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COMEST Members

The Director-General appoints the 18 COMEST members to serve for four-year terms in their personal capacities. The Commission members are chosen from among eminent personalities in the fields of science, professional engineering, law, philosophy, culture, religion or politics.


Bakuwa Dr (Mr) Japhet (Malawi) - 2020-2023
Doctor of Philosophy in Science and Technology Studies
Senior Lecturer, Department of Philosophy, Chancellor College, University of Malawi
Former Dean, Faculty of Humanities, Chancellor College, University of Malawi (2017-2018)
Former Head of Philosophy, Department of Philosophy, Chancellor College, University of Malawi (2010-2011)
Member, National Committee on Bioethics, Malawi 
Member, Advisory Board, Social Ethics Society Journal of Applied Philosophy
Former Associate Editor, Journal of Humanities (2017-2018)

Bracanović Prof. (Mr) Tomislav (Croatia) - 2014-2021
Senior Research Associate, Institute of Philosophy, Zagreb
Member, Editorial Board, philosophical journal Prolegomena
Rapporteur of COMEST (2020-2021)

Christophe Dikenou Prof. (Mr) Kwami (Togo) - 2020-2023
Professor of Philosophy and Ethics 
Former Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Togo to Germany (2014-2016)
Former Head, Department of Philosophy, Université de Lomé
Former Vice-President, National Consultative Committee of Bioethics of Togo (CCNB-TOGO)
Member, Committee of Bioethics of Health Research of Togo (CBRS)
Former Member, UNESCO International Bioethics Committee (IBC) (2012-2016)

El Fallah Seghrouchni Prof. (Ms) Amal (Morocco/France) - 2020-2023
Professor, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Sorbonne University 
Head of Multi-Agent System and Co-Head of AI and Data Science, Laboratory of Informatics of Paris 6 (LIP6), Sorbonne University

Hamzé Prof. (Mr) Mouïn (Lebanon) - 2018-2021
Professor of Plant Physiology and Soil-Water Sciences, Lebanese University 
Secretary General, National Council for Scientific Research-Lebanon (CNRS-L)
Board Member, UN-ESCWA Technology Centre
Former President and Scientific Advisor, General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Former President and Board Member, International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM)
National Contact Point and Member of the Steering Committee for the EU Programmes Partnership for Research & Innovation in the Mediterranean Area (PRIMA) and EU-Med
Jury President, L’OREAL Award For Women in Science (Levant and Middle East)
Vice-Chairperson, National Commission for UNESCO

Hodson de jaramillo Prof. (Ms) Elizabeth (Colombia) - 2016-2023
Professor Emeritus, Pontificia UniversidadJaveriana
Full Member (Miembro de Número), Colombian Academy of Exact, Physical and Natural Sciences
IICA Chair in Bioeconomy and Sustainable Development
Former Director (1990-2010), Biotechnology Unit, Faculty of Science, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana
Member, Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group (AHTEG) on Risk Assessment and Risk Management, Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) 

Hoegh-Guldberg Prof. (Mr) Ove (Australia) - 2018-2021
Professor of Marine Studies, University of Queensland
Affiliated Professor in Tropical Marine Biology, University of Copenhagen
Deputy Director, ARC Centre for Excellence for Reef Studies 
Fellow, Australian Academy of Science

Juárez Mojica (Mr) Javier (Mexico) - 2018-2021
Commissioner, Board of the Federal Telecommunications Institute 
Former Head, Regulatory Policy Unit, Federal Telecommunications Institute 
Former Director General, Federal Commission on Telecommunications

Mateus Jeronimo Prof. (Ms) Helena (Portugal) - 2020-2023
Assistant Professor, Lisbon School of Economics and Management, Universidade de Lisboa
Invited Assistant Professor, Nova IMS Information Management School, Universidade Nova de Lisboa
Invited Assistant Professor, Universidade Eduardo Mondlane (Maputo, Mozambique), Universidade Politécnica (Mozambique) and Universidade Mandume Ya Ndemufayo (Angola)
Researcher, Centre for Advanced Research in Management, Research in Social Sciences and Management, Universidade de Lisboa
Former Member, Executive Board, Society for Philosophy and Technology (2013-2017)
Founder and Former Coordination Member, Thematic Group Knowledge, Science and Technology, Portuguese Association of Sociology (2010-2014)

Messer-Yaron Prof. (Ms) Hagit (Israel) - 2016-2023
Professor of Electrical Engineering, and former Vice-President for Research and Development, Tel Aviv University
Former Vice-Chairperson, Council of Higher Education of Israel
Former President, Open University, Israel
Former Chief Scientist, Ministry of Science of Israel

Oughton Prof. (Ms) Deborah H. (Norway) - 2014-2021
Professor and Director, Centre for Environmental Radioactivity, Norwegian University of life Sciences
Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, University of Oslo 
Member, All European Academies (ALLEA) Permanent Working Group on Science and Ethics
Former Member and Vice-Chairperson, National Ethics Committee for Science and Technology

Ruttkamp-bloem Prof. (Ms) Emma (South Africa) - 2020-2023
Professor and former Head, Department of Philosophy, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Research group leader, Ethics of AI, Centre for Artificial Intelligence Research, South Africa
Research group leader, Artificial Intelligence for Society, University of Pretoria and Centre for Artificial Intelligence Research
Corresponding Member, International Academy for the Philosophy of Science
Member and Former President (2010-2012), Philosophical Society of Southern Africa

Santosuosso Prof. (Mr) Amedeo (Italy) - 2018-2021
Founder and Scientific Director, European Center for Law, Science and new Technologies (ECLT), University of Pavia
Professor of Law, Science and Emerging Technologies, University School for Advanced Studies Pavia
Professor of Law, Science and New Technologies, Department of Law, University of Pavia
Former President, First Chamber, Court of Appeal of Milan
Former President, European Association for Neuroscience and Law (EANL)

Shinwari Prof. (Mr) Zabta K. (Pakistan) - 2016-2023
Former Secretary-General, Pakistan Academy of Sciences
Former Chair, Biotechnology Department, Quaid-i-Azam University
Founder and Vice-Chancellor, Qarshi University, Lahore
President, National Council for Tibb
Former Vice-Chancellor, Kohat University Science and Technology (KUST)
Founder and Former Vice-Chancellor, University of Science and Technology, Bannu
Treasurer, Association of Academies and Societies of Sciences in Asia (AASSA)
Fellow, Pakistan Academy of Sciences
Fellow, Islamic World Academy of Sciences
Laureate of the UNESCO Avicenna Prize for Ethics in Science (2015) 
Recipient of Pakistan Civil Awards Sitara-e-Imtiaz (2018) and Tamghae-Imtiaz (2012)
Vice- Chairperson of COMEST (2018-2021)

Sirju-Charran Prof. (Ms) Grace (Trinidad and Tobago) - 2014-2021
Retired Senior Lecturer in Biochemistry and former Head, Department of Life Sciences and Institute for Gender and Development Studies, University of the West Indies, St. Augustine
Guest Lecturer in Biotechnology and Bioethics, Université des West Indies, St Augustine
Member, National Commission for UNESCO (2007-2015)
Chairperson, Bioethics Committee, National Commission for UNESCO (2013-2015)
Vice-President, Bioethics Society of the English-speaking Caribbean (BSEC)
Member, Advisory Committee for the Caribbean Research Ethics Training Institute
Vice- Chairperson of COMEST (2020-2021)

Stockelova Prof. (Ms) Tereza (Czech Republic) - 2020-2023
Researcher, Institute of Sociology, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic 
Associate Professor of Sociology, Faculty of Humanities, Charles University, Czech Republic
Editor-in-Chief, Czech Sociological Review (2013-2019)
Member, “Proof of Concept” grant Evaluation Panel, European Research Council 
Member, Expert Committee, ETA Programme, Technology Agency of the Czech Republic
Co-chair, Programme Committee, EASST+4S joint conference “Locating and Timing Matters: Significance and Agency of Science and Technology Studies in Emerging Worlds”, Prague, 2020

Verbeek Prof. (Mr) Peter-Paul (The Netherlands) - 2016-2023
Professor of Philosophy of Technology, University of Twente
Scientific co-director, DesignLab, University of Twente
Honorary professor of Techno-Anthropology, Aalborg University
Member, Supervisory Board, Netherlands Organisation for Applied Research (TNO)
Member, Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences
Member, Programme Council for Responsible Innovation, NOW – Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research
Member, Board, Rathenau Institute, The Hague
Member, Commission for the Freedom of Academic Pursuit, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts And Sciences
Chairperson of COMEST (2020-2021)

Yi Prof. (Mr) Sang Wook (Republic of Korea) - 2018-2021
Professor of Philosophy, Hanyang University
Vice President, Korean Society for the Philosophy of Science
Former Chairperson, Committee for the Science and Technology Assessment of Smart Network Technologies, Korean Institute of Science and Technology Evaluation and Planning, Ministry of Science and Technology
Director, HY Center for Ethics, Law and Policy of Science and Technology, Hanyang University


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Ex-officio Members of the Commission

Mr John Finney
Coordinator of the Working Group on Scientific Ethics - Pugwash Conference on Science and World Affairs

Mr Didier Babin
Chairperson - Programme on Man and the Biosphere (MAB)

President - Intergovernmental Council of the Management of Social Transformations Programme (MOST)

Mr Hamet Babal Ly
Chairperson - Intergovernmental Council of the International Hydrological Programme (IHP)

Mr Chao Gejin
Chairperson - International Council for Philosophy and Humanistic Studies (ICPHS) 

Mr Peter Haugan
Chairperson - Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC)

Mr Hervé Michel Chneiweiss
Chairperson - International Bioethics Committee of UNESCO (IBC)

Mr Leiv K. Sydnes
Chairperson - Committee on Freedom and Responsibility in the Conduct of Science, International Council for Science (ICSU)

Mr Guy Narbonne
Chairperson - International Geoscience Programme (IGCP)

H.E. Ms Alejandra De Bellis
Chairperson - Intergovernmental Bioethics Committee (IGBC)


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