Sudip Parikh to head AAAS

November 6, 2019

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has announced that Sudip Parikh will serve as the next chief executive officer and executive publisher of the Science family of journals. AAAS aims to “advance science, engineering, and innovation throughout the world for the benefit of all people.” The organization has extensive programs in policy analysis, diversifying the science and technology workforce, public engagement, science education, and international affairs.

Parikh will join AAAS in January 2020 succeeding Alan I. Leshner, who is serving as interim CEO at AAAS and had previously led the organization from 2001 to 2015. Rush Holt served as AAAS CEO until his retirement in September 2019. Parikh currently serves as senior vice president of DIA (Drug Information Association) Global, a non-profit organization and publisher that mobilizes life science professionals to engage with patients, peers, and thought leaders.

Parikh worked as a science advisor and professional staff for the United States Senate Committee on Appropriations from 2001 to 2009, advising on discussions regarding appropriations and policy for federal research agencies and congressional oversight of federally-funded programs. He served as the committee’s liaison to science and technology industries, universities and institutions.

A past NIH Presidential Management Fellow, Parikh was also awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship while earning his Ph.D. in macromolecular structure and chemistry from Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California. He received a bachelor’s degree in materials applied science from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.