Committee and Team

World Kidney day is a joint initiative of the International Society of Nephrology  (ISN) and the International Federation of Kidney Foundations (IFKF).

The International Society of Nephrology (ISN)

The International Society of Nephrology (ISN) is a not-for-profit society dedicated to advancing the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of kidney diseases in the developing and developed world. With over 9,000 professional members in 126 countries, the ISN provides a widely connected platform for scientific exchange between healthcare professionals around the world. The Society celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2010.

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The International Federation of Kidney Foundations (IFKF)

The IFKF, a not-for-profit federation founded in 1999, currently has a membership of 63 kidney foundations and patient groups in 41 countries. IFKF advocates worldwide to improve the health, well-being and quality of life of individuals with kidney disease; disseminates standards of best practice of treatment and care; assists with the establishment of kidney foundations in countries where they do not yet exist; facilitates educational programs for it members; and promotes kidney disease research.

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The World Kidney Day Steering Committee

The Steering Committee for World Kidney Day 2017 is composed of nephrology and transplantation experts who live and work in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, South America and North America.

Members of the Steering Committee are:

  1. Philip Kam Tao Li, Co-chairman for ISN, Hong Kong
  2. Guillermo Garcia, Co-chairman for IFKF, Mexico
  3. Mohammed Benghanem Gharbi, ISN, Morocco
  4. Latha Kumaraswami, IFKF, India
  5. Elena Zakharova, ISN, Russia
  6. Gamal Saadi, IFKF, Egypt
  7. Sharon Andreoli, ISN, USA
  8. Kamyar Kalantar-Zadeh, IFKF, USA
  9. Louise Fox, ISN Project Director, United Kingdom
  10. Charles Kernahan, IFKF Project Director, United Kingdom
  11. Giorgina Piccoli, Guest Member 2018, Italy

The World Kidney Day Team

The role of the World Kidney Day project team is to recruit, engage and empower local organisers for their WKD celebrations across the world. They provide organisers with global guidance, materials and centralise best practice and ideas to give inspiration to organisations and individuals who want to be involved. Please contact us on

  • Agnese Ruggiero, WKD Campaign Manager
  • Anastasia Galibina, WKD Campaign Assistant

Contact Us

World Kidney Day
ISN – Global Operations Center
Rue des Fabriques 1b
1000 Brussels, Belgium
Tel +32 2 808 04 20

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