Board of Directors

Meet the International Association of Bioethics Board of Directors.

President: Anant Bhan

Anant Bhan is trained as a medical doctor with a masters’ degree in bioethics from the University of Toronto. He is a researcher in the fields of Global Health, Health Policy and Bioethics and is also an Adjunct Visiting Professor in the Department of Community Medicine, Yenepoya Medical College and the Centre for Ethics, Yenepoya University, Mangaluru, India.

Vice President: Vardit Ravitsky

Vardit Ravitsky is Associate Professor at the Bioethics Program, School of Public Health, University of Montreal and Director of Ethics and Health at the Center for Research on Ethics. Ravitsky is member of the Standing Committee on Ethics of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and of the Genomics & Society Working Group of the National Human Genome Research Institute in the US. Her research focuses on the ethics of genomics and reproduction.

Secretary: Maria De Jesus Medina Arrellano

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.

Treasurer: Marcel Verweij

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.

Akira Akabayashi

Professor in the Department of Biomedical Ethics at the University of Tokyo Graduate School of Medicine (Japan).

Thalia Arawi

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.

Lisa Eckenwiler

Lisa Eckenwiler is Associate Professor of Philosophy in Philosophy and Health Administration and Policy and Co Director of the Global Health Fellows Program, George Mason University, USA. Her current research is on the understanding and use of vulnerability and vulnerable populations in the policies and practices of international humanitarian health organizations, and health justice for migrants and refugees.

Yali Cong

Medical Ethics Education and Professionalism Cultivation at Peking University Health Science Center.

Vilhjálmur Árnason

Vilhjálmur Árnason (2012–2020) 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.

Francoise Baylis

Françoise Baylis is Professor and Canada Research Chair in Bioethics and Philosophy, Novel Tech Ethics, Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie University. She is a member of the Order of Canada and the Order of Nova Scotia, as well as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.

Paulina Tindana Navrongo

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.

Dorcas Kamuya

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.

Raúl Jiménez Piña

Director of Planning and Academic Development, National Bioethics Commission of Mexico.

Graeme Laurie

Graeme Laurie is Professor of Medical Jurisprudence in the School of Law at the University of Edinburgh. He specialises in medical law and ethics, and was the Chair of the Local Organising Committee for the 13th IAB World Congress, held in Edinburgh in June 2016.

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.