The Governing Board is the means by which GBIF Participants make collective decisions. Currently meeting once a year, it consists of one representative from each Participant country and organization.
Only representatives from Voting Participant Countries (those countries making a financial contribution to GBIF's central fund) have the right to vote on the Governing Board. Representatives from Associate Participants, both countries and organizations, are encouraged to attend the Governing Board and take part in its discussions, but may not vote. Further explanation of the different categories of GBIF membership can be found here.
The Governing Board has established Rules of Procedure, further elaborating on the provisions of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) regarding the structure of the board, meetings, requirements for participation and the establishment of subsidiary bodies.
For a full list of delegates to the Governing Board, see the Directory of contacts.
Countries, organizations or other international bodies that have not signed the MoU, but are interested in the activities of GBIF, may be recognized by the Governing Board as observers. A number of former Participants that have not yet signed the latest MoU are also classified as observers to the Governing Board.
The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is invited to designate a non-voting representative to the Governing Board.
The Executive Committee operates on behalf of the Governing Board when the Board is not in session and within the areas of responsibility delegated to it by the Governing Board. Among its functions are monitoring of the performance of the Secretariat in carrying out the decisions taken by the Governing Board including implementation of the Strategic Plan and the Work Programme, and management of the budget.
More information can be found in the Executive Committee's Terms of Reference.
List of current members of the GBIF Executive Committee:
Naturalis Biodiversity Center
+31 71 751 7363
+31 71 751 7367
Jorge Soberón Mainero
1st Vice Chair
Natural History Museum & Biodiversity Research Center
1345 Jayhawk Blvd.
United States of America
+1 (785) 864-3897
|1st Vice Chair|
2nd Vice Chair
University of Tokyo
Department of Systems Sciences
|2nd Vice Chair|
3rd Vice Chair
Museum national d’Histoire naturelle
Direction générale - CP 24
57, rue Cuvier
+33 1 71 21 46 58
|3rd Vice Chair|
Budget Committee Chair
GBIF.DE - Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum Berlin-Dahlem
Freie Universität Berlin
+49 30 838 501 46 (or 43)
+49 30 841 729 43
|Budget Committee Chair|
Nodes Committee Chair
Finnish Museum of Natural History
PO Box 17
|Nodes Committee Chair|
Science Committee Chair
Division of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Faculty of Biomedical and Life Science
Graham Kerr Building
University of Glasgow
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
+44 141 330 4778
+44 141 330 2792
|Science Committee Chair|
Executive Secretary (Ex-officio member)
Global Biodiversity Information Facility
+45 35 32 14 70
|Executive Secretary (Ex-officio member)|