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Thomas Tufte

Professor & Director for the Institute for Media and Creative Industries
Loughborough University, London, England

Professor Thomas Tufte is Director of Institute for Media and Creative Industries at Loughborough University London. Member of Academia Europaea (2019-) and Senior Research Associate to University of Johannesburg, South Africa (2013-). Tufte has since the early 1990s worked extensively on the role of communication in articulating citizen engagement and social change, mainly as a researcher, but also as a consultant to international development agencies as UNICEF, World Bank, USAID, SIDA and Danida, and as practitioner, having worked for NGOs like Danchurchaid, ADRA and Femina HIP, and in UNDP in Paraguay. He has worked, lectured and researched in over 30 countries across mainly Latin America, Africa and Europa. His most recent books include Voice and Matter – Communication, Development and the Cultural Return, co-edited with Oscar Hemer (Nordicom, 2016) Communication and Social Change – a Citizen Perspective (Polity Press, 2017), and Communicating for Change – Concepts to think with, co-edited with Jo Tacchi (Palgrave, 2020).

Ellinor Ädelroth

Professor Emerita
Umeå University, Sweden/the Panzi Hospital, Bukavu, Congo.

Professor Ädelroth is a Pulmonary physician and Allergy specialist with research interests mainly into asthma, inflammation and effect of inhaled glucocorticosteroids. She has extensive teaching experience, both in Sweden and elsewhere. The last six years before her retirement, she was chairperson for the Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine at Umeå University. Directly thereafter she volunteered for three years at Panzi hospital, Bukavu, DR Congo, as Pulmonary Clinician. At the hospital, she also served as locum Hospital Director and Project Manager for the project SSV (survivors of sexual violence, women and girls). Since the beginning of Dec 2019 she has been working with quality control at Panzi hospital.

Anthony Costello

Ex-Director. Professor. Co-chair Lancet Climate Countdown
WHO/University College, London.

Anthony Costello is Professor of International Child Health and Director of the UCL Institute for Global Health. He trained as a paediatrician and has expertise in maternal and child health epidemiology and programmes in developing countries. He contributes papers on paediatrics, maternal health, health economics, health systems, child development, nutrition and infectious disease. His areas of scientific expertise include the evaluation of community interventions on maternal and newborn mortality, community mobilisation through women's groups, the cost-effectiveness of interventions, community and social life saving treatments for maternal and newborn mortality in the poorest populations, and links between sustainable livelihoods and nutrition. He is currently exploring the health effects of climate change in south Asia and Africa.


Stefan Swartling Peterson

Chief of Health

Dr. Stefan Swartling Peterson was appointed Associate Director, Programme Division, and Chief of Health in April 2016. Prior to his appointment, Dr. Peterson was a Professor of Global Health at Uppsala University, Sweden, and at the Global Health Division of Karolinska Institutet, Sweden. He has also been a visiting professor at Makerere University in Uganda. As a health systems researcher and medical doctor, Dr. Peterson did extensive field work in Tanzania and Uganda, and worked with different ministries of health, and organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO). He implemented projects supported by the Swedish International Development Co-operation Agency (SIDA), the Gates Foundation, and the European Union. He was Co-founder of Médecins Sans Frontières Sweden and the CCM Task Force Operations Research Group. Dr. Peterson is a medical doctor with degrees in Medicine, Public Health and a PhD in International Pediatrics.


Dennis Garrity

UN Drylands Ambassador & Senior Fellow
The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), Kenya.

Dr. Garrity is a systems agronomist and research leader whose career has been focused on the development of small-scale farming systems in the tropics. He is currently Drylands Ambassador for the UN Convention to Combat Desertification, Senior Fellow at the World Resources Institute, and Distinguished Senior Research Fellow at the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), Nairobi. He is currently focusing on building an African land restoration movement and is leading an effort to perennialize global agriculture in the 21st Century by chairing the global Partnership to Create an EverGreen Agriculture. He also chairs the Steering Committee for Landcare International, a worldwide effort to support grassroots community-based natural resource management. As Head of the Farming Systems Program at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), and as a Professor at the University of the Philippines in the 1980s he advised 47 PhD and MSc students and post-doctoral fellows from Africa, Asia, Europe and the US, and published over 175 journal articles and books.

Annelies Wilder-Smith

Visiting professor & Principle Investigator
Umeå University, Sweden/Zika Preparedness Latin American Network (ZikaPLAN).

Dr Annelies Wilder-Smith is Professor of Infectious Diseases Research at the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, Singapore. She is also the Scientific Director of ZikaPLAN, an European Union funded global consortium for a Zika Preparedness Latin American Network.

Her special research interests include vaccine preventable and emerging infectious diseases, in particular dengue, Zika, influenza and meningococcal disease. With a career spanning over two decades, she has led and co-led various clinical trials, published more than 190 scientific papers, edited and co-edited textbooks and travel medicine books, served on various editorial boards and scientific committees.

Chris Buckley

Head of the Pollution Research Group & Professor
University of KwaZulu-Nata, South Africa.

Professor Buckley is a chemical engineer and has spent his career as a contract researcher in the field of urban and industrial water and effluent management at the University of Natal and currently the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He has partnerships with many international research groups, and serves as head of the Pollution Research Group, a professional research group researching (through a sustanability lens) water management issues in the industrial and municipal sectors in Africa and Asia and in particular Southern Africa. The current emphasis is on water supply and sanitation services to the unserverved and isues related to industrial wastewater and salinity.

Capucine Dupont

IHE Delft Institute for Water Education, the Netherlands

Capucine Dupont received a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Universite Claude Bernard Lyon 1 in 2006 as well as an Habilitation to Supervize Research from Universite Grenoble Alpes in 2015. She was during ten years a scientist in the Atomic Energy and Alternative Energy Commission of Grenoble and is now working in IHE Delft as Lecturer-Researcher in Solid Waste Management. She has acquired internationally recognized expertise in biomass and waste thermal conversion processes (torrefaction, pyrolysis, gasification, combustion) to energy, chemicals and materials, with specific interest on the improvement of suitability feedstock/process/product through laboratory scale experimental studies. Her present research interests mainly focus on the production of char by pyrolysis/hydrothermal carbonization and on its applications, notably in water/gas treatment and anaerobic digestion.

Victoria Wibeck

Centre for Climate Science and Policy Research, Linköping University, Sweden

Professor Wibeck’s research locates itself in the area of environmental communication. At a general level, her research explores concepts such as knowledge, communication, sense-making, trust, agency and power. Empirically, she explores how different societal actors make sense of sustainability challenges and how such challenges could be addressed. The overarching aim of the research is to analyze challenges and opportunities involved as science-based knowledge about environment, climate and new and emerging technologies moves from the scientific arena to be recontextualized in other contexts, such as in political decisions, in the implementation of environmental objectives at different societal levels, in the media and in citizens’ everyday decisions.