Team

James Larus

Academic Director

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BC 408
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Professor and Dean of the School of Computer and Communication Sciences (IC) at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). Larus was previously a researcher, Manager, and Director at Microsoft Research for over 16 years and an Assistant and Associate Professor in the Computer Sciences Department at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA.
Larus has been an active contributor to the programming languages, compiler, software engineering, and computer architecture communities. He has published over 100 papers (with nine best and most influential paper awards), received 30 US patents, and served on numerous program committees and NSF, NRC, and DARPA panels. Larus joined Microsoft Research in 1998 to start and lead the Software Productivity Tools (SPT) group, which developed and applied a variety of innovative program analysis techniques to build tools to find software defects. This group’s groundbreaking research in program analysis and software defect detection is widely recognised by the research community, as well as being shipped in Microsoft products. Larus became an MSR Research Area Manager for programming languages and tools and started the Singularity research project, which demonstrated that modern programming languages and software engineering techniques can fundamentally improve software architectures. Subsequently, he helped start XCG, an effort in MSR to develop hardware and software support for cloud computing. In XCG, Larus led groups developing the Orleans framework for cloud programming and computer hardware projects. Larus received a National Science Foundation Young Investigator award in1993 and became an ACM Fellow in 2006.

 

Marie-Valentine Florin

Executive Director

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Marie-Valentine Florin organises IRGC’s collaborative activities, focusing in particular on the role of IRGC as a multi-stakeholder platform and a convening place at the interface between science and policy.

She graduated from Science Po in Paris (public policy and management) and then earned post-graduate diplomas in marketing strategy, sustainable development and environmental diplomacy. She spent the first part of her career (1984-1999) in an international socio-cultural research and marketing consulting firm. She joined the IRGC Foundation in 2006. Marie-Valentine Florin is a member of the Advisory Board to the Global Risk Report of the World Economic Forum and a fellow of the Society for Risk Analysis.

 

Gérard Escher

Member of Management Team

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CE 3 311
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Gérard Escher obtained his diploma in biology at the University of Geneva, and his PhD in Neurosciences at the University of Lausanne. He joined the Department of Neurobiology at Stanford University as a Postdoctoral Fellow. After his return to Switzerland (University of Lausanne), he led a research group working on synapse formation. In 1999, he became Scientific Advisor to Secretary of State Charles Kleiber. Gérard became Assistant Director at the State Secretariat for Education and Research in 2005, in charge of science policy and forecast. In 2008, Gérard Escher moved to the Ecole Polytechnique Federale in Lausanne, where he acts as Senior Advisor to the President.

 

Aengus Collins

Deputy Director

+41 21 693 43 17
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Aengus Collins works primarily on the policy challenges posed by emerging technologies and on concrete applications of the IRGC’s risk governance framework. He joined the IRGC in May 2019 from the World Economic Forum, where as Head of Global Risks he was lead author of the annual Global Risks Report.

Previously, Aengus Collins worked as Country Forecast Director at the Economist Intelligence Unit in London, focusing in particular on political and economic risks in the eurozone, the UK and Turkey. Aengus Collins graduated from Trinity College Dublin and subsequently obtained postgraduate degrees in European Economic and Public Affairs (MEconSc) and Continental Philosophy (MA).

 

Stephanie Danielle Parker

Communication Manager

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Stephanie Parker writes, edits and contributes to IRGC’s published content, including our reports, research papers, Spotlight on risk articles, and wider website content. She is a former freelance journalist with a master’s in Environmental Science and Natural Resource Journalism from the University of Montana. Before moving to Switzerland and working as a freelance journalist, she managed communications for a USAID-funded international agriculture program in the United States.

 

Anca-Georgiana Rusu

Project Manager

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BAC 004
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Anca Rusu helps organise [email protected]’s expert events, disseminates the outcome of the projects and handles their communication and outreach. She is a PMP certified project manager with a Master in Social Sciences focused on communication and culture, from the University of Lausanne. She has a Bachelor degree in communication and public relation from the National School of Political and Administrative Studies in Bucharest. She started her career as an account executive for an advertising agency in Bucharest. Moving to Lausanne, she became a project manager for a consulting company, developing marketing strategies and organising workshop and conferences. Anca Rusu is interested in collaborative strategies and the governance of opportunities and risks associated with new technologies.

 

Rainer Sachs

External consultant

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Rainer Sachs is a senior risk researcher and risk management expert. He is the founder and owner of the Sachs-Institute, a transdisciplinary think tank for better coping with risk and uncertainty. Rainer Sachs’s current research interests focus on modelling complex risks in insurance and human behaviour in decisions under uncertainty. A main objective of his work is the transfer of research results into risk management practices.

 

Luana Huguenin

Administrative Specialist

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