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Rebecca Donaldson

Fellow at the World Economic Forum's Bioeconomy Initiative

Rebecca currently works as a Fellow of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in their Bioeconomy Initiative. Before this, Rebecca was a technology strategy consultant for Cambridge Consultants (part of Capgemini Invent). In this role, she advised clients on the impacts of disruptive technology on their businesses in the short and long term. She is particularly interested in the opportunities and risks associated with bio-innovation, from its potential to reduce carbon emissions to the democratisation of genetic engineering technologies as a biosecurity threat.

Rebecca has a Master’s degree in Bioengineering from the University of Cambridge, where she also studied Natural Sciences as an undergraduate. She also has an Enterprise Fellowship from the Royal Academy of Engineering through her work as co-founder and Chief Innovation Officer of the social enterprise Blue Tap. Blue Tap developed a low-cost water disinfection technology which is currently deployed in Kenya and India. In her spare time, she is a trustee of the Cambridge Development Initiative charity, which works in Tanzania.