The International Society for Infectious Diseases brings together a network of over 90,000 individuals from around the world who share a collective belief that infectious diseases cross all national and regional boundaries and that long-term effective solutions require international scientific exchange and cooperation.

ISID and its members are dedicated to developing partnerships and programs that facilitate the development of innovative solutions to infectious disease challenges around the globe, enabled by an effective and inclusive governance model.

ISID is governed by a council, elected by its membership. The Council is organized by geographical region to ensure representation from all the areas of the world. The membership, upon the recommendation of the Council, also approves the composition of the Executive Committee and its officers who are charged with overall responsibility of the Society’s activities and the appointment of an executive director who has day-to-day responsibility for all society business.

Executive Director

Appointed by the Executive Committee and reponsible for the day-to-day running of the Society.

Executive Committee

Responsible for appointing the Executive Director and overseeing all of ISID’s activities, the Executive Committee is composed of:

  • Five officers of the Society: President, President-Elect, Past-President, Treasurer and General Secretary, each serving a four year term.
  • Four members-at-large, each serving a six year term.
  • One representative of the region hosting the next International Congress on Infectious Diseases, serving a two year term.

Executive Committee members are elected by Council Members at biennial General Meetings of the Society held in conjunction with the Society’s International Congress on Infectious Diseases.

Any Council member interested in serving on ISID’s Executive Committee may submit their name, CV and Statement of Interest to the Nominations Committee for consideration. The Nominations Committee draws up a short list of candidates based on nominees’ professional excellence; past and proposed future contributions to the work of the society; and ensuring balanced geographical representation.

The Council of the International Society of Infectious Diseases

Responsible for governing ISID, the Council consists of not more than sixty members each serving a six year term with one-third of Council membership being replaced every two years. Membership is distributed by WHO region to ensure that all regions of the world are represented in the Society’s governing structure.

Council members are elected by Society members at biennial General Meetings of the Society held in conjunction with the Society’s International Congress on Infectious Diseases.

Any member in good standing may submit his or her name to the Nominations Committee for consideration for Council membership.

The Nominations Committee proposes candidates to fill vacancies on the Council based on a nominee’s professional excellence; past and proposed future contributions to the work of the society; and ensuring balanced geographical representation.

The Council serves as both the legislative body of the Society and consulting body for the Executive Committee. Individual members are responsible for:

  • Promoting membership of the Society.
  • Supporting the implementation of the Society’s goals through the dissemination of information about the Society and distributing Society materials at local and regional meetings.
  • Leading local and regional infectious diseases societies, and working closely and collaboratively with these groups to promote the Society and its programs.
  • Maintaining the Society’s worldwide representation.
  • Representing the Society at scientific meetings.
  • Reviewing applications for ISID grant and fellowship programs and/or abstracts submitted for presentation at ISID meetings (two-six hours per annum).
  • Participating in the Society’s various sub-committees including Research, Education and Publications; External Affairs, ProMED, Finance, Nominations, or Programs. Sub-committee meetings are usually held “virtually” by Skype/teleconference three times a year. The role of the subcommittees is evolving, and members may be invited to take on additional activities, as determined by the subcommittee chair.
  • Establishing and maintaining contact with possible sources of funding for the work of the Society and its meetings such as foundations, government agencies, and the pharmaceutical industry.

Note: Any fundraising activity on behalf of the Society must be coordinated through the ISID office in Brookline, MA, USA.

Council members are also encouraged to:

  • Attend the International Congress on Infectious Diseases and to submit abstracts to the Congress. The Society will waive the registration fee of Council members but cannot guarantee any financial help to assist with participation.
  • Contribute and solicit articles and other information (including scheduled events) suitable for publication in the International Journal of Infectious Diseases.

Note: Council members receive no compensation for their efforts on behalf of the Society.

Marc Mendelson, South Africa

Jonathan Cohen, United Kingdom

Secretary and President-Elect
Rana Hajjeh, Egypt

Sally Roberts, New Zealand

Lindsay Grayson, Australia
Alison Holmes, United Kingdom
Gagandeep Kang, India
Miguel O’Ryan, Chile
Paul Tambyah, Singapore
Ursula Theuretzbacher, Austria
Zamberi Sekawi, Malaysia


Read more about ISID's Executive Committee

African Region

Tayo BABALOBI (Nigeria)
Epizootiologist (veterinary epidemiologist and economist) and lecturer/researcher in animal disease reporting and investigation, University of Ibadan
Focus: Animal diseases, prevention and control

Athanase BADOLO (Burkina Faso)
Associate Professor of Medical Entomology at Ouaga University
Focus: Malaria and dengue

Teshome GEBRE (Ethiopia)
• ISID Nominations Committee
Regional Representative for Africa, The Task Force for Global Health Inc.
Focus: Health care management, malaria and neglected tropical diseases

Shabir A. MADHI (South Africa)
National Institute of Communicable Diseases
Focus: Pediatric infectious diseases, vaccinology against respiratory pathogens and HIV-infected children

Boubacar MAIGA (Mali)
Professor of Immunology at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Bamako
Focus: Immunology and malaria

Shaheen MEHTAR (South Africa)
• ISID Education and Publications Committee
Stellenbosch University, Cape Town and chair of Infection Control Africa Network
Focus: Infection prevention and control and antimicrobial stewardship

Papa SALIF-SOW (Senegal)
Professor of Infectious Diseases, University of Dakar
Focus: HIV/AIDS and antiretroviral therapies and management strategies in LMIC

Zegeye TESSEMA (Ethiopia)
Federal Ministry of Health, Ethiopian Health and Nutrition Research Institute
Focus: Public health, surveillance and outbreak investigation

Chinyere UKAGA (Nigeria)
Professor Public Health Parasitology, Ima State University
Focus: Public health and parasitology

Eastern Mediterranean Region

Rashad ABDUL-GHANI (Yemen)
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Sana’a University
Focus: Arboviral diseases, parasitology and medical entomology

Laith ABU-RADDAD (Qatar)
Weill Cornell, Medicine Qatar, Doha
Focus: Biostatistics, epidemiology and healthcare policy

Mohannad A.A. AL-NSOUR (Jordan)
Jordan Eastern Mediterranean Public Health Network
Focus: Public health

Jaffar AL-TAWFIQ (Saudi Arabia)
Specialty Medicine Department Johns Hopkins and Aramco Healthcare, Dhahran
Focus: Healthcare epidemiology, and infection prevention and control

Fatma AMER (Egypt)
Faculty of Medicine, Zagazig University, Zagazig
Focus: Microbiology and immunology

Ramy Karam AZIZ (Egypt)
• ISID ProMED Committee
Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Faculty of Pharmacy, Cairo University
Focus: Genomics of infectious diseases and systems biology of microbial pathogens

Mohamed RHAJAOUI (Morocco)
Director of National Institute of Hygiene, Rabat
Focus: Microbiology, parasitology, and infectious and communicable diseases

Roula SAMAHA (Lebanon)
Chief of Infectious Diseases, Head of Infection Control Lebanese Order of Physicians, Beirut
Focus: Antimicrobial resistance

European Region

Aleksandra BARAC (Serbia)
Clinic for Infectious and Tropical Diseases, Clinical Centre of Serbia
Focus: Infectious diseases

Paolo CALISTRI (Italy)
Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale
Focus: Infectious disease epidemiology

Robert COLEBUNDERS (Belgium)
Professor Infectious Diseases, Global Health Institute, University of Antwerp
Focus: Global health, HIV/AIDS and tropical diseases

Onder ERGONUL (Turkey)
Koç University School of Medicine
Focus: Clinical epidemiology and infectious diseases

University College, London
Focus: Microbial pathogenesis, immunity to mucosal pathogens, bacterial meningitis and vaccines

Monica JUNIE (Romania)
Professor and Head of the Microbiology Department, University of Medicine and Pharmacy “Iuliu Hatieganu”
Focus: Microbiology

Hanna NOHYNEK (Finland)
Chief Physician, Deputy Head, Unit Infectious Diseases Control and Vaccine Programme, Dept Health Security
National Institute for Health and Welfare THL, Helsinki
Focus: Vaccine preventable diseases and microbiology

Helena MALTEZOU (Greece)
Hellenic Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Athens
Focus: Pediatrics, infectious diseases and public health

Nicola PETROSILLO (Italy)
Head, Clinical and Research Department on Infectious Diseases, National Institute for Infectious Diseases
Focus: Infectious diseases

Patricia SCHLAGENHAUF (Switzerland)
Professor at the University of Zürich and Zürich GeoSentinel Site Director
Focus: Travellers’ malaria, epidemiology of travel associated disease and travellers’ vaccines

Region of the Americas

Patricio ACOSTA (Argentina)
Professor at the National Scientific and Technical Research Council, CONICET (Argentina) and at the School of Medicine, University of Buenos Aires
Focus: Pathogenesis of respiratory viruses (RSV, Rhinovirus & Influenza)

Celia Mercedes ALPUCHE (Mexico)
Mexico National Institute of Public Health
Focus: Microbiology and infectious diseases

Maria Luisa AVILA (Costa Rica)
• ISID ProMED Committee
National Hospital for Children, San Jose
Focus: Pediatric infectious diseases

Virginia Commonwealth University
Focus: Infection prevention and hospital epidemiology

Paul BROWN (Jamaica)
• ISID Research Committee
Jamaica University of the West Indies at Mona
Focus: Molecular microbiology

Ana Paulina CELI (Ecuador)
Hospital de los Valles, Quito
Focus: Infectious diseases and HIV/AIDS

Carmen DESEDA (Puerto Rico)
University Hospital Bayamon
Focus: Pediatric infectious diseases

Professor of Global Health and Medicine, Boston University School of Public Health
Focus: Global health, infectious diseases and tropical infectious diseases

Claudio LANATA (Peru)
• ISID Education and Publications Committee
Institute of Nutrition, Lima
Focus: Child health and nutrition, diarrheal diseases and vaccine development

Founder and Director, Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy (CDDEP)
Focus: Antimicrobial resistance

Institute of Public Health, Saint Louis
Focus: Infectious diseases

Guillermo RUIZ-PALACIOS (Mexico)
National Institute of Health, Mexico City
Focus: Molecular biology, immunology and virology

Anita SHET (USA)
Associate Scientist, International Vaccine Access Center, Dept. of International Health
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore
Focus: Pediatric infectious diseases, public health and immunology

South-East Asia Region

Elizabeth Ashley (Myanmar)
Director of Clinical Research, Myanmar Oxford Clinical Research Unit (MOCRU)
Honorary Consultant in Infectious Diseases & Medical Microbiology, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Focus: Malaria treatment and drug resistance, bacteriology in the tropics, clinical trials, antimicrobial resistance

Sitara AJJAMPUR (India)
Professor of Microbiology, Wellcome Trust Research Laboratory
Focus: Microbiology and antimicrobial resistance

Anil Kumar BHOLA (India)
Consultant for WHO South-East Asia Regional Office, WHO Health Emergencies Programme
Focus: Infectious diseases epidemiology and outbreak investigation

Aamer IKRAM (Pakistan)
Professor & Consultant Microbiologist, Rawalpindi
Focus: Clinical microbiology, infectious diseases, hospital infection control, biosafety and biosecurity

Sasisopin KIERTIBURANAKUL (Thailand)
Ramathibodi Hospital, Mahidol University, Bangkok
Focus: Epidemiology of infectious diseases, clinical disease trials and emerging infections

Neelika MALAVIGUE (Sri Lanka)
Department of Microbiology, University of Sri Jayawardenapura, Sir Lanka and Academic Visitor, Nuffield
Focus: Viral immunology and dengue

Samir SAHA (Bangladesh)
Head of the Department of Diagnostic Division of Microbiology at the Dhaka Shishu Hospital for Children and executive director of The Child Health Research Foundation at the Bangladesh Institute of Child Health
Focus: Pediatric infectious diseases specializing in pneumonia, meningitis and enteric fever

Guy THWAITES (Vietnam)
Professor of Infectious Diseases. Director of Oxford University Clinical Research Unit (OUCRU)
Focus: Tropical medicine, infectious diseases and severe bacterial infections

Western Pacific Region

Philippe BUCHY (Singapore)
• ISID Education and Publications Committee
Focus: Virology, rabies and dengue

Doo Ryeon CHUNG (South Korea)
Samsung Medical Center, Seoul
Focus: Infectious Diseases and HIV/AIDS

Carta GUNAWAN (Indonesia)
Infectious Disease Consultant
Focus: Infectious and tropical diseases

SS LEE (Hong Kong)
• ISID Education and Publications Committee
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Focus: HIV/AIDS and infectious disease epidemiology

Poh Lian LIM (Singapore)
• ISID ProMED Committee
Department of Infectious Diseases, Institute of Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology, Tan Tock Seng Hospital
Focus: Emerging infections, travel medicine, HIV and general infectious diseases

David LYE (Singapore)
Senior consultant, Tan Tock Seng Hospital
Focus: Infectious diseases

Zamberi SEKAWI (Malaysia)
Professor of Medical Microbiology and Senior Consultant Clinical Microbiologist, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, University Putra
Focus: Microbiology

In recognition of their past contributions to the field of international infectious diseases and in anticipation of their future impact on the discipline, these individuals are recognized as ISID Emerging Leaders in International Infectious Diseases.

African Region

Andre Bulabula (South Africa)
Dr. Andre N.H. Bulabula, from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), graduated as a medical doctor at the Catholic University of Bukavu in DRC (2012) and holds a master’s degree in clinical epidemiology from Stellenbosch University in South Africa (2015). As a researcher, he is interested in infectious disease epidemiology (HIV, TB, Ebola, malaria, and cryptosporidiosis); as well as infection prevention and control, including the modelling of infectious diseases (RSA 2014, USA 2015); and antimicrobial resistance. He is also an active member of international research organisations: ICAN, ATS, and ERS.

Sean Wasserman (South Africa)
Dr. Sean Wasserman, an infectious diseases physician, is currently in a full time research position undertaking a PhD on the pharmacology of linezolid for drug-resistant tuberculosis. He is a lecturer in the Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases and HIV Medicine at the University of Cape Town where he teaches internal medicine and infectious diseases to undergraduate medical students. Dr. Wasserman is a member of the National Antimicrobial Stewardship Working Group within the South African Antimicrobial Stewardship Programme and has recently co-authored a national antibiotic prescribing guideline. His research interests broadly include infectious diseases of public health importance in sub-Saharan Africa, with a focus on HIV-associated tuberculosis and pneumocystis pneumonia, and antimicrobial stewardship.

Eastern Mediterranean Region

Seif Al-Abri (Oman)
Dr. Seif Salem Al-Abri studied medicine at Sultan Qaboos University in Oman, qualifying in 1993. He completed his training in infectious diseases at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital and Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, UK. He became a fellow of Royal College of Physicians in 2008.

Dr. Al-Abri is a practising consultant in infectious diseases at the Royal Hospital, Oman where he was head of infectious diseases department from 2006 until 2014. He was appointed as Director General for Disease Surveillance and Control at the Ministry of Health of Oman in September 2014.

Dr. Al-Abri has an interest in medical education and is an accredited Royal College of Physicians educator; an international advisor for the Royal College of Physicians of London; Lead Examiner for the Membership of the Royal College of Physicians (UK) Examination in Oman; a member of the governing council of Oman Medical College; and chairman of the national task force for establishing consultants’ appraisal in Oman. He is also an associate editor of the  Sultan Qaboos University Medical Journal; the Journal of Infection and Public Health; and Annals of Clinical Microbiology and Antimicrobials.

European Region

Enrique Castro-Sanchez (UK)
Dr. Enrique Castro-Sanchez is currently combining an Early Career Research Fellowship exploring increased participation of nurses in antimicrobial stewardship decision-making and a position as Lead Research Nurse at the NIHR Health Protection Research Unit in Healthcare Associated Infection and Antimicrobial Resistance at Imperial College London. He was awarded a PhD in Nursing at the University of Alicante (Spain) in 2015. He trained in nursing and management of nursing services in Spain, followed by an MSc in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 2003.

Region of the Americas

Juan Pablo Torres (Chile)
Juan Pablo Torres, MD, PhD, is a pediatric infectious diseases specialist at the University of Chile. His research is in the field of respiratory viral infection in immunocompromised and immunocompetent children and he has more than 40 ISI publications. Dr. Torres is Director of the Research Unit at Hospital Luis Calvo Mackenna and Academic Director of Clínica Las Condes, in Santiago, Chile.

Theresa J. Ochoa (Peru)
Dr. Ochoa is a pediatric infectious diseases specialist working in Peru as Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Cayetano Heredia University and Associate Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. Dr. Ochoa is currently the Director of the Tropical Medicine Institute Alexander von Humboldt at Cayetano University in Lima.  Her main area of research are (1) Lactoferrin: basic research and clinical trials; (2) Enteric pathogens and diarrhea in children; (3) Neonatal infections (sepsis, herpes, Zika); (4) Pneumonia and pneumococcal infections in children; and (5) Pediatric malnutrition. Her long-term objectives are to find cost-effective interventions to decrease the burden of infectious disease, and to improve outcomes in pediatric populations in developing countries.

Ruanne Barnabas (USA)
Dr. Ruanne Barnabas is an assistant professor at the Department of Global Health, Division of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, University of Washington; an infectious disease physician-scientist at the University of Washington; and affiliate at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Her research focuses on innovative approaches to community-based HIV treatment and prevention in Africa. The ultimate aim of her work is to estimate the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of HIV treatment and prevention interventions to inform public health policy.

South-East Asia Region

Ira Praharaj (India)
Dr. Ira Praharaj is an assistant professor at the Wellcome Trust Research Laboratory, Christian Medical College, Vellore. As a medical professional, she is now transitioning from individual patient care and diagnosis to problems of public health importance. Dr. Praharaj currently works on factors affecting the immunogenicity of oral vaccines in developing country settings such as India. Her major focus is on evaluating the role of asymptomatic carriage of enteropathogens on oral vaccine response in settings, using molecular diagnostic tools.

Rajiv Sarkar (India)
Dr. Rajiv Sarkar is a Wellcome Trust/DBT India Alliance Early Career Fellow at Christian Medical College, Vellore, India. He is an epidemiologist and obtained his Ph.D. for studies on cryptosporidiosis in urban infants. Dr. Sarkar’s current research focuses on the epidemiology and control of soil transmitted helminths infection in an endemic southern Indian tribal community.

Western Pacific Region

Veasna Duong (Cambodia)
Dr. Duong Veasna, MD, PhD is a medical virologist and is working in Virology Unit at Institut Pasteur du Cambodge since 2005. His current research activities focus on arboviruses (virus and vector interaction) and emerging zoonoses (detection and characterization).

Ada Lin (Hong Kong)
Dr. Ada Lin is a dual specialist in infectious diseases and public health medicine in Hong Kong. Her current main scope of work is on HIV/AIDS and viral hepatitis. She also serves as the office bearer of the Hong Kong Society for Infectious Diseases.

  • Research Committee

Oversight of research grants, awards and fellowship programs

Chair: Gagandeep Kang

Council members:
Chinyere Akuga
Sitara Ajjampur
Elizabeth Ashley
Anil Bhola
Paul Brown
Robert Colebunders
Carta Gunawan
Neelika Malavige
Helena Maltezou
Nicola Petrosillo
Laith Abu-Raddad

Emerging Leader:
Veasna Duong

Executive Committee member: Rana Hajjeh
ISID Program Director: Britta Lassmann
ProMED Editor: Larry Madoff

  • Education Committee 

Oversight of educational programs

Chair: SS Lee

Council members:
Jaffar Al-Tawfiq
Tayo Babalobi
Anita Shet

Emerging Leaders:
Enrique Castro-Sanchez

  • Policy & Advocacy Committee

Chair: Marc Mendelson

Council members:
Paolo Castri
Carmen Deseda
Ramanan Laxminarayan
David Lye
Boubacar Maiga
Helena Maltezou
Samir Saha
Papa Salif Sow
Zegeye Hailemariam Tessema

ISID Program Director: Britta Lassmann
ISID Program and Membership Manager: Amy Galblum
ISID Program Manager: Taryn Lorthe

  • Publication Committee

Oversight of the International Journal of Infectious Diseases (IJID) and A Guide to Infection Control in the Healthcare Setting

Chair: Paul Tambyah

Council members:
Rashad Abdul-Ghani
Fatma Amer
Philippe Buchy
Doo Ryeon Chung
David Hamer
Claudio Lanata
Zamberi Sekavi

Emerging Leader:
Ira Praharaj

Gonzalo Bearman (Editor, A Guide to Infection Control in the Hospital, 5th and 6th Editions)
Shaheen Mehtar

ProMED Moderator Subject Expert: Larry Lutwick
ISID Program Director: Britta Lassmann
ISID Program Manager: Amy Galblum
IJID Editor-in-Chief: Eskild Petersen

  • Emerging Leaders Program

Chair: Alison Holmes

Council members:
Athanase Badolo
Aleksandra Barac
Aamer Ikram

Emerging Leaders:
Andre Bulabula
Sean Wasserman
Seif Al-Abri
Enrique Castro-Sanchez
Juan Pablo Torres
Theresa J. Ochoa
Ruanne Barnabas
Ira Praharaj
Rajiv Sarkar
Veasna Duong
Ada Lin

  • External Affairs Committee

Development of regional meetings and engagement; press and public relations; and collaborations with other societies

Chair: Miguel O’Ryan

Council members:
Hanna Nohynek
Rob Heyderman

Executive Committee members: Lindsay Grayson and Ursula Theuretzbacher
ISID Executive Director: Joshua Caulfield

  • ProMED Committee

Oversight and development of ProMED

Chair: Larry Madoff

Executive Committee member: Ursula Theuretzbacher
ProMED Assistant Director: Linda MacKinnon

Finance Committee

Oversight of ISID’s finances

Chair: Sally Roberts, ISID Treasurer

ISID President: Marc Mendelson
President Elect: Rana Hajjeh
ISID Executive Director:  Joshua Caulfield

  • Nomination & Remuneration Committee

Oversight of Council and Executive Committee member nominations

Chair: Marc Mendelson, ISID President

Past-President: Jon Cohen
President-Elect: Rana Hajjeh

Council members:
Patricio Acosta
Teshome Gebre

ISID Executive Director: Joshua Caulfield

ISID Working Groups

  • Guide to Infection Control Working Group
    Chairs: Gonzalo Bearman and Shaheen Mehtar

    Council member:
    Ada LinISID Program and Marketing Manager: Laurence Mialot
  • Cross Society Link Working Group
    Chair: Lindsay Grayson

    ISID Executive Director: Joshua Caulfield

ICID Program Committee

  • Congress Organization and Scientific Program Development
    Chair: Marc Mendelson, ISID President
    Executive Committee members: Jon Cohen, Rana Hajjeh, Alison Holmes, Lindsay Grayson, Alison Holmes, Gagandeep Kang, Miguel O’Ryan, Sally Roberts, Zamberi Sekavi, Paul Tambyah and Ursula Theuretzbacher.
    ISID Program Director: Britta Lassmann

Executive Director: Joshua Caulfield

Program Director: Britta Lassmann

Director of Emerging Disease Surveillance: Linda MacKinnon

ProMED Editor: Larry Madoff

Director of Marketing & Communications: Taryn Silver Lorthe

Program and Marketing Manager: Laurence Mialot

Conference Manager: Doris Steinbach

Director of Finance & Operations: Angela Tsopelas

Grants Specialist: John W. Ramatowski

Director of Development: Catherine Crowley