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 IHF Governing Council Member for six years before becoming an Honorary IHF Member in 2015.

Dr Lai is currently Special Advisor to the Hong Kong University-Shenzhen Hospital, Honorary Professor of the Medical Faculty, University of Hong Kong, Consultant to the Macau Health Bureau and ISQua expert.

Dr Lai has also been actively involved in the work of the Asian Hospital Federation (AHF). He was elected President for two terms and is currently member of the AHF Trust Fund.

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

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.

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Dr Robyn Begley
Chief Executive Officer, American Organization for Nursing Leadership (AONL); Chief Nursing Officer, SVP of Workforce, American Hospital Association (AHA)

In her role at AONL, Dr Begley leads a membership organization of more than 10,000 nurse leaders whose strategic focus is excellence in nursing leadership. She oversees a number of key initiatives involving workforce, quality and safety, and future care delivery models. In addition, she works collaboratively with the AHA to ensure the perspective and needs of nurse leaders are heard and addressed in public policy issues related to nursing and patient care.

Dr Begley previously served in leadership roles for various state nursing and professional nursing organizations. She has more than 40 years of experience in health care and has received numerous awards, including the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey School of Nursing’s Visionary Leader Award. She earned her D.N.P. at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Newark, obtained her M.S.N. at Widener University, Chester, PA, and received her B.S.N. at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. She was inducted as a Fellow into the American Academy of Nursing class of 2020.

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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.


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.

Shiro Tsukami
Engineering Director, NIKKEN SEKKEI (Japan)


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.


Kylie Woolcock
Chief Executive, Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA)

The Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association is Australia’s national peak body for public and not-for-profit hospitals and healthcare providers. Founded in 1946, it maintains its vision for an effective, innovative and sustainable health system where all Australians have equitable access to health care of the highest standard when and where they need it.

Ms Woolcock has worked in the health sector for over 20 years, starting her career as a pharmacist, before moving her focus into health workforce development, health policy and reform. She is passionate about reorienting the health system to achieve the outcomes that matter for people and their communities.

Ms Woolcock has extensive experience in the for-purpose sector, bringing the diverse views of stakeholders together with the evidence base to influence and effect change. She has worked with a range of health professions, service providers and governments; from a range of perspectives; and from a local region, national and international focus. She has postgraduate qualifications in health economics, artificial intelligence, training and management. She is a Visiting Fellow at the Faculty of Health, Research – Public Health, Queensland University of Technology.

Lee Lister

Lee J. Lister
General Manager, Austco Middle East and Africa

Mr. Lister is a 25-year veteran in Software & Services Solutions sales across Healthcare, Oil & Gas, Mining, Hospitality, and Correctional sectors. He is highly experienced in Real-time Location, Active RFID, sensors, and telemetry leveraging wireless networks. He also has broad experience in wireless-based voice, messaging, and security technology used by healthcare facilities.

Mr. Lister has spent the last 15 years in senior leadership roles focusing on Healthcare Communications, working across the Asia Pacific, Middle East, and Africa regions.

Mr. Lister joined Austco Healthcare in 2021 to lead the strategic development of Austco’s Middle East and Africa business.

Preetha Reddy

Dr Preetha Reddy
Executive Vice Chairperson, Apollo Hospitals (India)

Dr Reddy holds a bachelor’s degree in science and a master’s degree in public administration as well as an honorary Doctorate of Science from The Tamil Nadu Dr. MGR Medical University, given in recognition of her outstanding work in the field of healthcare.

Dr. Reddy also works with industry bodies and the government of India to advance policy decisions on healthcare. She works closely with the Quality Council of India and, under her guidance, teams from Apollo Hospitals worked with the Government of India to introduce the National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers accreditation.

In recognition of Apollo Hospitals delivering outstanding medical care during the COVID-19 outbreak, Dr. Reddy was awarded the EconomicTimes Businesswoman of the Year award in 2021. She was also awarded “Healthcare Personality of the Year” by FICCI.

Dr Risto Miettunen
Past President and Honorary Member, International Hospital Federation

Dr. Risto Miettunen was the President of the International Hospital Federation from November 2019 to November 2021. He’s also the former Chief Executive Officer of Kuopio University Hospital District in Finland where he was in charge of the preparation and implementation of board approved strategies, and ensuring quality care and service delivery, education, and research.

He started his career as a medical doctor and radiologist before moving into high level international roles in the global medical engineering and pharmaceutical industries. His experience also includes running his own European-wide consultancy in clinical audits, operational excellence projects, and venture capital between 2004 and 2009.

Dr Adelvânio F. Morato
President, 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.

Carlos Pereira Alves

Prof Carlos Pereira Alves

President, Portuguese Association for Hospital Development (APDH)

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.

Barbara Joers

Barbara Walczyk-Joers

President and Chief Executive Officer, Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare (United States)

Ms Walczyk-Joers has served as President and CEO at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare in Minnesota, USA since 2013.  As the United States’ first hospital dedicated to serving children who have disabilities, Gillette Children’s provides subspecialized care to children who have complex, rare or traumatic conditions affecting the performance of an individual’s musculoskeletal and neurological systems.

With more than twenty-five years of healthcare experience Ms. Walczyk-Joers has a focus on strategic performance and change management as well as health policy and advocacy. She has served in executive roles in a variety of pediatric and adult healthcare settings, including academic healthcare centers, community health systems and independent children’s hospitals. Earlier in her career she also served at a professional services firm. 

A recognized thought leader in healthcare, Ms Walczyk-Joers serves as the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and is also an active participant in other organizations including the American Hospital Association, the Medical Alley Association, and the Chloe Barnes Rare Disease Advisory Council.

Ms Walczyk-Joers studied acute care hospital management at Marymount University and holds a Master’s in Health Services Management and Policy from George Washington University.


Dr Joel Roos, MD, MBA, MHCDS, CPE
Vice President – International Accreditation, Quality Improvement and Safety, Joint Commission International (JCI)

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.

Alexandre Lourenco

Dr Alexandre Lourenço
Hospital Administrator, Centro Hospitalar e Universitário de Coimbra (Portugal)

As a hospital administrator at Coimbra Hospital and University Center, Dr Lourenço performs public functions in various institutions of the Portuguese Ministry of Health. He is also a consultant at the World Health Organization (WHO) for the areas of financing, health systems strengthening and health services delivery. He coordinates the Postgraduate Program in Management of Health Institutions at ISEG – Lisbon School of Economics and Management, and he is an Associate Member of the NOVA SBE Health Economics and Management Knowledge Centre.

He holds a PhD in Management from Nova School of Business & Economics, Lisbon. He is a Specialist in Hospital Administration (MHA), postgraduate in Primary Health Care Management and Master in Health Management (MSc) from the National School of Public Health.

He is also a board member of the  European Association of Hospital Managers and Treasurer of the European Health Management Association.


Dr Fadi Abdul Kader Ghazi Mirza
Consultant Obstetrics & Gynecologist & Consultant Maternal Fetal Medicine, Director of Obstetrics Department, Latifa Hospital (Dubai, UAE)

Dr Mirza is also an adjunct faculty at Columbia University in New York, United States of America. He received his medical degree from the American University of Beirut (AUB) in Lebanon before he relocated to the United States of America for post-graduate training. He completed a four-year residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Tufts University in Boston. He then pursued a three-year fellowship in Maternal Fetal Medicine at Columbia University in New York. He subsequently became certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG) in both Obstetrics and Gynecology and Maternal Fetal Medicine. He is a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG).

At an administrative level, he has held a number of senior positions at the American University of Beirut Medical Center; most notably, he served as the Founding Director of the Clinical Practice Improvement Program of the hospital and as Co-Chairperson of its Patient Safety Council. He was also the Chairperson of the hospital’s Credentialing and Privileging Committee. He had previously served as the Director of Medical Staff Affairs. In these senior roles, he worked closely with the hospital’s leadership and various departments as well as with the Joint Commission International (JCI) and its surveyors on a number of initiatives and site visits.

Hanna Degen

Hanna Degen
Policy Advisor, Financial Affairs Department of the German Hospital Federation (DKGEV)

Ms. Degen holds a master’s degree in health economics. During several research projects in health care, her interest in the hospital sector arouse. After having experienced the work processes and the day-to-day workflows in multiple departments of hospitals, she joined the German Hospital Federation (DKG) in 2018. At the DKG, she manages financial affairs dossiers.

The German Hospital Federation (DKG) advocates the interests of its members and represents all German hospitals, regardless of their kind of ownership at the national, the European and international level. The DKG is an important partner to policy makers and to political and administrative institutions as well as to other stakeholder associations and scientists. One of the most important activities of the DKG on the international stage is the exchange and transfer of knowledge with international partners within the International Hospital Federation (IHF), of which the DKG is a full member.


Dr Salim Al Maskari
Director, National Heart Center at the Royal Hospital, Oman

Dr Salim Al Maskari is an alumnus of King Faisal University, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He completed his fellowship in the field of pediatric cardiology in Melbourne University- Australia. He Is Fellow of the royal college of Pediatric and Child Health since 2008. He is currently a Senior consultant pediatric cardiologist and the Director of the National Heart Center (NHC) at the Royal hospital in Oman. He is an active researcher and has numerous publications.

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Dr Fawzi Al-Hammouri
Chairman, Private Hospitals Association of Jordan

A well-known healthcare leader in Jordan and in the region, he has played a major role in improving the healthcare sector and the quality of healthcare services in Jordan.

Dr Al-Hammouri is leading a huge effort promoting Jordan’s investment environment in the healthcare sector, and he is a strong advocate for improving the quality of healthcare in Jordan. He is often invited to speak at international conferences and forums to talk about Jordan’s success as a medical tourism destination.

Dr Al-Hammouri was the President of the Global Healthcare Travel Council (GHTC) from 2015 until 2017. He is one of the founding members and he is now the honorary president of GHTC. Recently, the Arab Hospitals Federation awarded him the title “Healthcare Personality of the Year 2020.”

Wui-Chiang Lee

Dr Wui-Chiang Lee
Deputy Superintendent, Taipei Veterans General Hospital (Taiwan)

Not only a highly acclaimed gastroenterologist and quality expert in Taiwan,  Dr Lee joined Johns Hopkins University and earned a PhD (2005) and MHS (2002) from Bloomberg School of Public Health. He assumed top-ranked positions, such as CEO of the Joint Commission of Taiwan (2011-2013), Director-General of the Department of Medical Affairs, Ministry of Health and Welfare(2013-2014), President of the Asian Society for Quality in Health Care, and an institutional board member and Chairman of Education Committee of International Society for Quality in Health Care from 2013 to 2017. Dr. Lee has dedicated to quality improvement, patient safety and digital transformation of Taiwan’s medical services for more than 20 years. He initiated the Smart Hospital Campaign in 2014, also engaged in many digital transformation projects of Taipei Veterans General Hospital since 2017 and joined the government plans on a national level. Dr Lee received the Johns Hopkins University “2021 Distinguished Alumnus Award” for his outstanding performance in SARS and COVID-19 pandemic control.


Dr Zeenat Sulaiman Khan
Regional Chief Executive Officer (Interim), Aga Khan Health Service, East Africa (AKHS-EA)

Dr Khan also holds the position of Global Head of Quality, Clinical Programs and Projects for the Aga Khan Health Services. Dr. Khan is also a Consultant with Joint Commission International (JCIA). 

Dr Khan holds a Doctorate degree from Johns Hopkins University, Masters in Healthcare from the University of Minnesota, and MSc in Nursing from Medical University of Smith Carolina College of Nursing and RN and BSc in Nursing, AKUSON Karachi. 

Dr Khan is responsible for providing strategic leadership to a senior leadership team comprising four CEOs for the AKHS-EA clusters and heads of finance and business development, quality and patient Safety and human resources, and information technology. She also oversees various infrastructure and facility development projects, including developing Kisumu hospital expansion, a comprehensive oncology building in Dar-es-Salaam and establishing the network of offsite and specialized clinics across the region. As the Regional Director Capital Projects of AKH, Dar Phase 2, Dr Khan has led the consultants and contractors to a successful completion of the project within time and within budget (US$45m). In addition, she led accreditation of JCIA and SafeCare in various hospitals and offsite and specialized clinics.


Dr Amir Eltelwany
First CEO of General Authority of Healthcare (Egypt)

Dr Eltelwany is a young doctor with extensive medical, scientific and administrative experience. His studies for master’s and doctorate degrees in diagnostic radiology have enriched his abilities in scientific research and follow the scientific methodology as a way of life, which is the secret of his success.

His work in various government hospitals in various medical and administrative roles made him familiar with the details of health care and the reasons for the suffering of both patients and medical teams.

His work as Director of the Technical Office of the Assistant Minister of Health and Population for Monitoring and Follow-up Affairs and deputy manager of universal health insurance made him a strong leader of an army of young people keen to develop the health system in Egypt.

He took the responsibility of Egyptian Healthcare reform when he was assigned as deputy director for Universal health insurance project in ministry of health and then he was assigned as Executive Director of the Public Authority for Health Care, to begin his journey to achieve his vision, which is to invest in health by following medicine based on scientific evidence and using the latest technological means to reach high quality health services available to everyone who needs them everywhere.


Sophie Beaupère
Chief Executive Officer of Unicancer (France)

Sophie Beaupère is a Hospital Director (School of Advanced Studies in Public Health) with a University degree from Sciences Po Paris and a Master in public management from Paris Dauphine University.

From 2015 to 2020, she has also been Deputy Director General of Center Léon Bérard – the French Comprehensive Cancer Center (FCCC) of Lyon – and Vice-President of the Association of Hospital Directors (ADH). Previously, she was Director of Activity and Finances at Gustave Roussy, FCCC of Villejuif, near Paris.

Sophie Beaupère collaborates with President Prof. Jean-Yves Blay in driving Unicancer’s strategic program.

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Sonia Roschnick
Executive Director, Geneva Sustainability Centre

Sonia Roschnick provides strategic leadership, holding principal responsibility for the development and implementation of the Geneva Sustainability Centre’s vision, goals and workplan, and management of its operations.

She joined the Centre from Health Care Without Harm, where she was International Climate Policy Director. She currently serves on the Board of the Climate Action Accelerator and is an honorary member of the UK’s Faculty of Public Health. Previously, she was Director of the NHS Sustainable Development Unit (2018–2020).

Ms. Roschnick is the author of the global roadmap to decarbonize healthcare (2021) and worked in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and the UK presidency of the UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) to collate the commitments of 53 countries and 50 health systems globally to a low carbon journey.

Dr Jaume Duran
Chief Executive Officer, Fundació Sanitaria Mollet (Spain)

Dr. Jaume Duran has been the CEO of a non-for profit institution, Fundació Sanitaria Mollet (FSM), for more than 13 years. Thanks to its 1500 professionals, FSM delivers social and health public services to a more than 165.000 citizens of reference in Barcelona metropolitan area, by managing 85 annual million € on average per budget.

Trained as general practitioner and holder of a Master’s degree in Business Administration, Dr Duran has occupied various executive positions in Catalan hospitals. He is also involved in governance and lobbying activities for the Catalan health sector, as the Secretary of the Director Committee at the Catalan Union of Hospitals.

Focused on increasing services to their customers by adding value thanks to quality improvement processes, Dr. Duran has a solid interpersonal, collaborative and teaching skills.


Oscar Gaspar
President, Portuguese Association of Private Hospitals (APHP)

He was Chief of Staff for the Portuguese Secretary of State for the Budget and worked as Economic Adviser to the Prime Minister from 2005 to 2009 and Secretary of State for Health from 2009 to 2011.

Oscar Gaspar is currently the President of the Portuguese Association of Private Hospitals (APHP), a member of the Board of the Confederation of Portuguese Business (CIP), and Vice President of the National Strategic Health Council of CIP.

He is a member of the Economic and Social Council (CES), of the National Health Council (CNS), and of the National Public Health Council (CNSP).

He is also the vice-president of the European Union of Private Hospitals (UEHP).

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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.

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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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Heitham Hassoun, MD
Vice President and Medical Director, Cedars-Sinai International

Dr Heitham Hassoun previously served as Global Medical Director for Johns Hopkins Medicine and was an Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Dr Hassoun is a multi-faceted clinician and global healthcare leader with a wealth of experience in international patient services, global collaborations and health system development. He was instrumental in the creation of Johns Hopkins Aramco Healthcare, a joint venture between Saudi Aramco and Johns Hopkins Medicine, as well as a number of other institutional management and affiliation agreements throughout the Middle East and Asia. Currently, he aims to expand the global footprint of Cedars-Sinai, a leading US academic medical center.

Dr Hassoun maintains a clinical practice in vascular and endovascular surgery, and he continues to educate and research in a variety of topics related to global collaborative healthcare and academic medicine. He completed his fellowship training in vascular and endovascular surgery at Northwestern University in Chicago and earned his medical degree at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.

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Eric Nelson
Associate Administrator, Sheikh Shakhbout Medical City (SSMC)

Eric Nelson has been employed by Mayo Clinic for over 25 years and is currently an Associate Administrator at Sheikh Shakhbout Medical City responsible for oversight of the Department of Medicine, Critical Care and the Emergency Department.  Prior to coming to SSMC in early 2020, Eric served Mayo Clinic Arizona as the Pharmacy Director and as the Operations Administrator for the Center for Individualized Medicine and the Department of Clinical Genomics. 

Eric received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois and his Master’s degree from the University of Arizona.  He is currently an Assistant Professor of Pharmacy in the Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine and Science. 

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Dr Larry Lee
Chief Manager (Integrated Clinical Services) of Hospital Authority, Hong Kong

Dr Lee is currently the Chief Manager, Integrated Clinical Services, Hospital Authority Head Office (HAHO) with an emergency physician background. He accomplished his basic medical qualification as well as his internship training in Sydney before he started emergency medicine training in Hong Kong in 1998. Dr Lee attained the specialist status in 2004 followed by fruitful administrative exposures before and after his appointment as associate consultant in 2008.  In 2016, he participated in the commissioning of Tin Shui Wai Hospital (TSWH) emergency department as the first consultant there and had further took up the post of deputy hospital chief executive who contributed the service implementation of this 300-bed hospital. In response with the COVID-19 situation, he was also appointed as doctor-in-charge of the Community Treatment Facility (CTF) in Asia World Expo (AWE) which was a major measure to handle the corresponding patient surge.

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Dr Salim Hasham
President – International, KKM Global Healthcare Group

Special Advisor for Africa, International Hospital Federation

Dr Salim Hasham is Executive Chairman of a hospital private sector company based in East Africa. He is also Adjunct Faculty at Strathmore University MBA program – Health Management specialization; global hospital trainer and hospital consultant for WHO.

He speaks widely at health conferences globally and continues to Chair selective health conferences globally. Prior to this, he served as Vice President Health Services for Aga Khan University and was responsible for the university’s global health systems enterprise in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

He has also served as Senior Vice President – Global Services for Johns Hopkins Medicine International based in Baltimore, USA and was responsible for managing its global strategy and service delivery with oversight of Chief Executives in eight countries.

Dr Hasham has also served as President and CEO of Hawaii Medical Centers, a two hospital and a skilled nursing facility system in Hawaii, USA.

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Maria Lourdes K. Otayza, MD, MHA, FPOGS, CESO V
Director, Philippine Hospital Association

Medical Center Chief II, Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital and Medical Center

Dr Maria Lourdes K. Otayza is currently the Chairman of Region 1 Health Research and Development Consortium (R1HRDC) and the Philippine National Health Research System- Research Management Committee (PNHRS-RMC). She is also an associate fellow at the Australasian College of Health Service Management and a fellow of the Philippine Obstetrical and Gynecological Society and the Philippine Society of Maternal-Fetal Medicine

Dr Otayza is a recipient of various recognitions including the Outstanding Filipino Physician Awardee in 2021, Gawad Career Executive Services (CES) Awardee in 2017, Most Outstanding Ilocano Awardee in 2016, Civil Service Commission Pag-asa Awardee in 2016, Dr. Jose P. Rizal Gawad Karangalan Awardee from the Philippine Medical Association in 2012.

Sverre Harbo, MD
Senior Advisor, The Norwegian Directorate of Health

Dr Harbo is a specialist in plastic and reconstructive surgery and a former Head of the department at Ullevaal University Hospital in Oslo. He also holds Master`s Degree in Management from BI Norwegian Business School and in Public Health from University of California, Berkeley.

He is now a senior advisor in Dept. of Hospital Services in the Directorate working towards the Health Care Sector on various issues.  The Directorate tasks as is to fulfil its role as an executive agency, as a regulatory authority and as an implementing authority in areas of health policy.  

Prof Edda Weimann, MD (LMU), MPH (UCT)
Professor of Child Health, Technical University of Munich
Associate Professor of Health Information Systems, University of Cape Town

Prof Edda Weimann is a pediatrician, endocrinologist, and public health specialist with international work experience. Prof Weimann holds positions as Head of Departments and Hospitals of tertiary care facilities. She serves as a Professor of Child Health at the Technical University of Munich and Honorary Associate Professor of Health Information Systems at the University in Cape Town. She has broad teaching and research experience and has published books and book chapters analysing the impact of Climate Change on child health and the transformation towards a carbon neutral health care. She has earned research and innovation awards for her work. Her new book published on Green Hospitals (High performance in Hospital Management) with Springer Publishing Company illustrates how to transform health services to become carbon neutral. She is member of the IHF steering committee for the Geneva Sustainability Centre.

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.


Ligia Kornowska, MD
Managing Director, Polish Hospital Federation

The Polish Hospital Federation, a member of the International Hospital Federation, is the largest hospital organization in Poland.

Dr Kornowska is the leader of AI Coalition in Healthcare for Poland. She is also a co-founder and Chair of the Board in Data Lake.

Dr Kornowska is listed among the “100 most influential people in Polish healthcare” for the last 3 years, laureate of “25 under 25” Forbes list.  She also held managerial positions in leading polish medical startups, a speaker and moderator at the most important conferences related to the healthcare sector.

Alexander S. Preker
President and CEO, Health Investment & Financing Corporation (USA)

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).


Nikolaus Koller
IHF Special Advisor, Europe Region

Nikolaus Koller, MAS MBA who graduated in Master and Business Administration was Managing Director of one of the biggest regional Austrian hospitals from 1984 –2014.

From 2012 -2014 he was the responsible coordinator for a large region of 400.000 inhabitants. Between 2000 and 2014 Mr. Koller was the Chairman of the Association of the regional (Styrian) Hospital Directors (made up of 60 members). At this time he was responsible for organizing 3 congresses for the hospital management, 2 national and 1 European congress in Graz, Austria. In 2002, he was elected to President of the Association of Hospital Managers in Austria, a position which he still holds today.

Currently he is also Governor of HOPE-Austria (Hospital for Europe) and Board member of EAHM (European Association of Hospital Managers).

Ahmed A Aloraij

Ahmed A Aloraij 
Chairman of Public Relation & Media Committee in Saudi Society for Health Administration
Saudi Arabia

Mr. Aloraij is a Senior Health Management Specialist in the Hospital Commissioning Unit in the Ministry of Health Saudi Arabia. Mr. Aloraij is also a Member of the Board and Chairman of Public Relation & Media Committee in the Saudi Society for Health Administration. Aloraij is one of the experts in Hospitals’ Commissioning in the Ministry of Health since 2018.  Among the tasks assigned to Ahmed include evaluating hospital operational plans, Buildup checklists and standards for hospital commissioning.

From 2016 to 2018 Mr Aloraij works as the Management Secretary in the General Medical Committee which covers: the Director of Administration, Performance monitoring, Medical Coordination, and Eligibility Officer and Supervising the referral of patients inside and outside the country.

Mr. Aloraij is a founding member of the Saudi Club for Quality and Patient Safety in Saudi Arabia, established in 2017.  Mr. Aloraij is also a Certified Assessor of the King Abdulaziz Award for Quality and Institutional Excellence.

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