The Trustees and the President are pleased to announce that Johan Vos has been offered a permanent position as Chief Executive Officer of ISUOG.

Johan has over 20 years’ national and international leadership experience with professional membership organisations and health charities. Most recently, he served as the Chief Executive Officer at FIGO (International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics) and previously with ADI (Alzheimer’s Disease International).

Johan was born in the Netherlands, but lived most of his life overseas, in Venezuela, Chile, New Zealand and, since 2012, in the United Kingdom. He enjoys tennis, most water sports and outdoors but, first and foremost, spending time with his two teenage children.

Johan feels honoured to be given the opportunity to lead ISUOG at such critical time for the organisation. The global reach of the COVID-19 pandemic has provided the Society with an evolving perspective to shine a bright light and become a beacon of hope and support to our international community in these challenging times, particularly those working on the ‘front-line’. Reflecting on this unique situation, Johan says: “I have inherited a fantastic team and together we have rapidly responded with a number of new initiatives, including our new free COVID-19 webinar series in multiple languages, developing of a resources’ webpage with multiple translations, publishing new guidelines in our UOG Journal and expanding our online educational offering. In addition, there is some more exciting news in the pipeline with an imminent announcement regarding our World Congress!  Being a nimble organisation that can quickly capture opportunities is a key success factor”.

As a member organisation, I will be working with Trustees to build a strong sense of ‘community’ and enhance the level of engagement. This includes working much closer with different regions to overcome language and cultural barriers. I would like to see us communicate with a stronger voice, be more authoritative and advocate for improvement in women’s health outcomes through our speciality on the global stage.  New technology allows for further innovation in education and being able to upskill more healthcare workers.  Our Outreach program must facilitate the new opportunities for engagement and aim to serve larger communities.

In a rapidly changing world, it is also important to remain true to our organisational values.  ISUOG has a rich and proud 30-year history that will help us as we navigate our way to the future. Being guided by the Trustees, I will help shape the Society towards a progressive and inclusive organisation. The journey ahead is exciting and I very much look forward getting to know many of you along the way.  I wish you much success in your work, stay safe and well!


Warm wishes,

Johan Vos

Chief Executive Officer