Executive Director appointed to lead SAGE

The Australian Academy of Science and the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering have appointed Dr Wafa El-Adhami to lead their Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) Initiative.

With a research background in molecular biology and microbiology, Dr El-Adhami has held a number of senior management positions in the Australian Government, including the Department of Health and Ageing, the Office of Chemical Safety and the Occupational Health and Safety Commission. More recently she has worked internationally as a consultant specialising in health policy, regulation and clinical solutions.

Academy of Science President, Professor Andrew Holmes said:

“Dr El-Adhami’s project management skills and proven track record of delivering outcomes within a complex environment of government, community and industry stakeholders makes her an ideal appointment as the Executive Director of SAGE.”

Academy of Technology and Engineering President, Professor Peter Gray welcomed the appointment of Dr El-Adhami noting she

“brings a wealth of highly relevant expertise to the implementation of the SAGE Pilot of Athena SWAN in Australia, including well developed skills in policy and regulatory reform, data and performance management, stakeholder engagement and negotiation skills, and governance.”

The SAGE initiative is a partnership between the two academies that aims to address gender equity in the science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM) sectors.

Dr El-Adhami said:

Science is an area of great passion for me and I am delighted to have this opportunity to implement a program that can ensure that a higher proportion of women are retained, and importantly advance to a higher level, in the Australian research sector - Dr Wafa El-Adhami, SAGE Executive Director
Science is an area of great passion for me – Dr Wafa El-Adhami, SAGE Executive Director

Australia is the first nation beyond the UK and Ireland to pilot the Athena SWAN program which will involve 40 universities, medical research institutions and government research agencies.
For more information on SAGE see http://www.sciencegenderequity.org.au/