Ph.D. Scholar in Physical Education and Sports Science
University of Sindh
BSc. in Computer Science, Preston University
Lecturer, Department of Physical Education & Sports Science
University of Narowal, Pakistan
Mehwish Manzoor Ahmad is Ph.D. scholar in Physical Education and Sports Science from university of Sindh- Jjamshoro, Pakistan. Currently, she is working as a lecturer in University of Narowal, Pakistan. She is member of International Federation of Physical Education, Fitness and Sports Science Association and strong member of International Advisory Committee for the International Federation of Fitness, Health Physical Education and Iron Games. She has also attended few international conferences on the theme of physical education and health.
The most recent one are: 2nd Euro Pak International Conference on Physical Education Islamabad, Pakistan in OCT-2019, International Conference on Sports Science in Vietnam, DEC-2019, International Conference on Psychology: the Path AHEAD in Education, Health and Sports in India, 31 January 2020, International Conference on Enhancing Skills in Physical Education and Sports Science in India, FEB- 2020. She has also attended many international webinar on sports science and sports medicine in 2020.
She has also written 12 research papers which are published journals in national and international journals. Her area of research interest is health education, community health, active life style, physical activity, physical education & sports science.
During sports activity for BS Physical education final semester, and competition of sports exhibition, because one man practicing sportsmanship is far better than a hundred teaching it. She saw great things in baseball because winner never quit and quitters never win. Since August 2020, she is member of Future Leader/ Volunteer (FLV) Program under the leadership of Prof. Ming-Kai Chin.
YEW CHEO NG
Bachelor Student in Sports and Physical Education
Future Leader/Volunteer (FLV) of Global Community Health (GCH)
National Insititute of Education, Nanyang Technological University
Yew Cheo Ng is currently pursuing her Bachelor in Sports and Physical Education, working full-time and concurrently running and training competitively at national level under her supervisor and coach, Dr. Balasekaran. She also does research that focuses on human performance and physical education.
She has been running competitively since she was 10 years old and is very passionate about the sport. She represented Singapore at the Western Australian Little Athletics (WALA) in 2000 and Singapore Open 2017 clinching bronze in 4x400m relay and 10,000m respectively. In addition, she has also participated in several local races/marathons and many of which she has come in top 3 placings. She is also an IAAF Youth level 1 certified coach and coaches voluntarily. She has also often gone beyond her time to help coach many young children and motivate their interest in running. She has also conducted workshops, developed videos and CDs on running tactics and prevention of injuries from running. She has also worked on the Brain Breaks study in Singapore and is helping Fuhua Primary School efforts to make it the UNSGD lab of the future.
Cheo also had opportunities to present her posters and presentations at international conferences such as American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), Asian Association for Sport Management etc.
She also helped to organize the IAAF Chief Coach Youth Academy for international elite track and field coaches that was held in Singapore from 9 – 14 October 2017.
She is also one of the authors for a chapter in the book on “Effects of Self-regulating Exercise Intensity using the OMNI Rate of Perceived Exertion Scale on Youths and Pedagogical Methods for Youths during Physical Education in Singapore. In Popoviæ, S., Antala, B., Bjelica, D., & Gardaeviæ, J. (Eds.), Physical Education in Secondary School: Researches - Best Practices – Situation (PP. 129-143). Bratislava: Faculty of Sport and Physical Education of University of Montenegro, Montenegrin Sports Academy and Fédération Internationale D´Éducation Physique (FIEP Europe).
Interests in Track and Field
Undergraduate Student in Kinesiology
University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
Macau-China / Japan
Abby Cheung is currently a full time undergraduate student in Neuromechanical and Physiological Science at the University of British Columbia. Her areas of interest are, exercise physiology, sports psychology, anatomy, sociology, and neurology.
During her academic life, she participated in the Special Olympics British Columbia (SOBC) program where she led a team of volunteers and coached swimming for athletes with intellectual disability. The program is driven by thousands of volunteers, coaches, and officials across Canada to provide high quality programming and services to special olympics athletes from all age groups, at both recreational and competitive level.
Besides getting involved in the SOBC program, Abby volunteers at the Fitness, Aging, & Stress (FAST) Lab at the University British Columbia. The research team is currently investigating the impacts of exercise intervention on individuals’ physical and mental health and wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic. The FAST Lab’s research program is designed to tackle fundamental questions that will advance our understanding of physical activity as an acceptable and potent treatment for vulnerable children and adults, in order to improve the health of Canadians.
In addition to Abby’s involvement in the Canadian community, she did internships at Beijing Sport University with a group of graduate and Ph.D. physiotherapy students. She participated in both clinical and research based discussions and academic exchange.
Since August 2020, she has represented Macau as a member of the Future Leader/ Volunteer (FLV) Program under the leadership of Professor Ming-Kai Chin.
DR. DANE COETZEE
Senior Future Leader/Volunteer (SFLV) of Global Community Health (GCH)
North-West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Dané Coetzee pursued her academic career at the North-West University in Potchefstroom (South Africa) since 2009. In 2017 she was promoted to Associate Professor. Her teaching responsibilities at the North-West University include modules on undergraduate and post graduate levels as well as guidance to several masters and doctoral students in the field of Kinderkinetics and Human Movement Science. Since May 2016 she’s been elected as the President for the South African Professional Instituted for Kinderkinetics that is the professional body for Kinderkinetics. Dané is further part of the Kinderkinetics team at the North-West University that conducts workshops to teachers, disadvantage coaches and other Kinderkineticsts to improve and promote the importance of early childhood development.
Her research interests focus on early motor development, visual stimulation, ADHD, Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD), learning related problems, sportsvision, early intervention for children, physical activity and physical fitness, effect of technology on children’s physical activity levels and physical fitness levels. She has been representing South Africa as a member of the Future Leader Program (FLV) under Prof. Mingkai Chin’s and Prof Hans de Ridder’s advisory since 2016. As FVL, she first participated in Global Forum on Physical Education Pedagogy (GoFPEP 2016) held in Turkey, and was chosen to represent South Africa as a senior FLV at APCESS 2017 in Bangkok and BRICSCESS 2017 in Brazil.
For many years she is working with children with special need at one school in Potchefstroom, South Africa, as part of her community service. Every year water safety and physical activity is being taught to these children by Kinderkinetics in training under the watchful eye of Dr. Dané.
In 2015 she formed part of the HOPSports global project that focused on the effect of Brain Breaks on Grade 3 – 5 learners’ attitude towards physical activity all over the world. In the same year she started another project with the title: “The effect of Brain Breaks on physical fitness and attitudes towards physical activity of Grade 3-6-learners”. All the Grade 3 – 6 learners that were involved in this project used Brain Break videos three to five minutes in the participating school, for four months.
Not only is Dr. Dané trying to improve children’s consentration and physical fitness levels through the use of Brain Breaks, she is also incorperating the use of regular Brain Breaks into her classes during her lecturing to promote the over all consentration and wellness of her students. She firmly believes that being active will help you preform better on all areas of your live.
Department of Trainer Education, University of Kocatepe, Afyon
Assist. Prof. Dr. Bijen Filiz is currently working as Assistance Professor at the School of Physical Education and Sports, University of Kocatepe. Bijen Filiz is graduated in physical education ve sport teacher at the University of Uludag. She completed her master's education with hidden program study in physical education at the University of Inonu. And she received her PhD degree by studying personal and social responsibility model in physical education at the University of Hacettepe. She was found as a visiting scholar at the Northern Illinois University/Chicago for 4 months to learn personal and social responsibility model and complete doctoral education. Her areas of interest are instructional, curriculum and hidden programs on physical education, physical education teacher education and sport education, adapted physical activities, and sports sociology.
In order to be implemented in physical education classes of TPSR model in Turkey, Bijen made the translation editor of the book titled “Teaching Personal and Social Responsibility Through Physical Activity” and translated four chapters of book into the Turkish language in 2014. She presented her works related this model at the FIEP Congress in 2015/Rabat and 2018/Istanbul, and various international congress in Turkey.
She has applied the teaching personal and social responsibility (TPSR) model with middle and high school students in Turkey; has aimed that have been provided of responsibility values and leadership behaviors the students through physical activity and with family cooperation. She has academic studies on this model.
Bijen is member of the Young People’s Leisure Network and join various camp and World Leisure Congress in project scope. At the end of these camps, it has been written chapter’s book related the leisure. She joined the third camp and World Leisure Congress in Mobile/Alabama-2014 for the first book. They completed to write the book titled “Youth Leisure around the World” in 2015. She joined the first camp and World Leisure Congress in Sao Paulo/Brazil-2018 for the second book. They will write the book titled “Safety and Leisure”. Nowadays, they work on this topic. The book will be completed at the end of the third camp. Through this program, she knows new cultures and people, gains new experiences, and improves relationships.
She joined the International Cultural Festival organized on behalf of the World Leisure Organization by World Leisure Expo and Young People’s Leisure Network with young folk dancers from Turkey as a Turkey co-ordinator in China/Hangzou-2017. She provided that the young people communicated and socialized with people in other cultures.
Bijen is a volleyball coach. While she is training with students, she applies the TPSR model and wants that the students gain some responsibility behaviors.
Research Associate & PhD Student in Sports Science
Division of Training and Movement Sciences
University of Potsdam
Thea Fühner received her Bachelor of Arts in Sports Science and Education at the Department of Sports and Sports Science, University of Osnabrück, Germany and her Master of Science in Sports Science from the Faculty of Sport Science, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany. During her Bachelor and Master she worked as a sports therapist. Since 2019 she works as a research associate and does her PhD in the Division of Training and Movement Sciences, University of Potsdam, Germany under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Urs Granacher.
Thea Fühner worked as a volunteer at 22nd European College of Sport Science (ECSS), Metropolis Ruhr, Germany, conducted a tutorial for scientific writing for sports students and worked as a youth tennis trainer. Currently, she serves as head of the youth tennis section at Skiclub Rheine 1968. Her major research interests are the association between physical fitness and factors such as living area, socioeconomic status, physical activity status, and participation in sport clubs as well as secular trends in physical fitness and testing of physical fitness.
In her free time, she likes to do different sports like tennis, running, mountain biking, squash, skiing, hiking, surfing or climbing together with her family and friends. She joined Global Community Health Foundation (GCH) as a Future Leader/Volunteer under Dr. Mariana Tudor mentorship in October 2020.
DR. AGATA GLAPA
Future Leader/Volunteer (FLV) of Global Community Health (GCH)
Post- Doctoral Fellow
Future Leader/Volunteer (FLV) of Global Community Health (GCH)
School of Biokinetics, Recreation and Sport Science (BRS)
Physical Activity, Sport and Recreation (PhASRec)
North-West University-Potchefstroom, South Africa
Department of Didactic of Physical Activity
University School of Physical Education, Poznań
Dr. Agata Glapa is currently working as a postdoctoral fellow at the North West University in Potchefstroom (South Africa). Permanently she works as a junior lecturer in the Department of Didactic of Physical Activity at University School of Physical Education in Poznan (Poland), where she received Bachelor, Master and Ph.D. degrees in the field of Physical Education on the Faculty of Physical Education, Sport and Rehabilitation. In the meantime, she attended the International Seminar on Olympic Studies for Postgraduate Students at International Olympic Academy in Olympia (Greece). She is also a member of the National Olympic Academy of Poland. Her research interests focus on didactics of physical education (process and quality of physical education, effective teaching in physical education, Olympic education at schools), determinants of physical activity, mental health and well-being. She is particularly focused on children and adolescents. For the very first time, she will be representing Poland (under the supervision of Prof. Michal Bronikowski) as a member of the Future Leader Program (FLV) at the BRICSCESS 2017 conference in Brazil. For many years she was associated with the Sports Rehabilitation Association “START” (2007-2013) where she gained amazing experience during work with disabled children and adults as a staff member on summer camps and others sport events.
In years 2005-2009 she worked as a research assistant in the Comenius Regio Project “Olympic and youth integration through education”. The aim of this project, in both its partner regions (Poland and Bulgaria), was to use the Olympism for the social integration of both the able-bodied and physically and mentally disabled youth, as well as to improve the general health of the youth through physical activity.
Dr. Agata Glapa has experience in organizing international, national and local workshops and events. For example, she organized two conferences combined with workshops with world-renowned yoga teachers. The first one with Dr. Mukund V. Bhole from India (2013) entitled: “The importance of working with the breath and breathing movements in traditional yoga in the light of modern neuro-psycho-physiology”. The second one with Dr. Norman E. Sjoman from Canada (2014) entitled „An overview of over 40 years of research and practice in the field of yoga”.
In 2015 she took a part in the Grant project of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education under the Academic Centre of the Creativity - “Active not only on-line” led by Prof. Michal Bronikowski, where Dr. Glapa was working as a research assistant and coordinator of the workshops and training. On 2015 she co-organized the International IT Workshop “Physical Education and modern technologies” where Prof. Dr. Ming-kai Chin (President and Founder of the Foundation of Global Community Health (GCH)) and Prof. Dr. Elke Knisel (Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg) were invited as keynote presenters.
Fitness, Polish and foreign traditional plays and games, working at schools with children and with disabled people is also something Dr. Agata Glapa is passionate about. During her work in Department of Didactics of Physical Activity, she was involved in different events for children and adolescents from the city of Poznan and other areas.
Ph.D Student in Physical Education & Health
College of Physical Education & Health
East China Normal University
Mingming Guo is a Ph.D student in the College of Physical Education and Health, East China Normal University. His research interests focus on integrating information technology into physical education and health promotion.
Guo Mingming obtained his master's degree in 2018, and then worked as a FAE Engineer in a science and technology company serving school sports. During his tenure as FAE engineer, his main work is to help primary and secondary schools to make school physical education work more information-based, such as using heart rate monitoring equipment in physical education teaching, using AI in students' physical fitness testing work, so as to make physical education teachers' work more intelligent.
In 2019, Guo Mingming returned to East China Normal University as a research assistant. Under the guidance of Professor Wang xiaozan, he was mainly responsible for the overall work of the research on the Construction of China Children's and Adolescents' Sports Fitness Big Data Platform, a major project of China's Social Science Fund. The main purpose of the project is to build a big data platform related to sports and health of children and adolescents in China, so as to prepare for the reform of sports and health work for children and adolescents.
In 2020, Guo Mingming began to carry out independent research under the guidance of Professor Wang xiaozan. At present, his two projects have been funded by China Social Science Foundation and Shanghai Education Commission. The main purpose of the two projects is to integrate information technology, especially new information technology, such as AI, IOT, 5G, etc., into the physical education of children and adolescents health promotion work.
Since 2015, Guo Mingming, as a core member of the team, has successfully held a number of domestic or international conferences related to children's and adolescents' health, such as the World Congress on Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum in Physical Education in 2019.
In addition, he also actively participated in international conferences related to children's and adolescents' health, and shared his research in the form of poster or oral, such as SHAPE America, ICDCPE, ICSPAH, APCESS etc..
School of Physical Education and Sport
Future Leader/Volunteer (FLV), Foundation for Global Community Health (GCH)
Yana Jiang graduated from Anhui Normal University with a bachelor's degree in education and received the award of “Excellent Student” in Anhui Province. Now she is a graduate student of Soochow University in 2019, majoring in physical education under the supervision of Prof. Jian hui Dai. The research area that she is interested in is sport pedagogy and sociology of sport and now serving as assistant to Prof. Dai in scientific research. From 2015 to 2016, she won the championship of group C of University in the final of National Cheerleading League.
In 2017 she also joined in practical team of the military skills training camp for university students. Meanwhile, she took part in the military course teaching demonstration (electromagnetic spectrum control) competition held in Sichuan province, winning the second place on behalf of Anhui province.
She also participated in physical activity programs to improve mental health. When she was an undergraduate student, she was wherever volunteers were needed. She served as volunteers in many competitions and worked as an intern teacher and a head teacher in the middle schools.
As an undergraduate student, specializing in sports dance, she enrolled in the university student art performance and won the first place in the province and the second price nationally.
DR. GARRY KUAN
Exercise and Sports Science Programme
School of Health Sciences
Universiti Sains Malaysia, Malaysia
Dr. Garry Kuan has always believed in serving the communities with passion, sharing knowledge, and to make the world a better place. Currently, Garry works as a full-time lecturer at the Exercise and Sports Science Programme, School of Health Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia. Besides being a passionate a lecturer, he is also pioneering in using music as an ergogenic aids for enhancing sports performance (e.g., working with professional and state athletes), using music for enhancing the quality life of the disable populations (e.g., cerebral palsy and autism), and also using music for enhancing academic life and overall health (e.g., founder and resident conductor of USMKK Symphony Orchestra).
In the academic field, Garry was awarded the A-CIPA Young Researcher Award at the 28th International Congress of Applied Psychology in Paris, the Atsushi Fujita Award by the Asian South Pacific Association of Sport Psychology (ASPASP), and the 2013 MASCA-AMBC awarded Garry the Arts and Social Sciences Excellence Award. In addition, he was also selected as the an International Scholars by the International Olympic Committee and International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education to participate at the 2012 ICSEMIS Pre-Olympic Conference in Glasgow, UK. Currently, he also teaches the communities in his specialisation in music and sports. He is the head of the music therapy cluster for cerebral palsy research cluster, Universiti Sains Malaysia, and also teaches music therapy for Kelantan Foundation for the disabled (YOKUK). He also brings the medical and health science students to teach violin to the orphanage, visitation to the paediatric ward, and also teach physical activity using the videos from HOPsports in Kelantan’s primary schools. In his free time, Garry also performed with prestige orchestras such as the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and Melbourne Symphonic Orchestra.
Future Leader/Volunteer (FLV) of Global Community Health (GCH)
Ph.D. student in Kinanthropology
PE and teacher and trainer
Co-owner, Co-founder Kindergarten HOUSENKA and IMAGO school
Author and director of Music-based P.E. Program in Kindergarten HOUSENKA, PE, Music and French language teacher in IMAGO school.
Faculty of Physical education and Sports, Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic
Antonín Kubaň is a Ph.D. student of Kinanthropology at the Department of Gymnastics at Faculty of Physical education and Sports at Charles University in Prague since 2010, after finishing his Master degree in pedagogy. His research is focused mostly on pedagogy in physical education. In 2009 he started his pilot study of his educational program for pre-school children, focused on global pedagogy and all-round personal development using music and sport as a tool. His research interests include: pedagogy, sport psychology, motor and physical development, physical and musical intervention for pre-school age children. In 2013 he co-founded with his two sisters Kindergarten HOUSENKA and Individual learning school IMAGO with author global pedagogy educational program which includes his author Music-based physical educational program.
He has been representing Czech Republic as a member of Future Leader Volunteer (FLV) program under Prof. Ming-kai Chin’s leadership since 2013. As a FLV he participated in APCESS 2013 Taiwan and GoFPEP 2016 Turkey
Antonín is preparing DVD with movement compositions and author songs for kids. For first batch of movement compositions and songs every single continent on Earth was selected as the main topic of the lyrics and the songs melodies. Lyrics are prepared on the basis of the pre-defined notion field with which children should be acquainted in connection with the specific continent. Most of lyrics include parts of folk melodies, including the specific language of the country. We would like to follow this model and create more songs and movement compositions and create new DVD which could be distributed in kindergartens or for parents. Next step is to translate and record songs in English to spread our movement compositions and songs also in foreign countries.
She been part of the Future-Leader Volunteer (FLV) program under the tutelage of Professor Dr. Ming Kai Chin since 2015. As an FLV, she has represented the Philippines in the Global Forum on Physical Education Pedagogy held in Ankara, Turkey in 2016.
She is currently finishing her graduate thesis to obtain her Master’s degree at the Department of Psychology in the University of the Philippines with a concentration in Clinical Psychology. Her current study is on student-athletes and how they make meaning out of their unique experiences performing dual roles.
Mona has a deep interest in Sport Psychology and is part of the pioneering group of Sport And Exercise Psychology practitioners in the Philippines. Part of the initiatives of the Association of Sport and Exercise Psychology of the Philippines’ is to conduct workshops for Coaches, Physical Therapists and other Sports Science professionals. Mona is part of the team that conducts these workshops all over the Philippines, with the goal of promoting awareness on the importance of Health in Mind as well as in Body.
Mona believes that teaching is a calling and is passionate in reaching out to the younger generation of Sports Science and Physical Education majors who will change the world. She teaches Sport Science subjects to undergraduate student-athletes and enjoys teaching traditional Philippine games as a Physical Education subject.
As a junior faculty, Mona Maghanoy has been fortunate enough to be involved in projects that have a large impact on the profession of Sports Science practitioners and Physical Education teachers. She played a significant role in organising the first National Conference for the profession , attended by 500 participants from all-over the Philippines and continued to do so until 2014. In November 2016, she was again, point-person for the First International Conference on Sport Pedagogy, Health and Wellness attended by over 600 participants with 30 international guest speakers from 18 different countries.
Her role gave her the opportunity to be part of the Future-Leader Volunteer Program through her adviser, Professor Oscar Santelices. Since 2015, she has been actively involved in the activities of the Future-Leader Program. To date, through the FLV Program, she is part of the Scientific Advisory Board of The Foundation of Global Community Health (GCH) and the School Physical Education and Community Health and Wellness (SPECHW) committee under the Asian Council of Exercise and Sports Science
DR. ZORNITZA MLADENOVA
Senior Future Leader / Volunteer (SFLV)
President, Association of Touristic Animators
Dr. Zornitza Mladenova received her Bachelor, Master, and PhD degrees in Sport Sciences, Physical Education and Sports Animation from National Sports Academy “Vassil Levski”. She complete her postgraduate education in Economy and Management of Tourism at the University of National and World Economy, Sofia, Bulgaria. As a member of the Olympic Club of National Sports Academy “Vassil Levski”, Bulgaria she was a part of the OC of the National Olympic Academy. Member of the Academic Council and Vice President of the Student Council of National Sports Academy “Vasil Levski” , Bulgaria
As a President of the Commission for the development of student sport in the Republic of Bulgaria she was Chairman of the Organizing Committee and Founding member of the First National Student Sumer and Winter Games.
In 2008 she was awarded as a Student if the Year for her contribution for development the sport in the Bulgarian Universities.
In 2014 she was a part of the OC of 9th FIEP European Congress and 7th International Scientific Congress “Sport, Stress, Adaptation”, Sofia, Bulgaria.
From the beginning of 2015 Dr. Mladenova is working on implementation of HOPSports Brain Breaks® in Bulgarian schools and communities. After her collaboration with National Sports Academy and Ministry of Youth and Sport, the system of HOPSports Brain Breaks® Physical Activity Solutions was implemented in the schools in the municipalities of Sofia, Vratza, Mezdra and Kavarna.
She is working as a member of the “Future Leader Program” in ICPESS 2015 – Indonesia, ACPESS 2015 - India, GoFPEP 2016 - Turkey and ICSPHW 2016 – Philippines.
THOLUMUSA FAVOURED MLALAZI
National University of Science and Technology (NUST)
He’s a member of the SDA Youth Directorate, Zimbabwe where his duties include educating the church youth on Physical Activity and health.
SARAH MUNOZ - VIOLANT
Undergraduate Student in Psychology
Department of Psychology
University of British Columbia
Sarah Muñoz-Violant is originally from Barcelona, Spain and moved to Vancouver, Canada in 2017 to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a minor degree in Special Education at the University of British Columbia. Her research interests focus on both clinical and health psychology, particularly coping with trauma, neurobiological consequences of detrimental early experiences, and the somatization of poor mental health.
She holds a Research Assistant position at the Centre for Coping Studies at the University of British Columbia (UBC) since 2018 under the supervision of Dr. Anita DeLongis. Sarah Muñoz-Violant currently works on the Spinal Cord Injury Project which aims to investigate how adults cope with traumatic spinal cord injuries; and the Preschool Families Project which focuses on how couples with young children cope with daily stress.
Sarah Muñoz-Violant also holds a Research Assistant position at the Hospital Pedagogy in Neonatology and Pediatrics Lab at the University of Barcelona since 2017 under the supervision of Dr. Violant-Holz. She is currently a member of the Barça Foundation Project: Subjective Perception Infancy in Situation of Illness which aims to identify factors of well-being during hospitalization and home convalescence in children and adolescents with Complex Health Conditions. Furthermore, she also worked in the Congenital Cardiopathy Project and towards the publication Psychoeducational needs of children with congenital cardiopathy. Own and adult perspective.
Sarah Muñoz-Violant is involved with the UBC community. She is a Peer Support Volunteer for UBC students and staff with the Speakeasy Alma Matter Society. As part of her role, she is also a member of the External Educational Workshop Outreach Group responsible for the creation and implementation of free Mental Health Self-Care workshops. Moreover, she held a reviewer role at the Undergraduate Psychology Journal and worked towards the publication of Volume 5 in August 2019.
As part of her training as a Psychology student, she held a summer internship position at Fundación Cardioinfatil Hospital in Bogotá, Colombia under the supervision of clinical psychologist Maria Paula Céspedes and neuropsychologist Silvana Cabrera. She was also part of the Hospital Pedagogy team, responsible for designing health and educational programs for paediatric patients at the Intensive Care Unit. Likewise, in 2019 she held a shadowing position at Sagrat Cor Psychiatric Hospital in Barcelona, Spain under the supervision of clinical psychologists Ana Donaire, Marta Tio, and psychiatrist Rosa Pérez.
Sarah Muñoz-Violant is currently the Team Assistant of team Spain in the multi-country COVID-19 study “Psychological responses, coping strategies, physical activity during the COVID-19 pandemic: A multiple country” under Dr. Veronica Violant-Holz. She joined Global Community Health Foundation (GCH) as a Future Leader/Volunteer under Dr. Mariana Tudor mentorship and will represent Spain in ICPESS 2021-Jakarta and work as a member of the Organizing Committee in ICPESS 2022-Barcelona.
DR. SUNDAY ONAGBIYE
Dr. Sunday Onagbiye
Future Leader/Volunteer (FLV) of Global Community Health (GCH)
Postdoctoral Research Fellow/Data Analyst
Dept of Sport Recreation & Exercise Science/School of Public Health
Faculty of Community & Health Science
University of the Western Cape, Cape Town
Dr Sunday Onagbiye obtained his B.Ed. (Physical and Health Education), MA (Physical Education-Exercise Physiology option) at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria, and PhD (Human Movement Science) at the North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus, South Africa. He also obtained a Certificate in Prevention Strategies for NCDs at the University of Oxford (UK).
He is a member of South African Sport Medicine Association (SASMA), Public Health Association of South Africa (PHASA), African Physical Activity Network (AFPAN), and WHO GCMPC of NCD Community of Practice. His research interest focused on health promotion & wellbeing: PA intervention and NCDs risk factors prevention, Health-Related Quality of life, Cardio-metabolic Disease, Energy expenditure, Obesity, Health risks behaviour, Mental & Musculoskeletal Health, and PA and Climate Change. He is also a specialist reviewer to both local and international journal. He also have a strong interest in health promotion & wellbeing and how South African citizen’s health can improve and Africa at large, especially in a low resourced community. Dr. Sunday Onagbiye is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow/Senior Tutor for both undergraduate and postgraduate modules at the department of Sport Recreation & Exercise Science, and Researcher/Data Analyst at the School of Public Health, University of the Western Cape (UWC), Cape Town. He is currently involve in quite number of projects and is a principal investigator of Organisation Wellness Project (OWS) which deals with Health Risk Assessment (HRA) in University staff.
He also joined a project known as WesternCape on Wellness (WOW) Healthy Lifestyle Initiative Project in 2017. WoW! is a Healthy Lifestyles partnership initiative of the Western Cape Government and its valued partners. It aims to enable people to make Healthy Lifestyle choices throughout our life course - from planning Pregnancy and Birth to Youth, Adult and Senior Years. Choices we make today about how we live (LIVE!), the types of food we eat and drink (EAT!), and how often we do physical activities (PLAY!), affect our future health (https://www.westerncape.gov.za/westerncape-on-wellness/).
Dr. Sunday recently joined a project known as Self-Management Approach and Reciprocal Learning for Type 2 Diabetes (SMART2D) on a full time contract as a researcher, at the School of Public Health, University of the Western Cape, Cape Town. SMART2D is aimed at developing and testing new ways of reducing Type 2 diabetes in lower-, middle- and higher-income countries. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rj8cCk6Cq_E&t=594s He received a grant from National Research Foundation (NRF) known as a Knowledge Interchange & Collaboration grant which help him to attend a conference in New York and visit University of Tampa as an invited Guest Lecturer in 2018, coupled with the British Heart Foundation grant to attend a short course on the NCDs prevention strategies at the University of Oxford, UK in 2017.
LARISSA CAVALCANTE PIRES
MSc Student in Health Sciences
Future Leader/Volunteer (FLV) of Global Community Health (GCH)
Federal University of São Paulo, Santos
Larissa Cavalcante Pires is graduated in Psychology at the Federal University of São Paulo. She is currently a full time master's degree student in Health Sciences, she is also completing a specialization course on elderly health. Her areas of interest are, sports psychology, gerontology, elderly well-being, thanatology and holistic therapies. During her academic life, she participated of an interdisciplinary group that cared for a population of elderly women in situations of social vulnerability, with the objective of promoting physical and mental health, autonomy and independence, as well as improving the quality of life of the participants with consequent increase in their self-esteem and social integration.
Larissa did internships at the psychosocial care center with alcohol and drug users, promoting activities related to substance use and abuse, also participated at the office on the street, an action that provides basic health services for homeless people, as well as accompanying the users of the service to surf classes as part of the therapeutic process.
Her master's thesis deals with coping strategies and quality of life of elderly athletes of a seaside city of São Paulo.
Since the end of 2017 she represents Brazil as a member of the Future Leader/Volunteer (FLV) Programme under the leadership of Professor Nara Rejane Cruz de Oliveira. As FVL, she has participated in BRICSCESS 2017 in Brazil coordinating the team of volunteers of the Federal University of São Paulo besides presenting two posters.
ASSOC. PROF. DR. BILJANA POPESKA
Senior Future Leader Volunteer (SFLV)
Faculty of Educational Sciences
Goce Delcev University – Stip
Republic of Macedonia
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Biljana Popeska is currently working as Associate Professor at Faculty of Educational Sciences at Goce Delcev University in Stip, Republic of Macedonia. She received Bachelor degrees in physical education and pedagogy and Master and PhD degrees at physical education in Faculty of Physical Education, Sport and Recreation at Ss. Cyril and Methodius University, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia. As a member of Future Leader Program (FLV), starting from 2015 as a FLV supervised by Prof. Ming – kai Chin, she has been representing Macedonia at several globe events related to physical activity and physical education such as GoFPEP 2016 Turkey, ICSPHW 2016 Philippines, and she will also participate in BRICSCESS 2017 in Brazil.
Leaded by the idea to promote physical activity among school children using technology, in 2016 she initiated the implementation of Brain Break videos in two schools in two cities in Macedonia, Stip and Strumica. For a period of three months, more than 300 pupils were involved in the second round of HOPSports global project. As a part of this project, more than 150 pupils from third, fourth and fifth grade were using Brain – Break videos three to five minutes every school day in their classrooms. Based on the positive experiences and feedback from the students and teachers, several actions are planned for future implementation of this project in other schools in Republic of Macedonia.
Supported by the University and colleagues, three Brain Break videos with Macedonian traditional dances were created. They represent Macedonian traditional dances, music, costumes and architecture. After the presentation of Brain Break vides at colleagues at Faculty of Educational Sciences, these videos are integral part of many lessons with university students – future teachers
As a Head of University Sport Center at Goce Delcev University and as a part from here teaching activities with students at university courses: Didactics of physical education for pre – school and primary school teachers, Theory and practice of movement games and Sport and recreation, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Biljana Popeska initiate different activities and initiatives that involve and bring together university students, kindergartens, schools and community in order to promote physical activity and healthy and active life style.
As a part of the activities in University Sport Center she is actively involved in promotion of healthy and active lifestyle among university students. She is a team leader and coordinator of student’s university teams in many international university competitions promoting far play, cooperation and positive values through sports.
Beside mentioned activities, Dr. Biljana Popeska is a participant in many international conferences and workshops and she is also involved in the work of the Federation of Sport Pedagogues of Macedonia. Her main research interests are physical education in pre – school and primary school education, motor development of children, holistic approach in teaching PE, sport pedagogy, sport activities in leisure time etc.
Considering her main principle of work “teaching by example” she is also active as aerobics instructor promoting active lifestyle in her community.
Future Leader/ Volunteer (FLV)
Research Group on Health, Physical Activity and Sport
Faculty of Psycology, Education and Sports Science
Universitat Ramon Llull, Spain
Oriol Sansano-Nadal is a PhD student at Blanquerna, Ramon Llull University (Barcelona). He is a former undergraduate student in Physical Activity and Sport at the same institution. He took a year to study English in the United States in Towson University, Maryland. When he came back from the US, he finished his degree in Sport Science and one year later he studied a Master's Degree on Physical Activity and Health, following the research specialty at the National Physical Education Institute of Catalonia (INEFC). Nowadays, he is representing Spain as a member of the Future Leader Program (FLV) under Prof. Ming-Kai Chin advisory. He will participate in the BRICSCESS 2017 in Brazil. The first time in a meeting as a member of this global program.
During his student career, they ran a project under Dra. Myriam Guerra-Balic supervision, to evaluate the benefits of a physical activity program in breast cancer survivor’s' during/post systemic treatment.
PE (sports dancing ) teacher, Shanghai Tianyuan High School
Msc, Shanghai University of Sports
Visiting Scholar, University of Georgia, USA
Gin Shi is currently working as PE teacher (sports dancing) at the Shanghai Tianyuan High School in China. She received Education Master in Shanghai University of Sports in 2012-2015,http://www.sus.edu.cn/ and have be the Visiting Scholar in the University of Georgia https://www.uga.edu/.
DR SUSANNAH STEVENS
Lead Subject Advisor, Physical Education New Zealand (PENZ)
Project Manager UC Child Well-being Research Institute
College of Education, Health and Human Development
University of Canterbury
Dr Susannah STEVENS (Susie) is currently the lead subject advisor for Physical Education New Zealand (PENZ). PENZ is the national, professional organisation for physical educators in New Zealand. Susie leads a team of advisors working at the community level with school teachers, and at a political level with government organisations such as Sport New Zealand, the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education. She is the Project Manager for the UC Child Well-being Research Institute in the College of Education, Health and Human Development at the University of Canterbury. Susie has been awarded multiple educational awards, including an International Olympic Literary Prize, First Class Honours for her MEd and a UC Doctoral Scholarship.
Susie is a registered secondary school physical education and health educator, researcher and academic. Her areas of interest are child well-being, holistic development, physical education pedagogy, Olympism, physical activity and the joy of movement. Susie’s Master of Education was a study on the educative value of sport; and her PhD in Health Sciences focused on the joy of movement, well-being and pedagogy in secondary school physical education. Her research combines philosophical, sociological and pedagogical elements.
Susie has also represented New Zealand at numerous educational programmes at the International Olympic Academy in Olympia, Greece and is an active member of the New Zealand Centre for Olympic Studies. She represents New Zealand and Oceania as a member of the Future Leader/Volunteer (FLV) Programme under the leadership of Professor Ian Culpan.