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Maya Ajmera is the president and CEO of the Society for Science (Society) and publisher of its award-winning magazine, Science News. The Society is best known for its world-class science competitions, including the Regeneron Science Talent Search, Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair, and Broadcom MASTERS. Maya founded Global Fund for Children (GFC), a non-profit organization that invests in innovative, community-based organizations working with some of the world's most vulnerable children and youth. Under Maya's 18 years of leadership, GFC grew from a seedling of a vision into one of the largest networks of grassroots organizations working on behalf of vulnerable young people. To date, GFC has awarded nearly $50 million to more than 725 grassroots organizations in 80 countries, touching the lives of more than 11 million children. Maya is also an award-winning children's book author of more than 20 titles, including Children from Australia to Zimbabwe, Faith, To Be a Kid and most recently, Every Breath We Take, with more than five million readers worldwide. Her work and life story have been profiled by such media outlets as CNN, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Financial Times and NPR. Maya has held several academic appointments, including the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University and the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. She is a Board member of Echoing Green, Kids in Need of Defense, Sibley Memorial Hospital/Johns Hopkins Medicine and the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics Foundation. Maya is the recipient of the 2020 National Science Board Public Service Award, recognized for her tremendous contribution to increasing the public’s understanding of science and engineering. Maya received a MPP from the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University and an AB in biology from Bryn Mawr College. She lives in Washington, DC with her husband and daughter. She is a 2011 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.