Board of Directors


Laurel L. Haak, Executive Director. Laure drives awareness of the ORCID mission, building strategic relationships, working with a broad range of constituents, ensuring organizational persistence, and directing ORCID staff and contractors. Previously, Laure was Chief Science Officer at Discovery Logic, Inc.; a program officer for the US National Academies' Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy; and editor of Science's Next Wave Postdoc Network at the American Association for the Advancement of Science.  Laure received a BS and an MS in Biology from Stanford University and a PhD in Neuroscience in 1997 from Stanford University Medical School, and she was a postdoc at the US National Institutes of Health. 

Josh Brown head shot closeupJosh Brown, Regional Director, Europe. Josh directs the operations of ORCID EU.  He works with stakeholders across Europe to support understanding and engagement, and promote adoption of ORCID.  Before ORCID, Josh was consortium and operations manager for SCOAP3, programme manager for digital infrastructure at Jisc, project offer for SHERPA-LEAP at University College London, and held positions in the library at the University of Brighton and the University of Sussex. He earned an MA in Information Management from the University of Brighton and a BA in Philosophy and English from the University of Sussex.

Matthew Buys, Regional Director, Africa and Middle East. Matthew builds strategic relationships with key institutions and governments across Africa and the Middle East to promote the application of ORCID in the research and innovation process. Previously, Matthew was the Account Manager at Thomson Reuters covering the Eastern and Southern Africa region; and prior to that he was the Regional Sales Manager at EBSCO Information Services.  He completed a BA (Psychology) and Post-Graduate Diploma in Management at the University of the Witwatersrand. On the side, Matthew is working to complete a qualification in Information Systems covering developer skills including, Java, Flash, XML, html, Perl, and SQL.

Tom Demeranville, Senior Technical Officer. Tom investigates and develops links with other identifier systems as part of the EC-funded THOR project. Tom has a long history of working with software in the academic sector. Before joining ORCID he was employed by the British Library as a Technical Lead on the ODIN project and prior to that he was a Senior Software Engineer working on federated identity at Eduserv. Tom has a first class honours degree in Software Engineering from the Open University.

Liz Krznarich, Member Services. Liz is committed to helping all ORCID members receive excellent support and training resources in her position as member support liaison. Before joining ORCID, Liz served as manager of student technology training at the University of Wisconsin Division of IT, librarian at the University of Wisconsin Center for Limnology, and account manager at Food Concepts, Inc. Liz earned BS and MLIS degrees from the University of Wisconsin, and has a range of experience in academic libraries, technology training, and web/graphic design.

Alice Meadows pictureAlice Meadows, Communications Director. Alice develops and implements our communications plan, in order to broaden awareness of the organization and its services and programs and support adoption by key stakeholders and audiences.  She is in charge of our publications, social media strategy, and our Ambassadors program, and she supports our Communications Steering Group ( Previously, Alice served in multiple posts at John Wiley & Sons, most recently as Director of Communications. Alice earned a BSc with Honors in Anthropology from University College London.

Nobuko Miyairi pictureNobuko Miyairi, Regional Director, Asia Pacific. Nobuko builds relationships with stakeholders across Asia Pacific to expand ORCID adoption and awareness in the research community. Prior to joining ORCID, Nobuko held positions at Thomson Reuters and Nature Publishing Group, where she worked closely with research organizations, government policy makers and funding bodies to provide research management solutions. A librarian by training, Nobuko earned an MLIS from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and brings an extensive working knowledge in needs-based consultancy and information management.

Picture of Angel MontenegroAngel Montenegro, Senior Software Engineer. As part of our Open Source Team, Angel is in charge of supporting existing ORCID infrastructure, helping the member services team in tech-related issues, and building new features for the ORCID registry. Angel has a BS in Computer Science from the Costa Rica University and is fluent in Spanish and English.

Marieannette Otero, Logistics Coordinator. Marieannette supports events logistics and outreach activities. She works closely with the team of Regional Directors and Communications Director to plan and execute ORCID’s conferences and workshops; and also supports the Ambassador group. She brings extensive experience in the non-profit program management and event implementation areas, at the international and national level. Before joining ORCID she served as International Program Manager at the Association for Safe International Road Travel (ASIRT). A native of Puerto Rico, she holds a B.A. in Spanish Language and Literature, and Government and Politics, from the University of Maryland and attended the University of Puerto Rico, School of Law.

Laura Paglione, Technical Director. Laura directs the technical development of of new features and improvements to the Registry and our APIs, management of ORCID’s open source code and community, technical infrastructure, and member and end-user support. She engages with the ORCID community through the Technical Steering Group, ORCID webinars, and participation in partner working groups and conferences.  Previously, she was a Director at the Kauffman Foundation, held positions at Ford Motor Company and Avid Technology and several start-up companies. Laura earned an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management, a ScM in Computer Science at Brown University, and a BE from Stevens Institute of Technology.

Lilan Pessoa pictureLilian Pessoa, Regional Director, Latin America.  Lilian builds relationships with stakeholders in Latin America to support ORCID awareness and adoption by the research community. Prior to joining ORCID, Lilian was the Vice President of PCG Brazil, where she worked with Latin American universities and consortia such as CAPES (Brazil), CINCEL (Chile), CONACyT (Mexico), and SENESCyT (Ecuador). Lilian has a degree in History from the University of São Paulo and an MBA in Management from Fundação Getúlio Vargas. She is fluent in Portuguese, English, and Spanish.

Rob Peters, Lead Developer. Rob leads the day-to-day management of software development at ORCID. He manages our technology stack (Java/PostgreSQL) and agile development processes, ensures that our technology infrastructure is stable and scalable to support Registry growth, all while making large code contributions across every level of the stack. He has held CTO, software architect, and engineering positions at large scale data-drive startups including Enloop,, and TransUnion. Rob has an AA in Mathematics from Reedley Community College and studied computer science at Cal Poly.

Fran Ramírez Monge, Senior Front End Software Engineer. As part of our Open Source Team, Fran deals with the web development work (HTML, CSS and Javascript) for ORCID. Before joining ORCID he worked for companies including Hewlett Packard and Accenture. In his spare time he enjoys reading books, learning about new web technologies, coding, and spending time with his family and dogs. He studied Systems Software Engineering at the Latin University of Costa Rica.

Cheryl Sethate, Member Services Specialist, Middle East, Europe and Africa.Cheryl provides coaching to support technical integrations by members and ensures that members receive excellent support in the use of the ORCID Registry. Previously, Cheryl was the Assistant Director – Student Information Systems and Research Systems Manager at the University of Botswana. She holds a BSc in Computer Science and a Master of Project Management from the University of Botswana.

Will Simpson, Software Architect. Another member of our Open Source Team, Will is a hands-on developer who focuses on Java programming, Spring technologies, and the SOLR search engine. Previously, he worked for John Wiley & Sons Ltd on their content management systems, and for Semantico Ltd creating DawsonEra, the largest supplier of electronic books to academic libraries in the UK. Will graduated in 2000 with a first class honours degree in Physics from University College London, having worked on numerical simulation software for his final year research project, and is also a qualified teacher of English as a foreign language.

Claudia Soriano, Director of Operations. Claudia oversees ORCID’s back office functions, including accounting and invoicing, event planning, human resources, payroll, and membership renewals.  Prior to joining ORCID, Claudia was operations manager at Management Leadership for Tomorrow.  Claudia is a Notary Public and holds an AA in Criminal Justice and a BS in Public Administration from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY.  Claudia is fluent in Spanish and English.

Shobhit Tyagi, Java Developer. Shobhit, a member of our Open Source Team, has spent all of his professional career in designing and developing java-based web applications. He holds a Bachelors degree in Computer Science & Engineering from the National Institute of Technology - Warangal and is about to complete a Masters degree. Shobhit enjoys cooking, traveling, and playing cricket.  Prior to becoming a full-time coder, he used to be a guitarist in a rock band.  Shobhit is fluent in English, Hindi, and Punjabi.

Catalina Wilmers, Lead, Member Services. Catalina heads up member services for ORCID.  She works closely with members to support their implementation of ORCID identifiers and APIs.  Before joining ORCID she worked as an academic librarian and archivist, where she enjoyed digitizing all sorts of things. In her free time she travels the world and reads B-list classical novels. Catalina earned a BA in History and Masters in Information Science from the University of Michigan.

Douglas Wright, Membership Director. Doug builds our global engagement capacity, managing our team of Regional Directors tasked with growing our membership and implementation through regional workshops and training programs.  He supports our Business Steering Group (, and collaborates with the communications and technical teams to ensure our members have the implementation tools they need.  Prior to joining ORCID, Doug was an served as Director of the PCG Division and Chief Marketing Officer at Publishing Technology.  He brings to ORCID a great deal of experience working with scholarly publishers as well as his global network of library and consortia contracts. Doug received a BA in Communications at the University of Alabama, and is fluent in Spanish, Portuguese, and English.

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