Bruno Woeran – Chair


Bruno Woeran is the Research Management & Technology Transfer, Head at PMU. Bruno experience includes fostering the collaboration of Vaasa industry, regional and higher education Institutions for international networking, and cooperation in Research and proposal management from submission to execution.

Bruno has been an active supporter and contributor of NCURA International Region VIII since 2012.


Makram Halawani – Chair Elect

American University of Beirut

Makram Halawani is an Assistant Director in the Office of Grants and Contracts at the American University of Beirut. Managing pre- and post-award responsibilities of Federally-funded Institutional projects and introducing best practices in procedures and compliance since 2010. 

Makram has been an NCURA member for over 9 years, and has engaged with members in seminars, annual meetings, and other volunteer opportunities.




Tadashi Sugihara – Immediate Past Chair

Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate School

Tadashi Sugihara is the Manager of Grants and Research Collaboration. He has extensive working experience in the global environment. Strong network among funding agencies and universities domestically and internationally.

Tadashi has been a member of NCURA since 2012, served as the NCURA Contributing Editor for the Asia -Pacific Region from 2015-2018 and served on the Select Committee on Global Affairs from 2017-2018. 


Lisa Kennedy – Secretary

The University of Queensland

Lisa Kennedy is the Research Partnerships Manager in the Faculty of Science at the University of Queensland. She has experience in negotiating a wide range of research projects including the establishment of a research facility in Santiago, Chile; contracts to facilitate the response to the Corona virus for an emergency response to development of a vaccine; and other large international collaborations. Lisa also oversees a team that manages pre-award and contracting processes for research projects in the Faculty of Science.  She previously worked as a researcher and taught research methods at the University of Queensland until she left to work in government as a researcher and then in the non-government sector. In 2014 she returned to the University of Queensland.


Ioannis Legouras – Treasurer

Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association (MDC)

Dr. Ioannis Legouras is the Head of International Programs at MDC. Ioannis is responsible for all international grants and is interested in international topics, be it projects, cooperation or exchange of best practices.

Ioannis received his PhD in 2010 from Heidelberg University, Germany, and has been active in the international research field since 2011.


Elly Pineda – Volunteer Coordinator

University of Technology Sydney

Elly Pineda is the International Research Grants Manager in the Research Grants team in the Research Office at UTS. Elly manages UTS’ international research grants portfolio, which includes pre-award and post-award functions. Her responsibilities include identifying funding opportunities, proposal preparation, and submission, and non-financial post-award functions.

Elly has over eight years of experience in research management and began her career at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston. She is a Certified Research Administrator (CRA) from the Research Administrators Certification Council (RACC).