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Board of Directors
Chair of the Board; Co-CEO FlatWorld
Alastair Adam received his MA in Law from Cambridge University in 1993. He worked in corporate finance and M&A for Cazenove & Co. in London, before following his wife back to Boston in 1998, where he joined The Parthenon Group, a strategy consulting firm. In 2002, he co-founded The Callidon Group, providing growth strategy and transaction advice to businesses and investors in the Information and Publishing space, including in scientific and scholarly publishing. In 2007, Callidon joined OC&C Strategy Consultants, a multinational firm. In 2014, Alastair led the sale of the business to Oliver Wyman, part of the Marsh & McLelland Companies. He left Oliver Wyman in 2015, to pursue direct investments in Information and Publishing. In August 2016, he and his long-time business partner, John Eielson, acquired FlatWorld with a mission to bring college textbook prices back down to earth. FlatWorld’s high quality, affordable titles are now used by professors in over 1,900 institutions across North America.
CFO, Hewlett Foundation
Suresh Bhat received his B.A. and M.B.A. from the Haas School of Business at University of California, Berkeley. He is currently CFO and Treasurer at the Hewlett Foundation, prior to that, he was CFO at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. Previously, he headed business finance for the Institutional Client and BlackRock Solutions businesses at BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager, overseeing all aspects of financial planning, budgeting, forecasting and analysis. He has held senior roles in financial management and financial planning at Barclay’s Global Investors, where he helped lead its sale to BlackRock, and Charles Schwab & Co., Inc., where he served as division CFO for retail distribution, retirement service and international businesses. He began his career at Deloitte & Touche and served in various finance roles at Bank of America.
Michael W. Carroll
Professor of Law and Director of the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property, American University Washington College of Law
Michael Carroll received his undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago and his JD from Georgetown University Law Center in 1996. Before teaching, he practiced law at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering in Washington, DC and served as clerk to Judge Judith W. Rogers, US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit and to Judge Joyce Hens Green, US District Court for the District of Columbia. Carroll was a founding member of Creative Commons and still serves on its Board of Directors and was on the National Research Council’s Board on Research Data and Information from 2008 to 2013. He is a member of the Editorial Board of I/S: A Journal of Law and Policy for the Information Society, a non-resident Fellow at the Center for Democracy and Technology and a member of the Advisory Board of Public Knowledge.
Jenny Machida received her BA summa cum laude from Yale University and her MBA from the University of California, Berkeley. Machida brings over 15 years of strategy, management consulting and business development experience to her role as Deals Partner at PwC. Prior to working at PwC, Machida was Managing Director at IMB Development where she focused on strategic advisory and planning work for client and partner companies. She co-founded and served as Chief Business Officer at the startup medical diagnostics company Sevident and was Associate Director of a research and advisory center at Columbia University focused on advancing diversity in higher education institutions. She was a Principal at Booz & Company and a Principal and co-founder of the Healthcare and Diversity & Inclusion practice areas at Katzenbach Partners, advising large corporations on competitive strategy, organizational performance and leadership alignment. Past clients include General Motors, the Campbell Soup Company, Pfizer, Aetna and the City of Chicago. Machida serves as Board Chair for e&e Technical Consultants and Executive Vice President at Kerma Medical Products.
Meredith T. Niles
Assistant Professor, Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences & Food Systems Initiative, University of Vermont
Meredith Niles received her PhD in Ecology at the University of California, Davis and completed postdoctoral research at Harvard University with a focus on climate change, food security and integrated crop and livestock systems. As a graduate student she received several fellowships and awards, including a Switzer Foundation Fellowship and the 2010 Emerging Public Policy Leadership Award from the American Institute of Biological Sciences. In 2013 Niles served as Director of Legislative Affairs for the National Association of Graduate-Professional Students, where she advocated for national and state Open Access policies. She has consulted for environmental nonprofit organizations and private industry and has served on the boards of the UC Davis Agricultural Sustainability Institute and the Russell Ranch Research Facility. Prior to her academic career Niles worked at the US State Department.
Professor, Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences, University of Melbourne
Simine Vazire is a professor in the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences at the University of Melbourne. She has two lines of research. One examines people’s self-knowledge of their personality and behaviour and another line of research examines the individual and institutional practices and norms in science, and the degree to which these norms encourage or impede self-correction and credibility. She is Editor in Chief of Collabra: Psychology and has served as an editor at several other journals. She is a board member of the Public Library Of Science and the Berkeley Institute for Transparency in the Social Sciences, was a member of the US National Academy of Science study committee on replicability and reproducibility, and co-founded the Society for the Improvement of Psychological Science (SIPS).
UCSF, Vice Chancellor for Science Policy and Strategy
Keith Yamamoto received his B.S. in Biochemistry and Biophysics from Iowa State University and his Ph.D. in Biochemical Sciences from Princeton University. At UCSF, he has served in several significant leadership roles including chair of the Department of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology, vice dean for research in the School of Medicine, and vice chancellor for research. Yamamoto has also chaired or served on numerous national committees focusing on a wide range of policy and education efforts for researchers and the public. He chairs the Coalition for the Life Sciences and sits on both the National Academy of Medicine Executive Committee and the National Academy of Sciences Division of Earth and Life Studies Advisory Committee. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Medicine, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and American Academy of Microbiology, and is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.