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Launching in 2022, the Global Participation Fund has awarded, thus far, nine institutions around the world with funds as a means of improving understanding and encouraging uptake of ORCID in under-represented countries in the Global South. Join us to hear from a few awardees as they share about their experience applying for the grant, the progress of their initiatives, and more.
Owen Iyoha is the CEO of the Eko-Konnect Research and Education Initiative where he has
worked since its inception in 2009. He oversees infrastructure development, capacity building
and advocacy with the goal of developing all aspects of the national research and education
network and its communities in Nigeria.
He is an advocate for Open-source software, Open Science, Open Access and other open
paradigms and infrastructure, including persistent identifiers, necessary to support the growth
of scholarly communications and research outputs.
Owen holds a Joint Honors Degree in Chemistry & Biochemistry from the University of
Salford, United Kingdom.
Lasith Gunawardena is a Professor and Head of the Department of Information Technology, Faculty of Management Studies & Commerce, University of Sri Jayewardenepura. At present, he spearheads the University’s Innovation Arm – Invention, Innovation and Venture Creation Council (IIVCC) as it’s Co-Chair. He also serves in the Researcher Advisory Council of ORCID Inc., Advisory Board of STEMUp Foundation, and is the Crossref Ambassador for Sri Lanka.
Beyond the University, he functions as the Consultant for the IT for Humanities Project of the University Grants Commission of Sri Lanka (Funded by the AHEAD Project / World Bank for over LKR 300 Million)
Previously, he has held the positions of Chairman, IEEE Computer Society Sri Lanka Chapter, Honorary secretary for BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, Sri Lanka Section. and General Secretary, Sri Lankan Academy of Young Scientists.
Urooj Nizami is the Community Engagement & Outreach Librarian at Public Knowledge Project. In her role, she works to build and maintain relationships with PKP’s diverse international community and partners. She also coordinates PKP’s community outreach and education programs. Urooj is a trained librarian with a master’s degree from McGill University’s School of Information Studies and holds a Master of Arts in Religion from Temple University.
Sheila Rabun has worked in the academic library field since 2010, with a focus on digital workflows, agile project management, communicating technical information to diverse audiences, and advocating for interoperability in cultural heritage, research, and scholarly communication ecosystems. In her current role at Lyrasis, Sheila manages the ORCID US Community, the Lyrasis DataCite US Community, and the IRUS US program for institutional repository usage statistics, working with non-profit organizations across the US to support open research infrastructure by using persistent identifiers and shared open standards to make research and scholarly content more FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable).