Ana Heredia

Affiliate Senior Associate, Latin and South America

Ana is a former researcher turned into STEM editorial and publishing, and more recently into open research infrastructure. After a Biology degree in Brazil, she completed a Master in Neurosciences and Behavioural Sciences, in France and a PhD in Sciences, in Belgium, followed by two post-doctorates experiences in Brazil. After more than 10 years in research, Ana joined Elsevier, as the Research Advisor for Latin America, developing solid relationships and partnerships with research institutions, societies, and governmental agencies. After 4 years, she assumed the journal’s publishing department as a Publishing and Acquisition Manager. During this period, Ana had the opportunity to act as a consultant for the creation of a new society journal, which is indexed and has been showing an increasing impact factor. After 2 years in this position,  Ana joined the Research Intelligence team, as a consultant providing insights, solutions and tools for research strategy. After these 8 years at Elsevier, Ana wanted to complete her professional experience by working at a small non-profit organization, and was engaged by ORCID as the Regional Director for Latin America, where she worked as a consultant for the engagement of the community around the use of open persistent identifiers for research information infrastructure. A noteworthy contribution is the coordination of five Brazilian governmental agencies around ORCID adoption at a national level, in 2018. Two years later,  she was responsible for tripling the number of ORCID institutional members in Latin America, through the establishment of a Colombia consortium, with more than 60 universities and the Ministry of STI. Another relevant project is the significant increase in ORCID adoption amongst Peruvian researchers, as a result of a partnership with CONCYTEC.

Ana is an active member of the Society for Scholarly Publishing, and involved in several committees and working groups, particularly committed to open research and the use of persistent identifiers for research information, and inclusion and diversity in scholarly communication, through the leveraging of Latin American journals and the use of responsible metrics for research evaluation. Ana is fluent in English and French, native in Portuguese and Spanish.