The INORMS Working group comprises:

Linsey Dickson (Chair)

Linsey Dickson is Director of Research Services at the University of Stirling. In her role she leads the delivery and enhancement of effective research support services, and contributes substantially to the development, implementation and delivery of the University’s Research Strategy and broader institutional strategic objectives. Prior to her role as Director, Linsey was the Head of Research Funding. Linsey has also held various posts within research management and administration at Heriot-Watt University and Edinburgh College of Art. She has experience of most areas of research management and administration and in particular pre-award management, research intelligence and policy and strategy development.

Linsey was previously on the Board of Directors for ARMA and held positions as Director of Conference and Chair of the Professional Development Committee.

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 incoming President of the Canadian Association of Research Administrators (CARA).

Emily Kotay

Emily Kotay serves as the Assistant Director of International Research in Research Development Services at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona, USA. She is a member of NORDP: the National Organization of Research Development Professionals and represents NORDP, with Kim Patten, on the INORMS Working Group.

Emily’s primary focus as the Assistant Director of International Research is developing strong international research collaborations, building bridges between internal and external partners. Emily also supports faculty in developing international research projects and proposals. In her role as Fulbright Scholar Liaison, Emily has supported dozens of faculty with successful Fulbright Scholar and Fulbright Specialist applications, boosting the University of Arizona’s overall participation in the Fulbright program, and contributing to UArizona’s success as a Fulbright Top Producer.

Prior to joining Research Development Services, Emily focused on international partnership development at the University of Arizona to enhance research opportunities for faculty and educational opportunities for students. From 2007-2009, Emily served as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Ukraine, where she taught English and conducted youth development and community engagement projects for more than two years. In 2022, Emily was selected to participate in Fulbright Germany’s International Education Administration seminar, where she engaged in exchanges with German counterparts on the German and U.S. higher education systems, research opportunities, and faculty support. Emily holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of Kansas, and a Bachelor of Arts from Mount Holyoke College in anthropology.

Felix Wittleben

Felix Wittleben is a Research Manager at the Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science (LIACS) at Leiden University, Netherlands. He has developed a small project office at the institute to support researchers at the pre- and post-award level, as well as covering all aspects of research administration. In addition, he is supporting the institute management on strategic development on national and international funding. Within the university, he is active promoting and developing the RMA profession.

Felix is a board member of the Association for Research Managers and Administrators – Netherlands (ARMA-NL), responsible for sponsorship and in general working on promoting and developing the professional network within the Netherlands.

 He has a background in Molecular Genetics and received his PhD working on Horizontal Gene Transfer at Leiden University, Netherlands.


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.

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 $400 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.

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.

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 was the leader of the International Working Group of the Research Manager and Administrator Network Japan (RMAN-J) between 2016 and 2021. 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 the 2021 INORMS World Congress and served as INORMS secretariat (2021-2023)

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.

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. 

Dr Tan Hsiao Wei

Tan Hsiao Wei has worked in the field of Research Management for more than eight years. She started her research management career in the Institute of Research Management & Services (IPPP), Universiti Malaya, immediately after she graduated with her Ph.D. degree in colloidal chemistry in 2013.

Her first position at the Policy & Strategy Unit required skills to identify international grants opportunities and facilitate the application; analyse research outputs and performance to support the development of the university’s research strategies and policies. The experience gained in 5 years of service at the unit has broadened her governance and administration skills.

Now, as the Head of the Research Management Policy and Strategy Unit, she is tasked to manage the research management policies and guidelines of the University, develop projects to study the needs for research management skills enhancement, and perform analyses related to University research performance to support the development of the University’s research strategies and policies.

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.

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