Governing Board

Governing Board


GRC participants confer on the Governing Board primary responsibility for:

  • Developing the appropriate processes and identifying procedures required for all GRC activities
  • Identifying priority work areas for GRC activities
  • Determining the host countries for GRC Annual and Regional Meetings
  • Defining the roles and responsibilities of the two Co-Chairs of the Executive Support Group as well as the Executive Secretary
  • Amending the terms of the GRC’s foundational document 

The Governing Board consists of up to twelve heads of national research councils that are active participants in the GRC. Ex officio members can be added by the members of the Governing Board. The Governing Board members are elected for three years, successive terms are possible. Nomination and selection of the twelve regular Governing Board members is the responsibility of each of the five world regions according to the following numbers:

  • Three from the Americas
  • Three from the Asia-Pacific
  • Three from Europe
  • One from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA)
  • Two from Sub-Saharan Africa
Americas 

Carlos de Brito Cruz
Chair 

Scientific Director of São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP)
Brazil

France Córdova
Vice-Chair

Director, National Science Foundation (NSF)
United States

Alejandro CeccattoPresident of the National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET)
Argentina
Digvir JayasInterim President Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)
Canada
Asia-Pacific 
Li JinghaiPresident, National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC)
China
Susumu SatomiPresident, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)
Japan
Prue WilliamsGeneral Manager Science Investments, Ministry of Business,
Innovation and Employment (MBIE)
New Zealand
Europe 
Mark FergusonDirector General of Science Foundation Ireland (SFI)
Ireland
Andrew ThompsonInternational Executive Champion, UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) 
United Kingdom
Marc SchiltzPresident of Science Europe
Chief Executive Officer of the Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR)
Peter StrohschneiderPresident, German Research Foundation (DFG)
Germany
MENA 
Anas Al-FarisVice-President, King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST)
Saudi Arabia
Sub-Saharan Africa 

Molapo Qhobela
Vice-Chair

Chief Executive Officer of the National Research Foundation (NRF)
South Africa

Yaya Sangare

Executive Secretary of the Strategic Support Programme
for Scientific Research (PASRES)
Ivory Coast