history

A unique role in the world of international organizations

The roots of the International Social Security Association lie in mutual insurance, the collective response of 19th-century European industrial workers to illness, unemployment, disability and old age. In the space of nine decades, the ISSA has expanded into a truly worldwide Association, now bringing together more than 330 organizations in 158 countries. With the immense challenges the world is facing, its commitment to promoting social security will be needed more than ever to secure social justice for all.
Adrien Tixier
(France)
1927 – 1932
Oswald Stein
(Czechoslovakia)
1927 – 1940 (Two secretaries until 1932)
Rudolf Aladár Métall
(Austria)
1947 – 1949
Leo Wildmann
(Austria)
1949 – 1974
Vladimir Rys
(United Kingdom)
1975 – 1990
Dalmer D. Hoskins
(United States)
1990 – 2004

Hans-Horst Konkolewsky
(Denmark)
2005 – 2019

Current Secretary General:

Marcelo Abi-Ramia Caetano
(Brazil)
2019 –

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