The Belmont Forum Secretariat implements the decisions taken at Belmont Forum plenary meetings. The Secretariat is composed of a Director and staff. The current secretariat is hosted at the French National Research Agency (ANR) in Paris, with additional staff members located in the offices of Member organizations.



Dr. Erica Key - Executive Director

Erica joined the Belmont Forum as Executive Director of the Secretariat in June 2015. She leads membership and strategic development for the Belmont Forum, building connections between funders and organizations invested in global change research. She forges these new connections to ensure that the Belmont Forum Challenge--which focuses on advancement of interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and multilateral scientific research to inform human action--is met and the value-added of this approach is demonstrated. Erica draws on her experience as a program director at the U.S. National Science Foundation, interagency agreements lead, and a global change researcher to elevate Belmont Forum activities through transparent communication, flexible partnering, and active engagement with the international research and data communities.


Mao Takeuchi - Deputy Director

Mao is located at ANR in Paris and is on secondment from the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), one of the core institutions responsible for the implementation of science and technology policy in Japan, including the Government's Science and Technology Basic Plan. Mao is responsible for coordinating secretariat tasks and maintaining the quality assurance of CRAs, working together with Belmont Forum members and representatives. She holds a degree in International Relations. Previously, she was the Engagement Officer at the Future Earth Secretariat. She also worked seven years for UNESCO's Natural Sciences Sector.


Susanna Ehlers - Communications Director

Susanna is a Science Assistant in the Directorate for Geosciences at the U.S. National Science Foundation, located in Arlington, Virginia. She is responsible for internal and external communications for the Belmont Forum.


Jen Baxter

Jen serves the Secretariat through Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO).


Dr. Kim von Hackwitz - Humanities and Social Science Expert

Kim is a Research and Communications Officer at the Swedish Secretariat for Environmental Earth System Sciences (SSEESS). Her background is in archaeology and she was previously the Associate Director of the Integrated History and future of People on Earth (IHOPE).


Caroline Ingelbrecht

Caroline serves as the Executive Assistant of the Belmont Forum Secretariat. Working at the European Commission's DG Research and Innovation, she is responsible for organisational support to the Secretariat Director.


Roel Marsman

Roel is located in Brussels with the European Commission's DG Research and Innovation. He is responsible for developing outreach materials, preparing and facilitating telephone conferences of both the Steering Committee and the Secretariat, and maintaining the Belmont Forum travel calendar.


Dr. Paul Vossen

From the European Commission's DG Research and Innovation, Paul provides strategic support for the development, implementation and communication of multilateral cooperation in global change research, reaching out to international partners and mobilising European scientific, policy and business stakeholders. He serves as the Secretariat's liaison officer for the Belmont Forum chairmanship. An Agricultural Engineer by training, he has previously worked for the World Meteorological Organisation, and most recently spent several years on European Commission assignments to EU Delegations in Africa.


ZHAO Chuang

Chuang is a Program Officer in the National Natural Science Foundation of China's (NSFC) Bureau of International Cooperation, Division of Asia, Africa and International Organization.