Nominated Candidates Eligible for 2018 Councilor Election
Jordan Greenbaum (USA)
Jordan has worked as a child abuse physician for 16 years, serving as the medical director of the child protection program at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA) for 10 years. Currently I work part-time at CHOA and part-time with the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children. I am a past president of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children and now serve on the Executive Committee of the Ray Helfer Society, an International organization of child abuse physicians.
Statement of Intent: I am committed to helping ISPCAN expand its sphere of influence in the fight to eradicate child abuse, neglect and child trafficking.
Nominated by: Martin A. Finkel and Howard Dubowitz
Link to Full application and CV
Siham D Abueita (Jordan)
Bio: I am Jordanian and is fluent in both Arabic and English. I received my Bachelor and Master Degrees from Kuwait University and my Doctorate from George Washington University. I have taught at Kuwait University, Petra a private University in Jordan, I am currently a Professor in counselling at the Hashemite University in Jordan since 1998 where I was the Dean of School of Educational Science & Queen Rania College of Childhood I was also the coordinator of the childhood committee for establishing the Queen Rania Childhood Education and Development College, I was also the Chairperson of the Education Psychology Department, I have the coordinator of establishing many centres at the Hashemite university such as community base rehabilitation program, social work centre, and I am working on two activities establishing a University Counselling Centre and Faculty Development centre. I have been consultant on the National Council for Family Affairs in Jordan where the first study about the family counseling,, and the counseling family strategy , have been a trainer in early intervention for professional in Jordan and Syria with Saeed Karim Rida Foundation in London, Additionally, I have been a Board member employee trainer of the Hussein Society for challenged students , I have also been a consultant with the World Bank as an expert in establishing counseling programs at Yemen. I translated eight books in counseling, and polished three books in counseling.
Statement of Intent:First of I like to have the experience, then I like to train people who offer psychological and social service for victims of abuse, and train
parent on protection their children
Nominated by: Tatiana Balachova & Barbara Bonner
Full application here
Yanghee Lee (S. Korea- 2nd term ISPCAN Councilor)
Statement of Intent: I have about 15 years of experience in Children’s Rights. I have served on the UN Committee for the Convention on the Rights of the
Child and has served its chair for 2 terms. What I see happening globally regarding all forms of violence against children is equally
alarming and increasing in scope and nature. The human rights world and the professions working on CAN must have a strong
cooperation/collaboration/and relationship in order to tackle the every changing nature of violence against children.
When the Global Study on Violence Against Children was in the initial stages, I had participated in developing the questionnaire that
was sent out to all governments. What we saw was that violence against children permeated all societies, in 5 settings that surround the
child. The reason I have decided to run once again to be on the Council is to try to bridge the gap between human rights/advocacy and the
field of Child Abuse and Neglect. I wish to help ISPCAN to have a more global reach, and become an organization that is truly
multidisciplinary. Additionally, I want to help portray that ISPCAN is not just an organization that serves “Northern issues”, but an
organization that can address issues of the South, as well as empower practitioners and researchers from the South.
Nominated by: Joan van Niekerk & Sue Foley
Full application here
Fujiko Yamada (Japan)
Bio:Education: March, 1986; Graduated from Tokyo Medical and Dental University May, 1986; Conferred Degree of Medical Doctor April, 2000; Entered into Graduate School of Tokyo Medical and Dental University March, 2010; Graduated from Graduate School of Tokyo Medical and Dental University April, 2011; Entered into Graduate School of Mie University March, 2015; Graduated from Graduate School of Mie University March, 2015; Conferred Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Medical Science Work Experiences: May, 1986 – June, 1987; Tokyo Medical and Dental University Hospital July, 1987 – June, 1989; Oume Municipal General Hospital August, 1990 – Presence; Sangen-kai Yamada Clinic
Statement of Intent: I wish to be on Council because I am interested in international activities very much as a member of the International Activity Committee of Japanese Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (JaSPCAN). I specialize in Abusive Head Trauma in Infants and
Children (AHT) and sexual abuse. I am the leader of a forensic interview trainers team in Japan. Therefore, I think I am able to play an
important role on Council.
Nominated by :Makiko Okuyama & Toshiko Yanagawa
Full application here
Franziska Meinck (UK & Africa)
Statement of Intent : I am a registered social worker with the Health and Care Professions Council in the UK and have child protection social work experience
in both South Africa and the UK. I hold a BA in Social Work and an MSc and DPhil in Evidence-Based Social Interventions. I have been
an ISPCAN member since 2012 and a member of the Working Group on Child Maltreatment Data Collection since 2013 and have been
following the developments of the ICAST and expansion of its community with interest.
I have been using the ICAST in my own research in low and middle income countries since 2013 and am currently conducting research
on the psychometric properties of child abuse measures, the development of the ICAST for use in intervention studies and the creation
of a short ICAST measure for large scale multi-component surveys. I have experience in raising grant funding, running large scale
projects and working in interdisciplinary environments across high- and low income research contexts. My experience would strengthen
existing knowledge and skills within ISPCAN and broaden the support services ISPCAN is able to give to its members. As a Council
member I will support ISPCAN 1) to further develop the ICAST as the gold standard child abuse measure recognized internationally; 2)
to help advance the quality and transparency of child abuse research by supporting ISPCAN members in carrying out rigorous research
and 3) to push for robust evidence-based child abuse prevention and response interventions.
John D. Fluke (USA)
Statement of Intent: I believe that I can be an effective leader in increasing the viability of ISPCAN globally as a leader in the use and support of Child maltreatment research. I have many connections to the communities of research in the field of Child maltreatment that I think will help improve ISPCANs visibility. I also have experience in developing funding and support.
Nominated by: Des Runyan & Jenny Gray
Full application here:
Gert J Jonker (S. Africa)
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Arne Graff (USA)
Bio: Arne completed his residency in Family Medicine and Child Abuse Pediatrics fellowship both in USA. Clinical experience in both areas in rural and metro
areas for over 35 years. Teaching for community, governmental and multidisciplinary professionals locally, regionally, nationally and
internationally. Currently Division and Department chair for Child Abuse Pediatrics at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.
Statement of Intent: I have been active for many years within the USA working on child maltreatment and other violence (adult maltreatment and domestic
violence) and would like to contribute to some of the changes that may occur on the international level. I have been involved in teaching
and training with other multidisciplinary professionals from other parts of the world and recognize that this work also allows me to take
new ideas, from other regions, and attempt to use in our field (both in USA as well as other regions of world).
Nominated by: Des Runyan &
See Full Application Here
Rajeev Seth (India- 2nd term ISPCAN Councilor)
Bio: Dr Rajeev Seth works as Senior Consultant Pediatrician Max Smart Super-specialty Hospital & Medical Director of CDC, New Delhi India. Trained at AIIMS and UCSF, USA, Dr Seth is the Chairperson ICANCL group, IAP; Executive Councilor ISPCAN (2012-2018). Through Non Profit BUDS, Dr Seth provides healthcare & child protection services to the marginalized and underprivileged children in India. Dr Seth has received several academic awards: BMG Grant Challenges (2017-2019), Indo-US R03Grant (2015-2017) NIH & Government of India; Dr Taro Takemi Memorial Oration (2013) by CMAAO; Distinguished Service Award ISPCAN (2012); FAAP & FIAP, McAllister Foundation Award, Sorel Catherine Freyman Prize.
Statement of Intent:ISPCAN is the only multidisciplinary international organization which brings together cross-section of committed professionals to work towards prevention of child abuse, neglect & exploitation worldwide. Presence in the council shall help me network globally, aid in my continued professional education, updated research, development of leadership skills and co-organize world class international events. In addition to clinical care, it shall enhance my passion for reaching out to abused and neglected children and become an effective advocate for protection of their child rights.
It is my lifelong ambition and passion to protect rights of underprivileged children from abuse, neglect & exploitation, particularly in developing countries. If elected, I shall work hard; provide my technical expertise to develop education materials for multidisciplinary professionals nationally and regionally. I shall help increase ISPCAN membership, and help in its fund raising drives to support professionals in low income countries. I shall advocate for implementation of child rights and protection training in the national curriculum of multidisciplinary professionals, besides assist in development of child protection systems. I shall reach out to national governments and policy makers to implement international protocols by UN CRC, WHO INSPIRE, and Global Alliance & ISPCAN, to prevent all forms of violence against all children.
Nominated by:Martin Finkel & Joan van Niekerk
Full Application here
Maryam Ehsani (UAE & UK)
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Naeem Zafar (Pakistan)
Bio:Dr. Naeem Zafar is President, PAHCHAAN, Associate Professor Pediatrics, and founder head, Child Rights Department at University of Lahore. With 20 years Child Rights leadership experience, he has initiated and contributed to various projects including hospital based management of abused and neglected children, supporting most destitute children, children in emergencies and raising child rights awareness. Being involved in program development, research, advocacy, capacity building, awareness raising, he has initiated a program to engage Pakistani youth in child rights activities through its inclusion in university degree programs. Through an innovative approach he has synergized Preventive Pediatrics with Child Rights in Pakistan
Statement of Intent: A pediatrician, philanthropist and child rights activist at heart and an innovative social entrepreneur with about two decades of experience in child rights at national and international level I have already laid the ground for promoting child rights in Pakistan and Asia. After the successful South Asia Conference on Child Rights we have promulgated a Lahore Declaration with a road map for next few years on 11 burning sub-themes on child rights in reference to health, education, protection, Parenting, online safety, disaster management, disability, law, psychiatric co-morbidity resource mobilization and rights based programming. With our expanding base of young people and professionals in our University and in our country I can lead them to be a force in bringing about a change in provision of rights to the underprivileged in Pakistan to serve as a model for the third world. As a member of a strong International body like ISPCAN my ambitious plan can gain impetus with national and international support for our research, advocacy, training, capacity building and service delivery projects. Now as a head of a child rights department and with ample time and resources at my disposal, I can serve the Council with dedication and be a part of the team which serves to bring a change in the current global child protection scenario