Board Members

(Last Update: 17.2.2021)

Secretary General
Rudolf Jenny
Mr. Rudolf JENNY
Moosweg 9
Tel. +41 (0)31 951 60 62
Mobile: +41 (0)79 421 64 77
E-mail: RJOrchid(at)

Biography of Rudolf Jenny
Rudolf Jenny is chemist by training and was active in environmental and ozone-technology until his retirement in 2008. He has been working with orchids for more than 40 years, had a large collection of tropical orchid plants until 1995. Over many years, he has travelled in Central and South America in connection with his studies in pollination ecology and taxonomy. He has published some 450 articles in many of the world’s leading orchid journals and published monographs of the genera Gongora, Stanhopea, Paphinia and Sievekingia. He is regular lecturer at conferences around the world and owner of one of the most complete orchid libraries in private hands. He maintains BibliOrchidea, the world’s largest and free accessible database for orchid literature with more than 165’000 entries, covering about 90 % f the existing literature He is research associate at the Jany Renz Herbarium, University of Basel, Switzerland and honorary member and secretary general of the European Orchid Council. In addition to orchids cave-climbing has been a hobby for many years.

Ari Matikka
Asemankatu 50
Tel. +358 40 550 8265
E-mail: ari.matikka(at)

Biography of Ari Mattika
Ari Matikka has a collection of 150 of orchids at home, where they are cultivated under led lights and outside during the summer period. Ari has acted as the vice president and the president of the Finnish Orchid Society for seven years and most of this time as a delegate of EOC. His other interests include the local Chamber Choir and many aspects of new phenomena around computer assisted technology and internet. Ari has been graduated from the Helsinki School of Economics as a Doctor of Science in Economics.


Mr. Guido DIANA
Biography of Guido Diana
Guido Diana is president of the Italian Association of Orchidologia since 2008, cultivates orchids for over 25 years in his small greenhouse and has a collection of 300 orchids, between species and hybrids. Guido has been involved in the organization of the EOC judgments Padua 2006. Since 2009 collaborates in the publication of the AIO Caesiana magazine.

Vinciane Dumont
Mrs. Vinciane DUMONT
37, chemin Jean-Achard
Tel. +41(0)22 346 93 45
Fax +41(0)22 789 28 91
E-mail: vinciane(at)

Biography of Vinciane Dumont
As President of the Swiss Orchid Society, groupe de Romandie and Secretary General of the EOC, both for 20 years, as Deputy Chair of the Orchid Specialist Group at the IUCN and Member of the Expert Committee for Endangered Species appointed by the Swiss Federal Council for 12 years, Vinciane Dumont has been very much involved in the CITES revisions on orchid trade in Kyoto and Fort Lauderdale, where it has been approved to exempt orchid flask from CITES regulation. She has been co-editor of the Orchid Action Plan for the IUCN in 1996. In 2002, she resigned of all those responsibilities to dedicate herself in the organization of the World Orchid Conference in Dijon in 2005.

Carsten Hammer
Mr. Carsten HAMMER
Im Bornstück 5
Tel. +49 (0)6087 919934
E-mail: carsten.hammer(at)

Biography of Carsten Hammer
Administrator of and local/international judge of the D.O.G. He has a special interest in the Pleurothallids, Section Macrophyllae-Fasciculatae also Dendrochilum and he likes to travel to different places to see how the orchids grow in the wild.

Johan Hermans
Darsham Road
IP17 3AL
Tel: +447789587471
E-mail: orchids1(at)

Biography of Johan Hermans
Johan Hermans is a Vice Chairman of the RHS Orchid Committee and Chairman of the Orchid Hybrid Registration Advisory Group. He is a Fellow of the Linnean Society and recipient of the VMH. He is a World Orchid Conference Trustee and an Honorary Research Associate of the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew and a Research Fellow of the University of Vienna. He has a special interest in the Orchids of Madagascar.

David Lafarge
36 Cours Victor Hugo
33000 Bordeaux
tel : +33(0)683392930
E-mail: editeur.orchidophile(at)

Biography of David Lafarge

He is a Board member for the Fédération France Orchidées, editor in chief for L’Orchidophile, Vice-president for the AFJO (French orchid judging association) and is an orchid judge.

His main interests are cultivation of tropical orchids, among which Phalaenopsis, Dendrobium, Paphiopedilum and Bulbophyllum species.
He is the author of a monograph of the genus Phalaenopsis, released in 2019.

Franz-Josef Richard

Mr. Franz-Josef RICHARDT
Stadtholzstrasse 116
D-50049 Herford
Tel. +49 (0)5221 121 006
Mobile: +49 (0)176 458 351 07

Biography of Franz-Josef Richardt
Franz-Josef Richardt is process engineer and is active in environmental and ozone-technology. He is working as a product manager for ozone systems. Franz-Josef has a collection of 700 orchids, cultivated in a 25 m² greenhouse. He is acting since 2015 as the vice president of the German Orchid Society (D.O.G.) and responsible for finance, membership management and the team lead of the orchid exhibition construction team. Franz-Josef has published several articles and is acting as a photographer for the D.O.G.

Pedro Spinola
Mr. Pedro Spínola
Beco da Carne Azeda 5A
9050-065 Funchal
Phone +351-968327316
E-mail: jpf20_(at)

Biography of Pedro Spínola
Despite its degree in Cultural Studies and a post-grad in Literature and Interastistic Studies, Pedro´s most extensive work has always been within the orchid world. Trained by Elizabeth Garton and Verena Binder, Funchal soon prooved to be an excellent theatre for an orchid enthusiast where other names like Adolph Schon came along.

Growing a 500 species collection, Pedro has a particular interest in Masdevallia and Coelogyne, growing them year round outdoors.

Coopted Members
Clare Hermans
Darsham Road
IP17 3AL
Tel: +447789587471
E-mail: Clare.Jepson(at)

Biography of Clare Hermans
Clare Hermans is Chairman of the RHS Orchid Committee. She is a Research Fellow of the University of Vienna, Fellow of the Linnean Society and Secretary to the International Orchid Committee. She has a special interest in the Orchids of Madagascar and the history of the RHS Orchid Committee and writes regularly for the Orchid Review and other orchid journals.