Professor Amita Dhanda

Professor of Law at NALSAR University of Law, India

Amita Dhanda is Professor of Law at National Academy of Legal Studies and Research, Hyderabad. She also heads the Centre for Legal Philosophy and Justice Education and the Centre for Disability Studies at the University.

Professor Dhanda is an international expert in the field of disability human rights whereby she has not just argued for the human rights claims of persons with disabilities but also demonstrated how disability human rights would strengthen the human rights of all. Professor Dhanda was actively involved in formulating the first disability statutes in her country. Her expertise was employed by the Supreme Court of India to examine the plight of persons with mental illness in the jails of West Bengal (one of the provinces in India). The investigation resulted in the Supreme Court declaring the housing of mentally ill persons in jails to be unconstitutional.

She has also lobbied for universal legal capacity with support in the United Nations Ad Hoc Committee on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities as a member of the World Network of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry. A comprehensive examination of the legal status of persons with mental illness in Indian Law resulted in her pioneering publication entitled Legal Order and Mental Disorder and her writings on the legal capacity of persons with disabilities are referred to widely.

Dr Hinemoa Elder

Professor of Indigenous Health Research at Te Whare Wänanga of Awanuiāragi, New Zealand

Dr Hinemoa Elder is of Ngāti Kuri, Te Aupouri, Te Rarawa and Ngāpuhi descent. She is a Fellow of the Royal Australia and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists and has been a consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist for more than 10 years.

Dr Elder is the Professor of Indigenous Health Research at Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi. She was a recipient of the Eru Pomare Post Doctoral Fellow, Health Research Council of New Zealand 2014-2018. Hinemoa is the Māori Strategic Leader for the Centre of Research Excellence (CoRE) for the Ageing Brain.

Dr Elder is an advocate for use of Te Reo Māori and is a graduate of Te Pīnakitanga ki te Reo Kairangi, rangapū tuarima. In addition to her medical qualifications she has a PhD (Massey University, 2012) that developed theory and a novel recovery approach grounded in Te Ao Māori, for Māori with traumatic brain injury, a condition recognized locally and internationally as over represented in incarcerated populations. These resources are now being used in community rehabilitation services. Hinemoa continues to work clinically as a neuropsychiatrist and in youth forensic psychiatry writing reports for the adult, youth and family courts.

Dr Elder has served on several Ministry of Health reference groups. She is a deputy psychiatrist member of the NZ Mental Health Review Tribunal and a Specialist Assessor under the Intellectual Disability (Compulsory Care and Rehabilitation) Act 2003.

Dr Elder is also an invited Research Associate of the Person Centred Research Centre, and the National Institute for Stroke and Applied Neurosciences at AUT and is a member of the Māori Advisory Committee of the Centre for Brain Research, University of Auckland.

Dr Elder is a Trustee and Director of Emerge Aotearoa, a national NGO and an Advisory Trustee on Te Puna Ora o Mataatua Charitable Trust. In 2018 Dr Elder was appointed to the International Science Advisory Panel of the National Science Challenge, “E Tipu E Rea, A Better Start”.

Dr Elder has previously co-authored a chapter about Māori and the Mental Health Act (Elder H, Tapsell R, (2013) editors Dawson J and Gledhill K, Otago University Press). She has recently authored a chapter about Māori concepts related to the legal concept of “capacity” again edited by Professor John Dawson, which will be available by the time of the conference.

Dr Majeed Khader

Chief Psychologist at Ministry of Home Affairs, Singapore

A forensic psychologist by training, Majeed Khader is Chief Psychologist at the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Director of the Home Team Behavioural Sciences Centre .A trained hostage negotiator, his previous operational duties include being the ex-Deputy Commander of the Crisis Negotiation Unit and a trainer with the negotiation unit. He also teaches criminal psychology part time as an Assistant Professor (Adjunct) at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Nanyang Technology University and is a guest lecturer at the National University of Singapore.

For the past 25 years, Dr Majeed has overseen the development of psychological services in the areas of crime profiling, crisis psychology, threat assessment, leadership psychology and resilience. He has been instrumental in the early development of forensic psychology, forensic-legal psychology and terrorism psychology in Singapore. For his work, he was awarded the National Day Public Administration Award (Bronze) in 2006 by the President of Singapore and once again the Public Administration Award Silver in 2014. Majeed holds a Masters degree (with Distinction) in Forensic Psychology from the University of Leicester (U.K) and a PhD in Psychology, (specialising in personality and crisis leadership) from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. Majeed has published widely and is the lead Editor of 'Combatting Violent Extremism in the Digital Era'.

Majeed has been invited as a speaker to organisations in Indonesia, Malaysia, Japan, Canada, Hong Kong and the USA to share on crime psychology, terrorism and leadership. He has also presented at the FBI, NCIS and the RCMP. He has been the Chairman of several major international conferences held in Singapore titled the “Asian Conference of Criminal and Operations Psychology”. He has been the Asian Director and sits on the board of the USA based Society of Police and Criminal Psychology. He is a Registered Psychologist with the Singapore Psychological Society, and a member of the British, and American psychological Societies. Majeed is also a Adjunct Senior Fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, a member of the Temasek Poytechnic School Advisory Board and a Director at the Special Needs Trust Company.