Announcement from the AAAS Board of Directors

On behalf of the AAAS Board of Directors, we are thrilled to announce that Dr. Sudip Parikh will join AAAS as its next Chief Executive Officer and Executive Publisher of the Science Family of Journals, effective January 6, 2020.

Dr. Parikh, who will be AAAS’ 19th chief executive in its 171-year history, is currently Senior Vice President at DIA Global, a non-profit organization and publisher that mobilizes life science professionals from across all areas of expertise to engage with patients, peers, and thought leaders.  As Managing Director of DIA Americas, Dr. Parikh leads strategy and operations for the Americas region of the international association, overseeing effective non-partisan policy advocacy while growing membership.

Prior to DIA, Dr. Parikh served in multiple senior leadership roles at the multibillion-dollar global research and development organization Battelle, including as Vice President and General Manager of Health and Consumer Solutions, and Vice President of Health Policy. Earlier in his career, Dr. Parikh was science advisor and professional staff for the Senate Appropriations Committee, where he advised on appropriations and policy for federal research agencies and conducted congressional oversight of federally funded programs.  He also served as a Presidential Management Fellow at the National Institutes of Health.

Dr. Parikh serves on the boards of Research!America and Friends of Cancer Research, and on the programmatic consultation committee of the National Institutes of Health National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences.  He has received multiple awards for public service, including recognition from the American Association of Immunologists, the National AIDS Alliance, the Coalition for Health Services Research, and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Dr. Parikh holds a Ph.D. in macromolecular structure and chemistry from the Scripps Research Institute, where he was awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, and a bachelor’s degree in materials applied science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The search was extraordinarily thorough and involved close consideration of numerous qualified and diverse candidates.  The search committee and Board, both of which unanimously supported Dr. Parikh’s appointment, have been extremely impressed by his vision for AAAS, and how he hopes to infuse all areas of science into our society for the benefit of the human condition.  He is well-positioned to lead AAAS into the future and brings significant expertise working across sectors and with policymakers in the U.S. and globally.

Alan Leshner will continue to serve as interim CEO until Dr. Parikh’s first day.  We thank Alan for his tremendous service to AAAS during this transition.

As always, we greatly appreciate your affiliation.


Margaret Hamburg
Chair, AAAS Board of Directors

Claire Fraser
President-elect, AAAS
Chair, CEO Search Committee