionate supporter of pioneering scientific projects across the Global South.
Sir Christopher Edwards is a highly distinguished academic, knighted in 2008 in recognition of his contribution to science, academia and the medical sector in the United Kingdom, as well as chairman of the PEI's Academic Panel. Sir Christopher was previously Chairman of both the Chelsea & Westminster Hospital NHS Trust and of Medical Education England, and the first Principal of Imperial College School of Medicine from 1995 to 2000. Sir Christopher was also the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, leading a transformation programme that saw it become one of the UK’s finest higher education institutions. Sir Christopher has long had a personal and professional passion for the African continent, and joined the PEI Trustee board in 2012. In 2017, he was made Chairman of the PEI's Academic Panel.
Professor Sir Magdi Yacoub is Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College London and Founder and Director of Research at the Harefield Heart Science Centre (Magdi Yacoub Institute). Born and raised in Egypt, he established the largest heart and lung transplantation programme in the world where more than 2,500 transplant operations have been performed. Sir Magdi has an active interest in global healthcare delivery, and a strong interest in accelerating scientific and technological advancement in Africa.