Abby ClobridgeAbby Clobridge

Managing Director, Clobridge Consulting

Abby Clobridge is the managing director of and lead consultant at Clobridge Consulting, a boutique firm specializing in knowledge management, information management, and Open Access. Abby has worked with a wide range of organizations throughout the world, including UNESCO, the UN Development Programme, the World Bank; colleges and research universities; non-profit, inter-governmental, and multi-stakeholder organizations; the news media; and private sector companies. Prior to founding Clobridge Consulting, Abby was the Associate Director of Research & Knowledge Services at the Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government. Earlier in her career, she worked at Bucknell University where she managed their digital repository program and at CNN as an investigative researcher and news librarian. Abby has a master’s degree in Library Science from Florida State University and a bachelor’s degree in history from Tufts University.


Programme Manager, Information Access and Use,

Anne’s work involves assisting libraries and consortia with access to and use of e-resources through both publisher and country-facing activities. She works with publishers to ensure that our processes and systems meet their needs while offering optimum access to researchers. She also assists country coordinators and librarians with resource selection, collecting and interpreting usage statistics and raising awareness of the resources. Anne holds a Master’s degree in library science (University of British Columbia) and, prior to joining INASP, worked as a librarian and library educator in Zimbabwe for 21 years.

Carlos RosselCarlos Rossel

Publisher, The World Bank

A native of Santiago, Chile, Carlos is the World Bank Group Publisher and has over 25 years of experience in international professional and scholarly publishing. To support the institution’s role as global knowledge institution, the World Bank’s Publishing and Knowledge Division works with departments across the institution to develop and publish a range of products that cover the full spectrum of economic and social development and that are aimed at policymakers, academia, development practitioners, and other constituencies. In 2011 and 2012, Carlos led the transformation of the program into an Open Access publishing model, including implementation of an OA policy, Creative Commons licensing, and an OA repository for the Bank’s research and knowledge. Carlos has a degree in economics from The George Washington University and an MBA from Loyola University Maryland.

Helena Asamoah-HassanHelena Asamoah-Hassan

University Librarian
Kwame University of Science and Technology, Kumasa, Ghana

Helena has been in the library profession for 36 years, 28 years at the top management level and is a Fellow of the Ghana Library Association.She was President of Ghana Library Association 2003-06;   a Member of the Governing Board of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) 2007-11; Member, eIFLnet Advisory Board 2007-11.  Currently she is the Chairperson of UNESCO’s International Advisory Committee on the Memory of the World Programme and Chairperson, Management Committee, Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Ghana (CARLIGH) 2004 to date and the Founding President of the African Library and Information Associations & Institutions (AfLIA). She has also been the Ghana Country Coordinator for INASP Programme for the Enhancement of Research Information (PERI) and also for eIFL from 2004 to date. She has been Emerald Publishers Africa Regional Advisor since April 2011 and   in May 2012 BioMed Central gave her an award as the Open Access Advocate of the Year. In August 2012, IFLA awarded her with a medal for outstanding service to international librarianship by building bridges across Africa and with the rest of the world.

She has 24 publications to her credit consisting of 3 books, a chapter each in 2 books, refereed conference proceedings and journal articles. She also has 72 conference papers and 20 major reports. She is a consultant to some international organisations on library and information issues and an assessor for promotion of Library personnel to some universities in Ghana. She has served and still serves on several other committees at institutional, national and international levels.

James HardcastleJames Hardcastle

Senior Research Executive, Taylor & Francis

James Hardcastle is the Senior Research Executive at Taylor & Francis where he has worked for the previous 6 years. He specialises in external data analysis such as bibliometrics, citation analysis and altmetrics.

Jay KublerJay Kubler

Senior Research Officer,
The Association of Commonwealth Universities

Jay Kubler is the Senior Research Officer for the Programmes and Projects Unit of the ACU. Jay has a B.A. (hons) in History from the University of Cambridge and in 2001 obtained an M.A. in African Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies.Since joining the ACU Jay has worked on a wide range of research projects and consultancies on international higher education policy, with a particular focus on development and higher education. She has considerable experience in quantitative and qualitative analysis and has conducted a range of surveys and consultations on a variety of policy issues. She has published reports on donor activity in African higher education, international trends in academic recruitment and retention, and collaborative activity between African and UK universities. She was also involved in developing a database of international donor projects in African higher education. Jay is currently working on the ACU’s benchmarking programme, a fellowship scheme for early career academics and co-edits the ACU’s online newsletter, Insights. Themes covered in recent publications include, the impact of international trade in services on higher education across the Commonwealth, future scenarios for higher education, international scholarship evaluation and peer review for research funding in Africa.

Jonanthan Harle_INASPJonathan Harle

Senior Programme Manager, Research Access and Availability

Jon leads the work of the Research Access and Availability team including INASP’s publisher relations, library strengthening, and information access programmes. Jon joined INASP in 2013 after six years with the Association of Commonwealth Universities where he undertook several studies on research capacity in African universities, focusing particularly on access to information and on early career researchers, and undertook work for a number of funding and development agencies. He has degrees in African politics and in archaeology and anthropology.

Liesbeth KanisLiesbeth Kanis

Project Manager, Business Development,

Liesbeth Kanis (MA Book and Publishing Studies, Leiden University, The Netherlands) has worked in different roles in academic publishing, ranging from Marketing & Sales to Publishing, and most recently in Business Development. After a 2 year management traineeship at Brill, she set up Brill’s Language & Linguistics programme. After 3 years she decided to sign up with VSO and worked as an Academic Publishing and Research Advisor at St. John’s University of Tanzania in Dodoma. Here she conducted a research project with 2 MA students on the challenges and opportunities for Academic and Digital Publishing in Tanzania that formed the basis for the project she will be presenting: “Strengthening Indigenous Academic and Digital Publishing in Tanzania”. Since March this year she is back at Brill where she works as a Project Manager Business Development and a.o. is involved in Open Access and Developing Countries Initiatives

Lorlene HoytLorlene M. Hoyt, Ph.D.

Director of Programs and Research,
Talloires Network

Dr. Lorlene Hoyt is the Director of Programs and Research for the Talloires Network – a global coalition of engaged universities – at Tufts University. She is also a Visiting Scholar at the University of Massachusetts Boston’s New England Resource Center for Higher Education.From 2002-2011, she was an Assistant then Associate Professor of Urban Planning at the M.I.T. where she founded MIT@Lawrence, an award-winning city-campus partnership with the City of Lawrence, Massachusetts.Dr. Hoyt offers a new paradigm for graduate education in Transforming Cities and Minds Through the Scholarship of Engagement: Equity, Economy, and Environment, a book recently published by Vanderbilt University Press and the result of a collaborative thesis project with a group of six M.I.T. students.Her previous research has been published in academic journals including the Journal of Planning Education and Research, Economic Affairs, the International Journal of Public Administration, the Journal of Urban Technology, and the Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning.She holds a Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania, a Master of Landscape Architecture from the State University of New York, and a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture from the Pennsylvania State University.For more information, see http://www.lorlenehoyt.com/

Lucy Browse_INASPLucy Browse

Programme Manager, Publisher Relations, Negotiations and Licensing

Lucy leads INASP’s relationships with international publishing partners and negotiates access to e-resources on behalf of our partner and network countries. Her role includes enabling sustainable relationships and increasing awareness, use and visibility of e-resources. In 2008 she established Publishers for Development (PfD) with the Association of Commonwealth Universities. Lucy has many years of experience in sales and marketing, in both commercial and not-for-profit publishing sectors. She has also worked in capacity development initiatives to strengthen research in higher education for over six years.

Nell McCreadieNell McCreadie

Group Marketing Manager, SAGE

Nell McCreadie has worked at SAGE for 14 years where she has undertaken a number of marketing roles both within the journals and library team. Having first joined the journals marketing team in 1999, Nell worked on a variety of social science and humanities academic titles, before moving onto work as part of the Library marketing team, where she is now responsible for the management of the team in EMEA. As Group Marketing Manager, Nell is responsible for working collaboratively on external outreach with library customers and developing effective marketing strategies for SAGE’s existing and forthcoming digital products to the library market.Prior to working at SAGE Nell worked for several other publishers including Blackwell Science and Harcourt.

Thomas HarberTomas Harber

Project Officer DRUSSA, The Association of Commonwealth Universities

Tomas completed his undergraduate and postgraduate studies at the University of Sydney, Australia, where he subsequently worked as a junior academic in the Department of Classics and Ancient History. He has extensive experience in research, teaching and higher education policy development and implementation, having held a variety of roles at the University of Sydney and, later, at the University of East London.  He is currently Project Officer for the DRUSSA programme and is based in London at the Association of Commonwealth Universities. In this role he works as part of a team to provide support and expert advice for each of the 24 universities of the DRUSSA community, facilitates research uptake workshops for member universities and represents the programme at external events.

Susan MurraySusan Murray

Managing Director, African Journals OnLine (AJOL)

Susan Murray is the Managing Director of African Journals OnLine (AJOL) at www.ajol.info , a South African Non Profit Organisation providing access to the world’s largest online collection of peer-reviewed, African-published scholarly journals. She is also a Trustee of Umthathi Training Project, a local skills and development Non Profit in the Eastern Cape of South Africa, and a member of the Advisory Committee of the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) at www.doaj.org. Susan has a cum laude honours degree in development economics and her professional experience is in the non-profit sector in South Africa, and several other African countries. She has an abiding interest in the role that access to research outputs can play in economic development in low income and emerging economies, as well as the practicalities of attaining this. Susan has been an invited speaker and has presented papers at numerous African and international conferences.


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