Governing Council

The Governing Council of World Sleep Society is elected by World Sleep Society membership. An election is held at each World Sleep congress. The current Governing Council was elected at World Sleep 2023 in Rio de Janeiro and will serve through World Sleep 2025 in Singapore.


The officers comprise the Executive Committee of the World Sleep Society.

President: Raffaele Ferri (Italy)
President-Elect: Thomas Penzel (Germany)
Secretary: Lourdes DelRosso (United States)
Treasurer: Maree Barnes (Australia)
Past President: Phyllis Zee (United States)

Members at Large

Africa: Morenikeji Komolafe (Nigeria)
Asia or Australia: Amy Reynolds (Australia)
Europe: Karen Spruyt (France)
North America: Ofer Jacobowitz (United States)
Central or South America: Edilson Zancanella (Brazil)

Society Representatives

Society representatives are chosen through a separate but concurrent election in which all Associate Society Members of World Sleep Society vote and elect five societies among them to seat one representative each on the Governing Council.

American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM)
Australasian Sleep Association (ASA)
European Sleep Research Society (ESRS)
International Pediatric Sleep Association (IPSA)
Sleep Research Society (SRS)