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WSO Board 2016 - 2018

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On the 29th of October 2006 at the World Stroke Congress in Cape Town, the International Stroke Society and the World Stroke Federation (WSF), the two lead organizations representing stroke globally, merged to form the new body World Stroke Organization. After considerable discussion, both boards agreed that there was a need to have stroke represented with a single voice. It was also appreciated by all that there needed to be a broadbased representation from professional individuals as well as professional and stroke support organizations. The International Stroke Society was established in 1989. The ISS, which was initially mainly formed by individual members, opened its association to professional societies. The World Stroke Federation was formed in June 2004. It was formed from professional and stroke support organizations.


WSO Executive Committee Members

President - Werner Hacke (Germany)

President-Elect - Michael Brainin (Austria)

Vice-President - Natan Bornstein (Israel)

Vice-President - Marc Fisher (USA)

Immediate Past-President - Stephen Davis (Australia)

Treasurer - Bernard Yan (Australia)

Secretary - Ka Sing Lawrence Wong (Hong Kong S.A.R.)

Members at Large - Peter Sandercock (UK)

Member at large - Sheila Martins (Brazil)

Members at large - Patrice Lindsay (Canada)

Ex-officio Member - Bo Norrving, Chair of Global Policy Committee

Ex-officio Member - Geoffrey Donnan, Editor of IJS

WSO Board of Directors

Individual members

Sub-Sahara Africa, Middle East/ East Mediterranean

Foad Abd-Allah, Egypt

Gloria Ekeng, Nigeria

Mehdi Farhoudi, Iran

Abayomi Ogun, Nigeria


Marc Fisher, USA

Pooja Khatri, USA

Vladimir Hachinski, Canada

David Liebeskind, USA


Michael Brainin, Austria (President-Elect)

Werner Hacke, Germany (President)

Philip Bath, UK

Peter Sandercock, UK  


Julie Bernhardt, Australia

Christopher Chen, Singapore

Graeme Hankey, Australia

Valery Feigin, New Zealand

Masayasu Matsumoto, Japan

Stephen Davis, Australia

Norihiro Suzuki, Japan

 Ka Sing Lawrence Wong, Hong Kong (Secretary)

Society members

Scientific societies

Craig Anderson - Asia Pacific Stroke Organisation

Jose Ferro - European Stroke Organization

Vida Demarin - Central and Eastern European Stroke Society

Patrik Michel - Swiss Stroke Society

Roland Veltkamp - German Stroke Society

Gord Gubitz - Canadian Stroke Consortium

Gabriel Rodriguez de Freitas - Brazilian Stroke Society

Ralph Sacco - American Stroke Association

Bernard Yan - Stroke Society of Australasia (Treasurer)

Stroke societies

Jon Barrick - Stroke Alliance For Europe

Natan Bornstein - The Neeman Association for Stroke Survivors Israel (Vice-President)

Amy Edmunds - YoungStroke.Inc

Juliet Bouverie - UK Stroke Association

George Scola - The Stroke Survivors Foundation

Patrice Lindsay - Heart and Stroke Foundation

Sharon McGowan - Stroke Foundation, Australia

Sheila Cristina Ouriques Martins - Brazilian Stroke Network (Member at Large)

Kazuo Minematsu - Japan Stroke Association

Risto O. Roine - Finnish Brain Association


Co-opted members

Liping Liu - China


WSO Immediate Past-President

Stephen Davis (Australia) 2012-2016

WSO Past-President

H.J.M. BARNETT (Canada) 1989-1992
W.-D HEISS (Germany) 1992-1996
Fumio GOTOH (Japan) 1996-2000
James F. TOOLE (USA) 2000-2004
Julien BOGOUSSLAVSKY (Switzerland) 2004-2005
Takenori YAMAGUCHI (Japan) 2005-2006

Geoffrey A. Donnan (Australia)


Bo Norrving (Sweden) 2008-2012

WSF Past-President

Antonio CULEBRAS (USA) 2004-2006
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