Who we are

The World Marrow Donor Association (WMDA) is made up of organisations and individuals who promote global collaboration and best practices for the benefit of stem cell donors and transplant patients.

WMDA was informally initiated in 1988 by three pioneers in the field of transplantation: John Goldman (United Kingdom), E. Donnall Thomas (United States) and Jon J. van Rood (the Netherlands). This led to the foundation of WMDA in 1994.

In 2007, WMDA became one of the founding members of the Worldwide Network for Blood and Marrow Transplantation (WBMT). WBMT is a non-profit scientific organisation which aims to promote excellence in stem cell transplantation, donation and cellular therapy. It has an official relationship with the World Health Organization. The other three founding organisations of the WBMT are the European Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation (EBMT), the Center for International Blood & Marrow Transplant Research (CIBMTR), and the Asian Pacific Blood and Marrow Transplantation Group (APBMT).

In 2017, WMDA took over the activities of Bone Marrow Donors Worldwide (BMDW) and the NetCord Foundation.

WMDA is led by the WMDA Board and Committees whose members are all experts in their fields. Day-to-day activities are carried out by our WMDA office, a team of professionals based in Leiden, the Netherlands.

Jeff Szer, AU

Board member: President

Oliver Kursteiner, CH

Board member: Treasurer

Henny Braund, UK

Board member: pillar 1 - Search, Match & Connect

Mike McCullough, US

Board member: pillar 1 - Search, Match & Connect

Bronwen Shaw, US

Board member: pillar 3 - Donor Care

Nicoletta Sacchi, IT

Board member: pillar 4 - Quality

Carlheinz Mueller, DE

Board member: Past-President

Lydia Foeken, NL

Executive director +31 88 505 7900

Martine Schuit, NL

Office manager & executive assistant +31 88 505 7902

Caroline van Veen, NL

Operational manager +31 88 505 7904

Zhihong He, NL

Product Owner Data Quality +31 88 505 7908

Mark Melchers, NL

HLA Consultant & Technical Systems Product Owner +31 88 505 7912

Alessandra Bilderbeek, NL

Marketing & Communication Coordinator +31 88 505 7910

Monique Jöris, NL

Project coordinator +31 88 505 7909

Jorine Koenderman, NL

DPO, Education manager & project coordinator +31 88 505 7905

Esther Pustjens, NL

Accreditation and Project Coordinator +31 88 505 7911

Paulien Kort, NL

Project coordinator +31 88 505 7907

Matilde Lartategui, NL

Project coordinator +31 88 505 7906

Mirjam Fechter, NL

Medical consultant SEAR/SPEAR +31 88 505 7900