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Executive Committee

Executive Committee (EC)

The WPA Executive Committee (EC) is a group of eight representatives elected by WPA members at the triennial WPA General Assembly.  It's primary role is to guide the work of the Secretariat and to deliver on the relevant Action Plan for the triennium.  

 

More specifically, the EC implements the decisions of the WPA General Assembly; administrates WPA resources; ensures that WPA statutory functions are carried out by all officers and staff; produces, updates and supervises the application of the WPA Manual of Procedures; and prepares the materials for the WPA General Assemblies. 

President

Professor Helen Herrman was appointed President-Elect at the 2014 World Congress of Psychiatry in Madrid.  In 2017, she assumed the role of President and launched the 2017-2020 Action Plan.

As President, Helen leads the work of the Executive Committee, ensuring the group remains focused on fulfilling the vision of WPA and on reaching its goals as outlined in its charter and in the current Action Plan.

In addition to leading a number of mental health research projects as Professor of Psychiatry at Orygen, National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health at the University of Melbourne; Helen also fulfils her role as WPA President by liaising with member societies across the globe, supporting their local endeavours and sharing knowledge and information between them.  

Click here for Prof. Herrman's CV.

Professor Helen Herrman AO

President-Elect

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Secretary Sections

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Thomas Schulze

Tenure

2017-2020

Michel Botbol

Tenure

2017-2020

Secretary, Publications

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Secretary, Education

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Roger Man Kin Ng

Tenure

2017-2020

Masatoshi Takeda

Tenure

2014-2020

Secretary, Meetings

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Secretary, Finance

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Armen Soghoyan

Tenure

2014-2020

Afzal Javed

Tenure

2017-2020

Secretary Sections

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Thomas Schulze

Tenure

2017-2020

Michel Botbol

Tenure

2017-2020

Secretary, Publications

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Secretary, Education

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Roger Man Kin Ng

Tenure

2017-2020

Masatoshi Takeda

Tenure

2014-2020

Secretary, Meetings

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Secretary, Finance

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Armen Soghoyan

Tenure

2014-2020

Afzal Javed

President-Elect

The President-Elect's role is to support the work of the President and to fill-in or represent her when she is absent or if she is unable to fulfil her duties. The President-Elect, also chairs the WPA Standing Committee on Planning. Afzal will become President in 2020.

Secretary, Sections

The Secretary of Scientific Sections coordinates the Scientific Sections and is responsible for implementing any policies as related to their work.  He serves as an advisor to the Sections and facilitates intersectional collaboration.

Thomas G. Schulze

Michel Botbol

Secretary, Publications

The Secretary of Publications is responsible for implementing the editorial policies of the WPA and maintains oversight of its publications. He is a member of any publication committee appointed by the WPA Executive Committee. 

Roy Kallivayalil

Secretary General

The Secretary-General ensures that the Secretariat properly supports the work of the WPA and EC.  He acts as liaison between the WPA board and committees, and ensures members are kept informed of any discussions and decisions. He chairs the Accreditation Ctee.

Secretary, Education

The Secretary for Education coordinates the educational activities of the WPA and works with WPA zonal representatives, members and the Secretaries of Sections and Meetings to ensure relevant distribution and access to educational programs.

Roger Man Kin Ng

Masatoshi Takeda

Secretary, Meetings

The Secretary for Meetings oversees the coordination of all official scientific meetings of the WPA. He is responsible for WPA World Congresses of Psychiatry and assists in all other scientific meetings work.

Secretary, Finance

The Secretary for Finances is responsible for all policies related to finances, investments, fundraising, auditing of the accounts, contracts as well as for the prudent expenditure of the WPA funds.  He works with the WPA Board to set yearly budgets.

Armen Soghoyan

Special Advisor

The advisor role was created in early 2018 to provide counsel and practical assistance to the President and Executive Committee on finances, meetings and special projects.

Masatoshi Takeda

Tenure

2014-2020

Maria Lopez-Ibor

Masatoshi Takeda

Tenure

2014-2020