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Project Title: Review of Science, Technology, Innovation, and Partnership (STIP) for Development and Implications for the Future of USAID

PIN: PGA-PGA EO-16-01        

Major Unit:
Institute of Medicine
Policy and Global Affairs

Sub Unit: Board on Global Health
Board on Higher Education & Workforce
Office of the Foreign Secretaries
Policy and Global Affairs


Bissell, Richard

Subject/Focus Area:  Agriculture; Behavioral and Social Sciences; Computers and Information Technology; Education; Energy and Energy Conservation; Engineering and Technology; Environment and Environmental Studies; Food and Nutrition; Health and Medicine; Policy for Science and Technology

Committee Membership
Date Posted:   04/22/2016

Dr. M. T. Clegg - (Chair) - (Chair)
University of California, Irvine

Michael T. Clegg (NAS) is Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Irvine. He received his BS and PhD degrees in agricultural genetics and genetics respectively at the University of California, Davis. In 1972 he joined the faculty of Brown University moving from there to the University of Georgia in 1976. In 1984, he became Professor of Genetics at the University of California, Riverside. He also served as Dean of the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences at UC Riverside from 1994 to 2000 and he was the founding Director of the Genomics Institute at UC Riverside, serving from 2000 to 2004. In 2004 he assumed his present position at the University of California, Irvine.

During an academic career of more than 40 years Clegg has published approximately 170 research articles and book chapters and he has coauthored or edited nine books. Clegg’s research specialty is population genetics and molecular evolution. His current work focuses on the molecular evolution of genes that determine flower color in plants, the genetic history of crop plant domestication and the application of molecular markers to avocado improvement.

Clegg was elected to membership in the US National Academy of Sciences in 1990; elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1992 and elected a Member of the American Philosophical Society in 2012. He was elected associate Fellow of the Academy of Sciences of the Developing World (TWAS) in 2006. He is a corresponding Member of the National Academy of Exact Physical and Natural Sciences of Argentina, the Academia de Agronomia and Veterinaria of Argentina, the Academia Mexicana de Ciencias, the Cuban Academy of Sciences and he is an Honorary Fellow of the Palestinian Academy of Sciences. He was elected Foreign Secretary of the US National Academy of Sciences in 2002 and reelected in 2006 and in 2010. He has also served as President of the American Genetic Association (1987), President of the International Society for Molecular Biology & Evolution (2002) and Chair of the Section on Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2003).

Dr. DeAndra Beck
Michigan State University

DeAndra Beck is the Associate Dean for Research, Michigan State University, International Studies and Programs, where she has responsibility for facilitating international research opportunities for MSU faculty and students. She also serves as a member of the CRDF Global Advisory Council and MSU’s Council of Research Deans. Formerly a Program Director in the National Science Foundation’s Office of International Science and Engineering, she managed NSF’s Developing Country initiatives and the Middle East and Africa portfolios. At NSF, she worked with the U.S. Agency for International Development to bridge the interests of science and development, including the design and implementation of the Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) initiative to support developing country scientists who are collaborating with NSF-funded scientists. She also served as an Expert Group member for the OECD Global Science Forum’s efforts to advance research collaboration between developed and developing countries. While at NSF, Dr. Beck co-managed Science Across Virtual Institutes (SAVI), a mechanism to foster global research networks and served on NSF’s INSPIRE working group in support of transformative, multidisciplinary research. In cooperation with CRDF Global, she was instrumental in launching Newton’s List as a platform to publicize funding opportunities for international research collaboration, and she initiated an International Funding Agency Seminar to facilitate dialog among global science funding agencies. Prior to NSF, Dr. Beck served as the acting Managing Director for Environment and Social Assessment at the U.S. Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC). While at MCC, she participated in the negotiation of multi-million dollar Compacts with Ghana, Armenia, and Mongolia and managed a team of professional staff responsible for environment and social assessment issues, including gender, across the full spectrum of MCC eligible countries. Previously, Dr. Beck served as Assistant Director for Policy, U.S. Forest Service International Programs, where she represented the interests of the U.S. forestry community in international negotiations, including the UN Forum on Forests, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, the International Tropical Timber Organization, and the Montreal Process. These positions flanked her foray into the private sector as Chief Executive Officer of a biotechnology start-up company. Dr. Beck held positions as an international research administrator at the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service and as a AAAS Fellow at the U.S. Agency for International Development. She earned a B.S. and Ph.D. in biochemistry from Texas A&M University.

Mr. Thomas J. Bollyky
Council on Foreign Relations

Thomas J. Bollyky is senior fellow for global health, economics, and development at the Council on Foreign Relations. He is also an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University. Prior to coming to CFR, Mr. Bollyky was a fellow at the Center for Global Development and director of intellectual property and pharmaceutical policy at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), where he led the negotiations on medical technology regulation in the U.S.-Republic of Korea Free Trade Agreement and represented USTR in the negotiations with China on the safety of food and drug imports. Mr. Bollyky has been asked to serve in a variety of capacities at the National Academy of Medicine, including as co-chair of its workshop on international regulatory harmonization amid globalization and as a member of the committee for strengthening food and drug regulation in developing countries. He has served as a consultant to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, as a member of the advisory committee for the Clinton Global Initiative, and as a temporary legal advisor to the World Health Organization. Mr. Bollyky received his BA in biology and history at Columbia University and his JD at Stanford Law School, where he was the president of the Stanford Law & Policy Review. He is a member of the New York and U.S. Supreme Court bars and the American Society of International Law.

Ms. Gargee Gosh
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Gargee Ghosh is director of Development Policy and Finance at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and leads the foundation’s international policy team that supports ideas and innovations in policymaking—at the global and national levels—to advance human development and address extreme poverty. The team also provides independent analysis and recommendations to the foundation co-chairs and leaders on medium-range trends in development policy. Gargee previously held senior positions at and in the international development practice of McKinsey & Company, as well as at the Center for Global Development. From 2005 to 2009, she worked in the Gates Foundation’s Global Health division, where she helped launch significant efforts in immunization financing and impact investing. In addition to her foundation responsibilities, Gargee is currently serving a two-year term on President Obama’s Global Development Council. Gargee holds graduate degrees in economics from the University of Oxford and in international relations from Georgetown University, and she has a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Victoria in Canada.

Dr. Julie A. Howard
Michigan State University

Julie A. Howard is a Senior Adviser to the Associate Provost and Dean, International Studies and Programs at Michigan State University She served as the chief scientist in the Bureau for Food Security, which leads the implementation of Feed the Future initiative, from 2011 to 2014. Howard previously served as deputy coordinator for development for Feed the Future, where she led a core team in elevating interagency engagement in Feed the Future strategic planning, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation. Before joining USAID in 2011, Howard served as the executive director and chief executive officer of the Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa, an independent nonprofit coalition dedicated to increasing the level and effectiveness of U.S. assistance and private investment through research, dialogue and advocacy. She is also the co-author, with Emmy Simmons, of “Improving the Effectiveness of U.S. Assistance in Transforming the Food Security Outlook in Sub-Saharan Africa” in Jennifer Clapp and Marc Cohen, (eds.), The Global Food Crisis: Governance Challenges and Opportunities (2009). Howard served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Dominican Republic, and has written on agricultural technology development and transfer, the development of seed and fertilizer systems, and the role of farmer associations in agricultural development in Zambia, Mozambique, Ethiopia and Somalia. She holds a Ph.D. in agricultural economics from Michigan State University, and Master’s and undergraduate degrees from the University of California, Davis, and George Washington University.

Dr. Christine L. Moe
Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health

Christine Moe is the Eugene J. Gangarosa Professor of Safe Water and Sanitation in the Rollins School of Public Health and the Director of the Center for Global Safe Water at Emory University. Dr. Moe’s research focuses primarily on the environmental transmission of infectious agents, in particular, foodborne and waterborne disease. Working in the laboratory and in the field, Dr. Moe’s work addresses sanitation and health issues in the United States and around the world. Her field research in Ghana, Rwanda, the Philippines, El Salvador, Bolivia and Kenya. includes studies of dry sanitation systems, fecal contamination in low-income urban environments, water quality in distribution systems, and environmental contamination of vegetable crops. Dr. Moe leads a team of faculty, post-graduates and students and is the catalyst for a flourishing interest in safe water and sanitation at Rollins. In 2006, her team received the Development Marketplace Award from the World Bank for their project on sanitation demand in Bolivia. Dr. Moe received the Food Safety Leadership Award in Research Advancement from NSF International in 2008. Moe currently serves on the Environmental Protection Agency Science Advisory Board and chaired the National Research Council Committee to advise USAID on Grand Challenges in International Development. She has been a consultant for WHO and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on several projects related to water, sanitation and health. She was also a member of the Water Science and Technology Board of the National Research Council, the USEPA Drinking Water Committee of the Science Advisory Board and the Research Advisory Council for the American Water Works Research Foundation. She holds a primary appointment is in the Hubert Department of Global Health and joint appointments in the Departments of Environmental Health and Epidemiology at the Rollins School of Public Health, She received her Bachelor's degree from Swarthmore College and her MS and Ph.D. from the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering in the School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

The Honorable Francis J. Ricciar
Atlantic Council of the United States

Francis J. Ricciardone is an Atlantic Council Vice President and the Director of the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East. Before joining the Council, he was a career Foreign Service Officer in Washington, the Middle East, Europe, and Asia, including assignments as Ambassador to Turkey (2011-14), Chargé d'Affaires and Deputy Ambassador to Afghanistan (2009-10), Ambassador to Egypt (2005-8), and Ambassador to the Philippines and Palau (2002-5). As Secretary of State Madeleine Albright's Special Coordinator for the Transition of Iraq (1999-2001), Ambassador Ricciardone supported the reestablishment of the democratic opposition to the Saddam Hussein regime. Secretary of State Colin Powell assigned him in 2004 to organize the new US Embassy in Baghdad to replace the Coalition Provisional Authority. He worked with Egyptian, Israeli, and other international military forces as Chief of the Civilian Observer Unit of the Multinational Force and Observers in Egypt's Sinai Desert (1989-91). In 1993, he served as Political Adviser to US and Turkish generals commanding Operation Northern Watch in northern Iraq, based in Turkey. Before joining the Foreign Service, Ambassador Ricciardone held a Fulbright Scholarship in Italy, and taught at international schools in Italy and in Iran. He graduated summa cum laude from Dartmouth College in 1973.

Dr. Rebecca R. Richards-Kortum
Rice University

Rebecca Richards-Kortum (NAS/NAE) is a Malcolm Gillis University Professor, Professor of Bioengineering, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Director, Rice 360°: Institute for Global Health, Director, Institute of Biosciences and Bioengineering, and Founder, Beyond Traditional Borders at Rice University. She has focused on translating research that integrates advances in nanotechnology and molecular imaging with microfabrication technologies to develop optical imaging systems that are inexpensive, portable, and provide point-of-care diagnosis. This basic and translational research is highly collaborative and has led to new technologies to improve the early detection of cancers and other diseases, especially in impoverished settings. Over the past few years, Richards-Kortum and collaborators have translated these technologies from North America to both low- and medium-resource developing countries (Botswana, India, Taiwan, Mexico, and Brazil).

Richards-Kortum’s research has led to the development of 29 patents. She is author of the textbook Biomedical Engineering for Global Health, Cambridge University Press (2010), more than 230 refereed research papers and 11 book chapters. Her teaching programs, research and collaborations have been supported by generous grants from the National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Defense, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Whitaker Foundation, and the Virginia and L.E. Simmons Family Foundation.

Richards-Kortum is a member of both the National Academy of Sciences (2016) and the National Academy of Engineering (2008). She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2015), a member of the National Academies Committee on Conceptual Framework for New Science Education Standards (2010-2012), and an inaugural member of the National Advisory Council for Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering for the National Institutes of Health (2002-2007). She is a fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (2000), of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2008), of the Biomedical Engineering Society (2008), of the Optical Society of America (2014), and of the National Academy of Inventors (2014). She was named a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Professor (2002) and received a Professor Renewal grant from HHMI (2006) to establish and expand the undergraduate education program Beyond Traditional Borders (BTB). In 2012, the BTB program was chosen as a model program by Science magazine and awarded the Science Prize for Inquiry-Based Instruction; and in 2013, the hands-on engineering education program was awarded the Lemelson-MIT Award for Global Innovation for bringing life-saving health solutions to the developing world.

Dr. Melanie Walker
The World Bank

Melanie Walker is Director of the President's Delivery Unit and Senior Advisor to President Jim Yong Kim at the World Bank Group. She joined the Group from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where she served as Deputy Director for Special Initiatives, a team charged with exploring cross-disciplinary interventions and incubating new foundation programs across both health and development. Prior to this she worked in variety of different roles at the World Health Organization related to macroeconomics and health. In addition to her role at the World Bank Group, she is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine and maintains a hospital-based practice at Harborview Medical Center. She has published extensively in the peer-reviewed literature and frequently lectures on topics related to her clinical interests. She was recently awarded the Hoffman Endowed Lectureship by the American Academy of Pediatric Neurosurgery and named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

Dr. Amos Winter
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Amos Winter is the Ratan N. Tata Career Development Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at MIT. He earned a B.S. from Tufts University (2003) and an M.S. (2005) and Ph.D. (2011) from MIT, all in mechanical engineering. Prof. Winter’s research group, the Global Engineering and Research (GEAR) Lab, characterizes the unique technical and socioeconomic constraints of emerging markets and then uses engineering science and product design to create high-performance, low-cost, globally-relevant technologies. The group primarily focuses on assistive devices, brackish water desalination, drip irrigation, and agricultural technologies. GEAR Lab won the 2015 USAID Desal Prize for creating a community-scale, solar-powered electrodialysis desalination system, which will be piloted in India and Gaza in 2016. Prof. Winter is the principal inventor of the Leveraged Freedom Chair (LFC), an all-terrain wheelchair designed for developing countries that was a winner of a 2010 R&D 100 award, was named one of the Wall Street Journal’s top innovations in 2011, and received a Patents for Humanity award from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in 2015. He also received the 2010 Tufts University Young Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award, the 2012 ASME/Pi Tau Sigma Gold Medal, and was named one of the MIT Technology Review’s 35 Innovators Under 35 (TR35) for 2013. Prof. Winter is a co-founder of Global Research Innovation and Technology, a company that has commercialized the LFC for developing countries and also produces the Freedom Chair, a derivative for the U.S./European market.