Speakers

Dr. Anas Khan, MBBS, SBEM, ABHS-EM, MHA (Assistant Professor, Emergency & Disaster Medicine, King Saud University, KSA)

Dr. Anas Khan is currently an Assistant Professor of Emergency and Disaster Medicine at King Saud University (KSU), and practicing as a Consultant (attending physician) at KSU Medical City. He earned his MBBS from College of Medicine and his Master of Health Administration (MHA) from College of Business, both at KSU. He got his residency training in Emergency Medicine at Riyadh major hospitals, and he became Saudi and Arab Boards certified. After that, he went to pursue his fellowship in Disaster Medicine at Harvard, and became an active member in the Harvard Arab Alumni (HAA). Moreover, He got certified as Project Management Professional (PMP).

Dr. Khan worked as an adult emergency section head at Prince Sultan Medical Military City, then moved to KSU. Also, he worked as a part-timer at Tawuniya National Insurance Company, Prince Mohammed Hospital (PMAH), Saudi Red Crescent Authority, and Al-Habeeb Medical Group (HMG). He is currently evaluating the National Emergency Medicine Departments Support Program (NEDSP), run by MoH. He participated at the Hajj mass gathering four times, including the last year, and went to work at hospitals in the Southern Borders along Operation Restoring Hope.

Dr. Khan has published articles in peer-reviewed journals, and wrote chapters in text-books. In addition, he lectured at many international conferences and universities in Saudi Arabia and United States (Harvard and UMass). During medical school, he co-founded the international Federation for Medical Students Association in Saudi Arabia (IFMSA-SA). He served as the VP for External Affairs, then as a member in the Steering Committee. Currently, he is an active member in many administrative & clinical committees. He is lecturing in different courses at the College of Medicine, EMS and MPH Program. Lastly, he is responsible for the MPH-Disaster Management and Epidemiology track at KSU.

Dr. Anas Khan is the Chairman of the Scientific Committees for the Saudi International Healthcare Forum (SIHF) and the Saudi American Healthcare Forum (SAHF16).

Dr. Hesham Hamoda (Attending Psychiatrist, Boston Children’s Hospitals, Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School, USA)

Dr. Hesham Hamoda is an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School and Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at Boston Children’s Hospital. He also serves as a Vice President of the International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions (IACAPAP) and Vice President of the Harvard Arab Alumni Association. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology in both General Psychiatry and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and is also board certified in Public Health. He consults to the World Health Organization (WHO) on programs related to child mental health. A graduate of Kuwait University Faculty of Medicine Dr. Hamoda then completed his Psychiatry training at the Harvard South Shore Program followed by a Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Boston Children’s Hospital/ Harvard Medical School. He also holds a master-degree in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health.

His main areas of research including using advanced brain-imaging techniques in mental illness, the co-morbidity between ADHD and Epilepsy and public health interventions to promote emotional wellbeing. He has also published and lectured on research skills development. His academic accomplishments have been recognized through awards from Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School and several national and international organizations including the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the American Psychiatric Association, the Group for Advancement of Psychiatry and the International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions.

Mr. Robert Starbuck (Ceo, Migrate, USA)


Robert Starbuck is the Chief Executive Officer at Migrate Business Services PSC, Chairman of Migrate America INC, and CEO of Migrate International Investment Company.

Robert heads the build out and development of the Migrate business model, operations, partnerships and investments. Since 2010, Migrate has been rolling out innovative Business Ecosystems to power global business flows and drive development programs. Migrate operates in the Middle East, North Africa, the United States and Europe.

In addition, as Chief Executive Officer of PanBuck Ltd–the advisory and business development firm which created Migrate – Robert has been very active in advising clients, development business opportunities and advocating through Middle East forums. The core value propositions within both PanBuck and Migrate is the transfer of knowledge locally while participating globally. PanBuck has development and implemented a number of initiatives focus around Small- and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) developments, as well as job creation. Robert is the key architect and investor in Migrate regional Business Hub and Business Campus models. Robert’s past experience in the setup or reorganization of front, middle and back office functions in large multinationals was key in the development of certain components of the Migrate business model such as the design of the Professional Development Campus. Robert focuses on the development on the business lines capabilities in the region as well as in the relationship with Government Agencies and the development of strategic partnerships.

Throughout Roberts career, he has been involved with business development and cross border expansions: the positions Robert held were Vice-treasurer at the Swiss Reinsurance Company in Zurich (2000 to 2008) and managing director and senior level positions at Greenwich NatWest in London (1995 to 2000), Merrill Lynch in New York (1990-1995), and Nomura Securities in Tokyo and New York (1984-1990).

Robert is an American citizen with a degree in Economics from Harvard University (1984). Currently splits his time between America, Europe and Middle East.

DR. RAFAT TAHER (CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, KING SAUD UNIVERSITY ENDOWMENT HOSPITAL, INTER HEALTH CANADA)


Dr. Taher (Chief Executive Officer, Endowmnet of the King Saud University, managed by Interhealth Canada. Prior to joining InterHealth Canada, Dr. Taher was the former chairman of Critical Care Department at King Saud University. The department received accreditation by the Canadian Accreditation Council.

As an advisor to the Assistant Deputy Minister of Health for Planning and Training in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Dr. Taher was responsible to activate the Development Delivery Unit by providing support and monitoring progress to different department within the ministry, enhancing project portfolio management and program incubation.

Dr Rafat is responsible for the partnership between Interhealth Canada Inc., a Canadian company and the Endowment of the King Saud University, where Interhealth signed a contract to manage and operate the medical tower of the Endowment for 25 years and SAR 250 million.

According to Dr. Rafat, the project is characterized by the combination of the Canadian medical standards and the Saudi competencies that have been trained in Canada by the faculty at King Saud University members. The project includes about 80 beds, including 14 suites for VIP and 66 individual room. It also has 16 intensive care sections and 10 fully equipped rooms and several medical equipment operations at a high level.

DR. MOHAMMED ATTIAH (CEO & PARTNER, FOCUS MEDICAL COMPANY, JEDDAH)


Dr. Attiah's experience in the Healthcare industry spans over 17 years. He is an orthopedic surgeon by profession and has led many successful healthcare projects and businesses.

He started his healthcare industry career development in 1998 when he joined Western University program, and was appointed as an assistant professor at UQU in 2003. During his tenure in the academic field he developed, established and operated a greenfield surgical departments including the Musculoskeletal Center of Excellence at the International Medical Center – Jeddah, which is to date the hospital's main profit center. In addition to his academic commitment, he practices as a consultant of orthopedic surgery at King Fisal Specialist Hospital – Jeddah performing highly skilled spine surgery in children, where he founded, developed and led the first orthopedic group practice in the Kingdom at 2008 as a standalone business unit. Currently the unit serviced over 25,000 patients.

Over the past few years, he has been a partner at Focus Medical Company. Dr. Attiah developed the company's medical business unit, developed and led many hospital financial models with time activity based costing TABC principles. He also directed many greenfield hospital project designs, including: financial modeling, business planning, strategy assembly, designer, contractor, operator RfP and KPI. Currently, he serves as the CEO of Focus Medical Company and is leading the development of 160 beds surgical based hospital in Jeddah with an expected date of construction early 2015. This project will be LEED certified and the first in the Kingdom to go through the methodology of IPD “Integrated Project Delivery.” He also is leading the development of major healthcare projects in the region, including a 150 bed hospital in Almadinah Almunawarah, which will be an international medical facility (350 beds, Medical school, etc.,..) model in the MENA region, with specialized ambulatory care center in diabetes, and a private medical school in Makkah Region.

Dr. Attiah is a board member with Sudair Pharma, which specializes in manufacturing of drugs. Focus Medical Company specializes in hospital development and operation, and is a member of the Healthcare Development Holding Company Executive committee.

DR.WAEL KAAWACH (CEO, HEALTHCARE DEVELOPMENT HOLDING COMPANY)


Dr. Wael Kaawach, MD, MBA is a Saudi national born in Madina. He completed Bachelor of Medical Biology with First Class Honors followed by his Medical Degree at The University of Aberdeen in Scotland.

Dr. Kaawach then finished his residency and fellowship at the Harvard University Orthopaedic Surgery Program. After which he joined The Harvard Medical School Faculty as an Instructor and Consultant in Orthopaedic Surgery, and later appointed as the Chief of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Boston VA Healthcare System. He earned a Commendation Award from the US Department of Veteran Affairs and has multiple publications in peer reviewed journals.

While in Boston, he obtainED an MBA in Healthcare Management. Upon his return to Jeddah, he was a cofounder, Board Member and Chief Medical Officer of the International Medical Center (IMC). He was instrumental in many aspects of the IMC's development, partnerships and staff recruitment.

Currently, he is the CEO of The Healthcare Development Holding Company (HDH), which since its inception in 2008, has nine subsidiary companies and five international affiliations that are specialized in various healthcare focused businesses with projects in Saudi Arabia and the region. HDH has also an affiliation with Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Ohio, USA (CCF) that resulted in the first Cleveland Clinic Global Solutions (CCGS) office in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Most recently, Dr Kaawach has been appointed as Chairman of Sudair Pharma Co. which is developing a pharma manufacturing complex in 4 phases starting with the first regional oncology drugs plant.

Dr. Taghreed Justinia (Assistant Professor of Health Informatics, Regional Director IT Services, Technology & Health Informatics, King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Ministry of National Guard, Health Affairs, KSA)


Dr. Taghreed Justinia is an Assistant Professor of Health Informatics having obtained a Ph.D in Health Informatics and an M.Sc in Healthcare Management from Swansea University, UK where she is also Honorary Lecturer. She studied Computer Science in the US as an undergraduate and has maintained a career in the IT field with 17 years of experience in IT Leadership roles. Currently, she is the founding Regional Director Information Technology Services & Health Informatics at King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences (KSAU-HS), Ministry of National Guard Health Affairs (M-NGHA) in Saudi Arabia.

She began her career as Director MIS & Computer Department, Alnoor Specialist Hospital, Ministry of Health, Saudi Arabia where she led an IT transformation project. She went on to hold other IT Executive Management and Health Informatics roles and was appointed in 2001 as Manager of Systems&Network Support-Western Region, King Abdulaziz Medical City-Jeddah(KAMC-J), M-NGHA. After obtaining her PhD, she was appointed as Information & Communication Technology Asst. Director at KSAU-HS. Most recently, she ledthe commissioning of the IT infrastructure, Data Center and systems for an entirely new Smart Campus atKSAU-HS in Jeddah.

Dr. Justinia has a special interest in IT Leadership, Organisational Behaviour, Health Informatics; Change Management; and the socio-technical aspects of technological change. This is in addition to her academic role in undergraduate and postgraduate programs supervising and teaching Health Informatics, Leadership/Management and Research courses in Saudi Arabia and the UK.She is also a devout qualitative researcher and has developed an original qualitative data analysis framework.

She has several international affiliations and memberships and is a member of the Project Management Institute. She is also an International Committee Member with the T.I.G.E.R. (Technology Informatics Guiding Education Reform) Initiative. In 2015, she represented KSAU-HS in a year-long training program with the Ministry of Education’s e-Learning Pioneers Program-Leadership Track. Dr. Justinia has several publications and regularly reviews for high impact scientific journals. She is also an International Advisory Board Member with the International Journal of E-Health and Medical Communications (IJEHMC).
 

DR. HISHAM IBRAHEEM AL KHASHAN (UNDERSECRETARY PHC, MINISTRY OF HEALTH, KSA)


- Assistant Deputy Minister for Primary Health Care MOH (since Oct 2015)
- Director, Family & Community Medicine Administration
Medical Services Directorate, Ministry of Defence
Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (2012-2015)

Duties covered : Technical supervision of all Health Centers under Ministry of Defence.

- Director, Family & Community Medicine Department
Prince Sultan Medical Military City
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (2006-2015)

Duties covered : Technical and admnistrative supervision of all Health Centers in Riyadh under Ministry of Defence in addition to Home Health Care, Health Education and Preventive Medicine

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATION:

  • JCI Diploma in Health Quality, KSA - 2014
  • MSc in Health Administration, King Abdulaziz University, KSA - 2011
  • MSc in Epidemiology, UK – 2005
  • Diploma of London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, UK - 2005
  • Arab Board in Family Medicine – 2004
  • Saudi Board in Family Medicine, KSA – 2003
  • MBBS, King Abdulaziz University, KSA – 1998

     
Dr. Scott McNabb (Research Professor, Emory University, USA)


Prior to joining the Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) and serving the 2-year EIS residency in New Orleans, LA, Dr. McNabb worked for 13 years at the Oklahoma State Health Department. Since 1993, most of his professional efforts have focused on serving those in underdeveloped, underserved global settings. Before retirement from CDC in 2010, he was Associate Director for Science; Public Health Informatics and Technology Program Office; Office for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services. From 2006 – 2008, he directed the Division of Integrated Surveillance Systems and Services, National Center for Public Health Informatics, CDC.

He is now Research Professor and Director of the King Abdullah Fellowship Program (http://kingabdullahfellowship.com) at Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health. He also holds an appointment as Adjunct Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, College of Public Health and Health Informatics, King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Teaching two classes at Rollins, GH 504 Effective Oral Communication and GH 592 Successful Scientific Writing. He also directs the Research Skills Development Course (www.researchskillsdevelopment.com) and Case Study Design and Development (www.casestudy.com). He teaches Effective Oral Communication in short-course format at the University of Michigan, Graduate Summer Session in Epidemiology (https://sph.umich.edu/gss) and Transforming Public Health Surveillance at Epidemiology and Population Health Summer Institute at Columbia University (https://cuepisummer.org). Having mentored 29 students through their M.P.H. or Ph.D., plus 14 fellows through the CDC Public Health Prevention Specialists program, he is jointly appointed in the Hubert Department of Global Health and the Department of Epidemiology. Promoted to Distinguished Consultant in 2005 and nominated for the 2005 CDC Charles C. Shepard Award, he completed the 2004 Senior Executive Services(SES) candidate development program and is certified by the Office of Personnel Management. Dr. McNabb serves on the Editorial Board, Epidemiology and Global Health and in private practice as Managing Partner, Public Health Practice, LLC (http://www.publichealthpractice.com).

Dr. Sulieman N. Al-Shehri (Director General for School Health,Ministry of Health, KSA)


Sulieman Nasser Al-Shehri is a consultant of public health and pediatrics , and working as the Director General for School Health in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He conducts school health promotion to improve child and adolescent health in Saudi Arabia and the Arab Gulf nations , Dr. Sulieman has held many positions in the Ministry of Health (MOH) , Ministry of Education (MOE) , he was the founder and manager of the National Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Program, trainer and supervisor for the Primary Health Care Programme at MOH, , the National coordinator for Diarrhea Control Program, a co-investigator in several research projects with teams from King Saud University, King Faisal Specialists Hospital , King Saud University for Health Sciences , Ministry of Health and other Health sectors .He is an active member in more than 35 associations and national committees .He is WHO temporary advisor ( the Eastern Mediteranian region office EMRO,Cairo ) in several meetings and conferences , round table dicussions about "Promotion of Adolescent Health and Development in the Eastern Mediterranean Region "( Bahrian ) ,the training course about " Health Promoting Schools Initiative " ,( Muscat, Oman) , the intercountry consultation about " Adolescent Reproductive Health Promotion in the Eastern Mediterranean Region".(Cairo) , " Building Abilities for Adolescent Health …. Prevention , Promotion and Development at the East Mediterranean Region " , Hammamat city (Tunisia), the " Inter country Consultation for the methods of lowering underweight rate in neonates " , held in Moroco , consultaion on developing updated criteria and executive framework for health promoting schools in the Eastern Mediterranean region, Cairo . He is a reviewer for several scientific medical journals , the Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal , issued by WHO , the "Saudi Journal of Family and Community Medicine " , issued by Faculty of Medicine of Dammam , Annals of Saudi Medicine issued by King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia , and several protocols presented to King Abdul Aziz City for Sciences and Technology for support in the fields of child, adolescents and maternity health.

He wrote more than 55 scientific publications about the school health strategies and policies, school health programs, health promotion , adolescent health and mental health in school settings.

Dr. Lloyd Kolbe (Emeritus Professor, Indiana University, USA)


Lloyd Kolbe, Emeritus Professor at Indiana University School of Public Health, conducts policy research and development to improve the health and education of children and adolescents in the U.S. and other nations. He has held senior positions across private sector, government, and academic institutions; worked within four presidential administrations; and written more than 160 scientific publications about the health and education of young people. He has served as: Chief of Evaluation for the U.S. Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion; Associate Director of the University of Texas Center for Health Promotion Research; Visiting Professor at Beijing Medical University; Member of the U.S. Public Health Service Senior Biomedical Research Service; U.S. Lead for Health Promotion within the U.S.-Russian Joint Commission on Economic and Technological Cooperation; Vice President for Science and Technology of the International Union for Health Promotion and Education; Chairman of the World Health Organization Expert Committee on School Health Promotion; Vice-Chair of the Institute of Medicine Committee on Adolescent Health and Development; and Associate Dean for Global and Community Health at Indiana University. Dr. Kolbe has worked to improve adolescent and school health programs in 28 nations, and served for 18 years as Founding Director of CDC’s Division of Adolescent and School Health, during which his colleagues and he aggregated more than 100 staff and an annual budget of $80 million to systematically improve the health of young people in the U.S.

ROBERT J. CASTRO (FORMER CHIEF OF STAFF, BUREAU OF OVERSEAS BUILDINGS OPERATIONS, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE)

Mr. Robert Castro served at the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) from 2004-07 as Chief of Staff (rank-equivalent of Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary) and prior, as Special Assistant for Congressional and Business Affairs, during the U.S. Government's momentous period of accelerated overseas construction, property acquisition, and inter-agency expansion. Diplomatic facilities are complex, multi-functional infrastructure whose planning and execution require coordination of various tenants and public stakeholders, with adherence to varying international standards. OBO also has global oversight of the diplomatic workforce's Safety, Health, Environmental Management, and Emergency Response protocols.

Mr. Castro currently advises large corporations and smaller emerging technology companies on international market development and partnering on government-sponsored projects. With a background in public opinion research, business strategy & operations, and international trade, health, infrastructure, & technology policy, he has over twenty-five years combined government, corporate, and entrepreneurial business experience, including Public-Private Partnerships and community development initiatives.

In his previous corporate life, Mr. Castro served as Director of Global Security Policy for Lockheed Martin, developing new business and fostering technology transfer to the Diplomacy and Development spheres, including SmartGrid, ICT, cyber security, biometric, and identity/case management. Previously, he advised Fortune 500 companies and elected officials on public affairs campaigns as Managing Vice President of an internationally renowned polling firm, Luntz Research. Pharmaceutical and other emerging technology companies have engaged him to help protect their intellectual property rights and market share overseas, and he has participated in high-level trade missions and ministerial conferences in both his official and private capacities.

During a Capitol Hill career spanning over 10 years, Mr. Castro served as Professional Staff for Congress's joint Technology Assessment Board and as Legislative Director for leading members of the House Ways & Means, Appropriations, Science & Technology, and Transportation & Infrastructure committees. Later, he independently advised Congressional leadership, committee chairmen, and elected officials at federal, state and local levels.

Mr. Castro has been quoted on the front page of the Wall Street Journal and in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Washington Times, National Journal's Congress Daily, and various trade press; he has appeared on CNN/International, National Public Radio, C-SPAN, and Univision. He has authored published articles based upon his research and subject matter expertise and contributed to Think Tank studies. A perennial delegate to the Kellogg Innovation Network/KIN Global Dialogues at Northwestern University, he was recently invited to join the Reboot Fellows program, providing CEO and Boardroom advisory. He also serves on international alumni committees for his alma mater, Georgetown University.

Mr. Castro is married to a career Foreign Service Officer, currently assigned to U.S. Embassy Manama, Bahrain, with previous postings in Egypt and Mexico.

Dr. Greg Palmer (Associate Professor, Radiation Oncology, Duke University Medical Center, USA)


Dr. Palmer is an Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology at Duke University. His research focuses on the use of optical imaging and spectroscopy to characterize tumor physiology and microenvironment, as well as response to therapy. He is also the Director of the Optical Molecular Imaging and Analysis, and Preclinical Translational Research Unit at Duke, is a senior scientist at Zenalux Biomedical, and is a founder of Preclinical Pathfinder.

Dr. Diab M. Almhana (Director, Telepsychology, American Remote Health, USA)


Dr. Diab M. Almhana is a board certified psychiatrist practicing family psychiatry in the suburb of Cleveland for the last 15 years. He runs Quest therapeutics of Avon Lake, a clinical trials center, and had served as a primary investigator for more than 25 trials in various indication in psychiatry.

Dr Almhana graduated medical school from the University of Damascus - Faculty of Medicine, Damascus, Syria in 1994. He finished his training at University Hospitals of Cleveland, Case Western Reserve University in 2001. He specializes in general psychiatry and has an extensive experience in child and adolescent psychiatry.

Ms. Aisha Y. Salem (Intellectual Property Attaché, MENA, U.S. Embassy Kuwait, U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, U.S. Department of Commerce, USA)


Aisha Y. Salem is the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) Intellectual Property Attaché for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) based at the U.S. Embassy in Kuwait. Her responsibilities include advocating U.S. government IP policy, interests, and initiatives; assisting U.S. businesses in protecting and enforcing their IP rights; improving IP protection throughout the MENA region by conducting training and outreach programs with host governments; advising representatives of MENA governments on IP laws and policy; helping to secure strong IP provisions in international agreements and host country laws, and working to monitor the implementation of these provisions.

Prior to becoming the IP Attaché in May 2013, Ms. Salem was a Trademark Examining Attorney with the USPTO where she completed numerous details within the USPTO’s Office of Policy and International Affairs, focusing primarily on MENA issues. She has worked for the International Intellectual Property Alliance focusing on international copyright and trademark issues; the General Counsel’s Office of the U.S. Copyright Office focusing on U.S. copyright legislation and policy; Allen, Dyer, Doppelt, Milbrath & Gilchrist, P.A., a Florida-based IP boutique law firm, focusing on IP litigation; and NBC Universal’s Department of Business & Legal Affairs focusing on IP clearance and enforcement issues for Universal Theme Parks & Resorts worldwide.

Ms. Salem earned an LL.M. in Intellectual Property Law from The George Washington University Law School in 2006, a J.D. from the University of Florida Levin College of Law in 2005, and a B.A. in Performing Arts Management from The Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford in 2002. She is a professional cellist performing orchestral and chamber music throughout Kuwait, and serves as an Advisory Board Member and Chair Emerita of the Board of Directors of ArtStream, Inc., an arts organization providing artistic opportunities for adults with disabilities, veterans, and children in hospitals and hospice throughout the greater Washington, DC area

Dr. Ibrahim Almilhim (Chairman, Saudi Health Administration Society, KSA)


Dr. Ibrahim A AlMilhim is founder and dean of Almaarefa College. He is currently working as a Provost at AlMaarefa Colleges for Science and Technology and is responsible for supervising academic and administrative affairs thought the colleges. He is also chairman of Saudi health administration society. Similarly, Dr Ibrahim is board member of Saudi Health council specialties for Health Professionals Societies.

Dr. Ibrahim has earned his Doctor of Philosophy from University of Pittsburgh, USA in 1994 in Health Services Administration.

Dr. Ibrahim has completed his Master’s Degree from King Saud University Riyadh, in health and hospital administration. He worked as a part time instructor in hospital and health administration department at King Saud University Riyadh.

Dr. Ibrahim was CEO of Twaik group of companies for more than three years. He also held many pivotal positions and was the director of education and training in Saudi Arabian armed forces medical division. He was also the Assistant Executive Director at Riyadh Military Hospital.

Over the course of his career Dr. Ibrahim gained extensive experience in health and hospital administration, teaching and formerly holds the position of Assistant professor in AlMaarefa colleges and other prestigious educational institutions. He also worked exclusively as an academic supervisor for many organizations. He has extensively worked in many different associations for more than 25 years in health care field.

Dr. Ibrahim is co- chairman of Private Medical & health Universities & college's committee, at Saudi Chamber of Industrial & Commerce since 2011. He is also member of American Public health association and American association for communicative medicine.

Dr. Ibrahim has received several awards for his accomplishment. Most recently the administrative badge of Honor and Desert Storm Badge of Honor from Ministry of Defense & Aviation Saudi Arabia. He is also honored by Ministry of defense Kuwait.

Dr. Abdulrahman Al Muammar (CEO, Associate Professor, King Saud University Medical City, KSA)

Dr. Abdulrahman Al Muammar is the present Chief Executive Officer; Associate Professor, Department of Ophthalmology, and consultant of refractive surgery, cornea, external eye disease and uveitis at King Saud University Medical City.

He earned M.B.B.S from King Saud University (KSU) and completed Postgraduate residency in Ophthalmology from the University of Ottawa, Canada.

He stepped into management as the Medical Director of King Abdulaziz University Hospital in 2008, while serving as Chief of Cornea, External Eye Diseases and Refractive Surgery Division at KSU, till 2012. He then acted as the General Supervisor of Self-Operation Program at the Medical City till 2013.

He recently completed his term as the Vice Rector for Health Specialties at King Saud University. His most remarkable work experience was obtaining accreditation and building the governance model for King Saud University Medical City.

He served as Board member of the Saudi Ophthalmology Society from 2008-2010, and has chaired and co-chaired several committees at KSU and Gulf from 2005 to-date.

He has over 24 publications in reputable journals like the Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology, Journal of Medical Science and three chapters contribution with international publishers, one of which is in process.

As an ophthalmologist, he works conscientiously to deliver care to his patients and strives to be a supportive teacher and research supervisor for his students, inspiring them to be exceptional care givers.

As an administrator, he aims to bring his institution to the fore-front and contribute to the national healthcare industry in enhancing patient experience, training workforce and providing optimum care.

Dr. Mahmoud Alyamany (CEO, Associate Professor, King Fahd Medical City, KSA)

He is currently the Chief Executive Officer of King Fahad Medical City (the largest tertiary healthcare organization in Saudi Arabia) and a practicing Neurosurgeon at the National Neuroscience Institute (NNI).

He Received the MBBS in 1991 from the Faculty of Medicine King Saud University in Saudi Arabia. Completed his residency program in Neurosurgery at the University of Manitoba, Canada, was awarded the Canadian Board of Neurosurgery in 1998& the American Board of Neurological Surgery in 2005. He obtained a Master of Executive Health Administration from Washington University in St. Louse in May, 2008.

Dr. Al Yamany is a member of Board of Trustees of the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties (SCHS), a member of the Board of Directors of the Medical Cities & Specialized Hospitals, a member in the Scientific Committee of Neurosurgery at the Saudi Board for Neurosurgery and a member in many professional international societies, and has multiple publications in the practice of Neurosurgery and Healthcare.

Dr. Al Yamany was an invited speaker in several local and international healthcare forums and has given many presentations in Neurosurgical symposia around the globe.

Dr. Ali Al Obaidly (Group Chief Academic Affairs Officer, Abu Dhabi Health Services Co, (SEHA), UAE)

Medical Certifications /Qualification

  • Medical School Graduation The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) Certified 1997
  • American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Certified - 2002
  • Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada- Internal Medicine FRCP(C) Certified – 2003
  • American Board of Nephrology Certified - 2004
  • Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada- Nephrology FRCP(C) Certified – 2004
  • United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS)/ American Society of Transplantation (AST) Certified - 2005
  • American Hypertension Specialist Examination, Certified 2005

Health Administration Certifications/Qualifications

  • American Board of Medical Management-(CPE) American College of Physician Executives- Certified 2005
  • American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians (ABQAURP) CHCQM-Certified 2006
  • Patient Safety Certificate Program Examination - Harvard / Boston. USA- certified 2007
  • The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health MPH certified May 2011
  • The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Doctor of Public Health -DrPH course work completed 2013 dissertation pending

External Committee memberships

  • Chairman, National Transplant Committee- Federal MOH
  • Board member National Rehabilitation Center- Abu Dhabi
  • Parent’s Council Membership- Al Worood Academy- Abu Dhabi

Prizes/ Awards

  • Sheikh Rashid Al Maktoum’s Award for Academic Excellence 2003
  • Harvard Medical School Dubai Center (HMSDC) Tamayoz Award- 2007.
  • Abu Dhabi Medical Distinction Award 2011


Dr. Amer A. Sharif (CEO, Dubai Healthcare City, UAE)

Dr Amer Ahmad Sharif is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Dubai Healthcare City Authority – Education Sector (DHCE).

Dr Sharif leads the education sector within the Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC) free zone. The sector oversees the development of the Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences (MBRU), part of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Academic Medical Center (MBR-AMC).

As CEO, he has broadened the reach of the University, established in 2014 to advance individual and community healthcare status in the UAE. He has guided the University since inception, strengthening collaborations with international academic institutions – the Queen’s University Belfast, one of the UK’s leading research-intensive universities, and the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, also in the UK.

Dr Sharif has been instrumental in raising the profile of the University through its academic programs at the Hamdan Bin Mohammed College of Dental Medicine for dental postgraduates and the College of Medicine which will welcome its first cohort of undergraduates in 2016.

He is responsible for oversight of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Academic Medical Center, Dubai Healthcare City’s dedicated academic complex, home to learning resources - Al Maktoum Medical Library and the Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor Medical Simulation Center, and its infrastructure, comprising auditorium and education suites and lecture halls. The resources are accessible to students and faculty of the MBRU as well as to healthcare professionals.

He advises on medical education events and conferences at MBR-AMC, and was integral to the launch in 2014 of the UAE Clinical Simulation Conference to introduce simulation training in medical education in the region in collaboration with the Society in Europe for Simulation Applied to Medicine (SESAM).

Prior to joining DHCC in March 2013, he was the Director of Healthcare Operations - Hospital Services Sector, Dubai Health Authority. He dedicated a substantial portion of his 10-year tenure to medical education and research projects in workforce development, handling leadership roles including Health Systems Advisor, Director of Human Resources, and Director of Continuing Education Department.

An academic, Dr Amer has authored and published several papers with a focus on the challenges of the UAE’s health system and health policy. He is a regular speaker at industry events and a guest lecturer.

Dr Amer has a Medical Degree from the College of Medicine and Health Sciences (CMHS), UAE University, and a Master of Science (MSc) in Healthcare Management from the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland (RCSI). He enjoys football, travelling and languages.

Dr. Abdulwahhab Alkhamis (Assistant Professor, Chairman, Public Health Department, Saudi Electronic University, KSA)

I worked with two leading healthcare providers in two different senior positions for almost fourteen years. At King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre, I was the Associate Executive Director of Support Services department. In this capacity, I provided central leadership in the management for decision making to administer responsive objectives/goals set forth for facility management towards improving hospital standards. Specifically, I administered most of the functions like budget, human resources, strategic planning, missions, goals and objectives, current trends and futuristic tendency for the achievement of departmental objectives relating to services such as Clinical Engineering, Utility & Maintenance, Logistics, Food Services, Transportation, Environmental, and Housing.

As Associate Executive Director of Corporate Organizational Development at the Ministry of National Guard-Health Affairs, I have conducted workshops and trainings for Senior Managers on the development of healthcare policies and its significance towards the achievement of the organization’s mission, vision and goals. I also took the lead role in developing policies that unified and standardized the flow, review, development and interpretation of healthcare policies affecting all sectors of the hospital.

My scientific articles were published in international journals (four scientific articles). I managed to publish first article in Financing of Healthcare in GCC countries with focus on Saudi Arabia. This article was cited by the International Journal of Health Planning and Management as one of its most read articles in 2014. In addition, I managed to publish first article about Saudi Health Policy: Framing Health Policy in the Context of Saudi Arabia. This article was published at the Journal of Infection Control and Public Health in 2016.

Currently, I chair the Public Health Department at Saudi Electronic University, and assisted in developing public health and health administration programs. In addition, I have written more than 200 articles with interests on health insurance or health systems.

Prof. Salwa Alhazaa (Shura Council Member, Chairman and professor of Ophthalmology, King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Center, Alfaisal University, KSA)

Dr. Al Hazzaa is a Consultant of Ophthalmology since 1993 at King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Center and Head of Ophthalmology since 1997 (first Saudi female doctor to hold this position), & Acting Chairman of Ophthalmology since 2012. Forbes International Magazine chose Dr. Al Hazzaa as one of "The Most Powerful Arab Women for year 2005" & was again chosen as the "Arab Woman for year 2006."

Dr. Al-Hazzaa was appointed by King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia in January 11, 2013, among 30 women as a member to the Majlis Alshura (Saudi Parliament) in a historical move, allowing women for the first time to be part of the kingdom's formal advisory body. Dr Al Hazzaa became a Professor, College of Medicine, Al-Faisal University in 2011 (first female doctor). She is also a Senior Clinical Scientist in the Research Centre since 2008 and a Consultant in Genetics in the Research Center since 2009, at King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Center.

Dr. Al Hazzaa was an Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at the Wilmer Ophthalmological Institute, the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD., U.S.A., since 2003 & was reappointed in 2006-2009 (first Saudi Female Doctor from Middle East). In January 2007, Dr. Al Hazzaa was appointed as Senior Advisor to Minister of Health, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

In 1995, Dr. Al Hazzaa was "The First Saudi Female Doctor" appointed to the Medical Advisory Council, the strongest governing body of King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Center, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. She was also the first female doctor to join as a member of the Executive Board of the Saudi Ophthalmologic Society (SOS) in 1996. In 1997, she was nominated Chairperson of Continuing Medical Education at SOS (the first female doctor). During this tenure, Dr. Al Hazzaa was Chairperson (again, the first female doctor) of Saudi Ophthalmology in 1999, 2000, & 2001.

Dr. Al Hazzaa became a member of the Editorial Board of the Saudi Journal of Ophthalmology in 1997, & then became the Associate Editor in 1998-2008 (the first female doctor). She was also a member of the Editorial Board of the prestigious Ophthalmic Genetics Journal in the USA in 1997-2005. Prior to that, Dr. Al Hazzaa was the Assistant Editor of the Middle East Journal of Ophthalmology from 1992-1996 (first female doctor). Additionally, Dr. Al Hazzaa is on the Editorial Board of the Archives of Ophthalmology, since 2005, & the Chinese Journal of Ophthalmology since 2006 representing the Middle East (first Saudi Female from Middle East).

Dr. Al Hazzaa was an Executive Board Member of the Middle East African Council of Ophthalmology, representing Saudi Arabia (1999-2005). In addition, Dr. Al Hazzaa was a member of the Ministry of Health Central Committee in Riyadh (2001) & International Faculty in the International Ocular Inflammation Society, representing the Middle East (2002). She was also the President of the Woman Promotion Forum at Prince Salman Disability & Research Center in Riyadh (2002-2004); and a member of the Global Diabetic Retinopathy Task Force in the U.S.A. representing the Middle East (2002).

Dr. Al Hazzaa was elected as an Executive Member of the International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO), the highest rank in ophthalmology worldwide, being the youngest member; the first female from the Middle East, and the only female ophthalmologist from the 5 continents in 2002-2006 and reappointed in 2006-2010.

Dr. Al-Hazzaa is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons (FRCS) in Edinburgh, England (1996) and a Fellow of Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, U.S.A. (1993). Dr. Al Hazzaa has completed a two-year Fellowship in "Retina Vascular Center," "Hereditary Eye Center" and "Eye Pathology Laboratory" at the Wilmer Ophthalmologic Institute at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, U.S.A. (1990-1993). She has also completed a one-year Fellowship at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Walter Reed, in Washington DC, U.S.A. (1989-1990).

Dr. Al-Hazzaa was the first Saudi doctor to receive the Best Research Award of the SOS in 1986, on "Corneal Ulcers after PKP" as the first research on PKP, and again in 1995 on "Ocular Sickle Cell Disease," where the disease was categorized for the first time. Dr. Al Hazzaa was chosen as a Resident of the Year at KKESH (1986). She also received numerous recognition awards from KFSHRC as well as various & numerous institutes in the Arab country.

Locally, Dr. Al Hazzaa received the prestigious Gold Medal Award of the SOS from HRH Prince Abdulaziz Bin Ahmed Al-Saud, President of the SOS in 1999 (first Saudi female). Dr. Al Hazzaa also received an award from Oom Al-Gura University for her medical, scientific, & humanitarian efforts in Saudi Arabia in year 2000. Dr. Al Hazzaa was named "Arab Woman of the Year" in the field of Medicine & Community Services in 2005 from the Arab Women Studies Center in Paris, France.

Dr. Al Hazzaa was "Honorary Guest Speaker" at the King Abdulaziz Center for Gifted in 2007, the "Honorary Guest" at the Janadriya Heritage Annual Festival in 2007; awarded Sheikh Abdulmagsood Khoja award in 2008 and Al-Muftah award for scientific contribution by HRH P. Faisal bin Khalid in 2009 & 2010. Dr. Al Hazzaa was the first "Guest of Honor" for Cultural Attaché in United Arab Emirates for 1st Creative Forum for Saudi Students in the UAE Universities in 2010. Dr. Al Hazzaa was the "Honorary Guest" at "Empowering Woman," Saudi Women of Tomorrow Forum, Orbit of Development for Empowerment Consultants (ODEC), in Jeddah in 2011. Dr. A Hazzaa was also a Guest speaker in the 29th Graduating Class of 2011, "Striving for a Better Future," in Jeddah.

Dr. Al Hazzaa was an invited Guest Speaker in the International Forum on Women in Science & Technology in Muslim Countries held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 2011 (first & only Saudi female). In addition, Dr. Al Hazzaa was a Guest Speaker in "PROBE Forum on Women in Increasing Women's Interest in & Participation in Politics/Public Policy" South Carolina, USA, in 2011. Dr. Al Hazzaa was also a Guest Speaker in "US Saudi Business Opportunities Forum," Atlanta, USA, in 2011.

As for medical breakthrough, in 1993 Dr. Al Hazzaa introduced the Protocol for "Retinopathy of Prematurity" & adopted according to the Johns Hopkins Medical Institution's standard. In 1994, Dr. Al Hazzaa was the first to treat "Retinopathy of Prematurity" using the "Diode Laser" in the Middle East. In 1995, the first Multi-Wavelength Laser was purchased to treat diabetic retinopathy in the Middle East by Dr. Al Hazzaa. In 1997, the first Intravitreal Ganciclovir Implant (Vitrasert) for AIDS patients was performed by Dr. Al Hazzaa in the Middle East. Dr. Al Hazzaa was the Attending Physician to His late Majesty King Fahad bin Abdulaziz, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques from 1999 - 2000. In 2000, Dr. Al Hazzaa was the first to use Photodynamic Therapy to treat "Age Related Macular Degeneration" (ARMD) in the Gulf Region.

Dr. Al Hazzaa has organized numerous seminars on eye diseases nationally & internationally and is a professional member of 16 international & national ophthalmic societies. She is an Executive Board Member of the Saudi Committee for the Development of International Trade (CIT), of the Council of the Saudi Chamber of Commerce & Industry since 2001 and was the Executive Chair of "Friends of Saudi Arabia" in 2004-2007 lecturing in various cities in the USA, Europe, & Middle East, bridging and promoting the image & relationships of Saudi Arabia internationally.

Currently, an executive member of Saudi British Council 2012, Dr. Al Hazzaa was an official advisor to the Majlis Al Shura (Consultative Council) in 2002 & was the key factor in Majlis Al Shura Joining the Parliament in 2003.

Dr. Al Hazzaa has published 63 international papers, including 7 book chapters; the most important in Duane's International Ophthalmology, on "Genetic Eye Diseases in Saudi Arabia" (first ophthalmologist), and concluded 7 book reviews. She attended 241 symposia & presented 383 lectures in the USA, Europe & Middle East and was an invited international guest speaker in 65 lectures and an invited local speaker in 65 lectures. Dr. Al Hazzaa is currently undergoing 9 research projects and has had over 367 international & national television, radio & newspaper interviews.

Dr. Al Hazzaa was born in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, married to Mr. Abdulla Al Obaidalla, Executive Director of University Certificates Equivalency Ministry of Higher Education with 3 children.

Dr. Omar Alshanqeety (Assistant Professor, Health Systems and Quality Management Department, King Abdullah International Medical Research Center, KSA)

Head, Population Health Research Section
King Abdullah International Medical Research Center Riyadh, Saudi Arabia — Dec 2014 - Present

  • Led the design and planning for a major national health survey project
  • Chaired senior level committees charged with developing recommendations for strategic institutional issues
  • Led the establishment of a milestone research training program for clinical residents at National Guard Health Affairs

Assistant Professor, Health Systems and Quality Management Department King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences Riyadh, Saudi Arabia — May 2014 - Present

Healthcare Consultant
Independent Riyadh, Saudi Arabia — Dec 2014 - Present

  • Co-led a strategy formulation and implementation exercise for a major private healthcare provider in Saudi Arabia
  • Led the development of the business plan, including the go-to-market strategy, for a digital health startup in the Gulf region


Dr. Noha Dashash (Consultant, Family Medicine, Health Promotion, Minister of Health, KSA)

MBBS, DPHC, ABFM, SBFM
Consultant Family Physician
Family Medicine Research Coordinator, Teaching Staff, Postgraduate Joint Program of Family & Community Medicine
Coordinator of the Health Promotion Program, Jeddah, MOH
Founder of the Evidence Based Medicine Jeddah Working Group
Board Member, Saudi Scientific Society of Evidence Based Health Care
Head of Jeddah branch of the Saudi Society of Evidence Based health Care

  • 1992 Bachelor Degree of Medicine & Surgery; King Saud University, Riyadh, KSA.
  • 1997 Diploma in Primary Health Care. King Saud University, Riyadh.
  • 1999 Saudi & Arab Boards in Family Medicine.

Awards:

  • 1997 ‘Best Resident Award’.
  • 2002 ‘Character of the Year’ in the Saudi Society of Family & Community Medicine.
  • 2004 Minister of Health Award of ‘Distinguished Research Projects in Improving Quality of Asthma Care’.
  • 2006 ‘Best Evidence Based Medicine Working Group Award’.
  • 2015 ‘Best reform project in Family Medicine training’.

Founded the Evidence Based Medicine Jeddah Working Group, Jeddah, 2002. Members of this active group are currently 40 active members, dedicated to teach the concept and skills of Evidence Based Health Care. The group has held more than 100 courses training over 11000 health care professionals in the region.

Dr. Dashash was first-ever Saudi woman to be appointed as Assistant Director of health affairs and later, Director of Primary Health Care & Preventive medicine.
Lead the quality team to establish policies and procedures in primary care and in preventive medicine.

Led the ‘Clinical Practice Guideline Committee’ – Established 15 Evidence Based National Guidelines for common diseases in primary health care.
Has several books and publications in the fields of Evidence based medicine, Childhood asthma, Dengue fever, Medical education.

Organized and participated in numerous National and International conferences.
Currently Director of Family Medicine Research unit at the Postgraduate Joint Program of Family and Community Medicine, Jeddah.
 

Prof. Ahmed Mandil (Coordinator, Research Development & Innovation, Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office, World Health Organization, Egypt)

Currently:

Coordinator, Research Development, WHO/EMRO, Cairo, Egypt (seconded: from University of Alexandria: Prof of Epidemiology)

Formerly:

  • Supervisor, Community Medicine Unit, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Dean, College of Health Sciences, University of Sharjah, UAE
  • Secretary, International Epidemiological Association


Dr. Hisham Aljadhey (Dean, College of Pharmacy, King Saud University Medical City, Director of Medication Safety Research Chair, King Saud University, KSA)

Dr. Aljadhey is the Dean of Pharmacy College and Supervisor of Pharmacy Services at King Saud University Medical City, King Saud University where he serves as director of Medication Safety Research Chair. He was the Vice Dean for Graduate Studies and Research and Vice Dean for Academic Affairs at the same college. He had adjunct appointment in the University of North Carolina, University of Aberdeen, and University Science of Malaysia. He received his baccalaureate degree from King Saud University and his doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) and master from Purdue University. He completed an ASHP accredited residency at Winchester Medical Center, Virginia. In 2008, Dr. Aljadhey earned his Doctor of Philosophy in pharmacoepidemiology and medication safety from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the United States of America.

Dr. Aljadhey is a reviewer for several international scientific journals and Associate Editor for both Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety and Journal of Asian Association of Schools of Pharmacy journals. He is the founding chair for the Gulf chapter of the International Society for Pharmacoepidemiology. Dr. Aljadhey supervised more than 25 graduate students and published more than 80 peer reviewed publications. He is a member of the pharmacovigilance advisory committee in the Saudi Food and Drug Authority and member in the committee for the Pharmacovigilance guidelines. He is a member in the Board of Trustees and the Saudi Pharmacy Scientific Board at the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties. Dr. Aljadhey is a member of the International Expert Group on Patient Safety Research in Primary Care at the World Health Organization. Dr. Aljadhey served as consultant to several colleges of pharmacy and universities and currently he is a member in the Board of Directors of the Asian Association of Schools of Pharmacy. He was awarded the Andrew McAfee Award for scientists by the International Society for Pharmacoepidemiology.

Prof. Saleh A. Bawazir (Professor of Clinical Pharmacy & Consultant, CEO, Pharma Consult Group, KSA)

Professor Saleh Abdullah Bawazir graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Pharmacy from King Saud University, Riyadh Saudi Arabia in 1979 and obtained his PhD in clinical pharmacy from the University of Wales Cardiff – U.K. in 1984. Professor Bawazir took the lead as a pioneer in clinical pharmacy practice and contributed enormously to spread the concept of clinical pharmacy among the pharmacists and health care professionals in Saudi Arabia. Professor Bawazir is a founding member of the Saudi Pharmaceutical Society (SPS) in 1988 and Saudi Hypertension Management Group in 2001 and Saudi Hypertension Management Society (SHMS) in 2009. In May 2015 professor Bawazir retired from King Saud University and Saudi Food and Drug Authority and is working as independent Consultant.

Professor Bawazir research experience include many publications in the fields of pharmacoepidemiology, pharmaceutical policies, bioequivalence and pharmacovigilance. At national and international level, he chaired many committees such as registration committee for pharmaceutical products, Pharmacy & Therapeutic Committee, Committee for Reviewing Pharmacy Law and Regulations, Committee for Drugs and Medical Supplies for Hajj, Advisory committee for the National Center for Alternative and Herbal Medicine, Committee for Pricing of Pharmaceuticals, and WHO Expert Committee on Specifications for Pharmaceutical Preparations.

For more than 12 years Prof. Bawazir worked as an advisor to the Executive Office for the Health Ministers of the Arabian Countries on the Gulf. Professor Bawazir worked for eight years as an advisor to the Minister of Health for pharmaceuticals.

For the last ten years Professor Bawazir worked as vice president for drug affairs and advisor at the SFDA. During his work he led the drug sector development through a strategic plan and managed to establish a state of the art drug regulatory system that ensure quality, safety and efficacy of the pharmaceutical products and contributed positively to overall public health.

Other professional appointments include Consultant, Examiner, Editor, Referee Board Member, Supervisor and chairman of several National Committees. Prof Bawazir is considered an authority in pharmaceutical regulations in Saudi Arabia and the GCC. Prof. Bawazir has more than 200 publications and presentations in scientific meetings and journals and three books.

Dr. Abdullah M. Al-Mohizea (Deputy General Manager for Technical Affairs, Tabuk Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Company, KSA)

Dr. Abdullah Al-Mohizea holds a B.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences from King Saud University, MBA from Leicester University (UK), and a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences from University of Pittsburgh (USA). He is currently working as the deputy General Manager for Technical Affairs at Tabuk Pharmaceuticals and associate Professor at the department of Pharmaceutics, college of Pharmacy, King Saud University. Dr. Al-Mohizea served previously as the executive director of the product evaluation and standard setting administration at the Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA) and he is a previous advisor with the World Health Organization (WHO) prequalification program and a previous member in both the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and the SFDA different registration committees. He also, served between 2010 and 2015 as a member of the expert committee for the physical analysis expert committee with the United State Pharmacopeia (USP). The research area for Dr. Al-Mohizea is in the area of biopharmaceutics, drug metabolism and Pharmacokinetics, drug delivery, Genotyping of drug metabolizing enzymes, and other areas of research.

Dr. Abdulrazaq Aljazairy (Pharm.D., MBA, FCCP, BCPS (AQ-Cardiology) (Medical/Critical Pharmacy Department, King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre, KSA)

Dr. Al-Jazairi is a Clinical Pharmacy Consultant in the field of Cardiovascular Pharmacotherapy. Dr. Al-Jazairi is the Director of the Cardiovascular Pharmacotherapy Specialty Residency Program at King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center (KFSH&RC). He received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Campbell University at Buies Creek, North Carolina, USA, and a general Pharmacy Practice Residency at Duke University Medical Center (DUMC), Durham, NC. In 2000, Dr. Al-Jazairi completed a two-year Specialty Residency in Cardiovascular Pharmacotherapy from Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, University of the Sciences in Philadelphia in conjunction with the Hospital University of Pennsylvania (HUP), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. More recently Dr. Al-Jazairi earned a Master in Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Business from Mayes College, University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. In 2013, Dr. Al-Jazairi completed in master degree in Healthcare Administration and Pharmaceutical Business. Dr. Al-Jazairi is a board certified pharmacotherapy specialist with Cardiology added-qualification.

Dr. Al-Jazairi has several national and international presentations as well as more than 20 publications. Dr. Al-Jazairi is an editorial board member of prime journals, including Annals of Pharmacotherapy and the Annals of Saudi Medicine. He is also chairing the Clinical Research Committee in the Research Center at King Faisal Specialist Hospital- Riyadh for a second term, and setting in several other critical committees. He is a member of the Board of Pharmacy, in the Saudi Commission for Health Specialists, and a Chairman of the Examination Committee. He sets in several committees in Saudi-FDA. Dr. Al-Jazairi enjoys training students and residents in Cardiac-Surgery Intensive Care Unit (CSICU) and Evidence-based Practice. He also serves as an Associate Professor, School of Pharmacy, at Qassim University, and adjunct Assistant Professor in King Saud University and Princess Nora University.

Dr. Ali Saeed Alzahrani (Senior Consultant (Epidemiologist) Executive Director, Gulf Center for Cancer Control and Prevention Head of Epidemiology Platform, Command and Control Center, Ministry of Health, Principal Clinical Scientist, King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Center, KSA)

Dr. Al Zahrani started as a House Officer at the College of Medicine, KSU (1991-1992). He was Medical Resident (1992-1994) at the Riyadh Medical Complex. He was Clinical Epidemiologist (2005-2006), Head of Epidemiology Research Unit (2005-2007), Senior Clinical Epidemiologist (2006-2013) and Acting Chairman of the Department of Biostatistics, Epidemiology & Scientific Computing, KFSH&RC. He was Clinical Assistant Professor (2009-2012) with the Department of Family & Community Medicine, KSU.

He was appointed as the Deputy Executive Director of the Research Centre, KFSH&RC (2011-2013). He was the Supervisor of Gulf Centre for Cancer Registration (2005-2011), GCC Health Ministers’ Council. From February 2011 to present, Dr. Ali is the Executive Director of the Gulf Centre for Cancer Control and Prevention. On August 2013 he was promoted to Principal Clinical Scientist/Senior Consultant, KFSH&RC.

Dr. Ali was the Chairman of the Organizing Committee for the 1st international Conference on “Burden of Cancer in the Gulf Region”, October2014 Riyadh, KSA. He was the Conference Director for the 1st Saudi Epidemiology Conference, November2015 Jeddah. He was the Director of the 1st Gulf Cancer Awareness Campaign (1-7 February2016).

Dr. Ali was elected as the Regional councillor for the International Epidemiological Association for two terms (2008-2014) and elected President (2009-Present), Saudi Epidemiology Association.

Dr. Ali has published more than 50 peer-reviewed journal articles, scientific manuscripts, and technical reports with focus on cancer epidemiology. He participated in several national and international committees and task force teams on cancer control and prevention and was invited as keynote speaker in many conferences.

Dr. Muna Baslaim (Consultant Srgeon, Head, Breast Unit, King Fahad General Hospital Jeddah, KSA)
  • Graduated from from King Abdul-Aziz University (Jeddah), Medical College 1990 (MbChB).
  • Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (FRCSI-Part B) in 1994 and Certificate of the Arab Board for Surgery (CABS) in 1997.
  • Running the breast clinic at King Fahd Hospital, Jeddah from 1998.
  • Joined the Multidisciplinary Breast team at King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Center (KFSH&RC)-Riyadh for one year (1999).
  • Established Breast Unit at King Fahd General Hospital, Jeddah in 2003.
  • Participated as a speaker in local & international symposia on breast diseases.
  • Published international studies on benign & malignant breast diseases as well as other surgical problems.
  • Onco-plastic Breast Surgery training in 2008 at the European Institute of Oncology in Milan, Italy.
  • Member of the organizing committees in many international scientific activities.


Dr. . Meteb Alfoheidi (Breast Oncologist, Assistant Professor, King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Science- National Guard Health Affairs Jeddah, KSA)
  • Graduated Jan 2000 with MBBS degree from King Faisal University, Dammam
  • Completed the residency program in Internal Medicine from the University of Toronto, Canada 2004-2007.
  • Completed 2 years of training in Medical Oncology from the University of British Columbia, Canada 2007-2009.
  • Completed one year extra fellowship program in Breast Cancer with the Breast Cancer Group in BCCA, Vancouver, Canada 2009-2010.
  • Since August 2010, I’m working as a full Medical Oncology Consultant, mainly treating Breast Cancer with interest in clinical research.
  • Currently chairing the Breast Cancer Supportive Group as well as the Scientific Committee of the National Guard annual Breast Cancer Conference.
  • Director of the PNOC International Breast Cancer Conference.
  • Chairman, Family Oriented Care Program, Western Region - NGHA.
  • Assistant Professor, King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Science – NGHA, Jeddah.


Prof. Mahmoud Alahwal (MBChB, ABIM, FRCPC (Professor of Oncology, Breast Cancer Research Chair, Dean, College of Medicine, King Abdulaziz University, KSA)

Professor of Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology

MBChB 1983 King Abdulaziz University
ABIM Internal Medicine 1990
FRCPC Internal Medicine 1992 University of Alberta – Canada
FRCPC Medical Oncology 1994 University of Alberta – Canada

PRESENT ACADEMIC RANK AND POSITION

July 13th 2009 – Present Dean, Faculty of Medicine, King Abdulaziz University
2/6/1435 – Present Acting Dean, Faculty of Medicine, University of Jeddah
July 2006 – Present Professor / Consultant Medical Oncologist Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine & King Abdulaziz University
Jan. 2007- Present Board member of Gulf Federation for Cancer Control.
Jan. 1st 2007 – Present Regional Editor, Gulf Journal of Oncology (GJO).
July 2010 – Present Editor In Chief of Saudi Journal of Internal Medicine (SJIM)
17th March 2010 – Present Colorectal Cancer Chair Supervisor
August 2010 – present Member of Higher National Cancer Committee to fight against Cancer
Sept. 2012 – present Chairman, Saudi Medical Deans Committee, KSA
2010 – Present Chairman, Deans of Health Sciences Committee at KAU
2015 – Present Member Board of Trustees for Saudi Commission for Health Specialties of KSA


Dr. Amer Radawi (Consultant Medical Oncologist, Assistant Professor, King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Science, Director, Saudi Cancer Registry, National Guard Health Affairs Jeddah, KSA)

Graduated MB&Chb from KAU, completed internal medicine training from University of Ottawa 1990, Medical Oncology fellowship from Same university in 1992, & certified Internal Medicine/Medical Oncology from American and Canadian Boards. Worked as Faculty in College of Medicine, sKing Abdulaziz University since 1992 until 2005 and then Joined PNOC, Ministry of National Guard Health Affairs, as Consultant Medical oncologist & faculty later on in King Saud Bin Abdul Aziz University for health sciences, joint appointment. Appointed as director of Saudi Cancer Registry NGHA since 2010.

Through1994-1999 joined as consultant Medical oncologist KFSH&RC -Riyadh as second mend and later KFSH&RC Jeddah 2000-2005 as full timer /part timer. He is a major initiator/builder of Oncology department in later institute. He has multiple publication in the field of oncology. His main interest is Breast cancer & G.I oncology.

Mr. Mansoor Ahmed (Director Healthcare, Education PPP, MENA Region, Collier International, UAE)

Mansoor has over seventeen years of experience in Consulting and Economic Research in the areas of Business / Strategic / Operational Planning and Transformation, Operators Search & Selection, Market and Financial Feasibility Studies, Valuations, Due Diligence and Private Equity.

At Colliers Mansoor is responsible for offering following services to a large client base across the MENA region:

  • Strategic & Business Planning
  • Market & Financial Feasibility Studies
  • Operator Selection & Contract Negotiation
  • Business, Land & Property Valuation
  • Market & Commercial Due Diligence
  • Site Selection & Land / Property / Business Acquisition
  • Public Private Partnership (PPP) & Privatisation
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Asset & Performance Management

The projects he worked on include:

  • General Hospital (20 + Hospitals)
  • Maternity & Childcare (10 + Hospitals)
  • Polyclinics (5 + Hospitals)
  • Day-care Centre (5+ Centres)
  • Beauty, Cosmetic and Medical Wellness Centre (5+ Centres)
  • Trauma & Rehabilitation (5+ Hospitals)
  • Cardiac (2 Hospitals)
  • Paediatric (2 Hospitals)
  • Oncology / Cancer (1 Hospital)
  • Orthopaedic (1 Hospital)
  • Medical College (1 Institution)
  • Nursing College (1 Institution)

Successfully assisted number of Clients to achieve their growth strategies, including

  • Conducted Feasibility Studies, Investment Memorandums & conducted Due Diligence for the purpose of new healthcare projects, Financing & Refinancing &Merger & Acquisition: with Total Number of Beds 5,000 plus; Mixed Use Healthcare Parks 5 with a total BUA of 5+ million sqft and Total BUA of All Healthcare Projects+ million sqft,
  • Conducted over 40 Valuations for the purpose of end of year Audit, Financing & Refinancing an d Merger & Acquisition with Total Number of Beds Valued: 3,000 plus beds; Total BUA Valued 10+ million sqft
  • Operator, Search & Selection to find Operators for existing and new healthcare facilities with Total Number of Beds 2,000 plus and with a Total BUA of All Healthcare Projects: 5+ million sqft

Mansoor has worked in number of countries including, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, Iraq, Kurdistan, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Sudan, Pakistan, Ecuador and East Arica (Tanzania / Zanzibar).


MS. PAIGE PETERSON (EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, HUNTSMAN CANCER FOUNDATION, USA)


Ms. Paige Peterson, works with the Huntsman Cancer Institute and Foundation, focusing primarily on cancer research and patient needs: a cause close to her heart. Born in Marin County, California, Ms. Peterson is a renowned American painter and bestselling author and illustrator. Ms. Peterson has worked at Huntsman for the past seven years.

Dr. Walid A. Fitaihi (MD. MPH, FACE. Founder, Chairman of the Board of Directors & CEO, International Medical Center, Jeddah, KSA)


Dr. Walid Fitaihi is the Founder, Chairman of the Board of Directors and the Chief Executive Officer of the International Medical Center (IMC) based in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. He has been pioneering the development of the IMC project since its inception in 1997, beginning from the conduction of the initial market research and feasibility studies, to finding the right private investors who share the same vision, raising independently the SR 350 million for the financial guarantee of the project’s success.

Dr. Fitaihi’s integral role in the foundation of the IMC included the creation of the mission and vision, overseeing the design, construction and commissioning of the facility, guiding it through a successful accreditation, setting up guidelines for recruitment, quality and policy-making while instilling the IMC culture and values to all involved.

The grand opening of the International Medical Center was held in October 2006 under the patronage of King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz and Crown Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz bringing to life the dream of Dr. Fitaihi.

His mission in life is to bring a breath of a new vision that would enhance the quality of healthcare and to ensure that the IMC truly represents a major paradigm shift in health care delivery in the region.

Dr. Fitaihi completed his B.S. in Systems Engineering and received his medical degree (M.D.) from The George Washington University, U.S.A. Dr. Fitaihi also has a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree in Health Policy and Management from the Harvard School of Public Health, U.S.A. Dr. Fitaihi is an American Board Certified physician, specialized in Internal Medicine and Endocrinology. He completed his internship and residency requirements and joined a Fellowship in Endocrinology at Harvard Medical School-affiliated hospitals in the Boston area. Dr. Fitaihi, who was also an instructor of medicine at the Harvard Medical School, is a strong advocate of patient education and considers continuous education a key element in improving the quality of healthcare in today’s world of medicine.

Dr. Fitaihi had many assignments during his career; he was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Saudi Council of Health Specialties, the highest healthcare council in Saudi Arabia, until 2011, and member of the Joint Commission International’s (JCI) Standards Committee, responsible for reviewing international accreditation quality standards for hospitals. He is committed to community service and voluntary activities. Over the years he has delivered a number of lectures on topics related to medical, social, and cultural issues and has published hundreds of articles in various magazines and newspapers focusing on both health-related and non-health related topics. In March 2010, the ITP group chose Dr. Fitaihi as the 2009 CEO of the year in healthcare in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and in 2012, Dr. Fitaihi was among the top influential people in Saudi Arabia in the survey published by Arabian Business Magazine. In 2013, he founded the Wamahyay TV program and has successfully completed 3 seasons.

DR. BARBARA L. BASS MD, (FULL MEMBER, HOUSTON METHODIST RESEARCH INSTITUTE, DIRECTOR, METHODIST INSTITUTE FOR TECHNOLOGY, INNOVATION & EDUCATION LYNDA K. AND DAVIDM. UNDERWOOD CENTER FOR DIGESTIVE DISORDERS, HOUSTON METHODIST HOSPITAL / WEILL CORNELL MEDICAL COLLEGE )

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Barbara Lee Bass, MD, FACS is the John F., Jr. and Carolyn Bookout Presidential Distinguished Chair, Department of Surgery, at Houston Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas, and Professor of Surgery at Weill Medical College of Cornell University in New York. In addition to her clinical practice in gastrointestinal and endocrine surgery, Dr. Bass has led a funded laboratory program in gastrointestinal epithelial injury and repair. More recently, she has held leadership roles in the development of surgical quality initiatives at the national level in both the Veteran Affairs Health Care System and at the American College of Surgeons. A recognized leader in surgical education, Dr. Bass completed a 7-year term as a Director and Chair of the American Board of Surgery.

Dr. Bass is past president for the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, and recipient of the Nina Starr Braunwald Award from the Association of Women Surgeons. Most recently, Dr. Bass was appointed to the Strategic Planning Group of the NIH National Commission on Digestive Diseases. She serves on the editorial boards of Annals of Surgery, SURGERY, the Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery, and The World Journal of Surgery.

Dr. Bass is a graduate of Tufts University and the University of Virginia School of Medicine. She completed general surgery training at George Washington University Hospital and during her residency completed a fellowship in gastrointestinal physiology at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, while serving as a Captain in the U.S. Army Medical Corps. She has held faculty positions at George Washington University School of Medicine and the University of Maryland School of Medicine, where she served as Professor of Surgery and Associate Chair for Research and Academic Affairs.

Dr. Basmah Al-Buhairan (Managing Director, Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority, SAGIA, KSA)

Dr. Basmah AlBuhairan has more than 20 years experience in health care, primarily in leading roles in healthcare delivery. She is currently the Managing Director for Health Care & Life Sciences Sector at SAGIA and, as such, plays a key role in spearheading the Kingdoms efforts to drive new investments across the entire spectrum of the healthcare system in the Kingdom as part of the National Investment Plan. Dr. AlBuhairan leads a team within SAGIA who work closely with the Ministry of Health in implementing their strategy of identifying specific investment opportunities for the private sector within the public health system and reaching out to local and international investors to appraise them of these opportunities and accompany them though the entire investment journey in the Kingdom- ensuring full alignment across all key stakeholders to ensure a seamless investment experience.

Dr. AlBuhairan has held a number of leadership positions in healthcare throughout her career, initially as Director of Laboratory Operations at the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and subsequently as Assistant Deputy Executive Director of Medical Services at the Ministry of National Guard Health Affairs, King Abdulaziz Medical City in Riyadh. Immediately prior to joining SAGIA, she was the Deputy Chief Executive Officer at King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz University Hospital at Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University.

Her achievements transcend international borders as she is a Fellow of the prestigious Eisenhower Fellowships Organization and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the School of Medicine at the University of Utah. She also serves on the TIGER Initiative Foundation International Committee and the Eisenhower Fellowships Community Board.

Dr. AlBuhairan received her Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science from King Saud University in Riyadh, followed by a Master’s degree in Molecular Biology from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. Subsequent to that, she received a Master in Public Health and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Public Health and Health Services Research from the University of Sheffield in Sheffield.

Prof. Ahmed AlBarrak (Vice Rector,Quality, Planning & Development,Saudi Electronic University, Professor and Chairman,Medical Informatics,College of Medicine Chairman, Health Informatics Research Chair, King Saud University, KSA)


Professor of Medical Informatics in Family and Community Medicine Department, at The College of Medicine, King Saud University with a strong and diverse background in health informatics, diabetes management, public health informatics and biomedical engineering.

The founding Chairman of Medical Informatics Unit and the Director for E-learning and knowledge management in The Medical Education Department, the former Director of Computer and Information Department (CIO) in The University Hospitals. Currently the Saudi Electronic University Vice President for Quality Planning and development, and former founding dean for Health Sciences College. Area of research and interest includes e-Health, e-Learning, Health Informatics, Nursing Informatics, public health informatics, consumer health Informatics, Hospitals Information Systems, Quality Management, Health care Planning and Development, Academic and Executive Coaching. Prof. Albarrak has been awarded several excellence prizes and awards for his research, projects, and services including first award in information technology projects, first award in engineering projects by Riyadh techno Vale, KSU. Chairman and scientific committee member for national and international symposiums and conferences.

Mr. Bassam Al-Kharashi (Director of Business Innovation Services,ES Consulting,KSA)


Bassam AlKharashi is the director of Business Innovation services at ES Consulting. Also, he is the President of the Association of Business Process Management Professionals (Saudi Chapter) and the regional executive representative of Middle East & North Africa. He is an Associate of Leonardo Consulting in the Arab States. A resident of Riyadh, Bassam has over 20 years of experience in Business Process Management, Strategic Management, Information & Communication Technology, Project Management, Enterprise Architecture, Performance Management, & Business Innovation working in leading public and private organizations in Saudi Arabia. He is an experienced consultant and an accredited instructor in the global BPTrends Associates network. Bassam is co-developer of the book Establishing the Office of Business Process Management. Bassam is accredited by the Grove Consulting as a Graphic Facilitation trainer.

Key Qualifications

  • Process Management
  • Strategic Management
  • Coaching, and Change Management
  • Business Innovation
  • E-Services Transformation
  • Enterprise Architecture
  • Project Management
  • Performance Excellence


Educational

  • Education: MSc in Computer Engineering from Case Western Reserve University, USA
  • 20 years of experience

     
Dr. Nashat Nafouri (Chair of the Healthcare Interest Group,Executive Officer,Saudi Quality Council,KSA)


Dr. Nafouri is an advocate in Health Care Excellence models, Safety, Occupational Health, Infections Prevention and Environmental Health with over 20 years of experience. He serves on the Saudi Quality Council Board as an Executive Officer and Chairman of the Healthcare Group. He is the Ambassador of the Program Office for Laboratory Quality Management of the University of British Columbia, Canada and regional representative of the Clinical Laboratory Management Association (CLMA), USA. Nashat is lecturer in the Community Medicine Saudi Board. He is editorial board member in safety in health journal and Patient Safety Lecturer at King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences.

Appointed Consultant by the Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization (SASO) to assess the health sector readiness based on King Abdulaziz Quality Award Standards as foundation to structure the 2020 National Quality Strategy. He Led assessment teams in Abu Dhabi Award for Excellence in Government Performance in 2008 and led Taif Award teams in 2009, 2010, 2014 and 2015. He is an Assessor in the 2015 Abu Dhabi Award for Excellence in Government Performance and registered Assessor at King Abdulaziz Quality Award and participated in the 2nd cycle. He is the Facility Management and Safety Chapter Leader and Quality Observer towards the Joint Commission International Accreditation (JIC) at King Abdulaziz Medical City (KAMC) –Jeddah, Health Affairs, Ministry of National Guard from 2014 – 2016. He was Co-leader of Prevention and Control of Infection chapter of the 2ndJCI re-accreditation. He is registered inspector with the Collage of American Pathologists and active member of the Emergency Preparedness and many healthcare Commissioning Committees at KAMC-Jeddah. Nashat is the founder of Quality Logic and the Seeding Knowledge Conference series. He is an Advisory Board member of the Middle East Quality and Patient Safety Conference Series since 2012.

Dr. Nafouri is the 2015 Quality Leadership Award winner endorsed by the World Quality Congress and Awards and Asian Confederation of Business. He has many publications and instrumental researches and workshops that are searchable on the internet.

Nashat earned his B.Sc. in Medical Technology in 1991 from thev Collage of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences at King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia then completed his post graduate Diploma in Biotechnology from British Columbia Institute of Technology, Vancouver, Canada in 1998 and finally achieved his Ph.D. in Business Administration with Healthcare Management focus from the International Washington University, USA in 2005.

Dr. Osama Al-Swailem MD, MA (Chief Information Officer, Healthcare Information Technology Affairs, King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre, KSA)

Osama AlSwailem, MD, MA, currently holds the position of Chief Information Officer at King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He is an accomplished medical and IT professional with extensive experience in the areas of Medical Informatics and Information Technology. In addition to his role as CIO, Dr. Alswailem is Assisstant Professor of Medical Informatics at AlFaisal University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where he shares his knowledge and experience with some of the brightest young minds in the medical field

Following the completion of his MBBS degree in 1991 and Primary Healthcare Diploma in 1994 from King Saud University, College of Medicine, Dr. AlSwailem obtained Arab Board certification in Family Medicine in 1995. He then furthered his education at the prestigious Columbia University in New York City, USA. There, Dr. AlSwailem received a Master Degree in Medical Informatics in 1998, after which he completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in 1999. This achievement solidified his interest in pursuing a career in medical informatics.

After demonstrating his leadership capabilities as Director of Medical Clinical Informatics, Dr. AlSwailem was selected to become Chief Information Officer at KFH&RC. Since then, the emerged Healthcare Information Technology Affairs (HITA) department has successfully proven itself as an essential Strategic Partner for the Hospital and under his leadership has developed and implemented several innovative projects which continue to enhance patient experience, process improvement and service delivery. His drive is to deliver better healthcare and patient outcomes through advanced systems and technology, while enhancing the patient experience.

Dr. AlSwailem serves as board member of the Scientific Committee of the National Centre of Health Information, Council of Health Services. He is an active member of Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME). Dr. Al-Swailem co-authored the book “Developing Data Warehouse for the Healthcare Enterprise - Lessons from the Trenches” which was selected as the “book of the year” for 2008. He has attended and presented at several international and regional conferences and sysmposiums.

Dr. Husein Halabi (Director of Academic Training Affairs, King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Center, Jeddah, KSA)

Current positions:

  • Director of Academic and Training Affairs
  • Rheumatology Consultant, Department of Medicine
  • King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Center (Gen. Org.)-Jeddah

Board certifications/affiliations:

  • American Board in Internal Medicine
  • Canadian Board in Internal Medicine and a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada (FRCPC)
  • Canadian Board of Rheumatology
  • American Board of Rheumatology

Current President of the Saudi Society for Rheumatology.

Former President of the Pan Arab Association for Rheumatic Diseases and Vice President of the Saudi Society of Rheumatology.

Chaired and keynote speaker in various national and international conferences/symposiums.

Involved in Clinical Research as a Principal Investigator in Multi Center Clinical Trials.


Dr. Mohammed A. Alsultan MBBS, FRCPC (EM &CC), MMed (Assistant Secretary General of Postgraduate Studies, Saudi Commission for Health Specialties (SCHS), KSA)

Assistant Secretary General of Postgraduate Studies, Saudi Commission for Health Specialties (SCHS)

Associate Professor, Collage of Medicine, King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences (KSAU-HS)

Dr. Alsultan got trained and certified in Emergency Medicine, Critical Care and Medical Education in Canad. At King Abdulaziz Medical City (KAMC), National Guards Health Affairs (NGHA) in Riyadh, he joined the Emergency Medicine (EM) Department as a Consultant while working as an ICU Consultant as well. He was the EM Residency Program Director and a member of the Scientific Committee of EM at SCHS. He then became the Corporate Director, of Scholarship, Academic affair, KSAU-HS, NGHA. From there he became the Dean for Admission and Registration of KSAU-HS.

He participated extensively in hospital and national committees, mainly related to training and education. He has more than 20 publications, and won many times clinical tutorship awards. He is a member on the WHO committee on Injury Prevention, and a member at the International Emergency Medicine Advisory board, NY, USA. Also, He was an advisor to the Saudi Red Crescent Association (SRCA) for Training and Education Advisor, and Princess Nora University. Dr. Alsultan is re-shaping the Post-graduate Training for the Saudi Boards at SCHS.

Prof. Khaled AlKattan (Consultant Thoracic Surgery & lung transplant, King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Center, Dean College of Medicine, Alfaisal University, KSA)

Prof. Khaled Manae Al-Kattan, Dean College of Medicine, Alfaisal University and Consultant Thoracic Surgery and lung transplant at King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre. He was a graduate from King Saud University 1983, got his FRCS from Edinburgh with a gold medal in 1988. Appointed as an assistance professor at KSU in 1989, Associate professor in 1995 and then a full professor in 2000. He served as the director of continuous medical education at the college. He was a co-founder of both the Saudi thoracic society and Pan Arab Chest Society. He is the Middle East regent for the European Society of Thoracic Surgery. He is a member of many international societies and sits as a senior editor for the Annals of Thoracic Medicine journal. He is in the editorial board and reviewer of most of the international thoracic surgery journals. Have extensive research and publication in his field, presented many abstracts in international symposiums. Was invited as an international speaker in many medical events. He is the Chairman of the National Lung Cancer Study Group and the national lung transplant program. Have extensive work in medical education and a board member of its Saudi society. Have contributed to public health education and establishment of several charity medical associations.

Prof. Saad Al-Shohaib (Professor of Medicine and Nephrology, King Abdulaziz University Consultant Nephrologist, King Abdulaziz University Hospital & International Medical Center (IMC), KSA)


Academic Positions


Present Position:
Professor of Medicine and Nephrology in King Abdul-Aziz University (KAUH) faculty of medicine, and consultant nephrologist in KAUH and IMC

Past Positions:
Associate Professor of Medicine & Nephrology, King Abdulaziz University, May 1999 –2010. Academic posts during this time included the following

  • - Director resident training between 2003- 2005
  • - Examiner for the Saudi council fellowship
  • - Member of the legal committee (the committee include a judge and an expert in the filed)
  • - Member of the executive committee for health services in western region
  • - Director of the department of nephrology and hemodialysis unit in KAUH
  • - Member of the examination committee
  • - Academic Advisor for the fourth year students
  • - Visiting Lecturer to Ibn Sina Medical College (Private Medical College in Jeddah)
  • Director of Academic Affairs and Consultant Nephrologists, King Khalid National Guard Hospital October 1997 – February 2000
  • Chief of Staff – King Khalid National Guard Hospital, Jeddah, August 1995 – September 1997
  • Consultant Nephrologist – King Khalid National Guard Hospital, October 1991 – February 2000
  • Assistant Professor in Medicine & Nephrology in King Abdulaziz Hospital, September 1990 – September 1991 with additional clinical responsibilities in King Abdulaziz Hospital.
  • Fellow in Nephrology – July 1988 – September 1990. Trained in Transplant 9/12, Hemodialysis 4/12, CAPD 3/12, Pediatric nephrology 3/12, McGill University, Montreal, Canada
  • Resident – R1, R2, R3 in Medicine, University of Alberta, Canada, July 1985 – June 1988
  • Demonstrator (SHO) to Department of Medicine – King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, 1983 – June 1985
  • Internship – King Abdulaziz University, August 1982 – July 1983

     
Dr. Wesam Abuznadah (Assistant Professor, Associate Dean, Academic & Student Affairs, King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, KSA)

I was born and raised in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. I took my Bachelor of Medicine at King Abdulaziz University School of Medicine, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and obtained my M.B.Ch.B in 1998. In 1999 to 2001, I joined the Surgical Residency Program at King Khalid National Guard Hospital – Jeddah, and obtained a scholarship to pursue a postgraduate Surgical Residency from 2001 to 2006 at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada. During that period, in 2004, I received my Master’s Degree in Medical Education from Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, Canada. In 2007, I acquired my General Surgery Specialty Certificate from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (FRCSC). Also, in 2008, I completed the Fellowship Training in Vascular Surgery from the University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and had been awarded the Vascular Surgery Specialty Certificate from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (FRCSC) in 2009.

Upon my arrival in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, I was appointed as a Consultant, Vascular & Endovascular Surgery at National Guard Health Affairs – Jeddah in 2008. I have been very enthusiastic about teaching and participating in all academic activities at NGHA. Likewise, I had been given a chance to become one of the founders of College of Medicine – Jeddah, King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, and later on, was credentialed as an Assistant Professor of Surgery in 2010. Afterward, I was formally appointed as Founding Chairman, Department of Medical Education in 2012. Beforehand, I was designated as a Program Site Director, Masters in Medical Education Degree at KSAU-HS in 2010. Also, in 2011, I had been appointed as the Head of Research Promotion & Education, King Abdullah International Research Center, Western Region under the umbrella of National Guard Health Affairs. In March 2013, I received my recent appointment as Associate Dean, Academic & Student Affairs, COM-J wherein I am directly reporting to the Dean, College of Medicine – Jeddah.

Mohamed Haji Albahiti MBBS, FRCSC (Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada Assistant professor, Consultant ophthalmologist, Consultant vitreoretinal surgery, Department of Ophthalmology King AbdulAziz university, Jeddah, KSA)


Completed medical school in King AbdulAziz university, Jeddah in June 2003 and internship in July 2004

Received ophthalmology training at McGill university, montreal, Canada from July 2006 to June 2011.

Successfully passed the exam of Royal college of physicians and surgeons of Canada in ophthalmology in May 2011.

Received a 2-year vitreoretinal medicine and surgery training and a 1-year endoscopic retinal surgery training at the University of Montreal, Montreal, Canada, from July 2011 to June 2014

Currently an assistant professor and consultant vitreoretinal surgeon at the department of ophthalmology, King AbdulAziz university, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Dr. Mohammed A. AlMekhlafi (Chairman,Department of Physiology, Assistant Professor, King Abdulaziz University, KSA)

I am an assistant professor and consultant of stroke neurology and interventional neuroradiology in King Abdulaziz University hospital in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. After finishing medical school, I spent 9 years at the University of Calgary (2005-2014) where I did my neurology residency followed by stroke and interventional neuroradiology fellowships. In addition, I did a master degree in clinical epidemiology. My thesis was on the cost effectiveness of carotid angioplasty and stenting.

Upon my return to the Kingdome in July 2014, I was appointed as member of the scientific committee supervising the Saudi stroke fellowship program at the Saudi Commission for Health Sciences. I was recently selected to serve as a board member on the Middle East and North Africa Stroke Initiative led by the Government of Dubai. On the inistitutional level, I am the head of the Student Research and Innovation Unit and Chairman of the department of Physiology, both in King Abdulaziz University.

My research interests are in the fields of endovascular stroke therapy, the improvement of acute stroke workflow, and meta-analyses. I was a collaborator in the Escape trial for endovascular stroke treatment. I have co-authored over 50 peer-review publications in journals like Circulation, Annals of Neurology, Neurology, and Stroke. These articles were cited over 500 times. I won multiple awards including the 2013 Canada’s Governor academic Gold medal and King Abdulaziz University Graduate student of the year and Research Distinction awards. I serve as a peer-reviewer for a number of journals including the American Journal of Neuroradiology, Stroke, and Annals of Saudi Medicine. I am a member of the editorial board of Neuroscience journal (Riyadh).

Dr. Hala Hisham Mosli (Assistant Professor of Medicine, Consultant in internal medicine, Endocrinology & Metabolism, King Abdulaziz University Hospital, KSA)


College Education:

  • Successfully completed the Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Exam(MCCEE) with a score of 485, May 13th,2004.
  • Successfully completed mandatory rotating internship year required for graduation, 2003/2004.
  • Successfully completed training as an ACLS provider.

Residency:

  • Completed the Internal Medicine program at University of Western Ontario.
  • Completed Endocrinology and Metabolism subspecialty training at University of Western Ontario
  • Demonstrator at King Abdul Aziz University – School of Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine.
  • Presented several rounds on various topics and subspecialties throughout my years of training.
  • Assisted in CARMS interviews, 2007.
  • Participated in OSCE exam training at UWO, both as examiner and as examinee in 2009.

Experience:

  • Participated in several group-­‐teaching activities.
  • Presented Medicine Grand Rounds on several occasions as a resident
  • Presented Critical Appraisal rounds as a resident
  • Participated in multiple journal clubs throughout training.
  • Presented several rounds throughout fellowship
  • Participated in Residents research day on two occasions; oral presentation and poster
  • Attended Thyroid Ultrasonography course, 2008, 2009
  • Completed 8 months as senior registrar at King Abdulaziz University Hospital
  • Currently, consultant in internal medicine, Endocrinology and Metabolism at King Abdulaziz University Hospital

Conferences:

  • Attended the Second Conference on Advanced Medicine, held in the King Fahd Research Center, KAAU.
  • Attended “Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes” Symposium at KAAU hospital, Dept of Pediatrics.
  • Attended the Diabetes Update 2007 Conference in Toronto
  • Attended the World Congress on Diabetes, Columbus, Ohio November 2007
  • Diabetes Refresher Day, September 2009
  • Attended Thyroid Cancer Symposium Presented by Dr Michael Tuttle
  • Presented community talk on Diabetes and Travel as part of Diabetes London Educational Seminars in 2010
  • Chosen to attend the Clinical Investigators Workshop of the Endocrine Society in Atlanta, Georgia, October 2009
  • 92nd Endo Society Annual Scientific Meeting, San Diego, California June 2010
  • CDA Annual meeting, October 2010, Edmonton, Alberta
  • Endo Society 93rd Annual Meeting, Boston, MA, June 2011
  • Speaker at the Second Scientific Obesity Forum, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, April 26-­‐28 2014
  • Speaker at the 7th Jeddah Update in Diabetes Mellitus and Endocrinology Conference, September 9-­‐11, 2014
  • Attended the IOF Osteoporosis Update 2013, Dubai, UAE
  • Presented at the 1st Interactive Conference in Internal Medicine, KAU December 18-­‐19, 2013
  • Attended CDA/CSEM meeting, Winnipeg, Alberta, October 2014
  • Poster presentation at the 97th Endo Society Meeting, San Diego, California, March 2015
  • Poster won first place at the GCC9MCONF, Alain, UAE, December 2014
  • Organizer: The 1st Saudi Society of Diabetes International Conference, Jeddah, April 2015
  • Speaker at The 1st Saudi Society of Diabetes International Conference, April 6-9, 2015, Jeddah KSA
  • Speaker: “8th Jeddah Update in Diabetes Mellitus & Endocrinology Conference” (8th JUCED)


Dr. Ali Alzahrani (Scientist & Head, Molecular Endocrinology Section, King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Center, Professor of Medicine and Endocrinology, AlFaisal University, KSA)

Dr. Ali Saeed Alzahrani currently serves in three professional roles: Consultant Endocrinologist, Department of Medicine as well as Scientist and Head, Molecular Endocrinology Section, Department of Molecular Oncology, Research Centre, King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre, and finally as Professor of Medicine and Endocrinology, AlFaisal University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

He was an editorial board member for the Annals of Saudi Medicine from 2003 to 2007 and went on to be editor-in-chief for the same journal from 2007 to 2010. He is now an international member of the editorial board of the British Journal of Diabetes and Vascular Diseases. Dr. Alzahrani has produced 65 peer-reviewed articles, has delivered over 90 lectures in Saudi Arabia and internationally and has made more than 80 national and international poster and oral presentations at conferences.

Prof. Lubna A. Al-Ansary, (MBBS, MSc, MRCGP, FRCGP (Professor of Family Medicine, Member, Shura Council, KSA)

Lubna A. Al-Ansary is a Professor of Family Medicine at the College of Medicine, a part-time Consultant Family Physician at the Primary Care Centre and the head of the Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPGs) Committee at King Saud University (KSU), the oldest and largest university in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA).

She also holds Bahamdan Research Chair for evidence-based health care and knowledge translation at KSU, which focuses on evidence-generation and implementation. In 6 years, Bahamdan Chair has published more than 40 papers, two-thirds of which are systematic reviews. Along with her team at the Research Chair, she has provided in-depth training on local adaptation of CPGs (using the ADAPTE framework) for different organizations in KSA, Tunisia and Kuwait and collaborated with WHO-EMRO towards establishing a regional initiative on CPGs.

Lubna has always been a strong believer of the mission and objectives of the Guidelines International Network (G-I-N). She managed to facilitate establishing an organizational membership for KSU since 2009 with a nation-wide access to G-I-N through the Chair’s website helped in raising awareness about EB-CPGs in general, and the unique and central role of G-I-N in particular, at a very critical time when various health organizations are working hard to be nationally or internationally accredited. Lubna is an elected member for G-I-N’s Board of Trustees. Her efforts in promoting capacity building in systematic reviewing at the national level lead her to being selected by the Cochrane Collaboration to be its contact person in KSA.

Being recognized for her work in guidelines and evidence-based health care in KSA and the Gulf Countries as well as human rights, Lubna has become a member of the Consultative Council (Majlis Al-Shura), which is the ‘Appointed Parliament’ in KSA. She joined the Council in Jan 2013 as one of the first women MPs ever. She was selected to represent women MPs at the Inter-parliamentary Union for the first 2 years.

Ms. Catherine Mellor (Executive Director/Global Health, US Chamber of Commerce, USA)


Catherine Mellor is the executive director for Global Health Policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s International Division. In this role, Mellor is responsible for managing the Chamber’s newly launched Global Initiative on Health and the Economy which promotes the importance of workforce health to economic growth.

Mellor joined the Chamber in 2006. Her previous roles included directing the Chamber’s work in support of the 12 country Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade negotiation. She also led the organization’s international work in the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation, and implemented anti-counterfeiting and piracy programs in Southeast Asia. Prior to joining the Chamber, Mellor spent four years as a research officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade at the Australian Embassy in Washington. During this time she was part of the team which supported the negotiation and successful conclusion of the Australia-U.S. Free Trade Agreement.

Mellor is an Australian citizen and graduate of the University of Queensland. She is a board member of Women In International Trade and began her career in Washington working for Congressman Darrell Issa.

DR. HANY HAFEZ (CONSULTANT VASCULAR SURGEON, KING FAISAL SPECIALIST HOSPITAL, JEDDAH, KSA)


Having graduated from the Cairo University School of Medicine, Dr Hany Hafez started his basic surgical training in the UK in 1991. He obtained his RCS Fellowship in 1993. He then joined the North West London Specialist Surgical Training Programme, As part of this programme, Dr Hafez spent three years (1994-1996) as a research registrar and a lecturer at the St Mary's Regional Academic Vascular Unit. During this period, he completed his PhD thesis in Thoracoabdominal Aortic Aneurysm Surgery.

In 1998, he joined the Regional Academic Vascular Unit, University of Natal, Durban , South Africa as an exchange Senior Registrar for one year. During this year, he gained considerable experience in arterial trauma and complex infective arterial diseases. Upon his return to the UK, Dr Hafez joined the Academic Vascular Unit at Charring Cross Hospital then St Mary's Hospital to complete his training in 2000. In 2001, he was appointed as a consultant vascular surgeon and director of the aortic aneurysm screeningprogramme at the Royal West Sussex NHS Trust. Under his directorship, the screening programme expanded from covering a population of 150,000 in 2001 to 1.6 million in 2014. During his tenancy, Dr Hafez developed a new minimally invasive approach to open aortic surgery, which was published in 2011. Using this approach, Dr Hafez was one of only seven surgeons in the UK to have performed over 100 aortic aneurysm repairs with zero percent mortality and the only one to do so using the open technique.

In 2009, Dr Hafez performed the first allograft aortic replacement in the UK. In 2012, He was appointed as the Sussex Vascular and Interventional Radiology Network Clinical Director. In November 2014, Dr Hafez joined the King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre, Jeddah where he is currently based. Dr Hafez has published extensively in the field of vascular surgery and continues to maintain his research interests in this field.

DR. SULTAN ALAMRI, (ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF FAMILY MEDICINE, CONSULTANT IN GERIATRIC MEDICINE, FACULTY OF MEDICINE, KING ABDULAZIZ UNIVERSITY, JEDDAH, KSA)


Dr. Alamri obtained his degree in Medicine from King Abdulaziz University in 2005. He then completed Family Medicine Residency Program and later Geriatric Medicine fellowship through McMaster University in 2014.

He is currently an assistant professor and consultant in Geriatric Medicine for the faculty of medicine at King Abdulaziz University.

He is a member of the American and Canadian Geriatrics Societies and also a member of the Geriatric Advisory Committee for the Saudi ministry of health. He has several publications and number of ongoing research projects in the field of Geriatric Medicine

Dr. Ahmad Wazzan (President, Saudi Emergency Medicine Society, Assistant Professor, King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Science- National Guard Health Affairs, Jeddah, KSA)

Dr. Ahmad Wazzan is the president of the Saudi society of emergency medicine. He is working as an assistant professor of Emergency Medicine & trauma in King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for health sciences, Ministry of National Guard health affairs, Jeddah, KSA. He is a member of the scientific board and the examination committee of emergency medicine in the Saudi board of emergency medicine by the Saudi commission for health specialties.

He has excellent experience in emergency department leadership, management and patient flow. He is a certified emergency department director by the ACEP emergency department directors academy “EDDA” and a Certified emergency department executive “CEDE” by the International emergency department leadership institute. He is certified professional in healthcare quality (CPHQ)

He has the unique experience of working during Hajj seasons in the holy sites for 15 years in different leading positions, dealing with major events during Hajj. He was invited to speak and chair sessions in many different national and international symposia and conferences.

Dr. Ahmed Aboabat (Rehabilitation Consultant, Executive, King Fahad Medical City, KSA)

Rehabilitation Consultant, and the founder and former medical director of the Rehabilitation Hospital (CARF Accredited) at King Fahad Medical City.

  • Associate Executive Director of Patient Affairs.
  • International Surveyor with CARF commission.
  • He gained his PhD in 2000 from Salford University (UK) in medical rehabilitation,
  • He gained his Master in Health Administration from Washington University School of Medicine (USA).
  • He is a member of the High Medical Committee (MOH),
  • Principal Investigator of A Cross Sectional Study to Establish Saudi Health Related Quality of Life Norms using the SF 36 Health Survey (KACST ref. No. AT-33-38).
  • Local Principal Investigator of an international survey (Access to Care and Timing for traumatic SCI), Rick Hansen Institute, Vancouver, Canada.
  • Reviewer; Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Journal. American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine USA.
Eng. Sultan H. AlZahrani (Deputy, Saudi Society for Traffic Safety, KSA)

Sultan has over 30 years of experience in security, safety and management. Graduated from University of Portland, Oregon in 1982 in Industrial Engineering.

He start his Career with Ministry of Interior of Saudi Arabia and the last position held was the Director of Eastern Province Supreme commission for Industrial Security, he than join Saudi Aramco in 1993 and held several managerial positions including Superintendent Security Operation , Manger Industrial Security operation. Sultan is the Director Traffic Safety Signature Program within Saudi Aramco and Secretary General for Eastern Province Traffic Safety Council.

He also hold the position of Vice Chairman for Saudi Society for Traffic Safety and member of the Saudi Arabia National Traffic Safety Committee and member of The National Strategy for Transportation

Mr. Bader Alhablani (Research Associate, Health Informatician, King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Center, KSA)

Mr. Bader ALHablani gained his Health Records Technician diploma from the Training and Development Department at King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre (KFSH&RC) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in 2004. In 2011 he received a Bachelor's of Science in Health Information Management from the University of Kansas and in 2012 he received a Master's of Science in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences with a Concentration in Healthcare Supervision and Management from the University of Pittsburgh, USA.

In 1998, Mr. ALHablani began his career at KFSH&RC, where he progressed through positions of increasing responsibilities in the management of medical records until he became the acting supervisor of the File Area in the Medical Records Department in 2002. Mr. ALHablani later took the position of health records technician (coder) at the same department in 2004. In 2013 he took over a position as the Section Head of Registries Core Facility, Department of Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Scientific Computing Department, KFSH&RC.

Mr. ALHablani has been a member of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) since 2005. He has two credentials from AHIMA: Certified Healthcare Privacy and Security (CHPS) and Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA). He was a member of a sub-committee for the Health Information Exchange project as well as a supervisor for the establishment of the national neural tube defects registry.

Mr. ALHablani's research interests include Disease Registries, clinical trials, Clinical Terminologies (i.e. SNOMED-CT), Clinical Classifications (i.e. ICD-10), Electronic Health Records (EHRs), and Healthcare Privacy and Security.

Mr. Mansour Al-Swaidan (Deputy, Information and Communication Technology, Ministry of Health, KSA)

I have more than 26 years of experience working in Healthcare informatics, started at King Faisal Specialist Hospital in Riyadh. I worked there for 18 years, and in the last 5 years held the position of a Project Manager for the HIS implementation. Then, I moved to Sultan Humanitarian City as an IT Director for 3 years with HIS implementation from Inter-systems, then to King Saud University Hospitals as a CIO for 2 years with Cerner Implementation. I lead the chapters related for Information Technology for Quality accreditation in the last 2 hospitals and successfully got accredited. Then, I moved to MoH for the past 4 years as the National HIS Program Director, where I became the Deputy for the General Director for ICT, responsible for setting strategy and executing the eHealth Program in MoH for more than 270 hospitals and more than 2400 PHCs in the Kingdom. Recently, I was appointed as a Member in the KLAS International Advisory Board.

Dr. Sulaiman Almutairi (Informatician, Lecturer, Qassim University, KSA)


Dr. Sulaiman Almutairi is an assistant professor at college of public health and health informatics at Qassim University. He received his Ph.D. in Biomedical Informatics from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, USA. He has earned his Master's degree in Information Technology from Robert Morris University, USA. After completing a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Bluefield State College, USA. Dr. Sulaiman has worked in several positions at Qassim University since he joined the the University in 2005, Now He working as coordinator of HI Department and also managing a number of development projects. His research interests include privacy of health information, Cloud security, Information flow in eHealth systems, Information policy, IT project management.

Mr. Faisal AlShammari (Senior Health Informatics Analyst, King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center, Riyadh, KSA)


Faisal Al Shammari is a Health Informatics Manager at King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Center in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. In his 14+ years there he has built and managed various innovative processes and projects in support of patient enhanced care, clinical informatics, information technology and communication. Due to regional emphasis on the Saudi e-Health strategy, he has focused in turning clinical data into actionable information, beneficial outcomes and regional knowledge. This has led to him being an establishing member of Saudi Health Information management group (SHIMA) as one of the top HIMs professionals in the region.

He represented the country of Saudi Arabia at the International Federation for Health Information Management (IFHIMA 2013) under the guidance of the World Health Organization – WHO. He helped develop the framework of the privacy and security guidelines for the Saudi Health Information Exchange. He actively participated in establishment of the Saudi Healthcare Data Dictionary, in participation with the Saudi Health Council that defined areas of interoperability amongst the top regional government hospitals.

Faisal graduated with a BS followed by a MIS from La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia. He was also certified in 2012 as a HIM with the Health Information Management Association of Australia.

Mr. Hani Farouk (eHealth, Regional World Health Organization, Egypt)

Hani Farouk A. Mohamed has been coordinating the eHealth work of the World Health Organization, the Office Eastern Mediterranean Region (WHO/EMRO) as the eHealth regional focal point since 2009. Prior to that, he held positions related to Health Informatics and Geographic Information Systems since Jan 1996 where he started his career in the Academia as a TA. Farouk holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Telecommunication and Electronics, a M.Sc. in Computer Science (University of Louisville, USA), a M. Philosophy (Maastricht School of Management, The Netherlands ) and he is currently completing his Doctoral studies with a focus on eHealth adoption among health workforce. Farouk’s portfolio covers national eHealth strategies, innovation, Information Technology, eSurveillance, mHealth, Standards and Interoperability, Geographic Information Systems, Statistical & Geo-statistical analysis, Project Management, Systems analysis, fund raising, linguistics & electronic dictionaries, Monitoring & Evaluation, and capacity building. He is a member of a number of national and international professional societies and associations specialized in Computer Science, Information Technology, and eHealth. He has provided many conference presentations/keynotes in the different aspects of eHealth and he conducted tens of related training courses and workshops. Farouk has advanced knowledge in research methodology & paradigms and he contributes as peer reviewer for IEEE and for the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal (EMHJ).

Mr. Steve Lutes (Executive Director, Middle East Affairs, U.S. Chamber of Commerce,USA)


Steve Lutes is executive director of Middle East Affairs at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He is responsible for managing the U.S.-Egypt Business Council, U.S.-Iraq Business Initiative, the U.S.-GCC Business Initiative, and serves as executive director for each. In this capacity, Lutes is responsible for developing and implementing policies and programs that promote U.S. business opportuni¬ties and investment in Egypt, Iraq, and the GCC (with a focus on Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Qatar). He works closely with Chamber member companies and business and government leaders to advance and broaden commercial relationships.

Lutes came to the Chamber from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration (ITA) where he was a senior legislative affairs specialist in the Office of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs. He focused on educating members of Congress on the benefits of trade and foreign direct investment and on advancing the Administration’s trade agenda on Capitol Hill, including securing passage of the United States-Dominican Republic- Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA). Lutes also served as the congressional liaison to the President’s Export Council and the Manufacturing Council for the Department.

Previously, Lutes worked for the Republican Party in Columbus, Ohio, where he worked in conjunction with the Bush-Cheney reelection effort in Ohio through 2004, successfully directing political and grassroots strategy in central Ohio and helping turn out the largest county vote for former President George W. Bush in Ohio.

Earlier in his career, he worked on Capitol Hill and held a variety of positions, including press secretary, legislative director, and chief of staff.

Lutes earned his bachelor’s degree in marketing from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. He serves on the Board of Directors of the American University in Iraq – Sulaimani Foundation. Steve and his wife met on Capitol Hill and live in Alexandria, Virginia.