The ESPN Council comprises the President, the Assistant President, the Treasurer and 8 ordinary councillors, who between them are responsible for the various Council portfolios as listed below.

Ordinary councillors serve a 3-year, non-renewable term. Vacancies are announced via ESPN member communications. Candidates must have the written support of two ESPN members. ESPN members vote to select their preferred candidates according to the number of vacancies. In the interests of broad representation on Council, where there is more than one candidate from the same country, only the top-ranked candidate can be appointed to Council. 

Prof. Dieter Haffner – ESPN President

Hannover Medical School, Hannover. Germany
Conflict of interest

Year of appointment: 2022 

Prof. Francesco Emma – ESPN Assistant President

Bambino Gesù Children’s Hospital – IRCCS
Piazza Sant’ Onofrio, 4 – 00165 Rome, Italy
Conflict of interest

Year of appointment: 2022

Prof. Jun Oh – ESPN Treasurer

Medical Center University, Hamburg, Germany

Year of appointment: 2019

Arend Bökenkamp

Arend Bökenkamp
Council Member

Emma Children’s Hospital, Amsterdam University Medical Center

Year of appointment: 2023

Conflict of Interest

Ayşe Balat

Ayşe Balat
Council Member

Gaziantep University, Medical Faculty, Department of Pediatric Nephrology, Gaziantep, Turkiye

Year of appointment: 2023

Conflict of Interest

Fabio Paglialonga
Council Member

Fondazione IRCCS Ca’ Granda- Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico
Milan, Italy
Conflict of interest

Year of appointment: 2021

Jerome Harambat
Council Member

Hôpital Pellegrin-Enfants, University of Bordeaux
Bordeaux, France
Conflict of interest

Year of appointment: 2021

Karolis Azukaitis

Karolis Azukaitis
Council Member

Vilnius University Faculty of Medicine

Year of appointment: 2023

Conflict of Interest

Malgorzata Mizerska-Wasiak

Malgorzata Mizerska-Wasiak
Council Member

Department of Pediatrics and Nephrology, Medical University of Warsaw, Poland

Year of appointment: 2023

Conflict of Interest

Matko Marlais

Matko Marlais
Council Member

Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK

Year of appointment: 2023

Conflict of Interest

Stella Stabouli
Council Member

Aristotle University
Thessaloniki, Greece
Conflict of interest

Year of appointment: 2021

Rute Baeta Baptista

Rute Baeta Baptista
Ex-Officio Council Member

Hospital Dona Estefânia (HDE), Centro Hospitalar Universitário de Lisboa Central (CHULC), Lisbon, Portugal

Year of appointment: 2022

Conflict of interest