Board of Directors

Group photo of Board Members at the Union World Conference in Guadalajara, October 2017.  (The Union / Steve Forrest)

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), Vice President

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.

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


Prof Xiaolin Wei

Prof Xiaolin Wei

(Canada), Secretary General

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.

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

Prof Jean-William Fitting

Prof Jean-William Fitting

(Switzerland), Adult & Child Lung Health Section

Dr Paul Nunn

Dr Paul Nunn

(United Kingdom), Tuberculosis Section

Dr Jeroen Van Gorkom

Dr Jeroen Van Gorkom

(The Netherlands), HIV Scientific Section

Dr Mira B Aghi

Dr Mira B Aghi

(India), Tobacco Control

Individual member representatives

Prof Ivan Solovic

Prof Ivan Solovic

(Slovakia), Europe Region

Dr E Jane Carter

Dr E Jane Carter

(USA), Past-president

Prof Guy Marks

Prof Guy Marks

(Australia)

Dr Kosuke Okada

Dr Kosuke Okada

(Japan)

Dr Pamela Orr

Dr Pamela Orr

(Canada)

Mr Louis-James de Viel Castel

Mr Louis-James de Viel Castel

(Switzerland)

Prof Xiaolin Wei

Prof Xiaolin Wei

(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 Middlekoop

Dr Keren Middlekoop

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

Luan Vo Nguyen Quang

Luan Vo Nguyen Quang

(Viet Nam)