Management Team

The Management Team is responsible for the overall strategy and policies and runs Frontiers' operations on a day to day basis.

 

  • Kamila Markram, PhD

    Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer

    Kamila co-founded Frontiers with the vision to make research openly and widely available for the benefit of humanity. She frequently speaks on topics related to Open Science, including at the National Academy of Sciences, Science Foo Camp, TEDx and Web Summit. She was named a L’HEBDO Forum 100 personality and was a finalist for the 2016 Ernst and Young Entrepreneur Award and the 2017 EU Prize for Women Innovators.

    Kamila obtained a MSc in Psychology from the Technical University Berlin and completed her Masters thesis at the Max-Planck Institute for Brain Research, Germany in 2003. She obtained an award-winning PhD degree in Neuroscience at the EPFL, Switzerland. During her postdoctoral studies at the EPFL she co-developed the “Intense World Theory of Autism,” which proposes that autism results from a “super-”brain that perceives, absorbs and feels too much – causing autistic people to withdraw from an overly intense world. The theory resonated beyond the research community, featuring in popular science magazines and documentaries and published as a book in 2018.

  • Roger Biggs

    Chief Financial Officer

    Roger is responsible for Frontiers' Financial Management, Accounting, Business Planning and Administration.

    Roger qualified as a Chartered Accountant with FW Stephens & Co in the City of London in 1979, working in the audit, consulting and taxation departments. In 1986 he moved to Cape Town as an audit manager with Price Waterhouse Cooper (PWC) before joining Group Five Limited in Johannesburg as the Group Financial Controller. Roger then set up his own practice consulting to start-ups in the retail, property and construction, pensions and publishing sectors. He served as a financial consultant to Frontiers from its early days in 2006 until 2013, when he relocated to Switzerland and joined the team full-time in his current role.

  • Giovanni Lippi

    Human Resources Director

    Giovanni manages Frontiers’ HR Operations and Office Management teams. He joined Frontiers in 2009 and held various positions in finance and project management before taking on his current role in 2013.

    Holding a Master’s degree in business administration, Giovanni has an extensive, global career in multiple sectors, including equity market trading at Euromobiliare SIM, software product development at Stockpoint Inc and more recently, board member and financial auditor at the Project Management Institute Switzerland Chapter.

  • Frederick Fenter, PhD

    Executive Editor

    Fred supervises the entire Frontiers journal portfolio and is directly involved in all strategic projects. He served as publishing consultant during Frontiers’ launch phase in 2006–2008, rejoining in 2013 in his current role. An active advocate for Open Science, Fred frequently organizes and participates in a variety of advocacy events and roundtables.

    Fred earned a PhD in Chemistry from Harvard and continued his research on atmospheric compounds at the CNRS in France and EPFL in Switzerland. He moved into academic publishing in 1997, first overseeing a portfolio of journals, book series and major reference works at Elsevier Science and then founding FontisMedia – a publishing technology startup that developed the first multi-language content-management platform for scientific journals. He was also technology advisor for the launch of an institutional document repository (InfoScience) and consulted for the founding of the English-language EPFL Press.

  • Mirjam Curno, PhD

    Publishing Director

    Mirjam oversees Journal Launch and Development as well as Peer Review at Frontiers. She joined in 2014 as Journal Manager, led the Frontiers Editorial Office from 2015 and became Publishing Director in 2019.

    Mirjam trained in molecular biology, earning a PhD from the University of Dundee, Scotland. She continued her research on gene expression regulation by a tumour suppressor protein there, then studied anti-viral immunity at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland. In 2010 she transitioned into academic publishing, joining the open-access Journal of the International AIDS Society as Managing Editor and attaining board-certification as editor in the life sciences. Mirjam is an elected council member and trustee of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) since 2012, where she was the chair of the outreach committee for several years.

  • Chantelle Rijs

    Head of Communications

    Chantelle leads a team of communications and public relations experts working to disseminate research and support Frontiers’ mission to make science open. As an Open Access advocate, she joined Frontiers in 2010 and held various positions in Product Development, Strategy and Communications. She managed the launch of the Frontiers Community Platform, the Frontiers Research Network and Loop, before taking over as Head of Communications in 2017.

    With a background in arts and education, Chantelle spent several years as a secondary school teacher in London, UK, before joining Illumina Digital – an award-winning multi-platform production company where she was the creative lead in the conception, development and delivery of online educational resources for clients including the BBC, the Diploma Support Program and the Learning and Skills Improvement Service.

  • Daniel Petrariu

    Product Management Director

    Daniel is responsible for the Frontiers Open Science Platform and other technology products. This includes the development and launch of innovative new digital tools and services for researchers as well as operational tools that enable Frontiers staff. He joined Frontiers’ Product Management team in 2013, which he has led since 2015. In 2019 he became Product Management Director overseeing the Publishing Platform, Data Products, Data Science and Design teams.

    Daniel's background is in computer science, where he started his career as a software developer before gradually moving into product management. He is a passionate user-experience evangelist with expertise in cloud-based platforms and customer-centric development methodologies.

  • Désirée Galicher

    Information Technology Director

    Désirée ensures the continued development of an innovative, robust and secure Information Technology environment for Frontiers. Joining the Support team in 2014, she led IT operations and support from 2016 and became Information Technology Director in 2019. In this role she oversees the Support & Infrastructure and Software Development teams, which focus on providing an outstanding service to researchers worldwide.

    Having previously led a variety of technical and customer service teams, Désirée brings many years of people and technology management skills, as a leader, mentor and coach. Her expertise in computer science and IT service management ensure highly performant teams and operational excellence.

Board of Directors

The Board is responsible for the financial and governance oversight of the company.

 

  • Prof. Henry Markram, PhD

    Co-founder

    Board Chairperson

    Henry co-founded Frontiers with the goal to accelerate science by making publishing open and technologically efficient.

    Henry is a professor of neuroscience at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL). He is also the founder of the EPFL’s Brain Mind Institute, founder and director of the Blue Brain Project – a Swiss Brain Initiative to simulate the brain – and the founder of the Human Brain Project, a Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) Flagship initiative of the European Commission, awarding €1 Billion over 10 years to develop future neuroscience, future medicine and future computing. Henry has published over 150 research articles and received numerous awards and honours, including the Bell Labs Claude Shannon Visionary Award and the International Hebb Award.

  • Kamila Markram, PhD

    Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer

    Board Member

    Kamila co-founded Frontiers with the vision to make research openly and widely available for the benefit of humanity. She frequently speaks on topics related to Open Science, including at the National Academy of Sciences, Science Foo Camp, TEDx and Web Summit. She was named a L’HEBDO Forum 100 personality and was a finalist for the 2016 Ernst and Young Entrepreneur Award and the 2017 EU Prize for Women Innovators.

    Kamila obtained a MSc in Psychology from the Technical University Berlin and completed her Masters thesis at the Max-Planck Institute for Brain Research, Germany in 2003. She obtained an award-winning PhD degree in Neuroscience at the EPFL, Switzerland. During her postdoctoral studies at the EPFL she co-developed the “Intense World Theory of Autism,” which proposes that autism results from a “super-”brain that perceives, absorbs and feels too much – causing autistic people to withdraw from an overly intense world. The theory resonated beyond the research community, featuring in popular science magazines and documentaries and published as a book in 2018.

  • Steve Koltes

    Private Investor

    Board Member

    Steve is Founder and Co- Chairman of CVC Capital Partners, one of the world’s largest private equity and investment advisory firms, and Deputy Chairman of CVC’s Europe/North America and Asia Pacific Private Equity Boards. He served as Executive Officer at Citibank International (1980–1987) and is or has been a member of a number of supervisory boards including Evonik Industries (2008–2016), AHT Cooling Systems, Elster Group and Flint Group.

  • Michael Brockhaus, PhD

    Board Member

    Michael, a former member of the Executive Board at The Holtzbrinck Publishing Group, now runs his own advisory boutique focusing on strategy and transactions in the media and digital industry. He started his career in strategic consulting and was Managing Director of a Swiss e-Bank before becoming involved in the media industry. Michael studied at the University of St.Gallen where he also received his PhD in Economics.