Who We Are / Our Team

Our mission, our values, our people

The current Board is composed of President, Vice-President and nine regular members, each of them deaf and having a different nationality. The Board members are all volunteers and financially supported by their national deaf associations (or another sponsor) enabling them to attend Board meetings. The Board usually holds meetings twice a year in different locations all over the world. These meetings are hosted and financially supported by the organising deaf association in accordance to WFD Board Meeting Guidelines. Prior to the actual Board meetings one to two days is reserved for WFD Working Committee meetings which enable comprehensive discussions and sharing of views prior to the actual Board meetings. Board members’ term is four years with an option for re-election.

If you are interested in hosting the WFD Board, please contact
phillipa.sandholm@wfd.fi

WFD BOARD MEMBERS (2016-2019)

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Mr Colin Allen
President, Australia
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Dr Joseph Murray
Vice-President, USA
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Ms Kaisa Alanne
Board Member, Finland

 

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Dr Terry Riley OBE
Board Member, United Kingdom
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Ms Hanne Berge Kvitvaer
Board Member, Norway
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Ms Jigjid Dulamsuren
Board Member, Mongolia

 

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Mr Nikolay Chaushyan
Board Member, Russian Federation
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Mr
Florjan Robja
Board Member, Albania
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Ms Ana Regina Campello
Board Member, Brazil

 


Mr
Berima Saeed Meki Aboras
Board Member, Sudan

Mr
Kasper Bergmann
Board Member, Denmark

 

PAST PRESIDENTS

  • 1951 – 1955: Late Mr Vittorio Ieralla, Italy
  • 1955 – 1983: Late Dr Dragolijub Vukotic, former Yugoslavia
  • 1983 – 1995: Late Dr Yerker Andersson, USA
  • 1995 – 2003: Dr Liisa Kauppinen, Finland
  • 2003 – 2011: Dr Markku Jokinen, Finland
  • 2011 – Present: Mr Colin Allen, Australia
Salaried members who are responsible for the daily operations of the WFD. The Secretariat is based in Helsinki, Finland.


Meri Hyrske-Fischer
Team Leader
Leadership and management, Finances
meri.hyrske-fischer@wfd.fi

Phillipa Sandholm
Administrative Secretary Membership issues, invoicing, general enquiries
phillipa.sandholm@wfd.fi

Eeva Tupi
Human Rights Officer
Human rights training project manager and trainer, international advocacy work
eeva.tupi@wfd.fi


Nafisah Rantasalmi
Development Officer
Fundraising, International Week of the Deaf, WFD-WASLI International Sign Interpreter Accreditation
nafisah.rantasalmi@wfd.fi

Paul Scott
Project Officer
Maghreb region training Project
paul.scott@wfd.fi

 

Regional Secretariat is established to lead Ordinary Members in the corresponding region. WFD has eight Regional Secretariats and one Regional Co-operating Member. They cooperate with, and report on their activities to, the WFD Secretariat.

In response to the request by at least three Ordinary Members in good standing in a geographical region, the WFD Board may establish a Regional Secretariat. Such Ordinary Members are expected to establish Internal Rules and take over the responsibility for the financial and governance support and maintaining momentum for the activities of their Regional Secretariat.

WFD Regional Secretariat for South America (RSSA)
Regional Director: Mr Henry Meija Royet
Carrera 26 A No. 39 B-15
Bogotá
COLOMBIA
Email: director.regional@srsur-fms.org

WFD Regional Secretariat for Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean (RSMCAC) Regional Director:
Provisional Regional Director: Mr Gerardo Carrillo Naranjo
Email: gerardo_carrillo_na@hotmail.com
srmcac@gmail.com

WFD Regional Secretariat for Asia (WFDRSA)
Regional Director: Mr Yasunori Shimamoto
Deputy Director: Ms U Ka Weng
P. O. Box No. 6659
Macau
MACAU
Tel: +853 2848 2984
Fax: +853 2822 3352
Email: wfdrsasia@mda.org.mo

WFD Regional Secretariat for Eastern and Southern Africa (RSESA)
Interim Regional Director: Mr Bruno Druchen
Deaf Federation of South Africa (DEAFSA)
Private Bag X04
Westhoven 2142
SOUTH AFRICA
Email: BrunoDruchen@deafsa.co.za

WFD Interim Regional Secretariat for the Arab Region Regional Director (RSAR)
Interim Regional Director: Ms Hend Al Showaier
King Salman Center for Disability Research (KSCDR)
P. O. Box 7575
Riyadh 11472
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Email: hend.alshowaier@gmail.com

WFD Regional Secretariat for Oceania (RSO)
Regional Director: Mr Kyle Miers
PO Box 1348
Blackburn North, VIC 3130
AUSTRALIA
Email: kyle.miers@deafau.org.au
Skype: k_miers

WFD Regional Secretariat for Western and Central Africa (WCAR)
Regional Director: Mr Lamin M. Ceesay
C/o GADHOH
P O Box 1518
Banjul
THE GAMBIA
Mobile: +220 77 28 0 92 (SMS only)
Email: wcars.gambia1@gmail.com

Eastern Europe and Middle Asia Regional Secretariat of WFD (EEMARS) Regional Director:
Regional Director: Mr Ruslan Lopatyuk
c/o All-Russian Society of the Deaf
1905 Goda Str. 10-a
123022 Moscow, RUSSIAN FEDERATION
Tel: +7 499 255 6704
Fax: +7 499 255 0436
Email: wfdeemars@mail.ru

Regional Cooperating Member
Executive Director: Mr Mark Wheatley
European Union of the Deaf (EUD)
Rue de la Loi – Wetstraat 26/15
B-1040 Brussels
BELGIUM
Fax : +32 2 280 34 39
Email: mark.wheatley@eud.eu
Website: http://www.eud.eu

 

The WFD Expert Groups are advisory bodies for the WFD Board and its Working Committees, WFD Youth Section Board, and the WFD Secretariat. The WFD Expert Groups strive to provide relevant, robust and evidence based advice and guidance to assist the WFD to fulfil the goals of the WFD Action Plan 2016-2019.

Some of the responsibilities of the WFD Expert Groups include:

  • Provide technical assistance and expert advice, either directly or indirectly, to the WFD Secretariat and WFD Ordinary Members.
  • Represent the WFD in various meetings, seminars, conferences.

All of the members of the WFD Expert Groups serve as volunteers. The term of work is four years until 31 December 2019.

For enquiries relating to the WFD Expert Groups, email info@wfd.fi.

Accessibility (Technology and Sign Language Interpretation)

Co-ordinator
Dr Phil Harper
Australia
Expert Members
Dr Matjaz Debevc
Slovenia
Dr Masayuki InoueDr Masayuki Inoue
Japan
Ms Alexis Kashar
USA
Mr Beat Kleeb
Switzerland
Ms Melissa Malzkuhn
USA
Mr Ambrose MurangiraMr Ambrose Murangira
Uganda
Ms Suzy SingletonMs Suzy Singleton
USA
Dr Christian VoglerDr Christian Vogler
USA
Expert Members (Sign Language Interpretation)
Mr Jesper Hårdell
Denmark
Prof. Jemina NapierProf. Jemina Napier
United Kingdom

Deaf Education

Co-ordinator

Dr Kristin SnoddonDr Kristin Snoddon
Canada
Expert Members
Ms Tawny Holmes, Esq
USA
Ms Shreen HusseinMs Shreen Hussein
Jordan
Dr Gabrielle JonesDr Gabrielle Jones
USA
Dr Yoko Kobayashi
Japan
Dr Roz Rosen
USA
Ms Marta Vinardell-MaristanyMs Marta Vinardell-Maristany
Spain

Human Rights

Co-ordinator
Ms Elena DownMs Elena Down
Australia
Expert Members
Mr Adrian Bailey
USA
Ms Michelle CarrollMs Michelle Carroll
USA
Ms Nora DugganMs Nora Duggan
Ireland
Prof. Johannes Fellinger
Austria
Mrs Helen Gade
Denmark
Mr Emmanuel JacqMr Emmanuel Jacq
France
Mr German Parra GallegoMr German Parra Gallego
Colombia
Ms Joyce PhiriMs Joyce Phiri
South Africa
Mr Davin SearlsMr Davin Searls
USA
Mr Hiroshi TamonMr Hiroshi Tamon
Japan

Sign Language and Deaf Studies

Co-ordinator
Dr Robert AdamDr Robert Adam
United Kingdom
Expert Members
Dr John Bosco Conama
Ireland
Mr Ichiro MiyamotoMr Ichiro Miyamoto
Japan
Dr Nick PalfreymanDr Nick Palfreyman
United Kingdom
Mr Christian Ramirez
Costa Rico
Dr Marianne Stumpf
Brazil
Prof. Myriam VermeerbergenProf. Myriam Vermeerbergen
Belgium

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 The main aim of the World Federation of the Deaf Youth Section (WFDYS) is to advocate the human rights of deaf youth in the world. WFDYS aims are in accordance with those of the WFD.

All nationally recognised Deaf Youth Associations and Deaf Youth Sections can apply and become Youth Ordinary Members of the WFDYS. The responsibilities of the WFDYS include organising WFD Children Camps for age 10 to 12, WFD Junior Youth Camps for age 13 to 17, and WFD Youth Camps for age 18 to 30. All of these camps are hosted every four years. The objectives of the camps are to provide leadership training for deaf youth, support for youth organizations and advocacy, networking, and cultural exchange. It is all about leadership, educating on human rights to strive for equality, and the celebration of our linguistic and cultural identity.