Scientific Committee

Omar AlRawas

Prof Omar Awadh Al-Rawas (Jordan)

Secretary General, Arab Board of Health Specializations
Scientific Committee Chair


MBChB, FRCP (Glasg), PhD

Professor Omar Al-Rawas is the Secretary General of the Arab Board of Health Specializations. He was the Director of the Medical Research Centre, Sultan Qaboos University (SQU), and was Professor and Senior Consultant Pulmonologist at the Department of Medicine of College of Medicine and Health Sciences (COMHS), SQU. He received his undergraduate and postgraduate studies at University of Glasgow, UK. He is a member of Council of Trustees, Oman Medical Specialty Board (OMSB) and the Council of Trustees of Arabian Gulf University.

His research focus is on lung function and epidemiology of respiratory conditions. He contributed to more than 90 publications in peer-reviewed journals, in addition to many conference presentations and published abstracts. He provides tertiary clinical care as Senior Consultant Pulmonologist in SQUH.

Leadership positions held in the past include; Dean of COMHS – SQU, Chairman of SQUH Board, President of Oman Medical Association; Chairman of OMSB Internal Medicine Scientific Committee, and Chairman of the Health Sector Committee of the Research Council of Oman.

Dr Farida AlKhaja (UAE)

CEO, Medical Support Services & Nursing Sector, Dubai Health Authority


Farida AlKhaja is leading six core services in DHA, Pharmacy services, Pathology & Genetics services, Clinical Nutrition services, Diagnostic Imaging services, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation services and Nursing services

AlKhaja has received her Bachelor degree of Pharmacy Sciences from Cairo University in Egypt in the year 1996. She received her Executive Master in Healthcare Administration from Zayed University in Abu Dhabi in the year 2009. In the year 2015, Alkhaja was graduated from the Government Leaders program from Mohammed Bin Rashid Centre for Leadership Development. In the year 2018, she was graduated from the Health Pioneers program in DHA from Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Government.

AlKhaja has vast experience in health care management. During her career, she has successfully participated in key projects in DHA such as transformation project of DOHMS to DHA in 2007, JCIA accreditation, digital transformation to Patient Electronic Medical Record, planning of several engineering projects.

Dr Zahid Al Mandhari (Oman)

Deputy Director, National Oncology Center, Royal Hospital


Dr Ismail Al Rashdi (Oman)

Director, Quality and Patient Safety, The Royal Hospital


Ismail Al Rashdi is the director of quality and patient safety, and a consultant in medical genetics, in the Royal Hospital, the largest tertiary care hospital in Oman. He was trained at St George’s Hospital in London and earned Master of Business Administration from the University of Leicester, in the UK.  With a great interest and passion for learning organization culture, leadership and change management, he works as a key member of the leadership team of the hospital and several committees at the national level. He led several improvement initiatives and gained great experience in healthcare accreditation, continuous improvement, and change management.  He actively participated in the transformation of the Royal hospital towards a culture of safety and continuous quality improvement, through the accomplishment of Accreditation Canada International (ACI) and several other developments. He became a surveyor for Accreditation Canada in 2017. He authored several well-received publications in the field of medical genetics and quality of healthcare.

Qasem Ahmed Al Salmi

Dr Qasem Ahmed Al Salmi (Oman)

Director General, Pediatric Pulmonology Senior Consultant, Royal Hospital


Dr. Qasem Al Salmi graduated from Sultan Qaboos University College of Medicine and did his residency and fellowship training at Baylor College of Medicine and the University of Texas. There, he attained US Board certification in Pediatrics and Pediatric Pulmonology. He completed a Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Texas-Houston. Besides being a senior consultant, Dr. Al Salmi is the Director General of the Royal hospital. During his 9 years tenure as the Director General, the Hospital received the Accreditation Canada International certification and several other awards. Dr. Al Salmi introduced programs for leadership development and LEAN methodology.

Jay Bhatt

Dr Jay Bhatt (USA)

Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, American Hospital Association; President, Health Research & Educational Trust


Dr. Jay Bhatt is Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of the American Hospital Association and President of the Health Research & Educational Trust. Most recently, he was the Chief Health Officer at the Illinois Health & Hospital Association. Previously, he was Managing Deputy Commissioner and Chief Innovation Officer for the Chicago Department of Public Health. He also is a practicing internal medicine physician in Chicago serving vulnerable populations and a member of the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern. He has been honored with numerous awards including Crains Chicago Business 40/40. He publishes and speaks extensively on innovation, population health, leadership, and quality. He graduated from the University of Chicago in 1999 with a degree in Economics. In 2008, Dr. Bhatt received his medical degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. In 2012, he received his Masters in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Dr Paulo Chapchap (Brazil)

CEO, Hospital Sirio Libanês


Physician graduated by Universidade de São Paulo. From 1986 to 1987, research fellow and visiting assistant professor in liver transplantation at the University of Pittsburgh. Ph.D in clinical surgery by the Universidade de São Paulo and, from 2007 to 2011, board member of International Liver Transplantation Society. Director of the liver transplantation program performed over 1,000 live donor liver transplants and General Director at the Hospital Sírio Libanês and Board Member at the Instituto Sírio Libanês de Responsabilidade Social, at Fundação do Câncer, at the Everis Foundation, Instituto Coalizão Saúde, Instituto do Câncer do Estado de São Paulo, Conselho Estadual de Saúde do Estado de São Paulo, and Conselho de Saúde da Federação das Indústrias do Estado de São Paulo. Pro-Dean of sensu strictu courses and President at the Instituto de Ensino e Pesquisa do Hospital Sírio Libanês.

Hong-I Chen

Prof Hong-I Chen (Taiwan)

Honorary Dean, College of Health Sciences, Chang Jung Christian University


Professor Hong-I CHEN currently works as Honorary Dean of College of Health Sciences in Chang Jung Christian University, also is a surveyor & team organizer of Joint Commission of Taiwan for hospital accreditation. He graduated from National Defense Medical Center as M.D. in 1973, after full training of urology/surgery, he served in the military hospitals. He acquired a PhD in neuropharmacology at University of Oxford, U.K., a master of medical management at Tulane University, U.S.A., as well as an EMBA at National Taiwan University. He had rescued SARS disaster of Taiwan when he was the superintendent of Tri-Service General Hospital in 2003.

Eric De Roodenbeke

Eric de Roodenbeke (Switzerland)

Chief Executive Officer, International Hospital Federation


Eric de Roodenbeke became IHF CEO in June 2008. His previous positions included Senior Health Specialist at the World Health Organization (WHO) for the Global Health Workforce Alliance (GHWA); Senior Health Specialist, World Bank; Senior management positions at the French Ministries of Foreign Affairs; various senior management and executive positions in large French university teaching and general hospitals. He has been educated in France: Ph.D. in health economics, (Paris-Sorbonne); Hospital Administration Diploma (EHESP-Rennes); and Diploma in Public Health (University of Nancy). He has published several books and in professional journals.

Assoc. Prof Paul Dugdale (Australia)

Executive Director Medical Services, Canberra Health Services


Paul Dugdale is Director of Medical Services and Medical Director of Chronic Disease Management in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Health Service, Associate Professor of Public Health at the Australian National University (ANU), and director of the ANU Centre for Health Stewardship. The Centre undertakes work on health department administration, clinical governance and the legal basis of health stewardship. Paul joined the board of the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA) in 2014 and was Chair from 2015 to 2017. Paul’s research interests include health policy, financing, and regulation from a social and political theory perspective.


Prof Helmut Kern (Austria)

CEO, Hospital of the Brothers of St. John of God, Vienna


Helmut Kern is CEO of the Hospital of the Brothers of St. John of God Vienna, Austria, and Deputy Chairman of the University Council of Vienna University. He serves as Non Executive Director of Global Companies and teaches Strategy and Business Policy at the Technical University Vienna. Before joining the healthcare world, he was a Global Partner at Deloitte and Head of Consulting at PwC.

Helmut Kern is passionate about efficiency and deregulation. He lives in Vienna, Austria and owns degrees in Management and Medieval History. Helmut is 53 years old, happily married, and has adult twin daughters. An Australian Shepherd completes the family.

Prof Marc Noppen (Belgium)

Chief Executive Officer, University Hospital UZ Brussel


Marc Noppen, MD, PhD, serves as Chief Executive Officer of the Brussels’ University Hospital UZ Brussel. He is pulmonologist by training, and holds a PhD in Health Sciences. He has authored or co-authored more than 145 scientific peer reviewed papers and book chapters, and was visiting professor at various universities and university hospitals (Boston, Montreal, Lille, Perth )He has additional degrees in Pharmaco-economics ( University Antwerp) and management ( INSEAD ).He is associate professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, and guest professor at Vlerick Business School Leuven-Gent in Strategic Hospital Management. Marc serves as a Director in a variety of academic and business-related Boards.

Dr Maria Lourdes Otayza (Philippines)

Medical Center Chief II, Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital & Medical Center; Vice President for Luzon, Philippine Hospital Association


Medical Center Chief II, Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital and Medical Center
Vice President for Luzon, Philippine Hospital Association
Chairman, PNHRS Research Agenda Committee (RAC)
Chairman, Region 1 Health Research and Development Consortium (R1HRDC)
Board Member, Association of Health Administrators, Inc.(AHA)
Gawad Career Executive Services (CES)  Awardee 2017, Malacanang Palace, Office of the President
Dr. Jose P. Rizal Gawad Karangalan Awardee, Philippine Medical Association, 2012
Most Outstanding Ilocano Awardee, 2016
Civil Service Commission Pag-asa Awardee, 2016
IHF-SIG Member since 2016


International Hospital Federation 39th World Hospital Congress in Chicago Illinois, October 5-8, 2015
International Hospital Federation in Durban, South Africa- November 1-3, 2016

Dr Hamid Ravaghi (Egypt) 

Regional Adviser, Hospital Care and Management, Department of Health System Development,  WHO EMRO 


Hamid Ravaghi is currently working as Regional Advisor for Hospital Care and Management in WHO/ Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office, Cairo, Egypt. Hamid has a PhD degree in Health Policy and management from University of York, UK. He is an Associate Professor of Health Policy and management in Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran. He has worked as an international consultant in the area of hospital care and management in different countries. Prior to this, he has served as hospital director, policy maker and advisor for health (hospital) sector since 20 years ago. He has taught in various masters and PhD programs and senior continuous education courses and published more than 40 articles in peer reviewed international scientific and professional journals. He is also member of different professional organizations and reviewer of several international journals.

Dr Anna Riera (Spain)

Membership Director, Unió Catalana d’Hospitals (Catalan Hospital, Health & Social Services Association)


Anna Riera is MD, MBA, MPA, nowadays Membership director 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. She holds an 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.

Dr Sameen Siddiqi (Pakistan) 

Chair, Department of Community Health Sciences, Aga Khan University Karachi


Dr Sameen Siddiqi is the Professor & Chair, Department of Community Health Sciences, Aga Khan University, Karachi Pakistan since January 2018. From 2002 onwards, he worked for the Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office of WHO and served as Director, Health Systems Development and spearheaded the work on universal health coverage. He has also served as WHO’s Representative to Lebanon and Iran. In Iran, he led the development of an innovative program to train 1,000 hospital managers. Earlier, he has also worked for the World Bank and Ministry of Health, Pakistan. Dr Siddiqi has a fellowship in internal medicine, master and doctoral degrees and fellowship in public health from United Kingdom. His areas of interest are health system governance, quality and safety of care, private health sector and public private partnership. He has multiple publications and book chapters and is the editor of the Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal.