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World Association for Sexual Health


The World Association for Sexual Health (WAS) is an international umbrella organization representing sexological societies and sexologists worldwide. Founded in 1978 in Rome, Italy, the WAS main goal is to promote sexual health for all through sexological science. Since its beginning, the WAS has successfully sponsored 19 international congresses, the last one being held in Gothenburg, Sweden, from June 21 to June 25, 2009. The WAS was previously named World Association for Sexology, but changed its name in order to stress that sexology is a tool for achieving sexual health.

Five prominent Regional Continental Federations are members of the WAS: The Asia and Oceania Federation of Sexology (AOFS), the European Federation of Sexology (EFS), the Latin American Federation of Sexology and Sexual Education (FLASSES), the North American Federation of Sexuality Organizations (NAFSO), and the African Federation for Sexual Health and Rights (AFSHR).

WAS members also include more than 100 national and international sexological organizations, institutes and foundations. Among the sexological societies belonging to WAS, we can find: the International Academy of Sex Research, the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS), the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS), the Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health, South Asia Institute for Human Sexuality (SAIHS), the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, & Therapists (AASECT) and the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH).

WAS is governed by an Executive Committee, Officers and an Advisory Committee

Executive Committee

Associate Secretaries

Presidents of the Regional Federations

WAS Advisory Committee = Executive Committee members and:

Ex-Officio Members

Past Presidents of WAS:

Committee Chairs:



  • President, Kevan Wylie, MD; FRCP (United Kingdom)
  • Past President, Rosemary Coates, PhD (Australia)
  • Vice President, Maria Pérez-Conchillo (Spain)
  • Secretary General/Treasurer, Ganesan Adaikan (Singapore)
  • Marlene Wasserman (Africa)
  • Luis Perelman-Javnozon (America)
  • Yuko Higashi (Asia-Oceania)
  • Charlotta Löfgren-Mårtenson (Europe)
  • Uwemedimo Uko Esiet (AFSHR)
  • León Roberto Gindin (FLASSES)
  • Chiara Simonelli (EFS)
  • Margaret Redelman (AOFS)
  • Michael Reece (NAFSO)
  • Pierre Assalian (Canada)
  • Jaqueline Brendler (Brazil)
  • Antón Castellanos-Usigli (Mexico)
  • Cristina Tania Fridman (Argentina)
  • Alain J. Giami (France)
  • Yuko Higashi (Japan)
  • Osmo Kontula (Finland)
  • Lotta Löfgren-Mårtenson (Sweden)
  • Sara Nasserzadeh (Iran/USA)
  • Pedro Nobre (Portugal)
  • Tommi Paalanen (Finland)
  • Luis Perelman-Javnozon (Mexico)
  • Narayana Reddy (India)
  • Elna Rudolph (South Africa)
  • Nadine Terrein Rocatti (Mexico)
  • Marlene Wasserman (South Africa)
  • President of the 21st WAS World Congress of *Sexual Health, Jaque Brendler (Brazil)
  • President of the 20th WAS World Congress of Sexual Health, Kevan Wylie (United Kingdom)
  • Romano Forleo (Italy) (1978-1979)
  • Gilbert Tordjman (1979-1986)
  • Fernando Bianco (Venezuela) (1986-1989)
  • Alan Wabrek (USA) (1989-1993)
  • Rubén Hernández-Serrano (Venezuela) (1993-1997)
  • Eli Coleman (USA) (1997-2001)
  • Marc Ganem (France) (2001-2005)
  • Eusebio Rubio-Aurioles (Mexico) (2005-2009)
  • Rosemary Coates (2009-2013)
  • Scientific Committee: Maryanne Doherty-Poirier (Australia)
  • Middle East Sexual Health Committee: Sara Nasserzadeh (Iran/US)
  • Sexual Rights Committee: Yuko Higashi (Japan)
  • International Liaison Committee: Esther Corona (Mexico)
  • International Science Committee: Pierre Assalian (Canada)
  • Sexuality Education Committee: Esther Corona (Mexico)
  • Youth Initiative Committee: Esther Corona (Mexico) & Antón Castellanos Usigli (Mexico)
  • Gold Medal Committee: Lillemor Rosenqvist (Sweden)
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