Dr. Chris Golde is a career coach working with PhD students and postdoctoral scholars at Stanford Career Education, the career center at Stanford University. She is on a team of coaches working with PhD students and postdoctoral scholars, from all departments of the University. For over 25 years she has worked in a variety of roles in graduate education, as a student, faculty member, administrator, advocate, researcher, and scholar. She also co-principal investigator on the AAU PhD Education Initiative; the mission of which is to promote more student-centered doctoral education at AAU universities by making diverse PhD career pathways visible, valued, and viable.
Dr. Chris Hartgerink is a meta-researcher with a broad interest in how the systems we operate in affect the decisions we are able to make, shifting the balance of responsibility from the individual to the system they’re in. In 2020, he defended his PhD thesis entitled “Contributions towards understanding and building sustainable science” from Tilburg University. Integrating meta-research, sociology, and economics, he’s now building an organization, Liberate Science, an organization that aims to liberate (research) workers by bringing democracy and equality to academia.
Miguel Heinonen is an entrepreneur who has worked in the startup community across the United States and United Kingdom. He is the founder and CEO of Heirizon, an employment marketplace that pairs employee with employers. Heirizon collates jobs by geography to make sure that out users can find employment conveniently. Miguel bootstrapped and built from the ground up, and he is an expert in building companies with little to no financial resources.
He also serves as a board member, advisor and avid YouTuber.
Roger Royse is a partner in the Palo Alto office of Haynes and Boone, LLP and practices in the areas of corporate and securities law, domestic and international tax, mergers and acquisitions, and fund formation. He works with companies ranging from newly formed tech startups to publicly traded multinationals in a variety of industries.
Roger is a Fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel and former chair of several committees of the American Bar Association Sections of Business Law and Taxation. He has been an instructor or professor of legal, tax and business topics for the Center for International Studies in Salzburg, Austria, as well as the Golden Gate University School of Law and Stanford Continuing Studies. Roger also authored the book “Dead on Arrival: How to Avoid the Legal Mistakes That Could Kill Your Start-Up.”
Dr. Alessandro Crimi is an Italian-born researcher turned educator and entrepreneur. He holds a PhD in Medical Imaging from the University of Copenhagen and an MBA in International Healthcare Management from the University of Basel. He alternated formal research in neuroimaging to healthcare-related projects, mostly based in Ghana. Since 2012, he is a Visiting Lecturer of the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences in Ghana. Among his achievements to date, he pulled off a prenatal care project which was using portable ultrasound machines in rural Ghana, and supervised talented PhD students as a part of the program “Women in science for the developing world.”
Currently, he is focused on building two startups:
1. Yawlab, which aims to empower the global South with tools and education about biotech (now registered in Ghana);
2. QC4All, which aims to prepare the global South for the next revolution in quantum computing (in the foundation phase).
Ultimately, the two projects should converge into quantum chemistry simulations.
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