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BGCI International Advisory Council

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BGCI's International Advisory Council provides independent advice to the Board of BGCI. The purpose of such advice is to assist in meeting the objectives of BGCI and to offer advice on BGCI’s programmes for the implementation of the International Agenda for Botanic Gardens in Conservation, contributing to the achievement of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation.

The responsibilities of the Council include the following:

  1. providing broad strategic advice on the direction, balance and relevance of BGCI’s 5 –year strategic plan, programmes and priorities;
  2. supporting the BGCI Executive with advice on Congress themes and venues;
  3. providing advice on the effectiveness, relevance and quality of the BGCI programmes worldwide;
  4. providing a challenge function to ensure that the basis of BGCI’s programmes are consistent with its mandate and the needs of its members;
  5. reviewing and advising on emerging trends and opportunities in global context;
  6. providing advice on partnerships and strategic linkages between BGCI and other relevant bodies at all levels, nationally and internationally;
  7. providing support for BGCI’s fund-raising efforts, including hosting donors and developing content for fund-raising materials;
  8. acting as an advocate and ambassador for BGCI and the botanic garden sector more generally, particularly with policymakers and funders;
  9. acting as an advocate for botanic gardens in a particular geographic, linguistic or cultural region or discipline.

BGCI International Advisory Council members (2018) are:

Hu Yonghong (Shanghai Chenshen BG)

Nura Abdul Karim (Singapore BG)

Gerard Donnelly (Morton Arboretum)

Jean Franczyk (Chicago BG)

Gunter Fischer (Kadoorie Farm & BG)

Wan Tao (Shenzhen Fairy Lake BG)

Brett Summerell (RBG Sydney)

Peter Wyse-Jackson (Missouri BG)

Saharah Moon Chapotin (United States BG)

Christopher Willis (SANBI)

Igor Smirnov (Russian Council of BGs)

Pierre Andre Loizeau (Geneva BG)

Emiliano Sanchez (Mexican Association of BGs)

Matthew Jebb (Glasnevin BG)

Maite Delmas (Jardin des Plantes Paris)

Gustavo Martinelli (Rio de Janeiro BG)

Graciela Barreiro (Carlos Thays BG)

David Kikodze (National BG, Georgia)

Tariq Abu Taleb (RBG Jordan)

Tim Upson (RHS)

Richard Deverell (RBG Kew)

Chen Jin (Xishuangbanna Tropical BG)

Feng Shucheng (Shanghai BG)

Ren Hai (South China BG)

Mary-Pat Matheson (Atlanta BG)

Tim Entwisle (RBG Victoria)

Min Kim (Baekdudaegan National Arboretum)

Simon Milne (RBG Edinburgh)

Thomas Borsch (Berlin Dahlem BG)