Perspectives from the IHF Young Executive Leaders



Wednesday 11 September


Session description:

The IHF supports the development of healthcare leaders through executive networking and leadership development solutions. Since 2019, the IHF has run an annual programme for selected young executive leaders. This programme seeks to provide a space for those upcoming leaders to learn about and reflect on the challenges of the healthcare industry today, hear from more experienced leaders and peers from around the world, develop their leadership skills and create a strong international network. This network is sustained through the YEL Alumni network, and the YEL Alumni Ambassadors.

This year’s cohort gathered 47 participants from 32 countries around masterclasses and group works on key global topics. In this session, through lightning talks from representatives of those working groups and the YEL Alumni, hear about how young executive leaders envision the evolution of healthcare and how they seek to improve both their own and their organization’s leadership capabilities.



Wednesday 11 September



Dr Moustafa Abdelwahab

Senior Specialist for Healthcare Quality Improvement Programs, Department of Health, UAE

Dr Moustafa Abdelwahab is currently working as the Senior Specialist for Healthcare Quality Improvement Programs in the Department of Health of the United Arab Emirates. He is working on many projects such as the Jawda Automation, Pay for Quality, Hospital Rating Methodology, and Patient Safety Strategy.

In addition to his clinical interests, he was always been committed to lead various quality improvement and patient safety initiatives at institutions across the globe such as in King Faisal Medical Complex, King Abu Alziz Speciality Hospital, Taif University, Shiekh Khalifa Medical City, Rahba Hospital, and Cornich Hospital.

Dr Moustafa earned his Bachelor’s degree in Dental and Oral Surgery from the Misr University for Science and Technology, then his Dental Fellowship in Family Dentistry, Diploma in Public Health and Hospital Administration, and Master’s degree in Healthcare Quality Management from the Alexandria University’s High Institute of Public Health.  He also had his fellowship from the Institute of Healthcare Improvement (IHI) in Boston, Massachusetts of the United States of America.

He is a member of the Young Executive Leaders (YEL) programme by the International Hospital Federation (IHF), and he has been selected as the YEL Ambassador for the Eastern Mediterranean Region.

Mr Quian Callender

Director for Strategy and Planning, Hartford HealthCare, USA

Quian Callender, MHSA, FACHE serves as the Director for Strategy and Planning at Hartford HealthCare (HHC) – an integrated health system. He leads clinical institute business planning and strategy development that advances access to the highest quality care across the state of Connecticut and the USA.

Previously, Quian was the Strategy and Analytics Manager in Health Equity, where he supported high impact initiatives to improve health outcomes and eliminate health inequities. Some of his accomplishments while at HHC include crafting several business plans to expand cardiovascular services, transforming the administrative fellowship into a premier program, establishing equity-based data analysis standards, and developing HHC’s first equity analytics dashboard. Quian is known for his multi-faceted approach as a thought-leader, trusted advisor, and strategist in the space of healthcare access, equity, analytics and operations.

Quian is actively involved in the National Association of Health Services Executives (NAHSE) and American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) where he is a board certified Fellow. Quian obtained his Masters of Health Services Administration (MHSA) from the University of Michigan and BSc with Honors from the University of Connecticut.

Dr Tiza Chipungu

Junior Resident Medical Officer, Medland Hospital, Zambia

Dr Tiza Chipungu is a seasoned health professional with over 15 years experience in different sectors of health care. This experience has been gained primarily working in Australia and Zambia. She is currently a Junior Resident Medical Officer based at Medland Hospital, a leading private hospital facility in Lusaka, Zambia. She has a strong work ethic and belief in treating everyone with love and compassion.

Tiza is passionate about Anesthesia and intends to specialize in pain management. She sees herself advocating for improved pain management for patients in low-income countries like Zambia.

Tiza’s multifaceted interaction with the health profession is informed by a Bachelor of Medicine and a Bachelor of Surgery from the University of Zambia. This was preceded by a Master’s degree in Nursing Science from the University of Western Australia. Prior to this, Tiza obtained an undergraduate degree in Biomedical science from Murdoch University with an Honours degree in Human Biology from Edith Cowan University, where she looked at a possible target for deep brain stimulation in patients with Parkinson’s disease. Tiza has served as an aged care worker, a nursing assistant, a research assistant, a registered nurse and currently an intern doctor, in a two-year training program, learning the practice of medicine at Medland.

Away from medicine, Tiza holds a position as Honorary Consul of Australia to the Republic of Zambia. This role fuels her interest in diplomacy and international relations.

Prof. J. Antônio Cirino

Director of Education and Development, Associação de Gestão, Inovação e Resultados em Saúde - AGIR, Brazil

Prof. J. Antônio Cirino is a communicologist, quality manager, professor, and health researcher. He holds a Master’s, PhD and Post-doctorate in Communication from the Universitat de Barcelona in Spain. Currently, he serves as the Director of Education and Development at Agir in Brazil and as a Guest Researcher at CITEI – Center for Research in Technologies and Intermediate Studies in the field of Communication and Health at the University of Maia in Portugal.

Prof. J. Antônio is the Co-Chair on the Steering Committee of the Young Executive Leaders (YEL) programme and member of International Hospital Federation (IHF) YEL Alumni. He is also a member of the Center for Studies in Communication, History, and Health (NECHS-UFRJ/Fiocruz), a Specialist in Project Management, and has a Black Belt in Lean Six Sigma.

He is the Author of the book entitled “Management of Hospital Communication”, the Scientific Coordinator of the Hospital Manager’s Manual of the Brazilian Hospital Federation (FBH) – 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Volumes, and the Organizer of the work entitled “Health Services Accreditation Strategies”. Additionally, he is the Assistant Editor of the Electronic Journal of Communication, Information, and Innovation in Health (Reciis/Fiocruz).

Ms Sílvia Moreira da Silva

Director, Hospital de Cascais, Portugal

Project and Contract Management Diretor at Hospital de Cascais (Portuguese Public-Private Partnership Hospital). Economist (Master’s thesis in Health Economics), Master in Management, 19 years of experience in the Health Sector (including 13 years as a Manager and Head of Operations of Health Units); writer of health case studies and scientific articles. Executive MBA concluded in 2016 (best student award). IHF Young Executive Leader 2019. International work experiences cover countries such as China, India, Canada and Mozambique.

Ms Amal Dahri

Engineer- Environmental Health Officer, Ministry of Health, Morocco

Amal is a dedicated engineer currently serving in the Directorate of Epidemiology and Disease Control at the Ministry of Health of Morocco. With a deep commitment to addressing environmental impacts on public health, Amal plays an important role as the focal point for climate change and air pollution within the ministry. Throughout her career, Amal has led projects that address the health impact of environmental problems. Notably, she participated recently on conducting an assessment of the resilience and sustainability of healthcare facilities across Morocco, evaluating their preparedness against the challenges posed by climate change. This work extended to a detailed analysis of the carbon footprint of these facilities, shedding light on the healthcare sector’s contributions to the climate crisis and paving the way for informed policy-making.

Currently, Amal is focused on developing and implementing an ambitious action plan aimed at reducing the carbon footprint of Morocco’s healthcare sector. This plan is part of Morocco’s commitment to achieving carbon neutrality by 2050, as affirmed at COP28.

Looking ahead, Amal is focused on enhancing her impact through innovative strategies and collaborative efforts. She aspires to drive Morocco’s healthcare sector towards a sustainable future, ensuring that environmental stewardship becomes a cornerstone of health governance. Her vision is marked by a commitment to pioneering solutions that foster resilience, promote sustainability, and enhance the well-being of communities in the face of environmental challenges.

Mr Vasco Dias

Head of Strategic Planning and Projects for Ambulatory Healthcare Services, Dubai Health, UAE

Vasco has over a decade of experience in the healthcare industry in a wide range of public and private organizations, specialized in finance, strategic planning and operations, playing a pivotal role in several greenfield and expansion projects. He is currently working as Head of Strategic Planning & Projects in Dubai Health (Ambulatory Healthcare services).

Regarding faculty experience, he is currently MBA adjunct faculty at Strathclyde Business School (Dubai campus). Additionally, he brings MBA and PhD teaching experience in Strategic management, Finance and Business Analytics modules at Exeed College.

Vasco graduated from Strathclyde Business School (UK) with an Executive MBA with Distinction. Additionally, he obtained two master’s degrees in business administration and healthcare management from ISCTE Business School and NOVA National School of Public Health (Portugal). He holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of Coimbra (Portugal) and has completed executive education in Business strategy from INSEAD Business School.

Mrs Alison Girouard

Director, Nursing Practice & Chief Nursing Informatics Officer, Childrens Hospital of Eastern Ontario, Canada

Alison is a paediatric Registered Nurse and Health Care Administrator dedicated to professional practice, clinical operations and ensuring the delivery of high-quality healthcare services. She has almost 20 years of experience in the healthcare field including professional practice and education, clinical informatics, acute care operations, quality improvement and patient safety, nursing policy, project management, patient relations, administration, and front-line clinical care. She is a supportive leader who is passionate about best practice and leveraging data and technology to make impactful change to improve patient care and health system quality.

Mr Kobus Jooste

COO, Elegancia Healthcare, Qatar

Mr Kobus Jooste is a seasoned healthcare executive with over eight years of management experience, driven by passion and pragmatism. His expertise lies in building strong relationships and optimizing international healthcare operations through leadership, process improvement, digitalization, and financial acumen. With a proactive and innovative problem-solving approach, he has consistently delivered high-impact, action-oriented solutions that have transformed healthcare systems across regions.

He has led several process implementations and change management initiatives throughout his career – achieving operational improvements. His leadership style is rooted in leading by example through innovative communication and setting SMART goals. He is dedicated to creating initiatives that enhance operational outcomes within a patient-centric framework, ensuring continuous organizational development and sustainable success in the global healthcare sector.

Ms Marthe Jeanette Preteni-Isefjaer

Unit Leader, Frogner District in Municipality of Oslo, Norway

Marthe is the Unit Leader for the Mental Health and Addiction Unit of Frogner District in the Municipality of Oslo, Norway. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work and has further education in Personnel Management and Leadership in Healthcare. She has extensive experience working with municipal health services for individuals with developmental disabilities, mental disorders, and addiction. As a young health leader, she is committed to integrated health services and enhancing collaboration between the different levels of the Norwegian healthcare system.

Ms Arshia Yadav

Project Manager, Cedars-Sinai, USA

With almost half a decade of professional experience in international healthcare management, Ms Arshia Yadav’s core competencies lie in strategic business development and fostering international partnerships – particularly at Cedars-Sinai. Her mission is to enhance healthcare delivery and accessibility across diverse regions.

At Cedars-Sinai, Ms Yadav values innovation, collaboration, and a relentless pursuit of excellence. She brings a diverse perspective to their team, with her startup and finance experience, driven by her passion for creating impactful change in the healthcare industry.

Currently, as a Project Manager, she focuses on managing strategic collaborations with global stakeholders to strengthen Cedars-Sinai’s presence and ensure seamless care continuity. Her expertise in strategic planning and analytical skills has been crucial in navigating challenges and driving initiatives in the Middle East, UK, Eastern Europe, Mexico, and India. Partnering with governments and healthcare institutions, she aims to advance their shared objectives and uphold the highest standards of patient care.