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.
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.
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.
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.
Paula joined ReSA in 2021 to support the growing community of ReSA and the FAIR4RS working group and ReSA task force. Her input was project management and program development as the community completed its outcomes. 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 is part of the steering commitee of the Research Software Engineers Association of Australia and New Zealand and a co-host of the Visible Research Software Interest Group since 2022. She has also been a Steering Committee member of The Carpentries, RLadies Brisbane and rOpenSci maintainer. Within these communities she develops strategies to support the growth and sustainability of research software. She demonstrates her ability to triage and prioritise tasks to achieve both personal and professional goals. She is used to working with remote and distributed teams and facilitating collaborations internationally.
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.