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Green Templeton College proudly celebrated International Womens Day 2024 by honouring fourteen exceptional women with a series of nine stunning portraits. We are proud to announce that this included Josephine Agyeman-Duah, and Dr Shobhana Nagraj within the Kennedy Group of the Nuffield Department of Women's & Reproductive Health.

Nominated via an open call to the college community and generously supported by donors to the college, these portraits showcase some of the diverse talents and contributions of women at Green Templeton, and their work advancing gender equality in college and the wider world.

Captured by Oxford-based photographer Hannah Veale the portraits will be displayed in the Stables Gallery throughout March before they find their permanent homes in prominent locations across the college.

"It has been wonderful to champion this portraiture project on behalf of the college’s EDI Forum – and the results are better than we dared hope for! The nine photographs showcase the exceptional women of Green Templeton today – our staff, students, alumna and fellows. These pictures capture a moment in time in the college’s history, and when placed alongside our existing art, they combine to tell a new story about Green Templeton, its achievements, and its values."
Dr Alison Stenton, Senior Tutor and Equality, Diversity and Inclusion lead



Josephine Agyeman-Duah stood in the Tower of the Winds

Josephine Agyeman-Duah is an international health professional from Ghana whose doctoral research developed neurodevelopmental assessments of preterm infants. She has worked with international organisations, including the WHO, on paediatric quality of care and early child development. She was Green Templeton’s first Black Students’ GCR Representative and the Founder and first President of the college’s Black Students’ Society. She has previously been awarded the prestigious UK PhD Student of the Year in 2022, the Oxford Vice-Chancellor’s Innovation Award, and the college’s Nautilus Academic and Citizenship awards.

It's hard to summarise all of Josephine's achievements, but here's a few: 
• Worked with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria in Switzerland on HIV program quality and efficiency .

• Worked with the Geneva Foundation for Medical Education and Research to promote sexual and reproductive health.

Was Special Advisor to Family Larsson Rosenquist Foundation in establishing a social enterprise in Africa to promote breastfeeding and operationalisation of breastfeeding policies. 

• Led regional implementation of a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation sponsored project in Ghana to reduce child mortality and improve maternal health.

• Established a Black Mentorship Programme to support the career progression of young professionals at the University of Oxford who are paired with experienced Black professionals globally.

•  Curated the Maarifa (Swahili for knowledge) Library Collection of more than 100 books for self-education to address racism and microaggression and to celebrate Black history, culture and experiences and writers of minority ethnic group backgrounds.

• Facilitated instituting the first Black History Month Celebration, which raised the DifferentEqual flag for the first time and throughout the month-long celebration at her College each October..

• Fellowship recipient in healthcare quality and patient safety from the International Society for Quality in Health Care, Ireland.

Twitter: @Jossey_AgyemanD


Dr Shobhana Nagraj stood in greenhouse looking off camera surrounded by greenery and flowers

Dr Shobhana Nagraj is a clinician and researcher in maternal child health working to promote innovation in global surgery and global health.

Her doctoral research in the department was entitled "SMARThealth Pregnancy: the development & evaluation of a complex intervention using mobile clinical decision support to screen, refer and manage pregnant women at high risk of future cardiometabolic disorders in rural India". It has been foundational for a larger trial and programme of work.  

Shobi has also set up projects with Oxfordshire community organisations to reduce childhood malnutrition and health inequalities locally.


Dr Radhika Chadha and Dr Sheila Lumley

Dr Radhika Chadha and Dr Sheila Lumley Stood in upper level of Radcliffe Observatory against railings looking at camera smiling

Radhika and Sheila are the first women (and job-sharers) to run the medical teaching programme.  They do this in conjunction with their work as clinical academics in the fields of General Surgery and Infectious Diseases respectively.

Alison Franklin,

Alison Franklin sat leaning towards camera smiling

Alison manages the College Office, supporting students from admissions to graduation. She has worked for Green Templeton since December 2012 and has been Academic Registrar since 2018. Alison is also the college welfare lead and disability coordinator.

Professor Sue Dopson, 
Professor Xiaolan Fu, 
Professor Rebecca Surender

Professor Sue Dopson, Professor Xiaolan Fu, Professor Rebecca Surender stood on stairs of the Radcliffe Observatory looking at the camera

Sue is Deputy Dean for People and Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at the Saïd Business School, and Professor of Organisational Behaviour. Her research focuses on innovation and change in the public and private sectors – most recently women’s leadership and the experiences of minorities who pursue academic careers.

Xiaolan is Professor of Technology and International Development and Founding Director of the Oxford University Technology and Management Centre for Development. As an expert on innovation, science and technology capabilities in the developing world, she has been consulted by the UN, the World Bank, the OECD, and the Chinese government.

Rebecca is a Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Social Policy and Intervention, specialising in health and social policy in developing countries, and Associate Head of the Oxford Social Sciences Division (Graduate and Research Training). She was the university’s Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Equality and Diversity from 2014 to 2021, and is a member of Advance HE’s EDI Strategic Advisory Group.

Professor Trish Greenhalgh OBE, 
Laiba Husain,
Dr Helene-Mari van der Westhuizen

Professor Trish Greenhalgh (Right seated), Laiba Husain (Stood in middle), Dr Helene-Mari van der Westhuizen (Seated left)

Trish is a professor of Primary Care Health Sciences whose research analyses the organisation and delivery of health services, including most recently responses to COVID-19 and the introduction of remote healthcare.

Laiba is a 2019 US-UK Fulbright Scholar and THIS Institute Research Fellow, currently working on her DPhil study, supervised by Trish Greenhalgh, on the scale-up of virtual healthcare platforms and its implications on digital health disparities.

Helene-Mari is a South African medical doctor with a doctorate in tuberculosis prevention in health facilities. Helene-Mari founded the NGO TB Proof and her research on TB and COVID-19 prevention has been relied on for national and international policy. Trish Greenhalgh was one of her DPhil supervisors, and Helene-Mari now supervises several students herself.

Selina Kaing

Selina Kaing stood in front of bookcase wearing black jacket The daughter of Cambodian refugees, Selina has performed transformational work with some of the world’s top companies and now leads technology services in Google’s global procurement team. She is the chairwoman of the United States Fencing Foundation trustee board, and a strong advocate for diversity in sport, leadership, and business.

Hannah Sale

Hannah Sale sat smiling at the camera in the dining roomHannah is a longstanding member of the college catering team who has interacted with generations of students and other college members at the hub of the community, playing a pivotal role in its reputation for hospitality and a welcoming environment for all.

Yelyzaveta (Lisa) Yasko MP 

Yelyzaveta Yasko Sat on bench in college grounds with windswept hair The first Ukrainian to graduate from the Blavatnik School of Government, a political scientist, an artist and a political communications specialist, Lisa became an elected member of the Ukrainian parliament in 2019.


Congratulations to everyone who has been recognised with this fantastic honour!

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