Associates

Dr Clifford Conway

Clifford currently teaches at several universities in the UK and works as an external examiner on degree programmes in the areas of entrepreneurship and marketing. He has been involved in running a number of short and accredited courses for business managers for national (The Pensions Regulator) and international companies (Texas Instruments). He is also a UNESCO consultant where he helped develop a vocational business programme for Kaduna State in Nigeria.

Dr Juliet Millican

Dr Juliet Millican is the Deputy Director of CUPP (Community University Partnership Programme of Brighton University). She is an academic and oversees engaged post-graduate research initiatives and our international research and development programmes. She is course leader for our course in ‘Developing Community University Partnerships’, run as an intensive residential format with online seminars and mentoring support, designed for those wanting to develop similar initiatives in their own institutions and localities. She also represents CUPP on a number of European projects related to the promotion of Science shops and Service Learning. She has worked with the School of Education on a research project in Ethiopia and Nepal and on a series of other research bids related to conflict, forced migration and the role of universities. Juliet has a background in international development and education, having worked in adult literacy and non-formal community based education, access to higher education and university teaching. She has managed projects in Egypt, Nepal, The Gambia and Senegal, and undertaken consultancies in India, South Africa and Malawi. Her teaching includes experiential and participatory approaches to teaching and learning, community organising and community development, partnerships with civil society and citizenship and questions of conflict, peace and security. Her current research concerns the role of Higher Education in conflict, peace and resistance and builds on her Doctoral studies field work in Bosnia and Herzegovina. She is also involved in a number of research, needs assessment and evaluation programmes concerned with internally displaced persons and refugees.

Tove Sorensen-Bentham

Tove Sorensen-Bentham is the MBA Joint Programme Leader. She has worked in senior management in the public and independent sectors since 1982. She holds an LLM and MSc. Tove was a non-executive director of local NHS organisations from 1996 – 2006. She is currently a governor of a secondary school, an associate hospital manager of a mental health NHS trust and has since 2011 been working in Kurdistan, Somaliland and Nigeria (on behalf of the British Government) on leadership and capacity building projects. She is chair of the pharmacy committee for Kent, Surrey & Sussex and has chaired a number of external reviews and enquiries on behalf of the NHS into serious incidents and service issues. She is particularly interested in issues around strategy, quality, change, leadership and management development.

Millie Kerr

Millie qualified as a social worker in 1994, after studying at Ruskin College, Oxford. She has since worked in front line child protection services, in local authorities in London, worked within specialist teams with children and families affected by HIV, and has spent the last 12 years working with unaccompanied asylum seeking minors, which has encompassed working with child victims of trafficking, forced marriage, honour based violence and FGM. Within this present area of work, Millie has also delivered training in best practice when working to safeguard and meet the needs of trafficked and asylum seeking children.

Miranda Birch

As a former BBC producer and journalist, Miranda has many years of experience in dealing with the media. Her knowledge and expertise in running her own media consultancy in the UK positions her as one of the leading trainers in the areas of public service relations, small business development and inspirational leadership.

Professor Tadesse Mehari

Currently, Professor Tadesse is the Executive Director of the National Commission for Higher Education Eritrea (NCHE). The commission oversees and coordinates the activities of all institutions of higher learning in the country. At present he also holds the position of Associate Editor of the Netherlands Journal of Agricultural Sciences (NJAS) – Wageningen Journal of Life Sciences. Professor Tadesse worked as a consultant for many institutions including ASARECA (Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa) (2006) on “Assessment of Human and Infrastructure Capacities for Agric Biotechnology & Biosafety in the ECA sub region – The Case of Eritrea”. Numerous reports and publications have been produced by Professor Tadesse, such as chairing the compilation of the “Educational Road Map for Eritrea” in 2008. Every year since the establishment of the NBHE, he compiles the annual report on the status of Higher Education in Eritrea to the government. Professor Tadesse has also advised and trained many MSc and PhD students for over 30 years.

Grace Owen

Grace has grown an eclectic portfolio of work over twenty years in London, the UK, Europe and Africa. Grace is an experienced leadership development consultant with a proven track record in organisational-, learning-, training- and talent development, reflective practice and project management. Additionally, she has developed over a thousand leaders from thirty countries, at non-executive, board, senior, middle, junior and graduate levels, to excel and make a greater impact wherever they are. A philanthropist, Grace is director of African Diaspora Kids, a community legacy project. She is a non-executive director of Camfed, which campaigns for female education in East, West and South Africa. Grace is also a writer with her second book, ‘The Leader’s Call – 4 Insights for Leading Yourself at the Next Level’, published in September 2016.

Alex Ntung

Alex was born into a family of cattle-herders in South Kivu, a province of the Democratic Republic of Congo. His hunger for education took him to a school in Uvira (DRC) and later to the National University of Rwanda. In early 2000, Alex moved to the UK where he gained a post graduate diploma in management studies and an MA in Anthropology of Conflict, Violence and Conciliation at the University of Sussex. He is author of Not My Worst Day, a book about his life in Rwanda and DRC. He has occupied several senior roles in the public and community sector and leadership development for senior government leaders. He is involved in peace and political mediation work in conflict affected areas and as a country expert witness for the Great Lakes region of Africa. Alex was part of a joint leadership of the International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA), a global movement against the arms trade. This joint leadership successfully lobbied the UN to adopt an Arms Trade Treaty, a multilateral treaty regulating the international trade in conventional weapons. Alex is an international speaker, security analyst and university guest lecturer offering honest insights into issues of diversity, inclusion, migration, human security and cultural insensitivity in conflict resolution. He is also a trainer in diversity and migration and has co-published two best practice resources for education policy leaders in the UK. Alex is personally passionate about supporting individuals and organisations to achieve their strategic goals.