Lorena Archundia – National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT)
Gloria Bonder – Director of the Gender, Society and Policy Area at FLACSO (Latin American Social Sciences Institute), Argentina
Lidia Brito – Director of the UNESCO Regional Office for Science in Latin America and the Caribbean and UNESCO Representative in Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay. Uruguay
Mario Castillo – Chief of the Innovation and New Technologies Unit, Division of Production, Productivity and Management, ECLAC. Chile
Matteo Grazzi – Economist in the Competitiveness and Innovation Division of the Inter-American Development Bank. United States
Mary Guinn Delaney – Regional Advisor on Health and HIV Education, based at the UNESCO Regional Office for Education in Latin America and the Caribbean in Santiago, Chile
Zelmira May – Coordinator of the Risk Management Unit of the UNESCO Regional Office of Science for Latin America and the Caribbean – UNESCO Montevideo. Uruguay
Maria Nieves Rico – Director of the Gender Affairs Division of ECLAC. Chile
Julia Tagüeña – Deputy General Director of Scientific Development, National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT), Mexico
Elizabeth Pollitzer – Co-founder and Director of Portia (United Kingdom)

Dr Elizabeth Pollitzer Director, Portia Ltd, UK; founder, Gender Summit.

Portia is an organization devoted to improving gender equality in science and promoting the inclusion of the gender dimension in STEM research. She has 20 years’ experience teaching and researching in the Departments of Computing and the School of Management at Imperial College, University of London. Her original training was in Biophysics. She now applies this scientific background to guide the work of Portia. Portia was the coordinator of the EU funded genSET project, the idea of for Gender Summit emerged from the results of that project.

Portia’s strategy is to use a variety of projects and activities to: (1) create opportunities for engagement and advancement in science, across all science disciplines for women (and men); (2) promote fair and supportive research cultures that are collaborative and inclusive; (3) ensure that quality of research and innovation is not affected by gender bias; and (4) show how new ideas and markets for science knowledge can be created by using gender knowledge, and by including women as co-owners and co-solvers of the problems facing societies around the world today.

Lorena Archundia WEB National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT)

Ms Lorena Archundia holds the post of Directora de Cátedras at the Mexican National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT). She obtained a Master in Administration and Public Policy by the Center for Economic Research and Teaching (CIDE) and the Degree in Political Science and Public Administration by the Universidad Iberoamericana. Mexico.

In CONACYT has developed a wide trajectory among them, in the Deputy Director of Scientific Development as Director of Science Planning.
In the Ministry of Public Education, she served as Advisor to the Secretariat for Educational Services for the Federal District, under the responsibility of following up the issues of professional development of teachers, teaching science, plans and study programs, projects in Support for school infrastructure, international cooperation and social communication.

At the state level, she has been Director General of the State System of Documentation and Archive of the Institute of Public Information and Statistics in Morelia (IMIPE). Among his publications, stands-out her participation as co-author in the publication titled “The institutional design of the science and technology policy in Mexico”, published by CIDE and the Institute of Legal Research of the UNAM.

Lidia Brito WEB Director of the UNESCO Regional Office for Science in Latin America and the Caribbean and UNESCO Representative in Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay. Uruguay

Born in Mozambique, she has over thirty years of experience working in the field of science policy, development plans and monitoring of science policies and instruments, the forestry sector, traditional energy (biomass and coal), management in higher, technical and vocational education, ICTs for development, university professor, researcher, consultant and main manager at national, regional and international institutions, combining academic and practical aspects to promote sustainable development.

From 2009 to 2014 she was UNESCO’s Director of Science Policy and Capacity-Building at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris. She has worked extensively in the advancement of STI for sustainable development. She was the first Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology of Mozambique (2000-2005) and Vice-Chancellor of the Eduardo Mondlane University (1998 to 2000).

She has collaborated on numerous boards, such as the Governing Council of the UNESCO Institute for Water Education, the United Nations University Council, the Advisory Council for the Community Development Carbon Fund, the Board of Directors of the Gateway Development Foundation; and is currently a member of the Board of the Stockholm Environment Institute, the African Forum on Forestry, Biodiversity (CGIAR Center), among others. In May 2014, she has named Director of the UNESCO Regional Office for Science in Latin America and the Caribbean and UNESCO Representative in Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay, based in Montevideo.

Gloria Bonder WEB Director of the Gender, Society and Policy Area at FLACSO (Latin American Social Sciences Institute), Argentina

She coordinates the UNESCO Regional Chair for Women, Science and Technology in Latin America (www.catunescomujer.org), and the GenderInSITE Focal Point for Latin America and the Caribbean. She directs the Virtual Master’s program in Gender, Society and Policies – PRIGEPP (www.prigepp.org) and the UNESCO Global Network of Chairs for Gender Equality.

For more than 3 decades, she has produced numerous (national and international) studies and publications on gender issues, science and technology, STEM education, communications, youth and policy. She has been a guest professor at various universities in Latin America, Spain, Italy and the United States.

She has contributed as an expert on gender issues for numerous governmental, academic and international institutions such as OAS, ECLAC; UNICEF, UN WOMEN, UNDP, and UNESCO. Member of the Advisory Board of SAGA UNESCO (STEM and Gender Advancement). Member of the ITU/UNESCO Broadband Commission for the Sustainable Development – adviser to the Secretary General of the United Nations. She is a member of the jury for the UNESCO Education Prize for girls and women.