Confirmed 2018 speakers

Gary Loke

Director of Knowledge, Insights, Innovation and Delivery, Advance HE

Gary Loke is the Director of Knowledge, Insights, Innovation and Delivery at Advance HE, a UK higher education sector body which aims to advance the professional practice of higher education to improve outcomes for the benefit of students, staff and society, in the UK and globally. Advance HE was formed in March 2018 as a result of a merger between Equality Challenge Unit (ECU), the Higher Education Academy and the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education. Advance HE operates the Athena SWAN charter which recognises the advancement of gender equality in academia in the UK, Ireland and Australia, as well as a Race Equality charter. Prior to his current role, Gary was Deputy Chief Executive at ECU where he led ECU’s participation on the European Commission funded GENDER-NET, the first European Research Area Network dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and is now the chair of the expert advisory board of GENDER-NET Plus co-fund. Gary’s career has centered around equality policy and practice and he previously worked for an older persons’ charity on age-related policy issues in health and social care and for a rural race equality organisation on projects including minority ethnic people’s access to public services, racist incident reporting and capacity building of small minority ethnic and faith groups. He is currently an elected member of the gender equality commission of the Swiss National Science Foundation and a Visiting Research Associate at the Forum for Research into Equality and Diversity, School of Law, University of Chester. He has most recently contributed to Arday, J. and Mirza, H. S. (2018) ‘Dismantling Race in Higher Education: Racism, Whiteness and Decolonising the Academy‘.

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

Beverley is the Group Executive: Science Engagement and Corporate Relations of the National Research Foundation of South Africa(NRF) driving policy and strategy development and implementation in the advancement of research and technology, public communication and engagement with science, science education as well as corporate communications and stakeholder engagement.  She has been involved In preparing and driving a new Transformation Framework for the NRF, a more focussed NRF Gender Strategy.


She has more than a decade of executive leadership experience, having been the previous Executive Director of the South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (SAASTA) from 2003-2012. She has well established international networks and has represented the NRF in various international portfolios and platforms.


She obtained a BSc (Microbiology and Plant Pathology), B.Ed and MEd from the then University of Natal (now University of KwaZulu Natal) and a doctorate degree (Education Policy and Management) from the University of Pretoria.

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 .  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

President (OMU) and Chair (KIF), Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway’s 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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Dr. Anne de Graaf

Chief Diversity Officer (Uva), Lecturer International Relations (AUC), University of Amsterdam & Amsterdam University College

Dr. 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 holds a PhD in International Relations from 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”.

Marije Cornelissen

Executive Director, UN Women National Committee, The Netherlands

Marije Cornelissen is Executive Director of UN Women National Committee the Netherlands. Formerly, she was a Member of the European Parliament, active in the fields of women’s rights, employment and enlargement, and she was the UN Women’s Representative of the Netherlands in 2016. Aside from her tasks for UN Women, she works as freelance consultant for international and national institutions and human rights organisations. She is also a speaker and moderator at diverse conferences within her fields of expertise, and teaches courses and workshops in EU lobbying at Leiden University, Clingendael and the College of Europe.

Maria Sangiuliano

Research Fellow, DAIS (Department of Informatics, Statistics and Environmental Sciences) Università Ca’ Foscari

Maria Sangiuliano, PhD in Cognitive and Learning Studies, is working as a Research Fellow at DAIS (Department of Informatics, Statistics and Environmental Sciences) Università Ca’ Foscari since June 2016 where she is supporting 7 Research Organization in the ICT/IS fields in designing and implementing structural Changes through Gender Equality Plans in the framework of the H2020 EQUAL-IST project. She is a senior gender & innovation researcher and project manager interested in the intersections between social and technological innovation to make innovation policies and processes more sustainable and inclusive through gender and diversity sensitive co-design and implementation. She has cooperated with many EU level NGOs, universities and research centres as well as international consultancies and agencies, in Italy and abroad, in the framework of EU funded projects on gender equality in innovation and regional development since the year 2002, both in the role of project designer, project coordinator, and researcher. She has recently founded her own company, Smart Venice, partner in H2020 Families_Share and Erasmus+ Gender4STEM projects, both on ICT tools to innovate gender equality policies. She is leading the Citizen Focus Action Cluster of the EIP (European Innovation Partnership) on  inclusive smart cities and communities since May 2015.

Ylann Schemm

Director of the Elsevier Foundation and External Partnerships, Elsevier

Ylann Schemm drives the Elsevier Foundation’s programmatic focus on advancing diversity in science, building research capacity in developing countries, global health and embedding technology for development across the portfolio. For over a decade, Ylann ran the Foundation’s New Scholars program which supports projects to help early- to mid-career women scientists balance family responsibilities with demanding academic careers and addressed the attrition rate of talented women scientists.  She currently also serves as Director of External Partnerships within Elsevier’s Global Communications group, developing corporate collaborations focusing on technology and the SDGs and serves on the Executive Council of Research4Life, a UN-pan publisher access program working to bridge the digital divide.  Ylann is Dutch-American and holds an MA in Film & Television Studies from the University of Amsterdam and a BA, magna cum laude in English from Amherst College.

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.

Beth Olivares

Dean for Diversity in Arts, Sciences and Engineering, University of Rochester

In her role, Beth Olivares is concerned with issues of equity and climate, and seeks to improve diversity in all the different domains of the University, including students, staff, and faculty.


In 2002, she was named executive director of the David T. Kearns Center, a position she still holds. Olivares and her staff have greatly expanded the Kearns Center and developed educational pipeline programs for students from middle school through the doctoral degree. The center has received more than $16 million in external support for its various programs, which include Upward Bound and the Xerox Research Engineering Fellows Program.


She was honored by President Obama in 2015 with a Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring. The award recognizes the pivotal role that mentoring plays in the academic and personal development of students studying science and engineering.

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.

Babiche Veenendaal-Westerbrink

Senior Director of Legal Services, Accenture

Babiche Veenendaal-Westerbrink is Managing Director Legal Services at Accenture the Netherlands, as well as board member of the Global Corporate Citizenship-programme at Accenture worldwide.

Babiche studied law at the University of Amsterdam. After her studies she wrote a book about the legal aspects of the Internet. As soon as the book was published, companies approached her for advice. No law firms were active on the internet at that time, so she started her own boutique law firm @Law. After five successful years as a lawyer, she decided to join Accenture in July 2004. Since then, she has held various roles as part of Accenture’s Global Legal Group. As a member of the Market Maker Legal team, she supported in the negotiations in $ 200M+ deals all over the world. In her current role, she is the legal lead in the Telecommunications, Media and High-Tech industry in Europe. Furthermore, Babiche is a member of the Supervisory Board of the Accenture Foundation. Within the Corporate Citizenship group of Accenture, Babiche is the Global Account Lead for the partnership between PLAN International and Accenture that has a large focus on securing employment for young people – especially girls – all over the world.

Maria de Kleijn-Lloyd MBA

Senior Vice President Analytical Services, Elsevier

Maria de Kleijn-Lloyd MBA is Senior Vice President Analytical Services for Elsevier. In this role she is responsible for bespoke analytical services to universities, funding bodies and governments worldwide, advising them on research performance, international collaboration, gender in research and research impact. Prior to joining Elsevier, Maria has worked for McKinsey and Company, for the Dutch government, and in the power and gas sector, in various analytical roles to combining big data to inform decisions. Maria holds a master’s degree with distinction in Applied Physics from Delft University of Technology, and an MBA with distinction from Oxford University.

Prof. Semiha Denktaş

Chief Diversity Officer, Erasmus University Rotterdam

Prof. Semiha Denktaş (Istanbul, 1973) studied Clinical & Health Psychology at Utrecht University and Integration & Migration Studies at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. She obtained her PhD on the subject of The Health and Healthcare use of Elderly First Generation Migrants in the Netherlands.

Denktaş played a seminal role in the establishment of the Erasmus University College, serving as Head of the Social & Behavioural Science department from 2013 to 1 September 2018. As of 1 September 2018, she leads the Behavioural Change pillar at the Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences Rotterdam (ESSB).

She has a vast amount of experience in large-scale, multi-disciplinary research programmes. In 2017, she started the Behavioural Insights Group Rotterdam (BIG’R) and HEALTHY’R together with the Municipality of Rotterdam. She continues to serve as Academic Director of these collaborations. Through these vessels and under her leadership, various research projects are being conducted in Rotterdam to examine and achieve behaviour change. These include behavioural studies aimed at promoting improved mental and physical health, with a special focus on marginalised and vulnerable groups.

Denktaş is a board member of Female Academics Moving toward Equity (FAME) of the Erasmus University Rotterdam; a group focused on the participation and empowerment of women in all academic ranks. She is also a board member of the “Coalitie Rotterdammers voor Mekaar” (Coalition of Rotterdammers for Each Other); a Rotterdam-focused coalition that engages its network to detect threats to social cohesion and strengthens and combines existing forces and initiatives to increase social cohesion.

Gabriela Weaver

Special Assistant to the Provost for Educational Initiatives, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

GABRIELA WEAVER serves as Special Assistant to the Provost for Educational Initiatives at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  Previously, her role was Vice Provost for Faculty Development, and director of the Institute for Teaching Excellence and Faculty Development (TEFD).  Prior to coming to UMass, she served as professor of chemistry and science education and later as the Jerry and Rosie Semler Director of the Discovery Learning Research Center at Purdue University. In 2012, she was elected as Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science for distinguished contributions to transforming science education at the undergraduate level. She has been a co-author on two chemistry textbooks, and the 2015 book Transforming Institutions: Undergraduate STEM Education for the 21st Century, as well as author of numerous scholarly articles and book chapters.

Dr. Elavie Ndura

Vice President of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, and Professor of Education, Gallaudet University

Dr. Elavie Ndura is Vice President of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, and Professor of Education at Gallaudet University in the United States of America. She is a transformational leader, practitioner, and scholar with over 30 years of hands-on transnational multidisciplinary expertize and proven impact in developing capacities for inclusive diversity, educational equity, intercultural and cross-cultural competency, and peacemaking leadership. She brings well-rounded domestic and global multidisciplinary competencies in transformative multicultural education, conflict transformation, and peace building.


She grounds her work in authentic visions of intersectionality lens into human diversity and human interdependence to achieve consensus within and across constituencies, and facilitate courageous intergroup dialogue across difference.


She is internationally known for her scholarly and practitioner expertise in developing, implementing and evaluating diversity and inclusion strategic goals, leading institutional visioning and capacity building for inclusive excellence policies and practices, and coordinating institutional responses to diversity-related community conflicts and crisis.

Laurent Roux

Impact Officer - Entrepreneurship and Business Creation, European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT)

Laurent Roux joined the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), as Entrepreneurship Officer in Sep 2013, and became Impact Officer – Entrepreneurship and Business Creation in Nov 2017. He is mainly responsible for the EIT Knowledge Innovation Communities (KICs) Entrepreneurship and Business Creation activities across EU-28, including synergies with other EU and National Business Creation programs, and also focuses on the EIT Monitoring of the KIC activities, through Key Performance Indicators, Scoreboards, and on site in-depth broader strategic Evaluations and Reviews focusing on Results, Impact and Financial Sustainability. He leads the EIT Women Leadership and Entrepreneurship activities, and the organization of the annual EIT Awards and Innovation Tour. He represents EIT on the board of the EIT Alumni association. He holds an INSEAD MBA program and a MScEE from INSA Lyon, France.

Joanna Booth

Journalist and editor,

Joanna Booth is a freelance journalist and editor who worked for over a decade in higher education research. She has worked on issues of widening participation in higher education, and written about applications and acceptances to STEM subjects, vocational qualifications, distance to higher education, and helping care applicants. She has worked for Ucas and for the online data exploration system Nesstar.

Kirsten Spahr van der Hoek

Innovation Lead, Accenture Digital


Kirsten Spahr van der Hoek is the Innovation Lead at Accenture in the Netherlands. In this role, she guides companies with their innovation and digital transformation agenda. She also coaches and supervises executives and their teams to determine their innovation strategy in co-creation with young talent and how to adapt their organization. Kirsten is responsible for the Accenture Innovation Awards, an annual start-up competition and innovation ecosystem, and is a speaker and part of the exhibition panels at various conferences. In addition to her work for Accenture, Kirsten is a social entrepreneur involved in innovation with social relevance, with a focus on promoting the innovation climate and inclusiveness, and diversity of talent. Kirsten previously held roles at McKinsey & Company, Center for Talent Innovation (New York), VODW Digital and De Nederlandsche Bank, and most recently as Director Innovation at ABN AMRO. Kirsten studied at the University of Amsterdam, University of Melbourne and business school INSEAD. She is an artist in her spare time.

Liz Moran

Senior Director, Talent, Development and Inclusion, AstraZeneca

With over 15 years’ experience in Human Resources, Liz Moran brings a wealth of expertise and skills to her current role at AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals leading Talent, Development and Inclusion. In this role she oversees all aspects of talent management, leadership development and inclusion in the US market. Prior to joining AstraZeneca, she held roles of increasing responsibility at The Estee Lauder Companies Inc. in the global employee engagement and talent development COEs responsible for driving learning, engagement and culture through the creation and delivery of world-class global programs and experiences. Liz has led recruitment and benefits efforts and served as an HR generalist throughout her career. She holds an MBA from Clarion University and an undergraduate degree from Millersville University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Emelyn dela Peña

Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Dean of the Center for Diversity & Inclusion, Washington University in St. Louis

Emelyn dela Peña, Ed.D. is the Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Dean of the Center for Diversity & Inclusion at Washington University in St. Louis, providing support and advocacy for students from traditionally underrepresented or marginalized populations and creating collaborative partnerships with campus and community members to promote dialogue and social change. Her portfolio of responsibilities also will include oversight of the Office for International Students and Scholars. Emelyn has spent more than two decades as an administrator and teacher. Prior to joining WashU, she was the Assistant Dean for Equity, Diversity & Inclusion at Harvard College, where she served as a member of the senior staff, advising the dean of the college and dean of students on issues regarding equity and inclusion. Previously, she served as campus diversity officer and director of the Women’s Center at UC San Diego. There, she developed and implemented strategic plans for campus-wide diversity initiatives, and managed operations of the Women’s Center, which provides resources and educational programs focused on gender equity and social justice.

Rebekah Martin

Head of Reward and Diversity, AstraZeneca

Rebekah Martin has been AstraZeneca’s Head of Reward and Diversity since April 2018.  Rebekah studied Biochemistry at Oxford University before qualifying as a lawyer in the UK. She completed her legal training in London and specialised in employment law on qualification.  After a number of years in private practice, Rebekah joined AstraZeneca in 2011.  Since then she has held progressively senior roles in legal, including responsibility for IP litigation, employment and handling the full spectrum of commercial legal matters whilst she was the Asia Area Legal Director based in Singapore.  She was appointed Deputy General Counsel for Europe Commercial and Global Employment on her return to the UK in 2015 and held this role until joining the HR team this year.

Alia Papageorgiou

Vice President, The Association of European Journalists

Alia Papageorgiou is a social media specialist who draws on over 12 years of journalism and digital editorial experience. She has led and reported in print newsrooms which were early adopters, including Brussels’ New Europe of which she was Managing Editor in 2012-2013. She worked as a journalist for eight years in Brussels accredited to the EU institutions. Most recently she was Press Officer at the EU Delegation to Australia for three years. An avid writer and fan of the printed press Alia is also a staunch supporter of peace journalism, media law, pluralism of the media, rights and protection of journalists working in increasingly difficult conditions and the availability of tools and assistance to journalists. She has previously curated the Personal Democracy Forum in Brussels, the Twestival, ran a Hacks/Hackers meetup at IHECS in 2014 and currently also works on the Athens Democracy Forum for the International New York Times in Athens, Greece. She is studying for a Masters, and holds an LLB in European Law. In her spare time she runs a Facebook ephemeride called The Brussels Chronicle and lives in Brussels with her partner, and their cat Henry.

Dr. Ed Bertschinger

Professor of Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Ed Bertschinger is a Professor of Physics at MIT with an affiliation in the Program in Women’s and Gender Studies. He is a scholar-activist in diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education. Ed served as MIT’s inaugural Community and Equity Officer from 2013-2018 and has served on numerous national committees and task forces on equity in physics and astronomy. During 2007-2013 he was Physics Department Head at MIT. He is a theoretical astrophysicist whose research lies in cosmology, gravitation, and numerical methods, and whose passion lies in shifting the culture of STEM fields to be inclusive and equitable for everyone. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Physical Society and has won the MIT MLK Leadership Award, the Outstanding Freshman Advisor Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and many other awards. Ed is originally from California and he enjoys cooking, birdwatching, and running.

Dr. Norm J. Jones

Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Amherst College

A nationally recognized leader in higher education, educational equity and access, and organization development, Dr. Jones served as Assistant to the President at Dickinson College from 2006- 2012, Associate Vice President and Dean of Diversity at Dickinson College from 2012- 2013, and Associate Chief Diversity Officer at Harvard University from 2013- 2016, where he oversaw a team of senior leaders responsible for Title IX, University Disability Services, Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity, and established a new Office of Diversity & Inclusion.


Dr. Jones currently serves as Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at Amherst College. In this role, he works with campus partners to advance practices and programs that foster diversity, inclusivity, and accessibility. He oversees the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, which comprises the Queer Resource Center, the Women’s and Gender Center, the Center for Campus Diversity and Student Leadership, the Multicultural Resource Center, the Center for International Student Engagement, the Office of Inclusive Leadership, two Faculty Diversity and Inclusion Officers, and the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program.


Working with the dean of the faculty and the chief human resources officer, he plays a key role in recruiting and retaining diverse faculty and staff. He ensures that the College is an active participant in national and international conversations around inclusive excellence, equity, and justice.

Dr. Fatma Mili

Dean of the College of Computing and Informatics (CCI), UNC Charlotte

Dr. Fatma Mili is the Dean of the College of Computing and Informatics (CCI), the fastest-growing college at UNC Charlotte, which she joined in August 2017 after serving respectively as Department Head of Computer Information Technology, Associate Dean for Educational Research and Development, then as Executive Director of the TransSTEM Center at Purdue University.

Mili holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University Pierre & Marie Curie, Paris, France. Her research focus is in the areas of decision-making, formal methods in computing, and complex and self-organizing systems. The role Higher Education plays as an agent of social change has been an underlying theme in her work. She advocates for a STEMM education embedded in ethics, for curricular design and pedagogy where inclusivity and equity are key ingredients rather than afterthought add-ons, and for a research agenda grounded in the most pressing challenges and focused on long-term impact.

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.

Prof. Anne Scott

Vice President for Equality and Diversity, National University of Ireland, Galway

Prof. Anne Scott is Professor and Vice President for Equality and Diversity, National University of Ireland, Galway.  Anne is an RGN and holds a BA in Philosophy and Psychology from Trinity College, Dublin and a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Glasgow. Over her career she has held a variety of leadership roles in universities including Head of School, Executive Dean, Deputy President and Registrar in both Irish and English university sectors. She has worked as a practitioner and academic in Kenya, Scotland, England and Ireland.


Anne’s research interests include the philosophy and ethics of health care, judgement and decision-making in clinical practice and health services research – focusing on the health work force.

Anne has been a board member of a number of research funding and health service agencies in Ireland and the UK. In July 2018 she was appointed Chair of the Board of HEANet.

David Pollard

Executive Director, Workplace Pride Foundation

David Pollard is co-founder and Executive Director of the Workplace Pride Foundation. The Foundation represents the LGBT networks of 57 prominent companies and organizations and strives for greater LGBT workplace inclusion internationally.


He has worked for nearly 30 years in the international corporate world, 15 of which have been dealing with LGBT issues on an international level. David is founder and former Global Chairman of ING’s LGBT employee network “Gala” and in his 15 year career at ING, fulfilled a number of responsibilities including the creation and management of ING’s European Affairs Department.


David holds degrees in International Relations (BA, Political Science and Business, University of Oklahoma, USA) and in European Affairs (Masters: Diplome d’Etudes Europeén, Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium). He lives in Amsterdam with his husband Michael.

Claire Annesley

Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor for Equalities and Diversity, University of Sussex

Claire Annesley is Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor for Equalities and Diversity and Professor of Politics at the University of Sussex.  As DPVC she leads the University’s strategic mission to become a fully inclusive campus, focusing on equality, diversity, accessibility and flexibility. Her academic research focuses on the causes and consequences of the underrepresentation of women in politics. She has recently completed a book on Cabinets, Ministers and Gender. Her research has been awarded the 2011 Richard Rose Prize by the UK Political Studies Association, the 2011 Carrie Chapman Catt Prize by Iowa State University and the 2012 Public Policy Section Prize by the American Political Science Association.

Daniel Hajas

Doctoral research student, University of Sussex

Daniel Hajas is a Doctoral research student in the Sussex Computer Human Interaction (SCHI) Lab at the University of Sussex. He works on Human Computer Interaction (HCI) and haptic interfaces in the context of science communication. After completing his Masters in Theoretical Physics, Daniel co-founded Grapheel, a not-for-profit company with a mission to help vision impaired students and life long learners access STEM to access content more conveniently. His flagship project – the Grapheel IRIS app – connects scientifically trained volunteers with vision impaired students who upload images of scientific figures and ask for an alternative description. Reaching out to publishers, teachers, web content creators, Grapheel hopes to make science more inclusive.

Dr. Kristen Liesch

Partner & Strategist, Women's Work Institute

Kristen is a strategist and gender equity expert whose methodology combines practices and theories from the social sciences, education and interdisciplinary humanities with principles of design thinking to radically improve the effectiveness of diversity and inclusion strategies.

Kristen has partnered with organizations across a range of industries where she applies her systems-based approach to create actionable strategies for change. Technology, non-profit, health care, law, engineering and educational institutions have benefited from Kristen’s ability to identify opportunities and implement effective solutions.

Recognized for her strength of character, passion, dedication and tenacity, Kristen is committed to excellence, integrity and collaboration to advance gender equity and equip others to do the same.

She is the founder of Blue Switch Consulting and partner at the Women’s Work Institute. Kristen has a PhD from the University of Auckland and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Alberta.

Anna Dewar Gully

Founding Partner & Strategist, Women’s Work Institute

Anna is an organizational strategist and women’s equity expert. For 15 years, Anna led strategic planning and public policy change in large and complex organizations and systems in Canada and the UK including the health system, social assistance, and with leading boards and entrepreneurs in the private and public sectors. As a systems-thinker and natural change-agent, Anna was inspired to start Women’s Work Institute because of gendered challenges she experienced in her own career, and a deep desire to tackle those problems at a strategic (rather than individual) level. She created Women’s Work Institute to help diversity and inclusion champions become radically more effective at advancing gender equality at work and by helping organizations understand pragmatic connections between equality, effectiveness, and profitability. Anna has a Masters Degree in Public Policy and Management from the University of London and a BA from McGill University.

Dr Marie Connolly

Head of Equality & Diversity, University of Limerick

Dr Marie Connolly is Head of Equality & Diversity in the University of Limerick and has over 28 years’ experience in leading, driving and implementing key change initiatives within the Higher Education and Semi-State sectors in Ireland.  An accredited Executive Coach with a Master’s Degree in Education, Marie holds a Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) in Higher Education Management from the University of Bath where she was awarded the Richard and Shirley Mawdiff prize for outstanding performance on the DBA.


Marie successfully managed the University’s bid in achieving the prestigious Athena SWAN Bronze Institution Award in 2015, one of the first universities in Ireland to achieve the award. Marie is also a member of the Athena SWAN National Steering Committee where she previously held the position of chairperson.

Dr. Kimberly M. Jackson

Chair and Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Spelman College

Dr. Kimberly M. Jackson is Chair and Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry and director of the Food Studies program at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia. A Fulbright Scholar, her robust and active research programs focus on novel therapeutic agents for hormone refractory prostate cancer and the role of minority-serving institutions and women of color in diversifying the STEM pipeline. Each of her research programs has garnered a host of publications, presentations, and funding from multiple agencies. For her commitment to STEM excellence, Dr. Jackson has been recognized as a Governor’s Teaching Fellow and awarded the Spelman Presidential Awards for Excellence in Research, Teaching, and Mentoring. She has held a visiting faculty appointment at Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA in the Systems Biology department. She serves on the advisory board for the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Public Affairs Committee, COACh for Women Scientists and Engineers, and the American Chemical Society Committee on Minority Affairs.

Ida L. Castro

Chief Diversity Officer, Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (GCSOM)

Ida L. Castro’s career has been characterized by a strong passion for service and for building strategic alliances across diverse groups. She joined Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (GCSOM) in 2008 and has since served as Vice President for Community Engagement and Chief Diversity Officer, where she leads engagement with the community and directs the school’s diversity priorities. She launched GCSOM’s Regional Education Academy for Careers in Health – Higher Education Initiative (REACH-HEI), a pipeline program for disadvantaged youth.


She was appointed Haywood Burns Chair for Civil Rights, CUNY School of Law, and served as the first Latina Commissioner/CEO of the New Jersey State Department of Personnel. President Clinton named her the first Latina Chairwoman/CEO of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, after her service as Director of the Women’s Bureau, Acting Deputy Solicitor and Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Office of Worker Compensation at the U.S. Department of Labor.

Prof. Michael Dennin

Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning, University of California, Irvine

Professor Dennin has been Professor of Physics and Astronomy at UCI since 1997, and is now the Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning and Dean, Division of Undergraduate Education. His research focuses on the dynamics of foams and modeling of ice mélange in fjords. He has won numerous awards for research and teaching, and is passionate about public outreach in the area of science –including co-teaching a open course based on the AMC television program The Walking Dead. He has appeared on numerous television programs – including Science of Superman, Spider-man Tech, Batman Tech, Star Wars Tech, and Ancient Aliens. You can find Prof. Dennin in the YouTube series Fascinating Fights ( debating the outcome of battles between pop icons. Recently, he published a science outreach book on the intersection between science and faith: Divine Science: Finding Reason at the Heart of Faith, from Franciscan Media.

Douglas Morrison

STEM and Innovation Lead, City of Glasgow College

Douglas is an experienced educator with a demonstrated history of working in the further and higher education sector. His areas of interest include STEM, innovation, digital disruption, educational policy, technology enhanced learning and gender equality issues.

He is the STEM and Innovation lead at City of Glasgow College, Scottish Director of the Institute of Innovation and Knowledge Exchange and Project Sponsor of the Erasmus+ funded ENGENDERING STEM Project.

Douglas holds a master’s degree in educational technology and is a doctor of philosophy (PhD) candidate at the University of Strathclyde researching gender, habitus and occupational segregation in the UK construction industry.

He is a fellow of the Institute for Innovation and Knowledge Exchange (FIKE), a board member at Glasgow City of Science and Innovation, and holds gender focused advisory and governance positions at the Scottish Funding Council, Skills Development Scotland and the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

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. 

Sara-Jane Finlay

Associate Vice-President, Equity & Inclusion, University of British Columbia

Dr. Sara-Jane Finlay is the Associate Vice-President, Equity & Inclusion at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.


Dr. Finlay supports institution-wide efforts to create an inclusive environment for working, learning and living where respect, civility, diversity, and opportunity are valued.


Dr. Finlay received her B.A. (English Language and Literature) in 1987 from Huron College, Western University, followed by a B.A.A. (Radio and Television Arts) from Ryerson University in 1990; and her M.A. (Women’s Studies) and Ph.D. (Communication and Media Studies) in 1997 and 2001 from Loughborough University. She also holds a Post-Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching (Higher Education) from the Southampton Institute, Hants, UK and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in the UK.


As a parent of two and Past President of the College and University Work-Life-Family Association (CUWFA), Dr. Finlay advocates for academic institutions to focus attention on work/family and work/life issues.

Dr. Russell Loveridge

Managing Director, NCCR Digital Fabrication

Russell Loveridge is Managing Director of the Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) in Digital Fabrication at ETH Zurich. Russell studied engineering and architecture in Toronto and Zurich, and obtained his doctorate at the EPF Lausanne. He has worked professionally in construction and architecture, he has extensive academic experience, and was previously research director at the Laboratory for Architectural Production at the EPFL. His research investigates advanced fabrication technologies, smart materials, and novel construction techniques.
Since 2014 Russell has coordinated the NCCR’s multi-disciplinary team of over 120 researchers, engineers and technical staff, helping to develop one of the most advanced multi-disciplinary research consortiums worldwide that focus on changing the way we design and build. In this role, Russell is co-responsible together with NCCR Communications Officer Tanja Coray, for the mandate of Equality and the Advancement of Women in Research within the NCCR Digital Fabrication.

Prof. Evangelia Demerouti

Chief Diversity Officer, Eindhoven University of Technology

Prof. Evangelia Demerouti is a full professor at Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands and Distinguished Professor at University of Johannesburg, South Africa. Since 2017 she is the Chief Diversity Officer of Eindhoven University of Technology. Her research interests include topics from the field of well-being and performance, including positive organisational behaviour, the Job Demands – Resources model, job crafting and work-family interface. She is associate editor of the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology and the European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology and has published over 200 articles and book chapters.

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.

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.

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. 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. 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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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 is a Chartered Psychologist, Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, and Principal Fellow of The Higher Education Academy. She has a background in nursing and healthcare, and is academic lead for the University of Westminster’s affiliation with the Darwin International Institute for the Study of Compassion (DIISC). DIISC is named after Charles Darwin, and its core mission is to support and develop a new generation of scholars and future leaders with a deeper understanding of compassion. Kathryn is particularly interested in exploring how a deeper understanding of compassion can offer fresh insights into intersectional identities in higher education. Her current research and scholarship explores the use of interpretive ethnography as a means of revealing the ‘dark side’ of academic life, and the role of compassion in promoting and sustaining healthy organisational cultures and leadership practices.

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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.

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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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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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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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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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.

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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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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