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. Interested in joining the WASD expert directory? Complete the application form. Please check your details in our directory after 48 hrs and if you can not find your name, please contact the directory coordinator at sheema@sussex.ac.uk. You can also join the expert directories of our sister organisations: Middle Eastern Knowledge Economy Institute (MEKEI) and Sudan Knowledge (SK).

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Geoff Thompson

Chair of Governors

Geoff Thompson MBE FRSA DL is Chair of Governors at the University of East London (UEL). Mr Thompson, a former world champion athlete and one of the country’s most respected sports administrators and youth activists. …

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Prof. Manuel Frutos-Perez Pfhea

Director of Business Development

Manuel has over 20 years’ experience in teaching, research and management as an academic. In his role with CEG Digital, he develops partnerships with prestigious universities across the UK to enable them to expand their reach to global markets through the provision of high-quality online learning.…

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Mohamed Osman


I have over 10 years’ experience in human vaccine testing, development and research. My works were done in collaborative environment between first class universities and global vaccine manufacturing companies such as GSK and Sanofi. …

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Mohammed Alleasir

Executive Engineer

Executive engineer in the financial sector, graduated as Digital Electronic and computing and work into private and public sectors in UK. Started as IT engineer in Samsung Electronics Research Institute and them moved moved to IT services in Logica/CGI as IT constant,  providing services to clients in both public and private organisations.…

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Ammar Hamoda

Freelance ICT Professional

Ammar Hamoda, ICT Expert, had 10+ years of experience in the telecommunications industry with a beginning of career in the technical sector as GSM Network Engineer. Then went to the commercial sector in the department of carrier relations and regulatory with a focus on dispute resolution, termination / interconnection cost modelling, infrastructure sharing and international fraud fighting.…

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Dr. Andrew Sumner


Andy Sumner is a Reader in International Development and Co-Director of King’s International Development Institute, King’s College London. His research focuses on poverty theory and concepts and the causes of poverty both at a global level and with reference to Southeast Asia and Indonesia in particular. …

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Dr. Om Kurmi

Senior Scientist

Om Kurmi is a Senior Scientist in Respiratory Epidemiology at the Clinical Trial Service Unit and Epidemiological Studies Unit (CTSU), Nu eld Department of Population Health, University of Oxford. His main research interest is environmental epidemiology of chronic diseases, particularly cardiorespiratory health in low and middle-income countries.…

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Dr. Waiel Bashari

Research Fellow

Research fellow at the University of Cambridge



Dr. Moustafa Battor is a Senior Lecturer – International Management and Innovation – Middlesex University.

Dr. Emhamad Hamad


Emhamad Hamad is a PhD researcher at Nottingham Trent University. He was a public sector employee from 1985-2005 and has been a Faculty member of the College of Economics, Omar Al Mukhtar UniversityLibya, since 2005.…

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prof. Robert Chambers


Robert Chambers is a Research Associate in the Participation, Power and Social Change Team at the Institute of Development Studies, UK. His main operational and research experience has been in East Africa and South Asia.…

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Prof. Ronald W. McQuaid


Ronald McQuaid is Professor of Work and Employment at the University of Stirling.  He has a Bachelors degree from Lancaster University, an MSc(Econ) from London School of Economics and a doctorate from Harvard University.…

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Dr. Meera Tiwari

Associate Professor

Dr. Meera Tiwari is associate professor of international development studies at the University of East London, where she leads the Master of Science program in NGO and Development Management.

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Kate Godden


Kate Godden is a lecturer in the School of Life Sciences, University of Westminster. She is also a food security and nutrition adviser who has specialized in the humanitarian and development sectors since 1990.…

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Dr. Dababrata Chowdhury


Dr Dababrata Chowdhury (Daba) is an Associate Professor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation and Director of Middle East Research Centre (MERC) at UCS. He graduated from the Department of Computer Science & Engineering at Hacettepe University in Turkey and completed his Masters of Business Administration (MBA) and PhD at Plymouth Business School.…