The ALMA Board

ALMA Board Meeting at ESO Headquarters in November 2019.

The ALMA Board is the governing body of the ALMA Project and the primary forum for interactions among, and decisions of the Parties recognizing that ultimate approval authority remains with the Parties.

The Board consists of Members and Assessors who are appointed by the Parties and Chile pursuant to the ALMA Agreement. NSF and ESO shall each appoint four members, NINS shall appoint three members and Chile shall appoint one member to the Board. Additionally, ESO, NINS and NSF shall each appoint one assessor to the Board.

The ALMA Board meets twice a year. If you want to know the results of these meetings, you can access this link where you will find a summary of each meeting.

The members of the ALMA Board are, by region, the following:

North America

  • James Di Francesco

    James Di Francesco

    (Vice Chair)
    National Research Council Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics

  • Joe Pesce

    Joe Pesce

    ALMA Program Manager, National Science Foundation

  • Karin Öberg

    Karin Öberg

    Harvard University, Professor of astronomy

  • Ralph Gaume

    Ralph Gaume

    Division Director in the Division of Astronomical Sciences (AST), National Science Foundation

  • Tony J. Beasley

    Tony J. Beasley

    National Radio Astronomy Observatory


  • Andreas Kaufer

    Andreas Kaufer

    ESO Director of Operations

  • Daniel Weselka

    Daniel Weselka

    Austrian Federal Ministry for Science and Research

  • Linda Tacconi

    Linda Tacconi

    Max-Planck-Institut für Extraterrestrische Physik, Garching

  • Tom Ray

    Tom Ray

    Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies

  • Xavier Barcons

    Xavier Barcons

    European Southern Observatory


  • Saku Tsuneta

    Saku Tsuneta

    NAOJ Director General

  • Satoru Iguchi

    Satoru Iguchi

    NAOJ Deputy Director

  • Toshikazu Onishi

    Toshikazu Onishi

    Osaka Prefecture University

  • You-Hua Chu

    You-Hua Chu

    Director of ASIAA, Taiwan


  • Luis Chavarría

    Luis Chavarría