About UICC


The General Assembly has elected a new Board of Directors, during its meeting, which took place in Montréal, Canada on 26 August 2012.

Between assemblies, a board of 17 directors, elected by the General Assembly, act as the executive body of UICC.

"The Assembly chose 14 individuals from a candidate list of 19 and as the tension built up, we were all waiting to see how the vote had gone. Of course, all 19 candidates are extraordinary individuals, and the choice was a remarkably difficult one, but we now have a new board to support Mary Gospodarowicz in her role as President. We also welcome Tezer Kutluk as the new President Elect."
Cary Adams
Chief Executive Officer, UICC 

The following individuals have been elected to serve from 2012 to 2014.

Mary Gospodarowicz
Dr Tezer Kutluk 
Dr Eduardo Cazap 



Dr Samia Al-Amoudi (Saudi Arabia)

Dr Samia Al-Amoudi is founder and CEO of the Sheikh Mohammed H. Al-Amoudi Centre of Excellence in Breast Cancer. Dr Al-Amoudi is also Associate Professor at the King Abdulaziz University and Consultant Obstetrician Gynecologist. She is Chairwoman of Women’s Health Empowerment (Women’s Health Rights) at King Abdulaziz University Saudi Arabia. She is a member of the Breast Health Global Initiative steering committee, a GE Ambassador for the Cause and a Komen Global Advocate. In April 2006 Dr Al-Amoudi was diagnosed with breast cancer. In March 2007, the US Department of State awarded her the first International Women of Courage Award in recognition of her sharing her personal battle with breast cancer to raise awareness across the Kingdom and throughout the Middle East. 

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Dr Benjamin O. Anderson (United States)

Benjamin O. Anderson, MD is a Professor of Surgery and Global Health-Medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle, Joint Member in Public Health Sciences at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (FHCRC) and Director of the Breast Health Clinic at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA). Dr Anderson trained in surgical oncology as an American Cancer Society Clinical Oncology Fellow at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. Dr Anderson serves as Chair and Director of the Breast Health Global Initiative (BHGI) to address breast healthcare guideline development and implementation in low- and middle-income countries. 

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Professor Sanchia Aranda (Australia)

Professor Aranda has 30 years of experience in cancer control. She has worked as a clinician, educator and researcher, having developed a significant supportive care research programme at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne. She is currently working in a government organisation in a role designed to improve system performance. In this role her responsibilities span data collection, cancer information reporting and system innovation. Professor Aranda is the immediate past President of the International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care where she fostered developments in international cancer nursing ranging from tobacco control programmes to train the trainer programmes in clinical leadership. 

Mr Greg Bontrager (United States) 

As the chief operating officer for the American Cancer Society, Greg Bontrager oversees operations for the world’s largest voluntary health organisation. He provides leadership and direction to all functions of the Society, including its expanding global endeavours. He also supervises the Society’s non-partisan 501(c) (4) advocacy affiliate, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network. Mr Bontrager has worked for ACS for over 20 years. Since becoming enterprise COO, he has represented the Society at numerous international events and his interest in expanding the Society’s global mission is well known. He presently oversees the Society’s initiative to develop an enterprise-wide global strategy. 

Dr Heather Bryant (Canada) 

Dr Bryant is a public health physician and epidemiologist whose career has focused on population-based cancer control. In 1990, at the Alberta Cancer Board, she implemented the first population-based breast screening programme in the province. As Vice President of Population Health and Information, she led the cancer registry, population-based research, active screening and prevention programmes, and implementation of the patient electronic health record. In 2008, she joined the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer as Vice President Cancer Control, and is implementing the Canadian cancer control strategy with partners throughout the country. She has chaired many national committees in cancer control, screening, and research. 

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Dr Maira Caleffi (Brazil)

MD and PhD. Dr Caleffi is Head of the Breast Center at Hospital Moinhos de Vento and coordinator of Nucleo Mama Porto Alegre. She holds Pharmacy and Medicine degrees and a residency in Gynecology and Obstetrics. She completed her doctoral thesis at the University of London, and undertook postdoctoral studies in molecular biology in genetics and breast cancer at Vanderbilt University. Dr Caleffi is the founder and the Volunteer President of IMAMA and FEMAMA. She is a member of The Brazilian Association of Palliative Care; Brazilian Breast Cancer Study Group (GBECAM); ASCO; Breast Health Global Initiative (BHGI); The Harvard School of Public Health - GTF.CCC; ISPOR; Unión Latinoamericana Contra el Cáncer de la Mujer (ULACCAM).

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Dr Anil D'Cruz (India)

Professor D’Cruz is Director of Tata Memorial Hospital, India’s largest comprehensive tertiary care hospital registering over 35000 new cases annually. In addition he is Professor and Chief, Department of Head and Neck Surgery, a key focus area as head and neck cancers are the commonest cancer in India accounting for approx 30% of cases. He is committed to the causes of prevention, early detection, service, education and research in the field of cancer. Professor D’Cruz has held leadership positions in numerous professional bodies nationally and internationally. He has over 125 peer reviewed publications and text book chapters and has been the lead investigator for numerous self initiated and global multicentre trials. His research is focussed on innovation, novel therapy and cost effective strategies. 

Dr Jamal Khader (Jordan) 

Dr Jamal Khader is a consultant Radiation oncologist at King Hussein Cancer Center in Amman, Jordan. He is Director of the International Affairs Center and the Director of the Radiation oncology Residency programme, Head of the Lung Cancer Service, and serves on several institutional committees such as the Graduate Medical Education Committee. Dr Khader is a member of local, regional and international committees and associations. He is the Chairman of the scientific committee of the Jordanian Oncology Society, and member of the editorial board of the Pan Arab Oncology journal as well as a member in the Jordanian Chapter of the Mediterranean Task Force for Cancer Control. 

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Dr Felicia Knaul (Mexico) 

Felicia M. Knaul is a cancer survivor and an academic with over 130 publications. She is Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School, Director of the Harvard Global Equity Initiative, and co-Director of the Global Task Force on Expanded Access to Cancer Care and Control in Developing Countries. She lead authored the report “Closing the Cancer Divide”. She is also Senior Economist at the Mexican Health Foundation with extensive experience in designing and evaluating healthcare systems. Felicia founded the Mexican non-profit Cáncer de Mama: Tómatelo a Pecho to promote research and advocacy in Latin America, and published a testimonial book. 

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Professor Gilbert Lenoir (France)

Gilbert Lenoir is Professor of Medical genetics. He is a Board Member (since 1998) and past President (2010-2012) of the “Ligue Française contre le Cancer” (the major French Cancer charity). He has dedicated his entire career to cancer. A scientist at the Interna- tional Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC – Lyon, France), and professor at the medical school, he was appointed as Deputy Director in charge of research at the Institut Gustave Roussy, Villejuif in 2000. Since 2010 he has been in charge of the Paris biocluster programme: Cancer Campus. He is the author of more than 400 articles in cancer genetics, epidemiological and translational research.

Mrs Anne-Lise Ryel (Norway)

Anne Lise Ryel was born in Tromsø, Norway, in 1958. She obtained a Law Degree at the University of Oslo in 1987. She worked as Junior Lawyer at Hjort DA from 1988 and then as Lawyer at a Hydro-power Grid Company, Statnett SF, from 1992 to 1994 until her appointment as the Norwegian Gender Equality Ombudsman. She served as State Secretary at the Ministry of Justice in the Stoltenberg First Government in 2001 and as Deputy Director General at the Norwegian Directorate of Health in 2002. Ms. Ryel has been Secretary General of the Norwegian Cancer Society since 2002. 

Dr Luiz Antonio Santini (Brazil)

Dr Santini has been Director General of the Brazilian National Cancer Institute since 2005. His experience includes the direction of the College of Medicine of Fluminense Federal University where he integrated health services with the academic field. He is an advising editor of Brazilian Journal of Medical Education, associate professor of College of Medicine surgery department and has headed the emergency service of the University Hospital. He contributed to the implementation of the Brazilian Public Health System. He is a member of UICC Board of Directors, the coordinator of National Cancer Institutes Network and Brazilian coordinator of NCI Latin America Cancer Research Network.

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Dr Kazuo Tajima (Japan)

Dr Tajima received a medical degree from the Osaka University. He trained in general surgery, anaesthesiology and surgical pathology for 7 years. Then he studied cancer epidemiology and prevention at the Aichi Cancer Center Research Institute (ACCRI). He got a fellowship award from the IARC and took the Master of Public Health course at the Johns Hopkins University in the USA. After finishing this course, he was promoted to the Section Head (1987) and Chief (1990) of the Division of Epidemiology and Prevention at the ACCRI. Since 2006 he has served as the Director of the ACCRI until now. 

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Mr Douglas E. Ulman (United States)

Doug Ulman is a three-time cancer survivor and nationally recognised cancer advocate. After overcoming chondrosarcoma and malignant melanoma twice during college Doug and his family founded the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults. Doug led that organisation as Executive Director for four years before joining LIVESTRONG as director of survivorship in 2001. In his current role as President and CEO, Doug is responsible for the strategic vision and direction of LIVESTRONG. Doug currently holds numerous civic and charitable board positions across the country and completed a four-year term as the Chairman of the National Cancer Institute Director’s Consumer Liaison Group. 

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