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Governing Board


Council 2018 - 2021


The Council is responsible for the scientific programme of the IUSSP as a whole. It consists of the Bureau and nine elected members elected for four years. A member of the Council assumes responsibility for scientific liaison with each Scientific Group.


Since the constitutional amendments approved in 2005, the IUSSP Council has five regional Council positions to ensure at least one Council member from each region. These Council members are elected by all the members and they serve in the same capacity as Council members elected at-large.


They may also alert the Council to regional concerns and serve as a liaison with those regions. It is hoped that the regional representatives will have a positive role in encouraging membership and member participation in IUSSP activities from those regions.


President: Tom Legrand (Canada)

Vice President: Shireen Jejeebhoy (India)

Secretary General and TreasurerNico van Nimwegen (Netherlands)


Council member for Africa: Jean-François Kobiané (Burkina Faso)
Council member for Asia and Oceania: Mohammad Jalal Abbasi-Shavazi (Iran, Islamic Republic)
Council member for Europe: Clémentine Rossier (Switzerland)
Council member for Latin-America: Suzana Cavenaghi (Brazil)
Council member for North-America: David Lam (USA)


Council Member-at-large:
Samuel Clark (United States)
Parfait Eloundou-Enyegue (Cameroon)
Edith Gray (Australia)
France Meslé (France)


Honorary Presidents: 


Anastasia Gage (Sierra Leone)

Peter McDonald (Australia)

John Cleland (United Kingdom)

Jacques Vallin (France)

Mercedes B. Concepcion (Philippines)

Massimo Livi Bacci (Italy)

Carmen A. Miró (Panama)


See Past Governing Boards (1928-2017).