Dr Claire McNulty is the Senior Director, Europe at National Geographic Society, with a remit to strengthen and expand the community of National Geographic Explorers and grantees in the region. She supports National Geographic Explorers working in diverse areas, from photojournalism to wildlife conservation. Prior to joining National Geographic, Claire was the Global Director of Science for the British Council, responsible for Science and Research projects around the world, including working with Cheltenham Science Festival on the global science competition, FameLab. Claire has been a FameLab judge on several occasions and has also been a judge at the London International Youth Science Forum and the Big Bang Fair.
Claire has a degree in Chemistry and Biochemistry from Leeds University, and a PhD in heart development from the Randall Institute, King’s College London. She worked as a post-doctoral researcher on neural development at the Hubrecht Institute for Developmental Biology, the Netherlands and has published articles in this area and in the field of science diplomacy. She has also worked in scientific publishing for Excerpta Medica, an Elsevier company, and as a part-time senior science policy adviser for the Royal Society, where she worked on the Pfizer-Royal Society African Academies Programme.
She is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a former member of the Royal Society’s Public Engagement Committee.