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Alejandro Adem

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)
President
Professor Alejandro Adem was appointed President of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) in October 2019.

As a highly accomplished researcher in the field of mathematics and a faculty member at the University of British Columbia, Professor Adem has significant leadership experience in the Canadian research and innovation ecosystem. Before joining NSERC, he was CEO and Scientific Director of Mitacs (2015-19) where he oversaw a significant expansion of its domestic and international internship programs as well as launching the Mitacs Canadian Science Policy Fellowships, an Indigenous engagement initiative and an innovative entrepreneurship program. Prior to that he served as Director (2008-2015) of the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences, a research and training consortium supporting the mathematical sciences across Western Canada.

Professor Adem is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society, a Fellow of the Canadian Mathematical Society and a Corresponding Member of the Mexican Academy of Sciences. He earned a PhD at Princeton University and a BS at the National University of Mexico. He has authored over 70 articles as well as two books, delivered close to 400 invited research lectures around the world, and has held postdoctoral or visiting positions at Stanford University, the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, the ETH-Zurich, the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in Bonn, the University of Paris, and Princeton University. Other distinctions include a senior Canada Research Chair at the University of British Columbia, the Jeffery-Williams Research Prize (awarded by the Canadian Mathematical Society), the National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award (USA) and an Alfred P. Sloan Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship. From 1989 to 2004 he was a faculty member at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (USA).

Professor Adem is currently the Chair of the Canada Research Coordinating Committee, and Vice-Chair of the
Governing Board of the Global Research Council. Over his career he has served on a variety of scientific, editorial, and governance boards for the worldwide mathematical sciences community, and is a member of the International Mathematical Union’s Committee for Women in Mathematics.

Alejandro Adem is a Canadian citizen who was born and raised in Mexico City, and is a proud member of the Latin American community in Canada. He is married and has two grown children.