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ISGP Staff


George H. Atkinson, Ph.D
Founder and Executive Director

Dr. Atkinson is an Emeritus Professor of Chemistry, Biochemistry and Optical Science at the University of Arizona. His professional career includes academic teaching, research, administration, roles as a corporate founder and executive, and public service at the federal level. He is former Head of the Department of Chemistry at the University of Arizona, the founder of a laser sensor company serving the semiconductor industry, and Science and Technology Advisor (STAS) to U.S. Secretaries of State Colin Powell and Condoleeza Rice. In 2014, Dr. Atkinson was named president of Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society. Based on principles derived from his personal experiences, he launched the ISGP in 2008 as a new type of international forum in which credible experts provide governmental and societal leaders with the objective understanding of the science and technology that can be reasonably anticipated to help shape the increasingly global societies of the 21st century.



Brian D. Akpan
Adjunct Fellow

Mr. Akpan is a graduate of the University of Arizona in the field of Materials Science and Engineering. During his time in college, he was heavily influenced by an interest in sustainable and environmentally sound materials. He is deeply motivated to help the world operate efficiently by including a firm foundation of science, materials, and a pro-environmental, sustainable approach to creating new products. Brian seeks to add value to the ISGP by bringing a strong reporting capability on research papers from the scientific to the public sphere.



Daniela Baeza, B.A.
Senior Fellow and Senior Leadership Team

Ms. Baeza Breinbauer is currently a Project Officer & Researcher at LSE Consulting, and a Contributing Researcher with the Economist Intelligence Unit. She has previously consulted for a variety of government and non-government institutions including the United Nations, European Commission, EU Committee of the Regions, and the Government of India. Her work as a Contributing Researcher at the Economist Intelligence Unit is focused on a project in partnership with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Centre for Health Security and the Nuclear Threat Initiative. The project aims to develop a Global Health Security Index to assess a country’s technical, financial, socioeconomic, and political capabilities to prevent, detect, and rapidly respond to epidemic threats with international implications. She holds an M.Sc. in International Development Management with a focus on Economics from the London School of Economics, and a double B.A. with Honours in Global Affairs/International Relations and Political Science, with a focus on Human Rights Law, from Eckerd College.



NiCole Bice, B.A.
Program Coordinator & Senior Leadership Team

Mrs. Bice has a diverse background in both education and business experience. Before joining the ISGP,  she was an Academic Coordinator at a Professional Sports Academy and has served as an Administrator, Lab Facilitator, Teacher, and Curriculum Supervisor at a variety of schools and organizations. She attended the University of Arizona in Tucson and graduated with a B.A. degree.  She has a lifelong interest in education, business, and current science-related topics. She recently received certifications in both global education perspectives and business management.



Jennifer Boice, M.B.A
Program Coordinator

Ms. Boice worked for 25 years in the newspaper industry, primarily at the Tucson Citizen and briefly at USA Today. She was the Editor of the Tucson Citizen when it was closed in 2009.  Additional appointments at the Tucson Citizen included Business News Editor, Editor of the Online Department, and Senior Editor.  She also was a business columnist.  Ms. Boice received her M.B.A. from the University of Arizona and graduated from Pomona College in California with a degree in economics.



Ciaran Fitzpatrick, B.S.

Mr. Fitzpatrick recently graduated with Honors from Eckerd College, where he received a B.S. in Biology, as well as a second major in International Relations & Global Affairs. At Eckerd, he was a Ford Apprentice Scholar, and investigated the efficacy of intercropping in agriculture. He also worked as a cell biology research assistant, studying C. elegans as model genetic organisms for Parkinson’s disease. In the Summer of 2018, he completed an internship with Heart to Heart International, an organization that provides health access, humanitarian development, and crisis relief locally and abroad. He hopes to become a biological researcher, using scientific communication to bridge the gap between research and policy. He takes special interest in the fields of food security and sustainability, global health, climate change, ecology, biodiversity, and genomics.



Roxanne Hoorn, B.A.
Adjunct Fellow

Ms. Hoorn's background is in science communication, research, ethics, and food systems. She is a graduate of Eckerd College, receiving two bachelor's degrees in Biology and Philosophy, respectively. She also served as Science Outreach Club President and Varsity Ethics Bowl Team Co-Captain while at Eckerd. Roxanne has worked as a lab teaching assistant in biology and genetics, STEM educator for Florida non-profits, farm hand and manager around North America, Food Systems Associate in Northern Michigan, and currently works on an urban hydroponics farm in St. Petersburg, Florida. She seeks to communicate science to diverse audiences and find tangible, science-based solutions to environmental and humanitarian issues within our local and global food system.



Aubrey Paris, Ph.D.
Senior Fellow

Dr. Paris is a Senior Fellow at the Institute on Science for Global Policy (ISGP). She also serves as manager and founding co-host of ISGP's biweekly podcast, The Forum, which specializes in the translation of complex scientific advances for the general public and has attracted listeners in over 100 countries. Concurrently, Dr. Paris is the 2019-2020 IEEE-USA Science and Engineering Diplomacy Fellow at the U.S. Department of State. Previously, she was an NSF Graduate Research Fellow and Energy and Climate Scholar at Princeton University, where her research involved the discovery and optimization of catalysts active in the electrochemical transformation of carbon dioxide to chemical feedstocks and fuels. She has also worked on projects related to Chinese financing of coal-fired power plants in water-insecure regions and the future of U.S. nuclear energy in the face of climate change. Dr. Paris received her Ph.D. in Chemistry and Materials Science from Princeton University (2019), M.A. in Chemistry from Princeton University (2017), and B.S. degrees in Chemistry and Biology from Ursinus College (2015).



Margaret Patkus, B.A.

Ms. Margaret Patkus double majored in Environmental Studies and Race & Ethnic Studies at St. Olaf College (Northfield, MN). Her passions for food justice, community health, and food system sustainability were ignited during her internship as an educator with the Poughkeepsie Farm Project (Poughkeepsie, NY) during the summer of 2016. This led her to pursue several community engagement roles with non-profit organizations as well as a semester in Italy studying the economics and culture of sustainable food systems. Margaret began her position as a Fellow with the ISGP in September 2019, contributing to internal research efforts and stakeholder identification/engagement associated with the planning of prospective ISGP programs. This work has spanned topics such as global bioeconomy development, agricultural biotechnology, agroecology/soil health, climate change impacts on the nutritional quality of food, and food traceability. Most recently, Margaret has played a key supportive role in the development and organization of the ISGP Sustainable Agriculture: The Role of Plant Breeding Innovation (SA-PB) program anticipated to convene in November 2020.



Allison Rose
Adjunct Fellow

Allison Rose is a current undergraduate at the University of California, Davis majoring in International Agriculture Development and minoring in Community Nutrition. Allison has a longstanding love of science demonstrated through her completion of a biomedical program in high school. She also is committed to environmental responsibility, demonstrated by her role as the president of her high school's sustainability program​. Allison's interest in food and nutrition spans her personal and professional life - alongside her studies, she maintains a food blog. Allison hopes to work in food and agriculture policy in the future, helping to spread sustainable and factual knowledge across the globe.



Christopher Samuel
Senior Fellow and Special Advisor

Chris Samuel has 20+ years of global communications and public affairs expertise in the food and agriculture (Bayer, Monsanto), consumer goods (P&G), healthcare (J&J), industrial (Siemens), and non-profit sectors in highly-regulated, fast-paced and matrix environments in developed and developing markets. He has a consistent record of award-winning results on reputation, communications [Cannes Lion], marketing, public policy, market access, sustainability, and crisis management. As CEO of C-SAM Global Public Affairs Strategy, he provides insight-led strategy and integrated services to enhance sustainability impacts, reputation, access, and people capability. As Director of Global Corporate Preparedness and Engagement at Bayer/Monsanto, he led strategy to promote and protect the world #1 agriculture company’s reputation, biotech and data science technologies on sustainability, human rights, transparency, safety, and trade issues. He also led strategy to shape stakeholder awareness and public policy on gene editing and GMOs. He also led 15+ NGO and Government partnerships on nutrition security, sustainable agriculture and landscapes, education, and housing with Conservation International, UNICEF, Habitat for Humanity, Room to Read, Child Rights and You, and others. Chris served as the Chair of CropLife’s Communications Committee, Co-Chair of the U.S.-ASEAN Business Council Food & Agriculture Committee, and represented Bayer at BIO, Consumer Brands Association, World Economic Forum, World Business Council for Sustainable Development, and CRISPRcon Advisory Council. He was an Adjunct Professor of Corporate Affairs at the Singapore Management University, and Xavier Institute of Communications. Chris is also a Board Member at STAGES St. Louis, and Co-founder of Thespo - India’s #1 youth theatre festival.



Cleo Warner, B.A.
Senior Fellow

Ms. Warner is currently a research assistant and technical writer for the Exhibits Team at the Natural History Museum of Utah, where she writes a variety of interpretive materials for public display and distribution, assists in graphic and 3D design, conducts oral histories, and engages in image research. In addition to her role with ISGP as a Senior Fellow, she co-hosts, writes, and audio edits for ISGP’s podcast, The Forum. Ms. Warner most recently completed her Master’s of Science in Environmental Humanities at the University of Utah where her research focused on climate communication and the intersections of environmental justice, place studies, and urban food systems. She received a double B.A. with High Honors in Literature and Environmental Studies from Eckerd College.



Kat Wheeler, B.A
Program Director and Senior Fellow

In her position as Program Director for the ISGP, Kat Wheeler plays an integral leadership role in the conceptualization, design, organization, and implementation of ISGP programs. Kat initiated her work at the ISGP in 2019 as Associate Program Director for the FDA sponsored ISGP Innovative Foods and Ingredients Conference in June 2019 which engaged over 70 senior leaders from the private sector, public advocacy, governmental, and scientific and technological communities. Subsequently, Kat has engaged in topics spanning food traceability, climate impacts on agriculture, plant breeding, agricultural sustainability, communication and food labeling, medical supply chain security, and veterinary medical countermeasures, among others. Prior to her time at the ISGP, Kat carried out work in support of farm to school in Michigan, conducted research on coffee farmers' views on third party certifications in Costa Rica, and volunteered for farmworker rights in Florida. Kat received a B.A. in Environmental Studies with a minor in Biology from Eckerd College.