Sir Peter Gluckman trained as a paediatrician and biomedical scientist and holds a Distinguished University Professorship at the Liggins Institute of the University of Auckland. He also holds honorary chairs in University College London, University of Southampton and National University of Singapore (where he acts as chief science advisor to the Singapore Institute for Clinical Sciences). He has published over 700 scientific papers in perinatal and developmental physiology, neuroscience and endocrinology, evolutionary biology and medicine. He has authored both technical and popular science books. He chaired the WHO Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity (2014-2017).
Geoffrey Boulton is Regius Professor of Geology Emeritus at the University of Edinburgh and former Vice-Principal of the University. He is President of the ISC Committee on Data for Science and Technology (CODATA) and chaired the Science International Accord on Open Data in a Big Data World. He chairs the Academic Advisory Council of the University of Heidelberg, is a member of the Strategic Council of the University of Geneva and President of the Scottish Association for Marine Science. He has chaired a number of Royal Society reports.
Ruba Al Zubi is a staunch advocate for mainstreaming environment into all development sectors. She is a strong communicator and change agent, and an engineer who is passionate about linking science with development.
Craig Calhoun is University Professor of Social Sciences at Arizona State University. Previously, he was Director of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), President of the Berggruen Institute, and President of the Social Science Research Council. He taught at the University of North Carolina, Columbia University, and New York University where he founded the Institute for Public Knowledge. Mr. Calhoun’s publications address politics, economics, the impact of technology, and social change. His books include: Neither Gods Nor Emperors: Students and the Struggle for Democracy in China, Nations Matter, The Roots of Radicalism, and Does Capitalism Have a Future? Mr. Calhoun studied social anthropology at USC, Columbia and Manchester and has a DPhil in politics, sociology and modern social and economic history from Oxford.
Qiuming Cheng is a professor and the founding director of the State Key Lab of Geological Processes and Mineral Resources, China University of Geosciences (Beijing). He received both his BSc in Mathematics and MSc in Mathematical Geology at Changchun University of Earth Sciences (1982,1985).
Cristin Dorgelo is President and CEO of the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC). ASTC is a network of nearly 700 science and technology centers and museums, as well as other allied organizations, focused on increasing public understanding of—and engagement with—science and technology among all people of all ages.
Armin Grunwald is director of the Institute for Technology Assessment and systems analysis (ITAS) at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Karlsruhe, Germany, since 1999. Since 2002 he is also director of the Office of Technology Assessment at the German Bundestag (TAB). Since 2007, Armin Grunwald in addition is Full Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Technology at KIT.
John G. Hildebrand is the Foreign Secretary of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. He earned his A.B. degree at Harvard University and his Ph.D. at Rockefeller University. Following faculty service at Harvard Medical School (1969-80) and Columbia University (1980-85), he moved to the University of Arizona in Tucson as founding Head (1985-2013) of the Department of Neuroscience in the College of Science.
Melissa Leach is Director of the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) at the University of Sussex. She co-founded and co-directed the ESRC STEPS (Social, Technological and Environmental Pathways to Sustainability) Centre (www.steps-centre.org) from 2006 – 2014.
Dr. Monthip Sriratana received her Ph.D. in Urban Engineering from The University of Tokyo, Japan. She previously held key positions at the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of Thailand, including Director General of the Department of Environmental Quality Promotion, Director General of the Pollution Control Department, and Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Ministry. She was elected as Member of Parliament (Democrat Party) of Thailand in 2013.
Dr Colin Tukuitonga is a medical graduate and Public Health Physician with extensive experience in health policy, research, management and leadership in NZ and internationally. He is currently the Director-General of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), a scientific and technical organisation supporting development in the Pacific Islands. Prior to this role, he was the Chief Executive of the Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs for the NZ Government and Associate Professor for International and Pacific Health at the University of Auckland.