Dr Renuka Badhe serves as the Executive Secretary of the European Polar Board since 2015. As a knowledge broker with a background in oceanography, economics and public policy, she has longstanding expertise working with a wide range of international organisations and projects at the interface of science, policy and/or strategy development or overlaps thereof. She is a passionate advocate for diversity in polar research and has founded the Women in Polar Science network to highlight and promote women working in all aspects of polar research, particularly as an outspoken advocate for members of underrepresented communities. She has mentored early career researchers globally, and was awarded the 2017 APECS International Mentorship Award.