ISPCAN Executive Council Election 2014 Results are in!
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Posted by: Niki Bornes
Voting for Executive Councilors to the International Society for the
Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN) has concluded and we are appreciative
to all the candidates in the election and would like to thank them for their
participation in this process.
We are pleased to announce the results of the 2014 general election of
Executive Councilors. The following candidates were elected to serve a six-year
term for the years 2014–2020.
Gerbaka is Professor of Pediatrics at St. Joseph University in Beirut,
chairs the Pediatric Department and the first hospital-based child protection
unit in Lebanon. He introduced child abuse and neglect (CAN) in Lebanese health
curriculum and chairs the Lebanese Institute for Child Rights. Bernard
co-founded the Arab Professional Society for Prevention of Violence against
Children and was elected ISPCAN Councilor in 2008. He works on adolescent
health, child protection, data collection, trains health professionals, and
gives university courses
Bennett, a pediatrician and psychoanalyst, is a Professor of Pediatrics and
Director of the Child Protection Program at the Children’s Hospital, Ottawa,
Canada. She conducts research and education for multi-sectoral professionals.
Sue co-led the drafting of General Comment 13 (the Right of the Child from all
Violence) and is committed to the full implementation of the UN Convention on
the Rights of the Child to assure the wellbeing, health and development of all
Sahin is Professor of Pediatrics in Medical Faculty and Children’s Hospital
of Gazi University and directs the Child Protection Center, the first
multi-disciplinary hospital-based unit in Turkey. She has facilitated formation
of such teams in many Turkish hospitals. Figen was the President of the Turkish
Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect from 2005-2010 and still
serves on the executive council. She co-chaired the XIXth ISPCAN Congress held
in Istanbul in 2012.
Lalor has degrees in psychology from the University of College Cork and
development studies from the University College Dublin. He was first alerted to
the abuse of street children during doctoral studies in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
in 1992-1993. He worked as a lecturer in developmental/abnormal psychology from
1994-2001 and is presently the Head of School of Languages, Law and Society at
the Dublin Institute of Technology. He continues to review, research and write on
Lidchi, clinical psychologist and family therapist trained in public
health, has worked 23 years in the field of CAN. She managed projects for
ISPCAN and is working on a training program in the Kingdome of Saudi Arabia.
Recognition for her international consulting includes an award from Rio de
Janeiro, Brazil. She speaks and has books and articles published in English,
French, Spanish and Portuguese. As ISPCAN councilor, she chaired the Education
and Training Committee, is ISPCAN’s Secretary and co-chaired 2013’s Dublin
Peter van der Linden (Netherlands)
initiated the Netherlands SPCAN, the National CAN Municipality Monitor,
and European Exchange of Child Advocacy Centers Approach. He
contributes to domestic and sexual violence policy (both local and
national) and European Research on Transgenerational CAN. Previously:
National Programme Leader for Implementation Tackling Child Abuse;
Policymaker on Violence against Women and Honour Related
Violence; Prevention (Child Protection Board). He is a social worker
that developed into researcher, policymaker and stakeholder for
This impressive group of professionals and child advocates includes
individuals who have worked regionally, nationally and globally for decades to
bring awareness, prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect. These
well-respected individuals are committed to making the world a safer and better
place for children to grow and thrive.
ISPCAN looks forward to the exciting contributions these new Executive
Council members will bring to the organization and to ISPCAN’s mission of
preventing child abuse and neglect.
|Joan van Niekerk
||Henry J Plum
|ISPCAN Nominations Committee Chair
|| Legal Advisor/ Parliamentarian