January 31 2014
photo by Reuters/Enrique De La Osa
Dr. Gill Samuels CBE joined the RAND Europe Council of Advisors during its meeting in January.
Samuels is a physiologist and neuropharmacologist by training and was Director of Cardiovascular Biology at Pfizer, contributing to the discovery and development of a number of medicines. Subsequently she was appointed Executive Director of Science Policy for Europe. Since her retirement in 2005 she has continued her interest in policy and strategy development in complex environments, with a focus on both innovation and practical deliverability, and the use of data and evidence to support decisionmaking.
She has served on the boards of a number of research councils, including the Medical Research Council and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, as well as UK government initiatives such as the Human Genetics Commission, Commission on Intellectual Property Rights, Biosciences Futures Forum, Medicines Foresight Panel, and SETFair (Science, Engineering, and Technology Fair) on women's careers in science. Samuels has also been a Special Advisor to both the British Council and the World Health Organisation. Until recently she chaired the Foundation Council of the Global Forum for Health Research and was a member of the board of the NGO DNDI, the Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative.