Prince Faisal bin Bandar Al Saud (Governor of Riyadh Province, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia)

Prince Faisal bin Bandar Al Saud, prior to being appointed as the Governor of Riyadh Province, served as Deputy Governor of Asir Province and Governor of Al-Qassim Province.

Prince Faisal obtained a bachelor of arts degree in history at King Saud University.

H.E. Eng. Khalid bin Abdulaziz Al-Falih (Minister of Health, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia)

Prior to his appointment by the King as Minister of Health, Mr. Khalid A. Al-Falih served as the Chief Executive Officer and President of Saudi Arabian Oil Company since January 1, 2009 until May 1, 2015. Mr. Al-Falih served as an Executive Vice President of Operations Business Center for Saudi Arabian Oil Company since September 1, 2007 until December 31, 2008. He served as Senior Vice President, Industrial Relations of Saudi Arabian Oil Company since October 2005. He worked in Project Management as a senior project engineer. His various assignments included working with the Qasim Refinery Project, Ras Tanura Refinery Modernization Project, the Ju'aymah Gas Plant Recovery Project and the Berri Gas Plant Upgrade Project among others. He joined the Consulting Services Department (CSD) in 1992 and supervised several technical units. Mr. Al-Falih served as Coordinator of Mechanical and Civil Systems Division since 1994 and was named Manager of CSD in January 1995. He served as Manager of Ras Tanura Refinery Maintenance Department since late 1995, Ras Tanura Refinery Operations Department since 1997; and Manager of Business Analysis Department since 1998. He served as President of Petron Corporation since July 1999.

Mr. Al-Falih returned to the Kingdom in September 2000 and served as Vice Chairman of the Saudi Aramco Study Team for Gas Ventures, until his appointment as Vice President of Gas Ventures Development and Coordination in May 2001. During this time, Mr. Al-Falih played an instrumental role in the negotiations with the international oil companies (IOCs) in connection with the Kingdom's Natural Gas Initiative. In early 2003, Mr. Al-Falih headed a newly formed administrative area, New Business Development and served as Exploration Vice President since April 2004 and Senior Vice President of Gas Operations since August 2004. When the company formed its New Business Development organization in 2003, Mr. Al-Falih was appointed as its first head. In that role, he led the development of world-scale refining and petrochemical integration projects with leading global chemical enterprises. He serves as Chairman of the board of the newly formed South Rub' al-Khali joint venture between Shell, Total and Saudi Aramco.

He has been Chairman of the Board of Saudi Arabian Oil Company since April 2015 and as its Director since September 1, 2007. He was also a member of the board of the Saudi National Program for Development of Industrial Clusters. Mr. Al-Falih is a well-known advocate for higher education in Saudi Arabia. Since 2008, he has served as a founding member of the Board of Trustees of the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). A new international, graduate-level research university that opened in 2009, KAUST focuses on research that applies science and technology to resolve global challenges and advance economic and social development. Under Mr. Al-Falih’s direction, Saudi Aramco spearheaded construction of the university’s physical campus and organizational development. The company continues to support KAUST's economic development mission through partnership in its Industrial Collaboration Program.

Mr. Al-Falih also continues to oversee Saudi Aramco’s partnerships with KFUPM, where he serves as a member of the university’s International Advisory Board. He is a member of the Asia Business Council and J.P. Morgan International Council. Mr. Al-Falih is active in many social programs, and previously served as chairman of the Dammam City Municipal Council. His board memberships in other community-focused organizations include the Technical and Vocational Training Corporation, the Prince Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz Fund for Supporting Small Business Projects for Women, and the Eastern Province Society for the Handicapped. Mr. Al-Falih holds B.S Degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1982 from Texas A&M University in College Station. During this time, he also pursued studies for an MBA at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, receiving his Degree in 1991.


Ambassador Westphal was sworn in as the U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on March 26, 2014.

Prior to this appointment, Ambassador Westphal was the Under Secretary of the Army and its Chief Management Officer from 2009 to 2014. In that capacity, Secretary Westphal managed a force of more than one million soldiers and several hundred thousand civilians. He also held the positions of Assistant Secretary of the Army in the Clinton Administration and Acting Secretary of the Army in the Bush Administration.

Ambassador Westphal's career spans more than 40 years of service in higher education and government. He has taught at Oklahoma State University, Georgetown University and the University of Maine where he was also Chancellor of the University System.

In government, he worked in both the House and Senate for more than twelve years. He held positions in the administrations of Presidents Carter, Reagan, Clinton, Bush, and Obama, working in the Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Department of the Interior, and the Department of Defense.

Ambassador Westphal and his wife have four children and six grandchildren.


Mr. Osman R. Minkara, is Managing Director of Aldara Medical Corporation, the developer of Aldara Hospital and Medical Center, a new healthcare facility in Riyadh. The facility comprises of a state-of-the-art hospital and Riyadh’s largest and most technologically-advanced outpatient center.

He is also the founder and Managing Principal of CIG Capital Advisors, a specialist wealth manager and alternative investments firm. In addition, he serves as a Co Chairman of the Board of Generation One and a Director of Maddison Business Park.

Mr. Minkara holds a BS in Finance, Magna Cum Laude from Wayne State University, an Advanced Management Programme from Oxford University and a joint Executive MBA from New York University, London School of Economics and HEC.

Mr.Minkara is speaking at a Forum panel entitled: "Healthcare Start-Ups, Challenges and Opportunities."


Mr. Hassan Al-Damluji is an expert in international development,education reform and organizational strategy. As Head of Middle East Relations at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation he is responsible for the foundation's Middle East strategy across program areas, as well as acting as lead Middle East adviser to Bill and Melinda Gates.

Examples of work within the Middle East portfolio include creating alarge development financing facility in collaboration with the Islamic Development Bank, agriculture research to improve food security across the Arab World and Polio eradication in several countries, in partnership with Gulf donors.

Prior to joining the foundation, Mr. Al-Damluji designed and implemented large scale transformations for governments and philanthropy in the Middle East and the UK, both as a manager in McKinsey & Company and through establishing and leading non-profit organizations. Examples of his work include radically upgrading the school system in Pakistan,building a new vocational education system for Saudi Arabia and designing a national job creation strategy for Yemen.

In the UK, as COO and Head of Strategy at New Schools Network, Mr. Al-Damluji played a key role in the introduction of Free Schools (equivalent to Charter Schools in the US), as well as in improving the provision of disability education as COO of the national school support network,Achievement for All. He is also an adviser to a number of non-profit institutions, including Achievement for All, Injaz, the Education for Employment Foundation and Al Fanar, and is currently in the process of establishing a Free School to serve deprived children in North West London. The One Degree Academy has been approved by the UK government for opening in 2016.

Mr. Al-Damluji earned his BA in Classics and Arabic from the University of Oxford and his MA in Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard University.

Ms. Deborah K. Green (Executive Vice President/Chief Innovation, Global Services Officer,AHIMA,USA)

Deborah Green, MBA, RHIA, is the Executive Vice President and Chief Innovation and Global Services Officer at AHIMA. She leads AHIMA’s strategic initiatives of Information Governance, Standards and Global Services. Her career has been divided equally across health information management (HIM) and health information technology (HIT). In both areas, she has held leadership positions with large multi-facility, multi-state provider organizations in settings across the delivery system. She served for 10 years as CIO for a large long-term care provider with a presence in 20 states. Since 2013, Deborah has led the multi-stakeholder initiatives to define and advocate for the adoption of Information Governance in healthcare.

She served on the board and as national chairman of AHIMA’s Quality Management Section and was honored with the AHIMA National Visionary Award in 2000. In 2004, she was nominated for the Georgia Woman of the Year in Technology. She has consulted extensively over her career and frequently writes and speaks on health information, healthcare quality, and information governance in healthcare.

Dr. Wilbur Lo (Consultant, Speaker & Trainer, AHIMA, USA)

Wilbur Lo, MD, CDIP, CCA is a physician with over 20 years of combined experience in the instruction, training and supervision of physicians, scientists, medical students, graduate students and health information management students. He obtained his medical degree from the University of Toledo College of Medicine and completed residency training in anatomic and clinical pathology at Allegheny University Hospitals. During his postd0ctoral fellowship at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, he conducted research in Renal Pathology, presented abstracts for the United States & Canadian Academy of Pathology and the American Society for Clinical Pathology Annual Meetings and published in a peer-reviewed journal, Kidney International.

He has served as an adjunct faculty member of the Temple University Health Information Management Department and as an instructor for the Temple University Center for Social Policy and Community Development. He has designed and instructed courses in Medical Terminology, Anatomy & Physiology, Pathophysiology, Clinical Medicine, Pharmacology, Healthcare Reimbursement, Healthcare Delivery Systems and Medical Claims Processing, as well as courses in intermediate-level, inpatient coding.

In his capacity as a physician consultant for clinical documentation improvement, he published a feature article in the July 2014 issue of the Journal of AHIMA titled “Document Like This, Not That- CDI Insights from the Physician and CDI Specialist Perspective”. Also, hewas a co-presenter for a presentation titled “CDI: Gaining Physician Participation” for the NePHIMA Education Session, as well as a speaker for several “Doc2Doc” segments for ICD10 Monitor “Talk Ten Tuesdays”. At present, he is a consultant for AHIMA global and domestic CDI initiatives, as well as a CDI consultant for Jzanus and a CDI Physician Advisor for ICDLogic.

He is passionate about advancing the HIM and medical professions through clinical documentation improvement.

Dr. Samantha Ismaile (Director of Nursing Program, Assistant Professor, Princess Nourahbint Abdulrahman University, KSA)

Dr. Samantha Ismaile is the Director of Nursing Program and Assistant Professor at the Nursing College, Princess NourahBint Abdulrahman University (PNU). She obtained her Master of Science in Medical Education and PhD degree from Durham University, United Kingdom (UK) in 2009 and 2014 respectively. Dr. Ismaile is a Fellow of Higher Education Academy (HEA) in the UK. HEA Fellowship is an international recognition of a commitment to professionalism in teaching and learning in higher education and demonstrates that the practice is aligned with the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF).

Dr. Samantha Ismaile has more than 12 years of experience as a registered nurse in UK working toward achieving the highest quality of care and patient safety. Her research interest is in providing the best quality of patient care and safety through adherence to clinical practice guidelines’. Dr. Ismaile is now working at the largest Women's University in the world; PNU, Riyadh, KSA. Her recent role is being the Director of Nursing Science BSN Program. She is currently engaged in variety of research scientific publications and workshop activities. For example; Dr. Ismaile was a main speaker at specialized workshops at King Saud University (KSU), Medicine College namely; “Research Methods’ Winter Course: Using Patient Data for Medical Research” and “”Health Informatics: Using Data for Clinical Services and Patient Safety”. Her upcoming workshops are “How to write a research paper” and “Technology enhance learning: Using blended learning environments to improve the quality of students experience in teaching and learning”.

MariLou Prado-Inzerillo (Director of Nursing Operations and Credentialing, Corporate Nursing, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, USA)

Ms MariLou Prado-Inzerillo, MA, RN, is responsible for ensuring that initiatives with operational impact are uniformly addressed across the six campuses. She has overall management responsibility for Nursing Supplemental Staffing and the credentialing of 863 Advanced Practice Nurses.

Prior to joining NYPH in 2006, she was Director, Merger Office at the former Mount Sinai NYU Health System where she also held various nursing leadership positions. She holds a Master's degree in Nursing from New York University, and is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Nursing Practice at Case Western Reserve University. In 2015, she was awarded the prestigious NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital Leadership Circle Award.

Dr. John A. Ulatowski (Interim CEO, Johns Hopkins Aramco Healthcare Company, KSA; Vice President and Executive Medical Director, Johns Hopkins Medicine International, USA)

Dr. John A. Ulatowski M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A., was appointed acting chief executive officer, in 2015, of Johns Hopkins Aramco Healthcare—a joint venture between Saudi Aramco, a world leader in energy, and Johns Hopkins Medicine. He is is also vice president and executive medical director of Johns Hopkins Medicine International and professor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine, neurological surgery and neurology for the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Ulatowski is considered one of the world’s leading investigators into the regulatory mechanisms of cerebral blood flow and oxygen delivery to the brain.

A new area of emphasis for Dr. Ulatowski within international is that of health service research specifically toward the design of safer systems inside of high acuity health care environments. This work stems from his experience as an anesthesiologist and intensive care physician, but now encompasses entire health systems. He is intent on developing the next generation of physician leaders who will draw from their own clinical experiences and go further by learning another dimension of health care delivery using information technologies and analytical business tools to improve outcomes (medical, financial, human resource performance, and patient satisfaction). He is striking out on new ground to outfit clinician leaders with culturally sensitive knowledge for the global health care business environment.

Dr. Ulatowski has held a number of positions of leadership at Johns Hopkins, in both clinical and medical education areas. He is the former Mark C. Rogers Professor and director of the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine (ACCM), as well as anesthesiologist-in-chief, for The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Under his oversight, ACCM emerged as an institutional leader in patient safety, culminating in the founding of the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality.

Dr. Ulatowski received his undergraduate degree from Niagara University, a Master of Science in natural sciences, a doctoral degree in physiology and a medical degree at The State University of New York. He received his Master of Business Administration from Loyola College of Maryland. While completing his neurology residency at the University of Maryland Hospital, he began a second residency in anesthesiology at Johns Hopkins and followed this with combined fellowships in neuroanesthesia and neurocritical care.

Samir Musleh, MD, FACP Internal Medicine Consultant/Hospitalist, Medical QI Physician Advisor, Coordinator, Internal Medicine Education Program Johns Hopkins Aramco Healthcare (JHAH)

Dr. Musleh is an Internal Medicine Consultant/ Hospitalist at Johns Hopkins Aramco Healthcare. In addition to his clinical duties as an acute care physician, he has active membership in many hospital committees. This includes core membership of the JCIA preparedness and continued survey and assessment teams. His expert focus is patient safety and quality emphasizing system redesign. In the area of inpatient patient safety, Dr. Musleh has revised/developed many clinical pathways to reduce clinician variation paving the way for care enhancement and error reduction. These include sickle cell disease, screening for community acquired pneumonia, stroke and DVT prophylaxis pathways and creation of clinical adapted order sets for hospitalist service admission and standardized care. As a graduate of the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality, he continues to mentor current and new participants.

Dr. Musleh has an interest in medical education. Over the past six years he has been the education coordinator for the internal medicine unit. Trainees include medical students, volunteer students, interns as well as residency candidates as part of Saudi Aramco’s Professional Development Program. His mentoring roles include preparing candidates for residency in the USA and Canada, conducting mock interviews, and orienting candidates to American healthcare and education.

Dr. Musleh grew up in the USA where he completed his education in the state of Michigan. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from Wayne State University in Biological Sciences. He continued his graduate studies at the same university earning his Doctor of Medicine as well as Residency in Internal Medicine. Post residency graduation he was the founding unit head of a new hospitalist program. In addition to his administrative duties, he was involved in medical student/resident training in the Wayne State University School of Medicine.

Other major coursework in healthcare include JCIA survey practicum, University of Toronto’s Interprofessional Applied Practical Teaching and Learning in the Health Professions and the JHAH Fellowship in Patient Safety and Quality Leadership from Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute. In 2009, Dr. Musleh joined Saudi Aramco Medical Services Organization, subsequently JHAH. He continues to champion a number of initiatives in quality and performance improvement, risk mitigation and management and safety.

Dr. Asad Latif (Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins Anesthesiology/CCM Armstrong Institute, USA)

Dr. Asad Latif is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and co-Director of the Surgical and Burns Intensive Care Units at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. He also serves as a faculty member in the Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Core Faculty at the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality.

Traveling around the world while growing up, he attended medical school at the Aga Khan University Medical College in Karachi, Pakistan. After starting out in Surgery, he completed his residency in Anesthesiology with the State University of New York in Brooklyn, and a fellowship in Critical Care Medicine at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore. He has been serving on faculty since completing his clinical training and has subsequently obtained a Masters in Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, focusing on Health Systems and International Health.

Dr. Latif’s areas of clinical expertise include anesthesiology, critical care medicine, transplant surgery and vascular surgery. Aside from his active clinical responsibilities, Dr. Latif’s research interests lie in patient safety and quality improvement, with an emphasis on preventing hospital-acquired infections, improving patient outcomes and communication, and health system strengthening, particularly in developing countries. He has lead projects in Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates looking at implementing a comprehensive patient safety oriented approach to evaluate and address infections in their intensive care units. Currently, he is working on expanding such the use of quality and patient safety culture improvement models to improve the provision of surgical care and its outcomes in Ethiopia. He is also exploring the utility and integration of mobile technologies to improve patient safety in developing country settings. Dr. Latif also works with the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit on the evaluation and development of trauma care systems in developing countries. He is leading their efforts in developing a multi-national burn registry across collaborating institutions in the South Asia region, focusing on the accurate assessment of local epidemiology, assessment of existing infrastructure, and exploring potential cross-cutting issues. Other research interests include evaluation and prevention of healthcare errors and the utility of telemedicine in intensive care units.


Dr. Ayse Gurses M.S., Ph.D., is an associate professor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She holds a joint appointment in Johns Hopkins’ Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Department of Health Policy and Management. Her areas of expertise include human factors engineering, patient safety, healthcare technology design, and implementation and usability evaluation. Her current research focuses on improving patient safety in the cardiac operating room, transitions of care/handoffs, care coordination, compliance of providers with evidence-based guidelines and nursing working conditions.

Dr. Gurses earned her Ph.D. in industrial engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and completed her postdoctoral training at the University of Maryland-Baltimore. Before joining the Johns Hopkins University, she served as a faculty member at the University of MarylandBaltimore and the University of Minnesota. She is a member of Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, where she is the chair of the Health Care Technical Group. She also serves as the associate editor of IIE Transactions on Healthcare Systems Engineering. Her work has been recognized with numerous awards. Most recently, she was awarded with a Best Paper Award from Liberty Mutual Award for research examining patient safety in the cardiovascular operating room and an Early Career Investigator Award from the Federation of Associations in Behavioral and Brain Sciences (FABBS) Foundation.


Mr, Val Jovevski's key responsibilities are to ensure that Honeywell supports clients and their landmark mega/major projects starting from concept phase and right through construction, handover and life cycle. The approach is collaborative, leverages current and next generation technology and truly delivers innovation through the Honneywell partnering model.


  • Mr. Jovevski joined Honeywell in 2003, and has over 18 years experience in the area of Business Development, Technical Solutions and Program management in the construction and Healthcare industries.
  • In his current role, he is responsible for coaching and developing business solutions globally for Healthcare Major Projects. He has led several successful bid teams for specific projects that required innovative solution and delivery systems for PPP, public and private sector projects.
  • He has been heavily involved with technological improvements across integrated systems, specializing in the area of mission critical. He has a deep and thorough understanding of multiple disciplines within many Hospital services requirements, including Information and Communication Technology (ICT). Mechanical, Electrical, Fire, Hydraulics,
  • He has extensive experience with converged solutions, digital health enterprise systems specifically for healthcare sector.

This experience background provides him with the platform to develop practical long-term service solutions for customers.


He has been intrinsically involved in the designed and development of integrated systems for the following sites;

  • Fiona Stanley Hospital, WA
  • New Royal Adelaide Hospital, SA (PPP)
  • Gold Coast University Hospital, QLD
  • Mater Hospital, NSW (PPP)
  • Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, NSW
  • Long Bay Forensic Hospital (PPP)
  • Auckland Hospital, NZ
  • Singapore General Hospital, Singapore
  • Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre, VIC (PPP)
  • King Fahad Medical City

Mr. Stephen P. Nash (Partner, Co-Leader, International Healthcare Practice Group, Squire Patton Boggs, USA)

Mr. Stephen Nash is the co-leader of the Squire Patton Boggs Healthcare Practice Group. He has represented health care organizations for more than 30 years. His clients include academic medical centers,hospitals and health systems, health information exchanges, medical groups and other physician organizations, health plans and other managed care organizations, long term care organizations, ancillary health service providers, health care investors, state agencies and sovereign powers.

Mr. Nash counsels these organizations regarding governance, corporate,reimbursement, tax, privacy and security, fraud and abuse, and other regulatory compliance issues. These issues typically arise within the context of mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, corporate reorganizations, complex contractual arrangements and other affiliations and collaborative efforts, as well as in connection with tax-exempt revenue and refunding bond issues.

Recently, Mr. Nash has had the privilege of counseling various domestic and foreign government agencies on such diverse matters as supplemental payment protocols, the design of primary healthcare systems, privacy and security issues, and regulatory requirements for health insurance.

In addition to his transactional and regulatory work, Mr. Nash has over 20 years of experience representing hospitals in single provider and group appeals for Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement, and serves as a strategic advisor on Medicare, Medicaid and private payer matters such as coverage issues and payment methods.

Mr. Nash also has substantial experience representing health information exchanges, including CORHIO, Colorado's statewide health information exchange, which he has advised, since its inception, regarding planning,organization, governance, tax-exemption, financing, contracting, and privacy and security matters. Mr. Nash also represents CIVHC, the administrator of Colorado's state-wide all-payer claims database, or APCD.

Mr. Nash speaks and publishes regularly on topics related to health care law, health information exchanges, corporate governance, clinical integration, collaborative health care ventures and the legal trends influencing the U.S. and foreign health care systems. Mr. Nash earned his B.S, M.B.A. and J.D. from the University of Pittsburg.

Mr. James Duckworth ( Partner, Global Infrastructure Practice Group, London Offices, Squire Patton Boggs, UK)

Mr. James Duckworth is a partner in the firm’s Real Estate team in Leeds. He specializes in the procurement of major commercial property and infrastructure projects, the latter particularly in the energy, waste, and healthcare sectors. Mr. Duckworth advises on all aspects of procurement strategy, the drafting and negotiation of contractual documentation, risk management and dispute avoidance. He has a detailed understanding of all the suites of contracts commonly used in the UK and internationally including the JCT, FIDIC, NEC3, IChemE and IMechE standard forms, as well as EPC contracts, framework and alliancing agreements, development agreements, subcontracts, professional appointments, collateral warranties, parent company guarantees and bonds.

He has acted on behalf of developers, contractors, concessionaires, funders, landlords, tenants, construction professionals and public bodies including central and local government in both the UK and on a number of major international projects. Mr. Duckworth is ranked as a Band 1 Lawyer for Construction in Chambers 2014 and he is a member of the Society of Construction Law.

Dr. John Duke Anthony (Founding President & CEO, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations)

Dr. John Duke Anthony is the Founding President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations, and currently serves on the United States Department of State Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy and its Subcommittee on Sanctions. In 2012, he chaired and was the core lecturer in the Council's 26th Annual 10-Week University Student Summer Internship Program's Academic Seminar on Arabia and the Gulf. For the past 38 years, he has been a consultant and regular lecturer on the Arabian Peninsula and the Gulf for the Departments of Defense and State. He is former Chair, Near East and North Africa Program, Foreign Service Institute, U.S. Department of State as well as former Chair of the Department's Advanced Arabian Peninsula Studies Seminar. A life member of the Council on Foreign Relations since 1986, Dr. Anthony has been a frequent participant in its study groups on issues relating to the Arabian Peninsula and Gulf regions and the broader Arab and Islamic world. More recently, Dr. Anthony was elected to the Board of Advisors of the Yemen College for Middle Eastern Studies. For the Fall 2012 semester, in addition to fulfilling his duties as Council President and CEO and Adviser to the Department of State, he was appointed Dean's Chair in International Studies and Political Science at the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Virginia, where he taught the Institute's first-ever course on "Politics of the Arabian Peninsula" to First (Senior) and Second (Junior) classmen.

On June 21, 2000, on the occasion of his first official visit to the United States, H.M King Muhammad VI of Morocco knighted Dr. Anthony, bestowing upon him the Medal of the Order of Ouissam Alaouite, the nation of Morocco's highest award for excellence. In addition to heading the National Council, consulting, lecturing, and serving as an Adjunct Faculty Member of the U.S. Department of Defense's Defense Institute for Security Assistance Management (DISAM) since 1974, Dr. Anthony has been an Adjunct Professor at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service's Center for Contemporary Arab Studies since 2006. There, he developed a course for graduate students on "Politics of the Arabian Peninsula," the first such semester-long academic course to be offered at any American university. In 2007, he was Visiting Lecturer at the Oxford Center for Islamic Studies. In 2008 he was the Distinguished Visiting Professor at the American University in Cairo's HRH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin ‘Abdalaziz Al-Sa'ud Center for American Studies.

In 1983, Dr. Anthony received DISAM's Distinguished Achievement Award, one of three granted to American Middle East specialists in the Institute's history. In March 1989, the Kappa Alpha Order's National Executive bestowed upon him its Distinguished Public Service Award for Excellence "through a strenuous and useful Life of Service to others." In 1993, he received the U.S. Department of State's Distinguished Visiting Lecturer Award, one of three awarded over a span of 25 years in recognition of his preparation of American diplomatic and defense personnel assigned to the Arabian Peninsula and the Gulf states. In 1994, he received the Stevens Award for Outstanding Contributions to American-Arab Understanding. In May 2008, the Rotary Club of the Nation's Capital bestowed upon him its first-ever Local Giants Leadership Award.

Dr. Anthony is the only American to have been awarded a Fulbright Fellowship in the former People's Democratic Republic of Yemen (1969-1970). In 1971, he was cosponsored by the British Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the U.S. Department of State as the sole American scholar to observe at firsthand the process by which the British ceased administering the defense and foreign relations for nine Arab states lining the coastal regions of eastern Arabia and the Gulf. His long experience in Yemen led to Dr. Anthony being asked to serve as an international observer in all four of Yemen's presidential and parliamentary elections.

Dr. Anthony is the only American to have been invited to each of the Gulf Cooperation Council's Ministerial and Heads of State Summits since the GCC's inception in 1981. (The GCC is comprised of Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates). Since 1986 and continuing until the present, Dr. Anthony has accompanied more than 200 Members of Congress, their chiefs of staff, defense and foreign affairs advisers, and legislative and communications directors on fact-finding missions to the Arab world. From 1996 until the present, he has also served as the principal scholar-escort for delegations to various GCC countries, Egypt, and Yemen comprised of 132 officers assigned to the staff of the Commander, U.S. Central Command, including Generals J.H. Binford Peay III, Anthony C. Zinni, Tommy Franks, John P. Abizaid, David Petraeus, James Mattis, and Admiral William Fallon.

Dr. Anthony is the author of three books, the editor of a fourth, and has published more than 175 articles and essays, and five monographs dealing with America's interests and involvement in the Arab countries, the Middle East, and the Islamic world. His best-known works are Arab States of the Lower Gulf: People, Politics, Petroleum; The Middle East: Oil, Politics, and Development (editor and co-author) and, together with J. E. Peterson, Historical and Cultural Dictionary of the Sultanate of Oman and the Emirates of Eastern Arabia. Among his more recent publications are The United Arab Emirates: Dynamics of State Formation, Abu Dhabi, UAE: Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR), 2002; "The Future Significance of the Gulf Cooperation Council," in Global Strategic Developments: A Futuristic Vision, Abu Dhabi, UAE: ECSSR, 2012; "The Intervention in Bahrain through the Lenses of its Supporters" and "Challenges Facing NATO in Afghanistan, Libya, and Iraq," all four published by ECSSR in the Summer and Fall of 2011; "War with Iran: Regional Reactions and Requirements," published by Middle East Policy and the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations, 2008; "Strategic Dynamics of Iran-GCC Relations," in Jean-François Seznec and Mimi Kirk, eds., Industrialization in the Gulf: A Socioeconomic Revolution, New York: Routledge, 2011; and "Measuring the Iraq War 'Accomplishments' Through the Lens of Its Authors: A Preliminary Assessment": a revised and edited version of an address presented to the Axis for Peace conference held in Brussels by Voltaire Network, 2005, published by the National Council.

In addition to being the founder and chief facilitator and moderator of the Annual Arab-U.S. Policymakers Conference, now in its 21st year, Dr. Anthony has been a founder, board member, and Secretary of the U.S.-GCC Corporate Cooperation Committee; founding President of the Middle East Educational Trust; co-founder of the Commission on Israeli-Palestinian Peace; founding President of the Society for Gulf Arab Studies; co-founder and board member of the National Commission to Commemorate the 14th Centennial of Islam; and founder and former chairman of the U.S.-Morocco Affairs Council. In 2006 he was elected Vice-President and member of the Board of Directors of the International Foreign Policy Association in Washington, D.C.

After completion of his U.S. Army active duty military service, the Commonwealth of Virginia granted Dr. Anthony a four-year State Cadetship Award which allowed him to enroll at Virginia Military Institute (VMI), where he received his Bachelor's Degree in History. At VMI, he was elected president of his class all four years in addition to serving as president of the Corps of Cadets' Government General and Executive Committees during his First Class Year. He later earned a Master of Science Degree in Foreign Service (With Distinction) from the Edmund A. Walsh Graduate School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, where, in addition to holding one of three University Scholar Awards, he was inducted into the National Political Science Honor Society. He holds a Ph.D. in International Relations and Middle East Studies from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, D.C., where he held a National Defense in Foreign Language Scholarship for Arabic, was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship, and was appointed in 1973 to SAIS' full-time faculty while still a student. For nearly a decade, Dr. Anthony taught courses on the Arabian Peninsula and the Gulf States at SAIS. He has been a Visiting and Adjunct Professor at the Defense Intelligence College, the Woodrow Wilson School of Government and Foreign Affairs at the University of Virginia, the Universities of Pennsylvania and Texas, the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, and a regular lecturer at the National War College.

Dr. Anthony passed his proficiency exam in French at the Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service in 1966. He passed his proficiency exam in Arabic at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in 1969 following study there as well as at Princeton University and the American University in Cairo's Center for Arabic Study Abroad.

Dr. Anthony is married to Cynthia Burns McDonald, Director of the Washington, D.C. Office of the American University in Cairo, and has twin sons.

Mr. Abraham Akkawi (Transaction Advisory Services, Government and Public Sector Leader, Ernst and Young, UAE)

Mr. Abraham Akkawi leads Ernst & Young Middle East and North Africa Infrastructure and PPP Advisory since April 2008 when he transferred from Young Canada where he was a Managing Director leading the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) practice in Québec and Eastern Canada. In his role in the Middle East, he provides leadership to all the offices and ensures that the highest quality of services is provided.

Since being in the Middle East, Mr. Akkawi has been advising the governments of Abu Dhabi, Egypt, Libya and Saudi Arabia on landmark PPP transaction totaling several billion dollars. He is a renowned expert and advisor on public infrastructure projects and PPPs having led or advised on the development of more than 60 projects in the Middle East, Canada and the US including several in the heath, municipal services, education, transportation, defense and real estate sectors. Before joining E&Y, he was a founding partner in the firm P3 Advisors Inc and was the leader of the Ottawa PPP practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Prior to joining the advisory sector, Mr. Akkawi was a senior executive at Serco Canada, one of the global leaders in the development of public sector infrastructure and facilities. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Administration and an MBA in Finance both from the University of Ottawa. He is fluent in Arabic, English and French.

Mr. Edward Johnson (Partner, Global Infrastructure Practice Group, London Offices, Squire Patton Boggs, UK)

Mr. Edward Johnson is a project finance partner in the Squire Sanders London office, with a particular focus on public-private partnerships (PPP) and infrastructure development projects in the transport and healthcare sectors.

Mr. Johnson has acted for public and private sector clients on a range of large scale domestic and international PPP projects with a particular focus on advising governments and public authorities on public-private partnerships. He has more than 15 years’ experience of public-private partnerships and has been involved in the development of innovative solutions which have gone on to become accepted as best practice in the market.

Mr. Johnson advises on all aspects of PPP projects and has regularly advised government clients on the public policy issues relevant to PPP projects. He also has a great deal of experience advising on the structure and scope of PPP projects to ensure that value for money and innovation is maximised for the benefit of government clients.

Mr. Johnson is recognised by The Legal 500 UK for PFI/PPP projects and is often quoted in PPP industry publications. He also spoke at the Washington DC conference of the International Municipal Lawyers Association in 2011 on the development of social infrastructure P3 Projects in the US.

Representative Experience

  • A1 Darrington to Dishforth project, UK. Representing the UK Government on the £245 million design, build, finance and operate project. This was the world's first highway project to adopt a payment mechanism based on management of congestion levels and average traffic speeds.
  • A249 Stockbury to Sheerness project, UK. Representing the UK Government on the £335 million design, build, finance and operate project. This was the first UK highway project to include a road and rail bridge.
  • M25 London Orbital motorway project, UK. Advising the UK Government on the procurement and planning stages of the £6 billion design, build, finance and operate project. This included a complete review of existing practices to adopt to the scale of this project.
  • A13 London Thames Gateway project, UK. Representing the UK Government and Transport for London on the £400 million design, build, finance and operate project.
  • A130 Essex County Council design,build, finance and operate project. Representing Essex County Council on the £160 million project, the first in the UK to be awarded by a local authority.
  • Polish Trunk Road Network. Representing the Polish Department of Transport on the maintenance and operation of the Polish trunk road network through a public-private partnership.
  • Representing the Governments of Tanzania, Kenya and Romania on flexibility and risk analysis studies for highway DBFO projects.
  • Representing the Roads Service of Northern Ireland on the implementation of its pathfinding highways PPP programme.
  • Greater Peterborough Hospital Project, UK. Representing a project sponsor on the £355 million hospital PPP project.
  • Royal School of Military Engineering, Ministry of Defence PPP Project. Representing a project sponsor on £3 billion defence estate and training facilities project.
Mr. Andrea Longhi (Partner, MENA Advisory Leader, Healthcare and Life Sciences, Ernst and Young, UAE)

Mr. Andrea Longhi has 17 years of consulting experience with a focus on strategy and performance improvement consulting within the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries. He has provided advisory and implementation services to Ministries, Regulators, Payers and Hospitals, covering strategy, programs, quality, productivity, IT and financial performance.

Prior to joining Ernst & Young, he was the Director of Commercial Policy at the Department of Health (DH) in the UK, where he worked on the 8Bn USD ISTC clinical service program, led the development of competition principles now used by the regulator, and led the NHS contracts development. Prior to that he worked for eight years advising global pharmaceutical companies on commercial effectiveness, including a period at IBM.

Mr. Jonathan Edelheit (CEO, Medical Tourism Association, USA)

Mr. Jonathan Edelheit is Chief Executive Officer of the Employer Healthcare & Benefits Congress, the Medical Tourism Association, and President of the Healthcare Reform Center & Policy Institute. He is considered one of the leading experts on international and domestic medical tourism, and US and Global Health insurance. Prior to his role at the MTA and the EHBC, Mr. Edelheit ran one of the leading healthcare administrators in the US. Mr. Edelheit is a frequent resource for media in US health insurance and medical tourism and has been featured and mentioned hundreds of times in national and international news outlets. Mr. Edelheit is one of the biggest influencers in healthcare. Through his organization the EHBC, he touches over 500,000+ insurance and HR professionals and through the MTA several hundred thousand healthcare and insurance professionals in over 100 countries.

Mr. Edelheit is the Editor-in-Chief of the leading US healthcare and insurance publications, Healthcare Reform Magazine, Corporate Wellness Magazine, Self Funding Magazine and Voluntary Benefits Magazine. He serves as a Board of Director on the Global Benefits Association, Corporate Health & Wellness Association, Self Funding Employer Association and Voluntary Benefits Association.

Mr. Edelheit Graduated from Villanova Law School. He has published several books in Medical Tourism and US Healthcare. He advises many large employers and insurance companies on strategy and best practices. He also serves as a Strategic Investor to companies providing innovation in healthcare solutions.


Mr. Lance Barnes is the Director of International Patient Services at Indiana University Health (IU Health). In this capacity, he oversees the organization’s international patient activities including day to day operations, pricing, strategic planning and business development. Mr. Barnes was integral in the business planning and approval for IU Health to formally launch and develop IU Health International Patient Services in July, 2013. He joined IU Health in 2002. He has held administrative roles with experience in managed care contracting, business development and planning. He is passionate about helping patients, expanding IU Health’s brand, and creating a program which delivers a positive and welcoming environment for international patients.

Mr. Wayne Keathle (Chief Executive Officer, Baylor Global Health;Associate Dean, Dept. of Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine,USA)

Wayne Keathley was appointed President in January 2014. He previously served as President of the Baylor College of Medicine Health Network and was a key member of the team that established the joint venture agreement with Catholic Health Initiatives to create the new health care enterprise.

Mr. Keathley is a nationally recognized leader with over 35 years of experience in healthcare planning, operations, and program development. He led The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City for over nine years as President and Chief Operating Officer and also served as Executive Vice President of Business Development for The Mount Sinai Medical Center which includes the Icahn School of Medicine. During his tenure the hospital enjoyed a remarkable period of growth, outstanding financial performance, and expansion of clinical programs throughout the greater New York communities. He created a hospital program development team that established over 200 practice sites and multiple hospital affiliations and alliances to create the Mount Sinai Health Network.

Mr. Keathley also established unique health education and outreach programs for the diverse ethnic populations of New York and created an award-winning diabetes education program to reach patients and families in underserved communities. The diabetes education and outreach program was recognized as a “best practices” program by multiple accreditation and advisory organizations. During his tenure the hospital was recognized as a Magnet hospital for nursing excellence and as a US News Honor Roll Hospital (top 20) for the first time.

Before joining The Mount Sinai Hospital, Wayne previously served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of St. Peter’s Healthcare Services in Albany, New York, Vice President of Operations at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, and as Vice President of Professional Services for The Brooklyn Hospital. His areas of technical competence include systems design, regulatory affairs and risk management, and clinical program development.

Mr. Keathley is actively involved with several international organizations including a role as senior board advisor to Glocal Health Systems (India), Board of Advisors to the Horizons Clinic (The Gambia, West Africa), special advisor and consultant to a not-for-profit healthcare development initiative in Guinea-Bissau. He also serves as senior advisor on strategic operations and program development to the North Shore Health System in New York. Wayne is a frequent speaker at national forums on system design and operations and health policy and has been guest lecturer at Columbia University School of Public Health, the Baruch School of Business Administration (New York), and the Greater New York Hospital Association administrative internship program.

Mr. Keathley holds a Masters of Public Health, Health Administration from the Columbia School of Public Health and the Columbia University School of Business Administration in New York. He is Associate Dean of Health Systems and Assistant Professor of the Baylor College of Medicine.


Mr. Jai Verma responsibilities include strategic planning and development of new business segment called B2G to focus on the government business globally. Cigna B2G segment focus on providing health cover for diplomatic missions/ government sponsored students and people traveling for care around the globe. In addition to this he is also responsible for the P&L and market development in KSA and North Africa. He has more than nineteen years of executive experience in the rapidly growing international healthcare industry with leading multinational organisations like Aetna International, UnitedHealth Group, Mercer and Allianz AG.

Prior to joining Cigna, he served as Regional Director MEA & Head of strategic development in Aetna International based in Dubai. Prior to that, he served as the Regional Vice President- Asia, Middle East and Africa in UnitedHealthcare International.

His 19 years of experience has covered multiple industries and countries and has allowed him a first-hand experience of new market development in Asia Pacific, Middle East, Africa, Europe and the United States. He has been involved in the structuring, selection and management of regional and local business development, marketing, sales, account management and operations teams. He developed market entry strategies for new business and also worked on rebranding of existing services to shift market perception. He has hands on experience in Strategic Alliances, M&A activity, Provider Network Development and Employee Engagement Campaigns.


Dr. Sarper H. Tanli serves as Vice President of Houston Methodist Global Health Care Services (HMG), Europe- Middle East-Africa. He has extensive experience in healthcare planning, development, operations and informatics on an international scale. Dr. Tanli worked on various start-up projects including hospitals, outpatient centers and home healthcare programs. He has worked for Harvard Medical International (HMI) and played a leading role in the planning and development of Dubai Healthcare City and its components. Dr. Tanli led several projects for Dubai Health Care City including the development of the clinical plan, licensing structure and governance models, as well as the development and execution of an Integrated Health Network and an Electronic Health Record model. Dr. Tanli also contributed to the planning and development of a 500- bed teaching hospital based and other consulting projects in the region for HMI.

Upon joining HMG and establishing HMG first international presence in Dubai, he led the development, establishment and operations of the largest outpatient center in the region (The Dubai Mall Medical Centre) and its two satellite clinics. In addition, he led the development of multiple market studies, business plans and feasibility studies for hospitals in the Middle East and North Africa. He currently leads multiple developments and management relationships such as Jeddah Health Care Pak in KSA, large outpatient center in Dubai, operational commissioning of 200-bed cancer hospital, 2,600-bed healthcare complex in Istanbul, and radiation oncology centers in East Europe. More recently, Dr. Tanli also oversees education and clinical collaboration with leading teaching institutes in the region as well as consulting services in Latin America.


Dr. Yasmin Altwaijri believes the fields of science and technology go well with the nature of Saudi customs and social norms for women, which may be why an increasing number of Saudi women are showing interest in science and technology and is presently Chair of the Saudi Women in Science Committee.

Dr. Altwaijri received both her M.Sc. and Ph.D. from Tufts University in 1996 and 2002. She has been a vocal advocate for policy changes in order to reduce the growing obesity epidemic. The percentage of obese women is higher than men. Women tend to lead sedentary lifestyles without adequate exercise. This is mainly due to socio-cultural factors such as the taboo of women sports, the lack of physical education curriculum in girls schools, the lack of fitness clubs for women compared with men and the fact that private sports clubs are too expensive for the average middle class family. As an advocate for policy changes and initiatives aimed at creating an environment which supports healthy lifestyles for the community, she believes that there is a need to change the approach to preventing obesity.



  • PhD in Language and Communication
  • Masters of Science in Communication Disorders
  • American Speech Language and Hearing Association Certificate of Clinical Competence

Professional Membership and Certifications:

  • Member of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) since 1999.
  • Certification of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association – 2003 - Maintained
  • Founding member of the Saudi Society of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology – 2007.

Research Experience:
PhD Thesis - The relationship of communication and quality of life in Saudi Arabian adults with progressive dysarthria.

Research Interest – Acquired Communication and Swallowing Disorders

Current Research Project – Standardizing an Arabic version of the Frenchay Dysarthria Assessment

Dr. Hesham Hamouda (Assistant Professor, Pediatric Psychiatry, 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.

Dr. Mark Beatty (Division of Global Health Protection, Center for Global Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, USA)

Dr. Beatty is the CDC's Resident Advisor to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He has an extensive background in domestic and international field investigations and has worked in challenging socio-economic and political environments in Southeast Asia, India, Africa, and Central and South America. He has focused on arboviral and enteric diseases including cholera.


Mr. David Stuart's career has always been technology focused, and involved global engagement. He started in the 128 Tech region of Boston and Silicon Valley in the 1980’s and 1990’s, and then investing the past 20 years creating hospital care delivery solutions utilizing robotics and telehealth technologies in Santa Barbara, California. His executive experience includes executive team membership in the world’s first surgical robot business at Computer Motion, merging in 2003 with Intuitive Surgical. He then quickly rejoined his Computer Motion colleagues in the building of the world’s only Class II(a) Telehealth solution, InTouch Health.

Mr. Stuart's David’s in the healthcare space has involved manufacturing, new product introduction, business development, product marketing, and international market development. He is considered an expert in healthcare transformation as it relates to Telehealth. He is also listed as lead inventor in numerous patents related to Telehealth technologies, and has engaged for many years actively listening to global customer needs and then passionately transforming those needs into products and projects that improve clinical outcomes and save lives.


Dr. Mazen Hassanain graduated from King Saud University’s College of Medicine in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, He then joined the academic staff of the Department of General Surgery at KSU. He went on to complete 5 years of training in General Surgery at McGill University. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (FRCSC), a Fellow of the American Board of Surgery (FACS) and a Fellow of the American Society of Transplant Surgery(ASTS). He holds certificates in both Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Surgery and Transplantation Fellowship and ASTS Kidney Transplant Surgery from McGill University.

He has presented 54 orals/posters at 25 national and international meetings, which resulted in 61 peer-reviewed publications. Dr. Hassanain’s ability to balance a very busy clinical practice with his research activities has allowed him to simultaneously complete a Ph.D. degree in the Division of Experimental Surgery.

His expertise include Hepatopancreatobiliary surgery, Solid Organ Transplant, Liver Regeneration Post resection, Cancer Genetics and Personalized therapy, Fatty Liver Disease Biomarkers.

Dr. Hassanain had been had been the Director General of the General Administration of Research and Studies at the Ministry of Health in Riyadh. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery, a member of the HPB and Solid Organ Transplant team at King Saud University College of Medicine, an Adjunct Professor at the Department of Oncology at McGill University and also at the Hubert Department of Global Health at Emory University. He is now the Director of the KSU Vaccine and Biologics Development Program.

Mr. Foad Alfarhan (Co-founder, Junnah, Rawaq&Maharah, KSA)

Quick Facts

  • Junnah Co-Founder & Manager (Arabic Online Digital Health Platform)
  • Rwaq Co-Founder & Manager (Arabic Massive Open Online Courses Platform)
  • Maharah Co-Founder (Arabic platform or marketplace for online training)
  • Fareegi Co-Founder & Manager (Arabic Football Social Network)
  • 4/10 Major Saudi Newspapers use Publishing platform I innovated
  • Built a Data Processing & Mining Centre from scratch, it started with 4 employees and reached 120 employees
  • Working around Startups, Entrepreneurship, Social Entrepreneurship, Reform, with a solid history in these fields

Areas of experience
Plan, Execute, and Followup:

  • Business Development
  • Creative Solutions focused on fixing problems
  • Products Strategy, Product Roadmap
  • Working with Active participants from the Society, and institutes
  • Solid Studies and Research within my areas of interests


  • B.S. in Marketing from Eastern Washington University 1999 Spokane, Washington State.


Maharah - Co-Founder (February 2015 - Now)
Maharah (Skills) is my Fifth Startup. maharah.net, the Arabic platform or marketplace for online skills courses.

Maharah provides a platform for experts of any kind to create courses which can be offered to the public, either at no charge or for a fee. Maharah provides tools which enable users to create a course, promote it and earn money from student charges.

Junnah - Co-Founder & Manager (December 2014 - Now)
Junnah (Prevent) is my fourth Startup. Junnah.com, An Arabic Online Health Platform targeting the Arab world, aspiring to help in tackling mass critical health issues such as Diabetes and many others, through innovative programs, features, and services, which will utilise the wide adaptation and acceptance of different technologies in Arab societies through the last decade. Junnah provides Health Educational Courses, Health Monitoring, Contest & Challenges (Gamification), and support by Certified Coaches.

Mr. Rakan Aleidi (Managing Director, Endeavor, KSA)

Rakan is an Entrepreneurship Development expert, and activist in Saudi Arabia since 2006 with experiences in business developing, coaching and consulting. He recently joined 500 Startups as Venture Partner to the 500 Falcons microfund for MENA. Prior to that, he was the founding Managing Director of the Saudi Affiliate of Endeavor, the global nonprofit that’s leading a High-Impact Entrepreneurship movement around the world. In 3 years, Endeavor Saudi Arabia selected 12 entrepreneurs running 9 companies in different industries, who with the help of Endeavor, grew today to more than US$ 100M in revenue from US$ 47M when selected, and thus created more than 467 new quality jobs to the Kingdom. Since 2013, Rakan has been heading the Investment Committee at Oqal Angel Investors Group, which attracted more than 150 deals to the group’s investors, 15 of which got investments with a total of US$ 4M. He is a board member of a government fund and has been a judge in many entrepreneurship and startup competitions, like Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year, ArabNet and Startup Weekends. Rakan holds an M.B.A. majoring in Entrepreneurship and HRM from the University of Queensland, Australia and a BS in Industrial Systems Engineering from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM), Saudi Arabia.

Mr. Wael Kabli(Healthcare Start-Ups,Challenges and Opportunities,Cura Healthcare,KSA)

 Wael A. Kabli is currently the CEO of a company called Cura (http://cura.healthcare) that aims to disrupt how medical consultations are made.

Since 2012, he focused on Technology & Innovation Leadership and lead an innovative local Saudi company called (Xceed Ventures www.xceed.com.sa) to develop niche products and services in Big Data, Cloud Computing, Social Media (www.sovestigate.com) and Internet of things. Before that, he spent 8 years in Microsoft Consulting Services as IT Architecture and Planning Advisor specialized in application development, productivity and portals.

Wael holds BS in Software Engineering from King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals (KFUPM) and had several certificates in Innovation and Entrepreneurship from Stanford University.

Areas of Experiences
Technology and Innovation Leadership, Products and Services Portfolio, Managing People & Culture, Managed Sales and Marketing

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.

Prof. Saleh Bawazir (Professor of Clinical Pharmacy, Department of Clinical Pharmacy, King Saud University Pharma Consult Group, KSA)

Professor Saleh Abdullah Bawazirgraduated 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. Nick Van Terheyden (Chief Medical Officer, Dell, USA)

Dr. Nick van Terheyden brings a distinctive blend of medical practitioner and business strategist, both national and international, to the realm of healthcare technology. A graduate of the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine, University of London, Dr. van Terheyden is a pioneering creator in the evolution of healthcare technology. After several years as a medical practitioner in London and Australia, he joined an international who's who in healthcare, academia and business, in the development of the first electronic medical record in the early 1990's and later, as a business leader in one of the first speech recognition Internet companies.

His rare combination of patience, creativity, skill and intrinsic business ethics has led him to a diverse career in healthcare with some of the most prestigious hospitals,consulting firms, and technology companies. He is currently Chief Medical Information Officer – Clinical Language Understanding for Nuance Communications where his insider perspective allows him to put his medical and technology expertise to work for clients who are striving to raise the bar for healthcare delivery. He is a member of the HIMSS Health Committee where he pays attention not just to processes and systems, but to people. He ofter speaks on the practical and futuristic use of healthcare technology and how it can cost effectively improve patient care.

In addition to writing and lecturing on futuristic trends in healthcare technology, his advice and counsel is sought by hospitals, physicians and other allied healthcare professionals -- all of whom are exploring how to integrate and use technology to make the healthcare system work from the perspectives of quality and financial success.


Muneer Baig, founder & CEO of SYSUSA Inc., has over two decades of experience in IT Operations, Governance, Risk Management and Compliance. As a security champion, with in-depth knowledge of technology and business, he serves as a trusted and strategic advisor to information security leadership across diverse group of industries. His strong background in network engineering combined with IT operations and security processes has enabled organizations ensure security, enable innovation and increase collaboration. Mr. Baig has held several positions of responsibility. As an advisor he has enabled transformation of organizations into high performing and secure enterprise.

Prior to venturing into SYSUSA Mr. Baigenjoyed his tenure at Microsoft where hewas part of a three people team responsible for the development and execution of an enterprise wide information security risk assessment program. He, in a very short time, became the program owner and was responsible for expanding the program globally. He was also responsible for the development and implementation of an assessor training program to train and certify Microsoft’s information security professionals globally to perform security assessments.

Mr. Baig graduated from Kashmir, India in 1991 and became a very successful business man at a very young age. He travelled to the United States in 1992 to further his dream of entrepreneurship and expand his business. Mr. Baig faced many challenges which resulted in him pursuing a career in IT and build on his knowledge and expertise.

As part of SYSUSA’s leadership team, Mr. Baig is focused on helping organizations create and implement comprehensive Information Security Management Systems (ISMS) where People, Processes and Technologiesare aligned to ensure Confidentiality, Integrity and Availability of information assets. SYSUSA’s goal is to ensure that organizations have adequateand effective security controls in place to prevent and deter cyber-attacks.

Mr. Baigis also a graduate of the University of Virginia Sorensen Institute’s Political Leadership Program (PLP) and the University of Virginia Sorensen Institute’s Candidates Training Program (CTP).Mr. Baigpassion for serving his community and his country has led him to serve on several committees and boards, which include:

  • Appointment to the Executive Board of Hylton Performing Arts Center
  • Appointment to the Board of the Prince William County Department of Social Services
  • Appointment to the Board of the Prince William County Zoning and Ordinance Review Committee
  • Appointment to the Board of the Prince William County Strategic Transportation Planning Task Force
  • Appointment to the Prince William County Human Rights Commission as a Commissioner
  • Prince William County Chamber of Commerce Technology Council.
  • National Small Business Association Leadership Council

Mr. Baig’s currentindustry certifications include CRISC, C|CICO, G2700, CPEng, CISM, COM, CISSP, ITIL, ISO 27001 Lead Auditor, ISO 27001 Trainer.

Dr. Ahmed Alamry (Executive Director of Quality and Patient Safety, National Guard Health Affairs, KSA)

A senior executive physician with over 18 years of experience in Clinical Medicine, Healthcare Management, Quality Improvement, Patient Safety, and academic leadership in Public Health in a leading healthcare organization.

He is currently responsible for leading strategies in executing, supporting, and ensuring the effective delivery of safe, effective, and reliable healthcare delivery across the Ministry of the National Guard Health Affairs System. That includes leading the establishment of enterprise Risk Management framework and harm reporting system across multiple sites, Patient safety initiatives, facilitating all major process improvements projects, varies accreditation activities, and building capacity of Hospitals and clinical units in the areas of clinical incident management, Improvement science and risk management. In addition, measuring patient safety culture and patient experience across the system, and assuring that findings are communicated and strategies are executed in all sites.

As part of his academic career, he served as the Associate Dean then Dean of the College of Public Health and Health Informatics, King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences. During his tenure as Dean, he was responsible for setting the college strategies and managing all academic, research, and services provided by the college. That include study plans, assessments, recruitment of facility, and designing the research agenda in line with KSAU-HS.

As a practicing physician, he worked in different health care systems within Canada during his training and in Saudi Arabia. As a consultant emergency physician in the department of Emergency Medicine, KAMC-Riyadh; one of the largest Academic Emergency Department in the country; responsible for managing patients, training residents and running the department during his clinical duties.

He is experienced and certified in Healthcare management, Emergency Medicine, Leadership, Patient Safety, Quality Improvement, Public Health, and Accreditation.

Dr. Sean V. Tavtigian (Professor of Oncological Sciences; Co-Leader, Cancer Center Population Sciences Program, Huntsman Cancer Institute, University of Utah School of Medicine, USA)

Dr Sean Tavtigian is a Professor of Oncological Sciences at the Huntsman Cancer Institute of the University of Utah School of Medicine. The Huntsman Cancer Institute is a US National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Dr Tavtigian is a Co-Leader of their Cancer Control and Population Sciences Program. He received a BA in biology and chemistry from Pomona College in 1984 and then a PhD in molecular biology and biochemistry from the California Institute of Technology in 1992.

From 1993 until 2002, Dr Tavtigian worked at Myriad Genetics, a biotechnology company located in Salt Lake City. At Myriad, he progressed from postdoctoral fellow through several promotions to Vice President of Cancer Genetics Research. During that time, he contributed to projects including the characterization and/or discovery of the cancer susceptibility genes CDKN2A, BRCA1, BRCA2, and PTEN.

In late 2002, Dr Tavtigian moved to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), located in Lyon, France. At IARC, which is the cancer research arm of the World Health Organization, he was the Head of the Genetic Cancer Susceptibility Group. While there, he developed one of the leading models for in silico analysis of missense substitutions, contributed to an international effort to develop methods for evaluating unclassified sequence variants observed during clinical cancer predisposition testing of BRCA1 and BRCA2, and helped to develop clinical guidelines for translating those results to patients.

In late 2009, Dr Tavtigian moved to the University of Utah’s Huntsman Cancer Institute where he is now co-leader of their Cancer Control and Population Sciences Program. His current interests include (i) analysis of unclassified sequence variants observed during clinical testing of high-risk cancer susceptibility genes, (ii) case-control mutation screening of candidate intermediate-risk breast cancer and colorectal cancer susceptibility genes, and (iii) massively parallel sequencing-driven cancer susceptibility gene discovery efforts.

Dr. Ali Mokdad (Director of Middle Eastern Initiatives, Professor of Global Health, Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), University of Washington, USA)

Dr. Ali Mokdad, PhD, is Director of Middle Eastern Initiatives and Professor of Global Health at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington. In this role, he is building IHME's presence in the region through new research projects, dissemination and uptake of IHME's methods and results, and consultation with regional leaders in population health.

Prior to joining IHME, Dr. Mokdad worked at the CDC, starting his career there in 1990. He served in numerous positions with the International Health Program; the Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity; the National Immunization Program; and the National Center for Chronic Diseases Prevention and Promotion, where he was Chief of the Behavioral Surveillance Branch.

Dr. Mokdad also managed and directed the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), the world’s largest standardized telephone survey, which enables the CDC, state health departments, and other health and education agencies to monitor risk behaviors related to the leading causes of morbidity and mortality in the United States.

Dr. Mokdad has published more than 250 articles and numerous reports. He has received several awards, including the Global Health Achievement Award for his work in Banda Aceh after the tsunami, the Department of Health and Human Services Honor Award for his work on flu monitoring, and the Shepard Award for outstanding scientific contribution to public health for his work on BRFSS.

He received his BS in Biostatistics from the American University of Beirut and his PhD in quantitative epidemiology from Emory University.


Dr. Alhawsawi is one of Saudi Arabia’s healthcare quality leaders and advocates. His passion to performance improvement started as a practicing physician, where he advanced in this role as a leader in provider organizations, researcher and health policy expert.

Through his current role as Assistant Director General at the Central Board for Accreditation of Healthcare Institutions (CBAHI), the official body responsible for the assessment health care facilities in the Kingdom, Dr. Alhawsawi helped in establishing systems that achieve continuous improvement of the quality of services provided to patients and their families.

Dr. Alhawsawi is particularly interested in healthcare systems and financing. He plays an active role as one of the lead quality consultants for the World Health Organization (WHO) in the region. He represented the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in discussions for integrating National Health Accounts (NHA) and benchmarking Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to the operational model of hospitals in different sectors.

Recognized as an expert in improving quality in the region, Dr. Alhawsawi is frequently invited to speak on strategies to redefine care in the Kingdom, and has developed several health systems and models based on international best practices. He also serves as a trusted consultant for healthcare institution, industry leaders and consultancy firms.

Additionally, Dr. Alhawsawi is an accomplished surgeon, serving as an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Medicine, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. To ensure that his experience is passed through the new medical generation, Dr. Alhawsawi took the role of Director of the surgery residency training program at the University, supervising hundreds of young physicians and helping them with their career advancement.

Dr. Alhawsawi holds a bachelor’s degree in Medicine from King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Dual board certified in transplant and hepato-biliary surgery, he completed his training in Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York. He is a member of numerous medical societies and national quality committees.

Dr. Alhawsawi is also a healthcare thought leader, and writes a weekly column in Okaz newspaper discussing issues related to healthcare system’s improvement and national development.

His mission of life is to contribute to the advancement of healthcare in the Kingdom; he divides his time between patient care, teaching and research in healthcare quality.


Mr. Mazen Matar serves as President of AECOM Arabia - the Saudi Arabia operations of AECOM, a $20 billion, fully integrated infrastructure and support services firm, with the ability to design, build, finance, and operate infrastructure assets globally. AECOM serves a broad range of markets, including healthcare, transportation, facilities, environmental, energy, water, and government in 150 countries around the world. AECOM Arabia was established in Saudi Arabia in 1976 as a Joint Venture between Xenel Industries Group and AECOM. Currently AECOM Arabia has a workforce of around 1000 employees working in 10 cities around the Kingdom.

In this role, Mr. Matar is responsible for direct planning and project delivery and management of AECOM's operations in Saudi Arabia, focusing on strong project performance and ensuring an environment of world-class project delivery and project managers committed to excellence. He took up the reins of AECOM Arabia in 2011, when AECOM transformed from a manpower supply company to a fully-fledged engineering firm in Saudi Arabia.

Prior to joining AECOM, he was with Xenel Industries Limited for six years, as Business Development Director - Services Group and later as Project Director for the Red Sea Gateway Terminal Project. Additionally, he served as a member of AECOM Arabia's Board of Directors from 2005 to 2010. He also worked in Bahrain prior to that with the Economic Development Board in serving as Head of Industrial Program and Director of Global Relationship Management and also Arthur Andersen as Assurance and Business Advisory Manager.

Mr. Matar holds a Masters Degree from Lancaster University, UK in Project Management and a Bachelors Degree from Tulsa University in Chemical Engineering.

Mr. John Hicks (Global Head of Healthcare and Science, AECOM, UK)

Mr. John Hicks qualified as a surveyor in 1981, became a partner in 1992 of Davis Langdon, a 7,000 strong professional services firm and is currently AECOM's Global Head of Healthcare and Science.

In the early days of his career he project managed a program of independent hospitals for BUPA across the UK. After spending time in the USA working for an architect-engineer on life science projects, he returned to the UK to run the multi US billion dollar GlaxoSmithKline research campus. He formed AECOM's multi-disciplinary Government & Public Sector offer, before becoming Managing Director of AECOM's program, cost & consultancy group. John has worked on projects across the world and has been instrumental in the success of AECOM's PPP consultancy.

As part of his global healthcare and science role, he has a particular focus on the EMEA region. Within his global practice group, flagship projects include The King Khalid Medical City, Riyadh; Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi; the ground-breaking Proton Beam Therapy Centre at the University College of London Hospital; Lady Cilento's Children Hospital, Brisbane; Sengkang General and Community Hospital in Singapore and the first health system in the US to produce more energy than it consumes, the Gundersen Lutheran Legacy Building in Wisconsin. The group has also delivered two of Europe's most advanced research laboratories: The Plowright Building at The Pirbright Institute and the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge.

Mr. Hicks is considered a leading authority on public private partnerships. He honed his PPP skills in the early 1990s on the UK privatization and PPP program and has helped promote the International Project Finance Association, the independent professional members association dedicated to promoting and representing the interests of both public and private sector organizations involved in project finance and Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) worldwide. At governmental level in the UK, Mr. Hicks sits on the Professional and Business Services Council at the UK's Department for Business Innovation & Skills whose remit is to advise the UK Government around matters affecting professional service firms.


Mr. Barry White leads SFT's executive team in delivering the remit of improving value for money in infrastructure investment and asset management in Scotland. He is currently heading programs investing more than £4bn into Scottish infrastructure across road, health, education and justice projects. Recent projects supported include combining three hospitals into one to form one of the biggest hospitals in Western Europe and investing in health and social care projects to support the integration of these services.

Mr. White's team also leads on the implementation of the 'World Class 2020' program – Scotland's digital vision as well as collaborating throughout the public sector to build affordable housing at scale. Previously he had more than 15 years infrastructure experience in the private sector and was the Managing Director of the UK arm of a major European infrastructure investor and developer. This has included developing and building some of the biggest healthcare projects in the UK with a total value of over £2bn. He also has served in the Army which he joined after graduating in civil engineering from Edinburgh University.

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

Dr. Basmah Al Buhairan 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 Nourahbint 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.


Mr. Dennis L. Kogod is the President of HealthCare Partners, LLC, a division of DaVita HealthCare Partners. He became President in December, 2014 and held the position of Chief Operating Officer (COO) for HealthCare Partners, LLC during March, 2014-December 2014. Prior to this appointment with HealthCare Partners, Mr. Kogod held the position of Chief Operating Officer (COO) for DaVita in January 2009, and added responsibility for the healthcare division in May 2013 before transitioning to his current role in December 2014.

Mr. Kogod joined DaVita in June 2000. Prior to becoming COO, he held the position of Group President from 2005-2009. In addition, Mr. Kogod oversaw DaVita’s Compliance, Vascular Access, Clinical Operations, Purchasing, and DeNovo Growth business units. Previously, he served as President and Chief Operating Officer-West of Gambro Healthcare, Inc., which was acquired by DaVita in October 2005. From July 2000 to January 2004, Mr. Kogod served as President of the West Division of Gambro Healthcare USA.

Before joining Gambro Healthcare USA, Mr. Kogod was employed by Teleflex Corporation where, from December 1999 to July 2000, he served as Division President of the Teleflex Medical Group, a global supplier of medical devices, surgical instruments, and disposable medical products. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Kogod served as Corporate Vice President, overseeing operations in Asia Pacific, Central and South America, and Canada. He received his business degree from the University of Florida, and has also completed a number of Sales and Management Executive programs.

Mr. Kogod has a deep personal commitment to service and volunteerism. After joining DaVita, he established Bridge of Life-DaVita Medical Missions. Bridge of Life is a not-for-profit organization that has completed 30 missions to serve those affected by chronic kidney disease in developing countries. He has been an active member of the Board of Directors in addition to serving as the Executive Director in its early stages. He has also been a member of the Board of Directors for the not-for-profit Medical Missions for Children, Inc. (MMFC) which provides free surgical, medical, and dental care for impoverished children and young adults in developing countries. In addition, Mr. Kogod currently serves on the Board of Directors of the not-for-profit Damien Foundation, which serves patients around the world afflicted with Hanson's Disease.


Dr. Brent James is known internationally for his work in clinical quality improvement, patient safety, and the infrastructure that underlies successful improvement efforts, such as culture change, data systems, payment methods, and management roles. He is a member of the National Academy of Science's Institute of Medicine (and participated in many of that organization's seminal works on quality and patient safety).

Dr. James was recently recognized for his pioneering work in applying quality improvement techniques that were originally developed by W. Edwards Deming and others and awarded the 2011 Deming Cup. The award is given annually to an individual who has made outstanding contributions in the area of operations and has established a culture of continuous improvement within his or her respective organization. Dr. James was instrumental in helping create and implement a "system" model at Intermountain, in which physicians study process and outcomes data to determine the types of care that are most effective.

He holds faculty appointments at the University of Utah School of Medicine (Family Medicine and Biomedical Informatics), Harvard School of Public Health (Health Policy and Management), and the University of Sydney (Australia) School of Public Health.

Dr. James is the chief quality officer and executive director of the Institute for Health Care Delivery Research at Intermountain Healthcare based in Salt Lake City, Utah. Through the Intermountain Advanced Training Program in Clinical Practice Improvement (ATP), he has trained more than 3500 senior physician, nursing, and administrative executives, drawn from around the world, in clinical management methods with proven improvement results (and more than 30 "daughter" training programs in six countries). Before coming to Intermountain, he was an assistant professor in the Department of Biostatistics at the Harvard School of Public Health, providing statistical support for the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG); and staffed the American College of Surgeons' Commission on Cancer.

He holds Bachelor of Science degrees in computer science (electrical engineering) and medical biology; an M.D. degree (with residency training in general surgery and oncology); and a Master of Statistics degree. Dr. James serves on several nonprofit boards of trustees, dedicated to clinical improvement.

Dr. Maha Almozaini (Scientist, King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Center, KSA)

Dr. Maha Almozaini is a researcher and scientist. She gained her experience in Immunology and Virology research during her PhD training at the Imperial College School of Medicine, London, UK, and during her post-doctoral research fellowship at the Infectious Disease Division of Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA.

She has already made a substantial contribution to the field of immunocompromised host research and, therefore, established an Immunocomprmised Host research (ICH) Division at King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Center (KFSH&RC).

Dr. Almozaini is dedicated to further developing the international collaboration of research that was initiated with MGH, Ragon and Harvard, on both HIV and transplant research. This strategic alliance offers a unique opportunity to perform parallel investigations on immune dysregulation and immune deficiency in patients from two different continents with different genetic background. This will initiate immunological and molecular research collaboration with a true global and international perspective. This cross-cultural contribution will help to better understand immune dysfunction and, as a result, will improve the life quality of patients living with immune deficiency in both countries.

Dr. Almozaini's research is funded by King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KASCT). She is also in the initial steps into developing an HIV awareness programs making her one of the few investigators conducting HIV-1 related research in KSA. Her collaboration with MGH/HMS will allow further understanding of HIV-1 pathogenesis in the Middle East and Arabic Gulf region.

Dr. Hanaa Banjar (Pediatric Pulmonology, King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre, KSA)

Present Designation:
Associate professor of Pediatrics, Al-Faisal University/ Harvard Partner, Riyadh,
Consultant Pediatric Pulmonology, Coordinator- cystic fibrosis clinic,
Principal Investigator, Cystic Fibrosis Registry, King Faisal Specialist hospital and research Centre, Riyadh
Fellow, Pulmonary Vascular Research Institute, United Kingdom
Executive member of the Clinical Research Committee, King Faisal Specialist hospital and research Centre, Riyadh.

Qualification/s , Place &Date:

  • 1983, M.B. and (Ch. B.) Bachelor Degree in Medicine and Surgery, King Abdul-Aziz University, College of Medicine and Allied Sciences, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
  • 1989, The Canadian Board of Paediatrics of The Royal College of Physician and Surgeon of Canada (FRCPC), Ottawa university, Ottawa, Canada (License number 372217).
  • 1992, Pediatric Pulmonology, McGill University, Montreal, Canada.

Special Certificates:

  • Maintenance of the Canadian certification (FRCPC) with the Royal College of physician and surgeon of Canada since the year 2000 – present.
  • The Physician Recognition Award of The American Medical Association, USA, 1990.
  • An honour Degree for The Bachelor Degree in Medicine and Surgery, M.B. and (Ch. B.), king Abdul Aziz University, college of medicine, 1983.

Special Interest & Researches Done:

  • Principal Investigator, Cystic Fibrosis Registry, King Faisal Specialist hospital and research Centre, Riyadh.
  • Identifications of the Cystic fibrosis transmembrane regulator gene mutations (CFTR) of the Saudi population.
  • Pediatric Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Non Cystic fibrosis bronchiectasis in Saudi Arabia
  • Lipoid pneumonia

Number of Publications: Sixty (65).
Number of abstracts; Sixty (65)
No. of International Presentation: Thirty (37)


B Sc,B.M.B.Chir(cantab), PhD(cantab),FRCPath(U.K.)

  • Chairman, The Saudi Charity Society for Genetic Diseases ,Riyadh -1427 H ( 2007 ).
  • Member of the Society 1412 H (1992) and the Administrative Board, Disabled Children association Riyadh,1429H (2008).
  • Member of the Society and the Administrative Board, Saudi Autism Society, Riyadh, 1429 H(2008)
  • Member of the Administrative Board, Prince Salman Centre for Disability Research, 1429 H (2008)

Research and Publications

  • Books:
    A - Published in English (Medical Education, Med. Labs , Genetics.. etc) (11)
    B - Published in Arabic (Genetics, Medical Ethics, Awareness, ..etc) (13)
  • Applied Research : Several projects, including four national projects in
    Blood Genetic Disorders, Diabetes, Disability and Genetic engineering in Medicine.
  • Scientific Papers (refereed):
    A - Abstracts submitted in conferences (402)
    B - Published papers in Scientific Journals in Lab Medicines and genetic diagnoses (326)
    C- Published papers in Scientific Journals in Biochemical and Clinical Aspects for Genetic Blood Disorders (74)
  • Scientific Editing : Editor and Member of editorial Board for several Scientific Journals.

Prizes and Medals

  • The Golden certificate for assessment of research proposals and
  • The Silver Prize for the exceptional research project from King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology.
  • Certificates of appreciation for Scientific and administrative efforts.
  • Several research appraisals from local and international institutions.



Dr. Al-Hassnan is a professor of Genetics at College of Medicine, Alfaisal University, the Director of the Saudi National Newborn Screening Program, and the Deputy Chairman of the Department of Medical Genetics at King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre (KFSH&RC), Riyadh. Prof. Al-Hassnan graduated from College of Medicine, King Saud University, Riyadh in 1994 with honor degree. He joined the Department of Pediatrics at KFSH&RC for the Pediatrics Residency Program. In 2000, he received the certification of the Saudi Board of Pediatrics and the Arab Board for Health Specializations. In 1999, he joined McKusick-Nathan Institute of Genetic Medicine, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Maryland, USA for fellowship training in Medical Genetics. In 2002, he received the certification of the American Board of Molecular Genetics and the American Board of Clinical Biochemical Genetics. Prof. Al-Hassnan is the Associate Editor of the International Journal of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine and the Director of the Genetics Course at Alfaisal University. He has participated in numerous national and international courses, workshops and conferences with more than 250 lectures and presentations. He is the principal investigator of several projects focusing on the clinical, biochemical, and molecular profiles of various known and novel genetic disorders; notably, intermediary metabolism defects and inherited cardiovascular disorders. He has more than 95 publications (1 book, 1 chapter, 52 published papers, and 42 abstracts/posters).

Prof. Lubna, Alansari (Member, Shura Council, Professor of Family Medicine, 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.

Prof. Tawfiq Khoja (Secretary General, The Executive Board of Health Ministries' Council, GCC)

Prof. Tawfik Khoja – The Director General, Executive Board of the Health Ministers’ Council for Cooperation Council States – MBBS. He is the fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners – UK (FRCGP-1989), the fellow of the Faculty of Public Health (FFPH-2003), and fellow of the Royal College of Physician – UK (FRCP-2007). He has been awarded in June, 2003 the Professorialship in health systems and quality (Adjunct Professor) from Oklahoma University, USA. At the beginning of 2010 he received the professorial degree from Imperial College, London, UK. He is a WHO temporary advisor.

Prof. Khoja is Family and Community Medicine and Public Health Consultant, in addition to other job responsibilities including overall development and implementation of PHC programmes, conduction and coordination of field studies and research in healthcare system development, Quality, Patient Safety, Management and Organization as well as in PHC. He was the author and co-author of more than (40) books and manuals, he published more than 70 research and scientific articles in various international scientific journals which contributed in depicting health policies and work protocols in family medicine, PHC, Public Health, Health system, and health services quality. He has been awarded many local, regional and international awards and recognitions. He is a member of many reputable scientific societies.

Prof. Assim A Alfadda, MD, FRCPC, FACP, MSc (Professor of Medicine, Endocrinology & Metabolism, Director, Obesity Research Center, College of Medicine, King Saud University, Riyadh, KSA)

Prof. Assim A Alfadda is a Professor of Medicine, Endocrinology and Metabolism in the Department of Internal Medicine, College of Medicine, King Saud University.

Prof. Alfadda is the Founder and Director of the Obesity Research Center. Previously, he was the Deputy Director of the Center of Excellence in Biotechnology Research at King Saud University.

During his fellowship training at McGill University, he was always interested in understanding the regulation of body weight and metabolism. In 2004, he received a master’s degree in Physiology from McGill University for a thesis entitled:"Metabolic consequences of deleting the mitochondrial glycerol-3-phosphate dehydrogenase gene in mice". For this work, he had won the Endocrine Society AstraZeneca Diabetes & Metabolism Research Fellow Award, in conjunction with the 85th annual meeting of the Endocrine Society, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2003. Prof. Alfadda is a fellow in the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and in the American College of Physicians.

Author of 42 journal and conference papers, Prof. Alfadda‘s research interest is directed towards the regulation of body weight and metabolism, adipokines and inflammation and the pathophysiological changes that occur in metabolic disorders such as obesity and diabetes.

Prof. Alfadda has co-supervised more than eight masters and doctoral degree candidates, and was awarded six research grants by King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology, the Center of Excellence in Biotechnology Research and the College of Medicine Research Center at King Saud University. In addition, he has established the Proteomics Facility at the Obesity Research Center, holds close research collaboration with University of Colorado Denver, and takes frequent sabbatical leaves to Seoul National University. Prof. Alfadda also is an active participant in symposia and exhibitions to increase public awareness about obesity and its complications.

Prof. Alfadda holds a bachelor's degree in Medicine and Surgery from King Saud University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He did his Internal Medicine and Endocrinology & Metabolism training at McGill University, Canada.

Dr. Gabi Hanna (Executive Director, Duke Preclinical Translational Research Unit, Duke University, USA)

Dr. Hanna is an Executive Director, Duke Preclinical Translational Research Center , which focus on translation medicine, commercialize innovation and accelerate drug development to clinical work, foster innovations design and conduct preclinical researches translational to clinic and patient care. Collaborate and work with pharmaceutical industry, and other academic center to conduct preclinical and translational research to patients benefits.

Dr. Hanna is also a President, Chairman of North Carolina Society of Physician Entrepreneurs. As serial entrepreneurs, Dr. Hanna took the role to be a president and chairman for professional society dedicated to advancing healthcare innovation. By linking clinicians, entrepreneurs, technologists, investors, VC/ PE, universities, industries and policymakers with creative business strategy to create next generation of technology to get to the new area of medical practice.

Dr. Hanna newest technology start-up is AMERICAN REMOTE HEALTH and TeleCancer is the first and only Telemedicine service and app that focuses on cancer and chronic diseases to improves the outcome care. By utilizing telecommunication technology we are extending the medical advanced knowledge and research of academia centers and top universities like Duke, Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic, NIH, Harvard, etc. beyond the wall of universities. There is no more need for patients to travels, wait months and waste critical time to see professors and subspecialists to get a second opinion, no need for patient to travel to other city or countries just to get treatment plan from the best academic centers. Now, patients have the option to upload their complete medical records (via or HIPPA compliant apps or EMR web system) and talk to the top 2% of doctors in US. American remote Health doctors will provide a written treatment plan including genetic personalized treatment and clinical trials, collaborate the treatment with the local doctors or arrange the treatment and logistic for patients to come to best hospital to receive the treatment/ surgery upon the next day of their arrival. American remote Health are not just saving lives and improving outcome but saving patients a lot of money by eliminating unnecessary surgeries, and “wrong” treatments.

Dr. Hanna graduated medical school from Aleppo, surgical internship acting at University of Texas Medical Branch and his Radiation Oncology postdoctoral fellowship at Duke University.


Dr. Brian J. Nickerson, PhD, has 22 years of multi-faceted experience in academic institutions, including 14 years in senior management positions ranging from Director, Department Chair, Academic Dean, to Vice President. Dr. Nickerson has launched over 20 successful programs or institutes in his career, many of which were "first-of-its kind." He currently serves as an Administrative Director and senior faculty at the prestigious Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai where he leads a new Master's degree in Health Care Delivery Leadership, as well as other related academic program development, digital learning, and global academic partnerships.

Professor Nickerson has been teaching undergraduate and graduate students since 1993 and has produced a large body of visible action research appearing in domestic and international publications and forming the basis for changes in public policy, including healthcare issues. Moreover, he has been a frequent guest commentator on critical policy and political questions for several media outlets including The New York Times, National Public Radio, ABC News, and CBS News, as well as others.

Professor Nickerson has earned his Ph.D. from the Rockefeller College of the State University of New York at Albany, a Juris Doctor and an MPA from Pace University, and his BA from Iona College.

Prof. Selwa Al-Hazzaa (Shura Council Member, Chairman and professor of Ophthalmology, King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Center, Alfaisal University, KSA)

Prof. 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 Prof. Al Hazzaa as one of "The Most Powerful Arab Women for year 2005" & was again chosen as the "Arab Woman for year 2006."

Prof. 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.

Prof. 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, Prof. Al Hazzaa was appointed as Senior Advisor to Minister of Health, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

In 1995, Prof. 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, Prof. Al Hazzaa was Chairperson (again, the first female doctor) of Saudi Ophthalmology in 1999, 2000, & 2001.

Prof. 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, Prof. Al Hazzaa was the Assistant Editor of the Middle East Journal of Ophthalmology from 1992-1996 (first female doctor). Additionally, Prof. 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).

Prof. Al Hazzaa was an Executive Board Member of the Middle East African Council of Ophthalmology, representing Saudi Arabia (1999-2005). In addition, Prof. 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).

Prof. 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.

Prof. 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). Prof. 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).

Prof. 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. Prof. 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, Prof. 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). Prof. Al Hazzaa also received an award from Oom Al-Gura University for her medical, scientific, & humanitarian efforts in Saudi Arabia in year 2000. Prof. 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.

Prof. 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. Prof. 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. Prof. 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. Prof. A Hazzaa was also a Guest speaker in the 29th Graduating Class of 2011, "Striving for a Better Future," in Jeddah.

Prof. 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, Prof. 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. Prof. Al Hazzaa was also a Guest Speaker in "US Saudi Business Opportunities Forum," Atlanta, USA, in 2011.

As for medical breakthrough, in 1993 Prof. Al Hazzaa introduced the Protocol for "Retinopathy of Prematurity" & adopted according to the Johns Hopkins Medical Institution's standard. In 1994, Prof. 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 Prof. Al Hazzaa. In 1997, the first Intravitreal Ganciclovir Implant (Vitrasert) for AIDS patients was performed by Prof. Al Hazzaa in the Middle East. Prof. 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, Prof. Al Hazzaa was the first to use Photodynamic Therapy to treat "Age Related Macular Degeneration" (ARMD) in the Gulf Region.

Prof. 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, Prof. 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.

Prof. 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. Prof. Al Hazzaa is currently undergoing 9 research projects and has had over 367 international & national television, radio & newspaper interviews.

Prof. 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.

Prof. Mohamed Al Moamary (VP for Development and Quality, King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences; Executive Director, Medical Services, National Guard Health Affairs, KSA)

Prof. Mohamed Al-Moamary is the Vice President, Development and Quality Management since July 2013. He started his career in academia as the Director of Internal Medicine Residency Training Program (2002-2004) in the Department of Medicine at King Abdulaziz Medical City-Riyadh (KAMC-R). With the establishment of the College of Medicine at King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences in 2004, he was a member of the commissioning committee. He was then appointed as the founding Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs (2006-2011) where he led the implementation of the curriculum at the KAMC-R and launched a faculty enhancement program. He also served as the Assistant Vice President for Educational Affairs (2010-2013). He was the author of a unique Framework for Medical Interns’ Competencies. He also led the innovative efforts to integrate Patient Safety in the College of Medicine curriculum. He was awarded a Master of Business Administration in Leadership and sustainability from University of Cumbria, UK in 2014. His thesis was titled “Authenticity of Academic Leadership and Career Development in Health Sciences Education”

In the clinical field, Prof. Al-Moamary is the Executive Director, Medical Services, KAMC-R, KSAU-HS, he is also a consultant in Pulmonary Medicine at KAMC since 1997. He is the founder of the first national pulmonary rehabilitation program in 2000. His area of interest is airway diseases namely Asthma and COPD. He has Published in respectable peer reviewed journals more than 50 papers in the area of airway diseases, education and leadership. He founded and chaired the Annual asthma meeting from 2001-2010. Prof. Al-Moamary is a member of the Administrative Board of the Saudi Thoracic Society where he has various contributions in the field of Pulmonary Medicine. He is also the founding Chairman and primary author of the Saudi Initiative for Asthma (SINA), the national guidelines for the diagnosis and management of asthma. He is a founding Editor-in Chief of the Annals of Thoracic Medicine from 2006 till date.

Prof. Al-Moamary is a graduate from College of Medicine, King Saud University, Riyadh in 1989. In 1994, he was awarded the Arab Board in Internal Medicine (ABIM) and the Membership of the Royal College of Physicians in the UK (MRCP-UK). On 1996, he completed a Fellowship in Respiratory Medicine at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. The American College of Chest Physician elected him as a Fellow (FCCP) in 1999. The Royal Colleges of Physician of Edinburgh has also elected him as a fellow (FRCP-Edin) in 2007. He was awarded a Master of Business Administration in Leadership and sustainability (MBA-LS) from the University of Cumbria, UK in 2014.


As of December 2013, Dr. Ahmed AbuAbah was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz University Hospital at Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz University Hospital is a teaching hospital and has three Centers of Excellence which are the Women’s Health, Adolescent Health and Child Growth and Development.

Dr. Ahmed obtained his Clinical Fellowship in Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine from the University of Toronto, Canada. He completed his Master’s Degree in Executive Health Management from Washington University, USA. He studied and earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Medicine and Surgery at King Saud University and Child Health Diploma at the University of Edinburgh. Dr. Ahmed is a certified Saudi/ Arabia Board in Pediatric Medicine.

In March 2004, Dr. Ahmed worked at King Fahad Medical City for 8 years and was honored to have been chosen and delegated several leadership positions and responsibilities at King Fahad Medical City (KFMC), which is a leading tertiary care referral center throughout the Region. Throughout the years he served at KFMC, he was appointed as a Consultant for the CEO, Associate Executive Medical Director, Director of Continuous Professional Development (CPD), Chairman of Pediatric Department and Chief of Pediatric Pulmonary Division at the Children’s Hospital.

Before joining King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz University Hospital, he worked at National Hospital (private hospital) as a medical director and commissioning director for the new national hospital project


In 2003, he received his doctoral degree in Health Services Policy and Management from the University of South Carolina, United States. His career started in 1992 as Biomedical Engineer and received his masters degree in Clinical Engineering before joining the faculty of Health Administration at King Saud University in the year of 1998.

He contributed actively in the establishment of the Department of Health Administration at King Saud University besides filling several administrative positions. He conducted many workshops in the field of health administration. For the past decade, the community of healthcare considered him as one of the few Saudi health insurance experts.

Today, he is a senior faculty member at the Department of Health Administration, King Saud University. His research interest is on health insurance, health quality, healthcare services utilization, and factors affecting consumption of health services.

Mr. Loay Nazer (Founder & Chairman, Nazer Group (Bupa Arabia), KSA)

Loay Hisham Nazer is the founder and Chairman of Nazer. Mr. Nazer started and continues to operate several companies in a variety of businesses including, health insurance, hospital procurement solutions, Dialysis Clinics, public relations, and asset management. He is also the Chairman of Bupa Arabia, a publicly listed company on the Saudi stock exchange that specializes in health insurance. The company operates in Saudi Arabia, the GCC countries and across the Middle East.
Mr. Nazer has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA, 1987) and received his Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA (1989). In June 2005, Nazerwas awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Goodwin College in Connecticut, USA.

In 2013, Nazer was invited to join the Board of Visitors of the UCLA Anderson School of Management. Mr. Nazer was elected to serve as the Chairman of the International Board of Directors for the year 2006-2007 of the Young Presidents’ Organization, a global non-profit organization of over 16,000 Chairmen and CEOs under the age of 50. He has made lasting impressions on the international organization with such profound contributions as "YPO Making a Difference."

In October 2013, Mr. Nazerwas appointed by the President of the Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee as Chairman of the Saudi Arabian Judo Federation for 3 years, and was elected by the Saudi Olympic General Assembly as a Board Member.

In 2014, Mr. Nazerwas elected as Vice-Chairman of the Saudi Olympic Committee.
Mr. Nazerwas nominated and selected by the World Economic Forum as a member of the Young Global Leaders (YGL), “a community of extraordinary leaders under the age of 40.” In 2010, he became a member of the first class of the Aspen Institute Leadership Fellows in the Middle East and was selected as one of UCLA Anderson’s Business School “100 Inspirational Alumni” in the 75 years history of the school.

In 2007, Mr. Nazer was appointed by the Saudi Council of Ministers as a Board member of the Cooperative Council for Health Insurance, the official regulatory body for health insurance in Saudi Arabia, representing the private sector. He is the leading negotiator with the various governmental institutions for the development of the insurance industry in the country. He was re-appointed in 2010 to serve a second term of three years as a member of the Board.

Mr. Nazer lectures regionally on globalization and Principled-Decision making. He has been quoted many times in the Western press on issues related to Saudi Arabia and was interviewed on CNN’s Business Today, MSNBC Europe’s Gateway to the Middle East, and was the main guest on “Bridges,” an hour-long Saudi television program designed to improve Saudi-West relations.

Mr. Nazer has three children: Lana (1990), Hisham (1992) and Tan (1997). He enjoys golf, running, biking, basketball, soccer, and many other sports.

Dr. Mohamad Almasoud (Chartered Insurer, SALAMA Insurance Company, KSA)

Mr. Ahmed Amer (Client & Partner Development, United Healthcare Global, USA)

Ahmed Amer leads client and strategic partner development within UnitedHealthcare Global. Mr. Amer is principally responsible for developing long term, strategic relationships with multi- national organizations, governmental entities, consultants and strategic partners seeking healthcare solutions for their constituents. Mr. Amer has worked with employers, governmental agencies and partners in the U.S., Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

Mr. Amer joined UnitedHealth Group in 2004 and has over 15 years’ experience within the U.S. and global healthcare benefits and services industry holding roles in client development and management, provider contracting, marketing and product development. Most recently, Mr. Amer successfully worked with a number of Fortune 500 clients and governmental agencies, helping them to design and implement their healthcare benefits, wellness programs and cost containment strategies.

Mr. Amer received his Masters of Business Administration focusing on international business and his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Florida Atlantic University.

Mr. Amer lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with his wife, Sophie, and their three children.


Dr. Sneh Khemka, MBChB, MRCOphth, (Hon) MFPH, is the President of Population Health for Aetna International. He heads Aetna International’s efforts to help governments and large organizations manage the health of their populations better, primarily through infrastructure development (major Information Technology systems), clinical data analytics, health and disease management, and ultimately primary care.

Dr. Hisham 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

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. SulimanAlshehri (Director 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.


Mr. Talat Hafiz holds a master degree in Professional Accounting from USA & worked with King Saud University as Teacher Assistant in the accounting department during the period 1977-1983. In 1984 he joined the National Commercial Bank (NCB), one of the leading commercial banks in KSA & in the Middle East. After working with NCB for over 22 years engaging in managing a number businesses within the bank (Corporate branch manager, Head of Private Banking - Central Region & Head of Commercial Businesses Banking Group - Central Region) he left NCB to work as CEO for United Assets Co, an Investment & Real Estate Development Company & then joined Baa- Azeem Trading Co in the capacity of Deputy General Manager.

In January 2009 to date: he works as a Secretary General of the Media & Banking Awareness Committee, a subcommittee of the Banks’ Chairmen Committee of Saudi Banks. The Media & Banking Awareness Committee of Saudi Banks’ main objective is raise the public awareness about banking & financial related issues including banks’ Customers. Mr. Hafiz is also a licensed Economic & Management Consultant; Economic & Financial Columnist & Analyst; Media & TV anchor on economic & financial programs on Saudi TV channel 1; Board member of Manafea Holding Co. (an Investment Co); Member of the Investment & Securities Committee at Riyadh Chamber of Commerce; Member of the Investment Funds Committee of Al-Bilad Capital; Board member of Saudi Broadcasting Corporation.

Dr. Anas Khan (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.

Mr. Abdelali Haoudi (Head, Strategy, Research & Development, King Abdullah International Medical Research Center, KSA)

Dr. Haoudi is currently leading the Strategy and Business Development at King Abdullah International Medical Research Center, part of King Abdulaziz Medical City and is also Visiting Distinguished Scientist at Boston Children’s Hospital-Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Haoudi held several senior and prestigious positions in the academia, government and private sectors including Executive Director for R&D and Founding Vice President for Research at Qatar Foundation. Dr. Haoudi was also Chairman of the Exceptional National Research Program at Qatar National Research Fund. He has also been an Associate Professor of cancer and infectious diseases and a fellow of the US National Institutes of Health. He has also held several other positions in elite research and education institutions including Visiting Professor at Harvard Medical School (USA) and a fellow at Institut Pasteur (France) and had served as consultant and advisor to several biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies. Dr. Haoudi has also founded and was the Editor-In-Chief for the Journal of Biomedicine and Biotechnology.

Dr. Haoudi was elected as a member of the Royal Academy for Science and Technology since 2006 and graduated from University Paris XI and Paris VI, France in 1996 with a doctoral degree in cellular and molecular genetics and received executive education from Harvard Business School in Corporate Management and Strategy.

Dr. Haoudi has published numerous peer reviewed articles and has received multiple awards including the prestigious US Fogarty International Research Award from the US National Institutes of Health.


Prof. Ahmed BaHammam was appointed as a Professor of Medicine in King Saud University (KSU) in 2006. He started the Fundamental Critical Care Support Course in the Middle East in collaboration with the Critical Care Society (USA) on 1998. The first academic sleep disorders center in Saudi Arabia was established by him on 2001 in KSU. Then the first Sleep Medicine Fellowship program in the region was established by him in KSU on 2009. He chaired a committee that established the Saudi regulation for accreditation of sleep medicine specialists and sleep technologists on 2012. He is a founder member of the Saudi Thoracic Society on 2003 and the Saudi Sleep Medicine Group on 2007. Then he worked with his colleagues to create and establish the Annals of Thoracic Medicine Journal and acted as the associate editor of the journal. On 2009, the University Sleep Disorders Center was recognized as a research center of excellence in KSU. He was awarded the College of Medicine Best Researcher Award, 2009. Prof. BaHammam was the Chair of the IRB (2008-2013) and the Deanship of Scientific Research at KSU. Currently, he is a member of the Scientific Council of King Saud University and a member of the Research Center in the College of Medicine. He is a member of the editorial board of several medical journals. He published more than 135 articles in peer review journals, 25 chapters in medical books and presented more than 115 scientific abstracts.


Paige Peterson has worked at the Huntsman Cancer Institute and Foundation for eight years, focusing primarily on a cause close to her heart --- cancer research and patient needs.

The Huntsman Cancer Institute, founded by Jon M. Huntsman, Sr., is a leader in the study of cancer genetics. Its researchers have discovered more inherited cancer genes than any other cancer center on the planet; its goal is to eradicate cancer worldwide. Ms. Peterson continually strives to foster relations between Huntsman Cancer Institute and its Kingdom of Saudi Arabian counterparts, arranging exchanges and collaborations of mutual benefits.

As a Member of the Board of Directors of the National Council on U.S. Arab Relations, Ms. Peterson shares the Council’s commitment to improving American knowledge and understanding of the Arab world. As a National Board Member, she participates in the C3 Saudi-American Healthcare Forum, created to advance healthcare diplomacy between the United States and Saudi Arabia. New York Social Diary recently published a travelogue from her last visit to Saudi Arabia, where she toured Jeddah, was an author-in-residence at a school in the Eastern Province, visited the Al Deira Souk, participated in the C3 Saudi-American Healthcare Forum and interviewed four remarkable Saudi Arabian women she met during her visit.

Before joining Huntsman, Ms. Peterson worked closely with Christopher Cerf, an award-winning author and television producer. She was researcher and editor on several books co-authored by Cerf, including “The Experts Speak” and “Mission Accomplished.” The two were co-directors of a Welcome Books’ imprint, “Cerf & Peterson” and co-authored a bestselling book, “Blackie, The Horse Who Stood Still,” which Ms. Peterson also Illustrated. She has also illustrated Jesse Kornbluth’s adaptation of “A Christmas Carol,” by Charles Dickens.

Born in Marin County, California, Ms. Peterson is also a painter who is represented by Gerald Peters Gallery. The prestigious Guild Hall Academy of the Arts in East Hampton has honored her with a lifetime membership.