Melissa Hagemann is a senior program manager with the Open Society Information Program, where she heads the Open Access to Research and Open Educational Resources initiatives. She has been deeply involved in the development of the Open Access and Open Education movements, having co-organized the meeting which led to the Budapest Open Access Initiative which first defined Open Access, as well as the meeting which led to the Cape Town Open Education Declaration, which first proposed the strategy of advocating for public access to publicly funded educational materials.
Hagemann has held several positions within the Open Society Foundations, including managing the Foundations’ Regional Library Program in Budapest, as well as the Science Journals Donation Program. She currently sits on the advisory board of the Wikimedia Foundation, which operates Wikipedia as well as other leading open content projects, and has served on the Member of Experts’ Group of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Global Library Initiative. She was profiled as a SPARC Innovator in December 2006 for her work within the Open Access movement.
Prior to joining Open Society, Hagemann received an MSc from the London School of Economics and worked in the European Parliament in Brussels.