Introducing the 2024 Commonwealth Chemistry President-Elect and new Executive Board members

We are delighted to announce the newest members of the Commonwealth Chemistry Executive Board.

Following a call for nominations and voting process put to our Society Members, we are delighted to announce the Commonwealth Chemistry President-Elect as well as our elected Executive Board member. Additionally, we are pleased to share our two new appointed Executive Board members.

Our new Board members are as follow:

  • Dr Michael Forde, Trinidad and Tobago (President-Elect)
  • Professor Sarah Masters, New Zealand (Elected Executive Board member)
  • Dr Ale Palermo, United Kingdom (Appointed Executive Board member)
  • Professor Ireshika De Silva, Sri Lanka (Appointed Executive Board member)

Please join us in welcoming the newest members of our Executive Board!

Our new Executive Board members

Dr Michael Forde


Term of Office 2024 – 2028
University of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago

Michael’s vision for Commonwealth Chemistry:

To invest strategically in capacity building within our next generation of talent by connecting ECCs with the widest possible array of skills, knowledge, and perspectives from more senior chemical sciences practitioners, who remain valuable resources to the global chemistry enterprise.

Head shot of Michael Forde

Professor Sarah Masters

Executive Board member

Term of Office 2024 – 2027
University of Canterbury, New Zealand

Sarah’s vision for Commonwealth Chemistry:

A connected Commonwealth Chemistry community that supports each other through shared resources and knowledge to undertake vital research towards supporting the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Head shot of Sarah Masters

Dr Ale Palermo

Executive Board member

Term of Office 2024 – 2027
Royal Society of Chemistry, UK

Ale’s vision for Commonwealth Chemistry:

Commonwealth Chemistry provides a unique and inclusive platform for chemical scientists across the Commonwealth to network and collaborate. In particular, I will continue to support and work with the Early Career Chemists Network to ensure they receive the success they deserve.

Photo of Ale Palermo in front of shelves of books

Professor Ireshika De Silva

Executive Board member

Term of Office 2024 – 2027
University of Colombo, Sri Lanka

Ireshika’s vision for Commonwealth Chemistry:

To foster a world where chemistry serves as a catalyst for a positive change, addressing demanding challenges and contributing to fulfilling the sustainable development goals.

Professor Ireshika de Silva