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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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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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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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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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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.
David Sommer
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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