New portraits revealed for International Women’s Day

International Women's Day Portraits Landscape

Green Templeton College is proud to mark #InternationalWomensDay2024 by honoring fourteen exceptional women through a series of nine stunning portraits.

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 images blend timelessness with a modern flair, embodying the college’s progressive and contemporary spirit.

The portraits will be displayed in the Stables Gallery throughout March before they find their permanent homes in prominent locations across the college.

Dr Alison Stenton, Senior Tutor and Equality, Diversity and Inclusion lead, said, ‘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.’

Josephine Nana Afrakoma Agyeman-Duah (DPhil Women’s and Reproductive Health, 2018)

Josephine Agyeman-Duah stood in the Tower of the Winds

Josephine 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, to improve maternal and child health. 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 been recognised including with 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.

Dr Radhika Chadha and Dr Sheila Lumley, Senior Doll Fellows

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, Academic Registrar

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, Governing Body Fellow
Professor Xiaolan Fu, Governing Body Fellow
Professor Rebecca Surender, Vice Principal and Governing Body Fellow

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, Governing Body Fellow
Laiba Husain (DPhil Translational Health Sciences, 2022)
Dr Helene-Mari van der Westhuizen (DPhil Primary Health Care, 2018)

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 (MBA, 2006 at then – Templeton College)

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.

Dr Shobhana Nagraj (DPhil Women’s and Reproductive Health 2017), Research Fellow

Dr Shobhana Nagraj stood in greenhouse looking off camera surrounded by greenery and flowersA clinician and researcher in maternal child health working to promote innovation in global surgery and global health, Shobi has also set up projects with Oxfordshire community organisations to reduce childhood malnutrition and health inequalities locally.

Hannah Sale, Catering Supervisor

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 (MPP, 2016)

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.

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These welcome additions to the college collection build on the unveiling of a portrait of former Principal and Honorary Fellow Denise Lievesley in late 2023. This now occupies pride of place as you enter the Observatory Common Room.

Criteria for nomination

Nominees must have:

  • Been current or former students, fellows or staff at Green Templeton College (or Green College, Templeton College or the Oxford Centre for Management Studies), or have an equivalent strong link to the college
  • Identify as women
  • Actively contributed to the success, values or profile of Green Templeton, either within the college community or in society more widely through their research, careers, or other actions
  • Been living at the time of nomination (We plan to celebrate the achievements of those no longer with us in a project that will run alongside this one)

Award Committee

  • Alison Stenton, Senior Tutor and college Equality and Diversity lead (Chair)
  • Sonia Antoranz Contera, Governing Body Fellow and member of the Green Templeton Equality and Diversity Forum
  • Lady Deborah Dixon, Global Editorial Director, Science and Medical Journals, Oxford University Press
  • Tori Ford (DPhil, Primary Health Care, 2021)
  • Taiwo Olawole (Master of Public Policy, 2022)
  • Caitlin Pawulski, Deputy Academic Registrar and member of the Green Templeton Equality and Diversity Forum
  • Sarah Taylor, Digital Communications Officer and member of the Green Templeton Equality and Diversity Forum

The college is also grateful to Ruth Scobie for her time in administering this project along with Caitlin Pawulski and Sarah Taylor.

College members are encouraged to come and see the new portraits both for this exhibition and when the portraits are in their permanent homes.

Created: 8 March 2024