Board of Governors

The Board of Governors consists of a representative of each Member State and constitutes the Governing body of the Centre. Its main functions include: 

  • Determining the general policies and principles governing the activities of the Centre;
  • Admitting new Members to the Centre;
  • Approving the work programme and budget, taking into account the recommendations of the Council of Scientific Advisers, adopting the financial regulations of the Centre and deciding on any other financial matter

Since 1999 all Member States participate in the financing of ICGEB through a scale of assessment adopted by the Board of Governors at its third session. The Financial Regulations (in PDF) of the Centre are available for consultation.

The Board holds most of its regular sessions in Trieste, as the seat of the Organisation’s Headquarters. The Conclusions and Decisions are available upon request.

The Director General of UNIDO is an ex-officio member of the Board, without voting rights.

Representatives of the United Nations, specialised agencies, the International Atomic Energy Agency and intergovernmental organisations and non-governmental organisations, upon invitation of the Board, participate as observers in its deliberations. For this purpose, the Board has established a list of organisations that have a relationship with, and that have expressed interest in, the work of the Centre.

The Twenty-sixth session of the ICGEB Board of Governors will be held on 27-28 May, 2020 in Trieste, Italy.

Board members

  • AFGHANISTAN
    Focal Point: H.E. Mr. Abdul Waheed Omer, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to Italy, Rome
  • ALGERIA
    Dr. Ammar Azioune, Directeur, Centre de Recherche en Biotechnologie de Constantine (CRBT), Constantine ; Dr. Mohamed Mahlous (Delegate) Deputy Director, Nuclear Sciences, Techniques and Applications, Algerian Commission of Atomic Energy (COMENA)
  • ARGENTINA
    Dr. Silvia Moreno, Departamento de Quimica Biologica, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales UBA, Buenos Aires
  • BANGLADESH
    Dr. Md. Salimullah, Director General, National Institute of Biotechnology (NIB), Dhaka
  • BHUTAN
    Focal Point: H.E. Amb. Kinga Singye, Ambassador / Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of Bhutan to the United Nations, Geneva
  • BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA
    Prof. Dr. Kasim Bajrovic, Scientific Advisor, Institute for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, University of Sarajevo
  • BRAZIL
    Prof. Marcelo Marcos Morales, Secretary of State for R&D Policies and Programmes (SEPED), Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation of Brazil, Brasilia D.F.
  • BULGARIA
    Dr. Dimitar Djilianov, AgroBio Institute, Sofia
  • BURKINA FASO
    Prof. Dr. Chantal Yvette Zoungrana Kabore, Diréctrice Générale, Agence Nationale de Biosécurité, Ministère de la Recherche Scientifique et de l’Innovation, Ouagadougou
  • BURUNDI
    Mme Janvière Ndirahisha, Ministre de l’Education, de l’Enseignement Supérieur et de la Recherche Scientifique, Bujumbura
  • CAMEROON
    Dr. Thomas Dongmo, Director of Research and of Technical and Scientific Cooperation, Ministry of Scientific Research and Innovation, Yaoundé
  • CHILE
    Mr. Jorge Iglesias Mori, Director, Dirección de Energía, Ciencia y Tecnología e Innovación (DECYTI), Santiago
  • CHINA
    Prof. Zhang Xinmin, Director-General, China National Centre for Biotechnology Development (CNCBD), Beijing
  • COLOMBIA
    Dr. Claudia Patricia Tinjacá, National Biotechnology Programme, Department of Science, Technology and Innovation, COLCIENCIAS, Bogotá
  • COSTA RICA
    Dr. José A. Bonilla, Centro de Investigación en Biología Celular y Molecular (CIBCM), Universidad de Costa Rica, San José
  • COTE D’IVOIRE
    Dr. Koffi II Nazaire Kouassi, Centre National de Recherche Agronomique (CNRA), Abidjan
  • CROATIA
    Prof. Kristian Vlahovicek, University of Zagreb, Faculty of Science, Department of Molecular Biology, Zagreb
  • CUBA
    Dr. Jorge Valdés Hernández, Vice Director, Centro de Ingenieria Genetica y Biotecnologia, Havana
  • ECUADOR
    Dr. Adrián Bonilla, Secretario de Educación Superior, Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación, SENESCYT, Quito
  • EGYPT
    Prof. Dr. Mahmoud M. Sakr, President, Egyptian Academy of Scientific Research and Technology, Cairo
  • ERITREA
    Prof. Tadesse Mehari, Executive Director, National Commission for Higher Education, Asmara
  • HUNGARY
    Dr. Gyula Péter Szigeti, National Research, Development and Innovation Office, Budapest
  • INDIA
    Dr. Mohd. Aslam, Adviser (Scientist ‘G’), Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India, New Delhi
  • IRAN (ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF) 
    Prof. Mostafa Motallebi, Director General, National Institute for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (NIGEB), Tehran
  • IRAQ 
    Dr. Sumaya Talib Yousif, Department of Animal Resources, Ministry of Agriculture, Baghdad
  • ITALY
    Min. Plen. Fabrizio Nicoletti, Director, Bilateral and Multilateral Scientific and Technological Cooperation Unit, Directorate General for the Promotion of the “Country System”, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Rome
  • JORDAN
    Dr. Belal Azab, The University of Jordan, Faculty of Science, Department of Biological Sciences, Amman
  • KENYA
    Dr. Moses K. Rugutt, Director-General / CEO, National Commission for Science, Technology and Innovation, Nairobi
  • KUWAIT
    Dr. Sabah Al Momin, Biotechnology Program, Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR), Safat
  • KYRGYZSTAN
    Dr. Zhainagul Isakova, Director, Research Institute of Molecular Biology and Medicine, National Centre for Cardiology, Bishkek
  • LIBERIA
    Focal Point: Mr. A. Haruna-RAshid Kromah, Vice Consul / Chargé d’Affaires, Embassy of the Republic of Liberia, Rome
  • LIBYA
    Dr. Nabil Sabri Enattah, General Director, Biotechnology Research Center (BTRC), Tripoli
  • MALAYSIA
    Dr. Nagulendran Kangayathkarasu, UnderSecretary of Strategic Technology and Application S&T Division, Ministry of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change (MESTECC), Putrajaya
  • MAURITIUS
    Mrs. Padmini Seebun, Senior Scientific Officer, National Plant Production Office, Ministry of Agro-Industry and Food Security, Port Louis
  • MEXICO
    Dr. Emmanuel González, Executive Secretiat, Inter-secretarial Commission of Biosafety and Genetically Modified Organisms (CIBIOGEM), CONACYT, Mexico City
  • MONTENEGRO
    Dr. Zoran Vratnica, Institute of Public Health of Montenegro, Center for Medical Microbiology, Podgorica
  • MOROCCO
    Dr. Mustapha Labhilili, Research coordinator of Biotechnology Unit, Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique, Rabat
  • NAMIBIA
    Dr. Natascha Cheikhyoussef, Ministry of Higher Education, Training and Innovation, Windhoek
  • NIGERIA
    Prof. Alex U. Akpa, Acting Director-General / CEO, National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA), Abuja
  • NORTH MACEDONIA (REPUBLIC OF )
    Prof. Zivko Popov, Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Skopje
  • PAKISTAN
    Dr. Shahid Mansoor, Director, National Insitute of Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering (NIBGE), Faisalabad
  • PANAMA
    Dr. Carmenza Spadafora, Instituto de Investigaciones Cientificas y Servicios de Alta Tecnologia (INDICASAT), Panama
  • PERU
    Dr. Cristina Guerra-Giraldez, Vice-President of the Board, Associate Professor, Facultad de Ciencias y Filosofia, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Lima
  • QATAR
    Mr. Masoud Jarallah Al-Marri,  Director, Agricultural Research Department, Ministry of Municipality and Environment, Doha
  • REPUBLIC OF MOLDOVA
    Dr. Ghenadie Curocichin, Head, Family Medicine Desk, Head, Genetics Laboratory, State University of Medicine and Pharmacy “N. Testemitanu”, Chisinau
  • ROMANIA 
    Dr. Manuela Elisabeta Sidoroff, Director General, National Institute of Research and Development for Biological Sciences, Bucharest
  • RUSSIAN FEDERATION
    Mr. Victor M. Smirnov, President of the ICGEB Board of Governors Deputy Director, International Department, Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation, Moscow
  • SAUDI ARABIA
    Dr. Majed Saleh Okaili, Biochemistry Department, College of Science, King Saud Universtiy, Riyadh
  • SENEGAL
    Prof. Salif Gaye, Directeur, Institut Universitaire de Technologie (IUT), Université de Thiès, Thiès
  • SERBIA
    Dr. Jelena Begovic, Acting Director, Institute of Molecular Genetics and Genetic Engineering, University of Belgrade, Belgrade
  • SLOVAKIA
    Prof. Michal Novak, Director, Institute of Neuroimmunology, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava 
  • SLOVENIA
    Prof. Radovan Komel, University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Medicine, Ljubljana
  • SOUTH AFRICA
    Dr. Nhlanhla Msomi, South African Governor to the ICGEB, Westville
  • SRI LANKA
    Dr. Azeez M. Mubarak, Chairperson, National Science Foundation, Colombo
  • SUDAN
    Prof. Elgasim Ali Elgasim, Director General, The National Centre for Research, Ministry of Education and Scientific Research, Khartoum
  • SYRIAN ARAB REPUBLIC
    Prof. Ibrahim Othman, Director General, Atomic Energy Commission of Syria (AECS), Damascus
  • TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
    Prof. Christine Carrington, Professor of Moelcular Genetics and Virology, Department of Preclinical Sciences, Faculty of Medical Sciences, The University of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago
  • TUNISIA
    Prof. Slim Tounsi, General Director, Centre of Biotechnology of Sfax
  • TURKEY
    Prof. Abdullah Karadag, Deputy Director, TÜBITAK Marmara Research Center, Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology Institute (GMBE), Gebze/Kocaeli
  • UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
    Focal Point: Mr. Ahmad Adbulhamid Abdulfattah K., First Secretary, Chargé d’Affaires, Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Rome, Rome
  • UNITED REPUBLIC OF TANZANIA
    Prof. Mohammed Sheikh, Acting Director of Life Sciences, General Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology, COSTECH, Dar es Salaam
  • URUGUAY
    Dr. Sonia Rodrguez, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de la República, Montevideo
  • VENEZUELA (BOLIVARIAN REPUBLIC OF) 
    Focal Point: H.E. Amb. Julian Isalas Rodriguez Diaz, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Rome, italy
  • VIET NAM
    Dr. Vinh Nang Do, Co-Director of  International Joint Laboratory, Rice Functional Genomics and Plant Biotechnology, Institute of Agricultural Genetics, Hanoi
  • ZIMBABWE 
    Dr. Deckster T. Savadye, Acting Chief Executive Officer, National Biotechnology Authority (NBA), Harare

For further information

Marianna Maculan
Secretary of the ICGEB Board of Governors
Chief, External Relations
E-mail: maculan@icgeb.org

Suzanne Kerbavcic
ICGEB Board of Governors Secretariat
Head, Communications and Outreach
E-mail: governance@icgeb.org