- Gabriele Koehler
- Professor Sumantra Ray RNutr
- Dr. Elizabeth Kim
- Tan Sri Dr. Jemilah Mahmood
- Dustin Barter
- Vong-on Phuaphansawat
- Gbemisola (Gbemi) Abudu
NNEdPro Founding Chair and Executive Director University affiliations: University of Cambridge, Ulster University, Imperial College London, University of Wollongong
Sumantra (Shumone) Ray is a Licensed Medical Doctor as well as a Registered Nutritionist (Public Health), with special interests in Cardiovascular Disease Prevention and Nutrition Education in Health Systems. He is cross-appointed in Cambridge as a Director of Research at the University of Cambridge and Co-Lead for the Food, Nutrition and Education Work Package for the TIGR2ESS Programme in India (2017-21) led from Cambridge and supported by UK Research and Innovation's Global Challenges Research Fund. Additionally, Shumone holds a fractional personal chair appointment as Professor of Global Nutrition, Health and Disease at Ulster University as well as a number of honorary/visiting professorial appointments more widely, including Imperial College London in the UK, and the University of Wollongong in Australia.
Dr. Elizabeth Kim is a developmental psychologist specializing in cross-cultural differences in child development. She is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at the Centre for Family & Population Research, National University of Singapore (NUS). Dr. Kim received her Ph.D. in Psychology & Social Behavior from University of California Irvine, her Ed.M. in Human Development & Psychology from Harvard Graduate School of Education, and her B.A. degree in English Literature from Wellesley College.
Her research interests in developmental psychology are in the areas of social conformity and decision-making in early childhood, cross-cultural differences in social and moral development, socially-driven health behaviors in young children, prosocial learning, and parent socialization. Dr. Kim has conducted various cross-cultural projects in the U.S., Singapore, and South Korea, using multiple approaches including experimental studies, surveys, computer-simulation games, and intervention training.
Her research has been published in Development Psychology, Journal of Experimental Child Development, Culture and Cognition Journal, and Appetite. She has received multiple grant awards from Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program, U.S. National Science Foundation, Agency for Science, Technology, and Research (A*STAR), Singapore Children’s Society, among others. She is a member of Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD), SRCD Asian Caucus, and Association for Psychological Science.
Dr. Mahmood is a medical professional with more than two decades experience managing crises in health, disasters and conflict settings. She is currently Professor and Director of the newly established Sunway Centre for Planetary Health in Malaysia. She had been the Special Advisor to the Prime Minister of Malaysia on Public Health, since April 2020 until August 2021. She is also a member of the Government of Malaysia’s Economic Action Council, Climate Action Council and Consultative Council for Foreign Policy.
Her previous appointments include the Under Secretary General for Partnerships at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), Chief of the World Humanitarian Summit secretariat at the United Nations, and Chief of the Humanitarian Response Branch at UNFPA. She is the founder of MERCY Malaysia a southern based international humanitarian organization.
Dr. Mahmood has held many Board positions in NGOs and INGOs and is the recipient of numerous national and international awards for her work. In 2020, she was appointed a Senior Fellow of the Adrienne Arsht-Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Centre. She is currently on the board of the Employees Provident Fund of Malaysia and ALAM Foundation. Dr. Mahmood is also the Pro Chancellor of Herriot-Watt University Malaysia and a member of the board of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.
Dr Mahmood graduated as a Doctor of Medicine (MD) has a Masters in Obstetrics & Gynaecology from the same university and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists United Kingdom. She also completed executive education at the International Management and Development Centre, IMD Lausanne.
Dustin is a John Monash Scholar undertaking a PhD in Development Studies at the University of Cambridge, where he is examining dynamics between international institutions and civil society in Cambodia and Myanmar, with a specific focus on contestations of land and water. He has worked in the aid sector for more than a decade in Asia and Africa with national and international organisations, across the humanitarian, peace and development sectors.
Vong-on is lecturer at the department of Public Administration at the Faculty of Political Science at Chulalongkorn University, Thailand. She got a PhD in Development Studies from the University of Cambridge. Her research interests include human-centred public policy, sociology of education, and neoliberal impact on education and welfare policies. Recently, she has worked with The Asia Foundation and a team of Thai education experts to explore the status and obstacles of instructional leadership among the Thai school principals, resulting in a report titled, The challenges in delivering quality education in Thailand: Rules, resources and leadership.
Gbemisola (Gbemi) Abudu is a global marketing expert and soft skills educator who is passionate about the sustainable political, social, and economic development of Africa, particularly in the areas of gender equity and education. She is the Founder and Managing Partner of BMGA Enterprise Limited (BMGA), an EdTech finishing school for the future of work. The organization provides social and marketing intelligence to increase productivity of people and organizations.
BMGA’s residence courses are designed to equip individuals and organizations with soft skills that optimize their performance and marketability in the business environment. The company’s methodology is rooted in the science of learning and behaviour. Each residence course is designed around how the human brain gathers, retains, and recalls information. The core courses are well researched and curated to match the global best standard and are intertwined with the African market’s relevant cultural context.
Gbemisola’s work at BMGA was recently selected by the British Council for its 2021 Going Global conference, which is a conference for leaders in international education to debate the future of further and higher education. In 2020, Gbemisola launched the BMGA Fellows Program, a social impact initiative designed to narrow the skills gap in Africa. The program provides young female university students/graduates with employability skills, high-level professional development courses, mentorship, and leadership training. Supporters of the program include Association of Commonwealth Universities, Yale University Center of Emotional Intelligence, of Cambridge,Thunderbird School of Global Management, University of Lagos, University of Ibadan, UN Women, and Gallup. Due to the success of the 2020 cohort, the program expanded to 6 other African countries for the 2021 cohort, which commenced on 01 June 2021.
Before BMGA, Gbemisola worked as a global marketer for some of the most reputable companies and governments across the world, enabling her to develop a holistic understanding of the international business environment and a sound understanding of brand stewardship. Some of the organizations are Anap Jets, Louis Vuitton, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, White & Case LLP, Walt Disney Company, Clorox Company, etc. Through all these experiences, she has built a proven track record of piloting and driving businesses into new marketplaces.
Gbemisola holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Global Marketing and Global Development from Thunderbird School of Global Management and a B.Sc. in Marketing and Public Relations from the University of Wyoming.