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Ismael Rafols's picture
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Ismael Rafols works on science policy developing novel approaches to S&T indicators, using mixed-methods for informing evaluation, foresight and research strategies. His current focus is on research priority setting, for societal challenges such as bird flu or obesity, or Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly in health and agriculture.
Ranjit Deshmukh's picture
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Ranjit is an Assistant Professor in the Environmental Studies program and the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at the University of California Santa Barbara, where he leads the Clean Energy Transformation Lab. Ranjit's work focuses on energy, environment, and economics and he has led several studies on low carbon energy transitions and their impacts. His geographical focus is mainly in South Asia, Africa, and the United States.
Balazs Sarvari's picture
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Balazs Sarvari is a Senior Lecturer at Corvinus University of Budapest, Rector's counsellor at the Saint Ignatius Jesuit College, Senior Researcher at the Central Bank of Hungary on the field of Sustainable Finance. His major fields of research are: Sustainable Finance, Chinese economic policy, political economics of globalization and cultural heritage. He has a PhD in Economics and International Relations and a Degree in Economics (2010) - Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary
Josephine Kim's picture
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Josephine M. Kim is Senior Lecturer on Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the former faculty director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at Harvard School of Dental Medicine. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, a National Certified Counselor, and a Diversity Scholar at the National Center for Institutional Diversity who steers equity and anti-racist practices of senior executives in nonprofit organizations, corporations, and K-16 institutions. She is an internationally known as a speaker and consultant who lends expertise on cross-cultural, diversity and inclusion, mental health, and educational issues to media sources, organizations, Fortune 100-500 corporations, and schools in Asia, Europe, and the U.S. She is a former resident fellow in the Administrative Fellowship Program at the Office of the Assistant to the President for Institutional Diversity and Equity at Harvard University and is Expert on diversity & inclusion and training design (focused on antiracism in the workplace) at United Nations. She is a Diversity Subject Matter Expert at the Center for Workplace Development at Harvard University and an affiliated faculty at the Center for Cross-Cultural Student Emotional Wellness at Massachusetts General Hospital who specializes in cultural adjustment and racial identity development; promotion of mental health and prevention of psychological risk; intercultural understanding and cultural brokering; culturally relevant counseling and advocacy; and anti-racist pedagogy and practices.
Samantha Twietmeyer's picture
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Samantha is an emerging scholar and professional educator in peace and conflict resolution. Her thesis research examines the role of a double minority dilemma in creating environments conducive for peace agreements. She has regional expertise in the study of the Northern Ireland and Cyprus conflicts as well as field expertise in negotiation theory and praxis. Samantha also works on the role and advancement of pedagogy in peace and conflict resolution education and has worked in educational development capacities to promote the use of active learning and indigenous ways of knowing in teaching and learning. Samantha has published in non-traditional media, producing podcasts and building websites showcasing the research results of projects related to the politics of decolonialism and land, and migration and diversity, and sustainable development. She is currently working on two major publications which examine the impact of the EU in Northern Ireland's peace process and in the recent UN checkpoint closures in Cyprus.
Patriann Smith's picture
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Dr. Patriann Smith is a tenured associate professor at the University of South Florida. Dr. Smith's research considers how literacy teaching, research, assessment and policy are influenced by the intersection of race, language and (im)migration.
Florian Grosset's picture
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Ph.D. candidate at Columbia University, studying the social and environmental drivers of labor supply in lower-income settings.
Jonte Taylor's picture
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Associate Professor of Special Education at Pennsylvania State University (Penn State). His research includes examining effective strategies for inclusive STEAM education for students with disabilities and improving school/classroom climates for students, families, and teachers. His STEAM scholarship focuses supporting inquiry-based STEAM instruction and using research-based interventions and practices. His school/classroom scholarship emphasizes student/classroom motivation, followership/leadership dynamics, and diversity, equity, and inclusion considerations across educational settings. Prior to working in higher education, Dr. Taylor earned his Bachelor's degree in Special Education from Tuskegee University and his Master's in Collaborative Education and Doctorate of Special Education with an Emphasis in Autism and Emotional/Behavioral Disorders from Auburn University. His instructional experiences have included a variety of settings including juvenile justice, PreK-12 grade schools, and group homes environments. with a variety of students including adults with moderate to severe Intellectual Disabilities and students with Autism Spectrum Disorder and/or Emotional/Behavioral Disorders.
Alexandra Eleazar's picture
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My name is Alexandra (Alex) Eleazar, I'm a doctoral student in Sociology at UC Santa Barbara. My research is focused on immigration, inequality, gender, and sexuality. I'm especially interested in the experience of LGBTQ+ immigrants and inclusive migration policy. Before moving to California I lived in Northampton MA, upstate NY, and Guatemala (where my family is from). I can be found here: https://www.soc.ucsb.edu/people/alex-eleazar
Kellan Baker's picture
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Dr. Kellan E. Baker is the Executive Director of Whitman-Walker Institute, the research, policy, and education arm of Whitman-Walker, which is a community health system in Washington, DC, USA that includes Whitman-Walker Health, a Federally Qualified Health Center. Kellan is a health policy professional and health services researcher with extensive background in health system design, regulatory policy, public health, and government statistics. He is experienced in developing and analyzing health policy, synthesizing and communicating evidence, managing diverse coalitions, and working with government, philanthropy, and other partners to achieve health policy objectives. Kellan is passionate about health equity, LGBTQ health, disability rights, and racial and reproductive justice. He received his PhD in health policy and management from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health in Baltimore, MD, USA, where he was a Health Policy Research Scholar and Centennial Scholar; an MPH in health policy and MA in international development from George Washington University in Washington, DC, USA; and a BA with high honors from Swarthmore College in Swarthmore, PA, USA.

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