As chair of the Nominating Committee and in my final year of service as a member of the Board of Directors for ORCID, I am delighted to announce the slate for ORCID’s 2022 Board election.
We received a total of 12 eligible nominations for member Board seats and were delighted to have nominees with experience in the areas that we had specifically requested: financial management, risk management, experience in the arts and humanities, and networks in Asia, the Middle East, and Africa.
We received a record 66 nominations for the open researcher Board seat. We were impressed by the strength of the researcher candidate applications and the diverse range of skills and backgrounds represented. Those who were not selected are eligible to serve on the ORCID Researcher Advisory Council, the membership of which is being selected now. We are excited for their enthusiasm and continued engagement with ORCID.
With such a breadth and excellence of nominations, it was a real challenge for the Nomination Committee to select the slate. On behalf of the ORCID Board of Directors, I extend my sincere thanks to the Nominating Committee for their hard work and wisdom: Board Member Yuko Harayama (RIKEN, Japan), Board Member Calvin Johnson (NIH, USA), External Committee Member Salvatore Mele (CERN, Switzerland), Board Member Daisy Selematsela (UNISA, South Africa), and External Committee Member Lenny Teytelman (Protocols.io, USA).
The Nominating Committee reviewed all nominations carefully. We considered how the skills, experience, and representation brought by each nominee would complement the existing Board members and strengthen the Board in its critical role of overseeing the management and performance of ORCID. Achieving the diversity required to oversee a global and cross-sector organization like ORCID is always a delicate balancing act, and with this proposed slate of nominees, we have aimed for example to increase the representation on the Board from more geographic areas, and to bring more voices from researchers as the ultimate beneficiaries of ORCID’s added value.
The Nominating Committee therefore recommends the following nominees for election to the ORCID Board for the three-year term as per the bylaws, from January 2022 to December 2024:
Amal Amin Ibrahim, Associate Professor, National Research Center, Egypt (Researcher Seat)
Amal Amin is a professor for polymers and nanotechnology at the National Research Center-Egypt. She has studied in, worked at, and travelled to 30+ countries including Germany (PhD-DAAD), USA, and France. She has distinguished scientific achievements including publications, projects, teaching, and awards. She was a co-founder and executive committee member of the Global and Egyptian Young Academies (GYA, EYAS). She was president, co-founder and coordinator of the Egyptian Society and Arab Network for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology. She was a TWAS young affiliate, TWAS-AAAS science diplomacy alumni and member of TWAS-TYAN. She is a founding chair of women in science without borders’ (WISWB) initiative, World forum for women in science series and youth science forum. In December 2020, she co-founded the Northern African Research and Innovation Management Association (NARIMA) initiative. Dr Amal is a founder for science diplomacy for the future initiative (2021) and executive committee member of (Science in Exile) which is a global initiative to support refugee scientists and at-risk scholars. She is especially interested in science communication, simplified science, increasing public awareness/literacy for science, science advice/diplomacy, innovation, science policy, and science education.
Katherine McNeill, Research Data Program Manager, Harvard University
Katherine McNeill brings over 20 years’ experience in research infrastructure, with a focus on research data. Currently at the Harvard Business School, she leads the Library’s Research Data Program, a cross-departmental service which enables researchers to evaluate, acquire, use, manage and archive data. Previously she served as the Associate Director for Access at the UK Data Archive, directing strategic leadership and delivery of access and discovery products and services for the UK Data Service. Prior to that, she led Data Management Services and provided social science data services at the MIT Libraries. Amongst professional involvement, she presently is Co-chair of the Research Data Alliance Working Group on Data Granularity, and served on the Administrative Committee of the International Association for Social Science Information Services & Technology. Ms. McNeill has a Master of Science in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois and is near completion of an MBA from the University of Warwick, with a focus on organisational behaviour.
Lori Ann Schultz, Assistant Vice President, Research Intelligence, University of Arizona
Lori is the Assistant Vice President, Research Intelligence, at the University of Arizona. She has worked in research administration at the University of Arizona for nearly 30 years. Her career spans the lifecycle of research management from preaward through postaward. She works on evidence-based policies and marshalling research data in the service of the institution and the faculty who do research and using data to forecast and plan strategies for a resilient future for research. Lori has been involved in the ORCID community since 2011 and led the business analysis effort for SciENcv. She is the co-chair of the FDP’s Electronic Research Administration (eRA) committee, and has conducted presentation and training sessions on a host of topics at the AAU, APLU, NCURA, SRA, FDP, and Educause. She has presented on ORCID and ORCID-related topics since the development of SciENcv. Lori has many years of experience in research, software development, non-profit board leadership, and data analysis. She has a large network of colleagues willing to share their expertise and a particular passion for using data to improve the working lives of the researchers who help us understand the world. Lori received both undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Arizona.
Michael Ullyot, Associate Professor, University of Calgary
Michael Ullyot is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Calgary, specializing in early modern literature and the digital humanities. His book on the rhetoric of exemplarity in early modern England is forthcoming from Oxford University Press (2022). He also researches how computers augment human expertise, including a quantitative model of English-language sonnets.
Jesse Xiao, Data & Scholarly Communications Librarian, University of Hong Kong
Jesse is the data and scholarly communication librarian at the University of Hong Kong Libraries. His key role is to provide the research services and coordinate the vision, planning, and implementation of the library’s scholarly communications program. He oversees the Research Data Services team and the Institutional Repository (Scholars Hub) team. They offer data stewardship services to researchers and students to make research data FAIR, maintain the HKU Scholars Hub as a one-stop-shop for storing all the information related to the HKU research activities and provide the bibliometrics and research impact services etc. Before he joined the HKU Libraries, he was the data architect in the GigaScience Journal – Oxford University Press. He developed and managed the journal data repository – GigaDB database to make research data FAIR.
Voting Procedures for ORCID Board of Directors Elections
All ORCID members in good standing as of October 2 are eligible to vote. Online voting will be open from November 1-December 1, and full instructions will be sent to the official contact at each member organization by October 29. Members also have the option to propose write-in candidates for the Board within 30 days of the slate being announced (by October 29) – full information can be found in our bylaws, Section III, Article 2.