Dr Alex Boyd (Cert Ed, PG Dip, PhD, FRSA) has a passion for developing collaborations based on equity, integrity and mutual benefit. He is the conceiver and cofounder of the Embodied Research Working Group at the IFTR from which he cofounded and is currently the Executive Director of Intercultural Roots. Alex is a practitioner-scholar who graduated from the University of California at Davis PhD programme with a focus on Performance Studies and Critical Education. His dissertation entitled ‘The Sustainability of Traditional Knowledge Systems’ draws on what is now 3 decades of professional work in practising, teaching and applying Chinese Taoist embodied culture to benefit communities in the UK, Europe and North America. Alex is a Research Associate with the University of California at Davis. His research explores how performers can cultivate and express their chi (qi) energy and has already benefited many dancers, musicians, athletes and even CEO’s. In his consultancy work he has supported many people and community groups, helping them to establish and resource grassroot charities (not-for-profits) and social enterprises. Alex and his wife Wendy are parents and live in Ilkley, Yorkshire. Alex enjoys playing guitar and walking up on Ilkley Moor and in the Yorkshire Dales.