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BGCI International Advisory Council

BGCI’s International Advisory Council provides independent advice to the Board of BGCI.

The purpose of such advice is to assist in meeting the objectives of BGCI and to offer advice on BGCI’s programmes for the implementation of the International Agenda for Botanic Gardens in Conservation, contributing to the achievement of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation.

The responsibilities of the Council include the following:

  • providing broad strategic advice on the direction, balance and relevance of BGCI’s 5 –year strategic plan, programmes and priorities;
  • supporting the BGCI Executive with advice on Congress themes and venues;
  • providing advice on the effectiveness, relevance and quality of the BGCI programmes worldwide;
  • providing a challenge function to ensure that the basis of BGCI’s programmes are consistent with its mandate and the needs of its members;
  • reviewing and advising on emerging trends and opportunities in global context;
  • providing advice on partnerships and strategic linkages between BGCI and other relevant bodies at all levels, nationally and internationally;
  • providing support for BGCI’s fund-raising efforts, including hosting donors and developing content for fund-raising materials;
  • acting as an advocate and ambassador for BGCI and the botanic garden sector more generally, particularly with policymakers and funders;
  • acting as an advocate for botanic gardens in a particular geographic, linguistic or cultural region or discipline.

Gerard T.
Donnelly

Chair of the International Advisory Council

Gerard Donnelly is the President and CEO of The Morton Arboretum. He led the establishment of ArbNet and the Chicago Region Trees Initiative.

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Christopher
Willis

Deputy Chair of the International Advisory Council

South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI)

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Graciela
Barreiro

IAC Member

Director at Jardín Botánico ‘Carlos Thays’, Argentina

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Saharah Moon Chapotin

Saharah Moon
Chapotin

IAC Member

Executive Director at United States Botanic Garden, USA

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Maite Delmas

Maïté
Delmas

IAC Member

Vice-president of Botanical Gardens of France and Francophone countries at Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, France

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Richard Deverell

Richard
Deverell

IAC Member

Director at Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, UK

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Professor Tim Entwisle

Tim
Entwisle

IAC Member

Director and Chief Executive at Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Australia

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Gunter Fischer

Gunter
Fischer

IAC Member

Head of Flora Conservation at Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden, Hong Kong, China

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Jean Francyzk

Jean
Franczyk

IAC Member

President and CEO at Chicago Botanic Garden, USA

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Yonghong Hu

Yonghong
Hu

IAC Member

Executive Director at Shanghai Chenshan Botanical Garden, China

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Matthew Jebb

Matthew
Jebb

IAC Member

Director at The National Botanic Gardens of Ireland, Ireland

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Chen Jin

Chen
Jin

IAC Member

Director at Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, CAS, China

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Kim Min
Jung

IAC Member

External Cooperation Team at Baekdudaegan National Arboretum, South Korea

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Dr Nura Abdul KARIM

Nura Abdul
Karim

IAC Member

DD/Library, Training & Ext. Relations at Singapore Botanic Garden, Singapore

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David Kikodze

David
Kikodze

IAC Member

Institute of Botany, Ilia State University, Georgia

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Pierre-Andre Loizeau

Pierre-André
Loizeau

IAC Member

Director at Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques de la Ville de Genève, Switzerland

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Gustavo Martinelli

Gustavo
Martinelli

IAC Member

Coordinator of the National Center for Plant Conservation – CNCFlora at Brazilian National Centre for Flora Conservation – CNCFlora, Brazil

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Mary Pat Matheson

Mary Pat
Matheson

IAC Member

Anna and Hays Mershon President and Chief Executive Officer at Atlanta Botanical Garden. USA

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Simon Milne

Simon
Milne

IAC Member

Regius Keeper at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, UK

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HE
Ran

IAC Member

Director of Beijing Botanical Garden

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REN
Hai

IAC Member

Director at South China Botanical Garden, China

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Emiliano
Sanchez

IAC Member

Chief at Cadereyta Regional Botanic Garden, Mexico

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FENG
Shucheng

IAC Member

Director of Shanghai Botanical Garden

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Igor
Smirnov

IAC Member

Igor Smirnov manages BGCI’s efforts in Russia and is a member of the Russian Council of Botanic Gardens.

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Brett Summerell

Brett
Summerell

IAC Member

Director Research & Chief Botanist at The Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney, Australia

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Tariq Abu Taleb

Tariq Abu
Taleb

IAC Member

Executive Director at The Royal Botanic Garden of Jordan

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Tim
Upson

IAC Member

Director of Horticulture at Royal Horticultural Society, UK

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Peter Wyse Jackson

Peter
Wyse Jackson

IAC Member

Peter Wyse Jackson is the Director of Missouri Botanical Garden and George Englemann Professor of Botany, Washington University in St. Louis. In 1987, he joined IUCN where he helped to establish the international network organization for botanic gardens that became BGCI.

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Chipper WIchman (Credit - National Tropical Botanical Garden)

Chipper
Wichman

IAC Member

President, Director, & Chief Executive Officer at National Tropical Botanical Garden, USA

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YANG
Yibiao

IAC Member

Director of Fairylake Botanical Garden, Shenzhen, China

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