WIA Structure
About WIA

The World Iodine Association is led by the board of directors, in which every effective member has one vote. The WIA Board of Directors decides on the activities that are initiated within WIA, and defines priorities and tasks towards fulfillment of WIA’s missions. The Directors appoint experts from the members to coordinate the realisation of these tasks. These experts work together in three WIA Committees. When the task at hand requires independent expertise, the WIA Committees and the Board of Directors are advised by academic experts, brought together in the WIA Scientific Advisory Board.

WIA Organization Chart

WIA Board of Directors:
In 2015, WIA has elected Felipe Smith (SQM) as chairman of the Board of Directors. All effective member companies are represented in the board of directors: Michel Pichon (Ajay), Ranjit Bhavnani (Calibre), Karina Kuzmak and Sebastién Bossard (Roullier Group), Frank Biot (SQM), Klaas Leeuw (Akzo Nobel Salt specialties), Tom Becker (Iofina) and Bård Reinholdtsen (GE Healthcare), who acts as treasurer.


WIA Communication Committee (COM):
The communication committee consist of representatives from the WIA members and one member of the Board of Directors. COM coordinates communications within WIA, and external communications. Priority tasks of the Communication Committee are WIA website updates, press releases, and provision of information on WIA and Iodine in all it’s uses to interested parties.


WIA Technical Committee (TEC):
The composition of the Technical Committee will vary with each project, and consist of representatives from the WIA members and one member of the Board of Directors. The main task is to coordinate with and get input from technical experts within each of the Effective Members. Experts Input is asked on a case-by-case basis, according to the tasks/priorities. Priorities are decided by a shortlist of pending issues brought forward by Board of Directors and the Scientific Advisory Board.

WIA Regulatory Affairs Committee (REG):
The regulatory affairs committee consists of experts working at the regulatory departments of the members. They coordinate with and get input from technical experts within each of the Effective Members, according to their tasks/priorities which are related to WIA’s first mission: To support and represent iodine producers, processors, formulators, distributors and end users in relevant industry bodies, and in relevant official government bodies around the world with respect to guidelines and regulations on iodine and its derivatives.

WIA Scientific Advisory Board (SAB)
The Scientific Advisory Board for Iodine (SAB) is facilitated by the Technical Committee in function of the mission of WIA to help to prevent Iodine Deficiency Disorders globally by support of initiatives to ensure optimal iodine intake. The SAB is composed of independent academic experts studying iodine in different disciplines. They provide objective and scientific guidance to the communication committee and technical committee and help to identify emerging issues to be dealt with by WIA. Their expert opinion is also sought to judge ethical implications of activities developed by WIA. The members of the SAB are not remunerated for their advice. They review the overall scientific programme of WIA, including new projects and activities with respect to their scientific validity, coherence within WIA’s mission and vision, and feasibility and urgency of the issues.
Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board:
Robin Peeters
Robin PeetersRobin Peeters, MD PhD, is internist-endocrinologist and member of the medical staff at Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam, The Netherlands. He obtained his medical degree and PhD at Erasmus University Medical School in 2000 and 2005, both Cum Laude. The PhD project, under the supervision of professor Theo Visser, focused on the metabolism of thyroid hormones in health and disease and was combined with clinical training as an internist. In 2009, he finished his clinical training as an endocrinologist and performed a research fellowship in the lab of Douglas.

Scientific Advisory Board members:

Liz Bailey
Liz BaileyLiz Bailey PhD, CChem. MRSC is an Environmental Geochemist at the University of Nottingham, UK. Her research focuses on the speciation and fractionation of trace elements and radioisotopes in the environment and the geochemistry of trace element deficiency/toxicity. Specific research projects include (i) investigation of the kinetics of radioisotope fixation in soils (129I, 99Tc, 235U, 84Se), (ii) iodine and selenium dynamics in soils, including projects in the UK, Pakistan, Somalia, Iraqi Kurdistan and Malawi, (iv) trace element and micro-nutrient behaviour in calcareous soils in Iraqi Kurdistan. She also co-runs an inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) facility.

Sarah Bath
Dr Sarah BathDr Sarah Bath is a Lecturer in Public Health Nutrition at the University of Surrey. Sarah has been researching iodine nutrition in the UK since 2009 when she started her PhD on the iodine status of UK pregnant women. Through collaboration with the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC), she showed that even mild-to-moderate (as opposed to severe) iodine deficiency in UK pregnant women is associated with adverse cognitive outcomes in the child. She recently held an MRC Population Health Scientist Fellowship (2013-2016) to continue iodine research in the UK.
Sarah is a registered dietitian with the Health and Care Professions Council and has worked as a clinical dietitian in the NHS. She therefore aims to translate research findings into practical advice and is author of a fact sheet on iodine that is published through the British Dietetic Association.


Ismail Cakmak
Ismail CakmakIsmail Cakmak (PhD) is working at the Sabanci University in Istanbul. He is an internationally renowned expert on the metabolism of micronutrients in plants. His research is focused on enrichment of cereals with zinc, iron and iodine, and understanding the role of mineral nutrients in stress tolerance of crop plants. In the past 7 years he has been coordinating the HarvestZinc project (www.harvestzinc.org) in 12 countries under HarvestPlus program. find out more

Tim Korevaar
Tim KorevaarTim Korevaar is an MD and clinical epidemiologist at the Erasmus University Medical Center in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. His research focuses on thyroid function in pregnancy and he aims to translate physiological mechanisms into clinical epidemiological studies on adverse pregnancy and child outcomes. He has a particular interest in the role of iodine availability and endocrine disrupting compounds on gestational thyroid function and in relation to preterm delivery and neurocognitive development.

Pierdomenico Perata
Pierdomenico PerataPierdomenico Perata is Professor of plant physiology at the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa (Italy). He previously worked at the universities of Pisa (1991-1999), Bari (1999-2000) and Modena (2000-2004) and in Japan, at Nagoya University (1996-1997). In 1994 he received the "FESPB Award", which is awarded by the Federation of European Societies of Plant Physiology (FESPB) Congress for excellence in scientific achievements. His publication record includes papers in the most important plant science journals, including Nature, Nature Communications, Plos Biology, Nature Plants, The Plant Cell, The Plant Journal, Plant Physiology, Trends in Plant Science and many others, which received over 6000 citations. His research interests include plant stress physiology, plant hormone physiology, and sugar sensing and signalling. Please see the lab webpages for more details: find out more

Margaret Rayman
Margaret RaymanMargaret Rayman is Professor of Nutritional Medicine and directs MSc Programme in Nutritional Medicine. She obtained a doctorate in Inorganic Biochemistry from Somerville College, Oxford. Her research centres on the importance of trace elements to human health with particular emphasis on selenium and iodine in populations with marginal selenium or iodine deficiency.

Massimo Tonacchera
Massimo TonaccheraMassimo Tonacchera is Associate Professor of Endocrinology at the Medical School of the University of Pisa. He obtained his M.D. Degree (magna cum laude) in 1987 at the School of Medicine, University of Rome. Subsequently he held a fellowship in the National Research Council (CNR)(1990-1992), and obtained his Specialty Degree (magna cum laude) at the Postgraduate School of Endocrinology and Metabolic Diseases at the University of Pisa in 1992.

Peter Weterings
Peter WeteringsDr. Peter Weterings is a Eurotox registered toxicologist and regulatory consultant. After obtaining a PhD in biochemistry in 1983, he was director and co-owner of a CRO until 1994. Since then, he owns a consultancy firm, specialising in the regulatory affairs and human health risk assessment of agrochemicals, biocides and industrial chemicals.