Rita R. Colwell
US science envoy; Distinguished University Professor, Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health; former Director of the National Science Foundation (NSF)

Distinguished Univ. Prof. University of Maryland at College Park & John Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health; Sr. Advisor & Chairman Emeritus, Canon U.S. Life Science; Chairman & President, CosmosID, Inc. Dr. Colwell served as 11th Director of the National Science Foundation, and Co-chair, Comm. On Sci., National Science and Technology Council. Dr. Colwell is a member of the United States National Academy of Sciences, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Stockholm, Royal Society of Canada, Royal Irish Academy of Science; American Academy of Arts and Science, and American Philosophical Society. Dr. Colwell is the recipient of the Stockholm Water Prize, bestowed by the King of Sweden; the National Medal of Science, awarded by the President of the United States, and the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star, bestowed by the Emperor of Japan. B.S., Bacteriology; M.S., Genetics, Purdue University; Ph.D., Oceanography, University of Washington.

Jerome Friedman
Institute Professor and Professor of Physics Emeritus, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); Nobel Laureate for Physics 1990

Jerome Friedman is a physicist who specializes in experimental particle physics. His experiments confirmed the existence of quarks, the fundamental building blocks of protons and neutrons and all other hadronic matter. He was awarded the 1990 Nobel Prize in Physics, jointly with Henry Kendall and Richard Taylor, for this work. He has served on numerous advisory committees for various universities and laboratories in the US and abroad, and is currently a member of the Board of the STS forum and of the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology. He earned a Ph.D. in 1956 at the University of Chicago., and was appointed by MIT as an Assistant Professor in 1960, becoming a full professor in 1967. He served as director of MIT?s Laboratory for Nuclear Science and as Head of the Physics Department.

Daniel Goldin
Vice Chairman, American Associates of the STS forum

Chairman and CEO, Intellisis Corporation, former NASA administrator

The Honorable Daniel S. Goldin is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of The Intellisis Corporation, which produces next generation computational engines for commercial and industrial applications. Previously, as NASA?s longest serving Administrator from 1992-2001, he directly served three U.S. Presidents: George H.W. Bush, William J. Clinton, and George W. Bush. Prior to NASA, he was the Vice President and General Manager of TRW Space and Technology Group where he oversaw a broad range of advanced technology developments and programs of national priority. He began his career at NASA?s Glenn Research Center working on electric propulsion systems for interplanetary travel. Mr. Goldin is a Member of the National Academy of Engineering, Scientific Management Review Board of the National Institutes of Health, and International Academy of Astronautics. He is a Distinguished Fellow at the Council on Competitiveness and a Fellow of the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics and the American Astronautical Society. He graduated from the City College of New York in 1962 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Vartan Gregorian
President, Carnegie Corporation of New York
former president of NY Public Library, former president of Brown University

Vartan Gregorian has served as president of Carnegie Corporation of New York since 1997. The Corporation is a philanthropic institution founded by Andrew Carnegie in 1911. Previously, Gregorian served as president of Brown University and as president of The New York Public Library. Earlier, he was the founding dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania and also served as provost. He is the recipient of numerous fellowships, honorary degrees and awards including the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, the American Academy of the Institute of Arts and Letters? Gold Medal for Service to the Arts, the National Humanities Medal and the Medal of Freedom, the nation?s highest civil award. In 2009, President Barack Obama appointed him to serve on the President's Commission on White House Fellowships. He has authored The Road To Home: My Life And Times; Islam: A Mosaic, Not A Monolith; and The Emergence of Modern Afghanistan, 1880-1946, which is soon to be reissued with a new introduction.

Charles (Chad) O. Holliday, Jr.
Chairman, Royal Dutch Shell plc

Founder and Managing Partner of East Meets West Solutions, Chad’s background focuses on business leadership, innovating process for efficiency, sustainability strategy and coalition building. He was Chief Executive Officer of DuPont from 1998 to 2009; Chairman from 1999 to 2009. He joined DuPont in 1970 after receiving a B.S. in industrial engineering from the University of Tennessee and held various manufacturing and business assignments, including a six-year, Tokyo-based posting as President of DuPont Asia/Pacific. He is currently on the boards of Deere & Co., CH2MHill and The Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils. He is Chair of the National Academy of Engineering and is a founding member of the International Business Council. Chad is former Chairman of the board at Bank of America, and served as chairman of the following: World Business Council for Sustainable Development, The Business Council, Catalyst and the Society of Chemical Industry – American Section.

Dr. Rush D. Holt
Chief Executive Officer, American Association for the Advancement of Science; Executive Publisher, Science Family of Journals

Rush D. Holt, Ph.D., became the 18th chief executive officer of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in February 2015. In this role, Dr. Holt leads the world's largest multi-disciplinary scientific and engineering society. Over his long career, Dr. Holt has held positions as a teacher, scientist, administrator, and policymaker. In 1982, he served as an AAAS/American Physical Society Science and Technology Policy Fellow on Capitol Hill. From 1987 to 1998, Dr. Holt was assistant director of the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL). He also served as an arms control expert at the U.S. State Department. Before coming to AAAS, Holt served for 16 years as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. He has received many awards from scientific societies. Dr. Holt is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, and he holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in physics from New York University.

Dr. Ray O. Johnson
Vice Chairman and Treasurer, American Associates of the STS forum

Executive Director, QxBranch; former Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Lockheed Martin Corporation

Dr. Ray O. Johnson is a corporate executive with a proven track record of leading large organizations, developing and executing growth strategies, and achieving operational excellence in diverse business environments. In his current role as Executive Director at QxBranch, he is supporting the company’s growth and development of advanced data analytics in the finance, insurance, aerospace, and biotechnology sectors. He was the Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of the Lockheed Martin Corporation from 2006 to February 2015. In that role, he had global responsibilities for Engineering, Technology, Production Operations, Supply Chain, Program Management, and Logistics and Sustainment, leading more than 70,000 people working on more than 4,000 programs. Dr. Johnson made strategic investments in discriminating technologies and developed business strategies that resulted in several new lines of business. He interacts at the highest levels nationally and internationally with officials in government, industry, and academia, and he is frequently sought as an international speaker on business, strategy, innovation, and education. He has B.S, M.S, and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering.

Pradeep K. Khosla
Chancellor, University of California, San Diego (UCSD)

Pradeep K. Khosla is the eighth Chancellor of UC San Diego; as UC San Diego's chief executive officer, he leads a campus with more than 30,000 students, six undergraduate colleges, five academic divisions, and five graduate and professional schools. UC San Diego is an academic and research powerhouse, with faculty, researchers, and staff attracting more than $1 billion annually in research funding and is one of 10 campuses in the world-renowned University of California system. While at UC San Diego, Khosla has initiated and led the first comprehensive strategic planning process to unify the campus.
An internationally renowned electrical and computer engineer, Khosla previously served as Dean of the College of Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University.

Steven E. Koonin
Director, Center for Urban Science and Progress, NYU; former Under Secretary for Sciece, US department of Energy

Steven E. Koonin was appointed as the founding Director of NYU's Center for Urban Science and Progress in April 2012. That consortium of academic, corporate, and government partners will pursue research and education activities to develop and demonstrate informatics technologies for urban problems in the "living laboratory" of New York City. Dr. Koonin previously served as the U.S. Department of Energy's second Senate-confirmed Under Secretary for Science from May 19, 2009 through November 18, 2011. As the Chief Scientist at BP from 2004 to early 2009, Dr. Koonin developed the long-range technology strategy for alternative and renewable energy sources. In 1981 he became a professor of theoretical physics at Caltech and served as Chairman of the Faculty from 1989-1991. Dr. Koonin was the seventh provost of Caltech from 1995-2004.

Klaus Lindpaintner
Senior Vice President and Global Head, Human Genetics and Computational Biomedicine Division, Pfizer Inc.

Klaus Lindpaintner, MD, MPH, FACP serves as Chief Scientific Officer at Thermo Fisher Scientific. Previously, he held senior positions at Hoffman-La Roche, where he spearheaded the company's efforts in personalized health care; and on the faculty of Harvard Medical School. Klaus has co-authored more than 250 scientific papers, and holds honorary/adjunct professorships at Stanford, University of London, and Jiao Tong University. He serves on numerous boards for trade organizations, regulatory authorities, and non-governmental organizations on issues related to implementation novel technologies and on the ethical and societal impact of these technologies. Klaus graduated from Innsbruck University with a degree in medicine and from Harvard University with a degree in Public Health.

Henry A. McKinnell
Chairman, American Associates of the STS forum


Chairman, Accordia Global Health Foundation; Chairman of the Board, Moody's Corporation;
former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Pfizer Inc; former Chairman, Business Roundtable

Hank McKinnell was a supporter of the need for the STS forum before the first meeting while Chairman/CEO of Pfizer. In the ten year existence of the STS forum he was attended all but one meeting. Hank is now the co-founder and Chairman of the Accordia Global Health Foundation and Chairman of Moody?s.

Marcia McNutt
President, National Academy of Sciences; former President and Editor-in-Chief of Science journals, American Association for the Advancement of Science

Marcia McNutt (B.A. in physics, Colorado College; Ph.D. in earth sciences, Scripps Institution of Oceanography) is a geophysicist and the 22nd president of the National Academy of Sciences. From 2013 to 2016, she was editor-in-chief of Science journals. McNutt was director of the U.S. Geological Survey from 2009 to 2013, during which time USGS responded to a number of major disasters, including the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. For her work to help contain that spill, McNutt was awarded the U.S. Coast Guard's Meritorious Service Medal. She is a fellow of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), Geological Society of America, American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the International Association of Geodesy. Her honors include membership in the American Philosophical Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 1998, McNutt was awarded the AGU's Macelwane Medal for research accomplishments by a young scientist, and she received the Maurice Ewing Medal in 2007 for her contributions to deep-sea exploration.

Ellis Rubinstein
President and CEO, The New York Academy of Sciences; former Editor of Science magazine

Ellis Rubinstein is an innovator and change agent. As a science journalist, his work merited 3 National Magazine Awards, the Pulitzer Prizes of the American periodicals industry. As Editor of the journal Science, he internationalized news coverage and pioneered in Web publishing. Now, as leader of the 197-year-old New York Academy of Sciences since November 2002, Rubinstein developed ground-breaking public/private partnerships in innovation, smart cities, under- and over nutrition, neurodegenerative diseases, and science education. And he has forged an extraordinary network of Nobel Laureates, leading academicians, CEOs and heads of corporate research, and government and UN leaders.

Deborah Wince-Smith
President and CEO, Council on Competitiveness; President, Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils

Deborah Wince-Smith is the President & CEO of the Council on Competitiveness and President of the Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils. She has over 20 years of experience as a senior U.S. government official, as the first Senate-confirmed Assistant Secretary for Technology Policy in the Department of Commerce and Assistant Director for International Affairs in the Reagan White House.
A former member of the board of NASDAQ-OMX, she serves on the board of NanoMech, Inc., the Smithsonian National Board and the Secretary of State's International Economic Policy Advisory Committee. She is the vice-chair of the World Economic Forum?s Global Agenda Council on Competitiveness and the Women Corporate Directors, and a member of Japan?s STS forum.
Ms. Wince-Smith earned a degree in classical archaeology from Vassar College. She earned her master?s degree from King?s College, Cambridge University and she received Honorary Doctorates in Humanities from Michigan State University and the University of Toledo.

Elias Zerhouni
US science envoy; President, Global Research & Development, Sanofi
former Director, US National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Elias Zerhouni, M.D., is the President, Global Research & Development, and a member of the Executive Committee for Sanofi. Dr. Zerhouni?s academic career was spent at the renowned Johns Hopkins University and Hospital where he was professor of Radiology and Biomedical engineering and senior adviser for Johns Hopkins Medicine. He served as Chair of the Russell H. Morgan Department of Radiology and Radiological Sciences, Vice Dean for Research and Executive Vice Dean of the School of Medicine from 1996 to 2002 before his appointment as Director of the National Institutes of Health from 2002 to 2008. In that position he oversaw the NIH?s 27 Institutes and Centers with more than 18,000 employees and a budget of $29.5 billion (2008).

In November 2009, President Obama appointed Dr. Zerhouni as one of the first presidential U.S. science envoys.