In accordance with the WFN constitution, the nominating committee will:

  • choose a list of candidates for the offices of Trustee and Officer other than Additional Officer
  • publish that list at least six months prior to the relevant Annual General Meeting (AGM)
  • accept additional nominations supported with the signatures of five or more authorised delegates which are received by the Secretary-General at least thirty days prior to that AGM
  • submit the amended list at that AGM

The Officers of the Federation shall be the President, the First Vice President, the Secretary-General and Treasurer, and such other Vice Presidents as the Member Societies at a meeting of the Council of Delegates shall decide and such Additional Officers as the Trustees shall decide.

The Officers shall be elected at an AGM and shall hold office from 1st January following that AGM until 1st January following the fourth AGM after that AGM and only the Secretary-General may be re-appointed and then only for one further term of office.

The Secretary-General will act as the Secretary of the Federation in accordance with the Act.

If an Officer does not complete his or her term of office the Trustees may fill that vacancy for the unexpired term except that if the office of President becomes vacant the first Vice-President shall assume the responsibilities of the President until the next AGM when a new President shall be elected to hold office for the unexpired term then remaining of the previous President and at the expiration of that term may be re-elected but only for one further term of office.

Every Officer must be an individual member of a Member Society or an associate member of the Federation.

The Trustees may appoint as an Additional Officer of the Federation any individual member of a Member Society or an associate member of the Federation upon such terms and with such title as the Trustees shall decide.


2021 WFN Elections

This October, at the World Federation of Neurology Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Council of Delegates (COD), elections will be held for the following positions:

  • President
    To take office from 1 January 2022 (position vacated by Professor William Carroll).
  • First Vice President
    To take office from 1 January 2022, (position vacated by Professor Ryuji Kaji).
  • One Elected Trustee
    To take office from date of election in October 2021 (position vacated by Professor Alla Guekht who is eligible for re-election)


The names of candidates to be considered for nomination can be submitted together with written confirmation of their willingness to stand for election, a brief Curriculum Vitae (a single type-written page) and written support for their nomination from their national societies. These should reach the WFN London Secretariat office by Monday, April 12th.

The Nominating Committee will scrutinise all submissions received and compile an official list six months before the date of the election.

Candidates for the positions of President and First Vice President will be required to provide a statement of their goals and objectives for the WFN if elected, which will be published in World Neurology. They will also be required to present a short statement by video prior to the election at a date to be advised. Videos will be available for viewing on the website before the election process begins. This date will also be advised.

Please note that following the closing date, additional nominations can be submitted up to thirty days before the election process by five or more member societies acting jointly.

As in 2020 elections will be conducted electronically in time for the announcement of the successful candidates at the AGM.