Advisory Board

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Prof. Dr. Bruce Alberts (USA)

Bruce Alberts, a prominent biochemist with a strong commitment to the improvement of science and education, was awarded the National Medal of Science by President Barack Obama in 2014.

He served as Editor-in-Chief of Science (2009-2013) and as one of the first three United States Science Envoys (2009-2011). Now he is the Chancellor’s Leadership Chair in Biochemistry and Biophysics for Science and Education at the University of California, San Francisco, to which he returned after serving two six-year terms as the President of the National Academy of Sciences.

More info at Wikipedia.

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Prof. Dr. Howard Alper (Canada)

Howard Alper is Chair of the Canvassing Committee for the Governor General of Canada and  Distinguished University Professor at the University of Ottawa. His research spans organic and inorganic chemistry, with potential applications in the pharmaceutical, petrochemical, and commodity chemical industries.

He has served as Chair of the Government of Canada’s Science, Technology and Innovation Council, as Chair of the Board of Governors of the Council of Canadian Academies, on the Science Advisory Committee of the WEF and was IAP Co-Chair (2007-2013).

More info at Wikipedia.

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Prof Dr. Yuko Harayama (Japan)

Yuko Harayama is an Executive Member of the Council for Science, Technology and Innovation (CSTI) at the Cabinet Office.

Prior to joining the CSTI, she spent two years at the OECD as the Deputy Director of the Directorate for Science, Technology and Industry (STI), and ten years at the Graduate School of Engineering of Tohoku University as a professor of Science and Technology Policy.

More info at Academic Executives / Elsevier.

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Prof. Dr. Mohamed Hassan (Sudan)

Mohamed Hassan is a mathematician and Dean of the School of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Khartoum. He has published articles in various fields, mostly applying mathematics in the physical sciences.

He is IAP Interim Executive Director, former President of the Network of African Science Academies (NASAC), former President of the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) and Founding Executive Director of the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS) 1983-2011.

More info at Wikipedia.

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Prof. Dr. Maria Ivanova (Bulgaria)

Maria Ivanova is Associate Professor of Global Governance and Director of the Center for Governance and Sustainability at the John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy & Global Studies, University of Massachusetts Boston.

She studies the implementation and effectiveness of international agreements and has a particular interest in East Africa. She is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the UN Secretary-General and a Board member of the UN University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS). In 2015, she was awarded an Andrew Carnegie fellowship.

More info at UMass Boston

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Prof. Dr. Kevin Marsh (Kenya)

Kevin Marsh is a Professor of Tropical Medicine at the University of Oxford. He is a malariologist whose research focuses on how humans become immune to the disease. From 1989-2014 he was director of the KEMRI Wellcome Trust Research Programme in Kenya

He has a particular interest in developing leadership in African science and is senior adviser to the African Academy of Sciences. He chairs the WHO Malaria Policy Advisory Committee and is fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences. He was awarded the Prince Mahidol prize for medicine in 2011.

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Prof. Dr. Helmut Schwarz (Germany)

Helmut Schwarz is a highly decorated German organic chemist. He has been a professor of chemistry at the Technische Universität Berlin since 1978.

Schwarz has been the President of the Humboldt Foundation (AvH) since 2008 and a Board member of the Leopoldina since 2010 and has served in numerous leading positions of important science organisations, including as Vice-President of the German Research Foundation (DFG) (2001-2007) and as Vice-President of the BBAW (1998-2003).

More info at Wikipedia.

Dr. Narong Sirilertworakul (Thailand)

Dr. Narong Sirilertworakul is the President of the National Science and Technology Development Agency in Thailand. For the last twenty-five years, Dr. Sirilertworakul has been engaged in driving science and technology for a better future of Thailand. Moreover, he has always been a key figure in supporting many GYA events organised in Thailand.

He earned his bachelor’s degree of engineering in industrial engineering (first-class honors) from King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Thonburi and was granted a gold medal for academic excellence from the Engineering Institute of Thailand. He went on to receive a scholarship from the Thai government, allowing him to receive his Ph. D. in manufacturing engineering from the University of Birmingham, UK. He also completed a Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program and a Director Certification Program from the Thai Institute of Directors.