International Cooperation for Global Challenges Closing Panel

International Cooperation for Global Challenges Closing Panel

International Cooperation for Global Challenges: 50 Years of Building Research Bridges at IIASA, May 26, 2022, Co-sponsored by the National Academy of Sciences US Committee for IIASA, Friends of IIASA & IIASA, Hosted by the Boston University Pardee School of Global Studies

Global Challenges for the 21st Century

Panel presentation/discussion of key global challenges, the information/analysis needed for informed development of solutions, and IIASA’s role as a center of science diplomacy with a heritage of building research bridges between nations.

Moderator: Margaret Goud Collins (Friends of IIASA)

Panelist respondents: Roger Levien (IIASA Director, 1975-1981)

Albert van Jaarsveld (IIASA Director General)

Margaret Goud Collins (Friends of IIASA)
Since 1997, IIASA has been a central element of Maggie’s career at the intersection of science and policy. She served as Program Director for the U.S. Committee for IIASA from 1997-2012, at both the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the NAS, and served as the IIASA Secretary from 2012-2016. She previously worked for the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, the U.S. Geological Survey, and the NOAA Chief Scientist, as well as the University of the Philippines. Dr. Goud Collins holds degrees in geology and oceanography from Stanford and the MIT/WHOI Joint Program in Oceanography. She was elected an AAAS Fellow in 2008 in Section X: Societal Impacts of Science and Engineering.

Roger E. Levien (Friends of IIASA)
After returning from IIASA, Roger served as Vice President for Strategy at Xerox. Prior to joining IIASA he held senior management positions at The RAND Corporation in Santa Monica and Washington. He earned a PhD in Applied Mathematics (Computer Science) from Harvard and a BS in Engineering from Swarthmore College. He is a member of the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering. The Austrian Government awarded him the Ehrenkreuz First Class for his IIASA service.

Albert van Jaarsveld (International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis)
As Director General, van Jaarsveld is responsible for the formulation, management, and administration of all research programs and other activities at IIASA, where Albert van Jaarsveld leads IIASA on behalf of 23 member countries, in coordinating nearly 400 international staff, and a global research network of around 2,500 scholars and over 600 partner institutions. Prior to joining IIASA, van Jaarsveld was the Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa, and President and CEO of the South African National Research Foundation (NRF). His career in research, teaching, and leadership includes academic and management positions at the Universities of Pretoria and Stellenbosch as Dean of Science, and Professor at Dartmouth College, USA. He obtained his PhD in Zoology from the University of Pretoria, pursued postdoctoral studies and research in conservation biology and global security in Australia and the UK respectively, and completed executive management training at Harvard University. He was appointed full professor at both the Universities of Pretoria and Stellenbosch, and has published in excess of 100 primary research papers, including highly cited works in Science and Nature.

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