The purpose of the Government and Academic Council (the Council) is to serve as an advisory body to our members, providing guidance on academic, government, and regulatory developments.



  • Consultative - To be a conduit for fresh ideas, and a forum for meaningful discussion with the academic and government world, resulting in increased eminence by, and participation in GEO.
  • Relationship building - To provide a forum for GEO to build and strengthen relationships with our academic and governmental partners.
  • Counsel - To bring in-depth topical knowledge to external groups interacting with and educating lawmakers and regulators.
  • Content provision - To manage a repository of scholarly and regulatory documentation, which may serve as a resource for the development of future education offerings.
  • Contribution - To provide a way for participation in, and contributions to GEO without the higher commitment level of a GEO board position.
  • Global representation - To be geographically diverse, and comprising academic and government stakeholders.
  • Visionary - To provide a broad vision, acting as the key link for GEO to interact with stakeholders and to define priorities for GEO programs.
  • Add value - To support GEO's educational programs via educational and regulatory biased documentation and direct access to the academic and government community.
  • Stewardship - To increase awareness of GEO among their own constituencies, representing the GEO brand at all times.
  • Collaboration - To communicate with and learn from other Council members, both on- and off-line.
  • To increase participation - To identify and develop prospective board members.



The Council will meet 3-4 times per calendar year via a combination of in-person meetings (typically scheduled in conjunction with GEO conferences) and via conference calls, facilitated by GEO staff and council co-chairs. Separate conference calls will be held for GEO’s US and non-US Council members. Each Council member is expected to attend a minimum of 75% of the Council’s meetings. Members are strongly encouraged to attend one in-person meeting each year.



To represent their own stakeholder group in order to advise GEO on matters such as:
Reporting on new developments in the academic or government field;

  • Providing guidance and opinions on these developments;
  • Presenting ideas and initiatives around educational programs to the GEO Board of Directors;
  • Providing material for thought leadership and blog issuances;
  • Reviewing conference topics for depth of scholarly and regulatory content;
  • Offer opportunities for relationship building with academic and government bodies;
  • Periodically review and report on effectiveness of the Council.
  • To serve as a communications link between the stakeholders represented and the GEO Board of Directors.
  • To attend and actively participate in Council meetings.
  • To maintain active GEO registration throughout their term on the Council.



GEO membership is completely FREE for Academic and Government representatives. Please refer to our membership pages for further details.


The Council will have approximately 15 to 20 members. Geographic representation of the Council will generally approximate the GEO membership mix. Council membership will be highly encouraged to firms with a presence in GEO’s areas of strategic geographic focus, e.g., Asia, South Africa, etc. Multi-location providers are welcome to have a representative on each sub-group (US and non-US). Council members will be required to maintain an active GEO membership throughout their term on the Council

GEO reserves the right to withdraw a firm’s representation on the Council.

Members are requested to commit to a minimum of one to two years' service on the Council: this can be renewed based on the level of contribution each member makes to the Council.



Council co-chairs will be elected by the GEO Board.



In recognition of the significance of this role, the following benefits are available to each Council member:

  • Direct access to a network of academic and government peers around the world.
  • Involvement with, and influence on, the provision of education to GEO members
  • An opportunity to increase the publication of personal thought leading insight via GEOconnect, GEO's knowledge repository.
  • Increased personal visibility and recognition, both in GEO materials and on GEO's website.
  • Council member status of a leading global equity-based remuneration organization.
  • Direct input into the GEO Board of Directors and an opportunity to influence the organization's content and future strategy.
  • A firm foothold in the organization for prospective GEO board members.
  • The chance to be involved with GEO without the higher commitment level of a board position.
  • Preferential attendance in other GEO activities or committees