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Message from the Incoming EMB Chair, Elissa Molloy

In February 2018 Diane Bowers announced that she was stepping down as Chair of the Global Research Business Network (GRBN) Executive Management Board.  Diane is a founding member of GRBN, and a long-term champion of global research associations working together to promote the research and insights industry; an industry for which she has been a fearless advocate.

For the past 38 years Diane has been a global leader in the research industry. Her passion and commitment for her role as President of the Council of American Survey Research Organisations (CASRO) spread globally through her guideline development work on the ESOMAR Professional Standards Committee from 1996-2012; in establishing the Americas Research Industry Alliance (ARIA) that saw ten research associations from the Americas join forces to share knowledge and to promote research and insights throughout the region; her work on the global ISO committee to develop standards ISO 20252 and ISO26362; and her founding role in setting up and establishing the GRBN in 2012, a network that now connects 45 research associations from four regional federations – the Americas (ARIA),  Asia Pacific (APRC), Europe (EFAMRO), and Africa (AMRA). Diane has positively impacted the lives of many people in associations around the world. Her work has indeed been global.

When we first discussed the creation of the GRBN it was Diane who ensured that we maintained the momentum to go beyond words into action.  Her enthusiasm has never diminished, and the current success of GRBN is a testament to all the effort and time that has Diane contributed since the Network was launched in 2012.

For this reason and in recognition of her role in forming the Global Research Business Network I am delighted to advise that she has been appointed an Honorary Patron of GRBN.

Diane has worked collaboratively with many over the years and you can read what her associates, colleagues and other research leaders have to say about her incredible contribution to the research and insights global industry below.

As we enter this new phase for GRBN it is reassuring to know that the Insights Association has committed to continuing its support GRBN. The mantle within the Insights Association has been handed to Kevin Menk, the Chair of their Global Engagement Committee, who has an excellent understanding of the origins of GRBN and why the network is necessary for the industry.  Moving forward, David Almy, the CEO of the Insights Association, will also be actively involved in GRBN and ARIA, managing the corporate responsibilities and operations, as both ARIA and GRBN are U.S. non-profit entities. We welcome Kevin to the GRBN leadership team.

On a personal level I would like to thank Diane for her wisdom, support and her establishment of CIRQ that has provided Australian market and social research organisations with cost effective auditing services. I am pleased to note that while Diane is stepping down from the Executive Management Board, she has offered to continue volunteering her time for the GRBN, an organisation for which she has an enduring passion and will continue to be supportive of GRBN as a member of the Insight Association’s Global Engagement Committee.  We wish her all the best for her future endeavours.

Elissa Molloy, Incoming GRBN Chair




The Australian Market and Social Research Society is linked globally to 45 associations through its partnership with the Global Research Business Network (GRBN) and the Asia Pacific Research Committee (APRC). Click here to read about the AMSRS global network. This article is originally sourced from GRBN website.

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