Apex Postdoctoral Patricians Designated in the U.S., Canada, Asia & Oceania – Resolutions of Academic Significance Adopted Unanimously – NPAW Annual Appreciations 2017

2017’s Postdoctoral Appreciations across the U.S., Canada, Asia & Oceania—Resolutions of Significance Adopted by the Institutional Unanimity-Accords. Over 389 events hosted at 114 institutions in 37 states of the U.S., Asia, Canada, Germany, Oceania, and U.K. AOPDA Merit of Peace’ Award & Scholarship in the Names of: 1. Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein (UN High Commissioner of Human Rights) 2. Prof. Yanghee Lee (UN Special Rapporteur) and 3. Dr. Muang Zarni (Academic Expert: Ethnic Cleansing).

October 24, 2017 – Washington/Hamilton – The 8th annual Postdoctoral Appreciations have been conjointly marked by the National Postdoctoral Association (U.S.), the Asia-Oceania Post-Doctoral Academia and SAIRI Postdoctoral Multiversity for the United Nations’ MDGs-SDGs Studies.

The concept of ‘postdoctoral appreciations’ culminated with the passage of H.RES. 1545 by the U.S. House of Representatives, in 2010. The resolution, which was passed on September 24, 2010, recognized the National Postdoc Appreciation Week (NPAW).

NPAW-2017 was celebrated September 18–22 in U.S., Canada and U.K., whereas the institutional observances of NPAW with a 30-day Post-NPAW cross-disciplinary cross-institutional Postdoc-minutes and follow-up sequels were candidly marked by the higher academic ivories of Asian and Oceanic regions.

This year, 389 events were hosted at 114 institutions worldwide.


A detailed gazette-reportage has been published, which can be viewed at:


As the 2017 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 the NPAW observance.

While marking the UN ‘Peace and Non-Violence’ convergent observance days, 2017’s historic NPAW 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.

AOPDA has decided to establish a special peace prize and scholarship for Postdoctoral Research in Peace-Conflict Studies, which, by the unanimity of postdoc academics from throughout Asia, is posthumously issued in the names of three merited adornees of AOPDA’s ‘Merit of Peace’ – who selflessly strived to raise voice for Rohingya genocide prevention. The two UN officials; 1- Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein (The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights) 2- Professor Yanghee Lee (United Nations Special Rapporteur in Myanmar). and 3- Dr. Muang Zarni (Academic Expert on Ethnic-Cleansing).

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

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

In conjunction with NPAW, the National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) and the Asia-Oceania Post-Doctoral Academia (AOPDA) have designated eminent academic personages to their ‘Boards of Directors’, and ‘Thematic Moderators’ for a 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.

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 will begin serving her term on November 1, 2017 to complete the term of Chantelle Ferland-Beckham, Ph.D., who stepped down in June.

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

For a two-year term of service, AOPDA, the SAARC-ASEAN Postdoc Academia and SAIRI Postdoctoral Multiversity for the United Nations’ MDGs-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.  

AOPDA directors are designated from a field of ten nominees during 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 Boards of Directors have appointed executive postdoc officers for 2017.

At NPA 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., to serve as the Development Committee chair, and Marina Ramon, Ph.D., to 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. has been concurred unanimously to continue to serve as the Principal Patron of AOPDA.

Dr. Syed Hussain Shah Jilani Ph.D., D Litt. has been designated as Principal Academic Head (P.A.H.) of AOPDA,  whereas the SAIRI’s P.I. Dr. Qadhi Aurangzeb Al Hafi, D.Sc. et Phil. has been designated as the interdisciplinary Principal Investigatory Head (P.I.H.) for the Asian and Oceanic regions’ postdoctoral research enterprises. Dr. E.M. Nawaratne remains the Principal Strategic Officer whereas Dr. Abu-Said Ahmad F. would serve the Oversight Governance Chair. These four positions, along with the AOPDA’s, ‘Principal Patron’ comprise the Executive Committee.

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.; and Dr. Deshapriya S. Wijetunge, have been designated as ‘Postdoctoral Thematic Moderators’ in their relevant disciplines within the Asian and Oceanic regions.

The newly nominated eminent postdoc personages will join the following ‘Board Members’, ‘Honorary Patrons’ ‘Thematic Moderators’ and ‘International Post-Doc Panelists’: Dr. Andrew Bankson, Dr. Tullia Bruno, Tun Dr.  Mahathir Mohamad, Dr. Tracy Costello, Dr. Juliet Moncaster, Dr. Yvette Seger, Dr. Jana Stone, Dr. Belinda Lee Huang, Dr. Josh Henkin, Dr. Kistene Henne, Dr. Marina Romon, Dr. Yvette Seger, Dr.  Sleeth, Dr. Khizar Yasin, Dr. Safwan Akram Ch., Dr. Ali Raza Tahir, Dr. Umar Farooq, Dr. Narmeen Gohar, Ms. Minal Avinash Wankhadehave, Dr. Meher Master Moos, Dr. Bareera N.B., Dr. Nasheeqa Unais and Dr. Nora Rowley.

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Featured Institutional Personas 2016-2017:

Featured postdoc discourse moderators, NPAW keynote speakers, non-postdoc research contributors, work-shops trainers and postdoc institutional coordinators during 2016-17 years include: Amy Wilson (NPA), Linda A. Dykstra Hylander, William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Psychology (Affiliated with Neuroscience Program University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) ; Joe Thomas, Dr. Frances Colon, Dr. Molly Hatcher, Dr. Faisar N. M. (SAARC-ASEAN),  Dr. Rafael Luna, Ph.D., Dr. Khizar Yasin (Iqbal Academy), Dr. Dass U, Ph.D., M. S. S. Salawal Salah (SAARC-ASEAN), Dr. Erin Dolan, Executive Director (Texas Institute for Discovery Education in Science), 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. M. Ashraf (Cambridge Chem. Rep.), Dr. Bareera N. B. (SAIRI), Dr. Terry Potter, Ms Rabia Faridi (NIH), Dr. Linda Harris, Ph.D, Dr. Tammy R. L. Collins, Ph.D., (SAIRI), Dr. Denise Saunders, Ph.D., Dr. Deepa Singh, Dr. Jacqueline Powell, Ph.D., Dr. Umair Mahmood Siddique (U.O.K.), Dr. Narmeen Gohar (SAIRI), Jillian Orans, Ph.D.,  and Dr. Winston-Salem.

For the term 2018-2019, Dr. E.M. Nawaratne would remain the SAARC-ASEAN Chief Academic Officer (CAO), whereas the SAARC region’s DESIMGOW moderator Dr. Khalida M. Khan, M.S Salawal Salah and Ms. Minal Avinash Wankhade have been nominated for the ‘Oversight Governance Chair’, ‘In-Charge Financial Affairs’ and ‘Regional Coordinator’ respectively.

Lt. Col. (R) Azhar Saleem has been appointed the ‘Chief Coordinating Officer’ for Asian region for the term 2018-2019.

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