Executive Council


Prof. Michael Heinrich

The School of Pharmacy, University of London
Centre for Pharmacognosy and Phytotherapy
29 – 39 Brunswick Square
London WC1N 1AX, U.K.

Phone: +44/20/7753 5844
Fax: +44/20/7753 5909
e-mail: m.heinrich@ucl.ac.uk

Ethnopharmacology (Europe, México), traditional medical knowledge, anti-inflam-matory natural products, value chains, metabolomics in medicinal plant research

Vice-President of the GA since 2020. Board Member since 2007, member of GA since 1987, Past President – Internat. Soc.  Ethnopharmacology, Spec. Ed in Chief . Frontiers Ethnopharmacol; Reviews’ Ed.  – J. Ethnopharmacol., Co-Chair UCL Research Ethics Comm.

Science is a truly global opportunity. However, we face tremendous challenges in all aspect of our societies. Science and technology incl. research on natural products and medicinal plants offers new solutions. The GA is in a  unique and strong position to foster international and trans-discip-linary collaboration. I want to strengthen this at all levels and ascertain that the GA’s voice also reaches more stakeholders.


Prof. Dr. Judith M. Rollinger

Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Division of Pharmacognosy
University of Vienna
Althanstrasse 14
A – 1090 Vienna, Austria

Phone: +43/1/4277/55255
Fax: +43/1/4277/855255
e-mail: judith.rollinger@univie.ac.at

President since 2020; vice-president from 2018 to 2019, member of the GA Board (2011-); member of the GA YRW (2009-15);  Editorial board member of Frontiers in Pharmacol. (2016-18); Editorial board member of Planta Medica (2016-19).

Research focus: Lead discovery from nature using chemoinformatic and chemometric approaches and traditional knowledge.

To strengthen the impact and international visibility of our Society in all fields of natural product research and to foster the interaction between academia, industry and stakeholders.
To share the enthusiasm in working with natural products and to encourage primarily young researchers of the GA to work in an open-minded and interdisciplinary way.


Ass. Prof. Nikolas Fokialakis

Department of Pharmacognosy and Natural Products Chemistry 
Faculty of Pharmacy University of Athens Panepistimioupolis 15771 Athens, Greece

Phone: +30/210/727/4727
Fax: +30/210/727/4594
e-mail: fokialakis@pharm.uoa.gr

Natural Products Chemistry – Exploitation of plant  & microbial global biodiversity for novel bioactive natural products

Member of the GA advisory board since 2011 – Responsible for EU projects & Webpage
Member of ASP (USA) and AFERP (FRANCE)

  • Strengthen the links of research with the industry
  • Offer professional services to GA members
  • Keep updated the GA website
  • Participation of GA in EU projects
  • Promote financing tools for students in developing countries
  • Establishing strong links of GA with other organisations
  • Give more opportunities to young members of GA.

GA Treasurer
Dr. Bernd Roether

 Division Head Drug Regulatory Affairs
Kerschensteiner Str. 11-15
92318 Neumarkt, Germany

Phone: +49/9181/231-113
Fax: +49/9181/231-6200
e-mail: ga-treasurer@bionorica.de

Drug regulatory affairs of herbal medicinal products and natural products

Treasuerer of GA, Member of GA / DPhG / DGRA, Lecturer at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms University, Bonn (DGRA Master Study Course, Module 4)

to support establishment of phytotherapy as a standard in allopathy; to support establishment of all regulatory routes necessary to make herbal medicinal products available to patients and consumers; to promote the reputation of GA as an international scientific organization of competence in natural product and medicinal plant research.


GA Secretary
Dr. Olaf Kelber

Research and  Development Phytomedicines
Bayer Consumer Health, Darmstadt, Germany
Steigerwald Arzneimittelwerk GmbH

Havelstraße 5
64295 Darmstadt, Germany

Phone: +49 (0)6151 3305 154
Fax: +49 (0) 6151 3395 471
e-mail: ga-secretary@ga-online.org

Research and development on herbal medicinal products and natural products (pharmacology, toxicology, clinics, quality)

Board member of GA and GPT / Member of ABC / Editorial Board member of journals Phytomedicine, Synergy / Working group on science of Kooperation Phytopharmaka GbR, Bonn, Germany

Medicinal plants and natural products are tremendously gaining importance as a sustainable resource for a better life worldwide. GA is the leading international society to foster scientific exchange and networking in this field, and to advocate for attractive conditions for research and develop-ment and for supportive and effective regulatory frames.


GA Scientific Officer
Cornelia Kern, M.A.

Kooperation Phytopharmaka GbR

Plittersdorfer Str. 218
53173 Bonn, Germany

Phone: +49 (0)228 365 640
Fax: +49 (0) 228 351 390
e-mail: events@ga-online.org

Office Manager of the
Kooperation Phytopharmaka GbR since 8/2019

Office Manager of the
Gesellschaft für Phytoptherapie e.V. since 8/2019

Scientific Officer of GA since 8/2019

(1.1. 2022 – 31.12. 2023)