World Health Organization Committee Members


This Committee will have the following tasks:

  1. To explore the opportunities offered by the World Health Organisation ("WHO") for the IPA to influence and contribute to its work, in particular the possibility of the IPA becoming a registered Non-Governmental Organisation ("NGO") with the WHO.
  2. To develop a detailed work programme by September 2014, to propose to the Board as part of the development of the IPA's plans for 2015 onwards.
  3. To make psychoanalysis visible and heard in the United Nations system in general and in the meetings of the WHO and its subsidiary bodies in particular.
  4. To interact with other non-governmental organisations working with the United Nations system, particularly through the many established NGO committees of potential interest to the psychoanalytic profession.
  5. To consider, advise, and promote contributions that the profession of psychoanalysis might make in the work of the WHO.

The Committee for the World Health Organisation will report annually to the Board of Representatives to describe the work done so far and any conclusions or inferences to be drawn from it. It will carry out its work by committee members' personal oversight primarily in Geneva, and in communication with more distant members by telephone, fax, and email. It will hold working meetings at each biennial International Congress and other working meetings as may be arranged.


The Committee will consist of a Chair who will be based locally to the WHO's headquarters (currently Geneva), plus two members from each Region. The President, Vice President and Treasurer, and the Executive Director, shall be ex officio members.

Approved by the Board January 2014.

NameCommittee PositionFrom dateCountrySociety
Dr. med. Saskia Von Overbeck OttinoChair4/28/2014SwitzerlandSwiss Society of Psychoanalysis143233
Mrs. Marilia Aisenstein-AveroffMember4/28/2014FranceParis Psychoanalytical Society100093
Denia BarrettMember8/4/2014United StatesAmerican Psychoanalytic Association161158
Prof. Dr. phil. Yolanda GampelMember9/8/2014IsraelIsrael Psychoanalytic Society102820
Dr. Merton A. ShillMember8/4/2014United StatesAmerican Psychoanalytic Association142395
Dr. Decio TenenbaumMember8/4/2014BrazilBrazilian Psychoanalytic Society of Rio de Janeiro108093
Dra. Monica Judit ZacMember8/4/2014ArgentinaBuenos Aires Psychoanalytic Association139658