Chair: Roger Horton
Roger Horton was the CEO of one of the world’s largest scientific, technical and medical (STM) publishers until June 2017. He led the Taylor & Francis Group, the Academic publishing arm of Informa Plc., from 2003 to June 2017 having joined the board in 1995. Previously, as Executive plc Director he floated Taylor & Francis on the Stock Exchange in 1998. During his tenure he oversaw a growth in turnover from £18m to £500m. He has also been a member of the Executive Management Committee at Informa, a FTSE 100 media company, with a turnover of over a billion pounds.
His talents as an accomplished team builder, speaker and motivator have seen him successfully leading in the digital transformation of analogue content for various publishing organisations in the UK and internationally. His contributions to the industry saw him appear in the Bookseller 100 most influential people in publishing for ten consecutive years and he was awarded the ‘Outstanding Contribution’ award by the annual industry meeting in 2017.
Outside of the professional environment he is a Visiting Fellow at the Cranfield Graduate School of Management, Cranfield University and was a director of an education based charity in Kazakhstan. He is a keen football fan, continuing to avidly support his boyhood team, and plays bass in a rock’n’roll band. He is married with two grown up daughters and lives in Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire.
Executive Council Chair: Lutz-Peter Berg
Lutz-Peter Berg is the Swiss Science & Technology Attaché for the UK, Ireland and the Nordic countries, based at the Swiss Embassy in London. His role includes observing and reporting on UK, Irish and Nordic policies in Science, Innovation and Higher Education as well as facilitating contacts, collaborations and the flow of information between Swiss scientists, government agencies and high tech businesses and potential partners abroad. Lutz has a background in biomedical research and R&D. Prior to joining a Biotech start-up company in 2000, he held a faculty appointment as Lecturer (Associate Professor) at the Medical School of Imperial College London. He holds a PhD in Molecular Genetics from the University of London and a Master’s degree in Biology from the University in Goettingen, Germany.
Dr Ismahane Elouafi
Ismahane Elouafi is Director General of the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA), a not-for-profit research-for-development organisation she has been leading since 2012. She is a visionary leader and strategic thinker, highly adept as a transformational groundbreaker, delivering comprehensive stakeholder engagement as a change management champion, motivator, and relationship builder.
Before Joining ICBA, she was Director of Research Management and Partnerships Division at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, overseeing the Research and Development portfolio of the Agency on Plant Health, Food Safety, and Animal Health.
Ismahane is a recipient of a number of awards and honors, including the National Reward Medal by His Majesty Mohamed VI, the King of Morocco, and the Excellence in Science Award from the Global Thinkers Forum. In 2016, she was awarded the Arab Women of the year in the Science Category.
Dr Elouafi holds a PhD degree in genetics from Cordoba University, Spain and a Master Degree on Plant Breeding from Institute of Agronomy and Veterinary Hassan II, Morocco.
Professor Dame Anne Glover CBE FRSE
Anne has a BSc in Biochemistry from Edinburgh and a PhD in Molecular Microbiology from Cambridge, UK. She has pursued a career in scientific research at Aberdeen University and her research has been varied including studying how proteins are directed to the correct location within our cells, the diversity and function of the microbial population in soil, the development of biological sensors (biosensors) to detect environmental pollution and more recently, how we respond to stress at the molecular level.
This current area of research has particular relevance to how we age (our cells are under stress in Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease) and also how we respond to artificial stresses such as chemotherapy. She has also commercialized some of her biosensor technology into a successful company which diagnoses environmental pollution and provides solutions for its clean-up.
In 2008 she was made a Woman of Outstanding Achievement in Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) and has worked hard to raise the profile of women in SET and to ensure that not only are women are recruited into careers in SET but that they are supported to remain in the profession during their careers. Anne has promoted the communication of science and has appeared on BBC and international television and many global radio programmes. In 2009, she was awarded a CBE by the Queen in recognition of her services to environmental sciences.
Anne was the first Chief Scientific Adviser to the President of the European Commission (2012-2015). Prior to that, she was the first Chief Scientific Adviser for Scotland (2006-2011). In both positions Anne transformed the way science, engineering and technology were used and discussed within government and developed strategic initiatives to bridge the gap between science and policy. She has also been a very effective and well respected ambassador for European science. She is currently Vice Principal for External Affairs and Dean for Europe at the University of Aberdeen. Amongst other external activities, she Chairs the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland and is a Trustee of the African Agricultural Technology Foundation.
Professor Glover became a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) for services to Science in the UK and Europe in the 2015 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
Andrew Jack has worked as a journalist at the Financial Times since 1990. He is currently head of curated content, guiding busy readers through the information overload to the best articles in the FT and across the web.
He was previously a reporter in Moscow, Paris, London and the US, and continues to write on health, development and philanthropy. He is chairman emeritus of Pushkin House, an independent Russian cultural centre, and was a director of SciDev.net. He is the author of Inside Putin's Russia and The French Connection.
Akhter Mateen is a Non-Executive Director on the Board of Great Ormond Street Hospital’s Foundation Trust in London, and is also a Non-Executive Director of an unlisted fmcg company that operates in India, the Middle East and Africa. He is a Trustee of the British Pakistan Foundation.
Akhter retired from Unilever in 2012 after a successful career spanning 28 years. He led key growth initiatives in developed and emerging markets in finance leadership roles both as CFO/Regional Head of Finance and at corporate level roles in Mergers & Acquisitions. Latterly as Group Chief Auditor of Unilever he supported the Board and Audit Committee.
He holds an MBA from the University of Karachi.
Professor Ruth Oniang'o
Ruth Oniang'o is Professor of Food and Nutritional Sciences. She is educated in the USA and Kenya (Washington State University Pullman and University of Nairobi), founder and Editor-in-Chief of the African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and Development (AJFAND), founder and Director of Rural Outreach Africa, an NGO working to uplift the lives of resource poor smallholder farmers, especially women, and creating jobs for the young. She has served in advisory capacity for various UN agencies, the World Bank, Kenya Government and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
She is board member of Nestle, a global food, beverage and wellness company, she has served on IRRI, CIAT, IFDC, ACIAR and micronutrient initiative boards and as Vice-Chair of GFAR (Global Forum for Agricultural Research); now serves on Montpellier Panel, and chairs Sasakawa Africa Association and Sasakawa Africa Fund for Extension Education Boards. Ruth is also a winner of two national medals in Kenya, 2014 IFAMA (International Food and Agribusiness Management Association) award for a lifetime of distinguished service and 2014 Fortune magazine's '30 Women Achievers' globally in Food and Drink.
Paulus Verschuren was Special Envoy for Food and Nutrition Security for the Dutch government. In this role he introduced nutrition within the arena of agriculture and food security, and helped built public private partnerships responding to the zero hunger challenge.
Before his envoyship, Paulus had a successful career at Unilever where he held various managerial positions all geared to improve peoples' nutrition and wellbeing: initially in the field of over-nutrition, and later in building a world without hunger and malnutrition.
His approach is to always put people at the center of the solution.
Paulus also served the as Executive Director and Chair of ILSI Europe and chaired the GAIN Business Alliance. He now combines various activities as Founder at WorldFed.
Prem Warrior, Ph.D, MBA
Prem is currently the Chief Operating Officer (COO) for Valagro SpA, Italy. He has been a Member of the Board of Directors of here since July 2012 and was appointed as the COO 2013. In his current role, he manages the global operations of the research & developement (R&D), marketing and sales teams. Prior to this, he held management roles at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Seattle, Valent BioSciences Corporation and Abbott Laboratories. Prem has a PhD in Plant pathology and an MBA. He has published more than 70 scientific peer-reviewed publications and has over 20 patents issued.