Speakers

Brittain, JulieJulie Brittain

Deputy Executive Director
INASP

Julie leads on overall strategic development of INASP’s programmes. Julie is a professional librarian and programme manager with more than twenty-five years of experience and a focus on ‘information for development’. She has worked extensively in Africa, including four years working for the British Council in Nairobi and seven for the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions and Zimbabwe Institute of Development Studies in Harare. As well as managing development programmes and libraries, Julie has worked as a lecturer and consultant. Prior to joining INASP, Julie was Head of Library at the Institute of Development Studies.

Agnes_ChikonzoAgnes Chikonzo

Deputy Chairperson,
Zimbabwe University Libraries Consortium (ZULC)

Mrs Agnes Chikonzo is the Zimbabwe University Libraries Consortium (ZULC) Deputy Chairperson and also the University of Zimbabwe (UZ) Librarian. She is also the Zimbabwe Country Coordinator for INASP. In her time as the Country Coordinator, she has had opportunity to organize various workshops on Institutional Repositories (IRs), Information Literacy (IL) training, Marketing and Advocacy and Strategic Planning. ZULC now has a Strategic Plan which is enabling ZULC to remain focused on its core business.
Her research interests pertain particularly to ICTs & Libraries. She has therefore published articles on ICTs in International Journals & has contributed to book chapters. She has presented papers at International Conferences such as AHILA, MLA, ETDs & IFLA. She has also established partnership with the Association of African Universities (AAU) on behalf of ZULC. She hopes to establish more partnerships so that ZULC remains a vibrant consortium.

Lucy_CloutingLucy Clouting

Publisher Relationships Manager,
Book Aid International

Lucy Clouting is Publisher Relationships Manager at Book Aid International. She studied Social and Political Sciences at Cambridge University and Journalism at Birkbeck. After working in two of the editorial departments of the Guardian newspaper for several years, she moved into the literary and literacy charity sector, managing literary prizes at Booktrust, organising writer events at the Royal Society of Literature and in her current role at Book Aid International, she liaises with publishers about book donations and volunteering opportunities and keeps them informed about specific projects in Africa.

Jonanthan Harle_INASPJonathan Harle

Senior Programme Manager, Research Access and Availability,
INASP

Jon leads the work of INASP’s Research Access and Availability team, including the e-resource access and publisher relations components of its work, and the training we provide to library consortia and national access bodies. Jon has worked on the intersection of research, higher education and development for the last 7 years. Before joining INASP he worked for the Association of Commonwealth Universities. He has degrees in African politics and in archaeology and anthropology.

Matt_HodgkinsonMatt Hodgkinson

Associate Editor,
PLOS ONE

Matt Hodgkinson is an Associate Editor in Cambridge, UK, working at PLOS ONE, a peer reviewed Open Access scientific research journal published by the Public Library of Science. He has a BA (Hons) in Biological Sciences from the University of Oxford and an MSc from the University of Cambridge on a fruit fly model of antitrypsin deficiency. He previously worked with BioMed Central on the BMC-series journals in London, where he was a Senior Editor, helped to launch three journals, and acquired an interest in publication ethics and peer review.  He occasionally blogs (see Journalology) and tweets. He joined AuthorAID in 2010.

Brian_HoleBrian Hole

Founder and CEO,
Ubiquity Press

Brian Hole is the Founder and CEO of Ubiquity Press, a researcher-led open access publisher based in London. With a long background in publishing, Brian is also an active researcher working on archaeology in India, at both Deccan College, Pune, and the UCL Institute of Archaeology in London.

Adanma_Innocent-UkachiAdanma Innocent-Ukachi

Commonwealth Scholar,
University of Nottingham

Adanma Innocent-Ukachi is a Commonwealth Scholar from Nigeria. She earned a master’s degree in Food Processing and Preservation and a bachelor’s degree in Food Science and Technology. She is currently studying for a PhD in Food Sciences with specialty in Food Microbiology and Safety at the University of Nottingham. She is undertaking a research on spoilage, safety, and bioavailability of nutrients in fermented cereal foods using Nigerian ‘ogi’ (- a fermented weaning food made from maize or sorghum) as a case study.
She is a University Lecturer at Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Nigeria and worked as an Assistant Lecturer before the award in 2011 to study in the UK. Adanma has great interest in teaching and research and is a member of six professional associations in her field of study. She has attended several academic conferences to present her work and has nine research publications; six journal research papers and three conference proceedings papers.
Her distinguished leadership qualities and love for academic ethics earned her a position as the secretary of the examination and ethics committee, set up by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) of Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Nigeria in 2010.

Bushra_Ahmed_KhurramBushra Ahmed Khurram

Commonwealth PhD Scholar,
University of Warwick

Bushra Ahmed Khurram is a Commonwealth PhD Scholar at the Centre of Applied Linguistics, University of Warwick, United Kingdom. She is a lecturer at the University of Karachi, Pakistan. She has also worked as a researcher, curriculum developer, course developer and teacher trainer for several national and international institutions within Pakistan.Ms. Bushra has authored two books entitled ‘OPTIONS1′ and ’40 Great Books’. Besides that, she has worked on a number of research projects. One of her research study entitled ‘The Organization of Teaching of English in Public Sector Universities of Pakistan’ was handed in to the National Committee on English, Higher Education Commission, Pakistan. Her research paper titled ‘Hegemony, Discrimination and Inequality in Language-in-Education Policy of Pakistan’ was quoted by British Council in their report ‘Teaching and Learning in Pakistan’ in 2010.Ms Bushra has presented papers at the conferences held in United Kingdom, Turkey and Pakistan. She was also invited as a plenary speaker at the UKCISA 2012 Conference in Coventry, United Kingdom. Recently, she was invited as a speaker by Regent’s University London. Moreover, she attended as a special guest ASFLA10 Conference and Pre-conference Institute in Adelaide, South Australia in 2010.

Francina_MakondoFrancina Makondo

Head of ICT Department,
University of Zambia Library

Francina Makondo is the Head of ICT Department in the University of Zambia Library. She has been systems librarian for three years and has a wide experience in the management of different types of Integrated Library Management Systems (LMS), Digitization and Electronic Library Management. She also has experience with establishment and management of institutional repositories using D-space. Francina is a trainer in the use of Moodle e-learning management system at the University of Zambia. She is currently the PERI Country Coordinator for Zambia.
She holds a Master of Library and Information Studies Degree from University of Botswana. She is also involved in teaching Knowledge Management to the post graduate students at the University of Zambia. She is an active member of Library and Information Association of Zambia and served as its President from 2009 to 2013. Her areas of research interest include Online Search behaviour and Integrated Library Management Systems. Francina Makondo lives in Lusaka, Zambia.

Patrick_MapulangaPatrick Mapulanga

Secretary,
Malawi Library and Information Consortium

Patrick Mapulanga is the Secretary to the Malawi Library and Information Consortium and works as Acting Librarian at Kamuzu College of Nursing, University of Malawi.

Rachel_McIntoshRachel McIntosh

Research Uptake Manager,
DFID

Rachel McIntosh is a Research Uptake Manager at the UK government’s Department for International Development (DFID). In this role she manages research uptake programmes funded by DFID and provides support to DFID’s Research and Evidence Division to get DFID-funded research into use. She previously managed DFID’s Systematic Review programme. Before joining the civil service, Rachel worked in the NGO sector, writing and editing a number of practical publications for grassroots development workers and organisations on a range of development topics and organisational development issues. She started her career as a Research Officer at the Poverty Research Unit, University of Sussex.

Audrey_MhlangaAudrey Mhlanga

University Librarian,
Bindura University of Science Education

Audrey qualified as a librarian in 1987 and have worked in an academic environment since then. I have spent twenty-six years working university libraries rising through the ranks to become University Librarian in 2000. I have managed the transformation of our Libraries from a manual to an automated environment. I have managed the introduction of electronic resources, information literacy training and now an institutional repository as scholarly communication through Open Access has taken centre stage in academic circles. A willingness to not only embrace change but to accept it and to be open to learn new technologies have enabled me to continue to work in this 21st century.

Trevor_NamondweTrevor Namondwe

Assistant Librarian,
Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Trevor Namondwe is the INASP Country Coordinator and works as Assistant Librarian at the Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

David_OseiDavid Osei

Digital Communications Officer,
ACU

David Osei is the Digital Communications Officer at the Association of Commonwealth Universities. His role involves the use of digital tools and platforms to engage with members and other HE stakeholders, and to disseminate information about the work that the organisation and its members do. He is currently involved in the running of the ACU’s ‘The world beyond 2015 – is higher education ready?’ campaign, which seeks to demonstrate how universities are contributing to addressing global challenges through research, teaching and outreach.
Prior to joining the ACU, he worked in Ghana with South African broadcaster e.tv. He has previously worked at the London School of Economics and the BBC. David has a BA in Law and Linguistics from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

Mike_PetersenMike Petersen

Sales Manager,
Royal Society of Chemistry

Mike has been with the Royal Society of Chemistry for 7 years, and is currently responsible for sales activities across India, the Middle East, Africa & Southern Europe. Mike has a sales team of 5 reporting into him, all based within their respective regions.

Stevie_RussellStevie Russell

Collections Development Manager,
Book Aid

Stevie Russell is a Chartered Librarian with 22 years’ experience in the UK academic sector, including 11 years as manager and subject librarian of the UCL Language & Speech Science Library (which is also the National Information Centre for Speech-Language Therapy). On leaving UCL in 2010 to work part-time at the University of Roehampton she started volunteering at Book Aid International one day a week, stamping and packing books. This experience inspired a change of career and she joined Book Aid International in 2012 and is now Collections Development Manager.

Ylann_SchemmYlann Schemm

Program Director,
Elsevier Foundation’s New Scholars program

Ylann Schemm heads Elsevier’s corporate responsibility program, which focuses on developing research access in the developing world and advancing women in science. She serves as the Program Director of the Elsevier Foundation’s New Scholars program, which supports projects to expand the participation of women in STEM, and the Innovative Libraries in Developing Countries program, which supports capacity-building projects in science, technology and medicine. Ylann chairs the Research4Life communications and marketing team, which seeks to raise awareness and usage of the free and low cost research access programs in developing countries.

Julie Walker 2008-webJulie Walker

Programme Manager, Publishing Support and AuthorAID Director,
INASP

Julie’s role involves managing the publishing support activities including directing AuthorAID — a project which helps authors to publish and communicate their work. Before this, she worked in publishing for eight years, managing journals and commissioning books in the social sciences. She has lived and worked in Africa and Asia. Julie joined INASP in July 2007.

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