Dr. George Poste
Regents' Professor and Del E. Webb Chair in Health Innovation
Dr. George Poste, is Chief Scientist, Complex Adaptive Systems Initiative (CASI). From 2003 to 2009 he directed and built the Biodesign Institute at ASU. In addition to his academic post he serves on the Board of Directors of Monsanto, Exelixis, Caris Life Sciences and the Scientific Advisory Board of Burrill and Co. and Synthetic Genomics. From 1992 to 1999 he was CSTO and President, R&D of SmithKline Beecham(SB). In 2004 he was named as ‘R&D Scientist of the Year’ by R&D Magazine, in 2006 he received the Einstein award from the Global Business Leadership Council and in 2009 received the Scrip Lifetime Achievement award voted by the leadership of the global pharmaceutical industry. He is a Fellow of the UK Royal Society, the Royal College of Pathologists and the UK Academy of Medicine, a Distinguished Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, a member of the Council for Foreign Relations and the US Institute of Medicine Forum on Microbial Threats. He also serves on several US government panels related to biosecurity and national competitiveness.
Dr. Sander van der Leeuw CASI Co-Director
Director, School of Human Evolution and Social Change
Dean, School of Sustainability
Dr. Van der Leeuw’s work focuses on the role of invention and innovation in society. He and his research team investigate how invention occurs, what the preconditions are, how the context influences it, and its role in society. An archaeologist and historian by training, Dr. Van der Leeuw has studied ancient technologies, ancient and modern man-land relationships, and Complex Systems Theory. He has done archaeological fieldwork in Syria, Holland, and France, and conducted ethno-archaeological studies in the Near East, the Philippines and Mexico. Since 1992 he has coordinated a series of interdisciplinary research projects on socio-natural interactions and modern environmental problems. The work spans all the countries along the northern Mediterranean rim. Dr. Van der Leeuw is an External Professor of the Santa Fe Institute and a Corresponding Member of the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences. He teaches courses on the ethnography of innovation.
Dr. Anna Barker
Professor and Director, Transformative Healthcare Networks
Dr. Barker, along with Co-Directors Dr. Sander van der Leeuw, and Dr. George Poste, will launch new research in CAS-Knowledge Networks and a workshop series on Complex Adaptive Systems. Dr. Barker served as the Deputy Director of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and as the NCI’s Deputy Director for Strategic Scientific Initiatives from 2002 until her retirement in August, 2010. She was a member of the NCI’s Executive Committee and participated in all aspects of strategic planning, decision making and program implementation to achieve the NCI’s mission. Dr. Barker led the planning, development and implementation of a number of strategic scientific and advanced technology initiatives and novel partnerships that emphasize innovation, trans-disciplinary teams and convergence of scientific disciplines to enable progress against cancer. These programs also stress the synergy of large scale and individual initiated research, precompetitive research and public databases and translation of discoveries into new interventions to detect, prevent and treat cancer more effectively.
Dr. Kenneth Buetow, Professor,
Director, Computational Sciences and Informatics, CAS
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Executive Assistant to Dr. George Poste
Zenaida E. Gonzales
Administrative Specialist, Assistant to Dr. George Poste
Ph: 480.727.8661 | Fax: 480.965.2765
Assistant to Dr. Kenneth Buetow
Assistant to Dr. Anna Barker
Business Operations Manager, CAS
Assistant to Dr. Sander van der Leeuw