IAACD Governing Council 

The Governing Council consists of delegates appointed by member academies. It is the assembly through which the member academies participate in the governing of the IAACD. The Governing Council elects officers and members of the Executive Committee.

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee consists of President, Secretary and Treasurer and six ordinary members with at least one member from the following regions:

  1. Africa and the Middle East
  2. Asia
  3. Oceania
  4. Europe
  5. North America
  6. Latin America & the Caribbean Islands

IAACD Committees

Click on Committee Title below to see the responsibilities and members of each.

IAACD sub-committees

The Executive committee will appoint members to the following standing sub-committees:

Chair: Dr. Arnab Seal, EACD


Peter Rosenbaum AACPDM
Bernadette Gillick AACPDM
Marcia Greenberg AACPDM
Kath Benfer AusACPDM
Kate Milner AusACPDM
Jennifer Carroll EACD
Amha Meksha EAACD
Dr.Meenakshi Girish IACP
Oleh Kachmar EACD
Zhimei Jiang China
Qing Du China
Guorong Wei China
Ana Carolina Campos ALDID


  1. Help promote a common global standard of knowledge, training and multi-disciplinary practice, with an aim to improve the life chances and participation of disabled children and young people in their communities
  2. Develop and maintain a core curriculum for health professional training in childhood onset disability.
  3. Encourage measures to make the educational material easily accessible and locally available.
  4. Promote and facilitate development of educational faculty to disseminate training in childhood onset disability.
  5. Foster local/regional networks and international partnerships to disseminate training, implement best practice and promote multi-disciplinary working in childhood onset disability.
  6. Define and monitor underpinning IAACD governance, ethical standards and principles of curriculum development and dissemination of
  7. Present an annual report to the Executive Committee and Member

Chair: Diane Damiano


Brooke Adair AusACPDM
Megan Auld AusACPDM
Darcy Fehlings AACPDM
Jiulai Tang China
Pang Wei China
Lin Feng China
Ana Carolina Campos ALDID
Egmar Longo ALDID
Ilona Autti-Rämö EACD
Hilde Feys EACD


  1. Promote the development of evidence-based best practice recommendations/guidelines/care pathways that take into account regional/cultural/environmental variation
  2. Prioritize the development of recommendations that are identified by health care professionals from lower to middle income countries as topic areas of the highest need
  3. Support the adaptation of the best practice recommendations to meet the needs of different regions
  4. Support the implementation of the recommendations internationally
  5. Provide leadership for the development of a mechanism to support ease of access to best practice recommendations globally
  6. Present an annual report to the Executive Committee and Member

Chair: Ros Boyd


Francisco Valencia AACPDM
Veronica Schiariti AACPDM
Kirsty Stewart AusACPD
Liz Khaemba EAACD
Dr.Saktidas IACP
DR. Fabiola Barron (M.D.) AMEXPCTND
Elegast Monbaliu EACD
Sylvain Brochard EACD
Wei Pang China
Xiang Chen China
Egmar Longo ALDID


  1. The duty of the Conference Planning Committee shall be to recommend to the Executive Committee a host Member Academy and venue for the next IAACD Conference to take place at an interval of 3-4 years, taking into consideration continental sequence where appropriate.
  2. Member Academies of the IAACD will apply to host the IAACD Conference, instructions for which will be detailed in the Administrative Procedures Manual. The final selection will be made by the Executive Committee by simple majority
  3. A member of the IAACD Conference Planning Committee will serve as a Co-Chair of the Host Member Academy’s Scientific Program Committee to ensure international coverage of the IAACD
  4. Upon request from Member Academies give support in organizing the scientific programme in local and regional

Chair: Hans Forssberg


Mauricio Delgado AACPDM
Deirdre McDowell AACPDM
Christine Imms AusACPDM
Hayley Smithers Sheedy AusACPDM
Jules Becher EACD
Mintaze Kerem Gunel EACD


The major purpose is to advise and, if appropriate, to support efforts of existing academies who desire to be a part of the IAACD or any regional group of professionals who are considering forming an academy of childhood onset disability. These efforts will consist of, but not limited to, the following:

  1. Informing them about the goals and purposes of the Alliance, requirements for membership, and the application and approval process
  2. Assist academies or groups in the application process
  3. Review applications and present them to the Governing Council or Executive Committee as appropriate
  4. Provide advice on governance and management structures that support effective society operations.

Chair: Sean A. Tabaie, MD


Jesssice Pruente AACPDM
Sean Tabaie AACPDM
Rachel Toovey AusACPDM
Sian Williams AusACPDM
Nusrat Said EAACD
Dr.G.Shashikala IACP
Isabel De Antunano AMEXPCTND
Lorna Wales EACD
Elisabet Bousquet EACD
De Wu China
Min Chen China
María José Martinez Cáceres ALDID


The communication goal is to create effective communication channels, processes and practices that are open, integrated and meaningful.

  1. Establish visibility of the IAACD – internally and externally;
  2. IAACD should be a vehicle for openness in sharing and seeking information, including decision making processes;
  3. Defined, useful channels, processes and practices for timely information flow accessible to all;
  4. Targeted communication of the value and potential impact of IAACD.

Chair: Dr. James Rice


Joshua Hyman AACPDM
Sylvia Ounpuu AACPDM
Mr. K.D. Mallikarjuna IACP
Matena Valverde (P.T.) AMEXPCTND
Therese Miller EACD
Tessa deVries AusACPD
Goran Krakar EACD
Mario Petersen ALDID



  1. Assist the Treasurer and Executive Committee in setting operating budgets for IAACD activity each year
  2. Identify funding sources to assist the IAACD in its role in supporting clinicians in developing parts of the world to deliver best-practice care for people with disabilities
  3. Explore options for philanthropic funding which promotes the broad vision of IAACD in connecting the child disability workforce around the world, to improve outcomes for people with disabilities
  4. Consider other novel fund raising activities, including holding key events which aim to raise awareness and funding for IAACD