The Elsevier Foundation

Ylann Schemm

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As the Elsevier Foundation’s Director, Ylann Schemm drives inclusive health and research partnerships to support the UN Sustainable Development Goals building research capacity in developing countries and tackling health inequities. She has been an integral part of the Foundation’s growth since joining as a Program Officer in 2008. In addition, Ylann serves as Elsevier’s Vice President of Corporate Responsibility, building on two decades of corporate relations and responsibility roles which focus on which focus on gender, research and global health collaborations. She serves as the Cochair of Elsevier’s internal Gender Equity Taskforce working with key stakeholders to evolve the company’s approach to inclusive research. In 2020, Ylann was appointed Chair of Research4Life’s Executive Council, a UN-publisher partnership to bridge access gaps for researchers and doctors in developing countries. Prior to joining Elsevier in 2005, Ylann held various roles in publishing and the non-profit sector, representing the European Platform for Dutch Education at the European Commission. She started her career as a writer and researcher for Time Life Books and holds an MA in Film & Television Studies from the University of Amsterdam and a BA, magna cum laude in English from Amherst College in Massachusetts. Ylann is both American and Dutch and based in Amsterdam.

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