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Chair

Katharina Boele-Woelki
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.

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Yitzhak Apeloig
Yitzhak Apeloig

Yitzhak Apeloig is the former president of Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. He received his B.A., M.Sc. and Ph.D degrees in chemistry from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and was a postdoctoral fellow at Princeton University before joining Technion in 1976, where he is currently a Distinguished Professor, holds the Nahum Guzik Distinguished Academic Chair and is a co-director of the Lise Meitner Minerva Center for Computational Quantum Chemistry. Yitzhak Apeloig is a world-leader in organosilicon chemistry and in the application of quantum mechanics theory to chemistry. He has published widely, was a visiting professor at universities on four continents and has presented some 200 invited lectures at international conferences, universities and in industry. He has received many awards, among them the ACS Kipping Award in Silicon Chemistry, the Israel Chemical Society Prize, the Humboldt Research Award, the JSPS Visiting Professor Award, and Technion Awards for Academic Excellence, Excellence in Research and Excellence in Teaching. He is an Honorary Foreign Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a member of Academia Europaea, and holds an honorary doctorate from TU Berlin and the Order of Merit (First Degree) of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Joseph S. Francisco
Joseph S. Francisco

Joseph S. Francisco is the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and holds the Elmer H. and Ruby M. Cordes Chair in Chemistry at the University of Nebraska an Lincoln. Following undergraduate studies at the University of Texas and a PhD in Chemical Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he spent two years at the University of Cambridge and returned to MIT as a Provost Postdoctoral Fellow. Until 2014, he was the William E. Moore Distinguished Professor of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences and Chemistry at Purdue University. Using laser spectroscopy and computational chemistry methods, his research focuses on understanding, at a molecular level, chemical processes occurring in the atmosphere. It covers the fields of atmospheric chemistry, chemical kinetics, quantum chemistry, laser photochemistry and spectroscopy. Dr. Francisco served on editorial and advisory boards for renowned journals and received prestigious awards and fellowships from organizations such as the National Science Foundation, the Sloan and the Guggenheim Foundations, the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers, and the American Chemical Society. A Fellow of the American Chemical Society, the American Physical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the National Academy of Sciences, he also holds a Humboldt Research Award and serves on the Board of Directors of the American Friends of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

Ulrike Hahn
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.

Joachim Herz
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

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.

Liqiu Meng
Liqiu Meng

Liqiu Meng is a Professor of Cartography at the Technische Universität München (TUM). She served as the Senior Vice-President for International Alliances and Alumni of TUM from 2008 to 2014 and as Senator of the Helmholtz Association from 2009 to 2012. Following studies of geodetic engineering in China, she completed her doctorate and a postdoc at the University of Hannover in Germany before moving to Sweden to teach and to work as a consultant while finishing her habilitation in the field of geoinformatics. She is a member of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina and the Bavarian Academy of Sciences. She serves on university councils at Aalto University in Finland and at Tongji University in China, the Senate of the German Aerospace Center DLR, and on the Boards of Trustees at the German Research Centre of Geosciences GFZ and several Max Planck Institutes.

Helmut Schwarz
Helmut Schwarz

Helmut Schwarz is Professor of Organic Chemistry at the Technische Universität Berlin and President of the Humboldt Foundation. He has worked as visiting professor at a number of research institutions abroad and has served as Vice President of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, Vice President of the German Research Foundation (DFG), Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board of the German-Israeli Research Programme and Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Fonds der Chemischen Industrie.

Helen F. Siu
Helen F. Siu

Helen F. Siu is a professor of anthropology at Yale University. She received an MA in East Asian Studies and a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Stanford University and joined the faculty at Yale in 1982. She has served on numerous University committees, chaired the Council on East Asian Studies and was Director of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies for Anthropology. Since the 1970s, she has conducted fieldwork in South China, exploring rural transformations and the socialist state, and the refashioning of identities through rituals, festivals, and commerce. Lately, she explores the rural-urban divide in China, historical and contemporary Asian connections, and global cross-border dynamics.

She served on the University Grants Committee and the Research Grant’s Council in Hong Kong, for which she received the Bronze Bauhinia Star. In the U.S. she has served on the Committee for Advanced Study in China and the National Screening Committee for Fulbright awards in the U.S. In 2001, she established the Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Hong Kong. It promotes inter-disciplinary, inter-regional research and cross-institutional collaborations. Siu was its honorary director from 2001 to 2011, and remains chair of the Institute’s executive committee.

Ljubiša Stanković
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.

Sarah Stroumsa
Sarah Stroumsa

Sarah Stroumsa, the Alice and Jack Ormut Professor Emerita of Arabic Studies, taught in the Department of Arabic Language and Literature and the Department of Jewish Thought at the Hebrew University, where she served as the Rector of the University from 2008 to 2012. Her areas of academic focus includes the history of philosophical and theological thought in Arabic in the early Islamic Middle Ages, Medieval Judaeo-Arabic literature, and intellectual history of Muslims and Jews in Islamic Spain. Among her books are The Beginnings of the Maimonidean Controversy in the East: Yosef Ibn Shimon's Silencing Epistle; Freethinkers of Medieval Islam: Ibn al-Rawandi, Abu Bakr al-Razi, and Their Impact on Islamic Thought; and Maimonides in his World: Portrait of a Mediterranean Thinker.

Verica Trstenjak
Verica Trstenjak

Verica Trstenjak is a professor of European law at the University of Vienna and an external scientific member of the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for International, European and Regulatory Procedural Law. In addition she is teaching in various Master- and LLM- Programs of Universities throughout Europe. Since 2013 Professor Trstenjak has also been an interim judge (juge par intérim) of the civil service tribunal of the EU and a member of the Council of the European Law Institute (ELI). From 2004 to 2006 she served as a judge at the General Court of the European Union, and from 2006 to 2012 as an Advocate General of the European Court of Justice. From 1996 to 2000 she was also State-Secretary at the Ministry of Science and Technology, Slovenia. She has published several books, more than 250 articles, and has given lectures and keynote speeches at numerous international and European conferences. She is a member of the editorial board of several renowned legal journals, such as European Law Review, and member of associations e.g. the International Academy of Comparative Law and Academia Europaea, and a founding member of the European Law Institute (ELI).

Raimo Väyrynen
Raimo Väyrynen

Raimo Väyrynen, professor emeritus of political science at the University of Notre Dame, USA, and the University of Helsinki, has published extensively on international peace and security, international political economy, and the theory and history of international relations. He was a visiting professor at Princeton University and the University of Minnesota as well as a Fulbright scholar at MIT and a visiting fellow at Harvard University. His most recent books include The Waning of Major War: Theories and Debates (2007) and Towards Nuclear Zero (2010). He has led the Tampere Peace Research Institute, the International Peace Research Association, the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies and the Finnish Institute for International Affairs and was President of the Academy of Finland. Globally sought-after as an expert advisor, he has served on top-level boards and committees for – among others – the United Nations University, the Peace Research Institute Oslo, the Copenhagen Peace Research Institute, the European Union Research Advisory Board, the European Science Foundation, and the European Research Council.

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