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Fabiola Gianotti

Director-General, European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN)

Fabiola Gianotti became CERN’s (first female) Director-General on 1 January 2016. She received a PhD in experimental particle physics from the University of Milan in 1989. Since 1994 she has been a research physicist at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research. From March 2009 to February 2013 she held the elected position of project leader (”Spokesperson”) of the ATLAS experiment. On 4 July 2012 she presented the ATLAS results on the search for the Higgs boson in an historic seminar at CERN, which marked the announcement of the discovery of the Higgs boson. Dr Gianotti is the author or co-author of more than 550 publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals and has given more than 40 invited plenary talks at major international conferences in the field. She is a corresponding member of the Italian Academy of Sciences, a foreign associate member of the French Academy of Sciences, of the US National Academy of Sciences and honorary member of the Royal Irish Academy. She received honorary doctoral degrees from the University of Uppsala, the EPFL (Lausanne), McGill University (Montreal), Oslo University, the University of Edinburgh and the University of Roma Tor Vergata. Dr Gianotti was awarded the honour of "Cavaliere di Gran Croce dell'ordine al merito della Repubblica" by the Italian President Giorgio Napolitano. She received the Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics (2013) , the Enrico Fermi Prize of the Italian Physical Society (2013), the Medal of Honour of the Niels Bohr Institute (Copenhagen, 2013) and the Wilhelm Exner Medal (Vienna 2017). Between 2014 and 2016 she was a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the UN Secretary-General, Mr Ban Ki-moon. She was included among the “Top 100 most inspirational women” by The Guardian newspaper in 2011, was ranked 5th in Time magazine’s Personality of the Year in 2012, was included among the “Top 100 most influential women” by Forbes magazine and was classed among the “Leading Global Thinkers of 2013” by Foreign Policy magazine.