Dr Nancy Hafkin, Gender Summit 8 Speaker Former coordinator, African Information Society Initiative, UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA).

Dr Nancy Hafkin has been working to promote information and communications technology in Africa and other developing areas, with particular emphasis on gender, for four decades. She was chief of research in the program for women and development at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) in Addis Ababa — the first international women and development program in the world. She subsequently headed the ECA program to Promote Information Technology for Development in Africa, where she worked to establish the African Information Society Initiative that promoted the importance of information technology to African governments.

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Lorena Aguilar, Gender Summit 8 Speaker Global Senior Gender Adviser, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), USA.

Lorena Aguilar is the Global Senior Gender Adviser and head of the Global Gender Office, a position she created and has held since 2002, following more than a decade with IUCN. She has more than 30 years of experience in projects and initiatives at all levels involving public policy development, building local institutions, and the incorporation of social and gender issues into sustainable development efforts. Lorena has vast experience providing assistance to international organizations, governments, and universities on gender policy, gender equality, and women’s empowerment, as well as on water, forests, environmental health and disaster risk reduction. Her expertise serves hundreds of partner organizations and has transformed the institutional identify of IUCN itself.

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Dr Xavier Soberón, Gender Summit 8 Speaker Director, National Institute of Genomic Medicine of the Mexican Health Ministry (INMEGEN), Mexico.

Xavier Soberón is the Director of the National Institute of Genomic Medicine. For over 35 years, he has been research scientist at the Biotechnology Institute of the National University (UNAM), of which he also served as Director. He has a PhD in Biomedical Research from the UNAM and a Bachelor in Chemistry. He has been a research fellow at City of Hope Medical Center, in Duarte California, he was also a visiting professor in David Agard's Lab at University of California, San Francisco. Since 1981, he is actively involved in the development and consolidation of the Genetic Engineering, Biotechnology and Genomics areas at UNAM. He has focused his research on the chemical synthesis of DNA and its applications in the study of proteins, the development of biopharmaceuticals and vaccines, and biocatalysis.

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Ylann Schemm, Gender Summit 5 Africa Speaker

Program Director, Elsevier Foundation, USA.

Ylann Schemm (@ylannschemm) heads Elsevier's ccorporate responsibility program, which focuses on three key sustainability areas: diversity in science, global health and developing research ecosystems in developing countries. She serves as the Program Director of the Elsevier Foundation and advises Elsevier on access to research in developing countries and embedding gender policies within its core businesses and processes.  Ylann is the chair of the Communications taskforce for Research4Life, a UN-pan publisher access program working to bridge the digital research divide.


Dr Jaime Urrutia-Fucugauchi, Gender Summit 8 Speaker Presidente, Mexican Academy of Sciences (UNAM), Mexico.

Dr Jaime Urrutia-Fucugauchi is a professor at the National University of Mexico (UNAM) Geophysics Institute and the Postgraduate Programs in Earth and Marine Sciences and Engineering.  He has a Doctoral Degree from the School of Physics, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, England (1980) and a Master in Science (1976) and a Bachelor’s Degree in Geophysics (1975) from UNAM. He was a visiting researcher at the University of Michigan, USA in1982-1983. Dr Urrutia-Fucugauchi’s interests center on the System Earth and planetary sciences, working on paleomagnetism, tectonics, geophysical exploration, paleoclimatology, impact craters and meteorites.  He has conducted projects on paleomagnetism, tectonics, geophysical exploration, Chicxulub impact crater, extinction of organisms, Allende meteorite and the origin and evolution of the solar system and contributed to  the tectonic evolution and paleogeography of Mexico, formation of the Pangea supercontinent, continental break-up and tectonic rotations, He has undertaken studies in  geomagnetism, rock magnetism, mineral exploration.

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