NESSE Elections

The 2019 Executive Board election process is now underway! 

NESSE is run by an Executive Board of eight dedicated volunteers. Half of the Board is elected each year for a two year term starting at the beginning of September. This year’s Executive Board call for applications is now closed, please read the following information about the candidates standing for election below. The voting will be open until August 24th! For any questions regarding the election contact:

NESSE elections 2019

What Executive Board Positions are up for Election in 2019? 

Executive Director

The Executive Director role requires keeping an overview of all of the different areas of NESSE work, developing and leading NESSE’s strategy and developing new opportunities by seeking out partnerships with new organisations. The executive director should both lead and develop the vision of NESSE whilst enabling Director’s to have the opportunity and space to develop their own areas of work. 

Dr. Samson Alayande – Standing for the position of Executive Director 2019-2021


Current Career Status: Faculty Member

Institution: First Technical University

Location:  Ibadan, Nigeria

Country of Origin: Nigeria

Background: Samson is a Senior Lecturer in Department of Industrial Chemistry, First Technical University, Ibadan, Nigeria. He was previously a research fellow in Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife. He bagged his doctoral degree in Industrial Chemistry with specialization on Nanotechnology, he worked on sustainable management of crude oil spillage using nanoporous fibre. His research theme is “Materials for Energy and Environmental Sustainability”. He has worked extensively on developing re-use for polymer waste, nanostructuring of agricultural wastes into valuable materials, green synthesis of advance materials and sustainable chemistry. As a researcher, he has over forty publications and mentored several undergraduate and graduate students. He has patent on “crude oil adsorption and simultaneous oil recovery with electrospun fibre regeneration (International Publication Number of   WO 2018/055566 A1)   He has participated in several national and international projects on Sustainable Science such as development of nano-filter from bio-diversity as point-of-use water purifier, re-use of polymer waste as resistivity gas sensor, health impact of ceramic water filter in Eweje village, upcycling of PET bottles, green technology for monitoring of crop deterioration and capacity development on sustainable chemistry.  He has a patent on prototype for crude oil spillage management. He is a stakeholder on Sustainable Chemistry and has participated in several global programmes on Sustainable Chemistry. He is a member of several professional forum. He loves innovation, travelling, productive interaction, writing, investment and learning new things. He loves innovation, travelling, productive interaction, writing, investment and learning new things. He is currently Director of Finance and Funding for Network of Early-Career Sustainable Scientists and Engineers.

Read more about Dr. Alayande’s aims…

Director of Membership Activities 

This role is dedicated to engaging with and supporting NESSE’s membership. You will support and develop existing and new engagement initiatives including webinars, conference events, the mentorship scheme and membership communications. This role is ideal for someone who is outgoing, a great communicator, has experience of running events and is excited to develop interesting initiatives that connect our members to each other and provide them with career-enhancing opportunities.

Fadi Assad – Standing for the position of Director of Membership Activities 

Fadi AssadCurrent Career Status: PhD student 

Institution: University of Warwick

Location: United Kingdom

Country of Origin: Syria

Background: My research is about energy consumption in manufacturing systems with focus on assembly lines. Manufacturing is a major contributor to energy consumption and CO2 generation. Therefore, my research looks at the side of the system life cycle assessment where the CO2 can be eliminated. To achieve this, the recent digital manufacturing technologies will be employed to upgrade some previously existing technologies. My hobbies include chess oriental and classical music.


Read more about Fadi’s aims…

Director of Marketing and Communications 

This role does what it says on the label! You will be responsible for overseeing all of NESSE’s online communications, this includes the blog, website and social media (facebook & twitter. etc.). Each site needs to be updated with events and content at least 3-4 times a week, ideally daily. You will also be responsible for the creation of promotional materials and branding NESSE to the wider world, with the goal of expanding our network on social media and beyond. Recruiting and editing for the blog is also a major component of this position, this is a great opportunity to gain science communication skills as well as network! Excellent written communication skills are a must for this position and social media experience is helpful.

Juliana Vidal– Standing for the position of Director of Marketing and Communication 2019-2021

julianaCurrent Career Status: Graduate Student

Institution:  Memorial University of Newfoundland

Location: St. John’s – NL, Canada

Country of Origin: Brazil

Background: My interest in sustainable science begun during my undergraduate studies, where I started to get concerned with the negative perspective believed by the general public with respect to Chemistry. I was decided to change this point of view, do my part in taking care of the planet, and this led me to specialize in green chemistry. My undergraduate research involved the sustainable recovery of residues, and my Master’s work involved the treatment of environmentally harmful solutions. Currently, I am in the 2nd year of my PhD studies in the Green Chemistry and Catalysis Group at Memorial University of Newfoundland. In my research, I am investigating the use of biochar (a bio-based waste material and important tool for CO2 sequestration) in catalysis and in materials science. During my free time, I love watching movies, playing videogames, hiking, and spending time with my friends, my husband, and my beautiful and crazy dog.

Read more about Juliana’s aims…

Details for the Executive Board Elections 2019

How does the Executive Board operate?

The NESSE Executive Board is responsible for setting out the vision and priorities of the organisation, developing new projects and  working closely with our partners to help all of our members.

The Board is distributed globally so we work together online via skype calls and using an online organisational tool (Asana) to manage projects and activities between meetings.

Our general requirements, regardless of position, are:

  • You need to be a current NESSE early-career member. You can join for FREE here.
  • You need to be passionate about sustainability, and agree with our mission, vision, and values.
  • You need to be able to commit time to the organisation. To be effective, most positions require 5-10hrs/month on average.
  • Self-motivation is important for the digital environment that we work in.

The key roles and responsibilities of the Executive Board are:

  • Taking joint responsibility for managing the financial and legal responsibilities of NESSE
  • Maintaining active communication with the rest of the Board, external stakeholders and volunteers including checking and using our online project management system 3-4 times per week (Asana)
  • Attending 1-2h Executive Board meetings every month and twice yearly half day online strategy planning sessions
  • Developing the strategy and activities of your particular area of responsibility and leading the activities
  • Recruiting and managing a team of members responsible for specific tasks related to your area of work
  • Bringing to the Board new strategies and proposals
  • Writing detailed handover notes and give full in person handover to new Director
  • Communicating any periods of absence or reductions in workload to Executive Director

How do I apply to be on the Executive Board?

Any self-defining early-career member of NESSE can stand for election to the Executive Board. Prospective candidates can submit a candidacy for one specific position on the Board.

In order to stand for election, you must complete and submit an official application for candidacy for the desired position. The application must include a biography, past experience, your goals for the position and two professional references. Those standing for the Executive Director position will also need to submit a 2 min video answering a specific set of questions. The information within your application will be distributed via NESSE’s social networking platforms, website and email system.

Here is this year’s application form – Application_Form_2019, please submit your completed form to by 9th August 2019.

What is the timeline and process for the elections?

Election Timeline in 2019

23rd June to 9th August:call for applications for  open positions in the 2019 election

Applications will be accepted until 9th August

10th August- 24th August: Election promotions and online discussion with candidates for all NESSE members to take part in. Voting by NESSE members!
After 25th of August: Announcement of results

Election process
All members will be informed of the election at least one month prior to the election opening. Information about people standing for election will be posted prior to the election opening. All elections are to be carried out via a suitable electronic system. The voting period shall open on the 10th August and close by 11:59pm PDT on 24th August. In the event of a system failure, the election period shall be extended by a maximum of seven days.

During this two week elections period an online meeting, twitter discussion, or some other means of online communication, will be held to enable members to learn more about the people standing for positions and to ask questions of them. The webinar or other format of communication will involve NESSE members or previous Board members talking about different positions, what they do, what they think they need rather than a combative hustings. A twitter/facebook/webinar discussion may be run for all candidates.

All registered early-career members of NESSE can vote for one candidate within each position up for election. The voting system will be the Condorcet voting system. In the event of a mathematical tie, a runoff election between the two candidates must occur the following week.

Frequently asked questions

How many members does the NESSE Executive Board have?

The Executive Board consists of 8 members.

Who is eligible to run for the NESSE Executive Board?

Any self-defining early-career member of NESSE can stand for election to the Executive Board. Past Executive Board members are eligible to run for up to three two year terms in total as long as they fit the other eligibility criteria.

Who elects the Executive Board?

The Executive Board is elected by the early-career members of NESSE.

How long is a term on the Executive Board?

Exex Board Directors are elected for two years from September 1 to August 31st two years later.

How does the Executive Board conduct meetings?

The Executive Board usually meets once or twice a month online via Skype. In between, the Executive Board Directors are in regular contact using our online management tool, Asana, and via email. In the future we would like to schedule one in-person meeting at the beginning of the term, to help all outgoing and incoming Executive Board to get to know each other and develop strategy, but this will depend on Board member availabilities and funding. We also try to arrange meetings with Executive Board Directors at larger conferences that we know a few of us will attend.

If you have any questions about the Executive Board positions or the elections please contact