COMEST Members

Mr Raslan Alenezi (Kuwait, 1st mandate ends 31/12/2017) holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Birmingham (UK). He is Associate Professor at the Department of Chemical Engineering of College of Technological Studies in Shuwaikh, Kuwait.

Mr  Abdulaziz Al Swailem (Saudi Arabia, 1st mandate ends 31/12/2017) is Vice-President of Scientific Research Support Council, Director at the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology. He was Chairperson of UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Bioethics Committee  (IGBC) in 2009-2011.

Mr Rajaona Andriamananjara (Madagascar, 2nd mandate ends 31/12/2015), President of COMEST, is an economist. He is the President of the Madagascar Academy of Science, Arts and Letters and also President of the newly founded Madagascar Committee of Ethics of Science and Technology.

Mr Tomislav Bracanović (Croatia, 1st mandate ends 31/12/2017) is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Zagreb. He is Head of the Department of Philosophy of the Centre for Croatian Studies.

Mr Philippe Busquin (Belgium, 2nd mandate ends 31/12/2015) is a nuclear physicist. A former Minister, he was formerly a member of the European Parliament, where he chaired the Science and Technology Options Assessment (STOA). He served as European Commissioner for Research (1999-2004).

Mr Hong Sungook (Republic of Korea, 2nd mandate ends 31/12/2015) is a Professor in the Department of Biological Science Program in History and Philosophy of Science, College of Natural Sciences, Seoul National University. He is a Member of the Council of the Society for the History of Technology, 2011-2013.

Mr Rainier A. Ibana (Philippines, 2nd mandate ends 31/12/2017), Vice-Chairperson of COMEST, has served for nine years as Chair of the Philosophy Department of the Ateneo de Manila University and as Chair of the Philippine Commission for Higher Education’s Technical Committee for Philosophy. He is also a Commissioner of the Philippine National Commission for UNESCO.

Ms Azam Iraji Zad (Islamic Republic of Iran, 1st mandate ends 31/12/2017) holds a PhD in Physics from the Physics and Astronomy Department of the Sussex University (UK) and Postdoctoral diploma in surface physics from the same University. She is Professor at the Department of Physics of the Sharif University of Technology, Chairperson of the Institute for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology.

Mr Workineh Kelbessa Golga (Ethiopia, 1st mandate ends 31/12/2015) is Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia. He is a former Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, and a member of the executive committee of the International Development Ethics Association and the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal Environmental Ethics.

Mr Jürgen Mittelstraß (Germany, 2nd mandate ends 31/12/2017) is Professor of Philosophy and Philosophy of Science at the University of Constance. He is a Member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, President of the Academia Europaea (London) and Chairman of the Austrian Science Council.

Mr Miguel A. Montalvo Batista (Dominican Republic, 1st mandate ends 31/12/2017) is Doctor of Medicine and he also holds Master degrees in International Relations and Diplomacy, Modern Health Management and Bioethics. He is Executive Director of the National Council for Bioethics and Health.

Mr Luka Omladič (Slovenia, 1st mandate ends 31/12/2015), Rapporteur of COMEST, is a lecturer at the University of Ljubljana and President of the Slovenian Philosophical Society.

Ms Deborah H. Oughton (Norway, 1st mandate end 31/12/2017) is Professor at the University of Oslo, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. She has been member and Vice Chair of the National Ethics Committee for Science and Technology from 2006 to 2014, as well as member of the Ethics Advisory Board for Patents and the Norwegian Academy of Sciences Climate Panel.

Ms Marie-Hélène Parizeau (Canada, 1st mandate ends 31/12/2015), Vice-Chairperson of COMEST, is a Professor at the Faculty of Philosophy of the Université Laval (Québec City). She has led the Groupe de recherche en éthique médicale et environnementale since 1987.

Mr Abdoulaye Sene (Senegal, 1st mandate ends 31/12/2015) is an environmental sociologist and currently the coordinator of the research and learning Unit "Ethics, Governance, Environmental and Social Responsibility" within the Environmental Sciences Institute at Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar and chairperson of the African Francophone Group of environmental Ethics.

Ms Grace Sirju-Charran (Trinidad and Tobago, 1st term ends 31/12/2017) is Professor and Senior Lecturer of Biochemistry at the Department of Life Sciences of the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. She is member of the Trinidad and Tobago National Commission for UNESCO and Chairperson of the Commission’s Bioethics Committee.

Ms Susana Sommer (Argentina, 2nd term ends 31/12/2015) is a Biologist. Professor in Bioethics in Science at the Facultad de Ciencias Exactas (Faculty of Exact Sciences), University of Buenos Aires. She is Member of the Advisory Board on Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine at the Ministry of Science and Technology, Argentina, since 2006. Her books and articles show her concern for ethical aspects of assisted reproduction, biotechnology and women´s issues.

Ms Hebe Vessuri (Venezuela, 2nd term ends 31/12/2015) is a social anthropologist at the Venezuelan Institute of Scientific Research and has been active in the field of science and society for almost 30 years.


Ex-officio Members of the Commission

Mr John Finney
Chairperson - Pugwash Conference on Science and World Affairs

Mr Sergio Guevara Sada
Chairperson - Programme on Man and the Biosphere (MAB)

Ms Heide Hackmann
Executive Director - International Social Science Council (ISSC)

Ms Alicia Kirchner
Chairperson - Intergovernmental Council of the Management of Social Transformations Programme (MOST)

Mr David Korenfeld
Chairperson - Intergovernmental Council of the International Hydrological Programme (IHP)

Mr Adama Samassekou
Chairperson - International Council for Philosophy and Humanistic Studies (ICPHS)

Mr Sang-Kyung Byun
Chairperson - Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC)

Mr Stefano Semplici
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)

Ms Patricia Vickers-Rich
Chairperson - International Geoscience Programme (IGCP)

Mr Yongyuth Yuthavong
Chairperson - Intergovernmental Bioethics Committee (IGBC)

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