Steering Committee

The Steering Committee is, similar to a government, the IBO executive body that enacts IBO’s rules and guidelines. It represents the IBO association legally and manages its daily affairs.

The Steering Committee members illustrate the diversity of this worldwide competition.

Main point of contact for the Steering Committee:

Lenka Libusová

Chairperson | Send an email

Lenka is a cell biologist. Her main professional interest focuses on cytoskeleton and vesicular trafficking. She is a group leader at the Faculty of Science, Charles University (Prague, Czech Republic). Lenka experienced IBO as a participant, jury member, head of IBO Coordinating Centre and, since 2017, also as a member of Steering Committee.

Saman Hosseinkhani

Vice-Chairperson | Send an email

Saman is a professor of biochemistry in Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran, Iran. His main research focuses on development of bioluminescent based assay for different cell death modalities. He has been active in IBO since 2004. He was also chairman of 29th International Biology Olympiad in Iran.

Roel Baars

Secretary | Send an email

Roel holds a PhD in physical chemistry and works as lecturer at Inholland University of Applied Sciences / Netherlands. He has participated in multiple IBOs as a Jury member, has contributed substantially to IBO's transition towards an international association and has worked as an NBO coordinator for team Netherlands since 2012.

Dennis Kappei

Treasurer | Send an email

Dennis (former IBO contestant!) is an assistant professor at the National University of Singapore. His research focuses on methods to quantify non-coding DNA and associated proteins. As treasurer, Dennis supervises our finances, but he has also delivered countless impulses to IBO’s broader developments in the last years.

Gérard Cobut

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Gérard is a zoologist by training and a retired exhibition developer from the Museum of Natural Sciences in Brussels, Belgium. He has been working with IBO since 1990, has co-chaired IBO 2001 in Belgium and has substantially coined IBO’s external representation.

Ahmad Faizal

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Faizal (Ahmad Faizal's usual colloquial name) is an associate professor in plant biology at the School of Life Sciences and Technology, Institut Teknologi Bandung, Indonesia. He has been involved in IBO for a number of years, and he was the project manager for IBO 2014 in Indonesia. He is currently the NBO coordinator for team Indonesia.