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Global Engagement Committee

Committee members



Committee Role

Ligia Pérez-Cruz

Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico Committee Chair;
North America

Luisa Molina

Molina Center for Energy and the Environment Vice Chair;
North America

Huixin Liu

Kyushu University

Member; Asia-Pacific

Sagarika Mukhopadhyay

Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee

Member; Asia-Pacific

Andrew Pitman

University of South Wales

Member; Asia-Pacific

Kaicun Wang

Beijing Normal University

Member; Asia-Pacific

Araya Asfaw

Addis Ababa University

Member; Africa

Siaka Dembele

Institut d’Economie Rurale

Member; Africa

Olivier Obrou

University of Cocody

Member; Africa

Victoria C. Honour

University of Cambridge

Member; Europe

Stefano Orlandini

University of Modena and Reggio Emilia

Member; Europe

Brian Berkowitz

Weizmann Institute of Science

Member; Middle East

Bernardo Bastien

University of California, Davis

Member; North America

Beatriz Gallardo-Lacourt

University of Calgary

Member; North America

Jean Ometto

National Institute for Space Research

Member; South America

Janice Lachance


Staff Partner; Executive Vice President, Strategic & Organizational Excellence

Mark Shimamoto


Staff Partner; Assistant Director, Global Outreach Programs

Committee charge.

The Global Engagement Committee is charged with interacting with AGU leaders to facilitate discussions among the Board, Council, committees, and task forces regarding how best to achieve AGU’s international objectives. The Global Engagement Committee identifies potential AGU partnerships and relationships with other local and international Earth and space societies that could advance AGU’s international objectives. The committee provides engagement and communication with AGU members who reside outside the United States.

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Key initiatives

  • 1
    Facilitate relationship-building with priority country ministries, agencies, and societies to extend scientists’ engagement in AGU’s programs and services and identify potential partnerships that could better support international scientists.
  • 2
    Provide advice and support to AGU’s program and service areas for integration and execution of AGU’s international objectives.
  • 3
    Focus on international meeting partnerships, increased international editorial representation, and new international specific program development (e.g., distinguished lecture series).
  • 4
    Together with other relevant committees and staff, explore policies, processes, and systems for ways to improve ease of use, support cultural differences, and make AGU a more welcoming environment for non-U.S. members and scientists.
  • 5
    Work with other relevant committee/task forces and staff to advance the international perspective with ongoing strategic conversations such as diversity in honors and recognition, identification of leaders, and affiliation and engagement with AGU.
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