Key Speakers announced for Kathmandu Conferences 2018

John Sorenson, PhD.
Professor in Sociology, Brock University, Canada
Michael Clark, PhD, Centre for Strengths based Strategies, USA
Dr Abraham Francis, PhD,
James Cook University, Australia
Jose Anthony, PhD, Sankaracharya, University India
Atsuko Matsuoka, PhD
Professor, School of Social Work, York University, Canada
Bhavna Mehta, PhD,
Sayaji Rao University Vadodara India
Dr Richard Hill,
Neuropsychotherapist, Sydney Australia
Ms Robyn Culver, CEO, About You – It’s Your Life, Australia
Mr Bharath Bhushan Mamidi, Director, Carped, Hyderabad, India
Radha Reddy Chada PhD,
Head Nutrition and Dietetics, Sunshine Hospitals, India
Rituparna Bhattacharya, PhD
Associate Fellow, Advance HE (formerly Higher Education Academy) UK
Sanjai Bhatt, PhD
Delhi University, South Asia President, ICSW
Shawn Somerset, PhD
Professor, University of Canberra, Australia
Mr Srinvias Arka, Philosopher, Motivational Speaker, UK
Suresh Pathare PhD, Director, CSRD, India
Venkat Pulla PhD, Adjunct Senior Research Fellow, ILWS, CSU, Australia
Panchanatham.N PhD, Professor of Mgt, Annamalai University, India
Lambert K Engelbrecht, PhD, Stellenbosch University, South Africa
John Menachery, PhD, Principal, MSS Institute of Social Work
Gidraph Wairire, PhD, University of Nairobi, Kenya


About Dr. Venkat Pulla
Dr Venkat Pulla is an Indian born Australian Human Services Mgt Consultant and motivational speaker. He is the Principal of Impetus Global Consulting and founder of Brisbane Institute of Strengths-based practice that offers – training in Strengths approach in human services. and offers grounded theory Master Classes globally. Impetus Global is currently addressing two service programmes for International Students coming into Australian Universities. Venkat has been utilising Appreciative Inquiry in Middle and Senior Management Training in Strategic Leadership, and has undertaken a six-week OvationNet AI Workshop under the workshop leadership with David Cooperrider, in the Spring of 2011. Venkat was Head of the School of Social Work, Northern Territory University, and taught At Australian Catholic University, Charles Sturt & at Sunshine Coast and tutored at Griffith. He is a Tata Dorabji Merit scholar from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (India). Research interests: Human coping & resilience, green social work. He has co-edited volumes on Strengths-based practice, 2012; Perspectives on coping and resilience , 2013; Theories, experiences, and challenges in community work , 2014; Advancing social work in mental health through strengths-based practice, 2014; Some aspects of community empowerment and resilience, 2015; and the Lhotsampa People of Bhutan-Resilience and Survival, 2016 and is editing 'Discrimination, Challenge and Response', 2019, (Palgrave- Macmillan.) As an academic, he makes significant contributions to Social Work education to SAARC countries. He has published with Sage, Routledge, Macmillan, Palgrave, and Wilfred Laurier Press- Canada; Primrose Hall- UK and Australia; Fernwood, California and others in Asia. He is a recipient of NAPSWI – India Lifetime achievement award 2015, and Karma veer Puraskar,-Global Indian Social Worker Award-2008. Scopus Author ID: 56007950700

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