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Keynote and Invited Speakers

The conference committee is delighted to welcome the following Keynote Speakers to ICWES18.
Full details of talks will be provided when our programme is released.

Dr Marlene Kanga

Dr Marlene Kanga AM, Hon. FIEAust, Hon. FIChemE, FTSE
Former President of the World Federation of Engineering Organisations (WFEO)

Marlene Kanga was President of the World Federation of Engineering Organisations (WFEO) in 2017-2019, the peak body for engineering institutions internationally representing some 100 engineering institutions and approximately 30 million engineers.

She led the proposal to declare 4th March as World Engineering Day, an international Day declared by UNESCO. The first day was celebrated on 4th March 2020 across 60 countries. She was recognised among the 100 engineering leaders contributing to Australia as part of the centenary of Engineers Australia in 2019, is the 2018 Engineers Australia Professional Engineer of the Year, the 2019 CHEMECA Medal winner for contribution to chemical engineering, was listed among the Top 10 Women Engineers in Australia, the Top 100 Women of Influence and the Top 100 Engineers in Australia. She is a Member of the Order of Australia, a national honour, as recognition of her leadership of the engineering profession.

Throughout her career, Marlene has been an advocate for the recognition and celebration of the achievements of women engineers. She was a member of the Advisory Committee for the UNESCO STEM and Gender Advancement Project (SAGA) which has developed a toolkit for assessing national policies for women in STEM and has resulted in significant changes in eight nations across the world, board member of INWES 2011-2015 and Co-Chair of ICWES15, Adelaide July 2011 which also hosted the inaugural meeting of the INWES Asia Pacific Nation Network (APNN).

Jayshree Seth

Dr Jayshree Seth
Corporate Scientist, 3M

Jayshree Seth is a Corporate Scientist at 3M and leads Applied Technology Development for Industrial Adhesives and Tapes Division. She has a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Clarkson University, New York and holds 67 patents for a variety of innovations. Jayshree is currently working on identifying new growth opportunities, and, is engaged in development and commercialisation for sustainable industrial products across various markets.

Jayshree was appointed as 3M’s first ever Chief Science Advocate in 2018 and is using her scientific knowledge, technical expertise and professional experience to advance science and communicate the importance and benefits of science in everyday life.

Prof Raffaella Ocone

Professor Raffaella Ocone, OBE FREng FRSE
Heriot-Watt University, UK

Raffaella Ocone is Professor at Heriot-Watt University. She was the first female professor of chemical engineering in Scotland and was named as one of the top 100 Most Influential Women in Engineering in 2019 by Inclusive Boards in partnership with the Financial Times. Raffaella has worked in France, Germany, Italy and the US. In 2017 she became the first “Caroline Herschel Visiting Professor” in Engineering at RUHR Universität, Germany; the following year she was awarded a Visiting Research Fellowship from the Institute for Advanced Studies, Università di Bologna, Italy.

Raffaella’s main area of research is in the field of modelling complex (multi-phase) reactive systems and she has taken a leading role in promoting ethics in engineering.



Christine Grant

Dr Christine Grant
Stem Resilience

Christine Grant is a STEM Resilience Strategist who partners with individuals and organizations to empower women and men in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). She obtained her degrees in Chemical Engineering (Sc.B., Brown University; M.S. and Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology). She’s an international speaker, who conducts career coaching and professional development workshops.

Broadening participation in STEM is what Dr. Grant has dedicated much of her career to. As Associate Dean of Faculty Advancement, she empowers faculty at all stages through targeted initiatives for over 300 engineering faculty. She achieves results through targeted empowerment of both women and minorities at all levels in the STEM pathway.

STEM Resilience is the culmination of Grant’s 30+ years working on the development of STEM professionals, students and the faculty who educate the

Christine will deliver a special workshop at ICWES18 on the strategic development of women and the challenges of gender in STEM.

Juliet Hart

Juliet Hart,
Principal and founder, Hart & Chin Associates, LLC

Juliet established her expertise in learning and development through progressive roles within pharmaceutical giants such as J&J and Bristol-Myers Squibb. She began her journey in drug discovery as a laboratory scientist at small to mid-sized biotech companies and at J&J in San Diego, CA. Juliet earned her Bachelor’s degree from the City University of New York - Hunter College in psychology. There she conducted research in biopsychology as a National Institutes of Health - Scholar Fellow, published papers, contributed to the National Academy of Sciences, and presented at international conferences.

Ms. Hart currently serves as the President of the Mid-New Jersey chapter of the Association of Talent Development and is an active volunteer member of the Healthcare Businesswomens’ Association. Uniquely focused on providing professional development for scientists. Using the combination of her experiences in scientific research and learning and development, she delivers innovative tools and strategic solutions that address the multitude of challenges that exist for professional scientists and their organizations.