Members of the International Advisory Board

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Dr. Martin Schaffartzik
Program Director
Strategic Planning Division
Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
Jean-Paul-Str. 12
53173 Bonn


Daya Reddy (Chair)

Daya Reddy holds the South African Research Chair in Computational Mechanics at the University of Cape Town (UCT). Following undergraduate studies in civil engineering at UCT, a Ph.D. at Cambridge University, and a postdoctoral year at University College London, he returned to a lectureship at UCT, subsequently being appointed Professor of Applied Mathematics. He later served a seven-year term as Dean of the Faculty of Science. Professor Reddy’s research interests lie in mathematical modelling, analysis and computation in mechanics. He has made significant contributions to the theory of inelastic material behavior, cardiovascular biomechanics, and the development of stable computational approximations. He has served as President of the Academy of Science of South Africa, and is currently president of the newly-formed International Science Council (ISC), and co-chair of the research branch of the InterAcademy Partnership, a global network of national academies of science and health sciences. Daya Reddy has received the Award for Research Distinction of the South African Mathematical Society, and the national Order of Mapungubwe. He is a Fellow of the International Association for Computational Mechanics, and a recipient of the Georg Forster Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

E. William Colglazier

E. William Colglazier is Editor-in-Chief of Science & Diplomacy and Senior Scholar at the American Association for Advancement of Science. He works to advance knowledge and practice on science policy and diplomacy and to support international scientific collaboration. From 2016 to 2018 he co-chaired the group appointed by the UN Secretary General to advise on science, technology, and innovation for achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. He served as Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary of State for three years. As Executive Officer of the National Academy of Sciences and National Research Council for seventeen years, he oversaw the studies that provide independent, objective scientific advice on public policy issues. He received his Ph.D. in physics from Caltech, and subsequently worked at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and University of Tennessee.  Awards include the Joseph A. Burton Forum Award for “outstanding contributions to the public understanding or resolution of issues involving the interface of physics and society” and Order of the Rising Sun for “contributing to science and technology exchange and mutual understanding between Japan and the United States.”

Carlos Henrique de Brito Cruz

Carlos Henrique de Brito Cruz is the Scientific Director at FAPESP, the public research funding agency of the State of São Paulo in Brazil. An electronics engineer and a physicist by training, Brito Cruz has also been a professor at the Gleb Wataghin Physics Institute of the State University of Campinas (Unicamp ) since 1982. Brito Cruz graduated in electronic engineering at the Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronáutica (ITA). He took a master's degree and a doctorate at Unicamp's Gleb Wataghin Physics Institute, where he presently is a full professor at the Quantum Electronics Department. Brito Cruz was a visiting researcher at the Quantum Optics Laboratory at the Università di Roma, at the Femtosecond Research Laboratory at the Université Pierre et Marie Curie, and a resident researcher at AT&T's Bell Laboratories, in Holmdel, New Jersey and in Murray Hill, NJ. At Unicamp he was the Director of Unicamp's Physics Institute from 1991 to 1994 and from 1998 to 2002; Pro-rector for Research from 1994 to 1998, and Rector of the university from 2002 to 2005. He was the President of FAPESP from 1996 to 2002. Brito Cruz is a member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He received the Ordre des Palmes Académiques de France, the Order of Scientific Merit from the Federative Republic of Brazil and the Order of the British Empire, Honorary (OBE) in 2015.

Wolf B. Frommer

Prof. Dr. Wolf B. Frommer, is a Alexander von Humboldt Professor at the Institute for Molecular Physiology at Heinrich Heine University, Düsseldorf. He also heads a group at the Institute for Transformative Biomolecules (ITbM) at Nagoya University, Japan. After completing his PhD at the University of Cologne, he moved to Free University of Berlin where he took his Habilitation in 1994. As early as 1992 he became a group leader at the Institute of Genebiological Research, Berlin, and from 1992 as Assistant Professor funded by the Ministry of Science and Technology. In 1996, he was appointed Full Professor in Plant Physiology at Tübingen University, where he also became Founding Director of the Centre for Plant Molecular Biology (ZMBP) in 1997. In 2003, he moved to Stanford, where he was Director of the Plant Biology Department of the renowned Carnegie Institution for Science und Full Professor at Stanford University. Amongst others, Frommer received the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize in 1998, the Körber European Science Prize in 2001 and 2018 the Tsungming Tu Award. He has been a member of the Leopoldina - German National Academy of Sciences since 2015.

Ulrike Hahn

Ulrike Hahn first qualified as a lawyer, passing both her 1st and 2nd State Law Examinations in the state of Bavaria, Germany, before taking a Masters in Cognitive Science and Natural Language at the University of Edinburgh. This was followed by a DPhil in Experimental Psychology from Oxford University on the topic of rules and similarity in categorization. Upon completion of her doctorate, she joined the Department of Psychology at the University of Warwick as a lecturer, moving on after two years to the School of Psychology at Cardiff University where she remained for 14 years. Since 2012 she has been at the Department of Psychological Sciences at Birkbeck College, University of London, where she also serves as director of the Centre for Cognition, Computation and Modelling. Ulrike Hahn’s research interests are categorization, similarity, language and language acquisition, and, first and foremost, questions of human rationality. Her research examines human judgment, decision-making, and the rationality of everyday argument. She is presently particularly interested in the role of perceived source reliability for our beliefs, including our beliefs as parts of larger communicative social networks. Ulrike Hahn is presently a member of the Senior Editorial Board of “Topics in Cognitive Science” and an Action Editor for Frontiers in Cognitive Science and for Frontiers in Social Psychology. She also served as an Action Editor for “Psychonomic Bulletin & Review” from 2008-2012, and as a consulting editor for Psychological Review from 2009-2010. She was awarded the Cognitive Section Prize by the British Psychological Society, the Kerstin Hesselgren Professorship by the Swedish Research Council, and the Anneliese Maier Research Award by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

Sabine Maasen

Prof. Dr. Sabine Maasen ist Professorin für Wissenschafts- und Innovationsforschung sowie Direktorin der TransferAgentur an der Universität Hamburg. Sabine Maasen promovierte und habilitierte im Fach Soziologie an der Universität Bielefeld. Sie arbeitete am Zentrum für interdisziplinäre Forschung (Bielefeld) und am Max-Planck-Institut für Psychologische Forschung (München), bevor sie 2001 einen Ruf auf die Professur für Wissenschaftsforschung/Wissenschaftssoziologie an der Universität Basel annahm. An der TU München hatte sie 2013 bis 2020 den Lehrstuhl für Wissenschaftssoziologie inne und war Direktorin des Munich Center for Technology in Society. Sabine Maasen ist unter anderem Mitglied der Wissenschaftlichen Kommission des Wissenschaftsrats Deutschland sowie der Wissenschaftlichen Kommission Niedersachsens.

Als (Wissenschafts-)Soziologin befasst sich Sabine Maasen mit dem Verhältnis von Wissenschaft und Gesellschaft, insbesondere dem Evidenzbezug gesellschaftlichen (so auch politischen, medialen und wirtschaftlichen) Handelns, mit der Demokratisierung von Wissenschaft und mit Dynamiken von Innovation und Legitimation. Es geht ihr zum einen um reflexive Forschung und Lehre, zum anderen um Prozesse und Formate der Mitgestaltung. Überdies betreibt Sabine Maasen Wissenschaftsforschung einerseits in Nähe zur Technikforschung (science and technology studies/STS) und andererseits zur Hochschulforschung.

Ihre Forschungsarbeiten richten sich erstens auf neue Formen der gesellschaftlich verantwortlichen Wissensproduktion (Inter-, Transdisziplinarität, Partizipation), zweitens auf den Zusammenhang von forcierter Innovationstätigkeit und gesellschaftlicher Legitimation von Forschung (neuer Gesellschaftsvertrag mit der Wissenschaft) und drittens auf wissenschafts- und technologiebezogene Aspekte der Selbst- und Fremdregulierung des Körpers (Neurogouvernementalität, Soziale Robotik).

Sharon Jeanette Macdonald

Sharon Jeanette Macdonald completed her doctorate at the University of Oxford in 1987 and subsequently spent time at Brunel University in London and Keele University near Newcastle-under-Lyme, UK. In 1996, Macdonald became a lecturer at the University of Sheffield, where she was appointed to a professorship in cultural anthropology in 2002. From there, she moved to the University of Manchester in 2006 and, finally, in 2012, to a prestigious Anniversary Professorship at the University of York. In the context of a Humboldt Research Fellowship, Macdonald conducted research in Germany on a number of occasions between 2000 and 2007, at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. In 2011, she was a visiting professor at Peking University. Macdonald is a member of diverse specialist associations, including the Royal Anthropological Institute, and a member of the editorial boards of journals such as the International Journal of Heritage Studies. In October 2015 she took up her position as a Humboldt Professor in Berlin.

Faith H. A. Osier

Faith Osier was born in Kenya in 1972 and studied medicine in Nairobi. Her expertise is in malaria. She previously led two core teams of over 25 scientists across KEMRI–Wellcome, Kenya and Heidelberg University Hospital, Germany. Her projects focused on creating highly effective malaria vaccines through vaccine candidate discovery, identifying immune correlates of protection and unravelling important mechanisms underlying antibody-dependent protection.

Faith is currently the Executive Director of the IAVI Human Immunology Laboratory (IAVI HIL) at Imperial College London. IAVI’s mission is to translate scientific discoveries into affordable, globally accessible public health solutions. The portfolio of projects includes HIV, TB, Emerging Infectious Diseases – Marburg, Lassa, Ebola – and Malaria. IAVI HIL specializes in the analysis of immune responses as part of vaccine development partnerships. The work spans discovery research and development, preclinical and clinical vaccine development, through to GCLP accredited human clinical trials.

Faith is President of the International Union of Immunological Societies (> 60,000 members globally) – the first African and only second woman in this role. She has won multiple prestigious prizes including the Royal Society Pfizer, the Sofja Kovalevskaja and the UKRI-MRC/DFID African Research Leader Awards. She is a 2018 TED Fellow and a Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences.

Faith serves on Boards and Expert Committees at the WHO, Wellcome, UKRI, MVI-PATH & BactiVac, and have a global footprint as a keynote & motivational speaker. She is an Official #TOGETHERBAND Ambassador for the UN Sustainable Development Goal 3: Good Health & Well-being. She is passionate about emerging African scientists as key agents of change, delivering the health interventions our continent urgently needs.

Hans-Christian Pape

Having originally read biology, Hans-Christian Pape took a doctorate in biology and medical neuroscience at the University of Essen in 1986. He was subsequently awarded a fellowship abroad by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) and became a postdoctoral researcher in the United States, at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and at Yale University. In 1992, Hans-Christian Pape completed his habilitation in physiology at Ruhr-Universität Bochum and from 1994 to 2004, was a professor and director of the Institute of Physiology at the University of Magdeburg. He then moved to the University of Münster where he has been the head of the Medical Faculty’s Institute of Neurophysiology ever since. Hans-Christian Pape is a leading expert in the neurophysiological foundations of emotional behaviour. He has won many distinguished research awards such as the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize and the Max Planck Research Award. In addition to conducting research, Hans-Christian Pape is active both nationally and internationally in a number of advisory and consultative bodies. In January 2018, he assumed the office of President of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

Jim Smith

Jim Smith joined Wellcome in December 2016 as Director of Science, and is now reviewing how best Wellcome can support science to achieve the best advances in knowledge and health. He also leads a research group at the Francis Crick Institute, where he studies inductive interactions in vertebrate development and applies the principles of developmental biology to stem cell differentiation. His previous roles include Director of the Gurdon Institute and Director of the MRC National Institute for Medical Research, Deputy CEO of the MRC, and Director of Research at the Crick. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society and of the Academy of Medical Sciences, and a member of EMBO and of the Academia Europaea. He has been awarded the EMBO Medal and the Waddington Medal and was knighted in 2017 for his services to medical research and science education.

Kanako Takayama

The legal scholar Kanako Takayama is one of Japan's most respected law experts. She is recognised as a pioneer in research on international and European criminal law.

Kanako Takayama has been a full professor at the Faculty of Law at Kyoto University in Japan since 2005. After studying law at the University of Tokyo, she began her professional career there as a research assistant in 1993. She then became a lecturer at the Faculty of Law, Seijo University, in 1996. She was subsequently granted a Humboldt research fellowship which took her to the University of Cologne where she worked as a visiting scholar from 1998-2000. Following this she was an associate professor at the Faculty of Law at Seijo University before switching to Kyoto University in 2002.

In addition to conducting research, Kanako Takayama is also involved in social matters. She supports women's rights and has repeatedly taken a public stand on current affairs in Japan, such as in her capacity as an expert in connection with the drafting of guidelines for stem cell research or against child pornography.

In 2006 she received the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. In 2017 she became the youngest scholar in the field of the humanities and social sciences to be appointed to the Science Council of Japan to date. In addition, she is the first woman to serve on the Executive Board of the Criminal Law Society of Japan.

Gerhard Wolf

Gerhard Wolf is scientific member of the Max Planck Society and director at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut (since 2003). He received his PhD degree in art history from the University of Heidelberg 1989, and completed his habilitation in Berlin in 1994. He held the chair of art history at Trier University from 1998 to 2003. His numerous guest professorships took him to Paris (EHESS), to Rome (Bibliotheca Hertziana), Vienna, Basel, Buenos Aires, Mexico City, Jerusalem, Mendrisio, Harvard University, Lugano, Chicago University, Istanbul (Boğaziçi University), Delhi (Jawaharlal Nehru University) and Zuerich (Heinrich Wölfflin Lectures). Since 2008 he has been honorary professor at the Humboldt University Berlin. He is a member of the Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften and the German Council of Science and Humanities (Wissenschaftsrat, since 2013). Gerhard Wolf has curated various exhibitions worldwide. He is co-director of a fellowship program with the Statal Museums Berlin. He has served on boards and commissions for the European Science Foundation, European Research Council, German Research Foundation, Getty Center, Einstein Foundation, Minerva Foundation, and others.