About Us

The World Prevention Alliance is an independent, non-governmental and not-for-profit, international organisation, founded by 19 members from 12 different countries. Its headquarters are in Lyon, France.

Executive Committee

  • Professor Peter BOYLE, Chair
  • Professor Jean-François DORE, Vice-Chair
  • Frédérique DELBART, Secretary

Active Members

Founding Members are persons that have founded the Association. By statutory rules, they are members of the General Assembly and members of the Executive Board with right of vote. The duration of their mandate is indefinite until the decision to retire from the Association.

The active members are as follows. Founding members are marked with an asteric *.

The founding members are:

  • Cemil ALYANAK, USA *
  • Cardinal Philippe BARBARIN, France *
  • Przemyslaw BILINSKI, Poland *
  • Jolanta BILINSKA, Poland
  • Peter BOYLE, France *
  • Harry BURNS, United Kingdom *
  • David BYRNE, Ireland *
  • Jean-François DORE, France *
  • Charles GILLIS, United Kingdom *
  • Geoffrey HAMILTON FAIRLEY, United Kingdom *
  • Takao KAKIZOE, Japan *
  • James MACKAY, United Kingdom *
  • Anne MERRIMAN, Uganda *
  • Luis PINILLOS ASHTON, Peru *
  • Carlos Vallejos SOLOGUREN, Peru
  • Jean-Luc SOULIER, France
  • Robert THOMAS, Australia *
  • Jean-Louis TOURAINE, France *
  • Murat TUNCER, Turkey *
  • Andrzej WOJTYLA, Poland *
  • Nise YAMAGUCHI, Brazil *
  • David ZARIDZE, Russia *
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The Members are natural or legal persons who request this position to the Executive Board and are approved. By statutory rules they are members of the General Assembly with right of vote. They can be members of the Executive Board if elected by the General Assembly (up to 4 seats).

Honorary Members

The Honorary Members are highly-reputable professionals to which the Executive Board will make an appeal and seek advice for their knowledge or authority in a given domain. This special position can also be granted by the General Assembly. Honorary Members shall not vote.

Executive Committee

In between the meetings of the Executive Board, the Executive Committee assists the Chair of the Board in his duties.


  • Works in close coordination with the Chair of the Board.
  • Carries out every duty delegated to him by the Chair of the Board.
  • Replaces the Chair of the Board in accordance with the statutes of the Association.


  • Assists the Chair of the Executive Board.
  • Is responsible for keeping the legal registers of the Association.


  • Is responsible for all the accounting of the Association.

Executive Board

The Association is managed by the Executive Board. The total number of members of the Executive Board cannot exceed 23. The Executive Board will meet at least twice every year, and each time when necessary, or by express request from at least 4 of its members.

The Executive Board

  1. Is responsible for the application of the decisions and policies set up by the General Assembly
  2. Has all the powers that are not reserved within statutes for the General Assembly to manage, run and administrate the Association under all circumstances
  3. Is entitled to give all delegation of power for a determined question and for a limited period of time
  4. Elects from its midst a Chair, a Vice-Chair, a Treasurer and a Secretary. These persons form the Executive Committee.

The Chair of the Executive Board

  1. Executes the decisions of the Board
  2. Assures the operations of the Association
  3. Represents the Association in all matters
  4. Has the authority to take legal action on behalf of the Association
  5. Convenes and chairs the General Assembly, the Executive Board, and the Executive Committee
  6. Can delegate some of his powers to the Vice-Chair, to another member of the Executive Board and to a permanent staff member

General Assembly

The General Assembly consists of all the Members of the Association. It meets at least once a year.

The General Assembly

  1. Hears the Chair of the Executive Board’s reports on the present status of the Association
  2. Approves budgets and accounts for fiscal year
  3. Elects from its midst Members that will sit on the Board
  4. Foresees the replacement of elected Executive Board Members when necessary
  5. Deliberates on all matters within its competences