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Mohammad Ferdosi's picture
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Mohammad Ferdosi (PhD) has a background in Sociology, Economics and Political Science - the three main disciplines underpinning the study of Political Economy. He researches and writes about labor legislation, welfare policies and socio-economic outcomes in developed countries from a political economy perspective using qualitative and quantitative methods. He has (co-)authored more than 30 research publications and been the co-recipient of nearly 10 research grants. Two of his ongoing projects focus on Canada's Ontario Basic Income Pilot and the socio-economic effects of COVID-19 in Ontario.
Dami Afolabi's picture
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I'm a graduate student of Economics at the University of Victoria, Canada.
Salvatore Barillà's picture
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Salvatore Barillà is a PhD candidate at the School of Social and Political Science of the University of Edinburgh. He obtained a combined Bachelor and master’s degree in Law at LUISS University (Rome) and a double master’s degree in European Studies at LUISS University and in International Relations at China Foreign Affairs University (Beijing). His current research investigates EU-China trade disputes in the WTO. It focuses on the reasons why China and the EU decide to enter into a dispute with each other in the World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute settlement mechanism. In particular, it investigates the role of material and non-material incentives in governments' decision to pursue a trade dispute. His previous research focused on regional integration in East Asia and the Mediterranean Area, focusing on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), and the bilateral investment treaties (BITs) and trade deals between the European Union and Mediterranean countries. He worked as a legal intern in multiple law firms in different countries, and as an intern at the commercial office of the Italian Embassy in Belgium. He is interested in International Political Economy, International Trade and Investment Law, and EU-China studies.
Kaushik Bharati's picture
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Dr. Kaushik Bharati, PhD, MIPHA, FRSPH (London), obtained his PhD in Physiology with specialization in Vaccinology from the University of Calcutta, India in 2001. He carried out his doctoral work at the Calcutta School of Tropical Medicine, India. He did his Post-doctoral Fellowship from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, UK, specializing in Immunology and Molecular Biology. He was formerly a Scientist at the National Institute of Immunology, New Delhi, India, and a Senior Program Officer at the Translational Health Science and Technology Institute (THSTI), Faridabad, NCR Delhi, India. He was also a Visiting Professor in the Departments of Physiology and Microbiology at Vidyasagar University, Midnapore, India. His major research areas include Virology, Public Health, and Health Policy. He has published over 90 papers in reputed national and international journals and has also co-authored a book entitled “Basic Concepts in Immunology”. He is currently on the Editorial Board of 12 journals from India, UK, USA, and UAE. He is on the Peer-review Panel of 12 bio-medical journals from India, UK, USA, China, and Nigeria. He is also an External Examiner for PhD of the University of Calcutta, India and Lincoln University College, Malaysia. He is a Member of the Indian Public Health Association and a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health (London). He has received 15 awards for his research work from India, New Zealand, UK, and USA.
Maria Berghs's picture
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Maria Berghs is an anthropologist with a PhD in sociology and social policy. She works in the field of medical anthropology and sociology, specialising in disability studies. Her research interests include disability, global health (sickle cell), humanitarianism, ethics, gender and West Africa (Sierra Leone). She worked on a collaborative project between the University of York and Lancaster University funded by the National Institute of Health Research-Public Health Research (NIHR-PHR), examining disability inclusion in public health randomised controlled trials (RCTs). The project involved using rights in empirical-ethical design of interventions to make them more robust and equitable. She has also supported the adaption of Sickle Cell Educational Policy Guides to ensure inclusion of children with sickle cell in schools and higher education.
Attakrit Leckcivilize's picture
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I have more than ten years of experiences in teaching university students and working as a researcher in Southeast Asia and Europe. Currently, I am a Research Fellow at Health Economics Research Unit (HERU), University of Aberdeen, UK. My research interests are impact evaluation and applied microeconomics with focuses on labour market, education, health outcomes and health behaviours, workforce and organization of cares as well as other social policies in both developed and developing countries. So I am keen to contribute in projects with policy implications in any these topics through meeting, exchanging ideas and collaborating with other researchers and stake holders.
Cameran Ashraf's picture
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Cameran Ashraf is an assistant professor at the School of Public Policy, Central European University, a human rights defender, and co-founder of international human rights and technology organization AccessNow. In recognition of his work, the European Parliament selected AccessNow as a finalist for the 2010 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, the European Union's highest human rights honor. In 2009 he assembled a team providing digital security to the threatened activists, journalists, and vital leadership websites during Iran's Green Movement, "the first major world event broadcast worldwide almost entirely via social media". Cameran and his team defended critical Green Movement websites from state-sponsored attacks, provided personal communications security for hundreds of vulnerable in-country activists and journalists, distributed proxy servers used by over 40,000 Iranians daily, facilitated more than 3 million protest video downloads from inside Iran, and played a key role in connecting millions worldwide to the peaceful protests. This work led Cameran to co-found AccessNow, one of the world's largest international human rights organizations dedicated to defending and extending the digital rights of users at risk. Cameran has been invited to speak at Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, UC Berkeley, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), and as an invited expert for the Kofi Annan Commission on Elections and Democracy in the Digital Age. He has also appeared in the New York Times, National Public Radio, Wired Magazine, and Bloomberg BusinessWeek. He has advised the International Criminal Court on digital security, given expert input to the offices of U.S. Senators Lindsay Graham and John McCain on global censorship policy, is a recipient of the University of California's Herbert F. York Global Security Fellowship, and awardee of a "Break the Blackout" grant from Avaaz.org. Cameran continues to work for human dignity and human rights through teaching, research, and meaningful engagement with students. He recently served as Deputy Director of the Open Society Foundations Internship for Rights and Governance, helping to prepare the next generation of human rights defenders. In 2015, he completed his Ph.D. at UCLA on the geopolitics of Internet censorship and cyberwar.
Zahid Butt's picture
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I am a physician epidemiologist and an Assistant professor in the School of Public Health and Health Systems at the University of Waterloo. My research interests focus on syndemics of infectious diseases like HIV, hepatitis B and C, tuberculosis and sexually transmitted infections. My research aims to evaluate the determinants of syndemics, extend the syndemic framework to non-communicable diseases and cancers, and design and evaluate prevention strategies to address syndemics. My other areas of interest include the development and application of methods for analysis of big data, global health, and spatial epidemiologic methods and their application to public health practice. In addition to the above, I have worked internationally in academia and the development sector (World Health Organization and UNICEF).
Daniel Holod's picture
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Consultant for UNESCO's Inclusive Policy Lab. Assisting in UNESCO's role for a climate migration project, HABITABLE, as lead for inclusive stakeholder engagement. Daniel's primary background is on equitable and inclusive policy for smallholder farmers in East Africa and Southeast Asia, especially in the face of climate change. Prior to UNESCO, Daniel worked with the US Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agriculture Service (USDA FAS) in Tanzania. Here he analyzed the implications of power within climate development projects among smallholder farmers, partnering with World Forestry (ICRAF) and the Food and Agriculture Organization. Daniel also worked in Vietnam and Indonesia with The International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), analyzing the implementation of climate-smart agriculture. He is also involved in advising his former startup focused on food sovereignty in Kenya. Daniel holds an MSc in Environmental Change and Management and Master of Business Administration from the University of Oxford, following his undergraduate degree in agricultural economics and climate change from Cornell University.
Sylvester Okeke's picture
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Sylvester is a PhD scholar at the Centre for Social Research in Health, UNSW, Sydney. He is also Research and Strategy Project Officer (volunteer) at Australian Red Cross. He has field and research experience in adolescents and young adults sexual behaviour and its psychological and sociocultural determinants. His research and community services are foregrounded on sexual health promotion and risk reduction among young people and evidence-based interventions and policies. Sylvester also conducts research on intimate partner violence, gender-based violence and chemsex. He also has interest and expertise in health programme evaluation, behaviour change and data science. He has worked in UNICEF and MacArthur Foundation funded projects on sexual and reproductive health and HIV/STIs prevention initiatives.

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