Meet the leadership team behind We Still Have a Chance.
Professor and Associate Pro-Vice Chancellor for Education for Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a clinician. He has held senior leadership positions in the NHS in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. His interests include the use of IT in Medical Education, Global Health, and Event Medicine. As a previous cabinet member of the Association for Medical Humanities, he is passionate about the use of humanities in medical education, speaks internationally on this and continues to run a special study unit in music on the BMBS programme at Exeter.
Cecilia Manosa is Education and Skills Partnership Development Manager in the Faculty of Life and Health Sciences where she leads on continuing professional development. With a background in anthropology, archaeology, and education she champions interdisciplinary collaborations on local / global levels, such as for COP26 and COP27 Climate Conferences. She has held roles at the intersection of science and humanities in Uruguay, USA, Panama, and UK. She is an active member of the Planetary Health Alliance and Healthcare Ocean.
Dr Sally Flint is a writer who lectures in Creative Writing / Publishing. She collaborates with scientists, academics and medical professionals investigating how stories can help raise awareness of climate change with the Continuing Professional Development team in the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences. She has designed/facilitated many successful community science arts/ projects, including showcasing projects at COP26 and COP27. She’s co-founder and editor of Riptide Journal.
Peter Stott is a Science Fellow at the Met Office and Professor in Detection and Attribution at the University of Exeter. His work has been published in many leading scientific journals and he is the author of Hot Air: The Inside Story of the Battle Against Climate Change Denial.
Fatma is an Egyptian UK based academic researching sustainable food system at the University of Exeter and founding director of Shillingford Organics Farm School: a social educational enterprise promoting healthy and sustainable eating through farm-based education. Fatma’s doctoral study developed a theoretical and practical framework for sustainable school food in England. She is deeply interested in the role food system plays in the context of public health, social equality and climate change. Fatma is also a creative writer and published an Arabic poetry anthology in Cairo, Egypt in 2010 entitled ‘Rob Kastour’.
Principal Consultant in Applied Science and Strategic Head of Health Science Integration at the Met Office. Under the UK–South Africa Newton Fund partnership, Professor Barciela leads a team of scientists responsible for the Weather and Climate Science for Services Partnership (WCSSP) South Africa project. She also works with international experts in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and World Health Organization (WHO) on research related to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.
Associate Director for Arts and Culture at the University of Exeter. She has built her career designing and delivering learning programmes in galleries and museums and has worked in large national collections (National Galleries of Scotland, Victoria and Albert Museum) to regional institutions (The New Art Gallery, Walsall), and University-based collections (Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge). In 2016, Sarah was awarded a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Travelling Fellowship. She is fascinated by creative thinking and the creative process, interests that have been put to good use at Exeter where Arts and Culture aim to ‘activate creativity’. She finds it a frightening privilege to work with researchers who know just how urgent the climate crisis is. What gives her hope is that our species can find incredible solutions to complex problems – scientists and storytellers, artists and makers help drive awareness and culture change.
Senior Lecturer in Translation Studies, University of Exeter. Inspired by her life as a migrant, Dr Maestri conducts research into translation as a ‘journey’ across borders and into lands of hope, care, and respect. Her awards include: a 2011-12 EUOSSIC Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Universities of Sydney, and Bath; a British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award to co-organize the 2019 Exeter Translation Festival; and a 2022-23 National Lottery Project Grant, ACE, to translate We Still Have a Chance into artwork.
Hugh Roberts is Professor of French in Languages, Cultures and Visual Studies at the University of Exeter. For We Still Have a Chance, he coordinated, in tandem with Dr Eliana Maestri, the team of student translators into Arabic and other languages, to showcase their linguistic and creative skills.
Associate Professor of Medical Sciences Education and Neuroscience at University of Exeter (Honorary) and Visiting Professor of Public Health at the University of Hertfordshire. He researches and teaches in public health issues and, in particular, health inequality, access to health services, and the Planetary Health with respect to Climate. He is an academic co-lead of Planetary Health Grand Challenges events and teaches Planetary and Global Health SSU at Exeter’s Medical School.
Manar is co-founder and R&D head of Banlastic Egypt. Manar have worked in the environment field since 2012 and has finished her MA in Sustainable development practices, TERI University, New Delhi. She works on supporting grassroots initiatives and building resilient self-organised communities that work on environmental preservation in remote cities in Egypt.
A poet, film director and musician, Ahmed was the creative writing coordinator in Egypt. Born in Cairo in 1984, Ahmed studied at the High Cinema Institute of Cinema. He has written, acted in and directed films, including All Girls Love Chocolate, and Alexandria. He has published several collections of poetry, including The Closet, Quietly, and Some Dust. He has also collaborated with a large number of artists, including: Iskanderella band, Ali El Haggar, and Fayrouz Karawya.
Justin is professor of science and environmental education at University College London. A chemistry by training, Justin taught in London schools before becoming an academic (working at King’s College London, Bristol, and Exeter). His research interests are in learning in and outside the classroom. Justin is President of the National Association for Environmental Education.