2018 ORCID Board and Directors



photoLaurel 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.
Photo of Rob Blackburn​Rob Blackburn, QA and API User Support Specialist. Rob works as second tier support for the ORCID API as well as running and maintaining automated tests and quality assurance processes. He previously worked as a Library Assistant at the University of Sussex, Technical support at an ecommerce provider and as a shiatsu therapist. He likes notebooks and drawing amongst many other things. He has a BA in English and Philosophy.
Josh Brown head shot closeupJosh Brown, Director, Partnerships. Josh works with stakeholders, with a focus on research funders and our partners, to support understanding and engagement, and promote adoption of ORCID.  He directs the operations of ORCID EU, leading the ORCID contribution to the THOR Project.  He was previously the ORCID Regional Director in Europe. 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, Director, Membership. Matthew is responsible for leading the membership team and developing the ORCID global community of members. Based in Amsterdam, Matthew manages the global team of regional Directors to grow ORCID as an international-scale research effort. In addition to his role as Director of Membership, Matthew builds strategic relationships with key institutions and governments across Europe, Middle East and Africa. Matthew was previously based in Johannesburg and joined ORCID in May 2015 as Regional Director, MEA. He came to ORCID from Thomson Reuters, where he covered the Eastern and Southern Africa region; and prior to that was Regional Sales Manager at EBSCO Information Services. He completed a BA (Psychology) and Post-Graduate Diploma in Management at the University of the Witwatersrand. In addition, Matthew has also completed courses in Java, Flash, XML, html, Perl and SQL.
photoAna Patricia Cardoso, Senior Community Manager, Americas. Ana provides coaching to support technical integrations by members in the Americas and ensures that members receive excellent support in the use of the ORCID Registry. Prior to joining ORCID, Ana held several positions in financial areas for companies such as KPMG, Deutsche Bank and AXA Assistance. She also worked for IT department at Tyco-ADT. She is fluent in Spanish, English, French and is currently studying Portuguese. She has a BS in Accounting from the Universidad Panamericana in Mexico and an MBA in High Tech and Industrial Companies Management as an awarded student from Fundación Carolina at the Universidad Antonio de Nebrija in Spain.
Estelle Cheng photoEstelle Cheng, Engagement Specialist, Asia-Pacific. Estelle supports and engages with the ORCID community in the Asia-Pacific region. Based in Taiwan, Estelle works collaboratively with communities to promote adoption of ORCID and to establish communities of practice. Before joining ORCID, Estelle served as the product manager for digital object identifier (DOI) at Airiti. Estelle has a BA in English and a MA in Linguistics from National Tsing Hua University. She has infectious enthusiasm for scholarly communication.
Paula Demain, Community Engagement and Support SpecialistPaula Demain, Senior Community Manager, Europe, Middle East & Africa. Paula is responsible for articulating and anchoring our core messaging and providing support for members in their use of the API via the ORCID help desk, as well as through documentation, training, and presentations. Previously, Paula worked for John Wiley and Sons, Ltd as Business Process and Support Manager, a global role with responsibility for the journal subscription and membership services systems and process support.
photoTom Demeranville, Technology Advocate.  Tom works with the community to develop technical solutions to real world problems.  He is responsible for gathering requirements, communicating improvements, implementing standards and helping the development team meet new challenges. His focus this year is on addressing the needs of funders via the ORBIT project and working with the community via the FREYA project, which builds on the work he did for the European Commission-funded THOR and ODIN projects.  Before joining ORCID he was a Technical Lead at the British Library, and prior to the that he was a Senior Software Engineer working on the Federated Identity Management for Eduserv. He has a first class honours degree in software engineering from the Open University.

Padma Gopinath, Bookkeeper. Padma supports the finance and accounting functions of ORCID by maintaining books, preparing financial reports and assisting with audits. Padma has 10 years of experience in managing accounting functions. During that period, she has worked extensively for non-profit agencies dealing with humanitarian, cultural and social causes. She has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from University of Madras, India and an Honors Diploma in computer applications.    

Harley photoStephanie Harley, Membership & Events Coordinator. Stephanie supports and streamlines ORCID’s international outreach, workshops, and conferences. Before joining ORCID, she was the International Program Associate at the Council of American Ambassadors. Prior to that, Stephanie served as a research analyst in governmental and political organizations. She graduated from Villanova University with honors and majored in Political Science.

Heredia photoAna Heredia, Head of Membership, Latin America. Ana is responsible for driving ORCID awareness, promoting adoption and engagement, and building strategic relationships with the government, academic, and publishing communities in Latin America. Previously Ana worked with the publisher Elsevier as a research solutions consultant and a scientific journals publisher. She received a BS in Biology and an MS in Neuroscience from Université Paul Sabatier as well as a PhD in Sciences from Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium), and she was a postdoc researcher at Embrapa and UECE (Brazil).
Hershberger photoSarah Hershberger, Director of Operations. Sarah manages all aspects of our back office operations including financial management, human resource management, internal information infrastructure, and coordination of international activities. Prior to joining ORCID, Sarah served as the Director of Finance & Administration for a California-based non-profit and the Business Manager for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. She has focused her career on supporting mission-driven organizations and more recently she completed a short term assignment with Peace Corps Swaziland. She has her BS in Psychology from the Pennsylvania State University and received her MBA from Boston College with a concentration in operations management.
Krznarich photoLiz Krznarich, Tech Lead, Front End Development. Liz specializes in front end technologies, and she takes the lead on designing and building new user interface features for the ORCID registry and websites. Liz is experienced in front end web development and design, as well as technology training and academic libraries. Before joining ORCID, Liz led student technology training at the University of Wisconsin. She's also worked as a web developer, late-night academic reference librarian and graphic designer. Liz earned a BS in Graphic Design and a Master's in Library & Information Science from the University of Wisconsin.
Nabil Ksibi photoNabil Ksibi, Membership Specialist, Middle East & Africa. Nabil is responsible for fostering ORCID community adoption in the Middle East & Africa. As part of his responsibilities, Nabil supports ORCID members as they develop new and existing integrations and workflows. Previously he worked at Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, covering the Middle East, Mediterranean, and African region. Nabil believes in the ORCID mission and seeks to build collaboration across the region. From Tunis and now based in Johannesburg, Nabil is passionate about Engineering, Art and Humanitarian work. In addition to English, he is fluent in Arabic and French.
Alice Meadows pictureAlice Meadows, Director, Community Engagement and Support. Alice develops and implements our communications plan and leads our support services team. Her primary role is to broaden awareness of the organization and its services and programs, and to support adoption by key stakeholders and audiences. She is in charge of our publications, social media strategy, our Ambassadors program, and leads the member services team in ensuring we maintain our high standards in help desk and API support, and also develop documentation and tools that include both the technology and communications components needed to implement ORCID. 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.
Gabriela Mejias pictureGabriela Mejias, Community Manager, Europe, Middle East & Africa. Gabriela is responsible for providing technical and community support to ORCID members in the Europe, Middle East, and African regions. Before joining ORCID, she worked in the fields of recruiting, social media, marketing, and operations training. She has a five-year degree in Social Communication from the University of Buenos Aires. She speaks Spanish, English, German, French and basic Italian.
Brian Minihan photoBrian Minihan, Engagement Specialist, Asia-Pacific. Brian has a background in Information and Library Science and China studies, and works to ensure ORCID’s membership expansion and on-boarding continue seamlessly in the Asia Pacific region. Before joining ORCID, Brian was a Scholarly Communications and Collection Management Librarian at Hong Kong Baptist University, where he was an advocate for open scholarship in Asia. He has also been a Systems Librarian at Innovative Interfaces and a Research Associate at University of San Francisco’s Ricci Institute for Chinese-Western Cultural History.
Picture of Angel MontenegroAngel Montenegro, Software Architect. 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 University of Costa Rica and is fluent in Spanish and English.

Picture of George NashGeorge Nash, Senior Software Developer. George joined the team in 2016 having worked as a developer across a variety of industries including finance, retail, telecoms, media, and publishing, specialising in Java development. He studied Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence at the University of Sussex, graduating in 2005, and now splits his time between the UK and Barcelona. George enjoys football, films, and travelling in his spare time and plays a lot of chess. He once wrote an email based chess app and may or may not one day make it into a website...

Picture of Eric OlsonEric Olson, Membership Support Specialist, North America. Eric supports ORCID members as they develop new and existing integrations and workflows. Before joining ORCID, Eric worked on the PressForward publishing software at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, where he recruited and trained research organizations to utilize PressForward and responsible scholarly communication on the web. His other projects include organizing scholarly and science communication communities, the development of curricula for the new field of history communication, and conferences on the benefits of science and humanities convergence. Eric received a BA in Communication from George Mason University and a MA in Communication from Virginia Tech.

Picture of Laura PaglioneLaura Paglione, Director, Strategic Initiatives.  Laura makes sure ORCID is thinking ahead. She engages with the ORCID community to explore how we can meet community needs in the service of our mission, and translates these objectives into actionable requirements. Laura previously served as ORCID’s technical director.  Prior to ORCID, 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.


Jeffrey Perez pictureJeffrey Perez, QA & Server Automation Engineer.  Jeffrey specializes in server management, keeping software and services up and running, and has more than 10 years of Linux experience. He is also a software developer with experience in PHP, Java and many front-end technologies. Jeffrey has a BS in computer Science from the University of Costa Rica and is fluent in Spanish and English.
Picture of Rob PetersRob Peters, Director, Technology. Rob leads the day-to-day management of software development at ORCID and is responsible for implementing our technical strategic plan. He manages our technology stack (Java/PostgreSQL) and agile development processes, and 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 with large-scale Fortune 500 companies and Silicon Valley startups, including Enloop,, and TransUnion. Rob has an AS in Mathematics from Reedley Community College and studied computer science at Cal Poly.
photoJoseph Schwarze, Privacy Specialist. Joe is working with the newly developed ORCID TRUST program, bringing further security and privacy expertise to the organization. Before joining ORCID, Joe was a security analyst. Joe was a crucial member in developing an organizational security and privacy program from the ground up into a fully matured program. Some notable projects were implementing a successful SSAE16 SOC2 type 2 audit (with 0 findings), developing industry standard security response documents (SIG and CAIQ), providing remediation project plans for application penetration tests, developing a corporate security awareness program, and acting as the expert on European Privacy regulation (GDPR and Privacy Shield). Joe holds a bachelors of science in Cybersecurity from Stevens Institute of Technology.
photoWill Simpson, Tech Lead, Back End Development. 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.
photoCatalina Wilmers, Tech Lead, Quality Assurance. Catalina develops and manages testing plans for ORCID and is the go-to person for escalated (Tier 2) API support issues. Before joining ORCID Catalina 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.
photoIvo Wijnbergen, Membership Manager, Europe. Ivo is responsible for developing the ORCID community of members in the wider European region. Based in the Netherlands, Ivo focuses on growing ORCID within the international research community and building relationships with key European institutions and organizations. Ivo joined ORCID in May 2018, from Microsoft, where he was responsible for Data Insights for the Northern Europe region, and previously worked for Yahoo! managing the DACH region clients and cross-functional projects with the Data Science team. Ivo speaks Dutch, German, English, and Spanish. His spare time is usually seized by his two young daughters and an ongoing Executive MBA.
photoAlainna Therese Wrigley, Senior Community Manager, Asia-Pacific. Alainna oversees the Community team in the Asia-Pacific region; leads Community-driven projects; administers ORCID's member- and user-facing documentation and communications; and manages ORCID's translation projects. She has worked in academic, non-profit, and legal environments in China, with a focus on public law and communications. An infrequent translator whose work has been exhibited at the Nobel Museum, Alainna speaks English, Mandarin, French, and Japanese and reads others in addition.

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