Dr. Gillian Barclay, DDS, MPH, DrPH, is Vice President of the Aetna Foundation. She leads the development of the foundation’s program strategies, the execution and evaluation of the foundation’s national and international grant programs and the cultivation of new projects. Prior to joining the Aetna Foundation, Dr. Barclay was an advisor at the Pan American Health Organization/Regional Office of the World Health Organization in the Office of Caribbean Program Coordination and an Evaluation Manager of health programs for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
Dr. Barclay has conducted research and taught at the Harvard School of Public Health and also taught at Hunter College of the City University of New York. Dr. Barclay earned her doctorate of dental surgery at the University of Detroit Mercy and completed her residency at New York Hospital Medical Center. She holds a doctorate in public health from Harvard University and a master’s of public health from the University of Michigan. Her bachelor of sciences degree is from the University of the West Indies.
Dr. Hashim Gibrill is an Associate Professor and former Chair of the Department of Political Science, Clark Atlanta University, and an Adjunct Professor at Spelman College. Previously he taught at Bethune-Cookman College, Florida, the University of Maiduguri, Nigeria, and in England. He teaches courses in international relations, African politics, comparative politics, and political research methodology. Dr. Gibrill received his post-secondary education at the University of Reading, England, the University of Birmingham, England, and Atlanta University (now Clark Atlanta University).
Dr. Budd Hall is Professor in the School of Public Administration and Secretary, Global Alliance on Community-Engaged Research at the University of Victoria in Canada. Dr. Hall served as secretary-general of the International Council for Adult Education and served as chair of the Adult Education Department at the University of Toronto. Over the years he has worked closely with adult educators in more than forty countries from every continent. Dr. Hall obtained his PhD in Comparative Education from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Dr. Keith Jennings is senior associate and the regional director for Southern and East Africa for National Democratic Institute (NDI). Over the past 15 years, he has represented NDI in 30 countries, working on a range of governance, civil society, political party and elections programs. He is a democratic development and human rights specialist. Dr. Jennings received his PhD from Clark Atlanta University and his BA from Fisk University. He has lectured nationally and held appointments as adjunct professor at American University, Clark Atlanta University and Morehouse School of Medicine, where he taught courses on foreign policy, health and human rights, world politics, comparative politics and Black politics.
Julian Pouncy, MA is a Financial Advisor with13 years in financial services and Licensed in 8 states. In addition to providing individual wealth strategies, he has conducted financial workshops and seminars for several groups including Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, 100 Black Men, Coalition of 100 Black Women, Various churches and wrote Investment articles for Z Magazine dealing with women & wealth. He is also is a member of several community organizations.
Dr. Nigel Westmaas is an Assistant Professor of Africana studies at Hamilton College, New York. He earned his Master’s and Ph.D. from SUNY Binghamton and BA (Honors) in History from the University of Guyana. Dr. Westmaas is a regular guest contributor to columns in the Stabroek News, one of the national newspapers of Guyana. His other research interests include the history of the newspaper press, pan-Africanism, and the rise and impact of political and social movements mainly in the Anglophone Caribbean. Dr. Westmaas has been politically active in Guyana with the party of Walter Rodney, the Working Peoples Alliance.
Dr. Kurt B. Young is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and African American Studies Program at the University of Central Florida. He gained his Ph.D. in political science from Clark Atlanta University with concentrations in government, urban politics, international Politics and African politics. Scholarly interests include public policy, African & Caribbean Political Economy, and Pan- Africanism. Dr. Young has taught political science for almost ten years, with a focus on international relations, comparative public policy, and American government and research methods.