Dr. Marga Gual Soler is an expert in Science Diplomacy and has been a pioneer in expanding its theoretical, practical and educational approaches around the world. She currently leads global science diplomacy research, education and capacity building initiatives at the AAAS Center for Science Diplomacy, manages the AAAS Cuba program, and serves as an associate editor of the policy journal Science & Diplomacy. For the past 10 years she has worked in over 40 countries in all continents building bridges across the science-policy-diplomacy nexus, often in diplomatically challenging environments. She serves as high-level policy advisor on the Research, Innovation and Science Experts Group to European Commissioner Carlos Moedas and the Advisory Board of the Horizon 2020 project "Inventing a Shared Science Diplomacy for Europe". She helped design the first Science, Technology and Innovation Diplomacy Strategy for the Spanish Government and was named one of “100 Spanish experts in innovation” by Fundación Cotec, "40 Under 40 Latinos in Foreign Policy" by The Huffington Post, and “10 Latinas Think Big Innovators to Watch in 2016.” She received a PhD in Biomedical Sciences from University of Queensland in Australia and a master's degree in molecular biology from University of Barcelona.