Executive Committee

TDWG is led by an Executive Committee composed of officers elected by TDWG members. The Executive Committee is responsible for strategic direction, the high-level management and coordination of standards efforts, and the oversight of day-to-day operations. This page shows the currently elected members of the Executive Committee, see the bottom of the page for previous compositions.

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Executive responsibilities and elections

TDWG is led by an Executive Committee composed of officers elected by TDWG members. The Executive Committee is responsible for strategic direction, the high-level management and coordination of standards efforts, and the oversight of day-to-day operations. The roles and responsibilities of each officer are set forth in the Constitution and further described here.

The term of office for all roles is normally two calendar years, with terms staggered such that only half of the Executive Committee is replaced or re-elected in a given year. Elections of officers are usually held in the 3rd or 4th Quarter of the year. Nominations are typically opened a month before the annual meeting and closed near the end of the meeting. Ballots are then distributed to members by email and voting is closed in approximately 30 days. (Scheduling the annual conference late in the year requires this typical schedule to be altered so that elections are completed before the end of year.)

Executive Committee 2022

Term of office shown as span of calendar years, inclusive.

Managing officers

Role Name Affiliation Term of office
Chair Deb Paul ✉️ Prairie Research Institute, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, IL, USA 2021-2022
Deputy Chair Elycia (Ely) Wallis ✉️ CSIRO, Melbourne, Australia 2021-2022
Secretary Visotheary Ung ✉️ Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris, France 2021-2022
Treasurer William Ulate ✉️ Missouri Botanical Garden, MO, USA 2022-2023

Subcommittee chairs

Functional subcommittee Name Affiliation Term of office
Technical Architecture Group Steve Baskauf ✉️ Vanderbilt University Heard Libraries, Nashville, Tennessee, USA 2022-2023
Fundraising and Partnerships TBA 2022-2023
Infrastructure Tim Robertson ✉️ Global Biodiversity Information Facility, Copenhagen, Denmark 2022-2023
Outreach and Communications Mareike Petersen ✉️ Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin, Germany 2021-2022
Time and Place Patricia Mergen ✉️ Royal Museum for Central Africa and Botanic Garden Meise, Belgium 2022-2023

Regional representatives

Region Name Affiliation Term of office
Africa Lawrence Monda ✉️ National Museums of Kenya, Nairobi, Kenya 2021-2022
Asia Takeru Nakazato ✉️ Database Center for Life Science, Mishima, Japan 2021-2022
Europe Wouter Addink ✉️ Naturalis Biodiversity Center, Leiden, Netherlands 2021-2022
Latin America Paula Zermoglio ✉️ VertNet, Bariloche, Argentina 2022-2023
North America Holly Little ✉️ Dept Paleobiology, NMNH Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, USA 2021-2022
Oceania Shelley James ✉️ Western Australian Herbarium (PERTH), Keiran McNamara Conservation Science Centre, Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions 2022-2023

Regularly invited participants (non-voting)

Role Name Affiliation
Conference Program Committee Co-Chair Gail Kampmeier ✉️ Urbana-Champaign, IL, USA
Administrator, TDWG Secretariat Stan Blum ✉️ San Francisco, CA, USA