World Hepatitis Alliance President-Elect announced

26 Jan 2017 Bridie Taylor

Michael Ninburg appointed as WHA President-Elect 

Today, the World Hepatitis Alliance (WHA) Executive Board announced that, following a comprehensive interview process, Michael Ninburg will serve as the next WHA President for the period 2018-2019.

Michael Ninburg has served as Executive Director of the Hepatitis Education Project (HEP) since 2001, a U.S.-based NGO dedicated to supporting hepatitis patient. Throughout his career, Michael has served as consultant to a variety of governmental agencies and multilateral organisations, including the World Health Organization (WHO), the Pan American Health Organization/WHO, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and its agencies, including CDC. He currently serves on the steering committees of the HBV Forum and the Forum for Collaborative HIV Research and has previously served as WHA Regional Board Member. In 2012, he also oversaw the creation of the National Hepatitis Corrections Network. Michael has been recognised for his leadership by numerous organizations including the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the White House Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP) and the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). Before joining HEP, Michael worked in the private sector with Apple Computer in the Czech Republic and Amazon.com in Seattle. He studied Philosophy at UCLA and has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Washington.

Throughout 2017, Michael will shadow the current WHA President, Charles Gore, learning the role of President, becoming familiar with WHA’s activities and its governance, and developing and facilitating office transition. In 2018, Michael will then be endorsed as President, taking over the role from Charles, who has spent the last ten years as WHA President.

“I am delighted that the WHA Executive Board have chosen such a qualified and experienced person to lead the World Hepatitis Alliance” said WHA President Charles Gore. “I can step down with a lighter heart knowing that the organisation and its fight for a world free from viral hepatitis are passing into such capable hands.” WHA President-Elect Michael Ninburg added: “I am honoured to have been selected to serve as President and will relish the opportunity to work closely with Charles throughout 2017 to ensure a smooth transition. I am committed to serving the World Hepatitis Alliance and its members and driving efforts towards our ultimate goal of the elimination of viral hepatitis.”

All presidential candidates were nominated by WHA Members. Following a review process carried out by a shortlist committee, composed of all 2014-2016 Executive Board members, a shortlist of candidates recommended for interview were interviewed by the incoming 2017-2019 Executive Board at the WHA Executive Board Meeting.