WASD has built a strong network of researchers, policy makers, educators, consultants and employers from all parts of the world to exchange knowledge and experience and discuss current developments and challenges. This directory can be used to help find, support and collaborate with experts from the WASD network.

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Dr. Elsheikh Elsiddig Badr

Secretary General

Dr Elsheikh Badr is a consultant public health physician with expertise in health system and human resource development. He gained his basic medical degree and postgraduate public health diploma and fellowship in community medicine from Sudan; his masters degree in health policy, planning and management from the University of Leeds in addition to the fellowship of the Faculty of Public Health of the Royal Colleges of Physicians in the UK.…

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Faten Aggad

Head of Program

Algerian of origin, South African by training. Currently working and living in the Netherlands providing policy advice on political governance (including on Goal 16) to African institutions (AUC, NPCA, regional economic communities, pan-african parliament) as well as to the EU.…

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Prof. Kent Lumsden


Prof. Kenth Lumsden is a full professor of “Integrated Transport Systems” at the Chalmers University of Technology. Before this position, he held professorships at different Swedish universities. Professor Lumsden has taken part in the development and has been responsible for the start-up of a number of Swedish academic programs related to transport economics, transport technology and logistics.…

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Dr. Florence Nisabwe


Dr Nisabwe Florence holds a PhD in Economics from ASCAF/CEDIMES PARIS II. With an extensive experience in development studies and economics, Dr Nisabwe has conducted research in the African continent on issues related to gender mainstreaming, entrepreneurship and human rights from an economic perspective.…

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Dr. Mieke Faber


Dr. Mieke Faber is a researcher at the Medical Research Council in South Africa. She holds a PhD from the Universtiy of Stellenbosh. Dr. Mieke Faber is registered with Health professional Council of SA, Member of Nutrition Society of SA and a member of  Association for Dietetics SA.…

Dr. Halimahton Zahrah Mohamed Som


Halimahton Zahrah M.S. was obtained her B.Sc. (Hons.) in food science from Reading University, M.Sc. in food science from North Carolina State University and PhD in food science from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.…

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Sufyan A.M. Osman

Head of the Agricultural Unit

Sufyan Abd Elrzig Mohmmed Osman works as the Head of the Agricultural Unit in the Khartoum Refinery Company in Khartoum-Sudan. He was awarded the Bachelor of Science in Forestry and Ranger Sciences, and Master of Science in Environment and Forestry from Sudan University of Science and Technology in 2002 and 2013 respectively.…

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Prof. Joseph E. Mbaiwa

Associate Professor

Professor Joseph E. Mbaiwa holds a PhD (Tourism Studies) from Texas A&M University. He is currently an Associate Professor (Tourism Studies) at the Okavango Research Institute, University of Botswana. His research interests are in tourism development, rural livelihoods and conservation.

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Bernhard Kowatsch

Head of Innovation Accelerator

Bernhard Kowatsch is Head of the Innovation Accelerator at the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). The WFP Innovation Accelerator identifies, nurtures and scales disruptive startups and entrepreneurs that accelerate progress towards zero hunger.…

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Shashank Shekhar Tiwari


Shashank Shekhar Tiwari is presently a Research Scholar at the Institute for Science and Society, The University of Nottingham, UK. He holds M. Phil. degree in Science Policy Studies from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.…

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Anna Kettley

Director of Programmes

Anna Kettley has been working in the voluntary sector for over fifteen years, leading on the development, implementation and delivery of services for children and young people, both within the UK and overseas.…

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Prof. Christiena Maria Van Der Bank

Executive Dean

Professor C.M. van der Bank is an associate professor of Law and the Executive Dean of Human Sciences. She was awarded the prize for the best B Proc graduate. Prior to joining the University, she was the CEO of SANCA for five years.…

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Prof. Roberta Rabellotti


Roberta Rabellotti is Full Professor of Economics at the Università di Pavia, Italy. She has got a Master of Science in Development Economics at the University of Oxford and a Doctor of Philosophy at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex. …

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Dr. Nabil Nasr

Associate Provost and Director

Dr. Nabil Nasr, Associate Provost and Director of the Golisano Institute for Sustainability, joined RIT in 1989 as an Assistant Professor in the College of Engineering. In 1997 he founded the Center for Remanufacturing and Resource Recovery, which has become a leading source of applied research and solutions in remanufacturing technologies.…

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Prof. Danilo Sampaio


Professor of marketing and consumer behaviour at the Faculty of Business Administration and Accounting (FACC), at Federal University of Juiz de Fora (UFJF), Juiz de Fora, Minas Gerais, Brazil. Doctor of Business Administration from the School of Economics (FACE), Centre for Graduate and Research Administration (CEPEAD), Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), Minas Gerais, Brazil.…