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

Phone: +49 (228) 833 245

Dr. Barbara Sheldon
Head of
Strategic Planning Division


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.


Katharina Boele-Woelki

Katharina Boele-Woelki is the President of Bucerius Law School, the first private law school in Germany, where she also serves as the Claussen Simon Foundation Professor of Comparative Law. Until September 2015, she was Professor of Private International Law, Comparative Law and Family Law at Utrecht University, the Netherlands, and Extraordinary Professor for Legal Research at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa. She established the Commission on European Family Law (CEFL) and the Utrecht Centre for European Research into Family Law (UCERF). She is member and board member of various professional associations and institutions, such as the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Völkerrecht and the Swiss Institute of Comparative Law, and serves on editorial boards for Global, European and South African law journals, book series and open access platforms. In 2014, she was elected president of the International Academy of Comparative Law. She taught at the Hague Academy for International Law and was awarded honorary doctorates from Uppsala University, the University of Lausanne and the University of Antwerp, as well as the Anneliese Maier-Forschungspreis 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.

Joachim Herz

Joachim Herz is the Thomas O. and Cinda Hicks Family Distinguished Chair in Alzheimer's Disease Research at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. He studied at the University of Heidelberg, where he also completed his doctoral thesis in Pharmacology. After graduating from Medical School in 1983, he practiced medicine as a surgical resident in Germany and England before joining the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg. He moved on to the laboratory of Drs. Michael Brown and Joseph Goldstein at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in 1989 and joined the faculty of the Department of Molecular Genetics at UTSW in 1991, where was named full professor in 1998 and the Thomas O. and Cinda Hicks Family Distinguished Chair in Alzheimer's Disease Research in 2002. He is an Established Investigator of the American Heart Association and a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation. Among his numerous awards and honors are fellowships from the Boehringer Ingelheim Foundation and EMBL, being selected as a Syntex Scholar, the Lucille P. Markey Scholar Award, the Wolfgang Paul Award of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, the Heinrich-Wieland Prize for Excellence in Lipid Research, and a MERIT award from the National Institutes of Health.

Guinevere Kauffmann

Guinevere Kauffmann is a Director at the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics in Garching, Germany. Following her undergraduate years in South Africa, she obtained her doctorate at Cambridge University. After a postdoctoral stay as a Miller Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley, Dr Kauffmann moved to Munich, where she has been a scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics since 1995, most recently as the leader of a group studying galaxy evolution.

Dr. Kauffmann is known for her pioneering work to develop theoretical models for the formation and evolution of the galaxy population as a whole. She has also played a leading role in devising analysis methods for extracting quantitative information about the physical processes driving galaxy evolution from the observational data provided by modern large-scale surveys, notably the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, but also smaller, specially designed surveys, which she and her team have carried out themselves.

Dr. Kauffmann was awarded the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prize and the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize, the most prestigious prize in German research, by the German Research Foundation. She was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, and the US National Academy of Science. In 2010, she was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross of the Federal Republic of Germany for her services to science.

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.

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.

Daya Reddy

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.

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.

Ljubiša Stanković

Ljubiša Stanković was born in Montenegro in 1960. He received a B.Sc. degree in Electric Engineering from the University of Montenegro with an award for “best student at the University”, an M.Sc. degree in Communications from the University of Belgrade and a Ph.D. in Theory of Electromagnetic Waves from the University of Montenegro. As a Fulbright grantee, he spent the academic year 1984-1985 at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute, USA. Since 1982, he has been on the faculty at the University of Montenegro, where he has been a full professor since 1995. In 1997-1999, he was on leave at the Ruhr University Bochum, Germany, supported by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. At the beginning of 2001, he was at the Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, The Netherlands, as a visiting professor. He was vice-president of Montenegro 1989-90 and member of the Parliament of Yugoslavia, 1992-1996. During the period of 2003-2008, he was Rector of the University of Montenegro. He was Ambassador of Montenegro to the UK, Ireland and Iceland in the period 2011-2015. His current research interests are in signal processing. He published about 350 technical papers, about 150 of them in the leading journals. Professor Stanković received the highest state award of Montenegro in 1997 and 2015, for scientific achievements. He has been a member of the National Academy of Science and Arts of Montenegro (CANU) since 1996 and is a member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts.

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.

Jie Zhang

Jie Zhang is the former President of Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU). As President of SJTU (2006-2017) he brought vitality, creativity and passion to the university. By taking on a global view he has become a most respected educator in China with a world-wide impact. Under this leadership, SJTU made remarkable progress on its way to a world-class university. The reforms at SJTU were taken as a model for future universities across the world [Nature 514 (2014) 295]. In 2017, he became the Vice President of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Chairman of the University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Professor Jie Zhang is a prominent laser-plasma physicist. He works on laser-plasma physics and high energy density physics. He has made outstanding contributions to the development of soft X-ray lasers, the generation of hot electrons in laser plasmas in connection with inertial confinement fusion (ICF), and to lab simulations of astrophysical processes with laser-produced plasmas. In 2015, he was awarded the Edward Teller Medal, the most prestigious prize in the field of ICF and high energy density physics, by the American Nuclear Society, for his significant contributions to the understanding of hot electrons in laser-plasmas relevant to ICF and the successful reproduction of some astrophysical processes using high-power lasers. He was elected Foreign Associate of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) in 2012, Foreign Member of the Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng) in 2011, Fellow of the Third World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) in 2008, member of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, and Academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2003.