Gemma Hersh

As Elsevier’s VP of Open Science, Gemma Hersh is responsible for developing and refreshing policies in areas related to open access, open data, text mining and others. Gemma also travels around the world to meet with government officials, institutions, funders and others to build, strengthen and maintain relationships and discuss areas of mutual interest. In the UK, Gemma serves as publisher representative on the Universities UK (UUK) Open Access Monitoring Group and is a member of the International STM Public Affairs Committee.

Before joining Elsevier, Gemma was Head of Public Affairs for the UK Publishers Association and has worked in the creative industries both in government and in industry for the last seven years. She holds an MPhil in Politics and Comparative Government from Oxford University, but her real love is history, in which she holds a First Class Degree from Kings College, London.


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