Advisory Board

The following prominent experts offered their expertise and support to SPEAR:

Prof. Claudine Hermann
The European Platform for Women Scientists

Claudine Hermann (born 1945) is Honorary Professor of Physics at Ecole Polytechnique, the most renowned French engineering school. She is alumna of Ecole Normale Supérieure de Jeunes Filles and her PhD (1976) was in Solid State Physics. She was the first woman ever appointed Professor at Ecole Polytechnique (1992). Since then, in parallel with her activities in Physics, she has been studying the situation of women scientists in Western Europe and promoting science for girls, by papers and conferences, in France and abroad. At the European Union, she was a member of the expert group that produced the 'ETAN report' on Women in Academia in Western Europe (2000); she was a French member of the Women and Science ('Helsinki') Group at DG Research between 1999 and her retirement at the end of 2005. A co-founder and the first president of the French Femmes & Sciences (Women and Science) association, she is now its President of honour. A founding member of the European Platform of Women Scientists EPWS, she was its Vice-President (2009-2017) and is its President since 2017. She is involved in various activities related to scientific culture. She is the author of 85 refereed papers in physics, of 45 papers in the field of promotion of science among young people and on the analysis of the situation of women in scientific and technical careers.

Prof. Dr. Martina Schraudner
Head of Department
Fraunhofer Center for Responsible Research and Innovation

Prof. Dr. Martina Schraudner heads the Fraunhofer Center for Responsible Research and Innovation and has been on the board of acatech- Deutsche Akademie der Technikwissenschaften e.V. since January 2018. After studying biology and biotechnology and obtaining her doctorate at the Technical University of Munich, she held various positions at the Gesellschaft für Umwelt und Gesundheitsforschung München (gsf), the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH) and the Forschungszentrum Jülich (FZJ) since 1993. Starting in 2001, she was initially involved in the research planning of the Fraunhofer headquarter with the development of institutes of the former GMD into the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and the expansion of the Life Sciences division as well as the development of the Medical Technology Topic Group. Since 2008, she has developed and established the Center for Responsible Research in Innovation.

Prof. Dr. Martina Schraudner heads the department "Gender and Diversity in Technology and Product Development" at the Technical University of Berlin. She deals with methods, instruments and processes that make diversity accessible and usable for organizations and companies.

Martina Schraudner is active in national and international selection committees for application-oriented research and innovation projects, among others for the expert group "Structural Change" of the EU. She is a member of the University Council of the University of Paderborn, of the Board of Trustees of the European Academy for Women in Politics and Business (EAF) and of the Board of the Competence Centre for Technik-Diversity-Chancengleichheit e.V.

Prof. Jeremy Sanders
Emeritus Professor of Chemistry and former Pro-Vice-Chancellor at the University of Cambridge

Prof. Jeremy Sanders is Emeritus Professor of Chemistry and former Pro-Vice-Chancellor at the University of Cambridge. Jeremy studied for his B.Sc. in Chemistry at Imperial College, London and for his PhD at the University of Cambridge. After a postdoctoral year at Stanford he returned to Cambridge in 1973 to a junior academic post in Chemistry. He became a full Professor in 1996, and served as Head of Chemistry, then Head (=Dean) of Physical Sciences and finally as Pro-Vice-Chancellor (PVC) until his formal retirement in 2015.

His responsibilities as PVC included the wellbeing of 11,000 staff, and particularly Equality and Diversity. He created the Returning Careers Scheme to catalyze the return to research of staff who have taken extended leave for family reasons. He is one of the “175 Faces” recognized by the Royal Society of Chemistry for his contributions to Equality and Diversity. He remains active in research, is currently Editor-in-Chief of Royal Society Open Science, and a member of the Council of Imperial College. He is also Chair of the Athena Forum, which advocates for greater diversity in science, technology and medicine in the UK.

Alexandra Palt
Chief Corporate Responsibility Officer and Executive Vice President of the L’Oreal Foundation

A lawyer by training, Alexandra specialized in human rights. She began her career at a law firm and then worked for Amnesty International in Germany.
In 2003, she joined IMS-Entreprendre pour la Cité, a business driven membership organization working on CSR. She focused on diversity management, community involvement and urban regeneration. In 2006, Alexandra joined HALDE (French Equal Opportunities and Anti-Discrimination Commission) as Director, Promotion of Equality. In 2008, she founded Fabric of Society, a strategic consultancy firm specializing in change management and sustainability, advising large companies on their CSR policies. Alexandra Palt joined L'Oréal in February 2012 as Chief Sustainability Officer. In 2013, she launched Sharing Beauty With All, L’Oréal’s sustainability program, which sets commitments for 2020 addressing the company’s impact across its value chain. In 2014, L’Oréal released its Zero Deforestation policy, a policy driven by Alexandra Palt and whose ambition is well recognized, particularly by NGOs. In 2015, just before COP21 Alexandra Palt finalised L’Oréal new commitment: to become a “carbon balanced” company by 2020. The same year, Jean-Paul Agon decided to have the CSR & Sustainable Development Department reporting directly to him, demonstrating the strategic importance of the Sharing Beauty With All program for all functions, brands, divisions and countries. Since 2016, criteria related to the progress of the Group’s sustainability commitment have been factored into the bonuses of all L’Oréal brand managers and country managers, making the environmental and social performance of L’Oréal a new performance indicator. In September 2017, Alexandra was appointed Chief Corporate Responsibility Officer, becoming Executive Vice President of the L’Oréal Foundation in addition to her role as head of the CSR & Sustainability Department. This nomination aims to ensure greater strategic coherence between the activities that L’Oréal is leading, on the one hand, to integrate sustainable development throughout its value chain and, on the other hand, its various philanthropic contributions.

Dr. Rachel Louise Palmén
Member of the coordinating team for the H2020 Gender project ACT

Dr. Rachel Louise Palmén is Senior Researcher at the Gender and ICT Research Group at NOTUS, Applied Social Research, Spain.

Dr. Palmén specialises in Political Sciences, Sociology and Cultural Studies and has extensive experience with gender equality research, projects, and change work, she is particularly interested in gender equality in science, Gendered Innovations, gender equality plans, and evaluation and impact assessment. She works on co-design processes with an applied focus for institutional change to unleash the potential for a science free from gender biases and the subsequent innovations that this entails.

My main research interests include the evaluation and impact assessment of gender equality policies and integrating the gender dimension into scientific content, in the realm of RTDI. As part of the Gender and ICT research team based at the IN3 (Internet Interdisciplinary Institute)  I am coordinating the case study work of the EFFORTI project which aims to develop an Evaluation Framework for Promoting Gender Equality in R&I.  On behalf of Notus: Applied Social Research I take part in the TARGET project which helps seven institutions (RPOs, RFOs and a network of universities) implement a tail-made gender equality plan. I formed part of the GenPORT consortium which was an FP7 support and coordination action to develop an internet portal for sharing knowledge and inspiring collaborative action on gender and science. I also form part of the ACT project coordinating team – which aims to establish and provide support to at least seven communities of practice implementing gender equality plans and promoting the integration of the gender dimension in research content throughout Europe and beyond.

Camilla Kruse
Partner, National Talent Lead and Talent Lead for Deloitte Consulting Denmark

Ms. Camilla Kruse has a master’s degree in International Development and Geography from Roskilde University. During her studies, she did field work in Zimbabwe and an internship in Ghana with Danida/Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark focusing on cultural perceptions of health and illness and the meeting of traditional medicine and biomedicine. Her master’s thesis centered around cultural perceptions of women and sexuality in Europe in the 19th century and why the image of “otherness” is present there as well as in perceptions of the link between “otherness” and sexuality in explaining the spread of HIV/AIDS on the African continent in the 20th century.

Camilla Kruse has worked for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Malawi as a program officer overseeing projects supporting female empowerment and sexual health education in primary and secondary schools as well as local communities. Transferring back to Denmark due to family reasons, Camilla has worked with local authorities and the Local Government Denmark (Kommunernes Landsforening) driving change, optimization and transformation projects in approximately 50 of the 98 municipal authorities in Denmark. Since 2009, Camilla has worked as a consultant with Deloitte Consulting where she has been responsible for a number of projects in the Danish public sector around organizational and digital transformation. Camilla is talent leader in Deloitte Consulting and since 2018, Camilla has filled the role as National Talent Leader in Deloitte Denmark where she is part of the executive team. Camilla is responsible for the strategic direction on attracting, developing and retaining talents which includes driving the respect & inclusion agenda. Under this agenda, several initiatives have been designed that target both males and females to increase equality and diversity. Camilla chairs the Danish steering group on diversity that encompasses LGBT+, female networks, and expat communities. Furthermore, Camilla is head of HR and responsible for leadership development, cross cutting attraction and training efforts.