Hi, I’m Sara El-Gebali, a passionate and seasoned Project Lead, Product Owner, and Research Data Manager with a Ph.D. in cancer research. With a solid experience in managing vast volumes of scientific data, robust leadership skills, and technical know-how, I’m driven by my passion for transforming data into actionable insights.
Currently, at SciLifeLab-DataCentre, I successfully oversee the implementation of Open Source technical solutions, advance FAIR data practices, and lead a dynamic team of developers and data stewards in an agile development environment. I am also a certified product owner from scrum.org and a metadata and curation specialist, bringing my extensive experience in Agile development to the fore.
Formerly, as the Unit Head for Research Data Management at the Max Delbruck Centre for Molecular Medicine (MDC), I devised roadmaps and implemented strategies, policies, and governance procedures that effectively removed barriers to open research.
I’ve also had the privilege of leading the development of the Open Data module for NASA’s OpenCore project, coordinating globally distributed activities.
I’ve co-founded FAIRPoints and have been actively involved in the FAIR Digital Objects forum’s steering committee, further showcasing my dedication and proficiency in the application of FAIR data principles. I believe in the power of data and AI in driving future breakthroughs in healthcare, and my background in data management, stewardship, digital science, and Agile methodology uniquely positions me to contribute significantly in this direction.
I’m also a mentor at Open Life Science and an active member of various communities, promoting Open & FAIR Research practices and championing Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion. Through these roles, I continuously strive to shape the future of science and pioneer innovative, data-driven solutions.
Having worked extensively in life science research, I fully understand the intricate challenges associated with managing data in a research and development context. I am always excited about contributing to organizations that value scientific innovation and data-driven solutions. Reach out to me if you’re interested in discussing FAIR data principles, open science, or data-driven healthcare solutions. I’m always eager to contribute my expertise and drive towards making a difference.
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