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Global Engagement Committee

Committee members



Committee Role

Ligia Pérez-Cruz

Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico

Committee Chair

Mei Zheng

Peking University Vice Chair

Andrew Oke-'Ovie Akala

University of Lagos


Noor Ahmad Akhundzadah

Cornell University (University of Kabul)


Mercedes Maria da Cunha Bustamante

University of Brasília


Kalpana Chaudhari

Institute for Sustainable Development and Research


Ranojit Dutta

City University


Yaniv Edery

Technion-Israel Institute of Technology


Xin Li

Chinese Academy of Sciences


Nebila Lichiheb



Sebastian Naeher

GNS Science


Renata Netto

Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos


Lydia Olaka

University of Nairobi


Melanie Sieber

University of Potsdam


Iain Stewart

Plymouth University


Janice Lachance


Staff Partner; Interim Executive Director/CEO

Mark Shimamoto


Staff Partner; 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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