Speakers

 Nilam Nilam Ashra-McGrath

Dr Nilam Ashra-McGrath is the Research Communications and Uptake Manager for COMDIS-HSD (University of Leeds), a consortium of NGOs based in Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, Swaziland, and the UK, working on health service delivery interventions for communicable diseases. Her role includes advising NGOs on aspects of open-access (OA) publishing and how to navigate the OA landscape. She is an advocate for OA for charities, civil society organizations, independent researchers and journalists, particularly those based in developing countries. She is a writer and qualitative researcher for the international development and education sectors.

Twitter handle: @COMDISResearch, @TalkingEvidence

Jennifer Chapin

Jennifer Chapin coordinates the communication of research at INASP, managing the AuthorAID programme to support the capacity of researchers in developing countries to communicate their research to different actors, and to increase the quality and quantity of their research publications. Holding an MA in Education and International Development, she previously worked in education strategy for the Royal College of Physicians of Canada and, since 2010, has also volunteered to support gender equality in education programme in Togo through a Canada-Togo partnership.

Twitter handle: @jennifer_chapin

Miriam Conteh-Morgan (University of Sierra Leone)

Dr Miriam Conteh-Morgan joined the University of Sierra Leone in 2013 as the Campus Librarian at one of its constituent colleges, the Institute of Public Administration and Management (IPAM). She is also now the Deputy University Librarian. She has worked as a librarian at The Ohio State University, USA, and a lecturer in linguistics, English as a Second Language and African literature in Sierra Leone and the US. She occasionally serves as a workshop facilitator on research resources/strategies and information and knowledge management. Miriam is one of the INASP coordinators in Sierra Leone.

Twitter handle: @micm80

Jonathan Harle

Jonathan Harle is the Director of the Strengthening Research and Knowledge Systems (SRKS) programme at INASP. Jon also leads INASP’s Research Access and Higher Education team, which works with local partners to ensure that researchers, students and professionals have access to the information they need. This spans INASP’s partnerships with international publishers, our support to strengthen national library consortia, and our ‘last 100 metres’ work with National Research and Education Networks to improve university IT networks. He has written and consulted on research capacity and higher-education issues for a number of donors and research agencies.

Twitter handle: @jonharle

Alan Harris

Graduated at Watford College of Technology in 1973, Alan worked in farming between 1973 – 1975 and has been employed in the STM publishing Industry ever since. In close cooperation with INASP, Alan has been a pioneer in setting up and servicing National Online Consortia in Spain, Portugal, Italy, Greece, Israel Turkey, Poland, Russia, South Africa as well as many developing countries including Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nicaragua, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya and Zimbabwe. Throughout his whole career Alan has specialized in coordinating developing country Initiatives both in print and online and more recently also for the new Springer Nature company.

Siân Harris 

Dr Siân Harris is a Publications and Engagement Manager at INASP, where she coordinates and edits major publications including INASP’s new toolkit series and media engagement. Previously she was Editor of Research Information magazine, and has written for many science and technology publications. She has a PhD in inorganic chemistry and continues to use her knowledge of chemistry and the publishing process as an AuthorAID mentor.

Twitter handle: @SianHarris8

Humphrey Keah

Humphrey Keah is an Information Management and Digital Services Specialist at the Knowledge Management Unit, World Agroforestry Centre HQ, Kenya. Humphrey holds a BSc in Information Science and an MSc in Information Technology from Moi University, Kenya. He serves as Administrator for the Strategic Grants Committee of the Kenya Libraries and Information Services Consortium (KLISC) and is a member of the Information Management and Innovations Committee of KLISC. Currently, Humphrey is developing his PhD proposal in the area of Semantic Web applications in scientific research.

Twitter handle: @HKeah

Usha Ladwa-Thomas 

Usha has extensive experience of working in equalities, co-produced citizen centred services, leadership development, operational research and sustainable development. She has worked for large and small, third sector organizations, and is currently working for the Welsh Government in the Department for Environment and Sustainable Development. In addition, Usha supports the Welsh Governments’ commitment to work in Uganda and collaborates with Cardiff University on placed based programmes.

As an advisor and vice chair of Caplor Horizon’s, Usha regularly delivers training in leadership development, in equalities and in social justice; both in Africa and in the UK.

Katherine Matsika 

Katherine Matsika is a University Librarian at National University of Science and Technology, Zimbabwe. She is a member and Inaugural Chairperson of the Zimbabwe University Libraries Consortium (ZULC). Katherine also worked as a Senior Reference Librarian and Head of Jagger Reference and Information Centre at the University of Cape Town Libraries, South Africa and University of Zimbabwe Library, as well as a librarian at the Central Library, Ministry of Agriculture, Zimbabwe. She has been involved in various international librarianships and is an active member of African Library & Information Associations & Institutions (AfLIA).

Twitter handle: @KathyMat31

Ruth Mhlanga

Ruth Mhlanga is a private sector policy advisor for Oxfam Great Britain.

Twitter handle: @MissRuthM

Andy Nobes

Andy works on the AuthorAID project, which provides support for early-career researchers in developing countries. This involves the management of the AuthorAID website, and the development of its online mentoring scheme and community forums.  He also administrates and moderates AuthorAID’s online courses in research writing and proposal writing. In addition, Andy provides support for the Journals Online project, through which he has helped train journal editors to improve the quality of their journals. Before joining INASP, he worked for an academic publisher in journal e-marketing and library marketing.

Twitter handle: @andy_nobes

Beatrice Odera-Kwach

Dr Beatrice Odera-Kwach holds a PhD in Information Science from University of South Africa and a MPhil degree from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. Currently, she is Senior Assistant Commission Secretary and Head of Department, Library and Information Services at the Commission for University Education, Kenya. She is an Executive Member of the Kenya Libraries and Information Services Consortia. She has an impeccable track record in library and information services, quality assurance of universities, served in various leadership positions in the library and education sector.  She has participated in numerous conferences and made seminal presentations in quality assurance and information science.

Twitter handle: @beatrice_odera

Anne Powell

Anne Powell is Programme Manager, Information Access and Publisher Liaison at INASP. Anne has been active in Publishers for Development from its inception. Her role in INASP involves enabling publishers to offer their resources to developing country researchers through a sustainable and realistic approach. To support this, the Research Access and Higher Education team work with national library consortia and their institutional members to take responsibility for the access, awareness raising and use of resources by their research communities.

Twitter handle: @AnnePowellINASP

Janet Remmington

Janet Remmington is Regional Director for Africa and Editorial Director for the global Arts & Humanities journals at Taylor & Francis. For several years, she has been involved with developing regional journals, working with co-publishers, and supporting developing-country initiatives, including serving on the Research4Life executive council. After hours, she dons her researcher hat, trying to keep active in getting her own work published so she knows what it’s like to be on the other side of the fence.

Twitter handle: @varioushats

Margaret Sraku-Lartey

Margaret joined CSIR-Forestry Research Institute of Ghana (CSIR-FORIG) in February 1985 as a Junior Assistant Librarian and is now a Principal Librarian. She has been involved in several projects funded by international agencies such as the Elsevier Foundation, the Department for International Development (DFID), International Institute for Communication and Development (IICD) and International Union for Forestry Research Organizations (IUFRO). She holds a BSc (Social Sciences) and an MA, PG DIP. Lib Studies. Her field of specialization includes Library and Information Management, Management, ICT’s and Libraries, e-resources, Indigenous Knowledge, Business Development.

Twitter handle: @msrakulartey1

Farzana Sultana

Farzana Sultana is an Assistant Chief Librarian of Bangladesh College of Physicians and Surgeons, Dhaka. Currently, she is enrolled in the PhD programme of the Department of Information Science and Library Management under the University of Dhaka.  Her PhD topic is Job Involvement and Personality Traits of Selected University Library Professionals in Bangladesh.  Her areas of interest include job-related issues of library professionals in Bangladesh, digital library systems, consortia and development of health libraries.

Vasanthi Thevanesam

Vasanthi Thevanesam, Emeritus Professor, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka graduated as a doctor in 1972 and trained as a physician and microbiologist, both in Sri Lanka and the UK. Since 1989, she has served as a teacher, researcher and clinical microbiologist at the University of Peradeniya and Teaching Hospitals of Kandy and Peradeniya. During this period, she initiated a training programme for clinical microbiologists, pioneered a Masters course in medical microbiology and initiated the formation of the Sri Lankan Society for Microbiology through which the Sri Lankan Journal of Infectious Diseases, of which she is the Chief Editor, was launched.

Md. Nazim Uddin

Dr Md. Nazim Uddin has been working as a Senior Manager and Head of Library and Information Services Section, icddr,b, Bangladesh since 2008. He obtained his PhD in Library and Information Science from Jadavpur University, India. Dr Nazim has 28 years of experience of working as a professional librarian and worked as Head of BRAC University and East West University. He is working as a Moderator, Question Setter, and a Panel Member of viva-voce examinations for the Bangladesh Public Service Commission (PSC). Recently, he has been nominated as the publisher negotiations contact on behalf of the Negotiations Team of the Bangladesh Academy of Sciences (BAS).

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