Executive Director, The Lemelson Foundation
Julia Novy-Hildesley joined the Lemelson Foundation as Executive Director in 2002. Prior to joining the Lemelson Foundation, Julia was founding Director of the World Wildlife Fund’s Pacific Office, where she led efforts for marine conservation and public outreach. A Fulbright and Marshall Scholar, Julia has lectured at Stanford University in the Law School, and the Earth Sciences, Anthropology and Human Biology departments. She has conducted research and lived in Madagascar, Tanzania, Bolivia, French Polynesia and other developing countries and consulted for a range of governmental organizations, including the World Bank, USAID and the U.K. Department for International Development.
Julia earned a Bachelor of Science in Human Biology from Stanford University with a Minor in African Studies and a Master’s degree in International Development from the Institute for Development Studies at Sussex University in the U.K. She serves on several boards, including the John F. Kennedy School of Government Women’s Leadership Board, the Board of the World Affairs Council of Oregon, PICMET Advisory Council, Mercy Corps’ Social Innovations Committee, Cambia Initiative for Open Innovation, International Advisory Council Member, Board of adviors of the Anwarul Quadir Foundation, and the Editorial Board of MIT’s Innovations Journal. Julia speaks French, Spanish and Kiswahili.