As an organization, ASAP has a number of staff and volunteers whose commitment and contributions are vital to the success of our work.
Zeke Ngcobo – Global Coordinator
Zeke has a Master’s in Public Health which she received at Sahmyook University in Seoul, South Korea. She interned for Sahmyook Hands, an initiative connected to the Thailand Health Ministry that focused on health education. In her research on ease of access to simple informative health literature among low-income communities in South Africa, she discovered that there were very few resources or platforms that curated complex academic information into ‘understandable’ text for the average person. This led to the development and launching of the website All Things Public Health, which is dedicated to increasing health literacy amongst previously disadvantaged communities.
While working as a global coordinator for Academics Stand Against Poverty (ASAP), Zeke continues to work with disadvantaged or low-income communities through initiatives such as the Health Impact Fund (HIF) and the Global Justice program.
If you are interested in supporting a global network of academics to improve their reach and impact to help the world’s poorest and can spare a few hours a week, we would love to hear from you.
This is an exciting time for ASAP as we are looking to expand and strengthen our Chapter networks so skills and experience in communication and public engagement would be welcomed.
To speak to the team about volunteering email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Below is a list of a selection of our members and their particular areas of research
|Name||Bio||Projects working on||Requests to collaborate|
|Najid Ahmad||Najid Ahmad’s research focuses on sustainable development, poverty, environmental economics, global warming and climate change. He holds a PhD degree in economics and is currently employed as Associate Professor at School of Business, Hunan University of Science and Technology, Xiangtan, China. Having had eight years of teaching and research experience and having authored several international publications, Dr. Ahmad has twice been awarded the Chinese Government Outstanding International Researcher Award. Previously, the French Government had invited him to contribute to its global emissions reduction program.||Dr. Ahmad is currently spearheading a poultry project for poverty alleviation in remote rural areas of Pakistan.||ASAP Journal|
|Michal Apollo||Michal Apollo is an assistant professor at the Institute of Geography, Department of Tourism and Regional Studies at the Pedagogical University of Cracow, Poland. He received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. in earth science in the field of geography at the Pedagogical University of Cracow, and a PGCert in global development from the University of Warsaw, Poland. Michal is an enthusiastic researcher (research field: man-environment systems), traveller (he has visited more than 60 countries on six continents), diver (Open Water Diver), mountaineer (several new climbing routes, including the first ascent on two Himalaya peaks: in 2006, Masala Peak, and in 2012, Forgotten Peak), ultra-runner (100-miler finisher), photographer (a few photo exhibitions), and science populariser (a few hundred pop-science lectures). Michal’s unique background allows him to integrate knowledge from various perspectives into his research and consultancy work. His areas of expertise are tourism management, consumer behaviours, and environmental and socioeconomic issues. In his main research field, he focuses on human presence and well-being in high-mountain regions. Michal is a founder and a chairman of Polish Chapter of Academics Stand Against Poverty. For more on Michal Apollo visit his website www.michalapollo.com||Currently, he is working on a concept for the sustainable use of environmental and human resources, as this is the key to the development, prosperity, and well-being of all stakeholders.|
|Danielle Botti||Daniele Botti graduated from the University of Milan (Italy) with a thesis on “John Rawls and International Justice: The Law of Peoples and its Philosophical Premises.” He earned a PhD in History from the University of Eastern Piedmont (Italy) with a dissertation on “John Rawls and the American philosophical Tradition: Notes on a recent Finding among Rawls’s unpublished Papers.” Daniele spent two years (2010 and 2011) as Visiting Assistant in Research of the Global Justice Program at Yale University. He has been living in New Haven, CT since January 2010. Fields of interest: history of political thought, theories of (international and global) justice, Rawls, cosmopolitanism, and pragmatism. SELECTED PUBLICATIONS: Daniele Botti, “John Rawls, Peirce’s Notion of Truth, and White’s holistic Pragmatism,” History of Political Thought, vol. 35, no. 2 (Summer 2014): 345-77. Daniele Botti, “Binding Market and Mission: Pharmaceuticals for the World’s Poor,” Solutions, vol. 4, no. 1 (March, 2013).|
Leitner Professor of Philosophy and Professor of Political Science
|Having received his PhD in philosophy from Harvard, Thomas Pogge is Leitner Professor of Philosophy and International Affairs and founding Director of the Global Justice Program at Yale. Pogge is a member of the Norwegian Academy of Science as well as co-founder of Academics Stand Against Poverty (ASAP), an international network aiming to enhance the impact of scholars, teachers and students on global poverty (http://www.academicsstand.org), and of Incentives for Global Health, a team effort toward developing a complement to the pharmaceutical patent regime that would improve access to advanced medicines for the poor worldwide (http://www.healthimpactfund.org). For more on Thomas Pogge, visit his website.||ASAP Journal|