Dina Patel

NCTJ-qualified journalist and Content Manager at Human Capital (hcinsider.global/)

Minimising risks in adventure travel

Penguin Watch, a University of Oxford research project, investigates the threats to Antarctic penguins, and explores the changing distribution patterns of penguins and species survival around the Southern Ocean. QW speaks to Dr Tom Hart, Penguinologist at University of Oxford’s Department of Zoology, to find out how Penguin Watch’s use of the voluntary standard BS 8848:2014 has helped to improve the project’s expeditions

The power of seeds

The current world population of 7.6 billion is expected to reach 8.6 billion in 2030 and 9.8 billion in 2050 (UN), with much of this growth taking place in developing countries. Market demand for food will, as a result, continue to increase and place additional stress on agriculture-dependent developing countries. Dina Patel speaks to Venkatram Vasantavada, Managing Director and CEO at SeedWorks, and Rajasekaran Rajakumar, General Manager-Quality Assurance at SeedWorks, to find out how their organisation is helping to reduce this pressure by enhancing the productivity of farmers through its research and development efforts.

Regulating digital technology

Digital technologies are underpinning almost every aspect of our lives, changing the way we live and work. As organisations adopt and adapt to new ways of working, it’s imperative that they have a strong governance framework in place to mitigate risks. QW speaks to Dr Irina Brass, Lecturer in Regulation, Innovation and Public Policy at University College London and Chair of the IoT-1 Technical Committee of the BSI, about how a standards-based approach to governance can improve organisational resilience. In November 2019, Dr Brass received the BSI Standards-Makers Award for Education about Standardisation.

Uganda's Quality Champions

Mildmay Uganda, a non-governmental organisation, was established in Uganda in 1998 as a Centre of Excellence for the provision of HIV and AIDS prevention, care, treatment and training services. Over time, Mildmay Uganda has diversified its services specialising in the delivery of healthcare. The organisation now supports more than 100,000 people living with HIV and provides general hospital care to more than 15,000 patients. Dina Patel speaks to Dr Barbara Mukasa, Executive Director; Dr Yvonne Karamagi, Director of Medical Services; Moses Bwambale Kyamakya, M&E Quality Assurance Manager; Mary Odiit, Director of Research and Strategic Information; and Belinda Tumushabe, Quality Assurance Specialist at Mildmay Uganda, to discover how the organisation is providing sustainable health prevention, care and treatment.

Resettling refugees with quality management

Every two seconds a person becomes displaced as a result of persecution, conflict, violence or human rights violations, according to the UN. That’s 30 people who are newly displaced every minute. Dina Patel speaks to Richard Thickpenny, CQP MCQI, Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Tom Dixon, Senior Projects Officer at Ashley Community Housing, a refugee resettlement service in the UK, to find out how quality management is ensuring better integration for refugees.
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