Prof. Dr. Christian Leumann has assumed the office of Rector of the University of Bern as of August 1, 2016. Leumann has been a member of the Executive Board of the University of Bern since 2011 as Vice-Rector for Research.
Connie Nshemereirwe is Science and Policy Facilitator at Actualise Africa in Kampala, Uganda, and co-chair of the Global Young Academy. She is also the Secretary General of the Uganda National Young Academy, and is active in Civil Society through the Ugandan Think Tank, Kigo Thinkers.
Professor Francesco Profumo is the Chairman of Compagnia di Sanpaolo since May 2016. Prior of that, he has served as the Rector of the Politecnico di Torino, President of CNR and Minister of Education, University and Research in Italy (2011-2013).
József Györkös is the director of the Slovenian Research Agency (ARRS) since November 2014. He is former university professor in the area of computer science and informatics at the University of Maribor.
Secretary General of the European University Association (EUA)
Lesley Wilson was educated at the Universities of Glasgow and Strasbourg and also has an honorary doctorate from the Université Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris. She joined the EUA at its creation in 2001 and took over as Secretary General in 2002.
Founder and Director of the UCL Institute for Innovation & Public Purpose (IIPP)
Mariana Mazzucato (PhD) is the 2019 Madame de Staël Prize for Cultural Values. She holds the Chair in the Economics of Innovation and Public Value at University College London (UCL), and she is Founder and Director of the UCL Institute for Innovation & Public Purpose (IIPP).
Incoming professor at the Technical University Darmstadt, Germany
Michael Saliba's research focuses on a deeper understanding of optoelectronic properties of emerging photovoltaic technologies with an emphasis on perovskites, working towards a sustainable energy future.
Nicola Forster currently serves as President of Science et Cité. He also founded the grassroots think tank “foraus – Swiss Forum on Foreign Policy” and is co-founder of the innovation platform “Staatslabor”.
Member of the European Commission's Group of Chief Scientific Advisors
Nicole Grobert is a Member of the European Commission Group of Chief Scientific Advisors. Her research group focuses on the synthesis, processing, and characterisation of novel carbon and non-carbon based nanomaterials.
Associate Professor in Psychology, University of Plymouth, UK
Sabine is a Social Psychologist who focuses on the human dimension in environmental issues. She investigates perceptions and behaviour change, particularly in the area of protecting marine environments, marine litter and microplastics.
Vivienne Parry is a writer and broadcaster. A scientist by training, Vivienne hosts medical programmes for Radio 4, writes widely on health, presents films, facilitates many high level conferences and debates, and trains young researchers.