INS Staff

Elaine Snell

Elaine Snell

Acting Chief Operating Officer

Elaine, based in London, UK, works with the Board and the Committees on the strategic direction and development of the INS, including outreach, partnerships, membership and operations.

Elaine Snell has worked in science communications for many years. Through her consultancy, Snell Communications Ltd in London, she works with universities, learned societies and non-profit organisations, especially in the field of brain research. These include the European Dana Alliance for the Brain, the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies, the Society for Neuroscience, Lundbeck Foundation and many others. Outside consultancy, she was the Chief Executive of the British Neuroscience Association, Research Programme Manager at Imperial College London, Public Relations Manager at Wellcome Trust and most recently, Media Relations Manager at the new Francis Crick Institute in London. 


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Karen Graham

Executive Director

As executive director of the International Neuroethics Society, Karen Graham strives to actively engage and energize the Society’s membership, board and committees toward achievement of its mission, goals and strategy of promotion of the responsible application of neuroscience.

Karen’s background includes more than a decade on Capitol Hill, public relations in two associations (both non-profit and as a registered lobbyist). Most recently, Karen organized and managed public programs and events, designed educational materials, and promoted ongoing relationships with national health organizations for the Dana Foundation.



Robert Beets

Website / Communications Director

Robert manages the Society's web presence, member communications, and social media channels. Please email with any technology-related questions or issues.

Robert Beets is a science communication consultant living in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Graduating from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 2006 with a degree in Life Science Communication, he has furthered the communication, outreach, and public relations efforts of several science organizations, including most recently the American College of Preventive Medicine, Minnesota Forest Resources Council, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.



Esther Jou


Esther Jou is a junior at the University of Pennsylvania studying Health and Societies with a concentration in Public Health. She has interned at the Autism Science Foundation as a Community Relations Associate, worked with the Northwell Health System on Triple Aim initiatives, and is the current editor-in-chief of Locust Walk, a Christian publication at Penn.