Prof Lassonde, Gender Summit 8 Speaker Scientific Director, Quebec Natural Sciences and Technology Granting Agency; President, Royal Society of Canada (Montréal, QC), Canada.

Professor Lassonde is the Scientific Director of the Quebec Natural Sciences and Technology Granting Agency, and President of the Royal Society of Canada (2015 to 2017). Professor Lassonde completed a bachelor’s degree in psychology at the Université de Montréal and a PhD at Stanford University. She went on to become a professor at the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (1977 to 1988), and the Université de Montréal, where she became Professor Emeritus in 2013. Professor Lassonde has been named Honorary Professor at the University of Auckland and at the Université de Paris V. Since the beginning of her career, Professor Lassonde has studied several topics, including cognitive development in infants, childhood epilepsy and the effects of sports concussions on the brain. She has published seven books, and over 300 book chapters and articles in scientific journals.

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Dr José Miguel Benavente, Gender Summit 8 Speaker Division Chief, Competitiveness and Innovation Division, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

José Miguel Benavente is the Division Chief of the Competitiveness and Innovation Division at the Inter-American Development Bank. Before joining IDB in 2014, he was the Director of the Productivity Center at Universidad Adolfo Ibañez (Chile) and a professor at Universidad de Chile for over 15 years. In these institutions he taught and researched on a variety of topics such as economic development, innovation, productivity, R&D, SMEs and startups, and applied microeconometrics, among others. He has authored around one hundred national and international journal articles and books on these topics. He has also been a columnist for magazines and newspapers, journal editor, consultant for major international organizations, government advisor and vice president of the National Innovation Council of Chile. José Miguel holds a degree inIndustrial Engineering from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaiso, completed his Masters in Economics at Universidad de Chile, and both a Masters and PhD in Economics at Oxford University.

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Ana María Rodriguez-Ortiz, Gender Summit 8 speaker Manager, Institutions for Development, Inter-American Development Bank.

Ana María Rodríguez-Ortiz has been the Manager of the Institutions for Development Department (IFD) since February 2011.  She previously served as Manager of the Andean Country Group.  Since joining the Bank in 1991, Mrs. Rodríguez-Ortiz has occupied several positions, including Senior Advisor to the Office of the Presidency from June 2008 to December 2010.  She was the IDB’s Country Representative in Peru from August 2007 through June 2008.  She has also been Chief Advisor to the Executive Vice Presidency; Chief of the Finance and Basic Infrastructure Division of the Regional Operations Department 3; Chief of the Country Division for Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela; and Technical Advisor to the Executive Vice Presidency.

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Dr Enrique Cabrero Mendoza, Gender Summit 8 Speaker Director General, National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT), Mexico.

Enrique Cabrero Mendoza got his PhD in Management Sciences at L’École des Hautes Études Commerciales in France (2001), a Master in Pedagogical Improvement at the Centre d´Enseignement Supérieur des Affairs, and a MA in Public Administration at the Center for Economic Research and Teaching (CIDE), and a BA in Administration at the Autonomous University of San Luis Potosí, his native city. He is the author and editor of twenty books and over a hundred articles and book chapters on issues of decentralization, public policies, local governments, and policies in Mexico and various countries, the founder of the Public Management Journal, edited at CIDE, and of the Government and Local Management Award granted annually as well by CIDE since 2000. He has received several awards and distinctions, such as being named Knight in the Order of the Academic Palms, distinction of the National Education Ministry of France; he is member of the Mexican Academy of Sciences, member of the Directive Board of the Woodrow Wilson Center, among others, and has been consultant to various international institutions such as the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development, World Bank, and the United Nations Development Program.

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Prof Geoffrey Oldham, Gender Summit 8 Speaker Honorary Professor, Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at University of Sussex, UK; member, Gender Advisory Board, UN Commission on Science and Technology for Development (UNCSTD); Steering Committee, GenderINSITE.

Prof Oldham is an Honorary Professor with SPRU at the University of Sussex, UK. Prof Oldham trained as a geophysicist and spent several years in the exploration research laboratories of Standard Oil Company of California. He left the oil company to accept a Fellowship which enabled him to study the Chinese language and to initiate a review of science and technology policy in several Asian countries. After a year with the Scientific Directorate of OECD he helped start the Science Policy Research Unit at the University of Sussex and was its Director from 1980 to 1992. He was also a member of the team which designed and drafted the Act of the Canadian Parliament which established the International Development Research Centre. He directed the Centre's Science and Technology Policy Programme for ten years and served as Science Adviser to the President of IDRC from 1992 to 1996.

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