Luca Gallo is currently working towards a PhD in Aerospace Engineering at Cranfield University to investigate technologies for the 2035-2050 time frame. In addition to enhance his problem solving abilities, he built a solid foundation of leadership as the technical lead of a team of three Master’s students. Prior to that, he completed an MSc in Thermal Power, also from Cranfield, specialising in Aerospace Propulsion, and a BSc in Aerospace Engineering from the Politecnico di Milano. While in Italy, he joined a small start-up to develop an energy harvesting prototype that was awarded several innovation prizes.
Dimitra Georgopoulou is currently a PhD candidate at the UCL Cancer Institute in London, where she also completed her MSc in Cancer Biology. The focus of her PhD project is the study of the 3D organisation of the genome in neural stem cells. In addition, to develop her communication skills, she worked as an event manager for the 1st Pint of Science festival (100 talks, 3 UK cities, 3000 attendees) in London in 2013. To gain insights into management consulting, she led one of the UCL Advances student consulting projects for RICS in 2014. Previously, she worked as a scientific assistant with focus in leukaemia research at the Athens Medical School, while she also earned her BSc in Biology at the University of Patras in Greece. Dimitra was also elected student representative and member of a Model United Nations student team for the human rights committee in Greece.
Juan Carlos Lopez-Baez
Juan Carlos Lopez-Baez is a final year PhD candidate at the University of Edinburgh (UK), where he works on the study of tissue regeneration and organ repair. He has a BSc in Biology from the University of Birmingham and an MRes in Biomedical Sciences from Edinburgh University, which was obtained as part of his 4 year PhD. Before his PhD he worked as a head research assistant in a developmental genetics lab at the University of Oxford. He became interested in consulting after participating in a national biotechnology entrepreneurship competition, creating a fictional biotech company and exploring the economics of the pharmaceutical market. He is a keen science communicator and public engagement speaker, and wants to use the transferable problem-solving skills developed during his PhD to help companies attain commercial success. He is a keen sportsman and, growing up in Tenerife, he is fluent in both English and Spanish.
Dr Louise Maddison is a Consultant for Oxbridge Biotech Roundtable (OBR) and Post-Doctoral Research Associate for The University of Manchester. Her current research is a public-private-partnership between the University and a US Biotech to develop a new point of care device for the rapid diagnosis of sepsis. Alongside her post-doctoral studies she has consulted for OBR on several strategic projects including Technology Transfer Office Policy and Network Models in the Diagnostics Sector for a Top 5 Pharma. She holds a PhD in Systems Biology from The University of Manchester and upon completion of her studies was awarded the prestigious EPSRC Doctoral Prize Fellowship (awarded to the top 10% of PhD students). Louise was selected to attend the Enterprisers study programme at Cambridge Judge Business School and now looks to combine her life sciences expertise with consulting.
Dr Mireya McKee - Mireya earned an BSc with honours in Chemistry from Monterrey Tech, Mexico, and later obtained a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Texas-Austin as a CONACYT fellow, with a research focus on anti-cancer drug discovery. Her postdoctoral research in bio-nanotechnology was performed at the University of Oxford, where she also completed the Science Innovation Program at Oxford’s Saïd Business School, an MBA elective focused on the commercialisation of scientific research. Mireya then became a consultant at Isis Innovation, the technology transfer office from the University of Oxford, where she has had the opportunity to provide technology transfer, strategy, and innovation management services to clients from private industry, universities, research centres and government agencies in Europe, Asia, and Latin America. Mireya is fluent in Spanish and English and employs the analytical and problem-solving skills developed through her scientific career to bridge the gap between technology, innovation, and business.
Inji Yeom is currently in third year of her DPhil studies in Material science at St Edmund hall, Oxford University, researching on new material for displays. From her current research she has gained analytical and problem solving skills that will be used to solve business case problems. She has been exposed to consulting through working in an IT specific consulting company to plan strategy for entering a new market. Also, she has worked as a student consultant at Oxford University to help local company with market strategy. As extra curriculum actives she has been taking the role as vice-president in a government run science and engineer society, and was a facilitator in women leadership program run by oxford university student union. She has showed the ability to run a large society, commencing new projects and leading leadership activities.