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The organizational structure of the GBS network is based on two principles: multilateral coordination and self-governance. On the one hand, each regional barometer directs and coordinates its own member institutions and country teams in 93 countries where surveys have been conducted. For example, the Afrobarometer is headquartered in the Ghana Center for Democratic Development. It commissions data collection, for example, in Nigeria through Practical Sampling International and in South Africa through Citizens Surveys. The headquarters of Asian Barometer is co-hosted by the Center for East Asia Democratic Studies at National Taiwan University and the Institute of Political Science of Academia Sinica. It implements its survey in the Philippines through Social Weather Station and in Malaysia through Merdeka Centre. On the other hand, three bodies have been established to coordinate the collaborative efforts among regional barometers to achieve common research standards, generate merged data and pooled resources, produce joint research output, and organize joint out-reach activities.

The GBS network is currently managed through three bodies:

•Executive Board -- comprised of representatives from member regional barometers. The Executive Board provides intellectual leadership, makes collective decisions, develops proposals for research and funding, plans and coordinates surveys according to a common schedule, and authorizes other actions, including delegating tasks to working groups.

•Secretariat -- The GBS Secretariat is currently hosted by Asian Barometer. The Secretariat is responsible for the coordinating data-collection activities among six regional barometers, maintaining GBS website and data archive, and supporting collaborative research activities under the auspices of GBS.

•Advisory Board -- consisting of respected senior analysts and practitioners. The Advisory Board is currently chaired by Larry Diamond of Stanford University, co-editor of The Journal of Democracy. The Board provides general advice, technical expertise, and academic networking on as-needed basis.

● Co-chairs of the executive board:

Marta Lagos

Director of Latinobarómetro

Yun-han Chu

Director of Asian Barometer
Distinguished Research Fellow, Institute of Political Science, Academia Sinica / Academician, Academia Sinica

● Members of the executive board:

E. Gyimah-Boadi

Director of Afrobarometer
Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Ghana, Legon.

Robert Mattes

Professor, School of Government and Public Policy, University of Strathclyde.

Michael Robbins

Director of Arab Barometer
Senior Research Specialist, Princeton University Research Fellow, University of Michigan

Christian W Haerpfer

Visiting Professor of Sociology, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, United Arab Emirates University - UAEU
Research Professor of Political Science, Department of Political Science, University of Vienna

Sandeep Shastri

Pro Vice Chancellor, Jain University National Coordinator, Lokniti Network