Board of Directors
Meet the International Association of Bioethics Board of Directors.
Vardit Ravitsky, IAB President
Vardit Ravitsky is Full Professor at the Bioethics Program, School of Public Health, University of Montreal and part-time Senior Lecturer on Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. She is Director of Ethics and Health at the Center for Research on Ethics, a 2020 Trudeau Foundation Fellow and Chair of the Foundation’s COVID-19 Impact Committee, as well as Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences and of the Hastings Center. She is member of the Standing Committee on Ethics of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and of the Institute Advisory Board of CIHR’s Institute of Genetics. She is also member of the National Human Genome Research Institute’s (NHGRI) Genomics & Society Working Group. Her research focuses on the ethics of genomics and reproduction and is funded by Canada’s leading funding agencies. She published over 170 articles and commentaries on bioethical issues.
Lisa Eckenwiler, IAB Vice-President
Lisa Eckenwiler, Ph.D., is Professor of Philosophy in the Department of Philosophy at George Mason University, where she teaches courses in bioethics and global health ethics and co-directs the Global Health Fellows program. Her research centers on vulnerability, global structural injustice, and health inequities, in addition to the ethical significance of place for health. Current projects examine the ethical closure of humanitarian projects, structural injustice and refugees with disabilities, “vulnerability” and humanitarian response, and “ethical place making” and health justice for the displaced. Along with her academic papers, she is author of Long-term Care, Globalization and Justice (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012) and lead editor of The Ethics of Bioethics: Mapping the Moral Landscape (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007). Professor Eckenwiler is a co-founder of the Resisting Borders network, which focuses on migrant and refugee health and responsibilities, a founding member of the Independent Resource Group for Global Health Justice, and a member of the Humanitarian Health Ethics Network. She serves as Vice President of the International Association of Bioethics.
Maria De Jesus Medina Arrellano, Secretary
María Medina-Arellano is a full time researcher in the Legal Research Institute at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). She is the Deputy of the College of Bioethics in Mexico, and member of the advisory group of the National Commission of Bioethics in Mexico.
Marcel Verweij, Treasurer
Marcel Verweij is Professor of Philosophy at Wageningen University, The Netherlands. He is joint Editor-in-Chief of Public Health Ethics and fulfills various advisory roles on ethics of public health care, for example as member of the Health Council, and the committee that advises on the contents of the basic health care insurance in the Netherlands. Current research interests include the ethics of vaccination, antibiotic resistance, and infectious disease control; solidarity and health inequity; and ethical issues in relation to nutrition and health.
Alex John London
Alex John London is the Clara L. West Professor of Ethics and Philosophy and the Director of the Center for Ethics and Policy at Carnegie Mellon University. He is an elected fellow of the Hastings Center, and a prior board member and recipient of the distinguished service award from the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities. His current research focuses on justice in international research, ethical issues across the lifecycle of drug development, risk assessment, and ethical issues regarding the development and deployment of artificial intelligence systems.
Aasim Ahmad is a nephrologist with a Masters’ degree in bioethics from the University of Toronto. He is an Honorary Senior Lecturer (Bioethics) and Founder Member of Bioethics Group at the Aga Khan University Karachi, Pakistan. He also serves on many research ethics boards including the Ethic Review Board of Médecins Sans Frontières.
Carla Saenz is the Regional Bioethics Advisor at the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), which is the World’s Health Organization’s Regional Office for the Americas. She is responsible for PAHO’s Regional Program on Bioethics, which supports on bioethics to countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. An elected fellow of the Hastings Center, she has authored numerous publications on different areas of bioethics, coedited the book Public Health Ethics: Cases Spanning the Globe, and contributed to several ethics guidance documents. She has been responsible of the development of PAHO’s zika ethics guidance, and is in the Steering Committee of the Global Forum on Bioethics in Research. Carla holds a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Texas at Austin and, before joining PAHO, she was at the Department of Bioethics at Clinical Center of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and in the faculty in the Philosophy Department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Wellcome Trust Society & Ethics fellow and researcher in LMIC. Dorcas’s research is focused on the value of community and public engagement in health research, and ethical dilemmas for frontline research workers. Primarily based at the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme (KWTRP) in Kilifi, Kenya.
Dr Ignacio Mastroleo works on research ethics, medical ethics and theories of justice. His main lines of inquiry are ethics of innovative medical practice, post-trial responsibilities and research integrity (see Google scholar and ORCID profiles). He is a researcher from National Scientific Research Council of Argentina (CONICET) and Chief of Lecturers in Ethics at the Department of Philosophy, University of Buenos Aires (UBA). He conducts, with Felicitas Holzer, the Bioethics Module of the International Master/PhD Program in Biomedical Sciences (IMBS University of Freiburg, Germany and UBA). Since 2018, he is the Director of the BioThera Research Institute for Philosophy of Translational Medicine (Program of Bioethics, FLACSO Argentina, Collaborating Center of PAHO-WHO). He won The Manuel Velasco Suarez Award for Excellence in Bioethics (2014) awarded by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO-WHO). He has been visiting researcher at the Ethox Centre (2014), the HeLEX Centre (2016) and the Uehiro Centre (2019), Oxford University, UK. He was also a member of the Post-Trial Responsibility Workgroup of MRCT (Multi-Regional Clinical Trials) Center of Harvard and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, United States (2015-2017).
Jean-Christophe Bélisle-Pipon is a Visiting Researcher at the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at the Harvard Law School. He is also Visiting Researcher at the School of Public Health of the Université de Montréal. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Québec Health Research Fund (FRQS). His current research interests include citizen engagement in health policy-making; mingling arts and bioethics for knowledge mobilization; the relational and agential dimensions of artificial intelligence (AI) in health; and conflicts of interest in health policy-making.
Nancy S. Jecker
Nancy S. Jecker, PhD is a Professor of Bioethics and Humanities at the University of Washington School of Medicine, USA and Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Johannesburg, African Centre for Epistemology and Philosophy of Science and Department of Philosophy, South Africa. Dr. Jecker’s research focuses on individual and societal aging, justice, human dignity, medical futility, and global perspectives in philosophy and bioethics.
Paulina Tindana Navrongo
Paulina Tindana is a Senior Lecturer and Bioethicist at the University of Ghana School of Public Health. She also serves as a member of the UNESCO International Bioethics Committee (IBC). Her research focuses on the ethical, social and policy implications of international collaborative research, community engagement and health systems research ethics.
Founding Director of the Salim El-Hoss Bioethics and Professionalism Program (SHBPP) at the American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine and Medical Center, Lebanon.
Vilhjálmur Árnason is Professor of Philosophy and Chair of the Centre for Ethics, School of Humanities, University of Iceland, ICELAND. He is a Fellow of Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung, Germany, Life member of Clare Hall, Cambridge, UK, and of Fondation Brocher, Switzerland. He is chair of the Nordic-Baltic Network of the Philosophy of Medicine and Medical Ethics. His current research focuses on methods in bioethics and the use of genetic information in research and health care.
Medical Ethics Education and Professionalism Cultivation at Peking University Health Science Center.