The INORMS Working group comprises:

Jennifer Johnson (Chair)

Jennifer Johnson is Director of Research and Innovation Service at Northumbria University with responsibility for a wide range of research strategy, policy and support services including research grants and contracts, research systems, research quality and REF, researcher development, research policy, research funding and innovation. Jennifer previously worked as Head of Research Operations and Head of Research Performance and Governance at the University of Leeds for 10 years.

Jennifer is committed to the professionalisation and recognition of the research management and administration sector, and to improving the way in which we work together across the sector. Jennifer is a member of the Research Organisations and Councils Group (ROCG) and the Snowball Metrics project, and represents the Association of Research Managers and Administrators UK (ARMA UK) on a number of sector groups including the UUK/JISC Content Negotiation Strategy Group and JISCs UK PIDs (Persistent Identifiers) Group .

Jennifer has been on the ARMA UK Board of Directors since 2016 and was Director of Training & Development before undertaking a year as Chair Elect and then becoming Chair of the Association on 1st August 2020

Alison Evans

Alison (Ali) joined the University of Bristol in November 2012 and is the Director of Contracts, Compliance and Governance in the Research and Enterprise Division. Prior to joining Bristol Ali spent 20 years at the University of Bath where she gained experience across most areas of research management and administration, culminating in 18 months as interim Director of Research and Innovation Services. Ali has also worked for the BBSRC, British Science Association and Royal Society.

Ali is a long term member of ARMA and has been a member of the Finance and Governance Committee since 2017. She took on the role of ARMA Treasurer in 2021.

Debra Schaller-Demers

As MSK’s Vice President, Research Outreach and Compliance, Debbie has more than 20 years’ leadership experience in research integrity and compliance. She also works as an adjunct lecturer for CUNY’s School of Professional Studies online graduate program teaching Introduction to Research Compliance, Ethics, and Integrity and the Practicum Capstone. She received the Adjunct Lecturer of Excellence Award in January 2021.

She currently serves as SRAI Immediate Past-President and is Past-president, Northeast Section, recipient of the SRAI Excellence Award – Intermediate Level and Hartford-Nicholsen Award (2011), former SRAI Catalyst Editor and former EPDC Co-chair. She is a frequent facilitator, content creator, and/or track leader/programming working group chair in Research Ethics/Compliance or Leadership/Professional Development for all levels of SRAI programming and was inducted as SRAI Distinguished Faculty in 2012. She previously served on the Board of Directors (2012-15) and is on the Association of Research Integrity Officers (ARIO) communications committee.

She has presented for many professional organizations (US and globally): ARMA (UK), WCRI (Rio; Amsterdam, Hong Kong), INORMS (Melbourne; Edinburgh, Hiroshima), PRIM&R, ARIO, APPE/RISE, JHU RAD, CAREB (CA), EARMA (Bologna), and as a webinar presenter for CARA (CA).

Debbie has authored research integrity articles for SRAI’s Journal of Research Administration, the SRA International Symposium (Best Paper Winner 2005, 2007, 2010) and Research Global Magazine. She authored a book chapter: “Building a Responsible Conduct of Research Program to Sustain an Institutional Culture of Research Integrity and Compliance,” for a research compliance textbook (2015) and the Research Compliance Framework module for SRAI’s LevelUP program. She has a background in graphic and fine art, conflict resolution, public education advocacy and holds a MS Degree in Organization and Management.

Dominique Michaud

Dominique Michaud is Director, Research Development in the Office of the Vice-President Research & Graduate Studies at Concordia University. Dominique has been active in research administration for over 30 years with prior appointments first as a research coordinator and then as a research advisor in humanities and social sciences at Universite du Quebec a Montreal before taking position at Concordia University in 2012. She is a Past President of ADARUQ, the Quebec Association of University Research Administrators, and the President of the Canadian Association of Research Administrators (CARA).

Sarah Lampson

Sarah Lampson is the Executive Director of the Canadian Association of Research Administrators. She was appointed in 2013 after more than a decade as a research administrator in various progressive roles at a leading comprehensive university, a funding agency, one of the largest academic hospitals in Canada and at the largest health research organization in North America.

Sarah has authored or presented over 100 articles, conference talks and webinars, including co-authoring 2 books: The A-Z Guide to Research Contract Review and Steer Your Career: A Research Administrator’s Manual for Mapping Success which are in use at more than 500 institutions globally. Sarah received national and international recognition for her contributions to research administration and served as a faculty member in the Research Administration Certificate at Mohawk College for 7 years


George Lakey

George Lakey is a Programme Manager at the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) responsible for designing and implementing programmes that support ACU members in the area of research strengthening. George is currently responsible for managing the FCDO-funded Climate Impacts Research Capacity and Leadership Enhancement (CIRCLE) programme, a climate-focused research capacity strengthening initiative working at individual and institutional levels of strengthening at 31 institutions across 10 sub-Saharan African countries. George also manages the ACU-British Council partnership programme the Commonwealth Futures Climate Research Cohortan initiative working with early career researchers from the global south with the aim of enhancing the contribution of science to national, regional, and international decision making in the area of climate change mitigation and adaptation. Previously, George managed the ACU’s Blue Charter Programme, a UK BEIS and Waitrose & Partners-funded initiative supporting research in the area of marine plastic pollution.

Jaana Kokkonen

Jaana Kokkonen is a Research Liaison Officer / Ombudsman at the Hanken School Economics based in Helsinki, Finland. She works with strategic planning and consulting of research projects strategies and collaborations as well as advocacy activities.

Previously she has worked in Brussels with EU advisory and advocacy on digital and research and innovation policy sector and development as well as at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with internal affairs, and has large networks within EU and international institutions and offices.

Jaana is a member of the Finn-Arma Executive Committee and suppliant member in the Forum of Internationalization of Research and Higher Education at the Ministry of Education and Culture of Finland.

Jan Andersen

Jan Andersen is a Senior Executive Officer, University of Southern Denmark. He has a background in Computer Science and Danish Language. Jan is the former EARMA Chair and Board member, and he is a member of the steering committee for the EARMA Leadership Program. He is the DARMA, and EARMA representative in the INORMS WG. He was a founding member of the DARMA Board, and founder and chair of the COST Targeted Network BESTPRAC. He is the Head of the INORMS WG on Organisational Development. He worked in RMA since 1994, whereof 20 years with University of Copenhagen and four years at the Technical University of Denmark. Jan was conceptualising the Research Information System PURE. He was the co-author of Research Management, Europe and beyond. Jan is part of the EARMA Pasta Making Event, and he received the EARMA Lifetime Achievement Award 2022.

Juliana Juk

Juliana Juk is the representative of the Brazilian Research Administration and Management Association (BRAMA), an organization founded in 2013 to enhance the professionalism of research manager within Brazilian universities, research institutes, funding agencies and other scientific and technological development institutions.

Dr MU Rongping

Dr. Mu Rongping, the president of Chinese Association for Science of Science and S&T Policy,  received his Ph.D degree from Technische Universitat Berlin, Germany. He is Professor of Institutes of Sciences and Development of Chinese Academy of Sciences, and director-general of CAS Center for Innovation and Development.

He is Dean of School of Public Policy and Management, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences. He was director-general of Institute of Policy and Management of Chinese Academy of Sciences (CASIPM 2004-2014).

Dr. Mu is also the president of the China High-tech Industry Promotion Society, a member of Expert Committee on National Development Plan, a member of the Governing Board of International Science, Technology and Innovation Centre for South-South Cooperation under the Auspices of UNESCO (ISTIC). He has involved in drafting policy documents concerning innovation capacity-building and strategic industry in China, and published more than 50 papers in peer-review.

Dr Kate Harris

Kate Harris is a Senior Research Administrator (URA) in the School of Science at the University of Tokyo, where she aims to use her international experience to help create a global environment that meets the needs of Japanese and international students and researchers alike. Kate studied in the UK, Germany, and Switzerland before moving to Japan to do postdoctoral research in supramolecular chemistry. Thereafter, she moved into the field of research support, first working as a Senior Editor at an academic editing company that supports non-native English-speaking researchers, before taking up her current position in 2017. She represents the Research Manager and Administrator Network Japan (RMAN-J) on the INORMS Working Group and also served as the INORMS Secretariat from 2021 to 2023.

Dr. Katrin Steinack

Katrin Steinack holds a doctorate in political science and has worked in research management and as research adviser for almost two decades. From 2006-2017 she supported research at the University of Kent in Canterbury in England and in Australia at Monash University and the University of Melbourne, where she led the respective research service team in two faculties. Since 2017, she is based at the University of Kassel in German, initially as head of the Research Service Office and, since 2022, heading the Research and Graduate Support Office. Since 2018, she contributes to the professionalization of research management in German-speaking countries within the German research and transfer management association FORTRAMA e.V. – since 2020 as co-chair of the association’s board. She has a strong background in setting up and developing highly skilled teams and efficient structures for research support and is a strong advocate for  best practice development and exchange beyond institutional and national boundaries

Rosemary Madnick

Rosemary Madnick, MBA is Vice President for Research Administration at The Lundquist Institute for Biomedical Innovation at Harbor UCLA Medical Center.  In her current position, she is responsible for all aspects of research administration at the Institute including grants and contracts (pre and post), clinical trials/industry agreements, investigational drug services, regulatory and ethical compliance, biological resource center, environmental health and safety and core equipment.  Her experience with research administration at various institutions has provided her with more than 25 plus years of knowledge in the profession.

Her experience has given her distinct skills in research, development and evaluation of policies and programs as well as the know-how in investigating and analyzing problems with broad impact using data to develop sound decisions.

As an executive senior research administrator, she has provided consultation and guidance on all aspects of sponsored program administration including development of research policies and procedures, resolution of research administration issues internally and externally. She has represented her institutions on site visits and with funding agencies. In addition, she is also involved in strategic implementation of new organizational structures to support research administration operations and implementation of activities requiring facilitation and change management activities. She is an active member of the Federal Demonstration Partnership (FDP) an association of federal agencies, academic research institutions with administrative, faculty and technical representation, and research policy organizations that work to streamline the administration of federally sponsored research.

Past positions included Executive Director, Office of Grants and Contracts Administration at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Assistant Vice President, Office of Research Administration at Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute where she managed the pre and post awards sponsored projects including clinical trials; Director of Grants, Contracts and Compliance at Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science; and Department Administrator for University of California, San Diego.

She has been a member of the National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA) since 1998.  Rosemary was the 2021 President of the Association. She has also held positions on national committees including Board of Directors, National Leadership Development Committee and Professional Development Committee and a number of program committees.  She has presented workshops and sessions and evaluated workshops at both regional and national meetings.  Including serving as co-editor of the NCURA Magazine.  She is also a member of NCURA’s Peer Programs Governance.

She has served and held a number of positions at the regional level such as Region VI LEAD Me Program Dean of Mentors and past chair of Region VI in 2012.  She is a graduate of NCURA’s Executive Leadership Program. Rosemary is part of the NCURA faculty who teach on the fundamentals of research administration nationally.

Svandís Helga Halldórsdóttir

Svandís Helga Halldórsdóttir is the office manager for the Division of Science and Innovation at the University of Iceland as well as being part of the Grants office team at the division. She was previously office manager for the Institute of Earth Sciences, one of the most influential research institutes within University of Iceland. During her time at the university she has worked with research support, both pre- and post-award, as well as the supervision and management of research infrastructure. Svandís has a MA in International relations and a post graduate diploma in Public Administration. 

Tania Tambiah

Tania Tambiah is the Director of Research Services at Swinburne University of Technology, Australia. Tania’s research management, leadership, and training experience spans over 25 years, and focusses on formulating strategy; designing management frameworks; creating infrastructure, systems and networks; and building professional teams.

Professionally, Tania is deeply committed to advancing and promoting research management and its specialists across the sector (nationally and internationally). She is a Fellow of ARMS, the Convenor of the ARMS Education and Professional Development Committee, a Training Fellow for the ARMS Foundation Level Accreditation Program, and was an ARMS Board Member. She is also an active Member of SRA International.

Tanja Strøm

Tanja Strøm is a Senior Research Adviser at Oslo Metropolitan University. And she is Deputy Chair of INORMS Research Evaluation group,

Tanja has been working in Research Administration since 2015. Prior to that she spent close to 20 years in different libraries as Librarian, Project Manager, Service Development Coordinator and Manager of Digital Library Services.

Now her core activities are Research Policy, Open Science, Responsible Research Evaluations, Scholarly Communication, Publication Strategies, and digital researcher profiles. She advises on policy and program offerings, supervises, gives lectures, and provides research support on these topics. She has developed services, infrastructure, and policies for open access to research, and implemented this at OsloMet.

She has spoken on many RMA related subjects, for various sector bodies and events. Tanja has served on several national committees, project boards and working groups.

She is a member of “European Association of Research Managers and Administrators” (EARMA), ACPC “Annual Conference Program Committee”.

She was Deputy Chair of “Norwegian Network for Administration and Research Management” (NARMA) 2018-2022, and was a Board member of NARMA 2015-2022. She established and championed the ‘NARMA Research Evaluation’ and the ‘NARMA Open Science’ Special Interest Groups.

Colin O’Brien-Lux

Colin O’Brien-Lux directs strategic partnerships and community engagement for UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. He works hand-in-hand with public and private organizations on initiatives to boost the signal — and effectiveness — of projects that confront important global and local environmental issues. Using arts engagement, live event production, strategic communications and community organizing, he aims to bring new voices and participants into a growing, informed environmental community that can effect positive change for the world.

Prior to joining IoES, Colin directed, wrote, produced, organized and performed in public arts events for Collaborative Arts L.A. (cARTel)—everything from avant garde clown shows to 6,000-person music and arts festivals. He was also a top community organizer for Greenpeace, the well-known and assertive environmental protection organization. A certified American Sign Language interpreter, Colin has worked with the deaf community to make public events more inclusive.

Colin holds a bachelor’s degree in Theater from UCLA. When he’s not working, he writes and produces electronic and experimental noise music, attends concerts and immersive theater productions, and spends free time camping, hiking and exploring the culinary landscape of Los Angeles and California.

Ms Maryke Hunter-Husselmann

Maryke is the Director: Research Information and Strategy at the Division for Research Development (DRD), Stellenbosch University (SU). She has been involved in research management for 17 years now and has made a considerable contribution to research management practices not only at SU, but also through her involvement in communities of practice and knowledge production in the field, nationally and internationally. She has a M Phil in Social Research Methodology, SU. In her current role, Maryke is responsible for the promotion of research partnerships with science councils and other strategic partners at a national level, the facilitation of activities that promote SU`s strategic research themes, research-related information and policy development, research audits and landscape analyses, and the development of science communication and other relevant research marketing material at SU. She also teaches in the Postgraduate Diploma in Research Management and the MPhil in Science and Technology Studies at the Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology (CREST) at SU. Maryke served on the executive committee of SARIMA as portfolio member since 2009, as Vice President: Capacity Building and Professionalisation between 2012-2013 and as Vice President: Research between 2014 – 2015. She is a member of the South African Academy for Science and Arts and an associate member of the Organisation of Women in Science in the Developing World (OWSD). In 2016, she received the DST-SARIMA Excellence Award in the category Distinguished Contribution to the Research Management profession and in 2019, the Stellenbosch University Chancellor`s Award for Research and Professional Services. She is passionate about the development of research management as a profession in Southern Africa and have been involved in various collaborative projects related to RM capacity building such as the EU funded RIMI4AC project, the StoRM project as well as more recently the TreMOR project, funded by the African Academy of Sciences

Poh Phaik Eong

Poh is an Associate Professor in the School of Engineering and also the Director of Research Excellence Unit in Monash University Malaysia, with the role of providing strategic leadership to the Research Excellence Unit and high level support to the Vice-President (Research) in achieving Monash University Malaysia’s research targets, objectives and aspirations. She led the Research Excellence Unit since 2021 after the campus research management undertook a reform exercise. The Research Excellence Unit manages the following functions: (i) pre and post awards, (ii) project monitoring and reporting, (iii) research skills development for academic and professional staff, (iv) research data and (v) IP and commercialisation as well asl (vi) research infrastructure activities within the Monash University Malaysia campus. Poh is committed to uplift the capabilities of research administrators and managers in Malaysia. She also currently serves as the Secretary of The Malaysia Association of Research Managers and Administrators.

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