RDA Council Member Elections 2024

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15 Feb 2024

RDA Council Member Elections 2024

In December 2023, the RDA Council Nominations Committee issued a call for nominations for three open Council positions. In response to this call, four RDA members were deemed eligible for inclusion in the 2024 Council elections, to be voted by the RDA community. The Nominations Committee reviewed these submissions and are pleased to announce the eligible candidates to be put forward for community voting.


According to the RDA election procedures outlined in the RDA Governance Document all RDA members are eligible to vote for the set of candidates.   


RDA members are asked to cast 3 votes, one for each of the 3 open Council positions. The three open positions are for a three-year term (2024-2027) with one candidate being sought from each of the geographical areas:

  • “Europe and Africa”
  • “The Americas”
  • "Asia and Oceania"

Balancing criteria will be applied upon closure of the voting and the candidate(s) with the highest votes from the relevant geographical territory will be elected.  Voting takes place through a formal election process that opens on Thursday 29 February 2024 (00:01 UTC) and ends Friday 22 March 2024 (23:59 UTC).


For more information on the role of the RDA Council, visit https://www.rd-alliance.org/about-rda/our-leadership/rda-council.html


Please use the voting options below to cast your vote between 29 February (00:01 UTC) and 22 March (23:59 UTC)

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RDA Council Candidates 2024 Elections

Maria Cruz - Europe & Africa

Programme Leader, Open Research Software

Open Science NL (Dutch Research Council (NWO)), The Netherlands


Maria’s broad experience across the research ecosystem and inspiring leadership in helping researchers understand data management would make her a valuable asset to the Council. I support her nomination without reservation.

I am thoroughly convinced that Maria, with her unwavering values, determination, diverse experience, extensive expertise, and steadfast belief in the significance of the RDA, will undoubtedly be an invaluable asset to the RDA Council.

I wholeheartedly endorse Maria Cruz's nomination and believe that her expertise, dedication, and collaborative spirit will make a positive and lasting contribution to the Research Data Alliance Council. I urge you to consider her candidacy with the highest regard.


Patricia Muñoz Palma - The Americas


Chilean National Agency for Research and Development (ANID), Chile



I am pleased to recommend Patricia Muñoz Palma for the position on the Research Data Alliance Council. Her ability to lead initiatives, implement innovative programs, and collaboratively work with various stakeholders in the open science ecosystem distinguishes her as an outstanding candidate.

It is a pleasure to recommend Patricia Muñoz Palma for the position on the Research Data Alliance Council. Her strategic vision and capacity to represent the community inclusively are distinguishing qualities.  I believe she is highly qualified to integrate into the RDA Council in the coming years.

Isabelle Perseil - Europe & Africa

Mission Head R&D in Computer Science

INSERM, France 



Her active involvement in the writing of two RDA’s strategic plans is a key asset to build on as a member of the Council. She would be able to both assure continuity and new inspiration in the activities of RDA. Her global view, together with her experience, reliability, technical pragmatism and vision full of generosity and of the values of science all combined in one person is in my view an exceptional chance for the RDA Council, that with her participation would be enriched.

Her CV and her many contributions to INSERM (where she now leads the identification of innovation in computing for the entire institution) are more than enough to justify her suitability to help the Council in associated scientific discussions. Not only is she an expert on her research field, but she is an expert on establishing and implementing science policies.

Mikiko Tanifuji - Asia & Oceania

Deputy Director

Research Center for Open Science and Data Platform (RCOS), National Institute of Informatics (NII), Japan 



Mikiko is prominent in international activities that promote open science and research data commons.  Being in leadership positions for ~20 years, she would bring to RDA the “senior statesperson” experience needed to contribute at the level of the Council.  Having served on the Council, I understand well the combination of experience and influence required for effective participation and leadership. I can assure you that Mikiko would be an excellent member of the Council.

Given her extensive experience and participation in global open science, Mikiko’s involvement will help broaden the impact of RDA. She is well positioned to become one of the community leaders. I endorse her nomination with the highest enthusiasm and have absolutely no reservations.

For more information on the Selection Process, refer to the Council Nominations Committee Selection Process and Guidelines.



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