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The Foundation is governed by a twelve-member Board of Trustees, several of whom are members of the Templeton family. The Trustees are guided by the charter and bylaws written by Sir John Templeton.

Nidhal Guessoum Go to top

Professor of Physics and Astronomy (specialty: Theoretical Astrophysics) and Associate Dean at American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. Dr. Guessoum received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California at San Diego and spent two years as a researcher at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. He has also been a visiting professor or researcher at several institutions, including long collaborations with colleagues at the Centre d'Etude Spatiale des Rayonnements in France, as well as with scientists in Europe, in the USA, and in the Arab world. Dr.
Professor of Physics and Astronomy (specialty: Theoretical Astrophysics) and Associate Dean at American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. Dr. Guessoum received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California at San Diego and spent two years as a researcher at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. He has also been a visiting professor or researcher at several institutions, including long collaborations with colleagues at the Centre d'Etude Spatiale des Rayonnements in France, as well as with scientists in Europe, in the USA, and in the Arab world. Dr. Guessoum’s primary areas of research are gamma-ray and nuclear astrophysics, galactic and extra-galactic; with his secondary areas of research in Islamic astronomy (new crescent visibility and Islamic calendar, Islamic cosmology, classical and modern, etc.), and popularization of astronomy and science. 
 
In addition to dozens of technical papers, he has published many articles on general science issues, edited two conference proceedings volumes on Islamic Astronomy (in English and Arabic), and authored or co-authored several books, including Islam’s Quantum Question: reconciling Muslim tradition and modern science (2011), in English, Reconcilier l’Islam et la Science Moderne: l’esprit d’Averroes (2009) and Islam et Science: Comment concilier le Coran et la science moderne (2013), both in French, and The Determination of Lunar Crescent Months and the Islamic Calendar (1993 and 1997) and The Story of the Universe (2002-2013, several editions), both in Arabic.
 
Dr. Guessoum has lectured at many renowned universities (Cambridge, Oxford, Cornell, Wisconsin). He also writes regularly on the above subjects in various venues. In July 2011 he was featured in a full-page article in Science, and in June 2013 he published a 4-page commentary in Nature about astronomy in the Arab world, past, present, and future. He has been interviewed in numerous international media, including Al-Jazeera, BBC, NPR, The Times, France 2, Le Monde, Der Spiegel, Fox News, etc.

Rory Knight Go to top

Chairman of Oxford Metrica, a strategic advisory firm. He previously served two terms as Dean of Templeton College, Oxford, where he worked closely with Sir John Templeton for more than 10 years and was responsible for the college’s overall strategy and direction. Prior to taking up his post at Oxford, Dr. Knight was Vize-director at the Schweizerische Nationalbank (SNB), the Swiss Central Bank, where his role included providing policy advice on international financial matters. He retains significant links with central banks around the world.

Chairman of Oxford Metrica, a strategic advisory firm. He previously served two terms as Dean of Templeton College, Oxford, where he worked closely with Sir John Templeton for more than 10 years and was responsible for the college’s overall strategy and direction. Prior to taking up his post at Oxford, Dr. Knight was Vize-director at the Schweizerische Nationalbank (SNB), the Swiss Central Bank, where his role included providing policy advice on international financial matters. He retains significant links with central banks around the world. He joined the SNB from a chair in the International Management Institute (now IMD) of the University of Geneva. In 2000, with the support and encouragement of Sir John, Dr. Knight ventured into the entrepreneurial world with the launch of Oxford Metrica, which now has clients on every continent and has established a leadership position in corporate reputation and in international listings advice. Dr. Knight previously served as a member of the John Templeton Foundation Board of Advisors. He has published extensively in finance and business policy.

Heinrich Liechtenstein Go to top

Professor of financial management at the IESE Business School at the University of Navarra, Heinrich Liechtenstein​ specializes in entrepreneurial finance and the management of family (business) and lectures in the M.B.A. and Executive Programs​. He holds a Ph.D. in managerial science and applied economics from The Economics School of Vienna, Austria, an M.B.A. from the IESE Business School, and a B.Sc. in business economics from the University of Graz.

Professor of financial management at the IESE Business School at the University of Navarra, Heinrich Liechtenstein​ specializes in entrepreneurial finance and the management of family (business) and lectures in the M.B.A. and Executive Programs​. He holds a Ph.D. in managerial science and applied economics from The Economics School of Vienna, Austria, an M.B.A. from the IESE Business School, and a B.Sc. in business economics from the University of Graz. He is co-author on several publications on private equity; his ongoing research in this field focuses on operational value creation in private equity. He is leading several research studies on global families by researching and sharing best practices of globally influential family enterprises. As a consultant, he collaborated with leading families and financial institutions and serves on several family boards. Prior to his academic career, he was engaged in Liechtenstein Global Trust (LGT). He also advised families within the Boston Consulting Group and established and sold two successful businesses.

Avery Lloyd Go to top

A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a master’s degree in fine arts and a bachelor’s degree in history. She obtained her teaching certification through Catawba College and taught both history and English in Salisbury, North Carolina as well as Guilford Technical College. For 10 years, Ms. Lloyd ran her own florist and decorative accessories store in Salisbury, North Carolina. She has three children and four grandchildren and has been an active volunteer in her local community.

A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a master’s degree in fine arts and a bachelor’s degree in history. She obtained her teaching certification through Catawba College and taught both history and English in Salisbury, North Carolina as well as Guilford Technical College. For 10 years, Ms. Lloyd ran her own florist and decorative accessories store in Salisbury, North Carolina. She has three children and four grandchildren and has been an active volunteer in her local community.

Born in Winchester, Tennessee, Ms. Lloyd is the granddaughter of Vella Handly Templeton, Sir John Templeton’s mother, and a Member of the John Templeton Foundation. She currently serves as a member of the Foundation’s Strategic Planning Sub-Committee, chairing the International Grants Working Group, and has served on the Member Committee since its inception.

Kris Mauren Go to top

Co-founder and executive director of the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty, an international educational and public policy organization based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Mr. Mauren graduated from The Johns Hopkins University with a degree in economics and international relations. In his role as executive director of the Acton Institute, Mr. Mauren has traveled the world, lecturing and consulting in dozens of countries.

Co-founder and executive director of the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty, an international educational and public policy organization based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Mr. Mauren graduated from The Johns Hopkins University with a degree in economics and international relations. In his role as executive director of the Acton Institute, Mr. Mauren has traveled the world, lecturing and consulting in dozens of countries. He is widely recognized as a leader in nonprofit management, and consults regularly on best practices in management, measurement, and fundraising in the not for profit sector and serves on numerous boards, including the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE), Donors Capital Fund, the Excel Charter Academy School, and Grand River Preparatory Academy. Mr. Mauren is also active in a number of community organizations, including CEO Roundtable, The Economics Club of Grand Rapids, The Rotary Club of Grand Rapids, and St. Thomas the Apostle Church. He is an Honorary Member of JTF as the executive director of the Acton Institute.

Tom McLeish Go to top

Professor of Physics at Durham University in the UK. Dr. McLeish did a first degree in physics and a Ph.D. (1987) in polymer physics at Cambridge University. A lectureship at Sheffield University in complex fluid physics was followed by chairs at Leeds University from 1993 and at Durham University from 2008. He has since won several awards both in Europe (Weissenberg Medal) and the USA (Bingham Medal) for his work on molecular rheology of polymers, and ran a large collaborative and multidisciplinary research program in this field from 1999-2009 co-funded by EPSRC and industry. Dr.

Professor of Physics at Durham University in the UK. Dr. McLeish did a first degree in physics and a Ph.D. (1987) in polymer physics at Cambridge University. A lectureship at Sheffield University in complex fluid physics was followed by chairs at Leeds University from 1993 and at Durham University from 2008. He has since won several awards both in Europe (Weissenberg Medal) and the USA (Bingham Medal) for his work on molecular rheology of polymers, and ran a large collaborative and multidisciplinary research program in this field from 1999-2009 co-funded by EPSRC and industry. Dr. McLeish has published over 180 scientific papers and reviews, and is in addition regularly involved in science-communication with the public, including lectures, broadcasting and workshops on science and faith. In 2014, OUP published his book Faith and Wisdom in Science, where he explores historical, sociological, and theological approaches that contribute to a long cultural narrative for science. Dr. McLeish has been a Reader in the Anglican Church since 1993, in the dioceses of Ripon and York. From 2008-2014 he served as Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research at Durham University. In 2011, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society. He served as Vice-President of Science and Innovation in the Institute of Physics 2012-2015, and is currently chair of the Royal Society’s Education Committee.

David G. Myers Go to top

A graduate of Whitworth University and the University of Iowa, and a Hope College (Michigan) Professor of Psychology. As a communicator of psychological science, Dr. Myers has authored seventeen books, including textbooks for introductory and social psychology, and articles in four dozen magazines. His scientific writings have appeared in three dozen academic periodicals, including Science, the American Scientist, and Psychological Science.

A graduate of Whitworth University and the University of Iowa, and a Hope College (Michigan) Professor of Psychology. As a communicator of psychological science, Dr. Myers has authored seventeen books, including textbooks for introductory and social psychology, and articles in four dozen magazines. His scientific writings have appeared in three dozen academic periodicals, including Science, the American Scientist, and Psychological Science. His research and writings have been recognized by the Gordon Allport Prize, by an “honored scientist” award from the Federation of Associations in the Brain and Behavioral Sciences, by the Award for Distinguished Service on Behalf of Personality-Social Psychology, and by three honorary doctorates. In recognition of his efforts to transform the way America provides listening assistance for people with hearing loss, he has received awards from the American Academy of Audiology, the Hearing Loss Association of America, and the hearing industry. Dr. Myers serves on the Board of Whitworth University and on the advisory council of NIH’s National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. He is also a Trustee of the Templeton World Charity Foundation and the Templeton Foundation, Inc.

 

Eric Priest Go to top

James Gregory and Bishop Wardlaw Professor of Theoretical Solar Physics at the University of St. Andrews. He is an elected member of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the Norwegian Academy of Sciences and Letters, and the Royal Society. Dr. Priest has served as vice president of the United Kingdom’s Royal Astronomical Society and president of the International Astronomical Union’s Commission on Solar Activity.

James Gregory and Bishop Wardlaw Professor of Theoretical Solar Physics at the University of St. Andrews. He is an elected member of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the Norwegian Academy of Sciences and Letters, and the Royal Society. Dr. Priest has served as vice president of the United Kingdom’s Royal Astronomical Society and president of the International Astronomical Union’s Commission on Solar Activity. He was awarded the James Arthur Prize (Harvard), the Hale Prize (American Astronomical Society), the Rosseland Lectureship (Oslo University), the Gold medal of the Royal Astronomical Society, and the Payne-Gaposchkin medal and prize of the United Kingdom’s Institute of Physics. He has served on numerous national and international committees in astronomy, solar physics, and applied mathematics, and currently serves on the Scottish Episcopal Church’s Doctrine Committee and the Scottish Presbyterian Church’s Society, Religion, and Technology Committee. Dr. Priest studied mathematics at Nottingham University and received his doctorate from Leeds University. His research includes constructing mathematical models for the subtle and complex ways in which magnetic fields interact with plasmas in the atmosphere of the sun and in more exotic cosmic objects. He occasionally speaks on science and creativity, examining the relationships, tensions, and interactions between science and religion. Dr. Priest is the author of over 450 peer-reviewed research publications and has written or edited 18 books, including Solar Magnetohydrodynamics (1982) and Magnetic Reconnection: MHD Theory and Applications (with T.G. Forbes, 2000).

Rebecca M. Templeton Go to top

A graduate of Tennessee Technological University with a bachelor of science degree and Sewanee: The University of the South with an M.A.T. in Mathematics. Ms. Templeton also passed her examinations to become a Certified Public Accountant. Ms. Templeton was a successful entrepreneur and business owner, and upon retiring from the private sector became a middle school teacher. In 1987, Ms. Templeton formalized and continues to manage the first Laws of Life Essay Contest for elementary and high school students in Franklin County, TN.

A graduate of Tennessee Technological University with a bachelor of science degree and Sewanee: The University of the South with an M.A.T. in Mathematics. Ms. Templeton also passed her examinations to become a Certified Public Accountant. Ms. Templeton was a successful entrepreneur and business owner, and upon retiring from the private sector became a middle school teacher. In 1987, Ms. Templeton formalized and continues to manage the first Laws of Life Essay Contest for elementary and high school students in Franklin County, TN. Since then, the model she developed has been replicated in numerous Laws of Life Essay Contests administered locally across the world. Ms. Templeton’s passion for animal rescues and character development in children has led to the development of programs through the Animal Harbor, an animal shelter based in Winchester, TN, that seek to combine the interaction of children with animals as a means to teach character development in young people. Ms. Templeton currently serves on the Audit Committees for JTF and Templeton World Charity Foundation and is a Member of JTF, Templeton World Charity Foundation, and Templeton Religion Trust. Ms. Templeton has served as an officer of Unity I, LLC since inception and in this capacity assists with the management of the Templeton Library located in Sewanee, TN.

 

Jennifer Templeton Simpson Go to top

A graduate of Boston University with a B.A. in English literature and a Master's degree from Columbia University in social work with a concentration on international social welfare policy. After working for several years as a social work therapist, school social worker, and program officer for after-school programs, Ms. Simpson returned to school for a Master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania in environmental studies with a certificate in land preservation while working as environmental education instructor.

A graduate of Boston University with a B.A. in English literature and a Master's degree from Columbia University in social work with a concentration on international social welfare policy. After working for several years as a social work therapist, school social worker, and program officer for after-school programs, Ms. Simpson returned to school for a Master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania in environmental studies with a certificate in land preservation while working as environmental education instructor. She currently helps to run two businesses, Legend Landscapes and Shadow Ridge Farm. She is also helping to start a new business called Forge Hill Nursery and Farm. Ms. Simpson previously served as a Trustee of the John Templeton Foundation, and she is currently the chair of the JTF Compensation Sub-Committee and the chair of the JTF Member Committee. She is also a volunteer in the Force of Nature program with Natural Lands Trust and serves on the board of a Philadelphia youth development non-profit, Artwell.

Gail Zimmerman Go to top

President of the Zimmerman Family Foundation, President of Z-Financial and Management, President of Z-Classics, a collector car company, and President of Z-Farm with land holdings in Wyoming and Kansas. Dr. Zimmerman is a retired professor of physiology and microbiology and author of several articles on the physiology of hibernation. He also served for 14 years in the Wyoming State Legislature, and is active in the securities business. He is a board member of Polestar Outdoor, a 501(c)3 charity which provides camping, hiking, fishing, and hunting experiences for young people.

President of the Zimmerman Family Foundation, President of Z-Financial and Management, President of Z-Classics, a collector car company, and President of Z-Farm with land holdings in Wyoming and Kansas. Dr. Zimmerman is a retired professor of physiology and microbiology and author of several articles on the physiology of hibernation. He also served for 14 years in the Wyoming State Legislature, and is active in the securities business. He is a board member of Polestar Outdoor, a 501(c)3 charity which provides camping, hiking, fishing, and hunting experiences for young people. He is also President of the Casper Petroleum Club and has served as Wyoming Employee Resource Capital & Service (WERCS), Chairman and CEO from 1990 to 2009. He is a former Trustee of the John Templeton Foundation and Templeton Foundation, Inc. and he served on the JTF Executive Committee and the TFI Executive Committee. He is an Honorary Member of JTF and the chair of its Finance Committee.

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