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2020 Elections

We received 15 applications to join the ORCID Board of Directors for a three-year term starting in January, 2020. The applications reflected the global nature of ORCID, with nominations from ORCID members in Europe, Middle East, Africa, North America, Latin America, Asia, Oceania, and Australia.

Candidate Selection Process

The Nominating Committee works to balance a number of objectives when developing the slate. Their overarching aim was to recommend candidates who are driven by the ORCID mission and are able to contribute to ORCID’s development, through their personal and organizational knowledge and networks of influence. The committee was keen to ensure the Board was diverse and inclusive - in terms of skills, geographic location, organizational representation, and gender, and that, per the bylaws, it remains majority non-profit.

Voting Procedures for ORCID Board of Directors Elections

Elections will be held online via a secure voting web page. The named voting contacts at all ORCID member organizations in good standing as of September 23, 2019 will be sent details about how to vote — either online or in person at an ORCID Members webinar on November 22, 2019 where we will all count ballots and announce the results. For the election to be valid, at least10% of the eligible members must participate.

Want to know more? Here are additional details about Board elections.

The 2020 Slate

Yuko Harayama (researcher member)

Dr. Harayama was the former Executive Member of the Council for Science and Technology Innovation (CSTI), Cabinet Office of Japan in 2013-2018. She has been at the forefront of the open science policy discussion since its infancy, having served as the former Deputy Director of the Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation, OECD in 2010-2012. She is now retired from CSTI but continues to be active in the field as the next year President-Elect of the Japan Society for Research Policy and Innovation Management. Previously, she was Professor in the Management Science and Technology Department at the Graduate School of Engineering of Tohoku University (now Professor Emeritus). Dr. Harayama holds a Ph.D. in education sciences and a Ph.D. in economics, both from the University of Geneva. She is a Legion D’Honneur recipient (Chevalier) and holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Neuchâtel.

Daniel Hook (second term)

Daniel Hook is CEO of Digital Science, a technology company working to create interoperable infrastructures that support open research and the global research ecosystem of the future.  During his tenure he has focused on developing Digital Science’s strategy, thought leadership, and strengthening the company’s product/portfolio ecosystem through investments and new product innovation.  Daniel believes passionately that open research is key for long-term positive transformation in society. He also continues to be an active academic researcher and holds visiting academic positions at the Centre for Complexity Science, Imperial College London, and at Washington University in St Louis. Daniel has written more than 50 academic and white papers and co-authored a book on PT Symmetric Quantum Theory.  He is currently a Policy Fellow at CSaP at the University of Cambridge, Fellow of the Institute of Physics, and Co-Chair of the Research on Research Institute. Daniel is an existing ORCID Board member, who currently serves as the organization’s Treasurer.

Linda O’Brien (second term)

Linda O'Brien was appointed as Pro Vice Chancellor and Head of Griffith University's Logan Campus in September 2017, having previously held executive information and technology (CIO) roles across a number of universities. She has been a member of a number of state, federal and international committees and Boards in the research, information, and not-for-profit sectors. Linda is passionate about increasing the discoverability of research outputs, data, and information to ensure it can inform practise and improve community outcomes. As co-founder of the Open Data Institute Australian Network, Linda has helped to prove the benefits of open access to government data in Australia. Nationally, as a Director of Infoxchange, Linda works to promote the use of technology to tackle the biggest social challenges of our time. Linda has a Master of Public Administration, a Graduate Diploma in Library, Information Science, a Bachelor of Education and a Corporate Directors Diploma. Internationally, as an ORCID Board member, and Chair of the Membership and Fees Committee, Linda works to ensure that researchers are automatically connected to their research outputs and professional activities ensuring that their work is recognized. 


Andrew Preston

Andrew Preston is the co-founder and Managing Director of Publons, part of the Web of Science Group at Clarivate Analytics. A former researcher in physics (first as a Ph.D. student at Victoria University of Wellington, then as a postdoctoral researcher at Boston University), he has personal experience of the challenges and frustrations researchers face in scholarly communication. He is passionate about research and enjoys the challenge of solving a tricky problem. This background led to the founding of Publons. Publons aims to speed up research by improving peer review. It enables researchers to track their publications, citation metrics, peer reviews and journal editing work all in one place, offers vital recognition for peer reviews, and matches editors to increasingly hard-to-find reviewers. Publons has formal partnerships with more than 4.5k journals and has relationships with a number of institutions and funders. Andrew is a champion for ORCID within the Web of Science Group, and is intimately familiar with ORCID’s strategy, team, and technology through the close relationship between Publons and ORCID, and is participating in two ORCID committees already. 


Katharina Ruckstuhl 

Katharina is Associate Dean Māori and a Senior Research Fellow at the Otago Business School, University of Otago, Dunedin, and a member of the New Zealand ORCID Advisory Committee, which is the national group that advises on ORCID implementation and is managed on behalf of the New Zealand Government by the Royal Society Te Apārangi. She has a PhD in English (2000) from the University of Otago and a Postgraduate Diploma in Education (1992) from Massey University, New Zealand. She has also been a Senior Research Analyst in the Office of Deputy Vice Chancellor, Research and Enterprise at Otago. She currently co-leads a 10-year national research programme investigating New Zealand’s innovation ecosystem and also researches in the areas of Māori and Indigenous economy, environment, culture and knowledge. Prior to this, she worked for her tribal group of Ngāi Tahu in business and education management roles. Outside of her professional life, Katharina is still very involved in her tribal group at both the local council and wider group tribal level. Ngāi Tahu is a group of tribal councils with assets of over NZ $1.7 billion. It is a charitable Trust, with a number of subsidiary entities and is governed by members of the councils of which she is one and has been for the last eight years. She has also represented her university on the advisory group to develop a UNESCO Geopark in a local regional area, and has been an advisory group member to develop a Centre of Digital Excellence in Dunedin. Katharina sits on the Otago University Senate.