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.

AONE: Robyn Begley shoot. Chicago IL. January 10, 2019. Photo by Andrew Collings.

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.


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.

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.


Kylie Woolcock
Acting Chief Executive Office, 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.

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.

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
President, Portuguese Association of Hospital Administration (APAH)

Dr Lourenço is a hospital administrator at Coimbra Hospital and University Center, having performed public functions in various institutions of the Portuguese Ministry of Health. 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. 

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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.