The INORMS Working group comprises:

Linsey Dickson

Linsey Dickson is Head of Research Funding within Research & Innovation Services at the University of Stirling, with responsibility for leading a team focussing on research development and supporting the delivery of increased grant capture. Linsey has also held various posts within research management and administration at Heriot-Watt University and Edinburgh College of Art.

Linsey has experience of most areas of research management and administration and in particular pre-award management, research intelligence and policy and strategy development. She represents ARMA on the Research Organisations Consultation Group which advices the Research Councils on all aspects of research funding administration and policy. She is passionate about professional development and supporting those working within research and research support.

Before taking up her role at Director, Qualifications she was Director without portfolio and has been a member of the Training & Development committee for 4 years before chairing this committee for a year. Linsey currently chairs the Professional Development committee and as part of this works closely with a number of our sister associations, such as EARMA, SRAi and CARA and INORMS as well as related professional bodies such as Vitae and ACU.

Aline Pacifico

Aline Pacifico is the former (2016-2018) and current (2019-2020) President of Brazilian Research Administration and Management Association (BRAMA), 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.

She holds a degree in Public Relations and an MBA degree in Strategic and Economic Management of Projects. She has been working for 18 years in the field of Research Administration in Healthcare Systems and Hospitals.

She is also member of the Society of Research Administrators International (SRA International) and holds a member representative role at International Network of Research Management Societies (INORMS).

Annedorte Vad

Annedorte Vad is President of the Danish association for Research Managers and Administrators – DARMA. She has worked with RMA since the mid 1990’s. Her career started in a large-scale research project at the University of Copenhagen, since she became an Adviser in the Danish Ministry of Science where she was also a National Contact Point for the FP6 and FP7 programme. In 2007 Annedorte was headhunted by Copenhagen Business School to build the central research support she is now heading. Annedorte has vast experience of board work. She was on the first elected board of DARMA (from 2009 to 2013) and has been on the board of SRA International since 2014 where she has also been the President of the SRAI International Section. She was among the inaugural recipients of the INORMS award for excellence in Research Management Leadership in 2018.

Deborah Zornes

Dr. Deborah Zornes is the Director, Research Services at Royal Roads University and has been working in research administration and management since the 1990s. In her capacity as Director she is responsible for strategic and operational directions of research administration and support at the university, working with faculty to find research opportunities, assisting in the development submission of proposals, and the management and reporting of research activities. Deborah is also the current President of the Canadian Association of Research Administrators (CARA). She holds a PhD from the University of Victoria (Canada) in Interdisciplinary Studies and her research interests focus on: 1) evaluating and measuring research effectiveness and quality, including outputs, outcomes and impacts; 2) the impact of corporatization on the university and the research undertaken/supported and what this means for the role of the university in society; and 3) research administration as a profession. Deborah also teaches research methods at the graduate level.

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 Head of Research Office at University of Southern Denmark. He has a background in Computer Science and Danish Language. He has been working with research strategy and research planning. He was involved in building up four very successful research support units. He was advisor for Rectors of the Danish Technical University, University of Copenhagen and the former Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University. He was responsible for the cross-faculty follow-up of the Danish university merger in 2007. He was Head of the Nordic Association of University Administrators Working Group for Research Administrators. Jan Andersen is an expert on the EU framework programs. Jan Andersen was as Board Member and co-founder of the Danish Association of Research Managers and Administrators. Jan Andersen was hosting the 2009 Annual Conference of European Association of Research Managers and Administrators, EARMA and elected Chairman for EARMA 2010-2013, and board member until 2018. From 2013-2018 Jan Andersen was Chair of the COST BESTPRAC Targeted Network, with more than 650 participants from 41 countries. Jan Andersen is the co-author of “Research Management – Europe and beyond”.

Kim Patten

Kim Patten is Assistant Vice President, Research Development at the University of Arizona. She leads a team of research development professionals that excel in supporting faculty in their pursuit of extramural funding from federal, corporate, and foundation sponsors resulting in nearly $300 million in awards to campus since 2014. Part of this success is based on a holistic view of research development and the research lifecycle with an emphasis on the societal impacts. Research Development at UArizona encompasses a variety of aspects from strategic development, federal research relationships, corporate research partnerships, and global projects in addition to intramural funding, funding opportunity communications, and limited submissions. Prior to joining UA, Patten managed projects and programs in conservation, renewable energy, and distributed data systems both nationally and internationally. As Associate Director at the Arizona Geological Survey she managed a $30m portfolio, including Co-PI on a $3.6m National Science Foundation project and project manager of a $22m U.S. Department of Energy project. Prior to her work at AZGS, she was Programs Director at a science-based non-profit organization where she helped expand the organization’s research portfolio and federal advocacy through the organizations first briefings for the House and Senate. Patten spent more than ten years in Germany and studied in Ireland.

Marieke Bootsma

Marieke Bootsma is an EU-Project Manager at the University of Utrecht, The Netherlands. At the moment she manages 2 projects at the Humanities department and one at the Science department. Previously she worked as a research coordinator and project manager at the department of Pathology of the Erasmus MC, Rotterdam, The Netherlands. She is trained in management, business administration, public and corporate communications and event organization. She is member of ARMA-NL and deputy chair of the Annual Conference Committee of ARMA-NL.

Meriel Flint-O’Kane

Meriel Flint-O’Kane is currently the Head of Business and Programme Delivery at the Association of Commonwealth Universities where she is responsible for the strategic direction, growth and high-quality delivery of ACU programmes including the DFID funded PEBL and CIRCLE programmes, the EU funded LEAP4FNSSA partnership and Waitrose funded Blue Charter fellowships.

Prior to joining the ACU Meriel held roles at Kings College London, leading the establishment and delivery of the GCRF funded PRECISE Network, and the UKRI Medical Research Council where she worked to develop and implement a wide range of the MRC’s strategic ODA funding partnerships for global health research and capacity strengthening initiatives across Asia, Africa and Latin America.

Meriel is interested in the power of global partnerships to identify and achieve shared goals. Through her career she has had the privilege of working with a diverse range of colleagues from government, higher education, NGO and private sector organisations around the world to deliver programme, funding and research activities through developing strong collaborative relationships and shared understanding. She is currently studying for a DrPH at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine with a focus on research capacity strengthening and has a BA in International Politics from the University of Leeds.

Norifumi Miyokawa

Nori (Norifumi) Miyokawa is a Senior Research Administrator at Hiroshima University and has been involved in the university’s efforts to internationalize its research activities since 2014. As a scholar, he holds the post of Visiting Fellow for Hiroshima University’s Research Institute for Higher Education. Before joining Hiroshima University, he enjoyed working for the Education Section of the Australian Embassy in Tokyo and the University Office of Global Programs at The Pennsylvania State University in the United States. He has a strong interest in the field of international education, particularly transnational academic mobility. He pursued higher learning in Japan, Australia, the UK, and Singapore, and obtained a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration at The Pennsylvania State University. Nori has been the leader of the International Working Group of the Research Manager and Administrator Network Japan (RMAN-J) since 2016. In this capacity, he has frequently represented RMAN-J at meetings of the INORMS Council as well as its Working Group and also served as the Chair of the Planning Committee of INORMS 2020 Hiroshima (which is now INORMS 2021 due to the postponement caused by COVID-19).

Paul Winkler

Dr. Paul Winkler was originally trained as a biologist and anthropologist. For nearly 20 years he worked as a researcher at the University of Göttingen. His studies were focussed on the behavioural ecology of free-living monkeys in India and Nepal. From 2000 to 2015 he worked as a research administrator at the University of Göttingen, where he became head of the research department in 2011. Before his retirement in 2017 he was for two years the administrative director of the Centre for Biodiversity and Sustainable Landuse in Göttingen. Between 2012 and 2017 he was member of the executive board of the German Research Administrators and Managers. In 2017 he became the CEO of FORTRAMA, the German Network of Research- and Transfermanagement.

Peggy Sundermeyer

Peggy Sundermeyer is Director of Sponsored Research in the Office of Academic Affairs at Trinity University, San Antonio, TX. In this position, she builds institutional capacity in grant seeking, collaborations, and partnerships. Prior to coming to Trinity she was the Executive Director of Research Advancement at the University of Minnesota. During her 18 years at the U of MN, she held a number of positions in the Office of the VP for Research. Dr. Sundermeyer also served as the Assistant Dean, M.J. Neeley School of Business, Texas Christian University, and as an instructor at the University of Texas at Arlington. She has experience as a federal contracting officer and as a consultant in policy and operations in grants and contracting. Dr. Sundermeyer has a BA in Psychology, a MBA, and an Ed.D in Organization Development.

Tania Tambiah

Tania Tambiah is a Research & Innovation Business Partner at RMIT University, 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 Training Fellow for the ARMS Foundation Level Accreditation Program and was an ARMS Board Member. She is a Member of SRA International and the International Representative on the SRA International Awards Committee.

Tanja Strøm

Tanja Strøm is a senior research adviser at Oslo Metropolitan University. She is part of the External funding team. The team is responsible for the provision of pre-award support for researchers writing competitive proposals for national and international research funding. The team includes researcher talent development and the EU-research office. Tanja is involved in the development, monitoring and reporting of research-related activities in accordance with the University’s strategy. She also provides advice on open science and the development of research publication strategies. She has a particular interest in researcher development and research evaluation.

Tanja is vice-chairman of the NARMA working committee and heads two Special Interest Groups (SIG): Bibliometrics and Open Science. Tanja is also part of the INORMS Research Evaluation Working Group

Tony Ventimiglia

Tony Ventimiglia is the Acting Executive Director of Research Administration Services at Auburn University providing oversight for the Offices of Sponsored Programs (OSP) and Proposal Services and Faculty Support (PSFS).

Tony has been working in research administration since 1999 and has volunteered in various capacities within the National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA) at both the regional and national level. Tony serves as a frequent presenter to audiences both domestic and internationally and serves as faculty for Auburn University’s COMPASS research administration certification course. Tony has served as an NCURA Board member, Secretary and is currently serving as President in 2019.

Prior to his current employment, Tony worked at the Ford Foundation in New York for seven years. Tony has a Bachelor of Arts from St. Joseph’s College (Political Science) and a Master of Professional Studies from SUNY Stony Brook (Public Affairs).

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