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Executive Committee

The Executive Committee is a working committee responsible for overseeing the operations of the Secretariat and Technical Management Offices in implementing the work program and budget. The Executive Committee is responsible for:

  • Setting strategy, policy, direction and budgets;
  • Developing and implementing work plans;
  • Evaluating progress and producing yearly reports;
  • Raising funds;
  • Reviewing applications for Membership.


Access to Executive Committee meeting documents (committee members only).

Executive Committee Members

  • Ole Seberg, Natural History Museum of Denmark, University of Copenhagen (2011-2020), Chair
  • Katie Barker, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution (2011-2020), Program manager (ex-officio)
  • Carol Butler, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution (2011-2020), General seat
  • Da Silva, Manuela, Fiocruz (2018-present), Observer (ex-officio)
  • deWaard, Jeremy, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph (2018-2021), General seat
  • Gabi Droege, Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum Berlin-Dahlem (2011-2020), Technical manager (ex-officio)
  • Jonas Astrin, Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig (2016-2020), General seat
  • David Cantrill, Council of Australian Biological Collections (2013-present), Observer (ex-officio)
  • Jonathan Coddington, Global Genome Initiative (2011-present), Observer (ex-officio)
  • Jackie Mackenzie-Dodds, Natural History Museum (2016-2020), Document library task force chair
  • Santiago Ron, Museo de Zoología de la Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador (2016-2020), General seat
  • Dennis Stevenson, New York Botanical Garden (2016-2020), General seat
  • Michelle van der Bank, African Centre for DNA Barcoding, University of Johannesburg (2018-2021), General seat
  • Michal Vinkler, Charles University in Prague (2016-2020), General seat
  • Xun Xu, China National Genebank (2016-2020), General seat
  • Meiliang Zhou, China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation (2018-2021), General seat
  • Vice chair (unassigned)
  • Policies task force chair (unassigned)
  • Communications and outreach task force chair (unassigned)

Former Members

  • Penelope Berents, Australian Museum, GGBN interim Executive Committee (2011-2013)
  • Birgit Gemeinholzer, Justus-Liebig-University Giessen, GGBN interim Executive Committee (2011-2013)
  • Donald Hobern, Global Biodiversity Information Facility, GGBN interim Executive Committee (2011-2015)
  • David Schindel, Consortium for the Barcode of Life (2011-2017)
  • Éamonn Ó Tuama, Global Biodiversity Information Facility, GGBN interim Executive Committee (2011-2015)
  • Yong Zhang, China National GeneBank, GGBN interim Executive Committee (2014-2016)
  • Xin Zhou, China National GeneBank, GGBN interim Executive Committee (2014-2016)

Secretariat Office

GGBN's Secretariat, hosted and supported by the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, performs day to day operational management for GGBN, coordinates member activities, and provides administrative support and communication services for the Interim Executive Committee, Task Force chairs, Technical Management Office, and GGBN Members.

Secretariat Office Staff

  • Katie Barker, Program Manager
  • Alysha Chadderdon, Management Support Assistant

Technical Management Office

GGBN's Technical Management Office, hosted by the Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum Berlin-Dahlem, performs day to day operational management of the GGBN Data Portal, GGBN Registry, and GGBN Library, coordinates further improvements, and provides technical support for GGBN Members.

Technical Management Office Staff

  • Gabi Droege, Technical Manager
  • David Fichtmueller
  • Jörg Holetschek
  • Dominik Röpert

Task Forces

Five Task Forces were established to address:

  1. Data Standards and Data Access for Genomic Samples
  2. Policies Related to Management and Stewardship of Genomic Samples
  3. Biobank Procedures
  4. Document Library
  5. Communications and Outreach

Please click on the links to find out more about the individual Task Forces.