Our offices & staff
The main ICSU Secretariat is based in Paris (20 staff in 2012) 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).
Interim Executive Director
Peter Liss is the Interim Executive Director of ICSU for the next few months. He is an environmental chemist with research interests in the interactions between the oceans and the atmosphere and their role in global change. He is a Professor in the School of Environmental at the University of East Anglia. Prof. Liss has been Chair of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP) of ICSU, Chair of IGBP's SOLAS (Surface Ocean – Lower Atmosphere) project and a member of the Future Earth Transition Team. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society and a member of Academia Europaea.
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 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
Diana joined ICSU in July 2013 to work on the implementation of the Future Earth program.
Prior to arriving at ICSU, she was at the Centre for Australian Weather and Climate Research (A partnership between the Australian Bureau of Meteorology and CSIRO) in Melbourne where she was involved in research and development of marine forecasting systems, including wind-waves and tsunamis. Her PhD from the University of Adelaide is in Applied Mathematics and focussed on the assimilation of satellite data into wave models. Diana is also currently Secretary General of the IUGG’s Commission on Geophysical Risk and Sustainability.
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.
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.
Communications Coordinator, Future Earth
Lizzie Sayer joined ICSU in 2013 as Communications Coordinator for the Future Earth programme. Prior to joining ICSU Lizzie worked on development and communications for St Anne’s College, part of the University of Oxford, and as a researcher and a event coordinator for the Westminster Food & Nutrition Forum. She holds a degree in Modern European Languages (Edinburgh University, UK).
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).
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.
Administrative Officer, Future Earth
Miia joined ICSU in October 2013. She serves as Administrative Officer for Future Earth initiative. Miia has previous experience in project coordination, in sales administration and in organizing meetings and conferences. She holds a Master’s degree in Health 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 support ICSU by hosting the CFRS Secretariat.