Naomi Webber represents the interests of Lewis-Burke clients in the areas of engineering and applied science with a strong focus on the National Science Foundation. She also manages international affairs issues for the firm. Dr. Webber brings to Lewis-Burke clients the unique perspective and experience gained by working directly for a research funding agency. She has over nine years of experience developing research strategies, science policy and international relations. This, along with her academic background, adds another dimension to the strengths of Lewis-Burke.
Prior to joining Lewis-Burke, Dr. Webber represented Research Councils U.K. at their U.S. Office in the British Embassy in Washington, D.C. In that role, Dr. Webber shared intelligence between the U.K. and U.S. on science and innovation policy and facilitated research collaboration between the U.K. Research Councils and U.S .funding agencies. Dr. Webber has an excellent understanding of how federal funding agencies operate, their strategic priorities and the issues they face.
Before relocating to Washington, D.C. in 2008, Dr. Webber was at Research Councils U.K. for six years working in engineering and physical sciences. During that time she had roles in: university relationship management; developing strategic interactions between funding agencies and key universities as well as managing the proposal review process; international affairs, managing U.K. engagement in E.U. research programs and other international collaborations and was Chief of Staff, developing and implementing policy, strategy and communication, and dealing with day-to-day issues for the organization.
Dr. Webber holds a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Chemical Physics from the University of East Anglia in the U.K. (with a year of her studies spent at the University of Texas in Austin). Dr. Webber also holds a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of East Anglia.