Kristiann Allen – Chief of Staff, Office of the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor

Kristiann has worked at the nexus of science, government and civil society in multiple roles throughout her career.

Prior to taking up the position as Chief of Staff in the Office of the PMCSA, Kristiann was Senior Policy Advisor at the Canadian Institutes for Health Research. At CIHR, she worked closely with national research agenda-setters and created opportunities for scientists to inform policy-makers on key topics within the Canadian healthcare and science systems. Before joining CIHR, she established and managed a pioneering research education programme at a regional academic health sciences centre in Vancouver. A significant component of this programme was public engagement with science.

Kristiann is a post-graduate of McGill University in the Medical Social Sciences. She has considerable international and intercultural experience, having led efforts in knowledge translation for health policy with Canada’s Indigenous Peoples and as a Professional Officer within the UN system in West and Central Africa.

With in-depth knowledge of the multiple perspectives, roles, tensions and opportunities of a national science system, Kristiann considers herself a life-long student of the epistemic cultures associated with knowledge co-production and its application.

A Canadian who has recently returned to New Zealand, Kristiann has previously lived in Christchurch with her river-scientist husband and young family.

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