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AuthorAID Community Moderators

The AuthorAID Community Moderation Team is made up of experienced volunteers from the AuthorAID community who have contributed to online courses and online mentoring initiatives. If you wish to apply to join the team, please email anobes@inasp.info

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Alejandra Arreola - Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, Monterrey, Mexico

Alejandra is a biologist with a master's degree in Science and Technology Journalism from Texas A&M University. She works at the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, in Monterrey, Mexico, where she teaches science writing to both graduate and undergraduate students. She facilitates our research writing courses in Latin America and co-facilitates on some of our global online courses.


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Dr Margaret Avery - Iziko Museums of South Africa, Cape Town, South Africa

Margaret is a palaeoecologist with a special interest in rodents and environmental change during the last 2.6 million years. She has a DPhil from Stellenbosch University, and has worked at the National Museums of Kenya in Nairobi and Iziko Museums of South Africa in Cape Town, where she is now an Emeritus Associate. She is Fellow of the Royal Society of South Africa and Immediate Past President of the International Union for Quaternary Research (INQUA). Margaret has a long-term interest in assisting African palaeo-scientists to develop their careers and make contacts both in and outside Africa.

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Dr. Mehraz Boolaky - Mauritius/University of Liverpool

Mehraz Boolaky (B. Chem. Engg., MBA, PhD, CPE, FHEA) is a citizen of the Republic of Mauritius, a small paradise island in the Indian Ocean. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and a Certified Professional Engineer. He is an Honorary Lecturer and Dissertation Advisor at the University of Liverpool/ Laureate since 2009 and a Recognised Teacher at the University of Roehampton/Laureate (from 2015). He worked in senior managerial positions in the private sector before joining academia (University of Mauritius) in 1993. In academia, I climbed the hierarchies and was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Law and Management of the University of Mauritius in 2004. He has been a visiting Professor in some well-known universities in Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Madagascar, Morocco, France, UK, Seychelles, and Reunion Island. Before joining academia, he was the Managing Director of Top Care Services Ltd and General Manager of three other private companies during the period 1980 to 2000.

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Dr. Barbara Kabai Burmen - Kenya Medical Research Institute Center for Global Health Research, Kenya

Dr Barbara Burmen, medical epidemiologist, Senior Research Officer and the Operations Research Coordinator for the HIV and TB Implementation Science and Services Branch of the Kenya Medical Research Institute with over 10 years’ experience in both  public and private sector in Kenya.  Dr. Burmen has authored over 15 publications in peer reviewed journals and has made numerous international conference presentations supported by travel, research and publication grants.  Dr Burmen has served as Research Mentor and Guest Facilitator on AuthorAid and was nominated AuthorAid’s Mentor of the year in 2016. For her work, Dr. Burmen received the first prize for 2016’s American Journal of Experts Gold Medal in recognition for her efforts in contributing to research, her community and the international community, and the 2017 The World Academy of Sciences TWAS Abdool Karim Prize that honors women scientists in Low-Income African countries for their achievements in biological sciences.

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Professor Richard de Grijs - Kavli Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Peking University, China

Richard de Grijs is an academic and journal editor with more than 20 years of experience in the field of Astrophysics. After obtaining his PhD from the University of Groningen (Netherlands) in 1997, he held postdoctoral positions at the University of Virginia (USA) and the Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge (UK), before being appointed to a permanent post at the University of Sheffield (UK) in 2003. He joined the Kavli Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics at Peking University (China) in September 2009 as a full professor, where he was promoted to Associate Director in 2012. He moved to Macquarie University (Sydney, Australia) in 2018 to take up an appointment as Associate Dean (Global Engagement). Find out more about Richard at http://astro-expat.info/about.html

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Dr. Funmilayo Doherty - Yaba College of Technology, Nigeria

Dr.  Funmilayo Doherty is an Environmental Toxicologist and a lecturer at Yaba College of Technology (YCT).  Dr  Doherty is a member of several professional bodies including Organization for Women in Science for the developing world (OWSD).   She has over 35 publications in reputable Journals.  She was the former Coordinator, UNESCO UNEVOC Centre, YCT. She is one of the guest facilitators for AuthorAID online courses.  Presently, Dr Funmilayo Doherty is the President, Society for Environmental Toxicology and Pollution Mitigation (SETPOM)


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Abiodun Egbetokun - National Centre for Technology Management in Ile-Ife, Nigeria

Abiodun has a PhD in Economics and earlier degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Technology Management. He is the Head of the Science Policy and Innovation Studies Department at the National Centre for Technology Management in Ile-Ife, Nigeria. Find out more about him at: www.egbetokun.com.



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Ismael Aaron Kimirei - Tanzania Fisheries Research Institute, Tanzania

Ismael is an Aquatic ecologist working in marine and freshwater systems, focusing on fish ecology, aquatic resources management, limnology, and climate change. I study marine ecosystems—mangroves, seagrasses and coral reefs—connectivity for marine conservation and fisheries management. I am interested in how habitat degradation and change—both human and climate mediated changes—will affect the provision of ecosystem goods and services to coastal communities. Currently, I am studying the effect of climate change on fisheries productions in, and functioning of, Lake Tanganyika; and how land use and urbanization are affecting water quality in the great east African lakes. I am also working on how urban development in Tanzania is affecting marine coastal habitats, especially mangroves.

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Carolyne L. A. Onyango - Catholic University of Eastern Africa, Kenya

Carolyne L. A. Onyango is an educational psychologist and Doctor of Philosophy student at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa.  She has been research fellow and administration officer focusing on research, student exchange and linkages/partnerships and has sixteen years teaching experience.  Carolyne received academic and professional training from Kenyatta University (M.Ed.; B. Ed.), research training by the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA), the Organization for Social Science Research in Eastern and Southern Africa (OSSREA) and advanced international diploma in Child Rights, Classroom and School Management, of Lund University.  Carolyne had her debut online learning experience at INASP's AuthorAID Research Writing Course of April 2016 and crossed over from being a critic of online learning to an advocate of the same at the end of the course!  She has since served as guest facilitator for several AuthorAID online Research Writing Courses and is now actively engaged in online teaching in the university.

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Alan Parker - Scientific consultant & founder at Rational Formulation, Annecy , France

Alan is a physical chemist (MSc in colloid science, Bristol, UK). He has a PhD from Wageningen, Holland. After 35 years working in R&D in a range of industries (oil well treatment, scientific instruments, food hydrocolloids, flavor and fragrance) , he now runs a consultancy, Rational Formulation, from his home in Annecy, France.. He has forty papers published in peer review journals and six patents. Alan is a keen advocate of data analysis using the free programming language R.


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Anusha Wickramasinghe - ICAR-Central Institute of Fisheries Education (CIFE) Mumbai, India / Sri Lanka

Anusha D. L .Wickramasinghe is an Environmentalist, Lecturer in Faculty of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences at Ocean University of Sri Lanka since 2010. She has obtained B.Sc. (special) degree (Honors) from University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka (2006) and Masters in Ecological Marine Management (Distinction) at Vrije Universiteit Brussels through VLIR scholarship in Belgium (2009). Currently, Anusha is pursuing Ph.D. at ICAR-Central Institute of Fisheries Education (CIFE) Mumbai, as an Indian ICCR Commonwealth Scholar. She was awarded the “Female Young Scientist Award” in “2nd International Conference on Science and Technology-2015”, and achieved President’s Award for International Scientific Journals Publication by National Research Council (NRC) of Sri Lanka in January 2014. In 2006, Anusha was an EarthWatch (UK) fellowship awardee for short term International Capacity building programme under “Coral and Coastal Ecology of the Seychelles”. Anusha served as a guest facilitator four times at the online courses on research writing organized by AuthorAID since May, 2016.

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Zainab Yunusa-Kaltungo - Federal Teaching Hospital (FTH), Gombe, Nigeria

Dr. Zainab Yunusa-Kaltungo, is a plastic surgeon, the Chairman of the medical advisory committee (CMAC) and Clinical Governance lead of the project at the Federal Teaching Hospital (FTH), Gombe in north-east Nigeria. Zainab has been a guest faclitator on several AuthorAID online courses.



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