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
Alejandro CeccattoPresident of the National Scientific and Technical Research Council

Carlos de Brito Cruz

Scientific Director of São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP)

Digvir JayasInterim President Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council

France Córdova

Director, National Science Foundation (NSF)
United States

Li JinghaiPresident, National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC)
Susumu SatomiPresident, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)
Prue WilliamsGeneral Manager Science Investments, Ministry of Business,
Innovation and Employment (MBIE)
New Zealand
Marc SchiltzPresident of Science Europe
Chief Executive Officer of the Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR)
Peter StrohschneiderPresident, German Research Foundation (DFG)
Mark FergusonDirector General of Science Foundation Ireland (SFI)
Andrew ThompsonInternational Executive Champion, UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) 
United Kingdom
Anas Al-FarisVice-President, King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST)
Saudi Arabia
Sub-Saharan Africa 
Yaya SangareExecutive Secretary of the Strategic Support Programme
for Scientific Research (PASRES)
Ivory Coast
Molapo Qhobela
Chief Executive Officer of the National Research Foundation (NRF)
South Africa