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Dr. Claire Brown

Department of Education, Teacher Training and Social Work at Teesside University

Speech Title

Practising Beyond the Binary: Spotlighting the Specific Detriment Faced by Non-Binary People?

Dr Claire Brown is a Senior Lecturer and Course Leader in the Department of Education, Teacher Training and Social Work at Teesside University. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, External Examiner, PhD supervisor, and Research Champion. Claire sits on the Editorial Board for two journals, chairs the TU Social Work Research Network, vice chairs a Gender Focus Group, and is a member of the TU Research and Innovation and Ethics Subcommittees, JUSWEC Research Subcommittee and several international EDI inclusion groups/committees. Claire’s recent research explores the experiences of marginalized groups and examines the role of personal tutoring in the degree awarding gap for ethnic minority students. She evaluates innovative social work practice and employs feminist methodologies, with a focus on empowering co-produced research.

Prof. Dr. Candice D. Roberts

Prof. Dr. Candice D. Roberts is Associate Professor of Communication and Director of the LGBTQ Center at St. John's University. They hold a PhD in Communication, Culture & Media from Drexel University. Broadly, their work examines cultural narrative and identity in popular media, and they are particularly interested in archetypes, consumer behavior, and sociality around themes of class, sexuality and space/place.

Dr. Ly Quyet Tien

Dr. Ly Quyet Tien is a Lecturer and Researcher at Eastern International University (Binh Duong), Doctor Ly Quyet Tien has been a guest lecturer at many universities in Vietnam. He holds a bachelor's degree in History & English from the University of Social Sciences and Humanities. He also holds M.A. degrees in FLE from the University of Rouen, and in Vietnam History from the Southern Institute of Social Sciences and Humanities in HCMC. In 2008, he received his Ph.D. in Oriental Studies and Humanities from the University of Paris 7- Diderot. A specialist in Vietnamese studies, he has participated as a presenter at international conferences since 2014. His research interests focus on LGBTQIA+, music, culture, and international relations.

Mr. Rounik Raj Aryal

Mr. Rounik Raj Aryal, a lawyer based in Kathmandu, is a graduate of National Law College, Tribhuvan University. His legal practice focuses on human rights law, notably advocating for the rights of the LGBT+ community. His exceptional dedication and advocacy have earned him prestigious recognition, including the esteemed National Youth Talent Award, 2017 (Vision Award), presented by the President of Nepal. Rounik's commitment to the cause is further highlighted through his contributions as a distinguished speaker at the International Conference on LGBT Studies, where he shares his expertise and impassioned insights.

Mr. Shahanur Islam

Mr. Shahanur Islam is a prominent Bangladeshi human rights defender, lawyer, and blogger currently residing in Paris, France, in exile. He earned his Bachelor of Law (LL.B) and Master of Laws (LL.M) from the University of Rajshahi. He is a Laureate of the 2023 Marianne Initiative for Human Rights Defenders, launched by the President of the Republic of France, as well as a recipient of the JusticeMakers Fellowship in 2010, awarded by the International Bridge to Justice (IBJ) in Switzerland. Mr. Islam defends the rights of ethnic, religious, social, and sexual minorities, as well as victims of torture, extrajudicial executions, disappearances, and organized violence. He is the Founder President of JusticeMakers Bangladesh in France (JMBF)

Ms. Kaori Arita

Ms. Kaori Arita has specialised in human resources for over 20 years.She is a certified industrial counsellor and provide employee mental health support for international companies. She hold an MBA from Anglia Ruskin University.

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