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Steering Committee

CHAIR: Daniel S. Katz, Chief Scientist, National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), University of Illinois, USA

Juan Bicarregui, Head of the Data Division, Scientific Computing Department, Science and Technology Facilities Council, UK

Neil Chue Hong, Director, Software Sustainability Institute, University of Edinburgh, UK

Mark Leggott, Director of International Relations, Digital Research Alliance of Canada

Eva Mendez, Associate Professor, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain

Chris Mentzel, Executive Director, Data Sciences, Stanford Data Science Initiative, Stanford University, USA

Andrew Treloar, Director, Platforms and Software, Australian Research Data Commons, Australia

Joris van Eijnatten, General Director, Netherlands eScience Center, Netherlands

Lou Woodley, Director, Center for Scientific Collaboration and Community Engagement, UK


An open call for Steering Committee members occurred in 2020 to add new members. Previous Steering Committee members:


Tania Allard, Co-Director, Quansight, UK (2021)

Serah Njambi Rono, Director of Community Development and Engagement, The Carpentries, Estonia (2021)

Karthik Ram, Senior Research Data Scientist at University of California, Berkeley, USA (2019-2021)

Catherine Jones, Energy Data Centre Lead, Science and Technologies Facilities Council, UK (2019-2020)

Scott Henwood, Senior Director, Programs, CANARIE, Canada (2019)

ReSA Team

Dr Michelle Barker

Dr Michelle Barker

Lives in Australia

Michelle co-founded ReSA in 2019 and brings extensive expertise in open science, research software, skills and infrastructure. As a sociologist, Michelle is passionate about building collaborative partnerships to achieve system change. Listen to her talk about her work on the RSE Stories podcast.

She serves on advisory boards for FAIR Impact, Research Sofware Engineers Asia Association, SBGrid, and the Research Data Alliance Organisational Advisory Board. As a consultant in the field of open science her roles have included chairing the OECD Expert Group on digital skills for the research sector and co-editing the European Open Science Cloud report, Digital Skills for FAIR and Open Science.

Michelle is a former Director of the Australian Research Data Commons, where she led the strategic planning for the Australian government’s $180 million, five-year investment in ARDC, the national research software infrastructure investment program.

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Saranjeet Kaur Bhogal

Saranjeet Kaur Bhogal

Asia Community Manager
Lives in India

Saranjeet joined ReSA in 2023 to support community growth in Asia, funded by a grant from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.

Saranjeet is a Software Sustainability Institute Fellow 2023, has a Masters degree in statistics from the University of Pune, and is a Technical Writer for the R Development Guide. She has been involved with software engineering communities throughout her career and has been selected in open source programs including Google Summer of Code 2020, Code for Science and Society’s Digital Infrastructure Incubator 2021, Google Season of Docs 2022, and as a Subject Matter Expert for the Open Science Tools and Resources Module of NASA TOPS. In 2021, she participated in the Open Life Science program (cohort-4), during which she co-founded the Research Software Engineering (RSE) Asia Association. For her work in the RSE community, she was awarded the RSE Impact Award 2022 at the Inaugural Community Awards by the Society of RSE.

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Kim Hartley

Kim Hartley

Community Manager
Lives in Canada

Kim joined ReSA in 2022, with support from the Digital Research Alliance of Canada, to facilitate the Research Software Funders Forum, a formal mechanism for international funding organisations to collaborate. Kim supports the Funders Forum by engaging the community in collaborative activities designed to share practices and address common challenges, with the intention of advancing the research software ecosystem. Her part-time role is funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

A social anthropologist by training, Kim brings a passion for understanding the ways in which people live in different social and cultural settings globally to her work managing communities. She has extensive experience in academic research administration, including managing research ethics boards, advising diverse stakeholders, and building partnerships. Through her work in the broader public sector, Kim has facilitated a variety of research, scholarly, and creative activities.

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Alicia Lochard

Alicia Lochard

Fiscally Sponsored Projects Program Manager at CS&S
Lives in United States

Alicia Lochard is the Fiscally Sponsored Projects Program Manager at Code for Science and Society (CS&S), which is ReSA’s fiscal sponsor. CS&S partner with leaders across public interest technology through comprehensive fiscal sponsorship. Projects in the fiscal sponsorship program are supported with financial and operational services. Their approach includes strategic support to develop governance, sustainability, and community strategies.

Alicia’s experience includes operations and knowledge management, human resources and recruitment, learning and development, and process design in a variety of nonprofit and research organisations. She is passionate about designing transparent, supportive systems and processes that enable knowledge sharing and learning in community. She is a co-founder of the Black Cultural Studies Collective, a Black feminist working group that promotes open knowledge practices and creative methods in research about Black life and culture among artists, academics, librarians, curators and students. Prior to CS&S, Alicia was a researcher at the University of Pennsylvania and Brooklyn College/CUNY.

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Paula Andrea Martinez

Paula Andrea Martinez

Lives in Brisbane, Australia

Paula joined ReSA in 2021 to support the growing community of ReSA and the FAIR4RS working group. Her activities reflect current emphasis on project management and program development as the community starts to mature. Her part-time role with ReSA is currently supported by the Australian Research Data Commons, and previously by grants from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the Wellcome Trust.

She has also been a Steering Committee member of the Research Software Engineers Association of Australia and New Zealand and a co-host of the Visible Research Software Interest Group since 2022. Within these communities she develops strategies to support the growth and sustainability. Her extensive community work with FAIR4RS working group, The Carpentries, RLadies Brisbane and rOpenSci, also demonstrate her ability to triage and prioritise tasks to achieve both personal and professional goals. Paula has experience working across a broad program of activities and supporting domains from bioinformatics to social networking. She is used to working with remote and distributed teams and facilitating collaborations internationally.

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Africa Community Engagement Partner
Lives in South Africa

Talarify joined ReSA 2023 to support community growth in Africa, with funding by a grant from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.

The South African-based consulting company has been involved in numerous continental initiatives related to research software, including The Carpentries, Africa R Users, and afrimapr. It has also been engaged in global Research Software Engineering (RSE) initiatives such as the International RSE Survey, and since 2022 has led RSSE-Africa meetups, member showcases, and more. Through their involvement in these initiatives, the Talarify team has learned much about the local communities and has established connections with researchers involved in coding and research infrastructure across the continent.

The Talarify team is Anelda van der Walt (Executive director), Nomalungelo Maphanga (Project manager and data science mentor), and Noxolo Chalale (Marketing and community engagement manager). Anelda has a background in bioinformatics and 20 years of experience bridging the Global North and South. Noma is qualified as a chemical engineer, codes in Python and R and is growing her research software skills. Noxolo brings expertise from 10+ years in media and digital marketing.

Email Anelda at Talarify.