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Hélène Kelly
Project manager

A trained nurse, Helene Kelly holds a Master of Health Science and a Bachelor of Arts in anthropology. She was previously a senior lecturer in nursing at the University College Absalon in Denmark, and is now an international consultant at the school where she develops international educational initiatives and partner relations. Kelly believes raising awareness about the effects of violence against children is an important issue for all educational institutions to engage in. She hopes DUVE can contribute to an increasing educational focus upon this area of concern.

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Polycarp Omara
Team member

Polycarp Omara is the head of the department of education and a lecturer at Muni University in Muni, Uganda. He holds a Bachelor of Education, a Master of Education and a PhD in education and has received training in areas such as educational leadership and management. Omara has developed curriculums and learning plans, contributed to research projects and facilitated community outreach programs across Uganda. He is committed to enhancing the lives of children who are educationally disadvantaged and promoting their rights to development through education and social and community engagement.

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Jaspreet Bal
Team member

Dr. Jaspreet Bal is a professor and program coordinator in the Child and Youth Care program at Humber College in Etobicoke, Canada. A community organizer and educator, she is involved in radical youth work with underserved populations across North America. Bal serves on the Board of Directors of the Sikh Feminist Research Institute and the National Board of the World Sikh Organization. Her subject matter expertise includes the global politics of childhood. She has worked on children’s rights in Canada and India and is excited to bring her international human rights perspective to the DUVE project.

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Jette Eriksen
Team member

Jette Eriksen is an associate professor in the pedagogical-psychological field at University College Absalon in Denmark. She has participated in several research and development projects exploring topics such as refugee children in Denmark and the effectiveness of municipal networks for foster families with at-risk youth. Eriksen is also experienced in family counseling and the development of child and youth groups for adoptees. In addition, she has supervised educators to help better their relationships with at-risk children and parents.

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Amos Drasiku
Team member

Amos Drasiku holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, a Master of Health Services Research, a post-graduate diploma in project planning and management, and a certificate in health professions education. He is currently an assistant lecturer at Muni University in Muni, Uganda, and a PhD candidate in health sciences at Makerere University in Kampala. He has worked with organizations across Uganda in both frontline and management positions, where he’s gained valuable experience in clinical and community health practices and nursing education. Drasiku has also organized community outreach and health camps in Arua.

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Anne Vollen Rafn
Team member

A trained physiotherapist with a Master of Professional Communication, Anne Vollen Rafn is a senior lecturer at the University College Absalon in Denmark. She has extensive experience in online education and is a pioneer in designing and implementing e-learning in physiotherapy education at the school. Her multidisciplinary areas of expertise allow her to problem solve with different paradigms and perspectives in mind. With a strong interest in issues affecting children, Rafn is passionate about providing youth with safe environments, healthcare and education.

Christina Louise Lindhardt
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Christina Louise Lindhardt holds a Master of Global Health and a PhD in health sciences. Based in Denmark, she specializes in working with children within the health sector and is interested in health promotion and health communication. She’s contributed to research projects exploring obesity in pregnancy, fragile mothers during pregnancy, and stigma associated with women with hormone imbalances. She has also participated in a EU project studying healthy living for mothers and babies across Europe. She is currently supervising a PhD student at the University of Southern Denmark who is examining the topic of violence and children.

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Van Ho Thi Tuong
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Van Ho Thi Tuong is the deputy dean of the early childhood education faculty at the National College of Education Ho Chi Minh City. With a Master of Education and Bachelor of Education — both with a specialization in early childhood education — under her belt, she has developed lesson plans on topics such as inclusive teaching and the implementation of cognitive activities for children that incorporate STEM. Tuong has also written for a number of academic journals and magazines, and has led and contributed to research exploring topics such as the value of integrated teaching methods for students in the south of Vietnam.

Hanh Thi Thuy Nguyen
Team member

Hanh Thi Thuy Nguyen is a lecturer, associate professor and deputy department vice-chair at the department of population study at Hanoi Medical University’s School of Preventative Medicine and Public Health. She holds a Bachelor of Economics, a Master of International Health, a PhD in health science and a Doctor of Medicine. She has worked in countries such as Denmark, Tanzania and Uganda, where she has contributed to research projects exploring topics such as the impact of violence on reproductive health. A member of One Health Network, Nguyen has also shared her knowledge and expertise at conferences around the world.

Thanh Thi Nguyen
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Thanh Thi Nguyen holds a Bachelor of Preschool Education, a Bachelor of English and a Bachelor of Special Education, as well as Master’s and PhD degrees in education. Specializing in inclusive early childhood education for students with learning disabilities, she has advised on education projects that aim to improve the learning experience for children with disabilities. This has involved developing school curriculums, scientific research and training preschool teachers working in special education. Nguyen currently serves as the principal of Hoasen Practical Kindergarten at the National College of Education Hanoi.

Kim Anh Thi Nguyen
Team member

Kim Anh Thi Nguyen holds Bachelor degrees in Child Psychology and Education and Business Management, a Master of Early Childhood Education and a PhD in education. She was previously the vice rector and head of the international cooperation department at the National College of Education Hanoi and now serves as a lecturer at Hong Bang International University. Nguyen has taught in countries such as Japan, Denmark and the United States, where she has conducted workshops on topics like social and special education. She has also contributed to research studies that explore child assessment methods and inclusive learning.