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Members of the International Bioethics Committee

The Director-General appoints the IBC's 36 members to serve in their personal capacities for four-year terms. The selection is made taking into account cultural diversity, balanced geographical representation and nominations from States of qualified specialists in the life sciences and in the social and human sciences, including law, human rights, philosophy, education and communication.


AARONS Dr (Mr) Derrick (Jamaica) - 2018-2021
Medical Doctor and Bioethicist
Head of the Health Professions Authority in the Turks and Caicos Islands, West Indies 
Former Ethicist, the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) 
Former Bioethicist, Ethics Committee, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of West Indies
Former Chair, Advisory Panel on Ethics and Medico-Legal Affairs, Ministry of Health, Jamaica 
Former President and Founder, Bioethics Society of the English-speaking Caribbean (BSEC) 
Member, Editorial Board, Developing World Bioethics Journal
Member, Executive Council, UNESCO Latin American and Caribbean Bioethics Network (UNESCO-REDBIOETICA)

ACOSTA SARIEGO Prof. (Mr) José Ramón (Cuba) - 2020-2023
Professor and Academic Coordinator of Master Degree in Bioethics, University of Havana 
Vice-Chair, UNESCO Latin American and Caribbean Bioethics Network (REDBIOÉTICA) (2018-present)
Founder and Member, Bioethics Chair, Victoria de Girón Institute of Basic and Preclinical Sciences, University of Medical Sciences of Havana 
Member, Félix Varela Centre of Ethics 
Founder and Member, Applied Ethics Chair, University of Havana
Founder and Honorary Member, Bioethics Committee, University of Havana
Honorary Member, Bioethics Chair, Latin American School of Medicine 
President, Martian Club of Bioethics, Cultural Society “José Martí”
President, Institutional Ethics of Research Committee, Victoria de Girón Institute of Basic and Preclinical Sciences, University of Medical Sciences of Havana
President, Neuroethics Chapter, Cuban Neeurosciences Society 
Member, National Cuban Bioethics Committee (1997-2002 and 2019-present)

AL-ATIYYAT Prof. (Ms) Nijmeh (Jordan) - 2018-2021
Associate Professor of Oncology Nursing and Mentor of Oncology Nursing Master Programme, Faculty of Nursing, Hashemite University 
Member, Jordan National Committee for Ethics of Science and Technology
Member, National Committee of Palliative Care 
Member, National Committee of Cancer Control 
Founder and Organizer, Scientific day Cancer Control Innovation

ANDANDA Prof. (Ms) Pamela (Kenya) - 2016-2023
Professor of Law, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa 
Chair and Member, the African Academy of Sciences Data and Biospecimen Governance Committee 
Member, the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) Standing Committee on Biosafety and Biosecurity
Member, the Social Sciences and Humanities standing panel, South African National Research Foundation (2019-2023)
Advocate, High Court of Kenya
Member, Strathmore University’s institutional ethics review committee 
Member, Data and Biospecimen Access Committee (DBAC) of the Human Heredity and Health in Africa (H3Africa) (2016-2023)
Member, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg Research Committee

CHNEIWEISS Prof. (Mr) Hervé Michel (France) - 2014-2021
Director, Research Center Neuroscience Paris Seine-IBPS
Chairperson, Ethics Committee, National Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM)
Former Member, National Advisory Ethics Committee for the Life Sciences
Chairperson of the IBC (2020-2021)

CHOI Prof. (Mr) Kyungsuk (Republic of Korea) - 2020-2023
Professor of Bioethics, School of Law, Ewha Womans University
Director, Ewha Institute for Biomedical Law & Ethics, Ewha Womans University
Chair, Bioethics Policy Studies, Graduate School, Ewha Womans University
Chair, Expert Advisory Committee for Human Material, National Bioethics Committee 
Executive Member of Editorial Board, Korean Society for Ethics 
Chief of Editorial Board, Korean Society of Medical Ethics 
Former Vice President, Korean Bioethics Association
Former Member, Internal Review Board (IRB), Samsung Seoul Hospital 

CROSS Prof. (Ms) Emily (United Kingdom/USA) - 2020-2023
Professor of Human Neuroscience, Department of Cognitive Science, Macquarie University, Australia
Professor of Social Robotics, Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology, University of Glasgow, Scotland
Honorary Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, School of Psychology, Bangor University, Wales
Member, Young Academy of Europe
Member, Royal Society of Edinburgh’s Young Academy of Scotland 
Philip Leverhulme Prize for early career contributions to Psychology (2018)
British Science Association Jacob Bronowski Award for early contributions to science and the arts (2017)

DARWISH Prof. (Mr) Bahaa (Egypt) - 2020-2023
Professor of Philosophy, College of Arts, Minia University, Egypt 
Ex-Vice Dean for Postgraduate Studies and Scientific Research and Ex-vice Dean for Students Affairs, College of Arts, Minia University
Founding and Board Member, International Association of Education in Ethics
Board Member, Egyptian Society of Philosophy
Member, Ethics of Scientific Research Council, Academy of Scientific Research and Technology, Egypt
Former Member, Philosophy Committee, Supreme Council of Culture, Egypt

DESCHENES (Ms) Mylène (Canada) - 2020-2023
Director, Ethics and Legal Affairs, Office of the Québec Chief Scientist, Fonds de recherche du Québec
Vice-Chair, Commission on Research Integrity of Luxembourg
Former Executive Director, P3G Consortium (Public Population Project in Genomics) (2005-2012)
Former Senior Ethics Policy Advisor, Ethics Office, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) (2003-2005)

DHAI Prof. (Ms) Ames (South Africa) - 2018-2021
Professor of Bioethics and Health Law, School of Clinical Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand
Co-Chair, Human Research Ethics Committee (Medical), Wits University
Former President, South African Medical Association
Member, African Advisory Committee for Health Research Development, World Health Organization (WHO)
Member, Working Group on Clinical Research in Resource Limited Settings, Council of International Organizations of Medical Sciences CIOMS)
Former Member, Working Groups on the Declarations of Helsinki and Taipei, World Medical Association
Editor, South African Journal of Bioethics and Law
Vice-Chairperson of the IBC (2020-2021)

FERNANDO Prof. (Ms) Anoja Indrakanthi (Sri Lanka) - 2016-2023
Professor Emeritus, Pharmacology, and Former Dean, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ruhuna
Chairperson, Working Committee on Bioethics, National Science Foundation of Sri Lanka (2019-present)
Former Chair, National Bioethics Committee of Sri Lanka
Former President, Asian Bioethics Association
Former President, Sri Lanka Medical Association
Rapporteur of the IBC (2020-2021)

FORUS Dr (Ms) Anne (Norway) - 2016-2023
Senior Adviser, Department of Health Legislation and Biotechnology, Norwegian Directorate of Health
Member, Bureau Member and Former Chairperson (2013-2014), Committee on Bioethics of the Council of Europe (DH-BIO)
Deputy Member, Norwegian Privacy Appeals Board (2013-2017) 
Member (2008-2012), Executive board for stem cell research, Norwegian Research Council
Member (2003-2007), Executive board for ELSA research (Ethical, legal and societal aspects of biotechnology)

FUJITA Prof. (Ms) Misao (Japan) - 2018-2021
Head and Professor, Uehiro Research Division for iPS Cell Ethics, Kyoto University
Professor, Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Biology (WPI-ASHBi), KUIAS Kyoto University
Member, Expert Panel on Bioethics, Cabinet Office’s Council for Science, Technology and Innovation
Member, Ethics Committee, International Society for Stem Cell Research 
Clinical Psychologist

GRECO Prof. (Mr) Dirceu Bartolomeo (Brazil) - 2018-2021
Medical Doctor
Professor Emeritus of Bioethics and Infectious Diseases, Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) 
Chair, Brazilian Bioethics Society (BBS) -2019-2021
Member, Brazilian National Commission on AIDS, Brazilian Ministry of Health
Member, Brazilian National Health Council (2018-2021) 
Former Member, National Commission on Anti-HIV Vaccines
Former Member, Brazilian National Commission for Research Ethics (CONEP)
Former Director, Department of IST, AIDS and Viral Hepatitis, Brazilian Ministry of Health (2010-2013)
Vice-Chairperson of the IBC (2020-2021)

IOAN Prof. (Ms) Beatrice Gabriela (Romania) - 2016-2023
Professor of Forensic Medicine and Bioethics and Coordinator of the Forensic Medicine Department, Grigore T. Popa University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Iasi, Romania
Forensic Physician, Institute of Forensic Medicine, Iasi, Romania
Former Chairperson (2016-2018) and Member, Committee on Bioethics of the Council of Europe (DH-BIO) 
Chairperson, Bioethics Committee, Romanian College of Physicians 

KHIATI Prof. (Mr) Mostéfa (Algeria) - 2020-2023
Founding President, National Foundation for the Promotion of Health and Research Development (FOREM)
Member, National Council of Ethics and Deontology of Algeria 
Member, Ethics Committee, National Center for Biotechnology Research (CRBT)
Member, Ethics Committee, Thematic Agency of Research in Health Sciences (ATRSS)
Former Chair, National Council for Research Evaluation (2015-2019)
Former Member, National Commission for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights of Algeria (2001-2016) 
Former Professor of General Medicine and Pediatric, University of Algeria
Signatory on behalf of Algeria of the Arab Charter on Ethics in Higher Education initiated by Unesco and the Arab League (2018)

LEE Prof. (Mr) Eng Hin (Singapore) - 2020-2023
Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore (NUS)
Program Leader, Tissue Engineering Program, NUS 
Member, Bioethics Advisory Committee of Singapore (BAC) 
Former Chair, Human Embryo and Chimera Research Work Group, BAC (2007-2008) 
Member, Ethics Committee, Singapore Medical Council 
Member, Working Committee, Ethical Code and Ethical Guidelines & Handbook on Medical Ethics, Singapore Medical Council (2016) 
Chair, Advisory Committee for Restricted Human Biomedical Research, Ministry of Health of Singapore
Member, Healthcare Ethics Capability Committee, Ministry of Health, Singapore (2019-2022)

LIKINDA BOFONDA Prof. (M.) Evariste (Democratic Republic of Congo) - 2016-2023
Vice Dean responsible for education, Faculty of Medicine, University of Mbandaka
Professor of Neurosurgery, Medical Ethics and Bioethics, University of Mbandaka
Neurosurgeon and Head, Department of Surgery, University Hospital of Mbandaka
President, National Bioethics Committee of the Democratic Republic of Congo
Expert Advisor at the Cooperation Unit of the General Secretariat for Health
Vice-Chairperson of the IBC (2018-2019)

MARTINHO DA SILVA Dr (Ms) Paula (Portugal) - 2018-2021
Visiting Professor, Bioethics Institute, Portuguese Catholic University 
Member, Ethics Committee, Champalimaud Foundation 
Member, Ethics Committee, Centro Hospitaler de Lisboa Central 
Former Chair, Ethics Council of José de Mello Saúde 
Former Member, European group of Ethics in Science and New Technologies of the European Commission (EGE)
Former Chair, National Council of Ethics for the Life Sciences 

MEZINSKA Dr (Ms) Signe (Latvia) - 2016-2023
Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of Latvia 
Senior Researcher, Institute of Clinical and Preventive Medicine, University of Latvia 
Chairperson, Academic Ethics Commission, University of Latvia 
Vice-Chairperson, Medical and Biomedical Research Ethics Committee, Riga East Clinical University Hospital Support Foundation 
Board Member, Health Action International (HAI) Europe
Vice-Chairperson of the IBC (2018-2021)

MONTALVO JÄÄSKELÄINEN Prof. (Mr) Federico (Spain) - 2014-2021
Associate Professor, Constitutional Law and Health Law, Universidad Pontificia Comillas (ICADE) 
Director, Center for Legal innovation (CID-ICADE) 
Chairperson, Spanish Bioethics Committee 
Member, Ethical Committee for Clinical Trials, Region of Madrid (2003-2012)
Member, Academy of Medicine of the Region of Murcia

ORER Prof. (Mr) Hakan S. (Turkey) - 2018-2021
Professor and Chair, Department of Medical Pharmacology, School of Medicine, Koç University
Chair, Allied Ethics Committees on Clinical Trials, Biomedical Research, and Social Sciences and Humanities, Koç University 
Member, Bioethics Steering Committee, National Commission for UNESCO
Elected Member, Science Academy (Turkey)

PALAZZANI Prof. (Mrs) Laura (Italy) - 2016-2023
Professor of Philosophy of Law and Biolaw, Department of Law, Lumsa University
Deputy Vice-Chairperson, Italian National Bioethics Committee 
Member, European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies, European Commission
Delegate of Italy, Committee on Bioethics (DH-BIO) of the Council of Europe 

PETERS Dr (Ms) Melanie (The Netherlands) - 2020-2023
Director, Rathenau Institute, an independent part of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences
Member, the Netherlands Commission for UNESCO 
Chair, Scientific Committee for the Netherlands L’Oréal UNESCO For Women in Science programme
Independent Member, Netherlands National Contact Point for the OECD guidelines for multinational entreprises 
Member, EU High Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence
Former Director of the Studium Generale, centre for philosophy of science and arts and Professor, Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Utrecht (2006-2015)
Member, Medical Ethical Commission, Utrecht University Medical Centre
Former Manager, Health, CSR and WTO policy, Consumentenbond (2000-2006) 
Former Member, European Medicines Agency
Former Account manager, Veterinary drugs and hormones, Ministry of Agriculture and Nature
Research Toxicologist, Shell Netherlands 
Toxicologist, University of Texas at Austin
PhD student at Imperial College London, University of London

PHELLAS Prof. (Mr) Constantinos (Cyprus) - 2018-2021
Chairperson, Cyprus National Bioethics Committee 
Senior Vice-Rector, University of Nicosia
Professor, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Nicosia
Member, Committee on Bioethics of the Council of Europe (DH-BIO)
Chair, European Office Cyprus 
Chair, Parliamentary Chamber for Civil Society 
Member, National Medical Assisted Reproductive Board
Member, Cyprus National Transplant Board 
Member, Cyprus National AIDS Committee
Member, International Academy of Astronautics

PINSART Prof. (Ms) Marie-Geneviève (Belgium) - 2016-2023
Professor, Department of Philosophy and Ethics, Free University of Brussels
Présidente du Pôle de recherches en éthique appliquée (Université Libre de Bruxelles)
Member and former Chairperson, Consultative Committee on Bioethics of Belgium
President of the Ethics Committee of St-Jean Hospital (Brussels)
Member, Ethics Advisory Committee for Partnership Research (French National Research Institute for Development)
Member, INRA-CIRAD-IFREMER-IRD Joint Consultative Ethics Committee (France)

POP-JORDANOVA Prof. (Ms) Nada (North Macedonia) - 2018-2021
Professor of Medical Psychology and Ethics, and Neuropsychology, University of Skopje
Professor of Developmental Psychology, International Balkan University 
Retired Professor of Pediatrics, University of Skopje
Full Member and Researcher, Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts
Fellow, International College of Psychosomatic Medicine 
Member, New York Academy of Science
Member, World Academy of Sciences and Arts
Member, European Academy of Sciences and Arts

ROZYNSKA Dr (Ms) Joanna (Poland) - 2018-2021
Assistant Professor, Institute of Philosophy, Center for Bioethics & Biolaw, University of Warsaw
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Rehabilitation, Chair of Bioethics and Social Problems in Medicine, Warsaw University of Physical Education 
Chairperson, Bioethics Committee, Presidium of the Polish Academy of Sciences 
Member, Ethics Commission, National Transplantation Council
Member, Compassionate Use Advisory Committee (CompAC), NYU School of Medicine
Member, Research Ethics Committee, University of Warsaw
Member, Research Ethics Committee, Warsaw University of Physical Education

RUEDA BARRERA Prof. (Mr) Eduardo Alfonso (Colombia) - 2020-2023
President, Latin American and Caribbean Network for Bioethics Education (REDLACEB) 
Former Director and Professor, Institute of Bioethics, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (2012-2019)
Former Head, Latin American Working Group on Political Philosophy, Latin American Social Sciences Council (CLACSO) (2012-2019)
Board Member, UNESCO Latin American and Caribbean Bioethics Network (REDBIOÉTICA) and International Network on Biolaw
President, Institutional Review Board/Ethics Committee, Colombian Association for the Advance of Science

SAGOLS-SALES Prof. (Ms) Lizbeth (Mexico) - 2014-2021
Professor of Philosophy, Faculty of Philosophy and Letters, National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)
Member, University Programme on Bioethics, UNAM
Member, National Research System of Mexico
Member, Advisory Board, Bioethics National Commission of Mexico

SHAMSI GOOSHKI Prof. (Mr) Ehsan (Islamic Republic of Iran) - 2018-2021
Director, Medical Ethics and History of Medicine Research Center, Tehran University of Medical Sciences
Secretary, Biomedical Ethics and Philosophy of Medicine Council, Iran Academy of Medical Science
Director, National Research Ethics Committee, Ministry of Health and Medical Education
Advisor to the President and the Director of Medical Ethics Department, Iran Medical Council
Member of National Clinical Ethics Committee, Ministry of Health and Medical Education
Member, National Bioethics Committee, Iranian National Commission for UNESCO

SIVERINO BAVIO Prof. (Ms) Paula (Argentina) - 2018-2021
Doctor in Law
Former Coordinator of the National Program of Restitution of Rights (Trafficking, Refugees and International Restitucion), National Secretariat of Childhood Adolescence and Family
Member, Bioethics Counsel, International Institute of Human Rights (Chapter for the Americas)
Former Professor of Civil Law and Bioethics, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú

TAL-DIA Prof. (Ms) Anta (Senegal) - 2014-2021
Professor of Public Health and Pediatrician
Past Executive Director (2000–2019), Institut de Sante et Developpement  (ISED)  University Cheikh Anta Diop of Dakar (Senegal)
Past Head of the department of Preventive Medicine (2000–2019), Faculty of Medicine, Pharmacy and Odontology, University Cheikh Anta Diop of Dakar (Senegal)
Member, National Academy of Sciences and Techniques of Senegal 
Chair, Advisory Committee for Immunization and Vaccines of Senegal 
Chair, National Committee of Ethics for Research of Senegal

TINDANA Dr (Ms) Paulina (Ghana) - 2014-2021
Senior Lecturer and Bioethicist, School of Public Health, University of Ghana, Legon-Accra, Ghana
Member, Steering Committee, Human Heredity and Health in Africa Initiative (H3Africa)
Member, Ethics and Community Engagement Working Group, Human Heredity and Health in Africa Initiative (H3Africa)
Member, Board of Directors, International Association of Bioethics (IAB) 

TOMB Prof. (Mr) Roland R. (Lebanon) - 2016-2023
Dean, Faculty of Medicine, Saint Joseph University 
Chairperson and Professor, Department of Bioethics, Saint Joseph University
Member, Lebanese National Consultative Committee of Bioethics
Former Rapporteur, Intergovernmental Bioethics Committee of UNESCO (IGBC) 
Vice-Chairperson of the IBC (2018-2021)

YONGYUTH Prof. (Mr) Yuthavong (Thailand) - 2016-2023
Advisor to the President, National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) 
Senior Research Fellow, National Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, NSTDA
Former Minister, Ministry of Science and Technology (2006-2008)
Former Deputy Prime Minister (2014-2015)
Former Chairperson, Intergovernmental Bioethics Committee of UNESCO (IGBC)
Former President, Thai Academy of Science and Technology (1999-2003)


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