The chance to chair parallel sessions and to lead discussions for the talking circles was an excellent learning opportunity. I am indeed going to use the knowledge to strengthen my ongoing and future works."
I learned many things from all the presentations I viewed and helped facilitate. It was eye-opening, and I hope to continue to attend and be involved in research and this conference in future years."
For each conference, a small number of Emerging Scholar Awards are given to outstanding graduate students and emerging scholars who have an active research interest in the conference themes. Emerging Scholars perform a critical role in the conference by chairing the parallel sessions, providing technical assistance in the sessions, and presenting their own research papers. The 2021 Emerging Scholar Award Recipients are as follows:
Ernest is a Ghanaian and a social psychology Ph.D. student at Universite Paris Descartes in France under the supervision of Prof. Farzaneh Pahlavan. His research focus is on the impact internet and video game has on executive function of adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. He is also a temporal lecturer at the psychology department of University of Paris. He is a co-founder of Centre for Mental Health Research in Africa, a centre with the focus and mission of conducting evidence-based research into mental health across the continent of Africa.
He is married to Makafui, a therapist and they run the podcast ‘the Linked Platform’ dedicated to creating an avenue for international students to share their stories. He lives in Nantes, France with his family.
Khadijeh Asadisarvestani is an assistant professor at the University of Sistan and Baluchestan, Iran. She is a Ph.D. graduate in demography from University Sains Malaysia. She is eager to understand how demographic changes are affected by a set of socio-economic, cultural, and political issues, how they change during time, and how they affect different dimensions of humus life and the structure of society particularly health issues. Since 2017, she has been working in one of the most disadvantaged regions of Iran and a border province neighboring Pakistan and Afghanistan. Geographical conditions, low level of development, and special cultural and religious circumstances of this region have helped her to acquire invaluable experiences, especially in population health, child marriage, family planning, and reproductive health.
At the moment, she is one of the main researchers in two multinational projects: “Factors influencing access to contraception and abortion services during the COVID-19 pandemic in Iran, Bangladesh, and the Netherlands; a mixed-method study” and “The call for the attention of social media and virtual social networks activists to sexual reproductive health rights.”
Since earning his PhD in Art, Design & Media from The University of Portsmouth, Dr. Gil Dekel dedicated his work to help people become conscious of creative processes, and ‘tap’ into inspiration. He developed methods to boost creativity and self-development. His methods combine the spiritual and artistic with the academic. Dr. Dekel is also graphic designer, visionary poet, Reiki Master/Teacher, and Lecturer for The Open University. He co-authored the Energy Book, available on amazon. To contact, see: www.PoeticMind.co.uk
Adewale Samuel, Akinosun is an INTERREG VA PhD scholar in the University of the Highlands and Islands, UK undertaking health behaviour change research for people living with CVDs in the rural region of the Scottish Highlands. Before his scholarship in the trans-European cardiovascular project managed by the ECME, he had undergone Masters in Public Health at the EHESP French School of Public Health with distinctions and a BSc in Microbiology from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria.
He is a PMI-certified Project Management Professional and a current Enactus UK Coach. He is happily married and blessed with three lovely kids.
Ezzeldin R. Aly has two decades of teaching, coaching, and administrative experience in higher education. Additionally, his instructional responsibilities include teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in sports management, sports networking, sports management research, research, sports leadership, personnel management, physical activities, health education wellbeing, coaching, and kinesiology. Administrative responsibilities include graduate program coordinator, graduate program recruitment, graduate program assessment, and curriculum development. He also holds multiple memberships in professional associations and serves as an editor, associate editor for various journals, and research networking. Dr. Aly has nationally and internationally published and submitted grants in the area of education, sports management, sports injuries, youth sports, fundraising, data, wellness management, sports business, covid-19, and economic development research.
Dina Alsalih is a healthcare and pharmaceutical education specialist. She was awarded her Ph.D. in Public Health- Epidemiology from Walden University. After completion of her doctoral degree, she was appointed as an adjunct professor at the University of Phoenix and earned an honored Member of University Faculty award in 2015. Dr. Alsalih earned her MBA in Healthcare Management from the University of Dallas, and her B.S in Pharmacy from Al Zaytoonah University. She started her company Brainstein Academy in 2020, offering a wide range of neuroscience-based courses to boost memory and personal development skills.
Herman Nuake Kofi Agboh is a Research Consultant and a Ph.D. candidate, reading the Health Policy and Management programme at the University of Ghana Business School. He is also the founder and Executive Director of the CHERF - Child Health and Educational Research Foundation, and formally a Research and Teaching Assistant at the Department of Social Work, University of Ghana. He is also an alumnus of the World Bank Flagship Course on Building Health Systems for the Future, the Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI Cohort 37), Robert Leech Mastercard Fellow at the Queens University, alumnus of the UNLEASH Hacks, Australia, member of the International AIDS Society, Winner of the European Forum Alpbach Innovation Competition (2019), and Alumnus of the 5th West African Executive Course on Human Rights and Drug use Problems by Open Society Foundation, among others. He currently live in Ghana.
Anmol Arora is a medical student at the University of Cambridge, with an intercalated degree in Management Studies from the Cambridge Judge Business School. He has experience working with a range of research groups, start-ups and committees, with particular research interests in the fields of healthcare innovation and delivery. He holds two honorary research appointments studying artificial intelligence in healthcare. He also serves as Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Cambridge Medicine Journal, a student-run international journal.