Dr. Marga

Head of Science Diplomacy Capacity Building, Geneva Science and Diplomacy Anticipator (GESDA)

Dr. Marga Gual Soler is the head of Science Diplomacy Capacity Building at the Geneva Science and Diplomacy Anticipator (GESDA) in Switzerland. Her career has focused on integrating science into global policy to tackle shared challenges, helping governments, universities, international organizations and scientific institutions strengthen the role of science in global policy to address common challenges and navigate global transformations. From 2016 to 2019, she advised the EU commissioner for Research & Innovation, helping to shape Europe's science diplomacy strategy. She is a founding member of the EU Science Diplomacy Alliance and has recently been appointed to the EU Science Diplomacy expert working groups. At the AAAS Center for Science Diplomacy, Dr. Gual Soler developed innovative capacity building methods to train future science diplomats and played a significant role in re-establishing scientific cooperation between the U.S. and Cuba. Her expertise has influenced science diplomacy in Latin America, Spain, and the EU. Originally a molecular biologist with education from Spain, Australia, and the U.S., she transitioned to diplomacy at the United Nations in New York, promoting science's contribution to the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. In 2019, she joined the largest women's STEM expedition to Antarctica and was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2020.

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