Our offices & staff
The main ICSU Secretariat is based in Paris (18 staff in 2015) and ensures the day-to-day planning and operations under the guidance of an elected Executive Board. From time-to-time, individuals are seconded to ICSU from Members and join the secretariat for periods of between three months and three years. ICSU also has arrangements with partner organisations and some Members, whereby a staff member works on joint activities and is shared between the organisations.
ICSU has three Regional Offices—serving Africa, Asia and the Pacific, and Latin America and the Caribbean—with their own secretariat that is staffed locally (for more information see the appropriate pages in this section).
Heide joined ICSU as Executive Director in March 2015, following eight years as Executive Director of the International Social Science Council. Heide read for a M.Phil in contemporary social theory at the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, and holds a PhD in science and technology studies from the University of Twente in the Netherlands. She has worked as a science policy maker, researcher and consultant in the Netherlands, Germany, the United Kingdom and South Africa. Before moving into the world of the international councils, Heide worked as Head of the Department of International Relations and Quality Assessment of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. Her career in science policy dates back to the early 1990s when she worked at the Human Sciences Research Council in South Africa. Heide holds membership of several international advisory committees, including the Scientific Advisory Board of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Germany, and the Swedish Research Council’s Committee for Development Research, Sweden. She is a Board member of START, as well as Cape Farewell in the UK.
Assistant Executive Director
Tish holds the dubious distinction of being the longest serving member of the Secretariat, where she has occupied several posts and is now responsible for membership and general administrative issues.
In the dimly remembered time PI (pre-ICSU), she read philosophy, politics and English and had a varied career which took her from milk floats to wine cellars before arriving in Paris to embark on more serious matters.
Head of Science Programmes
Lucilla, a biological anthropologist with expertise in international science coordination, joined ICSU as Head of Science Programmes in 2015. Before joining ICSU, she has worked on science/policy bridging, global environmental change, sustainable development and capacity building for a number of organizations including UNESCO, UNU, and FAO. Lucilla holds a B.A. in anthropology from New York University, as well as an M.Sc. in human biology and D.Phil. in biological anthropology, both from the University of Oxford. She is an Old Member of Linacre College (Oxford) and a Giorgio Ruffolo Research Fellow in the Sustainability Science Program at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
Head of Human Resources
Clare joined ICSU in 2009. She has a degree in History (Bristol University, UK) and an MBA in International Business (European School of Management – EAP/ESCP, Paris). After obtaining her MBA, she worked in HR consulting. Before joining ICSU, she spent 7 years at SHL France (Saville & Holdsworth), advising clients on hiring, promotion and staff development decisions, using objective assessment and development tools. She has also worked as a trainer and as an arts administrator.
Head of Communications
Denise Young joined ICSU in 2012 as Communications Manager. She has worked as a public relations consultant for the non-profit sector, a press officer at UNESCO's World Heritage Centre, and prior to that was a journalist with Reuters.
Environment and Sustainable Development
Katsia joined ICSU in 2012 as a coordinator of the project that aims to strengthen the involvement of developing countries in setting and implementing the research agenda for global sustainability. Before joining ICSU, she worked for UNEP’s Division of Technology, Industry and Economics on building institutional capacities on emergency preparedness and chemical accident prevention, both at national and local levels. Prior to that, Katsia worked as a project coordinator at Lund University in Sweden, mostly for the capacity building programme “Energy for Sustainable Development”, designed for energy professionals in developing countries. Katsia holds degrees in environmental engineering, management and policy.
Rohini serves as administrative officer and works with the team in planning and coordinating activities related to sustainable development, Governance and Policy Committees. She joined ICSU in 1985 to assist with the Conference of the Committee on Teaching of Science and since then has assisted several ICSU Interdisciplinary bodies in their day-to-day activities and liaised with UNESCO and NSF on grants and contracts. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in History, Economics and Political Science, an MBA from the Institute of Management Studies in India, a diploma in ‘Creation d’Entreprise’ at the initiative of the Conseil Général des Haut de Seine, France and more recently, a diploma in Management Essentials from Cornell University in New York.
Within ICSU, Anne-Sophie is managing international science-policy activities related to the Sustainable Developments Goals, the post-2015 framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and the new climate agreement. Within these processes, Anne-Sophie coordinates inputs from the international scientific community and supports stronger interface between scientists and policy-makers. Anne-Sophie has also worked on the design and implementation of Future Earth, a new strategic framework for global Earth system research. She holds a Master degree in political sciences, specialising in sustainable development policies. Anne-Sophie worked previously as an environmental project officer in a research consultancy and helped integrate engineering and scientific knowledge into local environmental policies. She also has experience in stakeholders’ management at local and European levels to support sustainability initiatives.
Scientific Planning and Special Projects
Maureen is originally from Dublin, Ireland. She has been working with ICSU since May 1986 as an Administrative Officer involved in, inter alia, membership and back-stopping several scientific committees by organising meetings and following yearly budgets for each Committee. Maureen was attracted to ICSU because of its vast global membership and its multi-interdisciplinary activities. Some pare time activities outside ICSU are collecting school books for schools in Benin and Uganda and visiting these schools.
Charles, a former biomedical scientist, joins ICSU from the International Social Science Council at UNESCO where he worked on a range of different activities including an HIV/AIDS initiative, early career capacity building projects and coordinating the Future Earth Young Scientists Networking Conferences. As a scientist he has worked on drug development for some of the world's most neglected diseases. Charles has a background in infectious diseases with a masters from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and a PhD from the University of Glasgow. He is also a commentator, writer, and blogger of global health issues with work featured in the Guardian and Huffington Post among others.
Communications and Information Technology
After working as an IT consultant, Yun-Kang joined ICSU in 2012. After training in mathematics and physics, he holds degrees in computer science and applied science to music. These led him to a PhD in computational musicology, which were completed during his work experience with other research topics like image processing or video compression and streaming.
Communications Officer/Web Editor
Johannes joined ICSU in November 2012 as Communications Officer/Web Editor. He runs ICSU's social media channels and website, including the new Science for Policy blog Road to Paris. He also coordinates the design and production of ICSU's print publications. He holds a degree in Communication Design from the University of Applied Sciences in Hamburg and a Master’s degree in History of Art from the University of Cambridge. Before joining ICSU he has worked with DPA and Spiegel Online in Germany. You can follow Johannes on Twitter.
Administration and Finances
Payroll and HR Administration Officer
Alexandra joined ICSU in late 2013 as Payroll and HR Administration Officer. She holds a degree in Human Resources. Before joining ICSU, she practiced her profession in working for several chartered accountants.
Eric is in charge of general day-to-day maintenance and security at ICSU, as well as of supplies and equipment.
Natacha de Marchi
Natacha manages ICSU's financial matters. She joined ICSU in 1997, after holding several positions in an oil company (BP), in a leading marketing information company (AC NIELSEN) and in Chartered accountant (INFODIT).
Arno had just finished his fourth year of studying comparative literature, when one day he woke up and realized that he needed to help save the world. Soon thereafter, he joined ICSU, where he assists Natacha and the whole staff with administrative tasks.
Nora joined ICSU in January 2014 as an administrative officer to help coordinate preparations for the 31st ICSU General Assembly. She also assists with activities related to Science for Policy. Before joining ICSU, she worked for OECD’s Green Growth and Sustainable Development project. Nora holds a Master’s degree in Economic Sciences.
Committee on Freedom and Responsibility in the conduct of Science
Roger is a political scientist and international relations scholar, with studies in Switzerland, in the UK and in South Africa, where he obtained his PhD. He has worked at the ETH Zurich and the University of Fribourg, where he was also involved in setting up research promotion programmes in the Western Balkans and in the South Caucasus. Roger has been the CFRS Executive Secretary since October 2010. Based in Berne, he concurrently heads the international section of the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences, which generously hosts the CFRS Secretariat.