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Organigram of the GEM Foundation

Governing Board

GEM is governed by public and private participants of the GEM Foundation; one representative of each organisation takes seat on GEM's Governing Board, which is convened twice a year. They are accompanied by representatives of GEM's associate participants, typically international organisations that represent different stakeholder groups that do not contribute funds and therefore have non-voting rights on the Governing Board.

The Governing Board takes all strategic decisions and is advised on technical matters by the Science Board. Voting weight for private participants, taken as a group, is equal to that for public participants taken as a group.

Minutes of the meetings are not made public, but anyone from the GEM community who would like to raise an issue to the Governing Board can write GEM's Secretary General.

Science Board

The Science Board (formerly Scientific Board) is the body through which the global scientific strategy of the GEM Foundation and corresponding implementation is monitored, reviewed, advised and guided. It provides the Governing Board with proposals on all matters related to the implementation of the technical work programme. The Science Board is made up of not more than 20 international experts selected by the Governing Board, with proven expertise on GEM-related scientific fields (hazard, vulnerability, risk, social-economic vulnerability/resilience, and IT) as well as experience in collaborative projects and with international connections. The board meets twice a year.

Organisation Structure



The Secretary General is the organisational leader and chief executive of GEM. The role has a large external focus, with emphasis on develppng and maintaining collaborative and strategic partnerships in addition to close interaction with Governing and Science Board members.

Strategy and International Relations

This group aids the Secretary-General in activities related to interacting with the wider GEM Community. This group has a predominant external focus and works on strategy implementation,  developing and managing partnerships, user community management, international liasions as well as external communication.

Operations Committee

The Director of Technology and Development chairs this committee which includes the regional project manager, software development manager and the leaders of the scientific activities related to hazard, physical and integrated risk as well as the testing and evaluation facility manager.

Software Development

This group carries out development, maintenance and enhancement of the OpenQuake suite of software, in close collaboration with the scientific team.

Scientific Activities

This group is responsible for leading the hazard, physical risk and socio-economic vulnerability activities within GEM. They define standards and guidelines, and coordinate global and regional scientific projects. They also define the scientific specifications for software and tools as well as work on training in the use of these.

Support Services

This groups works to support all activities of the GEM Foundation and includes secretarial activities (organisation of meetings, travel, workshops), accounting, contracts and licensing, communications and outreach as well as system administration.