History

Foundation in 1995

The idea to found an International Society for Functional Electrical Stimulation was born in 1993 after the Ljubljana IFESS meeting in Porto Roz, Slovenia.

The society itself, with the name IFESS, was finally founded two years later in 1995 during the 5th Vienna International Workshop on Functional Electrical Stimulation.

Founding Invitation

Copy of the original document (PDF, 375.19 KB)

Officers and Boards of Directors 1996 – today

2020
President:
Simona Ferrante
Vice President:
Erika G. Spaich
Secretary:
Jonathan Jarvis
Treasurer:
Cesar Marquez-Chin
Board:
Christine Azevedo-Coste
Glen Davis
Ines Bersch-Porada
Ken Yoshida
Milos Popovic
Tamsyn Street
Thierry Keller
Thomas Janssen
Winfried Mayr
2019
President:
Thierry Keller
Vice President:
Simona Ferrante
Secretary:
Erika G. Spaich
Treasurer:
Michael Russold
Board:
Cesar Marquez-Chin
Christine Azevedo-Coste
Glen Davis
Ines Bersch-Porada
Jonathan Jarvis
Ken Yoshida
Milos Popovic
Thomas Janssen
Winfried Mayr
2018
President:
Thierry Keller
Vice President:
Simona Ferrante
Secretary:
Erika Geraldina Spaich
Treasurer:
Michael Russold
Board:
Christine Azevedo Coste
Dingguo Zhang
Gad Alon
Glen Davis
Ines Bersch-Porada
Ken Yoshida
Milos Popovic
Phil Troyk
Winfried Mayr
2017
President:
Thierry Keller
Vice President:
Simona Ferrante
Secretary:
Erika Geraldina Spaich
Treasurer:
Michael Russold
Board:
Christine Azevedo Coste
Dingguo Zhang
Gad Alon
Ines Bersch-Porada
Jonathan Jarvis
Ken Yoshida
Milos Popovic
Phil Troyk
Winfried Mayr
2016
President:
Thierry Keller
Vice President:
Glen Davis
Secretary:
Simona Ferrante
Treasurer:
Michael Russold
Board:
Christine Azevedo Coste
Dingguo Zhang
Erika G. Spaich
Gad Alon
Ines Bersch-Porada
Jonathan Jarvis
Manfred Bijak
Milos Popovic
Phil Troyk
2015
President:
Thierry Keller
Vice President:
Glen Davis
Secretary:
Simona Ferrante
Treasurer:
Michael Russold
Board:
Christine Azevedo Coste
Erika G. Spaich
Gad Alon
Ines Bersch-Porada
Jonathan Jarvis
Manfred Bijak
Milos Popovic
Philip Troyk
Robert F. Kirsch
2014
President:
Thierry Keller
Vice President:
Glen Davis
Secretary:
Simona Ferrante
Treasurer:
Michael Russold
Board:
Christine Azevedo Coste
Ché Fornusek
Erika G. Spaich
Gad Alon
Manfred Bijak
Nur Azah Hamzaid
Philip Troyk
Robert F. Kirsch
Yoichi Shimada
2013
President:
Jane Burridge
Vice President:
Glen Davis
Secretary:
Vivian Mushahwar
Treasurer:
Thierry Keller
Board:
Alberto Cliquet Jr.
Ché Fornusek
Michael Russold
Nick Donaldson
Paul Taylor
Philip Troyk
Robert F. Kirsch
Simona Ferrante
Yoichi Shimada
2012
President:
Jane Burridge
Vice President:
Glen Davis
Secretary:
Vivian Mushahwar
Treasurer:
Thierry Keller
Board:
Alberto Cliquet Jr.
Andy Hoffer
Christine Azevedo Coste
Ché Fornusek
Michael Russold
Nick Donaldson
Paul Taylor
Simona Ferrante
Yoichi Shimada
2011
President:
Jane Burridge
Vice President:
Glen Davis
Secretary:
Vivian Mushahwar
Treasurer:
Thierry Keller
Board:
Alberto Cliquet Jr.
Andy Hoffer
Christine Azevedo Coste
Ken Yoshida
Martin Schüttler
Maura Whittaker
Nick Donaldson
Paul Taylor
Simona Ferrante
2010
President:
Manfred Bijak
Vice President:
Jane Burridge
Secretary:
Glen Davis
Treasurer:
Thierry Keller
Board:
Andy Hoffer
Brian Smith
Christine Azevedo Coste
Ken Yoshida
Martin Schüttler
Maura Whittaker
Milos Popovic
Simona Ferrante
Vivian Mushahwar
2009
President:
Manfred Bijak
Vice President:
Jane Burridge
Secretary:
Glen Davis
Treasurer:
Thierry Keller
Board:
Andy Hoffer
Brian Smith
Dejan Popovic
Julie Armstrong
Ken Yoshida
Martin Schüttler
Maura Whittaker
Milos Popovic
Vivian Mushahwar
2008
President:
Manfred Bijak
Vice President:
Jane Burridge
Secretary:
Glen Davis
Treasurer:
Thierry Keller
Board:
Andy Hoffer
Brian Smith
Dejan Popovic
Janis Daly
Julie Armstrong
Kazonuri Seki
Milos Popovic
Thomas Stieglitz
Vivian Mushahwar
2007
President:
Paul Meadows
Vice President:
Manfred Bijak
Secretary:
Andy Hoffer
Treasurer:
Milos Popovic
Board:
Dejan Popovic
Glen Davis
Jane Burridge
Janis Daly
Jochen Quintern
Kazonuri Seki
Thierry Keller
Thomas Stieglitz
Vivian Mushahwar
2006
President:
Paul Meadows
Vice President:
Manfred Bijak
Secretary:
Nico Rijkhoff
Treasurer:
Milos Popovic
Board:
Andy Hoffer
Christine Singleton
Graham Creasy
Jane Burridge
Jochen Quintern
Kazonuri Seki
Maurizio Ferrarin
Thomas Stieglitz
Vivian Mushahwar
2005
President:
Paul Meadows
Vice President:
Manfred Bijak
Secretary:
Nico Rijkhoff
Treasurer:
Milos Popovic
Board:
Christine Singleton
Graham Creasy
Ian Swain
Jochen Quintern
Maurizio Ferrarin
Mohamad Sawan
Thomas Stieglitz
Vivian Mushahwar
2004
President:
Thomas Sinkjaer
Vice President:
Paul Meadows
Secretary:
Manfred Bijak
Treasurer:
James Abbas
Board:
Glen Davis
Graham Creasy
Ian Swain
Maurizio Ferrarin
Milos Popovic
Mohamad Sawan
Robert Riener
Ron Triolo
Tomaz Karcnik
2003
President:
Thomas Sinkjaer
Vice President:
Paul Meadows
Secretary:
Manfred Bijak
Treasurer:
James Abbas
Board:
Charles Robinson
Glen Davis
Hunter Peckham
Ian Swain
Jane Burridge
Mohamad Sawan
Robert Riener
Ron Triolo
Tomaz Karcnik
2002
President:
Thomas Sinkjaer
Vice President:
Paul Meadows
Secretary:
Manfred Bijak
Treasurer:
James Abbas
Board:
Charles Robinson
Glen Davis
Hunter Peckham
Jane Burridge
Joyce Campbell
Robert Riener
Roger Nathan
Ron Triolo
Warren Grill
2001
President:
Ross Davis
Vice President:
Thomas Sinkjaer
Secretary:
Aleks Kostov
Treasurer:
Peter Veltink
Board:
Brian Andrews
Charles Robinson
Hunter Peckham
Jane Burridge
Joyce Campbell
Richard Stein
Roger Nathan
Tadej Bajd
Warren Grill
2000
President:
Ross Davis
Vice President:
Thomas Sinkjaer
Secretary:
Paul Meadows
Treasurer:
Peter Veltink
Board:
Arthur Prochaska
Brian Andrews
Joyce Campbell
Nozomu Hoshimiya
Primoz Strojnik
Richard Stein
Roger Nathan
Tadej Bajd
Warren Grill
1999
President:
Ross Davis
Vice President:
Thomas Sinkjaer
Secretary:
Aleks Kostov
Treasurer:
Peter Veltink
Board:
Arthur Prochaska
Brian Andrews
Joyce Campbell
Nozomu Hoshimiya
Primoz Strojnik
Richard Stein
Tadej Bajd
Warren Grill
Yosunobu Handa
1998
President:
Uros Stanic
Vice President:
Ross Davis
Secretary:
Paul Meadows
Treasurer:
Peter Veltink
Board:
Alojz Kralj
Arthur Prochaska
Dejan Popovic
Joyce Campbell
Nozomu Hoshimiya
Primoz Strojnik
Robert Jaeger
Thomas Sinkjaer
Yosunobu Handa
1997
President:
Uros Stanic
Vice President:
Ross Davis
Secretary:
Paul Meadows
Treasurer:
Peter Veltink
Board:
Alojz Kralj
Dejan Popovic
Gudrun Sigurjonsdottir
Helika Benko
Joyce Campbell
Moshe Solomonow
Robert Jaeger
Thomas Sinkjaer
Yosunobu Handa
1996
President:
Uros Stanic
Vice President:
Ross Davis
Secretary:
Paul Meadows
Treasurer:
Peter Veltink
Board:
Alojz Kralj
Byron Masolais
Dejan Popovic
Gudrun Sigurjonsdottir
Helika Benko
Moshe Solomonow
Nicholas Donaldson
Robert Jaeger
Stanley Salmons