Awards Committee


Dr. Lawrence Lai
Honorary Member, International Hospital Federation (Hong Kong)

Since 2018, Dr. Lawrence Lai serves as the Chairman of the Awards Committee. He was also an IHF Governing Council Member for six years before being appointed as an Honorary Member in 2015.

Dr. Lai is currently Honorary Senior Advisor to the Hong Kong Hospital Authority (HA) and the Hong Kong University-Shenzhen Hospital, Honorary Professor of the Medical Faculty, University of Hong Kong, and Consultant to the Macau Health Bureau.

Representing the HA, Dr Lai has been heavily involved in the work of the Asian Hospital Federation (AHF). He was elected AHF President for two terms and served as immediate Past President.

Dr. Lai has received various awards during his career, including the 40th Anniversary Gold Medal in 2014 by the Australian Council of Healthcare Standards (ACHS) and the Bronze Bauhinia Star by the Hong Kong Government in 2009.


Mr. Charles R. Evans 
Honorary Member, IHF; President, International Health Services Group and Senior Advisor, Jackson Healthcare (USA)

IHSG is a social enterprise he founded in 2007 to support health services development in underserved areas of the world. Mr. Evans was a Special Advisor (Americas) to the IHF between 2012 and 2015. He also serves as a board member at Jackson Healthcare, MiMedx Group, PatientMatters, and on the Senior Advisory Board at MedAssets.

Additionally, he serves on the boards of several non-profit organizations. He also serves as a member of the Global Catalyst Group for Institutional Health Partnerships and the International Healthcare Management Competencies Consortium.

In 2012, he attained the Board Leadership Fellow credential of the National Association of Corporate Directors. He is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives; served as a Governor of the College from 2004 – 2007; Chairman Officer from 2008 – 2011; and was the recipient of the 2014 ACHE Gold Medal Award – the highest honor the organization bestows.

A West Virginia native, Evans received an undergraduate degree from West Virginia Wesleyan College, a Master of Arts from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA from Indiana University.

Mr. Clayton Astles
Chief Executive Officer & Executive Director, Austco

Over Clayton’s 12 years at Austco, he has held various roles including President of Austco Healthcare’s operating subsidiary Austco Marketing & Services (USA) Ltd. Clayton has helped build Austco’s reputation as a leader in the nurse call and clinical software solutions market and has been instrumental in the establishment of a Software Development Centre and manufacturing facility in Dallas, which is responsible for developing the Company’s next generation products.

Clayton has over 17 years leadership experience in the healthcare technology industry and holds a diploma in Electronics Engineering.

Dr. Hasina Ahmed Suliman Al-Harthi

Head of Research Section, The Royal Hospital in Oman


Dr. Al-Harthi is a trainer in epidemiology and research methodology including evidence-based medicine and statistical analysis package (SPSS) at The Royal Hospital, MOH, Oman Medical Specialty Board (OMSB). She reads on health innovation and multidisciplinary research. She leads the SMART-GREEN Hospital project and has various collaborations with academia on multiple AI projects.

Dr Al-Harth is also a member of the Central Research and Ethical Review & Approve Committee- Ministry of Health, Sultanate of Oman, Research and Ethical Review & Approve Committee (The Royal Hospital), and the Regional Research and Ethical Review and Approve Committee (Directorate General of Health Services in Muscat Region).

Dr. Satoru Komatsumoto
President, Asian Hospital Federation (AHF)
Vice-President, Japan Hospital Association (JHA)
Chief Executive Officer, Director, Ashikaga Red Cross Hospital, Tochigi, Japan


Dr. Komatsumoto is Vice-President of the Japan Hospital Association (JHA) and the Chief Executive Officer, Director, of Ashikaga Red Cross Hospital, Tochigi, Japan.


Dr. Komatsumoto trained as a Medical Doctor at the Keio University School of Medicine in Tokyo. Later in his career he graduated with an MBA from the Tokyo Medical and Dental University. He spent time abroad working at the University of Pennsylvania for two years before returning to Japan to take up the position of Chief Physician in the Department of Neurology at Keio University.


Dr. Komatsumoto has been the Director of Ashikaga Red Cross Hospital since 2008 and oversaw the construction of the new, award-winning hospital that opened in 2011. Alongside this role, he is a clinical professor at universities in Japan.

Mr. Shiro Tsukami
Engineering Director, NIKKEN SEKKEI

Specialized in Mechanical Engineering, Mr. Tsukami has been working as a Mechanical Engineer since 1997, mainly in Healthcare and Hospital projects.

Mr. Tsukami has been working mostly on projects considering with energy & water saving system and BCP.

He has obtained several recognitions for sustainable design and development of energy saving system. He was part of the team that enabled the Ashikaga Red Cross Hospital to win the IHF Awards in 2019.

Dr. Kwang Tae Kim
Founder of the IHF Awards, Past President, IHF; Chairman, Daerim Saint Mary’s Hospital (South Korea)

During his IHF presidency (2013–2015), Dr. Kim initiated the IHF Awards Program to promote IHF’s visibility and its role as a knowledge hub.

Dr. Kim trained as a general surgeon before moving into healthcare administration. He was elected President of the Asian Hospital Federation (2008–2009) and President of the Korean Hospital Association (2003–2004). Since 1969, he has served as Chairman of Daerim Saint Mary’s Hospital, Republic of Korea.

Alongside his healthcare roles, Dr. Kim demonstrates his dedication to the community through over forty years of Rotary Club membership. He served on Rotary International’s Board of Directors from 2005 to 2007.

Dr. Kim enjoys wide recognition from the Korean government for his services to healthcare.

Dr. Adelvânio F. Morato
President of the Brazilian Hospitals Federation (FBH)

Dr. Morato is in his third term at the head of the Association of Hospitals of the State of Goiás , Brazil. Alongside this role, he is also President of the Brazilian Hospitals Federation (FBH), which represents more than four thousand health establishments in Brazil.

Dr. Morato trained as a urologist surgeon. He later became the General Secretary of the Medical Association of the State of Goiás, and is a member of the Union of Hospitals of the State of Goiás and one of the partners of the Instituto do Rim de Goiânia.

Wui-Chiang Lee

Dr Wui-Chiang Lee
Chief, Department of Medical Affairs and Planning, Taipei Veterans General Hospital (Taiwan)
Taipei Veterans General Hospital is one of the world-known medical centers in Taiwan. No only a highly-acclaimed gastroenterologist, Dr. Lee dedicates himself to quality and patient safety on a global scale. Deciding to open a new chapter, Dr. Lee joined Johns Hopkins and earned a PhD (2005) and MHS (2002) from the Department of Health Policy and Management. After coming back to Taiwan, he assumed top-ranked positions, such as CEO of the Joint Commission of Taiwan (JCT), and Director-General of the Ministry of Health and Welfare. Soon thereafter, Dr. Lee was appointed as president of the Asian Society for Quality in Health Care (ASQua) and successfully led its four glory years. He has also served as an institutional board member and Chairman of Education Committee of International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua) since 2014. The highly-praised international fellowship program among ISQua/ASQua/JCT is one of his many accomplishments. Now he engages in an international project for patient safety culture measurement and improvement.

Prof. Carlos Pereira Alves

President, Portuguese Association for Hospital Development (Portugal)

Prof. Carlos Pereira Alves serves as the President of the Board of Portuguese Association for Hospital Development (APDH) since 2016. He also represents Portugal as Governor of the HOPE Board of Governors of the European Federation of Hospitals. From 2011 to 2015, he also represented Portugal as an elected member of the IHF Governing Council.

Prof. Alves is a General and Vascular Surgeon and Professor of Surgery at the Faculty of Medical Sciences, Universidade Nova de Lisboa.

He held various roles, such as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Subgroup Hospitalar Capuchos/ Desterro – Arroios de (1997 to 2004), Head of the Surgery Service of the Hospital de Santo António dos Capuchos, Lisbon, Director of Surgery at the Hospital de Santo António dos Capuchos (2004-2012).

Prof. Alves is also an author of several published medical papers and Vein Diseases chapters in the book “Patologia Cirúrgica” the Surgical Portuguese Book published by Mc Graw Hill.

Dr. Simon Tang, MD, MBChB, FRCS
Cluster Chief Executive, New Territories West, Hospital Authority; Hospital Chief Executive, Tuen Mun Hospital, Hospital Authority (Hong Kong)

Dr. Simon Tang is the Cluster Chief Executive (New Territories West) and Hospital Chief Executive of Tuen Mun Hospital in Hong Kong. He manages five hospitals, with a total bed number of four thousand, and eight general out-patient clinics. These services cover a region of over one million people.

Dr. Tang is an Emergency Physician by training and he has broad experience in healthcare administration. Before moving into his current role, he served as Deputy Hospital Chief Executive where he supported the Cluster Chief Executive in a number of key initiatives.

Dr. Ekaterine Kavtaradze
Deputy Director for Operational Excellence at Evex Hospitals, Georgia

Dr. Kavtaradze graduated from Tbilisi State Medical University with a specialty in medicine and went on to earn a master’s degree in pharmacology. She holds a second master’s degree in business administration and graduated from Caucasus Business School and Grenoble School of Management.

Dr. Kavtaradze has served as General Director of the National Center for Disease Control and Public Health and General Director of the Medalfa hospital. She has also held various positions at the Ministry of Labor, Health and Social Affairs of Georgia.

Dr. Kavtaadze has many years of experience working with international governmental and non-governmental organizations and has led various donor-funded projects in Georgia.

Dr. Anna García-Altés, PhD, MPH, MSc
Director, Catalan Health System Observatory, Agency for Health Quality and Assessment of Catalonia (AQuAS) (Spain)

Anna García-Altés is an Economist, PhD in Medicine and Surgery, MPH, and MSc Health Policy and Management. She is currently Director of the Catalan Health System Observatory, at the Agency for Health Quality and Assessment of Catalonia. She has previously worked as Lecturer in Health Economics at King’s College London & London School of Economics, as part-time consultant for The World Bank, at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and at the Barcelona local health administration. She is an active member of the Spanish Health Economics Association. Moreover, she has been recently appointed Vice-Chair of the Expert Panel on Effective Ways of Investing in Health, established by the European Commission. She has expertise in economic evaluation and applied econometrics, and has led and coordinated research groups.

Her main interests are around the areas of economic evaluation, assessment of public policies, health capital, and the contribution of health services to population health, areas in which she has published almost 100 peer-reviewed papers.

Ms. Salma Jaouni
Chief Executive Officer, Health Care Accreditation Council (Jordan)

Ms. Jaouni is the CEO of the Health Care Accreditation Council (HCAC) since May 2012, the Arab region’s only independent not-for-profit organization that aims at improving the quality of health and social care services and promoting safer care through accreditation and consultation.

Ms. Jaouni served previously as the Senior Advisor to the Prime Minister of Jordan on public and social policy; leading the Prime Minister’s Agenda on health and education improvement, social development, youth engagement and public sector reform. She has also a wide range of experience consulting on strategy, policy and operations working with Booz Allen Hamilton and holding key positions with World Bank and USAID funded projects.

Ms. Jaouni holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School, a Post Graduate Diploma in Health Systems Management from the School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London and a Bachelor of Sciences degree from the American University of Beirut in environmental health. Ms. Jaouni sits on several National Boards in Jordan as well as the Board of International Accreditation program for the International Society for Quality in Healthcare (ISQua); she is an ISQua conference abstract reviewer and has been an ISQua expert since 2014. In addition to having an excellent track record in leadership, negotiation, and communication skills. Ms. Jaouni is the recipient of several awards on leadership.

Dr. Mansour Mohamed Yousef, MD
Consultant in Anesthesiology and Chief Medical Officer, Rashid Hospital, Dubai Health Authority (UAE)

Dr Mansour has started his career in Rashid Hospital since 1994.  He has served previously as Head of Anesthesia Department at Rashid Hospital.

Rashid Hospital is a JCIA accredited 613-bed public hospital.  It is an academic, specialized, tertiary Level-1 Facility and Trauma Center.  It is also a hospital of last resort and the regional mass casualty and disaster receiving facility of Dubai.
Dr. Mansour Mohammed Yousef Nadhari received his degree, German Board FACHARZT in Anesthesiology, which is recognized by Medical Council of Berlin in 2002.

He has served as Chairman of many international conferences including Middle East & North Africa Anesthesia Congress and Chairman of Pan Arab Federation of Society of Anesthesiology.  He is a founding member of World Academic Congress of Emergency Medicine.

He is a member of the Medical Council, Central Disaster, and Higher Committees for Medical Liability in the government of UAE.


Mr. Bertrand Levrat
Director-General of the University Hospitals of Geneva (HUG)

A barrister by training, Mr. Levrat started his career on humanitarian assignments with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. He then served as ICRC’s representative at the United Nations in New York.

After returning to Switzerland, he became Deputy Director of the Geneva state social services before becoming Chief Executive Officer of the Hospice Général, which is in charge of social welfare and asylum seekers in Geneva.

In addition to his current position, he serves as President of the University Medicine Association (UNIMED) and is a board member of several foundations focusing on health and medical research as well as innovative approaches and technologies in healthcare.

Dr Erik Kreyberg Normann
Past President, IHF; CEO, Normann Consulting (Norway)

Dr. Erik Kreyberg Normann has served as Treasurer, President Designate, President and Immediate Past President of the IHF. He is the President of The Norwegian Hospital and Health Service Association (NSH). Dr. Normann now runs his own consultancy company, working with different healthcare institutions and municipalities in Norway.

Dr. Normann trained as a Pediatrician but for the last twenty years he has mostly been employed in different management positions. He has been the CEO of several hospitals in Norway. He was also the CEO of The Oslo Municipal Child and Family Services; the child protection service, child and adolescent psychiatry and family services in Oslo.

Dr. Normann has been the Director of the Department of Hospital Services in the Norwegian Directorate of Health, the Secretary-General of the Norwegian Air Ambulance Foundation and CEO of the largest private diagnostic imaging provider in Norway. He also ran a private emergency clinic for children.

Dr. Normann also served as the President of both the UNICEF Norway and the Nordic Society on Child Abuse and Neglect.

Dr Muna Abdul Razzaq Tahlak
Chief Executive Officer of Latifa Hospital, part of the Dubai Health Authority (DHA), United Arab Emirates

Dr Tahlak is an obstetrics and gynaecology consultant. She is also the first Emirati woman to complete her specialization in obstetrics and gynecology from the Johns Hopkins Hospital. She is American board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and a Fellow of the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Dr Tahlak is a regular speaker at conferences and has received various awards for excellence in her field. Alongside her role of IHF Treasurer and member of the Governing Council, she is a member of several other esteemed national and international societies and associations.

Dr. Henry Gallardo
Director General of Fundación Santa Fe de Bogotá (FSFB)

After earning his medical degree he specialized in hospital management and in healthcare administration with an emphasis on social security systems.

Before his current role, Dr. Gallardo was the Director of FSFB’s university hospital. He has also worked with Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices & Diagnostics as Health Economics and Reimbursement Director for Latin America and served as Health Director at Fundación Corona.

Dr. Gallardo has served on various boards in private companies and is Vice President of the Colombian Hospital Association Board. He is also part of the editorial committee of its journal, Hospitalaria. Throughout his career, Dr. Gallardo has lectured on Healthcare Systems at different universities and has published widely on topics related to the Colombian healthcare sector and its reform

Dr. Anna Riera, MD, MBA, Executive MPA
Head of International Affairs, Catalan Hospital, Health and Social Services Association (Spain)

Anna Riera is MD, MBA, MPA, nowadays Head of International Affairs at Unió Catalana d’Hospitals, Catalan Hospital, Health and Social Services Association. She holds a degree in Medicine from Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona, and Internal Medicine specialist. MBA from ESADE Business and Law School and Georgetown University, Executive Master in Healthcare Organizations Leadership, Health and Health Care Administration and Management. Executive Master in Public Administration from ESADE. She has also worked as healthcare consultant, in Spain and abroad. She is member of the Global Health Leadership Forum, from University of California Berkeley School of Public Health and Barcelona Graduate School of Economics and Universitat Pompeu Fabra Economics and Health Research Center (CRES). She has deep knowledge about Healthcare systems organization.


C. Douglas Shaw
Senior Vice President of Business Development for the American Hospital Association

Doug is a senior executive in healthcare analytics & business development with thirty years’ experience working with healthcare providers, payers, plan sponsors, and manufacturers.

He currently serves as senior vice president of business development for the American Hospital Association to sustain its mission through strong commercial operations, business partnerships, and financial ventures. Doug is responsible for enterprise business planning and improvement and for identifying and pursuing, within the AHA and with other organizations, growth opportunities that are profitable, productive, and strategically aligned.

Previously, Doug served as senior vice president of field engagement responsible for organizational and professional membership, and as chief operating & development officer of Health Forum, AHA’s for-profit subsidiary.

Before joining the American Hospital Association, Doug was vice president and general manager of the analytics business within McKesson Technology Solutions, senior vice president and general manager at Truven Health Analytics, and prior to Truven, worked at Aetna and Dun & Bradstreet in healthcare informatics roles.

He received his BA in mathematics and equivalent BA in English literature from the University of Chicago and his MBA from the New York Institute of Technology Ellis School of Business.

Ana Elisa Barbar
Ana Elisa M. Barbar 
Adviser to the Health Unit, Health Care in Danger Initiative
International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

Ana Elisa is an adviser at the International Committee of the Red Cross’ health operations on issues of violence against healthcare, having worked with the ICRC in operations in Latin America and Africa. She is a licensed psychologist with masters in Primary Health Care and International Negotiation, with previous working experience with the Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement and national health systems in areas highly exposed to violence.

Dr Joel Roos, MD, MBA, MHCDS, CPE
Vice President – International Accreditation, Quality Improvement and Safety

With his role at the Joint Commission International , Dr. Roos is responsible for developing and leading the overall strategic direction of JCI’s accreditation and certification programs. Dr. Roos provides oversight in updating and developing new international accreditation standards as well as lead efforts to enhance the international accreditation process.

Throughout his career, Dr. Roos has been dedicated to improving patient safety and the quality of care for active military personnel and veterans around the world. Most recently, Dr. Roos was the Assistant Deputy Under Secretary for Health for Quality, Safety and Value at the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), Washington, D.C.

Dr. Roos earned his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and performed his Emergency Medicine training at Naval Medical Center San Diego. He subsequently earned his MBA in Health Care Management from Brenau University, Gainesville, Georgia and an MS in Health Care Delivery Science from Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire.

Rulon Stacey

Dr. Rulon Stacey
Program Director for Graduate Programs in Health Administration at the University of Colorado Denver Business School

Dr. Stacey is an IHF Honorary Member, and is currently supporting the IHF’s Young Executive Leadership Program.

During his career, Dr. Stacey has served as CEO of several different health systems, including Fairview Health System in Minneapolis and the Poudre Valley Health System (PVHS) in Fort Collins, Colorado. Under Dr. Stacey’s leadership, PVHS became one of the first healthcare companies to receive the United States’ most prestigious quality award, The Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.

Additionally, Dr. Stacey has served as the Chair of the Board of Governors for the American College of Healthcare Executives, and was appointed by three different United States Secretaries of Commerce to multiple terms as the Chair of the Board of Overseers of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.  Dr. Stacey was twice selected by Modern Healthcare as one of the top 100 most influential people in US healthcare.

Alexander Preker

Alexander S. Preker
President and CEO of the Health Investment & Financing Corporation

Mr. Preker is a Founding Member of the New York Chapter of the Keiretsu Forum and LLP with Keiretsu Capital. He is a Commissioner with the Global Commission on Pollution, Health and Development. Mr. Preker is also a Member of the Board of the USA HealthCare Alliance and several healthcare companies. Up until 2019, he was Chair of the Editorial Advisory Board for the IHF Journal.

Mr. Preker has had a distinguished career, working at different times for International Bank of Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), International Development Association (IDA), International Finance Corporation (IFC) and World Health Organization (WHO).

He is an Executive Scholar at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, an Adjunct Associate Professor of public policy at New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Policy and an Adjunct Associate Professor for Health Care Management at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University in New York. In the past he has taught at the Berkeley/Cambridge and McGill University in Montreal. He was previously on the External Advisory Board for the Health Group at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Mr. Preker has published extensively, having written many scientific articles and authored of over fifteen books.


Dr. Aigul Kulmukhamedova
Acting Director at Mediker International Hospital, Kazakhstan

Dr. Aigul Kulmukhamedova is a radiation oncologist and leading health professional in Kazakhstan, serving as the executive director of Mediker International Hospital, the subsidiary of the country’s largest private medical company, as well as a board member of the two largest Kazakhstani private hospitals, Private Clinic and Meirym. After receiving her Bachelor’s in Medicine from Kazakh National Medical University and Master of Public Health from Kazakh National University, Dr. Kulmukhamedova conducted radiological research at the University of Lorraine before graduating to leadership positions at Swiss Pediatric Clinic and Keruen-Medicus Hospital in Almaty, Kazakhstan’s largest city. Under Dr. Kulmukhamedova’s leadership, Mediker has become the first medical group in Central Asia to be admitted as an official premier member of the International Hospital Federation. In addition to her work in healthcare, Dr. Kulmukhamedova is widely recognized as a speaker and role model for women in her home country.

Photographs of Rick Gundling of HFMA in Washington DC on 11/1/19

Richard Gundling, FHFMA, CMA
Senior Vice President, Professional Practices Healthcare Financial Management Association

As Senior Vice President, Healthcare Financial Practices, Rick is responsible for overseeing HFMA’s technical, professional development and content direction, leading the organization’s Washington, DC activities, and managing the association’s thought leadership efforts. Results of HFMA’s policy initiatives have been used by healthcare organizations, rating agencies, regulatory agencies, congressional committees, accounting standard setting bodies, state hospital organizations, and other government and industry leaders. Rick also serves as staff liaison to the HFMA Principles and Practices Board and has written an extensive number of published articles on broad topics within healthcare finance and the healthcare industry.

Prior to joining HFMA, Rick worked at the National Hospital for Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation in many leadership roles. In addition, he was Budget and Reimbursement Analyst for Prince William Hospital Corporation and served as Controller at the Visiting Nurse Association of Northern Virginia. Rick is a Fellow of HFMA, a Certified Management Accountant, and a member of the Institute of Management Accountants.

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