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Abdulrahim I. Al Suhaili

Position: Director of Nuclear Medicine
Burjeel Medical City Abu Dhabi

Biography

  1. Born in Baghdad & Graduated from AinShams Medical School in Cairo, Egypt.
  2. Resident in Radiology & Nuclear Medicine in Baghdad, Iraq.
  3. Postgraduate training in Nuclear Medicine in Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, USA.
  4. Nuclear Cardiology in Ibn-Al Nafis Cardiovascular hospital in Baghdad, Iraq.
  5. Hammersmith Hospital in Nuclear Medicine in London, UK.
  6. Master’s degree in Nuclear Medicine in the Royal Postgraduate Medical School, Univ.of London, UK.
  7. Moved to Abu Dhabi in 1987 as head of Nuclear Medicine in Tawam Hospital
  8. Associate Professor of Nuclear Medicine & BMD in Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, UAE University.
  9. Training in Anderson in Bone Densitometry in the USA.
  10. Started BMD for the first time in UAE in 1995.
  11. Awarded Shaikh Hamdan Medical Award for the group conducted research in Women Osteoporosis & BMD in 2006.
  12. Moved to Dubai in 2004.
  13. I had training on PET-CT in Sherbrooke in Canada in 2005.
  14. Associate Professor in Dubai Medical School.
  15. Trained in Canada, Germany (Munich, Bad- Berka and Hannover), France & Belgium.
  16. Certified by European Nuclear Medicine Board (FEBNM) 2005.
  17. Founder & Chairman of the Pan Arab Osteoporosis Society (PAOS).
  18. Third President of PAOS & Member of IOF.
  19. Founder & Currently Chairman of Emirates Osteoporosis Society.
  20. Member of Examiners board of Asian Nuclear Medicine Board (ANMB) Japan 2014-now
  21. Director the Head of Nuclear Medicine in Al Andalus Private Hospital, Baghdad, Iraq
  22. I have over 40 publications, chapters in Books & 1000s of Oral presentations.

Abdulrahim I. Al Suhaili

Director of Nuclear Medicine
Burjeel Medical City Abu Dhabi

Adeline Saliba

Position: Chief of Staff
Abu Dhabi Health Services

Biography

PharmD, MBA, CPPS, CPHQ
Member of International Advisory Council
Member of HHS Scientific Committee
Human Health Education and Research Foundation

Dr. Adeline Saliba is the Chief of Staff to the CEO at Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA).  In her current role, she supports and advises the CEO with strategic planning and operations, while keeping quality at the forefront of all deliverables and initiatives.

Prior to her Chief of Staff assignment, she was overseeing the SEHA healthcare system Joint Commission International (JCI) and quality improvement initiatives.  Before joining the SEHA Corporate office, she held leadership positions at Corniche Hospital in both the pharmacy and quality departments, tenure during which she received the 2011 Corniche Hospital Exemplary Leadership Award and the 2012 Abu Dhabi Medical Distinction Award.

Dr. Saliba has a Bachelor of Pharmacy, a Bachelor of Science in Banking and Finance, a Master of Business Administration and a Doctorate in Pharmacy.  She pursued two post graduate residences in the USA – one in pharmacy practice from Sarasota Memorial Hospital and another specializing in medication-use safety from the Johns Hopkins Hospital.  She also completed the Institute of Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Patient Safety Executive Development Program in Boston (USA), and is a certified professional in-patient safety (CPPS) and in healthcare quality (CPHQ).

Her main professional interests include human factors engineering, process redesign and safety culture.  Her passion for system designs to protect patients from harm is what has aligned her focus of healthcare quality and safety with innovative technologies.  She values lecturing regionally and internationally, as this serves as a platform to share success stories and to learn from the experiences of others, all of which contribute to professional development.

Adeline Saliba

Chief of Staff
Abu Dhabi Health Services

Air Vice-Marshal Bob Judson (Retd)

Position: Senior Advisor Deloitte UK
Co-Founder Leading 4 Life

 Biography

A senior military leader and former Deloitte Director who is now an independent consultant and executive coach focused on helping clients across the industry spectrum with a particular emphasis on personal performance coaching, leadership training and development, as well as consulting opportunities particularly in the public sector and the aviation, aerospace, and defence industries.

39 years of experience spanning the Royal Air Force and Deloitte LLP with a proven ability to get the best results from a large and diverse workforce even in the most demanding and hostile environments.

Bob has routinely operated at the highest levels of Government in the UK and overseas. A broad-based skill set with a strong operational, risk management, policy, training delivery, industrial liaison and transformation focus. He holds the highest level security clearance, has extensive large budget management, communication, public speaking and media facing experience. Excels at delivering to tight deadlines under extreme pressure.

Bob Judson is a dynamic, driven and highly motivational leader with a passion for personal mentoring as well as leading and developing teams. Having started out as a fast-jet pilot with the Royal Air Force flying Jaguars, Phantoms and Typhoons, over the course of his career he rose to the rank of Air Vice-Marshal, and was part of the Royal Air Force’s Senior Leadership Team.

Bob is a graduate of the Joint Service Defence College, the MOD Higher Command and Staff Course and the Royal College of Defence Studies.  He had the privilege of commanding a squadron on operations, an RAF base for the introduction of a new aircraft, and a NATO base in Afghanistan. And to top it all, he also had the honour of leading HM The Queen’s Birthday Flypast for her 80th birthday and displaying the Spitfires and Hurricanes of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight in 2005/6.

After leaving the RAF, Bob worked in the private sector initially as a Director at a global professional services firm, and then most recently as a management and training consultant across a variety of industry sectors.  Bob brings a unique blend of experience and insight to his work with high performing individuals delivering leadership and team development, crisis management and resilience.

Away from work Bob is a keen motorcyclist and enjoys skiing, scuba diving and the occasional round of golf. 

Career highlights:

  • Director at Deloitte LLP with a proven track record of delivery and personal sales credits of >£20 million in less than 4 years.
  • Over 3500 fast-jet flying hours operating the Jaguar, the Phantom and the Typhoon in the Nuclear Strike, Attack, Reconnaissance and Air Defence Roles.
  • Extensive operational experience in the Balkans, Iraq and Afghanistan.
  • Responsible for the introduction of the Typhoon to RAF Service.
  • Displayed the Spitfires and Hurricanes of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.
  • NATO Commander of Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan, responsible for some 25000 personnel and 170 aircraft whilst under frequent enemy attack.
  • Head of Targeting & Information Operations, responsible, inter alia, for developing the MOD’s cyber capabilities.
  • Chief of the Defence Staff’s liaison officer to the Pentagon’s Joint Staff throughout the 2011 Libya campaign.
  • MOD member of the Olympic Security Board for London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

 

Air Vice-Marshal Bob Judson (Retd)

Senior Advisor Deloitte UK
Co-Founder Leading 4 Life

Alexandr Knigavko

Position: Senior Researcher
Kharkov National Medical University

Biography

Professor, Doctor – Urologist – Andrologist
Senior Researcher
Kharkiv National Medical University
Department of Urology, Nephrology, and Andrology
Laboratory of Andrology and Human Reproduction

Professor Knigavkowas are born in 1979 in Kharkov, Ukraine. He graduated from secondary school with a gold medal in 1996 and entered Kharkov State Medical University (KhSMU) where he obtained his diploma with distinction in 2002. For more than 18 years, Prof. Knigavko is practicing medicine as a Doctor – Urologist- Andrologist in the Kharkov Regional Clinical Centre of Urology and Nephrology. It is the biggest Urological center in Europe with 420 beds and highly specialized departments including the Andrological department with 30 beds.

Currently, Prof. Knigavko is a leading scientist researcher in the Problem Laboratory of Andrology and Human Reproduction and Professor of Urology, Nephrology, and Andrology in Kharkov National Medical University. He has been among the pioneers in his University and he introduced customized training courses for physicians covering areas of high importancelike Male infertility, Erectile dysfunction and Ejaculatory disorders.

Prof. Knigavko published more than 180 papers, 20 of them in international Journals, he is a well recognized speaker in international scientific conferences and congresses in many cities across the globe including and not limited to Miami, Beijing, Paris, Lisbon, Berlin, Madrid, Milan, Dubai, Istanbul. He is consistently presenting in the annual ESSM Congress since 2014.He is the author of next monography “Male infertility”, “Clinical Andrology’, “Ejaculatory disorders”

Professor Knigavko has a great passion for his patients which was the reason that he maintains his daily medical practice besides his academic and research career. He consults daily 20-30 patients with the andrological problem (Male infertility, Erectile Dysfunction, premature and retrograde ejaculation, STI, prostatitis and another disease of the male sexual tract). In addition, he operates monthly 30-50 patients with andrological problems (varicocele, hypospadias, urethral stricture, clitoroplasty for Peyronie’s disease, phalloprosthesis for ED, penile length and girth enlargement…).

Prof. Knigavo developed and patented some operations for treating ED, Premature ejaculation, and male infertility. As of now, he has 19 patents for inventions, new methods of treatment, and new technics of operation. His last patent was for treating erectile dysfunction caused by venous leakage with autological stem cells, PRP microinjection and venoocclusive surgery.

From 2003 till 2005, he participated in the Ukrainian cohort of INNUENDO project (AllEuropean research influence of dioxins on human reproductive function). He is a member of the European and International Society of Sexual Medicine since 2014 and a member of the American Soceity of Andrologists since 2017. He become a member of the Arab Association of Urology in 2020.

Research Interests and spheres of professional activity

Erectile Dysfunction (conservative treatment, PRP injection, stem cell treatment, Penile prosthesis implantation), Ejaculatory disorders (PE, RE delay ejaculation),  Male Infertility, Peyronie’ disease, urethral stricture, STD,  influence of electromagnetic fields of cellular phones on male sexual and reproductive function, question of ethiopathogenesis and treatment of relapsed urolithiasis, Male climax, penile dysmorphophobias connected with penile curvature.

Personal

Prof. Knigavko is married to his wife Elena 34 years old, teacher of Maths and Physics. She is now a housewife taking care of two sons 7 and 5 years.

Education

  • 2004: Masters Degree
  • 2008: Ph.D. degree “Influence of group agglutinogens secretion on course and treatment of male sexual tract infection”.
  • 2013: Urology and Andrology Fellowship in AKH, Vienna, Austria.
  • 2019: Doctor of Science and became a Professor.

 

 

Alexandr Knigavko

Senior Researcher
Kharkov National Medical University

Alice Lang

Position: Police Commissioner
Assistant to the Judge

Biography

Alice is the Police Commissioner  in Belem, Brazil. She is experienced in the investigation, combat, and arrest of those responsible for the most diverse types of crimes, such as child rape, violence against women, homicide, robbery, and drug trafficking. Responsible for capturing fugitives from other places in Brazil by exchanging information with other law enforcement agents.

She is also the Main assistant to the Judge of the Court of the Family, Childhood, and Youth, where I acted in processes and hearings involving the adoption of children and adolescents victims of abuse and trauma and also adolescents involved in illegal activities.

Qualification & Certification:

  • Law Graduation – Paraná University – UNIPAR – 2005 – 2009
  • Postgraduate Degree in State Law – Anhanguera University – UNIDERP – 2011 – 2012
  • Certified Chief of Police – Professional Training – Civil Police Academy of the State of Pará – ACADEPOL/PA – 2014. (Four months of intensive training to prepare Police Officers. Focus on hierarchy, discipline, emotional control in risky situations, crisis management, police investigation, organized crime, and firearms handling)
  • Postgraduate Degree in Public Safety – 2018 – 2019
  • Management – Metropolitan College of Vale do Aço – FAMEV
  • Postgraduate Degree in Police Intelligence – Unyleya College – 2018 – 2019
  • Certificate of Shooting and Handling Firearms – Civil Police Academy of the State of Pará – ACADEPOL/PA – 2019
  • Certificate of Participation In The 14th Brazilian – Brazilian Public Safety Meeting – FBSP – 2020
  • Certificate in Analysis, Observation and Detection of Suspicious Behaviors  – National Police Academy – ANP – 2020
  • Certificate in the Course on Combating Trafficking in Persons in Brazil  – National Police Academy – ANP – 2020
  • Certificate in Control of Chemical Products – SIPROQUIM 2 – National Police Academy – ANP – 2020
  • Certificate in Sexual Crimes and Femicide – Unieducar – Corporate University – 2021
  • Certificate in Criminal Organizations, Terrorism, Drug Trafficking and Cybercrime – Unieducar – Corporate University – 2021
  • Certificate of Cyberbullying – Getulio Vargas Foundation – 2021
  • Certificate in Environmental Crimes – Ministry of Justice and Public Security – 2021
  • Certified in Fire Safety – Ministry of Justice and Public Security – 2021

Alice Lang

Police Commissioner
Assistant to the Judge

Aline Nassar

Position: CEO
Stochos

Biography

Dr Aline, an established Senior Healthcare Executive, is specialized in organizational excellence and capacity building.

Her expertise and proficiency in analyzing and understanding the foresight of organizations and translating it into insights- to build organizational capacity and advance performance- have been a differentiator.

Dr Aline has a sound track record in driving Organizational Transformation through exploiting her expertise as a Leadership Development Specialist and a Licensed Emotional Intelligence Expert.

Over the past 20 years, Dr Aline has been instrumental in substantiating strategic growth and transforming under-performing organizations, as well as, enhancing the efficiency of the productive ones. She has had the opportunity to work with organizations around the world, in the United States of America, Germany, Lebanon, United Arab Emirates, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman and Egypt- all of which enforced her expertise in international systems and multicultural Leadership Environments.

During her 20-year service, as a Senior Healthcare Executive and in appreciation to her accomplishments, Dr Aline achieved 25 Awards from various sectorsGovernmental, Regulatory body, Public and Private. She was namely recognized by the UAE Nursing & Midwifery Council, for co-founding the council in 2010. In addition to that, Dr Aline received awards for Successful Organizational Capacity Building, her Skilled Leadership, Advancement of Leadership Teams, and Enhancement of Service Quality.

Dr Aline organized, chaired, directed and served as faculty on more than 70 International conferences.

She has several publications on Leadership and Capacity Building and serves as an Editorial Board Member at the Open Access Journal of Clinical Surgery and Aver journal of Nursing & Healthcare

Dr Aline holds a Doctorate Degree in Educational Administration, a Masters in Psychology of Education and a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing. Throughout her career, Aline has served as a CEO, Executive Director of Health Affairs, Executive Consultant & Advisor, Corporate Chief Nursing Officer and Chief Quality Officer.

 

 

Aline Nassar

CEO
Stochos

Alison Coburn

Position: Chief Executive Officer
Common Purpose International

Biography

Alison has spent most of her career working with leaders across the world, often in challenging environments. She is one of the founders of Common Purpose, an international leadership development organization that now has nearly 100,000 alumni worldwide.

As Chief Executive of Common Purpose International, she spearheaded the development of Common Purpose internationally establishing Common Purpose in France, Germany, Ghana, Hungary, India, the Netherlands, South Africa, and Turkey.

She led Common Purpose’s work across the MENA region for a number of years. This included the leadership of an EU-supported capacity-building program in Libya from 2011 to 2013 – during and after the conflict in the country.

Alison also built major partnerships with organizations such as Deutsche Bank, the Vodafone Foundation, the American Express Foundation, and the MAVA Fondation pour la Nature.

In 2020 she founded Sky Blue, a program for leaders working on our environmental challenges. She is passionate about providing support and leadership development for the people who are tackling our climate and biodiversity crisis.

In the early stages of her career, Alison worked for the Arts Council of Great Britain, Community Service Volunteers, and the BBC. She has a degree in American Studies from the University of Kent, gained from studying in both the UK and the US.

She is an Ambassador for the Tutu Foundation UK (which aims to prevent and resolve conflict and to help people build peaceful communities).

Alison Coburn

Chief Executive Officer
Common Purpose International

Ameera Youssef

Position: Managing Director
Acorn Research Group

Biography

Ameera Youssef is the Managing Director of Acorn Research Group, an innovative and award-winning International Healthcare Management Consulting Firm.
Ameera Youssef is an award-winning serial Entrepreneur and has spent nearly 14 years in her entrepreneurial journey and truly knows what it takes to scale and execute from a simple idea to a global business.

She is a leading International Financial and Healthcare Quality Specialist and is a distinguished professional by her “unrelenting focus on quality and efficiency combined with a genuine concern and commitment to delivering word class solutions to all her clients and society in general”. These attributes have been hallmarks of Ameera’s career.

With both Canadian and Arabic heritage, her international experiences and perspective has shaped how she aims to scale global impact. From establishing the first healthcare research firm in the UAE, Titen Research, to establishing the first Medical Spa in the Middle East, to establishing the first telemedicine firm in the GCC, Ameera has a passion to innovate and bring to the region novel ideas and opportunities and transform them not only into successful businesses but create whole new industries in the region with a proven record of delivery, impact and results. Ameera has been recognized with numerous awards and was one of the youngest award-winning entrepreneurs featured on TV in 2010 and is regularly quoted in International Healthcare Media.

Her 19+ finance, sales and management expertise span the full range of operational functions – Business Development, Operations, Finance, Artificial Intelligence, Quality Management, Project Management, Service, Technical Support, customer service and Operational Excellence. In addition, her marketing expertise in the Middle East created an exceptional value proposition to customers as well as penetrating new markets for services, combined with her many years of experience in the Healthcare services industry.

Ms. Youssef is a holder of a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Business Administration from the American University on Cairo. She was awarded her post graduate degree in Finance with distinction (99%) from the Canadian Financial Institute in Toronto in 2018

Ameera Youssef

Managing Director
Acorn Research Group

Andreas Dripke

Position: Executive Chairman
Diplomatic Council

Biography

Andreas Dripke acted as Chairman of Business Relations for the Diplomatic Council since the global Think Tank was founded in 2012 and became the Diplomatic Council´s Global Chairman in 2015 when the organization expanded its activities globally.

Andreas Dripke has studied computer science and economy and has a strong background in international journalism and public relations. He has been chief editor for International Data Corporation for more than a decade. He is the author of several books about the economic potential of the information society, the United Nations, and other topics of relevance for mankind. After his journalistic career, he founded the public relations agency network European Marketing Communications focussed on helping companies from the US and Asia to enter the European market. Today in his main role as the Diplomatic Council´s Global Chairman he drives strategy.

Andreas Dripke

Executive Chairman
Diplomatic Council

Andrew Cowen

Position: Executive Director
NeuroDev

Introduction

Andrew is the Executive Director of NeuroDev, a non-profit providing student well-being programs for secondary schools. His mission is to help young people understand themselves and realize their full potentials. He earned his master’s from the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Mind, Brain, & Education program in 2021 with a 4.0 GPA. In the past, he has worked with the education non-profit Explo at Yale, teaching Behavioral Neuroscience. He graduated summa cum laude from The College of William & Mary with double majors in Neuroscience and Secondary Education. Andrew is trained and certified as a high school science teacher, with a secondary certification in English for Speakers of Other Languages. Outside of work, he enjoys drinking tea, growing carnivorous plants, and DJing.

Andrew Cowen

Executive Director
NeuroDev

Andrew Jenkinson​

Position: Group CEO
Cybersecip

Biography

Andy is a senior and seasoned innovative executive with over 30 years of experience as a hands-on lateral thinking CEO coach and leader. A ‘big deal’ business accelerator and thinker, Andy has created and been responsible for delivering over £100M of projects within the Cyber, Technical, Risk, and Compliance markets with some of the world’s largest leading organizations. An inspirational leader and lateral thinker, Andy has a demonstrable track record of large-scale technical delivery and management within Professional Services, Managed Services, and Financial Services environments. Andy has extensive experience working at C-Level and is well known around the world for his strong business leadership, integrity, acumen, development, and change management.

Andy’s first book, published later this year, titled “Stuxnet to Sunburst, 20 years of digital exploitation and cyberwarfare” is a candid, practitioner’s view, and experience of how digital warfare over the last 20 years has shaped our world. It uncovers many unknown facts that the public has been totally unaware of, until now. Andy was one of the first, and possibly the only person, to uncover the plethora of insecure SolarWinds domains that were responsible for, and the root cause of the initial infiltration (Sunburst). Andy’s research was presented to the United States Senate Intelligence Committee overseeing the SolarWinds breach earlier this year. 

Andy has just finished writing a second book on his experience and in-depth research of over 1000 companies over the last few years, all of whom have been victims of cyber and ransomware attacks. The book is titled “Ransomware and Cyberwar, the global economic shift”. 

Andy has an uncanny ability to see things in a straight straightforward, no-nonsense manner and translates them into easily digestible chunks that can be addressed and remediated. His recall and real examples of cyber and ransomware attacks provide insights and why attacks occur, and more importantly, how to prevent them.

Last year Andy was featured in The Catholic News Agency article on his research of The Vatican breach as he unraveled and assisted The Vatican by identifying 82 out of their 85 domains, many capturing PII data and payments, were Not Secure. With 1.2 billion followers online, particularly during Covid-19 lockdowns, Andy may have uncovered the root cause for the world’s single largest online digital PII data breach to date.

Andrew Jenkinson​

Group CEO
Cybersecip

Arnold Schiemann

Position: President
Schiemann Associates

Biography

I began my professional career several decades ago after completing my university studies at the  Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, the USA in the mid-seventies. That decade witnessed major developments in Computer Science and electronics which have transformed the world in which we live. I had  the opportunity to study and worked with the ARPA network at the beginning of the Internet, and other emerging  fields such as Artificial Intelligence, Automatic Programming, Data Models, Simulation, Integrated Circuits, and  Human factors in automation, 

I have worked at Top Management and IT strategy Consulting to large groups in Europe, the USA, and Mexico, line management as CIO and member of the board at one of the largest financial groups in Mexico, board member at several companies, and teaching at Business Schools in Spain, Mexico, and Colombia. For a while, I  was involved with startups regarding mobile payments and jobs offerings. A few years ago, I created a  company focused on Digital Transformation, RPA, which was later acquired by a leading company from the  UK, Symphony Ventures. 

My international experience having worked in several countries across Europe, America and Latin America has given me a broad view of organizations. 

I have always acted as a bridge between Information Technology and Business perspectives to support top management understandings of how IT can leverage business problem-solving. Recently, Digital  Transformation is widely becoming a part of the C-level agenda, thus the need to better understand the potential impact of technology tools and the requirements to better manage the human side for a successful journey. 

Education Background 

MIT Bachelor of Science Electrical Engineering 

MIT Master of Science Computer Science 

MIT Master of Science Electrical Engineering 

Outstanding Professional Features 

  • Board Member of top banks in LATAM, Spanish Universities & Consulting start-ups Principal and Vice President at Top Management Consulting: Booz Allen and Hamilton and AT  Kearney in Mexico, Madrid, Lisbon, and the USA. 
  • CIO/CTO at Serfin Group Mexico (3rd largest bank in the region) today Santander. Managed a group of 2000 employees and introduced Internet-based tools in 1994 which were just becoming available. Founded a Digital Transformation consulting company focused on RPA, later acquired by Symphony  Ventures a UK firm. 
  • Advised the Engineering School at the University Regiomontana in Mexico in their transformation  journey 
  • Several publications and interviews at major business newspapers in Spain, Mexico, USA, and  Colombia regarding Internet, Technology, Bank Mergers among other IT topics.

Awards 

  • Colombian delegate to the World Youth Forum 1969, an award given to the best senior in the country with  29 delegates from the 5 continents. 
  • As CIO of Serfín won the award from the World Bank Association to the most progressive bank in 1994 with several achievements in the IT infrastructure and Decision Support systems.
  • Awards for MVP as a top revenue-generating employee at past organizations, last one in 2019 • Innovation award in 2009 for creating the first “iPhone wallet” payment feature in Mexico.

Arnold Schiemann

President
Schiemann Associates

Bassey Enya Bassey

Position: President, Association of Medical Laboratory Scientist Nigeria

Biography

Dr Bassey Enya Bassey is a public health scientist with over 31 years of experience working in the Nigerian public health sector. His area of expertise cuts across, but not limited to fields of epidemiology, outbreak response, infectious disease control and policy management.

Haven spent over a decade working in World Health Organization’s Expanded program on Immunization (EPI) serving in various capacities from National Surveillance Officer to State Coordinator of WHO EPI projects in three significant states in Nigeria, Dr Bassey knows what truly drives the successful planning and implementation of EPI projects- and it is not how many professional accolades you show up with to an event. It is actually how well you connect with the heart-beating people you are trying to help and how well you communicate your understanding back to them.

As State Coordinator, he successfully coordinated the activities of hundreds of health and technical officers involved in the EPI, Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response (IDSR) and outbreak response. His ability to manage the operational planning and implementation of WHO incident management systems made him an asset to the Government of the Republic of Kenya and South Africa where he helped develop strategic plans for measles eradication, institutionalized the weekly reporting of measles cases thereby improving measles surveillance, conducted in-depth comprehensive EPI/Surveillance review to identify best practices, evaluate existing challenges and made recommendations that will guide EPI/Surveillance practices to improve performance.

Dr Bassey is a very committed and reliable team player. His ability to provide support for the regular identification and monitoring of health risks towards implementing the most effective preventive, control and response measures made him an excellent choice for the Ebola response team that provided outbreak response to the Government of Sierra Leone as well as in Nigeria during the 2014 Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak where he served as both Field Coordinator (Tonkolili district) and Team Coordinator Comprehensive EPI Review (Gauteng province) in South Africa respectively. As Field Coordinator, Dr Bassey coordinated the activities of all partner agencies involved in the outbreak response in Tonkolili District and other personnel drawn from the UK army, Ireland, India, Uganda and the USA.

As an excellent multitasker, he serves as the National President; Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria haven previously served the Association in various capacities ranging from Chairman, Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria to National Financial Secretary, Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists and then National Secretary, Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria. In these roles, he performed regular and frequent coordination of meetings to monitor and evaluate project implementation, facilitated resource mobilization, accountability of all stakeholders while providing the platform for capacity building for Association members.

In WHO Nigeria, he is among the lead facilitators in the developments of research protocols with over 50 publications in various well-read international peer reviewed journals. He has also supported the country in several occasions in the review of laboratory standards, plans, guidelines and other tools in the framework of IDSR and the International Health Regulation (IHR) of 2005.

An associate Professor in the University of Calabar, Nigeria with numerous involvements in community healthcare development projects, Dr Bassey Enya Bassey hold a Bachelor’s degree in Medical Laboratory Science with specialization in Medical Microbiology, MSc in Medical Microbiology and PhD in Environmental and Public Health Microbiology.  Certificate in Field Epidemiology & Laboratory and disease outbreak investigation (CDC/WHO) 2008, Certificate in Middle Level Management, Primary Health Care(WHO/NPHCDA)  2020 and Certificate in Management and Development(Managing Teams)(WHO) 2012, Certificate in Integrated Disease Surveillance & Response (WHO).

He has been actively involved in Nigeria’s Poliovirus containment activities. Dr Bassey was actively involved in Establishing schedule of visit to all laboratories in the states of assignment, Contact the  heads  of biomedical facilities and  laboratories to be visited prior to field visits, Conduct On-site visit to biomedical facilities and laboratories and administer questionnaires, Encourage and support destruction of poliovirus infectious or potentially infectious materials including tOPV, mOPV2, Sabin2 and VDPV2 through autoclaving and incineration, Document all infectious materials found and destroyed, Support in updating list of biomedical facilities in zone of assignment, Collate data, share with  WHO office, Forward weekly report of activities to the NTF coordinator and WHO and Present an end of assignment report by 20th October 2016. He has also been involved in biosafety and bio-risk management of infectious disease pathogens, infectious disease pathogens, laboratory and bio-medical safety, virology, molecular biology, immunology and epidemiology of infectious diseases, specifically in vaccine-preventable diseases, preferably in poliomyelitis. Dr Bassey was also involved in producing the draft and finalized country’s containment report.

Bassey Enya Bassey

President, Association of Medical Laboratory Scientist Nigeria

Carole S. Guinane

Position: Executive Director for ASC operations
Chief Clinical Officer

Biography

Carole S. Guinane, RN BSBA MBA BBSS CPHQ, is the Executive Director for ASC operations at Cedars Sinai. Guinane has extensive experience as the Chief Clinical Officer, Corporate Vice President, Interim President and Vice President levels at health care systems in Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee and Colorado.

From steering system-wide initiatives and introducing/expanding orthopedic service lines, to leading the charge on opening multi-million dollar ambulatory surgery centers.

She served as Vice President at one of six hospitals in the country to adopt quality improvement strategies as implemented in manufacturing and industry, and the hospital was featured in the book Striving Toward Improvement: Six Hospitals in Search of Quality published by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.

Guinane has authored and co-authored numerous books and articles on various health care topics, Guinane is the 2020 President for the National Association for Healthcare Quality.

Carole S. Guinane

Executive Director for ASC operations
Chief Clinical Officer

Cedi Frederick

Position: Chair North
Middlesex University

Biography

Cedi is chair of North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust, which serves a population of 350,000 people across the diverse London Boroughs of Enfield and Haringey and employs 3,600 staff, of whom over 63% are from a BAME background.

Cedi has enjoyed a 40-plus-year career in the public, not-for-profit and private sectors, including 25 years at CEO level as managing director of a BME housing association, 12 years as chief executive of a London-based, multi regional charity that supported people with learning disabilities, autism and mental health problems, then over five years as chief executive of a charity employing 2,500 staff caring for and supporting more than 3,000 people a year through its older people, children, young people and families services.

He has more than 30 years’ experience as a non-executive director on the boards of NHS trusts, housing organisations, national and international charities and voluntary organisations, universities and sporting national governing bodies.

Cedi is the owner and managing director of Article Consulting Ltd, established in 2016 to work with leaders by supporting their thinking, planning and resilience. He is also a certified personal performance coach and describe himself as a strategic coach and results mentor.

Cedi is a former England men’s international basketball player and coach, and has been named four times as one of Britain’s 100 most influential black people. He was described as an ‘…unsung hero of the third sector, who has changed as many lives in his life outside work as he has in his job’. In 2015, Cedi was recognised as one of the ‘1,000 Black & Asian Heroes 1950-2010’

 

Cedi Frederick

Chair North
Middlesex University

Chiraz Bensemmane

Position: Director Corporate Affairs
HHERF

Chiraz is Algerian-French, graduated from EM Strasbourg & Georgetown University in France. She has worked and lived in 10 different countries. She founded Pitch World Fast in May 2015, a business development & project management company. Through this company she has been handling export projects for her clients as well as projects for the Ministry of Health of Algeria in regards to healthcare through round tables.

She is also the founder of Coach Tribe, a platform for online coaching, launched in December 2019. She is a Facilitator of the Hive Women Leadership Program in Algeria since April 2019. She speaks fluently Arabic, French, English, Spanish.

Chiraz Bensemmane

Director Corporate Affairs
HHERF

Christopher N Watney

Position: Chief Executive Officer, International Federation of Heath Plans

Biography

Christopher Watney is an executive with more than twenty years in senior roles across a broad range of industries. Prior to joining the International Federation of Health Plans (iFHP) as CEO in 2020, he spent five and a half years as chief marketing officer at Southern Cross Health Society, New Zealand’s largest health insurance business. Before working in health, Christopher spent time in London and New Zealand in senior roles at Royal Bank of Scotland Insurance, AXA New Zealand and Genesis Energy. He also served on the board of Osteoporosis New Zealand, later Bone Health NZ.

Christopher N Watney

Chief Executive Officer, International Federation of Heath Plans

Claire Bonaci

Position: Senior Director of the US Health & Life Sciences

Biography

Claire currently serves as Sr. Director of the US Health & Life Sciences department at Microsoft. She works in partnership with US life science companies, pharma, and health organizations to create innovative Microsoft solutions specific to the company’s issues affecting their patients and their business.

She brings with her an expertise in the clinical trial and pharmaceutical industry, having been a global study lead on oncology clinical trials at a large pharmaceutical company prior to joining Microsoft. She has deep understanding of the clinical trial value chain and the complex nuances that biotechnology and life science companies experience. She is passionate about the many services and innovations Microsoft has to offer to reduce time to market for new drugs and provide better outcomes to patients.

Claire is also the producer and host of the Confessions of Health Geeks podcast, an industry focused podcast on the biggest trends and pain points in health and life sciences. Find the podcast here.

Claire also has a passion for inspiring young women to be interested in STEM and leadership roles in STEM related fields. She recently hosted and spoke at the HBA Seattle Digital Health Panel and is very involved in local mentorship programs for girls in STEM.

Claire Bonaci

Senior Director of the US Health & Life Sciences

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David Boucher, MPH, FACHE

Position: Corporate Chief of Service Excellence
Aster DM Healthcare

Biography

David Boucher has worked in healthcare for over 40 years and currently serves as Chief of Service Excellence at the corporate level for Aster DM Healthcare.  In this capacity, he is guiding the 26-hospital chain through its service excellence journey. Prior to Aster, Mr. Boucher served for two years as Chief Business Transformation Officer at Bumrungrad International Hospital in Bangkok, Thailand.   Mr. Boucher previously served 18 years as an executive of BlueCross & BlueShield of South Carolina.  From 2006 through 2016, Mr. Boucher also served as President of Companion Global Healthcare, Inc. – the world’s only medical tourism facilitator owned by a major health insurer.  Prior to 2000, David served as CEO at several hospitals in the U.S.

Mr. Boucher earned his BS degree from Slippery Rock University (PA) and a Master of Public Health degree (MPH) from the University of South Carolina; he has been named a distinguished alumnus by both institutions.

David has been quoted in over 250 newspapers and journals including The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, The Economist, U.S. News & World Reports. He has been interviewed on NBC Nightly News and Fox Business News.  He as delivered lectures on disruptive innovation in healthcare at Harvard Business School, Yale School of Management, and Harvard Medical School.  He currently resides in Dubai, UAE.

 

David Boucher, MPH, FACHE

Corporate Chief of Service Excellence
Aster DM Healthcare

David Hollands

Position: Founder
Above and Beyond Normal LtdA

Biography

My past 49 years have been devoted to being an entrepreneur. From the early age of 14 with various pioneering ventures and businesses later found me at a crossroads in 1999 when I started a journey devoted to a new era of lifelong learning.

Since arriving at that crossroads in life I have been concentrated on designing and creating sustainable rural villages, it was during this time that Learning in the 22nd century, L22c  evolved. Creating a community where business and leisure, lifestyle, and learning mix refreshingly.  It was becoming clear that we have to make available and affordable lifelong learning to everyone. A new era of learning anything, anywhere, from anyone, of any age, at any time…

When the vision of L22c came to me I could clearly see a global community of like-minded individuals focussed on joining together their wisdom and vision with excitement and uncertainty to create new ‘choices’ for the future. With a 100 year plan that includes a 15 yr short term and 30-year medium-term my belief is that the future of learning will be like nothing, we have previously experienced.

David Hollands

Founder
Above and Beyond Normal LtdA

David Jones

David Jones, BA (Hons)

Position: Principal and Marketing Director
ETC International College

Introduction

David Jones, BA (Hons) PG Dip, Dip RSA TEFLA

An international education and training specialist, David has worked as Director of Studies, Principal, and Marketing Director at various accredited training establishments in the UK and overseas. He has developed a sound understanding of academic management, quality assurance, stakeholder engagement, international marketing, and promotional activity – all relevant to the needs of Calibre and its clients.

He has over 30 years experience of working in academic management, including liaisons with external bodies, such as the British Council, the Home Office, the ISI, English UK, Investors in People, overseas sponsors, international embassies, governmental agencies, and other national and international organizations. His work has also involved the recruitment, training, and management of specialist staff plus the design of global marketing strategy and budgeting for operations in the UK and overseas.

He has represented various organizations, as well as two regional international education associations and the towns of Bournemouth, Christchurch, and Poole at International Fairs, trade shows, workshops, conferences, and training events worldwide. David co-founded Calibre, an internationally-orientated training, skills development, and employment-focused organization to help address specialist skills shortages in the medical, health, and social care sectors. Caliber comprises three allied companies that have joined together to deliver robust and appropriate training programs that help people to make the most of their prior knowledge, develop their skills, and raise their potential to answer the call for high-caliber staff in the modern workplace. Caliber focuses on quality outcomes, providing focused English language and specialist skills and sub-skills that are needed in the sectors, but also helps candidates integrate into the workforce and community, aiding with job satisfaction, staff retention, and therefore sustainable quality of care.

David Jones is responsible for client liaison and oversees the academic elements of the Calibre service, with a particular focus on English for special purposes. The Calibre Programme The specialist language + content + integration modules + job match + ongoing support program is the first of its kind in the UK, combining a specialist, dedicated English language program, supplemented by a targeted induction and cultural training program that helps candidates integrate smoothly into the UK workplace. The aim of the Calibre program is to achieve quality outcomes for all stakeholders: including the candidate, the employer, and the service user (patient) – and involving private and public sector partnerships.

The program helps medical and health/care service providers deliver enhanced levels of professional care, ensures greater staff retention, and improves continuity of provision. The specialist English language program provides candidates with the knowledge and skills that they will require to work safely, effectively, and efficiently in the UK Medical and Health / Care sector. Integrated vocational training leads to a UK-recognised Care Certificate.

David Jones, BA (Hons)

Principal and Marketing Director
ETC International College

Dr. Huzaifa Khorakiwala

Position: Trustee & CEO
Wockhardt Foundation

Biography

An MBA from Yale University, USA, Dr. Huz (Huzaifa Khorakiwala) is the Executive Director of Wockhardt Limited and is part of the promoter family of the Wockhardt Group – a leading pharmaceutical and healthcare group. Dr. Huz is the CEO of Wockhardt Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that runs several programs in health, education, water, and sanitation across the country, benefitting & touching millions of lives every year. He is the Founder of “The World Peacekeepers Movement”, an online movement comprising of more than 2 million peacekeepers, forming the world’s 2nd largest army. It is based on the 7 Peace Values of gratitude, forgiveness, love, humility, giving, patience, and truth. For his contribution to society, he has received many prestigious awards (72 so far) & titles, one of the recent ones being – Knighthood – which was bestowed on him by the Ecumenical Medical-Humanitarian Order Knights of St. John of Jerusalem (Knights of Charity). He has also been bestowed with the Princehood Royal Title- ‘His Highness’ for preserving the wisdom and spirit of the kingdom of Panembahan Mempawah, Indonesia. He is the recipient of 13 Honorary Doctorates and two D.Litts.

Dr. Huzaifa Khorakiwala

Trustee & CEO
Wockhardt Foundation

Dr. Ossama Salamah

Position: Chief Executive Officer
Treasurer and Corporate Secretary

Biography

Dr. Salamah is a member of the Executive Committee of Human Health Education and Research Foundation, he is also the Treasurer and Corporate Secretary of the Board of Directors and the Chief Executive Officer of the Foundation. He is a highly motivated international healthcare leader who has demonstrated sound business judgment, decisiveness, well-developed planning, strong leadership, and a consistently high level of performance in a variety of progressively responsible and challenging assignments.

In his most recent role, he was the International Manager of the JCI Office in the Middle East, he was responsible for 74 countries across Africa and Asia. In his capacity, he worked very closely with health care organizations, ministries of health, governments and international aid agencies, leading academic medical centers and hospitals, healthcare leaders and other organizations across the region to build and manage strategic partnerships with those who are committed to improving healthcare quality and patient safety.

He is very well known by many Healthcare international Leaders as being a man of principles who dedicated most of his career to improving the quality of healthcare services and help reshape the future of the industry.

Dr. Salamah spent more than 15 years in healthcare business development within big multinational corporations like Pfizer, Novo Nordisk, Eli Lilly Suisse and Johnson and Johnson. He served in different leadership positions. Working in very tough and competitive markets/industries with consistent budget over achievement, complemented with outstanding creativity and innovation, was the reason behind the success he achieved. He has always shown strong commitment and passion towards developing people’s skills and competencies, due to his strong belief in the power of individuals.

Prior to JCI, he was the Chief Executive Officer of a leading Healthcare Consultancy Firm; overseeing and developing technical, marketing, and financial feasibility studies for healthcare projects. His role extended to work with Public and Private Clients in 58 Countries to help raise fund for innovative projects. Prior to this, he was a Business Unit Director in one of the leading medical supplier companies in UAE. In this capacity, he managed a portfolio of 400 products, more than 2000 SKUs. He successfully over delivered a budget of 110 Million USD.

Dr. Salamah is a recognized trainer who has delivered more than 150 training courses to big organizations, he believes that every human being is capable of learning and I also believe that every human being possesses a genuine desire to learn, but he learns differently and that when taught in a way that is conductive to his unique learning style, learning can always be achieved. The successful trainers whom he met during the last 25 years have some attributes in common; they used to present their subjects in a simple and attractive way, they used to clarify difficulties, they put knowledge into context and they used to build relations with their trainees upon respect and love. These models have influenced his training abilities greatly.

 

Dr. Ossama Salamah

Chief Executive Officer
Treasurer and Corporate Secretary

Dr. Theodora Skoura

Position: Medical Researcher
University of Ioannina

Biography

Theodora Skoura Dr. is an expert in the health field. Strong community and for-profit consultant professional with postgraduate studies in European/International policies and public health topics. Skilled in Nonprofit Organisations, Policy Analysis, Program Evaluation, and Strategic Planning, Disaster Risk Management; Humanitarian Assistance; Health Sector Disaster Preparedness and Response; Primary Health Care; Child Health; Emergency Health and Medical Management; Post Disaster Communicable Disease Surveillance.
Has worked as a private dental surgeon and managed Skourasdent dental clinic in Athens Greece, health researcher, a scholar of British dental awards, a Leeds Dental Institute graduate, Thames Postgraduate Dental Education vocational trainee, Harley Cosmetic Clinic ex-manager in London, writer of various dental articles in Greek and international magazines known as an opinion leader and one the most influential private practitioners in health care provision due to her VIP international clientele with a well-rounded personality aspired by old fashioned values and principles but also by intuition and innovation for quality of care. Health care providers, health business development strategy, professional relations alliances, professional speaking, prevention, policies promotion. Senior Public Health Advisor serves as a principal representative for complex public health programs or projects. Provides substantive program advice and assistance and is responsible for carrying out significant program activities in Africa, Federal, European, state, and local settings.
Health economics is her second specialty where she actively engages in writing on the Greek public healthcare system and Hospital Management issues combined with national and international professional experience in the management, operation, and technical cooperation in scientific information, research, knowledge management, and evidence-based scientific communication programs, products, and services concerned with public health, international cooperation, and public health services.
Support projects specific to Medical Devices, Pharmaceuticals, and/or Consumer Health to ensure the implementation of advocacy and policy programs, mapping of stakeholders, relationship management, and alliance building, and leadership.

Dr. Theodora is in the health field and public affairs. Strong community and for-profit consultant professional with postgraduate studies in European/International policies and public health topics. Skilled in Nonprofit Organisations, Politics, Policy Analysis, Program Evaluation, and Strategic Planning. She has worked as a private dental surgeon who owned and managed Skourasdent dental clinic in Athens Greece.

She is also a health researcher, a scholar of British dental awards, a Leeds Dental Institute graduate, Thames Postgraduate Dental Education vocational trainee, Harley Cosmetic Clinic ex-manager in London, writer of various dental articles in Greek and international magazines known as an opinion leader and one the most influential private practitioners in health care provision due to her VIP international clientele with a well-rounded personality aspired by old fashioned values and principles.

She is also aspired by intuition and innovation for quality of care. Health care provision, courses, consulting to public and private health clinics, health business development strategy, professional relations alliances, professional speaking, new product development, prevention, policies promotion. Health economics is her second specialty where she actively engages in writing on the Greek public healthcare system and Hospital Management issues. She is a renowned Health Consultant who involves to monitor and report on EU and national developments on Healthcare, Public Health, and Consumer policies as well as on relevant institutional activities and industry trends. Dr. Theodora supports projects specific to Medical Devices, Pharmaceuticals, and/or Consumer Health to ensure the implementation of advocacy and policy programs, mapping of stakeholders, relationship management and alliance building, support internal communication platforms and initiatives, outreach activities with relevant external stakeholders, and speaking platforms, office management, EU transparency register, membership of business organizations, financial and operational aspects and coordination with the markets.

She has demonstrated application of health care management theory and practice; demonstrated use of sound leadership principles; and assurance that regulatory and specialty standards of practice are met. Applies knowledge of principles and practices of health care administration, health care financial reimbursement and management, legal and ethical issues, continuous quality improvement processes, planning, and grants management. Has demonstrated the ability to work effectively in a leadership role while integrating all team members.

Dr. Theodora Skoura

Medical Researcher
University of Ioannina

Fatme Al Anouti, PhD.

Position: Associate Professor
Zayed University

Biography

Dr. Fatme Al Anouti is an Associate Professor at Zayed University Department of Natural Science and Public Health, Abu Dhabi, UAE. She served as the Assistant Dean of the College of Natural and Health Sciences for 6 years before dedicating focus to research. Dr. Al Anouti is a strong supporter of student research and had embraced capacity-building mentorship and providing solid research skills to Zayed University students throughout her career.

During her service, she was the first to propose the student digital badge system for service at Zayed University to value social responsibility and volunteering. She was acknowledged by UNESCO for her efforts in facilitating Cultural Student Excursions and by the Ministry of Education for coordinating the Ambassador Plus Program for successful summer placement of University students at top-ranking international universities including McGill and London School of Economics and Political Science.

Dr. Al Anouti has established a very strong network of collaborators over the years and her research findings from the UAE resulted in publishing the clinical guidelines for vitamin D. She was awarded the Abu Dhabi Medical Distinction Award for contributions to Public Health and Promotion. The awareness triggered by her research through public seminars and screening campaigns had resulted in a significant reduction in the prevalence of vitamin D deficiency among the UAE population through the use of supplementation, sensible sun exposure, and food fortification.

During the pandemic, Dr. Al Anouti facilitated the volunteering of more than 200 students and alumni on the Contact Tracing Program and established the “Community Heroes in Action” lecture series to acknowledge the efforts of community heroes and raise awareness about Covid-19. Her latest research about the link between Vitamin D and Covid-19 severity had been acknowledged at both the national and international levels through conference proceedings and journal publications.

Fatme Al Anouti, PhD.

Associate Professor
Zayed University

Filippo Drago

Position: Professor of Pharmacology
Biotechnological Sciences

Biography

Prof. Filippo Drago graduated summa cum laude in Medicine from Catania University Medical School, Italy in 1978. He was certified in Psychiatry in 1982 from the University of Catania and in the same year he achieved his PhD in Pharmacology from the University of Utrecht.

In addition, he was certified in Neurology in 1986 and Mental Hygiene in 1990. At present, Prof. Drago is Full Professor of Pharmacology at the University of Catania Medical School, Chairman of the Clinical Pharmacology Unit, Teaching Hospital, University of Catania, and of the Master Course of Drug Regulatory Disciplines at the same University.

He was President of the CRO Unifarm Research Centre for Clinical Pharmacology until 2012. Since 2001, he was member of the Committee for Drug Evaluation, Ministry of Health, Italy and since 2004 through 2012 of the Italian Agency of Drugs (AIFA, Agenzia Italiana del Farmaco) as member of the Scientific Committee of the Agency.

Since 2012 through 2015 he was member of the Committee for Price and Reimbursement, AIFA. For about twenty years, until the end of 2015, he was member of the Regional Drug Formulary Committee in Sicily. Since 2012 through 2014 he was President of the European Federation of the Pharmacological Societies (EPHAR).

In February 2019 he was nominated World President of the Association for Ocular Pharmacology and Therapeutics and in May 2019 President of the Biomedical District for the High Technology. Since October 2019 he is Chairman of the Centre for Research and Consultancy in Regulatory Affairs and HTA (CERD), University of Catania. In the role of member of the AIFA committees, as private consultant and Chairman of the CERD he has assessed the cost/effectiveness profile of a great number of drugs. He is author of about 500 papers published in peer-reviewed journals.

Filippo Drago

Professor of Pharmacology
Biotechnological Sciences

Heather Tierney-Moore, OBE

Position: Interim Chair
NHS Supply Chain

Biography

After initially working clinically as a nurse Heather had a long and distinguished career at provider, regional and national level in the NHS in England and Scotland. She was latterly the CEO at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust where she served for over 10 years before retiring in 2019 to pursue a portfolio career. With 25 years of Board level experience, she has a strong track record of influencing national policy and partnership working across health, academia, industry, third sector, and communities to improve outcomes for people. Her experience spans acute services, community, mental health, and social care sectors and she now uses these experiences in her Non-Executive and strategic advisory roles. She was honored by the queen in 2001.

 

Heather Tierney-Moore, OBE

Interim Chair
NHS Supply Chain

Hervé Balzano

Position: President
MMB International Leader

Introduction

Hervé brings more than 25 years of experience in insurance, reinsurance, and professional services, having led and transformed international business across both mature and emerging markets, with a specific focus on solving client needs and delivering sustainable growth and value creation.

Most recently, Hervé served as global CEO of Credit & Lifestyle Protection at AXA Partners and previously, as Head of Employee Benefits for AXA’s US business and CEO of MAXIS GBN, a unique partnership between AXA and MetLife.

Hervé holds a master’s degree in international economics and finance from Paris University at Sorbonne; a master’s degree in banking, finance, and insurance from Paris University at Nanterre; and an MBA from Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers (CNAM) in Paris.

He takes pride in the work we do in the health & benefits space, and focuses on collaboration as a team, having a purpose, and making a real difference in people’s lives. As a leader, he is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace and giving people trust, freedom, and authority.

Hervé Balzano

President
MMB International Leader

Hossam E M Ghoneim, MD

Position: Chief Medical Officer
Research Officer

Biography

Dr. Ghoneim is an international renowned healthcare consultant with more than 40 years of experience in the healthcare industry. He is the Chief Medical and Research Officer of HHERF.

Background

  • Over 36 years of clinical experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Women’s Health.
  • Over 25 years of leadership and management experience in healthcare.
  • Over 25 years of experience in quality management, patient safety, and patient experience.
  • Over 13 years of experience as an International consultant in health care quality, design, management, and accreditation.
  • Over 13 years of experience in Healthcare information management systems including appraisal, gap analysis, and implementation.
  • Over 13 years of experience in medical planning for small and large healthcare projects.
  • Over 10 years of experience in writing healthcare Policies and Standards.

Dr. Ghoniem is currently a Senior Healthcare and Quality Advisor at the Council of Cooperative Health Insurance in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Prior to this, he was an Expert Consultant with the Saudi Central Board for Accreditation of Healthcare Institutions (CBAHI) since 2013. Hossam’s main task is leading the development of the standards and survey process for Kingdom-wide accreditation and certification programs. He is a member of KSA “Standards Steering Committee” and the Co-chairman for the Technical Committee on developing the National Hospital Standards”. He designed and led the development of the “National Ambulatory Standards” under a new functional format (Published June 2019). Hossam is also a member of the Current Certification Programs’ Committees (Trauma centers, Child developmental disorders, Stroke, Spine surgery and Myocardial infarction certification programs). He designed the backbone structure for developing CBAHI certification programs.

For a period of 12 years, he was an intermittent Consultant for the Joint Commission International (JCI) where he consulted with large healthcare institutions and University Hospitals in 72 countries across Europe, Middle East, and Far East (including South Korea and Japan), providing healthcare advice at clinical and managerial levels. He actively participated in the development of the JCI Standards (Hospital, ambulatory care, specialty certification and transportation standards) as an active member of the JCI standards development committee (2012 – 2015). Hossam also participated as a Faculty Member in the Joint Commission Practical courses that are held in different locations around the globe.

He worked in several leadership/consulting positions in many big organizations including but not limited to King Abdullah Economic City, Dr. Soliman Fakeeh Hospital, King Abdulaziz National Guard Medical City, King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center and Addenbrooke’s hospital and the Rosie Maternity Hospital.

Dr. Ghoneim is among the internationally renowned speakers in local and International conferences on the topics of healthcare quality, patient experience, culture of safety, leadership, safe health design, “SMART” healthcare solutions and management of information. He is also a recognized educator and participated in CPHQ courses held in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Professional Affiliations

  • Fellowship of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. (London, UK).
  • Saudi Central board for Accreditation of Healthcare Institutions in Saudi Arabia (CBAHI).
  • Member, Egyptian Medical Syndicate.

Dr. Ghoneim holds a bachelor’s degree in medicine and Surgery, Cairo University. Egypt. (1980). (Excellent with Honors), he obtained his masters in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Cairo University. Egypt (1984). He finished his MD in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Cairo University. Egypt (1991). He is a Member of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, London. UK since 1990 and a Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, London. UK since 2003. He holds a HealthCare Management Diploma from the American University in Cairo (2008).

Hossam E M Ghoneim, MD

Chief Medical Officer
Research Officer

Howard Gough

Position: Owner and Principal
Emica Consulting

Biography

Emica Consulting provides strategic advisory, management consultancy services to clients and mentoring/coaching services to executives across the globe.

Prior to this Howard most recently drove the strategic development and expansion of Cigna’s (NYSE Listed – CI, Fortune 20) presence across a broad portfolio of countries and segments which include Europe, the Middle East and Africa, as well as joint venture partnerships in India and Turkey.

Based at Cigna’s EMEA regional headquarters in Dubai, Howard ensured that Cigna delivered on the organization’s mission of improving the health, well-being and sense of security of the people it serves through its broad range of solutions that include group and individual, domestic and global, and business-to-government and international organization’s health services.

Howard also had Global responsibility for all of Cigna’s Health Solutions for International Markets. These responsibilities included oversight of a network of more than 1 million provider relationships around the world that customers access; the clinical teams of doctors, nurses and health practitioners globally that ensure customers’ health is optimized and crucially ensure our health insurance products are affordable.

With more than 17 years of experience in the worldwide health services market, Howard has held several senior leadership roles at Cigna. His career with Cigna began following the acquisition of vielife, a leading health management company, where he led strategic market development.

Howard then spent five years in the U.S., first as Head of Distribution of Cigna Health Solutions (part of domestic U.S. Operations) before assuming the role of Chief Strategy and Market Development Officer for Cigna Global Health Benefits (CGHB), where he was responsible for global strategy, business development, including new geographies and segments, mergers and acquisitions, and product management to drive CGHB as a market leader. Howard then transitioned into expanding CEO roles, initially in Shanghai, China as CEO for Middle East & Asia Pacific, then as CEO for the Middle East & North Africa (MENA) Region and the Global Individual Private Medical Insurance solutions business. It was while in this role that Howard and his family relocated to Dubai, UAE.

Howard qualified as a Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, and has a First Class Honours BA degree from Nottingham Trent University in the U.K.

Howard Gough

Owner and Principal
Emica Consulting

IAN REDMOND, OBE

Position: Co-Founder Re-balance Earth
Field Biologist

Biography

Ian Redmond is a tropical field biologist and conservationist, renowned for his work with great apes and elephants. For more than 40 years he has been associated with mountain gorillas, through research, filming, tourism, and conservation work.  He served as Ambassador for the UN Year of the Gorilla in 2009 and for the UN Convention on Migratory Species from 2010 to the present.

As with his mentor, the late Dr. Dian Fossey, the main focus of his work shifted in 1978 from research to conservation work, after poachers killed Digit – a young silverback in one of the Karisoke study groups – to sell his skull and hands. Finding the headless, handless body of a gorilla he regarded as a friend was a turning point in his life.  Ten years later in Kenya, the shock was repeated when some of the cave elephants he was studying were killed by ivory poachers. 

As a result, Ian became a conservation consultant and advisor for organizations such as the Born Free Foundation, the Gorilla Organization (for which he became Chairman of the Board of Trustees in 2012), the Orangutan Foundation, International Fund for Animal Welfare, etc.   To encourage such groups to work together, he established and chairs the Ape Alliance (95 organizations linked via www.4apes.com), and previously the African Ele-Fund and the UK Rhino Group.  He was Chief Consultant and Envoy for GRASP – the UNEP/UNESCO Great Apes Survival Partnership www.UN-GRASP.org that he helped launch in 2001 – until 2012 and continues as a consultant for UNEP and the FAO on matters pertaining to apes, bushmeat, forests, and related issues.  He is now the Ambassador for Virtual Ecotourism, and a member of the team developing this exciting concept for immersive, interactive conservation education, which can be experienced at www.vEcotourism.org and in VR apps such as Ape App VR, Gorilla Safari VR, and VEco labs. He is a co-founder of two innovative initiatives to transform conservation: www.Ecoflix.com and www. Rebalance. Earth

Born in Malaysia, Ian’s passion for animals developed during his boyhood in Beverley, a market town in Yorkshire, and after University, took him in 1976 to Africa.  There he joined Dian Fossey, studying and protecting the mountain gorillas of Rwanda and Zaire (now DRC).  This work also led him into documentary film-making.   Ian is the man who introduced Sir David Attenborough to the gorillas in 1978, for the famous BBC ‘Life on Earth’ sequences, and who taught Sigourney Weaver to grunt like a gorilla in 1987, for her award-winning role in the film ‘Gorillas in the Mist’ (in which he is characterized as ‘The Worm Boy’).  He has advised in the making of, and/or appeared in, more than 100 documentary films for the BBC, National Geographic (most recently ‘Secrets in the Mist’ a mini-series about Dian Fossey), Discovery Channel, TF1, etc. and the 3D movie ‘The Last of the Great Apes’.  His books have been translated into many languages and he is in demand as an entertaining and thought-provoking public speaker and interviewee.

Putting conservation principles into practice, he has led anti-poacher patrols, guided film crews, and/or special interest tours into close encounters with gorillas, chimpanzees, orangutans, elephants, and erupting volcanoes, and worked to support local conservationists during the horrors of Rwanda’s and D.R. Congo’s civil wars.  Under-cover investigations led him to play the role of a potential ape buyer in order to infiltrate poaching rings in both DRC and Congo-Brazzaville and a potential Coltan dealer in DRC.  His work on behalf of animals was recognized in 1996 with the presentation of the PAWS Humane Achievement Award, at a ceremony in Hollywood, California.   Ian was appointed OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2006 and has been awarded Honorary Doctorates from Oxford Brookes University in 2011, the University of Roehampton in 2014, and Keele University in 2018. He received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the New York Wildlife Conservation Film Festival in 2013, the 2013 Animal Action Award for Conservation from the International Fund for Animal Welfare, and an RSPCA/Mirror Animal Heroes Award in 2017.

 Ian Redmond’s research interests also include underground elephants – he carried out the first study and photography of elephants in the caves of Mt Elgon in Kenya and helped Sir David Attenborough to film them for the acclaimed BBC series ‘Life of Mammals’;  parasites – he studied gorilla parasites, and in Papua New Guinea, discovered several new species and a new Genus of nematode worms;  reptiles and amphibians – he discovered two new species of frog, also in New Guinea;  and re-introducing orphaned apes, elephants and polar bears to the wild. Asked about his work, he says, “I am a naturalist by birth, a biologist by training, and a conservationist by necessity. But conservation for me isn’t just about saving species. On a larger scale, the planet needs us to save functioning ecosystems; on a smaller scale, we must also recognize that species are made up of individual animals. For me, it became personal when I had the privilege of getting to know individual wild animals in the wild… I can truthfully say that some of my best friends are gorillas, and I care passionately about them and the future of all life on Earth.”

IAN REDMOND, OBE

Co-Founder Re-balance Earth
Field Biologist

Ifeanyi Nsofor, MD

Position: Global Health Thought Leader
Medical Doctor

Biography

Ifeanyi Nsofor is a global health thought leader with more than 90 opinion pieces written (33 specifically on COVID-19). He has been interviewed by top news outlets such as BBC, Al Jazeera, Channel News Asia, Forbes etc. Ifeanyi is a graduate of the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and Nnamdi Azikiwe University School of Medicine. He is a leading voice in decolonization of global health, global health equity, health security, universal health coverage, digital health and health research. For more than 22 years since graduating as a medical doctor, he has worked in government, international non-profit organizations, indigenous non-profit health organizations and the private health sector. He is involved in launching two successful health start-ups (Nigeria Health Watch and EpiAFRIC). Ifeanyi is a Senior New Voices Fellow at the Aspen Institute and Senior Atlantic Fellow for Health Equity at George Washington University. Ifeanyi is a coronavirus top 100 healthcare professional globally in 2020 by Onalytica. He is also among the top 100 most influential Africans of 2020 by NewAfrican magazine. He is a two-time TEDx Speaker. Ifeanyi is married to Omegie. They have two daughters – Yagazie and Chimamanda and a 12-year-old dog Simba.

Ifeanyi Nsofor, MD

Global Health Thought Leader
Medical Doctor

Irina Schurov

Position: Nutritional Neuroscientist & Therapist
LiveRight

Biography

Irina is a Nutritional Neuroscientist and Therapist with a Ph.D. from Cambridge University (UK) and over 20 years of experience in science and health providing services. She created and founded Liveright: an initiative to help others through nutrition and wellbeing strategies. By building an educational platform around healthy eating habits, by restoring the relationships between people and food, by supporting your individual circumstances, and through personalized coaching in nutrition, she wants to help you and your family achieve the optimal balance in life. She especially focuses on neurological conditions mental disorders by addressing the connection between gut and brain by detoxifying, nourishing, and resetting a whole-body biochemical balance. She is offering an individual DNA program and personalized nutritional support in order to achieve long-lasting positive changes.

She is a co-founder and an active member of the STARS association that offers support to families with neurodiverse children in Switzerland.

Irina Schurov

Nutritional Neuroscientist & Therapist
LiveRight

Joseph S. Barcie, MD, MBA

Position: Senior Vice President – Latin America
HHERF

Biography

Dr. Barcie is an accomplished C-level physician executive with over twenty-five years of US and International healthcare experience, extensive operational, strategic, and M& experience in multi-site healthcare facilities, and a successful track record of new market sector growth and development and is fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese.

Currently, he works at the prestigious University of Chicago, Medicine creating opportunities for like-minded prominent academic medical centers in Latin America to collaborate and work together.

He previously served as Corporate Senior Vice President of International Operations for Christus Health. In this position, he led day-to-day operations for Christus Health’s international division, which includes the healthcare system in Mexico, a prestigious academic medical center in Chile, and an integrated health system in Colombia.

Prior to this he worked at Baptist Health International in Miami and served as Corporate President of Operations for International Hospital Corporation, a Dallas-based company that owned and operated acute care hospitals in Brazil, Mexico, and Costa Rica.

Dr. Barcie is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, has a black belt in Six Sigma, served on several Boards, multiple committees, and several advisory boards and he is well published, a public speaker, and served as adjunct faculty at Dartmouth Medical School.

He earned his undergraduate degree in chemistry from Florida Atlantic University, a master’s degree in business administration in healthcare from The Paul Merage School of Business at the University of California, Irvine, and his Doctor of Medicine from the UACJ School of Medicine in Mexico, followed by Internal Medicine training at White Plains Medical Center-Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York and Corporate Finance at Cornell University SC Johnson College of Business.

 

Joseph S. Barcie, MD, MBA

Senior Vice President – Latin America
HHERF

Josina Rodrigues

Position: Block Chain Advisor
Consultant

Biography

Josina is an advisor & consultant and the first holder of a blockchain Ph.D. in Portugal. Before starting as a technology-based investigator, she worked for over 20 years in the corporate world as a Marketing & Finance Director and as a Consultant & Advisor for several enterprises. She is currently a consultant at various companies and startups, amongst them JUUBIX and Kivachain, a blockchain trainer, as well as a lecturer. Furthermore, Josina is a member of the Academic Advisory Body for the International Association of Trusted Blockchain Applications (INATBA).

Josina Rodrigues

Block Chain Advisor
Consultant

Karin Jay

Position: Senior Vice President
Planetree

Biography

Karin Jay joined Planetree International in June 2011, where she is working to expand the global network of Planetree Affiliates, and provide consultation to key stakeholders on the implementation of Planetree’s relationship-centered model of care and Person-Centered Care Certification criteria.

Prior to joining Planetree, Karin spent 22+ years working in the accreditation and international quality/patient safety arena with The Joint Commission and Joint Commission International (JCI). During her tenure there, Karin helped expand the footprint of JCI in a variety of capacities, including organizing Regional Advisory Councils in Europe, the Middle East/North–Africa, and Asia-Pacific regions. She was also responsible for managing a number of Joint Commission International long-term projects, such as contracts with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the United States Peace Corps, and most recently leading JCI’s work with the World Health Organization as a WHO Collaborating Centre for Patient Safety. Karin continues to collaborate with all of these organizations in her position with Planetree and has made several presentations focused on person-centered care practices with WHO, JCI, and the International Society for Quality in Healthcare (ISQua).

On a personal level, Karin’s passion for patient-centered care began at a young age as she spent a lot of time in hospitals when both of her parents and her close childhood friend suffered serious, life-threatening illnesses. Luckily, all three survived. Karin witnessed first-hand different practitioners’ approaches to care, which made her acutely aware of the patient experience. When it was time to choose care providers for her own family, Karin decided to select providers affiliated with a Planetree “Designated with Distinction” hospital (one of only 5 such hospitals in the world) and continues to value the approach to the patient experience there.

Karin has also been a contributing author on several publications focused on accreditation, patient-centered care, and healthcare ethics. Karin has served on ISQua’s Advisory Forum on Partnerships with Patients, and The Advisory Board for Person-Centered Care for The Economist Intelligence Unit. Karin currently serves on The Joint Commission’s Patient and Family Advisory Council and is an active volunteer with several non-profit organizations. Karin holds a Master of Arts in Philosophy and Healthcare Ethics from Loyola University, Chicago, and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Karin is a Fellow in Person-Centered Care and is yellow belt certified.

Karin Jay

Senior Vice President
Planetree

Kathrin Gnilka

Position: Director of Business Transformation
HHERF

Biography

Kathrin is a nature enthusiast and philanthropist, a Sales and Marketing professional, Life Coach, Freelance Journalist, and Sustainability expert with 20 years of experience in corporate environments.

After having spent 20 years in the Tourism and Hospitality Industry, Kathrin decided to make a radical change in her career and dedicate her life to the betterment of people and the planet. In 2019 she founded 1001 Good Deeds, an impact business focusing on environmental, social, and health education, to raise global awareness and initiate targeted action to tackle the most pressing issues in this world.

Her aim in life is to help businesses and individuals build environments that value people and the planet equally, embrace difference, and give a voice to those that aren’t heard.

Kathrin Gnilka

Director of Business Transformation
HHERF

Keita Bah

Position: Head of WHO
Burundi

Biography

Prof. Keita is renowned public health leader with more than 40 years of experience. He was the WHO representative in several African nations including and not limited to Burundi, Algeria, Niger and Mauritania over the last 13 years.

Being a strategic public health expert, he participated in the development of national advocacy and resource mobilization strategy plans for Health Action programs as well as in the development of the strategy for strengthening the performance of Health Systems. He was part of the team how developed the strategic plan to strengthen Universal Health Coverage. He also provided strategic advice for Human Resource Capacity Building, particularly in the fight against TB and HIV / AIDS. He as well provided strategic advice for strengthening WHO leadership in the health sector.

During his career, he has provided strategic advice to the Ministries of Health (Algeria, Niger, Mali), within the framework ofmanagement of MERS epidemics, Ebola, cholera and Covid 19 as well as strategic advice on the establishment of the intersectoral mechanism to deal with the threat of Ebola Virus Disease “Surveillance, alert and management of viral hemorrhagic fevers”.

He has supported the development of the national plan for preparedness, alert and response to health threats with epidemic potential and public health emergencies of international concern and contributed to improving operational capabilities to effectively address the threats of epidemics and disasters as well as the development of the ” National Risk communication plan in accordance with the recommendations of the 2005 IHR

Training and capacity building was among his favorite passion, he dedicated his time to skills development of health personnel at sea, land, air ports of entry. He provided technical support for capacity building of the members of the communication group of the National Health Crisis Management Committee on communication at risk and contributed to strengthening the capacities of the heads of laboratories of the Pasteur Institute of Algeria and the National Institute of Public Health in biological risk management at the laboratory and certification for the international shipment of hazardous biological samples.He supported the training of 150 African doctors in modern methods of fighting TB, co-infection TB / HIV, and pharmaco-resistance.

He was instrumental in the mobilization of financial resources for the implementation of emergency action plans for preparedness and response to an epidemic or health disaster.

He took part in the development of national plans for the management of communicable and non-communicable diseases with epidemic potential and provided advocacy with technical and Financial Partners for the implementation of END TB and commit TB Strategy. He also supported for UNDAF implementation and monitoring activities.

He was part of the team who created and launched the WHO International Course on TB, co-infection TB/HIV and pharmaco-resistance in partnership with UNAIDS.

Prof. Keita contributed to the preparation and implementation of the END TB global strategy and The ENGAGE TB Strategy and extended strategic support for the development of the regional tuberculosis plan, 2007-2011

In 2002, he contributed to the finalization of the regional TB Strategic Framework and AIDS Harare in Zimbabwe.

He also played an important role in supporting the training of a pool of consultants from the African region in the formulation and submission of grant proposals to be submitted to the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and malaria in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, Harare, Zimbabwe in 2002, then in Geneva, Switzerland from 2003 to 2006 followed by Dakar, Senegal in 2007 then finally Cotonou, Benin in 2008.

He was the main catalyst behind the development of the Maghreb initiative to combat tuberculosis (MATCI) in Rabat,Morocco in 1999.

Prof. Keita supported the training of Teachers of the Faculties of Medicine of French-speaking African countries on the introduction of the teaching of tuberculosis control in the training curriculum of students respectively in Dakar (Senegal) 1998 and Bamako (Mali) 2003. As well, he supported the training of National Tuberculosis Reference Laboratories in Francophone countries, Cotonou, Benin 1998.

He also supported the training of the Directors of the national programs to combat tuberculosis in French-speaking and Portuguese-speaking countries, in the management of tuberculosis at the national level, respectively, in Lomé (Togo) 1997 and Yaoundé (Cameroon) 1998.

From 1996 he was the Head of the Intercontinental Support Team for tuberculosis control in West Africa (Cote D’Ivoire, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Guinea (Conakry), Guinea Bissau, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Togo, Senegal).

Prof. Keita authored and co-authored more than 100 scientific articles in both English and French. He is the author of the book “Choix de vies”, published by Editions L’harmattan Paris, 2015.

ACADEMIC PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

  • 1986-1993: Assistant Clinical Head in Pneumo-Physiology, at the Faculty of

Medicine and pharmacy of Bamako, Mali

  • Since 1994: Associate Professor of Pneumo-Physiology at the Faculty

of Medicine and pharmacy of Bamako, Mali

  • 1994, Chair of Pneumo-Physiology, Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy

Bamako, Mali.

  • Since 2011: Benin (Ouidah Regional Institute of Public Health): Founder and Facilitator of the WHO International Training Course on methods to fight tuberculosis, TB / HIV co-infection and Drug-Resistant TB
  • Since 2006: Burkina Faso (Ouagadougou) Facilitator of the International Course “Training in the care of people living with HIV in Saharan South Africa”.
  • From 2002 to 2006: Cote d’ivoire (Abidjan) Associate Professor at the Faculty of Medicine and pharmacy of Abidjan, in charge of teaching tuberculosis and tuberculosis control to students enrolled in the Certificate of higher studies in Pneumo-Physiology
  • From 1992 to 2006: France (Paris) Facilitator of the International Course on STDs and AIDS (Institut Fournier / Institut de Médecine et d’EpémiologieAfricaine/ WHO)
  • From 1989 to 1991: Algeria (Algiers) :Facilitator of the International Training Course on Tuberculosis Control Methods (UICTMR/WHO)

International Societies:

  1. Founding member of the Medical Society of Mali, 1989
  2. Member of the Society of Exotic Pathology, 1993
  3. Member of the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases (ICTU – MR), 1993.
  4. Member of the Société de Pulmonologie de Langue Française, 1994
  5. Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Tropical Pulmonology, 2004

Humanitarian Actions and Community Support

  1. Secretary General of the Comitéd’action et de la Solidarité au Mali (CESAM), humanitarian NGO, 1991
  2. President of the WHO staff association in Cote d’ivoire, 2003 – 2005

Awards and Recognitions:

Academic: winner of the CAMES aggregation competition, 1994

Government of the Republic of Niger: Certificate of recognition for service to the people of Niger, 2012

Conseil National de l’ordre des Médecins du Mali: Diplômed’honneur pour service rendu à la santé, 2015

Government of the people’s Democratic Republic of Algeria: Certificate of recognition for service to health in Algeria, 2017

Education:

1992: Diploma of the International Course on STDs and AIDS: Institut Fournier / Institut de Médecine et d’EpémiologieAfricaineParis (FRANCE).

1990: Diploma of Applied Epidemiology course for senior health officials: National School of Medicine and pharmacy (ENMP) Bamako (MALI) / WHO.

1989: Certificate of Specialized Studies of Pneumo-Physiology (CES), National School of Medicine and pharmacy (ENMP) Bamako (Mali).

1986: Degree in Oxiology and Emergency Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and pharmacy of Toulouse (France).

1985: Diploma of the International Training Course in methods of fighting tuberculosis Paris WHO/UICT – MR (FRANCE).

1979: Doctor of Medicine (State Diploma), National School of Medicine and pharmacy (ENMP) Bamako (Mali).

1974: Bachelor of Biological Sciences, Badalabougou Bamako High School (Mali).

Keita Bah

Head of WHO
Burundi

Kenta Ebisawa

Position: Managing Director
Japan

Biography

Mr. Ebisawa is a Japanese expert who has been contributing internationally and domestically in healthcare management over the last 18 years.

He is currently the Administrator of a 180-bed COVID-19 designated facility in Japan. This facility is the first COVID-19 designated facility built in Japan. In 2018, he became the Group Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Department Head in one of Japan’s largest private health care providers.  

 He was responsible for standardizing processes among the organization through implementing internationally recognized standards and evidence-based practice in his role.   

He also serves as the Joint Commission International’s corporate manager in Japan, providing consulting services and advice to JCI accredited hospitals.   

He has been into several leadership positions in various domains during his career, including and not limited to Medical Accounting, Human Resources, and Administration. In addition, he used to work as the Secretary of the Board of Directors in one of the biggest private healthcare providers in Japan.   

Mr. Ebisawa holds a Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts Lowell, USA. 

Kenta Ebisawa

Managing Director
Japan

Ketan Paranjape

Position: VP of Commercial Business Operations
Roche Diagnostics Corporation

Biography

Ketan is the VP of Commercial Business Operations at Roche Diagnostics. Prior to this role, he was the VP of Roche Information Solutions business focused on harnessing the power of data, diagnostics, and other critical information to support better clinical decisions.

Prior to this role, Ketan was the Managing Director at Health2047, a startup funded by the American Medical Association developing and commercializing solutions for data liquidity, chronic care, productivity, security, and payments.

As the former GM of Health and Life Sciences at Intel Corporation, Ketan is a global health and life sciences business leader with a track record of identifying new businesses, developing products and solutions, sales and marketing, developing partnerships, and delivering exceptional financial results. During his 19-year tenure at Intel, Ketan served as Head of Product and Head of Engineering on a variety of cutting-edge technologies along with being the Chief of Staff to the Intel Chief Technology Officer.

He is currently on the roster of experts on Digital Health at the World Health Organization. He has been a member of the US Health IT Standards Committee Precision Medicine Task Force, AAAS-FBI-UNICRI Project on Life Sciences and National and Transnational Security, International Telecommunication Union’s Global Cybersecurity Working Group, and WHO’s Experts Working Group on eHealth.

Ketan holds MS degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences from the University of Wisconsin and an MBA from the University of Oregon, where he was the class valedictorian. He also completed the Stanford Executive Program as well as coursework in Healthcare Management at the Harvard School of Public Health. He is an Honorary Research Fellow at the Imperial College London and Technical Advisor in Artificial Intelligence at Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine Singapore. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare at the Amsterdam University Medical Center. Ketan is a certified Paramedic and resides in Indianapolis, IN with his wife and son.

Ketan Paranjape

VP of Commercial Business Operations
Roche Diagnostics Corporation

Lara Hanna Wakim

Position: Vice Director
Holy Spirit University of Kaslik

Biography

Lara Hanna-Wakim is the Former Vice-Director of the Higher Center for Research at the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik (USEK), Lebanon from 2019-2021.  

Prior to that, she served as Dean of the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences at USEK from 2013-2019, where she led the Faculty through a rigorous, sustainable and inclusive strategic planning process while providing decision-making discretion and autonomy, which has resulted in building new academic programs built on evidence-based practice, and fostering a more human workplace culture.   

Among her accomplishments at USEK were developing a qualified and diverse Faculty, strengthening interdisciplinary collaborations at the local, regional and international levels, expanding the Faculty’s initiatives in entrepreneurship, leadership, sustainable development, innovation, diversity and inclusion.

Through her commitment to this role, she has succeeded in rising the ranking of the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences of USEK as one of the regional’s leading agricultural school by obtaining the American accreditation ABET for the Diploma of Agricultural Engineering, the First in the MENA region. 

As a seasoned professional whose contribution to Learning and Leadership Development spans nearly 15 years, Prof. Hanna-Wakim is serving as Senior International Officer (SIO) at the Academy of Leaders in International Higher Education (AIEA), Duke University, North Carolina, USA. She is currently acting as the Executive Consultant of STOCHOS, Sydney, Australia. 

For over 12 years, Prof. Hanna-Wakim has been a noteworthy leader in the Food Process Engineering and Food Security space. You may know her from being the first scientist to represent the MENA Region as a Permanent Member at the Governing Council of the International Union of Food Science and Technology (IUFoST), Canada, since 2014. She is representing as well the MENA region in the IUFoST Taskforce on Food Systems and COVID-19, acting as Co-Chair of the IUFoST Working Group on Food and Nutrition Security, and serving as a member of the IUFoST Codex Committee. 

Prof. Hanna-Wakim is a prolific scholar who has been widely published through numerous articles, book chapters, and books in the most selective indexed journals and publishers, and has served on the editorial boards of many leading academic journals in the food process engineering and food security. Additionally, she has been honored, at the Lebanese Parliament, as Women Leader in Lebanese Universities and Research Pioneers, in the frame of the National Initiative for the Centennial of Greater Lebanon. 

With an extensive career of scholarly and academic leadership, the Lebanese Minister of Agriculture has also honored her for her major accomplishments and outstanding leadership and performance. 

Prof. Hanna-Wakim’s passion for serving communities can be traced back to 2008, where she spent significant time working as Strategy Food Safety Consultant at the Emirates Institute for Health and Safety, Abu Dhabi-UAE. She has served as well as Focal Point of the Arab States Green University Network (ASGUN) at the United Nations for Environment Program (UNEP), and National Food Safety Expert at the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). She is currently serving as National Coordinator of the “Faith for Earth Initiative” at UNEP. 

Prof. Hanna-Wakim has led an impressive career in developing pathways that engage students and stakeholders in innovative solutions to the grand challenge of food security. This enabled her to act as Vice-President of the Global Confederation of Higher Education Associations in Agriculture and Life Sciences (GCHERA), USA, in 2015, and to serve as a Member of the Patriarchal Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development (PCARD), Maronite Catholic Patriarchate of Antioch in Lebanon.

In 2021, she has been nominated as a Member of the National Advisory Board at the WaterMedYin Project “Youth and Innovation for Sustainable Use of Water and Marine Resources in the Mediterranean” sponsored by the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation AICS, executed by CIHEAM Bari and the National Council for Scientific Research – Lebanon (CNRS-L). She has been nominated by the Lebanese Minister of Education and Higher Education as National Contact Point (NCP) for “Climate action, resource efficiency and raw materials” for the EU Commission within Horizon 2020 Framework Programs. She is as well the Leading Expert in the AGRIFOODMED Delphi Exercise, part of the new Partnership on Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area (PRIMA) Project, 2018-2028.

Prof. Hanna-Wakim holds a Ph.D. in Food Process Engineering from AgroParis Tech (Paris, France), an MS in Quality Assurance from INAP-G (Paris, France), an Agricultural Engineering Diploma from USEK (Lebanon), a Professional Certificate in Designing Courses for Significant Learning from Dee Fink and Associates, Oklahoma, (USA), an MS in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education from Norwich University (USA), and a MA/PG Diploma in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education from University of Chester (UK). 

Lara Hanna Wakim

Vice Director
Holy Spirit University of Kaslik

Lara Macaron, Ph.D.

Position: Associate Professor & Founder
VISIONS for Business Consultancy

Biography

Dr. Lara Macaron Sabbouri is the founder of “Visions” for business development and professional training. She is currently a business consultant and an associate professor of finance at several universities in Lebanon. Her experience includes working at top-notch Lebanese banks for 15 years.

She holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration from the Lebanese University and a Master’s degree in Finance from ESA Business School (Lebanon) and ESCP Europe (France). Her teaching revolves around Banking, Corporate Finance, Financial Market, and Knowledge Economy. Her research focuses on Knowledge Economy and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). She is the author of the book “CSR in Lebanese Commercial Banks”, and several publications in international journals and local newspapers. Her business consultancy mainly revolves around business development, monitoring & evaluation, entrepreneurship & coaching, financial literacy, and social responsibility.

A good communicator and event speaker, she has successfully participated in international conferences and numerous workshops, TV and radio interviews. Receiving a certificate in Economic Development and Entrepreneurship from Ball State University – USA, and many other certificates in Banking Regulations and Anti-Money Laundering (CAMS), Sustainable Development, Strategy and Leadership, Women Empowerment, Life Skills, and Public Speaking.

Lara’s passion and purpose revolve around helping people to create a positive impact in the greater world. Nothing makes her happier than watching honest, dedicated individuals achieving their dreams.

Lara Macaron, Ph.D.

Associate Professor & Founder
VISIONS for Business Consultancy

Laurence Smith

Position: Managing Director, Chase Noble & Benchmark Partnership

Biography

Laurence is a business strategy, marketing, and change management expert who has held senior international responsibilities and led successful transforming growth initiatives with blue-chip corporations, consulting firms, and venture capital-based operations. He has consulted extensively throughout Europe, North America, the Middle East, and the Asia Pacific. Before establishing Chase Noble, he worked at Ogilvy and Mather, BDO Stoy Hayward, Prime Strategy Consultants, AXA, and Invest Venture.

Education: MA, Cambridge University (English Literature); MBA, Warwick Business School.

Publications: Why Strategies Fail; TurboCharged Strategy; The Xanotek Stratagem; All At Sea; The Search For Eternal Youth; What Does A Trillion Looks Like?; Yikes!

Laurence Smith

Managing Director, Chase Noble & Benchmark Partnership

Linda Restrepo

Position: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Professional Global Research

Biography

Restrepo is the CEO of Professional Global Outreach whose ethos is  Global economic development through professional and cultural diversity.  She is a partner in RDI Global a Federal Government Research and  Technology Development Corporation. With advanced degrees in computer technologies, adult education and training as well as  Quantitative Research Methodology she has an accomplished career demonstrating consistent success as an Entrepreneur, Researcher, and  Leader. Extensive background in developing and implementing special economic, environmental, military, and technological research programs for agencies of the United States Federal government. Research and development projects include commercialization and transfer Technologies from the National Laboratories into the private sector; research and program development for cross-border migration of diseases; the economic impact of oil spills in the Gulf of Mexico and Training Subsystem  Analysis for the US Army Missile Defense. Award-winning video producer.

Linda Restrepo

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Professional Global Research

Lt. General Buck Rogers

Position: Commanding General International Police Commission

Biography

Buck is the Commanding General for IPC Europe, the International Police with the mission to protect and defend human freedoms and individual rights in the legal, legislative and educational arenas and to uphold the United Nations charter of human rights and also extension commands in UN Countries throughout the world. Their mandate is ensuring :

First, the crime of genocide which is characterized by the specific intent to destroy in whole or in part a national, ethnic, racial, or religious group by killing its members or by other means: causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group; deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part; imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group, or forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.

Second crimes against humanity, which are serious violations committed as part of a large-scale attack against any civilian population. The 15 forms of crimes against humanity listed in the Rome Statute include offenses such as murder, rape, imprisonment, enforced disappearances, enslavement – particularly of women and children, sexual slavery, torture, apartheid, and deportation.

Third, war crimes which are grave breaches of the Geneva conventions in the context of armed conflict and include, for instance, the use of child soldiers; the killing or torture of persons such as civilians or prisoners of war; intentionally directing attacks against hospitals, historic monuments, or buildings dedicated to religion, education, art, science or charitable purposes.

Finally, the fourth crime falling within their jurisdiction is the crime of aggression. It is the use of armed force by a State against the sovereignty, integrity, or independence of another State. The definition of this crime was adopted through amending the Rome Statute at the first Review Conference of the Statute in Kampala, Uganda, in 2010.

The International Polices mission is peace and order worldwide and to assist all law enforcement agencies and governments against criminal syndicates and terrorist organizations, shares intelligence, gathers evidence, and effect arrest.

Buck holds a Doctorate in Criminology and a Doctorate of Laws degree in law.

Regional Director for the World Police Group

The World Police Group is made up of  25 countries..United States, Argentina, Chile, Ecuador, Spain, United Kingdom,  France, Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Italy, Canada, Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Mexico, Venezuela, Panama, Uruguay, Paraguay, Brazil, and Honduras.

The group is made up of National Police, Intelligence, and Security services to exchange information in all areas of Intelligence, Cultural, scientific and technological Security, and Prevention, to combat Organised Crime in order to safeguard the life and interests of the entire international community. Bearing in mind that today’s criminal activity is presented in its various typologies and technologies and that its extension is often not limited to the common crime, but covers different areas of criminal activity in our international society.

Member of the International Police Association 

The International Police Association (IPA) is the largest organization for police officers in the world, founded by British sergeant Arthur Troop (1914–2000). The association has 72 national sections and over 360,000 members and associate members worldwide

Continental Director of EuropeInternational Institute of Certified Forensic  Investigation Professionals USA

Lt. General Buck Rogers

Commanding General International Police Commission

M. Mazhar Awan

Position: Chief Executive Officer
The Vision Trust

Biography

Dr. Awan is a consultant ophthalmologist with more than35 years of experience, back in year 2003, Dr. Awan decided to dedicate the remaining years of his professional life, full time to the service of the underprivileged majority of the community. As a humble start in 2004, he converted a donated two-bedroom first-floor apartment into an eye clinic and never ever had to look back thereafter. It took him about 12 years of perseverance to earn the donor confidence and patient satisfaction.

His humble endeavors continue to grow as of the date and fuel his passion to move forward and set new and advanced goalposts after everyone achieved, in spite of an episode of myelitis in past leaving him with a gradually increasing paraparesis and being wheelchair-bound for the last 10 years or so.

Dr. Mazhar’s contributions in the fight against Visual Loss and blindness in Pakistan, in line with the vision

He has been the engine of creating and delivering high-quality eye care available and accessible to all.

Drive: Dr. Mazhar Awan aims to rid the world of avoidable blindness and Visual Loss in line with IAPB/ WHO Vision 2020 Right-to-Sight Initiative and Global Action Plan (GAP) Integrated with People-Centered Eye Care (IPCEC).

Commitment: His physical impediment, by being in a wheelchair for the last 10 years or so following an episode of Myelitis is passed, didn’t hold him back from the relentless pursuit of his vision. In his own words “I have achieved more during this phase of disability than during able years.”

Quality of work: He worked hard to create, Khairun’nisa Eye Hospital and then got it certified for ISO 9001:2015 QMS. This was his way of ensuring the creation and delivery of quality service. He strongly feels it’s the right of all, regardless of paying power.

Milestones Achieved: He Initiated the School Health Program with the following unique attributes

Disease control: As of date, under his supervision, seen more than 73,000 patients, performed about 16,000 Cataract Surgeries, and counting. Countless outpatient diagnostic & therapeutic procedures, medicines, optical aids, major and minor surgical procedures were provided. About 70 % of the patients were treated Free Of Cost, while the remaining were charged the minimum possible amount on a not-for-profit basis.

Institution-building: HRD is THE only way forwards if we want to achieve any meaningful results in curtailing the prevalence of Visual Loss and blindness anywhere. Dr. Mazhar Awan, with his team, is developing a one-year internship program, aimed at capacity building of our optometry graduates. This is being launched under the umbrella of the Khairun’nisa Institute of Visual Sciences.

He firmly believes that targets of minimizing, let alone eliminating Visual Loss are possible through the provision of robust primary care infrastructure, accessible in the community.

EDUCATION

  • Membership Ophthalmology – College of Physicians & Surgeons of Pakistan 1991
  • MBBS – Sindh Medical College – University of Karachi – 1982.

 

M. Mazhar Awan

Chief Executive Officer
The Vision Trust

Maria Cecilia Aponte

Position: Senior Marketing Manager
The Panama Clinic

Biography

Maria is a physician, specialized in Health Services, Marketing and Management with 18 years of experience. She has had leadership, management, and advisory roles in the pharmaceutical industry, health insurance, and service delivery. Also, she has a background in marketing, international relations, and new business development for markets in Latina America.

Dr. Aponte is a bilingual professional and given her experience, she has a thorough knowledge of the overall health social security, the decision-making dynamics, and demonstrable achievements of successful launching, positioning, and high-cost therapy support in the Andean region and Central America.

Currently, she is leading the international department of The Panama Clinic and the access and positioning of Panama in the international scope with the city´s Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Aponte has a wide scope of international experience in the USA, Mexico, El Salvador, Colombia, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Honduras, Venezuela, Ecuador, Chile, Peru, Aruba, Curazao, and St. Maarten.

Maria Cecilia Aponte

Senior Marketing Manager
The Panama Clinic

Maria Høier

Position: Visionary Leader
Holistic Therapist

 

Maria is a manifesting visionary aiming to bring emotional education and tools to build communities that promote life quality, support, and growth for individuals to thrive as part of a  bigger group in harmony with our planet. She believes strongly in compassion being the seed for this to happen. In her quest of doing so, she is exploring small, conscious communities on one of  Thailand’s tropical islands. She is witnessing entrepreneurs from all over the world coming together creating quality lifestyles whilst being eco-friendly and taking care of each other on an emotional, financial and practical level. 

The island has a wide variety of healing modalities filled with intelligent, innovative, and resourceful people. She is interacting daily with community builders, learning and experiencing what it actually takes to create thriving, inclusive human ecosystems. 

She wants to build the bridge and bring this into the corporate field so businesses can extract and apply to their workforce the essence arising from inspiration, curiosity, appreciation, synergy, and compassion. 

Maria is a teaching holistic therapist qualified in eastern and western medicine, as well as clinical hypnotherapy, NLP, meditation and a variety of trauma-informed psychology and self-development modalities. Her mission is to raise awareness and facilitate transformative Emotional Education. 

Her methodology is based on cultivating the inner world, with the aim to empower individuals in  group dynamics 

She has co assisted and led several personal growth workshops and worked in clinics supporting throughout the years 1000s of people on their path to embrace their heart, purpose and awaken to their full potential. She believes the only way to transform, is by sharing and touching each other on an altruistic level with our personal realizations and also learning to relate and communicate through our felt sense. 

Maria no longer talks about the gender gap, she now talks about mature development in all genders and how to share each other’s strengths and empower each other’s weaknesses. 

She has dedicated her time to support leaders that contribute to our evolution through philanthropy combined with innovative technology. 

In 2019, she co-wrote a paper to Davos suggesting the variables needed to support this development.

Maria Høier

Visionary Leader
Holistic Therapist

María Rodríguez

Position: Associate Professor
Cuba Villa Clara Medical University

Introduction

María de Los Ángeles is a passionate Health Education Researcher and Associate Professor who has been working in Cuba Villa Clara Medical University for more than 17 years. She has a Master’s degree in Medical Education and a Bachelor’s degree in the English Language. She earned the Cuban Medical Sciences Academic Award for her contribution to the development of Medical Education Investigation in 2013. María de Los Angeles is the Bilingual Academic Public Relations Medical University Representative and Interpreter in academic National and International Summit in Cuba. Also, she is a Specialist in Medical Terminology and a Translator. Furthermore, Maria is the Health Authority Executive for the implementation, and promotion of World Health Organization and Pan-American Health Organization online training courses on Moodle Platform. Her passion for teaching English for Professional Purposes had led her to contribute to the formation of different nationalities students coming to Cuba to study medical specialties.

Professor María de los Ángeles is a skillful academic public speaker and engager which makes her possible to interact with students and professionals from different cultures, embracing diversity and inclusion as core work values. Her expertise and proficiency as a trainer of human resources at different levels and Health Care Institutions has become her into Regional Chief Executive on English for Medical Purposes training courses, evaluating the language proficiency of post-graduated Cuban physicians to fulfill international missions in English speaking countries.

A philanthropist by nature, Professor Maria de Los Ángeles has worked as a volunteer in different communitarian campaigns to raise awareness on age vulnerable population groups to maintain healthy lifestyles, avoiding the unset and progression of chronic diseases, and maintaining a healthy mind. Through the years, she has been part of the Regional Health Commission to evaluate and manage psychological disorders and recovery after Natural Disasters and social health priorities as violence against individuals, gender discrimination, additions, abortion, and adolescent unwanted pregnancies.

Some of the International Training Certifications Professor María de Los Ángeles has recently fulfilled:

o Nursing Leadership: Empowering Nurses Leaders in Latin America and the Caribbean. (THE UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI. SCHOOL of NURSING &HEALTH STUDIES, OMS, PHO)

o Migration and Health: Enhancing Intercultural Competence and Diversity Sensitivity (World Health Organization)

o Engaging Communities in preventing suicide. (World Health Organization)

o Health and Peace: Concepts and tools for front line workers (World Health Organization)

o Introduction to UNICEF Core Commitments for Children in Humanitarian Action. (UNICEF)

o Web Accessibility Training (UNICEF)

o Basic E-Learning Course on Human Rights. (Pan-American Health Organization)

o Social Marketing for Public Health (Pan-American Health Organization)

o E-Health for Managers and Decision Takers. (Pan-American Health Organization)

o E-Protect Respiratory Infections. Health and Occupational Safety. (Pan-American Health Organization)

o Psychological First Aid in Disaster Management in the Caribbean. (Pan-American Health Organization)

As a researcher, Professor María de Los Ángeles has published to date nine articles in Medical Education National and International magazines.

María Rodríguez

Associate Professor
Cuba Villa Clara Medical University

Mariano Gonzalez

Position: CEO
Monferrato Consulting

Biography

Mr. Mariano Gonzalez is the Co-Founder and CEO of Monferrato Consulting- Spain, a newly formed Healthcare and Human Capital Consultancy firm with the objective of working with organizations to improve their business outcomes and support on strategic and operational decisions toward sustainable margins contributions on local and international capital markets.

Mr. Gonzalez additionally serves as Senior Advisor to the Board of Directors United Eastern Medical Services (UEMedical) – UAE since December 2020, where he participates in strategic and key operational decisions with the Board.

He exhibits an extensive track record in the healthcare industry, assuming Senior Executive roles in both the public and private sector in UAE and Europe. For the past 25 years, Mariano built an outstanding track record of achievements in the healthcare sector and continues to contribute to the Senior Management of UEMedical.

Prior to that, he occupied the position of Chief Executive Officer at Danat Al Emarat Hospital for Women & Children part of United Eastern Medical Services in Abu Dhabi, UAE, since February 2018.

Mr. Gonzalez has also served a dual role with Moorfields Eye Hospital, where he was appointed as the Commercial Director at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London, as well as the Managing Director of Moorfields Eye Hospital in UAE from 2012 to Feb 2018. During this period Mr. Gonzalez was also appointed Chair of Finance and Commercial Directors at NHS Providers.

In his previous roles with Al Noor Hospital Group, Abu Dhabi- UAE, Mariano was promoted to Group Chief Operating Officer after occupying the role of Hospital Director for 3 years where he played a central role in the listing of the company at the London Exchange Market.

As a Spanish national, and before relocating to UAE in 2008, Mr Gonzalez occupied the position of Chief Executive Officer of the Canary Islands Hospital (Spain).

He also had the opportunity to serve as a Principal Professor at the Business School of San Pablo CEU Madrid between 2000 to 2003.

Mr. Gonzalez holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix, Arizona, USA in 2009 and a Business Management degree from the IE, (Instituto de Empresa) Business School. Mr. Gonzalez is a Member of core Healthcare Management Associations in Europe and the US.

Mariano Gonzalez

CEO
Monferrato Consulting

Mark Chappell

Position: Founder and Director at Thornton Riseborough Limited

Biography

Programme Director with Thornton Riseborough Limited. Delivering leadership of significant and complex projects, change programmes, corporate restructuring and turnaround, programme management for large scale transformation and changefor blue chip organisations including Rolls Royce, British Nuclear Fuels, IBM in Europe, National Grid in the UK and US, Alcatel Lucent in Europe and the US, Siemens globally and most recently for the British Government.  In addition to change leadership my work has included fund raising and income generation, most recently successfully raising £4bn from HM Treasury for investment in Science.

With a particular passion for new and emerging technologies I have invested inHyper Sciences and the diversifications in microwave technology and its application to various fields of Defence and Science. Leading a key initiative into new technology for the very early detection of Cancer and the potential for using highly focussed microwave technology to eradicate the disease without the need for chemotherapy and surgery. I am also a senior advisor to the British Government through the Cabinet Officein the development of CL4 High Containment Laboratories to ACDP4 and SAPO4, building capability for the rapidly escalating risks of global pandemic and its catalysts of globalistion and climate change.

A career founded in the progressive sector of non-core business outsourcing in the late 1980s, I worked my way up the corporate structure to become a Managing Director in one of the UKs leading service providers where I thrived as a business leader focussed on business performance enhancement, profitability and customer satisfaction. Away from work I enjoy international travel, I spend my free time clay pigeon and range shooting, I enjoy playing golf, albeit not very well, and occasionally get involved in village cricket, I own and race a Porsche 911 in the UK Porsche Club.

Mark Chappell

Founder and Director at Thornton Riseborough Limited

Mary Fialkowski

Position: Chief Operating Officer Trustmark Insurance

Biography

Mary Fialkowski has over 25 years of a progressive leadership experience as a health care and medical insurance executive. She is currently Chief Operating Officer for Trustmark Insurance, Small Business Benefits, which is part of a $2.3 billion enterprise mutual holding company based in the United States. In her current role, she oversees general operations with a focus on leading design, development, and execution of the customer experience strategy, including digital experience to build strong market differentiation.

Prior to that, Ms. Fialkowski led the operations of Joint Commission International (JCI) Accreditation as the Executive Director. In this role, she oversaw the management of the accreditation operations processes, demonstrating annual increased revenues and customer growth. She collaborated with international clients, hospitals, Ministries of Health, and government authorities in over 75 countries to ensure the provision of the highest quality services that best addressed the goals and needs of the organization. She led the redesign and implementation of JCIA operational processes, including implementing the information technology portfolio of international applications. Instrumental in leading JCI in attaining eight years of successful accreditation by the International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQUA), she also played a pivotal role in JCIA’s expansion into China, spearheading the operations planning which led to the opening of JCI’s Beijing office.

Before joining JCI, Ms. Fialkowski served as the Executive Director of Operations and Strategic Integration for The Joint Commission’s Division of Healthcare Quality and Evaluation, providing operational oversight for the Departments of Standards and Survey Methods, Health Services Research, and Performance Measurement Evaluation. In this role, she coordinated the development and implementation of the annual strategic plan and division budget and monitored financial performance and quality of operations, including human resources, information technology, strategic planning, and project management. She assured compliance with all applicable federal regulations including human subject protections and Institutional Review Board (IRB) regulations.

Ms. Fialkowski holds a Master in Business Administration (MBA) and a Bachelor of Science in Health Planning and Administration. Certified by American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) in Health Information Technology and the Project Management Institute (PMI) as an Agile Certified Practitioner and in the methodologies of Change Management and Lean Six Sigma, she is an active member of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS), and American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).

Mary Fialkowski

Chief Operating Officer Trustmark Insurance

MAZIN AL-KHABOURI, MD

Position: Director General for Private Health Establishments

Biography

Doctor Mazin Al-Khabouri is an ENT surgeon from Oman. He graduated from Ain Shams University in Egypt in 1981 and was admitted as Fellow to the Royal College of Surgeons and Physicians of Glasgow in 1990. He has been developing and taking care of ENT services in Oman since 1996.

He is a senior consultant ENT at Al-Nahdha hospital in the capital Muscat.
He was in charge of under and post graduate ENT teaching in the country till 2020.
He is the President of ENT for the Arab Board.

He is the Advisor for Clinical Services to the Minister of Health in Oman.
Director General for Private Health Establishments, Ministry of Health Oman.
He is also associated with many International bodies; many of which are responsible for teaching of ENT and Hearing loss.

MAZIN AL-KHABOURI, MD

Director General for Private Health Establishments

Mohamed Rezgui

Position: Senior Director – Facilities Programs and Quality

Biography

Education: MS, CCE, CHC, CHSP-FSM

More than 20 Years of Experience in Managing HealthCare Projects and Operations:

  • Construction, Clinical Engineering, Healthcare Facility Management, Environmental Health, and Safety, Fire/Life Safety, Compliance, Sustainability, Risk assessment, Emergency Management/Business Continuity, and Operational Excellence.
  • Hold several positions in hospitals in the US and recently doing a project in the Middle East of building the first Cleveland Clinic in the UAE (Opening 2015).
  • Successfully passed several Joint Commissions Surveys (JCS) and Department of Health inspections and obtained facility accreditations to Joint Commission International (JCI).
  • Largescale Project Management—Directed $2B projects in UAE to operationalize the infrastructure of newly constructed Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi including overseeing equipment, systems, technology and safety installations, accreditation, upgrades and modifications, and establishment of policies and processes to ensure quality, efficiency and optimal patient experience.
  • Global Regulatory Compliance and Safety—Possesses vast knowledge of all Joint Commission International (JCI) FMS chapter standards, ASHE, AAMI, NFPA fire, and life safety codes and US JC standards.
  • Healthcare Facilities Plant and Services Operations Management—Directed all support services and plant services for Southern Maryland Hospital including biomedical engineering, construction/renovation, plant operations, and environmental services. Led implementation of EMR system, installation of diagnostic equipment (Cat scans, MRI suite), special procedural labs, and orthopedic operating room.
  • Hospital Environment of Care Leadership—Possess expertise in Clinical Engineering, Medical Technology Integration and Management, Healthcare Business Development, Risk Management, Failure Mode and Effects Analysis, Emergency Management, Quality, Sustainability, General Services, Transportation, Property/Asset Management, Healthcare Construction/Renovating and Security Operations.

Mohamed Rezgui

Senior Director – Facilities Programs and Quality

Mohammed Ismail, MD

Position: Director Business Development
Partner EMEA

Biography

Dr. Mohammed Ismail is a physician with 20 years of diverse experience in clinical practice and senior leadership management roles spanning from scientific affairs to governmental affairs and operations roles in different regions within Middle East Africa at major Multinational Biopharmaceutical and  Healthcare companies. 

Since January 2021, Mohammed has been appointed as Director Scientific Affairs and Governmental  Affairs and Business Development Partner EMEA at Nexopro. 

Mohammed has exhibited functional Leadership with broad expertise in development and buildup of  functions (Medical Affairs, Compliance, Clinical Operations, Regulatory Affairs, Medical Information,  Pharmacovigilance, Quality and Medical Excellence) 

Awarded multiple regional and global awards “best medical initiatives” that grounded market shaping  strategies and fostered patient access channels as role model for public private partnerships. 

Mohammed as an advocacy and public private partnerships’ expert has been collaborating through value addition to operate together with Health Authorities, Scientific Societies and NGOs during which he has been the corporate spokesperson and subject matter expert. 

Dr. Mohammed has contributed in a substantial number of research programs and epidemiological studies across the region and in a handful of scientific publications that have been published at  International journals as an author. 

Graduate from Faculty of Medicine Cairo University in 1995, Masters of Science in Pharmaceutical  Medicine – Hibernia College in Affiliation with Harvard University Kennedy School of Government during which attended Business and Pharmaceutical Ethics Program at Royal College of Physicians in Ireland and obtained a Diploma in Leadership from Harvard University 2010, certified Quality Specialist through  Total Quality Management (TQM) Diploma at American University of Cairo and certified Graduate Strategic Management from Kaplan Norton Balanced Scorecard (BSC). 

In 2002, Mohammed has been nominated by Egypt Ministry of Health as the ideal psychiatrist and  awarded through Egyptian Syndicate of Physicians.

Mohammed Ismail, MD

Director Business Development
Partner EMEA

Mona S. Jhaveri

Position: Founder
Executive Director

Biography

Dr. Jhaveri is the Founder and Executive Director at Music Beats Cancer. She launched Music Beats Cancer to address the “Valley of Death,” the growing gap in funding that constrains the translation of cancer research discoveries into clinical applications.

As cancer affects millions of Americans each year, national efforts to cure this disease have largely focused on cancer research rather than cancer product development. Dr. Jhaveri believes that the key to bridging the Valley of Death is to:

Raise public awareness about the Valley of Death and its impact on our progress on the war against cancer;

Create a funding platform that empowers the public to directly and transparently support the development of cancer-fighting solutions.

Prior to Music Beats Cancer, Dr. Jhaveri founded Foligo Therapeutics, Inc. in 2005 to develop and commercialize a DNA-based therapeutic compound as a potential treatment for ovarian cancer. While Foligo was able to initially attract funding from various state-run venture programs and business plan competitions, the company ultimately succumbed to the Valley of Death.

In 2010, Foligo closed its laboratory and research facilities due to a funding drought. While there is no guarantee that Foligo’s targeted therapies for ovarian cancer would have worked, there was enough evidence and promise in early proof-of-principle studies to continue the work.

Dr. Jhaveri realized that breaking this funding bottleneck was a more critical priority than Foligo and rededicated herself to Music Beats Cancer and its mission.

Dr. Jhaveri holds a doctorate in biochemistry from the Bowman Gray School of Medicine of Wake Forest University. She trained as a post-doctoral fellow at the National Cancer Institute. Dr. Jhaveri was granted the SPORE Fellowship Award for Breast Cancer Research at the Lombardi Cancer Center of Georgetown University. She subsequently specialized in intellectual property and technology transfer while at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research.

Mona S. Jhaveri

Founder
Executive Director

Nick Montague

Position: Chief Financial Officer
HHERF

Nick Montague is a Chartered Accountant and seasoned board professional. After qualifying, he spent over 20 years with KPMG and other firms, both in the UK and the Middle East.

He provides day to day input, strategic advice and ongoing support to management teams, often establishing or improving infrastructure, controls and systems. Nick is keen to assist innovative, worthwhile initiatives and has particular experience in early stage ventures, healthcare organisations and charities.

SELECTED CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

22 years in professional practice, in the UK and overseas.
Specialist in early stage ventures
Cofounder of large UK biotech start up from a zero base,
Head of Finance – Independent Jersey Care Inquiry (2015 – 2017).
Trustee and Chairman (1993 – 2020) The Childrens Adventure Farm (www.caft.co.uk) – UK based children’s charity.

Nick Montague

Chief Financial Officer
HHERF

Noor NP Buchholz, MD

Position: Chairman & Founder
U-merge Ltd. London – Athens

Biography

Dr. Noor Buchholz was trained in Germany, Switzerland and Australia.  He has worked as a Consultant Urologist in Pakistan and in the Netherlands, and for 14 years in the United Kingdom where he was the Director of Endourology and Stone Services at the Royal London Hospital. In 2014, he has moved his practice to Dubai/ UAE.

Dr. Buchholz is a leading expert in minimally invasive urological surgery in general, and stone treatment in particular.  He is a worldwide recognised expert in shockwave lithotripsy, the treatment of urinary stones, endourology and laparoscopy. He is also the world’s leading expert in the novel technology of permanent metal stenting of the urinary tract.

VFor more than 10 years, Dr. Buchholz has been one of only 46 trainers worldwide recognised by the International Endourology Society (IES) for Endourology and Stone treatment, and the first such recognised trainer in Europe by the European Board of Urology (EBU).  He was awarded multiple grants and awards.  He is author on more than 350 original articles in scientific journals and book chapters.  He sits on the editorial board of many international urological scientific journals, and is a peer reviewer for many more.

Dr. Buchholz sat also on the board of the stone section of the European Association of Urology (eULIS-EAU) for 8 years, which is responsible for guidelines, training and standards in stone treatment, both in European and worldwide. He was member of the Board of Directors of the Societe Internationale d’Urologie (SIU). He is founder and chairman of Experts in Stone Disease (ESD) organising global scientific meetings.

VDr. Buchholz is the Founding Director of U-merge (Urology in emerging countries), a society that been created to promote medical and urological education and training in emerging countries to elevate the worldwide standard of urological care for patients. As such he organises teaching and training activities from one-to-one tutoring to major international conference.

Noor NP Buchholz, MD

Chairman & Founder
U-merge Ltd. London – Athens

Paula Thomas

Position: Show Host
Let’s Talk Loyalty

Biography

With over twenty years sales & marketing experience spanning a variety of sectors, Paula’s expertise and career includes loyalty strategy and operations for top international brands including Telefonica O2 (Priority Moments programme), British Airways, Emirates Airline, Puma Energy, Allied Irish Bank, Avios.com, Electric Ireland and The Entertainer Group (Dubai).

She has spent over a decade focused exclusively on loyalty marketing as an independent consultant, specializing in driving operational excellence and performance.
She is a founding Partner of the Customer Strategy Network – a global network of loyalty practitioners who collaborate to advise clients on various aspects of loyalty programme needs across strategy, programme evaluations, statistical analysis, partnerships, technology, GDPR etc.

She holds a first class busines degree (MBA) from Michael Smurfit Business School in Dublin and is a former Judge for the UK-based Loyalty Magazine Awards.

She is also a “Certified Loyalty Marketing Professional” – accredited by the Loyalty Academy.

She writes extensively about loyalty and is the author of a book entitled “Driving Loyalty in Convenience Retail”.

She is also the proud host of the first independent podcast for the loyalty industry called “Let’s Talk Loyalty” and she is passionate about marketing through voice as a powerful format for brands to communicate to both staff and customers.

http://letstalkloyalty.com/

http://www.CustomerStrategyNetwork.com

https://www.linkedin.com/in/paulat

Paula Thomas

Show Host
Let’s Talk Loyalty

Peter F Gallagher

Position: Leadership Alignment Coach
a2B Consulting

Biography

Peter speaks on organizational change management and change leadership. He has a proven track record of complex change and project delivery in multi-disciplinary environments for the world’s largest and most successful organizations. He has Big Four external consulting experience, as well as internal and commercial consulting experience, working in over thirty countries over a thirty-year career. Companies he has worked for include: EY, Shell, NCR, and Bombardier Aerospace. His clients include organizations such as ADNOC, Boeing, GE, Rolls Royce, and Aramco. Peter has also held senior roles in the industry and has boardroom experience as a NED.

Author:

Peter is the author of six change management books – Leadership of Change® Body of Knowledge: Change Management Fables – Leadership of Change® Volume 1
Change Management Pocket Guide – Leadership of Change® Volume 2
Change Management Handbook – Leadership of Change® Volume 3
Change Management Leadership – Leadership of Change® Volume 4
Change Management Gamification Leadership – Leadership of Change® Volume A Change Management Gamification Adoption – Leadership of Change® Volume B

Qualifications:

Peter has an MBA (Distinction) from Robert Gordon University. He is an American Society of Quality (ASQ) Certified Manager of Quality, and is one of the ‘First 100’ globally Certified Change Management Professionals™ (CCMP™) with the Association of Change Management Professionals (ACMP). He also holds three certifications from the Project Management Institute (PMI).
Board Member:
Vice President of the Association of Change Management Professionals (ACMP) the UK since 2019

Recognition:

Thinkers360 Global Thought Leader and Influencer Leaderboard:
#1 Change Management – May 2021 and May 2020
#2 Leadership – May 2021
#2 Business Strategy – Dec 2020
Top 50 Business Book and Global Thought Leader Ranking:
Change Management Handbook: Leadership of Change® Volume 3 – Dec 2020 Change Management Pocket Guide: Leadership of Change® Volume 2 – Jan 2020

Peter F Gallagher

Leadership Alignment Coach
a2B Consulting

Peter Lachman, MD

Position: Lead Faculty Quality Improvement
Royal College of Physicians

Biography

Peter Lachman M.D. MPH. M.B.B.Ch., FRCPCH, FCP (SA), FRCPI was Chief Executive Officer of the International Society for Quality in Healthcare (ISQua) from 1st May 2016 to 30th April 2021.

He has great experience as a clinician and leader in quality improvement and patient safety. He led the transformation of ISQua to be one of the leading global organizations in quality, safety, and person-centered care.

Dr. Lachman was a Health Foundation Quality Improvement Fellow at IHI in 2005-2006 and developed the quality improvement program at Great Ormond Street Hospital where he was the Deputy Medical Director with the lead for Patient Safety. He was also a Consultant Pediatrician at the Royal Free Hospital in London specializing in the challenge of long-term conditions for children. Dr. Lachman has been the National Clinical Lead for SAFE, a Heath Foundation-funded RCPCH program that aims to improve situation awareness in clinical teams across England. Currently, he is Lead Faculty Quality Improvement at the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI) in Dublin, where he directs the Leadership and Quality program to develop clinical leaders in quality improvement. He is co-founder and Chairperson of PIPSQC, the Paediatric International Patient Safety, and Quality Community.

Peter Lachman, MD

Lead Faculty Quality Improvement
Royal College of Physicians

Prof. Walid Zaher

Position: Chief Research Officer
G42 Group

Prof. Walid Zaher

Chief Research Officer
G42 Group

Professor Martin Green, OBE

Position: Chief Executive
Care England

Biography

Martin-Green has had an extensive career in NGO development, both in the UK and internationally, and is Chief Executive of Care England, the largest representative body for independent social care services in the UK. He is also Chair of the International Longevity Centre, a Trustee of Independent Age, Vice President of The Care Workers Charity, and a Champion of The National Aids Trust. 

In 2013 he was appointed Visiting Professor of Social Care to Buckinghamshire New University.

In 2012, in his role as Department of Health and Social Care Independent Sector Dementia Champion, he led the development of the Dementia Care and Support Compact for The Prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia.

In 2008 he was named care personality of the year and was awarded an OBE for Services to Social Care in the 2012 Queen’s Birthday Honours List. In 2019 he was presented with the Health Investor Outstanding Contribution award.

Martin Green writes and broadcasts extensively on social care issues and is on the Editorial Board of Community Care Market News and Care Talk magazine.

Professor Martin Green, OBE

Chief Executive
Care England

Raouf Khalil

Position: Founder & Chief Executive Officer
TruDoc

Biography

Mr. Raouf Khalil has 33 years of experience in outpatient health care services. Prior to founding TruDoc 24×7 LLC, Mr. Khalil founded and served as Chairman and CEO of multiple health care providers including Professional Home Health Services (PHHS), a company providing Home Infusion, Home Health, Hospice, and Durable Medical Equipment. PHHS was sold to Option Care Inc. a national home infusion company.
Mr. Khalil developed an innovative clinical model focused on 24×7 access to doctors for chronically-ill patients through providing over 40,000 doctors home visits per month in six states as well as a hospitalist program. Mr. Khalil also developed a unique healthcare financial reimbursement model based on membership and multiple distribution channels.

Mr. Khalil founded TruDoc 24×7 LLC in 2011. TruDoc 24×7, a leading 24×7 Care Level Management Solution is a 24×7 Entry Point for healthy, acute, and chronic patients, while traveling, at the office, hospital, or home. TruDoc 24×7, combines next-generation telemedicine, disease management, virtual clinics, on-site clinics, hospitalist, and home health including 24×7 telemonitoring to provide immediate access to full-time, highly trained, and licensed doctors, psychotherapists, pharmacists, and wellness experts. TruDoc 24×7’s doctors practice Evidence-Based Medicine based on NHS International Guidelines. TruDoc 24×7 has over 4.4 million paid subscribers and 6,700+ multinational corporate clients.

Mr. Khalil received an MBA from the University of Southern California; he enjoys travel, sailing, diving, and tennis.

Raouf Khalil

Founder & Chief Executive Officer
TruDoc

Rita Ghrayeb

Position: Young Leader
Horizon Private School

Biography

My name is Rita Ghrayeb. I am a distinction high school student at Horizon Private School Branch, Abu Dhabi with a total GPA of 3.94 out of 4. I am 16 and very passionate about sports and helping others as well as the environment. My participation in activities and programs ranges from being an executive assistant in an Eco-Club at school and participating in an ADNOC competition for designing new and improved service stations to participating in interviews conducted by the Inspired Youth Summit and taking part in football, running, athletics, swimming, and volleyball competitions in several schools along as in NYUAD. I am a very ambitious and determined person. I intend to study medicine (surgery in specific) at the University of Sydney, Australia.

Rita Ghrayeb

Young Leader
Horizon Private School

Saima Salahuddin, MD

Position: Consultant Family Medicine
Holistic Medicine UK

Biography

Dr. Saima Salahuddin has more than 10 years experience as a General Practitioner and Family Medicine Consultant. She worked in the NHS in UK as well as several private practices and setups across UK, Australia and United Arab Emirates. During the novel pandemic, she has adopted different telehealth approaches to overcome limitation and be able to assist her patients. She is currently licensed General Physician in UK, Australia and United Arab Emirates.

She earned her Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery (MB.BS.) in 1995 from University of Karachi in Pakistan. Then later in 2010, she became a Member of Royal College of General PractitionersUK (MRCGP). In 2012, she became a Fellow of Royal College of General Practitioner Australia (FRACGP).

Dr. Salahuddin has more than 40 articles and abstracts published so far and she delivered around 30 teaching presentations across different universities and platforms.

 TEACHING EXPERIENCE:

 Medicine:

Teaching Professionals how to cope with stress and make work more fulfilling

Teaching patients how to cope with health concerns

Teaching at GP training sessions and supervising Foundation SHO in GP practice

Regular in-house SHO teaching sessions (endocarditis, HIV-brain impairment, alcohol detoxification)

During the PRHO year, I was involved in teaching medical students on physical examination

Involved in an educational video for asthmatic patients right after MBBS

Taught colleagues how to use of Power Point to make presentations

Active participation in journal clubs

Involved in guiding PRHO’s in how to apply subcutaneous injections and speculum examinations

Guiding junior doctors through a major audit as audit lead 2006

Guiding colleagues and professionals to deal with difficult situations

Outside medicine:

She used to teach new actors/actresses during drama rehearsals for television and stage performances

She taught drills to the juniors, as a leader of a Woman Guards training program

AUDIT

2014   Audit on prescribing of Antibiotics in the light of UK regional guidelines

2014   Audit on Notes entry standards

2010  Developed ‘Patients’ Needs and Expectations Questionnaire’ for a population of 5000 patients

Audit lead in planning, executing and analyzing an audit comparing emergency SWL treatments with conservative SWL approaches (Barts & The London NHS Trust). I guided a team of junior doctors through the process. The data have shown a huge saving in bed time and other hospital costs and have been used to justify the employment of a third lithotripter operator and installation of regular emergency SWL slots. I will present the data on the Euro-American Urology Conference in Athens/ Greece in June 2006.

Independent planning, conducting and analyzing of an audit on Infection rates following breast surgery, Dept. of Surgery, Princess Alexandra Hospital Harlow. The audit showed (1) an increased rate of infections compared to national and international standards, and (2) a poor standard of documentation in the notes. The latter was the reason that results remained incomprehensive. Proper documentation was implemented on which basis the audit could be repeated later.

 AWARDS and MISCELLANEOUS:

2019 Video Community Talk show on STD and Impact on Youth ( Australia )

2012:  Reviewer for Türkiye Klinikleri Journal of Medical Sciences (Turkish Journal in English)

2009:  Panel Member for London Deanery Appeals Committee

2009: Bursary Award in Musculoskeletal Medicine, by Association of Practitioners with                                                  specialInterest (APWSI), accredited by Middlesex University

2009:  TV show – Children’s Educational programme on ‘Dreams’

2008:  TV show – Children’s Education on Flu and Cold on Community TV channel

2005:  Best Poster award: Salahuddin S, Kok DJ, Buchholz N: Dosage alterations to prevent                     intratubular Indinavir crystallization. XXth Congress of the European Association of  Urology, Istanbul/ Turkey.

2004: Member of the British Medical Association’s (BMA) Junior Doctors Committee

2003:  Medical Advisor for the Joint Hypermobility Association of Britain

2002:  Entry in: ‘Who’s who in the world’, 20th edition, Marquis, New Providence, 2003

1999:  Travel stipend for the work on Crystallisation of Indinavir (Merck, Sharp & Dohme®,                    Haarlem/ The Netherlands)

1998:  Research grant for the project Salahuddin-Buchholz S, “Buchholz NP, Kok D: Three                      glasses a day keep the stone away – the development of a new tasty anti-stone drink” (Urological Scientific Research Foundation SUWO, Rotterdam/ The Netherlands)

1997:  Award for the best presentation for “Prescribing TB drugs: Russian roulette or                          safeplay”. 3rd Biennal Conference on Chest Disease & Tuberculosis, Quetta/ Pakistan,

1997 INTERESTS OUTSIDE MEDICINE:

Social Work:  She has been involved in fundraising for Cancer Research projects in Pakistan and organized charity programs.

Physical andMental Fitness:   She regularly exercise, meditate  and learn new ways of developing physical and mental strength and relaxation.

 LANGUAGES:                English, Urdu, Dutch (basic)

Saima Salahuddin, MD

Consultant Family Medicine
Holistic Medicine UK

Sameeh M. Salama

Position: Chief Scientific Officer
Fedora Pharmaceuticals

Biography

Dr. Salama has more than 25 years drug discovery experience across several disciplines including the discovery and development of new antibacterial and antifungal agents. In addition to being the Chief Scientific Officer (CSO) of Fedora Pharmaceuticals Inc. (fedorapharma.com), he is also the CSO of Brass Dome Ventures Ltd.(brassdomeventures.com); an active member of the Multi-sectoral Federal Provincial and Territorial Task Group on Antimicrobial Resistance for the Government of Canada; Chairman of the Steering Committee of the Canadian Antimicrobial (AMR) Resistance Innovation Coalition (CAIC); Director on the Board of Directors of Alberta (bioalberta.com), a biotechnology advocacy group representing the biotechnology sector of the Province of Alberta, Canada; Chairman of the Board of Al Rashid Education Foundation (alrashideducation.com), a not-for-profit organization promoting post-secondary education of marginalized communities; and involved in a number of not-for-profit organizations. He also held several senior positions in both the drug discovery and contract research sectors, including several vice-president roles.

In his scientific capacity, Dr. Salama played a senior role in the discovery and development ofantibiotics including beta-lactmas, beta-lactamase inhibitors, fluoroquinolones, azoles, polyenes, as well as several natural products.

Additionally, Dr. Salama is business development professional with nearly 20-year experience in strategic planning, evaluation of new business and scientific opportunities, partnership and management, contract negotiations, as well as in-licensing and out-licensing of assets. He was actively involved in dozens of licensing and partnership agreements, including the licensing of Fedora’s Beta-lactamase inhibitors to F. Hoffman La Roche in a US$750 million license deal.

Dr. Salama received his Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University of Salford, UK, and published over 50 original research articles and presentations at international congresses. He is also an inventor on several original patents in the anti-infective and anti-inflammatory disease areas.

Sameeh M. Salama

Chief Scientific Officer
Fedora Pharmaceuticals

Senait Beyene, MD

Position: Senior Advisor
Ministry of Health

Biography

Dr. Senait Beyene is Senior Adviser to the Minister, at Ministry of Health- Ethiopia and President of Ethiopian Medical Women Association (EMeWA).

Before her current role, she has served as a CEO for the Center for Fertility and Reproductive Medicine and as a principal investigator for center of excellence for reproductive health at St. Paul’s Hospital Millennium Medical College in Addis Ababa.

Prior to joining St. Paul’s, she worked for International Center for AIDS Care and Treatment Programs (ICAP) in Ethiopia as an associate director of the central technical department. She has also served MOH as program coordinator for improving maternal and newborn health, as Regional maternal, newborn, child health and RH (MNCH/RH) adviser for Management Sciences for Health (MSH).

Her career began as Lecturer and head of department for the department of Pediatrics and Child Health at Mekelle University, College of Health Sciences.

Senait is passionate about holistic approaches for women representation, empowerment, career development and reproductive health rights and has demonstrated this throughout her career.She received her MD and her MPH from University of Gondar.

Senait Beyene, MD

Senior Advisor
Ministry of Health

Sharad Jain

Position: Senior Vice President
KAMCO Invest

Biography

Mr. Jain has over 20 years of experience in investment analysis and valuation of listed and unlisted stocks in various countries across MENA, Turkey and India. He is heading Global’s Private Equity team in the Dubai office. He has ten years of experience in leading private equity transactions and portfolio companies in MENA, India and Turkey.

Sharad has led key transactions such as TAV (an airport construction and management company in Turkey), Dubai Financial Market, Parsvnath Developers (a real estate and infrastructure company in India), Tasheed Real Estate Company (a real estate company in Qatar), a logistics company focused on over dimensional consignments and a component manufacturer in India. Prior to joining Global, he was a Senior Equity Research Analyst with Batlivala & Karani Securities India Pvt. Ltd, where his role included research and analysis of infrastructure companies and conglomerates.

Some of the companies covered were VSNL (owner of largest bandwidth capacity globally), Torrent Cables (the most efficient distribution cable manufacturer in India), KEC International (the largest transmission tower company in India with presence in 20 other countries). He was rated as the “Star Analyst” for Indian equities in the year 2004 by ‘The Week’ (a leading Indian business weekly). Sharad received his Masters in Business Administration from the Middlesex University Business School (London, UK).

Sharad Jain

Senior Vice President
KAMCO Invest

Sherif Al Barrad

Position: Associate Dean
MacEwan University

Biography

Prof. Sherif Elbarrad is the Associate Dean at the School of Business, MacEwan University. He was previously the chair of the Accounting & Finance Department – BCOM program. He has been involved in teaching accounting at eight universities in Egypt, Germany, Saudi Arabia and Canada for more than 32 years at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

He was the chair of the Accounting department at three different Universities. Prof. Elbarrad is a Chartered Professional Accountant (Alberta), and an Associate Member of the Montana Society of Certified Public Accountants (USA). He has extensive professional experience in the field of financial and managerial accounting. He also developed and delivered several workshops in the field of accounting for executive managers in different countries.

Prof. Elbarrad received Teaching Excellence awards from different  Universities. He has developed numerous accounting courses at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels at several Universities.

Prof. Elbarrad received both his BCOM (with distinction) and Master of Accounting degrees from Ain-Shams University in Egypt. He received his Ph.D. in Accounting through a joint program between Ain-Shams University in Egypt and the University of Cologne in Germany.

Prof. Elbarrad received the runner-up award for the Howard Teall Award. This award is offered by CAAA (The Canadian Academic Accounting Association). The Award “recognizes an individual who goes ‘above and beyond”’ to create original learning activities and to motivate students to pursue future learning opportunities and has a unique and innovative approach to accounting education.” He received this award for two successive years (2019, 2020).

Prof. Elbarrad had shared in peer-reviewing universities in both Canada and Saudi Arabia. Prof. Elbarrad has numerous publications. In addition to publishing research articles in reputable peer-reviewed journals, he has authored / co-authored several text-books for both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. His latest publication is a Financial Accounting textbook with Pearson Publishers.

Sherif Al Barrad

Associate Dean
MacEwan University

Sil van der Woerd

Position: Director
Co-Founder

Biography

In his films, music videos, and new media projects, Dutch native Sil van der Woerd combines exotic locations, stunning cinematography, and visual effects to tell heartfelt stories about ecological and humanitarian subjects. Sil’s recent works brought attention to topics like deforestation, overconsumption, global warming, and plastic soup, and collected many awards & recognitions. Sil studied Fine Arts in Arnhem, the Netherlands, and Visual Effects in Hollywood. In 2019, Sil co-founded Studio Birthplace, a studio that focuses solely on ecological topics and a sustainable future for our planet.

Awards & Recognitions:

Year Film Prize Festival Location
2021

2020

Mirage

Sleepless / RUD

Sleepless / RUD

Winner

Winner

Winner

Best International Short Fiction Film, Alicante International Film Festival

Best Cinematography, Fastnet Film Festival

Best Photography, Ushuaia SHH International Mountain Film Festival

Alicante, Spain

West Cork, Ireland

Ushuaia, Argentina

Sleepless / RUD Winner Festival Prize, Crossroads Section, Festival Cine De Montana Petrelda Elda, Spain
Sleepless / RUD Winner Best Cinematography, 15th Edition of Dieciminuti Film Festival Ceccano, Italy
Sleepless / RUD Winner Best Soundtrack, 15th Edition of Dieciminuti Film Festival Ceccano, Italy
Sleepless / RUD Winner Gülden Glöbe, Short Film Festival Kontrast Bayreuth, Germany
Sleepless / RUD Winner Premio Mejor Film Encrucijada, Cuenta Montes Spain
Epoch Winner Best Music Video, Festival Cortos Rodinia Villadolid, Spain
2019 Sleepless / RUD Winner Special Merit Award, Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival KL, Malaysia
Sleepless / RUD Winner Best Short Film, Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival KL, Malaysia
Sleepless / RUD 2nd Prize Best Film, Film Festival Of The Shortest Night Arnhem, Netherlands
Those Who Have Reindeer  Bronze Best Cinematography, Ad Stars Busan, South Korea
Birthplace Winner Best Film Inspired By Ecological Issues, Malescorto ISFF Italy
Birthplace Winner Audience Award, Fest – New Directors / New Films Festival Portugal
Birthplace Annual Winner Best Music Video, Queen Palm Film Festival Palm Springs, USA
Birthplace Annual Winner Best Cinematography In A Music Video, Queen Palm Film Festival Palm Springs, USA
Birthplace Winner Best Music Video, Ecozine Festival Zaragoza, Spain
Birthplace Winner Best International Documentary, Imperia Video Festival Imperia, Italy
Birthplace Winner Best Documentary, Int. Children And Youth Festival Cinemegaguay Almeria, Spain
Birthplace Winner Best Music Video, Ecu, the European Independent Film Festival Paris, France
Birthplace Winner Best Film, Reel Teal Film Festival Wilmington, USA
Birthplace Winner Best Experimental, Reel Teal Film Festival Wilmington, USA
Birthplace Winner Best Video Clip, The Blue Gold Santo Stefano, Italy
Terraform Spec. Mention Best Documentary, Festival Internacional del Cortometraje FIC Argentina
2018 Birthplace Winner Best Music Video, CamerImage Bydgoszcz, Poland
Birthplace Winner Independent Video Of The Year, AIM Independent Music Awards London, UK
Birthplace Winner Best Film, Punto Di Vista Film Festival Cagliari, Italy
Birthplace Winner Best Short Film, Corto Corto Mon AMour Palermo, Italy
Birthplace Winner Best Short Film, Cat.Environmental Issues, Villammare Film Festival Salerno, Italy
Birthplace Winner Best Short Fiction Film, Innsbruck Nature Film Festival Innsbruck, Austria
Birthplace Winner Royal Gem Diamond, Palm Springs Film Fest Palm Springs, USA
Birthplace Winner Most Inspiring Film, Carrboro Film Festival Carrboro, USA
Birthplace 2nd Prize Open Category, Barrie Film Festival Barrie, Canada
Birthplace Spec. Mention Best Experimental Short, Fincortex Int. Short Experimental Film Festival Colombia
Birthplace Nominated Best Alternative Video UK, UK Music Video Awards London, UK
Birthplace Nominated Best Cinematography in a Music Video, CamerImage Bydgoszcz, Poland
Birthplace Nominated Best Photography, Soundie Music Video Awards Barcelona, Spain
Terraform Winner Best Music Video Award, Short Shorts Tokyo, Japan
Terraform Nominated Best Music Video + Best Cinematography in a Music Video, CamerImage Bydgoszcz, Poland
Terraform Winner Best Experimental, Swiff South West London International Film Festival London, UK
Terraform Winner Best Documentary, 7th Visioni Corte International Film Festival Minturno, Italy
Terraform Winner Best Documentary Cinematography, Int. Film Fest. ‘Autumn At Voronet’ Gura H., Romania
Terraform Winner Best Film, Interactions Jury, 13th SoleLuna Doc Film Festival Treviso, Italy
Terraform Winner CortoNatura Award, 21th Gran Paradiso Film Festival Cogne, Italy
Terraform Winner Best Film, Audience Award, 16th Festival De Curtmetratges de Manlleu Manlleu, Spain
Terraform Winner Best Short, New Italians Jury, Sole Luna Doc Film Festival Palermo, Italy
Terraform Winner Best Short, Mt. Fuji, Atami Film & VR Festival Atami, Japan
Terraform Winner Best Documentary, Greenwich Village Film Festival New York, USA
Terraform Winner Best Music Video, Audience Choice Award, 42nd Cleveland IFF Cleveland, USA
Terraform Spec. Mention Best Short, International Jury, Sole Luna Doc Film Festival Palermo, Italy
Terraform Spec. Mention Best Miglior Short Documentary, Malescorto Int’ Short Film Festival Malesco, Italy
Terraform Spec. Mention Special Jury Mention, 6th International Audiovisual Festival Mambe Florencia, Colombia
Terraform Spec. Mention Special Jury Mention, Minidoc Polan, Toledo, Spain
Terraform Staff Pick Vimeo Staff Pick Online
Epoch Winner Outstanding Prod. Design, Spec. Jury Award, Autumn Shorts Film Fest. Kentucky, USA
Growth Winner Best Short Film, Gouden Hert, Gelders Doek Arnhem, NL
Growth Staff Pick Vimeo Staff Pick Online
2017 Growth Spec. Mention Spremio International, De Cortometrajes De La Universidad De La Laguna, Spain
Growth Winner Best Picture, Jury Award, 9th Wordless International Short Film Festival Tehran, Iran/Australia
Growth Winner Outstanding Editing, Autumn Shorts Film Festival Somerset Kentucky, USA
Growth Nomination Best of Fest, Autumn Shorts Film Festival Somerset Kentucky, USA
Growth Spec. Mention Short of the Year, Winter 2017 Madrid, Spain
Growth Spec. Mention Trani Film Festival Italy
Growth Winner Best Set Design, Gino Pellegrini Prize, Movievalley Bazzacinema Italy
Mantra Winner Best Experimental Film, My Hero International Film Festival Santa Monica, USA
Mantra Winner Best Music Video, DNBA Drum and Bass Arena Awards London, UK
2016 Mantra Staff Pick Vimeo Staff Pick online
Requiem 2019 Winner Best Film, Official Selection, Sisak Eco Film Festival Croatia
2014 Requiem 2019 Winner Best Music, San Gió Video Festival Verona, Italy
2013 Requiem 2019 Staff Pick Vimeo Staff Pick Online
2012 Tommy’s Theme Staff Pick Vimeo Staff Pick Online
White Swan Winner Best Music Video, Rutger Hauer’s I’ve Seen Films Festival Milan, Italy
2010 White Swan Winner Best Music Performance, Rutger Hauer’s I’ve Seen Films Festival Milan, Italy
White Swan Winner Special Jury prize, World Music Video, Amsterdam Film Festival Amsterdam, NL
White Swan Winner Special Jury Mention, Musiclip Festival Barcelona, Spain
2009 White Swan Winner Best Music Video, HDfest Event New York, USA
White Swan 2nd Prize Best Dutch Music Video, Shoot Me Film Festival The Hague, NL
Worms Winner Best Music Video, Cyprus International Film Festival Cyprus
2008 Worms Nomination Most Cutting Edge Dutch Music Video, Kosmopolis Hero Award Amsterdam, NL
Worms Winner November Edition of NPS New Arrivals Competition Utrecht, NL
2007 Worms Winner Music Video of the Month, Dutch magazine Music Maker NL
Swim Winner Best Animation, In De Maak Final Utrecht, NL
2006 Swim Winner Best Digital Short, Playgrounds Festival Tilburg, NL
Swim Winner Best Graduating Student, Academy Prize Arnhem Arnhem, NL
2005 Swim Finalist Global Student Animation Award competition New York, USA
Swim 2nd Prize Best Film, Tent Academy Awards Rotterdam, NL
Duet Winner Best Film, Beeldbuis Festival Zwolle, NL
2004 Duet Winner Best Film, Teek Festival Breda, NL

 

Sil van der Woerd

Director
Co-Founder

Stephanie Mercado

Position: CEO
Executive Director

Biography

Stephanie Mercado is a leader in healthcare association management and advancing healthcare professions. Since joining NAHQ in December 2013, CPHQ certification candidates have grown by over 95% in the last six years and membership by almost 50%. Stephanie has increased NAHQ’s prominence and value in the healthcare quality space, with the introduction of industry-elevating initiatives such as the award-winning Healthcare Quality Competencies Framework and the National Healthcare Quality Summit.  In partnership with NAHQ’s Board of Directors, and an outstanding staff and volunteer team, Stephanie led the development of the profession’s first ever comprehensive Healthcare Quality Competency Framework, and the profession’s first ever Workforce Study, offering critical insights to workforce development opportunities for healthcare quality and safety professionals. Stephanie speaks nationally on NAHQ’s behalf about the critical need to reduce variability in healthcare quality competencies, and the intense training needs that are in-play with the decreasing shelf-life of skills in the rapidly evolving healthcare market.

Stephanie has deep knowledge of healthcare issues gained from almost 20 years in association leadership roles, supporting both practitioners and healthcare executives. She has led the development of healthcare competencies and medical curriculum models, certifications, professional development and training programs, and advocacy efforts for societies and professions. Stephanie is a sought-after expert on healthcare association management and the topic of preparing the healthcare quality workforce to delivery on quality, safety and value. She has served on the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s National Steering Committee for Patient Safety, the Association Forum Healthcare Collaborative Steering Committee, and is a board member of the Commission on Accreditation for Healthcare Management Education (CAHME), and more. In 2018, Stephanie was selected as a recipient of the Outstanding Nonprofit Leader Award from .orgCommunity.

Stephanie Mercado

CEO
Executive Director

Stephen Albert Johnston

Position: Co – Founder
Calviri, Inc

Biography

Stephen Albert Johnston is the inventor of Calviri’s central technologies. In addition to Calviri, he has been a founder of Eliance, Inc. (Macrogenics), Synbody Biotechnology, and HealthTell (iCx), Inc. He is Director of the Arizona State University Biodesign Institute’s Center for Innovations in Medicine and Professor in the School of Life Sciences. He has ~ 200 peer-reviewed papers and holds ~45 patents. Prior to his appointment at ASU, he was Professor and Director of the Center for Biomedical Inventions at UT-Southwestern Medical Center and Professor of Biology and Biomedical Engineering at Duke University. He is a member of the National Academy of Inventors. Notable inventions and co-inventions include pathogen-derived resistance, the gene gun, organelle transformation, anybody therapeutics, immune signatures and high-density peptide arrays. With John Sanford, he invented the concept of immunizing with DNA and RNA (gene vaccines) over 30 years ago.

Stephen Albert Johnston

Co – Founder
Calviri, Inc

Stephen Smith

Position: Trust Chair
East Kent Hospitals

Biography

Stephen Kevin Smith is an academic and health executive who led the creation of the United Kingdom’s first Academic Health Science Centre at Imperial College London.Previously, Professor Smith was Principal of the Faculty of Medicine at Imperial College, London and Chief Executive of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust at its inception in 2007 then the largest such trust in the United Kingdom. More recently he was Dean of the Faculty of Medicine Dentistry and Health Sciences at the University of Melbourne having been the Vice President (Research) at the Nanyang Technological University and Founding Dean of the joint Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine in Singapore. He was a founder of the Sino-Chinese biotechnology company, GNI Group Ltd.

A gynaecologist by training, he has published over 230 papers on reproductive medicine and cancer and was awarded his Doctor of Science in 2001 for his work in Cambridge on the complex gene pathways that regulate the growth of blood vessels in reproductive tissue using gene network analysis. He was head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Cambridge. He now serves on the Board of Great Ormond Street, Children’s Hospital, London and a range of biotechnology and digital analytics companies.

Career

He began his academic career at the University of Edinburgh (1978–1981 and 1985–1988) and the University of Sheffield (1981–1985). Soon after, he served at the University of Cambridge as Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (1988–2003). He was also the Clinical Director, Women’s Services, at Addenbrooke’s Hospital National Health Service Trust (1997–2003). In 2004, Professor Smith served as Executive Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing at the University of Glasgow.

In 2004, he was appointed the Principal of the Faculty of Medicine of Imperial College London, heading one of Europe’s top medical schools through an active period of growth and development. At Imperial College, Professor Smith also led the formation of the United Kingdom’s first Academic Health Science Centre as Chief Executive. Launched in 2007, the Imperial College Healthcare National Health Service Trust was formed from the integration of Hammersmith Hospital National Health Service Trust and St Mary’s National Health Service Trust with Imperial College. His pioneering role in establishing the trust was recognised at the 2009 National Health Service Leadership Awards, during which he was named Innovator of the Year.

In 2010, Professor Smith was appointed Imperial College’s Pro Rector (Health), while remaining the Chief Executive of the Imperial College Healthcare National Health Service Trust. He took on the role of NTU’s Vice-President (Research) in September 2011 to lead the strategic development of research at the university, which is the fastest-rising Asian institution among the world’s top 100 universities in the QS World University Rankings between 2010 and 2011.

Research and innovation

Professor Smith has been active in research since 1978. A gynaecologist by training, he has published over 230 papers on reproductive medicine and cancer. For his work on the complex gene pathways that regulate the growth of blood vessels in reproductive tissue, Professor Smith was awarded his DSc in 2001.

Professor Smith is a founder-member of biomedical start-ups Metris Therapeutics Ltd and GNI Group Ltd, the latter undertaking a successful IPO in 2007 and is now listed on the Mothers market (comprising high-growth start-ups) of the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

Awards and appointments

In addition to his academic and clinical work, Professor Smith is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and the Royal Society of Arts. In 2009, the Health Service Journal ranked Professor Smith among the top 30 most powerful people in National Health Service management policy and practice in England. He was the only National Health Service chief executive to be included.

Professor Smith has served on numerous committees for organisations such as the United Kingdom’s Medical Research Council, the World Health Organization, the National Institutes of Health (USA), the National Health Service, the British Heart Foundation and the Wellcome Trust. He also sat on the Health Innovation Council of the National Health Service and is a Trustee of Pancreatic Cancer UK and chairs the scientific advisory board.

Stephen Smith

Trust Chair
East Kent Hospitals

Sven Rohte

Position: Partner
Accrescence Consulting LLC

Biography

Dr. Sven Rohte is a Partner in Accrescence Consulting LLC. Prior to this, he was the Chief Commercial Officer at Daman Health Insurance in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. A position he has held from 2010 to 2019. He was responsible for leading the company’s commercial activities such as sales and after-sales services, marketing, and customer experience management. He also oversees the management of the health insurance scheme for UAE Nationals, Thiqa.

Prior to joining Daman, Dr. Rohte served as Chief Commercial Officer at Thuraya Telecommunication Company in the United Arab Emirates. He has more than ten years of experience in strategic management; and has worked for Roland Berger Strategy Consultants on business transformation projects in the Middle East, Asia, Africa, and Europe.

Dr. Rohte’s experience includes academia where he was an Assistant Professor at the University of Trier. Dr. Sven Rohte holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration from the University of Trier, Germany.

Sven Rohte

Partner
Accrescence Consulting LLC

Taeia A G Hollands

Position: Young Leader
The Trafalgar School

Biography

Everyone knows me as Taeia, pronounced (Tay Ya).

I realized when I was living abroad for 4 years that my personality attracted people and friends and I was very quick to learn. One of the qualities I have is a caring attitude.

I realized this was developing a diplomatic personality that enables me to understand the perspective from other peoples position. I am sympathetic towards others but sometimes when I hear the facts being distorted, I always bring these things up so the truth is heard. I have an experience at school when I was 12, I was bullied and had to stand up for myself by sharing some very difficult facts with the head teachers … This taught me the power of the truth and to be strong in your own principles. The bullying stopped…

Throughout my time at secondary school I was a key member of the netball and rugby club and went on to join the ladies team at Salisbury Rugby Club. I have been chosen to assist the PE teaching department to umpire the lower inter-house school competitions in all the girls sports disciplines, Rugby, Rounders, Netball and Dodgeball.

MY HOBBIES AND INTERESTS

After having formal lessons in Bulgaria, I learnt to play the piano at the age of 6. This has led to an interest and the ability to play by ear which has led to me creating/composing my own music. I hope to incorporate this into a form of therapy/healing as I follow my interest in the medical/healing industry. These natural creative qualities that I am discovering also come out in Art and Language. I find drawing and painting of nature very rewarding and sometimes connect paintings to my music.

The sporty side of me keeps me fit and healthy and gives me a lot of understanding of working together with other people. I do worry at times that I may damage my hands when playing rugby but I enjoy it so much, I soon forget.

I have started to read a lot more in the past 2 years since studying for GCSE and now regularly read every evening. My interests are around a broad range of subjects that interest me.

I love cooking… Not just the ordinary meals but exotic recipes that involve being both accurate and creative at the same time. I started with simple Thai food recipes and moved on to complex Sushi. I don’t get the same excitement with pastry or sweet recipes.

Over the past 10 years I have also learnt and experienced a lot from my parents who have had a business which was very unusual. They always included myself and my sister in everything they did so we got to understand and enjoy lots of things that many of my friends didn’t. This I always look back on as it helps me understand better the complex adult world I am joining in the next few years.

AWARDS  

School: 

1st place-Public speaking

My speech on apprenticeships) 

Sports Leader of the year, 2019/20/21

Public: 

Player of the month, Ladies rugby club

Language:
Speak and write fluent Cyrillic (Bulgarian) Spanish GCSE (Grade 7)
Music:
Piano player (Classical)
Personal:
Public Speaking, positive attitude, organized, attention to detail, accurate
Social:
Team leadership, helpful, concerned EDUCATION

MY GOALS AND MY FUTURE

Since being interested in science from primary school level, I feel drawn towards the complex and amazing nature of the human body and the functions of all its subsystems in connection with nature. I also enjoy the practical aspects of science that many are put off by.

I am excited by biology and want to explore and understand so I can discover many things that will bring us a better future less dependent on artificial chemicals and pollution.
My future is focused on becoming a doctor in paediatrics.

The future is not completely crystal clear to me as so many things will change but the pandemic era that I have been experiencing has defiantly allowed me to become independent and responsible in a way I enjoy which will be very valuable to me in the future.

I am realizing that I am self – motivated, determined individual who likes and understand the power of team work. I have had the opportunity to join a pediatric doctor and a plastic surgeon to observe their work but the pandemic has put that on hold. This will help me decide the direction of my journey as I pass through 6th form in the next few tears.

My predicted grades for GCSE O Level are as follows:
English 7, Maths 7, Geography 8, Biology 8, Chemistry 7, Physics 7, Spanish 7, Music 9

WORK, JOB & OPPORTUNITIES:

My approach to a job and my first experience in the working environment is to have the opportunity to explore the skills and experience I have so far gained by putting them to work in the real world.
I have a lot to learn and want to give my time to exploring more about myself whilst helping the business/job by bringing in all my qualities that could be needed to do a great job, add value and be paid what Im worth.
How do I best learn, how to do, what I want to be?

Isn’t life just one long, happy, exciting, apprenticeship?. It is exactly that.

Learning practical skills, developing creativity and understanding ingenuity helps us discover who we are, what we enjoy, and most importantly what we want to be, and why. Apprenticeships accelerate the delivery of the essential foundations of life/work skills.

So what are apprenticeships?

Apprenticeships allow us to experience first hand the working environment. In doing so we and able to gain valuable work and life skills to lead us on to the next steps of our careers. Apprenticeships give us an insight to discovering the real world of work.

Who do we best learn from ?

A Sherpa in the context of the working world, is a wise, trusted, ethical and authentic employee, a mentor. Sherpa’s are highly skilled individuals. They prepare a safe route for you to follow. Reducing the risks, allowing you to absorb experiences whilst knowingly avoiding mistakes that lead to disasters. Having a sherpa at your side throughout your apprenticeship to help guide you through the failures and successes you will endure results in you gaining invaluable experience. An apprenticeship allows you to realise the subtle differences between those failures and successes you have to journey through to gain wisdom.

Here are 4 reasons why an employers is interested in apprenticeships.

75% of employers believe that apprentices are more important than ever to their business.

82% of employers take on apprentices to build the skills capacity within their businesses.
96% of employers who employ apprentices report benefits to their organisation.

Because apprenticeships are based in the workplace, not only do employers get the right skills they really need for their employees but we get the essential work/life skills, knowledge, experience and valuable wisdom. Apprentices are proof that life skills have to be learnt with guidance from wise, knowledgable people.

There is no short cut to learned skills when engaged in and responsible for, real life.

If I was on a discovery to an unknown future I would defiantly require a sherpa to guide me to where and what I want to BE. Let an apprenticeship both start us and take us on our happy exciting journeys through life.

Taeia A G Hollands

Young Leader
The Trafalgar School

Tayyab Rashid

Position: Clinical & School Psychologist
Health & Wellness Center

Tayyab Rashid, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical and school psychologist and works at the Health & Wellness Centre, University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC). For more than 15 years, using a culturally contextualized strengths-based approach, Dr. Rashid has developed strengths-based and positive psychology-informed therapeutic approaches such as Positive Psychotherapy, Strengths-Based Resilience (SBR) and conducted large-scale longitudinal research on the Flourishing of young adults. Having trained mental health professionals and educators internationally and worked with trauma survivors, Dr. Rashid is the recipient of the Outstanding Practitioner Award (2017) from the International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA). Currently, he co-chairs Campus Mental Health, a Canadian Community of Practice, and is Director of Practice with the International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA). Dr. Rashid’s clinical research has been published in academic journals and in textbooks of psychiatry and psychotherapy. His book, Positive Psychotherapy, with Dr. Martin Seligman, has been translated into several languages. Dr. Rashid collaborates with Human Flourishing Program colleagues to explore Muslim conceptualizations of wellbeing, develop therapeutic interventions for survivors of childhood sexual abuse, and empirically untangle symptoms of complex trauma from underlying moral injury and mental health issues.

Tayyab Rashid

Clinical & School Psychologist
Health & Wellness Center

THI THAI HANG NGUYEN

Position: Secretary General
Diplomatic Council

Biography

Thi Thai Hang Nguyen is the heart and the soul of the Diplomatic Council. She was born in Vietnam and spent her early childhood there. At the tender age of five, she was forced to escape her country due to the severe consequences of the war. She and her family were rescued by the German aid organization Cap Anamur and were given a new home in Germany where she lives since 1980. In her function as the Co-founder and Secretary-General of the Diplomatic Council, Mrs. Hang Nguyen’s core motivation is to bring together people from different countries, different cultures, different gender, and different religions in order to enhance diversity and intercultural relations. She connects diplomacy, business, and society to promote economic and social advancements, which are considered key factors to achieve peace and stability. She sits on the board of several non-for-profit organizations and has taken patronage for a number of social good activities, especially for child protection. Hang Nguyen is a regular speaker at international conferences including UN events in New York, Vienna, and Geneva.

THI THAI HANG NGUYEN

Secretary General
Diplomatic Council

Thomas Boyle

Position: Organizational Development Consultant

Biography

Mr. Boyle is a senior consultant specialising in Supervisory, Management and Leadership Development, Communication Skills, Performance Management, Coaching, Personal and Organisational Change.

Tom worked as a consultant for British Telecom for 16 years working on the change and cultural implications of the organisation’s transformation from public to private sector. As part of this change, he developed a Knowledge management and Collaborative Working practice and spoke internationally on these subjects.

Subsequently he worked for a range of clients as an independent consultant for 10 years in the Oil and Gas, Telecoms, IT, Banking, Insurance, Health Transport, Leisure, Property and Retail sectors.

During this independent period, he worked on the privatisation of an East European telecoms company, assisting the transition of 25,000 employees back to the civil service through a measured change operation. He also delivered management assessment and development programmes for two African telecoms and a Malaysian and a Middle Eastern mobile operator. At the same time, he helped a range of business owners to improve their businesses via the ActionCoach methodology.

More recently he headed up the Learning & Development function for 1800 managers in The UK Post Office during its separation from Royal Mail. Here he focused on building a coaching and commercial culture to help Post Office towards financial independence. He also developed the senior leadership programme for the top 50 executives in the company. In the same period, he has delivered a wide range of management and leadership training across Africa and the Middle East.

Tom has worked across a range of managerial levels from apprentices to managing director clients. His style is passionate, responsive and creative. He works to help individuals build their confidence to become more assertive in their management career and their lives.

He holds an MA from Glasgow University and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education. He also holds a Royal Society of Arts Diploma in Teaching English as a Foreign Language and a Diploma in Training from ITD (now CIPD). He is a fluent speaker of Swedish.

Thomas Boyle

Organizational Development Consultant

Virginia Simpson

Position: Interim Marketing
Growth Director

Biography

Virginia Simpson is a highly experienced Marketing and Growth Professional specializing in HealthTech Start-Ups, Social Enterprises, and Nonprofits in the UK, EU, and Southern Africa. Virginia has an international Innovation & Change career at IBM and Deloitte Consulting, and a successful track record of driving digital marketing strategies, strategic business growth, performance, and change.

For over 10 years Virginia worked with companies in Southern Africa including Deloittes in Cape Town, developing joint venture opportunities and building new markets. Her work at Irvin & Johnson (AVI) included developing markets for South African ventures in Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, and Thailand. Other joint ventures included mining, grain storage, farming, and food production. Since then, Virginia has been supporting Ankole Capital (Southern Africa) with its partnerships and investor relations from the UK.

Virginia’s work in HealthTech and Social Care has developed over the last five years with two successful brands iCareHealth (later acquired by Access Group), and KareInn digital care planning. She has experience working on initiatives that included NHS Digital (NHS), the National Care Forum, Aging2.0, and Care England.

Virginia is a champion of technology for good, social connectedness, and intergenerational ventures and regularly participates in discussions and forums that support these initiatives. Virginia’s interest in supporting HHERF comes out of her desire to improve global health for all and to find solutions to how organizations can work together to solve health problems and break down silos.

Volunteer work: chosen as a Business Mentor for the Prince’s Trust, helping young people turn ideas into viable businesses. She’s also a Trustee and Chair of Dream Africa Aid which creates sustainable change side-by-side with communities in Ghana. Her work there is focused on creating innovative approaches to sustainable development goals. The projects encourage health, wellbeing, education and job training through a strong community development focus.

She currently runs a Marketing and Growth business that supports start-ups, small and medium-sized businesses, looking to scale their organizations.

Virginia holds a BA from Smith College (Northampton, MA) in Economics and Psychology, from where she earned a Fellowship with the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Relations and a Diploma from Copenhagen Business School in Social Enterprise.

Virginia Simpson

Interim Marketing
Growth Director

Yasmine Sherif, LLM

Position: Director of Education
Cannot Wait (ECW)

Biography

Yasmine Sherif is the Director of Education Cannot Wait (ECW) established at the World Humanitarian Summit.

A Swedish national, Ms. Sherif is a lawyer specialized in international humanitarian, human rights, and refugee law (LL.M). She first joined the United Nations in 1988 and has served with the humanitarian, development, and peacekeeping arms of the United Nations.

With 30 years of professional experience, including with UNDP, OCHA and UNHCR, and international NGOs, Ms. Sherif has served in New York and Geneva, as well as in some of the most crisis-affected countries on the globe: Afghanistan, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Montenegro, Cambodia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sudan, the Occupied Palestinian Territory and Jordan for the Syria-crisis. In addition, she has led missions to Bangladesh, Chad, the Central African Republic, East Timor, Kosovo, Guatemala, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Uganda.

Ms. Sherif’s long-standing service to crisis-affected populations (refugees, internally displaced, children, and women), covers a broad range of operational humanitarian and development assistance programs in crisis/post-crisis settings, strategic policy-making at all levels, and management of highly effective and results-driven teams.

Ms. Sherif has also worked as an Adjunct Professor at Long Island University (LIU) responsible for the masters’ program on the United Nations and human rights and has published on humanitarian and development issues, as well as international law. She has appeared in the media in Scandinavia and the US and is also a Huffington Post blogger. Ms. Sherif is the author of the book, The Case for Humanity: An Extraordinary Session, which was launched at the United Nations in New York in 2015. In 2017, she received the annual “Sweden’s UN Friend” Award.

Yasmine Sherif, LLM

Director of Education
Cannot Wait (ECW)

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