Professor Kian Fan Chung is Professor of Respiratory Medicine and the Head of Experimental Studies Medicine, National Heart & Lung Institute (NHLI) at Imperial College London. He is a Senior Investigator for the National Institute for Health Research, NHS, and Principal Investigator for the Medical Research Council & Asthma UK Asthma Centre on Allergic Mechanisms of Asthma and the Medical Research Council & Public Health England Health & Environment Centre at Imperial & Kings College.

Professor Chung obtained his MD and DSc degrees from the University of London and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, London.  He is also a Respiratory Physician at the Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust, London. His areas of expertise include asthma (particularly severe asthma), bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and emphysema. He has a major interest in developing precision medicine and personalised treatments as applied to asthma and COPD. He is currently studying the role of airway smooth muscle, the effects of oxidant stress, the mechanisms underlying corticosteroid resistance, and the impact of environmental pollution and nanoparticles on the lungs.

Professor Chung co-led the European U-BIOPRED (Unbiased BIOmarkers in PREDiction of respiratory disease outcomes) Consortium, which is tasked with classifying severe asthma and finding new biomarkers. He is also a co-leader of the MyAirCoach project, a novel mobile-health management system based on a wireless body sensor network that is part of a comprehensive approach to managing and supporting patients with asthma.

Professor Chung has authored more than 600 journal articles on respiratory science, diseases, and treatments (Google h-index 120); co-edited several books on asthma, COPD, and cough. He serves on the editorial boards of Respirology, European Journal of Pharmacology, European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, Pulmonary Pharmacology Therapeutics, Journal of Thoracic Disease, Clinical Respiratory Journal and Lancet Respiratory Medicine. He has lectured internationally and gave the Sadoul Lecture of the European Respiratory Society of which he is also a founding Fellow. He is currently a Visiting Professor at the Lee Kongchiang Medical School-National Technology University-Imperial College in Singapore, at the Guangzhou Respiratory Institute and Medical University and at the Shanghai Jiaotong Medical University in China.


Professor Kaviraj Parboteeah is the inaugural COBE Distinguished Professor at the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater.  He is also the founder and Director of the Doctorate of Business Administration program, the only doctoral program on campus. He has a BSc (Honors) from the University of Mauritius, an MBA from California State University - Chico and a PhD in business administration from Washington State University.

His research interests span the areas of international management, business ethics and technology and innovation management issues. He has received significant accolades for his research.  His scholarship in business ethics has been ranked 8th in the world based on publications in the top journals.  He is also the recipient of many research awards including best paper awards from the Academy of Management and the Ascendant Scholar Award from the Western Academy of Management.  Most recently he won the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater research award, one of only two faculty members who have won the award twice.

Professor Parboteeah's work has received significant attention in the media.  He has been interviewed about the Volkswagen diesel scandal by the Wisconsin Public Radio.  His expertise has also been mentioned in outlets such as the Times of India, South Korea's Maekyung Economy and the Milwaukee Business Times. He has published over 45 publications in the field’s top journals such as the Academy of Management Journal, Decisions Sciences, Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, Journal of International Business Studies, and Organization Science.  He has also written several books on business ethics and international management. He is a member of the editorial boards of leading journals such as the Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of World Business, Management International Review and Journal of Business Ethics.

Professor Parboteeah has been involved in many business ethics initiatives at a local and regional level.  He led significant curriculum changes at the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater including the creation of a mandatory business ethics course.  He is also one of a handful of judges in the state of Wisconsin for the Better Business Bureau Torch Award, an award celebrating the most ethical companies. He has been a keynote speaker or led research talks at leading universities such as Germany's Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich and WHU-Otto Beisheim School of Management, South Korea's Korea University and Seoul National University, India's Indian Institute of Management - Indore, Trinidad and Tobago's University of West Indies and Taiwan's Sun Yat-Sen University.

Parboteeah lives in Whitewater, Wisconsin with his South Korean wife Kyong and children Alisha (16) and Davin (12).


Professor Eileen Lohka is a Professor of French and Francophone Studies in the School of Languages, Linguistics, Literatures and Cultures at the University of Calgary. Her research focuses on Francophone literatures of the Caribbean and Indian Ocean, and on minority and/or diasporic writing. She has published several book chapters and articles on these subjects as well as literary text and poetry. Déclinaisons masculines (Éditions du Blé, 2015), and La femme, cette inconnue. Isle de France, terre des hommes (L’Atelier d’écriture, 2013). C’était écrit (L’Interligne, 2009), co-recipient of the Prix Jean-Fanchette, was a finalist of the Prix des lecteurs de Radio-Canada et du Prix Émile-Ollivier (2010); Miettes et morceaux  was published by Batholdi in 2005. She co-edited Golden Threads, Women Creating Community (2009), Alberta, village sans mur(s) (2005) and edited a special edition of the Cahiers franco-canadiens de l’Ouest on Nancy Huston (2008). She has also published internationally, in several books, anthologies and magazines.