Our board includes leading academics from a variety of fields, all with a passionate interest in poverty alleviation. For more information, please also see our advisory board and our staff and volunteers.
Helen Yanacopulos – Fundraising Director
Helen is a Professor in International Politics and Development at the Open University, UK. Helen’s research interests bridge the fields of International Politics and International Development and are focused on explanations of how non-state actors influence poverty and inequality. Specifically, she examines social justice focused and digitally enabled networks of NGOs, social movements and civil society involved in: political mobilisation and political action; global justice networks; transnational governance; and the construction and representation of International Development.
She worked in finance in the corporate and the not-for-profit sectors before returning to academia and has been a consultant for various international organisations, and has acted as Academic Consultant on the BBC productions African School, Syrian School, Comic Relief, the Reith Lectures, as well as the critically acclaimed series ‘Why Poverty?’ and the new 2018 series ‘Why Slavery?’.
Jason Hickel – Membership/Campaigns Director
Jason is a Lecturer at Goldsmiths, University of London, UK, and convenes the MA in Anthropology and Cultural Politics. Jason specializes in development, finance, democracy, violence, and global political economy. His most recent book, and present ethnographic work looks at how the South African Reserve Bank manages monetary through public communication that masks the political and distributional entailments of changes in the value of money.
In the past he has taught courses on development, labour, globalization, economics, and Africa. He has received five teaching awards for his work in the classroom, and in 2013 won the ASA/HEA National Award for Excellence in Teaching Anthropology. Jason writes regularly for The Guardian and Al Jazeera, and is a founding member of The Rules.
Catarina Tully – Chapters Director
Catarina Tully is Co-Founder of the School of International Futures and Founder of FromOverHere, a consultancy providing strategy and foreign policy advice. She has advised the UK parliament on an inquiry into Government Strategic Capability, worked on the US NIC Global Trends 2030 report, as well as consulted and trained senior officials from governments and companies around the world. She is on the UN Sustainable Development Goal 16 Advisory Panel.
Prior to setting up these organisations, Cat was Strategy Project Director at the UK FCO and Senior Policy Adviser in the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit. She previously worked for Christian Aid, Proctor and Gamble, and the World Bank.
Other Board Members
Clarice Duarte – Board Member
Clarice Seixas Duarte is a Brazilian Law Professor in the Graduate Program in Political and Economic Law at Mackenzie Presbyterian University, and the ASAP Brazil coordinator. She holds a PhD in Philosophy and General Theory of Law from the Faculty of Law, University of São Paulo (2003). Currently, she leads a research group that focuses on the implementation of social rights and the role of education and health public policies in ending poverty and reducing social inequalities. This group develops new methods, which approach public policies in Law from the Executive Branch’s perspective.
Keith Horton – Board Member
Keith Horton is a Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Wollongong, Australia and a co-founder of ASAP. His primary area of research is moral philosophy, especially the moral implications of global poverty. He is also a co-founder of Global Climate Change Week (http://globalclimatechangeweek.com/), an initiative designed to encourage academics in all disciplines and countries to engage with their students and communities on climate change.
Mihaita Lupu – Board Member
Mihai Lupu is the Founder of EduCab, an inter-disciplinary and inter-institutional national framework working on building trust between partners who do not see themselves as such. The organisation aims to act as an institutional capacity building mechanism aiming to catalyze the educational and local development opportunities within communities, through maximizing the organizational & educational potential of public structures, e.g. libraries, museums, schools, local authorities. Currently Mihai’s work is now delivered in more than seven countries including Nepal, Romania, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Senegal, Uganda, and Tanzania.
Pahlaj Moolio – Board Member
Pahlaj Moolio is a professor and development specialist in the areas of human rights, peace, and sustainable development, at the Paññasastra University of Cambodia. He has for more than 20 years of professional focussed on program management, organizational development, and capacity building in Pakistan, Bangladesh, Thailand, and Cambodia. He has served as a member and activist of Minority’s Rights Commission of Bangladesh (1997-2002) and a member of the Board of Directors of Santitham Education and Development Foundation in Thailand (2004-2008) . He is a founding member and vice-chair of the Cambodian Mathematical Society where he has organized three annual international conferences for the development of STEM education in Cambodia.
Thomas Pogge – Board Member
Thomas is the Leitner Professor of Philosophy and International Affairs, and Director of the Global Justice Program at Yale University, USA. In addition to his Yale appointment, he is the Research Director of the Centre for the Study of the Mind in Nature at the University of Oslo, a Professorial Research Fellow at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics at Charles Sturt University and Professor of Political Philosophy at the University of Central Lancashire’s Centre for Professional Ethics. Pogge is also an editor for social and political philosophy for the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy and a member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.