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Mazhar Al-Zo’by

is an Associate Professor of Culture and Politics in the Department of International Affairs at Qatar University. His interests, both in research and teaching, focus principally on the politics of representation, identity and social change in the context of globalisation. While his work is comparative in nature, his area of focus is the Muslim world in general and the Arab world in particular. Among the critical issues on which his teaching and writing have concentrated are the role of culture in the production of hegemony, media and identity, social movements, colonial discourse and the World System.

Ana Maria de Albuquerque Moreira

is Professor at the Department of Planning and Educational Management, Faculty of Education, University of Brasilia, Brazil. She has a graduation degree in Pedagogy, a Master’s degree and Doctorate in Public Policies and Management of Education from the same university. Her researches are about educational policies, planning, management and governance of basic and higher education. She is the Coordinator of Project Oracle (Observatorio Regional de Calidad y Equidad de la Educación Superior en Latinoamerica) at the University of Brasilia and she is editor of the book Intercultural Studies in Higher Education: Policy and Practice, published by Palgrave Macmillan (2019).

Sarita Anand

is a renowned Teacher Educator working as an assistant professor in Department of Education, Institute of Education, Visva-Bharati, Santiniketan, She has 10 years of experience in teaching, research and extension activities in Visva-Bharati and she is actively participating, organising and leading the Community Engagement programmes, village camps etc. She is NSS (National Service Scheme, Government of India, Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports) Programme Officer which gives her the opportunity to work more with the nearby communities on regular basis. She has published 20 research papers in reputed journals and two research tools.

Arslan Ayari

is an Assistant Professor in the College of Engineering where he served as a coordinator for research and graduate studies. His multidisciplinary research includes sustainable development and numerical analysis. Dr Ayari has long-time experience as a trainer in educational technology implementation in teaching and learning, curriculum design, assessment, and outcomes-based education. Dr. Arslan was the director of the centre for excellence in teaching and learning in Qatar University; and holds a PhD from the College of Engineering in the University of Colorado at Boulder, USA.

Estelle Baurès

(PhD, HDR) is Sustainability and Social Responsibility Officer in EHESP School of Public Health. Graduate from the Université d’Aix-Marseille with a PhD in physic-chemistry, her expertise area focuses on water quality in a risk assessment context in environment-health field. Then, she obtained in the same field, her qualification to conduct research (HDR) at the Université de Rennes 1. Previously, project manager at the Université de Sherbrooke in Canada, she has been aware of SD&RS and then trained at the Collège des hautes études en développement durable de Bretagne. Currently, she is also a member of the CIRSES board of directors.

Emna Belkhiria

is a doctoral student at the University of Bath, United Kingdom, and manager of Institutional Data and Policy Management Unit in Qatar University. She is interested in studying the governance and policies in higher education as well as the changing role of higher education. Her recent research has investigated the perception of different stakeholders about competencies and graduate attributes in higher education and the possibility to assess them at the institutional level. In particular, she is interested in the redesign of curriculum and new assessment strategies in relation to employability.

Jana Berg

is a researcher at the project “WeGe – Pathways of Refugees into German Higher Education” at the German Center for Higher Educaion Research and Science Studies (DZHW) and a doctoral candidate at Leibniz University Hannover. She studied Sociology (MA) and Linguistics (BA) at Johannes Gutenberg-University in Mainz and the University of Vienna. Her main research areas are higher education for refugees and the experiences of refugees in study preparation, as well as European integration and European asylum policy.

Renata Anahí Bregaglio Lazarte

is a law professor and head of the Law School’s Office of Academic Social Responsibility at Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú. She holds a Bachelor in Law and a Master in Human Rights from the same university, and Master of Fundamental Rights from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. She founded the Legal Clinic on Disability and Human Rights in 2012 and has led it ever since. She is also a coordinator and researcher at the Interdisciplinary Research Group on Disability of the same university.

Paula Camino Morgado

holds a Bachelor in Law from Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, where she is a teaching assistant. She aims to specialise her career in International Human Rights Law and sustainable development. Paula is an adjunct at the Legal Clinic on Disability and Human Rights and in procedural law classes, and a researcher at the Interdisciplinary Research Group on Disability of the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú.

Renato Antonio Constantino Caycho

is a law professor at Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú. He holds a Bachelor and a Master in Human Rights from the same university, and an LLM in International Legal Studies from American University Washington College of Law. He is an adjunct professor at the Legal Clinic on Disability and Human Rights. Renato is a researcher at the Interdisciplinary Research Group on Disability of the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú.

Bojana Ćulum Ilić

is Associate Professor at University of Rijeka, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. Her primary research interest focuses on university third/civic mission, the phenomenon of university-community engagement and the concept of an engaged university. She is principal investigator of a five year long research project “Formal Education in a Service of Sustainable Development”, funded by the Croatian Science Foundation. She has initiated the membership of the University of Rijeka in the Talloires Network, and has been appointed as a university representative. She collaborates frequently with various civil society organisations, institutions and local authorities on community-based research projects where she engages her students as well. She has authored and co-authored several books, book chapters and articles. She is a Fulbright alumna (Portland State University, 2015/2016).

Catherine Déri

is a doctoral candidate with the Faculty of Education at the University of Ottawa in Canada. She recently completed a career transition to the world of academia, after serving 25 years as a military officer with the Canadian Armed Forces. Her latest Master Research Project explored the radicalisation of students in Canadian universities. Her current research efforts focus on challenges experienced by graduate students and strategies to facilitate their socialisation to the scholar profession. She is the recipient of the University of Guelph Alumni with Impact Award and the Royal Canadian Military Institute Dr. Robert J. Farrelly Prize.

Dzulkifli bin Abdul Razak

is a Malaysian professor, educationist and scientist. He is Rector of the International University, Malaysia and immediate past President of the International Association of Universities, Paris.

Zalina Enikeeva

is a Research Fellow at the Institute of Public Policy and Administration, University of Central Asia, Bishkek. Her research areas include the Eurasian Economic Union, China’s Belt and Road Initiative, international trade and food security.

Thomas Farnell

is based in Croatia since 2004 and works as an expert in higher education policy at the national and international level at the Institute for the Development of Education (a think-tank for higher education policy). His main area of interest is the role of universities in responding to societal needs. He is leading the Erasmus+ project TEFCE – Towards a European Framework for Community Engagement in Higher Education. He is also a member of the European Commission’s Network of Experts on the Social Dimension of Education and Training (NESET), for whom he is preparing a study on community engagement of universities.

Sebastián Fuentes

holds a PhD in Social Anthropology and a Master’s degree in Social Sciences with focus on Education. He is a researcher at the National Council of Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET), Argentina, and at the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO Buenos Aires), in the Education Unit. His research is focussed on the study of socio-educational inequalities, university policies, and educational and sociability experiences among young people. He is also researcher at the National University of Tres de Febrero (UNTREF).

Budd Hall

is Professor Emeritus with the School of Public Administration, University of Victoria, Canada, and Co-Chair of the UNESCO Chair in Community Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education ( He was Former Dean of the Faculty of Education at the University of Victoria, Chair of the Adult Education Department of the University of Toronto, and Secretary-General of the International Council for Adult Education. He is a member of the International Adult Education Hall of the Fame was selected for the 2005 Canadian Bureau of International Education Innovation in Education Award.

Aileen Tan Shau Hwai

is a Professor in Marine Biology at the School of Biology, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) and is currently serving as the Director of Centre for Marine and Coastal Studies (CEMACS) USM and the Executive Director of the Asia-Pacific University-Community Engagement Network (APUCEN). Her field of expertise is in marine science, specialising in mariculture and conservation of molluscs.

Anđela Jakšić-Stojanović

is Assistant Professor at Faculty of Culture and Tourism at University Donja Gorica. She used to be Vice-Rector for international cooperation and Dean of Faculty of Visual Arts at the first Montenegrin private university. She is the author of two scientific monographs, several books and publications and many scientific papers. She was included in the realisation of 20 international and national scientific-research projects. She is a member of Centre of Young Scientist and Artists in Montenegrin Academic of Sciences and Arts, member of National Council for Education, Council for Science and Research and many other councils at national level. She is one of the initiators of the introduction of the concept of service learning in the curricula of the higher education system in Montenegro.

Bohdan Krawchenko

is Dean, Graduate School of Development, University of Central Asia. Before moving to Kyrgyzstan he was the Director of the Institute of Public Administration, Cabinet of Ministers, Ukraine, and a faculty member at the University of Alberta, Canada. His interests include social and economic history, political economy and administrative reform.

Tamara Krawchenko

is an Assistant Professor in the School of Public Administration at the University of Victoria, BC, Canada. She is an interdisciplinary researcher with experience conducting large multi-jurisdictional policy reviews that have impacted policy practice in Canada and internationally and is the author of over 50 articles, books and reports. She studies territorial inequalities and comparative public policy.

Anita Kumari

serves as Assistant Professor, Research at Gujarat National Law University. She defended her thesis in 2014 and the topic was “Naxalism: A Study in Peace Approach”. She has 5 years teaching and reaserch experience in organisations like University of Petroleum and Energy Studies and National Investigation Agency and is currently involved in projects funded by Ministry of Law and Justice, Government of India, Government of Gujarat, Raksha Shakti University and Indira Gandhi Institute of Development and Research (SPANDAN). She has articles and book publications in reputed journals.

Zakari Liré

is from Burkina Faso with an MA in information sciences and a PhD student in public communication at Université Laval. He has been working for two decades for CAMES (African and Malagasy Council for Higher Education) as Chief Librarian and manager of the quality insurance in higher education programme. Since 2017, in collaboration with the Department of Information and Communication of Université Laval, he has been actively involved in the implementation of a project entitled “DICAMES” which promotes open access to publications within Francophone Africa through a digital gateway. He is co-author of several papers, which appeared amongst others in Revue française des sciences de l’information et de la communication.

Alessia Lo Porto-Lefébure

(PhD) is Dean of Academic Affairs in EHESP School of Public Health. Previously, she led and developed the Alliance programme, a multi-stakeholder incubator for innovation in research and training, at Columbia University in New York. She teaches comparative public policy at Sciences Po Rennes after being adjunct professor at Columbia University, Tsinghua University in Beijing and Sciences Po, Paris. Graduate of Sciences Po and LUISS (Rome), Sociology PhD, she is a member of CSO and ARENES, as well as several reading committees and international boards. She represents the EHESP at the Board of the French Red Cross Foundation.

Darren Lortan

is Head of the Department of Mathematics in the Faculty of Applied Sciences at the Durban University of Technology (DUT). He is a member of the Board of the South African Higher Education Community Engagement Forum (SAHECEF), a group of community engagement directors/managers from universities across South Africa. During his term as Chair/President of SAHECEF, his roles included training and networking at a national level, advocacy with government and not-for-profit organisations.

Savathrie Maistry

is a Research Associate at the Durban University of Technology, responsible for a Community Development Programme. She supervises masters and doctoral students in Community Engagement and in an Articulation Research project. She has held numerous positions at a number of institutions, including Director of Community Engagement at Rhodes University, South Africa; Lecturer at the University of Waikato, New Zealand and has served as the Africa Region Programme Manager of Volunteer Services Abroad, New Zealand.

Janice McMillan

is a Senior Lecturer based in the Curriculum and Course Design team. She joined University of Cape Town (UCT) in 1994, first in the Department of Adult Education, and since 2000, in CHED, based first in HAESDU and now in the new merged unit CILT. Janice’s teaching, research and development interests centre on higher education and social responsiveness – with particular emphasis on community-engaged learning, critical citizenship and university-community partnerships more broadly.

Benita Moolman

is currently the Global Citizenship Programme Manager, based in the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CILT), in the Centre for Higher Education (CHED) at the University of Cape Town (UCT).

James Cuenca Morales

(PhD) is Professor, Department of Social Sciences at Universidad Javeriana Cali.

Claudia Lucia Mora Motta

is Managing Director, Office Forja, and Professor of the Department of Social Sciences at Universidad Javeriana Cali.

Muzaimi Mustapha

is an Associate Professor in Medical Neuroscience at the School of Medical Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM). He is currently the Programme Coordinator for mixed-mode graduate studies (Master and Doctor of Neuroscience). His interests are in the brain reward circuits, cerebrovascular disease and neuroscience university-community engagement. He is part of the second batch of K4C mentors.

Olha Mykhailyshyn

is Deputy Head of the Emmaus Centre of Support for Persons with Special Needs. After graduating from Ivan Franko National University in Lviv with an MA degree in Law and later in Finance, Olha has been working as a legal advisor for more than 15 years. She eventually defended the barrister-at-law certificate. Starting from February 2019, Olha radically changed the direction of her activity and interests to social work, where espousal of different kinds of professionals is urgently needed.

Anna Nahirna

is fundraiser at the Emmaus Centre of Support for People with Special Needs. Anna has been working in the Emmaus Centre since September 2018. Prior to this time, she was doing research as an MA first in Philosophy and then in Theology and Religious Studies at KU Leuven (Belgium). After successfully completing both degrees and being on the threshold of PhD studies, Anna decided to move back to Ukraine and employ the skills she acquired in the academia to help in welcoming and supporting people with an intellectual disability.

Tom Olyhoek

has been living and working in Africa for more than 7 years doing research into tropical and exotic diseases during much of his career. After obtaining his PhD in molecular microbiology from Amsterdam University (1982) he has been at the Max Planck Institut in Berlin for 7 years. He has spent several years in Africa (Kenya, Algeria) doing research on malaria, sleeping sickness and meningococcal epidemics. Since 2012 he is advocating open access and open science as Open Access working group coordinator for Open Knowledge International. Shortly afterwards he became a member of the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) advisory board and since 2014 he is Editor in Chief at the DOAJ. From January 2018 his main task has become managing of the global DOAJ ambassador programme and global outreach activities including connecting to other open communities like the Creative Commons Global Network and OCSD Net. His current research interests are the evaluation of new systems for the assessment of the quality of scholarly journals and articles, copyright and licensing in open access publishing and coordinating research in the area of soil microbiology in relation to soil health and human health (microbiome research).

Kanya Padayachee

is currently engaged in CBPR research in Early Childhood Development (ECD) towards a PhD. She works at the Gandhi Development Trust (GDT), a CSO based at the Durban University of Technology (DUT) and coordinates its ECD Project. She is a mentor in the DUT Hub of the Unesco K4C Project. Kanya has presented widely at International and local conferences on her work at GDT and on aspects of her PhD research.

Florence Piron

is an anthropologist and ethicist, Professor in the Department of Information and Communication at Laval University where she teaches critical thinking through courses on ethics and democracy. She is the founding President of the Association for Science and Common Good and its open access publishing house, Éditions science et bien commun. She is interested in the links between science, society and culture, both as a researcher and activist for a science that is more open, inclusive, socially responsible and focussed on the common good. She intervenes orally and in writing in a wide variety of environments, within and outside the academic world. She is currently at the heart of several action-research projects aimed at promoting and disseminating in open access scholarly knowledge from French-speaking sub-Saharan Africa and Haiti and at supporting endogenous research capacity in these regions of the world. At the beginning was the SOHA project, which focussed on open science as a tool for cognitive justice and empowerment in Haiti and Africa. It led her to collaborate with dozens of students, doctoral students and professors throughout Africa and Haiti in a major study of the cognitive injustices experienced in universities, to create an emerging platform of multidisciplinary pan-African journals and to launch the creation of about ten science shops in Africa and Haiti.

Asyirah Abdul Rahim

is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Humanities and and member of the Centre for Global Sustainability Studies, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM). Her research interests are sustainable city and communities, and education for sustainable development. She has served as Coordinator of the United Nations University Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE) for Penang from 2011–2012. She is part of the second batch of K4C mentors.

Kapil Dev Regmi

is a Lecturer at the Department of Educational Studies, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. His research focuses on critical development and educational issues faced by the most impoverished communities of the global South. Putting adult and higher education at the centre his research covers a range of areas such as international political economy, sociology, critical theory, policy and governance, community and international development, and sustainability. He has published in leading international journals such as Adult Education Quarterly; Compare; Higher Education Policy; International Journal of Lifelong Education; International Review of Education; and International Journal of Sustainable Development & World Ecology.

Márcia Lopes Reis

has a PhD in Sociology (University of Brasilia, 1999), Master of Education, University of Brasilia (1994), Postgraduate Specialist lato sensu in Supervision and Curriculum, UFMT (1991), graduated in Pedagogy by AEUDF (1987). She is currently a Professor at UNESP (Paulista State University “Julio de Mesquita Filho”). Besides, she is a collaborating professor in the Postgraduate Program in Sociology on Unicamp and the Graduate Program in School Education on UNESP/Araraquara. Her researches are about teacher training, public education policies, technology and educational practices. Under the theme of innovation and education management, she has coordinated at UNESP the Erasmus Plus projects Oracle and Acacia.

Sebastián Schurmann

is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Buenos Aires. He has postgraduate studies in Education (UdeSA), Educational Indicators and Statistics (UNED) and Data Science (ITBA). He worked as a consultant in educational policies at IIPE-UNESCO Buenos Aires, the Ministry of National Education and the Organisation of Ibero-American States, among others. Nowadays, he is part of the Unit of Integral Evaluation of the Quality and Educational Equity (UEICEE) team on the City of Buenos Aires.

José Sepúlveda Maulén

is a Bachelor of Social Sciences and political scientist from the Universidad Diego Portales. He studied social intervention at the Universidad del Bío-Bío. Between 2016 and 2018, he was Coordinator of the Project “Teaching quality, linkage with the environment and process management”, of Mecesup 3. In the year 2020, he works as National Coordinator of Service Learning at the Professional Institute of Chile and belongs to the National Network of Service Learning of Chile.

Pratikalpa Sharma

works as Assistant Professor Research at Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar, Guajarat, India, obtained an LLM from Symbiosis Law School Pune and pursued a PhD in Maritime Law from Gujarat National Law University. She has been associated with many projects including two funded by the Government of Gujarat and one by the Rasha Shakti University along with few policy research projects. She has been associated with the Centres for Private & Public International Law, Law and Society and Maritime Law. She was appointed as Assistant Professor Law at Gujarat Maritime Board Chair at GNLU and served as Academic Council Member special invitee at Gujarat Maritime University, Gandhinagar, Gujarat in 2019.

Darshan Singh

is a Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Drug Research, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM). Besides his research interests in studying illicit drug users, people living with HIV, incarcerated prisoners and female drug users, he is also actively engaged in university-community projects. He is part of the second batch of K4C mentors.

Ina Smith

focuses her research on promoting digital skills, open access, open science and open data publishing in the global South, with specific emphasis on Africa. She holds a Master’s degree from the University of Pretoria in Computer-Integrated Education, a Higher Education Teaching Diploma, and an Honours Degree in Library and Information Science. She has vast experience working in open access during her employment at the University of Pretoria and Stellenbosch University – in repositories, journal publishing and conference publishing, and vast experience in developing training material in digital skills, as well as presenting training as part of continued professional development. She is currently employed as a project manager at the Academy of Science of SA, where she is managing the African Open Science Platform project, and also does digital citizenship training in her free time as co-director of In the Cloud: Creating Digital Citizens (MICT SETA accredited training company). She is also a DOAJ Ambassador for the southern Africa region. In 2014 she received the LIASA President’s Acknowledgement for Exceptional Contribution (2014), in 2011 she was a Runner-up in the international EPT Award for Open Access, and in 2016 she was awarded LIASA Librarian of the Year. Ina served on the LIASA Executive Committee during 2014 to 2016, and during the same time she also served as Chair of the LIASA Higher Educational Library Interest Group (HELIG). She has a keen interest in the research process in general, and actively promotes all to become digital citizens and to remain lifelong researchers and self-learners towards preparing themselves for the challenges brought along by the 4th Industrial Revolution, incl. Artificial Intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things (IoT), and Robotics. Her involvement in digital citizenship and open research/science takes her all over the world, and she frequently presents papers at conferences.

Rajesh Tandon

is an internationally acclaimed leader and practitioner of participatory research and development. He founded Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA) in 1982, and continues to be its chief Functionary. He is Co-Chair of the UNESCO Chair in Community based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education ( along with Professor Budd Hall. Dr Tandon has authored more than 100 articles, a dozen books and numerous training manuals. He was inducted to the International Adult and Continuing Education (IACE) Hall of Fame (class of 2011).

Andrea Tejera Techera

is a doctoral candidate in Education, UNER, Argentina, with a Master’s degree in Regional and Local Development, UCU, Uruguay and a degree in Psychology, UdelaR, Uruguay. She is Academic Coordinator of the Master in Educational Management, Teaching, Research and Postgraduate Tutor of the Institute of Education, Universidad ORT Uruguay. Director of the Strategic and Budget Planning Area (INAU). She is also a teacher and researcher on formal and continuing education institutions. She is undergoing specialisation in educational management, planning, institutional evaluation, and public policies with emphasis on social. She has published articles and/or book chapters and has participated as a speaker in events related to these topics.

Ivonne Lujano Vilchis

holds a Master’s degree in Social Sciences with an emphasis in Education from Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO) campus Argentina. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Education and another one in Dance. She teaches ICT in education, education policy and history of dance at Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México, in Toluca, Mexico. Since 2011 she has been strongly advocating for Open Access in Mexico and Latin America. She worked at Redalyc (an OA journals database based in Mexico) where she was in charge of journals evaluation department. She has actively collaborated with other regional OA initiatives such as Latindex and SciELO. She has been part of the OpenCon organising committee and Open Access Week 2016 advisory board. She is a member of the founder team of OpenCon LatAm. Currently she is the ambassador of the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) in Latin America, where she collaborates with several universities and research centres promoting best practice and transparency in journals. She is interested in journals evaluation systems in Latin America, especially in Social Science and Humanities.

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