Prof Lucia Rabello de Castro
(Brazil)

Lucia Rabello de Castro, M.Sc., Ph.D. (Univ. London). Professor of Childhood and Youth, Institute of Psychology, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Founder and Chair from 1998 to 2011, and present Scientific Director of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research and Exchange on Contemporary Childhood and Youth (NIPIAC/UFRJ/BRAZIL). Senior Researcher of the Brazilian Council of Science and Technological Development (CNPQ). Officer at Large of RC 53/ISA 1994-1998; 1998-2002. Co-editor of ISA RC53 Newsletter (2014-18). Executive Board Member of the Child and Youth Committee of IUAES (International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences). Chief Editor of DESidades, an electronic scientific journal in the area of childhood and youth www.desidades.ufrj.br President Elect of the National Association of Youth Researchers in Brazil (REDEJUBRA) 2017-2021. Research interests: children's and youth’s social and political participation; research methodologies with children and youth; theories of childhood; intergenerational relationships. Recent publications: 2016: La survie à l’école, le “politique” et la participation des jeunes dans les écoles brésiliennes, in N. Gallant S. Garneau, Les jeunes et l’action politique, Québec: L’Université de Laval, 211-232; 2015: L’action politique des jeunes étudiants au Brésil aujourd’hui : le présage de la fin d’une époque ?Brésil(s): sciences humaines et sociales, 7, 39-58; 2015: Análise da produção bibliográfica em livros sobre a Infância e a juventude, Desidades – Revista Eletrônica de Divulgação Científica da Infância e Juventude 3 (9), 33-50; 2014: Challenges to Children's Autonomy in a Brazilian State School, The Oriental Anthropologist 14 (2), 237-250; 2014: Brazilian Youth Activism: In Search of New Meanings for Political Engagement? Alternatives Global Local Political 39 (3), 187-201 (with C.F. Silva); 2013: O Futuro da Infância e outros escritos, Rio de Janeiro: 7 Letras; 2012: The good-enough society, the good-enough citizen and the good-enough student: where children's participation agenda is moving to in Brazil? Childhood 19 (1), 52-68.

Prof Li Chunling
(China)

LI Chunling is Research Fellow of Institute of Sociology of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, and also professor of Department of Sociology of the Graduate School of Chinese Academy of Social Science. She received B.A. and M.A. of history in Peking University and Ph.D in sociology in Graduate School of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. She had studied as visiting scholar and visiting professor in Ecole Normale Superieure, France (2012), Princeton University (2010), Sciences Po Paris (2008), Stockholm University (2007), Oxford University (2007) the University of Michigan (2002,2004), Hong Kong Polytechnic University (2001-2004). Her primary research interests are inequality and stratification, as well as sociology of education and youth studies. She has authored a number of books and has to her credit published tens of papers on these issues.

Prof Jayanathan Govender
(South Africa)

He is Senior Lecturer in Howard College Campus in Industrial, Organizational and Labour Studies. His qualifications are BA (UDW); BA Hons (UDW); MPA (UWC); DAdmin (UKZN). His research interests are Global labour studies; civil society space; INGOs; Futures; BRICS Sociology (Sociology of youth in BRICS; Social justice in BRICS; Sociological practice in BRICS). Dr. Jayanathan’s teaching interests are in ‘Changing nature and organization of work’; labour organizations/movements; education, skills and the labour market; women in the labour market; work, marginalization and global capitalism; child, atypical and forced labour. He also has to his credit a Research Projects on Social justice in BRICS countries; Knowledge production and research approaches of universities and INGOs. Dr. Govender was honoured with Golden Key Award (UKZN); Best lecturer Award (NMMU). He also has to his credit number of books and Research Articles in reputed Journals and magazines.

Dr Rekha Wazir
(The Netherlands)

Dr Rekha Wazir is a sociologist by profession and a Senior Associate and co-founder of International Child Development Initiative (ICDI), The Netherlands. She has been active in the field of children and development since 1983, starting with her doctoral dissertation for Cambridge University (UK) on education and development in rural Kashmir, India. She has worked for a range of UN agencies and international development organisations in the areas of education and development, children and youth at risk, gender and development, social policy and NGO management. Her research interests span issues like education, gender, child labour, child abuse and childcare. Rekha’s special expertise lies in combining aspects of research, policy and practice in these fields.

Prof Rajesh Gill
(India)

Dr Rajesh Gill, Professor, Department of Sociology, Punjab University, was born on 14th September, 1961. She is an L.L.B. with M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D. and NET qualified. Dr Gill has 30 years of teaching experience. Dr Rajesh Gill is a Fellow of Punjab University Senate and is holding many honourable positions in various Universities and organizations. She is a Gold Medallist in Masters in Sociology of 1982 and in M.Phil in Sociology (1984). She has to her credit four Books and about 80 Research Articles in Journals such as Sociological Bulletin, Urban India, Social Action, Kerala Sociologist, Research Journal of Social Sciences, and Social Change etc. Dr Gill is also a Trainer for UGC’s Capacity Building Programs for Women Managers in Higher Education. She is also a visiting professor in Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla (2006) and other reputed Universities. Dr Rajesh Gill has also completed many Research Project and has guided 12 PhD’s.

Dr Swaroop Raval
(India)

Born on 3rd November 1958, Dr. Swaroop Rawal has a mission statement ‘Be the change you wish to see in the world’ given by Mahatma Gandhi. She is a master of four languages viz. Gujarati, English, Hindi, and Marathi. Dr. Rawal is married to the famous actor Paresh Rawal. She is Doctor of Letters (2017) honoris causa from University of Worcester and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Education (2006) from The University of Worcester, UK. She has held many key positions as Member of Central Advisory Board of Education, India (2015 -), Subcommittee-CABE- re-engaging out of school children (2015-) Chairman- Committee for Inclusive education for Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), New Delhi (Since 2014) and many other renowned positions.
Dr. Rawal is presently working with Maharashtra Government on teacher training project to universalise life skills education through drama in schools in all the 36 districts of Maharashtra. She has also carried out a four day teacher-training session for 2 ½ lakh primary Government school teacher (in-service teachers) for Gujarat Council for Educational Research and Training (GCERT) and Sarva Shikhshsa Abhiyan (SSA), Gujarat (2015) E-poster of teacher training. She has conducted number of workshops on life skills education in association with UNICEF. She was awarded the Most Committed Person of the Year in Inclusive Education; at the 4th International Early Childhood Conference of The Early Childhood Association (India) in 2016, Karmaveer Noble Laureate –Artist 4 change in 2012 and has been honoured with many other renowned awards. Her extensive work and contribution cannot be briefed out in few words.