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Bernard Appiah

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Bernard is a Ghanaian public health professional, science journalist, development communicator and a pharmacist with a passion for teaching, research and service. He is an assistant professor at the School of Public Health, Texas A&M University. His research centres on translational communication science to influence population health practice and policy in low-income and minority populations in the US and beyond. Bernard moderates the AuthorAID community and facilitates research and grant proposal writing workshops.

Alejandra Arreola



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.

Dr Helena Asamoah-HassanHelena Asamoah-Hassan



Helena has been a professional librarian for 40 years. She studied and worked in Ghana and Nigeria and has published widely on library and information management. She retired in 2014 after serving for 14 years as the University Librarian at Ghana’s Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. Helena has worked with INASP as Ghana’s Country Coordinator for 10 years and currently as an Associate. She chaired the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Ghana from its establishment in 2004 till the end of 2013 and has served as a board member or advisor to organisations such as EIFL, IFLA’s Governing Board, and Emerald Group Publishing. She was also a member and later Chairperson of UNESCO’s International Advisory Committee on the Memory of the World Programme. Helena has facilitated several library related workshops in many African countries especially on establishing and strengthening library consortia, and has travelled widely where she has made presentations on library issues at several conferences. In 2012 Helena was named BioMed Central’s Open Access Advocate of the Year and also awarded the IFLA Medal for her distinguished contribution to international librarianship. She is a Fellow of the Ghana Library Association. She was the Founding President of the African Library and Information Associations & Institutions (AfLIA) and currently is its Executive Director.

Barbara GastelBarbara Gastel



Barbara Gastel, a physician specializing in biomedical writing and editing, is professor of integrative biosciences, humanities in medicine, and biotechnology at Texas A&M University, where she coordinates the master's degree program in science and technology journalism. She has been working for more than 20 years in the international communication of research. Barbara has been active in AuthorAID since it began in 2007 and her work has included workshops and training activities as well as overseeing the AuthorAID blog and resource library. She has received awards from the American Medical Writers Association and the Council of Science Editors, and she is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Sara Gwynn



Sara has worked in writing, scientific publishing, research, libraries and development for over 20 years. Having started as an editor at the Institute of Physics Publishing, she moved on to do research into the impact that the shift from paper to electronic publishing had on researchers, librarians and the researcher process itself. She started working for INASP in 2002, first as Training Programme Officer and then as PERI Coordinator and eventually Director of Programmes. She left in 2011 and now works for herself doing research, evaluation, writing, editing and data management.

Emily Marlow



Emily Marlow has had over twenty years worldwide experience working in development communications as a lead consultant / manager on international and national information campaigns with an emphasis on social and sustainable development issues. Emily has worked on projects with a variety of global institutions including the BBC World Service, The World Bank, The British Council and many United Nations agencies. She has worked on projects in over 26 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. Since 2015, Emily has been working with INASP to increase their media profile. Emily has also been working with regional Journals Online offices to increase their communications capacities; to promote their excellence and expertise to a wider national and international audience.

Dianne Miles



Originally trained as a specialist in electron microscopy. Dianne’s early career was in scientific research alongside researchers in a wide range of different scientific disciplines. She has worked in a variety of universities and research centres in the UK and in Latin America where she helped set up several specialist facilities. From 1996 to 2013 she worked in scientific publishing holding a number of positions in sales and marketing for both commercial and not for profit organisations where she gained much experience in particular of working and negotiating with consortia and buying clubs in many different countries worldwide. Fluent in Spanish, she works mainly with our Latin American partner countries.

Ravi MurugesanRavi Murugesan



Ravi has more than eight years of experience with Moodle, an open-source online learning platform. He has also worked in the higher education, electronic design, and scientific communication sectors. Ravi’s work with INASP includes administering INASP Moodle, creating and facilitating online courses, facilitating train-the-trainers workshops, and administering small grants. Ravi is based in Mumbai, India. See Ravi's blog posts on Practising Development.

Ann OkersonAnn Okerson



Ann works with INASP on issues relating to licensing and negotiations, advising INASP in its own licensing and negotiation role, as well as supporting consortia through our communities of practice. Ann currently serves as Senior Advisor on Electronic Strategies for the Center for Research Libraries (US) and was Associate University Librarian at Yale for many years. She has been involved for a long time with Research4Life, ICOLC and LIBLICENSE and has many years of experience working with library consortia.

Jacinta Were



Jacinta has over 37 years’ experience in the management of libraries, specialising in the integration of ICTs in information management. She retired from the University of Nairobi in 2014, where she served as Deputy Director in charge of library electronic services. She has significant experience in the management of library associations, library consortium building, training, facilitation and mentoring. She pioneered library automation in Africa and has been instrumental in the development of libraries, and in shaping the profession in Africa. She led the establishment of library consortia in Eastern and Central Africa, including the Kenya Library and Information Services Consortium. She was a board member of IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions) and currently she serves as a member of the Governing Board of AFLIA (African Library & Information Associations & Institutions).

Where we work

AuthorAID Bandwidth management country profile E-resources EIPM Evidence gender Information literacy Journals Online Librarian Library consortia LRI Open Access Policy Policy maker Research research writing Training VakaYiko viewpoint