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Phil Diamond

Professor Philip Diamond is the Director-General of the SKA (Square Kilometre Array). He was appointed to this position in October 2012, and is responsible for the team designing and ultimately constructing the SKA, which, when completed, will be the largest scientific project on Earth.

Lise Trondsen Sagdahl

Lise T. Sagdahl has a PhD in Physics from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. She has research experience from the field of high-temperature superconductors and material science. Since 2002 Lise T. Sagdahl has had the role of senior adviser in Rector staff at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Norway. Lise T. Sagdahl is a member of the Global Science Forum Expert Group on Research Infrastructure sustainability.

Sara Iverson

Dr. Sara Iverson is the Scientific Director of the global Ocean Tracking Network (OTN), an international infrastructure, research, and technology development platform, headquartered at Dalhousie University and supported by the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada, as well as both national and international partnerships and contributions.

Claudia Burger

Administrative and Managing Director, European X-Ray Free-Electron Laser Facility GmbH

Since 2012, Claudia Burger is the administrative director of the European XFEL, a European research infrastructure under construction in the metropolitan area of Hamburg, Northern Germany.

Giorgio Rossi

Giorgio Rossi is Professor of Physics at the Università degli Studi di Milano; he leads the APE (Advanced Photoelectric Effect Experiments) and NFFA group at CNR-IOM and Elettra in Trieste performing research in surface and interface science and operating advanced synchrotron radiation beamlines and in-situ growth laboratories that are open to users.

Charles Mgone

Charles Mgone is the Convocation President and Member of the University Council and Senate of the Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences. His special interest is in global health, especially in the alleviation of the disease and social burden of poverty-related diseases including HIV, tuberculosis, malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases.

Jelena Angelis

Dr Jelena Angelis, Deputy Director of Technopolis Group Baltics, is a qualified economist working in the field of evaluation and innovation policy formation since early 2002 –with SQW Consulting and Oxford Innovation in the UK and since February 2011 with Technopolis Group. She has international project experience, having worked on projects for a range of clients and in countries across Europe and beyond (e.g. China, Russia, Uganda and Tunisia).

Johannes Hendrik Schutte

After completing his two studies, specifically Public Administration and Business Economics, Mr. J. H. (Hans) Schutte worked in several management positions in vocational education: at the Northern University of Applied Sciences Leeuwarden, ROC of Hengelo and ROC of Amsterdam. From 2002 till 2012, he was the chairman of the Executive Board at ROC Nijmegen, thereafter at ROC Twente.

Kevindran Govender

Kevin began work at the IAU Office of Astronomy for Development (OAD) in 2011 as its first Director. During his previous position as the Manager of the Southern African Large Telescope’s Collateral Benefits Programme at the South African Astronomical Observatory, he worked extensively, especially within the African continent, in the area of “astronomy for development”.

Xue-Feng Yuan

Professor Xue-Feng Yuan is a Chartered Physicist, a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and a Fellow of Royal Society Chemistry, a Professor working in School of Engineering, Sun Yat-sen University, P. R. China. He is the founder Director of National Supercomputer Centre in Guangzhou and is a leading coordinator of IT&HPC ICT&HPC thematic area for the BRICS STI Framework Programme. He has nearly 30 years research experience in experimental, theoretical and computational rheology of soft condensed matter, recently its applications in biology and medicine.

Hans Rudolf Ott

Hans Rudolf Ott was full professor of physics at ETH Zürich from 1986 to 2005 and has been professor emeritus at the same institution with continuing involvement in research since then. He has chaired the international research committee of the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) in Switzerland and chaired the physics department of ETH Zürich from 2001 to 2005.

Suzanne Miller

Suzanne commenced as CEO and Director of the Queensland Museum Network in 2013. Since 2013, the Queensland Museum (QM) has almost doubled its visitation, becoming the most visited museum in Australia and attracting close to two million visitors in 2015/16. During this period, QM has more than quadrupled its corporate support, increased its commercial revenue by 40%, secured and delivered the highly successful inaugural World Science Festival Brisbane, and initiated 4 new research partnerships with Universities.

Barend Mons

Barend Mons is a molecular biologist by training (PhD Leiden University 1986)

He spent over 15 years in malaria research in close collaboration with endemic countries. After that, he gained experience in computer-assisted knowledge discovery, which is still his research focus. He spent time with the European Commission as a Seconded National Expert with the INCO-DC programme (1993-1996) and with the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO 1966-1999). Barend also co-founded several spin-off companies. 

Claire Dougan

Claire Dougan is Head of Impact Evaluation for the Science and Technology Facilities Council. She has 13 years’ experience of working for the UK Research Councils and has spent the last 6 years working in impact evaluation, establishing STFC’s well-respected impact evaluation framework. She manages a small team to deliver a range of impact studies and annual impact reports, with a particular focus on Research Infrastructures.

Bernard Fanaroff

Bernie Fanaroff was born in 1947 in Johannesburg and lives in Cape Town. He has a Ph.D. in Radio Astronomy from the University of Cambridge, is a Visiting Professor in Physics of Oxford University and has honorary degrees from six South African universities. He has been awarded South Africa’s Order of Mapungubwe.

Mark Wade Moore

Mark currently serves as Executive Director of the IMPC and Senior Consultant to National Human Genome Research Institute. For the past 10 years, he has helped guide international consortia to develop genomic resources using mouse ES cells and phenotyping to further the effort to elucidate the function of genes in the mammalian genome. 

Vincent Mangematin

Vincent Mangematin is Associate Dean for Research at Grenoble Ecole de Management. He is also Professor of Strategic Management. His research stands at the intersection of Strategic Management and Innovation. He focuses on emergent phenomenon and on the transformative influence of digital technologies in the society. In the recent years, he has been focusing on business models as an approach to renew strategy. He is recognised as a stimulating scholar on topics related to innovation and emergence.

Eckhard Elsen

With a PhD in particle physics from Hamburg University in 1981 Eckhard Elsen’s research, which focused on e+e- collider particle physics, led him to several prominent post-doctoral positions at Hamburg University, Stanford University National Accelerator Laboratory, and Heidelberg University, where he made first contact with CERN as a member of the OPAL collaboration.

Guy Levesque

As Vice-President of Programs and Performance at the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), Guy Levesque is responsible for the planning, development, implementation and management of the organization’s research infrastructure funding programs. He also provides leadership and strategic advice for developing policies relevant to these programs.

Mart Saarma

Mart Saarma is the Professor of Biotechnology and Director of the Laboratory of Molecular Neuroscience at the Institute of Biotechnology, University of Helsinki, Finland. M. Saarma graduated in molecular biology and biochemistry from Tartu University and received his PhD in 1975 for the studies on protein synthesis at the Tartu University. In 1982 he was a postdoctoral fellow in Friedrich Miescher Institute in Basel.

Berhanu Abegaz

Prof Berhanu Abegaz is the Executive Director of the African Academy of Sciences, a position he has held since 2011.  Previously, he was Professor of chemistry of the University of Botswana for 17 years (1994-2011) and Addis Ababa University for 21 years (1973-1994). Abegaz has contributed to the rapid growth and development of the Academy that has been witnessed in recent years.  

Henna Virkkunen

Henna Virkkunen has been a member of European Parliament since 2014 and is a member of the European People's Party (EPP). Her primary committee is the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE). She is a substitute member of the committee on Transport and Tourism (TRAN) and a member of the Delegation for relations with South Africa.

George Miley

George Miley is Professor of Astronomy at Leiden University in the Netherlands. He carries out research into distant radio galaxies and has co-authored more than 350 refereed papers. He was the initiator of the Low Frequency Array, a European radio telescope centered in the Netherlands and was Director of Leiden Observatory for more than a decade. 

Molapo Qhobela

Dr Molapo Qhobela is Chief Executive Officer of the National Research Foundation. He is a seasoned executive leader with extensive policy and administration experience that has seen him head up the development of a significant number of policy and strategy documents, which have shaped the nature and operations of South African universities as well as the education system in general.

Aldo Stroebel

Prof Aldo Stroebel is Executive Director International Relations and Cooperation at the National Research Foundation (NRF), South Africa. He holds academic affiliations at Cornell University’s (USA) Institute for African Development as Visiting Fellow, and at the University of Venda (South Africa) as Adjunct Professor. In 2011, he was elected as one of 20 Founding Members of the South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS), under auspices of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), based on research excellence and academic publications (incl. two edited books).

Robert-Jan Smits

Robert-Jan Smits is Director-General of DG Research and Innovation (RTD) at the European Commission. In this capacity he is responsible for defining and implementing the EU policy and programmes in the field of research and innovation (average annual budget 8 billion euro).

Lerato Mbele

Lerato Mbele is presenter of Africa Business Report on BBC World News television. She joined the BBC in 2012.

Prior to that, Lerato served as a Senior Business Anchor for CNBC Africa. She hosted a variety of business programes and discussions related to the economics, business strategy, stock markets, entrepreneurship and leadership.

Lerato is also the co-editor of the book of “Designing Democracy” alongside Ayesha Kajee, that was during her short tenure as a researcher at the SA Institute of International Affairs”

John Wood

Professor John Wood CBE, FREng is the Secretary-General of the Association of Commonwealth Universities and visiting professor of materials at Imperial College London, University College London and Brunel University London. He graduated from Sheffield University in metallurgy followed by Cambridge University for his Ph.D.) where he subsequently stayed on as Goldsmith’s Research Fellow at Churchill College.

Antonio Di Giulio

Dr. Antonio Di Giulio is currently Head of the Unit Research Infrastructures in the European Commission Directorate-General for Research and Innovation. Previously he was Head of the Food and Health Unit, then of the Strategy Unit and Interim Director in the Bioeconomy Directorate.

David Moorman

David Moorman is the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s Senior Advisor for Policy and Planning. The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) provides research infrastructure funding for universities, colleges and research hospitals across Canada. Created in 1997, the CFI has invested more than $6 billion in state-of-the-art research facilities and equipment in over 150 post-secondary institutions.

Frédéric Sgard

Frédéric Sgard is currently project administrator at the Global Science Forum of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) (, where he manages selected Forum activities.

Vineela Pillay

Ms Vineela Pillay is currently employed by the South African Department of Science & Technology, as the Senior Science & Technology Representative to the EU.

She holds a Masters Degree in Science, and a Masters Degree in Business Leadership, with experience in international relations, the science and technology sector as well as the environmental sector.

Gabriele Fioni

Gabriele Fioni is a Nuclear Physicist, graduated in Physics of the Bologna University (Italy) and Doctor of Science of the Ghent University (Belgium). Currently he is Director for International Cooperations, in charge in particular of the ITER project, and Deputy Director of CEA-Tech, at the French Atomic and Alterative Energies Commission (CEA).

Barbara Jane Ryan

Barbara J. Ryan is Secretariat Director of the intergovernmental Group on Earth Observations (GEO) located in Geneva, Switzerland. In this capacity, she leads the Secretariat in coordinating the activities of 102 Member States and the European Commission and 103 Participating Organizations that are integrating Earth observations so that informed decisions can be made across eight Societal Benefit Areas, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Sustainability, Disaster Resilience, Energy and Mineral Resources Management, Food Security, Infrastructure & Transportation Management, Public Health Surveillance, Sustainable Urban Development and Water Resources Management.

Happy Sithole

Dr. Happy Sithole is the Director for the Center for High-Performance Computing. The Center amongst its responsibilities, host super-computing facilities for the country, and also provides a platform for large scientific data repositories. Dr. Sithole, with a PhD. in Materials Science, focused on mineral extraction schemes using large-scale simulations. He has applied the simulation techniques in the diamond mining industry, where he worked as Process Optimisation specialist.

Tim de Zeeuw

Professor Tim de Zeeuw is the Director General of ESO, the foremost intergovernmental astronomy organisation, which operates the world-leading Very Large Telescope in Chile, is a partner in the transformational radio interferometer ALMA, and is constructing the 39-metre Extremely Large Telescope, with first light in 2024. His research focuses on the formation, structure and dynamics of galaxies including our own Milky Way.

Iain Mattaj

Prof. Iain Mattaj was born in St. Andrews, Scotland. He attended Edinburgh University. After completing his undergraduate degree in Biochemistry (honours) he attended the University of Leeds, England for his PhD studies. Following his PhD, Prof. Mattaj carried out postdoctoral research at the Friedrich Miescher Institute, Switzerland then at the Biocentre, University of Basel, Switzerland before joining EMBL Heidelberg, Germany as a Group Leader in 1985.

Daan du Toit

Daan du Toit is the Deputy Director-General for International Cooperation and Resources in the South African Department of Science and Technology, responsible for all aspects of South Africa’s international science, technology and innovation partnerships. He has held various positions, first in the South African Department of Foreign Affairs and since 2002, in the then newly established Department of Science and Technology, related to South Africa’s international scientific and technological (S&T) cooperation.

Faiçal Azaiez

Dr Faiçal Azaiez is the Director of iThemba LABS, a national research facility in South Africa focused on accelerator-based sciences, under auspices of the National Research Foundation. He is the former Research Director at CNRS, Director of the Institute of Nuclear Physics-Orsay, and Chairperson of the Nuclear Physics Board of EPS.

Rob Adam

Dr Rob Adam is the Director of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) South Africa Project. He has previously held the positions of Group Executive: Nuclear at the Aveng Group, Chief Executive of the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation and Director-General of the Department of Science and Technology. Rob has held the title of Extraordinary Professor of Physics at both the University of Pretoria and the University of South Africa.

Tiziana Ferrari

Tiziana is Technical Director at since October 2013 and Technical Coordinator of the H2020 EGI flagship project funded by the EC: EGI-Engage. She was responsible for the direction of the EGI-InSPIRE project and was former Chief Operations Officer taking care of the operations coordination of EGI. She is a promoter of the Open Science Commons and participated in the definition of the EGI governance and service portfolio in the framework of the EGI_DS project.

Sergio Matheos

Undersecretary of Institutional Coordination of the Secretariat of Scientific and Technological Coordination, Ministry of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation. PhD in Natural Sciences from the National University of La Plata (UNLP) and Main Researcher at the CONICET. He holds a degree in Geology from the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Museum of the UNLP. 

Caterina Petrillo

Caterina Petrillo is full professor with a Chair in Experimental Physics. She is the Head of the Physics and Earth Science Department at the University of Perugia. She is a member of several scientific advisory and governing bodies of international research facilities, like the Science Advisory Committee of the ESRF (2006-2011) and the Steering Committee of the ILL (2002-2009). In 2007 she was appointed by the Italian Ministry of Research as Italian Delegate at the Programme Committee Research Infrastructures of FP7.

Albert van Jaarsveld

Dr Albert van Jaarsveld is the Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of KwaZulu-Natal, having assumed duty on 2 February 2015. Before that, he was Chief Executive Officer of the National Research Foundation (NRF). His career in research, teaching, and leadership include academic and management positions at the Universities of Pretoria and Stellenbosch, as Dean of Science, Adjunct Professor: Environmental Studies Programme at Dartmouth College, USA, Vice President and then President and CEO of the NRF.

Anthon Botha

Anthon Botha holds a PhD in Physics and is Managing Director of TechnoScene (Pty) Ltd and Executive Director of InnovationLab (Pty) Ltd, a black economic empowered company. From 1992 to 1999 he acted as Managing Director of Decision Technologies (Pty) Ltd, a subsidiary of TechnoScene. TechnoScene operates in the knowledge industry to provide business consulting in the management and commercialisation of knowledge, technology and innovation and facilitates debates and events in the field of science and technology. 

Thandi Mgwebi

Dr Mgwebi received a PhD in Cell and Developmental Biology in the Medical Sciences from the University of Cape Town (UCT), followed by postdoctoral research training in Medical Virology at UCT. She is currently the Executive head of Research at the University of the Western Cape Previous positions include as Executive Director for Research Chairs & Centers of Excellence at the National Research Foundation, and for Institutional Engagement and Partnership Development (IEPD).

Rakeshnie Ramoutar-Prieschl

Rakeshnie obtained her doctoral qualification in business management and completed her masters studies in the area of biological sciences. As an academic, she has lectured, tutored and mentored both undergraduate and postgraduate students. Rakeshnie currently holds the position of Director: Infrastructure and Emerging Research Areas, within the Human and Infrastructure Capacity Development Directorate at the National Research Foundation (NRF).

Gabriela Pastori

Dr. Gabriela Pastori, Head of European Relations, Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), UK. Gabriela has a PhD in Biological Sciences, and obtained her Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches at the University of Paris XI in 2003. After working several years as a researcher in plant science, Gabriela moved to BBSRC’s Head Office as Programme Manager for Engineering and Biological Systems, and then into European Affairs becoming responsible for European initiatives and activities, with emphasis on ERANETs, JPIs, and Research Infrastructures. Gabriela is UK delegate at ESFRI Forum and is elected Chair of the Health and Food Strategic Working Group since September 2014.

Dmitry Kamanin

Dr. Dmitry Kamanin is the Head of International Cooperation Department at JINR (Joint Institute for Nuclear Research), an international intergovernmental scientific research organization located in Dubna near Moscow. JINR is the largest civil research organization in the Eastern Europe and in the countries of the Former Soviet Union.

Kay Raseroka

Dr Kay Raseroka is currently a member of the Board of trustees of INASP, the International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications. She has worked in the library and information service sector for over two decades. Dr Raseroka contributed to the development of the University of Botswana Library and Information Services through the leadership position assumed in 1981.

Manhyung Cho

Dr. Manhyung Cho has been a professor of public administration at Hannam University in Korea since 1992. He graduated from Syracuse University with a doctoral degree majoring in public administration. His research has focused on public policy specialising in science & technology policy. He has served as a member in a couple of government committees such as National Research Foundation.

Ilaria Nardello

Dr. Ilaria Nardello is the Executive Director of the "European Marine Biological Resources Centre (EMBRC)", a distributed, pan-European Research Infrastructure consortium, aiming to respond to the societal Grand Challenges through advanced marine biology and ecology research. In her role, she provides strategic leadership and supports the EMBRC Implementation Board setting the vision, plan and strategies for this Research Infrastructure.

Andrew Smith

Andrew Smith joined ELIXIR in 2011. Andy manages ELIXIR’s External Relations team, which covers policy, strategy, communications, outreach and industry. He leads on engagement with Member States, funders and policy-makers and relations with the EU institutions. Andy has overall responsibility for ELIXIR’s International Strategy, which presents ELIXIR’s activities globally.  

David Bohmert

David Bohmert combines the position of Secretary-General of the Conference of European Schools for Advanced Engineering Education and Research (CESAER) with his work at the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) as Swiss ESFRI Delegate mandated by the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI).

Beatrix Vierkorn-Rudolph

Beatrix Vierkorn-Rudolph holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the Technical University of Darmstadt. Since 2005 she is Deputy-Director General for Large Research Infrastructure and Basic Research of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Germany (BMBF). There she has the responsibility for five of the Helmholtz Research Centres in Germany as well as for XFEL and FAIR, the large new Research Infrastructures, Germany is constructing.

Roseanne Diab

Prof. Roseanne Diab is the Executive Officer of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf). She is also Emeritus Professor in the School of Environmental Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal. As a Member of ASSAf, she is recognised for her research contributions in the field of atmospheric sciences, particularly air quality, climate change and tropospheric ozone variability. Diab is a Fellow of the University of KwaZulu-Natal and of the South African Geographical Society.

Christoph Hauser

With a background in evolutionary biology, taxonomy and systematic entomology, Dr. Hauser’s research interests currently focus on applications of Information Technology to taxonomy and biodiversity documentation and assessment. His work at the museum includes initiating and coordinating of international collaboration and projects, including advice on grant applications; liaison with relevant political bodies and mechanisms for linking scientific expertise with environmental policy, representation of the university in national and international organisations, fora and relevant networks.

Sverker Holmgren

Sverker Holmgren is a Professor in Scientific Computing at Uppsala University, Sweden, where he is also the head of the Computational Science research program and the Dean of Mathematics and Computer Science. He presented his PhD thesis in Numerical Analysis at Uppsala University.

Daniel Adams

Daniel Adams is the Chief Director: Emerging Research Areas and Infrastructure, at the Department of Science and Technology (DST), South Africa. His duties and responsibilities include monitoring and evaluation of new and emerging research areas as well as the establishment of national research and cyber-infrastructure. He is also responsible for the National Research Equipment Programmes.

Isayvani Naicker

Dr Isayvani Naicker is currently the Chief Director of International Resources at the Department of Science and Technology based in Pretoria, South Africa. She has over nineteen years of management and practical experience in science, technology and innovation, research and development, policy consultation, analysis and advocacy, strategic international and government-to-government partnerships.

Jeannette Ridder-Numan

Dr. Jeannette Ridder-Numan is a senior policy officer and deputy head of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science in the Netherlands. She specializes in large-scale Research Infrastructures and (bio) medical research. Dr. Ridder-Numan sits on a number of Committees such as the EU Health Programme Committee, Research Infrastructures and the ERIC (European Research Infrastructure Consortium).

John Womersley

Professor John Womersley is Chief Executive of the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), which is the United Kingdom's funding agency for particle physics, nuclear physics and astronomy, for large scale science facilities and national laboratories. A graduate of Cambridge and Oxford (D. Phil. Experimental Physics), he has played a leading role in particle physics both in Europe and the United States.

Thomas Auf der Heyde

Currently, Deputy Director-General at the South African national Department of Science and Technology (DST), Dr. Auf der Heyde has held teaching, research and executive management posts at the universities of Johannesburg, the Western Cape, Cape Town, Berne (Switzerland), Cambridge and Princeton. Following a successful early career as a structural chemist, he developed interests in science and technology policy, and research and higher education management, acting as a consultant and advisor in this field to a range of government bodies, civil society organisations and trades union.

Florian Berberich

He is the project manager of the PRACE Implementation Phase projects. Since October 2015 he became a member of the Board of Directors of PRACE aisbl. He is working for the PRACE Project Management Office at Forschungszentrum Juelich - JSC, since 2008.

Fabio Mazzolini

Dr. Fabio Mazzolini, After twenty years experience in international Research Infrastructures based on open access for users, he moved from a more technical coordination area to the international relations, serving as assistant to the ESFRI Chairperson and as executive secretary of ERF-AISBL, the Association of European-level Research Infrastructure Facilities. At present he is Deputy Director for EU and International Relations at CERIC-ERIC.


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