Francesca Sotgiu was appointed CEO of the WPA in December 2017 having previously held the role of Interim CEO.  She brings more than 20 years of global administrative and events experience to WPA, first as the International Baccalaureate Organisation's Regional Administration Manager for Africa/Europe/Middle East, and subsequently as its Congress & Events Regional Manager. 

Leading the work of the Secretariat, Francesca liaises closely with the Executive Committee, in particular the Secretary General and President, whilst also managing two administrative staff.​  She is  responsible for all day-to-day activities of the Secretariat including management of the organisation's finances, legal and HR requirements.  Francesca's key goal is to modernise and streamline all WPA administrative processes - simplifying interactions for members and committee alike.  In this, she is ably assisted by her team - Beatrice Telschow, Deputy Chief Executive and Marguerite Coppo, CEO Administrative Assistant.  

Francesca Sotgiu


Beatrice Telschow

Deputy CEO

Beatrice is responsible for the administration and preparation involved in all WPA Scientific Meetings and provides support to the Scientific Committee.

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Marguerite Coppo

Executive Admin to CEO

Marguerite assists the CEO with administrative tasks, whilst providing support to the Scientific Sections and the Standing Committee on Ethics and Review. Marguerite receives and replies to all general enquiries received at the WPA Secretariat.

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