The Regional Committee for Latin America and the Caribbean provides advice about the strategic approach of the future activities of the Regional Office and evaluates the progress of its work.

Committee Members

Juan Antonio Jaén


Juan Antonio Jaén is a Full Professor of Physical Chemistry in the Faculty of Exact and Natural Sciences at the University of Panama and Visiting Professor of the Autonomous University of Chiriqui, Panama.  He holds a degree in Chemistry from the University of Panama (1977), a Masters in Chemistry from Rutgers University, United States of America (1980) and a Doctorate in Nuclear Chemistry from Eötvös Loránd University of Science, Budapest-Hungary (1984). He is a distinguished scientist of the Panamanian National Research System of the National Secretariat for Science, Technology and Innovation (by contest). Has co-authored over 50 scientific publications.

He has been Director of the Chemistry Department and Head of the Faculty Nuclear Techniques Research Center. Currently is Director for Research and Graduate Studies, Faculty of Natural Sciences and Technology, University of Panama, Panama, Treasurer of Interciencia Association, Director (Treasurer and former President) of the Panamanian Association for the Advancement of Science, President of the Basic Sciences Sectorial Committee of the National Secretariat for Science, Technology and Innovation (SENACYT) and Director of the Master programs in Chemistry, University of Panamá.

Hernán Thomas

(Biography to follow)

Kit Fai Pun

(Biography to follow)

Lilliam Álvarez

Professor Lilliam Álvarez has a PhD in Physics-Mathematics since 1989 from the Computer Center of the ex-URSS Academy of Sciences, Moscow. She is a Merit Member of the Cuban Academy of Sciences,Member of the Caribbean Academy of Sciences, member in the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) (1996-2001), also of the Caribbean Sciences Academy, of the Mathematics and Computer Cuban Society and President in the Women Scientific Commission of the ACC and of the Cuban chapter in the TWOWS; she is President of the Cuban Chapter of OWSDW and National commission for women in the Academies. The Professor established the Sofia Kovalievskaia award for Young women in Basic Sciences, and she also organized the VII Iberoamerican Conference of S&T and Gender. She won the National Medal “Carlos J. Finlay”. Now she is the ACC secretary and the head of the Group of Promotion of Sciences in the Cuban Academy of Sciences.

Ana Rada

Ana Rada Tarifa from Bolivia, graduated in Biochemistry and Pharmacy from the University of San Andrés (UMSA), is a professional who works doing research, teaching and care of patients with cytogenetic diagnosis genetic diseases attending Cytogenetics Unit, Institute of Genetics, Faculty of Medicine, UMSA, she has conducted several studies of researching in the ​​human genetics area.

In addition to the functions performed at the Institute of Genetics (IG) in the area of ​​social extension, it is also part of the Commission’s Internal Evaluation of Research Projects IG

She is a founding member of the Bolivian Society of Genetics (SOBOGENH), Bolivian Society of Mutagenesis, Teratogenesis Carcinogenesis and Environmental (SBOMCTA) and Nutrigenomics Network of Bolivia (NUGEMBO). She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences of Bolivia and founder member of the Organization of women in science Bolivia (OBMC) of the National Academy of Sciences of Bolivia (NASB), served as General Secretary of the OBMC and vice president of La Paz OBMC.

She has studied Masters in Public Health, Epidemiology references, and several Diplomaed grades in developing scientific projects and related public health.

Elisa Reis

Elisa Reis is Ph.D in Political Science (MIT,1980), Professor of Political Sociology at the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) in Brazil, and chair of the Interdisciplinary Research Network for the Study of Social Inequality (NIED) at the same university.  She is vice-president of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences (ABC), and vice-president of the International Social Science Council (ISSC). She is also fellow member of the Academy of Science for the Developing World (TWAS). She has received scholarships, among others, from the Brazilian National Research Council (CNPq.), the Research Council of the State of Rio de Janeiro (FAPERJ), The Fulbright Commission, the Italian Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, to carry out research in a number of countries. With more than one hundred publications in Brazil and elsewhere, she has taught as visiting professor at the University of California at San Diego, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Columbia University, and the University of Munich.

Elisa Reis teaches political sociology and social theory, and her major research interests include: the formation and transformation of nation-states; patterns of interaction between state, market and society; and elite perceptions of social inequality. Her major research interests are elite perceptions of poverty and inequality; current transformations of nation-states; and the evolving patterns of interaction between state, market and civil society.

Germán Poveda

Civil Engineer, Master of Sciences and Ph.D. in Water Resources Engineering. Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Medellín, Colombia, Master of Sciences in Environmental Engineering, University of California, Davis, CA, USA. Post-Doctoral Visiting Fellow in Hydro-Ecology, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, USA. Current Position: Full Professor at the Department of Geosciences and Environment, Universidad Nacional de Colombia at Medellín, Colombia.

Research and Scientific Expertise: Diagnostics, modeling and forecasting of the impacts of climate change and hydro-climate variability (ENSO) on water resources, hydrological extremes, hydropower generation, agriculture, natural and man-made risks and dissasters, and human health in Colombia and tropical South America, He makes part of the IPCC, and serves as chair of Colombia’s IGBP. Since 2001 he makes part of international scientific steering committee of the “Large Scale Atmosphere-Biosphere Experiment in Amazonia” (LBA). He makes part of the scientific steering committee of the Global Environmental Change and Human Health Programme. He is a member elected of the Colombian Academy of Sciences, occupying Chair # 7 (out of 40). He has been selected as a visiting fellow at CIRES, University of Colorado, USA, at the Center for Ecology and Hydrology, Wallingford, UK, and at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), Boulder, CO, USA. He was as a Lead Author of Chapter 27 on Central and South America for the recent 5th IPCC Assessment Report.

Ex-Officio Members

  • Manuel Limonta (ISC ROLAC Executive Director)
  • Heide Hackmann (ISC Executive Director)
  • Paloma González (Liaison)