Our Team

Ylann Schemm


As Director, Ylann drives the Foundation’s new generation of programs which focus on advancing diversity in science, building research capacity, global health and embedding technology across the entire portfolio. She began working with the Elsevier Foundation in 2008, serving as a program officer for the New Scholars and Innovative Libraries programs, actively liaising between applicants, advisors and evolving projects. In 2014 she took on the role of program director, working with the Board, key advisors and the Executive Director to relaunch the 2016 portfolio of partnership-oriented programs.

She also serves as Elsevier’s Director of External Partnerships within the Global Communications group, working across the organization to develop in depth collaboration with knowledge driven organizations. She also chairs the communications team for Research4Life, a unique UN-pan publisher partnership to provide free and low cost access to researchers in the developing world.

Prior to joining Ylann conducted media outreach for Swets Information Services. Ylann has also worked in the non-profit educational sector, representing the European Platform for Dutch Education at the European Commission and throughout the EU. She has a background in publishing as a writer, editor and researcher for Time Life Books. Ylann holds an MA in Film & Television Studies from the University of Amsterdam and a BA, magna cum laude in English from Amherst College.

Chris Capot

Nurse Faculty Program

As Director of Corporate Relations, Christopher Capot heads up public relations for Elsevier’s Health Sciences division. He has been a public relations and media relations professional at agencies and corporations for more than 10 years. Prior to that, he was an award-winning newspaper journalist, last working as a business reporter at the New Haven Register in Connecticut. He works in Elsevier’s New York office.

Domiziana Francescon

Program Officer

Domiziana Francescon serves as the Elsevier Foundation’s Program Officer and is a strong supporter of the company’s Corporate Responsibility program. Domiziana obtained a master’s degree in Book and Digital Media Studies at Leiden University in the Netherlands, with a specialization in Publishing Studies.

Kenneth R. Thompson II

Legal Council

Kenneth R. Thompson II was appointed as RELX Group General Counsel on October 1, 2011. In his role, he has global responsibility for the intellectual property, privacy, governance, compliance and securities law functions for RELX Group. Prior to serving in this capacity, Mr. Thompson served as the Executive Vice President and Global Chief Legal Officer for LexisNexis, an operating division of RELX Group.

Maria Markova


In her role as Elsevier Foundation treasurer, Maria Markova supports the funding of non-profit organizations around the world. Maria is Business Controller of Corporate Function at Elsevier, where she is responsible for financial decision support of six global business units. She previously worked as Senior Associate at Pricewaterhouse Coopers in the UK. Maria acquired her Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree at Oxford University and is a Chartered Management Accountant.