Margo A. Bagley is an Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Law at Emory University School of Law. She rejoined the Emory faculty in 2016 after ten years at the University of Virginia School of Law. Her scholarship focuses on comparative issues relating to patents and biotechnology, access to medicines, genetic resource appropriation, and technology transfer. Professor Bagley served on the National Academy of Sciences Committee on University Management of Intellectual Property: Lessons from a Generation of Experience, Research, and Dialogue, is a technical expert and advisor to the Government of Mozambique in World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) matters and consults with companies, governments, and intergovernmental organizations, and other entities on a variety of patent-related matters. She currently is Lead Facilitator and Friend of the Chair in the WIPO Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge, and Folklore and a Consultant to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization Secretariat for the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture.

Carlos Andrés Barragán, PhD, is an anthropologist whose theoretical, archival and ethnographic work is grounded on Science and Technology Studies (STS). His current research project examines emerging forms of individual and collective identity at the crossroads of scientific discourses on human diversity and emerging forms of biological capital. He is particularly interested in the production, circulation and contestation of genetic and genomic data and scientific claims about individuals and populations aggregated and disaggregated by ethnic and racial criteria (e.g. Admixed, Afro-descendants, Amerindians, Blacks, Indios, Mestizos, Indigenous, Pre-Columbians and Whites, among others).

Arianna Becerril is the Technology and Innovation Director in Redalyc. Mexican. Ph.D. in Computer Sciences from “Tecnológico de Monterrey”, Mexico. She is member of the founding team of the Network of Scientific Journals from Latin America, the Caribbean, Spain and Portugal ( and full time professor-researcher in the Autonomous University of the State of Mexico (UAEM). She is also member of the International Advisory Board of the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) and co-founder of the Mexican Network of Institutional Repositories (REMERI). She has published numerous papers in research journals as well as three books. She has participated in more than 40 national and international conferences. Her research topics are open access, interoperability technologies, visibility of science, semantic web and linked data.

Associate Professor Czerniewicz has a long history engaging with open scholarship, open access and open education in higher education. She is the director of the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching at the University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa. Prior to that, she headed OpenUCT, a  Mellon funded initiative which culminated in an institutional repository designed to share both research and teaching resources, an enabling institutional open access policy, guidelines supporting open access as well as research outputs. Her research interests include the technologically-mediated practices of students and academics, the nature of the changing higher education environment and the geopolitics of knowledge, underpinned by a commitment to surfacing the expressions of inequality within and across contexts. She can be followed as @czernie on Twitter.

Maurizio Forte, PhD, is William and Sue Gross Professor of Classical Studies Art, Art History, and Visual Studies at Duke University. He is also the founder and director of the DIG@Lab (for a digital knowledge of the past) at Duke. His main research topics are: digital archaeology, classical archaeology and neuro-archaeology. He has coordinated archaeological fieldwork and research projects in Europe, Asia and US. Since 2010 he is director of the 3D-Digging project at Çatalhöyük and the Vulci 3000 Project. He is editor and author of several books including “Virtual Archaeology” (1996), Virtual Reality in Archaeology (2000), “From Space to Place” (2006), “La Villa di Livia. Un percorso di ricerca di archeologia virtuale” (2008), “Cyberarchaeology (2012), Digital Methods and Remote Sensing in Archaeology (2017).

Kim Fortun is a cultural anthropologist and Professor of Science & Technology Studies (STS) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Her research and teaching focus on environmental risk and disaster, and on experimental ethnographic methods and research design.  Her research has examined how people in different geographic and organizational contexts understand environmental problems, uneven distributions of environmental health risks, developments in the environmental health sciences, and factors that contribute to disaster vulnerability.

Fortun’s book Advocacy After Bhopal Environmentalism, Disaster, New World Orders was awarded the 2003 Sharon Stephens Prize by the American Ethnological Society.

Aaron Fox holds a PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin.  His 2004 book Real Country: Music and Language in Working-Class Culture, was published by Duke University Press. His recent work has focused on the repatriation of 20th century field recordings of Indigenous music and the ethics of archiving such materials.  His current long-term ethnographic and repatriation work with the Iñupiaq community of Alaska’s North Slope has been funded by the National Science Foundation.  Recent  publications on this topic include “The Archive of the Archive” in The Routledge Companion to Cultural Property (2017) and “Repatriation as Re-Animation Through Reciprocity” in The Cambridge History of World Music: Vol. 1 (North America) (2014).

Trish Groves (MBBS, MRCPsych) trained in medicine and psychiatry before going to The BMJ in 1989. She is now director of academic outreach, BMJ; honorary deputy editor, The BMJ; and editor-in-chief of BMJ Open. She spends about a quarter of her time directly interacting with health researchers through workshops and other outreach, and focusing on capability building in health research through initiatives such as eLearning programme BMJ Research to Publication ( She has published widely, particularly as a coauthor of research reporting guidelines such as the CONSORT 2010 statement on clinical trials (

Matt started in Open Access journal publishing in 2003 as an editor handling peer review on the BMC series with BioMed Central in London. He became a Senior Editor and Publishing Editor, worked on the journals BMC Biology and Trials, and launched BMC Medical Genomics, BMC Research Notes, and BMC Systems Biology. He moved to the Public Library of Science in Cambridge in 2010, as an Associate Editor and then Senior Editor on PLOS ONE, screening submissions, helping academic editors with difficult manuscripts, training editors in critical appraisal and working on publication ethics and reporting. He joined Hindawi in 2016 as Head of Research Integrity, overseeing the publication ethics processes and policies.

James Leach is a Professor at the CNRS (Center for Research and Documentation in Oceania: Aix-Marseille University//CNRS//EHESS) and The University of Western Australia. He is a social anthropologist who has undertaken field research in Papua New Guinea for 24 years, publishing books and articles on art, creativity, ownership, intellectual property, kinship and place, and ecological knowledge.

Luis Felipe R. Murillo is an anthropologist, currently working as post-doctoral researcher at CNAM/LISE in Paris, France. Free Software and Open Hardware amateur in the etymological and contemporary senses of the expression, his research work has been dedicated to the study and practical engagement with questions of “openness” in collaborative development of digital technologies. His current project on the production of open hardware for large-scale scientific collaboration is being supported by the Institut Francilien Recherche Innovation Société (IFRIS).

Ruth L. Okediji is the William L. Prosser Professor of Law and a McKnight Endowed Presidential Professor at the University of Minnesota Law School. She teaches contracts, international intellectual property (IP), copyright, trademarks, and IP and development.  Her scholarship focuses on issues of innovation policy, economic development, and global knowledge governance in the context of international institutions and public international law. She has authored or co-authored and edited a number of books, including Global Perspectives on Patent Law, The World Blind Union Guide to the Marrakesh Treaty (Oxford University Press, 2017), and Copyright Law in An Age of Limitations and Exceptions (Cambridge University Press, 2017). In addition, she has authored an extensive array of articles, commissioned papers, and book chapters, and has been a reviewer and editor for the Journal of World Intellectual Property since 2009.

Conrad A. Omonhinmin is currently an Associate Professor of Molecular Systematics and Plant Genetic Diversity at Covenant University, Ota, Nigeria. He is also the Co-ordinator, Open Access at Covenant University (OACU). His current research projects focus on Molecular genetic diversity of indigenous underexploited plants and global south perspectives and initiatives in Open Access scholarly publishing. Prof. Omonhinmin areas of expertise include Molecular Plant Systematics and Plant Genetic Diversity and Resources Characterization, Environmental Impact Assessment and Biodiversity conservation, Biostatistics, Life Cycle Assessment on Biofuels and Packaging Materials, Open Access Publishing and Open Administration. Prof. Omonhinmin has co-authored numerous cited journal publications, conference articles in the aforementioned areas.

Kavita Philip is Associate Professor of History and affiliate faculty of Informatics at UCI. She has worked in environmental studies, colonial history, postcolonial studies, history of technology, political economy, and science fiction studies. She is author of Civilizing Natures (2003 and 2004), and co-editor of four volumes, curating interdisciplinary work in radical history, political science, art, activism, gender, and public policy.  She has a Ph.D. in Science and Technology Studies from Cornell, an M.S. in Physics from the University of Iowa, and a B.Sc. in Physics (with Chemistry and Mathematics minors) from the University of Madras, India.

Pranesh Prakash is a Policy Director at — and was part of the founding team of — the Centre for Internet and Society, a non-profit that engages in policy research. He is also the Legal Lead at Creative Commons India and an Affiliated Fellow at the Yale Law School’s Information Society Project. In 2014, he was selected by Forbes India for its inaugural “30 under 30″​ list of young achievers, and in 2012 he was recognized as an Internet Freedom Fellow by the U.S. government. His research interests converge at the intersections of technology, culture, economics, law, and justice. His current work focusses on interrogating, promoting, and engaging with policymakers on the areas of access to knowledge (primarily copyright reform), ‘openness’ (including open government data, open standards, free/libre/open source software, and open access), freedom of expression, privacy, digital security, net neutrality, and Internet governance.

Noopur is a third year PhD student in Informatics at UC Irvine. She is also affiliated to the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. Her current research focuses on evolving work technologies and their impact on labor conditions in the US and India. Beside academic work, she regularly writes on labor, technology and gender for newspapers and online magazines.

Solange Santos has graduated in Librarianship from University of São Paulo (USP), Brazil, in 2001. She obtained her MSc  degree  in Information Science from University of São Paulo, in 2010, and PhD degree in Information Science from USP, Brazil  and Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain in 2015, where she developed her interest in scientific communication, Scholarly journals, Open Access, Bibliometric Indicators and University rankings. Since 2002 she is member of the Executive Board of SciELO Program as Production and Publishing coordinator. She is also a member of National Association of Post graduation in Information Science and Library (ANCIB).

Kishore Vattikoti is an Attorney and Senior Partner of Vattikoti Legal, India and is also working for reputed International clients like OMICS International, Pulsus Group, Euroscicon, ImedPub, Conference Series, Meetings International, Allied Academies, NYPEF and other companies. He deals with international transactions of corporate Mergers and Acquisitions. He has worked extensively in matters involving international investment and trade, export controls, international trade disputes, and negotiations in the service sector. He has also negotiated and structured a number of domestic and overseas acquisitions and joint ventures.

Jingfeng Xia is Dean of Library, Collections, and Online Education at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania. He has conducted research in the area of open digital scholarly communication and published extensively on the topic. Once a tenured professor in library and information science at Indiana University, he switched his career to become a library administrator lately. Trained in anthropology, he received a PhD from the University of Arizona.

Jie Zheng is a Professor in Physiology and Membrane Biology at UC Davis. He is an editor for Scientific Reports, an open access journal published by Springer/Nature. He has published in several open access journals. He is also on the editorial board of two non-open access journals and can provide my perspectives on the two “worlds.” He has co-authored with or helped  scientists in China, South Korea, Australia, and other countries.