Cambia Board

Richard A. Jefferson
Chief Executive Officer, Cambia

personimageProfessor Richard Jefferson, CEO of Cambia, is Chair of the Cambia Board. Since establishing Cambia in 1991, Richard has continued to oversee the development of new science- and technology-enabled tools for the public good. Richard Jefferson was born in 1956 in Santa Cruz, California and began his molecular biology career in 1974 at the University of California, at Santa Barbara, obtaining his Bachelor’s degree in Molecular Genetics from the College of Creative Studies in 1978. He conducted his Ph.D. studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder, where he developed the reporter gene system GUS (ß-glucuronidase) and co-developed transformation methods for the nematode C. elegans.


Beth Noveck
Professor of Law, New York Law School

personimageCurrently Professor of Law at New York Law School, Dr. Beth Noveck served in the White House as United States Deputy Chief Technology Officer (2009-2011) and leader of the White House Open Government Initiative . As a result of this initiative, today every department and agency has an Open Government Plan, and citizens have burgeoning opportunities to participate in their democracy.

Noveck founded the Democracy Design Workshop Do Tank.  Together with students at New York Law School and numerous partners, she designed and built the U.S. government’s first expert network .

She developed the Cairns Project, graphical software to support group formation and collaboration; Democracy Island, an experimental space within a virtual world for research on citizen participation; and “IOPedia,” a platform for mashing up and visualizing public corporate accountability data and tracking the evolution of organizations.

She also founded the State of Play conference, the first (and still ongoing annual) conference on videogames, virtual worlds and society. With the support of the MacArthur Foundation in 2011-12, she is developing an agenda for interdisciplinary research on institutional innovation.


Antony Taubman
Director, Intellectual Property Division, World Trade Organization (WTO)

personimageAntony Taubman is currently Director, Intellectual Property Division, World Trade Organization (WTO), with responsibility for intellectual property, competition and government procurement. He was previously the acting director and head of the Global Intellectual Property Issues Division of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), a position he assumed in May 2002. After a diplomatic career, he left the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) in 2001 to join the newly-formed Australian Center for Intellectual Property in Agriculture, at the Australian National University in Canberra, teaching and researching on international IP law. He has also held a teaching appointment at the School of Law at the University of Melbourne. From 1998 to 2001, he was the director of the International Intellectual Property Section of DFAT. He has authored a training handbook on intellectual property and biotechnology, a comprehensive study on the implementation of the TRIPS Agreement, and a range of academic and general publications on international intellectual property law and policy. As a registered patent attorney, he has also worked in private practice in the law of patents, trade marks and designs. He has been awarded two academic prizes for postgraduate law from the University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom.


Sibusiso Sibisi
Former President and CEO, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) South Africa, Pretoria, ZA and Chair, International Advisory Council

personimageDr Sibusiso Sibisi was formerly the CEO of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) from 2002 to 2016. CSIR is Africa’s largest public research institution pursuing multidisciplinary scientific research to foster industrial and social development.

In January 2018, Dr Sibusiso Sibisi joined Wits Business School (WBS) as the head of school. He holds a BSc in Physics from Imperial College, London (1978) and a PhD in Applied Mathematics (1983) from Cambridge University (Churchill College and the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics).

Sibisi has previously sat on the boards of JSE-listed companies Murray & Roberts, African Rainbow Minerals and Harmony Gold. He currently sits on the boards of Liberty Holdings and Telkom. His career has spanned academia and industry, including being co-founder of a research-based start-up enterprise at Cambridge.

Sibisi was awarded the Order of Mapungubwe in Silver by President Thabo Mbeki in September 2007. National Orders are bestowed on South Africans who contribute to the betterment of the country in various fields and represent the highest award that the country, through its President, bestows on its citizens. He was a keen rower at Cambridge and he continues to enjoy an active lifestyle: fitness, cycling, swimming and running. He has completed several marathons, including London, Boston, Two Oceans and Comrades.

He takes a keen interest in national and international affairs, enjoys reading and, most of all, spending time with his wife and two children.


Dr Kate J Wilson
Executive Director, Climate Change and Sustainability for NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment

personimageDr Kate Wilson is the Executive Director of Climate Change and Sustainability for the Australian State of New South Wales’ (NSW) Department of Planning, Industry and Environment.

She has oversight of programs to reduce NSW carbon emissions, increase climate resilience and work to embed sustainability, including protecting biodiversity and the natural environment, into planning and development decisions in the Greater Sydney region.

Kate joined the NSW environment agency in November 2009 as Executive Director, Science. In that role she led over 250 scientists and support staff to deliver technical analysis, expert advice and research to support the NSW environment agency, the NSW Environment Protection Authority and external government customers and clients to deliver great outcomes for the environment. She embedded a culture across the agency that values evidence and scientific rigour at all levels of decision-making.

Kate’s scientific background is in molecular biology, microbiology and biotechnology and their application to agriculture and aquaculture. She has worked at the United Nations’ International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna and was co-founder of Cambia in the late 80’s. She was research leader in tropical aquaculture at the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) in Townsville, then moved to Sydney in 2005 as Science Director and then overall Director of the CSIRO Wealth from Oceans Flagship – a multi-disciplinary marine research initiative.

Kate has a degree from Cambridge University and a PhD from Harvard University. She has served on the Editorial Staff at Nature magazine and had faculty appointments at University of London (Wye College). She has lived in the UK, US, Austria, Netherlands, India and Australia