Cathy Campbell - (Co-Chair)
Cathy Campbell, co-chair, has dedicated her career to advancing international science and technology cooperation. She previously served as President and CEO of CRDF Global, which she joined in 2002. Campbell served from 1998 to 2002 as director of the Office of International Policy and Programs, Department of Commerce’s Technology Administration; as well as executive director of the U.S.-Israel Science and Technology Commission. From 1995 to 1997, she was a senior policy analyst in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Campbell was the U.S. State Department’s program officer for Soviet/Russia science and technology affairs from 1989 to 1994. She has worked with and traveled extensively to Eurasia, the Middle East, East Asia and Latin America. Campbell serves as a member of the Board of Governors, U.S.-Israel Science and Technology Foundation; the External Advisory Board of the Pennsylvania State University School of International Affairs; Board of Directors, BalletNova; and the Advisory Council for Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology. She is a AAAS Fellow and previously served as a Visiting Scholar, AAAS Center for Science Diplomacy.
Andrew Hebbeler - (Co-Chair)
Andrew M. Hebbeler, co-chair, is a former life scientist with foreign affairs, national security, global health, and science and technology (S&T) policy experience. Currently, he is Senior Director and Lead Scientist for Global Biological Policy and Programs at the Nuclear Threat Initiative. Previously, he served in leadership positions at the State Department's offices of Science and Technology Cooperation (OES/STC), the Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary of State (E/STAS), and Cooperative Threat Reduction (ISN/CTR). From 2013-2015, he was Assistant Director for Biological and Chemical Threats at the Obama White House Office of Science and Technology Policy where he oversaw American S&T efforts to combat infectious disease and chemical weapon threats. Prior to his White House position, Dr. Hebbeler led the State Department's Biosecurity Engagement Program, a $40M program that prevents terrorist access to potentially dangerous biological materials and dual-use infrastructure and expertise, while supporting efforts to combat infectious disease and enhance public and animal health worldwide. Andrew Hebbeler was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and received his Bachelor’s degree in biology and philosophy from Thomas More College in Crestview Hills, Kentucky. He completed his doctoral work in the laboratory of C. David Pauza at the University of Maryland, Baltimore where he focused on understanding an unconventional lymphocyte population that is important during immune responses to infectious disease and cancer. Before joining the State Department, Dr. Hebbeler was a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Warner C. Greene at The J. David Gladstone Institutes in San Francisco, California.
Michael R. Nelson directs the Carnegie Endowment’s Technology and International Affairs Program, which helps decision makers understand and address the impacts of emerging technologies, including digital technologies, biotechnology, and artificial intelligence. Prior to joining Carnegie, he started the global public policy office for Cloudflare, a startup that has improved the performance and security of more than 10 million websites around the world. Nelson has also served as a principal technology policy strategist in Microsoft’s Technology Policy Group and before that was a senior technology and telecommunications analyst with Bloomberg Government. In addition, Nelson has been teaching courses and doing research on the future of the internet, cyber-policy, technology policy, innovation policy, and e-government in the Communication, Culture, and Technology Program at Georgetown University. Before joining the Georgetown faculty, Nelson was director of internet technology and strategy at IBM, where he managed a team helping define and implement IBM’s next generation internet strategy. He has served as chairman of the Information, Communication, and Computing Section of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), serves as a trustee of the Institute for International Communications, and was selected to be a “Global Leader of Tomorrow” by the World Economic Forum. From 1988 to 1993, he served as a professional staff member for the Senate’s Subcommittee on Science, Technology, and Space and was the lead Senate staffer for the High-Performance Computing Act. In 1993, he joined Vice President Al Gore at the White House and worked with President Bill Clinton’s science adviser on issues relating to the Global Information Infrastructure, including telecommunications policy, information technology, encryption, electronic commerce, and information policy.
Jonathan Pershing is the Program Director of Environment at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. He leads a team of grantmakers focused on climate change and environmental conservation in the U.S., China, India, Europe and Latin America. He joined the foundation in January 2017. Previously, Dr Pershing served as Special Envoy for Climate Change at the U.S. Department of State and lead U.S. negotiator to the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change. He played a key role in successfully negotiating landmark climate change deals with nations such as China, India, the European Union, Canada and Mexico. In this capacity – as well as in his earlier capacity as Deputy Special Envoy — he was instrumental in securing the 2015 Paris climate agreement, and subsequently, as senior international climate advisor to the White House and Secretary of State, was charged with overseeing its early implementation. Prior to that, Dr Pershing served as the Senior Climate Advisor to the U.S. Secretary of Energy and the Principal Deputy Director of the Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis, and earlier as the Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Office of Policy and International Affairs at the Department of Energy. He was a key architect of the “Mission Innovation” commitment to double climate and clean energy research and development budgets around the world, and a major contributor to the first ever “Quadrennial Energy Review,” a deep assessment of U.S. energy policy. Dr Pershing spent six years as the director of the Climate, Energy and Pollution Program at the World Resources Institute; five years as the Head of the Environment Division at the International Energy Agency in Paris; and for nearly a decade in the 1990s, he served the Science Advisor and Deputy Director of the Office of Global Change in the U.S. Department of State. He holds a Ph.D. in geology and geophysics from the University of Minnesota. A scientist by training, he served as a lead author, review editor and contributor for reports of the Nobel-prize winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. He has taught at the University of Minnesota and at American University, and he has published and lectured widely on climate and energy issues. In addition, he lived and worked for several years in Alaska in the energy and mining industry.
Annica Wayman is the Associate Dean for Shady Grove Affairs in the College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences at University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). In this role, she is responsible for directing UMBC’s Bachelor of Science in Translational Life Science Technology (TLST) and Master’s of Professional Studies in Biotechnology at The Universities at Shady Groove (USG) campus. Prior to this, she spent over eight years at USAID, first as a AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow and later as Division Chief of the Research Partnerships for Development Unit in the Global Development Lab. Annica and her team developed and managed research programs and policies related to the field of international development including the Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research Program (PEER).