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Key speakers from past Science Impact events include:

Ed Whiting

Director of Policy and Chief of Staff, Wellcome Trust

Ed Whiting has worked in a number of Whitehall social and financial policy Departments in his civil service career, including in HM Treasury’s financial stability team through the 2008-09 financial crisis. Ed was most recently at No10 Downing Street where he was Deputy Principal Private Secretary to the Prime Minister, leading on public services. In addition to his civil service career, in 2011-12 Ed set up and ran a small arts crowdfunding website, and in 2012-13 was an elected member of the RSA’s Fellowship Council. Ed was awarded an OBE for public service and services to No10 Downing St in the June 2016 Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

Elke Anklam

Director of the Health, Consumers and Reference Materials Directorate, European Commission's Joint Research Centre

Elke Anklam is a chemist by education with specialisation in food, organic and radiation chemistry.

After having obtained her PhD from the University of Hamburg, Germany, she worked in various European research institutions and was teaching as Professor in the Applied University of Fulda, Germany. Since 1991 she has been working in the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre. Between 2006-2012 she was Director of the Institute for Health and Consumer Protection (JRC-IHCP) in Ispra, Italy. From 2013 – June 2016, Elke Anklam was Director of the JRC’s Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (JRC-IRMM) in Geel, Belgium.

Following an organisational re-structuring of the JRC in July 2016, she became the Director of the Health, Consumers and Reference Materials Directorate in Geel, Belgium and Ispra, Italy. The Directorate covers activities on risk assessment methodologies, alternative to animal testing methods, public health issues (cancer registries and nutrition), food and feed safety and quality, food fraud, nanotechnologies, medical devices and reference materials.

Hon. Keith Martin

Executive Director, Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH)

Dr. Martin is a physician who, since Sept. 2012, has served as the founding Executive Director of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH).

Between 1993-2011, Dr. Martin served as a Member of Parliament in Canada’s House of Commons representing a riding on Vancouver Island. During that time, he held shadow ministerial portfolios in foreign affairs, international development, and health. He also served as Canada’s Parliamentary Secretary for Defense. His main areas of focus are in global health, foreign policy, security, international development, conservation and the environment.

Dr. Martin has been on numerous diplomatic missions to areas in crisis including Sudan, Zimbabwe, Mali, Niger, Sierra Leone, Colombia, and the Middle East. He served as a physician in South Africa on the Mozambique border during that country’s civil war. He has travelled widely in Africa, visiting the continent 28 times. He has had over 170 editorial articles published in major newspapers and has appeared frequently as a political and social commentator on television and radio. From 1997-2000, he created and moderated the nationally syndicated, current affairs television program, Beyond Politics. He is currently a board member of the Jane Goodall Institute and the Global Health Council; an editorial board member for the Annals of Global Health; and an advisor to the International Cancer Expert Corps, McGill University’s Global Health Program, SEED Global Health, and the Global Sepsis Alliance. He is a commissioner on the Lancet Commission on Pollution & Health. Dr. Martin is based in Washington, DC, which is the home of CUGH’s Secretariat.

Pascal Garel

Chief Executive, European Hospital and Healthcare Federation (HOPE)

Pascal Garel is Chief Executive of HOPE (European Hospital and Healthcare Federation). Educated in political science and European law, he became Hospital Manager with the diploma of the French National School of Public Health. Following a twelve-year experience in hospitals, he created the International Department of the French Hospital Federation, worked in French Ministry of Health, and still teaches (Paris Dauphine and National School of Public Health).

Dr. Raphaëla Kitson-Pantano

Head of International Health Relations, AXA Global Life

Dr. Raphaëla Kitson-Pantano began her career as Director of the ESOF Headquarters in Strasbourg. Following the successful set up of the European Hub of ESOF, she joined the L’Oreal Foundation where she was in charge of Scientific Programmes including the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards. Raphaëla joined AXA in 2014 as the AXA Research Fund Life & Health Risks Research Officer and is now Head of International Health Relations at AXA Global Life. In her spare time she is a Science Communication Consultant, Vice-President of Euroscience, a member of the ESOF2018 International Steering Committee and Secretary General of Europ’Attitude.

Dr. Annette Schmidtmann

Head of Department for Scientific Affairs, German Research Foundation (DFG)

Dr. Annette Schmidtmann is Head of Department for Scientific Affairs and has been a research manager for 25 years with different responsibilities (life sciences, graduate training, research careers) at the German Research Foundation (DFG) in Bonn and other institutions. The DFG is the self-governing organization for science and research in Germany serving all branches of science and the humanities with a total annual budget of about €3.1 billion, coming from both federal and state governments. In 2015, the DFG funded over 30,000 new and ongoing projects, one third of them being accounted for in the department.

Prof. Cobie Rudd, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Strategic Partnerships) and Vice-President at Edith Cowan University

Prof. Cobie J Rudd

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Strategic Partnerships), Edith Cowan University

Professor Cobie Rudd is Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Strategic Partnerships) and Vice-President at Edith Cowan University (ECU). She leads gender equity in academia for ECU including as part of the first pilot of the Athena SWAN Charter in Australia. She has provided leadership for a range of national capacity-building and research projects aimed at addressing the challenges of providing skilled, inter-professional and sustainable workforces and in 2011, she was one of five National Teaching Fellows appointed by the Australian Government. She has held a range of senior policy research and advisory roles for both state and commonwealth governments and served on 13 boards of governance.

Jesper Werdelin Simonsen

Executive Director, Research Council of Norway

Dr. Jesper Werdelin Simonsen is Executive Director at the Research Council of Norway, where he oversees research funding in the areas of health, welfare, education and society, as well as development research and international bilateral cooperation. Simonsen is also currently member Norway’s Committee for Gender Balance and Diversity in Research. Before coming to the Research Council, Simonsen worked for 14 years as researcher and research manager in the field of agricultural research. From 1997 to 2000 he served as State Secretary at the Norwegian Ministry of Environment.

Petra Jantzer

Managing Director and European Lead for Accelerated R&D Services (ARDS), Accenture

Petra is a Managing Director and the European Lead for Accenture’s Accelerated R&D Services (ARDS). Petra is highly committed to helping women succeed on their professional paths. She joined recently from McKinsey & Company, where she led McKinsey’s gender diversity efforts in Switzerland for more than a decade. Furthermore, she was a co-founder of the “Advance – women in Swiss business” Association and served as the Vice President of the Board since its inauguration. Advance is a cross-company and cross-industry Association of 60+ mostly blue chip companies in Switzerland the common goal of increasing the share of women in business leadership roles. Advance served as the blueprint for “Chefsache”, a similar initiative in Germany sponsored by Chancellor Merkel.

Dr. Bonnie Wolff-Boenisch

Head of Research Affairs, Science Europe

Dr Bonnie Wolff-Boenisch leads the Research Affairs Unit of Science Europe, a Brussels-based organisation, representing 47 Research Funding Organisations and Research Institutes from 27 countries. Among her tasks it to provide strategic leadership to the Scientific Advisory Committee made up of 30 experienced multidisciplinary scientists who give independent advice to Science Europe on key European research policy topics and on the implications of EU legislative and regulatory developments for research.

Dr. Cara Tannenbaum

Scientific Director of the Institute of Gender and Health, Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Dr. Cara Tannenbaum is the Scientific Director of the Institute of Gender and Health for the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Dr. Tannenbaum is a Professor of Medicine and Pharmacy at the Université de Montreal, where she holds the Michel Saucier Endowed Chair in Geriatric Pharmacology, Health and Aging. She was awarded the May Cohen Gender Equity Award by the Association of Medical Faculties of Canada, the Betty Haven’s Knowledge Transfer Prize by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the 2015 Y Women of Distinction Award in Health.