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Research Roadmap: Empowering Local Partners

Stanford researchers and their collaborators discussed how to build the research capacity of local partners.

The Research Roadmap series provides research and career advice for graduate students interested in global development.

Event Details:

Tuesday, March 12, 2024
12:00pm - 1:00pm PDT


Gunn SIEPR Building / Zoom (hybrid)


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How can researchers help expand the capabilities of their local partner organizations? Insights from Wallenberg Postdoctoral Fellow Kian Shaker and Chief Radiologist Norah Ger focused on strategies that empower partners with the necessary skills, resources, and collaborative frameworks to advance their research endeavors and foster impactful partnerships. The conversation was moderated by Chuck Eesley.

About the Speakers:

Kian Shaker, Affiliated Researcher at the King Center on Global Development

Kian Shaker

Kian Shaker is currently a Wallenberg postdoctoral fellow at Stanford and obtained his undergraduate and PhD degree from KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden. He is an affiliated researcher at the King Center on Global Development. In his current research at Stanford, he is interested in exploring intersections between engineering, clinical radiology,  and global health, particularly targeting the limited availability of chest radiography in many low- and middle-income countries (e.g., relevant for tuberculosis screening).

Norah Ger, Chief Radiologist of Nairobi City County, Kenya

Norah Ger

Norah Ger is Nairobi County Chief Radiologist and a practicing consultant radiologist in Nairobi County, Kenya, with a Master of Diagnostic radiology and radiation medicine, and Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degrees, from the University of Nairobi. She also has a certificate in Global Health Radiology from RAD-AID International, a nonprofit for improving radiology healthcare in medically underserved regions of the world. She is passionate about promoting accessibility and availability of medical imaging, physics, medical engineering and AI/new technologies in the field of radiology in low- and middle-income countries.

About the Moderator:

Charles "Chuck" Eesley, Faculty Affiliate at the King Center on Global Development

Charles Eesley

Chuck Eesley is an Associate Professor and W.M. Keck Foundation Faculty Scholar in the Department of Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University. As part of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program, his research focuses on the role of the institutional and university environment in high-growth, technology entrepreneurship. His research focuses on rethinking how the educational and policy environment shapes the economic and entrepreneurial impact of university alumni.

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