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Queen Mary Global Policy Institute


Leandro Valiati
Senior Policy Fellow

Leandro ValiatiLeandro is an Economist, with a PhD in Development Economics and post-PhD in Creative Industries (Sorbonne-Paris 13). Visiting Chair in the Economy of Culture in the School of English and Drama at Queen Mary from 2018-2020, he is an Associate at both People’s Palace Projects and Network – Queen Mary’s Research Centre for the Creative and Cultural Economy as well as being a Queen Mary GPI Fellow. From September 2018 to September 2020, he holds a Newton Advanced Fellowship from the British Academy for his research project with PPP at Queen Mary, Counting Culture. Leandro is an Advisory Board member at the UK’s national Policy and Evidence Centre for the Creative Industries (NESTA/AHRC), and also sits on the PEC’s International Board (convened by the British Council). Leandro’s permanent post is as Professor of Creative Industries and Economy of Culture at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil). He has been an Advisor in Cultural and Creative Industries for Brazil’s Ministry of Culture, Argentina’s Ministry of Culture, UNESCO and OEI. He was the Creator of the Centre of Studies in Cultural and Creative Economy (NECCULT) at UFRGS. An international conference speaker and lecturer, he has presented in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Netherlands, France, Italy, Spain, Sweden and the UK.

Sabin Khan
Senior Policy Fellow

Sabin Khan

Sabin Khan has demonstrated a life-long commitment to public service through numerous positions of leadership within civil society, local authority and Government. Sabin has worked in the Office for Security and Counter-Terrorism (OSCT) at the Home Office over the past 10 years. Throughout this period, Sabin has demonstrated a very strong personal commitment to serving Ministers, the Government and the Civil Service in maintaining national security and protecting the public from terrorism. Sabin has been central to the development of several Government reviews. She has provided advice to the highest levels of Government at critical moments of national security and represented the UK at numerous global forums. Sabin has addressed and shared her expertise with thousands of people from diverse backgrounds across the UK and overseas.

Roberto Alvarez
Senior Policy Fellow

Roberto Alvarez GPI

Roberto Alvarez is a systems-thinker and doer who has been working at the intersections of technology, business, policy, global issues and communications for more than 25 years. A native of Brazil, he has worked and implemented joint initiatives with organizations and partners around the world throughout his career.

As a citizen, he is particularly concerned with how organisations and countries can innovate to “solve for sustainability” and societies can address an increasingly complex array of themes in the policy arena. His professional focus has been on convening cross-sector global groups of leaders to address economic and societal issues and building partnerships to accelerate innovation in technology, business models and institutions.

Roberto currently serves as the Executive Director of the Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils (GFCC), a global multi-stakeholder organization with a footprint in more than 30 nations. Before joining the GFCC, he was a Senior Manager at the Brazilian Agency for Industrial Development (ABDI), where he led innovation, internationalization and sectorial development initiatives. Roberto also worked as a management and operations consultant and is an author and organiser of publications on innovation, industrial development and manufacturing strategy and operations.

He holds a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering, was trained in Quality and Productivity at the Japan Productivity Center and Exponential Technologies and the NASA AMES-based Singularity University. He is a global speaker and has made angel investments in Brazil and the U.S.

Zelna Lauwrens
Policy Fellow

Zelna LauwrensAn avid advocate for children’s mental health and wellbeing, Zelna Lauwrens is active in influencing policy makers in multiple Common Wealth countries. With her background in Special Needs Education, School Counselling and Lecturing Behavioural Studies spanning over two decades, she has offered in-depth consultation to various institutions relating to resilience, leadership and peak performance in children. In 2003, Zelna founded The Kids Life Studio®, a global organisation with representatives in 27 countries which offers sustainable solutions to challenges children are facing through her Play Based Life Coaching model now translated into 4 languages. She is an international speaker and the author of multiple books and co-founder of The Secret Parent Foundation, a foundation that offers psycho-social support, training and research with a focus on building family resilience in multiply disadvantaged contexts.     

Makan Fofana
Policy Fellow

Makan FofanaMakan Fofana is a designer and culturemaker from Paris. He is currently completing his Postgraduate thesis at the CNAM (Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers), which Catherine Fieschi (Counterpoint) is supervising.

Makan is involved in research on the relationship between community, design, and public policy. His focus has been on how design can help reimagine the future of fragile/segregated communities by thinking about public policy through a design lens. Makan Fofana’s research project is a comparative analysis of the effectiveness of policies designed to manage diverse communities in the Eastern Suburbs of Paris and the East End of London. His work dovetails with the GPI’s research on resilient communities. He is the founder of l’Hypercube, a community space that blends design and public policy.


Simon Tiberi
Senior Policy Fellow

Simon TiberiSimon is a Consultant Physician in Infectious Diseases and Research Lead for the Department of Infection at Barts Health NHS Trust, London, UK.

He runs an Infectious Diseases clinic and ward, and holds an NTM clinic, HIV-TB and MDR-TB clinic.

Simon is currently principal investigator of the RECOVERY trial for Barts Health NHS trust. His expertise and research interests include Tuberculosis, antimicrobials, respiratory and emerging infections.

He is a member of several scientific groups, including the European Respiratory Society (Secretary for TB group), Global TB Network (vice chair of Consilium), and steering group member of the British Thoracic Society Specialist Advisory Group for Tuberculosis. He is also an editorial board member of the European Respiratory Journal, associate editor of the International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease and a named author on over 120 peer reviewed publications.

Simon is an Honorary Reader at the Blizard Institute, Queen Mary University of London and directs the TB Certificate Programme.

Manu Mathur
Senior Policy Fellow

Manu MathurManu is a Dental Surgeon with a PhD in Epidemiology and Population Health from University College London and a Masters in Public Health with specialization in Epidemiology from the University of Glasgow. He is currently working as Head: Health Policy and Additional Professor at Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), New Delhi and as Senior Lecturer in Dental Public Health at The University of Liverpool.

He has been a recipient of the prestigious Fogarty International Clinical Research Scholarship for the year 2010-11, a Wellcome Trust scholarship for his doctoral studies and a Wellcome Trust Mid-Career Fellowship to undertake work on psychosocial determinants of oral health inequalities in India.

He is a Commissioner on the recently constituted Lancet Commission on Global Oral Health, has many publications in leading international journals to his name and is the author of various book chapters.

His areas of expertise lies in Advanced Epidemiologic Methods, Operations and Health Systems and Policy Research and Health Promotion. He has been the principal investigator on many projects funded by Government of India, WHO, BMGF, USAID and NIH in the past and is currently leading large scale projects from MRC UK, Global Bridges Consortium and Government of India.

Dr Jonathan Bashford
Senior Policy Fellow

A portait photograph of Dr Jonathan BashfordJon is an experienced senior manager, researcher and teacher with over 25 years’ experience working in health, social care and education in the public and voluntary sectors. Jon comes from a practitioner background as a Registered Mental Nurse and has been able to successfully bridge the gap between research, innovation and practice. He is currently Research Programme Director at Breaking Barriers Innovations, where is leading a number of projects on the social determinants of health and place.

Previously, Jon has been a Director at the Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust where he had the lead responsibility for the development of the Communities, Rights and Inclusion programme known as CORIIN. Prior to working in Leicestershire, Jon was Associate Head at the International School for Communities, Rights and Inclusion (University of Central Lancashire) where he managed a wide range of research projects, learning and teaching programmes and commercial consultancies at regional, national and international levels. 

Jon is particularly known for his work on mental health, veterans, drug and alcohol use, offender health and equality, human rights and organisational change. This has led to him being appointed an advisor on various government initiatives, including the national Prison Drug Treatment Strategy Review Group which produced the Patel Report. In 2008 Jon was granted the award of PhD for his work on institutional racism and organisational change.

Sherife Hasan
Policy Fellow

A portrait photograph of Sheife HasanSherife is an experienced and highly skilled programme director with a wealth of knowledge and expertise in systems improvement and innovation. She has a wide-ranging career history and has worked at a national government policy level and at a local level as a social worker in both the statutory sector and the voluntary sector.

She worked within government departments for 11 years, in the Home Office and the Department of Health on drugs and alcohol policy and offender health policy. She was responsible for leading on and delivering a range of programmes, including the national drug system change pilot scheme and the independent Prison Drug Treatment Strategy Review Group, chaired by Professor Lord Patel of Bradford OBE.

Sherife has extensive knowledge and experience of successfully managing and delivering large-scale projects from their inception to final outcomes. She is currently a Senior Researcher for Breaking Barriers Innovations and the Research and Policy Officer for Lord Patel.