Charlotte Warakaulle

Charlotte Warakaulle has held a variety of posts at the United Nations and was a key focal point for relations between CERN and the UN Office at Geneva.

Since 2001 Charlotte Warakaulle has held a variety of posts at the United Nations, from associate speechwriter to chief of the Political Affairs and Partnerships Section at the United Nations Office at Geneva.

Most recently she held the position of chief of the United Nations Library in Geneva, where she was responsible for library services, knowledge management, cultural diplomacy and intellectual outreach.

Prior to her work with the United Nations, Warakaulle held a Carlsberg Visiting Research Fellowship at Lucy Cavendish College at the University of Cambridge from 1998 to 2001.

During her time at the University of Cambridge, she also served as editor-in-chief of the Cambridge Review of International Affairs, a peer-reviewed international affairs journal then published by the Centre of International Studies at the University of Cambridge.

She gained her M.Phil in international relations at the University of Cambridge (Pembroke College) and also holds an MA in history (cand.mag.) from the University of Copenhagen, as well as an MA in history (coursework) from the University of Sydney and a BA in history from the University of Copenhagen.

Warakaulle speaks English, French, German and Danish.


Jens Vigen

Jens Vigen, senior scientific information officer, is working in the CERN Library and the Archive. He has over the last twenty five years been deeply involved in developing digital library services for the high-energy physics community. His activities have been strongly focused on establishing models for open access publishing to stimulate open science.

Recently he has working, in collaboration with UNESCO, on capacity building for librarians and web developers in Africa. Before joining CERN, Jens held a position at the library of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. He has a master degree in civil engineering; geodesy and photogrammetry.









Ben Segal

Ben earned his BSc at Imperial College and his PhD at Stanford before he came to CERN in 1971 to work on computer networking. He adopted Internet protocols like TCP at CERN and helped Tim Berners-Lee with some World Wide Web design decisions, pointing to existing protocols to assist his invention of the HyperText Transfer Protocol. Ben is an honorary CERN staff member and an active advocate of volunteer computing and citizen science. More details at: Internet Hall of Fame.





Jean-Pierre Reymond

Jean-Pierre Reymond is a Swiss career diplomat. He is currently Chargé de mission and Head of Innovation partnerships in Geneva. He focusses on innovative forms to foster climate action, digital cooperation as well as enhanced SDGs implementation.

Ambassador Reymond chaired the Intergovernmental process to strengthen respect for International Humanitarian Law (IHL) in partnership with the ICRC (2017-2019). He has served in various diplomatic functions in Europe, Latin America and Middle East. He holds a Master’s degree in Arabic, Egyptology and Sanskrit.





Ines Knaepper

Ines is an innovation enthusiast and hackathon professional working for the Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation at the World Economic Forum. She is a supporting the CERN Webfest since years as she sees it as an important driver of innovation and to fosters collaboration and innovation in the heart of International Geneva and beyond.


David Galbraith

An Architect (working for Norman Foster) turned Internet Entrepreneur, Co-founder of San Francisco Incubator, MRL Ventures (where he lead the project which became Yelp), Moreover.com, the first news aggregator (acquired by Verisign) and Realtime Anywhere (the first Internet company in London’s Shoreditch, in 1994). David created the visual bookmarking concept behind Pinterest and co-authored the widely used RSS standard.




Caterina Doglioni

Caterina Doglioni is a senior lecturer at Lund University (Sweden). She completed her PhD on QCD physics on the ATLAS experiment at the LHC in 2011 in Oxford. Her interest in physics beyond the Standard Model and Dark Matter was developed during her postdoctoral research position at the University of Geneva (2011-2015) and subsequently at Lund University (2015-now). She is the PI of the DARKJETS ERC Starting Grant, and she is supported by the Swedish Research Council.

Throughout her career, she has been driven by finding out more about the constituents of matter as well as by the challenges related to the “big science” needed to study them. The Large Hadron Collider is the perfect scientific environment to combine the two: with her group and colleagues she works on the challenges that a data-rich research environment presents for discoveries of rare processes at ATLAS (more information about dark matter at ATLAS).


Bilge Demirköz

Bilge is an astro-particle physicist professor at the Ankara-based Middle East Technical University. She studied at MIT and Oxford, worked at Cambridge and CERN for 15 years on silicon detectors and data analysis for the ATLAS Experiment as well as the space radiation with the AMS Experiment. Bilge received multiple awards including the L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science International Rising Talent fellowship and co-funded THE Port humanitarian hackathons at CERN.





Nikki Boehler

Nikki believes that a well-informed, engaged and collaborative society is necessary to ensure a sustainable future for us all. That’s why she has co-initiated various initiatives, such as the mentoring program for cooperative start-ups "CoopStarter", a bottom-up innovation program for schools called digital learning lab and the online ecosystem “VersusVirus” against Covid-19.

In her role as the Director of Opendata.ch she’s organising Hackathons, awareness campaigns and an incubation program for open-source projects that strengthen democratic participation. 


Rachael Ainsworth

Rachael Ainsworth is the Research Software Community Manager for the Software Sustainability Institute and is based at the University of Manchester. Her background is in astrophysics, and her PhD research involved observing jets from young stars with next-generation radio telescopes to investigate the physical processes that assemble stars like our Sun. She is passionate about openness, transparency, reproducibility, wellbeing and inclusion in STEM. She leads HER+Data MCR, a meetup group to connect, support and empower the NW UK’s Women in Data.







Alessandra Rojas

Ale is the Sustainable Entrepreneurship Manager for Tech4Impact at the EPFL. Her experience extends to the fields of sustainable entrepreneurship and finance, with a specific focus on the application of technology for development. She has worked as an innovation consultant at International Trade Centre, the German social venture capital BonVenture and as a consultant for social businesses. As an independent researcher, she focuses on natural resource management in the Global South. Finally, having studied and worked in multiple countries, she brings a truly international and interdisciplinary perspective.



François Grey

François is a physicist with a background in nanotechnology, and a passion for citizen science. During the past decade, he has managed the development of a series of online citizen science projects in a wide range of research fields, starting with the launch of LHC@home in 2004 while he was a manager at CERN. In 2009, he established a partnership for citizen science between CERN, the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and the University of Geneva, now called Citizen Cyberlab. As a professor at the Centre Universitaire d’Informatique (CUI) of the University of Geneva since 2014, he coordinates Citizen Cyberlab, managing the development of technologies for crowdsourced research, exploring the broader impact of citizen science for society, and promoting public participation in science through hands-on events. He also teaches courses on Open Science and Citizen Science at the bachelor and master level. Since 2016 he is Director of the Geneva Tsinghua Initiative, a comprehensive education programme for the UN Sustainable Development Goals.