BOD & Committees

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors (BOD) is responsible for setting the strategic directions and financial management of the organization as well as oversight of all major activities. Furthermore, the BOD is responsible for any other tasks that the General Assembly or the Executive Committee assigns to the BOD.

The Board of Directors (BOD) consists of 13 individual seats. 9 seats are represented by geographic region: Americas: 4 seats, Europe: 3 seats, Asia/Australia: 2 seats, providing 9 regional representatives. There are an additional 4 seats reserved for specialty disciplines: project manager, paramedic, nurse, radiographer. The BOD consists of 13 seats in total.

Regional Seats


James Grotta, MD, Memorial Hermann Texas Medical Center
Shazam Hussain, MD, Cleveland Clinic
Harish Shownkeen, MD, Northwestern Medicine


Klaus Faßbender, MD, PhD, Saarland University Hospital
Heinrich Audebert, MD, Charité Medical University of Berlin
Karianne Larsen, Norwegian Air Ambulance

Asia & Australia

Stephen Davis, AM, MD, FRCP Edin, FAHMS, FRACP, Royal Melbourne Hospital
Maher Saqqur, MD, MPH, FRCPC, Hamad General Hospital

Specialty Seats


Anne Alexandrov, PhD, AGACNP-BC, ANVP-BC, NVRN-BC, CCRN, FAAN, University of Tennessee Health


Daniel Phillips, MCPara, Dip IMC RCS (Ed), East of England Ambulance Service


Francesca Langenberg, OCR, Royal Melbourne Hospital

Project Manager

Stephanie Parker, MHA, BSN, RN, University of Texas Health


Executive Committee

The Executive Committee (EC) is responsible for the everyday activities of PRESTO, which shall have and may exercise the authority of the Board in the management of the business and affairs of PRESTO during intervals between meetings.

President: James Grotta, MD
President-Elect: Heinrich Audebert, MD
Immediate Past-President: Klaus Faßbender, MD, PhD
Vice President: Shazam Hussain, MD
Treasurer: Anne Alexandrov, PhD, AGACNP-BC, ANVP-BC, NVRN-BC, CCRN, FAAN
Secretary: Daniel Phillips, MCPara, Dip IMC RCS (Ed)

Working Groups

In general, PRESTO committees serve to identify and meet the needs of the PRESTO Board of Directors and members within specific areas of interest and activity. The committees also report on or take action on activities delegated by the President and Board of Directors.


Heinrich Audebert, MD - Chair
Nicolas Bianchi, MD
Stephanie Parker, MHA, BSN, RN
Maher Saqqur, MD, MPH, FRCPC



Shazam Hussain, MD - Chair
Daniel Phillips, MCPara, Dip IMC RCS (Ed)
- Co-Chair

Nicolas Bianchi, MD
James Grotta, MD
Megan Leary, MD
Rebecca Zobel, BSN, RN, SCRN


Anne Alexandrov, PhD, AGACNP-BC, ANVP-BC, NVRN-BC, CCRN, FAAN - Chair
James Grotta, MD
Shazam Hussain, MD
Kenneth Reichenbach, DNP, AGACNP-BC
Stephanie Parker, MHA, BSN, RN



Maher Saqqur, MD, MPH, FRCPC - Chair
Martin Ebinger, MD, PhD
Henry Zhao, MBBS, FRACP




Past Executives and Officers

Klaus Faßbender, MD, PhD, founding President (2018-2019)
Shrey Mathur, BSc, MD, founding Secretary (2018-2019)

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