Dr. Marga Gual Soler

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Dr. Marga Gual Soler is a faculty member of the São Paulo Innovation and Science Diplomacy School, the first academic science diplomacy training initiative in the Global South. A Spanish-born biomedical scientist turned global science diplomat, she is currently a scholar with The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), advisor to the EU Horizon2020 Science Diplomacy Cluster, and the founder of the international consultancy SciDipGLOBAL, working with governments, universities, NGOs and multilateral organizations to strengthen science-policy interfaces and promote science for peace and sustainable development. Until 2019, she was a member of the RISE high-level group advising former European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, Carlos Moedas, on a science diplomacy strategy for the EU. Previously she was an assistant research professor at Arizona State University and Senior Project Director at the AAAS Center for Science Diplomacy, where she was instrumental in re-establishing scientific cooperation between the United States and Cuba after the normalization of diplomatic relations in 2015 and was a pioneer in developing the intellectual frameworks for science diplomacy education. In 2019 she participated in Homeward Bound, the largest all-women expedition to Antarctica in history, to promote women’s leadership in climate action. In 2020 she was named a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum (WEF).