World Association For Sexual Health
Federación Mexicana de Educación Sexual y Sexología A. C.

Confirmed Speakers

Elsa ALMAS (Norway)


Fernando BIANCO (Venezuela)



Eli Coleman, PhD is professor and director of the Program in Human Sexuality, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, University of Minnesota Medical School in Minneapolis. He holds the first and only endowed academic chair in sexual health.

He is the author of numerous articles and books on compulsive sexual behavior, sexual offenders, sexual orientation, gender dysphoria, chemical dependency and family intimacy and on the psychological and pharmacological treatment of a variety of sexual dysfunctions and disorders. Professor Coleman is one of the founding editors of the International Journal of Transgenderism and is the founding and current editor of the International Journal of Sexual Health. He is one of the past-presidents of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) (formerly the Harry Benjamin International Gender Dysphoria Association), the World Association for Sexual Health, the International Academy for Sex Research and the Society for Sex Therapy and Research. He is currently the Chair of the WPATH Standards of Care Revision Committee. He has been a frequent technical consultant on sexual health issues to the World Health Organization (WHO), the Pan American Health Organization (the regional office of WHO), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He has been the recipient of numerous awards including the US Surgeon General's Exemplary Service Award for his role as senior scientist on Surgeon General's Call to Action to Promote Sexual Health and Responsible Sexual Behavior, released in 2001. He was given the Distinguished Scientific Achievement Award from the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality and the Alfred E. Kinsey Award by the Midcontinent Region of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality in 2001. In April, 2007, he was awarded the Gold Medal for his lifetime contributions to the field of sexual health by the World Association for Sexual Health. In May of 2007, he was appointed the first endowed Chair in Sexual Health at the University of Minnesota Medical School. In May of 2009, he was awarded the Masters and Johnson Award by the Society for Sex Therapy and Research. In May of 2011, he received the John Money Award from the Eastern Region of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality.


Esther CORONA-VARGAS (Mexico)

Mexican. Trained as clinical psychologist. Has worked in sexuality education, sexual and reproductive health and gender for over 50 years. Founder (1972) and President of the Mexican Association for Sexuality Education (AMES), first NGO in the field in Mexico and pioneer institution in Latin America.

Ex-President of the Latin American and Caribbean Committee for Sexuality Education. First Vice President of the Mexican Federation of Sexology and Sex Education (FEMESS). President of the Latin American Federation of Sexology and Sex Education Associations (FLASSES) during 1998–2002. Has been associated with WAS since its founding and has been a member of its Executive and Advisory Committees in several administrations. She is currently Co-Chair of the International Liaison Committee. International Consultant for United Nations Agencies as well as international and national NGOs.


Veronica DELGADO (Mexico)


Faysal EL KAK (Lebanon)

Clinical Associate of Obstetrics Gynecology and Sexual Health, American University of Beirut Medical Center (AUBMC)- Senior Lecturer of Health Behavior and Sexuality, Faculty of Health Sciences, American University of Beirut

Dr. El Kak is involved in clinical, teaching, and educational services of obstetrics gynecology and sexual health. He is the coordinator of the Women Integrated Sexual Health (WISH) Program at AUBMC. He is also a Co-PI of the research project “Youth sexual and reproductive health” at FHS, AUB, and coordinator of the Network of Arab Scholars on Sexuality Sexual health (NASSS). Dr El Kak has many publications, book chapters, and couple of books related to sexual, reproductive, and maternal health. Dr El Kak continues to work on research, services, consultancies and advocacy to promote sexual and reproductive health to women and youth.


Cristina FRIDMAN (Argentina)


Alain GIAMI (France)

Alain Giami (Ph.D.) is currently Emeritus Research Professor at the Inserm (National Institute of Health and Medical Research) in Paris, where he coordinates a research unit on Gender, Sexuality, and Health. He has been a full member of the International Academy of Sex Research since 1994 and a member of the Advisory Committee of WAS since 2009. He served as President of the WAS Scientific Committee between 2009 and 2012. He is also a member of the International Association for the Scientific Study of Culture & Sexuality (IASSCS). He was a member of the Advisory Committee of the French AIUS (Association Inter-Hospitalière de Sexologie) (2008–2012) and a member of the board of the French Federation of Sexology and Sexual Health (2010–2016). He founded and coordinated the Network: «Research in social sciences in sexuality» at the French Association of Sociology (2003–2013). He has served also as an expert in various task force at the World Health Organization, UNESCO, and the French Supreme court (Conseil d'Etat) and the French Ministry of Health. He created and developed a University Diploma on “Sexual health and Public Health” at Paris University (Paris 5 and Paris 7) (2007–2014). He is Associate Editor of Sexologies: European Journal of Sexology and Sexual Health (Elsevier) and a member of the editorial committee of the Archives of Sexual Behavior and of the International Journal of Sexual Health. He served as Scientific Director at the UNESCO Chair in Sexual health and Human rights (2010–2014). He is currently Chair of the WAS Scientific Committee. In research, he has founded and organized the Euro-Sexo group which carried sociological research about the Sexologist profession in 8 European countries and 7 seven Latin-American countries.

He has published several books including: “Infirmières & Sexualité: entre soins et relations” (Nurses & sexuality: between care & relations, 2015 with Emilie Moreau & Pierre Moulin; “Sexual revolutions” (in collaboration with Gert Hekma), Palgrave 2014; “Des sexualités et des handicaps: questions d'intimité” (Sexualities and disabilities: issues of intimacy) in collaboration with Bruno Py and Anne Marie Toniolo (Presses Universitaires de Lorraine, 2013); “L'expérience de la sexualité chez de jeunes adultes” (The experience of sexuality among young adults) (Inserm, 2004). He has also published about 100 papers in peer reviewed journals in English, French and Portuguese and more than 50 book chapters.

He is currently coordinating an international network on “Citizenship and Health among trans persons” (France, Brazil, Italy, Norway) and working on a book about the history and perspectives of “sciences of sexuality”.





  • MEDICO CIRUJANO, Central University of Venezuela. Caracas. l968
  • Psychiatrist. Central University of Venezuela / Maudsley Hospital. London University. 1973
  • MsC Criminology and Penal Sciences. Central University of Venezuela. 1975
  • Founder Member of WAS. Rome 1978'
  • Past President Venezuelan Society of Sexology, 1986–1990 / 2000–2004
  • Past Chief of Mental Health Division. Ministry of Health. 1978–1983
  • Professor Forensic Psychiatry and Legal-Medical Sexology. Universidad Central Venezuela 1974–present
  • Past General Secretary and Vice President College of Physicians Miranda State. 1974–1980
  • Past Doctrine Secretary, General Secretary and Vice President. Medical Federation of Venezuela.1981–1991
  • Past President WORLD ASSOCIATION FOR SEXUAL HEALTH.1993–1997, Member of the Advisory Committee, since 1978–present.
  • Councilman and Vice President CARACAS CITY COUNCIL, by popular election.1993–2002. El Hatillo.
  • President of the IX World Congress of Sexology. Caracas 1989
  • President of the World Congress on VIOLENCE. 1998
  • Founder and 1st Chair Psychiatry and Human Sexuality Section. WORLD PSYCHIATRIC ASSOCIATiON.1997–2007
  • Founder and 1st President INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY OF MEDICAL SEXOLOGY.2002–2006
  • Past President of FLASSES. Latin-American American Federation of Sexual Health and Education. 2006–2010.
  • Honorary Member SASH, SOCOSEX, FESS, APA, SVSM
  • President of the WAS Commission on HUMAN SEXUAL RIGHTS. VALENCIA. 1997
  • Creator of WAS Gold Medal WAS WCS Yokohama 1995 and Recipient in WAS WCS. La Habana. 2001
  • President of 17Th International Symposia Human Sexuality. Caracas. From 1978 to 1997.
  • Author, Co-author of 18 Books on Human Sexuality. Director of SHEP WPA. 56 Papers, 9 Chapters and Keynote Addresses in Medical Congresses
  • WHO researcher on Paraphilias and Violence against Children and Adolescents.
  • Producer and Medical Presenter. TV Programs CLIMAX, MOMENTUM. GLOBOVISION. Caracas. Venezuela.


Terry HUMPHREYS (Canada)

Terry Humphreys is a Full Professor in the Department of Psychology at Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. He is the Editor of the Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality (CJHS) and a Consulting Editor for the Journal of Sex Research. He is also the current Past President of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS), a long-standing planning committee member of the Guelph Sexuality Conference (Canada’s largest and longest running annual sexuality conference), and on the Advisory Board of WAS. His academic / research interests focus broadly on sexual communication in intimate relationships. Specifically, his expertise is in the negotiation of sexual consent in multiple contexts; sexting behaviour in young adults; first sexual experiences; and unwanted/coercive sexual encounters.



Erick JANSSEN (Belgium/USA)

Erick Janssen, PhD, is Professor at the Institute for Family and Sexuality Studies, Department of Neurosciences, at the University of Leuven, Belgium, and Senior Research Fellow at The Kinsey Institute at Indiana University, USA. He has published extensively on the topics of sexual psychophysiology, sexual dysfunction, risky sexual behavior, sexual aggression, sexual compulsivity, and sexuality in close relationships. Together with John Bancroft, MD, he developed the Dual Control Model of Sexual Response. This model, with its focus on individual differences in the propensity for sexual excitation and inhibition, has opened up a new research agenda with wide relevance and is being used and tested by researchers around the world. He has received a number of awards, including twice the Hugo G. Beigel Award and, with his students, the SSTAR Award, the IASR Best Student Manuscript Award, and the Reiss Theory Award. He served as President of the International Academy of Sex Research (IASR), founder of international networks of sex researchers in Europe (EuroSex) and of researchers around the world in the field of sexual psychophysiology (SexLab), and currently serves as Track Leader for Basic Sciences of the Scientific Committee of the World Association for Sexual Health. He is currently vice-chair of the WAS Scientific Committee.


Osmo KONTULA (Finland)

Osmo Kontula, Ph.D., is a Research Professor at the Population Research Institute of the Family Federation of Finland. He has authored more than 350 publications, of which more than 50 are books. Osmo Kontula is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Sex Research (JSR), Past President of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS), and a Member of Advisory Committee and a Chair of Sexuality Education Committee in the World Association for Sexual Health (WAS).





Mijal LURIA (Israel)


Osmar MATSUI (Mexico)


Denise MEDICO (Canada/Switzerland)

Denise Medico, Ph.D, is a Professor at Université du Québec à Montréal’s Department of Sexology (UQAM). She is a registered psychologist and sexologist in Canada and Switzerland, affiliated with the Meraki Health Center in Montreal. Her research activities aim to promote affirmative and reflective clinical practice to better serve LGBTIQ2+ population. Her work is informed by a phenomenological, critical, and systemic approach, and pertains to issues of gender, embodiment, eroticism and sexual therapy. For 15 years (2002–2016), she worked in Switzerland as a clinical practitioner devoted to the development trans health and sexology. She co-founded the Agnodice Fondation, an NGO dedicated to the development of health and social trans-affirmative practices in Switzerland.

She teaches sexual therapy and clinical supervision in Canada, Switzerland, Belgium and Italy. She is a member of the scientific committee of the World Association for Sexual Health (WAS), and a member of WPATH, the Institute for Feminist Research (IREF), the Research Chair on Homophobia and the Institute for Health and Society (ISS) at UQAM.

Author of a book in French Repenser le genre: une clinique avec les personnes trans (Georg, 2016), she is currently co-editing two books, one on integrativity and political perspectives in clinical sexology, and the other on affirmative interventions for trans youth and their families.



Sara Nasserzadeh, PhD DipPST, is a social psychologist, a COSRT Accredited Psychosexual Therapist and AASECT Certified Sexuality Counselor and Approved Provider. Dr. Nasserzadeh is an award-winning author, BBC show host and consultant. She has worked globally (across 30 countries) consulting various organizations including international NGOs, academia as well as fortune 500 companies in the capacity of a thought leader in the sociocultural, political as well as clinical aspects of human sexuality and effective communication with hard-to-reach groups including adolescents and socially marginalized groups. For the World Association for Sexual Health (WAS), Dr. Nasserzadeh is an elected member of the Advisory Committee. Dr. Nasserzadeh served at the Board of Directors at AASECT as well as at the nominating Committee at ISSWSH. Dr. Nasserzadeh has been a keynote speaker at various conferences and the recipient of numerous awards including the World Association for Sexual Health runner up award for Excellence and Innovation, for her international work in the area of sexuality education and sociocultural sensitivity (Sydney, 2007). She received the BBC World Service Award for “Innovation of the Year” for her program on sex and relationship issues (London, 2007). The book she co-authored on Orgasm with three esteemed colleagues was granted the AASECT Book Award Honorable Mention in 2011.


David PATERNOTTE (Belgium)

David Paternotte is Associate Professor in Sociology and Gender Studies at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), where he is the head of the Atelier Genre (s) et Sexualité (s) and STRIGES. His publications include the monograph Revendiquer le “mariage gay”: Belgique, France, Espagne (2011), numerous articles, chapters and edited volumes, including Anti-Gender Campaigns in Europe: Mobilizing against Equality (2017). He is a co-editor of the series “Global Queer Politics” (Palgrave).


Luis PERELMAN (Mexico)

Sexuality Educator and activist in sexual rights, sexual diversity, family acceptance of LGBT children and non-discrimination in Mexico, Latin America and Jewish communities. Co-director of El Armario Abierto, bookstore specialized in sexuality that received the WAS honorary prize for sexuality education. Former president of Federación Mexicana de Educación Sexual y Sexología FEMESS. Member of the Advisory Committee of WAS since 2009




Eusebio RUBIO–AURIOLES (Mexico)

Obtained his M.D. at Universidad La Salle in Mexico City (1978) México D.F., and his Ph.D. in the Program of Human Sexuality at New York University. (1988). He completed the post-doctoral training course in sex therapy at the Department of Psychiatry of the Mount Sinai Hospital of New York City (1983). Since 1984 he is professor at the Departamento de Psiquiatría y Salud Mental de la Facultad de Medicina de la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. Since 2008 he also teaches at Hospital Fray Bernardino Alvarez to psychiatric residents, and since 2014 he is also professor at the Medical Scholl of Universidad La Salle. In 1987 he founded the Asociación Mexicana para la Salud Sexual, A.C. where he is the director and professor of a training process in psychosexual therapy and clinical sexology.



Tomoko SAOTOME (Japan)

Researcher of Louis Pasteur Center for Medical Research, in Kyoto from 2018
Graduated National University of Tsukuba, medical department in 1986
Graduated National University Postgraduate school of Kyoto, Gynecological Nursing in 2017

OB/Gyn medical doctor and Sex therapist authorized by Japanese Society of Sexual Science (JSSS). My specialties are biological demography and sexology especially concerned with reproductive health. Sexuality during pregnancy and postpartum are one of the turning points for the couple’s relationship because of lack of knowledge and skills, but they will improve more enjoyable and personalize experiences for women and their partners using sexual knowledge by counselling. Biological demography is strongly related national population or world population, but micro demography is personal or couples‘ family planning issue.

Our country is economically rich, but the women’s choices for their happiness is not enough. I had act for introducing oral contraceptive pills from 1997, and promoted contraceptive choices and abortion rights as freedom of women. In these years, we have argument of emergency pill for over the counter, and medical abortion pill is just starting clinical trial.

Sexlessness is very common in couples in our country, it is a one of the reasons of lowest low fertility. And sexism is seriously spread all situation in media and social system. We have to promote everybody’s sexual rights of women and SOGIE. Sexuality is interdisciplinary scholarship, and everybody need sexual freedom and rights. I will continue to act for promoting sexology education for all people.


Kevan WYLIE (UK)

Kevan qualified in medicine MB ChB in Liverpool in 1985, obtained his Masters in Leeds (1991) and the Diploma in Therapy with Couples (1993) and Diploma in Sexual Medicine (1994) at the University of London. He completed his highest university degree at Doctorate MD level researching couples and sex therapy for erectile dysfunction in 1999 and has worked full time clinically in sexual and gender medicine for the UK National Health Service from June 1999 across two hospital trusts in Sheffield. He is the immediate Past-President of WAS and President of the European Federation of Sexuality.





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