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‌‌‌Carthage Smith

Carthage SMITH

Carthage Smith joined the Global Science Forum Secretariat in June 2014 as Lead Co-ordinator. He is responsible for overseeing the Forum activities and working with members and delegates to define the overall strategy and priorities. He was originally trained as a biochemist, with a PhD in neuroscience (Newcastle University, UK). Prior to joining the GSF secretariat, he was Deputy Executive Director of the International Council for Science (ICSU, Paris) for twelve years. In this position he led the strategic development of a number of major global science initiatives, in areas ranging from environmental science to urban health, and managed a number of science for policy and policy for science activities. Prior to moving to France, he spent six years at the UK Medical Research Council, where he was Head of International Science Policy.


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Frédéric SGARD

Frédéric Sgard is a project administrator in the Global Science Forum secretariat, where he manages selected Forum activities. His current portfolio includes activities on Temperate Agriculture Research Network, on International Distributed Research Infrastructures, and on scientific policy advice to governments.  He also follows recently-completed GSF initiatives: the OECD Recommendation on the Governance of Clinical Trials, Scientific Collections Internationals (SciColl), and the Global Earthquake Model (GEM). Prior to joining the OECD in 2003, he was a senior scientist at Sanofi, working on the discovery of new pharmacological targets. He studied molecular genetics at the University of Paris XI, Orsay (France), and obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Reading (UK) in 1994.



Masatoshi Shimosuka joined the Global Science Forum Secretariat in August 2022 as a policy analyst. He supports the Forum activities and works with members and delegates. Before joining the GSF Secretariat, he was deputy director of Japan's science ministry (MEXT: Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology). Throughout his career, he designated policy issues around human resources in science and technology, research infrastructure, strategic competitive funding and research integrity. He majored in theoretical particle physics with a master's degree in science (Tohoku University) and obtained masters in international affairs from UC San Diego and entrepreneurship from Brown University in the US.  


Chrystyna HARPLUK

Chrystyna is project co-ordinator for the Global Science Forum and the Innovation Policies for Space and Ocean Unit. She hold an MBA from the University of Florida and joined the OECD in 2000 after several years in scientific/medical publishing. 


Andrea-Rosalinde Hofer

Andrea-Rosalinde Hofer joined the Global Science Forum Secretariat in February 2024 to lead the work on "The Future of the Research Workforce: Promoting Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI)". Andrea has worked as a policy analyst at the OECD since 2004, in the Trento Centre for Local Development and in the Education and Skills Directorate (Higher Education Policy). Andrea holds Masters degrees in Agricultural Engineering (TUM), and Political Science (LMU). She worked as a researcher at the Institute for Governmental Studies at the University of the Federal Armed Forces in Munich and was seconded to the George C. Marshall Centre. Andrea holds a PhD in Organisational Science from the University of Trento for research on the innovation behaviour of venture capital backed firms in Germany. Prior to joining the OECD, Andrea worked for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in Vienna.


Gemma Volpicelli

Gemma Volpicelli joined the Global Science Forum Secretariat in February 2023 for two years. She is responsible for supporting several Forum projects, expert groups, and reports, including Responsible Science Communication, Citizen Science, and Promoting Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in the Research Workforce. Gemma obtained an MA (Hons) degree in Sociology at the University of Edinburgh, UK, and is currently completing a Master’s degree in Public Policy - Social Policy and Social Innovation at Sciences Po, Paris.


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