ship-building, and construction company), Tokyo. He joined UNESCO in February 1982 as senior purchasing officer until 1988 when he became the chief of budgetary control and monitoring at the Section of Fellowships and Equipment Division. In 1993 he became chief of the Fellowship Section of UNESCO for a few months before being transferred to the Natural Science Sector as senior programme specialist at the Engineering and Technology Division responsible for the University-Industry-Science-Partnership programme assisting also the World Solar Programme. From October 1997 to September 2001 he worked as a senior programme specialist in the Science, Technology and Informatics division in the Jakarta field office. In September 2001 he was transferred to the Beijing Office as the director and representative of UNESCO to the People’s Republic of China, Mongolia, the Republic of Korea, Japan, and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
Peter Arzberger is currently Director, Life Sciences Initiatives at the University of California, San Diego, and Director of the National Biomedical Computation Resource. Dr. Arzberger received his Ph.D. in mathematics from Purdue University. In 1988 he moved to the National Science Foundation (NSF) and was Program Director for Statistics and Probability, and later the first Program Director for the Computational Biology Activities program. He also served as Deputy High Performance Computing and Communications Coordinator at NSF. In 1995 he moved to the San Diego Supercomputer Center as Executive Director, and helped lead the development of the National Partnership for Advanced Computational Infrastructure and served as its first Executive Director. His interests focus on the interface between computing, information technology, and mathematics with the broad spectrum of biomedical research and biology from the molecular through to ecological to biodiversity scales. In addition he is interested in policy issues relating to international data sharing. He is the principal investigator on the NSF award to support the Pacific Rim Application and Grid Middleware Assembly.
Roberta Balstad is senior research scientist at Columbia University and director of the Center for International Earth Science Information Network. Dr. Balstad has published extensively on science policy, information technology and scientific research, remote sensing applications and policy, and the role of the social sciences in understanding global environmental change. Dr. Balstad received her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota