Professor Afzal Javed was appointed President-Elect at the 2017 World Congress of Psychiatry in Berlin. In 2020, he assumed the role of President and launched the 2020-2023 Action Plan.
As President, Afzal leads the work of the Executive Committee, ensuring the group remains focused on fulfilling the vision of WPA and on reaching its goals as outlined in its charter and in the current Action Plan.
In addition to his roles as a Consultant Psychiatrist at the UK NHS, Honorary Clinical Associate Teacher at Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick UK and honorary Chairman of the Pakistan Psychiatric Research Centre, Fountain House, Lahore, Pakistan,
Afzal also fulfils his role as WPA President by liaising with member societies across the globe, supporting their local endeavours and sharing knowledge and information between them.
Helen Herrman is Professor of Psychiatry at Orygen and The University of Melbourne, Australia, and Director of the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre in Mental Health, Melbourne. She chairs The Lancet-WPA Commission on depression due to report in 2021.
She is past president of the World Psychiatric Association (WPA) 2017-2020, as well as past president of the Pacific Rim College of Psychiatrists and the International Association of Women’s Mental Health. She has received the award of Officer of the Order of Australia, and honorary Doctor of Medical Science from the University of Melbourne.
In the past, as Professor and Director of Psychiatry in St. Vincent’s Health Melbourne she led the development of an integrated area mental health service under Australia’s national reform of mental health care. For one year she acted as regional adviser in mental health for the WHO’s Western Pacific Region. Her research and practice interests in the fields of community mental health care, promoting mental health and women’s mental health include the mental health of marginalised groups such as young women and men living in state care. She led the WPA’s action plan 2017-2020, concerned with supporting the contribution of psychiatrists to global mental health.
Norman Sartorius, M.D., M.A., D.P.M., Ph.D., FRC. Psych.
Dr Norman Sartorius, MD, MA, DPM, PhD, FRCPsych, was the first Director of the Division of Mental Health of WHO, a position which he held until mid-1993. Subsequently he served as and President of the World Psychiatric Association (WPA) (1993-1999) and President of the Association of European Psychiatrists (EAP) (1999-2001). He is now the President of the Association for the Improvement of Mental Health Programmes, a member of the Geneva Prize Foundation and holds professorial appointments at several universities in the UK, USA and China.
He has published more than 400 articles in peer-reviewed journals, authored or co-authored books and edited others.
He is an Honorary Fellow of numerous professional associations and has received honorary doctorates from universities in the Czech Republic, Denmark, Romania, Sweden and the UK.
He is also an Honorary member of the Medical Academies in Mexico, Peru and Croatia and a corresponding member of the Croatian Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the Spanish Royal Medical Academy.
Dr Milavić is a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at the Maudsley Hospital, London, UK. She is currently Chair of the Association of Child and Adolescent Mental Health, UK. She is a member and President Elect of the Psychiatry Council of the Royal Society of Medicine, UK.
Dr Milavić has over 40 years of experience in clinical work alongside being a teacher and trainer of junior doctors and mental health professionals. She lectures in the UK and abroad in her specialist areas of mood disorders and service organisation. Throughout her working career she has managed child and adolescent mental health services; she was Service Director and Clinical Director in Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust in London (1997 - 2005) and ospital HopClinical Director at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (2006 to 2012). She was Co - Chair of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Section of the World Psychiatric Association (2011 to 2017).
She is a Trustee and medical advisor of a number of mental health UK registered charities in the UK and internationally including the ‘British Serbian Medical Association”, ‘Nip in the Bud’, and ‘Concern for Mental Health’.
Edmond H. Pi, M.D. is a Professor Emeritus of Clinical Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences at the University of Southern California (USC) Keck School of Medicine. He is also a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). Professor Pi previously served as Executive Vice Chair, Associate Chair for Clinical Affairs, and Director of Residency Training Program of the Department of Psychiatry at different medical schools in the U.S. Dr. Pi is certified in the specialty Board of Psychiatry (1980- ) and Psychosomatic Medicine (2008-2018). Dr. Pi is former Medical Director of the Department of Mental Health (DMH), State of California. Professor Pi is an accomplished researcher in the fields of clinical psychiatry and psychopharmacology, particularly ethnic and cross-cultural aspects.
Dr. Pi is a Distinguished Life Fellow of American Psychiatric Association (APA). He has been very active on both the national and international scenes in organized psychiatry in the past 30 years, including Vice President and Treasurer of the Pacific Rim College of Psychiatrists, Chair of the Minority and Underrepresented (M/UR) Groups, and Member of the Assembly Executive Committee of the APA. Also, Dr. Pi served on the Scientific Program Committee (SPC) of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) during the past 20 year, including Vice Chair of the SPC of 2019 and 2020 Annual Meetings of APA. He received the SPC Overachiever Award, APA Annual Meeting, 2019. Dr. Pi is an Honorary Fellow of World Psychiatric Association (WPA). He served as the Representative for Zone 2 – USA within the WPA Board (2014-2020), most recently, elected to the WPA Executive Board as the Secretary for Scientific Meetings (2020- ). Among his many honors, Dr. PI is the recipient of the 2009 Asian American (Kun-po Soo) Award and the 2021 George Tarjan Award of the APA. Dr. Pi is listed among the Best Doctors in America (Psychiatry) and America’s Top Doctors (Psychiatry).
Wendy was appointed as a Consultant Old Age Psychiatrist in Leeds in 1990 and now works part-time in a community mental health team for older people and as the National Mental Health Clinical Advisor to Health Education England.
She has been involved in the organisation and delivery of postgraduate training since she started as a consultant. She has held many roles in education. She set up the Yorkshire School of Psychiatry and was the first Head of School.
She was Dean of the Royal College of Psychiatrists from 2011 to 2016 and President from 2017 to 2020.
She is currently Co-chair of the Gatsby Wellcome Neuroscience Project which focuses on modernising the neuroscience taught to psychiatric trainees. She is also Chair of the Clinical group of Equally Well, a project set up to improve physical health in people with a serious mental illness, and leads the Expert Group on COVID-19 Care for People with Mental Illness for the World Psychiatric Association.
From 1974 Valery N.Krasnov is permanently working in the Moscow Research Institute of Psychiatry as clinician and researcher. From 1993 professor Krasnov has a position of Director of the Institute. He has substantional experience in psychopathology, especially on schizoaffective and affective disorders, stress related, organic mental disorders, neuropsychiatry and psychosomatics.
Professor Krasnov is taking part in organization and management of psychiatric care system on national level, in rendering psychiatric aid for victim of emergency situations (technological and natural disasters). He has worked in international mental health sphere since 1999, being WPA Zonal Representative for Eastern Europe till 2005, member of the Education Committee (2006-2009). Being one of the founders of The Psychiatric Association for the Eastern Europe and the Balkans (PAEEB), he took the position of President of the PAEEB for 2012-2015.
Valery Krasnov is the member of Editorial Boards of different professional journals, and Editor-in-Chief of the journal “Doctor.Ru”, covering problems of neuropsychiatry. Being Director of Moscow Research Institute of Psychiatry from 1993 till 2018 , now he is Head of Department of pathogenetic studies in psychiatry in the same Institute, and also Head of Postgraduate Department for psychiatry in Russian National Research Medical University.
Professor Krasnov was the President of Russian Society of Psychiatrists for several years. In 2014-2019 he was a member of International Task Force on revision ICD-10 and formation of ICD-11 (under auspices of WHO).
Professor Krasnov is Honorary Member of WPA (since 2011).
Jérémie Sinzelle practices psychiatry in Paris, France. His clinical approach combines a medical and a psychotherapeutic dimension.
He sees adult patients in his private practice, and sees children and adolescents at Social Security’s UGECAM Medico-Psycho-Pedagogical Center in Paris. Full member of the Medico-Psychological Society (SMP), and vice-president of the French Association of Private Exercise Psychiatrists (AFPEP), he chairs the Section for the History of Psychiatry of the World Psychiatric Association (WPA). As a specialist in the history of schizophrenia in adults and children, especially in classical French, German and Italian psychiatry, by focusing on the history of psychiatric concepts, Jérémie Sinzelle wishes to contribute to a better understanding of mental disorders by professionals and the general public.
Simavi Vahip, is professor of psychiatry at the Affective Disorders Unit of Ege University Department of Psychiatry, Izmir, Turkey. His main areas of interest are mood disorders, especially bipolar disorders and related phenomena such as bipolar depression and manic switch; classification in psychiatry, and training in psychiatry. He has founded and directed several inpatient and outpatient units at Ege University, e.g. Affective Disorders Unit (1986), Clinical Psychopharmacology and Research Inpatient Unit (1989). He has worked as the Residency Training Coordinator for many years. He was member of the Executive Committee of the Brain Research Center of Ege University (1993-2016).
He is author in more than 130 papers and 20 books or book chapters in Turkish and in English. He was the founding editor-in-chief of the Psychiatry Update / Journal of Continuing Education & Continuing Professional Development of Psychiatric Association of Turkey (2011-2014). He is co-editor of several first guidelines of Psychiatric Association of Turkey: “Treatment Guidelines for Bipolar Disorders” and “Source Book of Treatment Guidelines for Depression”. He served as the editor of the Turkish version of Bipolar Disorders (translation of the official ISBD journal) for three years.
He was president of the Society for Bipolar Disorders of Turkey (ISBD affiliated) between 2010 and 2013 and he was elected as member of the Board of Councillors of the International Society for Bipolar Disorder (ISBD) for two consecutive periods (2007-2011).
He served as president (2014-2016) and vice-president (2011-2014) for the Psychiatric Association of Turkey (PAT). He carried primary responsibilities in organizing scientific meetings and congresses both internationally (e.g. International Conference on Mood Disorders / Close Encounters of Three Seas- Istanbul/2006; 5th Biennial Conference of ISBD-the International Society for Bipolar Disorders-Istanbul/2012) and nationally (e.g. Scientific Programme Committee Chair in many National Congresses).
He served the European Psychiatric Association (EPA) at many levels including policy, planning, organization, education, training and others. He was the chair (2019-21) and the vice-chair (2017-19) of the Steering Committee of the EPA-Council of National Psychiatric Associations. As the chair he also served as member at the EPA Executive Committee and EPA Board (2019-21). He served as founding editor-in-chief for the InterACT (Official Newsletter of EPA Council of National Psychiatric Associations) and he is continuing this task since 2018. He participated and also organized support from Council member NPAs to different activities of the EPA.
Dr. med. Wolfgang Gaebel is Professor of Psychiatry, former Director of the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy at the Heinrich-Heine University, Düsseldorf (Germany), and Head of the LVR-Klinikum Düsseldorf. He is Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre on Quality Management and Empowerment in Mental Health. From 2014 to 2016 he was also Founding Director of the LVR-Institute for Mental Healthcare Research in Düsseldorf.
Prof. Gaebel was President of the DGPPN (1995/6 and 2007/8) and of the EPA (2015/6). He is chairing the WPA Sections on Schizophrenia and on Quality Assurance. His research focus is on schizophrenia, including psychopathological and pharmacological aspects, treatment guidelines, destigmatisation, quality management, and the development of DSM-5 and ICD-11. He was a member of the WHO International Advisory Group for the Revision of ICD-10 Mental and Behavioural Disorders, chaired the ICD-11 working group on Psychotic Disorders, and is a member of the WHO FIC Medical Scientific Advisory Committee for ICD-11.
Prof. Gaebel is a member of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina. In 2020 he received as lifetime award the Wilhelm-Griesinger Medal of the DGPPN.
Dr. Geoffrey M. Reed is Professor of Medical Psychology and Co-Director, WHO Collaborating Centre for Capacity Building and Training in Global Mental Health, Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. Beginning in 2008, he served as Senior Project Officer for the Development of ICD-11 Mental and Behavioural Disorders, Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, WHO. He is currently a member of the Medical and Scientific Advisory Committee for ICD-11. Dr. Reed founded the WHO Global Clinical Practice Network (http://gcp.network), which now comprises nearly 16,000 mental health and primary care professionals from 160 countries, which contributed directly to ICD-11 through participation in field studies. He has received numerous awards, including the Robert L. Spitzer Memorial Award for Outstanding Contributions to Nosology and Diagnosis from the Columbia University Department of Psychiatry and the Outstanding International Psychologist Award from the Division of International Psychology, American Psychological Association.
Marina Samushia – Vice-rector for scientific research at Central State Medical Academy of Department of Presidential Affairs
In 2000 graduated from Federal State Autonomous Educational Institution of Higher Education «N.I. Pirogov Russian National Research Medical University» of the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation
In 2015 defended a Doctoral thesis on the topic “Mental disorders in patients with malignant neoplasms of the female reproductive system (clinical picture, epidemiology, therapy)”.
Prof. Marina Samushia is the author of more than 65 scientific works, 6 tutorials and the co-author of 2 monographs, a glossary, clinical guidelines of the Russian Society of Psychiatrists "Mental Disorders during the COVID-19 pandemic."
Prof. Marina Samushia is the Head of the following research topics: “Mental disorders in patients with pulmonary hypertension”, “Mental disorders as comorbid pathology and non-motor symptoms of Parkinson's disease”, “Mental pathology and cervical dystonia: psychosomatic relationships”, “Mental disorders registered in the group of patients with COVID-19 and among medical personnel working with COVID-19 patients”; is also the academic advisor of more than 20 successfully held scientific-practical conferences.
Prof. Marina Samushia is actively engaged in social work being a member of the Expert Council on Healthcare of the Federation Council of the Russian Federation. In 2020 she co-authored the 2019 Annual Report and the analytical review for 2000-2019 “On the state and problems of legislative support for the implementation of the foundations of the state policy of the Russian Federation in the Arctic for the period up to 2035. On the state and problems of legislative support for the scientific activities of the Russian Federation in Antarctica.
Samushia, M.A. is a member of the Russian Society of Psychiatrists, a member of several editorial boards of scientific practical journals reviewed by the Higher Attestation Commission of the Ministry of Science of the Russian Federation covered in Scopus.
Vice-President of the Russian Society of Psychiatrists
Chief physician (Director) of the P.P. Kaschenko 1st St. Petersburg City Mental Hospital
Professor at the Chair of Psychotherapy and Sexology of the North-Western State Medical University named after I.I. Mechnikov
Professor at the Chair of Social Psychiatry and Psychology of the St. Petersburg
Postgraduate Institute of Medical Experts
Fields of interest: psychosocial rehabilitation, mental health systems, history of psychiatry. Author of more than 180 publications, including 4 monographs, editor of several collections of scientific works, member of the editorial boards of some journals.
Dr Dan Chisholm is a social scientist with particular interests and expertise in public health, mental health policy and economics, and health systems research. He currently works in the mental health unit of the WHO Regional Office for Europe (based in Copenhagen, Denmark), which serves to support national mental health policy, planning and evaluation, as well as provide guidance, tools and advocacy for the promotion of mental health and the development of prevention, treatment and recovery services across the life-course. He was formerly a health systems adviser in the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse at WHO Headquarters Office in Geneva, Switzerland. His main areas of work there included development and monitoring of global mental health plans and activities, technical assistance on mental health system strengthening, and analysis of the cost-effectiveness of strategies for reducing the impact of mental disorders. He has published widely in these areas over the last twenty years, including the Lancet’s series’ and recent Commission on global mental health.