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The WPA is psychiatry’s global association representing 140 psychiatric societies in 120 countries, and bringing together more than 250,000 psychiatrists.  It promotes collaborative work in psychiatry through its 70 scientific Sections, education programs, publications and events. 
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What is the Council?

Past Presidents of the WPA form its council, with each member serving for a period of six years.  After that time, they become emeritus council members.  The council offers recommendations and advice to the WPA executive committee about any matters affecting the mission and strategy of the WPA.  

Council Members

Dinesh Bhugra

(UK)
2014-2017

Pedro Ruiz

(USA)
2011-2014

Mario Maj

(Italy)
2008-2011

Juan E. Mezzich

(USA)
2005-2008

Ahmed Okasha

(Egypt)
2002-2005

Norman Sartorius

(Switzerland)
1996-1999

Felice Lieh-Mak

(China)
1993-1996

Jorge Alberto Costa e Silva

(Switzerland)
1996-1999

Pierre Pichot

(France)
1977-1983