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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Alastair Adam
Chair of the Board
Co-CEO, FlatWorld

Suresh Bhat
CFO and Treasurer,
Hewlett Foundation

Fernan Federici
Assistant Professor, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and iBio Millenium Institute

Jenny Machida
Partner, PwC

Alison Mudditt
Chief Executive Officer

Meredith T. Niles
Assistant Professor, Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences & Food Systems Initiative,
University of Vermont

Simine Vazire
Professor, Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences, University of Melbourne

Keith Yamamoto
UCSF, Vice Chancellor for Science Policy and Strategy

Board of Directors

Alastair Adam
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.

Suresh Bhat
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. 

Fernan Federici
Assistant Professor, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and iBio Millenium Institute

Fernan Federici is an assistant professor at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC) and iBio Millenium Institute. He studied two years of Agricultural Engineering at Universidad Nacional de Cuyo, received his B.S. in Biology from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and his Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from the University of Cambridge. Fernan has worked as a junior research assistant at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) and as an international visiting fellow at OpenPlant Centre at the University of Cambridge. His main interest is understanding emergent pattern formation in biological systems. His group and collaborators apply synthetic biology tools and biophysical modeling to address these questions in bacterial populations. Fernan’ s research group also works on the promotion and development of Free/Libre Open Source technologies for research and education in molecular biology and bioengineering. The group is part of the Reagents Collaboration Network (ReClone), the Gathering for Open Science Hardware community (GOSH) and the CYTED-reGOSH network for open technologies in Latin America.

Jenny Machida
Partner, PwC

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.

Alison Mudditt
Chief Executive Officer

Alison Mudditt joined PLOS as Chief Executive Officer in June, 2017, where her primary role is to ensure PLOS’s continuous innovation, bold leadership, and mission-driven differentiation in scientific communication. Prior to PLOS, Alison served as Director of the University of California Press for six years where she ushered in new strategies to lead the Press into the digital age and as Executive Vice President at SAGE Publications, leading publishing programs across books, journals and digital platforms. Her 30 years in the publishing industry also include leadership positions at Blackwell Publishers in Oxford, UK, and Taylor & Francis Inc., in Philadelphia. Alison is a frequent speaker at industry meetings and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Center for Open Science and the Society for Scholarly Publishing, and on the Advisory Board for the Authors’ Alliance. In the past, Alison has also served on the Board of ALPSP, as Vice Chair of the Scientific Publications Committee and a member of the Open Science Committee for the American Heart Association; on the Executive Council of the Professional and Scholarly Publishing Division of the American Association of Publishers; and as Co-Chair of the Dean’s Leadership Council at California State University, Channel Islands.

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.

Simine Vazire
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).

Keith Yamamoto
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.

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