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Global Science Forum Bureau members

 

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Ms. Amanda Collis, Chair

Born in London in 1968, Amanda Collis has a degree in plant sciences from King’s College – University of London (UK)  and a PhD in fungal molecular biology from the University of Edinburgh (UK).  Since January 2022, Amanda is chairman of the OECD Global Science Forum.  Amanda is the Executive Director of Research Strategy and Programmes at UK Research and Innovation – Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council.  She has been in this role since 2016 and her responsibilities cover discovery bioscience, interdisciplinary research, strategic research, new technologies, research infrastructures and international partnerships. Amanda has broad experience in research strategy and policy, including time spent on secondment to the Houses of Parliament, Research Councils UK and detached duty to the British Consulate General - Boston. Amanda is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology. 

   

Dr. 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.

   
 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).

 

 

 

Dr. Susumu Kajiwara

Dr. Susumu Kajiwara is a professor and the dean of School of Life Science and Technology, Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech). His major field is molecular biology and he earned a doctorate in science. After working a brewery company in Japan, he moved to Tokyo Tech. He was a full professor of Tokyo Tech from 2012 to 2019 then appointed as a vice president of Tokyo Tech from 2018 to 2019.

He was the deputy director for nanotechnology and materials R&D policies, Council of Science and Technology Policy (CSTP), Cabinet Office of Japan (2003-2005). From 2019 to 2021, he was the deputy director-general, Science and Technology Policy Bureau, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). During that term, he joined OECD-CSTP and OECD-GSF as a Japanese delegate.

   
 

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.)  

   
 

Dr. Inkyoung Sun

Dr. Inkyoung Sun is an associate research fellow at the Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI) in Korea. As a policy analyst, Dr. Sun studies what shapes science, technology, and innovation (STI) policy decisions and how the policy decision leads to the difference in the national innovation ecosystem and competitiveness in STI. Much of her recent work examines how countries foster STI for grand challenges and how international collaboration enriches the national creativity and competitiveness in STI. 

Since 2020, Dr. Sun has worked as a delegation of Korea to the Global Science Forum (GSF) in OECD and served as a steering/expert group member in the OECD projects including ‘Integrity and security within the global research ecosystem’ and ‘STI financing for the SDGs.’ In 2021, she has also joined the UNESCO Science and Technology Policy Asian Network (STEPAN) as a vice-chair in the theme of SDGs Technologies. In addition to the multilateral engagement, she has actively consulted the governments of Sri Lanka, Laos PDR, Nepal, and Brazil to develop their national STI policies.

She holds her Ph.D. in Science and Technology Policy from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) and her M.A. in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania in the United States. Prior to her current position, she worked in global companies in the automotive and information sectors.

 

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