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About: Governance and Administration

IOCD is registered as an international NGO in Namur, Belgium and complies with Belgian law regarding its constitution, formal functions and annual reporting on its activities and financing. The Secretariat is currently located at the University of Namur (FUNDP).

General Assembly

The General Assembly is constituted by periodic elections and currently comprises the ‘Board’ of officers of the organization (President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, Executive Director) as well as five additional members and two observers. The Board has executive authority devolved from the General Assembly and can decide on all matters except:
  • approval of budgets and accounts
  • appointment and resignation of directors
  • modification of the articles of association
  • liquidation of the organization
The membership of the General Assembly and Board is currently as follows:


  • Vivian Yam (Hong Kong, China) General Assembly; and Board: President
  • Catherine Ngila (Kenya) General Assembly; and Board: Vice-President for Emerging Economies
  • Régis Réau (France) General Assembly; and Board: Vice-President for Industry
  • Stephen Matlin (UK) General Assembly; and Board: Secretary and Vice-President for External Relations
  • Philippe Lambin (Belgium) General Assembly; and Board: Treasurer
  • Federico Rosei (Canada/Italy) General Assembly; and Board: Executive Director


  • Concepción Jiménez-González (Mexico/USA) General Assembly member
  • Luisa Torsi (Italy) General Assembly member
  • Vânia Gomes Zuin (Brazil) General Assembly member


  • Alain Krief (Tunisia/France/Belgium) General Assembly Observer and Executive Director Emeritus
  • Carlos Rius (Mexico) General Assembly Observer
  • Michael Tempesta (USA) General Assembly Observer

Prof. Vivian Wing-Wah YAM, President, IOCD
Room 504, Chong Yuet Ming Chemistry Building
The University of Hong Kong
Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong


Federico Rosei became IOCD's fourth Executive Director in January 2021. He is assisted in this work by the Treasurer, Philippe Lambin (Belgium) and Secretary and Head of the Strategic Development, Stephen Matlin (UK).
Prof Federico Rosei
Executive Director, IOCD
Centre for Energy, Materials and Telecommunications
Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique
Université du Québec
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