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The Committee of the World Federation of Right to Die Societies

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Sean Davison (South Africa)

President

Sean Davison has a doctorate in molecular virology and is Professor of Biotechnology at the University of the Western Cape in South Africa. He became involved in the right-to-die campaign following his conviction in New Zealand for the assisted suicide of his terminally ill mother. He is the founder and director of DignitySA (Dignity South Africa), and since 2014 he has been on the board of the WFRtDS. Since 2016, he serves as President.

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Asunción Alvarez (Mexico)

Vice-President

Asunción Álvarez works at the Faculty of Medicine of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). She writes and lectures about the right to die with dignity. She has been committed to improve the way in which people die and to advance cultural and legal changes so that people can choose the best end of life including receiving assistance in dying when they decide. She is Vice-President of the WFRtDS since 2020.

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Jean-Jacques Bise (CH)

Treasurer

Jean-Jacques Bise studied law. Before he retired, he was teacher at a business school. For many years, he has been advocating for the respect of the freedom of choice and autonomy of the individual: people should, in any country, be free to choose a safe and peaceful death. Since 2018, he is the co-chairman of EXIT A.D.M.D. Suisse Romande (the French part of Switzerland). In 2012 he joined the WFRtDS Committee as Treasurer.

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Masahiro Nomoto (Japan)

General member

Masahiro Nomoto is neurologist and Professor of Neurology and Clinical Pharmacology. He serves as Director of the Saiseikai Imabari Center for Health and Welfare. He is also vice president of the Japan Society for Dying with Dignity (JSDD). He is committed to promote the concept of dignified death by issuing living wills seeking and supporting the right of a person to live pleasantly and die peacefully. He is Committee member of the WFRtDS since 2018.

Staff

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Rob Jonquiere (NL)

Executive Director

As former general practitioner and CEO of the Dutch Right to Die Society the NVVE, Rob is familiar with the topic of assisted dying since a long time. He was CEO of the NVVE when the Dutch Law on Euthanasia came into force. Rob is Executive Director of the WFRtDS since January 2009. He is responsible for the availability of information about developments in the world and directs the staff of the WFRtDS. 

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Laura De Vito (NL)

Webmaster

As legal advisor of the Dutch Right to Die Society NVVE, Laura is expert in the field of the prohibition of assisted suicide, the legal basis of advance directives and the history of the Dutch Law on Euthanasia. Since 2019, she is webmaster of the WFRtDS. With her legal background it is her job to follow legal developments around the world in the field of assisted dying and the self chosen death. 

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Jane Barrett (NL)

General staff member

Jane Barrett is staff member since 2020.