A group of multi-disciplinary professionals, who perceived the global reaction to Covid, and lockdown in particular, as overwrought and damaging to the point of causing a great tear in the fabric of society, established PANDA (Pandemics Data & Analytics) in April 2020.
As a politically and economically independent organisation, PANDA seeks to develop science-based explanations and test them against international data. Policy recommendations for governments and other institutions can be developed from these. PANDA stands for open science and rational debate, for replacing flawed science with good science and for retrieving liberty and prosperity from the clutches of a dystopian “new normal”.
Nick Hudson 🇿🇦
Nick Hudson is an actuary with broad international experience in finance, who has settled into a career as a private equity investor. He is a man of wide-ranging interests—an avid reader of canonical literature, a classical music aficionado, and an enthusiastic amateur ornithologist. He has been invited to speak on various topics including epistemology, corporate governance, investment management, and more recently, the pandemic.
An abiding concern about the growing influence of postmodern irrationalism, identity politics, social justice constructs, centralism and collectivism led him to recognise quickly in coercive responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, an acute accretion of these looming threats to hard-earned civil rights and freedom, to generativity and the flourishing society. Predicting that they would lead to deep injustices and inequality, he co-founded Pandemics ~ Data & Analytics (PANDA) to refute the many false narratives underpinning them.
Peter Castleden 🇿🇦
Shayne Krige 🇿🇦
Shayne has over a decade of experience as a corporate lawyer in Europe and has spent the past nine years practicing in South Africa. He is currently a director in the corporate law department of Werksmans Attorneys, and has worked on a diverse range of cases including major corporate restructurings, saving butterflies from extinction, assisting victims of police torture and setting up a well-known online start-up.
Ian McGorian 🇬🇧
BIG DATA ANALYST
Ian is currently the managing Director of Silver Fox Consulting, a firm specialising in data analysis to inform strategy. A former director of Allied Publishing (media distribution) and 21st Century (remuneration consulting). Currently residing in the “Big Smoke” (Johannesburg) but escaping whenever possible to indulge in twitching.
Ian joined PANDA as he believes meaning and purpose is lost if we remain silent on things that matter.
Russell Lamberti 🇿🇦
A self-professed Austrian economist, Russell is the founder and Managing Director of ETM Macro Advisors, an investment advisory firm based in Cape Town where he also resides. He is also the co-author of ‘When Money Destroys Nations’, a book about Zimbabwe’s hyperinflation crisis.
Russell joined PANDA at the outset to help provide clarity over the economic impact of lockdowns and to help strengthen the analysis of the immense harm and inappropriateness of lockdowns. Russell remains with PANDA to help equip societies with the knowledge to live courageously and resist such damaging policies in future.
Abir Ballan 🇱🇧
MASTERS IN PUBLIC HEALTH
Abir has a background in public health, psychology, and education. She’s been a passionate advocate for the inclusion of students with learning difficulties in schools. She has also published 27 children’s books in Arabic.
Abir joined PANDA in September 2020, with the hope of fostering an international movement that counteracts the predominant unscientific narrative behind government policies. She believes that these coercive policies have caused great harm to society. She is particularly concerned for the wellbeing of the young, the elderly and people in the developing world.
David Bell 🇺🇸
PHD PUBLIC HEALTH
Jonathan Engler 🇬🇧
DOCTOR AND MEDICAL INVESTOR
Jonathan started his career in clinical medicine. After a few years, he moved into the Pharma Industry, designing and running an international clinical trial program, before he and a colleague spotted a gap in the market for a company utilising IT to automate several clinical trial processes. The company they founded was sold, it had 6 offices worldwide and 500 employees. Jonathan then retrained as a lawyer, but having missed the commercial world he invested in several Healthcare start-ups, one of which (involved in cancer diagnostics) he now chairs.
Jonathan joined PANDA in response to disturbing international developments in 2020. He considers the need to promote honest science, open borders and personal autonomy to be vital to the future of humanity.
Carey Haynes 🇿🇦
PANDA – OPERATIONS COORDINATOR
Carey comes from the Aviation / Tourism Sector and held the role of Sales Manager for a Global Carrier. She questioned lockdowns from the start and although accused of choosing lives over livelihoods, believed that neither could be separated. She has had first-hand experience of how the lockdowns have absolutely decimated the Aviation and Tourism sector and has been directly impacted by the lasting effects of lockdowns in her own career as well as witnessing the devastation of the lives of her industry colleagues.
Carey joined PANDA as she resists the current narrative and will not accept that there is anything normal regarding the current protocols placed on children. Being a mom makes this even more critical.
Lidiya Angelova 🇧🇬🇩🇪 🇩🇪 🇫🇷 🇺🇸 🇨🇦 🇬🇧
MICROBIOLOGY PHD, WRITER
Vincent Anthonyrajah 🇿🇦
FINANCIAL SERVICES PROFESSIONAL
Vincent is Managing Director at Differential Capital. He has close to 15 years of experience, primarily in the investments and insurance sectors. As an equity research analyst during this time, he was highly rated (top 3) in the Financial Mail rankings for research in Banks, Real Estate and General Financials sectors. Vincent’s current area of expertise are in blending traditional fundamental analysis with machine learning techniques.
Samantha Bailey 🇳🇿
Leo Biddle 🇬🇧
Leo has been working in Indonesian & Malaysian Borneo for the last 16 years. His work has focused on Great Ape conservation, rescue and rehabilitation and has also included many other endangered species endemic to the island. He has been a guest lecturer and public speaker internationally on issues pertaining to orangutan conservation, He also founded, and managed, multiple non-profit businesses to fund environmental, conservation and animal charities.
Since the April 2020, after his charity work, Leo has dedicated half his time and money towards funding scientific and artistic voices addressing the unparalleled nonsense that is the global response to covid19. He perceives that the greatest concentration of proportional and likeminded voices exist on the board of PANDA and welcomes the opportunity to support PANDA objectives.
Roy Breeds 🇿🇦
Dr Roy Breeds is an alumnus of the University of Cape Town (UCT) medical school and holds an MBChB (UCT) FCP (SA) Cert Rheumatology (SA). He completed his specialist training at Groote Schuur Hospital and is currently in private rheumatology practice in Cape Town.
Roy joined PANDA because he believes the world’s public health response to SARS-CoV-2 to be the greatest iatrogenic catastrophe in modern history. He sees that a false and one-sided narrative around Covid-19 has taken root and is pervading society and that medical science, with the help of the mainstream media, is complicit in this propaganda and fear-mongering.
Gabriel Brunner 🇦🇹
Gabriel studied Translation and Interpretation in his home town, Innsbruck, Austria, He currrently runs a Translation Service in Valencia, Spain. Gabriel has strong interests in Politics, Philosophy, and above all, a highly developed sense of Justice.
Gabriel joined Panda to continue the good fight to restore common sense and make sure our children will have a dignified future. Early in 2020, faced with the draconian Spanish lockdown, he decided that he was not going to sit on his sofa doing nothing while the world as we know it was being destroyed. Gabriel therefore became an amateur Epidemiologist/Analyst/Researcher out of necessity.
Heike Brunner 🇿🇦
Heike is an alumnus of WITS University, a stage/screen actor, voice-over artist and writer. She lived and worked in Europe for 12 years before settling in Cape Town.
Heike joined PANDA in April 2020, deeply concerned about the impact of lockdowns and the accompanying fear-mongering, guilting and shaming on children and marginalised youngsters. Heike worked with Afghan child refugees in Paris and volunteers with former street children in Cape Town. She helps coordinate PANDA’s Communication.
Sankha Shubhra Chakrabarti 🇮🇳
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, GERIATRIC MEDICINE
Sankha trained in Internal Medicine (MD) and Geriatrics. His core areas of research are geriatric neuropsychiatry and drug safety for the elderly. He has ongoing research projects in Alzheimer’s disease and elderly pharmacovigilance.
Sankha joined PANDA as he developed an interest in infections of the elderly with the advent of the COVID crisis. On multiple occasions, he had witnessed viral epidemics in the elderly. Morbidity and mortality were high, but causal agents were never identified, leading him to wonder why there needed to be a differential response to COVID-19 from the usual management of epidemics. He is also concerned about the collateral damage to elderly health care.
David Carman 🇦🇺
David has a BSc in microbiology and biochemistry, and an MBChB. He worked extensively with TB and HIV in the 1990s, and now writes and runs Linux systems in health data management. He also believes vitamin D supplementation is vital in the fight against SARS-CoV-2, as well as HIV, TB and a host of other illnesses.
Clare Craig 🇬🇧
Clare Craig has been a pathologist since 2001 in the NHS in the UK and more recently as the day to day pathology lead for the cancer arm of the 100,000 Genomes Project and working for an AI startup in cancer diagnostics.
Clare Joined PANDA because she believes that our actions as a society have killed and are continuing to kill more people than COVID ever did. As a diagnostics expert Clare recognises the mistakes that have been made and wants to shout about them.
Marc Girardot 🇫🇷
Marc is the father of 4 children. He holds an MBA from INSEAD, as well as Ms. in Economics and Business from ESSEC. He has deep experience in innovation and complex systems, working for Cisco, Booz Allen and Air Liquide. A seasoned strategy consultant trained in the scientific method with experience in Automotive, Biotech and Energy, Marc is a regular lecturer and keynote speaker at leading business schools and corporations. In recent years, Marc has supported a promising anti-cancer DNA vaccine company. On Covid-19, Marc has written a number of articles highlighting the interactions of population density, cross-immunity and mortality.
Marc joined PANDA to help contribute to a more balanced science-based perspective on COVID-19, to mitigate the harm done by fearful policies founded on ungrounded hypotheses and unscientific approaches, and to accelerate our return to normalcy.
Todd Hayen 🇨🇦
Todd is a practicing Jungian psychotherapist in the Greater Toronto Area, Canada. He is a researcher and writer focusing on topics in psychology, ancient Egyptian Khemitology, humanity, and spirituality.
Todd joined Panda because he believes that to be fully human we must have one foot in a non-material realm where we find meaning, purpose, love, and connection with the world around us. The other foot in the pursuit of truth and understanding of the physical world we live in—science. PANDA is the perfect place to find both.
Cherry Hughes 🇬🇧
ADVANCED CLINICAL PRACTITIONER
Cherry trained as a nurse. Over the last 30 years, she has worked for the NHS and strived to increase her knowledge and understanding of evidence-based practice. Seeing the negation of established knowledge of viral pathogenesis by otherwise intelligent colleagues has saddened her. The erosion of the foundations and principles of the NHS, by governmental oversight, concerns Cherry deeply.
Cherry joined PANDA as a beacon of common sense, scrutiny and true, evidence-based approaches to current health challenges.
Ivan Iriarte 🇵🇷
Ivan is a medical doctor who has spent most of his professional career as an educator, teaching Family Medicine, Preventive Medicine, Epidemiology and Medical Ethics. He has also supported medical residents of different specialties, to accomplish the requirements to complete research projects, mostly in hospital settings. Ivan has provided support with issues such as study design, IRB application and analysis of study results. In addition to his professional activities, he is a serious musician.
Ivan joined PANDA because world responses to the COVID-19 epidemic violate all historical precedents and Public Health principles known for more than a century. The result has been a distortion of the real magnitude of the health problem, an inappropriate focus on COVID-19 as if it was the only relevant health problem in the world, and the causation of much harm to the world population. He hopes PANDA will be an organization capable of producing change in the present situation.
Manigreeva Krishnatreya 🇮🇳
Trained as an otolaryngologist and head and neck surgeon, Manigreeva has over 10 years experience in cancer research. Dr Krishnatreya began working in rural India treating TB and other infectious diseases. Since March, he has opposed lockdowns and advocated Vitamin D supplements for vulnerable patients. He has a deep interest in immunology and believes that T-Cell mediated immunity is key to beating Covid-19.
Manigreeva joined PANDA as he is deeply worried about the catastrophic consequences of lockdowns, the disruption to cancer screening and treatment, the devastating consequences of chronic diseases and the decline in vaccinations for children in developing countries. He believes that lockdowns play no part in either preventing the spread of Covid-19 or lowering mortality.
John Lee 🇬🇧
PROFESSOR OF PATHOLOGY
John Lee is a retired English pathologist and NHS consulting pathologist. He was clinical professor of pathology at Hull York Medical School and consultant histopathologist at Rotherham General Hospital, before becoming the Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust’s Director of Cancer Services.
Dr Lee has been a vocal critic of the UK government’s policy response to Covid-19 and lockdowns.
Matelda Lisdero 🇦🇷
Matelda is an obstetrician, gyanacologist and a homeopath. She teaches and applies the model of the 5 biological laws discovered by Dr Hamer. This is a precise model of body mind and medicine.
Matelda is an active member of ”Epidemiologos Argentinos Metadisciplinarios”, a group similar to PANDA, in Argentina. She also co-hosts an Argentian radio show. She is very active in Instagram with many followers being the topic “the 5 biological laws” in Spanish.
Jacques Malan 🇦🇺
CEO of Optisol Australia, working on IoT and AI products. Jacques is currently a doctoral candidate at Edinburgh Business School, but spends most of his time programming mathematical models on computers. He has lived and worked in seven countries, over 20 years, including a two-year stint in Silicon Valley (working on leading edge AI and ML models).
Jacques has a passion for smart IT and loves creating sophisticated systems.
Emma McArthur 🇬🇧
FORMER SOCIAL WORKER
A former radiographer, Emma moved from the UK to South Australia in 2007. Following a career break to raise her family, Emma completed a Master of Social Work. She has worked in the fields of homelessness, mental health and counselling for survivors of childhood sexual abuse.
Emma joined PANDA in November 2020 to voice concerns about the ongoing impact of lockdown policies on societies’ most disadvantaged, as well as upon the wellbeing of our young people. She believes ‘being alive’ is about more than biology, and that policies must incorporate the psychosocial and spiritual welfare of all citizens.
Kevin Mckernan 🇺🇸
CHIEF SCIENTIFIC OFFICER, MEDICINAL GENOMICS, MICROBIOLOGY, DNA SEQUENCING
Kevin holds a B.S. in Biology from Emory University with a focus on cloning and expressing Norepinephrine Transporters. He is the CSO and Founder of Medicinal Genomics and has pioneered the genomics of cannabis and hemp to build a stronger scientific environment for the study of cannabis based therapeutics. Kevin also managed the R&D for the Human Genome Project at Whitehead Institute/MIT resulting in several patents for nucleic acid purification.
Kevin joined PANDA as he believes C19 risks are not being objectively displayed in the media and this is causing global economic harm that may vastly exceed the risk of the disease itself.
Trevor Nell 🇬🇧
SENIOR DATA SCIENTIST
Trevor is a data scientist with BSc in Statistics, a qualified electrician and also possesses a Grandmaster in Memory from the 2005 World Memory Championships. He has an uncanny knack for numbers and is keen interest in machine learning, computer vision, feature engineering, AB testing, fraud modeling and problem solving.
Denis Rancourt 🇨🇦
RESEARCHER AT ONTARIO CIVIL LIBERTIES ASSOCIATION (OCLA.CA)
Denis has a PhD and is a researcher, retired from academia. He was a tenured Full Professor of Physics, University of Ottawa, Canada, where he led a nationally-funded interdisciplinary laboratory for two decades. He has published over 100 research papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals in the areas of measurement science, theoretical physics, chemistry, geology, biogeochemistry, materials science, soil science, and environmental science. His recent reports about COVID have been read approximately 1 million times, and his interviews, have been viewed more than 2 million times.
Denis joined PANDA to interact with scientists and health professionals concerned with the responses of governments and institutions to the globally coordinated COVID-19 political and public-health episode.
Oliver Robinson 🇬🇧
PROFESSOR OF PSYCHOLOGY
Oliver is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Greenwich, London, UK. He has written an interdisciplinary review of lockdown policies that evaluates biomedical, economic, psychological and ethical research on the topic.
Oliver joined PANDA as he passionately believes that a multidisciplinary evidence-based approach to lockdowns and other Covid-19 government interventions is necessary to counteract the distinctly narrow, propaganda-heavy perspective that dominates the discussion at a political and mainstream media level.
Stacey Rudin 🇺🇸
Stacey Rudin is a writer and activist and runs PANDA’s Legal Network. Stacey writes for the American Institute of Economic Research and others in support of freedom, human rights and democracy. Her work with underprivileged communities and in the justice system informs her activism against lockdowns and open-ended “emergency” declarations.
An avid tennis player and reader of history, Stacey lives with her husband, two daughters, and one Cockapoo in Short Hills, New Jersey.
Janet Schuiling 🇿🇦
Janet spent 17 years in the Oil and Gas industry, analyzing data in search of exploration prospects. A large part of her role was determining risk and volumetric uncertainty for these exploration targets which were easily 2km underground. Her assessment of risk and reward would help determine the commercial feasibility of an exploration campaign. Janet is comfortable in the world of data analysis, risk assessment and uncertainty.
Paul Scott 🇿🇦
Paul is a seasoned professional in financial markets and emerging-market technologies and in charge of PANDA Fundraising and Business Operations. He has deep-level FinTech, InsurTech and Big Data ecosystem knowledge, including utilisation of leading-edge technologies that underpin the ecosystem’s development. His focus for the last 5-years has become the inherent benefits in disruptive technology and the nascent opportunities this presents for a decentralised global economy.
Heidi Short 🇿🇦
Heidi is a statistics lecturer who gains satisfaction from educating and helping others make sense of numbers. She is passionate about data-driven decision making, and a keen advocate of good science, especially in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Heidi joined PANDA to help dispel fear and empower people by demystifying the data into relatable, bite-sized pieces.
Joel Smalley 🇬🇧
MBA, QUANTITATIVE ANALYST
Joel is Chief Technology Officer of Supermoney Ltd, a blockchain technology company. He started his career as a proprietary derivatives trader at JP Morgan Chase before becoming a quantitative analyst at TP ICAP and consultant to ITO33 in Paris. He also has experience as a biotechnology analyst at BioLauncher Ltd covering a range of businesses including resorbable polymers, biosimilars, oncology diagnostics and ultrasonic dermatology. He is a specialist in time-series and stochastic data analysis.
Piet Streicher 🇿🇦
Piet studied engineering at the University of Witwatersrand. He is the CEO of BulkSMS and Founder of Parents Corner, communications and social responsibility platforms which he has been running for the past two decades.
His interests include science, religion, gene-culture co-evolution and epistemology.
Carol Taccetta 🇺🇸
Carol is a U.S. trained and licensed physician, board-certified in clinical pathology, with a career in drug development. Key agency interactions include Carol’s co-drafting of a chapter in the 1989 U.S. Surgeon General’s Report (CDC), as well as serving as Sponsor’s Responsible Medical Officer for a successful New Drug Application (NDA) to the FDA.
Carol joined PANDA to find a group of open-minded scientists who share a moral responsibility to speak the truth about the COVID-19 virus and intelligently question its current governmental public health response plan. As a drug safety specialist, Carol is especially concerned with what she sees as a premature deployment of the still experimental COVID-19 vaccines, worsened by the lack of cohesive and complete safety data reported during these ongoing trials conducted on the public under an Investigational New Drug (IND) Application.
John Taylor 🇿🇦
John Taylor is a retired businessman who has long had a social conscience and is greatly concerned about the freedoms, rights and liberty of everyone and the impact of humans upon the environment.
When the first reports of a novel coronavirus appeared in the media, John was inspired to take action. As the responses of the World Health Organisation (WHO) became clearer, he realised that there was something seriously amiss. Spurred into action he has assembled an array of legal and professional skills to advise and guide the direction and actions of “Free the Children – Save the Nation”.
Helen Tindall 🇦🇺
Helen has a Masters in Public Health and 20 years experience in public health programme management in Australia and overseas. This includes infectious disease surveillance, outbreak response, tuberculosis control, viral hepatitis and vaccination programs. She specialised in child health programmes and currently volunteers in impoverished communities in Cambodia. During the 2009 Swine ‘flu pandemic she worked with her local Health Authority and recognizes many of the same politico-media influences that manipulate public health responses.
Helen joined PANDA as she wants to contribute her skills and experience to using a principled, evidence-based approach to Covid-19.
Kate Wand 🇨🇦
ARTIST AND CONTENT CREATOR
Jonathan Witt 🇿🇦
Dr Jonathan Witt is a medical practitioner working in the field of Anaesthesia and Critical Care. He is a passionate communicator, a skill which he applies as a medical educator as well as on various media platforms including the acclaimed current affairs podcast, the Renegade Report. He is well known for his steadfast opinions and views on a wide range of political, economic and sociological topics. Dr Witt is an executive member of the Convocation at the University of Witwatersrand, is the current Chief Commissioner of St John South Africa, and is the former Chairman of the Resuscitation Council of Southern Africa. Jonathan lobbies for thoughtful data driven actions which take into account medical, economic and political outcomes.