Rebecca Myers ARCS
Head of Education and Director of EnterpriseTECH
Dr Rebecca Myers ARCS joined the Entrepreneurship Centre in 2017 having been a scientific researcher in organic chemistry for the past 15 years. She holds a PhD in Organic Chemistry from the University of Cambridge and is a chemistry graduate of Imperial College, London. She was the Associate Director of the Cambridge-Cancer Research UK Graduate Training Programme in Medicinal Chemistry and a Senior Research Associate in the research group of Professor Steven V. Ley CBE FRS – both at the Department of Chemistry at Cambridge.
Her research experience has covered many areas of chemistry, mostly at the medicinal chemistry interface, and particularly in cancer research. In recent years her contributions have helped underpin pioneering developments in flow chemistry and process automation which has helped secure over £10m worth of research council grants. She has published, with others, numerous research articles, reviews and book chapters in these areas.
Rebecca brings a strong understanding of the needs of the scientists and researchers in the University environment, and her experience will add valuable know-how to our efforts to further engage with the wider University and Cambridge ecosystem.
Ghina M. Halabi
Programme Lead, EnterpriseWOMEN
Dr Ghina Halabi joined the Education Team at the Entrepreneurship Centre as a consultant to re-design EnterpriseWOMEN, an entrepreneurship programme for women founders and CEOs. She is an astrophysicist and the first person to receive a PhD in astrophysics from a Lebanese institution, the American University of Beirut. She holds a Junior Research Fellowship from Wolfson College, University of Cambridge.
Her astrophysics research has covered various areas of stellar evolution, particularly the structure of stars, their contribution to the chemical enrichment of the galaxy and their interactions with nearby companions. She has published and co-authored numerous research articles, conference papers and a book chapter in these areas.
A perennial seeker of opportunities for social impact, Ghina is the founder of She Speaks Science, a science storytelling platform that makes science accessible and promotes the visibility of women in STEM. The platform was awarded the University of Cambridge Public Engagement Starter Fund in 2018. She strongly advocates gender equality in STEM through policy advisory roles and as a member of the United Nations Space for Women project. She is an invited speaker at international astronomy conferences and global interdisciplinary forums including the United Nations and TEDx. She coaches and consults on science communication and differentiation strategies using storytelling.
Previously, Ghina worked as a postdoctoral research associate at the Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge, where she continues to hold a visiting position. Alongside her research, she was a mathematics supervisor at Churchill College and a masters project supervisor at the Institute of Astronomy. She has a long and broad teaching experience and worked as a lecturer at the American University of Beirut before moving to Cambridge.
Ghina brings to the Education Team an understanding of the barriers facing women professionals, and a fresh perspective on ways to address them. Being an astrophysicist, her perspective is inevitably a cosmic one and allows her a broader view of the surrounding entrepreneurial ecosystem and its resources.