Foundation Team

David Ruth

David A. Ruth

Executive Director of the Elsevier Foundation

Recently retired from Elsevier where David served as Senior Vice President of Elsevier’s Global Communications group from 2006 – 2013, David Ruth helped shape the Elsevier Foundation’s programs to advance women in science, build research capacity and reduce the global nursing shortage. In 2006, he led the development of the Elsevier Foundation’s New Scholars program which supports programs to help early-to mid career women scientists balance family responsibilities with demanding careers in science, health and technology. He has also championed Research4Life as the central element in Elsevier’s Corporate Responsibility program. The Elsevier Foundation’s Innovative Libraries program also supports capacity-building projects in the fields of science, technology and medicine – through training, education, infrastructure digitization and preservation of information.

Previously, David was with Merck & Co., Inc., where he had primary responsibility for corporate external communications, corporate responsibility, corporate advertising, employee communications, publishing, and the Merck Company Foundation. Mr. Ruth also served with the U.S. Department of State under the Clinton Administration, where he was appointed Senior Coordinator for Business Affairs; and the American Express Company, where he held a number of positions in public affairs and communications in Asia, Europe and North America. Mr. Ruth earned a Master’s degree from the Columbia University School of International Affairs, with a specialization in international economics, and a Bachelors degree from the University of Wisconsin.

Ylann Schemm

Ylann Schemm

Program Director

As Program Director, Ylann drives the Foundation’s new generation of programs which focus on advancing diversity in science, building research capacity, global health and exploring new technology for development and skills based volunteering initiatives. She also serves as Elsevier’s head of corporate responsibility building on various roles within Elsevier’s Global Communications team in media, corporate relations and developing external partnerships. She 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

Chris Capot

Nurse Faculty Program

As Director of Corporate Relations, Christopher Capot (@Chris_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

Domiziana Francescon

Program Officer

After a Corporate Responsibility internship at Elsevier in 2015, Domiziana Francescon now coordinates the Elsevier Foundation. She 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.