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Christina_FigueresChristiana Figueres
, Executive Secretary United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Christiana Figueres has been Executive Secretary of the UN Climate Change secretariat since 2010. She has worked extensively with governments, non-governmental organizations and the private sector on climate change and sustainability issues, including as a board member of the Clean Development Mechanism, Vice-President of the Climate Change Conference, as well as many non-governmental organizations.

Ms Figueres has greatly contributed to literature on climate solutions and holds a Master’s Degree in Anthropology from the London School of Economics, a certificate in Organizational Development from Georgetown University and an honorary Doctor of Law degree from the University of Massachusetts. She was born in San José, Costa Rica in 1956 and has two daughters.




Christopher_AdamsChristopher Adams, Fabricatorz. Christopher is a software developer and information architect Fabricatorz, with extensive experience building systems for the art, design, and publishing industries. He is the editor and publisher of Freesouls by Joi Ito, and a practiced photographer. He also manages and contributes to numerous free software projects and online communities.



Bruce Aronow, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital


Emmanuel Barilot, Curie


Jason Bobe is Associate Professor and director of the Sharing Lab at the Icahn Institute for Genomics and Multiscale Biology at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. At Mount Sinai, he is a leader of the Resilience Project, an effort to learn how some people are able avoid disease despite having certain genetic risk factors. He is co-founder and director of and He also produces the annual Genomes Environments Traits (GET) Conference and the uniquely interactive series called GET Labs. Most recently, he is co-founder and project director of Open Humans. In his spare time, he operates a volunteer-led biohacker hotline for biosafety education.


costantinoConstantino Bongiorno, Wemake Makerspace. Costantino Bongiorno graduated in Mechanical Engineering and started working in the machine tools industry in Italy and abroad. Then he got interested in automation, domotics and soon started to explore the world of microcontrollers. In 2008 he began a collaboration with Arduino team as interaction designer and trainer, meanwhile organizing workshops and meetings like Dorkbot and WeFab in Milan. He was CTO & COO at Vectorealism, digital fabrication service and worked on first and second edition of MakerFaireRome project with Officine Arduino and Massimo Banzi. He co-founded WeMake makerspace in 2014.



Brian Bot, Sage Bionetworks


Danièle Bourcier, CNRS/Université Paris2


Roberto Bruzzone, Hong Kong University- Pasteur Research Pole (HKU-PRP)


Paul Boutrous, Ontario Institute for Cancer Research


Xuetao Cao, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences


james carlsonJames Carlson is founder and director of the School Factory, an international non-profit organization dedicated to the creation of the sustainable global learning society. He started one of the first interdisciplinary collaborative spaces in the United States in 2002, and now enables makerspaces, hackerspaces, and other open human places in 100 cities across the world. He has applied his passion for hands-on, collaborative, and open-source community and organization building to the growth of numerous startup organizations, Fortune 500 companies, and universities. And, he can draw a picture of what you say, while you say it.



Joel Chevrier, Université Grenoble Alpes and Université Paris Descartes


Amodsen ChotiaCentre de Recherche Interdisciplinaire


Eric Chow, Resource Centre for Ubiquitous Learning & Integrated Pedagogy


Jennifer Couch, NIH, National Cancer Institute


Anjan Debnath_PictureAnjan Debnath is the Director of Amoebozoa Core at the Center for Discovery and Innovation in Parasitic Diseases (CDIPD) at University of California San Diego’s Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Dr. Debnath’s research focuses on studying diarrheal parasites Entamoeba histolytica, Giardia lamblia and a free-living ameba Naegleria fowleri that leads to a universally fatal infection Primary Amebic Meningoencephalitis (PAM). He has a broad background in parasitology, with specific training and expertise in Entamoeba, Giardia and Naegleria drug discovery research.   At CDIPD, Dr. Debnath is leading collaborations with both academic groups and non-profit organizations.


Emmanuel Davidenkoff, Le Monde


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stephen_friendStephen Friend, Sage Bionetworks Dr. Friend is the President of Sage Bionetworks, a non-profit research organization dedicated to redefining biomedical research through open systems, incentives and norms.  He is an authority in the field of cancer biology and a pioneer in the field of genetics of gene expression, using large datasets and integrating systems biology approaches to complex diseases.  He actively leads an interdisciplinary team of network, systems and computational biologists working to improve biomedical research collaborations and develop predictive disease models based on multi-layered patient data.

More recently, Dr. Friend has led efforts to empower participants in clinical research through the development of smartphone apps.  He was the medical consultant to Apple on the development of ResearchKit, an open-source framework built for iOS devices to allow researchers and developers to create powerful apps for medical research.


Amy Fu, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology


Anshul Gaur, d.light


Diane Gary, Sage Bionetworks


Ed Gerstner, Nature, Shanghai


francois.grey@cern.chFrancois Grey, Citizen Cyberlab, University of Geneva and Fabricatorz





Usman Haque, IoT pioneer and founding partner of Umbrellium and Thingful


Shan He, Greenovation: Hub


Mingchun Hong, Open FIESTA


Paul Jang, Handok, Inc.


Li Ji, Open FIESTA


Shasha Jumbe, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation


Wang Jun, iCarbonX


peter.kapitein@gmail.comPeter KapiteinInspire2Live






Juan Keymer, Keymer Lab, Catholic University of Chile


Puneet Kishor, Open Geo Systems, Open Air Sensors in India


Arno Klein, Sage Bionetworks


Quitterie LargeteauSince her PhD in Immunology, Quitterie Largeteau is involved in the dissemination of scientific culture through different projects of science communication. Questioning the inclusiveness of research and thereby his efficiency, she co-founded the project BioHacking Safari which aims to explore open, collaborative & civic practices of research, learning and innovation in biology worldwide. The DIY movement and its community labs enlighten a new citizen dimension in science which could be change making.



Sofie Leon, Centre de Recherche Interdisciplinaire


14351440606_5a36dd97f2_zBen Levinstein is a James Martin Research Fellow at the Future of Humanity Institute in the Martin School at Oxford University, where he works on epistemology, ethics, and decision theory. He received a PhD in philosophy from Rutgers in 2013.





Yingrui Li, iCarbonx


David Li, Director, Shenzhen Open Innovation Lab; Co-founder, Maker Collider; and Co-founder, Hacked Matter has been contributing to open source software since 1990. He is member of Free Software Foundation, committer to Apache projects and board director of ObjectWeb. Over the past 20 years, David has started several open source software projects and contributed to many others. In 2010, he co-founded XinCheJian, the first hackerspace in China to promote hacker/maker culture and open source hardware. In 2011, he co-founded Hacked Matter, a think tank on makers and open innovation. He In the past two years, he has become interested in urban farming and is an enthusiastic proponent of aquaponics, which brings the spirit of open source to farming and gardening. In 2015, he co-founded Maker Collider, a platform to develop next generation IoT from Maker community. He is also the director of Shenzhen Open Innovation Lab.


Cheryl Loh,


Gaell MainguyCentre de Recherche Interdisciplinaire


Mao Mao, Bejing Genomics Institute


parag profileParag Mankeekar, Curator – RealLives Simulation Game. Parag’s education, interest and life experience form a powerful combination that has led to birth of Neeti Solutions and later on acquiring RealLives simulation game from Educational Simulations, USA, a concept that is currently at the leading edge of gaming for education and use of technology for promoting empathy and other vital skills for life. His college degree was in Medicine, followed by additional training in Anthropology, Public Health and Disaster Preparedness. He has worked with several social organizations, in India and abroad. He has also witnessed closely the impact of terrorism by living closely with terrorist groups as a young man trying to understand how it impacts nations and lives of the common man. The vast experience in various fields and great ability of learning fast and going deep into the subject assisted by multitasking made him realize that reaching out to the world with evolving power of computers and internet can materialize the ideas that were evolving.


Daniel_MietchenDaniel Mietchen is a biophysicist interested in integrating research workflows with the World Wide Web, particularly through open licensing, open standards, public version histories and forkability. With research activities spanning from the subcellular to the organismic level, from fossils to developing embryos, and from insect larvae to elephants, he experienced multiple shades of the research cycle and a variety of approaches to collaboration and sharing in research contexts. He has also been contributing to Wikipedia and its sister projects for more than a decade and is actively engaged in increasing the interactions between the Wikimedia and research communities. All of this informs his current activities around data science as a contractor for the U.S. National Institutes of Health.





Tefo Mohapi, 
iAfrican and ReportXenophobia. Co-founder of, digital media company and community with a focus on in-depth content of technology in Africa. Executive Producer and Co-host of subsidiary weekly podcast series,




Michael Molitor, SciencesPo, Paris and Thinkable, org


Tonee Ndungu, Kytabu


Janneke Noorlag, Keymer Lab, Catholic University of Chile


Akpeli_NORDORAkpéli Nordor is finishing his PhD at Institut Curie (Paris) and Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston). He has been using open genomic data to explore astonishing similarities between the biologies of pregnancy and cancers. Akpéli has also been involved in the creation of Hello Tomorrow, a global not-for-profit organization fostering science and technology entrepreneurship. He received his Pharm.D. & M.Sc. dual degree from Université Paris Descartes & ParisTech, and he is currently a part of the ‘Frontiers in Life Sciences’ PhD program at C.R.I. Paris.
Qi Ouyang, Peking University


Eric Pan, Seeed Studio


Suzana Petanceska, NIH/National Institute on Aging


Jon Phillips, Fabricatorz


Peter PeelePeter Peele, iAfrikan Founder of iAfrikan, Peter Peele is a Computer Engineer with some years slogged in Telecommunications, Robotics and Defence.

When his Entrepreneur hat is off, he’s surfing through the works of different vloggers and podcasters.  You can reach him at or on Twitter via @peterpeele





John_PhillipsJon Phillips is Founder of Fabricatorz, a global design and technology company. Phillips manages a global team of creative developers with primary offices in Beijing, Hong Kong, San Francisco and Berlin, and other site-specific local offices. Fabricatorz handles a diverse set of software, hardware and consulting projects constructed to the specific needs of client companies, operations and infrastructure. Phillips began his career operating between art and technology, before helping start the open source drawing app Inkscape; he then went on to found the Openclipart online art community, and scale-up the Creative Commons community and business globally, ultimately founding Fabricatorz in 2007.


Marine Plossu, Make Sense School 


Gaston Remmers, HABITUS | enabling healthy habitat development


zoe_romanoZoe Romano, Wemake Makerspace Zoe Romano lives in Milano and in 2014 launched a Fablab called WeMake, focused on education and rapid-prototyping design practices. Since 2011 she’s been exploring the world of makers with Wefab, a series of initiatives for the dissemination of open design and digital fabrication in Italy. She’s been involved into media activism and political visual art for 10 years, working on precarity, social production, material and immaterial labor in creative and service industries. She currently works as digital strategist at Arduino and is member of the board of Make in Italy Foundation CDB.



AndersRosengrenAnders Rosengren, Lund University Diabetes Centre. Anders Rosengren, MD ,PhD, associate professor, is heading the Translational Diabetes Research unit at Lund University. His research integrates clinical investigations, bioinformatics and experimental studies and aims to better understand the pathophysiology of type 2 diabetes and to identify more specific treatment targeted at the underlying disease mechanisms. He is also PI for a new web project that aims to integrate biological and lifestyle data of type 2 diabetes to improve patient self-management. The tool is developed in close collaboration with patients.



Ilona Schelle, Inspire2Live


Shanley_Lea PhotoLea Shanley, progenitor of the term citizen science and environmental/GIS specialist






Shan Shan, Bamboo Workshop


Buster_WatersBuster Simpson, Public Art and Expression; Rising Waters Confab 2015






Geoffrey Siwo received his PhD in Biological Sciences at the University of Notre Dame (2014) working on computational models for understanding malaria drug resistance. Previously, he co-founded several award winning teams leveraging computing and biology to seek solutions to tough biological problems including Helix Nanotechnologies- a company developing a DNA based molecular recording device currently supported by Johnson and Johnson, Fit2Cure- a computer game for finding new medicines, DNAge- a computational pipeline for predicting human age from DNA awarded top prize in an open innovation challenge by Innocentive and Nature Publishing Group, and FIrST- a team that won an open innovation challenge to predict activity of genes from DNA. He is the recipient of several awards including a TED Fellow, a Young African Committed to Excellence award (YACE), Young Investigator Award (Sage Bionetworks), IBM PhD Fellowship and Eck Institute Global Health Fellow. He is currently based at IBM TJ Watson Research Center in New York and is a Research Scientist at IBM Research-Africa in Johannesburg where he is responsible for initiating new projects in digital medicine. His work has been featured in several media including USA Today and Fast Company.


Susan_SpencerSusan Spencer, Fabricatorz





Pablo Suarez, Red Cross/Red Crescent Climate Centre


Francois Taddei, Centre de Recherche Interdisciplinaire


Roberto_ToroRoberto Toro is an engineer from Chile turned neuroanatomist in France. He is puzzled by the phenomenon of cognition, and he would love to know what is the nature of our ability to perceive and to think. He is deeply interested by the development and evolution of the brain, and he writes mathematical models and computer simulations to try to get my head around the complexity of their morphogenesis. He also analyzes magnetic resonance imaging and genetic data from thousands of people, and he has collaborated for a longtime with artist friends to try to find new ways of turning these masses of data into intuitive representations. He has started several projects for online scientific collaboration such as BrainSpell and the Brain Catalogue.


elizabeth_tysonElizabeth Tyson, Co-Director Commons Lab. Elizabeth co-directs the Commons Lab within the Science and Technology Innovation Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. She conducts original research exploring the uses of citizen science domestically and internationally for furthering environmental protection, civic participation, ecosystem services and diverse stakeholder collaboration and cooperation. Elizabeth holds a dual-degree Masters of Science in the Human Dimensions of Natural Resources from Colorado State University and in Conservation Leadership from El Colegio de la Frontera Sur, Chiapas, Mexico, where she studied the application of a mobile data collection system for community based natural resource monitoring and carbon accounting for UN REDD+ initiatives on coffee farms.




Pek van Andel, University of Groingen. The Netherlands. Pek is a medical researcher specializing in serendipity in science, technique, and art.



Saskia van der Vies, Amsterdam University


Stephane Vernede, Stephane is co-founder and CTO of Enwise ( , a company producing modular and connected digester for organic waste.  He also do research in statistical physics on his free time ( He is passionated by science and entrepreneurship.  Science to make ideas more precise and entrepreneurship to bring them to life.


Harry Wang, d.light


Jun Wang, iCarbonX


Regina Warmoth, Sage Bionetworks


Keley Wiens, re:share



john.wilbanks@sagebase.orgJohn Wilbanks is the Chief Commons Officer at Sage Bionetworks. Previously, he has worked at Creative Commons, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, MIT’s Project on Mathematics and Computation, the World Wide Web Consortium, Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, the U.S. House of Representatives, and as a venture-backed bioinformatics entrepreneur. John is also an activist for the free sharing of scientific information online, spearheading efforts leading the US Government to open up taxpayer-funded research articles and data through the internet. He holds a B.A. in philosophy from Tulane University and also studied modern letters at the Sorbonne.


Fay Xing, WuXi Healthcare Ventures


Luping Xu, Tsinghua University




Tao Ye, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology


Li Yu (“Yu Li”), Crazy Pulsar


Lin Zhang, Tsinghua-Berkeley Shenzen Institute


John Zhu, WuXi Healthcare Ventures