Meng Wang


Co. Founder

Meng Wang, Senior Geologist of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Meng is one of the founders of YES. He served as the vice president of YES Network for the term of 2008-2010, 2010-2012, and became the YES president since 2012. He is actively promoting cooperation between YES and other organizations from all over the world.

Josephine Uushona

Secretary General

Josephine Uushona is a senior geoscientist at the Ministry of Mines and Energy, Department of Geological Survey, in addition to her work she is actively involved in science outreach programs. Josephine holds a BSc (Hon) in Chemistry and Applied Geology and has great interest in science communication.

Patricio G. Villafañe

Vice President


Patricio G. Villafañe is a Geologist and Ph.D. student from National University of Tucumán (Argentina) and has a M.Sc. in Applied Paleontology from the University of Valencia (Spain). Currently, he is working on the geological and paleoenvironmental implications of the modern microbialites of La Puna and its comparison with fossil analogs deposits. This work is carried out at the Laboratory of Microbiological Research of Lagunas Andinas (LIMLA—Tucumán, Argentina) PROIMI–CONICET, and in the Higher Institute of Geological Correlation (INSUGEO—Tucumán, Argentina)—CONICET.

Dr. Shib Sankar Ganguli

Vice President

Professional Development & Career Counselling

Dr. Shib Sankar Ganguli received his Master’s degree in Applied Geophysics (2011) from Indian School of Mines (now IIT (ISM)), Dhanbad and Ph.D. in Geophysics (2016) from Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research (AcSIR) implemented at CSIR (Council of Scientific and Industrial Research)-National Geophysical Research Institute (NGRI), Hyderabad, India. At present, he is working as a Scientist at the Institute. Prior to joining this position, he served as Inspire Faculty at the Department of Earth Sciences in Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur from Jan, 2017 to Nov, 2018 after receiving the highly competitive and prestigious award “DST Inspire Faculty” by Dept. of Science & Tech. (DST), Govt. of India. He was previously a Visiting Researcher at SINTEF Petroleum Research, Norway. Besides, he has successfully completed the Graduate Program by SEG/ExxonMobil Student Education Program (SEP)-2015, held in Prague, Czech Republic

Leadership 2007-2008

Founder Members: David Govoni (Italy), Luca Micucci (Italy), Elyvin Nkhonjera (Malawi), Meng WANG (China), Andrew Method (Tanzania), Joanne Venus (UK), Leila Gonzales (USA), Diana V. Zakhidova (Uzbekistan), Azam Kadirhodjaev (Uzbekistan), Gani Mavlyanov (Uzbekistan), Obidjon Kodirov (Uzbekistan), Wickramasooriya Ashvin (Sri Lanka)
YES Network held the first Committee meeting during the 33rd International Geological Congress in Oslo, Norway.

Leadership 2008-2010

President: David Govoni (Italy

Executive Director: Luca Micucci (Italy)

Secretary General: Elyvin Nkhonjera (Malawi)
Vice President: Meng WANG (China), Andrew Method (Tanzania), Joanne Venus (UK), Leila Gonzales (USA), Sarah Gaines (UNESCO), Michelle Cooper (Australia)
Secretariat: (ISPRA, Italy)

Leadership 2010-2012

President: Joanne Venus (UK) Secretary General: Elyvin Nkhonjera (Malawi) Vice President: Amel Barich(Morocco), Meng WANG(China), Michelle Cooper (Australia), Mary Seid (USA), Ciro Manzo (Italy), Syed Ajijur Rahman (UK) Webpage Master: Heather R. Houlton (AGI, USA)

Leadership 2012-2015

President: Meng WANG (China)
Secretary General: Tanvi Arora (India)
Vice President: Carlos A. Cónsole Gonella (Argentina), Amel Barich(Morocco), Ciro Manzo (Italy), Enas Ahmed (Egypt), Ceclia Mukosi (South Africa)
YES Congress: Bita Mirzapour (Iran)
Secretariat: Céline Andrien (EuroGeoSurveys, Belgium)

Leadership 2016-2019

President: Meng WANG (China)
Secretary General: Tanvi Arora (India)
Vice President: Ceclia Mukosi (South Africa), Carlos A. Cónsole Gonella (Argentina), Shyela palomino (Peru), Wenlei WANG (China), Enas Ahmed (Egypt)
YES Congress: Thomas Rose (Germany)