ISSS Board Members

Photo Name Title Location Why Systems?  ISSS
Shankar Sankaran President University of Technology, Sydney, Australia    
Peter Tuddenham Past-President Virginia USA In high school I felt constrained by rigid disciplinary boundaries. In my early 20's I took a course from the Open University in the UK called Systems Behaviour. this was a life changing event. The content and course experience gave me a language and approach to study and understand the world. In 1991 I co-founded the College of Exploration to explore nature and systems and learning. As Past-President I am continuing to advance systems literacy. I am also supporting ISSS create new ways of communicating and organizing.
  Jennifer Makar VP Administration Calgary, Alberta, Canada    
  Pam Buckle Secretary Adelphi University, New York    
  Delia MacNamara President Elect Australia    
  Open VP Funds      
  Gary Smith VP Systems Practice Airbus Defense and Space, UK    
  Angelika Schanda VP Membership and Public Relations Bertalanffy Center for the Study of Systems Science (BCSSS), Vienna, Austria    
  Rika Preisser VP Conferences Stellanbosch University, Cape Town, South Africa    
Roelien Goode VP Research and Publications

I stay in Potchefstroom, South Africa, it is about 90 min drive South-West of Johannesburg. I'm an associate professor in Computer Science and Information Systems. I have a passion for teaching and my formal training is in Computer Science. I teach advanced programming techniques in Java and advanced database systems using Hadoop. Currently, I supervise 9 PhD students in different Computer Science, Information Systems and Education topics. I'm a scholar in research methodology with a specific interest in action research from a critical social theory perspective.

Working as programmer, I soon realized that people do not know what they want, or that is how I perceived it from my functionalist training. Later I learned that multiple perspectives enriches one's understanding and that a model is only one version of  the proposed system. I was introduced to systems thinking by the book: "Computers in Context" By Dahlbom and Mathiassen and immediately understood how my thinking was post-functionalistic.   I worked for 10 years in a group of systems thinkers in the Netherlands and then I was granted the opportunity to attend the very last edition of the Lugano Summer school presented by Peter Checkland and Werner Ulrich in 2012. Ulrich's message of "Giving a voice to the affected" was something I could relate to being from South Africa - a country known for "not listening to the affected".  I also learned that in the corporate world there are involved and affected parties and I'm striving to find technical computer science solutions to design problems that are inherently flexible enough to support different perspectives. I met Gerald Midgley in the group of systems thinkers in the Netherlands and he invited me to ISSS in 2014 in Washington when he was President of the ISSS.

As VP for publications and Research my intention is to promote the academic nature of the ISSS. I value the inter-disciplinary character and especially the interaction with practitioners. My own thinking is influenced and developed by scholars from behavioral sciences and through interdisciplinary research we are able to show that multidisciplinary research guided by systemic thinking can lead to improved solutions to local problems. We can make a difference!

Andreas VP Education 

Andreas Hieronymi lives in St. Gallen, Switzerland. Currently he serves as the Executive Director for an international MBA exchange program at the University of St. Gallen where he also conducts research related to visual thinking and complex problem solving. He has a Major in Work and Organizational Psychology, and has been working in fields of consulting, training, coaching and educational curriculum design. He has given presentations and workshops on communication, leadership and complex problem solving for private companies, MBA students, Engineering and Sustainability students, members of the Swiss army and employees of the Swiss government.

During his studies in history and philosophy of science, I came across the early work of Ludwig von Bertalanffy on systems theory and interdisciplinarity. This led meto the integrative theories and frameworks of Kenneth Boulding, James Grier Miller and other members of today’s International Society for the Systems Sciences. During a research visit at the Santa Fe Institute, New Mexico, supervised by Stuart Kauffman, I learnt about the current concepts and unsolved questions related to complex adaptive systems and emergence.

There is a need for improved systemic sense making to enhance the quality of analysis, design and decision-making in complex multi-stakeholder settings. Andreas Hieronymi wants to put his efforts into linking the competencies of systems thinkers from various fields and collaborate towards making systems thinking more accessible, interlinked and user-friendly. Still there are many barriers to overcome in order to better link the academic fields of systems and complexity science with the applied needs in schools, companies and political communities. The goal is to identify and strengthen the common conceptual and methodic foundations of the many streams of systems thinking and complexity research and bridge the gap between academia and practitioners.
David Rousseau Chair, Board of Trustees and BoT Representative to ISSS Board

I am based in the UK, where I am Director of the Centre for Systems Philosophy, and a Visiting Fellow of the Centre for Systems Studies in the University of Hull.   

Ever since learning about the systems perspective as an engineering student, I have been fascinated by the power and potential of systems science to help us solve complex problems and profound puzzles.  In the ISSS I have found a natural home in a community dedicated to the advancement of systems science and its application to build a better world

I was President of the ISSS in 2017/18, and I lead both the SIG on Systems Philosophy and the SIG on Research Towards General Theories of Systems.  I hope to use these positions to support research into the foundations of systems science and so help enhance the value of systems science.