Author Keynote

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Brian Greene
Renowned physicist, bestselling author, and NOVA television host
Editor-in-Chief, Annals of Physics
Director, Center for Theoretical Physics, Columbia University
Co-founder, World Science Festival

Brian Greene is equally passionate to educate the next generation of scholars in superstring theory as he is to bring knowledge and excitement about science to the general public. The Washington Post has described him as “the single best explainer of abstruse concepts in the world today.” Among his most influential contributions as a physicist are the first semi-realistic models based on explicit string compactifications, and the discoveries of mirror symmetry, mild topology change and drastic topology change.  Brian's general audience books, including The Elegant UniverseThe Fabric of the Cosmos, and The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos have collectively sold more than two million copies worldwide, spent 68 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and were the basis of two award-winning NOVA documentaries which he hosted. Brian is a frequent television guest, appearing with Stephen Colbert on The Late Show, playing himself on The Big Bang Theory, and enjoying cameo roles in a number of Hollywood films, including FrequencyMaze, and The Last Mimzy.   As co-founder of the World Science Festival with journalist Tracy Day, he combines science, art, music, and technology to reach new audiences, including a new work for the stage exploring Einstein's discovery of the General Theory of Relativity, which will air on PBS this May.

Publisher Keynote

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W. Drake McFeely
Chairman, W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.
Trustee and former Chair, Princeton University Press
Board Executive Committee, Association of American Publishers
Board Executive Committee, National Book Foundation

W. Drake McFeely joined W.W. Norton upon graduating from Amherst College in 1976 and has dedicated his career to serving and leading the storied, independent publishing house, where he became president in 1994 and chairman in 2000.  Known and beloved for such college humanities titles as The Norton Anthology of English Literature, the company has also enjoyed notable success aiming fascinating works at the general public.  Major trade bestsellers from recent lists include Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, Michael Lewis’s The Fifth Risk, and Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology. During Drake’s remarkable tenure, Norton not only expanded its education focus considerably, but also deepened its trade program in the sciences and social sciences while its books and authors have been honored with eleven Pulitzer Prizes and nine National Book Awards.  The 96-year old company is wholly owned by its employees. 

Distinguished Guest

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The Hon. Judy Chu
U.S. House of Representatives

Congresswoman Judy Chu represents California’s 27th congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives. A seasoned leader on intellectual property issues, she co-founded and co-chairs the Bi-partisan Creative Rights Caucus, which advocates for the copyright protections of those in the creative industries, including publishers and authors. She serves on the House Ways and Means and Small Business Committees, and she also serves in leadership of the House Democratic Caucus as a Member of the Steering and Policy Committee. Dr. Chu holds a B.A. in Mathematics from UCLA and a Ph.D. in Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology.

Distinguished Guest

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Kathleen Hall Jamieson
Author of Cyberwar: How Russian Hackers and Trolls Helped Elect a President (Oxford University Press, 2018)
Elizabeth Ware Packard Professor of Communication, Annenberg School for Communication
Director, Annenberg Public Policy Center
University of Pennsylvania

A highly regarded scholar and teacher, Kathleen Hall Jamieson has authored or co-authored 16 books, most recently Cyberwar: How Russian Hackers and Trolls Helped Elect a President (Oxford University Press, 2018). Five of these books have received a total of eight political science or communication book awards (Packaging the Presidency, Eloquence in an Electronic Age, Spiral of Cynicism, Presidents Creating the Presidency, and The Obama Victory.) She recently co-edited The Oxford Handbook of Political Communication and The Oxford Handbook of the Science of Science Communication. She is the co-founder of FactCheck.org and its subsidiary site, SciCheck, and director of The Sunnylands Constitution Project, which has produced more than 30 award-winning films on the Constitution for high school students. Jamieson is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, the American Academy of Political and Social Science, and the International Communication Association, and a past president of the American Academy of Political and Social Science.

Distinguished Guest


Jerry Sheehan
Deputy Director
National Library of Medicine

Jerry Sheehan is Deputy Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM), where he shares responsibility with the Director for overall program development, evaluation, policy formulation, direction and coordination of all Library activities. He is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Library and actively engaged in implementing NLM’s Strategic Plan. Sheehan joined NLM as Assistant Director for Policy Development in September 2006 and contributed to NLM and NIH-wide efforts to advance access to scientific literature and data. From September 2015 to January 2017, he was on detail to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy where he served as Assistant Director for Scientific Data and Information and helped advance open science policies across the Federal Government. He has served as Chairman of the OECD Working Party on Innovation and Technology Policy, Co-chair of National Science and Technology Council’s Subcommittee on Open Science, and Vice President of the International Council for Scientific and Technical Information. He holds BS (Electrical Engineering) and MS (Technology and Policy) degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Allan Robert Adler
Executive Vice President & General Counsel
Association of American Publishers

Allan Robert Adler is Executive Vice President and General Counsel for the Association of American Publishers (AAP), and has been with AAP for more than two decades. Prior to joining AAP, Allan was a partner at the law firm of Cohn and Marks (1989-1996); Legislative Counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union (1981-1989); Staff Counsel for the Center for National Security Studies (1978-1981); and, Staff Director for the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press (1977-1978). He has a Juris Doctor from the National Law Center of The George Washington University (1978) and a B.A. in History from the State University of New York at Binghamton (1974).

Tracey Armstrong
President and Chief Executive Officer
Copyright Clearance Center

Tracey Armstrong has been President and Chief Executive Officer of Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) since July 2007. She brings almost 30 years of experience in rights management, helping transform CCC’s solutions to meet the needs of today’s digital world.  Armstrong works with publishers, authors, universities, businesses and industry associations around the world, addressing global copyright issues and establishing new alliances.  She serves on the Board of the International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organisation (IFRRO) and holds an MBA from Northeastern University, where she mentors young women in its MBA program. Armstrong also works closely with Harborlight Community Partners, a non-profit, Massachusetts-certified Community Development Corporation which provides affordable housing.

Matthew Barblan
Vice President, Public Policy
Association of American Publishers

Matthew Barblan is Vice President of Public Policy at the Association of American Publishers (AAP), where he advises and advocates for the publishing industry on copyright and technology policy issues, as well as on a variety of other business, legal, and policy matters facing the industry in the United States and abroad. He represents the industry’s interests before the Congress, federal agencies, and other regulatory bodies, and his work involves engagement with a broad spectrum of policymakers, industry experts, and partner communities. Prior to joining AAP, Matthew was Executive Director of the Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property (CPIP) and Assistant Professor of Law at George Mason University. During his time at CPIP and George Mason, he taught courses on copyright and trademark law and oversaw a wide range of academic and policy programs addressing copyright’s important role in fostering successful creative industries. Matthew serves on the Board of Directors of the Copyright Alliance and the Media Coalition. He holds a law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law and a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University, where he was Phi Beta Kappa. He began his career as a litigator in the New York office of Latham and Watkins, LLP.

John T. Behrens
Vice President, AI Product Development
AI Products & Solutions

John Behrens is Vice President of AI Product Development at Pearson, the world’s largest learning company. John promotes, creates, and studies learning experiences that combine digital activities with AI & Data Science to foster learning. John has published over 50 scholarly publications in areas related to human and machine-learning, educational data science, assessment, technology, and their integration to promote learner advancement.

Vivian Berghahn
Managing Director
Berghahn Books

Vivian Berghahn is Managing Director and Journals Editorial Director at Berghahn Books. In addition to overseeing the journals division at Berghahn, her responsibilities include advancing the company’s online initiatives and the strategic development of its overall publishing program. With nearly 20 years of experience in academic publishing, she previously worked for Blackwell Publishing and Northeastern University Press in addition to serving on the AAP-PSP Books Committee.

Sofia Castillo
Assistant General Counsel
Association of American Publishers

Sofia Castillo is Assistant General Counsel at the Association of American Publishers where she helps shape the publishing industry’s legislative and litigation strategies. Before that, Sofia was a Legal Fellow at the Copyright Alliance and a Law Clerk at the U.S. Copyright Office. Sofia completed her B.A. in Anthropology and International Development at Trent University in Canada, her M.A. in Latin American Studies at Stanford University, and her J.D. at American University, Washington College of Law.

Youngsuk ‘YS’ Chi
Chairman, Elsevier
Director of Corporate Affairs, RELX Group

Youngsuk ‘YS’ Chi is an international businessman and a global thought leader in the publishing, education and information solutions industries. As Chairman of Elsevier, the world’s leading scientific, technical and medical information and analytics company, he works directly with key stakeholders in government, academia and industry to support over 30 million scientists, students and healthcare professionals. In his role as Director of Corporate Affairs for RELX Group, Elsevier’s parent company, he is responsible for government affairs, corporate communications and corporate responsibility across all four of the group’s market segments. Based in London and New York, Chi travels extensively to engage with scientific as well as medical/clinical research communities, deliver thought leadership on key trends and advise stakeholders, boards and groups across industries. Chi has served on dozens of charitable, educational and industry boards, including Princeton University, Princeton University Press, the Ban Ki-Moon Foundation, KAIST Foundation, and has chaired the Association of American Publishers and the International Publishers Association. He is currently a Chaired Visiting Professor of Yonsei University and also as an independent director of Maropost (Toronto, Canada) and Ingram Industries Inc. (Nashville, USA).

Robert Clarida
Reitler Kailas & Rosenblatt LLC, New York

Bob Clarida heads the intellectual property practice at Reitler Kailas & Rosenblatt, which has been rated Tier 1 in New York and Tier 3 nationally. He is widely recognized for his intellectual property expertise and has extensive experience in all aspects of securing, enforcing and licensing non-patent intellectual property rights, and in advising a broad range of clients on effective strategies for maximizing value and avoiding infringement risk. Bob speaks and writes frequently on copyright issues. He is the author of the treatise COPYRIGHT LAW DESKBOOK (BNA 2009), and a principal presenter of the annual review of copyright decisions delivered each year to the Copyright Society of the USA. Bob co-authors the regular copyright law column in the New York Law Journal, teaches a seminar on emerging intellectual property issues at Columbia Law School, and has chaired numerous committees for the New York State Bar Association, the New York City Bar Association, and the American Intellectual Property Law Association.

Brian Crawford
President, Publications Division
American Chemical Society

Brian Crawford, Ph.D. is the President of the Publications Division of the American Chemical Society, the world’s leading non-profit publisher in the field of chemistry and its allied sciences. Dr. Crawford holds general management responsibility for both the Society’s portfolio of more than 50 peer-reviewed journals, and the magazine publishing operations of the Society’s industry-leading news periodical, Chemical & Engineering News. He oversees all editorial, digital strategy, new product development and production staff based in ACS offices located in Washington, D.C. and Columbus, Ohio, as well as marketing and sales operations located throughout the US and abroad. Experienced in subscription journal, book, and new media publishing, Brian has more than 30 years of experience in the STM information industry, with both not-for-profit professional society and commercial publishers.

Jennifer Crewe 
Associate Provost and Director
Columbia University Press

Jennifer Crewe is Associate Provost and Director of Columbia University Press, where she previously served as Editorial Director.  She is President of the Association of University Presses, and previously served on that association’s Board of Directors from 2001-2004. She was given the Association’s Constituency Award in 2006.  She served on the Executive Council of the Modern Language Association from 2009-2012 and on the Executive Council of PSP from 2013-2016.  In 2017 she was named a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture, and was given an Outstanding Service Award by the Literature Translation Institute, Korea.

Nigel Fletcher-Jones
The American University in Cairo Press

Nigel Fletcher-Jones is Director of The American University in Cairo Press, and actively commissions in Egyptology and Near Eastern Archaeology. Nigel has held executive level positions with international publishing companies including Blackwell Publishing Inc., Nature Publishing Group, Elsevier and Cell Press. He is currently a member of the Publications Committee of the World Council of Comparative Education Societies. Nigel was one of the pioneers of online journal publishing and continues to be deeply committed to the development of community-targeted web services. He is a former member of the AAP/PSP Executive Council and holds a PhD in palaeo-anthropology from the University of Durham.

Steven Heffner
VP, Product Strategy
Wolters Kluwer Health

Steven Heffner has been involved in the publishing industry for nearly 30 years. He has held editorial and management positions in the STM, business, policy, and trade sectors. He is currently the Vice President of Product Strategy at Wolters Kluwer Health responsible for digital institutional products in education, practice, and research. He also sits on the board of CLOCKSS and is a new member of the PSP Executive Committee. Steven lives in New York City in dangerous proximity to the Strand bookstore, and spends too much of his salary and his family’s limited apartment space on books.

Christie Henry
Princeton University Press

Christie Henry joined Princeton University Press as Director in 2017, following multiple positions and years at the University of Chicago Press, most recently Editorial Director for Sciences, Social Sciences, and Reference. She was a member of the inaugural AUPresses Acquisitions Committee, which coauthored Best Practices of Peer Review, and is currently chairing the AUPresses Task force on Gender, Equity, and Cultures of Respect.

She is a Board member of Codon Learning, and is on the Council of Rutgers University Press, and teaches at the Denver Publishing Institute, the Yale Publishing Course, and the Graham School at the University of Chicago.  She is a graduate of Dartmouth College.

Stephen Lotinga
Chief Executive
The Publishers Association

Stephen Lotinga joined the Publishers Association in January 2016. His career has included a number of roles in business and the public sector, with particular experience in public affairs and communications. Stephen spent his early career working in politics before moving to take up senior roles in global public relations companies as Managing Director of Bell Pottinger and Edelman. He more recently worked for the UK government as Director of Communications for the Deputy Prime Minister.

Danny Marti
Head of Global Government Affairs
RELX Group

Danny Marti serves as the Head of Global Government Affairs & Policy for the RELX Group, leading the company’s policy engagements across a broad range of public policy issues, including science and innovation policy; privacy and data management; trade; and intellectual property.  Prior to the RELX Group, Mr. Marti served as a senior White House official in the Obama Administration. Nominated by President Obama in 2014 to serve as the Nation’s Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator, a position colloquially referred to as the “White House IP Czar,” Marti was confirmed 92-0 by the United States Senate, and sworn into office by Vice President Biden.  During his time at the White House, Mr. Marti was responsible for coordinating the efforts of the U.S. Government national security, economic, and criminal agencies engaged in intellectual property enforcement policy.  Mr. Marti served as the Chairman of the U.S. Interagency Strategic Planning Committee on IP Enforcement that produced the White House-released “Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property Enforcement” for FY 2017-2019.  Prior to the White House, Daniel served as the Managing Partner of the Washington, D.C. office of a leading international law firm. Mr. Marti is a graduate of Emory University School of Law and Georgetown University.

Maria A. Pallante
President and Chief Executive Officer
Association of American Publishers

Maria A. Pallante is the chief executive of the Association of American Publishers and a respected authority in the field of intellectual property law. Based in Washington, DC, she leads AAP’s strategic agenda and public policy portfolio. From 2011-2016, Pallante headed the U.S. Copyright Office, where she administered the Copyright Act and was an expert advisor to both Congress and Executive Branch officials on domestic and multilateral matters. Under her leadership, the Copyright Office produced thousands of pages of policy analyses, legislative recommendations, litigation opinions, administrative revisions, and regulations on a range of subjects involving the intersection of law and technology, as well as comprehensive proposals to modernize the agency itself. Prior to public service, Pallante was in-house counsel for eight years with the Guggenheim Museums, New York, where she also founded and directed the worldwide branding and licensing program in transactions related to the institution’s famous name and collection. She began her career in private practice and as a staff attorney with the Authors Guild. She has delivered numerous distinguished legal lectures in the United States and abroad.

Carlo Scollo Lavizzari
Advocate and Partner
Lenz Caemmerer

Carlo Scollo Lavizzari, a lawyer qualified in Switzerland, South Africa, England & Wales, specializes in intellectual property protection with more than 17 years of work experience with law firms in Africa, Europe, Switzerland and the United States of America. He is a strategist and problem solver in negotiations, conflict resolution and policy, participating actively in global advocacy for norm setting and in litigation, on all five continents. Depending on client need, Carlo brings together proven specialists from a range of areas all across the world. Carlo is fluent in four languages: German, English, French and Italian.

Jule Sigall
Associate General Counsel, IP Policy and Strategy
Microsoft Corp.

Jule L. Sigall is Associate General Counsel, IP Policy & Strategy in Microsoft's Legal & Corporate Affairs department.  Before joining Microsoft, Jule served as Associate Register for Policy & International Affairs at the U.S. Copyright Office, where he led the division responsible for providing domestic and international copyright policy advice to both the Legislative and Executive branches.  He headed U.S. delegations to WIPO’s Standing Committee on Copyright & Related Rights and was principal drafter of the Office's Report on Orphan Works.  He was also an adjunct professor at George Washington University Law School and is a frequent speaker on intellectual property in both domestic and international conferences.  Prior to his government service, Jule practiced in the Intellectual Property & Technology Group of Arnold & Porter in Washington, DC.  He is a summa cum laude graduate of Catholic University's Columbus School of Law and received his A.B. from Duke University.

Deirdre Silver
Associate General Counsel (Global), VP of Legal, Research
John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Deirdre Silver is Associate General Counsel (Global), VP of Legal, Research for John Wiley & Sons, Inc. She is responsible for all aspects of legal work for Wiley’s global research publishing operations, including participating in shaping strategy, consulting and negotiating with respect to acquisitions, contracts, disputes, and publication ethics, and formulating policy on copyright. She is a member of the Board of the Copyright Clearance Center, a member of the STM Intellectual Property Committee, and previously worked at Sekani, Inc. and Proskauer Rose LLP.

Jasper Simons
Chief Publishing Officer
American Psychological Association

Jasper Simons has 20 years of experience in scholarly publishing, working at leading organizations such as Elsevier, SAGE Publications and Clarivate Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters). At the American Psychological Association, he oversees all publishing programs, across the public, education and academic sectors. He sits on the board of Crossref, and is a member of the Standards & Technology Committee of the STM Association. Simons previously served on the PSP Executive Council of the AAP.

M. Luisa Simpson
Vice President, Global Policy
Association of American Publishers

Lui Simpson joined the Association of American Publishers (AAP) in September 2009. She directs the association’s engagement with the U.S. and foreign governments on copyright, technology, and international trade policy issues, provides analysis and guidance for the association and members on a variety of policy initiatives, and formulates the association’s enforcement and advocacy strategies in key markets.  Ms. Simpson also serves as AAP’s representative to international and domestic industry coalitions in pursuing shared copyright and trade policy priorities.

Cathy Wolfe
President and CEO, Health Learning, Research and Practice                    
Wolters Kluwer

Cathy Wolfe is President and CEO of the Health Learning, Research & Practice (HLRP) business at Wolters Kluwer. HLRP’s trusted information and technology solutions engage physicians, nurses, students, faculty, and medical researchers to help reduce care variability and drive more effective, evidence-based decisions across the continuum of care and lifelong learning. Ms. Wolfe has more than 20 years of experience in vertical product solutions for print, online and digital formats with a customer-centered approach to development and transformation. In 2015, Wolters Kluwer integrated two business lines under her leadership to form the Health Learning, Research & Practice business, the largest business unit in Wolters Kluwer with more than 1200 employees globally. A veteran of Wolters Kluwer since 1993, Ms. Wolfe has held key leadership positions in the US and the UK, with a track record of delivering strong results and innovation. She holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business and earned a BA degree in English from Cornell University.