Amanda Aldercotte


Research Manager, Advance HE

As Research Manager at Advance HE, Amanda works on the development, analysis and delivery of Advance HE’s research initiatives with a particular interest in exploring how gender and other protected characteristics such as ethnicity and sexual orientation interact with socioeconomic barriers to higher education. She completed her PhD in Psychology at the University of Cambridge in 2016 and her background is in developmental psychology, education, and quantitative statistics.

Thomas Berghöfer


Senior Scientist

Dr. T. W. Berghöfer studied Physics and Astrophysics in Marburg, Bochum, and received a PhD in Munich. He won a Humboldt fellowship to work at the Space Sciences Lab at UC Berkeley. During his active research career, he was working in X-ray and EUV astronomy at the Max Planck Institute for extraterrestrial Physics, UC Berkeley, and University of Hamburg. While working at the University of Hamburg he was appointed as one of the women’s representatives in the faculty of physics. He holds a degree in higher education didactics and e-learning methods from the University of Hamburg. Later he became a science programme manager in the German research funding system of the federal government. He is very experienced in coordinating larger consortia in Europe and is currently the coordinator of the GENERA project. Thomas Berghöfer is involved in the coordination between academia and industry on advancing photosensor technology and developed with his group the currently running EU funded FET-Exchange project SENSE. The development of photosensors and its application in medical applications provides a perfect example for Gendered Innovations in the field of physics.

Nigel Birch


Senior Portfolio Manager in the Information and Communications Technologies Theme of the UK’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

Nigel is a Senior Portfolio Manager in the Information and Communications Technologies Theme of the UK’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (part of UK Research and Innovation). He is responsible for the research portfolios of Digital Signal Processing and, Music and Acoustic Technology as well as various aspects of the theme’s developing strategies: the cross-theme priorities of People at the Heart of ICT and, New and Emerging areas, digital health, Human-like Computing, and, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. This last has included leading on the study of the barri-ers facing under-represented groups in academic ICT. His long and interminable career seems to have come not just full circle, but is going round again! He started life pre-EPSRC with the old Science and Engineering Research Council working as a committee secretary in the materials area looking after metallurgy and materials processing as well as electron microscopy and spectrometer facilities. From there he moved on to cover a range of science and engineering research portfolios and involvement in policy generation including pro-cess, polymer and mechanical engineering, biological sciences, biotechnology and information technology. In 2001 he became EPSRC's Head of International looking at ways to improve links with China, India and Japan.

Emilie Courtin


Research Fellow - Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at King’s College London

Dr. Emilie Courtin is Research Fellow at the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at King’s College London. She holds a PhD in social policy from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Her research focuses on the life-course determinants of mental health and cognition, and the role of social policies in reducing health inequalities. Her work has been published in major academic journals such as Health Affairs, the American Journal of Epidemiology and Social Science and Medicine. In September 2018, she will join the Harvard Center for Population and Development as a Bell Fellow.

Rana Dajani


Molecular cell biology, Harvard Radcliff fellow, a Fulbrighter, Eisenhower fellow, Associate Professor, former center of studies director, Hashemite University, Jordan, Yale and Cambridge visiting professor

Rana Dajani Ph.D. molecular cell biology, Harvard Radcliff fellow, a Fulbrighter, Eisenhower fellow, Associate Professor, former center of studies director, Hashemite University, Jordan, Yale and Cambridge visiting professor. World expert on genetics of Circassian and Chechan populations in Jordan. Established stem cell research ethics law in Jordan. Advocate for biological evolution and Islam, speaker at McGill University and MIT. Jordan team leader in studying refugee youth with Yale University and the epigenetics of trauma across generations. Higher education reform expert, member UN women Jordan advisory council. Writer in Science and Nature, Established a women mentor network, received PEER award 2014. Organized the first gender summit for the Arab world 2017. Most influential women scientists in Islamic World, 12 among100 most influential Arab women 2015, women in science hall of fame 2015, King Hussein Cancer Institute for cancer and biotechnology award 2009 and 2016 Global Changemaker Award IIE/Fulbright. Higher Education Reform Expert EU-TEMPUS, Jordan, founder service learning center, Hashemite University, speaker at TEDxDeadsea, World Islamic Economic Forum 2012 and World Science Forum 2015. Developed a community-based model “We love reading” to encourage children to read for pleasure received Synergos Arab world social innovators 2009, WISE Award 2014, King Hussein Medal of Honor 2014, Star Award 2015, best refugee education program 2015, UNESCO International Literacy Prize 2017 and World Literacy Council Award 2018.

Jonathan Dawes


Director, Institute for Mathematical Innovation, University of Bath

Jonathan Dawes is an applied mathematician working on a wide range of mathematical modelling projects involving dynamical systems, fluid and solid mechanics, and network science. He presents his academic work regularly around the world, and his current or recent projects involve partners from British Telecom to UNICEF. In 2015 he established the Bath Institute for Mathematical Innovation (IMI), which cultivates novel collaborations between mathematicians and natural and social scientists. Current and recent IMI research projects and consultancy have included companies in the aerospace, agri-food, automotive, bioscience, and insurance sectors.

Jean des Rivières


Vice President Exploration - BHP

Jean des Rivières heads the Greenfield Copper exploration activities for BHP offices in five countries. He joined the company in 1997 and has performed several roles since then, such as Resource Development Manager within the Strategy and Development team, where he had to provide strategic advice to the Copper brownfield exploration program and geological assessment in the M&A activities. Jean’s career started in 1984 in the small town of Matagami in north Québec, and in 34 years it has spanned over a wide range of roles with global accountabilities and residency in six countries; Canada, Mexico, Ireland, Australia, Chile and the US. Having worked in more than 50 countries, Jean’s exposure to diversity and inclusion is part of his daily life. Jean is married with Michele and living in Santiago. He has two adult sons, Jean-Luc and Philippe, graduates from Colorado School of Mines and Carlton University in Ottawa, Canada.

Julien Lamontagne-Godwin



Julien Lamontagne-Godwin is currently finalising his University of Reading PhD thesis on gendered relationships in formal and informal rural advisory services in Pakistan. He has a Masters in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation from Imperial College London. He joined the Centre for Agricultural Biosciences International (CABI) as a scientific officer in 2008. He is currently managing a programme dedicated to the prevention, detection and control of invasive species. The programme focuses on the development of knowledge and information services for both policymakers and the communities affected, as well as testing and promoting innovative solutions to reduce the impact of invasive.

Stanley Maphosa


International and National Liaison Manager - Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf)

Mr Stanley Maphosa is the International and National Liaison Manager of the Academy of Science of South Africa. He is responsible for Strategic Partnerships, Overseas Collaborations, and African Collaborations, Gender in Science Technology and Innovation as well as Young Scientist Liaison. His role is to develop relations with science academies, multilateral science organisation, universities, government departments, parliament, embassies, and civil society and science councils. He is involved in science diplomacy, internationalisation of science, science advice and science communication. He hosts Regional Office of The World Academy of Sciences, the South African National Chapter of the Organisation for Women in Science for the Developing World, the South African Young Academy of Science and the International Council for Science Regional Office for Africa. Currently studying for a PhD in Social Science at the University of Fort Hare, Stanley holds a Master’s degrees in Development Studies.

Andreas Neef


Head of the research group "Biophysics of neural computation" at the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience, Göttingen

Trained in Physics, Biochemistry and Neuroscience at Jena and Jülich. Graduated from the University of Cologne with a study of ion channel gating. Studied early auditory and visual system at the MRC LMB in Cambridge and the inner ear lab at Göttingen medical centre. Since 2013 Dr. Neef is head of the research group "Biophysics of neural computation" at the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience, Göttingen.

Dorothy Nyambi


Executive VP, AIMS-NEI

Dr. Dorothy Nyambi is head of the AIMS Global network’s programs and grants team. She joined AIMS-NEI in 2013. Prior to joining AIMS-NEI, she led a global consulting firm based in Canada for four years servings as its Executive Director. She describes herself as a social entrepreneur and working in partnership with colleagues, provided technical support and capacity development for organizations and funders in areas of project/program design, monitoring and evaluation in health, education and livelihood programs. An international development practioner and a certified Evaluator, she has worked for governments and not-for-profit organizations where she developed and managed major development initiatives (bilateral and responsive) for government donors and foundations. Member of the Canadian, American and African evaluation societies, she also serves as a volunteer with UNICEF Canada and sits on the board of two not-for-profit organizations in Canada.

Sonja Ochsenfeld-Repp


Deputy Head of Division Quality and Programme Management, German Research Foundation

Sonja Ochsenfeld-Repp has been Deputy Head of Division Quality and Programme Management, German Research Foundation, since 2016. Her focus is on the promotion of gender equality, early career researchers, international cooperation and on the implementation of the federal-state initiative “Excellence Strategy”. Before she was Deputy Director of the European Liaison Office of the German Research Organisations (Kowi) and Head of the Bonn office (2012-2015). She was coordinator of the KoWi-Part of the National Contact Point for the European Research Council (ERC). Her priorities lay on the funding opportunities of the ERC and the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions. She is a fully qualified lawyer by training and has been awarded a doctoral degree from the University of Bonn in 2007. She has participated as a speaker or moderator in several national, European and international conferences.

Mary Olson


Director, Gender and Radiation Impact Project; Senior Radioactive Waste Policy Specialist, Nuclear Information and Resource Service, (NIRS) USA

A senior policy specialist on highly radioactive spent nuclear fuel at Nuclear Information and Resource Service since 1991, Olson’s background in biology, biochemistry and her own radioactive contamination during her final biological research job, lead to her focus on radiation health consequences. The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster resulted in questions from the public about greater harm to women from ionizing radiation exposures, leading to Olson’s independent review of data presented by the National Academy of Sciences, Biological Effects of Ionizing Radiation VII. Olson’s findings are published in a short 2011 briefing paper entitled “Atomic Radiation is More Harmful to Women.” UN diplomats pioneering application of Humanitarian law to nuclear weapons invited Olson to present her findings at the global Vienna Conference, 2014, opening a series of UN events on gender and radiation, culminating in side sessions organized by Olson at the UN during the negotiation of the Convention on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, 2017. Olson is an educator, policy advocate and “stake holder” for civil-society organizations, event planner and facilitator. She now heads a new initiative to identify and fund research to address the many questions on gender as a factor in harm from exposure to ionizing radiation.

Lakshmi Ramachandran


Senior Program Specialist at STEM Advocacy Institute, Boston; MBI Women in Science, Singapore

Dr. Lakshmi Ramachandran, PhD in Cell & Molecular Biology (SUNY Buffalo, USA), is an active proponent of female participation in science. As a member of the Mechanobiology Institute Women in Science, Singapore, she has written and spoken on recruiting and retaining more women in science. Lakshmi was a speaker at the Gender Summit 10 (GS10) held in Tokyo in May 2017. Influenced by the value and impact of the GS, she initiated the organizing of the next GS Asia Pac and is presently co-organizing the GS-AP, 2019, in Singapore. Lakshmi is affiliated with the STEM Advocacy Institute, Boston, USA, as a senior program specialist and stories in science ambassador. She speaks at schools and has participated in the UNESCO international symposium and policy forum on girls’ education in STEM, 2017. Additionally, Lakshmi is a keynote speaker and an independent scientific consultant, specialized in science communications. Her professional background in science (15 years) broadly spans science communications (MBI, National University of Singapore) and early drug discovery (Astrazeneca India, Allesh Biosciences India Pvt Ltd).

Vandana Ramachandran


Head, Institute of Medical Biology, A*STAR; Singapore Women in Science

Dr Vandana Ramachandran received her PhD in Molecular Parasitology from the National University of Singapore in collaboration with INSERM, Paris, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, working on malaria. At present, she is the Head of Research Administration at IMB. She is the co-founder of the Singapore Women in Science and have been actively promoting women participation in Science through networking events with women leaders in the STEM field and hosting talks by these professional women. Vandana is also presently co-organizing the Gender Summit –Asia Pacific, 2019 in Singapore. She has been interviewed for a global report by the L’Oreal foundation for the advancement women in science (2018). Additionally, Vandana is the founder of A*PECSS (A*STAR Post Doc and Early Career Scientist Society) and was awarded a MTI (Ministry of Trade and Industry) Outstanding Activist Award for that. The Society aims to address the needs of the early career researchers in terms of career options.