Keynote speakers include:
Hester C. Klopper
Stellenbosch University, South Africa
Dr Hester Klopper is the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Vice-President) for Strategy and Internationalisation at Stellenbosch University in South Africa, where she is responsible for overall institutional strategy, the institutional research and planning, business intelligence and information governance, corporate communication, as well as the international strategy and - relations.
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In addition, she is a Professor in the Department of Global Health, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Hester has been committed to the development of researchers and overseen the National Research Foundation-Funded PLUME programme from 2013 to 2017 and mentored 24 post-docs and supported the establishment of their research programmes. In addition she has supervised 50+ Master and 35+ PhD students to completion; has published 80+ peer-reviewed articles; and is the Editor-in-Chief of the Elsevier journal IJANS.
Global health has become a focus area of her work over the past decade, and through her visionary leadership, the Global Advisory Panel on the future of Nursing and Midwifery (GAPFON) was established. She has served as Chairperson of GAPFON for 2017-2019. She serves as elected director on the Board of Directors of the Consortium for Universities in Global Health (CUGH) (2018-2021) and director of the APO Accreditation Body Council. As part of her global health work she is advocating for incorporation of climate related aspects in all health agendas. To this effect, she serves on the executive committee of the Global Alliance for Universities in Climate (GAUC). Hester is to date the only South African inducted into the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN), is a Fellow of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), and inducted into the International Hall of Fame for Research Excellence in 2016. Also in 2016, a Doctorate (Honoris Causa) from Oxford Brookes University was conferred recognising her contribution to health science education and research globally. In country, she is a Fellow of the Academy of Nursing of South Africa (FANSA), a member of the South African Academy for Science and Art, and member of the Institute of Directors of South Africa (IODSA).
Ulster University, UK
Hugh is Professor/Dean at Ulster University. He has over 250 publications including 16 books and over £4 million in grants. His published work has been cited 13,554 times.
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He is Visiting Professor in Texas, Slovenia and Australia and chairs a panel for Hong Kong Council. He is Sub Panel chair for the REF2021, a role he also held in REF2014. In 2018 he chaired the Swedish Research Council’s Clinical Research Review. In 2018, he was identified as one of 70 Most Influential Nurses since the NHS was founded. In 2019, he was appointed Member of the Academia Europaea.