AOTrauma announces regional election results 2019

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27 March 2019

AOTrauma is pleased to announce the results of the 2019 elections in AOTrauma Middle East and Northern Africa (AOTMENA), AOTrauma Europe and Southern Africa (AOTESA), and AOTrauma Latin America (AOTLA). The election processes have been monitored and approved by the respective Nomination Committees and are aligned with the currently valid terms of reference and have been confirmed by the mandated governance bodies.

The AOTMENA Nomination Committee announces the outcome of the elections conducted in January 2019

Chairperson AOTMENA Board:
Khalid Khoshhal, SA

His one-year term as AOTMENA Board Chairperson-Elect begins July 1, 2019, and his three-year-term as AOTMENA Board Chairperson begins July 1, 2020.

(The change of office of the chairperson takes place after the meeting of the Assembly of Trustees of the AO Foundation.)

Khalid Khoshhal from the College of Medicine, Taibah University, Saudi Arabia has been the Chairperson AOTMENA Research Committee since October 2014.

The AOTMENA Board members and team welcome him aboard and wish him every success as AOTMENA Board Chairperson.

Chairperson AOTMENA Community Development Committee:
El-Zaher Hassan, EG (reelected)

His three-year term as AOTMENA Community Development Committee Chairperson begins July 1, 2019.

(The change of office of the chairperson takes place after the meeting of the Assembly of Trustees of the AO Foundation.)

El-Zaher Hassan from Ain Shams University Hospital in Egypt has been the AOTMENA Community Development Committee Chairperson since July 2016. His reelection ensures a smooth continuation of community development activities in the Middle East and Northern Africa region and stable representation within the AOTrauma Global Community Development Commission (AOTCDC).

The AOTMENA Board, Community Development Committee and team wish El-Zaher Hassan another successful term.


Additionally, the following committee members were elected to the terms of office commencing July 1, 2019 and ending June 30, 2022.

(The change of office of the chairperson takes place after the meeting of the Assembly of Trustees of the AO Foundation.)

AOTMENA Community Development Committee

  • Hayder Abdul Hadi, AE (reelected)
  • Roshanak Moradi, IR
  • Usman Sarwar, PK

AOTMENA Education Committee

  • Zaki Idrees, PK (reelected)
  • Ashraf Moharram, EG (reelected)

AOTMENA Research Committee Member

  • Talal Ibrahim, QA (reelected)
  • Hesham Al-Khateeb, BH (reelected)

AOTMENA Nomination Committee:

Muhammad Wajid, PK, Hazem Azeem, EG, Mamoun Kremli, SA, Kamel Afifi, JO, Alaa ElZoheiry, EG


The AOTESA Nomination Committee announces the outcome of the elections conducted in January 2019:

Chairperson AOTESA Board:

Jonathan Monk, GB

His one-year term as AOTESA Board Chairperson-Elect begins July 1, 2019, and his three-year term as AOTESA Board Chairperson begins July 1, 2020.

Jonathan Monk, Consultant Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgeon at the Ashford and St Peters Hospital, has been elected to a three-year term as the AOTESA Board Chairperson-Elect, beginning July 1, 2019.

The AOTESA board members and team welcome him aboard and wish him every success in his new role.

Chairperson AOTESA Education Committee:
Reto Babst, CH

His three-year term as AOTESA Education Committee Chairperson begins July 1, 2019.

(The change of office of the chairperson takes place after the meeting of the Assembly of Trustees of the AO Foundation.)

Reto Babst, Chief of the Orthopedic and Trauma Clinic at Luzerner Kantonspital, has been elected to a three-year term as AOTESA Education Committee (AOTESAEC) Chairperson, beginning July 1, 2019.

The AOTESAEC members and team welcome him aboard and wish him every success in his new role.

AOTESA Education Committee member:
An Sermon, BE 

During her three-years term beginning July 1, 2019, she will represent Switzerland, Russia, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg.

An Sermon, Assistant Professor with the KU Leuven Faculty of Medicine, has been elected to a three-years term as a member of the AOTESA Education Committee (AOTESAEC).

The AOTESAEC members and team welcome her aboard and wish her every success in her new role.

AOTESA Nomination Committee members:

Matej Cimerman, SI, Pol Rommens, DE, Paul Szypryt, GB


The AOTLA Nomination Committee announces the outcome of the election conducted in January 2019:

Chairperson AOTLA Board:

Rodrigo Pesantez, CO

His one-year term as AOTLA Board Chairperson-Elect begins July 1,2019, and his three-year-term as AOTLA Board Chairperson begins July 1, 2020.

Rodrigo Pesantez from the Fundación Santa Fe Hospital in Bogotá-Colombia has a long record within AOTrauma, not only in his country but internationally as associated professor in several universities as well as AOTrauma faculty. He has been elected to a one-year term as AOTLA Board Chairperson-Elect, beginning July 1, 2019 and to a three-year term as AOTLA Board Chairperson, beginning July 1, 2020.

The AOTLA Board members and regional team welcome him aboard and wish him every success in his new role.

AOTLA Nomination Committee members:

Juan Manuel Concha, CO, William Belangero, BR, Emilio Fantin, AR

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