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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, European Virtual Institute for Research Software Excellence (EVERSE), Research Software Engineers Asia Association, 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, and the national research software infrastructure investment program.

Email Michelle Barker.

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.

Email Saranjeet Kaur Bhogal.

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.

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.

Email Kim Hartley.

Jessica Hardwicke

Jessica Hardwicke

Co-Director of Fiscally Sponsored Projects at CS&S
Lives in United States

Jessica Hardwicke is a Co-Director of the Fiscal Sponsorship Program 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.

Email CS&S.



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.

Talarify executive director, Anelda van der Walt has a background in bioinformatics and 20 years of experience in supporting the development of digital and computational research skills and communities and bridging the Global North and South.

Email Anelda at Talarify.