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.

Joseph Agboeze  (Nigeria)
Seif Al-Abri (Oman)
Afreenish Amir (Pakistan)
Ruanne Barnabas (USA)
Andre Bulabula (South Africa)
Enrique Castro-Sanchez (UK)
Esmita Charani (UK)
Bethany Davies (UK)
Angel Desai  (USA)
Veasna Duong (Cambodia)
Jasmin Islam (UK)
Ada Lin (Hong Kong)
David Moore (South Africa)
Christina Obiero (Kenya)
Theresa J. Ochoa (Peru)
Ira Praharaj (India)
Rajiv Sarkar (India)
Juan Pablo Torres (Chile)
Tatiana de Castro Abreu Pinto (Brazil)
Laura Talarico (Argentina),
Jason Trubiano (Australia)
Sean Wasserman (South Africa)
Sophie Yacoub (Vietnam)

Read more about ISID's Emerging Leaders

  • 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