University (ANU). Winner of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics, Professor Schmidt was an astrophysicist at the ANU Mount Stromlo Observatory and Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics before becoming Vice-Chancellor. Professor Schmidt received undergraduate degrees in Astronomy and Physics from the University of Arizona in 1989, and completed his Astronomy Master's degree (1992) and PhD (1993) from Harvard University. Under his leadership, in 1998, the High-Z Supernova Search team made the startling discovery that the expansion rate of the Universe is accelerating. Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, The United States Academy of Science, and the Royal Society, he was made a Companion of the Order of Australia in 2013.
PROFESSOR FABIENNE MACKAY Head Of School Of Biomedical Sciences, The University of Melbourne
DR SUSAN POND AM, MD DSC, FTSE FAHMS Director of Biotron Limited, Vectus Biosystems Limited, Wound Management Innovation CRC and Engineering Sydney
A leader in business and academia, is recognised for her national and international contributions in medicine, biotechnology and renewable energy. Currently, Dr Pond is Director of Biotron Limited, Vectus Biosystems Limited, Wound Management Innovation CRC and Engineering Sydney, Chairman of the Australian Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, the New South Wales
PROFESSOR BRIAN SCHMIDT Vice Chancellor, The Australian National University
Prof Mackay obtained her PhD in 1994 at the Louis Pasteur University in Strasbourg under the co-supervision of Dr Werner Lesslauer (Hoffmann La Roche, Basel Switzerland) and Prof Diane Mathis (now at the Joslin Institute Boston USA). In 1994, Prof Mackay joined BiogenIdec Inc. in Boston where she dissected the role of a TNF-like ligand lymphotoxin-alpha/beta in autoimmunity and cancer. This work led to many patents and the development of two new
The Vice-Chancellor is the President and Chief Executive Officer of ANU. The Vice-Chancellor guides strategy and day-to-day leadership for the University and is also a member of the Council. Professor Brian P. Schmidt was appointed Vice-Chancellor of ANU in January 2016. Professor Schmidt is the 12th Vice-Chancellor of The Australian National
Smart Sensing Network, Adjunct Professor in Engineering and Information Technologies at the University of Sydney and a member of the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) Expert Advisory Group. In 2013, the Australian Financial Review and Westpac named Dr Pond as a Top 100 Women of Influence.
DR WAFA EL-ADHAMI SAGE Executive Director
treatments tested in the clinic. In 2000, Prof Mackay joined the Garvan Institute in Sydney as a Wellcome Trust senior research fellow and was awarded a NHMRC program grant. Prof Mackay's lab at Garvan discovered the role of a new molecule named BAFF as a key B cell survival factor essential for the maturation of B-lymphocytes but also playing a role in autoimmunity, and became one the leading group on BAFF research. In March 2006, Prof Mackay was appointed to Director of the Autoimmunity Research Unit and adjunct full Professor at the Faculty of Medicine, University of New South Wales and University of Sydney. Prof Mackay is a consultant for several biotech and pharmaceutical groups. From 2007-2009, she joined the National Director Board of the Australian Society of Medical Research (ASMR). In 2008, she was the NSW representative for the NHMRC Association for Research Fellows (NARF). Prof Mackay is an associate editor and guest editor for several scientific journals. In March 2009, Prof Mackay became the 5th Chair of the Department of Immunology, Monash University, AMREP campus. In July 2009, belimumab, a therapeutic antibody neutralising BAFF has met the primary endpoints in a phase III clinical trial with lupus patients and run by GSK and Human Genome Sciences. This clinical outcome validated a decade of Prof Mackay's work on BAFF and autoimmunity. In 2012, Prof Mackay received the Thomson Reuters Australia citation and innovation award; 2013 awarded NHMRC Best Research Project; 2014 received a trophy from the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Paris for outstanding contribution in education and research as an expatriate; and 2015 was elected as Council Member of the International Cytokine & Interferon Society. In September 2015, Prof Mackay was appointed the inaugural Head of the School of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Melbourne.
Dr Wafa El-Adhami is the Executive Director of the SAGE pilot, an initiative led by the Australian Academy of Science and the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering. She has a research background in molecular biology and microbiology, and has held a number of senior management positions in the Australian Government. In recent years, Wafa worked internationally for the
Health Authority of the emirate of Abu Dhabi leading and managing health policy reforms and regulations for the emirate. Wafa has a proven track record in delivering outcomes within a complex environment of government, community and industry stakeholders. Her expertise in management, stakeholder engagement and policy and regulatory reform, particularly in developing and implementing evidence based solutions are of direct relevance to the SAGE program. She is passionate about health and science and advancing gender equality and diversity in higher education and research.
JESSICA TURNER Global Head of Government & Academia - Thomson Reuters, IP&S
Jessica leads the Government and
Academia segment for IP&Science globally, including Web of Science,
InCites, EndNote, Scholar One, Converis and our analytics and consulting
solutions. Her role is to lead this business to support the needs of
the global research community, developing new and innovative solutions
and analytics to drive growth in partnership with researchers, research
institutes, universities, funders, governments, publishers and
associations. Prior to this role, Jessica led Strategy for the Intellectual Property and Science
Division and led Global Sales, Support and Strategic Marketing for the Scientific and Scholarly Research business. She has also led a range of strategic and front line operations within the F&R and Thomson Financial businesses, including sales and business operations, customer service, client training, marketing and customer administration. Jessica joined Thomson Financial in 2003 to head Strategy and Business Development in London and before that spent 7 years working for McKinsey and Company based out of New York and Sydney, leading strategy teams in Media and Technology across the Americas and in Asia. Jessica has a degree in pure mathematics from the University of Sydney, Australia and a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government in the US. She lives in London with her husband and two children.
Jean-Francois is currently Solutions Consultant for Thomson Reuters working with the Higher Education institutions, research organisations and governments in Australia and New Zealand. He supports these organisations and their needs in research evaluations and performance assessment. Jean-Francois has 10 years
experience working in successive roles in government and research
organisations and engaging with the
academic sector in Australia. He has developed a solid understanding of the R&D lifecycle, science drivers and research policy trends both in Australia and at a global level. For the past two years he worked as Senior Project Manager in the Science division of the Queensland Government’s Department of Science, IT, Innovation and the Arts (formerly DEEDI) and as Advisor to the Forum for European-Australian Science & Technology Cooperation (FEAST). In this role, he was a regular user of Incites and Web of Science, which he used to help develop the research strategy to guide the State Government’s investment in science (in particular under the umbrella of the Smart State Strategy) and the associated metrics/evaluation mechanisms. Prior to 2010, Jean-Francois was the Deputy Director of FEAST for four years and worked in CSIRO’s international and government engagement team in Canberra. In addition to facilitating partnerships across Australian and European research programs, he also helped develop indicators assessing the intensity of research activity between Australia and Europe and was regularly involved in providing policy briefings and updates to FEAST’s stakeholders. Jean Francois has a Research Masters (Genetics and Data Analysis) with Honours and a Bachelor of Science (Biology and Applied Mathematics) from the Université Claude Bernard, Lyon, France. He also completed a Research Internship (Data Mining) at the University of Reading, UK.