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Rajesh Tandon born in a middle class family in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India, on 14 February 1951, Dr. Tandon is an extremely affable person. He occasionally refers to himself as ‘Kanpuria’, perhaps in a lighter mood, repeatedly indicating his Kanpur origin. A post- modern semiotic might link this to his being nostalgic about his roots, a possible longing to return to his pastures. Incidentally, he also passionately advocates urban centres to be considered as permanent dwellings, and not mere transit places for migrants in search of job and ‘relevance’.
This search for relevance took him to unchartered territories. After completing Electronic Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur, Dr. Tandon obtained a Gold Medal in his graduation in Management from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Calcutta.
During his IIT days, when he was the General Secretary of Students’ Union, he opposed the then US ambassador as a protest against the Indo- Pak War. An unheard event in the IIT history, as the United States was and till date is considered to be the most favoured destination of IITians.
Dr. Tandon later pursued his PhD at Cleveland University in Organisational Science, a marked departure from Physical Science subjects. Commenting on his transition from science background to the non-profit sector, he points at hereditary and circumstantial factors shaping one’s destiny.
During his PhD work in the US, the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi declared Emergency in India. Cutting short his programme, he returned to India and moved between various jobs, cities and towns before establishing the Society for Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA) at Delhi.
For his distinguished work on gender issues, the Government of India honoured Dr. Tandon with the Prestigious Award in Social Justice in March 2007. The University of Victoria, Canada, awarded him the ‘Doctor of Laws’ (Honoris Causa) in June 2008 in recognition of his pioneering work in the area of civic engagement, governance and community based research, and the key role played by him in bringing visibility to the vast network of non- governmental and voluntary associations throughout the world.
Rajesh Bhai, as communities and their associations fondly call him, always inspires confidence in poor and excluded communities guiding and giving strength to global voices of civil society. As one of pioneers of Participatory Research, he has given new meaning to academic research by redefining relationship between the researcher and researched subjects. A firm believer in innate capacities of individuals and democratic institutions, he has founded and nurtured many institutions, including PRIA.
Emphasising ‘Knowledge is Power’, he has built a huge network of relationships, associations and institutions enabling capacity building and strengthening initiatives. Under his leadership, PRIA and thousands of civil society organisations (CSOs) across India and abroad have redefined relationships between the haves and have- nots. Dr. Tandon spearheaded campaigns for participation policies of governments and multilaterals. He was one of the first to call for the convergence of participation of marginalised with respect to ‘Power’. At PRIA, his initiatives have enabled the marginalised to assert their role in governance and demand their rights. He has brought forth the importance of each citizen’s role in governance.
Budd Hall holds the UNESCO Chair in Community-Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education jointly with Dr. Rajesh Tandon of the Society for Participatory Research in Asia. He is the founding Director of the University of Victoria Office of Community-Based Research and Senior Associate, Centre for Global Studies. He is Professor of Community Development at School of Public Administration and in the MA in Community Development on-line programme. He is a former Dean of Education and former Secretary-General of the International Council for Adult Education. He also is Secretary to the Global Alliance for Community Engaged Research.
Degrees and diplomas:
- PhD, Comparative and International Education. University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
- MA, Education. Michigan State University
- BA, Political Science. Michigan State University
“Of settler heritage, I am proud to be a visitor to Coast and Straits Salish traditional territory. My research focus has been on international perspectives of social justice in the context of adult education, community development, community-based research and social movements. I have worked in Latin America, Africa, the Caribbean and Asia building local research, teaching and learning capacities over a period of 40 years.
I have been influenced by Paulo Freire, from Brazil, Julius Nyerere of Tanzania, Orlando Fals Borda of Columbia and by my wife Darlene Clover and other fellow travellers in the world of learning and social justice. I began my work in participatory research in Tanzania during the early 1970s and have taught at the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex, Simon Rodriguez University in Venezuela, the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, University of British Columbia, St Francis Xavier University, Canada, University of Toronto, University of Victoria. My most recent book is Learning and Education for a Better World: The Role of Social Movement.
Paul Benneworth is a senior researcher at the Center for Higher Education Policy Studies (CHEPS) at the University of Twente in the The Netherlands and a visiting professor in University-community engagement at Central Queensland University, Australia.
He is also a Project Leader for a research project within the UK Economic and Social Research Council’s Initiative “The regional economic impact of HEIs”, at the Centre for Knowledge, Innovation, Technology and Enterprise. The project is entitled “Universities and community engagement: learning with excluded communities,” and aims to study how universities are engaging with a range of excluded communities in the regions of the North East, North West and Scotland. It will develop a typology of university-community engagement that will help identify a number of successful case-studies across these regions. With a method of in-depth qualitative research, the project will examine the impact of university-community collaboration on social capital and learning within the relevant excluded communities as well as inform future policy frameworks.
Mr. Benneworth’s research interests are related to the relationships between knowledge production and society, through university-society interaction, technological clusters, innovation and technological development, and its relation to wider societal and governance systems. For the last decade he has been working with the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development in the area of universities, innovation and regional development. He is an associate of the PASCAL network, and editor of the recently published volumes Higher education and regional development (together with Romulo Pinheiro and Glen A. Scott) and University engagement with socially excluded communities.
Doctor in Social Anthropology (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México). He is currently Lecturer at a Postgraduate on Rural Developmentat the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (Mexico). For some years has been coordinator of the Development Research Interdisciplinary Programme on Human Development. His research and teaching focuses on the epistemological, methodological and pedagogical issues related to the construction of social strategies for change.
Doctor of Philosophy, Griffith University, 2002. He is currently Director of the Community Engagement Centre, University of Queensland, Ipswich Campus (Australia). Over the past 12 years he has worked extensively with the public, private and community sectors, and tertiary institutions in developing collaborative policy, planning and project responses to local issues.
Associate Researcher, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. He holds a PhD in Economics (UNAM). He was the Secretary of Education of the Federal District Government (November 2006 - October 2009) and the Director of the Center for University Studies (Cesu). Since 1995, he is the Coordinator of the UNESCO Chair "University and Regional Integration" and a consultant of the UNESCO Institute for Higher Education in Latin America and the Caribbean (IESALC-UNESCO).
Hiram E. Fitzgerald, Ph.D., is a University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Psychology and the Associate Provost for University Outreach and Engagement at Michigan State University. He is the President of the Engagement Scholarship Consortium, a member of the Executive Committee of the Council on Engagement and Outreach of the Association for Public and Land Grant Universities, a member of the Board of Directors of Transformative Regional Engagement Networks, and a member of the Academy for Community Engagement Scholarship task force.
Fitzgerald’s major areas of research include the study of infant and family development in community contexts, the impact of fathers on early child development, implementation of systemic community models of organizational process and change, the etiology of alcoholism, the digital divide and children’s use of technologies, and broad issues related to the scholarship of engagement.
He has published over 350 articles, chapters and books, and is Editor of the Infant Mental Health Journal, and Associate Editor of the Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement. He has received numerous awards, including the ZERO TO THREE Dolley Madison Award, the Selma Fraiberg Award, and the World Association for Infant Mental Health’s Honorary President designation. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Association of Psychological Science.
He received his PhD in Educational Administration and Policy from the University of California, Berkeley (U.S.A.). He is currently Associate professor and Associate Vice President for public engagement at the Office for Public Engagement, Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy and Development, University of Minnesota. Founding director of UC Berkeley's new Service-Learning Research and Development Center. His areas of interest are Measurement issues in community engagement and service-learning, Civic purposes of K-12 and higher education, Values and character ducation in national and international contexts, and Community engagement for prosocial youth development.
Robert Hollister is the Founding Dean Emeritus of the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University. He is also a Professor in the Dept. of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning.
A pioneer in the engaged university movement, Professor Hollister led the creation and development of the Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service, a uniquely comprehensive university-wide program to prepare students in all fields for lifetimes of active citizenship – to educate citizen engineers and citizen physicians, citizen humanists and citizen businesspeople. In 2005, he co-founded the Talloires Network. Also in 2005, in partnership with Campus Compact, he initiated The Research University Civic Engagement Network (TRUCEN), an alliance that today gathers 40 major U.S. research universities.
A specialist in citizen participation in public affairs and in the leadership and management of nonprofit organizations, Professor Hollister is the co-author of The Engaged University: International Perspectives on Civic Engagement and Development Politics: Private Development and Public Interest. Furthermore, he is the co-editor and a contributing author of Governing, Leading and Managing Nonprofit Organizations, Cities of the Mind: Images and Themes of the City in the Social Sciences, Neighborhood Policy and Planning, and Neighborhood Health Centers.
Lorlene Hoyt joined the Talloires Network as Director of Programs and Research in December 2011, and is responsible for directing program activities and leading the design and implementation of new initiatives. From 2002-2011, she was Assistant Professor and then Associate Professor at M.I.T.’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning. While at M.I.T., Ms. Hoyt founded and led the MIT@Lawrence Partnership, an award-winning collaboration between an impoverished community and several schools of the university.
Prior to her work at M.I.T., Ms. Hoyt supervised the crime analysis and mapping unit at the Philadelphia Police Department and worked as a senior planner for the Philadelphia Housing Authority. She currently serves as Strategic Advisor to Urban Revitalizers, LLC, a women and minority-owned urban planning consultancy she co-founded in 1998
Ms. Hoyt has a Ph.D. and Master of City and Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania, a Master of Landscape Architecture from the State University of New York, and a B.S. in Landscape Architecture from the Pennsylvania State University.
Doctor of Education in Adult Education, University of Toronto. He is currently Associate Professor at the School of Public Policy and Administration, Carleton University (Canada). His research and teaching interests include program management, program evaluation, regional development, social enterprise, civil-society financing and community-university partnerships. From 2007 to 2010, he served as Associate Dean in the Faculty of Public Affairs, and chaired university working groups on partnership and community engagement.
Barbara Lethem Ibrahim is the founding director of the John D. Gerhart Center for Philanthropy and Civic Engagement, established in 2006 at the American University in Cairo.
Previously, Ms. Ibrahim served for 14 years as regional director for West Asia and North Africa of the Population Council. From 1982 to 1990, she was a program officer at the Ford Foundation regional office in Cairo, responsible for programs in urban poverty, micro-enterprise lending, and gender studies. In 1990, she was a senior research associate at the Center for the Study of Philanthropy, City University of New York.
She has an MA in Sociology from the American University of Beirut (1975) and a Ph.D. in Sociology from Indiana University (1980). Her most recent research and publications trace the rise of a new generation of youth activists in the Arab region. Her most recent book, From Charity to Social Change: Trends in Arab Philanthropy was published by American University in Cairo Press in 2008 and translated into Arabic. Other publications are in the areas of youth-led service organizations, faith and philanthropy, and costs of marriage and family formation in Egypt.
In 1999, she was inducted into the International Educators’ Hall of Fame. She received the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Association of Middle East Women’s Studies in 2003. She has held visiting scholar posts at the Center for the Study of Philanthropy, City University of New York; the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, Georgetown University; and the Center on Philanthropy, Indiana University. Furthermore, she serves on the board of a number of organizations, including WINGS, Worldwide Initiatives for Grantmaker Support; ICSERA, International Council of Voluntarism, Civil Society, and Social Economy Research Associations; Virtual Activism; and the Ibn Khaldoun Center for Development Studies in Cairo.
Dr. George Ladaah Openjuru, is the Dean, School of Distance and Lifelong Learning, College of education and External Studies of Makerere University. He was formerly the Head of the Department of Community Education and Extra-Mural Studies, which was the community engagement department of Makererer University founded in 1953. His research interests include formal and non-formal adult education, focusing on adult literacy education lifelong learning in higher education institutions and University Community Engagement. He has coordinated a number of research and development projects funded by DFID, including a current project ‘Learning for empowerment through training in ethnographic research. He is presently the chair of Uganda Adult Education Network. He is part of a team working on educational exclusion in Africa and developing the literacy Approach known as Learning for Empowerment through Ethnographic Training in Research (LETTER). His publications include a co-edited book, Everyday Literacies in Africa: Ethnographic Studies of Literacy and Numeracy Practices in Ethiopia, published by Fountain Publishers (2009).
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Sociology and Social Policy, Lingnan University. She was awarded a W.T. Chan Fellowship to study and practice service-learning at the University of California at Los Angeles and was also awarded a Lingnan Foundation Scholarship to complete a research internship at the National Primary Health Care Centre, University of Manchester. Carol is one of the leading persons in Asia to promote service-learning (SL) initiatives by setting up the joint Higher Education Network on Service-Learning in Hong Kong and the Service-Learning Asian Network in Asia
He is currently Director of the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement-NCCPE (UK). Originally trained as a secondary English teacher, he worked for twelve years at the Open University as a producer of TV, radio and multimedia before joining the BBC as an executive producer of a number of national public engagement campaigns. He advises a number of national organisations on learning and engagement, including the National Trust and the Science Museum.
PhD in Medicine (1959). He is a worldwide reference point in the Gestalt therapy. Professor at Berkeley, he is considered a pioneer in integrating psychotherapy and the spiritual traditions.. He is also an elder statesman of the US and global Human Potential Movement and the spiritual renaissance of the late 20th century.
She holds an MA and a PhD in Sociology (University of Silesia, Poland). She is currently Executive Director at the Center for Community Based Research-CCBR (Canada). She is one of the leaders in the use of the participatory action research approach and she uses research as a tool for social change. Her research and action has focused on community mental health for people with serious mental health issues, on cultural diversity and immigration and on community supports for marginalized populations.
Director of Centre for Research and Development in Adult and Lifelong Learning, Faculty of Education, University of Glasgow. He received a PhD in Organic Chemistry from the University College London, U. of London (1976 – 1979). Professor of Adult and Lifelong Learning at the University of Glasgow, and experienced in adult education, VET and Higher Education research, development and evaluation. Co-director of the PASCAL Observatory on Place Management, Social Capital and Lifelong Learning.
President and Vice-Chancellor; Professor in the School of Public Policy, Simon Fraser University. He holds an LLB from University of Victoria, and an LLM with first class honours from Cambridge University. Prior to joining SFU in 2010, he was professor in the Faculty of Law of the University of Victoria where he served as Dean from 2001-08. From 1991 to 2001, he served as an MLA of the Province of British Columbia and held numerous cabinet portfolios, including Advanced Education and Attorney General.
Philosopher with a Masters in University Teaching (Pontificia Universidad Javeriana), University Management Training (FES-ASCUN-MEN), and Doctoral candidate in Education at the University of Barcelona (UB). He is currently Director of the Centro de Estudios Interculturales de la Pontificia Universidad Javeriana de Cali (Colombia). He is also Higher Education consultant of the International Institute for Higher Education in Latin America and the Caribe (IESALC). Responsible for the comparative study of IIESALC / UNESCO on higher education and indigenous peoples in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Dzulkifli Abdul Razak, (or for short, Dzul) is the current Vice-Chancellor of the Albukhary International University. Prior to this, he was the 5th Vice-Chancellor of Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) and held the office from 2000 – 2011.
He is the 14th President of the International Association of Universities (IAU), a UNESCO-affliated organisation based in Paris. He was the 1st Vice-President of IAU between 2008-2012. His other involvements include being a member of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) – Advisory Education Hub Committee, Executive Council of the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) until 2011, and Advisory Committee of the World Universities Forum, Davos (2008).
He has also served as a member of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Expert Advisory Panel on Drug Policy and Management since 1995; and the WHO Scientific Committee of Tobacco Product Regulation (2004-2006).
At the national level, he was the Chair of the Malaysian Vice-Chancellors’/Rector’s Committee and Malaysian Examination Council including being an Advisor to the National Higher Education Research Institute (IPPTN). He also chaired of METEOR Sdn. Bhd., the parent organisation of the Open University of Malaysia (OUM).
He was also a member of the National Economic Advisory Council established in 2009 (until 2011) and a co-chaired of the Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High-Technology (MIGHT) from 2006 to 2011.
More recently, he was made as Chair of Independent Review Panel on Education for Malaysia, beginning 2012. He is also the Co-editor of the People’s Sustainability Treaty on Higher Education that was launched in conjunction with the Rio+20 Conference at Rio de Janeiro, June 20-22, 2012.
Co-director of New England Resource Center for Higher Education (NERCHE), University of Massachussets Boston. He holds a Ph.D. in American History from Boston University. Faculty member in the Higher Education Administration Doctoral Program in the Department of Leadership in Education in the College of Education and Human Development.
He holds a PhD in international law and comparative government from the University of Göttingen (Germany), and a LL.M. degree from the University of California at Berkeley (USA). He is currently Fellow at the Centre for Policy Studies in Higher Education and Training, University of British Columbia (Canada). He is a Senior Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Glasgow. His fields of research and expertise are the economics and the organization of post-secondary education and training, comparative education, lifelong learning, and, more generally, the role of education and training in cultural, social and economic development.
He received his PhD in Philosophy from the Université Paris-Est (France). He is currently an international consultant on RSU. His expertise is in ethics applied to organizations, and an international consultant in university social responsibility. He is an Adviser in the Regional Observatory of Social Responsibility for Latin America and the Caribbean "ORSALC" (IESALC-UNESCO).
Michael Osborne is a Professor of Adult and Lifelong Learning at the University of Glasgow. He is experienced in adult education, VET and Higher Education research, development and evaluation. Moreover, he is the Director of the Centre for Research and Development in Adult and Lifelong Learning within the Faculty of Education, and Co-director of the PASCAL Observatory on Place Management, Social Capital and Lifelong Learning. He also co-convenes a research cluster on Social Justice, Place and Lifelong Education.
His main interests in research and development are: widening participation to higher education, teaching and learning in higher education, the VET/HE interface, and the development of learning cities and regions. He is linked internationally to specialist groups concerned with lifelong learning in Universitas 21, and to organizations such as UNESCO’s Institute for Lifelong Learning and the Asia Europe Meeting Forum for Lifelong Learning. He has conducted many projects within the European Commission's (EC) LLL Programme, including within its Grundtwig and Transveral programmes.
In 2008, he completed two reviews within pan-European projects funded by the EC of training of adult educators in both the UK and Ireland, and of vocational education and training practitioners in these countries.
Maria Nieves Tapia is the Founder and Academic Director of Centro Latinoamericano de Aprendizaje y Servicio Solidario (CLAYSS). CLAYSS is currently leading the Iberian American Service-learning Network, which includes non-governmental organizations, public administrations and Universities from the United States, Latin America and Spain. As CLAYSS's Research Director, Nieves Tapia conducted the first quantitative research on service-learning developed in Argentina. She also serves as an Advisor for Educación Solidaria (Federal Service-learning Program), the Argentina Ministry of Education's federal service-learning program for K-12 and Higher Education. Ms. Tapia is also a member of the Board of the International Association for Research on Service-learning and Community Engagement, and represents Latin America on the International Association for National Youth Service Steering Committee.
Ms. Tapia’s commitment with service-learning’s pedagogy linked with youth participation started back in 1991, when she was appointed Chief of Advisors at the National Institute for Youth, being responsible of the first Presidential Project on Conscientious Objection and Substitutive Social Youth Service. In 1994, she began to work in the Social Sciences Curriculum area at the Ministry of Education. From 1997 to 2001, she designed and directed the first Service Learning Program in the country. She has also contributed to the design and establishment of promotion and acknowledgement policies in the practices of youth services in Chile, Ecuador, Dominican Republic and Uruguay.
For her work, Nieves Tapia has been honored as an Eisenhower Fellow (1988), a National Service Fellow (1993), and as the National Youth Leadership Council 2001 Alec Dickson Servant Leader Award recipient. She has published books and articles on service-learning in Spanish, English and Italian, such as Aprendizaje y servicio solidario en el sistema educativo y las organizaciones juveniles and La Solidaridad como Pedagogía.
Dr. Lean Heng Chan. A feminist popular educator, trainer-facilitator and engaged scholar, Lean has fostered engagement with various communities and regional organisations for over 30 years. She is particularly passionate about engaging with practitioners to co-create knowledge for transformative change and sustainability. She has nurtured the empowerment of marginalized groups, designed and facilitated capacity building programs for individuals, grassroots communities and NGOs throughout Asia, including regional organisations like the Committee of Asian Women, Women’s Academy-Korea, Asia Monitor Resource Centre, Asian Network of Women’s Funds, UNESCO-APEID and SEAMEO-INNOTECH. Lean has supported the development of networks among women workers, adult educators, engaged scholars and has served on the boards of numerous regional organizations. As a strong advocate for engaged scholarship, she is founding member of the Workers Education Centre, Academe Civil Society Network in Asia (ACSN) and serves on the executive of the Global Alliance on Community Engaged Research (GACER). Lean played a key role in organizing the first international conference on university-community-engagement in Asia (2008). Currently she is developing a program on sustaining activism and activists, and is Project Leader on ‘Sustainable Leadership’ for a FLOW/Dutch funded project on Women’s Empowerment and Leadership Development for Democratisation. Lean aspires to create mechanisms for supporting reflexivity sabbaticals for community scholars and grassroots activists.
Shirley Walters is the founding director of the Division for Lifelong Learning. She was previously the founding director of the Centre for Adult and Continuing Education (CACE) at UWC and has been Professor of Adult and Continuing Education since 1986. She has published widely on issues relating to gender, popular education, community education, lifelong learning in higher education, learning regions and education for democracy.
Before joining UWC in 1985 Shirley worked as a high school teacher, a training officer on a diamond mind, and a director of a community organisation. She has been involved with many civil society organisations, which are concerned with social justice issues and the promotion of lifelong learning. She was a founder of the Women's Hope Education and Training (WHEAT) Trust, which supports grassroots women's leadership development. For four years Shirley was the Chairperson of the Learning Cape Festival, a provincial initiative to promote the province as a learning region. Since late 2004, she has been the Chairperson of the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA).
Shirley enjoys the outdoors and is a keen recreational cyclist. She has travelled widely and has worked for short periods in countries in South and North America, Asia, Europe, and Africa.
Paul Wangoola was educated at Makerere University, Kampala, and the University of Southampton, United Kingdom. He is special adviser to the Clans Council of the Busoga Kingdom, Uganda; secretary general of Heritage Trails Uganda; and a member of the Steering Committee of the Uganda History and Reconciliation Committee. He is the former secretary general of the Afrikan Association for Literacy and Adult Education, Nairobi, Kenya.