Research Encounter #2

Building collaborations

To kick off the Network’s second Research Encounter, our virtual plenary discussion on 27 Jan 2022 explored how, where and why researchers and innovators can build collaborations.

Chaired by our own Professor Barry Smith, an exceptional panel shared insights and advice on forming collaborations which reach impactfully across boundaries of all kinds.

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Meet our panel

Rt Hon. Helen Clark served three successive terms as Prime Minister of New Zealand between 1999 and 2008. While in government, she led policy debate on a wide range of economic, social, environmental and cultural issues, including sustainability and climate change.

From 2009 to 2017, Ms Clark acted as United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator, and was the first woman to lead the organisation. She was also the Chair of the United Nations Development Group, a committee consisting of the Heads of all UN funds, programmes and departments working on development issues. In 2019 Helen Clark became patron of The Helen Clark Foundation. In 2021, she was elected president of Chatham House, an independent policy institute, which helps people, societies and governments understand and adapt to seismic change. Rt Hon. Clark is currently chairing the Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response with former president of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, which was convened by the World Health Organization last year and has just completed its main report. Her expertise extends to sustainable development, tackling climate change and developments in the Asia-Pacific.

Professor Tawana Kupe is the Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Pretoria since January 2019. Prof Kupe is the Africa Co-Chair of the Australia-Africa Universities Network (AAUN) since 2019.Prof Kupe has a notable publication record, having authored journal articles, books and book chapters in his main discipline, Media Studies and Journalism. Over the years, Prof Kupe has played a key role in the establishment of select new innovative initiatives at Wits, of which the latest is the Africa Centre for the Study of the United States. He is a member of Council of the International Association of Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) and The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) Council.

Mr Mohit Bakaya is the Controller for BBC Radio 4 and Radio 4Extra and was the Commissioning Editor for Factual at BBC Radio 4 since 2008. Mr Bakaya joined the BBC in 1993 as a production trainee and worked on the BBC Radio 4’s arts programme, Front Row, before becoming editor of Night Waves on BBC Radio 3. Since then, he has commissioned and led on current affairs, politics, history, science, natural history and religion programming across the BBC Radio 4 schedule.

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