The National Research Institute Act (1993)

The operations of the National Research Institute are ultimately determined by the National Research Institute Act (1993).  The Act establishes the Institute as an independent statutory authority.

NRI Council

NRI Council Chairman and Representative of the business community, Sir Henry Chow

The NRI Council is the governing body of the Institute, and is empowered to achieve the objects of the Institute. The Council’s composition and its roles and responsibilities are defined and mandated by the National Research Institute Act (1993). The Council, with the support of its committees, is responsible for the overall performance of the Institute, including setting the strategic direction.

The Council holds four meetings annually and convenes special meetings as necessary.


Council Committees

The NRI Council has two committees: the Staffing Appointments Committee and the Tenders Committee.  While the former regulates and manages staff appointments, the latter is responsible for tenders and bids.

NRI Management

Dr Osborne Sanida (Deputy Director), Dr Charles Yala (Director), and Dr David Ayres (Senior Deputy Director)

The NRI Senior Executive Management (SEM) team manages the Institute’s daily operations and oversees strategies for the attainment of NRI’s long-term objectives. The SEM is delegated its authority by the Council to ensure the effective and efficient management of the Institute.

The SEM comprises the NRI Director, Senior Deputy Director, responsible for the Research and Knowledge Management Divisions, and the Deputy Director, responsible for the Corporate Services Division.

Management Committees

Several NRI management committees have been established to ensure transparent governance and to support the effective and efficient day to day operations of the Institute.  The Committees include:

  • Research Management Team, which ensures the high quality and ethical implementation of research projects;
  • Publications Committee, which oversees the production of quality research publications;
  • Staff Training and Development Committee, which screens and reviews applications from staff for training and development;
  • Home Ownership Committee, which is responsible for developing and implementing an equitable and ethical the NRI Home Ownership Scheme;
  • Office and House Allocation Committee, which ensures that all NRI staff are comfortably and conveniently settled into office spaces and NRI staff accommodation;
  • Disciplinary Committee, which was established to ensure a harmonious work environment and campus environment.