Vishanthie Sewpaul (PhD) was a Professor in the College of Education, Zayed University, and a Senior Professor at the University of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa (UKZN), where she remains an Emeritus Professor. She currently occupies a Professor ii position at University of Stavanger, Norway. She is a visiting professor at NTNU, Trondheim; Mid-Sweden University; and ISCTE-IUL, Portugal. She was actively involved in several national structures on the cutting edge of policy and social work education in post-apartheid South Africa, and has occupied leadership positions at national, regional and global levels. Dr Sewpaul joined the Board of the International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW) in 2000 where she chaired several committees, including the Global Standards for Social Work Education and Training Committee, the Global Social Work Definition Committee, and the Global Social Work Ethics Taskforce. She was a Vice-President on IASSW and President of the Association of Schools of Social Work in Africa. She served two terms as the President of the first ever non-racial professional association – the National Association of Social Workers, South Africa, and served as President of the Association of South African Social Work Education Institutions for two terms. She serves on the Steering Committee of the Global Alliance of the Social Welfare Workforce. She has extensive teaching experience at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels; supervises Masters and PhD theses; is widely published; serves as external examiner at several international institutions; and has delivered numerous special lectures, and keynote and plenary addresses in many countries, and does pro bono workshops and motivational talks for non-profit organizations. She was twice voted one of top 30 researchers at UKZN. In 2013, the Ministry of Science and Technology acknowledged her with a Distinguished Women in Science Award for her “outstanding contribution to building South Africa’s scientific and research knowledge base.” She has received two honorary doctoral degrees – from Sweden and Chile, and was nominated as a Lead SA Hero for her contribution to student development, and to community development through direct interventions.
Dr Vicki Banham is Associate Professor and Associate Dean (Social Science, Social Work, Counselling, Youth Work) in the School of Arts and Humanities, Edith Cowan University. She teaches in the vulnerable people and communities; and sociology space. Her research and publications lie in the right of people to have a role of active participation in their society; rights of vulnerable people, groups and communities; and the right of vulnerable people to have a voice on issues that impact on their wellbeing. She supervisors doctoral and research students in this space, is the holder of both Vice Chancellor’s Award in Excellence in Teaching and Learning, and Executive Dean’s Award for leadership. Vicki is passionate about enabling people and communities in developing resilience and having access to programs and services that provide them with opportunities to enhance their wellbeing.
Prof. Tatsuru Akimoto is Director & Prof. Asian Research Institute for International Social Work (ARIISW), Shukutoku University, Guest Professor of Japan College of Social Work, and Professor of Emeritus of JapanWomen’sUniversity. His research fields are Labor Social Work (Social Work in the World of Work) and InternationalSocialWork.He studied Labor Law at Tokyo Metropolitan University (LL.B), Japan, and Social Work at Wayne State University (MSW) under the supervision of Prof. Maryann Mahaffey, President of NASW (National Association of Social workers),U.S.A. Later receiving Fulbright Scholarship, he obtained the Doctor of Social Welfare (DSW) from Hunter College, the City University of New York. Prof. Akimoto worked for International Labour Organization, United Nations, as Employment Promotion & Poverty Alleviation Expert for 1992-94 leaving his teaching assignment of his university, and also served for APASWE (Asian and Pacific Association for Social Work Education)as President for 09-13,and IASSW (International Association of Schools of Social Work) as Vice President and Board Members for many years. He has written books and numerous articles and presented research papers in national as well as international seminars and conferences, and also led various international joint research projects such as “Religion and social work—in the case of Buddhism” (2012-15), “Internationalization [and Indigenization] of Social Work Education in Asia” (2012-14), “(Professional) Social Work and its functional alternatives” (2013-14),“Buddhist ‘social work’ activities in Asia” (2014-15), “The Formation of the definition of ‘Buddhist social work’” (2015—2018), and “The publication of ‘Exploring Buddhist social work’ series’”(2015-2019).