The Secretariat


Heide Hackmann Executive Director

Heide read for an MPhil in contemporary social theory at the University of Cambridge in the UK, and has a PhD in Science and technology studies from the University of Twente in the Netherlands. She has worked as a policymaker, researcher and consultant in the field of international science policy and management since the early 1990s. As ISSC’s executive director (since 2005) she represents the council on numerous international committees and policy fora, and holds membership of several international scientific advisory committees. 


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Vivi Stavrou Senior Executive Manager

Vivi is a Clinical Psychologist and development worker with extensive experience in humanitarian emergencies and post-conflict situations as an international social development consultant and independent evaluator and researcher. Her areas of work include child protection, HIV and AIDS, social protection systems, psychosocial programming, mental health and Human Rights, gender, security sector reform, and public health programming.


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Françoise Caillods Senior Advisor, World Social Science Report Françoise was the Senior Advisor for the World Social Science Report 2013 and Senior Managing Editor of the World Social Science Report 2010. She is an economist and was deputy director of the UNESCO International Institute for Educational Planning from 2000 to 2008.


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Mathieu Denis Senior Science Officer

Mathieu manages various scientific activities of the ISSC, in particular the World Social Science Forum, but also works closely with the World Social Science Fellows Programme team. He was a researcher for the World Social Science Report 2010. His background is in social and economic history.


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Laura van Veenendaal Programme Manager, World Social Science Fellows Programme

Laura manages the ISSC’s World Social Science Fellows programme which aims to help build the next generation of social science leaders. Before joining the ISSC in January 2012, Laura worked as a policy officer and manager at the University of Utrecht and as a policy officer for the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. She lives in Amsterdam and divides her working life between there and Paris.


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Charles Ebikeme Science Officer

Charles is Science Officer on the World Social Science Fellows Programme which manages the ISSC’s role in global social science capacity development. Charles has a PhD in African Trypanosomiasis (sleeping sickness), and has worked for many years in tropical medicine from a drug development perspective. Charles works as a freelance science writer covering global health topics, and puts this to good use as the ISSC’s online and web editor.



Louise Daniel Manager, World Social Science Report

Louise manages the editorial and production side of the World Social Science Report from conception through to final publication. The 2013 report was published by the ISSC in collaboration with UNESCO and the OECD; the 2016 report will focus on inequality and social justice. Louise has over 15 years experience in international development as a communications advisor, writer and editor where the priority is research uptake to inform policy and practice. She has worked in editorial and communications roles at the Insitute of Development Studies in the UK and the International Fund for Agriculture and Development in Rome, and as a consultant and trainer.



Sarah Moore Programme Coordinator, Transformations to Sustainability

Sarah manages the Transformations to Sustainability Programme, which aims to support transdisciplinary research on social transformation needs and opportunities in a context of global environmental change. She has a degree in English and German literature, and two Masters degrees - in Education Sciences and Science & Technology Studies. Before coming to the ISSC she was Science Officer for the Social Sciences at the European Science Foundation, coordinating international research programmes and strategic initiatives in the social sciences and managing the MERIL project (Mapping of the European Research Infrastructure Landscape).


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Mayette Geronimo Finance and Administrative Officer

Mayette studied in the Philippines and finished a degree in Business Economics in 1979. She worked for different companies in Accounting, Banking and Finance, before coming to Europe in 1989. She lived in Spain for over ten years, mostly working in the humanitarian sector. Mayette also worked with the Church with women and children, in particular helping poor and homeless people to reintegrate into society. In 1998, her family was transferred in Paris and she started at the ISSC in 2001 as part time secretary, and eventually took on a full time permanent role as Finance and Administrative Officer.


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Constance Bellonie Administrative Assistant, Transformations to Sustainability

Connie studied Journalism and Public Relations in Zambia, where she was born. She worked as editorial assistant at the Lusaka branch of the Pan African News Agency before moving to France. She later went back to Africa and lived and worked in Côte d’Ivoire, Cameroun and Madagascar. Connie’s work experience is as varied as the countries she has lived in: Bilingual Personal and Marketing Assistant, Translator, Sales Assistant, Project Coordinator in the petroleum, water treatment and development sectors.


Anthony Gathier Administrative Assistant and resident musician.


Federica Cozzio Ethnografilm Manager

Federica works on the Ethnografilm Festival. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in film studies from Italy and she is now undertaking her masters in Cultural and Social Anthropology, with a focus on Visual Anthropology. She would like to become an ethnographic filmmaker.