Member organisations met at our 2017 Council Meeting in London and had a chance to decide the MS International Federation’s leadership through voting for the board, officers and nominating committee for the period 2017-2019.
The board of trustees play a key role in providing overall strategic direction and monitoring MSIF’s progress. They also approve the annual budget, monitor and approve financial statements, ensure effective planning and resource management, and oversee the work of the Chief Executive.
All board members are recruited for their skills and experience in order to help us run effectively. Particular attention is paid to experience of MS (people with/affected by MS, volunteers), size of member organisation, geographic representation, and to a Board that reflects a range of backgrounds.
Board members are expected to share the mission and values of the Federation and agree to commit time and energy to their duties.
MSIF’s Board currently comprises 27 members including the Chairperson, Vice Chair, Treasurer and Board Secretary. Many board members either have MS or have someone close to them who does. All our board members are volunteers and do not receive payment.
The Board meets twice a year in person. There are also meetings of specialist committees (Finance and Audit, Fundraising, People with MS Advisory, Nominating) on which some board members sit.
To find out more about what the Board does, you can download our governance compilation.
Our board members
PRESIDENT AND CHAIRMAN – Weyman T. Johnson Jr. (USA): Weyman, 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 CHAIR – Marie Vaillant (Canada): Marie was diagnosed with MS in 1996. She was Vice Chair of the Ontario & Nunavut Division Board of the MS Society of Canada until 2017.
TREASURER – Vicky Annis (United Kingdom): Vicky is Executive Director of Finance, Strategy and Impact at the UK MS Society.
BOARD SECRETARY – Mai Sharawy (Egypt): Mai is Professor of Neuro-Ophthalmology at Cairo University. Mai worked with a small support group for many years and founded MS Care, the first patients’ society for any disease in Egypt.
María José Wuille-Bille (Argentina): María José is a former CEO of Esclerosis Múltiple Argentina and has been a member of the MSIF Board since 2011.
Matthew Miles (Australia): Matthew is CEO of MS Research Australia.
Charles van der Straten Waillet (Belgium): Charles is Chairman of Ligue Nationale Belge de la Sclérose en Plaques. He is also on the board of the two Belgian regional societies, MS-Liga Vlaanderen vzw and Ligue Belge de la Sclérose en Plaques – Communauté Française asbl.
Daniel Larouche (Canada): Daniel is a specialist in corporate communications strategy and financial communications. He is past chair of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada and of the Society’s Quebec Division, and is currently a director of the MS Scientific Research Foundation. He is chair of MS International Federation’s nominating committee.
Christian Bardenfleth (Denmark): Christian is chairman of Scleroseforeningen (The Danish MS Society). He also works as partner and attorney-at-law at one of the top five law firms in Denmark.
Klaus Høm (Denmark): Klaus is the CEO of Scleroseforeningen (The Danish MS Society). He also chairs the CEO Advisory Group.
Anne Winslow (EMSP): Anne is President of the European Multiple Sclerosis Platform (EMSP), and has worked with people with physical disabilities for over 30 years.
Guillaume Courault (France): Guillaume is administrative and financial manager of an industrial and textile group that focuses on private asset management. He has served as Treasurer of Ligue Française contre la Sclérose En Plaques (French MS Society) since 2007.
Hendrik Schmitt (Germany): Hendrik is CEO of DMSG (German MS Society).
Prof Reinhard Hohlfeld (Germany): Reinhard is Professor of Neurology and Director of the Institute of Clinical Neuroimmunology at Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich. He is the Vice Chair of MSIF’s International Medical and Scientific Board.
Dimitra Kalogianni (Greece): Dimitra, who has MS, is a member of the Board of the Greek MS Society.
Viresh Oberoi (India): Viresh has an extensive background in corporate sales and e-commerce. Today he is actively involved in running/mentoring 4 companies. He is President of the All India Multiple Sclerosis Society of India (MSSI).
Mario Battaglia (Italy): Mario is Professor of Hygiene and Public Health at the University of Siena. He is President of the Italian MS Society (AISM).
Marlies Jansen Landheer: Marlies serves on the board of Dutch MS Research and the supervisory board of Nieuw Unicum, the Dutch (non-academic) centre of expertise in treatment and support for people with MS.
Magdalena Fac-Skhirtladze (Poland): Magdalena is Secretary General of the Polish MS Society, responsible for advocacy, lobbing, external and media contacts and evaluation.
Ana Torredemer (Spain): Ana serves on the board of Esclerosis Múltiple España (EME). She also serves on the board of Fundació Cemcat, focused on research and knowledge of MS.
Pedro Carrascal (Spain): Pedro is the CEO of three organisations: EME (Multiple Sclerosis Spain); the Biscay MS Society; and the MS Basque Foundation. He is Vice President of EMSP (European Multiple Sclerosis Platform).
Prof Xavier Montalban (Spain): Xavier is Professor of Medicine and the Department Division Director, Division of Neurology, University of Toronto and Director of the MS Centre at St Michael’s Hospital (Canada). He is also Chairman of the Department of Neurology-Neuroimmunology and Director of the MS Centre of Catalonia at the Vall d’Hebron University Hospital in Barcelona. He is Chair of MSIF’s International Medical and Scientific Board.
Martin Stevens (UK): Martin has been living with MS since 1993 and has been active in the UK MS Society since 1996. He is Vice Chair for Disability Rights UK and currently chairs MSIF’s People with MS advisory committee.
Michelle Mitchell OBE (UK): Michelle Mitchell is CEO of the MS Society of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and chairs MSIF’s Fundraising Committee.
Cyndi Zagieboylo (USA): Cyndi is President and CEO of the National MS Society and chairs the executive committee of the Progressive MS Alliance.
Graham McReynolds (USA): Graham is Chief Marketing and Development Officer at the National MS Society.
Peter Galligan (USA): Peter is the Chair of the National MS Society. In his professional career, he is an independent banking consultant.