Portfolio Screening initiative, addressing integrity of information for key portfolio areas, and leads an innovative Portfolio Management e-learning development. In addition, Dr. Bakhtina has worked in the areas of portfolio performance analysis (including applications to a corporate incentive program), credit research and rating performance, and loan recovery analysis. She has also built models for client financial reporting and compliance analysis. During the last five years, her scientific interests have been related to Risk Management, Sustainable Development, Knowledge Management, Innovation, and Leadership.

Dr. Bakhtina holds the equivalent of a Bachelors and Masters in Applied Mathematics and Composite Materials Mechanics from Lomonosov Moscow State University, a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematical Education from Moscow State Pedagogical University, a MBA in Business and Finance from Waynesburg University, and a certificate in Credit Risk Modeling from Stanford University. Ms. Bakhtina is an active member of CODATA Germany, and has a series of publications in the area of Sustainability and Developmental Risks.

Roberta Balstad is Co-chair of the Board on Research Data and Information of the National Research Council. She is also chair of the US National Committee on Scientific Data and Information (CODATA), a Trustee of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), and a member of the Governing Board of the National Center for Earthquake Engineering Simulation. She is Editor-in-Chief of Weather, Climate, and Society, a journal of the American Meteorological Society, and a Special Research Scientist at Columbia University’s Center for Research on Environmental Decisions. She has also served as Director of CIESIN (Center for International Earth Science Information Network), Columbia University, and as President/CEO of the organization before it moved to Columbia.

Dr. Balstad chaired the international committee that prepared a strategic plan on data and information for the International Council of Science (ICSU) and serves on that organization’s Committee on Science and Policy Research (CSPR). Her publications focus on the role of the social sciences in understanding global environmental change, data policy and scientific research, information technology in science, and the social applications of remote sensing data. She was awarded the Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 1974. Dr. Balstad was previously the Director of the Division of Social and Economic Sciences at the National Science Foundation and the founding Executive Director of the Consortium of Social Science Associations (COSSA).

Vanderlei Canhos is the president director of the Reference Center on Environmental Information (CRIA) a non-governmental not-for-profit organization devoted to making biodiversity data freely and openly available via the Internet. Dr. Canhos has a B.S and a M.s. from the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP) and a Ph.D. degree from Oregon State University (OSU). His early scientific research was focused on microbial systematics at the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP). In the 1990´s his work was focused on microbial collection management at the Tropical Culture Collection(CCT), and biodiversity databases at the Tropical Database(BDT).

During the last 10 years his work on the development of strategies and policies for the consolidation of biological collections and biodiversity databases in Brazil and Latin America. He contributed to the design and implementation of the Inter-American Biodiversity Information Network (IABIN), the Virtual Institute of Biodiversity (Biota-Fapesp Program), and in the implementation of the Brazilian Network of Biological Resource Centers. As a consultant to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) he contributed to the development of the Best Practices Guidelines for the Operation and Management of Biological Resources Centers. He was the project leader of the speciesLink network (http://splink.cria.org.br/) and openModeler (http://openmodeller.sourceforge.net/) a computational environment for ecological niche modeling. speciesLink currently integrates more than 4

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