Scientific Committee

SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE CHAIR:

Dr. Farida AlKhaja

Chief Executive Officer, Clinical Support Services & Nursing Sector, Dubai Health Authority, United Arab Emirates

Farida Alkhaja is working in Dubai Health Authority for the past 25 years. She 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. 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. Alkhaja was leading innovation program in DHA for several years she has also led several important PPP projects in DHA. Dr. Alkhaja is leading COVID19 testing and vaccination streams in DHA
Dr. Alkhaja received 2020 Gold Stevie Award for Female Executive of the year – Government or Non-Profit More Than 2.500 Employees.

Dr. Xènia Acebes Roldan
Clinical Operations Manager, Hospital Santa Creu i San Pau, Spain

Dr. Xènia Acebes Roldan started her health management career in 2012, first as Medical Coordinator (Head of Hospital Operations) at Bellvitge University Hospital  (large hospital with 725 beds, 31.500 hospital discharges per year, 34% of which are high complexity), and after with a promotion as Deputy Medical Director. During these years she has acted as Head of admissions and patient care management, being responsible for ER admissions, planning bed capacity, programming surgeries in the operating room, managing the optimum mix of patients to balance the actual demands with the planning of the outpatient appointments. Dr. Acebes Roldan was the Director of Healthcare Services in the Catalan Public Health Service from 2019 to November 2021. Her role include Macro Planning tasks from the perspective of an organization guaranteeing the covering of medical provisions included in the public health portfolio of the Catalan Government, as well as the design and organization of the health management processes with an integrative, global vision focused on its value. Through her professional journey she has developed skills on teamwork, decision making on the right time and form, focusing of outcomes, efficient communication and situational leadership. Furthermore, she had the chance of participating in micromanagement, meso-management, and macro management.as

Dr. Harith Al-Harthy
Innovation Officer, Royal Hospital, Oman

Dr. Harith Al-Harthy is an ‏Alumni of London school of hygiene and tropical medicine and trained as an internist within Oman medical speciality board. He has worked in primary health care facilities, secondary care facilities, national program management and currently working as the innovation officer of the Royal Hospital in Oman. He is a trained LEAN health care practitioner and trainer and has successfully led transformational projects in the Royal Hospital. He was a member of the organizing and steering committees of the 43rd IHF WHC held in Muscat in 2019 and is an active member in IHF . His interest are in the field of health systems improvement and sustainability with research. 

Dr. Ibtesam AlBastaki
Director of Investment and Partnership Department, Dubai Health Authority, United Arab Emirates

Dr. Ibtesam Al Bastaki is currently a Director of investment and private partnership at Dubai Health Authority (DHA), and is responsible of development of various Health projects within Emirates of Dubai. In addition to her main role and with 20 years of experience in healthcare she leads and guides on the best practices to ensure a proper holistic expansion in health care industries within UAE. She has also initiated the healthcare investment strategy; she aims to achieve the major six initiatives until 2021 and adopting a PPP concept in healthcare.
Previously, Dr. Ibtesam Al Bastaki was heading the health strategy and performance team at Prime Minister Office to aim and achieve the UAE vision 2021. Her role at the organization also led to the introduction of the National Key Performance Indicators and the revamping of the federal health strategy. Dr. Ibtesam’s wealth of expertise also includes her work with Ministry of Health (MOH) and the Dubai Health Authority (DHA). She has had the opportunity to be involved in several projects and fundraising projects within her capacity as the Director of Business Development and Projects at the Dubai Health Authority and has added more financial value to the organization.

Dr. Abdullatif Saad Alokifi
Assistant of Director General for GD of Hospital Affairs, Ministry of Health, Saudi Arabia

Dr. Abdullatif Alokifi is the Assistant of Director General for General Administration of Hospital Affairs, the General Supervisor of Wazen Program and the Chairman of Hospital Commissioning Unit at Saudi Ministry of Health, KSA. Coordinator for IHF. He used to be the Director of Strategic Planning and Operation in General Administration of Quality and Patient Safety at Saudi Ministry of Health, KSA. He is the Board Member in Saudi Pharmaceutical Society and Member for Saudi Society for Health Administration. Dr. Alokifi was the CEO of Aljazeera Hospital in Riyadh KSA. And he used to be the Quality Director of Alhammadi Hospital Riyadh, KSA. He was the Assistant Head, Ambulatory Healthcare Center Department at CBAHI.
He was also the Director of Pharmacy and A/Head of Continuous Professional Development at Riyadh Care Hospital (RCH), Riyadh. He is working as Pharmacy Surveyor at Saudi Center for Accreditation of Healthcare Institutions (CBAHI) since 2010.
Dr. Alokifi got his bachelor’s degree in pharmacy 2000 from KSU, Pharmacy College and his Master’s Degree 2007 in Management and Hospital Administration. He conducted many projects and improvement initiatives in shape the good pharmacy practice using the current updated quality tools.

Dr. Kalthoom Mohammed Al Blooshi
Director of Hospitals department, Clinical Services Sector, Emirates Health Services

Dr. Kalthoom holds a (PhD) in the Arab Board in Family Medicine from the United Arab Emirates. AlBlooshi is a graduate of Women leaders Program from Sweden, UAE Government Executive Leadership Category from the UAE Cabinet, and Women Leaders Program from the Mohammed Bin Rashid Center for Leadership Development, and Leadership Development Program from the Development Institute in Sharjah. She provides leadership for the Clinical and Administrative services at 16 hospitals and more than 200, 000 patients/ month in the Northern Emirates.
Dr. Kalthoom played an instrumental role in advancing the healthcare services at the Ministry of Health and prevention hospitals and in the developments of its performance and has introduced many innovative services such as the robotics in cardiac surgery, catheterization, general surgery and urology.
In addition to her position as Director of Hospitals department, she chaired many committees such as MOHAP hospitals technical committee, the Higher Committee for Research Ethics, Innovation committee among others.
She has also participated as a speaker in many global, regional and local conferences.

Julie L. Cerese
Group Senior Vice President, Member Connections, Networks and Performance Management, Vizient, United States of America

Julie Cerese is the Group Senior Vice President at Vizient and leads the member connections experience including networking, performance improvement benchmarking and collaborative and member training and education. In this role, she works with colleagues to support members to achieve their quality, safety, cost and market performance goals.
Having begun her career in nursing, Cerese has focused on clinical quality and performance improvement. She has conducted studies on the unique factors that differentiate top performers and has supported nursing and physician leaders to achieve their goals. Cerese has a keen interest in interprofessional education and collaboration.
Cerese holds a doctorate and also a master’s degree and bachelor’s degree in nursing from the Loyola University Chicago Niehoff School of Nursing.

Prof. Hong-I Chen
Honorary Dean, College of Health Sciences, Chang Jung Christian University, Taiwan

Professor Hong-I CHEN currently works as Honorary Dean of the College of Health Sciences in Chang Jung Christian University, consultant of Tri-Service General Hospital, 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 4 military hospitals. He acquired a PhD in neuropharmacology at the University of Oxford, U.K. in 1990, a master of medical management at Tulane University, U.S.A. in 2000, as well as an EMBA at National Taiwan University in 2006. He had rescued SARS disaster of Taiwan when he was the superintendent of Tri-Service General Hospital in 2003.

Claire​ Clarke
Director of Healthcare Engagement, GS1 Global Office

Claire Clarke is Director of Healthcare Engagement at GS1. Claire’s passion is to ensure that patients receive the best healthcare possible. Healthcare systems need support to eliminate errors and using global standards can help in achieving this. Claire is a senior nurse leader with over 25 years experience within the healthcare system, leading teams within complex organisations. Within these organisation Claire has led transformational business change that has delivered excellent business performance along with outstanding care delivery. Claire prides herself on enabling an open environment to enable teams to drive innovation, accountability and professional integrity whilst enjoying the job.

Prof. Dr. Olivier Costa
Staff Member, Medical Management, UZ Brussel, Belgium

Olivier Costa graduated as a Medical Doctor from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB, Belgium) in 2010. He then obtained his certification as a Clinical Pathologist, as well as a PhD in Medical Sciences from the VUB in 2017. For two years, he was responsible for the laboratory for chromatographic analyses of Metabolic Diseases of the University Hospital of the VUB, UZ Brussel (Belgium). Following the completion of a Master in Business Administration (MBA) at Vlerick Business School, he started as Staff Member of the Medical Director of UZ Brussel. In this role, he has been involved in daily committee work, but also in broader transmural projects, the management of Covid-19 and he played a leading role in guiding the hospital pharmacy through a period of comprehensive change.

Prof. Jaroslaw J. Fedorowski
President and CEO, Polish Hospital Federation PFSz

President, Polish Hospital Federation PFSz. President, Polish Association of Managed Care. Governor and member of the President’s Committee, European Hospital and Healthcare Federation HOPE. Member, Governing Council, International Hospital Federation IHF.
Graduate of the Silesian Medical University in Katowice, Poland.  Completed postgraduate medical education in Poland and USA.  Board certified physician in internal medicine, cardiology and managed care medicine (PL, USA). Registered specialist with the GMC (GB).  Clinical associate professor of medicine, consulting medical staff, University of Vermont Health Network (USA). Consulting physician, NEO Hospital Krakow (PL).  University professor and Council member Collegium Humanum Warsaw Management University (PL). Chairman, Medical Advisory Board Pharmacann Polska, Ltd. Chief Medical Advisor, SiDLY Healthcare Ltd. (PL). Member, Supervisory Board, Supra Brokers, Inc. (PL). Chief medical advisor and Supervisory Board Member of MedIce, Ltd. (PL). Member, Board of Councilors, Employers of the Republic of Poland (PL). Chairman, Editorial Board, Healthcare Manager Journal by Termedia Publishing House (PL). Member, Editorial Board, Journal of Hospital Topics (USA). Co-founder and past President, Hospitals of Poland Inc, hospital management company (PL). Member, International Jury, Waterfalls Initiative for Continuous Education (UAE). Certified sailing instructor and yacht master. Long distance swimmer and non-competitive triathlonist. Musician, Kardioband rock & blues Polish cardiologists’ group (drums).

Dr. Timothy M. Foggin
VP & Medical Director (Canada), Teladoc Health International

Dr. Timothy Foggin joined Teladoc Health Canada leadership in 2020.  Having started his medical career in family medicine, he later branched into travel medicine, public health and then healthcare management while simultaneously expanding his geographic experience from urban and rural regions of Canada to working in Asia. He later assumed medical leadership within International SOS in China and later joined Advance Medical (now Teladoc Health) in 2015 to build clinical operations, multi-lingual medical teams, product development and business across Asia. While overseas, he was Faculty at the Ottawa Shanghai Joint School of Medicine (OSJSM, 2016 – 2019) teaching medical humanities to eager students.
Dr. Foggin is now a Fellow of the College of Family Physicians (FCFP), the Royal College of Physicians of Canada (FRCPC, Public Health & Preventive Medicine), board certified in healthcare management as Fellow of American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE) and a Diplomate of American and International Boards of Lifestyle Medicine. He is Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia (UBC) School of Population and Public Health (SPPH), living in Vancouver, Canada.

Dr. Mohamed Hablas
Regional Director- Egypt & North Africa, Saudi German Hospitals

Dr. Mohamed Hablas is a healthcare executive with over 15 years’ leadership experience within the healthcare industry focused on hospital general management with a proven track record in establishing, operating, and developing tertiary green field hospitals across multiple sites within Saudi Arabia and Egypt.
He is a qualified and experienced medical leader assuming senior progressive C-level roles across Saudi German Health group managing hospital commercial operations and financial commitments, including quality, regulatory, training, and patient experience cycle management while executing international strategic medical alliances delivering standardized medical practices and outcomes. He currently leads the Saudi German Health in Egypt and North Africa region in the capacity of Regional Director, and prior to that he served at the Ministry of Health assistant office in Egypt during his earlier career. He holds a medical degree from Ain Shams University in Cairo, Diploma in Healthcare Management from the American University in Cairo, Diploma in hospital management from Missouri State University, USA, and an MBA from The Arab Academy and the Universität Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain (UAB).

Dr. Sai Praveen Haranath
Medical Director, Apollo eACCESS TeleICU Service, Apollo Hospitals, India

Dr Sai Praveen Haranath is a pulmonary and critical care physician at Apollo Hospitals, Hyderabad, India and is also a founding member of the Apollo eACCESS program which provides teleICU services around India. He graduated from Madras Medical College and then went to the US. Over 15 years in America he specialized in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine and is American Board Certified in these fields. He also obtained a Masters in Public Health degree. He is a Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians and was a member of their Board of Regents till 2021. 
He returned to India in 2011 to pursue his lifelong desire to raise the standard of Indian and global healthcare through the ethical practice of excellent medicine. He has been interested in managing tobacco and smoking addiction for several years and was also selected to attend the Johns Hopkins Global Tobacco Leadership Program in 2016. Innovation and creation of value in healthcare technology is a daily mission and he currently mentors several healthcare startups. In February  2018 he was invited as a TEDx speaker and spoke about remote critical care and likewise to the NHS in 2021. He has been active in the COVID pandemic contributing strategic thought for ventilator resources, remote care of COVID patients and coordinating clinical resources.

Michelle Hood
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, American Hospital Association, United States of America

Michelle Hood previously served as president and CEO of Northern Light Health, Brewer, Maine.   Northern Light is a $1.8 B integrated healthcare delivery system providing services across the entire state of Maine. Over her 14 year tenure in this position, she oversaw significant organic growth of the system as well as the addition of three hospitals, four skilled facilities, a home care agency, residential hospice services and numerous ground/air ambulance units to the portfolio.  As president and CEO of Northern Light, she focused on health care policy and design models at the state and national levels, positioning the system to be successful in a rapidly changing health care environment. Ms. Hood received a Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University and a Master of Health Care Administration degree from Georgia State University. Prior to her position in Maine, she served as president and CEO of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health Systems, as well as president and CEO of the Region’s flagship hospital, St. Vincent Healthcare. Ms. Hood is a seasoned executive dedicated to the transformation of the health care delivery and financing models. She brings her experience in academic, national faith-based and rural health care integrated systems to the challenges of today’s changing environment.

Salma W. Jaouni
CEO, Health Care Accreditation Council (HCAC), 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 has led HCAC into a regionally and internationally recognized institution, growing its impact on improving care and advocating for patient safety.
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 was also the founding director and four-year manager of the Jordan Breast Cancer Program focusing on raising awareness, setting the guidelines and driving breast cancer screening. Ms. Jaouni 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.
She 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. She serves on several Board of Government and non-profit institutions.

Ryan Keiler
Associate Director, Standards Development and Interpretation, Joint Commission International

Ryan Keiler serves as an Associate Director of Standards Development and Interpretation for The Joint Commission International. In this role, Mr. Keiler serves on work groups, task forces, and committees to support the development and re- development of international accreditation standards and interpretations. Mr. Keiler serves on workgroups to plan and deliver standards-based education to external clients internationally, and also serves as faculty for Joint Commission International surveyor and consultant education and training.
Mr. Keiler has clinical and operational experience in critical care, neurocritical care, comprehensive stroke program support, and the development of a comprehensive stroke community education program. Previous positions include staff nurse at a level I burn-trauma ICU for Loyola University Medical Center, charge nurse, neuroclinical practice partner, and stroke education coordinator for Northwestern Medicine – Central DuPage Hospital.
Ryan holds a degree in Nursing from the Elmhurst College, Illinois and a Master’s of Science in Nursing from Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, Arizona. 

Ronald Lavater
CEO, International Hospital Federation

Ronald Lavater is a healthcare executive with 25 years of leadership experience in public and investor-owned healthcare companies in the United States and international markets. With extensive knowledge in hospital operations and ambulatory services including retail urgent care, Ronald has a deep and broad-based understanding of the healthcare services sector with a global perspective.
Before joining the IHF, he has served as CEO of WellStreet Urgent Care headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. From 2014 to 2016, he was the CEO for Al Noor Hospitals Group, Plc. He also worked for six years for Johns Hopkins Medicine International, serving first as CEO of Corniche Hospital in Abu Dhabi for five years and later as a senior executive representing many of the company’s interests in the Middle East. Ronald began his healthcare career in 1993 as an analyst for senior management of insurance company Blue Cross and Blue Shield. After a few years, he was recruited by Hospital Corporation of America where he held several leadership roles in U.S. hospitals, including CEO and COO.
Ronald holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Florida and a master’s degree in public administration from Florida State University. He is a Fellow with the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and previously completed a two-year term as president of the Middle East & North Africa ACHE group.

Prof. Else-Marie Løberg     
Professor at the Faculty of Psychology, University of Bergen and Senior researcher and specialist in clinical psychology, Haukeland University Hospital, Norway

Else-Marie Loeberg is a professor at the Faculty of Psychology, University of Bergen, Norway, and a senior researcher and specialist in clinical psychology at the Division of Psychiatry, Haukeland University Hospital, Norway. She has combined research, administrative and clinical work in the field of mental health and addiction since 1998. She has been working clinically within most aspects of mental health, and the last 10 years as a leader, chief adviser and director within the field of mental health and addiction. She is a member of several national professional and scientific boards and conference program committees in Norway within the field of hospital administration and mental health. She was also a member of the workgroup for the National guideline on the treatment of psychosis for The Norwegian Directorate of Health. She has a particular interest in mental health and early intervention and her main research area is non-affective psychoses and schizophrenia in relation to e.g. neurocognition, basic neuroscience, substance use, pharmacological treatments, inflammation, early intervention and childhood trauma.

KyungEun Lee
Chairman and CEO, Keyo Medical Foundation, South Korea

Kyung Eun Lee is the chairman of Keyo Medical Foundation, which operates a leading mental hospital in South Korea. The Foundation also operates a geriatric hospital and a nursing home. Prior to becoming the chairman, she had served as Administrative Director/Chief Operating Officer of the Foundation. She received her B.A. degree in French Language and Literature from Ewha Womans University in South Korea, a Master of Social Work (MSW) from University of Pennsylvania and completed a Ph.D. coursework in social work (ABD) at Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. She also received a Master of Healthcare Management (MHM) from Catholic University of Korea. She is a licensed social worker and actively participates in various community services in Uiwang City, a suburb of Seoul, where the Foundation is located. 

Dr. Judy Mon – Hwa Lee
Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Quality Division, SEHA, United Arab Emirates

Dr. Judy Lee is a board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist and Deputy Chief Medical Officer in the Corporate Medical and Clinical Affairs Division of Abu Dhabi Health Services – SEHA. SEHA is the UAE’s largest healthcare network with over 16,000 employees, 12 hospitals, 45+ ambulatory care clinics and 2,500+ beds.
Dr. Lee completed her residency at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and was on faculty in the Division of Gynecologic Specialties since 2000. She was Medical Director of the OB-GYN clinics in the Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center and Assistant Residency Program Director in addition to serving on a number of other administrative councils.
After completing her Executive MBA at the NYU Stern School of Business, under an agreement between SEHA and Johns Hopkins International, Dr. Lee was the Chief Medical Officer for Corniche Hospital from 2009 to 2013. She then joined SEHA in 2017, first as Deputy CMO at Mafraq Hospital, then Acting Chief Quality Officer until her recent role as Group Deputy CMO. She has received a number of awards over the years including “Top Doc” in the Baltimore Magazine, medical student and resident teaching awards as well as valedictorian of her MBA class and SEHA CMO of the year.

Dr. Nahed AbdulKhaleq Monsef
Director of Strategy & Governance Department, Dubai Health Authority, United Arab Emirates

Dr. Nahed AbdulKhaleq Monsef is currently the Director of Strategy and Governance Department at the Dubai Health Authority. She is in charge of identifying  DHA strategic directions for innovation activities and initiatives and leading Dubai 50 years strategy & vision (2071) & Dubai Plan 2030. Dr. Monsef is also instrumental in the implementation of Dubai Strategic Plan programs, health strategies and public policies through yearly strategic affairs agenda with the Executive Council of the Dubai Government. Aside from this, she is also a Consultant of United Medical Center, a Senior Lecturer at the Dubai Medical Center and a trained co-active coach. Dr. Monsef has been working at Dubai Health Authority for more than 20 years. 
In 2002, Dr Monsef joined Dubai Health Authority and was involved in the Primary Health Care Services sector. Afterwards, she became the  Director of Health Affairs Department in 2009-2018, and was the Primary care strategy lead from 2016-2021.
Dr. Monsef was awarded the Richard Goodman Strategic Planning; Honorable mention in 2021 and she also won the 7 start level in Dubai Excellence program in 2018.
She has a degree in Family Medicine and has Masters in health care management from RCSI.

Dr. Ahmed Atef Osman
Deputy General manager, General Authority of Healthcare Chairperson technical office, Egypt

Dr. Ahmed is a certified dentist and works as Deputy General Manager of the General Authority of Healthcare Chairperson (GAHC) technical office. He is responsible for international relations and international cooperation. Dr. Ahmed also represents the  GAHC in the international ceremonies, and he ensures the honorable representation of the Public Authority for Health Care in all international forums and setting the general framework for the mental image of the Authority abroad and in front of all foreign organizations, authorities, and entities.
Dr. Ahmed completed his masters in healthcare quality and patient safety in Harvard University (2021). He also worked as General coordinator of the universal health insurance project– the newly implemented healthcare system in Egypt.

Dr. Lia Partakusuma
Member of Health Technology Assessment and R&D compartment, Indonesian Hospital Association (PERSI)

Dr. Lia Partakusuma has been working in the hospital for 30 years, of which 15 years served as a director. She has a master’s degree in hospital management. She is a clinical pathologist, who is also a doctorate’s degree in the field of infectious disease epidemiology. Since 2022 she has been a lecturer at YARSI University, majoring in biomedical and hospital administration topics.
Joining Indonesian Hospital Association (PERSI) committee for 4 periods (12 years). Her position in PERSI until 2021 is as secretary-general. Currently, she is in charge of the Health Technology Assessment and R&D compartment of PERSI.
Other organizational experiences are as chairman of the Indonesian Clinical Pathologist and Laboratory Medicine (IACP), chairman of Asian Society of Clinical Pathology and Laboratory Medicine (ASCPaLM), and the bureau member of World Association of Societies of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine (WASPaLM). 

Dr. Hamid Ravaghi
Regional Adviser for 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, Iran. He has worked as an international consultant in the area of hospital care and management in different countries. 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.

Dr. Anna Riera
Deputy General Manager, ACE Alzheimer Center, Spain

Anna currently is the Head of International Affairs at Unió Catalana d’Hospitals, the Catalan Hospital, Health & Social Services Association, an association that provides healthcare and social services for the public healthcare system in Catalonia. She is an expert and has comprehensive knowledge of healthcare systems field including organization model, healthcare delivery services funding and payment, quality models and innovation. She has worked actively, along with providers, to improve public service systems. As members’ representative, she participates in many Health Authority commissions and boards to promote technical knowledge about healthcare system providers’ requirements. Nowadays, she is responsible for promoting International relationships and development of their association, to enhance the knowledge exchange and learnings about healthcare in a global setting.
Previously she worked as a doctor, specializing in Internal Medicine. She also worked as a healthcare consultant, developing strategic planning, healthcare services functional planning and business plan for healthcare services organizations, in Spain and abroad.
She is a member of the Global Health Leadership Forum. She holds a degree in Medicine from Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona as well as an MBA from ESADE Business and Law School and Georgetown University, Executive Master in Healthcare Organizations Leadership, Health and Health Care Administration and Management. She also holds an Executive Master in Public Administration from ESADE Business and Law School.

Richard Stubbs
CEO, Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health Science Network, United Kingdom

Richard Stubbs is a leading health innovation expert with over 20 years’ national and international experience. He is CEO of Yorkshire and Humber Academic Health Science Network and Vice Chair of the AHSN Network, setting strategic direction for the 15 organisations that collectively make up this influential body connecting the NHS, academic organisations, local authorities, third sector and industry to facilitate change across health and social care economies and improve health. 
Richard leads international policy for the Network, working with the Department for International Trade (DIT) and Healthcare UK exporting the UK’s healthcare excellence globally. He also Chairs  South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority’s India Advisory Board, overseeing the development of business and trade collaborations with one of the world’s fastest growing economies.
He’s a member of the NHS Assembly, a national forum helping shape the delivery of the NHS Long Term Plan, he also Chairs the advisory board for Sheffield Hallam University’s Advanced Wellness Research Centre, a £14m research institution established to develop innovations to improve population health and physical activity.
Previous roles include Head of Commercial and International Innovation at NHS England and Managing Director of NHS Global which supported the delivery of health care expertise to international markets.

Dr. Simon Tang
Director, Cluster Services, Hospital Authority, Hong Kong

Dr. Simon Tang is an emergency physician by background. Before taking up the post of Cluster Chief Executive of New Territories West Cluster and Hospital Chief Executive of Tuen Mun Hospital in April 2018, Dr. Tang was the Chief of Service of New Territories West Cluster Accident & Emergency Department since 2009. He was appointed as the Chairman of the HA Central Co-ordinating Committee of Accident & Emergency Service from 2011 to 2015 to co-ordinate professional input for enhancing Accident & Emergency service quality and standards. Besides, he had previously served as the Deputizing Director of Quality & Safety Division in Hospital Authority to steer various projects and programmes of the Division.

Todd Nelson
Director, Partner Relationships and Chief Partnership Executive, Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA), United States of America

As Director, Partner Relationships and Chief Partnership Executive at the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA), Todd is responsible for developing and overseeing HFMA’s partnership strategy with academic institutions, associations, and industry partners. Todd develops collaborative relationships across all sectors of the industry, for both HFMA members and non-members.
Todd brings to this role more than a decade of experience at HFMA, which included creating, leading, and executing the organization’s overall educational strategy; creating content in the areas of leadership, senior financial executives, and accounting; and providing staff support to HFMA’s Principles and Practices Board. Throughout his tenure at HFMA, Todd has consistently championed the collaboration, communication, and translation of financial information among financial, revenue cycle, operational and clinical staff. Todd is a frequent speaker globally on a variety of leadership, finance and healthcare issues in academic, association and industry settings.
Todd currently serves on the Board and as Treasurer for the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME), National Advisory Board member for the Marian K. Shaughnessy Nurse Leadership Academy, adjunct faculty at Boise State University and Carnegie Mellon University, and lecturer at the University of Iowa.
Todd received his undergraduate degree in Business Administration, as well as his MBA from the University of Iowa. 

Dr. Mansour Mohamed Yousef
Consultant in Anesthesiology and Chief Medical Officer, Rashid Hospital, Dubai Health Authority, United Arab Emirates

Dr. Mansour Mohammed Yousef Nadhari is the Consultant in Anesthesiology and Chief Medical Officer of Rashid Hospital, U.A.E. 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.

Dr. Hasnain Zafar
Chief Quality and Patient Safety Officer, Aga Khan University Hospital, Pakistan

Dr Hasnain Zafar is the Chief Quality and Patient Safety Officer at the Aga Khan University–  a Joint Commission Accredited hospital. He is also the President of the Society of Surgeons of Pakistan, Karachi Chapter, and the founder member and secretary of the Society of Laparoscopic and Endoscopic Surgeons. Dr. Zafar is engaged with surgeons in Pakistan and, at a national level, and was amongst the main organizers of the last Society of Surgeons International conference held in Karachi.
Dr. Zafar has led several quality projects, such as Institution-wide Quality Council, Establishing the American College of Surgeons N.S.Q.I.P. ( National Surgical Quality Improvement Program) is the first program implemented in South East Asia and is now well Established at the Aga Khan Hospital. He has also established a fellowship program for advanced trauma as his significant achievement in education and surgical training; the fellows trained from their program have contributed to care inside and outside Pakistan. 
In addition, Dr. Zafar held the following positions: (1) Member Editorial Board; Emergency Medicine Journal B.M.J. Publishing Group Limited registered office B.M.A. house, Tavistock square London WC 1h 9JR Since 2003 -2008 (2) Reviewer of Official Journal of Liaquat University of Medical & Health Sciences, Jamshoro, Sindh, Pakistan J.L.U.M.H.S./108-04 Date October 25, 2004.

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