Leadership

Governance / Leadership

The GEO Plenary

The main body of designated representatives of the members and participating organizations of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO), with members holding decision-making authority. It is the GEO’s primary decision-making body. The GEO Plenary meets at least once annually.

The GEO Executive Committee

The Committee oversees GEO’s activities when the Plenary is not in session. It consists of 16 representatives nominated by the five GEO regional caucuses, including four each from Asia/Oceania and Europe, three each from the Americas and Africa, and two from the Commonwealth of Independent States. The Committee is also responsible for guiding the Secretariat.

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The 16 Committee members for 2023 are:

Commonwealth of Independent States

Asia/Oceania

Americas

Peru

Peru

Committee member

Europe

Africa

Co-Chairs

The GEO members elect four members to serve as Co-Chairs. They preside over both the Plenary and the Executive Committee. The current Co-Chairs are represented by the following individuals:

Guangjun Zhang

China
Vice Minister of Ministry of Science and Technology
Guangjun Zhang

Richard Spinrad

United States
Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and NOAA Administrator
Richard Spinrad

The GEO Programme Board

The GEO Programme Board was established as part of the development of the GEO Strategic Plan 2016 - 2025 and approved at the Mexico City Ministerial Summit in November, 2015.

The Programme Board oversees the establishment of the multi-year GEO Work Programmes and works to align proposed activities with GEO priorities and committed resources. The Programme Board reports to the GEO Executive Committee and Plenary. GEO Members and Participating Organizations nominate representatives to the Programme Board.

Members of the Board also dialogue with the wider GEO community and external stakeholders to broaden support for the realization the GEO Work Programme. Members of the GEO community are welcome to contact members of the Programme Board or the co-chairs.

Members

Contact Name Role
Cambodia
No Photo
Principal
Canada
Andrew Davidson
Alternate
Canada
No Photo
Principal
China
No Photo
Alternate
China
No Photo
Principal
China
Yuqi Bai
Alternate
El Salvador
No Photo
Principal
El Salvador
Mario Giovanni Molina Masferrer
Alternate
European Commission
Jean Dusart
Principal
European Commission
Mark Dowell
Alternate
European Commission
Franz Immler
Alternate
Finland
No Photo
Alternate
Finland
No Photo
Principal
Finland
No Photo
Alternate
France
Thierry Ranchin
Principal
France
Laurence Monnoyer-Smith
Alternate
France
Laurent Durieux
Alternate
France
Shannon Kaya
Alternate
Germany
No Photo
Alternate
Germany
No Photo
Principal
Ghana
No Photo
Alternate
Ghana
Amos Kabo-Bah
Principal
Ghana
No Photo
Alternate
Greece
Evangelos Gerasopoulos
Co-Chair
India
No Photo
Principal
India
Rashmi Sharma
Alternate
India
No Photo
Alternate
Japan
Osamu Ochiai
Principal
Japan
Hiroyuki Muraoka
Alternate
Paraguay
No Photo
Principal
Paraguay
No Photo
Alternate
Paraguay
No Photo
Alternate
South Africa
Lulu Makapela
Alternate
South Africa
Tinyiko Ntshongwana
Principal
United Kingdom
Nathalie Pettorelli
Alternate
United Kingdom
Stuart Marsh
Alternate
United Kingdom
Matthew Foote
Principal
United States
Justyna Nicinska
Principal
United States
No Photo
Alternate

Participating Organizations

Contact Name Role
ACCREC
Nura Jibo
Principal
ACCREC
Rabia Said
Alternate
ACCREC
No Photo
Alternate
CEOS
No Photo
Principal
CEOS
Steven Ramage
Alternate
COSPAR
No Photo
Principal
COSPAR
No Photo
Alternate
CBD
Jillian Campbell
Principal
CBD
No Photo
Alternate
ESIP
Kathleen Fontaine
Principal
ESIP
Karl Benedict
Alternate
ESIP
No Photo
Alternate
Eurisy
No Photo
Principal
EEA
No Photo
Principal
EEA
Jose Rubio Iglesias
Alternate
EEA
Christiana Photiadou
Alternate
EEA
Jean-Philippe Aurambout
Alternate
GRSS
No Photo
Principal
GRSS
Haris Kontoes
Alternate
IAG
Allison Craddock
Principal
IAG
Richard Gross
Alternate
ISC
Alena Rybkina
Alternate
ISC
Bapon Fakhruddin
Principal
ISC
No Photo
Alternate
ISDE
No Photo
Principal
ISDE
No Photo
Alternate
OGC
Marie-Francoise Voidrot
Principal
OGC
Nils Hempelmann
Alternate
OGC
Ingo Simonis
Alternate
Plan4all
No Photo
Principal
Plan4all
No Photo
Alternate
Plan4all
No Photo
Alternate
SWF
Krystal Azelton
Principal
SWF
No Photo
Alternate
MRI
Carolina Adler
Principal
MRI
James Thornton
Alternate