Meet our Board of Trustees

The MSIF Board of Trustees carries the main responsibility for governing MSIF, for setting its direction, and for overseeing the Chief Executive (CEO). It currently consists of 23 trustees, who meet twice a year.

President and Chairman 
Weyman T. Johnson (US)

Weyman Johnson, who has MS, served as Chair of the Board of Directors of the US National MS Society (NMSS) from 2005 to 2009. He was elected as President and Chairman of MSIF in 2011.

Vice Chairman
Mario Battaglia (Italy)

Mario was born in Genoa, Italy, in 1954. He has a degree in Medicine and Surgery and is a specialist in Hygiene and Preventive Medicine/Haematology. Since 2002 he has been Professor of Hygiene and Public Health at the University of Siena. 

Guillaume Courault (France) 

Guillaume Courault has been an administrative and financial manager at an industrial and textile group since 2007, which now focuses on private asset management. He is a board member of three different entities: a French industrial company (Newman) since 2007; a UCITS fund since 2010; and has served as Treasurer of the French MS Society since 2007.

Martin Stevens (UK)

Martin Stevens has been living with MS since 1993.  In 1996 he started volunteering with the Macclesfield branch of the UK MS Society where he worked in a number of positions before going on to lead the team as Branch Chairman. In 2007 he took over as Regional Chairman for Cheshire and Merseyside and from 2010-2013 he served on the UK MS Society’s Board of Trustees.

Board Secretary
Mai Sharawy (Egypt) 

Mai Sharawy is a Professor of neuro-ophthalmology at Cairo University. Mai worked with a small support group for many years and founded MS Care which was the first patients' society for any disease in Egypt.

Board of Trustees

Pedro Carrascal (Spain)

Pedro Carrascal is the CEO of three organisations: EME (Multiple Sclerosis Spain); the Biscay MS Society and the MS Basque Foundation.

Daniel Larouche (Canada)

Very active in community life, Daniel is a past chair of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada and a past chair of the Society’s Quebec Division. In 1998 he was named one of the 50 outstanding volunteers for the Society’s first 50 years. He is currently a director of the MS Scientific Research Foundation and has served on the MSIF Board since 2011. Daniel has held several volunteer positions with the Montreal Board of Trade.

John Golding (Norway) 

John was born in Tenerife Canary Islands in 1950. He resides in Norway. He has been educated in Spain, England, Ireland and Norway. He holds academic and professional qualifications in Business Administration and Marketing. He has had MS symptoms since 1982 and was diagnosed in 1987.  He is President of the European MS Platform (EMSP).

Peter Kauffeldt (Denmark) 

Peter – now 68 and a Board member of MSIF – was CEO of the Danish MS Society for more than 15 years until his retirement in 2010. During that period he was also actively involved in MS challenges at the international level in the Nordic MS Council, the European MS Platform (President 2002-2006) and MSIF (Chair of the CEO Advisory Group 2007-2009). 

Antonella Moretti (Italy)

Antonella Moretti is CEO of the Italian MS Society and Chair of MSIF's Fundraising Committee. 

Eli Rubenstein (USA)

Eli Rubenstein has practiced law for over 35 years and is a director of the law firm Goulston & Storrs, dividing his time between the firm’s office in New York City and Boston. During his career he has focused on corporate, international and real estate matters. From 1995-2010 he was named one of the Best Lawyers in America and was a Massachusetts Super Lawyer from 2004-2009, in addition to being listed in the Who’s Who in American Law.

Cynthia Zagieboylo (USA)

Cynthia Zagieboylo began her National MS Society career in 1985 as the director of Support Services at the Massachusetts chapter where she developed programs that provided accurate MS information. After three years, she moved to Pennsylvania and coordinated a seven-million dollar research effort for the AIDS Clinical Trial Group while also volunteering at the MS Society. A little more than a year later, she returned to the MS Society to train programmes and services staff in Southeast US; in 1992 she was promoted to provide management oversight for 20+ chapters in the Northeast US. She was appointed President and CEO of the National MS Society in October 2011.

Dorothea Pitschnau-Michel (Germany)

Dorothea has been a member of the MSIF Board since 2005, first as elected member of the CEO Advisory Group, then as a directly elected member (2009-2011) and once again as elected member of the CEO Advisory Group since 2011. She has also been a member of the Nominating Committee since 2003.

Sophie Galland-Froger (France) 

Sophie was born in Angers, France in 1956. After having completed her law studies she moved to Bourges, in central France. There she co-founded the law firm in which she practiced as an attorney for twenty years. She was diagnosed with MS in 2000. In March 2005, she founded ASEP 18 which aims to lend moral support to those who have been diagnosed and are dealing with the consequences of MS.

Dorinda Roos (Netherlands)

In 2000 Dorinda joined the Dutch MS Research Foundation as a Public Relations & Fundraising Manager. She was appointed as CEO within her first year. The Foundation had already established itself but under her leadership, it quickly developed into a more active and approachable organisation, and a strategy to fund ongoing research was developed with many new, creative and innovative fundraising initiatives successfully developed.

Yves Savoie (Canada) 

Yves Savoie serves as the CEO of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada since 2007. He also serves as a director of the MS Scientific Research Foundation. Yves is a passionate advocate for the inclusion of people with disabilities and the chief spokesperson for the MS Society of Canada.

Alan Thompson (UK)

Professor Alan Thompson, MD, FRCP, FRCPI, FAAN, FANA is Dean of the Faculty of Brain Sciences at University College London, Director of the UCL Institute of Neurology. He is the Garfield Weston Professor of Clinical Neurology and Neurorehabilitation and head of the neurorehabilitation research group in the Institute of Neurology’s Department of Brain Repair and Rehabilitation, and is a consultant neurologist at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square.

Baron Charles van der Straten Waillet (Belgium)

Charles van der Straten Waillet joined the MS movement in 1997 as Chairman of the Belgian National MS Society. He is also a member of the Board of the two Belgian regional societies, MS-Liga Vlaanderen vzw and Ligue Belge de la Sclérose en Plaques – Communauté Française asbl. He became a member of the Board of the International MS Federation (MSIF) in 1998. He is also board member of the Belgian Brain Council.

María José Wuille-Bille (Argentina)

She joined the EMA Board in March 2009, and in April 2010 became the Society’s CEO. She has been a member of the MSIF Board since 2011. Since becoming CEO she has joined MSIF’s World MS Day work group and was a presenter at MSIF’s workshop on ‘MS: a world view’ during the 2012 MS Life event in Manchester, UK.

Graham McReynolds (USA)

Graham is Chief Marketing and Development Officer at the National MS Society. Joining the Society nine years ago, Graham has spearheaded the organisational effort to establish a new, universal voice for multiple sclerosis and help establish an MS movement by and for people with MS. This includes leading the branding, marketing and communications efforts for the organization. He also drives the strategic development of a fully integrated fundraising effort for the Society, including special events, individual and major giving, and corporate support. Internationally, Graham has been active at MSIF through World MS Day development, communications work groups, the fundraising committee and the International Progressive MS Collaborative.

Marie Vaillant (Canada)

Marie was diagnosed with MS in 1996 and began volunteering a few years later with the Ottawa Chapter of the MS Society of Canada. Marie is Vice Chair of the Ontario Division Board, chairs the Ontario Division Client Services Committee, is a past member of the Chapter Relations Committee and Nominations Committee. Nationally, Marie was a member of the Renewal Initiative task force.

Debra Cerasa (Australia)

Debra is very enthusiastic about the opportunity to join the MSIF Board representing Australia and the wider Asia-Pacific region. She was appointed CEO of MS Australia (MSA) in 2012 and attended MSIF’s Board and Committee Meetings in April this year. 

Michelle Mitchell (UK)

Michelle Mitchell joined the MS Society UK as its new Chief Executive in September 2013. She is a highly experienced leader and brings with her extensive experience in public affairs, strategy development and research. She has led pioneering, high profile campaigns and driven policy change in a number of critical areas such as social care funding, resulting in fundamental improvements for those in later life. 

Dimitra Kalogianni (Greece)

Dimitra, who has MS, holds a degree in Economics from the Aristotle’s University of Thessaloniki, specialised in Business Administration and Marketing. She has been a member of the Board of the Greek MS Society for over eight years, serving as Treasurer for six years and more recently, since 2012, as Secretary General.