Meet the team judging the Agents of Change grant awards. The judging panel will evaluate proposals based on the criteria need for nomination:

·         What the initiative intends to achieve and what it has achieved so far (if applicable)

·         How the award money would help to support the initiative

·         The data sources used to identify the need for the initiative, and the data sources that will be used to evaluate the initiative

·         How the project will continue beyond the initial grant

·         The potential impact of the initiative and why the grant of the award would be significant for the initiative.

More panel members will be added as they confirm their participation.

Dr Jess Wade
Dr Jess Wade

Dr Jess Wade

Jess is an excitable scientist with an enthusiasm for equality. She has been widely recognised for her work on improving gender inclusion in science. Jess is a keen Wikipedian, helping to upload the biographies of women, LGBTQ+ and POC scientists - creating one every day in 2018. Jess is a research associate at Imperial College London, UK, and works on organic light emitting diodes that emit circularly polarised light





Dr Thomas Berghöfer
Dr Thomas Berghöfer

Dr Thomas Berghöfer

Thomas Berghöfer is an astrophysicist by training. He received his PhD from the Ludwig Maximillian University of Munich. In 2002, when finishing with his active research career, he became a science programme manager in the German research funding system of the federal government. In 2006 he got started coordinating larger consortia of funding agencies in Europe. With his group at DESY he is supporting and coordinating researchers and funders in the domain of e.g. future emerging technologies and gender equality in research. Till August 2018 he was the coordinator of the EU funded GENERA project. Since May 2018 he is participating in the EU funded ACT project to set up communities of practice to advance gender equality in research institutions and he is the leader of the GENERA Network.


Professor Keith J Bowman

Professor Bowman is the Dean of the College of Engineering and Information Technology Mechanical Engineering at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, USA.

Dr Cathy Foley

Dr Foley has been the CSIRO Chief Scientist since 2018, based in Lindfield, Australia.


Dr Nashwa Eassa

Dr. Nashwa Eassa is an Assistant Professor of Physics at Al Neelain University in Khartoum, Sudan. She earned a Master of Science in Material Physics and Nanotechnology from Linkoping University in Sweden and a PhD in Physics from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) in South Africa. Her current research focuses on development of Titanium oxide nanoparticles and nanotubes structures for water treatment using solar radiation  and solar water splitting using photoelectric chemical cells (PECs) for the generation of hydrogen from water.

Eassa was an OWSD fellow in 2008 and has been an OWSD member since 2009. As an addition to her growing list of nominations and awards, Eassa received the Elsevier Foundation OWSD award 2015 and was elected Vice-President for the Arab Countries in 2016. Eassa founded the Sudanese Women in Science Organization (SWSO) and participates in establishing the OWSD-Sudan National Chapter

Dr Wanda Ward
Dr Wanda Ward

Dr Wanda Ward

Wanda E. Ward is Executive Associate Chancellor for Administration and University Relations in the Office of the Chancellor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), where she serves as Chief of Staff to the Chancellor.
Prior to joining the UIUC, Ward served in various leadership positions throughout her 26 years at the National Science Foundation (NSF). These included Senior Advisor to the Director; Head of the Office of lnternational and Integrative Activities; Deputy Assistant Director for Social,   Behavioral and Economic Sciences; and Deputy Assistant   Director for Education and Human Resources. In addition, she served as Assistant Director for Broadening Participation at the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), White House Executive Office of the President (2015-2017).
Dr. Ward has served on the U.S. President's National Science and Technology Council subcommittees and interagency working groups in the areas of the social, behavioral and economic sciences, and science education and workforce development. At the international level, she served as a member of the International Social Science Council (ISSC) Committee for Developing and Transition Economies (CoDATE) and the ISSC Executive Committee.
Wanda Ward earned her B.A. in Psychology and the Afro-American Studies Certificate from Princeton University and her Ph.D. in Psychology from Stanford University. She was awarded a Ford Foundation Fellowship; the American Psychological Association (APA) Presidential Citation; the Federation of Behavioral, Psychological and Cognitive Sciences Richard T. Louttit Award; the U.S. Presidential Rank Award for Distinguished Executive and the 2019 Broader Impacts Champion Award.

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