Our Team

Ylann Schemm

Director

As the Elsevier Foundation’s Director, Ylann Schemm drives technology-enabled partnerships to advance diversity in science, build research capacity and support global health around the world. She has been an integral part of the Foundation’s growth since joining as a Program Officer in 2008. In 2019, Ylann was appointed the Vice Chair for the Executive Council of Research4Life, a UN-publisher partnership to bridge access gaps for researchers and doctors in developing countries. In addition, Ylann currently serves as Elsevier’s Director of External Partnerships, building on 15 years in corporate relations and responsibility roles and focusing on key technology, gender and sustainability collaborations. Prior to joining Elsevier in 2005, Ylann held various roles in publishing and the non-profit sector, representing the European Platform for Dutch Education at the European Commission. She started her career as a writer and researcher for Time Life Books and holds an MA in Film & Television Studies from the University of Amsterdam and a BA, magna cum laude in English from Amherst College in Massachusetts. Ylann is both American and Dutch and based in Amsterdam.

Domiziana Francescon

Program Officer

Domiziana Francescon serves as the Foundation’s Program Officer and is a strong supporter of the company’s Corporate Responsibility program. Domiziana obtained a master’s degree in Book and Digital Media Studies at Leiden University in the Netherlands, with a specialization in Publishing Studies.

Chris Capot

Nurse Faculty Program

As Director of Corporate Relations, Christopher Capot heads up public relations for Elsevier’s Health Sciences division. He has been a public relations and media relations professional at agencies and corporations for more than 10 years. Prior to that, he was an award-winning newspaper journalist, last working as a business reporter at the New Haven Register in Connecticut. He works in Elsevier’s New York office.

Maria Markova

Treasurer

In her role as the Elsevier Foundation treasurer, Maria Markova supports the funding of non-profit organizations around the world. Maria is a Business Controller of Corporate Function at Elsevier, where she is responsible financial decision support of six global business units. She previously worked as Senior Associate at Pricewaterhouse Coopers in the UK. Maria acquired her Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree at Oxford University and is a Chartered Management Accountant.

Kenneth R. Thompson II

Legal Council

Kenneth R. Thompson II was appointed as RELX Group General Counsel on October 1, 2011. In his role, he has global responsibility for the intellectual property, privacy, governance, compliance and securities law functions for RELX Group. Prior to serving in this capacity, Mr. Thompson served as the Executive Vice President and Global Chief Legal Officer for LexisNexis, an operating division of RELX Group.