HB3 (2018-19) PARTICIPANTS
The 80 women selected for the third Homeward Bound Program all have a background (that is a degree qualification, or equivalent) in science, technology, engineering, mathematics or medicine (STEMM). They cover a broad range of professions, occupations and career levels, and were selected based on their potential to have an impact on decision making as it relates to the state of the planet and its inhabitants. Pathways and mechanisms for having impact form a core part of our program, and the ongoing intention of Homeward Bound is to develop a 1000-strong network of women leaders collaborating and supporting each other in changing the face of leadership and managing our ‘planet as home’, for the better.
This cohort of women were introduced into their collaborative online Homeward Bound program in December 2018, and will voyage to Antarctica on-board the MV Ushuaia for program delivery and the experience of a lifetime from 31 December 2018 to 19 January 2019. Joining the ranks of the 152 alumnae who have taken the Homeward Bound journey before them, post-voyage debriefing and learning extensions will cement their experience and further support them in taking what they’ve learnt out into the world.
Aditi has a Bachelor’s of Engineering (Honors) post which she completed an executive MBA. She has been part of the technology world for past 13 years and has won several accolades for her work. Passionate about problem solving by use of technology she has been part of 16 Projects across multiple sectors – Utilities, Pharmaceuticals, Services, Infrastructure, Chemical, Metals etc. For past three years Aditi has been working on Clean Energy Projects with a focus on technology Innovation. She believes more diversity in STEMM leads to a stronger science talent pool and increases our changes of resolving challenging problems. She is excited to represent India as part of HB2019 and hopes to be an active contributor of this initiative to bring change..!!
Golden Gate National Park Conservancy, Alcatraz Island Visitor Associate
Amelia is a geologist, environmentalist, conservationist, and adventurer. She earned a BS in geology from Wayne State University and an MS in geothermal energy from the University of Iceland. She has worked in renewable energy and environmental remediation and currently works in San Francisco for the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, a non-profit that supports 37 Bay Area parks. Amelia has lived, worked, and studied on three continents and looks forward to exploring the southernmost continent with her colleagues. Through this opportunity, she hopes to develop her leadership skills and be a better mentor to the next generation of STEM women.
Clinical Neuropsychologist and Research Fellow, National Ageing Research Institute. Neuropsychiatry Unit, Royal Melbourne Hospital. Academic Unit for Psychiatry of Old Age, The University of Melbourne (Huntington’s disease lab head)
Victoria, Australia, originally from Malaysia
Dr Anita Goh is a neuropsychologist and scientist who is committed to improving the life and health of older people. Anita’s work focuses on optimising mental health and wellbeing, and dementia prevention and care. She is passionate about creating a future-friendly environment for our ageing population, which requires strong research and fundamental changes throughout healthcare organisations and in policy. Anita’s personal mission is to always empower and inspire people to be the best, most authentic, versions of themselves, and enable them to learn and grow beyond their current bounds. She is committed to gender equality and is proud to be part of the collective that is making significant improvements for women in STEMM. Many moons ago, she won trophies for latin dancing but nowadays is more often found dancing the Hokey Pokey with her children.
Partner, Vista Advisory
Bec uses her environmental science background, policy skills and a naturally inquiring mind to objectively and credibly tell the story of what is happening in Australian Government programs and policies, particularly in water, energy and the environment. As a public sector evaluator and performance auditor she advocates for improved public sector leadership, decision-making, policy outcomes and performance. She is passionate about Australia achieving its economic, social and environmental goals effectively, efficiently and ethically. Bec is also eager to motivate girls into science, policy and decision-making careers for their benefit and ours. She has two young daughters and hikes Australian mountains, with the group she established, to keep sane and fit.
Cara M. Doherty
Research Scientist, CSIRO Manufacturing,
Cara undertook her PhD studies in Physical Chemistry at the University of Melbourne, developing electrode materials for lithium-ion batteries. She is currently a materials research scientist at CSIRO Manufacturing. Her current research efforts are to develop cutting-edge materials used for the benefit of the environment including sensors for toxic water systems, energy storage devices and membranes for fuel cells in electric cars. Cara is passionate about communicating her science to the wider community and is keen to cultivate the natural curiosity of young kids to ensure that their interest in how the world works continues throughout their lives.
Professor of Meteorology,
University of Northern Colorado
Colorado, United States
Cindy Shellito is passionate about engaging students in learning about climate change and inspiring them to seek ways to take action. Her PhD focused on using numerical models to simulate warm climates in Earth’s deep past. Her work now focuses more on understanding the impacts of modern global warming. In 2015, she was awarded a Fulbright grant that supported a 6-month collaboration with colleagues in Ecuador where she taught meteorology and studied weather patterns in the Andes. She loves being outdoors, learning new languages, and finding ways to share her experiences through writing and art.
PhD candidate, University of Wollongong
NSW, Australia, originally Germany
Claudia studied Biochemistry in Germany and Medical Biology in Sweden before she moved all across the globe to Wollongong, Australia to start a PhD. At the Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute, she investigates apolipoprotein-D, a protein which protects from Alzheimer’s disease. Bridging between protein and lipid biochemistry, she works on the structure and function of apolipoprotein-D to understand the interplay both of them. Along her personal journey, Claudia was inspired by strong female scientists to advocate for women in science and in leading positions herself. While passionate about her work, Claudia also enjoys climbing and swimming in the ocean.
Chunguang (Charlotte) Wang
CEO and founder of EQuota Energy
Chunguang Wang is CEO and founder of EQuota Energy, striving to deliver innovative and scalable impact to China’s energy and GHG emission challenges. Charlotte’s passion for constantly improving the data analytics capability across a growing range of building types, to reduce energy usage and provide predictive maintenance in an innovative way, is a driving force behind EQuota. Charlotte is a serial entrepreneur, with strong credentials in the Washington State Government and at the China Development Bank, Fraunhofer and MIT. Charlotte holds a BA in computer science from Dordt College, and an MSc in system design and management from MIT. Charlotte was selected as an Echoing Green Climate Fellow in 2016, Harvard China SEED Senior Fellow in 2012, and she received the Jack Tang Fellowship (MITEI) for Inner-Mongolia Renewable Energy Development and Sustainability in 2010.
Research Scientist at DATA61 CSIRO
Victoria, Australia, Originally from New Zealand
Dr Deidre Cleland is a Research Scientist in the DATA61 Molecular and Materials Modelling Team at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). Originally from New Zealand, Deidre gained a Bachelors degree at the University of Otago, and then relocated to the UK to complete her PhD at the University of Cambridge. Deidre’s research at DATA61 in Melbourne is now focused on developing software for modelling the behaviour and properties of molecules and materials. Deidre loves being back in Australasia, where she can spend more time with family and explore the beautiful NZ and Australian outdoors as much as possible.
Ginger is a business analyst with experiences in science research, private industry and the Australian public service. She has worked on various IT projects, such as the Passport Redevelopment Program, Country of Origin Labelling and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system. With a MSc in Zoology, she is passionate about science and environmental conservation and researched the impact of climate change on insect pest management. Ginger hopes to contribute to the science community by strengthening the communications between businesses, researchers, and the public service, and by building a sustainable future. Ginger enjoys doing circus aerials, especially trapeze, and plays roller derby.
Policy and Advice Officer in Marine Ornithology
In her job as a marine ornithologist, Helen combines her research interests with policy by advising government on how seabirds are affected by human activities such as renewable energy developments at sea and fisheries. Helen has a PhD and MSc in ecology, a BA in English, a teaching qualification and used to be a zoo keeper. She has worked around the world on conservation and science projects and loves working collaboratively. Helen is passionate about encouraging a greater respect for our natural world and working to ensure women’s voices are heard when important decisions are being made.
Professor, The University of Melbourne
Karin is a Professor in the School of Computing and Information Systems and Deputy Director of the Health and Biomedical Informatics Centre at the University of Melbourne. Trained as a computational linguist at the University of Edinburgh, Karin works at the intersection of technology, science, and medicine, and believes that her computational and data science skills are critical for addressing humanity’s biggest challenges. Born in Senegal in West Africa to Dutch parents, raised in America, married to a Spaniard, and living in Australia, she is mom to three girls, each with three passports, two languages, and a world of opportunities.
Assistant Professor, California State University Northridge
Los Angeles, California, United States
Dr. Kerry Nickols is an interdisciplinary scientist who integrates ecology and oceanography to study coastal marine ecosystems and climate change. Her research centers around issues related to marine conservation, such as the design and evaluation of Marine Protected Areas and the impacts of anthropogenic stressors on marine populations. She holds a B.A. in Integrative Biology and Earth and Planetary Science from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of California, Davis. Dr. Nickols grew up in California and is passionate about making science accessible to communities and managers in California and beyond.
Postdoctoral Researcher University of Strathclyde, Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Science,
Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
Kirsty has a degree in Biochemistry and Immunology and a multidisciplinary PhD spanning biochemistry, biophysics and microbiology. She is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Strathclyde working in collaboration with industry partners. She interested in antimicrobial resistance and the fight against “superbugs”. She loves the outdoors and enjoys Scottish hillwalking and mountaineering, skiing and kayaking. Kirsty is also Duke of Edinburgh’s Award expedition leader and holds the UK Mountain Leader Award. She is looking forward to learning valuable leadership skills and excited to inspire future generations of scientists.
Lecturer and Academic Integrity Advisor, Curtin University Perth,
Western Australia, Australia, originally from the United States
Lesley’ has an interdisciplinary background with a BSc in Biology, PhD in Environmental Science focusing on Forest Ecophysiology and Global Change (University of Michigan) and a Graduate Diploma in Education (Murdoch University). Lesley is a Lecturer in a Learning and Teaching related role at Curtin where she provides university-wide professional learning, advice, and research related to educational integrity. She teaches STEM related units within the Curtin School of Education and is currently developing an artificially intelligent invigilation system to allow students to take tests remotely. Lesley is a hard-working wife and mother-of-three that enjoys organising and contributing to local direct action environmental initiatives.
Assistant Director Capabilities, Development, & Integration, Washington Office Fire and Aviation Management, USDA Forest Service Idaho, United States of America
Wildland fire management has been Lisa’s career focus. She currently oversees the development and integration of technologies used by the interagency fire community for wildland fire management and decision making. She has worked as a firefighter, fire program manager, and fire behavior analyst which brought an understanding of these technologies and their importance. She is passionate about supporting firefighters and agency administrators with information and technology to make informed, safe, and resource conscious decisions. Her passion for the resource came from working for the National Park Service at Grand Canyon, Yosemite, and Grand Teton National Parks.
Maria J. Molina
Ph.D. Student, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Central Michigan University
Michigan, United States of America, born in Nicaragua
Maria Molina is a Central Michigan University doctoral student, researching severe thunderstorm sub-seasonal and seasonal variability. She earned a master’s degree from Columbia University in Climate and Society and a bachelor’s degree from Florida State University in Meteorology, with minors in Mathematics and Communications. While at Florida State, she was a member of the Women in Mathematics, Science, and Engineering organization and Chi Epsilon Pi Meteorology Honor Society. She is a member of the American Meteorological Society and a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist. Previously, Molina was a national television meteorologist and covered natural disasters, including Sandy and the 2011 Japan tsunami.
Director, Seddon Healthcare Quality Ltd
Auckland, New Zealand
Dr Seddon graduated from Otago Medical School and holds fellowships in General Medicine, Public Health and Medical Administration. Her interest in quality improvement started during a Harkness Fellowship at Harvard Medical School and she has worked in this area for the last 15 years. She has been involved in major patient harm reduction programs in medication safety, infection prevention, patient falls and pressure injuries. She has recently returned to New Zealand after three years in Australia where she was in an executive leadership role for West Moreton Health. Her portfolio included clinical governance, innovation, research and education. She currently runs her own company but is looking for leadership roles in the NZ healthcare system.
San Jose, Costa Rica
Melania grew up in Costa Rica, admiring the human exploration of extreme environments. This interest led her to a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering, work at NASA, and Masters and Doctorate degrees in Oceanography. She held two Researcher appointments at Cornell University and University of Washington, where her research focused on underwater bio-acoustics, quantifying the effects of noise pollution on marine life. She has participated in many oceanographic expeditions to the Arctic Ocean, which sparked her interest in science diplomacy. She is currently a Nippon Fellow at the Division of Ocean Affairs and Law of the Sea at the United Nations.
PhD Student, Matís ohf.
Iceland, originally from South Africa
Mia studied Zoology in South Africa and did her research in the sub-Antarctic. She spent a year on Marion Island chasing albatrosses which led to a weird infatuation with cold, windy islands. After her adventure she spent some years in the fields of medical biotechnology, offshore consulting and forensic science. However, the majesty of wild, untouched places still tugged at her heart. That’s why she recently moved to Iceland (another cold, windy island) to do her PhD in Marine Microbiology. Mia is an explorer at heart and she believes that she can bring new perspectives to solving issues like gender inequality and climate change.
Director Efficacy and Research, Pearson Education
Pip has a background in the History and Philosophy of Science, receiving her PhD in 2005 in the then-emerging area of ‘cyber-society’ and networked communities. She didn’t know it at the time, but understanding the context of how science ‘fits’ in the world meant that she would always seek out jobs with a scientific communication, transformation or education challenge. Pip is currently the Director of Efficacy and Research at Pearson Education, the world’s largest learning company, where she works with global product, research and impact evaluation teams to communicate actionable insights and to measure and improve the learner outcomes for students of any age.
Classroom Teacher – Canterbury Girls Secondary College
Sarah’s background in Environmental Science has led her to work with several government organisations across Australia. She has also engaged in environmental projects within her local community helping people make a positive changed on a business and personal level. Since completing her Masters in Teaching she is helping more women realise their futures in STEMM through teaching Geography across 5-year levels at an all-girls secondary school in Melbourne. She has a passion for helping young women foster and grow connections with the environment, and the world around them while encouraging them to be globally minded citizens.
Senior International Relations Officer at the Belgian Federal Public Service for Public Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment.
Stephanie is a Belgian global citizen with a passion for learning and travelling. As Belgian Commissioner for the International Whaling Commission and the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living resources she works at the intersection between science, geopolitics and environmental policy. She has a strong sense for contributing to the global community and a strong affinity to work in multicultural environments. Consequently she has the ambition to actively contribute to a more sustainable world by advocating for the Sustainable Development Goals, especially those related to Gender Equity, Climate Change and Biodiversity. Stephanie lives in Brussels and loves swimming, photography and yoga.
Tiffini Eugene Jones
Sustainability Education Ph.D. Candidate,
Atlanta, GA, USA
As a climate change activist, Tiffini is dedicated to sustainability education, STEM advocacy, environmental stewardship, and social justice. Her journey has evolved from chemist and full-time mom to sustainability consultant and doctoral candidate. She received a B.S. in Chemistry from Spelman College and a M.S. in Polymer Chemistry from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. As a doctoral candidate in Sustainability Education at Prescott College, Tiffini is investigating STEM education and how sustainability and environmentalism affect learning and career outcomes for historically underrepresented groups in the field, namely women. Her research aims to empower more people to solve global grand challenges.
Scientific Director and Chief Scientist, Guangxi Biodiversity Research and Conservation Association
China Wuying Lin is a conservationist and scientific director working for a conservation-based NGO and the member of the Horseshoe Crab Specialist Group of IUCN Species Survival Commission. Wuying is aiming to conserve threatened species and ecosystems in southern China. Her working area ranges from karst ecosystem in SW China and the coastal wetlands in the Beibu Gulf. By engaging more stakeholders to become conservation power and leveraging multi-social resources, her team is protecting white-headed langur, Francois langur, Chinese horseshoe crab, many migratory shorebirds, and different endemic and threatened plants in these areas during the past few years and will continue to make efforts in the future.
Founder of Laotu
Yi Luo is raised in Shenzhen of China, a metropolis while parents are from rural China. Yi holds a MA from the University of Chicago on Social Sciences and a BA from Claremont McKenna College in US on Environmental Analysis and History. Yi is passionate on researching topics of community development and environment, ecotourism, organic agriculture, nature preserve and national park policy, and traditional medicine. Yi has experiences on documentary filmmaking and policy advocacy before starting social enterprise Laotu that helps rural China’s sustainable development through storytelling.
San Francisco, CA United States of America
Alicia is a pharmaceutical industry professional with 20 years of experience. She holds a BSc. in environmental science and biotechnology. Early in her career she worked in environmental regulation compliance. She then transitioned into manufacturing, moved on to supply chain, and eventually became responsible for oversight of contract manufacturers. Recently, she reignited her passion for the environment and the fight against climate change. She believes it’s important to get industry more involved in sustainability and participating in the Homeward Bound program will support her efforts in this. In her spare time, Alicia enjoys wellness, travel, and spending time with her children.
Junior Doctor, Royal Darwin Hospital
Darwin, NT, Australia
Amita is a doctor in Melbourne, who has a special interest in population health and addressing social determinants of health, in particular in refugee and migrant health. She is interested in behavioural psychology and behaviour change as the key driver for preventative health. In her spare time, Amita loves to travel the world, dance, and spend time with her family and friends. She is excited about being involved in the Homeward Bound Project as she is passionate about creating a better future, a future that is built on the foundation of gender equality.
Directrice de Recherche (Professor) at French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS)
Prof Anne Charmantier is an evolutionary ecologist studying the mechanisms involved in the evolution of adaptive traits, especially in a context of climate change and urbanization. She has worked on several long-term bird studies and is presently in charge of a research program on blue tits and great tits funded by the European Research Council. She has internationally renowned expertise in quantitative genetics, the evolution of animal personalities, local adaptation and spatio-temporal fluctuations in natural selection. She is particularly interested in how animal populations can adapt to rapidly changing environments and this is a subject that she thrives to broadly communicate on. Anne is married with two children and loves to hike, to swim and to travel and discover new cultures. W: http://annecharmantier.free.fr/
Lecturer in Marine Biology, University of Melbourne
Dr Beth Strain was born in Melbourne, Australia. She completed her PhD and Graduate Certificate in quantitative marine ecology at the University of Tasmania. She has worked as a researcher in Northern Ireland and Italy, and as a Senior Researcher at the Sydney Institute of Marine Science and University of NSW on the World Harbour Project. She recently started a job as a lecturer in marine biology at University of Melbourne, and will be working on building better blue-green urban environments. Her research interests focus on assessing the effects of human stressors in driving the loss and recovery of key habitats. She is a passionate science communicator
Principal Consultant, Ramboll Canada, Inc.
Dr. Carol Aziz is a Principal Consultant with over 20 years of environmental consulting experience. She specializes in the assessment and remediation of contaminated land. Carol has led the development of several bioremediation technologies, has developed models to track toxic contaminants in groundwater, and has authored numerous guidance documents. Carol also has a passion for sustainability. In 2015, she was trained as a speaker with the Climate Reality Project to communicate the risks and opportunities associated with climate change. She is currently working with Ramboll colleagues to incorporate climate risk assessments in environmental due diligence assignments.
Vice Chancellor’s Senior Research Fellow, RMIT University
Victoria, Australia – Dual citizenship of UK and Australia
Dr. Charlotte Conn is a Vice Chancellor’s Senior Research Fellow in the School of Science at RMIT University, a mum of two, and a keen runner. Originally from Northern Ireland, Charlotte obtained a degree in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge and a PhD in Biophysical Chemistry from Imperial College London, before moving to Melbourne in 2006. She currently holds an Australian Research Council Fellowship investigating the use of soft nanomaterials to improve the efficacy of protein and peptide based drugs, including anti-microbial peptides which are key contenders in the fight against global antibiotic resistance. She is passionate about gender equity in STEM and currently chairs the Equity and Diversity committee for the Australian Colloid and Interface Society.
Director / Niassa Carnivore Project/ TRT Conservation Foundation, Mariri Environmental Centre,
Niassa National Reserve, Mozambique
Colleen earned her PhD in Zoology in South Africa on honey badger ecology. She is passionate about wilderness, grass roots conservation and finding innovative, locally derived ways to include rural communities in conservation. In 2003, Colleen and her husband, Keith, founded the Niassa Carnivore Project in remote Niassa Reserve, Mozambique. Here she leads a team of 80 Mozambicans to secure a future for lions, leopards, and wild dogs. Their work includes monitoring, performance payments, mentorship, microenterprises, antipoaching and education. In 2015, she and five women leading lion conservation projects in four countries cofounded the unique Pride Lion Conservation Alliance to reduce competition and improve collaboration.
Nature based Solutions Support Officer, International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Daisy is a geneticist by trade, and spent four years studying sexual inheritance in algae for her PhD with the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Cambridge. Obsessed with the evolution of biodiversity, she is driven to communicate science and her love of science to the public at large whether through written and visual media such as her blog; Pineapples and Whales, or through comedy (Daisy is a part of a science improv theatre group, CatCave9).
Research Associate, Edith Cowan University
Perth, Western Australia, originally from Dublin, Ireland
Deirdre first studied Human Genetics at Trinity College Dublin in her native Ireland, before travelling and winding up in Perth studying a Masters of Infectious Diseases, then a PhD in Microbiology at the University of Western Australia. Her studies and work have taken her through Aboriginal communities of outback Western Australia, to Papua New Guinea, Malaysia and Indonesia investigating how diseases like cholera and pneumococcal disease spread. Her current research is examining Clostridium difficile infection from a One Health perspective. She is a lover of the great outdoors and is a keen traveller, hiker and horse rider.
Hafdís Hanna Aegisdottir
Director, UN University Land Restoration Training Programme
Hafdis Hanna studied arctic and alpine plant ecology in Iceland, Denmark and Switzerland. After her PhD, she took on a leadership role as the director of the UN University Land Restoration Training Programme, where she and her team work with and train specialists from developing countries. She travels regularly to Africa and Central Asia for work and has organised and participated in ecological field expeditions in diverse ecosystems, from Svalbard in the Arctic to the Galapagos Islands at the Equator. She is married with two children, studies jazz singing and loves new adventures, being outdoors and taking photographs.
Exploration Geoscientist, Woodside Petroleum Ltd
WA, Australia, Originally from Venezuela
Ines was born and raised in Venezuela, where she got a Bachelor degree in Geochemistry. She moved to Australia to complete a PhD in Applied Chemistry researching past marine environments, as old as 380 million years, affected by ecological crises. As a geochemist she uses molecular fossils and their isotopic composition to reconstruct environmental conditions in natural systems. Currently she uses those tools to explore for oil and gas around the world. She is a passionate geoscientist that loves the outdoors, is always sharing optimistic views and is ready to fight against stereotypes. Ines is constantly looking for opportunities to learn, grow and inspire others to do the same.
Head of Information Australian Astronomical Observatory (AAO)
Katrina has a PhD in Astrophysics from UNSW and is currently leading the Data Science and Information Technology teams at the AAO combining her two passions, astronomy and enabling others to reach their potential. She mentors women in STEM areas as well as being strongly involved with science outreach and teaching astronomy courses when she can. She is looking forward to the Homeward Bound experience to expand her knowledge from a cohort of amazing women, gaining confidence and strengthening her voice. Katrina is married with two boys, a dog and Milly the cat. She enjoys traveling, exploring and skiing.
Environmental Scientist, GHD
Northern Territory, Australia
Kiara is a recent graduate from the University of Queensland and has taken up a position as an environmental scientist in Darwin, Australia. She is involved in a wide range of projects including: flora and fauna surveys, contaminated land assessment and mine pit water treatment with goals to move into rehabilitation and remediation of landscapes. Kiara is passionate about supporting regional students in STEMM after growing up in regional towns in Queensland. She combines her love of science with the enthusiasm of getting outdoors- even in the hot tropical environment she currently resides.
Principal Civil Engineer, AECOM
Victoria, Australia, originally from the United States
Kristen is a Civil Engineer with more than 15 years of experience in the utility, energy and urban development sectors. She works closely with government agencies and private sector clients to develop more environmentally sustainable outcomes for projects. Born and raised in the United States, Kristen attended the University of Cincinnati before relocating to Canberra, and most recently, Melbourne. She is passionate about mentoring the next generation of engineers and making opportunities in STEMM more accessible to young women. Kristen is an avid ice hockey fan, loves games of trivia, enjoys travelling, and takes pride in creating the perfect macaron.
Dr. Letizia Sammut
Senior Scientific Sofware Engineer
Australian Synchrotron (ANSO)
Melbourne, Australia (originally born in Malta)
Dr. Letizia Sammut is a Senior Scientific Software Engineer at the Australian Synchrotron with the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO). She completed a PhD and a Postdoctoral research fellowship in Astrophysics involving the study and analysis of gravitational waves.
She was involved in the groundbreaking discoveries and detections of gravitational waves by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO) and was part of the team that made the first detection of gravitational waves, and the first direct observations of colliding black holes and neutron stars.
As a senior scientific software engineer, Letizia combines her passion for science with her experience in computer programming and software development to facilitate leading edge science for the benefit of the broader community. She is passionate about developing leadership potential and promoting the progression of women in STEMM. Letizia is honoured and delighted to be a part of the amazing and unique journey that is Homeward Bound.
Engineering Project Manager – Scotrenewables Tidal Power Ltd.
Edinburgh, Scotland – Dual Citizenship British & Canadian
Lorna Slater is the responsible for delivering the FloTEC Horizon 2020 project to build a commercial 2MW tidal turbine. The turbine is currently in final design and will be installed in Orkney, Scotland next year. Lorna is also a volunteer with the Scottish Green Party where she holds the post of Operations Convener, and is responsible for much for much of the day-to-day functioning of the party. Lorna was the Scottish Green’s candidate for Edinburgh North and Leith in the 2017 General Election. Lorna is from Canada and studied Electro-mechanical engineering at UBC before moving to Britain in 2000.
Spatial / Ecological Data Scientist, Australian Institute of Marine Science
Perth, Australia. Dual citizen of Australia and the USA (born in Chicago)
Marji is a geographer working collaboratively with marine biologists to answer spatially complex ecological questions, particularly modelling the spatio-temporal dynamics of how stressors (tropical cyclone generated waves, warming seas) damage coral reefs. Understanding this underpins effective spatial prioritisation of conservation as the climate warms. Marji also designs field surveys to ensure maximum data is collected for the cost, and creates predictive habitat maps of the sea floor. Marji is passionate about science communication: including a decade as a university teacher, annual outreach to school kids, and responsibility for two Atlases: (https://northwestatlas.org/nwa; http://marineparks.eatlas.org.au/amps). Marij is a proud mother of three kids.
Asia Pacific Technical Director GIS | Jacobs
Mary-Ellen is spatial scientist specialised in physical geography and GIS as an undergraduate, spatial data infrastructure as a postgraduate and trained in climate change modelling system SimClim. Mary-Ellen is a passionate advocate for STEM education, mentors engineers and scientists at different points in their careers, supports STEM mentoring for schools and is actively involved in promoting women in the surveying and spatial information professions. She believes spatial enablement and digital transformation offer such opportunities to undertake our global stewardship more effectively. She is on the Board of Surveying and Spatial Information for the NSW Government, V/Chairs Jacobs’ Diversity & Inclusion Committee in Sydney and is an Ally Champion for Jacobs’ Colours-LGBTIQ+ Network.
Senior Research Fellow, The University of Sydney
New South Wales, Australia
Melody Ding was born and raised in China where she completed her undergraduate education in marine biology. She then moved to the USA to pursue postgraduate education in public health, followed by her relocation to Australia for her postdoctoral research. Now a Senior Researcher at the University of Sydney, Melody works broadly at the intersection of lifestyles, epidemiology, and chronic disease prevention. She is a passionate scientist and communicator, inspired to promote the health and well-being of people, communities, and the planet. In her spare time, she enjoys an active lifestyle with lots of yoga, dance, and water-based activities, reading a good book, and having deep and meaningful conversations with like-minded people.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Brazilian Forum on Climate Change Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Natalie worked for many years with environmental programs in the Amazon rainforest, then joined the high rankings of government in Brasilia, left to sail from the Caribbean to the US and back, got a degree at Harvard and is now chairing the Brazilian President’s body for climate change policy development. A Masters in Public Policy, Natalie specialized in economics of natural resources and graduated in business administration. She dedicates her professional and academic works on decision sciences applied to climate change. Natalie writes for Climate Home, HuffPost Brasil and major newspapers. She loves sailing, windsurfing, coffee and wine, and loves her 2 black dogs, Bermuda and Chica.
Head of Environmental Growth and Partnerships for Cornwall Council
Since 2012 Rachael has been working for Cornwall Council and with the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Nature Partnership to produce and commence delivery of Cornwall’s Environmental Growth Strategy 2015-2065. The Strategy is ambitious seeking to reframe perceptions of Cornwall to influence how the environment is consequently managed and economic development planned; moving from ideas of protection of what there is left to active growth within our natural systems for environmental, social and economic prosperity. Passionate about the role of nature in our lives and the importance of non-human species, she is a Trustee of the Natural Change Foundation and a Natural Change Facilitator. Her background includes degrees in Land Economy (BL), Equine Science (MSc) and Anthrozoology (MA).
Sofia Kihlman Øiseth
Research Scientist at CSIRO Agriculture & Food
Melbourne, Australia. Dual citizenship: Australian and Swedish
Sofia is a scientist at CSIRO’s Food program and leads the Physical and Chemical Characterisation team in Melbourne, Australia. She is also responsible for the structural characterisation and visualisation capability and has over 15 years of microscopy experience. She has participated in CSIRO’s accelerator ON program, where science ideas are transformed to business opportunities. Sofia’s background is chemical engineering with a PhD in Material Science from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden. She is married with a son and loves being outdoors. She has a positive can-do attitude, is a great team player and is always up for an adventure or challenge.
Environment and Development Consultant
Tara is an Environmental Scientist working on climate change, climate justice and environmental issues in developing countries. She is Special Adviser to the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice and also advises governments, multilateral agencies and civil society organisations. Her work takes her from the international climate change negotiations to the wild landscapes of Ireland where she presents wildlife documentaries for TV. Tara is a mother of two and a passionate sea swimmer and scuba diver who loves a new adventure.
Associate Professor, Senior Researcher Centre for Educational Research Western Sydney University
Australian Tonia Gray is a Senior Researcher at Western Sydney University’s Centre for Educational Research. With a Masters in Community Health and a Doctorate in Outdoor Education. Connecting people to nature has been her passion for over 35 years. Recently, Tonia co-edited Palgrave Macmillan’s Gender and Education ‘Book of the Year’ entitled the International Handbook of Women in Outdoor Learning (2018). She has been the recipient of many prestigious accolades, and in 2014 received the National Award for University Teaching Excellence. In 2017 her lifelong ambition to integrate outdoor learning into the Australian curriculum was realized. Tonia’s international reputation as a leading voice in a patriarchal field has provided a role model for women. Her strength-based and transformative leadership style underpins her mantra “Be the change you wish to see in the world”.
PhD Candidate at Curtin University
Yalimay is a Geochemist, who was born in Venezuela, a vibrant South American country. She worked on Geochemical Mapping for mineral exploration and environmental purposes during nearly 10 years, covering urban and remote areas, such a Guiana Shield, a place where she fell in love with the enchanting beauty of tropical rivers but also understood the power of nature and its fragility. In 2015, she moved to Australia to study, obtaining a Graduate Certificate in Hydrogeology at UWA, and now, she is on her 2nd year of her PhD at Curtin University. She is also a mother of two children, coffee lover and amateur photographer.
Senior Program officer, SEE Foundation（Society of Entrepreneurs and Ecology）
Dr Lu is in charge of the Green Supply Chain and Climate Change program, and also working on the pollution prevention project and international cooperation and conferences of SEE Foundation. Yao studied at Minzu University of China and Yale University for a joint-doctoral program, received a PhD in Ethnoecology, and she graduated from Ocean University of China with B.A. degrees in Marine Ecology. Yao spent years on research about the relationships between the environment and ethnic minority groups. She conducted fieldwork and surveys in ethnic minority regions across China. Yao has great passion and enthusiasm for environmental protection.
Doctoral Candidate, Yale University
Connecticut, United States
Allie is pursuing her passion for regenerative medicine by conducting research in lung tissue engineering on her way to a PhD in Biomedical Engineering. In her first year of graduate school she co-founded and led a medical device start-up focused on helping patients with chronic lung disease. She is dedicated to increasing diversity in STEM, particularly engineering, and is President of the Society of Women Engineers at Yale, of which she is also a founding member. She hails from rural Pennsylvania and received her Bachelor’s in BME from Tufts University, where she was a trip leader for Tufts Wilderness Orientation.
Post Doctoral Research Fellow at La Trobe University.
Amy completed her BSC (Hons) majoring in zoology and ecology in her home state at the University of Queensland. Her PhD through the University of Tasmania led her to investigate offspring sex ratios in captive and wild animals, and allowed her to experience her zoological dream of working in Africa. Amy is now a post-doctoral research fellow for La Trobe University in Melbourne, where she is developing new methods of sperm analysis for marsupials, and further investigating the effects of captivity and stress on reproduction. Amy’s dream is to improve outputs of captive breeding for reintroduction of endangered animals.
Assistant Director of Postdoctoral Affairs, New York University School of Medicine
New York, United States, American
Arthee is a biomedical scientist and women in STEMM advocate. She is the Assistant Director of Postdoctoral Affairs at NYU School of Medicine. In this role, Arthee helps postdocs and graduate students figure out which career path best suits their scientific passion and career goals. She has recently helped organize a hundred mile thru-hike for women scientists, NYU Women’s Intensive Leadership Development program (NYU WILD) and the largest regional career symposium for life science PhDs, “What Can You Be With a PhD?” She received her PhD from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, developing cancer immunotherapies for breast and pancreatic cancers.
Researcher, Peking University
Dr. Wang has devoted her career to leadership on climate change and sustainable development issues. She was the China Climate Lead of Oxfam in the past 8 years and tracked the UNFCCC process closely since COP15. As the Co-founder of China Center for Climate Change Communication, she hosted 2 national public awareness survey on climate change in 2012 and 2017. The key findings were bought in by China’s National White Paper and picked up by UNFCCC.
Sustainability Lead at ABInBev for Colombia, Peru and Ecuador
Carolina is a young, passionate and resilient Colombian environmentalist who believes that a better world is possible. She graduated as a lawyer from Los Andes University in Colombia and later specialized in Economics at the same university. Currently she works as Sustainability Lead at ABInBev for Colombia, Peru and Ecuador. She has published stories in different national and international media and since 2015 she has been writing as an Op –Ed Columnist for Semana Sostenible, a leading magazine on sustainability. She is a One Young World Ambassador since 2017. She translated from English to Spanish Pavan Sukhdev’s book Corporation 2020 and Lester Brown’s book The Great Transition. She has taught international environmental law courses at Rosario and Externado University, two leading law faculties in Colombia. Finally, she is one of the authors of the climate change book “Cambio climático: lo que está en juego” and author of the climate change and mercury booklets “El Acuerdo de París: así actuará Colombia frente al cambio climático” and “El Convenio de Minamata. Así actúa Colombia frente al mercurio.”
National Science Program Coordinator
North Carolina, United States of America
Christina worked with the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) from 1999 – 2004, based in Rome, Italy. Her responsibilities included assisting in development of international standards, providing technical assistance to developing countries, and working with international experts. She began working for USDA as a risk analyst in 2004, conducting analyses, and providing training on PRA for national and international partners. She provided scientific support on standards produced under the IPPC and North American Plant Protection Organization. Since 2016, she served as National Science Program Coordinator, working with scientists on cross-cutting issues and identifying opportunities for collaboration with researchers.
Pediatric Surgeon at St. Louis University
Missouri, United States of America
Colleen Fitzpatrick is a Pediatric Surgeon at St. Louis University. She attended school at the University of Miami and completed her surgical training in San Antonio, TX and Detroit MI. She was an officer in the U.S. Air Force and has deployed overseas. Currently she serves as the Chief of Surgery at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital. Dr. Fitzpatrick has a true love for the outdoors and a deep appreciation for the beauty of the world. She wants to ensure the children she cares for today have opportunity to grow and thrive on an amazing planet with a sustainable future.
Postdoctoral Research Scientist, James Cook University Townsville,
Deb is passionate about equality and diversity in the world and especially in science. Her work involves researching conservation strategies for lesser-loved wildlife like reptiles and frogs. Frogs are particularly pertinent to conservation because 40% of species are threatened with extinction. Deb’s research has focused on understanding a parasitic fungus that has caused the decline of frogs on multiple continents. She collaborates widely with students and scientists from around the world and she hopes to create opportunities to increase capacity for underrepresented groups in science through partnering with industries that can benefit from diversity.
Postdoctoral Research Scientist,
University of Sydney,
Georgia is a conservation ecologist who finds innovative solutions for the impacts of invasive species. Her postdoc is rolling out the
first landscape mitigation strategy for invasive cane toads on native predators in Northern Australia. Georgia believes modern-day
conservation benefits from diverse networks, and she looks for ways to maximise the power and scope of efforts through
multipronged collaborations with governments, conservation organisations, community groups, Indigenous land management
networks and NGOs. Georgia has a fun and adventurous spirit, she loves travelling for long periods in the wilderness and has
explored cultures around the world. She is particularly interested in the intersection of conservation with traditional Indigenous
customs and works to achieve outcomes that satisfy both.
Research scientist, Tropical Forest Research Centre
North Queensland, Australia
Helen is a research scientist who completed her PhD in Canada in plant ecology and has been based at CSIRO’s Tropical Forest Research Centre in Atherton, North Queensland for the past 13 years. Helen’s current research is centred on the understanding and management of threats to Australian biodiversity. She leads project teams and research groups whose goal is to deliver science that directly supports decision making that affects biodiversity and strengthens understanding of the effectiveness of policy and management interventions. Helen recently co-authored the Australian State of the Environment Report 2016 and is inspired to collaborate with other women to improve the outlook for biodiversity in the future.
Science Teacher Wilandra Rise Primary School
Karen has been a primary teacher for over 4 decades. Her passion for Environmental Science has lead her to work with the likes of CSIRO, Edith Cowan University (Perth) and the University of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). During these experiences she taught via remote live link ups back into the classroom where students could engage directly with the research and scientists. Karen believes developing tangible links between science education and the student’s world will spark young people’s curiosities to further understand and engage with science in a meaningful manner. Karen is excited to forge new connections through Homeward Bound 2019.
Civil Structural System Engineer, Woodside Energy
Kelsie is a System Engineer with Woodside, based in the Pilbara region Australia. Kelsie gained her Bachelor of Civil Engineering from the University of Newcastle in 2014. Prior to moving to the Pilbara, Kelsie was the WA President of Engineers Without Borders Australia. She is dedicated to increasing diversity in the engineering sector and is actively involved with many initiatives, including as a mentor in women in engineering programs and holding a Strategy and Planning role with Woodside’s gender diversity group. Kelsie won the Emerging Talent category of the Australia Subsea Business Awards in 2016. She enjoys karaoke, photography, 4WDing and camping in her spare time.
Lecturer, Education Program for Reproduction & Development, Monash University
Kiri is currently the course coordinator for the Graduate Diploma of Reproductive Science, & unit coordinator for the Masters of Clinical Embryology at Monash University. She graduated from The University of Sydney with a Ph.D. in animal reproduction & genetics, followed by a science communication chaser (Graduate Diploma) at The Australian National University. Until recently, Kiri was the Head of Medical Marketing for ORIGIO, a global leader in manufacturing medical devices for human assisted reproduction. Outside of the lecture theater she enjoys sharing food & wine with good friends, a little casual improvised theater, and the odd open water swim.
Clinical Associate Professor,
University of Washington School of Medicine
Alaska, United States of America
Dr Kristin Mitchell is a physician who practices Internal Medicine and Sleep Medicine and directs the third-year medical student clerkship in rural Alaska. She enjoys the challenges of teaching her patients as well as the next generation of physicians. She is mother to two STEMM-focused children, and excited that they are now sufficiently independent that she can participate in Homeward Bound. She has transitioned from competitive rowing to yoga, enjoys reading Booker-Prize nominated novels, baking, knitting, hiking and international travel. She studied history at Yale University and earned her MD at the University of California, San Francisco.
Postdoctor research associate,
Iowa State University
Iowa, United States
I grew up in a small village of eastern China. A grand cycling trip, which I participated as a freshman in college, unleashed my inner passion into environmental protection. Since then, I have studied how fish populations responded to the construction of the three gorges dam in China (BS), the demographic dynamics of alpine fern population on Tibetan Plateau during the last glacier maximum (phD), genetic basis of adaptation of poplar trees to latitudinal gradients and to explore the corn genome for continuous / better production under global warming (postdoctor). Outside of work, I love running, reading, writing and meditation.
PhD Candidate, Department of Geography, University of Manchester
Madeleine is a Manchester geographer using fieldwork to discover the impact of past glaciation on rivers in the High Atlas Mountains, Morocco. Her interest in environments on Earth (and Mars!) stems from roots on the Shetland Islands (UK), childhood in Bodø (Norway) and an education on the cliffs of Whitby (UK). Madeleine is a proactive promoter of equality for women in education and academia. She is a graduate of Geology (MSci) at the Royal School of Mines, Imperial College London and alumna of the Fulbright/U.S. State Department ‘Study of the U.S. Institute on Environmental Issues’ at the University of Oregon.
Lecturer in Biomedical Science,
University of New England
Dr Mary McMillan is an early career academic, holding a position as Lecturer in Biomedical Science at the University of New England. In this role she works with the Brain-Behaviour Research Group studying genetic and biomarkers in mental health disorders. She also coordinates the UNE Science Pathways program, providing students with an alternative pathway into tertiary study. As both a scientist and a mother, Mary is passionate about science outreach and communication, particularly in rural and regional areas, to involve children in STEM. She is also a keen supporter of early career researchers and women in science.
Psychiatry registrar, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital
Queensland, Australia – dual citizen Australian and American
Matilda grew up surrounded by scientists, but only decided to become a doctor while engaged in a Rotary Youth Exchange in Brazil. She completed her medical degree at the University of Tasmania and completed her internship at the Townsville Hospital. Matilda is halfway through her specialty training in psychiatry. She has an interest in global and public health, and particularly the promotion of mental health within marginalised groups such as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, recent migrants and refugees, and the LGBTIQ population. In 2019 she will return to far north Queensland, providing mental health services for remote communities in Cape York and the Torres Strait. Matilda plans to do advanced training in consultation-liaison psychiatry.
Senior Progamme Manager – Capital Region of Denmark
Mette works with EV strategy in the cross field of Technological and Socio-Economic planning and Sustainability. Her work focuses on strategic transport- and urban planning. She is responsible for a string of projects with the combined target to accelerate the marked uptake of electric vehicles and has a strong focus on creating the foundation for joint efforts involving public authorities, companies, and private consumers. She also works internationally and represents Copenhagen Electric in various European Union projects and as an expert in the EU Sub-group to foster the creation of an electro-mobility market of services.
Chemical Engineer, Chevron Phillips
Texas, United States of America
Nicole was born and raised in the Midwest of America where she received a degree in Chemical Engineering, which took her to her current residence along the gulf coast. She has experience in technical, operations, maintenance, and corporate roles at Chevron Phillips Chemical Company. Her passion for integrity, learning, and constantly improving her environment has found a well-suited home in the world of manufacturing. She strives to ultimately provide solutions as well as a means for people and assets to reach their potential. To quote Theodor Seuss Geisel, it’s not about what it is – it’s about what it can become.
Research Scientist, CSIRO
Robyn is a veterinary virologist with a passion for nature and infectious diseases. She completed a Bachelor of Veterinary Science at Murdoch University in Western Australia before practicing as a small animal veterinarian. She then completed a PhD in molecular virology at The University of Queensland. Robyn now works for CSIRO Health & Biosecurity in Canberra in the Invasive Animals team. Outside of work Robyn enjoys bushwalking, geocaching, astronomy, and spending time with her fur-kids. Through Homeward Bound, Robyn hopes to further develop her abilities as a leader, mentor, colleague, and advocate for women in STEM.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow Institut de Ciències del Mar, ICM-CSIC
Barcelona, Spain (originally from Australia)
Steph has a life-long passion for the marine environment, and she spends as much time as possible on or in the water. After completing a combined Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Business, she completed a Bachelor of Environmental Science (Honours) in Marine Science. Her post-graduate studies include a PhD thesis on mechanisms Great Barrier Reef corals use to withstand bleaching caused by global climate change. Steph is currently an Endeavour Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Barcelona where she investigates nitrogen-fixation by oceanic heterotrophic bacteria. As an ocean advocate, she sees Homeward Bound as an opportunity to build a network of like-minded, passionate individuals, uniting to protect fragile marine ecosystems and helping to create a sustainable future we can be proud of.
Research Astronomer, Australian Astronomical Observatory (AAO) North Ryde,
Tayyaba’s astronomical research focuses on gas and metals in distant galaxies. She grew up in Pakistan with an interest in Physics, and later did an Astronomy doctorate from Denmark. Thereafter, she did a postdoc in France and another at the European Southern Observatory (ESO), Germany. At ESO, she had an amazing experience working with 8-metre telescopes located in the Chilean desert. Tayyaba is currently at the AAO, supporting instruments at the 4-metre telescope. She has found immense flexibility and support as a single mother at the AAO . She is proud to be part of HB19 embodying science, gender equality, leadership, and a trip to Antarctica!
Post-doctoral Fellow, CSIRO Mineral Resources
WA, Australia, originally from Serbia
Dr Valentina Taranovic moved to the United States to pursue a dream of becoming a volcanologist, but has since changed her focus to studying Nickel-sulfide ore deposits associated with magma – she now hikes volcanoes for fun. Valentina was a university lecturer and an instructor for eight years teaching more than a thousand students how to responsibly take part in societal, political, and economic decision-making involving stewardship of the natural environment and resources. Most recently, she was invited to study the most significant Nickel-sulfide ore deposit discovered in Australia over the last decade, and moved to Perth, WA, in early 2017.
Consultant, International Finance Corporation (World Bank Group)
Washington DC, United States
Yaxin is a consultant at the International Finance Corporation, the private sector arm of the World Bank Group. She works with the Inclusive Business team to support companies that engage base of the pyramid markets to achieve Sustainable Development Goals. Previously, she worked with the World Resources Institute on forest finance, and with UNEP, WWF on freshwater conservation. Yaxin believes long-term success in sustainable development can be more effectively achieved when it is science-applied, government-enabled, private sector-catalyzed, civil society-supported. She graduated from Cornell University with MPA concentrating in sustainable finance, and from Peking University with B.A. degrees in Sociology and Economics.