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#131027

Dear BDI IG members, 

I am pleased t oannounce to the group that the leadership renewal process for the BDI IG has successfully been concluded. There were in total four applications for the co-chairs positions. Three of them new and one as continuation from the previous leadership. This is great news for the group as we now have new and enthusiastic people leading the renewal and refocus of the Biodiversity group in RDA. 

The new co-chairs are: 

Wouter Addink,

Name Affiliation Country New co-chair
Wouter Addink Naturalis Biodiversity Center Netherlands Yes

Sridhar Gutam

Indian Institute of Horticultural Research

India Yes

Hamish Holewa

Atlas of Living Australia

Australia Yes
Dimitris Koureas Naturalis Biodiversity Center / DiSSCo Netherlands No

 At this point I would also like to thank Vince Smith and Nicky Nicolson for their work as co-chairs of the group up to now. 

Please join me in congratulating the newly elected co-chairs.