Elections for the Planning Group and Executive Committee of the Global Alliance against Chronic Respiratory Diseases (GARD)

Lisbon, Portugal
4 July 2015

During the 2015 GARD General Meeting in Lisbon, Portugal, the GARD Planning Group and Executive Committee were elected.

The Planning Group has responsibility for co-ordination of the main activities of GARD, and is thus considered the ‘driving force’ of the Alliance. It collects and coordinates the reports on the activities of the collaborating parties, and submits new proposals and ideas to the General Meeting for its endorsement. The Executive Committee is responsible for the management of GARD, and offers overall strategic direction and guidance. It analyses for possible approval all proposals presented by the Planning Group before these are presented to the General Meeting for endorsement.

Results of the elections for the planning group

  • GARD Chairperson
    Dr Nikolai Khaltaev
  • GARD Vice-Chairperson
    Dr Arzu Yorgancioglu
  • Representative of the World Health Organization
    Dr Nils Billo
  • Representatives of professional associations - Respiratory:
    Prof Eric Bateman, Dr Ali Ben Kheder, Prof Giovanni Viegi
  • Representatives of professional associations - Allergy:
    Dr Moises Calderon, Dr Boleslaw Samolinski
  • Representative of professional associations - Primary Care:
    Dr Jaime Correia de Sousa
  • Repesentative of professional associations - Paediatrics:
    Dr Teresa To
  • Representative of professional associations - Disease specific:
    Prof Jean Bousquet
  • Representative of patient organizations:
    Ms Kristine Whorlow
  • Representative of governmental institutions:
    Dr Hironori Sagara
  • Representative of foundations:
    Dr Rafael Stelmach
  • Representative of the Working Groups:
    Prof Niels Chavannes
  • Representative of the Country-Focus Group:
    Dr Bilun Gemicioglu
  • Representative of Allied Health Professionals:
    Ms Monica Fletcher

Results of the elections for the executive committee

  • GARD Chairperson
    Dr Nikolai Khaltaev
  • GARD Vice-Chairperson
    Dr Arzu Yorgancioglu
  • Representative of the World Health Organization
    Dr Nils Billo
  • Representative nominated by GARD Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson and WHO and endorsed by General Meeting
    Prof José Rosado-Pinto
  • Representative elected by the General Meeting
    Prof Alvaro Cruz