Bridging Gaps, Empowering Communities: Meet the DataCite 2024 Ambassadors!

The DataCite Ambassador Program was officially launched in late 2023 to expand our engagement with communities in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. This initiative creates a network of dedicated volunteers that raise awareness, increase adoption, foster collaboration, and promote best practices among local communities in countries and regions where awareness of persistent identifier (PID) infrastructure is still low. Our ambassadors serve as a crucial link between DataCite and local research communities. The Ambassador Program is part of DataCite’s Global Access Program (GAP) that has been made possible in part by Grant 2022-316573 from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. Today we are thrilled to introduce our first group of ambassadors!

Meet our Ambassadors:

A headshot of Cécile Coulibaly

Cécile Coulibaly (Cote d’Ivoire) coordinates the activities of the national repository of Côte d’Ivoire. Cecile is in charge of scientific commissions at the Virtual University of Côte d’Ivoire. As LIBSENSE national focal point, she’s been involved in the implementation of open science projects since 2018. Cecile is also a member of the OER francophone working group, the national open science policy establishment working group, and the African Open Science Platform Governing Council.

Chokri Ben Romdhane (Tunisia) is an IT Senior Analyst and Head of the Tunisian Database department at CNUDST. Chokri implemented, with the CNUDST team, PIST, the first Tunisian open repository in collaboration with CERN, Tunisian Universities, and other Maghreb Universities. In 2011, Chokri started with a team of researchers the Tunisian Open Access group which advocates for Open Access principles and promotes the adoption of these concepts by the community of Tunisian researchers. The group is organizing several events such as Open Access Study days, Open Access Week, and ICOA. Chokri is also a Board member of the Arab Community Open Access (ACOA), active in the Arab region and organizing several Open Access events like The Arab Open Access Week.

A headshot of Chokri Ben Romdhane
A headshot of Francis Jayakanth

Francis Jayakanth (India) is a Senior Scientific Officer at the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, India. Presently, he is working in the institute’s library. His job profile includes handling subscriptions and maintaining and administering institutional repository services for research publications, theses, and dissertations. He has a rich experience in managing institutional repositories of his institute. He wants to expand his knowledge by setting up a data repository. He is passionate about promoting open data and data literacy in India, and has conducted several workshops, webinars, and outreach events on these topics.

Francisco Silva-Garcés (Ecuador) has been studying open access and open science since 2018, and is contributing to national public policy. Currently, through the Openlab Ecuador Foundation, he promotes open science. Since 2020, he has been organizing a dissemination event called “Discovering Open Science” on the principles and values of open science. He is a member of the Global Steering Committee of UNESCO on Open Science. In 2022, along with members of the Ibero-American Open Science Community, they organized the 1st Ibero-American Congress on Open Science. He coordinates the commitment “co-creation of the national open science policy” (2nd Open Government Action Plan EC 2022-2024).

A headshot of Francisco Silva-Garcés.
A headshot of Josiline Chigwada.

Josiline Chigwada (Zimbabwe) is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of South Africa in the School of Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Studies. She is a librarian with 17 years of experience in academic librarianship. She holds an Information Science doctorate, MSc and BSC (Hons) in Library and Information Science, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Tertiary Education. She is an Open Science advocate in Zimbabwe and has authored on open science, research data management, information and digital literacy, indigenous knowledge, and contemporary library and information science issues. She is an editorial board member of the IFLA Journal

Madiareni “Reni” Sulaiman (Indonesia) is a Research Data Librarian at BRIN Indonesia. She is interested in how RDM can support Open Science. She manages the National Scientific Repository in Indonesia and has extensive experience providing research support for various research projects. As part of Emerging International Voices, she has received research grants from the National Library of Indonesia and taken courses regarding data management from Australia and the EU. She is also one of Indonesia’s member representatives on the UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science. She is currently a PhD student at University College London (UK), with a focus on RDM collaborations. She speaks Bahasa Indonesia and Melayu.

A headshot of Madiareni “Reni” Sulaiman.

Massoud AlShareef (Saudi Arabia) is an entrepreneur in the fields of information technology, interested in Localising open-source software, especially those concerned with access to information, content creation/curation, crowdsourcing, and generative artificial intelligence applications.

Laura Vilela Rodrigues (Brazil) is an Associate Professor at the Federal University of Goiás (UFG) in the Faculty of Information and Communication.  From 2020-2021, she was a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University with the Digital Curation team of Dataverse Project at the Institute for Quantitative Social Science (IQSS). In 2019, she completed a Postdoctoral Internship at the University of Barcelona in research projects on Open Science and Digital Preservation in the European and Brazilian context; She obtained her PhD in 2009 and master’s in 2003 in Information Science. Laura has experience in various research and work areas, including Research Data Management, Open Science, Digital Preservation, Digital Curation, Biodiversity Data Management, Traditional Knowledge Management, Digital Social Media, Digital Cultural Collections, Social and digital inclusion. Additionally, she serves as an Invited Researcher in projects led by IBICT and RNP.

Tekleweyni Geday (Ethiopia) earned his Bachelor’s degree in Information Science from Jimma University and a Master’s degree in Information Technology from the University of Gondar. Since November 2013, he has been serving as a lecturer in the Department of Information Science at Mekelle University, Ethiopia. He is passionate about Open Science and promoting the importance of Open Research Infrastructure.

Stay Tuned

Find more information and connect with the ambassadors in your country/region on our website, and stay tuned for upcoming DataCite webinars and resources, in different languages and time zones!