DR. AHMED HANKIR

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Dr Ahmed Hankir MBChB MRCPsych is Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Mental Health Research in association with Cambridge University, Public Engagement and Education Lead at the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Mental Health and Human Rights at the Institute of Mental Health in Nottingham University and a practicing psychiatrist at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. Dr Hankir’s research interests include global and Muslim mental health and pioneering and evaluating innovative interventions that reduce mental health related stigma and he has published extensively in these areas. Dr Hankir is passionate about empowering, dignifying and humanizing people living with mental health conditions and he has lectured to over 100,000 people in 20 countries worldwide. Dr Hankir is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards notably the 2022 World Health Organization Director General Award for Global Health, one of only six recipients in the world.

Kind regards,
Dr Ahmed Hankir MBChB MRCPsych
Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Mental Health Research in association with Cambridge University
https://www.cmhr-cu.org/
Public Engagement and Education Lead, World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Mental Health and Human Rights, Institute of Mental Health
https://www.institutemh.org.uk/research/centre-for-mental-health-and-human-rights/members-of-centre-for-mental-health-human-rights
2013 Royal College of Psychiatrists Foundation Doctor of the Year
2018 Royal College of Psychiatrists Core Psychiatric Trainee of the Year
2022 World Health Organization Director General Award for Global Health Winner
Twitter: ‘The Wounded Healer’ @ahmedhankir
https://www.ahmedhankir.com/

Biography:

Professor Asmaa Al-Thani is the Vice President of Medical and Health Sciences, the Director of the Biomedical Research Center (BRC) and a Professor of Virology at the Biomedical Sciences Department, Qatar University.  Professor Althani is also an Adjunct Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar.

Professor Al-Thani’s portfolio articulates a record of accomplishments in establishing the academic and research infrastructure for health and medical sciences at Qatar University, pertaining her roles as the Founding Dean of the College of Health Sciences (2016) and the Founding Director of BRC (2014).  Professor Al-Thani has an active role in national landscape of medical research through serving as the Vice Chairperson of the Qatar Biobank Board, Chairperson of the National Qatar Genome Committee and establishing National Reference laboratory-COVID19 Unit.  In addition, she is the founding chair for the Empower Generation Consortium (EGC), which comprises several projects that enhance the national capacities in health and medical sciences.

Professor Al-Thani has a leading research portfolio, with over than 120 published papers in peer-reviewed international journals and around 34 internal and external research grants and 2 patents.  She is a reviewer for several scientific journals and conferences, and currently a member of the American society for Microbiology.

Her accomplishments have been recognized through several awards, including the Astrolabi Award from WCMC-Q (2020), QS- Reimagine Oscar in Education, gold in Life Sciences and the silver in best university-employer relationship for the years 2018-2020.   She also received the State Encouraging Award in the Medical Sciences and Nursing (2017), Sheikh Hummaid Bin Rashid Award for Culture and Sciences (2006), Al-Jasra Cultural Club –Qatar (2008), Qatar University Outstanding Faculty Service Award (2012), the College of Arts and Sciences Research Award (2012) and the Arab Paediatric Medical Research Award (2015).