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CRDF Global Names Peter Agre, DeAndra Beck, Calestous Juma, Caryl Griffin Russell, Richard Stone, Caroline Wagner and Mitchel Wallerstein to its Advisory Council

Thursday, June 16, 2016

CRDF Global announced today the following distinguished additions to its Advisory Council:

  • Peter Agre, Bloomberg Distinguished Professor and Director, Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute, Johns Hopkins University
  • DeAndra Beck, Associate Dean for Research, International Studies and Programs, Michigan State University
  • Calestous Juma, Professor of the Practice of International Development, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University
  • Caryl Griffin Russell, President, Elizabeth R. Griffin Research Foundation
  • Richard Stone, International Editor, Science Magazine
  • Caroline Wagner, Associate Professor and Wolf Chair in International Affairs, John Glenn School of Public Affairs, the Ohio State University
  • Mitchel Wallerstein, President, Baruch College

Peter Agre is a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor and Director at Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute. He has always been interested in the problem of disease in the developing world. He shared the 2003 Nobel Prize in Chemistry with Roderick MacKinnon of Rockefeller University. Former President of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), he led science in diplomacy missions to Cuba, North Korea, Myanmar and Iran. Agre received the George Brown Award for International Scientific Cooperation from CRDF Global in 2015.

Prior to serving as Associate Dean for Research, International Studies and Programs, at Michigan State University, DeAndra Beck was a Program Director at the National Science Foundation’s Office of International Science and Engineering, overseeing its Middle East and Africa portfolios. She’s a former President of a biotechnology start-up company, and was a AAAS Fellow at the U.S. Agency for International Development. Beck has a Doctorate in biochemistry from Texas A&M University.

Caryl Griffin Russell is president of the Elizabeth R. Griffin Foundation, which collaborates with a number of science-based organizations. The Foundation works in Africa and the Middle East, and promotes the Global Health Security Agenda. Griffin has a BS in Nursing from University of Tennessee College of Nursing, a Master of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing from Medical College of Georgia, and a Master of Divinity from Candler School of Theology, Emory University.

Calestous Juma possesses deep science, technology and globalization expertise as Professor of the Practice of International Development at Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. He is also Faculty Chair of the Edward S. Mason Fellows Program and directs the Center's Agricultural Innovation Policy in Africa and Health Innovation Policy in Africa projects – both funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Juma is a former Executive Secretary of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity and Founding Director of the African Centre for Technology Studies in Nairobi.

Richard Stone is a Science Writer for Science magazine overseeing the publication’s international coverage. He is a foremost journalist covering international science engagement and science diplomacy. Beginning at Science in 1991, he served previously as European news editor in the Cambridge, U.K. office, and as Asia news editor in Beijing. Stone has won several awards for articles that have appeared in Science, Discover, Smithsonian, and National Geographic. He is also the author of Mammoth: The Resurrection of an Ice Age Giant. He earned his degree in science communication from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Caroline Wagner is an expert in science and technology and its association to policy, society and innovation. She earned her doctorate from the University of Amsterdam in science and technology dynamics; an MA in science, technology, and public policy from George Washington University and a BA from Trinity College, Washington, DC. Wagner has a diverse background in private and public science organizations, including the Science & Technology Policy Institute at the RAND Corporation, the Congressional Office of Science and Technology Policy, the U.S. Congress Committee on Science, Space and Technology, and the State Department. She is the North American editor of the journal, Science and Public Policy.

Mitchel Wallerstein’s career spans higher education, public policy and philanthropy. Prior to becoming President at Baruch College, City University of New York, he served as Dean of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. He’s a former Vice President of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. He served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Counterproliferation Policy and Senior Representative for Trade Security Policy, U.S. Department of Defense.  He was Deputy Executive Officer, National Research Council, National Academies of Sciences and Engineering, and has held various academic positions including at the National Defense University, Johns Hopkins, Georgetown, and MIT.

“It’s a great pleasure to welcome these seven distinguished leaders in science and technology engagement to the CRDF Global Advisory Council,” said John Hurley, Interim President and CEO, CRDF Global. “Our efforts to promote cross-border collaboration between scientists and innovators are having impacts all over the world. I’m confident that these new additions to the Advisory Council will further enable CRDF Global to achieve our mission of promoting peace and prosperity through international science collaboration.”

The Advisory Council serves in a consultative capacity to the Board of Directors and executive staff. The new members join these existing participants:

  • Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering, Senior Vice President, International Relations (retired), The Boeing Company; Vice Chairman, Hills & Co.; former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs; former U.S. Ambassador and Representative to the United Nations
  • Vinton G. Cerf, Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist, Google; member, National Academy of Engineering
  • Rita Colwell, Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland at College Park and at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health; Senior Advisor and Chairman Emeritus, Canon US Life Sciences, Inc., President and CEO of CosmosID, Inc.; former President, AAAS; former Director, National Science Foundation
  • Alex Dehgan, Co-founder, Conservation X Labs; former Director, Office of Science and Technology, US Agency for International Development
  • Siegfried S. Hecker, Co-Director, Center for International Security and Cooperation; Senior Fellow, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies; Professor (Research), Department of Management Science and Engineering, Stanford University; former Director, Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • Richard A. Meserve, President Emeritus, Carnegie Institute for Science
  • William Wulf, President Emeritus, National Academy of Engineering