Founding Chair:

Dr. Masood Zangeneh

Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Canada

Masood is a Professor in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences and Innovative Learning, Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning.  He has a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of South Africa, Master of Education from Mount Saint Vincent University, and an Honours Bachelor of Science (Psychology) from University of Toronto. He has recently been appointed as the editor-in-chief with the Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse. He is also the founder of the Journal of Concurrent Disorders, Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction and is a consultant to numerous scientific journals and universities for interdisciplinary, multi-cultural research and development addressing mental health, addiction and resilience among marginalized populations. 

Legal Consultant:

Brian Farrahi

Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Canada

Brian is a Professor with Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning and Conestoga College, teaching Qualitative Research Methods, Research Ethics, and Business Law. Brian graduated from the University of Ottawa Common Law English program, obtaining a Juris Doctorate and becoming a member of the Ontario Bar. Brian is also a legal consultant providing legal services to a firm in Toronto, where he previously managed class action administration projects and currently specializing in financial forensics. Before his legal career, Brian was a researcher with St. Michael’s Hospital Centre for Research on Inner City Health, he was an integral part of the research team that recommended policy changes to the Ontario Government. Brian continues to advocate for marginalized groups by empowering them through education.


Dr. Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux
Chair on Truth and Reconciliation
Lakehead University, Canada

Dr. Erick Vernon
University of the Philippines

Dr. Pawel Andrzej Atroszko
The University of Gdańsk, Poland

Dr. Maria de Lourdes Beldi de Alcântara
Universidade de São Paulo, Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de São Paulo, Brasil

Dr. Nikolay Alexandrovich Bokhan
Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia

Dr. Samira Al-Saad
Founder & Director of Kuwait Center for Autism
President of World Autism Organisation
Kuwait Center for Autism

Dr. William Van Gordon
Associate Professor of Contemplative Psychology, University of Derby (UK).