Based in Oxfordshire, Bernie works on a number of projects in the science-policy-development-communications nexus. In addition to his work at STI4D, He is leader of the Smart Villages Initiative, concerning holistic rural development and off-grid energy provision. He was formerly Media Programme Director of the Biosciences for Farming in Africa (B4FA) project. He has extensive experience of working with international academies of science, as Head of International Policy at the Royal Society, Executive Director of EASAC, and interim Executive Director of the InterAcademy Panel and InterAcademy Medical Panel. He has also worked elsewhere in the non-profit sector, as International Director of Shaw Trust, and in the corporate sector in a variety of roles at British Airways. Bernie is a graduate of the Universities of Cambridge and Edinburgh, in Computer Science, Experimental Psychology, and Cognitive Science.
Claudia is based in Geneva. Her training includes a first degree in Environmental Biology from the University of Reading and a DPhil in Plant Sciences from the University in Oxford. She has 10 years of experimental experience in plant sciences research, and a near decade experience in science communication and technology transfer initiatives in Asian and Sub-Saharan Africa countries.
Based at Cambridge Sir Brian Heap is a Distinguished Fellow of the Centre of Development Studies and Honorary Fellow of St Edmund’s College, Cambridge, where he was a former Master. Previously, he was Director of the Institute of Animal Physiology and Genetics Research (Babraham and Roslin), and Director of Research at the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council. He was Honorary Professor at the University of Nottingham, President of the European Academies Science Advisory Council, President of the Institute of Biology, President of the International Society of Science and Religion, and is Chief Scientific Advisor to the Malaysian Commonwealth Study Centre and the Cambridge Malaysian Education and Development Trust, and a Trustee of the Cambridge China Development Trust. Elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1989, he held posts as Foreign Secretary and Vice-President from 1996 to 2001.
STI4D also works with a number of other consultants, experts and associates, as well as partner organisations, on different projects.