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In alphabetical order of the speaker's last name

Bertil Andersson
Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore

Professor Andersson is a plant biochemist and author of over 300 papers in photosynthesis research. He was previously Provost of Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Chief Executive of the European Science Foundation, Rector of Linköping University, as well as Chairman of the Nobel Committee for Chemistry and a Trustee of the Nobel Foundation. Educated at Umeå and Lund Universities in Sweden, he started his research career at Lund University, after which he became a Professor of Biochemistry at Stockholm University.

A Fellow of Imperial College London, Prof. Andersson was instrumental in Imperial College London coming to Singapore to jointly establish with NTU the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, which opened in 2013.

He has received over 10 honorary doctorates and is the winner of the Austrian Wilhelm Exner Medal in 2010. He serves on the boards of many international foundations, learned societies and public agencies, including the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, the European Molecular Biology Organisation, the Australian Academy of Science and Academia Europaea. He was previously Vice President of the European Research Advisory Board of the European Commission in Brussels.


Giles Carden
Director of Strategic Planning & Analytics
University of Warwick

Giles Carden has 17 years' experience of working in the university sector in both the UK and Germany. After completing a postdoctoral research fellowship in geochemistry at Ruhr-Universität Bochum he joined the University of Warwick's administration late in 1997. He has occupied 7 different roles at Warwick over the past 15 years in research services, planning, space management and capital developments. He has implemented major online registry systems. In 2006/7 he directed operations for the University's RAE2008 return and he is currently coordinating its REF2014 submission. In 2006/7 Giles served as an RAE2008 panel advisor, he currently chairs the Brunswick Research Assessment Group and sits on the National Planning Group Executive.

When Giles became Director of Management Information and Planning in February 2008 he made it his priority that Warwick develop an advanced business analytics and performance management capability, the objective being to leverage competitive advantage and underpin strategy development and execution. Warwick is now recognised as having one of the most advanced business analytics capabilities in the HE Sector. In September 2012 Giles was appointed as Director of Strategic Planning & Analytics. His portfolio expanded to include space allocation, capital planning and commercial and professional services analytics.

In 2011 Giles advised Professor Sir Ian Diamond on operational benchmarking for his review of Efficiency and Effectiveness in HE. In 2012 he was invited by the Higher Education Statistics Agency’s CEO to act as a consultant on its International Benchmarking project. He currently sits on the UUK Operational Benchmarking project team and JISC Gold Open Access Steering Group.


Kevin Carlsten
Director of Strategic Marketing, Research Management

Kevin Carlsten is the Director of Strategic Marketing for Elsevier Research Management. Kevin joined Elsevier in 2010 to lead sales strategy and business development in the company’s North American Academic and Government markets. Prior to joining Elsevier, Kevin was the head of business development and marketing for MicroEdge, a division of Advent Software and the leading provider of enterprise grants management software for funding non-profits and the Fortune 1000. Kevin started his career at Avon Products, where he held various marketing and business development positions, and has since overseen the marketing and strategy efforts of several startup technology and internet companies as well as founding and running a theater company in New York City. Kevin holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Columbia University.


Hiroshi Fukunari
Solution Consultant, Research Solution

Dr. Hiroshi Fukunari is a Solution Consultant at Elsevier working closely with Japanese universities and research institutions to help analyze and manage their research activities. Prior to joining Elsevier in 2012, he was a business consultant at Mitsubishi Research Institute from 2008 to 2012, and a Post-Doctoral fellow at Institute of Industrial Sciences of the University of Tokyo from 2005 to 2008. He obtained PhD and Master’s degree in computational biomechanics and Bachelor’s degree in Ocean Engineering from the University of Tokyo.


John T. Green
Life Fellow
University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

John Green is a Life Fellow at the University of Cambridge. After an academic career as a mathematician, he ran the academic side of Queens' College Cambridge taking Queens' to the top of the league tables.

In 1993, he became Chief Executive of the Royal Society of Medicine where he was the driving force behind the creation of the UK Academy of Medical Sciences. During 2004-10 he was Chief Coordinating Officer of Imperial College London where he led major projects involving information technology, restructuring and relationships with industry. He was involved in creating the governance and structure for the UK's first Academic Health Sciences Centre. As Chief Co-ordinating Officer John delivered significant change in research management systems and processes resulting in robust tools to manage the College’s performance and strategy.

Dr. Green pursues an active consulting role: he chairs two companies in the technology sector and acts as consultant to others.


William Gunn
Head of Academic Outreach

Dr. William Gunn is the Head of Academic Outreach for Mendeley, a research management tool for collaboration and discovery. Dr. Gunn attended Tulane University as a Louisiana Board of Regents Fellow, receiving his Ph.D in Biomedical Science from the Center for Gene Therapy at Tulane University in 2008. His research involved dissecting the molecular mechanism of bone metastasis in multiple myeloma and resulted in a novel treatment approach employing mesenchymal stem cells, the body's own reparative forces. Frustrated with the inefficiencies of the modern research process, he left academia and established the biology program at Genalyte, a novel diagnostics startup. At Mendeley, he works to make research more impactful and reproducible and is an expert on altmetrics, reproducibility, and open access.


Anders Karlsson
Vice President, Global Academic Relations APAC

Anders Karlsson, PhD, joined Elsevier Nov. 2012 as Vice President, Global Academic Relations for the APAC region. He also has an advisory position at the Institute of Academic Initiatives under the University President at Osaka University. Prior to joining Elsevier, he was active in Science Diplomacy, as Counselor for Science and Innovation and Head of the Office of Science and Innovation at the Embassy of Sweden in Tokyo. In 1987 he received a M.Sc. in Engineering Physics, and in 1992 a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, both from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Sweden. From 2001 to 2011 he held a position as Professor of Quantum Photonics at KTH, and has been Visiting Scientist at NTT Basic Research Laboratories, Tokyo, Stanford University, Palo Alto, Ecole Polytechnique, Paris, and at Zhejiang University, Hang Zhou (PR China).


Michael Khor
Professor, School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering and Director, Research Support Office & Bibliometrics Analysis
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Prof Michael Khor obtained his PhD degree from Monash University, Australia. He was an Experimental Scientist at CSIRO in Melbourne before joining NTU in 1989. Since then, he has held a number of directorate appointments such as Director of Research; Director, Research Support Office; Director (Projects) at the National Research Foundation (NRF), Prime Minister's Office; Associate Provost (Research), President’s Office, NTU; and currently Director of Research Support Office and Bibliometrics Analysis. He has published over 300 research articles on thermal sprayed coatings, powder technology, bioceramics and nanomaterials. Prof Khor has studied extensively the impact of NTU’s research outcomes and identifies emerging fields that NTU wishes to develop capabilities in. He has been invited to speak at various international forum and conferences on university research metrics and measurement of performance in recent years.


Byoung Yoon Kim
Vice-President (Research) and Professor of Physics
Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)

Byoung Yoon Kim is currently Vice President of Research and Professor of Physics at KAIST. He previously held a faculty position at and earned his PhD in applied physics from Stanford University. His research focus is fiber optics, and he founded FiberPro and Novera Optics in Korea and in Silicon Valley. He is a Fellow of IEEE, OSA, Optical Society of Korea, and Institute of Physics, and a member of the Korean Academy of Science and Technology.


Kok Keng Lim
Managing Director, Research Solutions, Academic & Government, Asia Pacific

Kok Keng is responsible for Sales and Marketing of Elsevier Research Solutions in the Asia Pacific region. The teams he leads in this region service Elsevier’s current and potential customers in both Academic and Government (A&G) segments. Leveraging on Elsevier’s leading position as an information solutions provider, Kok Keng and his team engage various contacts within A&G institutions actively to understand their needs and help them improve access to world class quality contents and solutions, raise productivity and quality level in research output and make better decisions that result in higher return on investments. These contacts include senior decision and policy makers, research management and administration officers, librarians as well as researcher end users. Prior to joining Elsevier, Kok Keng was the Managing Director of e-Cop Pte Ltd, a leading cyber and information security service provider in Asia Pacific. Kok Keng holds a degree in Business Administration from National University of Singapore.


Douglas Robertson
Director of Research Services
The Australian National University

Dr. Douglas Robertson is Director of the Research Services Division at the Australian National University reporting to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research; an appointment he took up in July 2013. The Director leads the research service support activities at the ANU.

Douglas started in the field of University Research Administration and Support at the University of Leeds, UK in 1983. This was then followed by a period as Contracts Manager at the University of Strathclyde, UK from 1987 to1993. In 1994, he was appointed as Director of Research Business Development at Nottingham University, UK with responsibilities covering research, procurement, insurance, conferences and technology Transfer until the end of 2002. In 2003 Douglas assumed the role of Director of Business Development at Newcastle University, UK with wide ranging responsibilities covering all aspects of externally funded project activity including research support, regional economic development and technology transfer. Major projects included project direction of a significant museum refurbishment project and part of the senior team responsible for initiating development of overseas campuses in Malaysia and Singapore and development of an entirely new city centre property development in Newcastle, UK focusing on co-location of university and industry activities.

Douglas was an active member and Chair of two UK professional associations; AURIL in the 1990’s and PraxisUnico which he helped to establish in 2003.

Douglas is a graduate of the University of Aberdeen in the UK in 1980 with a First Class Honours followed by a PhD from the University of Wales in the field of environmental history.


Hirofumi Seike
Management Associate Professor, University Research Administrator
Tohoku University, Japan

Dr. Hirofumi Seike was originally trained as an organic and natural products chemist. He studied at the University of Tokyo to obtain his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, and finished his Ph.D. at The Scripps Research Institute in 2003. After postdoctoral appointments at Harvard University and Kyoto University, he managed the Tokyo Office of the Royal Society of Chemistry as the Japan Representative from 2011 to 2013. In July, 2013, he joined Tohoku University as a Management Associate Professor and University Research Administrator. His current role is to analyse Tohoku University’s research activities in the context of global competition.


Paul K H Tam
Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Research)
University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Professor Paul Tam has been Vice-President and Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research at the University of Hong Kong (HKU) since 2004. He is also Chairman of Policy Board of Graduate School, Director of Knowledge Exchange Office, Director of HKU-Shenzhen Institute of Research and Innovation, and Director of HKU-Zhejiang Institute of Research and Innovation at the University. In these roles, he helps to steer the development of HKU as an internationally renowned research-intensive university.

Professor Tam is a HKU graduate and worked successively as Senior Lecturer in University of Liverpool and Reader in Oxford University U.K. before returning to HKU as Chair of Paediatric Surgery in 1996.


Tom Thayer
Product Manager Pure, Research Management

Tom Thayer is a Product Manager for SciVal Funding and Pure. For the past year, Tom has been leading the integration of SciVal Experts onto Pure. His effort was focused on maintaining a ready-to-use turnkey research networking tool which was valued by the existing clients to showcase research and promote collaborations, and further enhancing the product to meet additional needs from both researchers and faculty staff to manage content, create CV and reports, and to analyze the progress of research. Tom is also responsible for SciVal Funding and helps in the development of several modules within Pure. Tom is based out of Amsterdam, The Netherlands and has been with Elsevier for six years.


Marcel Vonder
Lead Product Manager SciVal, Research Management

Marcel is responsible for the development of the new generation of SciVal. Based on his experience as the Product Manager for SciVal Spotlight and through direct client interactions, Marcel designed and built the new SciVal platform based on global standards and the real needs of research institutions. Through an understanding of current research management strategies, Marcel continues to direct and improve the new SciVal. The results of his efforts are a highly functional solution that supports the day-to-day challenges of the actual users and brings institutional decision making to a new level of success.


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