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Dr. Marga Gual Soler is a champion of science diplomacy, a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, and the founder of SciDipGLOBAL. Her mission is to elevate science, technology, and innovation as essential elements of foreign policy and international relations to address global challenges.

She works with governments, universities, NGOs and international organizations to build bridges between the scientific and diplomatic communities, strengthen science-policy interfaces, and inspire the next generation of boundary-spanning STEM leaders to navigate global transformations.

She is a former Senior Project Director at the Center for Science Diplomacy, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), where her portfolio included leading the AAAS-Cuba science diplomacy program, developing global science diplomacy research, education and capacity building initiatives, and serving as senior editor of the policy journal Science & Diplomacy.

Marga also served on the Research, Innovation and Science Experts High-Level Group to European Commissioner Carlos Moedas, where she helped design the first Science, Technology and Innovation Diplomacy Strategy for the Spanish Government.

For the past 10 years, she has worked in more than 40 countries developing innovative bridges between science, policy, and society across political, geographical, disciplinary and cultural divides. She has been named one of the “100 Spanish experts in innovation” by Fundación Cotec, «40 Under 40 Latinos in Foreign Policy» by The Huffington Post, and “10 Latinas Think Big Innovators to Watch in 2016”.

She received a Ph.D. in biomedical sciences from the University of Queensland in Australia, a bachelor’s and master’s from the University of Barcelona in Spain and is an alumna of the prestigious Georgetown Global Competitiveness Leadership Program.