Royston has a rich and diverse background which spans over 30 years of experience in engineering, business, psychology and change management. In his role as a change management specialist, he has focused on identifying, managing and developing innovative technologies that support company exit strategies.
He was Executive Vice President of a technology incubator in New York, and is a member of a number of professional bodies, including global think tanks and thought leadership groups, where he provides insights into the opportunities and threats of the world of tomorrow. He focuses on strategies that support valuation, governance and social responsibility, including the development of human resources. His passion lies in developing long-term self-sustaining solutions that integrate health, education and enterprise.
As a senior executive and advisor to a wide number of organisations, Cyril has had a prominent and influential role across the field of international development. Since 1998 he has served as the Vice-President of the Union of International Associations (UIA). He has served as the UIA Representative to the United Nations since 1988, as well as to other international agencies and NGOs. Cyril is the President of the Federation of International NGOs in Geneva (FIIG), and is on the Steering Committee of the UBUNTU World Campaign for in-depth Reform of International Institutions, based in Barcelona. He is also the President of the Council of Europe INGO, where he also works as the Expert Council on NGO Law. He has been newly elected as President of the Conference of UN NGOs (CONGO), and is the Chairman of the Environment Liaison Centre International, headquartered in Nairobi.
Zahra is a qualified barrister, with a Masters specialism in Human Rights and International Law. She has a cross qualification as a solicitor and currently works in-house at an international company where she is head of their Legal Department and Corporate Social Responsibility Unit. She completed her training contract with the solicitor advocate Imran Khan, in the field of criminal law and human rights. This training helped her to develop a specialism in defending the rights of institutionalised children, especially orphans, and this is now her main field of human rights work.
Some of her career highlights include successfully lobbying for children imprisoned with their mothers before the Committee of the Rights of the Child, and setting up rehabilitation programs for institutionalised children who struggle to adjust to independent living. She currently works with charities to provide educational support for institutionalised children who suffer from multiple learning disabilities, and socialisation programs aimed at breaking the cycle of difficult behaviour, which often leads to criminal conduct when children leave institutions. Other than her passion for defending the rights of children, she is an enthusiastic yogi, and practices yoga everyday.
Dr. Nasser Siabi
(CEO of Microlink)
Diversity & Inclusion
Founder President and CEO Women’s International Network (23 years)
CSR, Youth Education & Environment
Founder at WisdomAccelerator.org; TEDx Speaker; Explorers.org Member; 125 countries visited
Currently CEO, Dr Nasser Siabi has served as Microlink’s co-founder and visionary since the company’s inception in 1992. Dr Siabi has subsequently become an internationally renowned industry leader for assistive technology, and its role in empowering individuals with disabilities. Nasser has served as a policy advisor, strategist, board member and contributor to successive generations of private sector, governmental, educational, and charity sector organisations. These activities have improved access and awareness of assistive technology, provided quality assurance for programmes which supply it, and enhanced service level agreement standards within the industry. Nasser has a firm commitment to philanthropic endeavours, and in his spare time he is crazy about watching - and playing - football.
Cecile has over fifteen years’ experience in socio-economic, sustainability, renewable energy, agriculture, developmental and health issues in the form of research and consultancy. She combines her skills in reporting, acquisition, fundraising, networking and intercultural dialogue with qualifications in environmental economics and health sciences. Her dream is to develop a self-sustaining future for the Earth and all its inhabitants.
Ian worked for over 20 years at the Transport General Workers Union before becoming elected as the Labour Member of Parliament for Eccles constituency in 1997. In 1990, Ian was involved in founding the very first European Union (EU) funded, trade union-led Social Partnerships (SPs) in the UK, which have since broken new ground with EU-wide vocational education and training projects.
He was also the founder of the European Foundation for Social Partnership and Continuing Training Initiatives, and The Centre for Employment Initiatives (CEI). During his 12 years as a UK Member of Parliament, Ian has spent 6 years working as Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) in the the Department of Trade and Industry and later with Gordon Brown’s treasury team as Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to the Economic Minister. He has recently been elected as the Mayor of Salford, UK.
Gajendra has made a significant contribution to the University of Manchester over the past 30 years, chiefly through his role in establishing the University’s reputation for research into issues of equality and social justice. He has published extensively, with contributions to more than 30 books and over 200 journal articles, which have been presented at international and national conferences.
Gajendra has served on a number of public committees and held visiting professorships in 10 overseas Higher Education Institutions. He is also a philanthropist, recently establishing the Kanka-Gajendra Foundation in memory of his late wife. The foundation serves to advance our understanding of lymphoma through its endowment fund. In 2010, the University of Manchester awarded Professor Verma with the Medal of Honour, which is the highest non-degree award bestowed on an individual who has made an exceptional contribution to their field.
Graziella is an entrepreneur, and an advocate for social justice and human rights. In 1987, she established Elite Rent-a-Car, which currently holds a leading position in sport car rentals across several countries in Europe, as well as Russia and Brazil. She recently created Elite’s social responsibility program, which invests in education in Afghanistan and Brazil, and supports social and health projects in Vietnam and Mongolia.
In 2006, she was invited to the first business community round-table against human trafficking in Athens. In 2007 she was named one of the ten most influential women in Switzerland in the magazine “L’Hebdo” and in 2008 awarded the ‘Best Italian Business Woman abroad'. She founded the not-for-profit organisation 'Friends of Humanity', which works to defend human rights, education, training, health care, environmental protection and conservation. For Graziella, nothing is ever dramatic or serious. Her attitude is always positive, recognising that difficulties are there to be overcome and learnt from.
Our Management Team
Global Health & Development Project Lead
Dr. Nasser Siabi
Education and Enterprise Project Lead
Mrs. Zahra Bagheri
Legal Affairs & Human Rights Project Lead
Dr. Royston Flude
President, General Secretary & Director of Programs
Global Health and International Development Lead, Projects
Sara trained in Biomedical Science, before acquiring a Masters in Global Health and Development from UCL.
She joined CSPOC in 2010 as a Program Manager, and spent three years working on the development of the National Cancer Institute in Sri Lanka. She has now returned to academia, and is currently doing a PhD in International Public Health and Epidemiology at the University of Southampton.
In collaboration with scientists from the WHO, her research aims to examine the patterns and impact of multimorbidity in middle-income countries, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa. As part of the research program, she will be undertaking qualitative research at polyclinics near Accra in Ghana. Alongside her PhD, she continues to advise and coordinate CSPOC's project portfolio, and is the Global Health and International Development Lead. In her spare time, she enjoys testing her limits: through surfing, climbing, obstacle courses, and the odd (half) marathon.
Our Advisory Board
Dr. Ebraham Afshar
Director of Ahmad Tea; one of the world’s leading tea companies
Mr. Ibrahim Karim
Architect and Founder of the Science of BioGeometry
Dr. Devorah Kalekin Fishman
Professor in Sociology and Education, University of Haifa
Mr. Eng Wah Tan
Executive Director, Tan & Tand Developments
Berhad , Malaysia
Mr. Amod Kanth
Founder of Prayas, one of India’s largest non-profits