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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 . 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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Kelli McGuire


Kelli McGuire is the Lead Associate at the Centre for Gender Rights at LCILP Global. She has an MSc in Emerging Economies and International Development from King’s College London and a BA in Political Science-International Studies from Kansas State University.…

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Stefan Knights

Partnerships Lead

Stefan Knights is a national of Guyana. He is an Environmental Lawyer and holds a master’s degree in Sustainable Development. Stefan is also a Commonwealth Scholar and the 2016 Junior Legal Innovator for his work on Environmental Democracy in Latin America and the Caribbean.…

Veera Kristiina Salomaa


Veera Salomaa holds a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Human Nutrition with First Class Honours from the School of Biosciences, University of Westminster. Veera is Registered Public Health Nutritionist. Veera works as a Nutritionist in Turku Finland in a private doctorate called Lääkäripalvelu Medina, whereas also at her own company called Nutrica and her future aspiration is to create an international career as a scientific freelance journalist and by participating to research studies to do with body compositional issues.

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Ibtehal Attaelmanan


Ibtehal obtained a Bachelor of Science from the University of Warwick and a Master of Public Health, with a global health specialisation, from Imperial College London. Following graduation, she took up a research position at Imperial’s Institute of Global Health Innovation to continue her thesis research and went on to publish it.…

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Prof. John Joughin

Vice Chancellor

Professor John J. Joughin was appointed as Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of the University of East London in July 2013 with responsibility for all administrative and academic matters on behalf of the Board of Governors.…

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Joanna Stroud

Distance and Online Education Advisor

Joanna joined UCL Digital Education in 2017, having previously held learning technology positions at both research-intensive and teaching-focused higher education institutions across the UK. At UCL she has a cross-institutional responsibility for online and distance learning in many forms, providing guidance relating to online pedagogies and learning design.…

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Vijay Parmar


Policy Advisor & Progamme Manager with strong international experience in policy development (drafting, inter-agency & national coordination & adoption of policy) business development, programme (development, management & evaluations), operational, stakeholder & knowledge-management & communications strategies (ICTs, publications & video documentaries).…

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Dr. Ali Elbireer

Senior Director

Dr Elbireer is a progressive, innovation-focused, and results-driven Health executive with over 23 years’ experience in fostering strategic global partnership among private/public healthcare organizations in the USA/EU and Africa and creating sustainable knowledge-based systems for the developments of medical diagnostics, academic research, and not-for-profit organizations.…



Usama Salih is a researcger from Queen Elizabeth Hospital, UK.

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James Toner


James is the Head of Digital Education and the Centre for Technology Enhanced Learning (CTEL) at King’s College London. CTEL has a cross-college focus on innovative, sustainable and scalable technology to support the student and staff pedagogic experience.…

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Dr. Alex Bowen

Principal Research Fellow

Alex Bowen recently joined the new Grantham Research Centre on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics and Political Science as Principal Research Fellow. He is particularly interested in the design of policy regimes for tackling harmful climate change and in their macroeconomic consequences, including impacts on labour markets, firms and natural resource pricing.…

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Dr. Emanuela Volpi

Reader in Biomedical Sciences

Dr Emanuela Volpi is a Reader in Biomedical Sciences and Faculty of Science and Technology Coordinator for the Graduate School Doctoral Researcher Development Programme at the University of Westminster. Emanuela graduated in Biological Sciences with summa cum laude and earned a Doctorate in Evolutionary Biology at the University of Rome “La Sapienza”, Italy.…

Kiu Sum


Kiu Sum is a Registered Associate Nutritionist who graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Human Nutrition from the University of Westminster, and then went on to complete an MRes in Clinical Research (Human Nutrition) at Imperial College, London.…

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Victor.O. Adebayo

Research Partner

Victor is currently conducting research on sustainable procurement in both public and private sector organisations in developing countries. Victor has five years’ experience working as a procurement practitioner where he  has participated in both private and public sector procurement and sustainability projects. …

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Geoff King

Geoff King was a Team Leader with sustainable development charity Raleigh International between January and May this year. He led a team of International Citizen Service (ICS) volunteers on an Entrepreneurship project in rural Tanzania, primarily focused on working with young people to develop business skills.…

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Dr. Mohamed Ibrahim Shamou


Dr Shamou is senior manager and engineering professional with 24 years experience in manufacturing, quality, industrial engineering, strategic planning, process improvement, performance and operation management. Experience also includes academic research and university teaching.

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Ahmed Abdeldaim

Project Coordinator

Over 10 years professional experience in banking as part of the planning and strategy team. Selected out of a pool of experts to  oversee the on boarding of Fraud Operation. Great experience of stakeholder management.  …