Science, technology and innovation policy

Global Science Forum Bureau members


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Dr. Amanda Collis, Chair

Born in London in 1968, Amanda Collis has a degree in plant sciences from King’s College – University of London (UK)  and a PhD in fungal molecular biology from the University of Edinburgh (UK).  Since January 2022, Amanda is chairman of the OECD Global Science Forum.  Amanda is the Executive Director of Research Strategy and Programmes at UK Research and Innovation – Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council.  She has been in this role since 2016 and her responsibilities cover discovery bioscience, interdisciplinary research, strategic research, new technologies, research infrastructures and international partnerships. Amanda has broad experience in research strategy and policy, including time spent on secondment to the Houses of Parliament, Research Councils UK and detached duty to the British Consulate General - Boston. Amanda is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology. 


Dr. Patrick MONFRAY

Dr. Patrick Monfray is research director at French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS/IPSL) and adviser of French Ministry of Higher Education and Research (MESR). Initially trained in quantum physics, he developed, after a PhD on global carbon cycle, the French components of the atmospheric CO2 monitoring network (now ICOS) and of the oceanic carbon modelling coupled to the climate (now GCP). In 2000s, he was involved in space observation with CNES and in North-South cooperation with IRD, then director of ocean and atmosphere department at CNRS Headquarter. In early 2010s, he was deputy head of Environment, Ecosystem and Biological Resources Department of the National Research Agency (ANR), and chaired the European Joint Programming Initiative on Climate and the international Belmont Forum on Environmental Change.
More recently, he was deputy director of Research and Innovation Strategy Department at MESR in charge, within and cross disciplines, of international activities (European Union and beyond, incl. G7 and OECD). He was also in charge of the coordination of the scientific contribution on the French Roadmap to reach the Agenda 2030 of Sustainable Development Goals. He is also involved in the R&I cooperation between African Union and European Union on climate risk reduction and resilience.




Dr. Susumu Kajiwara

Dr. Susumu Kajiwara is a professor and the dean of School of Life Science and Technology, Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech). His major field is molecular biology and he earned a doctorate in science. After working a brewery company in Japan, he moved to Tokyo Tech. He was a full professor of Tokyo Tech from 2012 to 2019 then appointed as a vice president of Tokyo Tech from 2018 to 2019.

He was the deputy director for nanotechnology and materials R&D policies, Council of Science and Technology Policy (CSTP), Cabinet Office of Japan (2003-2005). From 2019 to 2021, he was the deputy director-general, Science and Technology Policy Bureau, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). During that term, he joined OECD-CSTP and OECD-GSF as a Japanese delegate.





Dr. Kendra Sharp

As Head of the Office of International Science and Engineering, Dr. Sharp oversees NSF’s international strategy, including the establishment of bilateral and multilateral joint research funding opportunities. Dr. Sharp has been a faculty member in mechanical engineering at Oregon State University (OSU) since 2010 and held the Evans Professorship of Humanitarian Engineering from 2015 to 2020. At OSU, she also served as the university’s Senior Advisor for Global Affairs and as Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Development. Prior to OSU, she was a faculty member at The Pennsylvania State University (2002-2009) and an American Association for the Advancement of Science/American Institute of Physics Congressional Science Fellow (2001). She has extensive international research and teaching experience in New Zealand, Pakistan, The Netherlands, among other countries. She is a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. She earned both a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering and a Ph.D. in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She holds Master’s degrees from the University of Cambridge and the University of California at Berkeley.


Dr. Inkyoung Sun

Dr. Inkyoung Sun is a research fellow at the Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI) in Korea. As a policy analyst, Dr. Sun studies what shapes science, technology, and innovation (STI) policy decisions and how the policy decision leads to the difference in the national innovation ecosystem and competitiveness in STI. Much of her recent work examines how countries foster STI for grand challenges and how international collaboration enriches the national creativity and competitiveness in STI. 

Since 2020, Dr. Sun has worked as a delegation of Korea to the Global Science Forum (GSF) in OECD and served as a steering/expert group member in the OECD projects including ‘Integrity and security within the global research ecosystem’ and ‘STI financing for the SDGs.’ In 2021, she has also joined the UNESCO Science and Technology Policy Asian Network (STEPAN) as a vice-chair in the theme of SDGs Technologies. In addition to the multilateral engagement, she has actively consulted the governments of Sri Lanka, Laos PDR, Nepal, and Brazil to develop their national STI policies.

She holds her Ph.D. in Science and Technology Policy from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) and her M.A. in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania in the United States. Prior to her current position, she worked in global companies in the automotive and information sectors.



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