Tessa Alexanian is a Safety and Security Program Officer with the iGEM Foundation. She has worked as an automation engineer, instigated the Catalyst collaborative biosecurity summit, and was the 2020 Foresight Fellow in Responsible Biotechnology. *First co-author. 


Creating opportunities for life scientists to participate in diplomacy is crucial. In this article, authors identify a set of guiding principles for future programs that aim to grow the next generation of global biosecurity diplomats.