Our Team

Avoidable Deaths Network

Meet the Team

The ADN is led by the founding Presidents, Regional Coordinators and Advisory Board. They are supported by an Operations Manager, Administrator, Media and Communications Manager and interns. The ADN’s team is truly global. The Presidents are based in the UK and Japan. The Regional Coordinators are based in Asia, Africa, Australasia, Caribbean, Europe, Indian Ocean Islands, Middle East, North America and South America. They play a crucial role in bringing local stories and perspectives to ADN’s global community.

Find out more about joining the ADN, either as a affiliate, partner or regional coordinator.

ADN Presidents:

Dr. Nibedita S. Ray-Bennett

Associate Professor in Risk Management, School of Business, University of Leicester, UK.



Dr. Hideyuki Shiroshita        

Associate Professor at Graduate School and Faculty of Societal Safety Sciences, Kansai University, Japan.

Operations Manager:

Mrs. Denise Corsel          

Researcher and PhD Candidate, School of Business, University of Leicester, UK.

Media and Communications Manager:

Mr. Matthew Merry          

Marketing Executive, Bridge Motorcycles, Devon, UK.

Knowledge Exchange Officer:

Mr. Jos Bal

Policy advisor in the Zuid-Holland Zuid Safety Region, The Netherlands.


Ms. Aarju Basnet

Student studying a Masters degree in Construction Management, Deakin University, Australia.


Ms. Joyce Corsel

Student studying a MSc degree in Psychology and Learning Disability, University of Portsmouth, UK.


Ms. Kumiko Fukuromoto

Student studying a BA degree, Kansai University, Japan.




Ms. Pangkhi Medhi

Research Associate at Loughborough University, UK.


Ms. Rwittambhara Kashyap

Graduate with a Bachelors degree in Social Sciences from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, India.


Ms. Elisabeth Nelson

Graduate with a MSc in the Control of Infectious Diseases from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.



Ms. Shaiza Khawaja

Graduate with an MSc in Risk, Crisis and Disaster Management from University of Leicester, UK.


National Research Coordinator for the Report on Avoidable Deaths from COVID-19 in India and Odisha:

Ms. Antara Ragini Dev Sarmah

Graduate with a MSc in Public Policy and Management, Corvinus University of Budapest.


Advisory Board Members:

Professor Heiko Balzter

Professor of Physical Geography and Director of the Centre for Landscape and Climate Research, University of Leicester, UK.



Professor Daniel Ladley

Professor of Finance, Director of the Leicester Finance Research and Industry Group, and Associate Dean for Learning and Teaching within the School of Business, University of Leicester, UK.

Professor Peter Jackson

Professor of Economics and Strategies, School of Business, University of Leicester, UK.


Professor Norio Okada

Emiratus Professor, Kyoto University, Japan, Advisor to Kwansei Gakuin University, Visiting Professor at Kumamoto University, and Senior Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) in Potsdam, Germany.

Ms. Magda Stepanyan

Founder & CEO of the Risk Society consultancy.




Ms. Aditi Ghosh

Deputy Humanitarian Director at IPPF Humanitarian Hub, Bangkok, Thailand.



Mr. Mihir R. Bhatt

Director of the All India Disaster Mitigation Institute (AIDMI), India.




Ms. Patience Finye Andrew

Atlas Corps fellow at Center for Teen Empowerment, Boston Massachusetts U.S.




Dr. Ambika Prasad Nanda

Head of Corporate Social Responsibility of Tata Steel in Odisha, India.



Ms. Cecilia Aipira

Disaster Risk Reduction Regional Advisor for Africa based in UNDP Regional Service Centre in Addis Ababa.


Mr. Hamdou R. Wane

Retired senior economist from the Untied Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), Founder and managing director of Albida International LLC, Dakar, Senegal.


Mr. Steve Glovinsky

An international development consultant specializing in development and change, with over 40 years’ experience in the UN system.