Current Members of the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Board

Malabika Pramanik (Chair) (University of British Columbia) - Harmonic Analysis

Helene Barcelo (Mathematical Sciences Research Institute) - Combinatorial Representation Theory and Homotopy Theories in relation to Subspace Arrangements

Anthony Bonato (Ryerson University) - Graph theory, Network Science, Discrete Mathematics

Nira Chamberlain (Institute of Mathematics and its Application - United Kingdom) - Developing novel mathematical modelling algorithms for industry

Edward Doolittle (First Nations University of Canada) - Differential Operators, Partial Differential Equations

Deirdre Haskell (McMaster University) - Model Theoretic Algebra

Nalini Joshi (University of Sydney) - Non-linear Differential and Difference Equations

Kathryn Leonard (Occidental College) - Geometric Models for Computer Graphics, Computer Vision, and Data Analysis.

Marni Mishna (Simon Fraser University) - Analytic and Enumerative Combinatorics

Emily Riehl (Johns Hopkins University) - Higher Category Theory, Abstract Homotopy Theory, Homotopy Type Theory

Adriana Salerno (Bates College) - Number Theory with Geometry, Physics, and Cryptography

Bio sketches

Malabika Pramanik (Chair) (University of British Columbia)


Helene Barcelo (Mathematical Sciences Research Institute)


Anthony Bonato (Ryerson University)

Anthony Bonato’s research is in Graph Theory and Network Science. He has authored over 130 publications with 90 co-authors. His books A Course on the Web Graph, The Game of Cops and Robbers on Graphs, and Limitless Minds were published by the American Mathematical Society, and Graph Searching Games and Probabilistic Methods was published by CRC Press. Bonato is currently full Professor in the Department of Mathematics at Ryerson University, Editor-in-Chief of the journal Internet Mathematics, and editor of the journal Contributions to Discrete Mathematics. In 2017, 2011 and 2009, he was awarded Ryerson Faculty Research Awards for excellence in research. He has delivered over 30 invited addresses at international conferences in North America, Australia, Europe, China, and India. Bonato has supervised 40 postdoctoral fellows and graduate students. In 2019 and 2013, he was awarded the YSGS Award for Outstanding Contribution to Graduate Education. He's taught undergraduate and graduate courses at Ryerson, Dalhousie, Laurier, Mount Allison, Waterloo, the National University of Ireland, and the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences in Cameroon. He served as Chair of the Department of Mathematics at Ryerson 2010-2013 and Associate Dean in the School of Graduate Studies from 2013- 2017. From 2014-2019, Bonato served on the NSERC Discovery Mathematics and Statistics Evaluation Group, and was the Chair for the Pure Mathematics section. He serves on the NSERC-Mathematical and Statistical Liaison Committee and the CMS Research Committee.

Research interests: Graph theory, network science, discrete mathematics

EDI Statement

I am committed to making mathematics and STEM more inclusive. As a gay man, I recognize the challenges faced by underrepresented members of the mathematical sciences community, especially those who are BIPOC or LGBTQ+. Positioning equity, diversity, and inclusion into the DNA of academic institutions such as BIRS is an essential step forward.


Nira Chamberlain (Institute of Mathematics and its Application - United Kingdom)

Dr Nira Chamberlain PhD HonDSc is the President of the Institute of Mathematics and its Application (United Kingdom) and is a Visiting Fellow of Loughborough University Mathematical Sciences Department. In 2019 the Inclusive Tech Alliance named Nira as one of the Top 100 Most Influential Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic leaders in the UK’s Tech.

Nira a professional mathematical modeller, is also listed by the PowerList as the Top 100 Most Influential Black Person in the UK for three years running (2018-2020). Other awards include; an Honorary Doctorate in Science from the University of Greenwich for his unique and inspirational contribution to the field of mathematics. In 2018, Nira was the Winner of the Big Internet Math Off title – World’s Most Interesting Mathematician, which was an invited international mathematical communication tournament and voted for by the general public.

Dr Nira Chamberlain is also in listed by the Science Council as ‘one of the UK’s top 100 Scientist’ and in 2015 joined the elite list of distinguish mathematicians who featured in the UK biographical reference book Who’s Who. As well as this Nira Chamberlain is one of the few British Mathematicians to feature in the Encyclopedia of Mathematics & Society. The encyclopedia highlights two of Nira’s mathematical models and their impact on the field of naval engineering.

Nira, who currently works for SNC-Lavalin Atkins as a Principal Consultant, has over 25 years of experience at writing mathematical models/simulation algorithms that solve complex industrial problems. Nira Chamberlain developed mathematical solutions within industries such as the defence, aerospace, automotive, retail and energy sectors. This has included periods in France, the Netherlands, Germany and Israel. During his career Nira has been an invited to speak at several prestigious events such as the New Scientist’s Live, The Royal Society -Destination STEMM, Oxford University – Reddick Lecture, and at King College London – The Maxwell Lecture to name a few. Popular talks include; “Saving Aston Villa (UK Premier League Soccer club)”, “The Black Heroes of Mathematics” and finally, “The Mathematics that can stop an AI apocalypse!”

Research Areas: Developing novel mathematical modelling algorithms for industry

The Gambler’s Ruin Problem

The Black Heroes of Mathematics

EDI Statement
  • Believe and act upon the statement that talent is uniformly distributed
  • Champion and mentor a STEM student who does not look like, sound like or has the same values as you.
  • Collaborate with STEM professionals who are outside your comfort group
  • Recognise that Diversity increases a group’s creativity potential


Edward Doolittle (First Nations University of Canada)


Deirdre Haskell (McMaster University)


Nalini Joshi (University of Sydney)


Kathryn Leonard (Occidental College)


Marni Mishna (Simon Fraser University)


Emily Riehl (Johns Hopkins University)

Dr. Emily Riehl (she/her/hers) is an associate professor of mathematics at Johns Hopkins University, working on higher category theory, abstract homotopy theory, and homotopy type theory. Dr. Riehl was an undergraduate at Harvard University, completed Part III of the Maths Tripos at Cambridge, earned her Ph.D. at the University of Chicago, and was a Benjamin Pierce and NSF postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University. She has published over twenty papers and written two books: Categorical Homotopy Theory (Cambridge 2014) and Category Theory in Context (Dover 2016), both of which are freely available online. She has been awarded an NSF grant and a CAREER award to support her work and has been recognized for excellence in teaching at both Johns Hopkins and at Harvard. She is currently advising four PhD students and mentoring one postdoctoral fellow, and was the lead organizer for a semester program at the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) on Higher Categories and Categorification, which took place in Spring 2020. A research monograph that reimagines the foundations of infinite-dimensional category theory, Elements of ∞-Category Theory, co-authored with Dominic Verity, will appear sometime in 2021.

In addition to her research, Dr. Riehl is active in promoting access to the world of mathematics. She has given interviews for the Association for Women in Mathematics, the radio program Science Friday, and the podcast My Favorite Theorem, and has been featured in the Girls’ Angle Bulletin. She has given countless talks and lectures, including at the Women in Topology workshop at MSRI and the Women in Math and Statistics Conference hosted by Gender Inclusivity in Mathematics at Harvard. She is also a co-founder of Spectra: the Association for LGBT Mathematicians and has presented on mathematical proof and queer epistemology in the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Graduate Colloquium and Lecture Series at Johns Hopkins. She has also conducted an interview of fellow-spectra board member Mike Hill “On Performing Queerness in Mathematics” for a guest post of the inclusion/exclusion blog of the American Mathematical Society.

EDI Statement

It's a dangerous myth that mathematics functions as a meritocracy. More often it's the case that those of us who have been blessed with a high degree of professional success reinforce structures that are designed to help those students who are most like ourselves advance through the academic pipeline.

I was very lucky to have discovered my love for mathematics early and to have mostly felt at home among my mathematically-inclined peers, but not everyone feels like they belong in the math department common room. It’s a problem if an instructor uses language that suggests that certain arguments are trivial or that this is something that everyone knew from the cradle. These tropes are very alienating to people who, for one reason or other, did not learn about modular arithmetic in kindergarten. We have to figure out ways to be allies and mentors for aspiring mathematicians who are not having the same experiences that we did.


Adriana Salerno (Bates College)