The Scientific Board is composed of 14 respected individuals - researchers, international experts in their field and AXA representatives. It is under the direction of Professor Thomas Kirkwood.

For any request about selection and application, please contact the operational team.

President of the Scientific Board

Thomas Kirkwood

Professor Emeritus at Newcastle University (UK), and Professor of Biogerontology at the University of Copenhagen


Bina Agarwal

Professor of Development Economics and Environment at the University of Manchester

Nihat Berker

President of Sabanci University, Istanbul (Turkey) Emeritus Professor of Physics, MIT (USA)

Maria A. Blasco

Director of the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre – CNIO – Madrid – Spain Head of the Telomeres and Telomerase Group – CNIO – Madrid – Spain

Olivier Boucher

CNRS research director at the Laboratoire de météorologie dynamique

Lawrence Lessig

Former Director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University (USA) Roy L. Furman Professor of Law at Harvard Law School (USA)

Dominique Pestre

Professor, History of Science and Science in Society, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, EHESS (France)

Debra Roberts

Head of Environmental Planning and Climate Protection Department of eThekwini Municipality, Durban, South Africa

AXA Representatives

Jad Ariss

Head of Public Affairs & Corporate Responsibility of the AXA Group

Stéphane Guinet

CEO of KAMET (AXA’s InsurTech incubator)

Alban de Mailly Nesle

Chief Risk Officer, AXA Group

Marie Bogataj

Head of AXA Research Fund