Fabrizio Hochchild, in his current role as Under-Secretary-General and Special Adviser to the Secretary-General, is coordinating the preparation for the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the United Nations in 2020 and related celebrations, through a system-wide process of consultations and reflections on the role of the United Nations in advancing international co-operation and in supporting Member States’ ability to respond to emerging challenges and frontier issues. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Hochschild served as Assistant Secretary-General for Strategic Coordination in the Executive Office of the Secretary-General (2017-2019).
Mr. Hochschild also served as Deputy Special Representative for the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) in 2016, UN Resident Coordinator, Humanitarian Coordinator and Resident Representative of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) in Colombia from 2013 to 2016, Director of the Field Personnel Division in the United Nations Department of Field Support, New York from 2010 to 2012; and as Chief of Field Operations and Technical Cooperation in the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Geneva from 2005 to 2009.
He began his United Nations career in 1988 with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Sudan and served in subsequent postings with UNHCR, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA), the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and in peacekeeping. He was posted in Sudan, Jerusalem, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Geneva, New York, Timor-Leste, Serbia and the United Republic of Tanzania. A graduate of the University of Oxford, United Kingdom, he has published studies and articles on leadership, on the protection of civilians, on transitional justice and reconciliation among other topics. Born in the United Kingdom in 1963, Mr. Hochschild is married and has three children.
Dr. Victor J. Dzau
Victor J. Dzau, M.D., is the President of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM), formerly the Institute of Medicine (IOM). In addition, he serves as Vice-Chair of the National Research Council. Dr. Dzau is Chancellor Emeritus and James B. Duke Professor of Medicine at Duke University and the past President and CEO of the Duke University Health System. Previously, Dr. Dzau was the Hershey Professor of Theory and Practice of Medicine and Chairman of Medicine at Harvard Medical School’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital, as well as Chairman of the Department of Medicine at Stanford University.
He is an internationally acclaimed leader and scientist whose work has improved health care in the United States and globally. His seminal work in cardiovascular medicine and genetics laid the foundation for the development of the class of lifesaving drugs known as ACE inhibitors, used globally to treat hypertension and heart failure. Dr. Dzau pioneered gene therapy for vascular disease and was the first to introduce DNA decoy molecules to block transcriptions in humans in vivo. His pioneering research in cardiac regeneration led to the Paracrine Hypothesis of stem cell action and his recent strategy of direct cardiac reprogramming using microRNA. He maintains an active NIH-funded research laboratory.
Dr. Genya Dana
Genya is the Head of Precision Medicine at the World Economic Forum. She leads the co-design, testing and scaling of pilot projects with governments, industry, civil society, and academia to tackle policy and governance challenges around moving toward a tailored and personalized approach to health and healthcare. She is an internationally recognized expert on the policy and science of synthetic biology and gene editing, and has advised foreign policy makers on the implications of emerging technologies. She served as a U.S. negotiator on science, technology and innovation in multi-lateral organizations like the United Nations and has worked to advance science, technology and innovation for sustainable development. She has degrees in biology, public policy, and risk assessment, and conducted her PhD research in South Africa.
Ms. Amelia Martin
Amelia Martin is an education specialist who has worked for community education and sustainable development initiatives around the world. Having started her career in education teaching digital literacy skills at an adult learning center, she has a particular interest in locally-driven, technology-focused solutions. Committed to working towards sustainable development through education she has worked with various organizations in Thailand, Malawi, Canada, Estonia, Malta, and the United Kingdom and holds an International Master in Adult Education for Social Change from the University of Glasgow. She is supporting the UN Major Group for Children and Youth to build an online platform that connects youth-led initiatives responding to Covid-19, and assisting an action research project, Transformative Praxis: Malawi with various development initiatives.
Marcia McNutt (B.A. in physics, Colorado College; Ph.D. in Earth sciences, Scripps Institution of Oceanography) is a geophysicist and the 22nd president of the National Academy of Sciences. From 2013 to 2016, she was editor-in-chief of Science journals. McNutt was director of the U.S. Geological Survey from 2009 to 2013, during which time USGS responded to a number of major disasters, including the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. For her work to help contain that spill, McNutt was awarded the U.S. Coast Guard’s Meritorious Service Medal. She is a fellow of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), Geological Society of America, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the International Association of Geodesy. McNutt is a member of the American Philosophical Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a Foreign Member of the Royal Society, UK, the Russian Academy of Sciences, and the Chinese Academy of Sciences. In 1998, McNutt was awarded the AGU’s Macelwane Medal for research accomplishments by a young scientist, and she received the Maurice Ewing Medal in 2007 for her contributions to deep-sea exploration.
Dr. Kira Radinsky
Dr. Kira Radinsky is the chairperson and CTO of Diagnostic Robotics, where the most advanced technologies in the field of artificial intelligence are harnessed to make healthcare better, cheaper, and more widely available. In the past, she co-founded SalesPredict, acquired by eBay in 2016, and served as eBay director of data science and IL chief scientist. One of the up-and-coming voices in the data science community, she is pioneering the field of medical data mining. Dr. Radinsky gained international recognition for her work at Microsoft Research, where she developed predictive algorithms that recognized the early warning signs of globally impactful events, including political riots and disease epidemics.
In 2013, she was named to the MIT Technology Review’s 35 Young Innovators Under 35, in 2015 as Forbes 30 under 30 rising stars in enterprise technology, and in 2016 selected as "woman of the year" by Globes. She is a frequent presenter at global tech events, including TEDx, Wired, Strata Data Science, Techcrunch, and academic conferences, and she publishes in the Harvard Business Review. Radinsky serves as a board member in: Israel Securities Authority, Maccabi Research Institute, and technology board of HSBC bank. Dr. Radinsky also serves as a visiting professor at the Technion, Israel’s leading science and technology institute, where she focuses on the application of predictive data mining in medicine.
Prof. Ada Yonath
Professor Ada Yonath focuses on genetic code translation by ribosomes, on antibiotics paralyzing this process, on designing novel eco-friendly antibiotics for fighting resistance, on ribosomopathies, and on the origin of life. She graduated from Hebrew University, earned a Ph.D. from Weizmann Institute (WIS), and postdoc at CMU and MIT, USA. In 1971 she established the first bio-crystallography-laboratory in Israel, which was the only one in the country for almost a decade. Since 1989 she is the Director of Kimmelman Center for Biomolecular Structures. In 1978-9 she spent a Sabbatical in Chicago U, and during 1980-2004, she headed the Max-Planck-Research-Unit for Ribosome Structure in DESY, Hamburg, in parallel to her WIS activities.
Among others, she is a member of Israel, US, German, Rome, Pontifical Academies of Sciences. She holds honorary doctorates from over 20 universities worldwide, in Israel, USA, Latin America, Europe, the UK, and the Far East. Her many awards include the Israel Prize; Linus Pauling Gold Medal; Albert Einstein World Award; Wolf Prize; L’Oréal-Unesco Award; Paul Ehrlich Medal; Erice Peace Prize and the 2009 Nobel Prize for
Amanda Glassman is executive vice president and senior fellow at the Center for Global Development and also serves as chief executive officer of CGD Europe. Her research focuses on priority-setting, resource allocation and value for money in global health and aid, as well as data for development. Prior to her current position, she served as director for global health policy at the Center from 2010 to 2016 and has more than 25 years of experience working on health and social protection policy and programs in Latin America and elsewhere in the developing world.
Prior to joining CGD, Glassman was the principal technical lead for health at the Inter-American Development Bank, where she led policy dialogue with member countries, designed the results-based grant program Salud Mesoamerica 2015, and served as team leader for conditional cash transfer programs such as Mexico’s Oportunidades and Colombia’s Familias en Accion. From 2005-2007, Glassman was deputy director of the Global Health Financing Initiative at Brookings and carried out policy research on aid effectiveness and domestic financing issues in the health sector in low-income countries. Before joining the Brookings Institution, Glassman designed, supervised and evaluated health and social protection loans at the Inter-American Development Bank and worked as a Population Reference Bureau Fellow at the US Agency for International Development. Glassman holds a MSc from the Harvard School of Public Health and a BA from Brown University, has published on a wide range of health and social protection topics, and is editor and coauthor of the books What’s In, What’s Out: Designing Benefits for Universal Health Coverage (Center for Global Development 2017), Millions Saved: New Cases of Proven Success in Global Health (Center for Global Development 2016), and From Few to Many: A Decade of Health Insurance Expansion in Colombia (IDB and Brookings 2010).
Ms. Nanjira Sambuli
Nanjira Sambuli is a researcher, policy analyst, and advocacy strategist who works to understand the intersection of information and communications technology (ICT) adoption with governance, media, entrepreneurship, and culture.
Nanjira led policy advocacy to promote digital equality in access to and use of the web at the World Wide Web Foundation (2016-2020). She previously worked at the iHub in Nairobi, where she provided strategic guidance for growth of technology innovation research in the East Africa region.
Nanjira is a Commissioner on the Lancet & Financial Times Global Commission (Governing Health Futures 2030), a board member at The New Humanitarian , Development Gateway, Digital Impact Alliance (DIAL) and a member of DFID’s Digital Advisory Panel.
In addition to other advisory roles, Nanjira also served as a panel member on the United Nations Secretary General’s High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation (2018-19) and as a deputy on the United Nations Secretary General's High-Level Panel for Women’s Economic Empowerment (2016-17).
Professor Sir Peter Gluckman
Professor Sir Peter Gluckman trained as a pediatrician and biomedical scientist and holds a Distinguished University Professorship at the Liggins Institute of the University of Auckland. He also holds honorary chairs in University College London, University of Southampton, and the National University of Singapore (where he acts as chief science advisor to the Singapore Institute for Clinical Sciences). He has published over 700 scientific papers in perinatal and developmental physiology, neuroscience and endocrinology, evolutionary biology, and medicine. He has authored both technical and popular science books. He chaired the WHO Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity (2014-2017).
Sir Peter is chair of the International Network of Government Science Advice (INGSA) and president-elect of the International Science Council (ISC). From 2009-2018 he was the first Chief Science Advisor to the Prime Minister of New Zealand. He was also Science Envoy for the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and coordinated the secretariat of the Small Advanced Economies Initiative. He has written and spoken extensively on science-policy, science-diplomacy, and science-society interactions. He is currently Head of the Centre for Science in Policy, Diplomacy and Society (SciPoDS), a Research Centre and think-tank hosted within the University of Auckland's Public Policy Institute.
He has received the highest scientific and civilian honors in New Zealand and numerous international scientific awards. In 2016 he received the AAAS award in Science Diplomacy. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of London and the Royal Society of New Zealand, a member of the National Academy of Medicine (USA) and a fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences (UK).
Dr. Marian Asantewah Nkansah
Marian Asantewah Nkansah is a Ghanaian environmental chemist and member of the Global Young Academy, an international society of scientists aiming to give a voice to young scientists across the globe. Nkansah is also recognized for her research work in environmental chemistry, especially in the areas of contamination and pollution of the environment by toxic substances. In 2016, she was named the inaugural recipient of the FM Al-Kharafi TWAS Prize, an award that recognizes women scientists from STL countries.
Dr. Spela Stres
Appointed to the 10-Member Group in support of the Technology Facilitation Mechanism (TFM), United Nations, New York; Coordinator of the Enterprise Europe Network, Bruxelles; President and funder of the Slovenian Association of Science and Technology Professionals, SI-TT, Ljubljana; Former Vice-President and Board Member of the Association of Science and Technology Professionals (ASTP), Leiden; Former "CERN Technology Transfer Network" Board member, Geneva.
Experienced in different EC programs, as ERC Evaluator and Advisory Group Member for DG CONNECT and DG RTDI; as Strategic Advisory and Expert Group Member for several DGs; as Project Coordinator of EU/national projects. External Reviewer of Strategic Research and Development projects for domestic and different European Innovation Funds and Financing Authorities.
Holds a PhD in Physics, an MBA and a LLM degree. Registered Patent Attorney. Registered Certified Licensing Professional - CLP, Registered Technology Transfer Professional - RTTP.
Prof. Romain Murenzi
Romain Murenzi serves as the executive director of TWAS, The World Academy of Sciences for the advancement of science in developing countries, based in Trieste, Italy. He also oversees the administration of OWSD, the Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World with over 7,000 members; of IAP, the InterAcademy Partnership, a global network of some 130 academies of science and medicine; and of GenderInSITE (GIS), international initiative to promote the role of women in science, innovation, technology and engineering
The secretariat administers 500 doctoral/postdoctoral fellowships per year, with applicants from over 90 developing countries, with currently 1,100 students on site. Research grants and other programmes are also offered. Murenzi also plays a key role in global science diplomacy and policy.
Murenzi initially joined TWAS in April 2011 for five years. He then spent 14 months at UNESCO, Paris, directing the Division of Science Policy and Capacity Building in the Natural Sciences sector. On 1 September 2017 he was transferred back to TWAS.
Before that he served as Rwanda's Minister of Education, S&T and Scientific Research (2001-2006), and as Minister in the President's Office in Charge of S&T, and Scientific Research, with responsibilities including ICT (March 2006 - July 2009). In 2009 he was a senior scholar at AAAS Center for Science, Technology and Sustainable Development; he served as director from 2010-2011.
Murenzi was born in Rwanda in 1959 and raised in Burundi: BSc from National University of Burundi in 1982, MSc (1986) and PhD from Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium (1990). He also holds a Master of Laws in Information Technology and Telecommunication Laws (2013) and the University of Johannesburg conferred upon him the honorary doctorate in recognition of his achievements and contributions to society (April 2019). His major areas of research include multidimensional continuous wavelet transforms to quantum mechanics, image and video processing, and science and technology policy. Murenzi was elected a fellow of TWAS in 2005 and a fellow of the African Academy of Sciences in 2012.
From 2014 to 2015, he chaired the UN Secretary General’s High-level Panel on a Technology Bank for the Least Developed Countries and in 2016 he was a member of the 10-Member Group appointed by the UN Secretary General to support the Technology Facilitation Mechanism. In 2015 and 2016 he served as member of the ITU/UNESCO Broadband Commission for Digital Development. He currently serves as member of the External Science and Technology Advisory Board of the International Monetary Fund.
Dr. Shantanu Mukherjee
Shantanu Mukherjee is a micro-economist with interests in poverty, health and sustainability. His team works on cross-sectoral SDG analysis, and ways to enhance the impact of science, technology and innovation on the SDGs. They provide the UN support for the Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR) and the Technology Facilitation Mechanism (TFM).
Prior to this, he helped write UNDP’s Human Development Report and, before that, led its global MDG policy work.
Shantanu began his career in India. He earned a PhD in Economics from Princeton University, and also holds advanced degrees in Public Policy and Physics.
Mr. David Antwi Ofori
David Antwi Ofori, Executive Director, Ghana Oracle Digital Enterprise Program (GODEP). With over ten years work experience in the banking industry in the United Kingdom (UK), the passion to see growth in African start-ups in Technology and Digital Innovation and new frontiers, inspired him to join the setting up of what has now become the model Science and Technology Park in West Africa – The Accra Digital Centre in Ghana. He holds a degree in Mathematics and Statistics from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), and a number of professional qualifications in investments and mortgages from the UK. Currently the Head of Operations at the Accra Digital Centre, his work covers global partnerships and engagements with institutions including the ITU, Oracle
Corporation, Smart Africa Initiative and Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI). He is also a member of the Jury of experts for the ITU Telecom World SME Awards.
Dr. Vaughan Turekian
Vaughan C.Turekian has been Executive Director of Policy and Global Affairs at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine since May 2018. Previously, Dr. Turekian served as the fifth Science and Technology Advisor to the U.S. Secretary of State. In this capacity, he advised the Secretary of State and other senior State Department officials on international environment, science, technology, and health matters affecting the foreign policy of the United States.
From 2016 to 2017, he served as a country co-chair, along with the Kenyan Ambassador to the United Nations, for the Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology, and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals, a high-level discussion at the United Nations designed to accelerate progress toward globally agreed upon development targets. In 2018, Dr. Turekian was appointed by the U.N. Secretary General as one of the ten international members to promote the role of science, technology, and innovation for achieving for the 17 SDGs. Dr. Turekian drew upon his background in atmospheric chemistry and extensive policy experience to promote science, technology, and engineering as integral components of U.S. diplomacy. Previously, he was Chief International Officer for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the Director of AAAS’s Center for Science Diplomacy (2006 - 2015). In this capacity, he worked to build bridges between nations based on shared scientific goals, placing special emphasis on regions where traditional political relationships are strained or do not exist. As Editor-in-Chief of Science & Diplomacy, an online quarterly publication, he published original policy pieces that have served to inform international science policy recommendations.
In addition, Dr. Turekian worked at the State Department as a Special Assistant and Advisor to the Under Secretary for Global Affairs (2002 - 2006) on issues related to sustainable development, climate change, environment, energy, science, technology, and health. He also served as Program Director for the Committee on Global Change Research at the National Research Council (2000 - 2002), where he was study director for a White House report on climate change science. Dr. Turekian holds a B.S. in Geology and Geophysics and International Studies from Yale University and a M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Virginia where he focused on the transport and chemistry of atmospheric aerosols in marine environments.
Dr. Turekian not only brings both technical expertise and over 15 years of policy experience to the position, but also a decorated track-record and steadfast commitment to utilizing our nation's capital science and technology innovation to advance the long-term sustainability and U.S. diplomacy.
Dr. Anne-Christine Ritschkoff
Anne-Christine Ritschkoff obtained her PhD in Biosciences at the University of Helsinki, Finland in 1996. She has been at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd, since 1987 in various research and management positions.
Anne-Christine Ritschkoff holds currently the position of Senior Advisor. Her previous position as VTT´s Scientific Director & CTO gave her an excellent background and insight of different technologies and scientific disciplines. She promotes new, sustainable solutions and radical innovations for the benefit of the society and economy. She is also actively building strategic networks between Research & Development & Innovation, industry and commerce and government.
Anne-Christine Ritschkoff contributes to Finnish and international science and innovation systems through various position of trust and chairmanships. She has been a member of UN´s 10 Member Group for Sustainable Development Goals 2030 since 2018.
Dr. José Ramón López Portillo Romano
In the Government of Mexico he was Director General and, subsequently, Undersecretary of Programming and Budget.
In international diplomacy, he was elected Independent Chairman of the FAO Council of the United Nations. Previously, he was the Permanent Representative of Mexico to the United Nations agencies in Rome, Italy, and was elected to several international positions.
Economist of origin, Dr. López-Portillo has a DPhil (Ph.D.) in Political Science from the University of Oxford, where he has worked on several academic projects, especially as a co-founder and coordinator of the Centre for Mexican Studies.
Among other business activities, he is co-founder and president of Zenith Energy Ltd (a listed company in London), co-founder and chairman of "Q-Element" (a consulting company on the use of exponential technologies established in Oxford), chairman of a Mexican-based action-tank: México Actua, and ambassador of CONCAMIN (the largest business confederation in México) in United Kingdom, Ireland and Nordik countries.
He is working on strengthening the innovation and impact entrepreneurship ecosystem and has co-founded a digital platform for business intelligence networking in México.
His multifaceted professional experience allows him to address the problems of accelerated technological change and its socioeconomic impact from different angles. He has written a book and several articles about it.
Dr. López-Portillo has promoted and advised the Government of Mexico in these respects, leading to important additions to the UN’s Agenda 2030 and the achievement of the SDG. He is an advisor and consultant to the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs for scientific and innovation diplomacy, and a member of the Group of 10 experts in support of the Technology Facilitation Mechanism.
Dr. Michiharu Nakamura
Dr. Nakamura served as Executive Vice President and CTO of Hitachi Ltd., and then assumed a position of Board of Director. Since October 2011, he was President of Japan Science and Technology Agency(JST). Currently, he is serving as the Counsellor to the President of JST. He is Deputy President of Engineering Academy of Japan and a member of the UN 10 Member Group supporting Technology Facilitation Mechanism for SDGs.
Dr. Heide Hackmann
Dr. Heide Hackmann is the Chief Executive Officer of the International Science Council (ISC). She was the Executive Director of the two organizations that merged, in July 2018, to form the ISC: the International Council for Science, from 2015 to July 2018, and of the International Social Science Council for eight years before that. Heide holds a M.Phil in contemporary social theory from the University of Cambridge, UK, and a PhD in science and technology studies from the University of Twente in the Netherlands.
She is a Distinguished Fellow of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (Austria) and a member of several international advisory committees and boards, including the Scientific Advisory Board of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (Germany), the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (Germany), the Excellence, Impact and Engagement Committee of the Oceans Frontier Institute (Canada) and the African Open Science Platform. In addition she is a member and past co-chair of the UN’s 10 Member Group supporting the Technology Facilitation Mechanism (TFM) on the Sustainable Development Goals.
Dr. Franklin Carrero-Martínez
Dr. Franklin Carrero-Martínez holds a Ph.D. in Cell and Developmental Neurobiology and a Certificate in Business Administration from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His multidisciplinary career includes roles as researcher and educator, science administrator, and science diplomat in government, academia and NGOs.
In academia, Franklin established a strong research program aimed at understanding the brain’s self-organization principles and that knowledge to manipulate brain connectivity. His successful career at the University of Puerto Rico included tenure, promotion to Associate Professor, visiting scholarship at Duke University, a sabbatical at MIT’s Brain Institute, community service and outreach, invention disclosures, curricular reform and awards recognizing his innovative approaches to science education for underserved populations.
In 2012, he transitioned to a career in science diplomacy and policy as the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Roger Revelle Fellow in Global Stewardship. He served this prestigious distinction with a joint appointment between the Department of State’s Office of the Science and Technology Adviser (STAS) and the National Academy of Science. He later joined STAS and was posted to the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City as acting Science Counselor before moving to National Science Foundation’s Office of International Science and Engineering in 2014. Two years later, he returned to STAS, directed the office during a critical transition period while serving as the Department’s senior advisor on science, technology and innovation. In 2018, he joined the Academies where he is a Senior Theme Lead on Global Sustainable Development.
Dr. E. William Colglazier
E. William Colglazier is senior scholar in science diplomacy and editor-in-chief of Science & Diplomacy at the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is the former Executive Officer of the National Academy of Sciences (1994-2011), former Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary of State (2011-14), and former co-chair of the Ten Member Group at the U.N. advising on science, technology, and innovation for the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (2016-18). He has a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from Caltech, and worked at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, the Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and the University of Tennessee.