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Colin Adcock, Product Development Manager, IOP Publishing
Colin is an OA expert at IOP Publishing and has over 10 years’ experience in the industry, working in both publishing and commercially focused roles. His main focus is on developing and managing OA business models and workflows for transformative agreements, as well as supporting the business in OA strategy and decision making. Colin also works on more traditional product development, and has previously worked as a Publisher and Editor for leading physics journals. He holds a Masters degree in Physics with a specialism in Sun-Earth interactions.
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Sherri Aldis, Chief of United Nations Publications, Department of Global Communications, United Nations
Sherri has been at the United Nations since February 2015 where she oversees the publishing activities and policies of the United Nations and supports the communications priorities and campaigns of the UN, such as the Sustainable Development Goals. Ms. Aldis has had an extensive career in the international book and publishing industry, mostly in France, at Hachette Livre in Paris. She is Canadian and British; has lived in the UK, Canada, France and Tunisia, and is fluent in both English and French. She has a Masters of Business Administration from Université Paris Dauphine and the IAE of the Sorbonne.
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Patrick H. Alexander, Director, The Pennsylvania State University Press
Patrick has been involved in academic publishing for more than 30 years, he has served on the advisory boards for Project Muse, Purdue University Press, Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), the International Catacomb Society, and Qatar University Press. Alexander is a member of the publications committee for the American Schools of Oriental Research and is the institutional representative for the AAU/ARL/AUP Task Force on Open Access Monograph Publishing (now called TOME). He completed in June 2018 three-years of service on the executive board of the Association of University Presses. In 2019 he began a three-year term as a Director on the Council of the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (UK).
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Dr. Alwaleed Alkhaja, Senior Intellectual Property Librarian, Qatar National Library (QNL)
Alwaleed is the copyright librarian at Qatar National Library. He also manages the Library’s open access fund and serves at its representative on the SCOSS board. Before joining the Library, Alwaleed worked in open access publishing with / HBKU Press. He holds a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the Göttingen / International Max Planck Research School and an MBA from the Alliance Manchester Business School
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Vivian Berghahn, Managing Director and Journals Editorial Director, Berghahn Books
Vivian Berghahn is Managing Director and Journals Editorial Director at Berghahn Books. In addition to overseeing the journals division at Berghahn, her responsibilities include advancing the company’s online initiatives and the strategic development of its overall publishing program. With over 20 years of experience in academic publishing, she previously worked for Blackwell Publishing and Northeastern University Press and currently serves on the AAP-PSP Committee and as co-opted member of the ALPSP Council. 
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Manisha Bolina, Vice President of Business Development, Yewno
From 2010, Manisha spent 8 years working as the Senior Sales Manager for the non-profit aggregator BioOne and has extensive international experience working with academic libraries. During this time, Manisha also spent three years manging the consultancy business at Publishers Communications Group (PCG) as the Business Development Manager working with academic publishers. At the start of 2018 Manisha joined Yewno, a silicon valley tech start-up focused on providing next generation AI technology to academic libraries and publishers as the Vice President of Business Development. Manisha is on the ALPSP Conference Organising Committee and also sits on the UKSG Sub Committee for Education.
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Nadine Buckland, Rights & Permissions/Finance Manager, The University of the West Indies Press
Nadine has been in scholarly publishing for over twenty years with the University of the West Indies Press where she oversees the financial activities, journals programme and rights and permissions. She has served on the Association of University Presses’ Board of Directors as the first non-US/Canadian member. Nadine’s career includes experiences in auditing, telecommunication, and aviation industries in the Caribbean. She is Jamaican and lives in Kingston. She holds an MBA from the University of Leicester UK, BSc in Economics and Management from the University of the West Indies and a certificate in Innovation and Strategy from Harvard University USA.
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Yvonne Campfens, Project Manager, OA Switchboard, Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association
Yvonne Campfens holds a MSc Econometrics degree from University of Amsterdam, and has worked in academic publishing and related service sectors for over 25 years (Elsevier, Swets Subscription Services, Springer Media, Springer Nature). She was involved in collaborative and workflow solutions like ASA model licenses (1999), ALPSP Learned Journal Collection (2004) and TRANSFER Code of Practice (2009). In 2018, she started her own consultancy business, and she is currently the Project Manager for the OA Switchboard.
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Lettie Y. Conrad, Product R&D Associate, Maverick Publishing Specialists
Lettie brings nearly 20 years’ experience in scholarly publishing to her diverse portfolio of product research and development projects. She is dedicated to helping information organizations cultivate a user-centered, standards-compliant approach to digital publishing and academic programs. Her expertise lies in optimizing user engagement for content discovery and access of academic content platforms. Previously, Lettie played a key role in establishing the product management program at SAGE Publishing. Currently, Lettie is an Associated Editor for Learned Publishing, a ‘chef’ with the SSP’s Scholarly Kitchen blog, and Information Science PhD candidate at the Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane.
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Anoushka Dossa, Director of Talent, Creative Access
Anoushka is Director of Talent at Creative Access. She was a Director at a global recruitment business and moved to Creative Access in 2013. She has placed over 1700 trainees in the creative industries and has given CV support and interview advice to many more hundreds of young people.
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Jennifer Gibson, Head of Open Research Communication, eLife
Jennifer is responsible for the journal, community and research culture programs at eLife, a non-profit and research funder-backed initiative to transform science publishing. In eight years with eLife, she has worked with scientists, funders, publishers, developers and others to explore fresh paths toward accelerating science through open research communication and open-technology innovation. Immediately prior to eLife, Jennifer promoted open access as Director of Programs for SPARC, in Washington, DC.
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Sarah Greaves, Independent STM Consultant
Sarah has over 20 years of experience within STM editorial and publishing. She was originally an academic researcher, completing her PhD at the MRC-Laboratory of Molecular Biology, before joining the editorial team at Nature Cell Biology in 1999. After 4 years working within editorial she moved into the Nature publishing team and was the Publisher for Nature for many years. During her time at Nature Publishing Group (now Springer Nature) Sarah also launched the first Nature branded title with an Open Access option, Nature Communications, and subsequently launched Scientific Reports. Sarah was the Chief Publishing Officer at Hindawi during which time she consolidated the portfolio and implemented new Editorial models. Throughout her career, she has focused on creating innovative new products and services aimed at solving key researcher pain points whilst ensuring the academic scientist remains at the heart of any publishing decision. Sarah is involved in numerous STEM outreach initiatives, is currently a volunteer with InToUniversity and is working alongside numerous industry colleagues to drive forward the C19 Rapid Review group.
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Ruth Howells, Deputy Director of External Affairs, Publishers Association
Ruth joined the Publishers Association at the end of 2017 and leads on all aspects of their external communications work, including key campaigns and initiatives focused on inclusivity, literacy and the cultural and economic value of publishing. Prior to working in the publishing sector, she worked in the central media relations team at UCL (University College London) for 10 years in different roles. She has also worked in NHS communications and as a journalist.
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Phil Hurst, Publisher, The Royal Society
Phil has over 25 years of experience in the publishing industry with both commercial publishers and learned societies. At Current Science he was a Senior Editor on electronic products. Later at the Royal Society he successfully transitioned the journals and peer review online. He has launched both subscription and open access journals including Royal Society Open Science. He leads on open science initiatives such as open peer review, open data and preprints. In the editorial sphere he is responsible for the Society portfolio of journals including publishing service, ethical issues and diversity.
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Nicola Jones, Head of Publishing, Springer Nature SDG Programme
As Head of Publishing for the Springer Nature SDG Programme, Nicola Jones is responsible for coordinating the publishing activity across Springer Nature where it relates to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, in order to bring research that can contribute to achieving the Goals to the attention of those best placed to implement it. Nicola is passionate about the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration for solving complex global problems, and the need for solid research evidence to inform policy and practice.
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Robert Kiley, Head Open Research, Wellcome & cOAlition S Coordinator, Wellcome Trust
Robert Kiley is Head of Open Research at the Wellcome Trust where he is responsible for developing and implementing the open research strategy. Over the past decade Robert has played a leading role in the implementation of Wellcome’s open access policy and initiating the development of eLife, the publishing platform Wellcome Open Research and the Europe PubMed Central repository Since March 2019, he has also assumed the role as cOAlition S Coordinator. Robert is a qualified librarian and a member of the Board of Directors for ORCID.
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Arend Küster, Director Funder Relations, Springer Nature
Arend has been working in the publishing industry for over 25 years as an enthusiastic, international senior executive with deep experience in STM business strategy, sales and marketing, and academic journal development. Arend is particularly passionate in developing sustainable and innovative publishing solutions and contributing to the global transition to Open Science. After working as Director Open Research Group for Springer Nature in China and setting up Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation/QScience in Qatar, he is bringing first-hand experience of the global context to facilitate the exchange of research and ideas to contribute to scientific progress.
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Rebecca Lawrence, Managing Director, F1000 Research
Rebecca Lawrence is Managing Director of F1000 Research Ltd. She was responsible for the launch of F1000Research in 2013 and has led the launch of many funder- and institution-based open research publishing platforms. She was a member of the EC’s Open Science Policy Platform, and of the US National Academies (NASEM) Committee on Advanced and Automated Workflows. She has been co-Chair of many working groups on data and peer review, including for the RDA and ORCID, and is on the Advisory Board of DORA. She has worked in STM publishing for over 20 years.
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Edda Tandi Lwoga, Deputy Rector (Academic, Research and Consultancy) and Professor in Information Science, College of Business Education (CBE)
Edda Tandi Lwoga is the Deputy Rector (Academic, Research and Consultancy) and a Professor in Information Science at the College of Business Education (CBE) in Tanzania. Lwoga has conducted a wide number of research projects focusing on Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) for women empowerment, maternal health and HIV information behavior, ICT infrastructure, utilization of electronic information resources, University research approaches and pedagogy, and strengthening the evidence-based practice among medical doctors in Tanzania with international collaborators in USA, UK, Sweden, Finland, Belgium and South Africa. Lwoga holds a PhD in Information Studies from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal in South Africa, and a Masters in Engineering Management (Industrial and Information Technology). Her areas of research interests include information systems, knowledge management, open access and open data, ICT for development, ICT and youth and women empowerment, information science, and e-learning.
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Elizabeth Marincola, Senior Advisor for Science Communications and Advocacy, African Academy of Sciences
Elizabeth Marincola is Senior Advisor for Science Communications and Advocacy at the African Academy of Sciences, which drives scientific research across Africa. Marincola is an international leader in non-profit management, open access publishing, science advocacy, communications, education and public engagement. She was CEO of the open access publisher PLOS, after serving as a long time PLOS board member. She launched AAS Open Research, an innovative scholarly publication. Marincola was President of the Society for Science & the Public, Publisher of Science News magazine, and Executive Director of the American Society for Cell Biology and the Coalition for Life Sciences. She served on the founding boards of PubMed Central and eLife, and on numerous US and EU advisory commissions on open science. She is currently on the board of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Center for Humanitarian Health and RIP Medical Debt. She received her bachelors and MBA degrees from Stanford.
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Dan Morgan, Director, Communications & Community Relations, Public Library of Science (PLOS)
Dan Morgan is Director of Communications & Community Relations at the Public Library of Science (PLOS), responsible for guiding and overseeing PLOS’ strategic engagement and communications with core scholarly publishing and research communities, audiences reached via the media/press, and the internal PLOS community. He has worked in scholarly communication and publishing for over 18 years, in publishing management, open access, open science, communications, and strategy roles, and has reached PLOS via Elsevier and UC Press.
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Dr Nicola Nugent, Publishing Manager, Quality and Ethics, Royal Society of Chemistry
Nicola is Publishing Manger, Quality & Ethics at the Royal Society of Chemistry, where she is the strategic lead for quality and impact across journals and books. She has responsibility for the journals peer review strategy, as well as publishing ethics, and inclusion & diversity in publishing. Nicola has over 15 years’ experience in STM publishing in a variety of operational and strategic roles, with an editorial focus. She has a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Bristol, UK.
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Niamh O'Connor, Chief Publishing Officer, PLOS
Niamh is Chief Publishing Officer at PLOS, having joined as Journals Publishing Director in 2018. As Chief Publishing Officer she provides business leadership for our entire portfolio ensuring that it has a strong value proposition and advances PLOS’ vision and mission. Prior to PLOS, she was the Director of Publishing at the Biochemical Society/Portland Press, leading strategy development and developing collaborative relationships with Boards, Committees and the wider scientific and publishing communities to broaden engagement and support the molecular bioscience community in transitioning to an Open Science culture. Prior to joining the Biochemical Society she spent nine years at the Royal Society of Chemistry in a variety of publishing roles including Publisher and Editor, where she co-created and implemented journal strategies with Editorial Boards to meet the needs of the evolving global scientific community. She holds a PhD in chemistry from the National University of Ireland (UCC).
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Nancy Roberts, Founder & CEO, Umbrella Analytics
Nancy worked in publishing for over 20 years in a variety of production and operations roles, most recently as Global Operations Director, Academic at Cambridge University Press. She continues to offer publishing consultancy as the Head of Tech and Content at Maverick, and is the founder of Umbrella, a tech startup which uses data analytics, AI and machine learning to help businesses realise the benefits of a more diverse workforce. She has a PhD in Postcolonial Feminist Literary Theory and an Executive MBA from Cranfield University. She is also a NED for Break the Mould CIC and sits on various advisory boards, including We and AI, a non-profit aiming to educate and inform the public about the risks and benefits of AI, and the Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Board of the Science and Technology Facilities Council, part of UKRI.
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Simon Ross, CEO, Manchester University Press
Simon joined Manchester University Press as Chief Executive in 2016 after nearly 10 years with Cambridge University Press as MD of Journals and Deputy MD of the Academic Group, spending the last 4 years based in New York. He has held senior editorial and management positions at Sage Publications, Pearson Education and the Times Publishing Group, and is a past Chairman of ALPSP. Before moving into publishing, he was a research scientist and lecturer in psychology and computer science and has an MBA from the Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge.

Sara Rouhi, Director of Strategic Partnerships, PLOS
Sara Rouhi is the Director of Strategic Partnerships at PLOS focusing on developing new business models for sustainable, inclusive open access publishing. She previously managed business development at Digital Science for both the Altmetric and Dimensions platforms. She volunteers for SSP's Education Committee and ALPSP's North American Steering Committee amongst others. She was the recipient of the SSP's Emerging Leader award in 2015 and writes and speaks frequently on metrics, open access, and diversity in scholarly communications. She's a comedian and improviser in Washington DC and tweets all things politics, open science, improv, and #scholcomm on Twitter @RouhiRoo.
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Daniela Saderi, Ph.D. Co-Founder and Director, PREreview
Daniela is the Co-Founder and Director at PREreview, an open project aimed at bringing more diversity to peer review by engaging communities of researchers in the open review of preprints. She holds a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Oregon Health & Science University during which she studied mechanisms of auditory processing in mammals. During her time as a student, she became increasingly interested in how open practices can be used to empower early-career researchers in taking ownership over their work, and to facilitate collaborations within and across teams. This passion, combined with active community engagement, led her to co-found PREreview in 2017 and become a Mozilla Fellow for Science in 2018/2019.
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Magdalena Skipper, Editor in Chief, Nature
Magdalena Skipper is Editor in Chief of Nature and Chief Editorial Advisor for Nature Research. She is a geneticist by training and has considerable editorial and publishing experience: having started in Nature Publishing Group in 2001, she was Chief Editor of Nature Reviews Genetics, Senior Editor for genetics and genomics at Nature, Executive Editor for the Nature Partner Journals and more recently she was Editor in Chief of Nature Communications. She studied sex determination at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, UK, and Notch signalling in the vertebrate gut epithelium at the ICRF Laboratories (CRUK today), London. She is passionate about mentorship, transparent science and clarity in science communication. She has a keen interest in innovation in science publishing.
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David Sommer, Chief Product Officer & Co-Founder, Kudos
David Sommer is Chief Product Officer & Co-founder of Kudos - the service for researchers, institutions and publishers to help maximise the impact of published work. David has over 25 years' of experience in the global publishing industry, having held senior technology and sales roles at Blackwell Publishing and a board level position at Macmillan. He ran David Sommer Consulting from 2009 and has worked with many leading publishers, societies, vendors and libraries in Europe, the US and the Middle East. David is actively involved in standards development and chairs the COUNTER Executive Committee, which creates and manages standards for usage data. David regularly chairs and speaks at industry events and also serves on committees with ALPSP and UKSG. He holds an MA in Physics from The University of Oxford and an MBA from University College Dublin.
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Judith Sutz, Professor, University of the Republic, Uruguay
Judith is a Full Professor of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development and Academic Coordinator of the University Research Council, University of the Republic, Uruguay. Her work relates to the design and implementation of university research policies, with a focus on ways of building bridges between academic research and social concerns, and on promoting transformations of the academic reward system to foster that aim.
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Simone Taylor, Publisher, AIP Publishing
From a background in scientific research, Simone Taylor has a passion both for helping authors maintain an archivable record of their work in the scientific literature, and for improving accessibility to that vast and growing body of scholarship. Starting her publishing career out at Elsevier, via the National Physical Laboratory and Wiley, she has considerable international experience in publishing content across multiple formats. A keen advocate for open access and open research, Simone has served on cross-industry groups for implementing data citation principles and for standardizing data policy. She holds a Ph.D. in Materials Science from the University of Manchester.
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Dr. Mika Tosca, Assistant Professor, Climate Science, SAIC
Mika is a trained climate scientist, having completed her Ph.D in 2012 at the University of California, Irvine with Dr. James Randerson and Dr. Charles Zender. While at Irvine, Dr. Tosca researched the interconnectivity of the climate system with landscape wildfires and their particulate (aerosol) emissions using Earth system models. She continued this work as a postdoctoral scholar at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (a federally-funded NASA research lab) in Pasadena, CA, under the advisement of Dr. David Diner. There, she used multiple satellite sensors to research the interactions between climate, clouds, and fires, even traveling as far as Namibia in 2016 to observe the complex relationships between wildfire smoke and cloud formation as part of the NASA ORACLES field campaign. In 2017 she took a position as an Assistant Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and is now investigating whether artists and designers can help scientists conduct and communicate climate science more effectively. She has been invited to speak on the role of scientists, artists, and citizens in communicating climate change, and continues to research contemporary climate science questions. She continues to be vocal about the urgency of addressing the climate crisis. Mika is a self-proclaimed “weather weenie” and avid marathoner, and lives in Chicago with her partner and their impeccably adorable pup. My citations can be found here.
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Randy Townsend, Director, Publications Operations, American Geophysical Union (AGU)
Randy Townsend, MPS, has worked for the American Geophysical Union for more than 14 years. His career focuses on the execution of the Publications Department's strategic goals, and the performance and development of an expanding portfolio of scholarly journals, requiring oversight of peer review operations and content integrity.  He has been a leader in policy implementation and manages allegations of misconduct and ethical violations. Randy served as a judge for the EXCEL Awards and is on the Advisory Board for the Association Media & Publishing. He is a member of the International Society of Managing and Technical Editor’s (ISMTE) Programming Committee and serves as Co-Chair on the Society of Scholarly Publishing's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee.
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Simine Vazire, Professor, University of Melbourne
Simine’s research examines individual and institutional practices and norms in science, and the degree to which these norms encourage or impede self-correction. She is Editor in Chief of Collabra: Psychology and has served as an editor at several other journals. She is a board member of PLOS, was a member of the US National Academy of Science study committee on replicability and reproducibility, and co-founded the Society for the Improvement of Psychological Science (SIPS).
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Chris Winchester, CEO, Oxford PharmaGenesis
Chris Winchester is CEO of Oxford PharmaGenesis, an award-winning HealthScience communications consultancy that helps its clients in pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, patient groups and academia to communicate medical evidence effectively. Oxford PharmaGenesis now has over 300 employees in offices in Oxford, London, Cardiff, Cambridge, Basel, Melbourne and Philadelphia. Chris studied Biochemistry at St Catherine’s College, Oxford, leaving with a DPhil in 1997. He has led observational studies, systematic reviews of observational studies and Delphi consensus development processes that have been published in journals such Lancet Respiratory Medicine, Chest and Gut. Chris is Co-founder of Open Pharma, which aims to advance the publishing of research funded by the pharmaceutical industry. He is an Associate Fellow of Green Templeton College, Oxford, a Director of Oxford Health Policy Forum, and a past Chair of the International Society for Medical Publication Professionals. He is proud of the partnership between Oxford PharmaGenesis and Evidence Aid, a global charity headquartered in Oxford that advocates an evidence-based approach to emergency relief and humanitarian assistance.
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