LEADERSHIP

HHERF / LEADERSHIP

Ossama Salamah

Position: Founder – Chief Executive Officer

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.

Ossama Salamah

Founder – Chief Executive Officer

Nick Montague

Position: Chief Financial Officer

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

Hossam E M Ghoneim

Position: Chief Medical and Research Officer

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.

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

Chief Medical and Research Officer

Edi Sejdiu

Position: Chief Government Relation Officer

Biography

Edi Sejdiu is a Founder and Managing Director of ESMB Solutions based in Dubai, he also held different positions in the private and the public sector, and he has been Managing Director of ND Group in Western Balkans in the last 6 years and has worked with Ecolog International in Africa and Western Balkans on several projects.

Edi has worked also for several renowned companies in the past years on investments in the Western Balkans and Kosovo such as strategic projects in airports, highways, and the energy sector. He has extensive experience as a senior advisor for Kosovo’s Prime Minister and former President of Kosovo Hashim Thaçi for more than 15 years. He has graduated in Political Science and is fluent in English, German, and Serbian. He is married and is a father of 3 children.

Edi Sejdiu

Chief Government Relation Officer

Thomas Boyle

Position: Chief of Staff

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

Chief of Staff

Waleed Sabet

Position: Chief Marketing Officer

Biography

Waleed Sabet is the Chief Marketing Officer at the Human Health Education and Research Foundation. Over more than two decades he was highly recognized as a Marketing guru in Pharmaceuticals Rx, OTC, Immunology, Biologics, and Generics in Middle East & Africa. With solid experience in the pharma industry, he has performed various marketing and sales leadership roles. Having studied and worked in different markets and various organizations with diversified cultures, he developed an insight into the need for organizational change.

Having a patient-centric approach, Waleed performed different Patient Awareness campaigns while working in various Multi-National Corporations like Novartis, AstraZeneca, Sanofi, and Synergy Pharma. He helped patients that were uninsured or faced reimbursement barriers by setting up a program that was the first partial payment initiative in the UAE. Enrolled patients pay for a certain number of treatment cycles each year according to their financial ability and receive the remaining treatment free of charge. The program currently reaches 2,000+ patients at more than 90 hospitals across the UAE, many of them entering their fifth year of enrollment. The initiative has increased product sales by an average of 20-50%

Waleed holds a Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy and an MBA from City University in Seattle. He presented at many regional and international healthcare congresses as a key speaker. In his leisure time, he volunteers for an Equestrian non-profit organization that provides alternative physical therapy with practical and vocational education to individuals with special needs. Students learn to ride, drive and work with horses to improve balance, increase muscle strength, learn horse and stable management and increase their confidence and independence.

Waleed Sabet

Chief Marketing Officer

Mohammed Ismail

Position: CHIEF CORPORATE AFFAIRS OFFICER

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

CHIEF CORPORATE AFFAIRS OFFICER

Sevda Gasimova

Position: Chief Humanitarian Officer

Biography

Mrs. Gasimova is the Global Sales Director of the Zingali Acoustics and Director of Europe and Middle East office of Cuz Tech Inc. She has started her career at the Center for International and Strategic Studies at the age of 19 and worked in different sectors and responsibilities. Mrs. Gasimova looks back at over eighteen years of experience in international relations and humanitarian interventions including policy development, programming, analytical and strategic planning, as well as resource mobilization with the UN (UN Migration Geneva, FAO HQ), the Civil Society Organizations, and has extensive experience with the private sector in the field of renewable energy, and Technology.

Mrs. Gasimova is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Yemen Rescue Organization, the Myway Aid Ghana, and the Geneva Nations Institute and actively supports innovative practices for development to a broader spectrum of issues and domains.

By joining the HHERF family in the role of Chief Humanitarian Officer, along with her main responsibilities, she will help the team to develop strategies to meet fundraising goals, foster partnerships and utilize her extensive network to catalyze energies for knowledge sharing and cross-fertilization.

She holds a BA (Hons) Diploma in International Relations and a master’s degree in Human Development and Food Security. She is fluent in Azerbaijani, English, Italian, Turkish and Russian languages.

A dedicated mother of two daughters and currently residing in Rome, Italy she is passionate about helping others and an eager and enthusiastic team member.

Sevda Gasimova

Chief Humanitarian Officer

Ilan Geva

Position: Chief Strategy Officer

Biography

Ilan Geva is a global branding and consumer behaviour expert who provides consulting, teaching, training and help in developing and activating all brand touchpoints. He develops and creates Brand platforms including brand vision, strategy and personality, using strategic branding solutions for multinational, national and regional entities. Much of the work focuses on internal branding and understanding the consumers’ view of the brand. His work has won over 100 industry awards around the world.

For many years, Ilan taught Branding at the University of Chicago and Consumer Behaviour & Marketing at DePaul University. He is invited to speak at many international conferences and serves as a member of a few boards. He helped many countries, doctors, hospitals and healthcare providers solidify their brands while working with some of the largest and best-known Healthcare and travel brands in the US and abroad.

In 2020, Ilan co-authored the book “Global Brand Management”, published by Kogan Page of London. It is a thought after textbook for universities, businesses and individuals. Ilan visited 60 countries and worked with many multinational clients in many of them on 4 continents.

Ilan Geva

Chief Strategy Officer

Fahad Al Sufayeh

Position: Chief Technology Officer

Biography

Fahad Al Sufayeh is the Chairman and Founder of Fahad & Omid General Trading Company based in Kuwait since 2005. He has over 20 years of experience in developing and launching new businesses, providing strategic direction and executive leadership to his subsidiary companies to reach rapid growth opportunities establishing strong distribution networks in the local and Middle Eastern markets. His founding company has been working directly with many international corporations that are leaders in their sectors over the many years to drive their sales, profit growth, and market share leadership in the Middle East helping them reach their geographic expansion goals.

Fahad Al Sufayeh is also a major shareholder of MetaMedia Capital Inc a leading digital media and entertainment Los Angeles-based private equity providing expansion capital and buyout funding for businesses in growth sectors including Technology & Internet, Media & Entertainment. Focusing on exceptional high-growth SMEs, which are proven businesses becoming innovative international leaders and global challengers. MetaMedia Capital is a stage-agnostic development financier whose main mission is to analyze new investment opportunities, finance expansion plans, acquisitions, and buyouts.

In 2018 the Fahad & Omid General Trading company was contracted to be the trusted advisor for the Richardson-based company Prodea Systems Inc owned by the first female Muslim self-funded astronaut Anousheh Ansari who visited the International Space station. Anousheh Ansari is one of the richest Iranian Americans in the world with a net worth estimated at $750m, she is the CEO of XPRIZE Foundation and is known for her $10m competition that ignited a new era for commercial space flight.

Fahad al Sufayeh is the son of one of the first diplomats and politicians in Kuwait’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, his father traveled on many political missions representing the State of Kuwait around the world. His family has extended relations with Kuwait’s Ruling Royal Family through the former Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al Salam Al Sabah who ruled during the years from 1965 -1977. Fahad al Sufayeh is directly related to the Crown Prince of Kuwait Sheikh Meshaal Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah, he is also the brother-in-law to a prominent Governor holding the ranking of Minister and is a Member of the Kuwait Royal Family.

Fahad Al Sufayeh is recognized and trusted by International enterprises around the world and has been repeatedly featured in many international media outlets for brokering close to one billion dollars worth of technology contracts and having an estimated combined net worth valuation of 450 million dollars with his business partner Omid Rahravani who is an American Iranian entrepreneur and a trusted strategic advisor for very high-profile investors, members of Royal Families & Celebrities.

Fahad Al Sufayeh

Chief Technology Officer

Omid Rahravani

Position: Chief Public Relations Officer

Biography

Omid Rahravani is the CEO, and Founder of Fahad & Omid General Trading Company based in Kuwait since 2005. He is an American Iranian entrepreneur and an International Investor from Los Angeles, known as a goal-oriented dynamic business leader with over 25 years in business development with a long track of success in many regions of the World. His founding company has established a strong distribution network in the local and Middle Eastern markets working closely with international businesses to drive their sales, profit growth, and market share leadership in the Middle East, helping them reach their geographic expansion goals.

Omid Rahravani is also a major shareholder of MetaMedia Capital Inc a leading digital media and entertainment Los Angeles-based private equity providing expansion capital and buyout funding for businesses in growth sectors including Technology & Internet, Media & Entertainment. MetaMedia Capital focuses on exceptional high-growth SMEs, which are proven businesses becoming innovative international leaders and global challengers. MetaMedia Capital is a stage-agnostic development financier, their main mission is to analyze new investment opportunities, and finance expansion plans, acquisitions, and buyouts.

Omid Rahravani is also a trusted strategic advisor for very high-profile investors and members of Royal Families & Celebrities. In 2018 the Fahad & Omid General Trading company was contracted to be the trusted advisor for the Richardson-based company Prodea Systems Inc owned by the first female Muslim self-funded astronaut Anousheh Ansari who visited the International Space station. Anousheh Ansari is one of the richest Iranian Americans in the world with a net worth estimated at $750m, she is the CEO of XPRIZE Foundation and is known for her $10m competition that ignited a new era for commercial space flight.

Omid Rahravani has a passion for investing in startups, especially at the seed and growth stages.  He is recognized and trusted by International enterprises around the world and has been repeatedly featured in many international media outlets for brokering close to one billion dollars worth of technology contracts and having an estimated combined net worth valuation of 450 million dollars with his business partner Fahad Al Sufayeh who is related directly to the Crown Prince of Kuwait, Fahad Al Sufayeh is also the brother in law to a prominent Governor holding the ranking of Minister and is a Member of the Kuwait Royal Family.

Omid Rahravani started his career decades ago as a financial investment advisor at the prestigious Wall Street brokerage organization Morgan Stanley Wealth Management which has around 1.1 Trillion dollars of AUM. He was operating from the Morgan Stanley in New York and Miami Branch with a successful record in asset management, developing new business through highly innovative prospecting methods & closely coordinated team efforts.

Omid Rahravani

Chief Public Relations Officer

Ifeanyi Nsofor, MD

Position: Senior Vice President - Africa

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

Senior Vice President - Africa

Michelle Arrowsmith

Position: Senior Vice President
AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND

Biography

Michelle is an experienced leader in the healthcare sector. With over 25 years in healthcare across 3 countries, UK, Australia, and New Zealand. She has a good appreciation of different countries, their health systems and cultures, and the impact of these on the health outcomes of populations. Following her role as Deputy  Director-General of Health for System Performance and Infrastructure at the  Ministry of Health New Zealand, Michelle now supports the public sector, private companies, and health and care agencies in the delivery of healthcare and infrastructure across ANZ.  

Michelle originates from the UK with a clinical background, qualifying as a Dietitian and working for a number of years in clinical practice. Michelle has enjoyed the rewards of working as part of healthcare teams and in particular caring for people in their older years.  

Michelle has supported her professional body through Chair and Member of the  Scientific Programmes Committee and Council Member of the British Dietetic  Association and also has been and still is a strong advocate for Allied Health  Professions. She spent a number of years supporting AHP workforce initiatives in the  UK.  

Michelle has delivered in a number of senior health roles; from Dietetic and Therapy  Services Manager, Director of Operations, Chief Operating Officer, Deputy CEO, and  Deputy Director-General of Health demonstrating a breadth of experience from interacting with patients and the wider community; through staff and clinician leadership; operational and financial management, collaboration with partners integrating healthcare, infrastructure development, through to understanding machinery of government and working with Government Ministers. 

Michelle is committed to sound governance of healthcare systems and has worked on and to Boards through roles on the Council of the British Dietetic Association, the  Board of an NHS Foundation Trust in the UK, and has supported 20 District Health  Boards in New Zealand and their Chairs with Board development programs. She is also an Associate Member of the Institute of Directors New Zealand.  

Michelle holds a BSc Hons in Dietetics and is an Associate Fellow of the Australasian  College of Health Service Management. 

Michelle Arrowsmith

Senior Vice President
AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND