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Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor

Minister of State for Higher Education, Government of Ireland

Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD is Minister of State at the Department of Education with special responsibility for Higher Education.

Mary previously served as Minister of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation. During her tenure, Mary led on the creation and maintenance of high quality and sustainable full employment across all regions of the country. Mary worked very closely with IDA Ireland, Enterprise Ireland, Science Foundation Ireland and Local Enterprise Offices in promoting the jobs agenda and oversaw for the first time in almost a decade, over 2 million people employed in Ireland.

Mary Mitchell O’Connor is a Fine Gael TD for the Dún Laoghaire Constituency. Mary was elected to Dáil Éireann on her first attempt in the 2011 General Election and topped the poll in the General Election, February 2016.

Mary is a hard working Minister and TD, and is passionate about the needs and concerns of the constituents of Dún Laoghaire and of the country. She is committed to economic growth, improving education and health and supporting small businesses.

Mary has crusaded for improved pupil teacher ratio, additional resource hours for students with disabilities and Government reform of childcare. She has worked on the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill 2015, advocated for healthy eating and decreasing obesity and helped raise the age for Breast Checks to 69. She is also a strong and out spoken supporter of gender equality.

Dr. Miyoko O. Watanabe

Deputy Executive Director, Director-General of Center for Science Communication and Director of Office for Diversity and Inclusion, Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)

Dr. Miyoko O. Watanabe serves at Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) as Deputy Executive Director, Director-General of Center for Science Communication and also Director of Office for Diversity and Inclusion. She has a long experience of research in semiconductor physics at Toshiba R&D Center in Japan, and also conducted research in Dalhousie University, Canada, and the University of Birmingham, UK. Returning to Toshiba, she served there at different positions, including that of Executive Quality Leader at Innovation Division in the headquarters. She joined JST in 2014 and is serving, there up to now. Dr. Watanabe also works as a member of Specialist Committee on Gender Equality in the Council for Gender Equality of the Japanese Cabinet Office.

Dr Beverley Damonse

Group Executive: Science Engagement and Corporate Relations, National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa

Prof. Archie W. Ervin

President, National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE)

Dr. Ervin is the current President of the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE) the U.S’s largest professional association of higher education Chief Diversity Officers with a membership of more than 600 professionals representing more than 250 colleges/universities  (see http://www.nadohe.org/) .  Dr. Ervin is a founding member of NADOHE and has served continuously as either a board member and/or officer since its inception.  NADOHE is the preeminent voice and thought leader for inclusive excellence in U.S higher education.


Dr. Ervin is a nationally recognized expert and commentator on strategic planning and evaluation for diversity, equity and inclusion in higher education.  He regularly presents at national conferences and provides consulting services to higher education institutions and private sector organizations on climate assessment and has conducted climate assessments for two nationally ranked U.S. universities.

Prof. J.C. (Jaap) Schouten

Member of the Executive Board and chairman of NWO Applied and Engineering Sciences, Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO)

From 2017 onwards Jaap Schouten is member of the Executive Board of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) and chairman of NWO Applied and Engineering Sciences. He is professor in chemical reactor engineering at the department of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry of Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) since 1998. From 2011 to 2016 Jaap Schouten served as dean of this department. He obtained his MSc degree in chemical engineering at the University of Twente (1983) and his PhD degree from Delft University of Technology (1988). He worked at the Unilever’s Research Laboratory in the Netherlands from 1988 to 1990 and stayed at Delft University of Technology from 1990 to 1998 as assistant and associate professor. Jaap Schouten served on many national and international supervisory and governing boards of organisations in the field of chemical engineering and process technology.

Prof. Curt Rice

Chair, Committee on Gender Balance and Diversity in Research (KIF)

Curt Rice is currently Rector at the Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences. He also leads Norway’s Committee on Gender Balance and Diversity in Research. He served as the Pro Rector for Research and Development (2009-2013) at the University of Tromsø and was the founding director of the first Center of Excellence in Tromsø, the Center for Advanced Study in Theoretical Linguistics (CASTL). He is Professor of Linguistics. He is also strongly engaged in work related to open access publishing.

Dr. Shirley Malcom

Head of Education and Human Resources Programs, AAAS and Co-chair of the Gender Advisory Board of the UN Commission on S&T for Development,

Dr. Shirley Malcom is head of Education and Human Resources Programs  at AAAS. She is a former member of the National Science Board and served on President Clinton’s Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology.

Dr. Malcom is co-chair of the Gender Advisory Board of the UN Commission on S&T for Development. In 2003, Dr. Malcom received the Public Welfare Medal of the National Academy of Sciences, the highest award given by the Academy.

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Anne de Graaf

Chief Diversity Officer, University of Amsterdam

Anne de Graaf is Chief Diversity Officer at the University of Amsterdam. She also lectures at Amsterdam University College (AUC), where she was Head of Studies for Academic Core and Outreach Coordinator. She defended her PhD in International Relations at the University of St Andrews, Scotland. Her research focuses on marginalized groups, as well as peace and conflict studies, and explores the role of voice—specifically young people’s—as a means of claiming agency in peacebuilding and conflict. She is an award-winning author of over 80 books, with 5 million sold worldwide. Her teen and adult novels (fiction based on fact) explore themes such as child soldiers and AIDS survival. She has traveled to post-conflict areas throughout sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and Europe, interviewing for her books and articles. She has also lectured and guest taught at universities in South Africa and the U.S., including West Point Military Academy and her alma mater, Stanford University.

François Baumgartner

Deputy Director, Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF)

François Baumgartner is the Deputy Director of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF). The SNSF is a private foundation mandated by the Swiss government to fund scien-tific research, in particular fundamental research, on a competitive basis. Dr François Baumgartner has a PhD in geophysics and a master’s degree in public administration; in re-cent years, he has worked at the Federal Statistical Office as deputy director and interim direc-tor. From 2007 to 2012, he worked at the general secretariat for the Federal Department of Home Affairs in the capacity of special adviser for research and higher education as well as statistics and foreign affairs. Prior to this, he pursued an academic career in Switzerland, the United States and Denmark, where he taught geosciences as an associate professor.

Prof. Andrew Woodward

Executive Dean of the School of Science, Edith Cowan University (ECU)

Professor Andrew Woodward is the Executive Dean of the School of Science at Edith Cowan University (ECU) which includes Science and Computing & Security. Coming from a background in Biological Science and Computer Science, Andrew has taught a range of subjects including; Wireless networks, Digital forensics, Network security, Network technology, and Operating Systems. His research has been focused on cyber security for over a decade, focusing initially on wireless network security, expanding to digital forensics and then to cyber security policy and risk management. Concurrently, Andrew has consulted to industry and government on a range of cyber security related projects.

Professor Woodward has a strong commitment to quality teaching, engaged research and a focus on expanding international partnerships. He is a strong supporter of gender equality and actively supports projects which aim to increase female participation in the STEM subjects, and is a member of the ECU Athena SWAN Charter Committee.

Marcela Linková

Chair, ERAC Standing Working Group on Gender in Research and Innovation

Marcela Linková PhD is a researcher at the Institute of Sociology of the Czech Academy of Sciences where she directs the Centre for Gender and Science. She has a doctorate in sociology from Charles University in Prague. Her research focuses on sociology of gendered organizations, research careers, governance of research and research assessment from a gender perspective. Marcela also examines the material-discursive practices through which gender equality policies and initiatives are adopted and implemented at the European and Czech country level. She is the chair of the ERAC Standing Working Group on Gender in Research and Innovation; before she was the co-chair of the Commission’s Helsinki Group on Gender in Research and Innovation. She is active in developing policy solutions for gender equality in research at the Czech and EU levels. She publishes on gender equality in research, and in together with Mary Frank Fox and Kjersten Bunker Whittington contributed to the 4th edition of the Handbook of Science and Technology Studies (2017). She is an alumna of the International Visitor Leadership Programme “Women in STEM”.

Prof. Paul A.L. Evans

Academic Director of the Global Talent Competitiveness Index & Emeritus Professor of Organisational Behaviour, INSEAD

Emeritus Professor of Organisational Behaviour, Paul Evans also holds The Shell Chair of Human Resources and Organisational Development, Emeritus. Paul Evans has a PhD in Management and Organisational Psychology from MIT, an MBA from INSEAD, and he is a graduate in law from Cambridge University. He is an Academic Director of the Global Talent Competitiveness Index, in partnership with HCLI Singapore and Adecco. For many years, he built up and directed INSEAD’s Executive Education seminars on Management of People and Human Resource Management in Asia, as well as Managerial Skills for International Business. He led for many years INSEAD’s activities in the field of international human resource management, and he has been a Chair of the Organisational Behaviour faculty area for successive periods.

André du Plessis

Executive Director, ILGA International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association

André du Plessis (he/him) is ILGA’s Head of Operations and its acting Executive Director ad interim as ILGA undertakes the search for a new Executive Director. Formerly at ILGA, André was the Head of UN Programme and Advocacy, assisting LGBTI organizations from around the world to engage with the various facets of the United Nations systems. Prior to ILGA, he worked on the human rights compliance of private military contractors in conflict zones, and as a Human Rights Officer in Special Procedures at the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.
André is from South Africa and is an English solicitor with experience in the Corporate and Financial Services sectors. He grew up in Zambia, the UK and India, studied law at Cambridge University and University College London, and has worked in mainland China, in Hong Kong, London and is currently based in Geneva, Switzerland.

Prof. Claudine Hermann

President, European Platform of Women Scientists (EPWS)

Claudine Hermann (born 1945) is Honorary Professor at Ecole Polytechnique, the most renowned French engineering school, where she was the first woman ever appointed Professor (1992). Since then, in parallel with her activities in physics, she has been studying the situation of women scientists in Western Europe and promoting science for girls, by papers and conferences. A co-founder and the first president of the French Femmes & Sciences (Women and Science) association, she is now its President of honour and President of the European Platform of Women Scientists.

She is the author of 85 refereed papers in physics, of 40 papers in the field of promotion of science among young people and on the analysis of the situation of women in scientific and technical careers.

Caroline Pickard

Consultant & Ambassador, Catalyst

Caroline Pickard is an independent expert consultant based in the Netherlands, specialising in diversity, communication and training. As Catalyst Ambassador for the Netherlands, Caroline speaks regularly in both English and Dutch within the corporate community about Catalyst research and the practical issues surrounding inclusion, diversity and talent management. She is an experienced trainer, building, delivering and facilitating customised D&I events and language programmes across a wide range and scale of businesses and institutions. Well-used to diverse environments, Caroline has held positions within logistics, recruitment, high-tech and the teaching and training sectors. Caroline is originally from the UK and graduated with Honours in Geography from the University of Bristol.


Catalyst is a global nonprofit working with some of the world’s most powerful CEOs and leading companies to build workplaces that work for women. Founded in 1962, Catalyst helps organisations remove barriers and drive change with pioneering research, practical tools, and proven solutions to accelerate and advance women into leadership – because progress for women is progress for everyone. 

Ms Maive Rute

Deputy Director-General, Joint Research Centre of the European Commission

Maive Rute joined the European Commission in 2005 to become Director for the Promotion of SMEs and Entrepreneurship in DG Enterprise and Industry.

She brought in her extensive management experience in the Estonian private and semi-public sector, notably five years as CEO of KredEx, the funding body for businesses, housing, innovation and export.

In the Commission, Ms Rute also worked as Director for Biotechnologies and Agriculture Research and as Resource Director in DG Research and Innovation until April 2016.

Ms Rute graduated as an agricultural economist from the Estonian University of Life Sciences. She holds an MBA from the Danube University, Austria, and received an MA in international politics from CERIS, Brussels.

Saniye Gülser Corat

Director, Division for Gender Equality, Office of the Director-General, UNESCO

Saniye Gülser Corat is the Director of the Division for Gender Equality in the Office of the Director-General at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France.  She was the pioneer in making gender equality a priority at UNESCO and has been with the Organization since September, 2004. She has a wealth of experience in academia, international development and the private sector, and she is also a TEDx Speaker. Before taking up her position at UNESCO, Ms. Corat pursued a dual career as a professor at Carleton University and the University of Ottawa and as a senior international development advisor for the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, Canadian International  Development Agency (CIDA), International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Status of Women – Canada, several UN agencies (UNDP and UNCTAD) as well as for a select number of civil society organizations. She planned, managed and evaluated programs and projects in over 30 countries in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. She was also the Chief Executive Officer of an international development consulting company in Canada for 10 years.

Ms Corat has a B.A Honours degree from Boğazici University (Istanbul, Turkey), M.A. degrees from the College of Europe (Bruges, Belgium) and the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University (Ottawa, Canada). She pursued doctoral studies at the Political Science Department of Carleton University. She holds post-graduate degrees from Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Business School.

Dr. Wha-Jin Han

President, Center for Women in Science, Engineering and Technology (WISET), Korea

Wha-Jin HAN is the president of center for Women in Science, Engineering and Technology (WISET), Korea. She obtained a B.S. and M.S. degree majoring in chemistry from the Korea University and Ph.D. in physical chemistry division from the University of California at Los Angeles, USA. Since 1993, she has worked as a senior research fellow in Korea Environment Institute (KEI), which is funded by the government, as an expert in environment and climate change policy area and also has been a vice-president of KEI for a long time. Moreover, she has participated in negotiation meeting for the UNFCCC as Korean delegates for several years and has been providing professional advice on climate change policy. She has served as the Secretary to the President for environment and has worked in various government committees as a member: the Ministry of Environment, the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning and the Ministry of Strategy and Finance. In addition, she actively worked as a member of the Nuclear Safety and Security Commission and the National Commission on Sustainable Development. For women in STEM, she served as a vice-president in the Korea Federation of Women’s Science & Technology Association. She is currently a member of the Advisory Committee for Policy of the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family.

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David Ruebain Chief Executive Equality Challenge Unit

David Ruebain

Chief Executive, Equality Challenge Unit & Athena SWAN Charter

David Ruebain is Chief Executive of the Equality Challenge Unit which delivers the Athena SWAN Charter. Prior to that, he was a practicing solicitor for 21 years; latterly as Director of Legal Policy at the Equality and Human Rights Commission of Great Britain. David is a member of the Advisory Group of OFFA (the Office for Fair Access) and an equality adviser to the English FA Premier League. David is the winner of RADAR’s People of the Year Award for Achievement in the Furtherance of Human Rights of Disabled People in the UK.

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Gabriele Bischoff

President of the Workers' Group, European Economic and Social Committee

Gabriele Bischoff has been the President of the Workers’ Group of the European Economic and Social Committee since October 2015.

She is special advisor at the German Confederation of Trade Unions (DGB), having joined the trade unions about 30 years ago while working part-time as an express delivery worker for the German Post to finance her studies in Berlin. She began her working career at the Berlin Institute for Social Research and subsequently worked at the FHW Berlin School of Economics as a researcher. In 1990, she started to work full-time at IG Metall Germany as a senior advisor for equality. She became Head of Department and was an active member of the EMF and the ETUC Women’s Committees. In 2000, she worked at the Permanent Representation of Germany to the EU as social attaché in Brussels, where she was responsible for social dialogue. After that, she worked as a senior advisor for the EU Presidency in the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs in Germany, dealing particularly with social partner meetings and conferences. Between 2008-2014, she was Head of the European Policy Department at the Federal Executive of DGB.

She is a member of the ETUC Executive Committee.

She is also a member of the board of the European Movement in Germany.

Gabriele Bischoff studied Political Science at the Universities of Marburg and Berlin and holds a diploma in political science from the Free University of Berlin.

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Elza Pais

Congresswoman and President of the Sub-Commission for Equality and Non-Discrimination, Portuguese Parliament, Portugal

Elza Pais is Congresswoman and President of the Sub-Commission for Equality and Non-Discrimination at the Portuguese Parliament.
She is the President of the National Department of the Socialist Women. Her academic and political career has focused on the fundamental structures of the social life, such as the social integration, drug prevention, fight against domestic abuse and for women empowerment and leadership, gender equality, and fight against any kind of discrimination.

She was the Secretary of State for Equality at the 18th Constitutional Government.

She was the President of the Commission for the Citizenship and Gender Equality, 2005-2010.

She was the Coordinator of the Structural Mission of the European Year for Equal Opportunities for Everyone – 2007

She was the President of the Portuguese Institute for Drug Abuse and Addiction. She was Professor at the Portuguese Catholic University, and at the Faculty for the Social Sciences and Humanities of the New University of Lisbon. She is a Researcher at the Centre of Sociological Studies at the New University of Lisbon, CICS.NOVA; and at the Centre for Research on Penal Law and Criminal Sciences at the Faculty of Law of the University of Lisbon, on the topic of domestic abuse.
In 2007 she received the Arco-Íris Award from ILGA-Portugal for her active fight against homophobia and for the recognition of the LGBTI rights.

Dr. Annette Schmidtmann

Head of Department for Scientific Affairs, German Research Foundation (DFG)

Dr. Annette Schmidtmann is Head of Department for Scientific Affairs and has been a research manager for 25 years with different responsibilities (life sciences, graduate training, research careers) at the German Research Foundation (DFG) in Bonn and other institutions. The DFG is the self-governing organization for science and research in Germany serving all branches of science and the humanities with a total annual budget of about €3.1 billion, coming from both federal and state governments. In 2015, the DFG funded over 30,000 new and ongoing projects, one third of them being accounted for in the department.

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Prof. Cobie Rudd, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Strategic Partnerships) and Vice-President at Edith Cowan University

Prof. Cobie J Rudd

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Strategic Partnerships), Edith Cowan University

Professor Cobie Rudd is Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Strategic Partnerships) and Vice-President at Edith Cowan University (ECU). She leads gender equity in academia for ECU including as part of the first pilot of the Athena SWAN Charter in Australia. She has provided leadership for a range of national capacity-building and research projects aimed at addressing the challenges of providing skilled, inter-professional and sustainable workforces and in 2011, she was one of five National Teaching Fellows appointed by the Australian Government. She has held a range of senior policy research and advisory roles for both state and commonwealth governments and served on 13 boards of governance.

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Payal Vasudeva

Managing Director, Human Capital & Diversity, Accenture

Payal Vasudeva is a Managing Director in Strategy based out of Accenture’s London office, leading the Talent and Organisation Practice for UK and Ireland. She joined Accenture 15 years ago and has worked across various industry sectors globally, with the majority of her experience in Financial Services. Her expertise is in global HR transformation, organisation change and strategic talent initiatives. She advises senior client leadership teams on the subject of future of HR and the changing workforce in the context of digital. She is also the Accenture Human Capital and Diversity Executive Sponsor responsible for enabling strategic guidance for Accenture diversity programmes and promoting a discrimination-free and harassment-free work environment for all. Payal holds a MSc in Industrial Relations & Personnel Management from the London School of Economics.

Prof. Gloria Bonder

Director Global Network, UNESCO Chairs on Gender

Prof. Bonder is Director of the Gender, Society and Policies Department at the Latin American Postgraduate Institute of Social Sciences (FLACSO), Coordinator of the UNESCO Regional Chair on Women, Science and Technology in Latin America; the E-learning Master’s Program on Gender, Society and Public Policies (PRIGEPP); the Global Network of UNESCO Chairs on Gender and the LAC focal point of GenderInSITE, a multistakeholder global initiative.

She was distinguished by UNESCO as one of the 60 women worldwide who has helped accomplish the organization’s goals throughout the 60 years of its existence, representing the voices, aspirations, and visions of many women around the world.

Jesper Werdelin Simonsen

Executive Director, Research Council of Norway

Dr. Jesper Werdelin Simonsen is Executive Director at the Research Council of Norway, where he oversees research funding in the areas of health, welfare, education and society, as well as development research and international bilateral cooperation. Simonsen is also currently member Norway’s Committee for Gender Balance and Diversity in Research. Before coming to the Research Council, Simonsen worked for 14 years as researcher and research manager in the field of agricultural research. From 1997 to 2000 he served as State Secretary at the Norwegian Ministry of Environment.

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Dr. Wafa El-Adhami

Executive Director, Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE)

Dr Wafa El-Adhami leads the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) Initiative.

With a research background in molecular biology and microbiology, Dr El-Adhami has held a number of senior management positions in the Australian Government, including the Department of Health and Ageing, the Office of Chemical Safety and the Occupational Health and Safety Commission. More recently she has worked internationally as a consultant specialising in health policy, regulation and clinical solutions.

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Dr. Stephanie Farrell

2017-18 President-Elect, American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE)

Dr. Stephanie Farrell is Professor and Founding Chair of the Department of Experiential Engineering Education at Rowan University (USA) and the 2017-18 President-Elect of the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE).  She also serves as the 2016-2017 Chair of the ASEE Diversity Committee.  Stephanie is principal investigator of the groundbreaking project Promoting LGBTQ Equality in Engineering through Virtual Communities of Practice, funded by the USA National Science Foundation.  This project has generated knowledge about barriers and inclusion strategies, and has brought Safe Zone Ally training to STEM professionals via webinars and workshops at national meetings, equipping hundreds of allies to foster inclusive environments for LGBTQ individuals in academia and industry.


Dr. Farrell has been recognised nationally and internationally for contributions to engineering education through her work in experiential learning and faculty development.  Stephanie was the 2014-2015 Fulbright Scholar in Engineering Education at Dublin Institute of Technology (Ireland). In 2012 she was awarded Honoris Causa in Engineering Education from the Internationale Gesellschaft für Inginieurpädagogik (IGIP).  She has been honoured by the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) with several teaching awards such as the National Outstanding Teaching Medal and the Quinn Award for experiential learning.  Her research interests include inductive teaching in engineering pedagogy, development of spatial visualisation skills, and LGBTQ campus microclimates.

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Petra Jantzer

Managing Director and European Lead for Accelerated R&D Services (ARDS), Accenture

Petra is a Managing Director and the European Lead for Accenture’s Accelerated R&D Services (ARDS). Petra is highly committed to helping women succeed on their professional paths. She joined recently from McKinsey & Company, where she led McKinsey’s gender diversity efforts in Switzerland for more than a decade. Furthermore, she was a co-founder of the “Advance – women in Swiss business” Association and served as the Vice President of the Board since its inauguration. Advance is a cross-company and cross-industry Association of 60+ mostly blue chip companies in Switzerland the common goal of increasing the share of women in business leadership roles. Advance served as the blueprint for “Chefsache”, a similar initiative in Germany sponsored by Chancellor Merkel.

Prof. Ursula Nelles

Former Rector, University of Münster

Born in 1949. Earned master’s (1976) and doctoral (1980) degrees in law at the University of Münster. Dissertation on the subject: “Increased danger in any delay – exceptional authorities in criminal procedural law”. Professorial degree (Habilitation) on the subject: “Asset stripping in disadvantage to companies and legal entities” in 1990. Admittance to the bar as a practising lawyer (1990). Substitute professorship at the Universities of Münster and Hamburg and guest lecturer at the University of Nijmegen (NL). In 1991 appointed Professor of Criminal Law and Law of Criminal Procedure at the University of Bremen; parallel teaching assignments at the Universities of Greifswald (1992) and Düsseldorf (1993). Since 1994 professor for Criminal Law, Law of Criminal Procedure, and Economic Crime at the University of Münster and Director of the Institute of Criminal Sciences. President of the German Women Lawyers Association (1997 – 2001) and co-founder of the European Women Lawyers Association (EWLA).  Member of the Advisory Council of the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law in Freiburg (1998 – 2008). Dean of the Faculty of Law (2004 – 2006).
From October 2006 till September 2016 Rector of the University of Munster.

Aniela Unguresan

Co-Founder, EDGE Certified Foundation

Aniela Unguresan is the Co-Founder of the EDGE Certified Foundation, a Swiss based foundation that runs the first global gender certification to companies with gender-enlightened workplace policies. Prior to co-founding EDGE Certified Foundation, Aniela acquired extensive professional experience as a consultant with Arthur Andersen and Andersen Consulting, a trader and project manager with TXU Europe and SIG Geneva, and as the CEO of CT Technologies.

She holds an MBA from the University of Geneva and a BA in International Trade from the academy of Economic Studies in Bucharest.

Dr. Vesselina Stefanova Ratcheva

Co-Author of the Global Gender Gap Report 2016, World Economic Forum

Vesselina Ratcheva is a Data Analyst working in the World Economic Forum’s System Initiative on Education, Gender and Work, with a remit spanning data, analysis and visualization, and a particular focus on innovation within that domain. Ratcheva is a co-author of the Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report, Human Capital Report, Future of Jobs Report and Industry Gender Gap Report, and in the past has led and collaborated on research projects spanning topics such as skills, identity (gender, ethnic), organizational culture, political mobilization and international migration. Ratcheva has consistently employed quantitative and qualitative research methods in endeavours aimed at finding the best ways to ensure more just social and political systems. Ratcheva previously led on research and evaluation for a skills charity in the United Kingdom, has served on the editorial board of Studies of Ethnicity and Nationalism, organized a conference to bridge research on the Balkans, and presented original research to a variety of expert audiences. She holds a PhD in Social Anthropology and an MSc in Comparative and Cross Cultural Research Methods from Sussex University, and a BA in Social Anthropology and Mathematics from the University of Cambridge.

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Dr. Felecia M Nave

Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Prairie View A&M University

Dr. Felecia M. Nave currently serves as Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at Prairie View A&M University. In addition to her university-level leadership role, Dr. Nave is a professor of Chemical Engineering within PVAMU’s Roy G. Perry College of Engineering. She is also a member of the Texas A&M University System Graduate Faculty.

Dr. Nave has taught and conducted research related to membrane separations, water purification, controlled drug delivery, engineering education and gender in STEM. Over the years, she has received more than $9 million in funding from various agencies to advance her technical and education related research agenda. More specifically, Dr. Nave is directly engaged in research and programmatic projects related to gender and underserved population advancement and representation in STEM. She invests extensively in K-12 Outreach, encouraging K-12 students to pursue careers in STEM and to heighten their awareness of college and STEM in general.

Dr. Nave has written several peer-reviewed journal publications and book chapters. She has also led numerous national and international presentations and workshops. She is the recipient of various awards and honors, including, most recently, Diverse Issues’ Emerging Scholars Under 40.

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Dr. Guillermina Núñez-Mchiri

Interim Director of Women’s and Gender Studies, University of Texas-El Paso

Dr. Guillermina “Gina” Núñez-Mchiri is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and Interim Director of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Texas-El Paso, where she teaches courses in cultural anthropology, urbanization, ethnographic methods, and feminist theories and methods.

Lina Salanauskaite

Researcher, European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE)

Lina Salanauskaite is a researcher at the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) in Vilnius, Lithuania – a regulatory agency of the European Union. EIGE supports the EU and its Member States in promoting gender equality, fighting discrimination based on sex and raising awareness about gender issues. Previously, Lina Salanauskaite worked in the EU Commission, DG Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion. Lina Salanauskaite holds a PhD in Social Economics and Social Sciences from Maastricht (the Netherlands) and Antwerp (Belgium) universities and has an extensive research experience in the analysis of social protection and labour market policies, employment and social inclusion trends, developing and using tax-benefit microsimulation models and other welfare, gender and socio-economic issues.

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Dr. David Goldstein

Professor and Chair of Biological Sciences, Wright State University

Dr. David Goldstein is Professor and Chair of Biological Sciences at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, USA.  Dr. Goldstein is a physiologist whose laboratory work has been supported for most of the last 3 decades by the National Science Foundation (NSF).  Dr. Goldstein recognizes that institutions and societies, like natural systems, gain strength and stability from diversity.  During more than a dozen years as department chair, Dr. Goldstein has increased the representation of women faculty in his department from about 15% to nearly 50%, and he has cultivated a culture of inclusion, collegiality, and success.  Dr. Goldstein has been principal investigator of the LEADER Consortium, a multi-institutional initiative supported by the NSF ADVANCE program. In that capacity, he has worked to implement a number of programs, processes, and policies in support of enhancing the recruitment, retention, and success of women STEM faculty.   He has also been involved in initiatives to serve a diverse student body, including particularly research programs for under-represented students and implementation of a regional STEM-themed public secondary school.

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Deborah Husbands

Senior Lecturer, Psychology Department, University of Westminster

Deborah Husbands is a part-time Doctoral Researcher and part-time Senior Lecturer in the Psychology Department at the University of Westminster, London, UK. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and a member of the British Psychological Society and Black British Academics. With a developing interest in intersectionality and a specific focus on experiences of Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) students, Deborah’s doctoral research uses Black female students’ cultural narratives to explore ways in which they construct identity in higher education. The findings offer scrutiny for higher education institutional practices that affect retention, progression and award/attainment for students from marginalised groups. Deborah has also worked collaboratively on a cross-institutional project exploring students’ sense of belonging, and has provided evidence to the government on BME staff and student sense of belonging in higher education.

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Dr. Lily Yu

Project Coordinator, Sasakawa Peace Foundation (SPF)

Dr. Lily Yu is a Project Coordinator at the Sasakawa Peace Foundation (SPF), Japan, where she leads on Research and Programme Development on Women’s Empowerment, with a focus on gendered innovation, ICT, STEM, entrepreneurship and impact assessment.  Prior to joining SPF, she was Research Partnerships Manager at the British Council in Tokyo, where she coordinated bilateral projects to strengthen education, research and funding links between universities, government agencies, foundations and the private sector in the UK and Japan.

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Dr. Jean-Claude Worms

Chief Executive, European Science Foundation

Dr. Jean-Claude Worms is Chief Executive of the Strasbourg based European Science Foundation (ESF). With over 22 years’ experience in research management, Dr Worms has played a key role in formulating science policy and implementation through high-level structures of the European Commission, and of the European Space Agency (ESA) in which, since 1999, he was observer to ESA’s Ministerial Conferences.

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Prof. Belinda Colston

Director (Science), Eleanor Glanville Centre, University of Lincoln

Belinda Colston is the founding Director of the Eleanor Glanville Centre at the University of Lincoln, UK. She has been the strategic lead for gender equality at the University since 2012, and has developed a range of sector-leading initiatives for the support and sustained career development of female academics in STEMM disciplines. She is also the founder of the Newton Academy – the Science Club for Girls, which has been engaging young girls in science and engineering (age 11-14 years) across Lincolnshire (UK) since 2014.

Professor Colston holds both a BSc Honours degree in Chemistry and a PhD (Chemistry) from the University of Manchester, UK. She worked as a Research Fellow with the Atomic Energy Authority and Nirex (UK) and for many years was a consultant to the British nuclear industry. She is a STEMM career academic with 30 years’ experience of post-doctoral research in UK academic institutions, and is currently Professor in the School of Chemistry.

Prof. Jennifer Love

Senior Advisor to the Provost on Women Faculty, University of British Columbia

Prof. Jennifer Love began pursued doctoral studies with Prof. Paul Wender at Stanford University and NIH-funded postdoctoral studies with Prof. Robert Grubbs at the California Institute of Technology. She rose through the ranks at the University of British Columbia where she is now Professor and Senior Advisor to the Provost on Women Faculty. She has won a number of awards, including an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship for Experienced Researchers in 2012, the AstraZeneca Canada Award in Chemistry in 2008, the UBC Science Killam Teaching Award in 2009 and a CNC IUPAC travel award in 2011. She became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK) in 2016. She has given over 80 invited presentations around the world. She has served as the vice-Chair, Chair and past-Chair of the Inorganic Division of the CSC. She is an Associate Editor for Catalysis Science & Technology and has served on both the editorial board and editorial advisory board of Dalton Transactions. Love’s research program spans the traditional boundaries of organic and inorganic chemistry. Her group aims to develop fundamentally new, cost-effective and low-waste reactions for the synthesis of medicinally important compounds by exploring the mechanism of reactions at late transition metal centres.

Dr. Sally Everett

Deputy Dean at the Lord Ashcroft International Business School, Anglia Ruskin University

Dr Sally Everett is Deputy Dean at the Lord Ashcroft International Business School, Anglia Ruskin University and is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.  She is the chair of the Disability Working Group which is driving forward its inclusive curriculum, and is co-lead (with Rachael Cornwall and Caroline Watts) of the university’s Women’s Network steering group which promotes gender equality in Higher Education leadership. Her research interests include innovation in business education and food tourism. She has recently published work on social media and food festivals, including a book on ‘Food and Drink Tourism: Principles and Practices’ (2016).

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Dr. Stella Quinones

Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, University of Texas at El Paso

Dr. Stella Quiñones is Co-PI of a STEM Accelerator Project funded by Educate Texas to increase the engineering degrees awarded to women by supporting faculty through professional development and inclusion activities.  Dr. Quiñones also participates in the development of a unique and creative model to increase retention, success and transition of first-year high-risk students funded by the Department of Education.  She has received various prestigious teaching awards for innovative course design and cutting-edge technology in the classroom by collaborating with students, faculty and staff at UTEP, Olin College of Engineering and Purdue University.  She is Chair of the Women’s Advisor Board to the President at UTEP and is active in various other roles and committees dedicated to the success of students.  Dr. Quiñones serves on the editorial board of International Scholarly Research Notices, associate editor of Journal Computer Applications in Engineering Education and reviewer for Journal of Electronic Materials and Physica Status Solidi.     


Dr. Quiñones has a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from UTEP with 20 years’ academic experience.  Her areas of expertise include Engineering Education, Nanoscale Manufacturing and 3D Manufacturing, with interests in Advanced Manufacturing and Materials for Biomedical Sensor Applications.

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Dr. Zara Nanu

Chief Executive Officer, Gapsquare

Zara Nanu has established Gapsquare to link science and technology in order to close the gender pay gap. Zara holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of the West of England and an MPA in International Management from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. For the past 15 years Zara has been working on the proliferation women’s economic rights, working for Dress for Success Worldwide in New York, Catholic Relief Services in Moldova, and Young Women’s Trust in the UK. With Gapsquare, Zara’s vision is to use technology to foster diversity in the workforce and close the gender pay gap.

Dr. Maren A. Jochimsen

Managing Director, Essen College of Gender Research (EKfG)

Maren A. Jochimsen holds a Doctorate in Ecological Economics from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. Before joining the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany, as Managing Director of the Essen College of Gender Research (EKfG), a central research institute of the University, in 2010, Maren A. Jochimsen was Secretary General of the European Platform of Women Scientists EPWS in Brussels (2005-2009) and is currently serving on the EPWS Executive Committee as the association’s treasurer.


Her postdoctoral research on the integration of caring activities in economic science took her to the University of Cambridge, Harvard University, and the University of Amsterdam. In cooperation with EPWS she ran the BMBF project “Ready for Dialogue”suggesting a strategic alliance on the integration of the gender dimension in science and research

Cheryl Miller

Cofounder and Executive Director, Digital Leadership Institute

In a career spanning 25 years, Cheryl Miller Van Dyck has held global leadership roles in blue chip companies in the transport, banking, telecom and IT industries in Asia, North America, Europe and Russia. As founder of the Brussels-based Digital Leadership Institute, she has spent the last seven years leveraging disruptive technologies for the benefit of the world’s most under-served communities. Cheryl’s pioneering work is recognized by the United Nations, European Parliament and private sector organizations, and she is regularly invited to speak and author articles on the subjects of digital disruption, industry 4.0, entrepreneurship, innovation, education, digital inclusion, and the workforce of the future.


Cheryl has a degree in International Relations, Law & Organizations from the Georgetown School of Foreign Service and a Master of International Business Studies from the prestigious Moore School of Business. She is an English native and speaks, reads and writes Japanese, Dutch, French, Italian and Russian

Tom Rudin

Director, Board on Higher Education & Workforce, National Academy of Sciences

Tom Rudin is the director of the Board on Higher Education and Workforce (BHEW) at the National Academy of Sciences—a position he assumed in mid-August 2014.  BHEW provides government, academic and industry leaders with analyses and recommendations designed to inform action and public policy on issues in higher education and the workforce.

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Dr. Margaret Bailey

Senior Faculty Associate to the Provost for ADVANCE, Rochester Institute of Technology

Dr. Margaret Bailey is the principal investigator (PI) and director for the NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation project (NSF 1209115) titled ADVANCERIT. The goal of this large-scale, multi-year university-level organizational transformation effort is to increase the representation and advancement of women STEM/SBS faculty. Dr. Bailey leads the entire program and manages grant activities focused on educational programs promoting positive cultural change as well as managing various funding opportunities including Connect and Partnership Grants. Dr. Bailey serves as senior faculty associate to the provost for ADVANCE, and she co-chairs the President’s Commission on Women.


In addition to her university-level leadership roles, Dr. Bailey is a professor of mechanical engineering within the Kate Gleason College of Engineering. Dr. Bailey teaches courses and conducts research related to Thermodynamics, engineering and public policy, engineering education, and gender in engineering and science. She is the co-author on an engineering textbook, Fundamentals of Engineering Thermodynamics, which is used worldwide in over 250 institutions. In addition to technical scholarship areas, Dr. Bailey is directly engaged in research related to gender within engineering and science through the NSF Pathways Project (NSF 0827490). This large, cross-university research investigates the relationships between gender, participation in co-op, self-efficacy development, and likelihood of retention through graduation among undergraduate engineering students. In her past and current positions, Dr. Bailey has led efforts focused on increasing the representation of women faculty and students at RIT.

Prof. Christina Ullenis

Expert, KK-foundation Stockholm and member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences

Christina Ullenius was recruited in 1994 to lead the development of the former polytechnic institution Högskolan Karlstad to a full university in 1999. Under her leadership Karlstad University developed into a strong academic institution of international standing in strategic areas for regional development, life-long learning, flexible and distance education. She left Karlstad after 12 years.
Ullenius is a chemical engineer by training and has had a long research and teaching career in organic chemistry at Chalmers University of Technology. She was vice rector at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg 1989 – 1994. She has also spent periods of research in the United States, eg at Princeton University. She is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy for Engineering Sciences. Presently Christina Ullenius is working as an expert for the KK-foundation Stockholm and the University Skövde.


She has previously served as:
President of the board of the Swedish Research Council for Engineering Sciences, 1996 – 2000

President of the Swedish Association of Higher Education, 2001 – 2004.

Vice president of the European University Association, 2005 – 2009.

University of Stavanger, Stavanger, Norway, member of the board, 2003 – 2011

President of the board, the Swedish Defence Research Agency, 2004 – 2009

President of the board for the KK-foundation

President of the board for Luleå Technical university

Member of the board for the Hasselblad Foundation

Dr. Bonnie Wolff-Boenisch

Head of Research Affairs, Science Europe

Dr Bonnie Wolff-Boenisch leads the Research Affairs Unit of Science Europe, a Brussels-based organisation, representing 47 Research Funding Organisations and Research Institutes from 27 countries. Among her tasks it to provide strategic leadership to the Scientific Advisory Committee made up of 30 experienced multidisciplinary scientists who give independent advice to Science Europe on key European research policy topics and on the implications of EU legislative and regulatory developments for research.

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Dr. Candice J. Foley

NSF S STEM PI/Chair, Suffolk County Community College

With over 25 years of experience in both the research and teaching communities on Long Island, Dr. Candice J. Foley endeavors to bring her perspectives of each of these realms to her STEM students at Suffolk County Community College.   As the Principal Investigator for Suffolk County Community College’s three consecutive National Science Foundation S STEM scholarship grants, as well as the National Institute of Health IRACDA grant (Institutional Research and Career Development Award), the Leona and Harry Helmsley Foundation NSF Science Education for New Civic Engagement and Responsibility  (SENCER) New York Project, and community college coordinator for the NSF LSAMP grant alliance-  “Meeting the grand challenge of preparing students for successful transition into STEM majors and beyond”, Dr. Foley serves as the STEM Coordinator for all SCCC NSF STEM Scholars on three campuses. Dr. Foley received her Ph.D. in Inorganic chemistry from Stony Brook University and a BS in chemistry from the University of South Carolina. She completed a post doctoral appointment at Brookhaven National Laboratory with her research focused upon the design and development of inorganic cluster compounds for radiopharmaceutical and electron microscopy applications.

Dr. Foley has also served on national grant projects involving curricular reform for chemistry education.  Her experiences at both the State University of New York at Stony Brook and Suffolk County Community College, and the close collaboration and geographic location between the two, has enabled her to focus upon the adaptation and implementation of these innovations in classroom learning through curricular innovation and technology based software for the community college application and she has delivered workshops at national meetings on curricular innovation and reform.  Dr. Foley is a delegate to the SUNY Research Foundation Undergraduate Research Steering Committee, the Empire State STEM Education Initiative and the Long Island STEM Hub.

Prof. Martine Rahier

Vice-President, European University Association

Originally from Belgium, and mother of one, Martine Rahier holds an Engineering degree in Agronomy from the Free University of Brussels (1977). She continued her studies in the USA at the Universities of Cornell and Berkeley, and obtained a PhD in Science from the University of Basel in 1983, and “Habilitation” in Ecology from the University of Zurich in 1993. Granted a professorship by the Swiss National Science Foundation in 1988, she became a Professor of Entomology and Animal Ecology at the University of Neuchâtel in 1994. In 2001, she founded the “Plant Survival” National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR), a network comprising more than 200 people. In 2008, she was elected rector of the University of Neuchâtel ending in August 2016. Martine Rahier has been a member of several national and international university committees, from appointment commissions to committees designing study programmes in various universities; she has also been president and member of committees assessing research programmes and projects, as well as of scientific associations. Author of numerous publications, she has also supervised a large number of doctoral theses. Martine Rahier was a member of the Rectors’ Conference of Swiss Universities (2008-2016) and president (2013-2015) of the “swissuniversities”. She is member of the German accreditation council since 2013, vice-president of European University Association, since 2015, member of the council of the Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation Austria, since 2017.

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Prof. Philip H Kass

Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Equity and Inclusion, University of California, Davis

Philip Kass is the Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Equity and Inclusion in the Office of Academic Affairs at the University of California, Davis.  He holds DVM, MS (Statistics), and PhD (Epidemiology) degrees, and holds appointments as Professor of Analytic Epidemiology in the School of Veterinary Medicine and School of Medicine.  His responsibilities include research into determinants of rates of advancement, oversight of faculty hiring and promoting effective practices with respect to enhancing diversity in the tenure-track ranks, and annually performing analyses of faculty salaries across the university leading to unique individual-level equity adjustments.

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Prof. Diana Bilmoria

Chair of the Department of Organizational Behavior, Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University

Diana Bilimoria is KeyBank Professor and Chair of the Department of Organizational Behavior at the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University. She was the 2011-12 Division Chair of the Gender and Diversity in Organizations Division of the Academy of Management. She has served as the editor of the Journal of Management Education. She has been internationally recognized for her leadership, research and service. At Case Western Reserve University she received the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women’s Spotlight Series Prize for Women’s Scholarship (2007), and the Weatherhead School of Management’s Doctoral Teaching Excellence Award (2002).

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Linda P. B. Katehi

Chancellor Emerita, Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Women and Gender Studies, University of California, Davis

Linda Katehi served as UC Davis’ sixth chancellor from 2000-2016 and is the first woman to hold this post. She holds distinguished faculty appointments in electrical and computer engineering and in women and gender studies. She is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a member of many other national boards and committees.

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Prof. Tullia Gallina Toschi

Coordinator, PLOTINA Horizon 2020 Project, University of Bologna, Italy

Tullia Gallina Toschi (Bologna, Italy, 1965) is Full Professor at the Department of Agricultural and Food Sciences (DISTAL), University of Bologna (UNIBO), where she teaches Food Analysis and Chemistry (comprehensive of a module of Sensory Evaluation), Applications of Unit Operations and Food Technology and Environmental Impact. She coordinates a research group of instrumental and sensory analysis of food, many international and national research projects and directs the research interests to the study of methods for verifying the food authenticity, with a special interest in the vegetable oils and fats, in particular olive oil. She studies also food innovation, re-use of by-products and virtuous interactions in the research & development, such as the industrial symbiosis. She collaborates with many universities and institutions in Europe and oversee. She is President of the UNIBO “Guarantee Committee for Equal Opportunities, Employee Wellbeing and Non-Discrimination at Work” and Deputy Rector for the Wellness at work (four-year period 2013-2017). Prof. Gallina Toschi is actually coordinating PLOTINA and OLEUM Horizon 2020 projects.

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Dr. Katrien Maes

Chief Policy Officer, League of European Research Universities (LERU)

Dr. Katrien Maes is chief policy officer at the League of European Research Universities. Katrien has been with LERU since 2004 and is responsible for policy development across all areas of LERU’s research and higher education related activities, from research funding, management and assessment, to research careers, doctoral training, professional development, gender issues and more. She is an expert in EU research policies and programmes such as ERA and Horizon 2020.

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Carla Castelo

Journalist, SIC Television Network, Portugal

Carla Castelo is a journalist at SIC Television Network in Portugal. She has been responsible for the coordination of news programs such as “Terra Alerta” and “Economia Verde”, in SIC Notícias, SIC’s news channel. She started her career in Público, a national daily newspaper, in 1991. Carla has a degree in Social Communication from Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas da Universidade Nova de Lisboa, and a pos-graduation in Environmental Sciences and Technologies from Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa. In 2014, Carla received the National Environment Award, awarded by the Portuguese Confederation of Environmental Non-Governmental Organizations (CPADA).

Havidán Rodríguez, Ph.D.

Founding Provost & Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)

Dr. Havidán Rodríguez is the Founding Provost & Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, and a tenured professor in the Department of Sociology & Anthropology, at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV). He also served as President, Ad Interim, and Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of Texas – Pan American (UTPA). Prior to arriving at UTPA, Dr. Rodríguez served as the Deputy Provost, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and International Programs, and Professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice at the University of Delaware. He was also a core faculty member and former director of the Disaster Research Center (DRC), the oldest and one of the leading social science disaster research centers in the world. He obtained his PhD in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Dr. Rodríguez has served on a number of committees for the National Academy of Sciences and on review panels for the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Ford Foundation, and was the Chair of the Latina/o Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association.

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Prof. Dr. Gülsün Sağlamer

President, European Women Rectors Association

Prof.Dr. Gulsun Saglamer, Former Rector of Istanbul Technical University (ITU) (1996-2004) is a professor of architecture and was as a post-doc researcher in Cambridge University (1975-1976), Visiting Professor in Queen’s University of Belfast in 1993-1996. She was a Board Member of European University Association (2005-2009). Prof. Saglamer is President of CMU (Community of Mediterranean Universities) (2012- ), President of European Women Rectors Association (EWORA) (2015-). She is a member the EC’s Advisory Groups of Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) and Gender. She has chaired the MSCA AG between 2013-2016. American Institute of Architects (AIA) awarded her “Honorary Fellowship (Hon FAIA) in 2006 and she has been also awarded “Leonardo da Vinci Medal” by SEFI (Société Européenne Pour la Formation Ingénieurs-European Society for Engineering Education) in 2005-2006. She is a member of European Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters since 2011.

Dr. Raphaëla Kitson-Pantano

Vice-President, Euroscience Open Forum (ESOF)

Dr. Raphaëla Kitson-Pantano began her career as Director of the ESOF Headquarters in Strasbourg. Following the successful set up of the European Hub of ESOF, she joined the L’Oreal Foundation where she was in charge of Scientific Programmes including the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards. Raphaëla joined AXA in 2014 as the AXA Research Fund Life & Health Risks Research Officer and is now Head of International Health Relations at AXA Global Life. In her spare time she is a Science Communication Consultant, Vice-President of Euroscience, a member of the ESOF2018 International Steering Committee and Secretary General of Europ’Attitude.

Dr. Anna Berga i Timoneda

Chair of Woman in Science Committee, Inter-University Council of Catalonia

Anna Berga holds a BA in Political Science and Sociology and a PhD in Sociology from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). She is associate professor at the Faculty of Social Education and Social Work Pere Tarrés, Ramon Llull University (URL). She has been Adjunct Lecturer in the Department of Sociology at the UAB (2009-2010).

Her fields of knowledge are adolescence and youth, social risk, inequalities and gender studies; she has participated in various research projects and has published numerous scientific papers. She has formed part of several Boards, including the Advisory Council of the National Youth Plan (Catalan Government).

Since 2010 she is member of the Rectoral Team of Ramon Llull University. She was Vice-rector for International Relations and Students from 2010 to 2012, and at present she is the General Secretary. She is also the President of the Women in Science Committee of the Catalan Inter-University Council.

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Prof. Joyce Y. Wong

Director, ARROWS, Office of the Provost, Boston University

Prof. Joyce Y. Wong is a Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Materials Science & Engineering, and a College of Engineering Distinguished Faculty Fellow at Boston University. She was Chair of the Gordon Research Conference in Biomaterials & Tissue Engineering in 2011. Awards she has received include a NSF CAREER Award and Clare Boothe Luce Professorship.  Dr. Wong is a Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering and a Fellow of the Biomedical Engineering Society. She is Director of a Provost Initiative promoting women in STEM at all levels: ARROWS (Advance, Recruit, Retain & Organize Women in STEM).

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Dr. Kathryn Waddington

Reader in Work and Organisational Psychology (UoW) & Visiting Senior Fellow (CDII), University of Westminster & Charles Darwin International Institute for the Study of Compassion

Kathryn was academic lead for the University of Westminster’s action plan in its successful Athena SWAN Bronze application, incorporating the ECU extended criteria and principles relating to intersectionality and supporting trans staff and students. She is a Chartered Psychologist, Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, and Principal Fellow of The Higher Education Academy. Kathryn began her professional career in healthcare and nursing and has a PhD in Psychology from the University of London. Her research interests as an applied work and organizational psychologist include organizational communication, emotion in organizations, and the practices that promote and sustain compassion in action.

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Lynn T. Singer, PhD

Deputy Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Case Western Reserve University

Dr. Lynn Singer is a professor of epidemiology & biostatistics, pediatrics, psychiatry and psychology at the School of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Singer has directed a number of large, federally and privately funded research programs. These include a 19-year study of high-risk, preterm infants with lung disease and their families; a longitudinal study of cocaine-exposed infants in Cleveland from birth to 12 years; and a birth cohort study of MDMA exposure in London, England. She also directed the Cleveland site research of a multisite industry study that evaluated the effects of long-chain polyunsaturated acids (LCPUFAS) on infant development that resulted in a patent. She has edited two books, Psychosocial Assessment of Adolescents, and Biobehavioral Assessment of Infants, and authored more than 150 articles in medical and psychological literature. She currently serves as Chair of the Steering Committee for the International Center for Autism Research and Education (ICARE) at Case Western Reserve University.

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Dr. Cara Tannenbaum

Scientific Director of the Institute of Gender and Health, Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Dr. Cara Tannenbaum is the Scientific Director of the Institute of Gender and Health for the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Dr. Tannenbaum is a Professor of Medicine and Pharmacy at the Université de Montreal, where she holds the Michel Saucier Endowed Chair in Geriatric Pharmacology, Health and Aging. She was awarded the May Cohen Gender Equity Award by the Association of Medical Faculties of Canada, the Betty Haven’s Knowledge Transfer Prize by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the 2015 Y Women of Distinction Award in Health.

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Prof. Dr. Ulf Schneider

Executive Advisor and member of the European Catalyst Advisory Board, PAREXEL International

As a highly motivated professional, Dr. Schneider engages as Executive Advisor at PAREXEL, a leading global biopharmaceutical services company, where he is focusing on driving PAREXEL’s diversity and inclusion work, leveraging his experience and expertise through international advising, individual coaching and mentoring, and serving as executive sponsor for certain clients.

For more than 15 years, Dr. Schneider was Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, and a member of PAREXEL’s Business Review Committee. In this role, he was responsible for the worldwide administrative functions: Human Resources including Learning and Organizational Development, Diversity Management, Facilities, Procurement, Travel and Regional Management.

Dr. Schneider practices his passion for strategic workforce planning, talent development and on many levels making the workplace a better place—including attracting, developing and supporting talent, raising employee engagement, diversity, as well as enabling an open and global workplace. You may follow him on LinkedIn.

Since PAREXEL has become a Research Partner at Catalyst, Dr. Schneider serves as a member of the European Catalyst Board of Advisors. Catalyst is the leading nonprofit organization with a mission to accelerate progress for women through workplace inclusion.

In addition, Dr. Schneider has been teaching at several German Universities for more than a decade. He has been a Professor for Management and Human Resources at the German Open Business School, of Applied Sciences, a member of the board of trustees of the FOM Berlin, and serving as senator to the advisory board of senators of the FOM Germany. Dr. Schneider has also been lecturing at the PAREXEL Academy.

Prior to joining PAREXEL, Dr. Schneider held financial management positions at Schering AG in Germany, where he was responsible for group finance in support of subsidiaries in Latin America and Europe.

Dr. Schneider received his Master’s degree in Business Administration and Ph.D. in Business Management from the Berlin Technical University, and also earned credits from the University of British Columbia.

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Dr. Susanne Bührer

Coordinator of the Business Unit "Policy Design and Evaluation", Fraunhofer Gesellschaft

Dr. Susanne Bührer has been employed at the Fraunhofer ISI since 1996, since 2010 as coordinator of the Business Unit “Policy Design and Evaluation”. Prior to working for the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft she studied politics, sociology and history at the University of Stuttgart (Degree Master of Arts) and obtained her doctorate at the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES) where she worked on a research project on “migration potentials”.

Susanne Bührer has been working in the area of research and innovation policy with a focus on programme evaluations and human resources for many years. She has been involved with numerous projects on questions of “Gender and Innovations”, currently she is the coordinator of the H2020 project EFFORTI (Establishing an Evaluation Framework for Promoting Gender Equality in R&I) (2016-2019).

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Sergi Fàbregues

Coordinator, Gender Equality Unit, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya

Since 2008 Sergi Fàbregues has worked as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Psychology and Education of the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC). He holds a BA in Sociology and an MPhil in Sociology from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, and an MSc in Public and Social Policy from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in collaboration with the Johns Hopkins University. He also has a PhD in Sociology from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. His research interests lie in the conceptualisation and assessment of quality in mixed methods research and in the use of QDA software in the social sciences. Currently, he coordinates the UOC’s Gender Equality Unit.

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