Board of Directors

Group photo of Board Members at the Union World Conference in The Hague, October 2018.  (The Union / Javier Galeano)

The Board of Directors is the governing body of The Union. It is made up of Union members, elected to serve at the General Assembly of members, held each year at the World Conference. The Board Members listed below were elected in Guadalajara, Mexico, 14 Oct 2017.

Bureau The Board of Directors selects the Bureau from among its members by secret ballot. It comprises a President, Vice President, Secretary General and Treasurer and is elected for one year.

Dr Jeremiah Chakaya Muhwa

Dr Jeremiah Chakaya Muhwa

(Kenya), President

Dr Chakaya has been a leader in TB control throughout his career, in his home country of Kenya and on the global stage. Until recently the Chief Research Officer for the Kenya Medical Research Institute, he has led the National TB Control Programme as its head from 2003 to 2006 and continues to act as a technical expert for the National Programme. 

President: The Union President is responsible for carrying out the decisions of the Board and ensuring the correct functioning of the organisation. 

Prof Guy Marks

Prof Guy Marks

(Australia), President-Elect

Prof Guy Marks is an Honorary Professor of Medicine, University of New South Wales (Australia). An expert on asthma and airway disease, he leads a TB research programme with Viet Nam's National TB Programme. He has been active in The Union since 1993.

President-Elect: The President-Elect will take over from the current President at the Union World Conference the following year.


Prof Xiaolin Wei

Prof Xiaolin Wei

(Canada), Vice President

Professor Xiaolin Wei is an Associate Professor in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health in the University of Toronto. He researches health delivery issues in primary care settings, and he was Chair of The Union's Tobacco Control Section from 2013 - 2015.

Vice President: The Vice President assists the President in carrying out that function and deputises when the President is unable to attend in person.

Dr Paul Nunn

Dr Paul Nunn

(United Kingdom), Secretary General

Following 20 years in the WHO, Stop TB Department, Paul Nunn is currently a consultant working mainly on policy and strategy development in tuberculosis in low-income countries, based in London, UK. He worked on several projects with the Union during his time at WHO, and was elected Chair of the TB Section in 2017, joining the Board at the same time.

Secretary General: The Secretary General supervises the implementation of decisions taken and is responsible for Board meetings, minutes, correspondence and the register. 


Mr Richard W. Shepro

Mr Richard W. Shepro

(USA), Treasurer

A member of the board since 2014, Rick W Shepro brings over 35-years’ experience as a Partner in one of the world’s most prestigious law firms, Mayer Brown LLP. He also teaches law at the University of Chicago. His academic credentials include degrees from Harvard College, the London School of Economics and Harvard Law School.

Treasurer: The Treasurer has the power to sign all necessary accounting documents required for carrying out the decisions of the organisation. 

Representatives of the Regions

Mr Arinze Austin Obiefuna

Mr Arinze Austin Obiefuna

(Ghana), Africa Region

Dr Ral Antic

Dr Ral Antic

(Australia), Asia Pacific Region

Dr Zohar Mor

Dr Zohar Mor

(Israel), Europe Region

Dr Jesús Felipe González Roldán

Dr Jesús Felipe González Roldán

(Mexico), Latin America Region

Prof Mohamed Awad Tag Eldin

Prof Mohamed Awad Tag Eldin

(Egypt), Middle East Region

Dr Victoria Cook

Dr Victoria Cook

(Canada), North America Region

Mr Chaudhary Muhammad Nawaz

Mr Chaudhary Muhammad Nawaz

(Pakistan), South-East Asia Region

Members representing the Scientific Sections

Dr Paul Nunn

Dr Paul Nunn

(United Kingdom), Tuberculosis Section

Dr Amy Bloom

Dr Amy Bloom

(United States of America), HIV Scientific Section

Dr Mira B Aghi

Dr Mira B Aghi

(India), Tobacco Control

Dr Andrew Steenhoff

Dr Andrew Steenhoff

(United States of America), Adult & Child Lung Health Section

Individual member representatives

Prof Ivan Solovic

Prof Ivan Solovic

(Slovakia), Europe Region

Dr Erlina Burhan

Dr Erlina Burhan

(Indonesia)

Dr E Jane Carter

Dr E Jane Carter

(USA), Past-president

Dr Kosuke Okada

Dr Kosuke Okada

(Japan)

Dr Pamela Orr

Dr Pamela Orr

(Canada)

Ms Blessina Kumar

Ms Blessina Kumar

(India)

Ingrid Schoeman

Ingrid Schoeman

(South Africa)

Prof Edward Nardell

Prof Edward Nardell

(USA)

Members nominated by the President

Dr Keren Middelkoop

Dr Keren Middelkoop

(South Africa), Chair, Coordinating Committee of Scientific Activities

Luan Vo Nguyen Quang

Luan Vo Nguyen Quang

(Viet Nam)