Dr. Halla Thorsteinsdóttir is the Director of Small Globe Inc., a non-profit organisation and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto, Canada and at Cinvestav, Mexico. She has actively researched health innovation and international relations in Canada and in low and middle income countries including Brazil, Cuba, China, India, and South Africa. Halla’s research has been published in high-impact journals such as Nature Biotechnology, Nature Genetics, Science, Research Policy and The Lancet, and been covered by media including the Economist and the Financial Times. Halla completed her doctoral studies in Science and Technology Studies at SPRU – Science and Technology Policy Research, University of Sussex, United Kingdom, and obtained a master’s degree in Development Economics from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University, Canada. She has received several awards including the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Maud Menten Principal Investigator Prize and has advised organisations such as the United Nations Development Programme, the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, the International Development Research Centre, Industry Canada, and South Africa’s Technology Innovation Agency on innovation strategies.