Board of Directors

EF Board 2019

2019 Elsevier Foundation Board Meeting.

Suzanne BeDell

Suzanne BeDell joined Elsevier as Managing Director in September 2010. She has been a book publishing and information industry leader for almost 30 years focusing on the intersection of print and digital delivery for much of her career. Prior to joining Elsevier, she worked for ProQuest (a library aggregator) for 9 years where she led the development of the largest offering of aggregated books and journals for academic libraries. Before that, Suzanne was Senior Vice President of Internet Products at Thomson Healthcare and Director of Electronic Product Development for Mosby. She also held a variety of positions in McGraw-Hill’s College Division, including publisher of Primis, the first electronic custom publishing system for textbooks.

Márcia Balisciano

Since 2003, Márcia Balisciano has led corporate responsibility at RELX Group, a global provider of information and analytics, and Elsevier’s parent company. Engaging colleagues throughout the business, she works to ensure RELX Group’s non-financial performance is a source of competitive advantage and stakeholder confidence. She is a member of the board of the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens, the United Nations Global Compact UK, and the UK National Crime Agency's Child Rescue Alert Development Board. She is founding director of London museum and educational facility Benjamin Franklin House and previously was special advisor to the American Chamber of Commerce (UK). She is a member of the Conference Board’s Sustainability Council and Global Business Women Leaders Council. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, she holds an MA in International Relations from the University of Chicago, and a PHD in Economic History from the London School of Economics. She was named Member of the British Empire (MBE) in the Queen’s 2007 Birthday Honours List and lives in London with her husband and two boys.

YoungSuk ‘YS’ Chi

YoungSuk ‘YS’ Chi is an international businessman and a leader in the media and technology industry, and currently serves Elsevier and RELX Group in several different capacities. In his primary role as head of Corporate Affairs for RELX Group, he is responsible for government affairs, corporate communications, corporate responsibility, and Asia strategy for Elsevier’s parent company. As non-executive Chairman of Elsevier, he works directly with governments, Elsevier customers and in industry associations worldwide. Mr. Chi also serves as President of the International Publishers Association, a global organization that represents the interests of more than 50 publishing industry association members from countries around the world. Early in his career, as Chief Operating Officer of Ingram Book Group, Mr. Chi founded Lightning Source, the first ever print-on-demand distributor and e-book services provider. After holding several senior executive positions at Ingram Book Group’s parent company, he became President and Chief Operating Officer of Random House. Mr. Chi has also earned widespread respect for his ability to work across cultures. As founding Chairman of Random House Asia, he led efforts to make Random House the first foreign trade book publisher with local language publishing in Japan and Korea. Mr. Chi has served on numerous charitable, educational and industry boards, including Princeton University, Korean American Community Foundation and McCarter Theatre. He is also a member of the Executive Committee of the boards of Association of American Publishers and International Association of Scientific, Technical & Medical Publishers.

John Danaher

Dr. John Danaher, Elsevier's President, Clinical Solutions, is a prominent life-long leader and expert in health and the business of health. At Elsevier, he heads the Clinical Solutions business focused on improving patient outcomes through optimizing provider performance and patient engagement. Clinical Solutions is focused on delivering industry leading products focused on improving care at every stage in the patient journey.
Previously he headed Elsevier’s Education business and led the transformation from a traditional publisher to an educational digital solutions provider focused on improving student outcomes. Prior to joining Elsevier, John was President of the Schools of Health Sciences and Nursing at Kaplan. He brings a great depth of experience in digital media in health care and education from his time at Kaplan, Discovery Communications, and as executive vice president of WebMD and part of the early management team. John has deep domain expertise and a successful track-record in managing health information businesses. His experience, in both government and the private sector, extends beyond the US and into global markets, including assignments and experience with Japan, Pakistan, the UK and Australia.

Nikunj Jinsi

Nikunj Jinsi has over 20 years of venture capital investment experience, in developing markets. Mr Jinsi currently advises several global finance institutions on developing their venture programs for emerging markets. In addition, Mr Jinsi is currently involved in founding multiple innovative investment platforms, each leveraging his unique
investment background in developing markets.

Until mid-2019, Mr. Jinsi spent 16 years with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) where he built the largest EM focused venture platform, in terms of footprint coverage, and headed a team of over 30 investment professionals in eight locations globally. He has held board positions in several leading technology companies in Emerging Markets and been involved in 12 investments that have gone on to be unicorns. Mr Jinsi is currently the founding Chairman of EMPEA’s Venture Capital chapter. Prior to joining IFC in Washington DC, Mr. Jinsi spent nine years living and working in Asia. He was a Managing Director for one of Asia's leading venture funds. Earlier he spent four years in the Asian TMT investment banking industry providing M&A and corporate finance services to clients throughout the region. In addition, Mr Jinsi was the co-founder of South East Asia's largest independent marketing communications agency, which was successfully sold to the Omnicom Group. Mr. Jinsi started his career working as a Project Engineer/Manager at KPN, in The Hague, The Netherlands.

Mr Jinsi, a Dutch national, has an MBA degree from Stanford University, which he attended as a Fulbright Scholar, and an M Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering, from Delft University of
Technology, The Netherlands.

Beverly Malone

Dr. Beverly Malone is currently CEO of the National League for Nursing. Her tenure at the NLN has been marked by a retooling of the League's mission to reflect the core values of caring, diversity, integrity, and excellence and an ongoing focus on advancing the health of the nation and the global community. She was ranked amongst the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare magazine in 2010 and 2015; in 2016 Dr. Malone moved up the ladder to claim 39th place in the field of leading policy-makers, activists, health care professionals, and corporate figures in the health care, insurance, and pharmaceutical industries. Additional recognition in 2016 includes the Florence Nightingale Award and induction into the Home Care & Hospice Hall of Fame, an honorary doctorate from Georgetown University; and induction into the Nursing Hall of Fame at Tuskegee University in Alabama. Within the last several years, Dr. Malone was elected to the Institute of Medicine and tapped to join the board of the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Dr. Malone served on the Institute of Medicine's Forum on the Future of Nursing Education, contributing to the IOM's groundbreaking report, "The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health," and on the Advisory Committee on Minority Health, a federal panel established to advise the secretary of health and human services. Her distinguished career has mixed policy, education, administration, and clinical practice. Dr. Malone has worked as a surgical staff nurse, clinical nurse specialist, director of nursing, and assistant administrator of nursing. During the 1980s she was dean of the School of Nursing at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. In 1996, she was elected to two terms as president of the American Nurses Association (ANA), representing 180,000 nurses in the USA. In 2000, she became deputy assistant secretary for health within the US Department of Health and Human Services, following four years of service on President Bill Clinton’s Advisory Commission on Consumer Protection and Quality in the Healthcare Industry. Just prior to joining the NLN, Dr. Malone was general secretary of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), the United Kingdom's largest professional union of nurses, from June 2001 to January 2007. She also served between 2002 and 2006, as a member of the UK delegation to the World Health Assembly; of the Commonwealth Nurses Federation (CNF); and of the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). During that time, Dr. Malone was also vice chair of the Brussels-based European Federation of Nurses Association (EFN).

Emilie Marcus

Emilie Marcus is the Executive Strategy Officer at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine where she is responsible for working with the leadership of the school and hospital system to drive alignment between medical and graduate school education, biomedical research and clinical care for optimized health outcomes. Prior to joining UCLA in 2018, Emilie spent 20 years at Cell Press with the last 7 years as CEO and the last 15 years as Editor-in-Chief of the journal Cell. Under her leadership, Cell Press expanded beyond biomedicine to become an all-science publisher, launching successful journals in chemistry and energy and the new interdisciplinary journal iScience. She also introduced industry-leading innovations in peer-review, methods reporting to support reproducibility and expediting access to early versions of articles that are under consideration for publication. As Editor-in-Chief of Cell, Emilie was responsible for setting the long-term strategy for the journal and assessing cutting-edge high-impact conceptual advances in biomedical research globally. She is often looked to as a thought leader on issues facing scientific publishing including the value and robustness of the peer-review process, handling potential conflicts, scientific ethics and misconduct, supporting rigor and reproducibility, the impact of new information technologies and new publishing business models, and the uses and abuses of the impact factor as a measure of quality. Prior to joining Cell Press, Emilie had a successful research career, first at Yale University, where she received her PhD in Biology/Neuroscience in 1993, and then at the Salk Institute and University of California at San Diego. Emilie was also Editor of Neuron from 2001 to 2003.

Kumsal Bayazit

Kumsal Bayazit was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Elsevier in February 2019. She has held multiple positions with RELX Group since 2004, most recently as Regional President Europe, Middle East and Africa at Reed Exhibitions. Before joining Reed Exhibitions in 2016, Kumsal was RELX Group’s Chief Strategy Officer, responsible for driving strategic initiatives, technology strategy and portfolio management. Prior to that she served in several operational and strategic roles with LexisNexis.
Kumsal also chairs the Technology Forum at RELX Group and is a non-executive director at LSL Property Services plc. Prior to joining RELX Group in 2004, Kumsal spent several years at Bain & Company in their New York, Los Angeles, Johannesburg and Sydney offices.

Geraldine Richmond

Prof. Geraldine Richmond is the Presidential Chair in Science and Professor of Chemistry at the University of Oregon. Her research has relevance to current issues in energy production, environmental remediation and atmospheric chemistry. Her teaching activities in the classroom and beyond focus on science literacy, science policy and building a strong and diverse science and engineering workforce in the U.S. and globally. Throughout her career she has been actively involved in efforts to increase the number and success of women in science and engineering. Richmond is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and is a Fellow of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the American Physical Society (APS), the Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the Association for Women in Science. Richmond recently finished her term as President of AAAS and is currently the Chair of the Board of AAAS. She is also currently serving as a member of the National Science Board (President Obama appointee. She is the founding and current director of COACh (, a grass-roots organization formed in 1998 that has helped in the career advancement of thousands of scientists and engineers in the U.S., Asia, Africa and Latin America. She is also a member of the Elsevier Foundation ( Board which works to advance diversity in science, research in developing countries and technology for development.

Yuko Harayama

Dr. Yuko Harayama is the former Executive Member of the Council for Science and Technology Policy, Cabinet Office of Japan. She is the former Deputy Director of the Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation, OECD. She is a Legion D’Honneur recipient (Chevalier), and was awarded honorary doctorate from the University of Neuchâtel. Previously, she was Professor in the Department of Management Science and Technology at the Graduate School of Engineering of Tohoku University. She holds a Ph.D. in education sciences and a Ph.D. in economics, both from the University of Geneva.