About Us


About Us

Origin and organization of EAGLES

European Action on Global Life Sciences (EAGLES) was set up through the initiative of members of the European Federation of Biotechnology (EFB). EAGLES arose from conversations between the former President of the EFB, Prof. Borge Diderichsen, Novo Nordisk with Prof. Huanming Yang, Director of the Beijing Genomics Institute and other members of EFBIC, and with members of the European Group on Life Sciences (EGLS) set up by Commissioner Busquin. An ad hoc group supported by EFB met in Brussels during the EGLS conference “Towards sustainable agriculture for developing countries: options from life sciences and biotechnologies” 30-31 January 2003. EAGLES aims and strategy were defined and new members were invited to join, many from developing and emerging countries.

It was established as a Task Group of EFB, which provides advice and support, as well as an administrative structure and its large network.

Dr. Serageldin, the Director of the New Library of Alexandria, is Chairman of EAGLES. He was formerly Vice-President of The World Bank and Chairman (1993-2000) of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). Prof. Huanming Yang who led the Chinese human genome initiative is Co-Vice Chairmen. Prof. David McConnell, of the Smurfit Institute of Genetics, Trinity College Dublin, as Co-Vice Chairman of EAGLES, chairs the Task Group on EAGLES, which coordinates the efforts of all the consortium members to develop and fund the programme.


EAGLES Board

Chairmanship:

Prof. Ismail Serageldin, Chairman of EAGLES, Director of the New Library of Alexandria
Dr. Huanming Yang, Co-Vice Chairman of EAGLES, Director, Beijing Genome Institute
Prof. David McConnell, Co-Vice Chairman of EAGLES, Trinity College, Ireland
Jens Degett, Executive Director, Madrid, Spain

The EAGLES Health Committee:

• Prof. Fred Binka, Indepth Network, Ghana
• Prof. Lars Bolund, University of Aarhus, Denmark
• Dr. Francesc Godia Casablancas, Departament d’Enginyeria Química, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain
• Prof. Julio Celis, Secretary General, Federation of European Biochemical Societies, Denmark
• Dr. Werner Christie, Formerly Minister of Health, Government of Norway
• Prof. Brian Clark, Past President, International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
• Prof. Borge Diderichsen, EFB Former President, Novo Nordisk, Copenhagen, Denmark
• Prof. Fotis C. Kafatos, Imperial College, London, England
• Prof. David McConnell, Chairman, EAGLES Health Programme & EFB EAGLES Task Group, Co-Vice Chairman of EAGLES, Trinity College Dublin
• Dr. Ismail Serageldin, Chairman of EAGLES, Director of the New Library of Alexandria
• Prof. Zihe Rao, Chairman, Department of Structural Biology, Tsinghua University, China
• Prof. Robert E. Sinden, Imperial College, London
• Prof. Jisnuson Svasti, Department of Biochemistry, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand
• Dr. Carmen Vela, Manager Director at INGENASA, Madrid, Spain.
• Prof. Huanming Yang, Co-Vice Chairman of EAGLES, Director, Beijing Genome Institute
• Sir Magdi Habib Yacoub, National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College, England
• Prof. Tilahun Yilma, International Laboratory of Molecular Biology, University of California, Davis
• Mr. Jens Degett, EAGLES Executive Director, Spain

The EAGLES Food Committee:

• Dr Ismail Serageldin, Chairman of EAGLES, Director of the New Library of Alexandria, Egypt
• Prof David McConnell, Chairman, EAGLES Food Forum & EFB EAGLES Task Group, Co-Vice Chairman of EAGLES, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
• Prof. Huanming Yang, Co-Vice Chairman of EAGLES, Director, Beijing Genome Institute, China
• Prof Patrick Cunningham, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland and European Group on Life Sciences
• Dr Adel El-Beltagy, Director General, International Centre for Agricultural Research in Dry Areas, Research Centre of CGIAR, Syria
• Prof Arturo Falaschi, Director-General, International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, Italy
• Prof Luis Herrera- Estrella, National Polytechnic Institute, Mexico
• Prof Marc van Montagu, Gent University, Belgium and European Group on Life Sciences
• Mr. Albert Sasson, Special Adviser to the UNESCO Director General, Paris
• Prof M S Swaminathan, Chairman, Swaminathan Research Foundation, Chennai, India
• Jennifer A Thomson, Dept of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of Cape Town, South Africa
• Dr. Eduardo Trigo, Scientific Adviser to the International Directorate of the Secretariat for Science, Technology & Innovation of the Argentine Government, Argentina
• Dr Florence Wambugu, Executive Director, Harvest Biotech Foundation International, Kenya