Postdoctoral Designations in U.S., Canada, Asia and Oceania

Eminent academicians designated as ‘Boards Directors’, ‘Thematic Moderators’ and ‘International Post-Doc Panelists’ for 2 to 3-years term. The newly designated ‘apex postdoc patricians’ would serve in their respective regions and relevant disciplines.

October 20, 2017 – Washington/Hamilton – The National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) and the Asia-Oceania Post-Doctoral Academia (AOPDA) have designated eminent academic personages to their ‘Boards of Directors’, ‘Thematic Moderators’ and ‘International Post-Doc Panelists’ for 2 to 3-years term of service beginning on January 1, 2018. The newly designated academicians have been nominated to serve as ‘apex postdoc patricians’ in their respective regions.

Postdoctoral Designations for the U.S. and Canada:

The NPA has elected five individuals to the Board of Directors: Dr. Josh Henkin, Ph.D.; Dr. Barbara Natalizio, Ph.D.; Dr. Shakira Nelson, Ph.D.; Stephanie Eberle, M.Ed.; and Kristen Scott, Ph.D. This will be the second term of service for both Henkin and Natalizio. Scott would begin serving her term on November 1, 2017 to complete the term of Dr. Chantelle Ferland-Beckham, Ph.D.

The NPA directors were elected from a field of seven candidates during the 2017 election, which ran from September 8, 2017 through September 25, 2017.

Postdoctoral Designations for Asian and Oceanic Regions:

For a two-year term of service, the AOPDA, the SAARC-ASEAN Postdoc Academia and SAIRI Postdoctoral Multiversity for the United Nations’ SDGs Studies have conjointly designated six individuals to the Board of Directors: Dr. Martin J Haigh, Ph.D.; Dr. E. M. Nawaratne, Ph.D.; Dr. Zafar Saied Saify, Ph.D.; M. S. Salawal Salah, M.D.; Dr. E. M. Dass and Dr. Abu Said F. M.  

The Asian and Oceanic directors are designated from a field of ten nominees during the 2017 Asia-Oceania ‘Post-doctoral Medley-Assemblage Process’, which ran from September 21, 2017 through October 17, 2017.

Executive Postdoc Edifices:

The NPA and AOPDA’s Board of Directors have appointed executive postdoc officers for 2017.

They are: chair, Kate Sleeth, Ph.D.; vice chair, Yvette Seger, Ph.D.; treasurer, Josh Henkin, Ph.D.; and oversight officer, Tracy Costello, Ph.D. As treasurer, Henkin would serve as chair of the Finance Committee, and as oversight officer, Costello would serve as chair of the Oversight Committee. These four positions, along with the NPA’s executive director, comprise the Executive Committee.

Governance Committee chairs were also appointed: Barbara Natalizio, Ph.D., would serve as the Development Committee chair, and Marina Ramon, Ph.D., would serve as the Strategic Planning chair.

The Chancellor Emeritus of SAARC-ASEAN Postdoc Academia Justice (R) Dr. S.S. Paru, L.L.D., D Litt. continues to serve as the Principal Patron of AOPDA, whereas SAIRI’s P.I. Dr. Qadhi Aurangzeb Al Hafi, D.Sc., D Litt. Et Phil. and Dr. Syed Hussain Shah Jilani have been designated as the Principal Investigatory Head (P.I.H.) and Principal Academic Head (P.A.H.) respectively, for the Asian and Oceanic regions’ postdoctoral research enterprises. Dr. E.M. Nawaratne remains the Principal Strategic Officer (P.S.O.) whereas Dr. Abu-Said Ahmad Fraz and Lt. Col. (R) Azhar Saleem remain the Oversight Chair and Chief Coordinator respectively, at AOPDA and SAARC-ASEAN Postdoc Academia.

Thematic Moderators for the Term 2017-2018:

Prof. Dr. Martin J Haigh, Ph.D.; Dr. Muang Zarni Ph.D.; Dr. Zafar Saied Saify, Ph.D.; Prof. Dr. Muhammad Akram Chaudhry Ph.D.; Prof. Dr. Uzma Qureshi, Ph.D.; Dr. Habib Siddique Ph.D.; Prof. Lakshman Madurasinghe Ph.D.; Dr. Khalida M. Khan, Ph.D.; Nora Rowley; Dr. Deshapriya S. Wijetunge, and Dr. K. M. Dass have been designated as ‘Postdoctoral Thematic Moderators’ in their relevant disciplines within the Asian and Oceanic regions.

The above-listed academicians have been selected as ‘Asian Postdoc Thematic Moderators’ by the AOPDA and SAARC-ASEAN higher academic authorities. The proposals come out of a vast list of nominations from reputed institutional fora of SAARC-ASEAN regions.

The newly nominated eminent postdoc personages will join the following ‘Board Members’, ‘Honorary Patrons’ ‘Thematic Moderators’ and ‘International Post-Doc Panelists’ from the U.S., Canada, Asia and Oceania: Dr. Andrew Bankson, Ph.D.; Dr. Tullia Bruno, Ph.D.; Tun Dr.  Mahathir Mohamad Ph.D.; Dr. Tracy Costello, Ph.D.; Dr. Juliet Moncaster, Ph.D.; Dr. Yvette Seger, Ph.D.; Dr. Jana Stone, Ph.D., Dr. Dr. Muang Zarni Ph.D.; Dr. Belinda Lee Huang Ph.D.; Dr. Josh Henkin, Ph.D.; Dr. Kistene Henne, Ph.D.; Dr. Marina Romon, Ph.D.; Dr. Yvette Seger, Ph.D.; Dr.  Sleeth, Ph.D.; Dr. Khizar Yasin, Dr. Khalida M. Khan, Dr. Safwan Akram Ch., Dr. Ali Raza Tahir, Dr. Umar Farooq Ph.D.; Dr. Habib Siddique; Dr. Meher Master Moos Ph.D.; Dr. Bareera N.B., Ph.D.; Dr. Nora Rowley, and Dr. Nasheeqa Unais.

For more details:

Featured Institutional Personages of 2016-2017:

Featured postdoc discourse moderators, NPAW keynote speakers, postdoc panelists, non-postdoc research contributors, work-shops trainers and postdoc institutional coordinators during 2016-17 years include: Keith E. Whitfield, Ph.D.( Provost, Wayne State University), Timothy Stemmler, Ph.D.,(Dean, WSU), Tim Hodges (GALLUP), Babita Das, Ph.D.(FDA), Peter Dorhout (K-State), Jana Fallin, David Poole, Zelia Wiley, Sarah Hancock,   Joanne Kamens, Ph.D. (Addgene), Jamilah Hackworth, Ed.D., Simon Hogan, Ph.D. (CCHMC), Margaret Hanson, Ph.D.(UC), Ken Greis, Ph.D. (UC), Kim Leiken, Ph.D. (Medpace), Joe Sherrill, Ph.D. (P&G), Janet N. Zadina, Ph.D, Erik Monsen (UVM), David Bradbury (UVM affiliated VCET), Jeralyn Haraldsen (UVM), Cathleen Geiger (University of Delaware, Adjunct Professor, UVM), Dr. Muhammad Akram Ch, Ph.D.(SAIRI-AOPDA), Dr. Erin Dolan, (Executive Director: Texas Institute for Discovery Education in Science),Paul Held (Biotek Instruments), Alan Dove, Ph.D., Amy Wilson (NPA), Joseph Bernstein, Ph.D., Jorge Cham, Ph.D.Linda A. Dykstra Hylander, William R. Kenan Jr. (Neuroscience Program University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill); Joe Thomas, Dr. Zafar Saied Saify Ph.D. (SAIRI-AOPDA), Dr. Frances Colon, Dr. Molly Hatcher, Dr. Rafael Luna, Ph.D., Dr. Khizar Yasin (Iqbal Academy), Dr. Dass U, Ph.D., M. S. S. Salawal Salah (AOPDA), Dr. Ali Raza Tahir (PU), Dr. Azam Sheikh (Science International), Dr. Umar Farooq (SAIRI Hydro-toxicology Assessor DUHS), Dr. Khalida M. Khan (SAIRI-AOPDA), Dr. C. Muhammad Ashraf (Cambridge Chem. Rep.), Dr. Bareera N. B. (SAIRI-AOPDA), Dr. Terry Potter, Ms. Rabia Faridi (NIH), Dr. Linda Harris, Ph.D, Dr. Tammy R. L. Collins, Ph.D., Dr. Denise Saunders, Ph.D., Dr. Deepa Singh, Dr. Jacqueline Powell, Ph.D., Dr. Umair Mahmood Siddique (UOK), Dr. Narmeen Gohar (SAIRI), Jillian Orans, Ph.D., and Dr. Winston-Salem. 

Covenants, Pledges, Resolutions & Acclamations During the Annual NPAW Observance 2017:

A unanimously passed resolution has been furthered by AOPDA, SAIRI and SAARC-ASEAN Postdocs, which acclaims 2018 as the Postdoc Year.

Also, an annual postdoc appraisal-review encompassing the cross-disciplinary and cross-referential impact factor (CD-IF &CR-IF) has been agreed upon to be dealt-out and issued subsequently.

As the 2017’s annual NPAW proceedings coincided with the UN designated Peace Observance Day (Sep. 21st ), AOPDA dedicated all of the core thematic-focuses to the peace related issues throughout (but not limited to) the NPAW observance.

While marking the UN ‘Peace and Non-Violence’ convergent observances days in the backdrop-milieu of annual postdoctoral appreciations (NPAW), the 2017’s historic observances candidly and unequivocally ‘marked a historic landmark’ in the wide-spectrum realms of ‘peace and non-violence’, by adopting a unanimous resolution, which acclaims ‘Rohingya University for the UN Peace Studies along with a Rohingya Holocaust Digital Repository to be established in Dubai and Singapore simultaneously.

Notably, the unanimous adoption of the resolutions to establish the Rohingya University and the Holocaust Repository came just hours before the UN Human Rights Councils Session concluded in Geneva.

During the NPAW 2017, Asia & Oceania Post-Doctoral Academia (AOPDA) extended region-wide institutional indorsements for the significant resolutions, which were drafted and steered by Abu- Mishkath Professor Qadhi Aurangzeb Al-Hafi, the P.I.H. at AOPDA and SAIRI Postdoc Multiversity. Both of the resolutions have been widely and diversely agreed upon by academicians of Asian and Oceanic regions, as well as the US, Canada and UK.

Pledge-based Title-Ovations & Institutional Endorsements:

In order to mark the UN Peace day in the backdrop of postdoc appreciations, AOPDA issued a special peace prize and scholarship for Postdoctoral Research in Peace-Conflict Studies. The worthy scholarship medals has been agreed upon to be issued posthumously, in the names of three merited adornees of AOPDA Peace Award, who selflessly strived to raise voice for Rohingya genocide prevention. The two UN officials; 1- Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein (The UN High Commissioner of Human Rights) 2- Professor Yanghee Lee (United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar). and 3- Dr. Muang Zarni (Academic Researcher and Expert on Ethnic Cleansing).

By the unanimity of postdoc academics from throughout Asia, SAIRI’ s P.I. Prof. Qadhi Aurangzeb Al Hafi has been titled as the ‘Arch-Polymath of the 21st Century’ for his distinguished cross-boundary and cross-disciplinary research services in a vast array of subjects and diverse institutional foci.

The UN Objectives and the NPAW-AOPDA’s Thematic Abstracts:

The abstract contemplations brought forth during the Postdoc Appreciations mainly focused upon: the United Nations’ SDGs, the UN enterprises’ role in peace establishment, particularly in the poor populaces of the least developed vicinities around the globe, as well as the peace & conflict situations in the ASEAN and SAARC regions and their escalating effects on the whole continental zones of Asia, Oceania and the entire Middle East.

To view the entirety of ‘The Gazette-Reportage of 2017’, please visit:

Media Contact
Contact Person: AOPDA
Phone: +64 221260299
State: Hamilton
Country: New Zealand