Management Committee

CW-ISI has seven 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


Ksenija Dumicic, Full Professor Tenured, gained her Ph.D. in Social Sciences, Humanities, and Theology at the University of Zagreb Faculty of Economics & Business (FEB), Croatia, where she has been lecturing at the Department of Statistics. Her research areas are quantitative research methods, survey sampling, business statistics, statistical education, econometrics, and SQC. She specialized in sampling at Summer Institute in Survey Research Techniques at Institute for Social Research, Uni. of Michigan, USA, and Training for European Committee (TES), Uni. Southampton, UK. Currently, she teaches at DOBA Business School and Faculty for Commercial and Business Sciences in Slovenia. Since 2016 she is serving as an IPC member for Young Statisticians Meeting for Croatia and is Jury Committee Member for Statistical Competition for Croatia (European Commission and CBS Project), an Advisory Committee member for Balkan Economic Forum, and the Scientific Programme Committee member for the 64th ISI WSC 2023. At FEB, she has been founding Chair of the Postgraduate Study in Statistics and was twice Head of the Statistics Department. She mentored eight Ph.D. students. 

Since 2006 she is an Elected Member of ISI, contributing to IASS and IASE. She joined ISI Committee on Women in Statistics (CW-ISI) acting as a Management Committee member and the Country Representative. She has been appointed Chair of the CW-ISI for the term 2021-2025. She is also a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society (RSS), American Statistical Association (ASA), and the American Society for Quality (ASQ) Statistics Division. She activated 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), where, in 2018, she established CSA’s Committee on Women in Statistics, chairing it since then. In 2019, she was appointed CSA Honorary President, receiving recognition for activating the first statistical journal in Croatia (CREBSS), as its first Editor-in-Chief, and starting the first International Statistical Conference in Croatia (ISCCRO). She led numerous projects, including one granted by the Croatian Science Foundation, and two granted by the Ministry of Science of Croatia or University of Zagreb, and was the EU projects’ 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. 

She was a plenary or invited speaker at several international conferences. In 2019, she has been the Invited Speaker at the ISI WSC-2019 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, presenting an invited topic on behalf of the CW-ISI Management Committee at The ISI Young Statisticians Workshop (YS-ISI2019). She actively participated in ten ISI WSC events. She published more than 250 publications, the most significant being listed at ORCID Ksenija Dumicic.

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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.

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).

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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.

Jiayang Sun

Jiayang Sun is Professor, Chair, and Bernard Dunn Eminent Scholar at the Department of Statistics, George Mason University. Currently, she is also serving as the inaugurate ASA/ACM/AMS/IMS/MAA/SIAM Science & Technology Policy Fellow (STPF), working as the Big Data Senior Fellow for Big Data Analytics in the leadership team for PDI at the USDA ARS, Office of National Programs. Before she moved to the Washington DC area, she was Professor of  the Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences and the Director of the Center for Statistical Research, Computing and Collaboration (SR2c),  Case Western Reserve University. She received her Ph.D. in Statistics from Stanford. She is an elected Fellow of American Statistical Association (ASA), an elected Fellow of Institute of Mathematical Statistics (IMS), and an elected Member of International Statistical Institute (ISI). She also served as the 2016 President of Caucus for Women in Statistics (CWS), and has been on various committees in the ASA, IMS, CWS, ISI, and other national and international professional panels. She has published in top statistical and computational journals, including Annals of Statistics, Journal of American Statistical Association, Annals of Probability, Biometrika, Statistica Sinica, Biometrical Journal, Statistics in Medicine, JCGS and SIAM J Sci. & Stat. Comp, and other statistical and scientific journals. Her statistical research has included Simultaneous Confidence Regions and Multiple Testing, Selection Bias and Measurement Errors, Mixtures and Image Analysis, Machine Learning and Causal Inference, Semiparametric and Nonparametrics, Statistical Computing, Graphics, Data Analytics, Bioinformatics and Big Data. Her interdisciplinary work has ranged from astronomy, computer science, energy, and law, to research in cancer, environmental science, imaging, neuroscience, wound, and other medical sciences, now Agriculture. Her research has been supported by awards from the NSF, NIH, NSA, DOD, DOE, VA, and ASA.

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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.

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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.