Ovidiu Brazdau – Research Director
Hello! My research is focused on developing the Consciousness Quotient Inventory (CQ-i) and introducing the conscious experience as a research variable in psychological assessment. This process took some years, while trying to ascertain a way to identify and scientifically measure the “awakeness skills”. The first version of the CQ-i was developed through 14 studies on a population of 6,800 individuals. It was first released in 2008, and presented next year at the Toward a Science of Consciousness conference. Since then, it has been updated many times in order to become a very reliable assessment instrument.
Keith Fiveson – Executive Director, Conscious Organizational Design
Keith Fiveson is an innovative and seasoned Global Customer Contact Engagement executive, with 20+ years spent creating strong brands and exceptional customer experience. Keith has extensive telecommunications experience, leading and motivating teams, outsourcing partnerships, vendors and knowledge systems, including multichannel voice, chat, data/digital and social channels. An analytic advocate for the voice of the customer (VOC), Keith has led call center solution teams at MCI, BT, AT&T and the pioneering $1 billion global venture, Concert, where he developed end-to-end, multinational contact center solutions for Fortune 1000 clients.
Sona Ahuja – Senior Researcher
Hello! I am from Gujarat, India originally, born and brought up there and now live in Dayalbagh, Agra, India. I am a teacher-educator and a researcher of consciousness studies. As part of my academic interest, I prepare prospective teachers for conscious education since a decade. I teach mathematics education, educational psychology and educational technology in university. I enjoy interacting with student-teachers. I have visited different teacher education departments in my country and abroad to integrate the best practices in teacher education.
Cristian Opariuc – Psychometrics Research Coordinator
Hi! I am a fan of psychometrics since 1997. Right after completing the military service, I worked as chief psychologist in gendarmerie, until 2001. During this period, in addition to psychological assessment and counseling to staff, I was preoccupied with building a comprehensive computerized psychological evaluation methodology and the about the issue of optimizing communication in organizations. Since 2007, I teach at Ovidius University in Constanta, a nice town near Black Sea. In recent years, I have been concerned about organizations and communication management issues in organizations, for which I have developed a series of computer tools, based on an original conception, designed to optimize decision-making and psychological assessment.
Valita Jones – Research Associate
I was born in Muskegon Heights, Michigan on January 3, 1964. I am the oldest of seven children. I have three adult children, two sons and a daughter. I am also the proud grandmother of two grandsons. I am social scientist, trained and experienced working within diverse and demanding environments including educational, administrative, and community. I hold an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership, an M.A. in Postsecondary Educational Leadership and BA degrees in both Psychology and Africana Studies. Additionally, I have several certificates in Management and Leadership, Community College Teaching, both from San Diego State University, and a certificate from the University of Oklahoma, College of Continuing Education, and Institute on Crisis of Young Black Males. While in my doctoral program, I developed a new leadership framework, that is focused on what I call Conscious Leadership.
Sadhna Sharma – Research Associate
I was born at Agra, India and my bringing up was done in different states of India. I am a Senior Research Fellow (SRF) from Dayalbagh Educational Institute in Agra. Apart from CQ, my research interests include: consciousness based education and contemplative pedagogy. I have a science background and a master degree (M.Sc.) in chemistry. It was during that period when I realized that education needs something more than the mechanical methods and trends which were being used in modern education system. As a result I had my Master’s degree in education (M.Ed.) which helped me to explore the practices prevalent in the field of education. I discovered that it was educational psychology and particularly the field of consciousness, which can help in the development of learner centred approaches in teaching.