OUR TEAM

HHERF / OUR TEAM

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

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

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

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

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

Joseph S. Barcie, MD, MBA

Position: Senior Vice President – Latin America

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

Kathrin Gnilka

Position: Director of Business Transformation
HHERF

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

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

Kenta Ebisawa

Position: Managing Director
Japan

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

Maria Cecilia Aponte

Position: Director of Communication & Mobilisation

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

Director of Communication & Mobilisation

NOUREEN JAVAID

Position: IT MANAGER
PAKISTAN

Biography

Noureen is a Human Resource Officer in Khairun’nisa Eye Hospital. It’s a project of Vision Trust.  She is from Pakistan. Her job is recruiting and it gives her an opportunity to meet new people. Managing and Training is also the best part of her job.

QUALIFICATION:

She is doing an MBA in HR to grow further in her career. As a web designer, she is performing her role in HHERF. Designing a website is not only a job for her but also her passion.

She started web designing as a hobby, and after that, she became a professional Web designer.

NOUREEN JAVAID

IT MANAGER
PAKISTAN

Taeia A G Hollands

Position: Young Global Leader
HHERF

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 Global Leader
HHERF

Rita Ghrayeb

Position: Young Global Leader

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 Global Leader
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