RDA Council member elections 2020

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06 Mar 2020

RDA Council member elections 2020

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In November 2019, the RDA Council Nominations Committee issued a call for nominations for three open Council positions. In response to this call, several RDA members were nominated for consideration by the RDA community. The Nominations Committee reviewed these submissions and are pleased to announce the slate of candidates to the RDA community.


This new slate meets all criteria as detailed in the Council Nominations Committee Selection Process and Guidelines and must now be approved by the RDA membership. This approval occurs through a formal election process that opens on 19 March 2020 (00:01 UTC) and ends 2 April (23:59 UTC), where all members will be asked to either accept or reject the appointment of this slate of candidates.  Results will be determined by a simple majority vote. 


If approved, these candidates will join Council to serve a three-year (renewable) term. For more information on the role of RDA’s Council, visit https://www.rd-alliance.org/about-rda/our-leadership/rda-council.html


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RDA Council Candidate Slate 2020

Dr Sandra Collins (Nominated for 2nd term)

Ms Jill Benn

Director, National Library of Ireland

Dr Sandra Collins is the Director of the National Library of Ireland. The NLI collects and makes available the recorded memory of Ireland, caring for more than 10 million items, including books, newspapers, manuscripts, ephemera, photographs and digital media. Sandra is originally a mathematician and has worked in digital innovation and cultural heritage over 20 years in the public and private sectors. She was previously the founding Director of the Digital Repository of Ireland in the Royal Irish Academy and a Scientific Programme Manager in Science Foundation Ireland. She is a member of the Council of the Research Data Alliance, the Irish Government's Open Data Governance Board, the Irish National Open Research Forum, the Consortium of National and University Libraries, and the Irish Government’s Expert Advisory Group for Commemorations. She has served on a number of European Commission Expert Advisory Groups including Research Infrastructures and FAIR data, and is a member of the Irish Manuscripts Commission and a Trustee of the Chester Beatty Library.

Sandra has already served one successful term on Council, taking the lead, to name one example, on the review of RDA’s membership structure - a difficult task that is key to RDA’s future. She is the consummate statesperson, and the list of criteria for a successful nominee read like her descriptors: good judgement, strategic thinking, ongoing experience with stakeholder communities, active engagement, collaborative and respectful.


Mrs Edit Herczog (Nominated for 2nd term)

Dr Robert Hanisch

Advisor/Consultant, Vision & Values SPRL

Edit Herczog is the Founder and Managing Director of the company Vision & Values situated in Brussels. She is member of the Research Data Alliance Council since April 2017, where she Chairs the Financial Subcommittee. She is co- chair of the RDA FAIR Data Maturity Model Working Group. She is Senior EU Liaison Adviser for GÉANT. She is member of the Administrative Board of the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER), and is Member of the Board at the Transatlantic Policy Network (TPN). She is visiting lecturer of International Management at HEC Liege. Prior to establishing her company, she served two consecutive terms in the European Parliament as MEP (2004-2014). She was member of the ITRE, IMCO, BUDG and CONT committees, a number of delegations and held roles in a number of parliamentary forums such as the European Energy Forum, the European Internet Foundation, the Kangaroo Group, Knowledge 4 Innovation and the Forum for the Future of Nuclear Energy. Prior to her election to the EP she was member of the Hungarian Parliament in which role she was delegate to the Council of Europe. Before her political engagement, she worked for the private sector as regional sales and technical manager for a specialty chemicals company, National Starch & Chemical (belonging to Unilever and later to ICI). She has an MSc in food conservation engineering. She was research fellow at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and professor’s assistant at the University of Horticulture. Edit holds a Certificate of Company Direction for strategic marketing, financial management and company law from the Institute of Directors.

Edit has been a very active and precious member of the RDA Council during her first mandate. She brings deep insight on key aspects of the RDA strategy and a unique expertise acquired in a variety of frames (member of European Parliament, responsibilities in a multinational private company, running her worn company, Board member of international Agencies). This is extremely valuable, especially because the RDA reaches a new maturity phase and has to build its strategy and continuously evaluate and adapt it to a highly volatile context.

Dr Joyce Gosata Maphanyane (Nominated for 1st term)

Mr Mark Leggott

Researcher, University of Botswana

I am a Motswana woman; a scientist, engineer, an author and currently, a senior lecturer at the University of Botswana (UB), Faculty of Science, in the Department of Environmental Science. I teach all aspects of research, qualitative techniques and geospatial sciences at both undergraduate and post graduate levels. I manage between 200 to 500 students’ attachments to various organizations annually, during their three months long vacation period, tor them to gain hands- on experience and real world knowledge. At UB, my other duties are managing the department of environmental science teaching timetable and space allocation logistics. I also represent the Faculty of Science in both Science Executive Board and Faculty of Engineering Staff Development and Promotion Committee. In addition, I coordinate and supervise country research projects by various international, regional and local organizations such as United Nations (UN), United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), World Health Organization (WHO), and International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), The Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD, The Southern African Science Service Centre for Climate Change and Adaptive Land Management (SASSCAL) and the Botswana Government. For example I am a member of reference committees which created Botswana National Geospatial Database Infrastructure (BNSDI), Deep Space Exploration and Earth Observation Strategies. I am the country coordinator of the regional SASCCAL TASK 303, the MSc on Geoinformation Science and Earth Observation Postgraduate Programmes, the collaborative effort by universities in Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, and Zambia; together with the Angolan and German Governments. On the international arena, I am one of the Botswana representatives on the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), and African Very Long Baseline Interferometry Network (AVN) (AVN) Botswana – South Africa Joint Boards.

I am confident that I can successfully steer and Strengthen the use of Earth Observation Science and Techniques as an essence to Boost Botswana’s sustainable developments, socio-economic endeavours and e-governance services in line with Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) if given a chance to work within the RDA Council Nominations 2020.

For more information on the Selection Process, refer to the Council Nominations Committee Selection Process and Guidelines.

For more information on the role of RDA’s Council, visit https://www.rd-alliance.org/about-rda/our-leadership/rda-council.html.



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