Arlen Hastings
Director of External Projects, Institute for Advanced Study
Arlen Hastings is responsible for various STEM initiatives that complement the Institute’s core mission. In addition to serving as the U.S. liaison for RISE — a program she co-created in 2007 as Executive Director of SIG and led until it moved to its current home in Nairobi, Kenya in 2017 — she coordinates Transforming Post-Secondary Education in Mathematics (TPSE Math), a collaboration between IAS and the University of Maryland. She is also a member of the secretariat managing two projects IAS has undertaken jointly with the InterAcademy Partnership: Harnessing Science, Engineering and Medicine to Address Africa’s Challenges and Improving Scientific Input to Global Policymaking: Strategies for Attaining the Sustainable Development Goals. A senior administrator at the Institute since 1992, Ms. Hastings had worked previously at the International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX), where her responsibilities included organizing U.S.–Soviet academic conferences. She holds an A.B. in Anthropology and Russian Studies from Princeton University.
Sarah Rich
Strategy Consultant to the Chief Technology Officer, Johnson & Johnson Consumer, Inc.
Science & Innovation Programs Manager, African Academy of Sciences
Sarah Rich is an extrapreneur in the area of science, innovation, higher education, and capacity building for development in Africa. In her previous role as Program Manager at SIG, she provided strategic and programmatic direction and community management for RISE; initiated, coordinated, and communicated funding and partnership opportunities; designed and planned events and small grant competitions; and devised special projects, including the production of a short film. In her current role at the African Academy of Sciences (AAS), she is spearheading the creation and design of a variety of science and innovation initiatives while consulting to Johnson & Johnson Consumer, Inc. on its new partnership with AAS through the Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa (AESA). She is also on the strategy and implementation team for the RISE legacy initiative, the AESA-RISE Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. She holds an A.B. in History and Literature from Harvard University.
Alan Anderson
Alan Anderson
Research & Editorial Consultant
Alan Anderson has worked in science and medical journalism for over 30 years, serving as a reporter, writer, and foreign correspondent at Time Magazine, Saturday Review, Psychology Today, and other publications. He has written reports for the National Academy of Sciences and the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST); edited several newspapers; and written or edited five books on scientific topics. He currently writes for Transforming Post-Secondary Education in Mathematics (TPSE Math). He holds a B.A. in English from Yale University and an M.S. in Journalism from Columbia University.