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 is celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2020.

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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 2019 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. Robyn Langham, Co-chairman for ISN, Australia
  2. Kamyar Kalantar-Zadeh, Co-chairman for IFKF-WKA, USA
  3. Latha Kumaraswami, IFKF, India
  4. Gamal Saadi, IFKF-WKA, Egypt
  5. Li-Li Hsiao, ISN, USA
  6. Alessandro Balducci, IFKF, Italy
  7. Paul Laffin, ISN, Brussels
  8. SF Lui, IFKF-WKA Project Director, Hong Kong
  9. Ulasi Ifeoma, ISN, Nigeria
  10. Vassilios Liakopoulos, ISN, Greece

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

  • Anne Hradsky, WKD Campaign Manager
  • Alice Poidevin, WKD Campaign Officer

Contact Us

World Kidney Day
ISN – Global Operations Center
Avenue des Arts 1-2, 6th floor,
1210, Brussels, Belgium
Tel +32 2 808 04 20

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