International Biometric Society Committees

IBS is composed of standing committees and ad hoc committees. All committee members must be members of the Society. Prior to their appointments by the Executive Board, new committee Chairs and members must indicate in writing their willingness to serve and to adhere to the Society’s Conflict-of-Interest Policy. Further information regarding any committee may be obtained by contacting the International Biometric Office. Committee reports are available to current members upon request. 

Standing Committees

Awards Fund Committee

The primary purpose of the Awards Fund Committee is to promote biometric activity in those areas of the world approved by the council as “lower and middle-income countries.” The committee is encouraged to coordinate with the Education Committee in planning its work.

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Name Region Term Start Term End
Dan K. Kajungu, Chair  Ugandan Region  01/01/2014  12/31/2021
Julia Maria Pavan Soler  Brazilian Region  01/01/2018  12/31/2021
Satoshi Morita  Japanese Region  01/01/2014  12/31/2021
Denis Melvin Enachescu  Romanian Region  01/01/2014  12/31/2021
Maria Durban  Spanish Region  01/01/2014  12/31/2021
Dionne Price  ENAR  01/01/2018  12/31/2021
Maryam Asim  Pakistani Region  01/01/2016  12/31/2023
Vilda Purutcuoglu EMR  01/01/2016  12/31/2023
Rolando De La Cruz Chilean Region  01/01/2020  12/31/2023
Girma Aweke Taye Ethiopian Region 01/01/2020 12/31/2023
Ruth Keogh, ex-officio Board Member
Maria Gabriela, ex-officio Board Member

Committee on Communications

The Committee on Communications identifies and prioritizes communication issues and opportunities in close cooperation with the International Business Office (IBO) and the Regions. The IBO is responsible for technical implementation, working with the Committee to make recommendations to the Executive Board. Areas of responsibility include, but are not limited to, web site functionality and content for IBS members and for the general public, social networking opportunities, determining the broad content themes and distribution method for the Biometric Bulletin, and on-line membership directory functionality and content. The IBS Executive Director and Secretary/Treasurer serve in ex-officio capacities.

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Name Region Term Start Term End
Stephanie Roll, Chair German Region 1/1/2016 12/31/2023
Kathy Ruggiero Australasian Region 1/1/2016 12/31/2021
Reinhard Vonthein German Region 1/1/2014 12/31/2021
Takashi Omori Japanese Region 1/1/2020 12/31/2021
Bhaskarapillai Binukumar Indian Region 1/1/2018 12/31/2021
Jessica Martha Vera Bermudez Ecuadorian Region 1/1/2018 12/31/2021
Cherlynn Dumbura Zimbabwean Region 1/1/2016 12/31/2023
Clelia Di Serio Italian Region 1/1/2020 12/31/2023
Caroline Mugo Kenyan Region 1/1/2020 12/31/2023
Alexander Kaizer ENAR 1/1/2020 12/31/2023
Ajit Sahai, ex-officio Biometric Bulletin Editor
Karen Bandeen-Roche, ex-officio Board Member
Amy Herring, ex-officio Board Member
Catherine Wilson Staff Liaison

Conference Advisory Committee

The Conference Advisory Committee shall research locations and encourage Regions of interest to submit proposals to host an international conference. The Committee will recommend dates and locations for future international conferences and wherever possible co-ordinate these with meetings of other statistical societies. A recommendation for the site of the next International Biometric Conference (IBC) should be made at least four years in advance of the conference date. The Committee recommends to the Executive Board policies regarding IBCs which are to be included in the Manual for the Organization of International Biometric Conferences. The Conference Advisory Committee shall have not more than half its members drawn from the Representative Council. The Chair of the Local Organizing Committee of each of the immediate, past, and next International Biometric Conference serve as ex-officio Members of the Committee. The Executive Director and the Secretary-Treasurer serve as non-voting ex-officio Members.

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Name Region Term Start Term End
Satoshi Hattori, Chair Japanese Region 1/1/2016 12/31/2023
Andrew Zhou Chinese Region 1/1/2014 12/31/2021
Ross Darnell Australasian Region 1/1/2014 12/31/2021
Layla Parast WNAR 1/1/2018 12/31/2021
Fernando Aguate Argentinian Region 1/1/2018 12/31/2021
Ntonghanwah Forcheh Botswana Region 1/1/2018 12/31/2021
Florian Frommlet Austro-Swiss Region 1/1/2018 12/31/2021
Ziad Taib Nordic-Baltic Region 1/1/2016 12/31/2023
Catherine Legrand Belgian Region 1/1/2020 12/31/2023
Paul Albert ENAR 1/1/2020 12/31/2023
Krista Fisher, ex-officio IBC2022, Co-Chair
Andrejs Ivanovs, ex-officio IBC2022, Co-Chair
Tae Rim Lee, ex-officio IBC2020, Co-Chair
Taesung Park, ex-officio IBC2020, Co-Chair
Freedom Gumedze, ex-officio Executive Board
Iris Pigeot-Kübler, ex-officio Executive Board
Vicente A Nunez-Anton, ex-officio Secretary/Treasurer
Peter Doherty, ex-officio Executive Director and Staff Liaison

Editorial Advisory Committee

The primary purpose of the Editorial Advisory Committee is to provide advice on the formulation of general editorial policy for all publications of the Society. The Editorial Advisory Committee shall consist of a Chair and nine members. This membership should be representative of the various scientific interests of the Society’s membership. In addition, the Editorial Advisory Committee includes all the Editors of each journal of the Society as ex-officio members with the full rights and duties of other Committee members.

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Name Region Term Start Term End
Hans-Peter Piepho, Chair German Region 1/1/2016 12/31/2023
Esa Läärä Nordic-Baltic Region 1/1/2014 12/31/2021
Andrea Lavalle Argentinian Region 1/1/2018 12/31/2021
Tomasz Burzykowski Polish Region 1/1/2018 12/31/2021
Rebecca Hubbard ENAR 1/1/2018 12/31/2021
Peter Njuho South African Region 1/1/2016 12/31/2023
Ruth King British and Irish Region 1/1/2016 12/31/2023
Liliana Lopez Kleine Central American/Caribbean Region 1/1/2016 12/31/2023
Ronald Geskus The Netherlands 1/1/2020 12/31/2023
Frank Bretz, ex-officio Executive Board
Chris M. Triggs, ex-officio Executive Board
Brian Reich, ex-officio Editor, JABES
Geert Molenberghs, ex-officio Executive Editor, Biometrics
Mark Brewer, ex-officio Co-Editor, Biometrics
Alan Welsh, ex-officio Co-Editor, Biometrics
William Rosenberger, ex-officio Co-Editor, Biometrics
Kristina Wolford Staff Liaison

Education Committee

The Education Committee implements the educational vision of the Society, as identified by the Executive Board and with feedback from the Representative Council. The principal mission is to ensure proper educational measures are taken to foster the biometric profession in general and the International Biometric Society in particular. The Education Committee Chair assigns specific tasks to the various committee members. The Committee consists of ten members, including the Chair. The Executive Director and the Editorial Representative (staffed by the International Business Office) serve in an ex-officio role. Whereas other Committee Members may have specific duties, ex-officio members serve in a general liaison role.

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Name Region Term Start Term End
Annette Kopp-Schneider, Chair German Region 1/1/2016 12/31/2023
Pascale Tubert-Bitter French Region 1/1/2014 12/31/2021
Ethelbert Nduka Nigerian Region 1/1/2018 12/31/2021
Taesung Park Korean Region 1/1/2016 12/31/2023
Jaakko Nevalainen Nordic-Baltic Region 1/1/2016 12/31/2023
Kazue Yamaoka Japanese Region 1/1/2016 12/31/2023
Jim Todd Tanzanian Region 1/1/2016 12/31/2023
Luiz Ricardo Nakamura Brazilian Region 1/1/2020 12/31/2023
Dimitris Rizopoulos The Netherlands 1/1/2020 12/31/2023
Joshua M. Tebbs ENAR 1/1/2020 12/31/2023
Joel Greenhouse, ex-officio Executive Board
Taerim Lee, ex-officio Executive Board
Kristina Wolford Staff Liaison

Budget and Finance Committee

The Budget and Finance Committee is responsible for recommendations concerning all financial and related matters of the Society. The Finance Committee also has financial oversight responsibilities. The Members shall be from at least four different Regions of the Society where possible. In addition, the Secretary/Treasurer serves as an ex-officio Member with the rights and responsibilities of a Committee Member. The Executive Director serves in an advisory but non-voting capacity.

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Name Region Term Start Term End
Nandita Mitra, Chair ENAR 1/1/2018 12/31/2021
Marinus Eijkemans (Rene) The Netherlands 1/1/2014 12/31/2021
Henry Kissinger Ochieng Athiany Kenyan Region 1/1/2018 12/31/2021
Jialiang Li Singapore 1/1/2016 12/31/2023
David Zucker EMR 1/1/2016 12/31/2023
Marc Henrion Malawi 1/1/2020 12/31/2023
Katarina Kechris WNAR 1/1/2020 12/31/2023
Nuria Porta Bleda Spanish Region 1/1/2020 12/31/2023
Guido Knapp German Region 1/1/2020 12/31/2023
Vicente A. Nunez-Anton, ex-officio Secretary-Treasurer
Krista Fischer, ex-officio Executive Board
Sarah J. Ratcliffe, ex-officio Executive Board
Peter Doherty, ex-officio Executive Director and Staff Liaison

Ad Hoc Committees

Nominating Committee

The Representative Council Chair is responsible for forming a Nominating Committee from among the members of the Representative Council immediately after each election of new Representative Council members. The committee is responsible for selecting a slate of nominees for officers and directors for election by all members of the Society. Nominating Committee members serve a term of two years, and may be eligible to sit for a second term. 

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Name Region Term Start Term End
Louise Ryan, Chair Australasian Region 1/1/2021 12/31/2022
Ikuko Funatogawa Japanese Region 7/1/2019 6/30/2023
Pablo Daniel Reeb Argentinean Region 7/1/2019 6/30/2023
Meinhard Kieser German Region 7/1/2019 6/30/2023
Elizabeth Juarez-Colunga WNAR 7/1/2019 6/30/2023
Nandita Mitra ENAR 7/1/2021 6/30/2023
Caroline Wanja Mugo Kenyan Region 7/1/2021 6/30/2023

International Program Committee

The International Program Committee is charged with the planning and direction of the scientific facets of the International Biometric Conference. The Members of the Committee shall be appointed by the Organizing President for that Conference, in consultation with the International Program Committee Chair, and shall include Member representative of the overall scientific interests and geographical spread of the Society. It shall also include a representative from the Local Organizing Committee.

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Name Region Start Term End Term
Kerrie Mengersen, Chair Australasian 1/1/2021 12/31/2022
Renato Assunção, Past Chair Brazilian 1/1/2017 12/31/2022
Krista Fischer, LOC Co-Chair Nordic-Baltic 1/1/2021 12/31/2022
Emanuele Del Fava Italian 1/1/2021 12/31/2022
Takashi Daimon Japanese 1/1/2021 12/31/2022
Jelle Goeman Netherlands 1/1/2021 12/31/2022
Linda Haines  South Africa 1/1/2021 12/31/2022
Leonhard Held Austro-Swiss 1/1/2021 12/31/2022
Ruth Keogh British-Irish 1/1/2021 12/31/2022
Andy Lynch British-Irish 1/1/2021 12/31/2022
Raul Macchiavelli Central American - Caribbean 1/1/2021 12/31/2022
Beatrijs (Bieke) Moerkerke Belgian 1/1/2021 12/31/2022
Samuel Mwalili Kenyan 1/1/2021 12/31/2022
Henry Mwambi South African 1/1/2021 12/31/2022
Darfiana Nur Australasian 1/1/2021 12/31/2022
Byeong Uk Park Korean 1/1/2021 12/31/2022
Luiz Alexandre Peternelli Brazilian 1/1/2021 12/31/2022
Eva Petkova Eastern North American 1/1/2021 12/31/2022
Iris Pigeot German 1/1/2021 12/31/2022
Juned Siddique Eastern North American 1/1/2021 12/31/2022
Jim Todd Tanzanian 1/1/2021 12/31/2022
You-Gan Wang Australasian 1/1/2021 12/31/2022
David Warton Australasian 1/1/2021 12/31/2022
David Zucker Eastern Mediterranean 1/1/2021 12/31/2022
Pablo Reeb Argentinean 1/1/2021 12/31/2022
Kristina Wolford Staff Liaison
Supporting Committee Members
Annibale Biggeri Italy
Clarice Demetrio Brazil
Christel Faes Belgium
Samuel Manda South Africa
Martina Mittlboeck Austria
Miranda Mortlock Australia
Pere Puig Casado Spain
Lola Ugarte Martinez Spain

Local Organizing Committee

The Local Organizing Committee (LOC) is charged with finalizing plans for the social programme for every International Biometric Conference, including an evening welcome reception, a fun reception for students and early career researchers, exciting tours and excursions, and a Gala Dinner. The LOC's primary goal is to bring a memorable local flavor to each IBC. 

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Name Committee Role Term Start Term End
Krista Fischer Co-Chair 1/1/2020 12/31/2022
Andrejs Ivanovs Co-Chair 1/1/2020 12/31/2022
Līga Hartpenga Committee Member 1/1/2020 12/31/2022
Diāna Baltmane Committee Member 1/1/2020 12/31/2022
Jānis Valeinis Committee Member 1/1/2020 12/31/2022
Māra Delesa-Vēliņa Committee Member 1/1/2020 12/31/2022
Artis Luguzis Committee Member 1/1/2020 12/31/2022
Biruta Sloka Committee Member 1/1/2020 12/31/2022
Peter Doherty Staff Liaison
Kerry Mengersen International Program Chair, Ex-officio

Website and Membership Advisory Committee

The ad hoc Website and Membership Advisory Committee began its work in 2019, and is responsible for oversight and testing of the new IBS website. Specific projects addressed by the committee include, among other things, the the design, content and flow of information for the new website. Term ending dates listed are approximate. Comments and suggestions related to the new website are welcome!

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Name Region Term Start Term End
Jürgen Kübler, Chair German Region 2/1/2019 2/1/2021
Nuria Porta Spanish Region 2/1/2019 2/1/2021
Raul Macchiavelli Central American & Caribbean Region 2/1/2019 2/1/2021
Dimitris Karlis Eastern Mediterranean Region 2/1/2019 2/1/2021
Alan Welsh Australasian Region 2/1/2019 2/1/2021
Paulo Canas Rodrigues Brazilian Region 2/1/2019 2/1/2021
Rhian Daniel British Irish Region 2/1/2019 2/1/2021
Werner Brannath German Region 2/1/2019 2/1/2021
Jim Todd Tanzanian Region 2/1/2019 2/1/2021
Kyungmann Kim ENAR Region 2/1/2019 2/1/2021
Danielle Jade Roberts South African 2/1/2019 2/1/2021
Daniel Farewell  British Irish Region 2/1/2019 2/1/2021
Emi Tanaka  Australasian Region 2/1/2019 2/1/2021
Sayumdipta Pyne  ENAR 2/1/2019 2/1/2021
Peter Doherty Staff Liaison

IBS/ISI Committee

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Name Term Start Term End
Geert Molenberghs  Chair
Niels Keiding ISI Ambassador to the IBS
Freedom Nkululeko Gumedze

IBS Ambassador to ISI
Olivia van Dijck-Timbol  ISI Ambassador to IBS
Alice Richardson IBS Ambassador to ISI
Peter Doherty, ex-officio International Biometric Office