Karen Craggs-Milne, Global Group Director, Gender Equality, Inclusion & Business Development

Karen Craggs-Milne is Global Group Director, Gender Equality, Inclusion & Business Development at AIMS. She has more than 15 years experience focusing on gender equality and inclusion in several sectors and regions. Serving as a consultant to the network since 2012, she completed the AIMS gender audit in 2013, and has provided gender equality expertise in the design of several AIMS’ initiatives and partnerships.

Prior to joining AIMS, Karen served as senior gender advisor at Plan International Canada, where she had a significant impact in raising the organization’s commitment, resources, capacity and public profile as a leader in gender equality. Armed with a rare combination of vision, inclusive leadership and technical skill, Karen’s passion for gender equality is inspiring and contagious.

Karen holds a BSc. in International Studies from Glendon College, York University, Canada, and a MSc. in Development Management from the London School of Economics, UK.

Teddy Lala Ramaroson, Program Finance Manager

Teddy joined AIMS in January 2017 as a Program Finance Manager under the Program and Grants Management team. Before joining the AIMS Network, Teddy worked for several International NGOs in Africa, mainly in Madagascar and in Gabon.

Teddy brings his expertise in budgeting and financial reporting through all the network with his 20 years of experience in funds and grants management for International NGOs supporting Africa.

He is dedicated to capacity building in Finance and Administration. Teddy has a passion for table tennis and was the national champion of Gabon in 2014.

David Kribs, International Academic Advisor

Dr. David Kribs received a PhD in Pure Mathematics from the University of Waterloo, and was awarded a Canadian NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship, holding positions in the USA, UK, and Canada, prior to beginning a position as Professor at the University of Guelph.

David currently holds the University Research Chair in Quantum Information at Guelph, and has a research record that includes over 70 peer-reviewed publications, appearing in top pure mathematics, mathematical physics, and physics journals. His external research funding has included an NSERC Discovery Accelerator Supplement and an Ontario Early Researcher Award.

David’s academic governance and service activity experience have included terms served as Chair and Associate Chair of Mathematics & Statistics at the University of Guelph; conference, workshop, and thematic program organization; and chairing the Ontario Early Researcher Award Evaluation Panel.

Recently David has taken on the role of International Academic Advisor for the AIMS network, which will include acting as Chair of the AIMS Academic Council; providing research experience and expertise to assist with the development of the AIMS network research profile; and providing leadership for the One For Many program.

Peter Szyszlo, Senior Bilingual Program Coordinator

Peter Szyszlo recently completed his PhD at the University of Ottawa’s School of International Development and Global Studies. His doctoral research aims to address the changing nature of higher education against a backdrop of broader political transition and macro-political dynamics of globalization and the knowledge society/economy. His project analyzes the place of the university as an organization that not only produces and disseminates knowledge, but assimilates and adapts global knowledge to national needs. It also examines the role that research universities may play as arbiters of knowledge and as actors of change. Peter Szyszlo is a member of the EUREDOCS Network and the European Research Area Collaborative Research Network.  Furthermore, he was a visiting scholar at the University of Bologna under the Erasmus Mundus program in 2016.

A seasoned practitioner, Peter Szyszlo is a senior program coordinator at the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences – Next Einstein Initiative.  He previously held dual appointments as an advisor at the University of Ottawa’s International Office and the Ottawa-Shanghai Joint School of Medicine.  In addition to his advisory role, his portfolio included the development of strategic initiatives and research on new and emerging developments in global higher education.  Prior to joining the University of Ottawa, he worked on various international assignments, including a consultancy on a major survey of African academic and research networks with the Partnership for Higher Education in Africa, a consortium of seven major philanthropic foundations.  Its findings were utilized by the World Bank in formulating a program of support forRegional Post-Graduate Education Research Initiatives and Networks in Sub-Saharan Africa.