Management Committee

CW-ISI has nine management committee members. Ksenija Dumicic is the Chair and Janet van Niekerk is the Webmaster. Other management committee members serve to fulfill the main objectives of the committee, but also serve as country representatives from various regions of the world. A full list of country representatives is given on the Country Representatives page.

Ksenija Dumicic – Chair


Professor Ksenija Dumicic, Ph.D., gained her Ph.D. at the University of Zagreb Faculty of Economics & Business (FEB), Croatia, where she has been a Full Professor in Tenure at the Department of Statistics until 2021. For 20 years she lectured at War College “Ban Josip Jelacic” at Croatian Military Academy “Petar Zrinski”. She is currently teaching at the online Ph.D. Program at DOBA Business School, Slovenia.

In FEB, she was the founding Chair of the Postgraduate Study in Statistics for 15 years and was Head of the Statistics Department for two terms. She mentored eight Ph.D. students in Croatia and Slovenia.

Her research areas are quantitative research methods, survey sampling, business statistics, econometrics, and SQC methods. She specialized in sampling at the Summer Institute in Survey Research Techniques at the Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan, USA, and at Training for European Statisticians (TES), University of Southampton, UK.

Since 2006 she is an Elected Member of ISI, contributing to IASS as a Country Representative, and to IASE, contributing to the ICOTS as a reviewer. In 2013 she joined ISI Committee on Women in Statistics (CW-ISI) as Country Representative, and was appointed its Chair for the term started in 2021. She is also a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society (RSS), American Statistical Association (ASA), Croatian Operational Research Society, and Croatian Biometric Society. Also, in the Caucus for Women in Statistics, she is a Country Representatives Committee member, and she is an Advisory Board member at Balkan Economic Forum (BEF).

She started the Croatian Statistical Association (CSA) as its first President (2015-2019), becoming a Board Member for the Federation of European National Statistical Associations (FENStatS) and for European Courses in Advanced Statistics (ECAS). In 2018, she established CSA’s Committee on Women in Statistics, being its first Chair. In 2019, she became CSA Honorary President, recognized for activating the first statistical journal in Croatia (Croatian Review for Economic, Business and Social Statistics -CREBSS), as its first Editor-in-Chief, and for starting the first series of international statistical conferences in Croatia (ISCCRO).

She led numerous projects, including one granted by Croatian Science Foundation, and was the EU projects’ Sampling Consultant (Multi-Beneficiary IPA 2009, Multi-Beneficiary Phare 2005 Program, for LFS, HBS, etc). She was World Bank Consultant for Statistical Master Plan for Croatia in 2007 and served in 90-es for UNHCR Projects for B&H and Croatia. For WHO and UNICEF she was Sampling Consultant for MICS- Multi-indicator Survey in Croatia: Research into Parental Knowledge and Behaviour Concerning Children’s Health and Nutrition.

Since 2016 she serves as an IPC member for the Young Statisticians Meeting for Croatia. Since 2017, she is Jury Committee Member for Statistical Competition for Croatian high schools (the European Commission and CBS Project).

She was a plenary or invited speaker at several international conferences. As an example, in 2019, she was an Invited Speaker at the ISI WSC-2019 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, presenting an invited topic on behalf of the CW-ISI at the ISI Young Statisticians Workshop (YS-ISI 2019).

She actively participated in ten ISI WSC events, becoming an SPC member for the 64 WSC 2023 in Ottawa, Canada. She published more than 250 publications, the most significant listed at ORCID Ksenija Dumicic (, Google Scholar Ksenija Dumicic, and CROSBI Ksenija Dumicic. Current info is available at LinkedIn Ksenija Dumicic.

Shili Lin – Representative from the Caucus on Women in Statistics Shili Lin

Dr. Shili Lin is Professor of Statistics at the Ohio State University. Her research interests lie in the development and application of statistical methods to genomic data from population and family samples. Shili Lin joined the statistics faculty in 1995. Prior to that, she was the Neyman Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Statistics at the University of California at Berkeley from 1993-1995. She is an active member of and serves the statistical profession in various capacities, including editorial service for various journals (e.g. current Associate Editor (AE) of Biometrics and former AE of the Journal of the American Statistical Association), severing as panel members in NIH Study Sections (e.g. former standing member of the Biostatistical Methods and Research Design Study Section and the Genomics, Computational Biology and Technology Study Section), and serving professional organizations such as the American Statistical Association (ASA), the International Biometrics Society (IBS), and the Joint Committee on Women in the Mathematical Sciences (JCW-Math). Shili Lin also served as the 2018 Caucus for Women in Statistics (CWS) as President. During her tenure as the President, she led the caucus in several directions to strengthen its impact on the profession. Most notable are her continuing effort to increase the national and international reputation of CWS as a premier organization advocating for women in statistics and data science; and her work, in coordination with ASA, on the Florence Nightingale Day to encourage middle and high school students to pursue educational and career opportunities in statistics and data science. Shili Lin is a Fellow of the ASA (elected in 2004), a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (elected in 2009), and an elected member of the International Statistics Institute (elected in 2014).

Ada van Krimpenada

Ada van Krimpen (1956, The Netherlands) served as the ISI Director from 2009-2013. Ada is an ISI elected member since 2002 and a member of IAOS (IAOS Vice-Chair 1999-2001). Among her responsibilities as ISI Director was the implementation of the ISI policies and action plans and management of the ISI Permanent Office in The Hague, The Netherlands. Organizing the ISI World Statistics Congresses in all its facets has been a central element of her work.

Various means of communication have been developed under her directorship for ISI and Association members, such as the monthly newsletter, and the use of social media such as LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Reporting the ISI’s financial status and activities to the EC and the members fell under her responsibility. During the Covid times, a webinar and online short course program were successfully launched.

The ISI has over 20 committees, and the Committee on Women in Statistics is a good example. Statistical capacity building is a main focal point of ISI. In that context, Ada organized several ISI High-Level Leadership Workshops for leaders of statistical institutes in Africa (e.g., Addis Ababa, Dakar, Yaoundé, and Dar es Salaam) and contributed as session chair and/or panelist. She was also involved in the organization of ISIs regional conferences.

Strategic relationships with UN organizations, World Bank, OECD and Eurostat, and statistical societies such as ASA, RSS, IARIW, and, FENStatS were an important part of the job, and she participated in JSMs. She represented the ISIs in the United Nations Statistical Committee. Ada took part in several statistics conferences in Russia which led to the establishment of the Russian Association of Statisticians.

Before joining the ISI, Ada worked as International Relations Director in Statistics Netherlands for 16 years (1993-2009). In that role, she participated in numerous European and international working groups and was (co-) initiator of the Task Forces for the European Statistics Code of Practice and the European Statistical Law. Ada was a consultant for Business Registers and Business Statistics in the EU TACIS Program missions to Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan (1994-1998) and Consultant for Statistical Programming and Planning in Mongolia (1999).

Ada joined Statistics Netherlands after completing her law degree at Erasmus University Rotterdam, which she did as part-time study, while working full-time at the faculty of economics as a policy advisor for research and coordinator of the international student exchange program.

For a full picture of the role of statistics in her life, check out the interview in the ISLP newsletter: ISLP Newsletter Vol 14.1 August 2022.pdf (

Adedayo Adepoju

Adedayo Adepoju was a former Acting Head of Department in the Department of Statistics, she holds a PhD in Statistics from University of Ibadan, Nigeria, where she is an Associate Professor. She is the Head of Unit, Environmental Statistics Unit, Department of Statistics, UI. She is also the Coordinator of University of Ibadan Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis (UI-LISA). UI-LISA is a member of LISA 2020 Network with headquarters at the University of Colorado Boulder, USA. She has taught in other universities including University of Mines and Technology (UMAT), Takwa, Ghana, Federal University of Technology (FUTA), Akure and First Technical University (FirstTech), Ibadan both in Nigeria. She has over twenty-five years of teaching and research experience at the University level. Her research interests include Econometric modelling, Applied Bayesian Analysis, Computational Statistics and Statistical Consulting. She was nominated the first Educational Ambassador for Nigeria by the American Statistical Association (ASA) for the year 2016. She is also an elected member of the International Statistical Institute (ISI). She was elected as the Africa Representative of the Program Committee of the Caucus of women in Statistics (CWS) for the year 2022 and a member of the CWS-ISI Management Committee member for 2023. She is an Ambassador for STEM Girls (an African Girls Empowerment Network). She is a member of many Professional and Academic associations including International Biometric Society (IBS) Group Nigeria, International Statistical Institute (ISI), Caucus of Women in Statistics of the American Statistical Association (ASA) American Statistical Association (ASA) and The Nigerian Statistical Association (NSA). She is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Econometric and Allied Research (CEAR), University of Ibadan.

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Amanda L. Golbeck is an Elected Member of the ISI, represents North America on the ISI’s Management Committee on Women, and serves on the ISI’s Management Committee on the History of Statistics. Golbeck’s current position is Professor of Biostatistics and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. She is best known for her books, Equivalence: Elizabeth L. Scott at Berkeley, and Leadership and Women in Statistics (with I. Olkin and Y. Gel), both published by Chapman and Hall/CRC. She is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association (ASA), and a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society (RSS). She was a recent Fulbright Specialist to the University of Latvia at Riga. She a member of the editorial board of Significance Magazine and a featured statistician for the 2018 Wiley Statistics Views column on “Why Choose Statistics” ( She is chair of the AMS-ASA-ISI-MAA-SIAM committee that oversees the Annual Survey of the Mathematical and Statistical Sciences in the U.S. She is chair of the ASA’s new History of Statistics Interest Group. Golbeck was selected in 2016 to receive an award that the committee of presidents of five major statistical societies (COPSS) gives to one statistician every two years. This is the Elizabeth L. Scott Award. Her citation read: “for her outstanding efforts in enhancing the status of women and minorities, fostering new leadership opportunities for women and men, promoting diversity at all levels, and advocating for a more inclusive, open and supportive atmosphere in statistical sciences.” Golbeck is the 13th statistician to have received this award.

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Diana Stukel is currently Director of Monitoring and Evaluation for the Control and Elimination Program for Neglected Tropical Diseases – a USAID-funded program spanning seven diseases in 11 West African countries – at FHI 360 in Washington, DC. Earlier in her eight-year tenure at FHI 360, she was Senior Scientist for the FANTA Project, and supported Survey Methods/Monitoring and Evaluation for USAID-funded Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition Programs in 13 developing countries spanning Africa, Asia and Latin America. Before joining FHI 360, she held the posts of Head of Methodology for the UNESCO Institute for Statistics in Montreal, and Interregional Advisor on Population and Housing Censuses for the United Nations Statistics Division in New York, for a collective seven years. Dr. Stukel began her career working for Statistics Canada, the Canadian Federal Government agency for official statistics in Ottawa, and at the end of her 11-year tenure was a Chief of Section within the Statistical Methodology Division. Dr. Stukel has worked on a broad spectrum of evaluations, household surveys and survey design/data collection initiatives in support of both developing and developed countries. Dr. Stukel holds a Master’s and PhD in Mathematics and Statistics from Carleton University.

Janet van Niekerk – WebmasterPicture1

Janet van Niekerk is a passionate South African woman aspiring to be a highly esteemed researcher in the field of Bayesian methods. She received her PhD from the University of Pretoria as the youngest PhD graduate since inception. She held the position of Lecturer/Senior Lecturer at the University of Pretoria since 2013. Currently, she is a Research Scientist at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in the research group of Prof. Haavard Rue. She has won various international awards and serves on the editorial board of the Bayesian Analysis journal.

Leticia Ramirez-Ramirez
Leticia Ramirez Ramirez

Born in Mexico, Leticia obtained her Ph.D. at the University of Waterloo in 2008, where she stayed for three years as a postdoc. In 2011 she returned to Mexico and, since 2014, has been a member of the Mexican Research System and was appointed “SNI level I” in 2017. Since 2013 she has been an Elected Member of the International Statistical Institute. Her work experience includes the State Council of Population of Guanajuato (2001-2003), full-time professor at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de Mexico (2011-2016), and being an Assistant and Associate Professor at the Center for Research in Mathematics. Leticia has also been a consultant on projects for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Mexican Association of Insurance Institutions (AMIS).

Her research areas, in general, are statistical modeling and inference in epidemiology, environmental and social sciences. In particular, some areas are networks, dynamics in networks, UQ, epidemic models, inference of stochastic models, and spatial and computational statistics.

She has conducted undergraduate and graduate theses on various topics, including applications of statistical models in actuarial, environmental, and epidemic problems and spatial classification. The services she has performed include: Webmaster and treasurer The International Environmetrics Society (2013-2023), Associate editor for Environmetrics (since 2014); She has organized invited sessions for congresses such as the 24th and 27th annual conference of the International Environmetrics Society (Guangzhou, China, 2014; Bergamo, Italy, 2017) and The International Workshop on Applied Probability (Toronto, Canada, 2016), has been a member of the organizing committee of congresses and workshops such as the XIV School of Probability and Statistics (CIMAT), the Statistics sessions at the 49th and 51st National Congress of Mexican Mathematical Society (Aguascalientes, 2016 and Villahermosa, 2017), two birds workshops (Banff, 2016 and Oaxaca, 2017) and the V Latinoamerican Bayesian Statistics Congress (CIMAT, 2017), and has been the local organizer chair for the International Workshop on Perspectives on High-dimensional Data Analysis (CIMAT, 2017) and the 28th TIES conference (CIMAT, 2018).

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Michiko Watanabe is an Elected Member of ISI, the Japan Representative of ISI’s Management Committee on Women in Statistics and the Country Coordinator of IASE, ISLP Japan. After working as a professor at Kyushu University, Kansai University, Toyo University and Keio University Graduate School, she is currently a professor at the Faculty of Data Science, Rissho University. She received Doctor of Science from Kyusyu University. Specialized in statistical science and data science. Known for her Open University TV courses “Basic Statistics” and “Data Literacy” and her book “The EM Algorithm and Related Statistical Models” (CRC Press Inc.).

 She received the Prize of the Japan Statistical Society in 2012 and the Prize for Science and Technology of the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in the field of science and technology in 2017. She is a member of the Science Council of Japan and she was Director and Advisor of the Statistics Centre, Chair of the Statistical Education Committee of the Japan Statistical Society, Vice-President of IASE and Vice-President of the Japan Society of Applied Statistics.

Previous chairs

Diana Stukel

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Previous members

Jiayang Sun