Executive Director and Founder
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.
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.
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.
Euphemia is a recent graduate of the College of Agricultural Life Science at The University of Vermont, where she received a B.S. in Environmental Studies with a focus on Sustainability. Her interests for sustainable development and the intersection of science and business ignited during her internship with the Sustainable Economies Program at Manomet, a non-profit headquartered in Massachusetts, where she worked directly with businesses and communities on practices that enhanced their economic viability and quality of life while also reducing their environmental footprint. She also held an internship with ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain in Burlington, Vermont, where she facilitated broad scale access to science education within the Burlington community. She holds special interest in climate change mitigation, renewable energy, and small business sustainability.
Derek's interest in the intersection of stability, food systems, and the environment stems from his work with smallholder farmers in Burkina Faso from 2017-2020. This was a tumultuous time for the 90% agrarian, arid country during an attempted transition to democracy, with escalating attacks related to the War in the Sahel and increasingly unpredictable environmental conditions. Derek has experience organizing participatory rural workshops and running bilingual trainings. He has also spent time translating, drafting, and editing program proposals, budgets, and logframes for a variety of philanthropic and government-linked funders. Derek graduated Summa Cum Laude with a double B.A. in International Relations and French from Eckerd College.
Katie is a recent graduate of Eckerd College, where she received a double B.A. in Biology, with a focus in Ecology, and Environmental Studies. Her interests in land management and environmental education stems from her internship at Boyd Hill, a nature preserve in Saint Petersburg, Florida. There she was able to effectively remove invasive species and become well-versed in plant identification. Katie’s interest in education was also formed through her co-presidency of the beekeeping club at Eckerd College, where she collaborated with the school to create more favorable conditions for the hive. She hopes to work at national parks through environmental education programs to spread knowledge of the importance of environmental sustainability.
Mr. de la Puerta graduated from Eckerd College in 2019 and received a B.A. in French Language as well as a second major in Biochemistry. During his time at Eckerd he worked as a research assistant on two projects in the chemistry department; the synthesis of potential dopamine transporter inhibitors, and the synthesis of novel tridentate ligands to model the active sites of zinc metalloproteases. Upon graduating from Eckerd he worked for two years as an English teaching assistant in Les Mureaux, France through the Teaching Assistant Program in France (TAPIF). Mr. de la Puerta is interested in the fields of International Relations, climate change, and particularly the areas where the Natural Sciences and International Affairs converge. Mr. de la Puerta is fluent in English, Spanish, French, Italian, and is currently studying Arabic at the Arabic Language Institute in Fez, Morocco.
Mr. Greco is an undergraduate student at the University of Florida double majoring in International Studies and Political Science. He is also one of the original members and current Vice President of the Florida John Quincy Adams Society, the university's largest club dedicated to the exploration of International Relations as a field. Mr. Greco simultaneously has been the Undersecretary General for Crisis Committees with the University of Florida Model United Nations team, granting him the opportunity to attend conferences in locations such as Washington D.C. and San Francisco. Mr. Greco holds a special passion for developmental economics, geopolitical affairs, action against climate change, and sustainability.