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
Ana Franchi
(Vice Chair)
President, National Scientific and Technical Research Council

Alejandro Adem
(Vice Chair)

President, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)

Eduardo Ortega-Barría
(ex officio)

National Secretary,
Secretaría Nacional de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación (SENACYT)

Sethuraman Panchanathan

Director, National Science Foundation (NSF)
United States



Susumu SatomiPresident, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)
Prue WilliamsGeneral Manager Science Investments, Ministry of Business,
Innovation and Employment (MBIE)
New Zealand
Wiparat De-ong

Executive Secretary, National Research Council of Thailand (NRCT)

Marc SchiltzPresident of Science Europe
Chief Executive Officer of the Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR)
Katja Becker
President, German Research Foundation (DFG)
Mark FergusonDirector General of Science Foundation Ireland (SFI)
Munir EldesoukiPresident, 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
Fulufhelo Nelwamondo

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