ISSS Board Members

Photo Name Title Location Term
Delia MacNamara President Canberra, Australia 2020-2021
Shankar Sankaran Past-President
Shankar Sankaran PhD. MEng (Systems Engineering) is a Professor of Organizational Project Management at the School of the Built Environment at the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia. His research interests are in organizational project management, leadership, systems thinking, action research and megaprojects. Shankar is the founding chair of the Action Research SIG at ISSS and president of the society from 2019-2020. Shankar teaches Systems Thinking to managers in a Masters Program at his University. He has published books, book chapters and papers related to systems thinking  in journals such as Systems Research and Behavioral Science  and Systemic Practice and Action Research and delivered keynotes at ISSS meetings. He has an editor of  a book titled A Guide to Systems Research: Philosophy, Processes and Practice to guide doctoral researchers and early career researchers to set up their research following systems principles. He is the section editor of the management organization section of the forthcoming Spring Handbook of the Systems Sciences in which he has published a chapter on the application of  Stafford Beer’s  Viable Systems Model (VSM) to govern projects. Shankar has successfully supervised more than 35 doctoral students in management. Some of his doctoral students have used soft systems thinking and action research to pursue their research. For more details on his work please see
Jennifer Makar
VP Administration
Managing Director
Calgary, Alberta, Canada  
Pam Buckle Photo Pam Buckle Secretary
Pamela Buckle lives in Brooklyn, New York.  She is an Associate Professor of Management at Adelphi University.  As a researcher, she collaborates with international researchers investigating the cognitive and emotional processes involved in systems thinking, and systemic perspectives on the anthropocene.  Pamela publishes in systems, management, psychology, education, and project management journals.  She is on the Executive Committee of the International Federation for Systems Research, is a Visiting Fellow at the University of Bristol’s Systems Centre in the UK, and is a member of the editorial board of the Bertalanffy Center for the Systems Science journal:  Systems. Connecting Matter, Life, Culture and Technology.  As a management educator, Pamela teaches organizational behavior, leadership, teamwork and group dynamics.  She has worked in the not-for-profit, private, and public sectors in Canada. 
George Mobus President Elect
Affiliation/location - Associate Professor Emeritus, University of Washington Tacoma, School of Engineering & Technology, Tacoma WA, USA.
Official Website: with links to some of his publications.
Email contact:
George taught computer science and engineering at UW SET. He retired from teaching but continues active research and writing in the field of systems science and engineering. His major research interest is in developing a general systems analysis approach, particularly for the human social system as a subsystem of the whole Earth system with the objective of deciphering what a more viable social system would look like.
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Gary Smith VP Systems Practice Airbus Defense and Space, UK  
Angelika Schanda VP Membership and Public Relations Vienna, Austria  
    VP Conferences   2019-2020
Javier Calvo-Amodia VP Research and Publications
Javier Calvo-Amodio, Ph.D. is an associate professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at Oregon State University, where he directs the Change and Reliable Systems Engineering and Management Research Group (CaRSEM). He received his Ph.D. in Systems and Engineering Management from Texas Tech University, his MS in Business Management from the University of Hull in the United Kingdom, and his B.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico.
Dr. Javier Calvo-Amodio's research focus is on developing fundamental understanding of how to integrate systems science into industrial and systems engineering research and practice to enable better engineering of continuous process improvement organizational cultures. His research group, Change and Reliable Systems Engineering and Management (CaRSEM), works with Oregon’s industry, state agencies, the National Science Foundation, and other professional societies to determine systemic principles that guide the design, assimilation, and management of the systems engineering process, as well as continuous process improvement approaches such as Lean and Six Sigma.
Andreas Hieronymi 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.

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.