Governance

Governance & Leadership


GA4GH is a collaborative, global alliance led by an Executive Leadership Team and Steering Committee. We receive guidance from our Strategic Advisory Board and operational support from our Secretariat team.

The Constitution sets forth the mission, objectives, and structure of GA4GH: Download PDF

Executive Committee

Ewan Birney
Ewan Birney

EMBL-European Bioinformatics Institute
Hinxton, UK

Chair, GA4GH Member, Steering Committee

Heidi Rehm
Heidi Rehm

Broad Institute
Cambridge, USA

Vice-Chair, GA4GH Member, Steering Committee

Kathryn North
Kathryn North

Murdoch Childrens Research Institute
Melbourne, UK

Vice-Chair, GA4GH Member, Steering Committee Lead, Partner Engagement Initiative Driver Project Champion, Australian Genomics

Peter Goodhand
Peter Goodhand

Ontario Institute for Cancer Research
Toronto, Canada

Chief Executive Officer, GA4GH Member, Steering Committee

Steering Committee

The Steering Committee makes high-level decisions about GA4GH directions, values, and deliverables. It consists of leaders from the Technical and Foundational Work Streams and from the Driver Projects—all leading experts in the areas of cancer, rare disease, basic biology, and complex traits. Steering Committee members are appointed through a nomination process; the Chair and Executive Director are appointed by the Steering Committee. As a group, the Steering Committee membership reflects the diverse perspectives, backgrounds, and geography of the GA4GH community.

Goncalo Abecasis

University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, United States

Driver Project Champion, TOPMed

Harindra Arachchi

Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard
Cambridge, United States

Work Stream Lead, Discovery

Dixie Baker

Martin, Blanck & Associates
Redondo Beach, United States

Work Stream Lead, Data Security

Kym Boycott

Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO)
Ottawa, Canada

Driver Project Champion, Matchmaker Exchange

Mike Brudno

Hospital for Sick Children
Toronto, Canada

Driver Project Champion, CanDIG

Moran Cabili

Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard
Redmond, United States

Work Stream Lead, Data Use & Researcher Identities (DURI)

Melissa Cline

University of California, Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, United States

Driver Project Champion, BRCA Challenge

Marc Fiume

DNAStack
Toronto, Canada

Work Stream Lead, Discovery

Paul Flicek

EMBL-European Bioinformatics Institute
Hinxton, United Kingdom

Work Stream Lead, Data Security

Robert Freimuth

Mayo Clinic
Rochester, United States

Work Stream Lead, Genomic Knowledge Standards

David Glazer

Verily Life Sciences
San Francisco, United States

Work Stream Lead, Cloud
Driver Project Champion, NIH All of Us Research Program

Obi Griffith

McDonnell Genome Institute at Washington University
St. Louis, United States

Driver Project Champion, The Variant Interpretation for Cancer Consortium (VICC)

Robert Grossman

University of Chicago
Chicago, United States

Driver Project Champion, NCI Genomic Data Commons & NCI Data Commons Framework

Melissa Haendel

Oregon Health & Science University
Oregon, United States

Driver Project Champion, Monarch Initiative

David Hansen

Australian e-Health Research Centre
Brisbane, Australia

Work Stream Lead, Clinical & Phenotypic Data Capture

Oliver Hofmann

University of Melbourne
Melbourne, Australia

Work Stream Lead, Large Scale Genomics

Thomas Keane

EMBL-European Bioinformatics Institute
Hinxton, United Kingdom

Work Stream Lead, Large Scale Genomics
Driver Project Champion, ENA/EGA/EVA

Bartha Knoppers

Centre of Genomics and Policy
Montreal, Canada

Work Stream Lead, Regulatory and Ethics

Madeleine Murtagh

Newcastle University
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

Work Stream Lead, Regulatory and Ethics

Tommi Nyrönen

CSC-IT Center for Science
Helsinki, Finland

Work Stream Lead, Data Use & Researcher Identities (DURI)

Brian O’Connor

University of California Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, United States

Work Stream Lead, Cloud

Heidi Rehm

Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard
Cambridge, United States

Driver Project Champion, ClinGen

Augusto Rendon

Genomics England
London, United Kingdom

Driver Project Champion, Genomics England

Serena Scollen

ELIXIR
Hinxton, United Kingdom

Driver Project Champion, ELIXIR Beacons

Timothy Tickle

Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard
Cambridge, United States

Driver Project Champion, Human Cell Atlas

Andy Yates

EMBL-European Bioinformatics Institute
Hinxton, United Kingdom

Work Stream Lead, Genomic Knowledge Standards

Christina Yung

Ontario Institute for Cancer Research
Toronto, Canada

Driver Project Champion, ICGC-ARGO

Former GA4GH Steering Committee members:  Martin Bobrow, Wolfson College, USA; Partha P. Majumder, National Institutes of Biomedical Genomics, India; Brad Margus, Cerevance, USA; Betsy Nable, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, USA; Nazneen Rahman, The Institute of Cancer Research, United Kingdom; David Altshuler, Vertex Pharmaceuticals, USA; Richard Durbin, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, UK; Thomas Hudson, AbbVie, USA; Kazuto Kato, Osaka University, Japan; Nicola Mulder, University of Cape Town, South Africa; Arcadi Navarro, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain; Charles Sawyers, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, USA.

Secretariat

The Steering Committee and Work Streams are supported by a Secretariat of professional staff, located at GA4GH Host Institutions.

Justina Chung

Ontario Institute for Cancer Research
Toronto, Canada

Project Coordinator

Peter Goodhand

Ontario Institute for Cancer Research
Toronto, Canada

Chief Executive Officer
Member, Steering Committee

Ashley Hobb

Ontario Institute for Cancer Research
Toronto, Canada

Operations Lead

Melissa Konopko

Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute
Hinxton, United Kingdom

Technical Program Manager

Rishi Nag

EMBL-European Bioinformatics Institute
Hinxton, United Kingdom

Technical Program Manager

Angela Page

Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard
Cambridge, United States

Communications Lead

Adrian Thorogood

McGill University / Université McGill
Montréal, Canada

Manager, Regulatory and Ethics Work Stream