Cissi Askwall has been the Secretary General of the Swedish non-profit association Vetenskap & Allmänhet, VA (Public & Science) since 2011. She has a diploma in Journalism from the University of Gothenburg and has also studied political science, psychology and theology. She worked previously as a news journalist and producer at Swedish Radio, the national public service broadcaster, as well as at the national news agency TT. She has also been the Head of Communications at VA and at the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences. Furthermore, she was the Principal Secretary of a governmental investigation into how to digitalise and make Swedish cultural life more accessible. She is a member of several international expert and advisory groups and board member of the European Science Engagement Association, Eusea.