Associate Professor, National Institute of Public Finance and Policy and Research Faculty Associate and The Levy Economics Institute of Bard College
Lekha Chakraborty is the pioneer economist in institutionalising Gender Budgeting in India. Her areas of interest are Macroeconomics of Public Finance, Fiscal Federalism, Extractive sector Economics, Financing Human Development and Gender Budgeting.
Former Executive Officer of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) and Emeritus Professor in the School of Environmental Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal
Roseanne Diab is the former Executive Officer of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) and Emeritus Professor in the School of Environmental Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal. She is a Member of ASSAf and is recognised for her research contributions in the field of atmospheric sciences, particularly air quality, climate change and tropospheric ozone variability. She is a Fellow of the University of KwaZulu-Natal, the South African Geographical Society, The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) and the African Academy of Sciences. She is currently Director of the global initiative, GenderInSITE, which is based in Trieste, Italy. She has served as Co-chair of the Gender Advisory Panel of The World Academy of Sciences and represents GenderInSITE on the panel. She has been a Fulbright senior research scholar and has been a member of a number of international bodies such as the International Ozone Commission (IOC).
Gender Specialist at the World Bank Group
Alicia Hammond is a Gender Specialist at the World Bank Group, where she leads on innovation and technology for the Gender Group. In this role, she conducts research on women and girls in STEM and advises on the design of innovative projects focused on enhancing digital skills and facilitating women’s economic opportunities through technology. She has worked on research and analysis across a range of gender equality issues, including human endowments, economic opportunities, and voice and agency. Alicia joined the WBG from the Women and Public Policy Program at the Harvard Kennedy School where she managed strategic outreach initiatives and translated experimental gender equality research for non-academic audiences. She has also worked with UNICEF, UN Foundation, and UN Women on many gender equality topics, such as education, innovation, and data. Prior to that, she worked on social development, gender equality, and human rights programs in her home country, Jamaica. She holds a Master’s degree from the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy at Tufts University and a Bachelor of Arts in International Development and French from Mount Holyoke College.
Head of Analytical Services APAC at Elsevier
Sarah Huggett is Head of Analytical Services APAC at Elsevier, based in Singapore. She leads a group providing consultative services to government agencies, funding bodies, policy makers, and research institutions planning for the future. Her team analyses research performance to offer insights and recommendations to research leaders. Sarah’s first job at Elsevier, in Research & Academic Relations in Oxford, UK, gave her expertise in using data to inform strategic planning. She has a particular interest in new developments in research evaluation, such as measures of attention and engagement. After completing a Bachelor’s then Master’s degrees at the University of Grenoble, France, Sarah moved to the UK to teach French at the University of Oxford, prior to joining Elsevier in 2006
Professor Tazeen Hasan Jafar
Professor Health Services & Systems Research at Duke-NUS Medical School
Tazeen H Jafar is Professor Health Services & Systems Research at Duke-NUS Medical School in Singapore, Visiting Consultant, Renal Medicine, Singapore General Hospital, and Professor of Global Health Duke Global Health Institute, Durham USA. She has 15+ years track record of leading large multi-country trials including the Control of Blood Pressure and Risk Attenuation (COBRA)-BPS trial in South Asia.
Head of Microarray Laboratory, National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (BIOTEC, Thailand)
Nitsara Karoonuthaisiri won a prestigious Royal Thai Government Scholarship to pursue her education in USA. She finished her B.S. in Chemical Engineering (honors with distinctions, departmental valedictorian) from Columbia University, New York, in 1999. Upon obtaining her M.S. and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Stanford University in 2004, Dr. Karoonuthaisiri has taken a research position at the National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (BIOTEC, Thailand). Currently, she is a head of Microarray Laboratory where her research team employs microarray technology to study black tiger shrimp, an economically important export for Thailand, and develop antibody arrays for diagnostics. She is also a guest lecturer for various universities in Thailand. She was awarded a “Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowship” from European Union FP7, “Young Technologist of 2011” from the Foundation for the Promotion of Science and Technology under the Patronage of His Majesty the King, “2009 For Women in Science” fellowship from UNESCO-L’Oreal Thailand.
Professor of Molecular Biology and Immunology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School go Public Health
Dr. Klein is an Associate Professor of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is a leading expert on sex and gender differences in immune responses and susceptibility to infection and currently has over 100 peer-reviewed publications, authored several book chapters, and edited two books on the broad topics of sex differences in response to infection and treatments for infectious diseases. During the 2009 influenza pandemic, she was commissioned by the WHO to evaluate and publish a report on the impact of sex, gender, and pregnancy on the outcome of influenza virus infection. Dr. Klein has been invited to write reviews to introduce journal policies about sex reporting, wrote an Op Ed in the New York Times about sex-specific dosing of vaccines, and was lead author on an Opinion piece in PNAS defining the importance of sex as a biological variable in biomedical science. She is currently President of the Organization for the Study of Sex Differences, PI of the Johns Hopkins Specialized Center for Research Excellence (SCORE) in sex and age differences in immunity to influenza, and co-director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Women’s Health, Sex, and Gender Research.
Senior Consultant of the National Heart Centre, Singapore; Professor of Duke-NUS Cardiovascular Academic Clinical Program; Director of the Clinical & Translational Research Office at NHCS; Scientific Advisor to the Clinical Trials Coordinating Centre at SingHealth and Affiliate Member of the SingHealth Duke-NUS Institute of Precision Medicine
Carolyn Lam graduated from the Faculty of Medicine, National University of Singapore, completed advanced specialty training in Cardiology in Singapore, and pursued her Research Fellowship at the Cardiorenal Laboratory, Heart Failure Fellowship at the Division of Cardiovascular Diseases, and Advanced Cardiology and Master of Biomedical Sciences at Mayo Clinic, Rochester MN. She received further training in clinical and genetic epidemiology at the Framingham Heart Study in Boston, MA, graduated from the Stanford Executive Programme and obtained her PhD at University Medical Centre Groningen.
International and National Liaison Manager of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf)
Stanley Maphosa is the International and National Liaison Manager of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf). He leads and oversees Strategic Partnerships, Member Liaison, Overseas Collaborations, African Collaborations, Gender in Science Technology and Innovation as well as Young Scientist Liaison. Since 2015, Stanley has been part of the team that started hosting the Regional Partner of The World Academy of Sciences in South Africa. Through his work with TWAS-SAREP the regional partner has reached science and technology lagging countries in the continent and seen more young scientists benefit from TWAS opportunities. Stanley’s work also includes providing leadership and guidance to the South African National Chapter of the Organisation for Women in Science for the Developing World, the South African Young Academy of Science and support for the hosting of the International Council for Science Regional Office for Africa (ISC-ROA). Stanley is a Disaster Management Professional affiliated to the Disaster Management Institution of South Africa, a member of the International Government Science Advisers (INGSA) African Chapter and a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Stanley holds a Master’s degrees in Development Studies amidst other various qualifications.
Head of Food Technology Department of Atma Jaya Catholic University of Indonesia
Noryawati Mulyono is the Head of Food Technology Department of Atma Jaya Catholic University of Indonesia.She has succeeded in innovating a food packaging that can be eaten. Nory is the product developer of brand Evoware. Evoware is a seaweed-based food packaging which was first started in 2010, when Nory succeeded in winning the L’Oreal Award for Bioplastic field in 2016. She won another award as an inventor granted by Ministry of Law and Human Rights Indonesia. In 2017, Evoware managed to get two awards at once, DBS Social Venture Challenge granted by DBS Bank and Open Idea Circular Design Challenge granted by Ellen Mcarthur Foundation.
Director of Future Earth Australia based at the Australian Academy of Science
Tayanah is an experienced science leader, communicator and collaborator, having worked in research and leaderships roles in private practice, government and academia for 15 years. She has particular expertise in the legal, political and cultural aspects of climate change. She is a qualified lawyer and human geographer and is highly soughtafter for her ability to bring people from all walks of life together. Her passion is in working towards a better future for current and future generations and enabling intergenerational equity and justice.She is currently the Director of Future Earth Australia based at the Australian Academy of Science, with academic affiliations with the ANU and RMIT University.
Head of the Division “Equal Opportunities, Research Integrity and Cross-Programme Development”, German Research Foundation
Before she has been Deputy Head of Division “Quality and Programme Management” (2016-2018). Her focus is on the promotion of gender equality, early career researchers, international cooperation and on safeguarding good scientific practice. From 2012 to 2015 she was Deputy Director of the European Liaison Office of the German Research Organisations (Kowi) and Head of the Bonn office. 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 many national, European and international conferences.
President of Oslo Metropolitan University
Professor Curt Rice is the President of Oslo Metropolitan University in Norway – an institution which has achieved complete gender balance at the professorial level. He also leads Norway’s Committee on Gender Balance and Diversity in Research. Rice has been active in issues related to gender equality in academia for many years, and has had a role in several EU projects, including genSET, genderSTE, EGERA, LIBRA, and more. Rice was part of the genSET Science Leaders Panel, which in 2010 examined evidence on how gender dimension is treated in research. The Panel’s conclusions led to the creation of the Gender Summit platform. He has also been involved in the development of gender equality projects at the Research Council of Norway, including the creation of their «Balance» program. Prior to assuming the presidency of OsloMet, Rice was the Vice President for Research at the University of Tromsø, where he also was the Founding Director of that institution’s first Center of Excellence, CASTL — the Center for Advanced Study in Theoretical Linguistics. He is a prominent writer and speaker on issues of the type to be addressed at the Gender Summit and in 2018 he addressed the Nobel Prize Committees as part of their efforts towards great success in identifying more women Nobel laureates.
Dr. Wan Wardatul Amani binti Wan Salim
International Islamic University of Malaysia
AMANI received her B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from University of Minnesota Twin Cities in 2001 and 2003 respectively, and her Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Purdue University in 2009. Prior to her position at the International Islamic University of Malaysia, where she is currently teaching. Amani was a Postdoctoral researcher at Purdue University, USA and was appointed as the Principal Investigator to a NASA Small Satellite project (www.sporesat.org).Amani’s research focuses on multidisciplinary approaches for the development of advanced sensor technologies with applications in agriculture, biology, environmental science, medicine and space biology. She also received the Thora W. Halstead Young Investigator's Award in 2012 from the American Society for Gravitational and Space Research (ASGSR), and was recipient of the 2015 National L’Oréal – UNESCO Fellowship for Women in Science.
Senior Program Specialist at Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
Fabiano Santos is a medical research professional with over 8 years of combined multidisciplinary experience in the fields of biomedical technology and pharmaceutical sciences. He is currently managing the Joint Canada-Israel Health Research Program at Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC), where he works collaboratively with global partners supporting initiatives addressed to foster scientific collaborations, capacity building, biomedical innovation and exchanges between researchers based in developed and developing countries. He earned his PhD degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences at the Université de Montréal, Canada. Before joining IDRC, he was a research fellow at the Department of Oncology of McGill University (Canada) and has also served as adjunct professor at the Université du Québec en Abitibi-Temiscamingue (Canada).
Professor of the Department of Food and Nutrition and the Vice-President at Sookmyung Women’s University in Seoul, Korea
Mi-Kyung Sung is a professor of the Department of Food and Nutrition and the Vice-President at Sookmyung Women’s University in Seoul, Korea. She also served as the Dean of the Office of Research & Business Development (2016-2018) and the Director of Research Institute of Asian Women (2012-2014). Dr. Sung has been involved in a number of expert committees. Most recently she acted as a member of Review Board for the Nutritional Science Division, the Korea Research Foundation to co-ordinate the grant review committees. She is a member of Health Functional Foods Review Board in the Ministry of Health and Welfare of Korea, and the Board of Agricultural Science and Technology in the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. Dr. Sung is also involved in many academic societies. She served as the president of the Korean Society of Cancer Prevention and the Vice-President of the Korean Society of Clinical Nutrition Research. Current research focuses on diet-induced metabolic disturbances. Dr. Sung published more than 150 papers in peer-reviewed journals and contributed more than 10 book chapters as an author.
President and Distinguished University Professor at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore)
Subra Suresh, who was appointed the Fourth President of NTU Singapore in July 2017, is an eminent American scientist, engineer and entrepreneur with decades of distinguished and impactful leadership in academia, industry and government. Nominated by United States (US) President Barack Obama and unanimously confirmed by the US Senate, Prof Suresh served as the Director of the National Science Foundation from 2010 to 2013, managing a US$7 billion annual budget. His other recent leadership roles include his tenure as the ninth President of Carnegie Mellon University and as Dean of the School of Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was a faculty member for two decades. Over his career, Prof Suresh has made the push for more equal gender representation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. His own research in materials science and engineering, mechanics and biomedicine has helped to shape fields and technologies at the intersections of engineering, science and medicine. Prof Suresh holds the distinction of being the only university president elected to all three US national academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, in addition to his election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the National Academy of Inventors. He is an elected member of 15 science and/or engineering academies based in the US, China, France, India, Sweden, Germany, Italy and Spain. He has over 300 research publications, 26 patent applications and 18 honorary doctorates, and co-founded a technology start-up. An independent Director of HP Inc, Palo Alto, and a member of the Global University Leaders Forum in Davos, he serves on numerous boards and councils, including non-profits, in Singapore and abroad.
Nina Alag Suri
Nina Alag Suri is electronics engineer and entrepreneur. Nina founded X0PA (pronounced SHO-PA): an AI Talent Management and Acquisition Platform that uses data analytics, machine learning, and advanced algorithms to produce valuable predictions for business leaders, managers, employees, and candidates. Earlier she founded Nastrac and was president of the Nastrac Group, as well as “Resources Untapped-Let’s Empower (RULE)”, an NGO that works for the cause of re-employment of women after a break in the career which in majority of cases is for family reasons.
Scientific Director of the Institute of Gender and Health at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research
Cara Tannenbaum was appointed the Scientific Director of the Institute of Gender and Health at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research in 2015. She holds a number of distinguished awards including the May Cohen Gender Equity Award, presented by the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada to recognize outstanding achievement in improving the gender equity environment in academic medicine in Canada, a YMCA Woman of Distinction Award, and a Knowledge Translation award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Dr. Tannenbaum obtained her medical, specialist and research degrees at McGill University. She is a Full Professor in the Faculties of Medicine and Pharmacy at the Université de Montréal, where she holds the Chair in Pharmacology, Health and Aging. Her research focuses on sex and gender differences, and patient education in the area of drug safety.
President and CEO of the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS)
Thierry Zomahoun is the President and CEO of the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS), Africa’s first and biggest pan-African network of centres of excellence in mathematical sciences education. He spearheaded the growth of AIMS Next Einstein Initiative from one to six centres of excellence established across Africa to harness the power of mathematical sciences for Africa’s development in academia, research, education, and industry. Thierry is also the Chairman and Founder of the Next Einstein Forum (NEF), the biggest scientific gathering taking place on African soil. He founded the NEF to build a dynamic community of young scientists across Africa, showcase Africa’s scientific advances, and to create a pan-African platform that engages African scientists- bringing the continent to the cutting-edge of science.