International Psychoanalytical Association
Unit B, Book House, 261a City Road London EC1V 1AH 
Hours: Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm
Call: +44 20 8446 8324
Fax:+44 20 7681 3742

IPA Officers

Our three Officers are also members of the IPA Executive Committee on the Board of Representatives.

Virginia Ungar 


Sergio Nick

Vice President

Henk Jan Dalewijk



Our staff are based in the heart of London where members are welcome to visit and enjoy member facilities. For any queries, please contact the relevant staff member.

Paul Crake

Executive Director

Responsible for providing support and advice to the Board and Executive Committee on all issues to do with the governance of the IPA. 

Nic Allen

Deputy Executive Director

Andrew Twynam

Head of Finance

Responsible for all aspects of finance and the information technology systems in the Central Office.

Olena Korenkova

Management Accountant

Supports the Head of Finance.


Sima Patel

Accounts Assistant

Francesca Battisti-Davies

Membership Officer

Provides support to membership activities and regular maintenance of the database as well as general office administration.

Rhoda Bawdekar-Sebastián

Web and Publications Manager

Responsible for content and design management of the IPA website. She also works closely with the Publications Committee, co-ordinating the production of IPA Publications.

Karina Gutierrez

Events Manager

Responsible for providing support to Members and the relevant committees in the development of the IPA’s events including our biennial congresses and events-related activities.

Steve Thierman

Board Secretary

Responsible for the management of all Board and Executive Committee meetings, for the management of the IPA’s elections, and for providing support, as needed, to other IPA Committees.

Joanne Beavis

Head of International New Groups

Responsible for providing support to the ING Committee, and advising Members on IPA Policy regarding ING issues.

Sebastián Montes

International New Groups Assistant 

Providing support to the ING Committee and the ING Manager.

Matthew Grimley

Communications Manager

Lucila Riascos Weber 

Membership Services Secretary


Ana Paiva

Membership Services Secretary 

Laura Botherway

Secretary to the President

Website Editorial Board

For a full list of collaborators, including translators and society referents click here. The Website Editorial Board have editorial control over content on the IPA website. If you are an IPA member, medical practitioner or member of the public and you have any queries, suggestions, wish to raise an issue or offer a contribution then please contact the Web and Publications Manager, Rhoda Bawdekar.

Romolo Petrini

Chair, Website Editorial Board
Italian Psychoanalytical Society, (Società Psicoanalitica Italiana, SPI - Italia) /

Anna Louisa Christopoulos

Responsible for Members’ Publications, comments, reviews and “Debate with the Author”

Hellenic Psychoanalytical Society, (Ελληνική Ψυχαναλυτική Εταιρεία, Ελλας)

Gaetano Pellegrini

Responsible for the Podcast Area

Italian Psychoanalytical Society

Maria Cristina Vasconcellos

Responsible for Society of the Month


Angela Mauss-Hanke

Responsible for Social Issues

German Psychoanalytical Association, (Deutsche Psychoanalytische Vereinigung, DPV - Deutschland )

Valeria Nader

IPSO Representative

Rosario Psychoanalytic Association, (Asociación Psicoanalítica de Rosario, AP.R - Argentina)

Maria Grazia Vassallo

Responsible for Culture and Videos

Italian Psychoanalytical Society, (Società Psicoanalitica Italiana, SPI - Italia)

Kimberly Scholefield Kleinman

The Contemporary Freudian Society, CFS, USA


Ines Vidal

Buenos Aires Psychoanalytic Association


Eléana Mylona

Paris Psychoanalytic Society Société Psychanalytique de Paris

María Inés Nieto

Freudian Psychoanalytical Society of Colombia

Silvia Wajnbuch

Responsible for IPA webinars and Child & Adolescent area

Buenos Aires Psychoanalytic Association


Gisela Zapata Casanave

Institute of the Madrid Psychoanalytical Association


Erika Lepiavka

Psychoanalytic Society of Mexico - Park Mexico
IPSO representative