The WINIR Council comprises a President, a Secretary, a Treasurer, a Publicity Officer, and four other elected members, elected at least once in each four consecutive calendar years by recorded ballot of the entire membership.

As specified in the WINIR Constitution, the WINIR Council is responsible for: the general welfare of the network; its finances; the processing of membership applications; the maintenance of the membership lists; and the production and auditing of accounts. The Council reports to the membership. Membership meetings are generally held during the annual conference.

In December 2021, Geoff Hodgson, WINIR’s Founding Secretary, stepped down for health reasons. The Council unanimously approved David Gindis‘s interim appointment as WINIR Secretary, a role which he will combine with his Publicity Officer duties until the next Council election, due to be held in early 2024.

Katharina Pistor


Edwin B. Parker Professor of Comparative Law, Columbia University, USA

David Gindis

Secretary & Publicity Officer

Associate Professor of Law and Economics, University of Warwick, UK

Francesca Gagliardi


Reader in Institutional Economics, University of Hertfordshire, UK

Tobias Axelsson

Senior Lecturer in Economic History, Lund University, Sweden

Georgina Gomez

Associate Professor of Development Studies, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands

Massimiliano Vatiero

Associate Professor of Economics, University of Trento, Italy

Nadia von Jacobi

Assistant Professor of Economics, University of Trento, Italy

WINIR is grateful to former Council members Ana Célia Castro (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), Bas van Bavel (Utrecht University, Netherlands), Olivier Butzbach (Università degli Studi della Campania Luigi Vanvitelli, Italy), Marie-Laure Djelic (ESSEC Business School, France), David C. Donald (Chinese University of Hong Kong, China), Geoffrey M. Hodgson (Loughborough University London, UK), Kainan Huang (Shandong University, China), Klaus Nielsen (Birkbeck, University of London, UK), and Ugo Pagano (University of Siena, Italy) for their service.