Executive Board Members

BOARD AND GOVERNANCE

The World Federation of Science Journalists answers to the Annual General Assembly of its Full Member associations, with each association carrying one vote.


The present Board of Directors is made up of the following people:

CURTIS BRAINARD – President

United States – Digital Content Manager at Scientific American

Curtis Brainard is the director of digital operations at Scientific American, where he previously served as blogs editor. He covered science, environment and medical news as a staff writer for Columbia Journalism Review from 2006 until 2013. His freelance writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Yorker, Popular Science and OnEarth.

Brainard speaks frequently at conferences and events worldwide, and on television and radio, about science journalism. He is a member of the National Association of Science Writers and the Society of Environmental Journalists in the U.S. and holds master’s degrees in environmental science and journalism from Columbia University in New York City, where he is an adjunct faculty member at the Graduate School of Journalism, home of the Pulitzer Prizes.

MOHAMMED YAHIA – Vice-President

Egypt – Executive Editor of Nature Publishing Group (NPG) in the Middle East

Mohammed Yahia has been a science journalist for over eight years and has worked with several prominent outlets. Mr. Yahia has been working with NPG – Middle East for the past five years, where he was the launch editor of the Nature Middle East regional portal. He is today involved in several other projects, including the monthly translation magazine Nature Arabic Edition.

Mohammed Yahia was one of the founders of the Arab Science Journalists Association (ASJA) and has worked closely with the association to promote science journalism in the region. He is currently the vice-president of the ASJA.

Since the start of his career in science journalism he has been closely involved in the activities of the WFSJ. He was one of the organizers of the WCSJ2011 in Doha, Qatar. He put together the conference’s website and also managed the team doing the news coverage during the event. He was also closely involved with SjCOOP and held several training sessions during those meetings.

Mr. Yahia is very committed to the message of the WFSJ and will be fully committed to working with his fellow board members to promote the efforts of the federation. He believes that this is a time of change for science journalism in general and that the WFSJ needs to evolve to continue supplying the different needs of science journalists around the world.

DOMINIQUE FORGET – Treasurer

Canada – Science journalist at Radio-Canada & Author

Dominique Forget is a contributing editor for Québec Science, a popular science magazine with a readership of 215 000. She also writes the health column for L’actualité, French Canada’s foremost news magazine and has traveled to Asia, Africa and South America to cover stories about health and environmental issue. She joined Radio-Canada as a science journalist in September, 2015.

Many of Ms. Forget’s articles have garnered widespread recognition, including major awards from the Québec and Canadian magazine industries. She’s the author of two books, Perdre le Nord ? (on climate change in the Canadian Arctic) and Bébés illimités. La procréation assistée et ses petits (on the topic of assisted reproduction). Both books have received national recognition.

Ms. Forget currently sits on the board of the Fédération professionnelle des journalistes du Québec, which represents 2 000 journalists and whose mission is to uphold freedom of press and the public right to information. She also has served as secretary and later as president of the Association des communicateurs scientifques du Québec, a member association of the WFSJ.

Dominique Forget holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in chemical/environmental engineering. 

WOLFGANG GOEDE – Secretary

Germany – Senior Science Journalist

Wolfgang Goede is a senior science journalist with more than 30 years of experience, as an editor for Germany’s leading popular science magazine P.M. and with international editions and outlets. He has written about a wide array of topics in science.

Mr. Goede contributed to campaigns for the dissemination of science and technology, not only for his publisher Gruner+Jahr/Bertelsmann, but also as a member of the British Council Think Tank (2002-2006).

He is a co-founder of the WFSJ and has attended all the World Conference of Science Journalists (WCSJ) as a speaker, an organizer or as contributor to sessions. At the WCSJ 2013 in Helsinki he organized a comprehensive job training for science journalists.

Mr. Goede is a long-time board member of the German Association of Science Writers TELI and is currently its vice-chairman. He was TELI’s delegate to the European Union of Science Journalists’ Association (EUSJA) before being elected EUSJA’s Honorary Secretary (2012).

He organized at ESOF 2014 Copenhagen a science debate on nanotechnology, which resulted in the Copenhagen Declaration that had an impact on EU policy.

Mr. Goede believes that the times to report on science & technology have never been better. However, he also observes increasing deficits such as: deteriorating employment possibilities for science journalists, critical loss of quality in reporting, alien interests that are driven by commerce and economy, devaluate science, journalism and the will of the public.

DANIEL CODERRE – Member-at-Large

Canada – President and CEO of Genome Quebec

Daniel Coderre served as Rector of the Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS) since 2009, where he acquired solid expertise in public administration and built a wide network of partners.

Mr. Coderre holds a doctorate in biology from the Université de Sherbrooke. He began his career in 1982 as a biology professor at UQAM, where he supervised 85 masters and doctoral students and published nearly 100 scientific publications. He also served as Dean of the Faculty of Science and Vice-Rector of Research before being appointed Vice-President of Academic Affairs and Research from 2004 to 2009 and in 2009, as its Interim President. He is currently the President and CEO of Genome Quebec.

A certified corporate director Mr. Coderre has a proven track record in public administration. He has held positions on close to twenty committees, boards of directors, scientific, government and international committees and various commissions on science, technology, and innovation.

CHUL JOONG KIM – Member-at-Large

South Korea – Science Journalist

Chul Joong Kim is a senior staff writer in Medical Affairs & Health Information News Desk in Chosun Ilbo.

In 1982, he entered the College of Medicine at Korea University, one of the most prestigious universities in Korea and became a medical doctor in 1995. Whilst working on his Ph.D. he also received a master’s degree in journalism from the graduate school of Korea University.

He started his career as a medical journalist in Chosun Ilbo after practicing medicine for ten years. Presently, he writes 1~3 articles a week on medicine and health and also has a monthly signature column entitled: Kim Chul Joong’s Four Seasons of Life.

Chul Joong Kim has also hosted a TV program entitled, “Dr. Kim’s Health File” on Medi TV, and was a regular panel member of “Healthy Morning Show” aired on MBC Radio.

He is the recipient of numerous awards in science and medical reporting including the Golden Cross Award granted by the Seoul Medical Doctor Association in 2002. In 2007 and 2012, he won the Kunyang Journalist Award given by the Korean Science Writer Association and Norvatis Medical Journalist Award by the Korean Heath Communication Society.

CONNIE ST LOUIS – Member-at-large

United Kingdom