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International authors, broadcasters and academic experts.

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Prof. Binna Kandola

Prof. Binna Kandola

Business Psychologist, Diversity and Assessment specialist, Co-founder PearnKandola, UK


Prof. Cecilia A. Essau

Prof. Cecilia A. Essau

Director, Centre for Applied Research and Assessment Child and Adolescent Wellbeing, University of Roehampton, UK


Prof. Geoff Beattie

Prof. Geoff Beattie

Author & Broadcaster, Professor of Psychology, Edge Hill University, UK

Prof. Sally Hodges

Prof. Sally Hodges

Director Child, Young Adult & Families service, Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust, UK

Binna Kandola’s Bio

Binna is particularly interested in the study of gender bias and unconscious bias in organisations. He is the author of two critically acclaimed books on these subjects – ‘The Invention of Difference: The story of gender bias at work’ and ‘The Value of Difference: Eliminating bias in organisations’, his most recent book ‘Racism at Work: The Danger of Indifference’ was published in March 2018 and has already received much praise.

Binna was the first Chair of the Standing Committee for the Promotion of Equal Opportunities of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and a member of Sir Robin Butler’s Panel of Enquiry into Equal Opportunities in the Senior Civil Service. He is currently a visiting Professor at Leeds University Business School and at Aston University Business School. In 2012 the University of Aston awarded him an Honorary DSc – Doctor of Science. He is a consulting editor for the Journal of Occupational and Organisational Psychology and an editorial board member of Development and Learning in Organisations. He is a regular contributor to the media and has appeared on Sky News, BBC Breakfast, Channel 4 News and the Radio 4 Today Show.

Cecilia Essau’s Bio

Professor Essau was born and raised in Sarawak, Malaysia where she received her early education. She obtained her Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree and her Master of Arts degree from Lakehead University (Canada), her PhD from the University of Konstanz (Germany). Professor Essau has Visiting Chairs at numerous universities, including the Norman Munn Distinguished Visiting Scholar from Flinders University, Australia, and the Florey Medical Research Foundation Mental Health Visiting Professor from the University of Adelaide, Australia. In 2011, she was made Fellow of the British Psychological Society in recognition of her contribution to the field of Psychology. She is also Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.  Her research has focused on understanding the interacting factors that can lead children and adolescents have serious emotional and behavioural problems and using this research to (a) enhance the assessment of childhood and adolescent psychopathology and (b) design more effective interventions to prevent and treat such problems. She is the author of 220 articles, and is the author/editor of 20 books in the area of youth mental health.

Steven Stein’s Bio

Dr. Steven Stein, a clinical psychologist, is the founder and CEO of Multi-Health Systems (MHS), a three-time winner of Profit 100 (fastest growing companies in Canada), one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies since 2013, E&Y Entrepreneur of The Year 2015 (Ontario, Health), and Canada’s 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures (2016, Waterstone).

Dr. Stein wrote the newly released book, The EQ Leaderand co-authored the international best-seller The EQ Edge: Emotional Intelligenceand Your Successand is the author of Emotional Intelligence for Dummies. He has also written Make Your Workplace Great: The 7 Keys to an Emotionally Intelligent Organization and co-authoredThe Student EQ Edge: Emotional Intelligence andYour Academic and Personal Success.

A leading expert on psychological assessment and emotional intelligence, he has consulted to military and government agencies including the Canadian Forces, U.S. Air Force, Army, Navy, special units of the Pentagon, FBI Academy, as well as corporate organizations including American Express, Air Canada, Canyon Ranch, Coca-Cola (Mexico), and professional sports teams. Dr. Stein has also consulted to numerous reality TV shows providing psychological expertise and candidate selection assessments.

Dr. Stein is a past Chairperson of the Psychology Foundation of Canada (PFC). He is a former assistant professor in the psychiatry department at the University of Toronto and former adjunct professor of psychology at York University in Toronto. He is a past President of the Ontario Psychological Association and a Fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association.

Geoff Beattie’s Bio

Professor Geoffrey Beattie is a prize-winning academic with a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Cambridge. He was awarded the Spearman Medal by the British Psychological Society for ‘published psychological research of outstanding merit’ and the internationally acclaimed Mouton d’Or for his work in semiotics. He is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He is the author of 24 books published by Granta, Victor Gollancz, Chatto & Windus, Penguin/Mainstream, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, Orion, Headline, Routledge etc.  His books have been translated into a number of other languages including Italian, German, Finnish, Portuguese, Chinese and Taiwanese. He has published over a hundred academic articles in a range of journals which include Nature, Nature Climate Changeand Semiotica. He was the resident on-screen psychologist for eleven series of Big Brotheron Channel 4 from 2000-2010, and has presented a number of television series, including ‘Life’s Too Short’(BBC1), ‘Family SOS’(BBC1), ‘The Farm of Fussy Eaters’(UKTV) and ‘Dump Your Mates in Four Days’(Channel 4).

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