Alex Boyd (PhD, FRSA) has a passion for enabling collaborations based on equity, integrity and mutual benefit. He is the conceiver and a cofounder of the Embodied Research Working Group at the IFTR from which he cofounded and is Executive Director of Intercultural Roots. He is a practitioner-scholar who graduated from the University of California at Davis PhD programme with a focus on the fields of Performance Studies and Critical Education. Dr Boyd's dissertation entitled ‘The Sustainability of Traditional Knowledge Systems’ draws on what is more than 3 decades of professional work in performing, developing practice and teacher training in Chinese Daoist embodied culture to benefit communities in the UK, Europe and North America. He is a Research Associate with the University of California at Davis (Theatre & Dance) and a Core Member of Cross Pollination. His research includes exploration for how performers, through in-person and digital communications and media, can cultivate and connect through presence. This is work that has already benefited many internationally acclaimed dancers, musicians, athletes and even CEO’s. Alex was born in Irvine, Scotland and is currently based in Ilkley, Yorkshire (UK) with his family and enjoys playing the guitar, often too loud, wandering up on the moors, and finding quietude with nature.