Director of Winchester University’s Institute for Climate and Social Justice
Prof. Robert Beckford
Prof. Robert Beckford is also a Professor of Black Theology at the Queen’s Ecumenical Foundation in Birmingham and a Professor of Theology in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at Vu University in Amsterdam.
Robert is a scholar-activist specializing in the intersection of theology, ‘race’, and resistance in the Black religions of the Black Atlantic. He has written eight monographs in this field, including the forthcoming ‘Decolonizing Contemporary Gospel Music Through Praxis: Handsworth Revolutions (Bloomsbury 2023). Robert also produces knowledge across various media, including television and radio documentaries, drama productions, and contemporary Black music. His most recent radio documentary series, ‘Windrush: A Family Divided’ (BBC Radio 4, 2023), is still available on BBC iPlayer. His most recent independent film, “After the Flood: The Church, Slavery, and Reconciliation (2022), has been shortlisted for a Stanford St. Martin Award for Religious Journalism and Broadcasting. Robert has won several international awards for his research, including a BAFTA, Jamaica National Diaspora Award, and an International Pentecostal Scholars Award.
Founder of Sankofa Collective
Dr. Lisa Adjei
Dr. Lisa Adjei holds a Ph.D. in Biochemistry & Physiology from the University of Surrey, she is also the founder of Sankofa Collective, an ecumenical racial justice and reconciliation community for Christians. Dr Lisa works for Christian Aid as a British Church Relations Manager, she also sits on Churches Together England’s Racial Justice Working Group and their board of trustees. Dr Lisa is also the chair of a global climate movement called Climate YES, a community of young Christian activists passionate about climate justice. She is a member of Trinity Baptist Church where she serves in their young adults ministry.
Founder of International Leadership Foundation
Prof. Delanyo Adadevoh
Prof. Delanyo Adadevoh has a passion to see the nations of the world experience transformation based on moral visions that are informed by God-centered values. To this end he founded the International Leadership Foundation (ILF) with the objective of developing leaders of integrity who have the competencies to lead life-enhancing and holistic transformation in various spheres of society. He currently serves as ILF’s President.
Adadevoh is Global Vice President of Campus Crusade for Christ (CCCI). He also serves as Chairman of the African Forum on Religion and Government (AFReG), an initiative that engages religious leaders with government and other professionals in national transformation. For nearly 40 years, he has shared insights and experiences regarding leadership and societal transformation with tens of thousands of students, professionals, church leaders, executives, diplomats, government leaders and heads of state. Adadevoh helped establish the Africa Leadership and Management Academy (ALMA), in Zimbabwe, the International Leadership University in Burundi (ILU Burundi), and the International Leadership University in Ghana (ILU Ghana). These institutions offer graduate degrees in Leadership, Management and Theology. He serves as Chancellor for ILU Burundi and ILU Ghana.
Adadevoh earned a B.Sc. (Hon.) in Chemistry at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, Ghana, an M.A. in Social Science with an emphasis on Leadership at Azusa Pacific University in California, and a Ph.D. in Interpretation Theories at Leeds University, England. Delanyo Adadevoh is from the royal Adzovia clan of the Anlo-Ewes in south-eastern Ghana. He and his wife, Elizabeth, currently live in Orlando, Florida, of the United States of America.
Adadevoh’s books include Leading Transformation in Africa, Transforming Africa Inside-Out, Approaches to Christianization in Africa, A Case for Contextualization in Africa, Contextualization Circle, Moral Vision & Nation Building, Personal Life Transformation in Biblical Perspective, The Whole Gospel to the Whole Person, Empowering Leadership, Strategic Planning Made Simple.
Human Development and Family Studies
Dr. Rome D. Meeks
Dr. Rome Meeks is a psychologist, who focuses on the neurological effects of physical, social, and environmental stress on youth living in poor urban areas.
Dr. Rome D. Meeks is a Psychologist who primarily works with individuals and groups mainly in underserved communities. His work focuses on the neurological effects of physical, social, and environmental stress on youth living in poor, urban areas. His research also focuses on African-American identity development, and various dimensions of social justice.
In addition, Rome is a community program developer and has experience in program evaluation. Rome earned his bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Science and Technology Studies, and a master’s and doctorate in Human Development and Family Studies from Michigan State University.
A leader, educator, and artist
Mr. Tim Swain
Tim Swain is an award-winning poet, educator and catalyst for social change. He works diligently to improve the lives of disenfranchised communities through the performing arts, mentoring, and community empowering programs.
Mr. Tim Swain is an award-winning poet, educator, and catalyst for social change. He has used poetry to transform thousands of lives across the globe and has been the keynote speaker at dozens of conferences, colleges and churches. Swain has headlined venues in Mexico and Africa focusing on empowerment through literacy, as well as had his work serve as the inspiration for Why I Write, a national, anti-bullying campaign in London, England.
He holds a M.Ed. from Texas State University-San Marcos and works diligently to improve the lives of disenfranchised communities through the performing arts, mentoring, and community empowerment programs.