Alain Weill elected president of the World Federation of Hemophilia

The World Federation of Hemophilia (WFH) is pleased to announce that Alain Weill has been elected president at its General Assembly on July 13, 2012. He lives in France and has extensive professional experience in management and business in an international environment. Now retired, he worked for over 30 years with Air France where he was chief of staff to the chief executive. He has experienced many different cultures, and has lived in India, the United Kingdom, Belgium, and the Netherlands.

Weill first encountered hemophilia when his son was diagnosed with severe hemophilia A. He has been involved with the French Hemophilia Association and was elected as a board member in 2006. He served as an elected member of the steering Committee of the European Haemophilia Consortium, and was selected by the European Commission to represent patients at EUCERD (European Committee of Experts in Rare Diseases). He was also a member of the organizing committee for the WFH 2012 World Congress in Paris.

"Despite 50 years of efforts, we still face an unsatisfactory situation in many countries in terms of diagnosis, care, and product availability." Weill said. "The work is not yet completed. My objective is that every year brings us closer to our vision of Treatment for All."

In addition to a new president, the WFH is also pleased to announce the election of Alok Srivastava, MD, from India, as vice president medical, and Eric Stolte, from Canada, as vice-president finance. Other newly elected Executive Committee members include: Magdy El Ekiaby, MD, from Egypt; Alessandro Gringeri, MD, from Italy; David Silva Gomez, from Spain; and Pamela Wilton, from Canada. Margareth Castro Ozelo, MD, from Brazil, was appointed by the Executive Committee to complete a two-year medical term. Carlos Safadi Márquez was co-opted onto the WFH Executive Committee following the General Assembly.

Other Executive Committee members continuing their terms are Nigel Key, MD, USA; Thomas Sannié, France; and Deon York, New Zealand.

Updated July 2012