Speakers – Washington DC 2018

Katja Brose, Ph.D., is a Science Program Officer at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. The goals of Chan Zuckerberg Science Initiative are to support basic science and technology that will make it possible to cure, prevent, or manage all diseases by the end of the century. Before joining CZI, she was part of the editorial team at Cell Press for 17 years, where from 2004-20017 she was Editor-in-Chief of Neuron and a Publishing Director at Cell Press-Elsevier. During her tenure as Editor, Neuron undertook a major expansion of its scope building on its historical strengths in molecular and cellular neuroscience to cover all areas of neuroscience from molecular/cellular mechanisms to systems and cognitive neuroscience, genetics, neurological and psychiatric disease, theoretical neuroscience and emerging technologies. As Publishing Director, she was responsible for Cell Press strategy for review content, including oversight of the Trends family of review journals. She also led Cell Press’ efforts around rigor and reproducibility. She has been an active committee member at the Society for Neuroscience, as a member of the Professional Development and Neuroscience Training Committees. She speaks frequently on topics related to scientific publishing and communication, including publication ethics and rigor and reproducibility in science. She earned her undergraduate degree in 1990 from Brown University, with a double concentration in Biology and European History. She received her PhD in Biochemistry from the University of California-San Francisco (1994-2000). For her graduate work, she worked in the laboratory of Dr. Marc Tessier Lavigne focusing on axon guidance mechanisms in the developing spinal cord.




Ms. Lisa Brodey is the Director of the Office for Science and Technology Cooperation at the U.S. State Department. Her office fosters bilateral relations and scientific diplomacy in basic science, emerging trends in science and technology, innovation and entrepreneurship. She and her staff engage with science and technology experts in the United States to facilitate partnerships and robust dialogue with their counterparts throughout the world – in government, the private sector, universities and non-governmental organizations. Ms. Brodey is a Foreign Service Officer with over 20 years of experience in international diplomacy. She has worked extensively with the global environment, science, and technology and health community and served for six years with the U.S. multilateral mission in Geneva, Switzerland – she was a principle negotiator in creating the Global Framework for Climate Services and, most recently, supervised U.S. teams engaging with the World Health Organization, the Human Rights Council and the International Labor Organization. Ms. Brodey has also served in U.S. Embassies in Norway, Italy, Ethiopia, and Kosovo. Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Ms. Brodey was a documentary and news producer in Seattle. She has a BA from Vassar College.




Debbie Chachra is a professor at Olin College of Engineering, where she was one of the early faculty. The first class at Olin College graduated in 2006; the college was founded to catalyze change in undergraduate engineering education, and is distinguished by its experimental student-centered teaching approaches and by a commitment to gender equity (by design, the college has gender parity in each class). Dr. Chachra researches the engineering student experience, and she speaks, writes, and consults for engineering educators worldwide. Her research has been funded by an NSF CAREER grant and recognized with other awards. She also writes and speaks more broadly at intersections of design, technology, and culture, including credits at The Atlantic and Nature. Her disciplinary background is in materials science and engineering, with a focus on biological systems; prior to joining Olin College, she held a postdoctoral fellowship at MIT. She holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Toronto. On Twitter, she is @debcha.







Dr. Caren Cooper studies bird ecology and conservation through the use of citizen science. Through citizen science, people, anywhere at any time, can lend a hand in carrying out genuine scientific research.  Caren is an advocate for the practices of Citizen Science, Open Science, and Science Communication, pursuing scholarly inquiry into these areas, and bringing them all together to achieve Public Science. She’s dedicated to training and mentoring students to become public scientists so they can pursue careers that weave science into the fabric of society. Caren is also the author of the new book, “Citizen Science: How Ordinary People are Changing the Face of Discovery.” She’s on twitter @CoopSciScoop.








Bill Deluise is Wiley’s Vice President for Society Marketing. Bill has been with Wiley since 2000, during which time he’s held roles in books development, books acquisitions, online product management, controlled circulation publishing, journals management, continuing education program development, innovation management, publishing strategy, and marketing.







Shashi Mudunuri co-founded American Journal Experts in 2004, and he built it into the largest author services business in the world using a combination of American PhDs and proprietary workflow technology. He is also the founder of Research Square, the parent company of AJE, which seeks to make research communication faster, fairer, and more useful. Shashi holds a Cross-Continent MBA from Duke University, and his undergraduate degrees were in Philosophy and Computer Science at Duke University, where he began his exploration of AI, robotics, and their impacts on society.








Dr. Amy Zalman is a speaker, author, educator and consultant dedicated to helping people anticipate and shape the impacts of emerging technologies on business, government, global security and society.  She is the founder of the Strategic Narrative Institute, which provides executives with foresight training and workshops. Her clients include Fortune 500 firms, associations, & military and government clients. She is also currently an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Culture, Communications & Technology at Georgetown University.

Previously, Amy served as the CEO and President of the World Future Society, a global membership organization for futurists, and as the inaugural Chair of Information Integration at the National War College in Washington DC. She currently serves on the Board of Visitors of Air University, the combined educational institutions of the US Air Force. Her Ph.D. is from the Department of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at New York University, and she holds a Masters of Fine Arts degree in poetry from Cornell University.

Amy has published widely on international affairs, emerging and future global issues, and technology and society, and is a frequent speaker to diverse audiences of experts and general public throughout the world.