Science, technology and innovation policy

Global Science Forum Bureau members


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Mr. Gabriele Fioni - Chair

Born in Bologna (Italy) in 1962, Gabriele Fioni is a nuclear physicist, graduate in physics of Bologna University (Italy) and Doctor of Science (Ghent University, Belgium).

Currently he is Regional Commissioner for Higher Education, Research and Innovation for the Auvergne Rhône-Alpes region in France.

Since 2016, he is the chairman of the Global Science Forum of the OECD.

From 2016 to 2019, he was Director for International Corporate Cooperation, with responsibility for the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) project, and Deputy Director of CEA Tech, the technology research division of the French Atomic and Alterative Energies Commission (CEA). He was the vice-chair of the Fusion for Energy European Domestic Agency for ITER and chair of its Technical Advisory Panel.

From 2012 to end 2015 he was Director of the Physical Sciences Division that was in charge of all Physics and Chemistry fundamental research at CEA. From 2008 to 2012, he was Scientific Director and Deputy Director General for Research and Innovation at the French Ministry for Higher Education and Research. Prior to that he held several senior strategic and managerial positions as CEA.


Ms. Catherine Ewart

Dr. Catherine Ewart is Associate Director for Stakeholder and International Relations at the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), which is part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). She has considerable experience within the UK research system, particularly in strategic and corporate management roles including business planning, corporate communications, political stakeholder engagement, programme management and information management. For the last few years she has been responsible for STFC’s relations with European and global organisations with a specific focus on the strategic and policy aspects of international research infrastructures.

Currently, Catherine represents the UK as a research infrastructure (RI) expert on international forums such as the G7 Group of Senior Officials on Global Research Infrastructures (GSO). She sits on the Board of the UK Research Office (UKRO) in Brussels. She is also a member of the Strategic Advisory Board for the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Nottingham and is Vice-Chair of the E-RIHS (European Research Infrastructure for Heritage Science) Stakeholder Advisory Board. Catherine was seconded to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills in 2014, where she helped to develop “Our Plan for Growth”, the UK Government’s Strategy for Science and Innovation.

Catherine obtained her undergraduate degree in Botany from The University of Manchester, her PhD from The University of Sheffield and her Masters Degree in Science Communication from The Open University.

 Hanne Hvatum

Ms. Hanne Hvatum

Ms. Hanne Hvatum is Senior Adviser in the Ministry of Education and Research, Norway. Her areas of responsibility and work have varied through the years, but research infrastructure has been a common denominator, both nationally and internationally (former delegate to the EU-commission RI Programme Committee, contact point for Norwegian participation in the ESFRI-process, contact person for the Norwegian membership in CERN, IARC, ESRF and EMBL, participating in the development of national guidelines and national financing of research infrastructure).  In the last years UNESCO has taken much of her time, with UNESCO's science sectors as particular responsibility. Hanne is in charge of the national inter-ministerial committee for IOC-matters (Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission).



Picture of Mr. Kimikazu Iwase, Global Science Forum Bureau member.

Mr. Kimikazu Iwase

Mr. Iwase is Principal Fellow, Center for Research and Development Strategy (CRDS). Mr. Iwase was born in Japan in 1956. He studied chemistry at the University of Tokyo, receiving a BS in 1979 and MS in 1981, and studied business administration at Dartmouth College, U.S.A., receiving an MBA in 1988.

He joined government service in 1981, and has served in a wide range of functions at Japanese government agencies and government-affiliated institutions, mainly focusing on science and technology. He was Deputy Director-General of Science and Technology Policy Bureau at Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, 2007-2009, and Deputy Director-General for Science, Technology and Innovation Policy at Cabinet Office, 2009-2011. He has also managed research institutions as Executive Vice President of National Institute for Materials Science, 2011-2012, and of Tohoku University, 2012-2014.

Mr Iwase has worked on international affairs in various capacities, which include serving as First Secretary for Science at the Japanese Embassy in Washington DC, 1992-1995. He has also directed R&D programs in diverse fields from space development to super computers.


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Mr. Sun Kun Oh

Dr. Sun Kun Oh is a professor of physics at Konkuk University, Seoul, Korea. His major field is high energy physics, or particle physics, acquired his Ph.D. at KAIST, Korea. He visited Oxford University (1983-1984, British Council Scholar), RWTH Aachen (1990-1991, DFG Scholar), KEK and CERN in 2013, and currently a member of the ALICE collaboration for the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) experiments at CERN. Dr Oh has joined the GSF as a Korean delegate since 2001. He has worked for several GSF activities, including the Consultative Group for High Energy Physics between 2001 and 2004 and the Astroparticle Physics International Forum (APIF) since 2011 onward. He is now involved in the open data and open science activities of GSF.


Ms. Jeannette Ridder-Numan

Jeannette Ridder-Numan is Senior Coordinating Adviser for Research Infrastrcutures and Interional Organizations at the Ministry of Education and Research in the Netherlands. After her PhD in Biology she started working here in 2000 and has had different areas of responsibility varying from different scientific domains to a secondment at the Innovation Platform. Back at the Ministry in 2006 she worked as deputy head and took up the areas of biomedical research and  research infrastructures.  This latter part consisted of both national and international fora: I am a delegate in the EU RI Programme Committee, ESFRI, Fusion For Energy (the EU-part of ITER), contact person for all ERIC projects the Netherlands is a member of and the liaison between the government and the national committee on research infrastructures (National Roadmap, funding for Roadmap projects, etc.)  


Samuel B. Howerton

Dr. Howerton is the Deputy Director of the NSF’s Office of International Science and Engineering. A career member of the Senior Executive Service, Dr. Howerton ensures the United States’ science community enjoys strong partnerships across the globe. He assesses emerging international scientific trends and provides foreign policy counsel to NSF leadership. With a thirty-person staff, Dr. Howerton guides the NSF’s research and education directorates in preparing calls for proposals with international partners, to include activities promoting international mobility for the next generation of scientists and engineers.

Dr. Howerton earned a Ph.D. in Chemistry-Environmental Toxicology from Michigan State University, a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Tennessee, and a LEAD Certificate from the Leland J. Stanford University Graduate School of Business.


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