Research, Innovation and Science (RISE) High-Level Group - Spain


Dr. Marga Gual Soler is an international expert, advisor, speaker and educator in science diplomacy, helping governments, universities, NGOs and international organisations strengthen the linkages between science, technology, and international affairs. She has been a pioneer in developing innovative approaches for science diplomacy education and training and was instrumental in helping re-establish the scientific linkages between the United States and Cuba following the normalisation of diplomatic relations.
She has advised the science diplomacy strategies of several Latin American countries, Spain and the EU and in 2016, she became the youngest member appointed to the Research, Innovation, and Science Experts (RISE) High-Level Group to European Commissioner Carlos Moedas, providing direct advice on the EU science diplomacy strategy.
She was recognised as one of 100 Spanish Experts in Innovation by FundaciĆ³n Cotec, and 40 Under 40 Latinos in Foreign Policy by the Huffington Post. She graduated in Biology from the University of Barcelona in Spain, holds a Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences from University of Queensland in Australia, and was a Global Competitiveness Leadership Fellow at Georgetown University.
In 2019 she will participate in the largest-ever all-women expedition to Antarctica to promote women's leadership in science diplomacy and climate action.