Watanabe1

Deputy Executive Director at Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), Vice-President of the Science Council of Japan (SCJ) and a Member of Specialist Committee on Formulating the Fourth Basic Plan for Gender Equality in the Council for Gender Equality of the Cabinet Office of Japan; Chair, Gender Summit 10 Asia-Pacific

Miyoko O. Watanabe is Deputy Executive Director at Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), Vice-President of the Science Council of Japan (SCJ) and a Member of Specialist Committee on Formulating the Fourth Basic Plan for Gender Equality in the Council for Gender Equality of the Cabinet Office of Japan. She also serves as Director of the Office for Diversity and Inclusion at JST. She has a long experience of research in semiconductor physics at Toshiba R&D Center in Japan. She conducted her physics research as Postdoctoral Fellow at Dalhousie University, Canada as well as Visiting Researcher at Nanoscale Physics Research Laboratory, The University of Birmingham, U.K. She served in various roles including Senior Research Scientist, Chief Specialist at Audit Division, and Executive Quality Leader at Innovation Division of Toshiba Headquarters.

Mburu

Founder of Med In Africa

Yvonne is a scientist, consultant, and founder of Med In Africa, a platform connecting the global community of African scientists and health professionals, whose mission is to facilitate knowledge transfer and collaborations across regions, sectors and disciplines with African professionals all over the world. Yvonne is an Africa-France Foundation Young Leader and an UNLEASH Global Talent working on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. She is also a member of the Presidential Council for Africa for the French President Emmanuel Macron, a consultative body helping transform Africa-France relations.

Elliott

Deputy Leader of the Wildlife Practice at WWF-International

Wendy Elliott is the Deputy Leader of the Wildlife Practice at WWF-International, working primarily on strategic design, implementation support and evaluation of WWF’s wildlife conservation portfolio, including climate adaptation and mainstreaming of WWF’s gender policies at all levels.  Wendy has worked at the intersection between science and policy for most of her career, leading targeted advocacy initiatives in many contexts, both environmental (e.g. CITES, CMS, IWC) and beyond (e.g. UN Crime Fora, UN Security Council.) Wendy is passionate about strategic campaigning, with particular experience in the fields of climate change and wildlife trade. Wendy is a published biologist with a background of field-based conservation in three continents. 

Schemm

Director of the Elsevier Foundation

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 in depth corporate collaborations focusing on technology and the SDGs and co-chairs the communications group for Research4Life, a UN-pan publisher access program working to bridge the digital divide.  Ylann is both American and Dutch and holds an MA in Film & Television Studies from the University of Amsterdam and a BA, magna cum laude in English from Amherst College.

Okorafor

Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Working to Advance STEM Education for African Women (WAAW) Foundation

Dr. Unoma Okorafor is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Working to Advance STEM Education for African Women (WAAW) Foundation. Her industry experience includes founder and CEO of several companies including Herbal Papaya a health and wellness company based in Dallas Texas. She has also served a Technical lead at Texas Instruments, and  worked at Intel, HP and IBM research labs. Dr. Okorafor is a recipient of the Sloan Foundation Fellowship, the AAUW Engineering Dissertation Fellowship and the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Fellowship for promoting STEM education. She is a visiting professor at the African University of Science & Technology (AUST) Abuja Nigeria.She has been a speaker & thought leader at several events including SXSW, WISE Conference and Womens Forum. She is the recipient of the 2013 Anita Borg Social Change Agent Award and the 2016 winner of the GEM Tech Awards from ITU and UN Women.