The Board

The International Osteoporosis Foundation’s global governance reflects our commitment to maintain a high level of international representation and coordination. The Board and Executive Committee are comprised of leading figures in the bone, muscle and joint health field.

The IOF Board comprises four representatives from each of the five IOF regions. Where a region has an IOF administrative office, two Board Members are elected by the region, with the remaining two elected by the global membership. Where a region doesn’t have an IOF administrative office, all four Board Members are elected by the global membership.

Board members are elected for a renewable term of four years and meet twice a year.

Click on the individual Board members below to read their profile.

Asia-Pacific Region

Peter Ebeling, AustraliaPeter Ebeling
 Ambrish Mithal, IndiaAmbrish Mithal
Hajime Orimo, JapanHajime Orimo
 Ego Seeman, AustraliaEgo Seeman

European Region

John A Kanis, United Kingdom (President)John A Kanis
United Kingdom
 Eugene McCloskey, United KingdomEugene McCloskey
United Kingdom
Socrates Papapoulos, NetherlandsSocrates Papapoulos
 Jean-Yves Reginster, BelgiumJean-Yves Reginster

Latin America Region

Patricia Clark, MexicoPatricia Clark
 Osvaldo Daniel Messina, ArgentinaOsvaldo Daniel Messina
Patricia Clark, MexicoCristiano Zerbini
 José Zanchetta, ArgentinaJosé Zanchetta

Middle East & Africa Region

Gemma Adib, SyriaGemma Adib
 Stephen Hough, South AfricaStephen Hough
South Africa
Basel Masri, JordanBasel Masri
 Leith Zakraoui, TunisiaLeith Zakraoui

North America Region

Jonathan Adachi, CanadaJonathan Adachi
 John Bilezikian, United StatesJohn Bilezikian
Bess Dawson-Hughes, United States (General SecretaryBess Dawson-Hughes
General Secretary
 Harry Genant, United StatesHarry Genant


  • René Rizzoli (Switzerland)

President Elect

  • Cyrus Cooper (United Kingdom)

Elected chairs of CNS, CSA, CCA:

  • Cyrus Cooper (United Kingdom)
    Chair, CSA
  • Jean-Yves Reginster (Belgium)
    Chair, CNS
  • Glenn Dow (USA)
    Chair, CCA

The Vice Chairs of the CNS, CSA and CCA, who are invited to participate in the Board as observers, are:

  • Serge Ferrari (Switzerland)
    Vice Chair, CSA
  • Famida Jiwa (Canada)
    Chair, CNS Patient Societies Subcommittee
  • Laurence Alliot (France)
    Vice Chair CCA

Editors of Osteoporosis International and Calcified Tissue International:

  • Robert Lindsay (USA)
  • Stuart Ralston (United Kingdom)

The Executive Committee

The Executive Committee is a subgroup of the Board which functions as the decision-making body for the International Osteoporosis Foundation in the absence of the full Board. It guides the Chief Executive Officer and the Chief Operating Officer in the day-to-day management and deals with those questions not handled directly by the President and the senior officers.

Members of the Executive Committee include the President, Treasurer, General Secretary and Chairs of the Committee of National Societies (CNS) and Committee of Scientific Advisors (CSA).

The Chief Executive Officer and the Chief Operating Officer attend the Board and the Executive Committee meetings but have no voting rights.