John H. V. Gilbert, C.M., Ph.D., LLD (Hon)., FCAHS

Dr. John Gilbert has been a seminal leader in the education of health professionals in British Columbia, Canada and globally. His vision and leadership led to the concept of interprofessional education being developed as a central tenet of collaborative person-centred practice and care.

Dr. John Gilbert is founding Principal & Professor Emeritus, College of Health Disciplines, University of British Columbia; a Senior Scholar, WHO Collaborating Centre on Health Workforce Planning and Research, Dalhousie University. He held the DR. TMA Pai Endowment Chair in Interprofessional Education & Practice, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, India, and is an Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Health, University of Technology, Sydney. He is Founding Chair, The Canadian Interprofessional Health Collaborative. He was Co-Chair of the WHO Study Group on Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice.

He was elected a Fellow, Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, in 2008; appointed a Member of the Order of Canada in 2011 and awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2011. He received the degree Doctor of Laws, Honoris Causa from Dalhousie University in June 2016. He was the recipient of the Pioneer Award, National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education, USA, 2017.


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
Public Engagement and Education Lead, World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Mental Health and Human Rights, Institute of Mental Health
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


Keynote title:

Breaking the Silos and Reimagining Possibilities: Using Simulation and Digital Platforms to Create a Theatre of Engagement in Interprofessional Education

The COVID-19 pandemic challenged our ways of working and led to new and innovative ways of engaging health students in simulation. This presentation will challenge traditional views of simulation and explore new and exciting platforms. It will showcase multi-modal simulation as a way to overcome the issues of scheduling that often hamper Interprofessional learning.


Professor Jane Frost is a passionate nurse, experienced academic, simulation researcher, and TEDx Speaker. Her work explores both simulation and technology enhanced learning modalities including extended reality (XR), and Artificial Intelligence (AI). Jane uses experiential learning to promote empathy and understanding in health students. Jane is a passionate advocate of Interprofessional learning and preparing students for clinical realities and recently won a national Australian Award for University teaching. Dr Frost is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


Dr. Omar Mohamed Al-Ansari is a distinguished academic and administrative figure at Qatar University. He graduated from the College of Engineering in 1990 and subsequently became a teaching assistant in the Department of Civil Engineering. He furthered his studies at the University of Texas in the United States, obtaining his master’s degree in 1993 and his PhD in Civil Engineering in 1999. Following this, he assumed a faculty position in the College of Engineering and held various administrative roles. He served as the Academic Programs Coordinator at the College of Engineering from 2001 to 2003, and then became the Dean of Student Affairs in 2003, followed by serving as an assistant to the Vice President of the University in 2004. From 2007 to 2015, he served as the Vice President for Student Affairs, and since 2015, he has been the Vice President for Academic Affairs. On 18 June 2023, he was appointed President of the University.
Throughout his extensive career spanning over two and a half decades, Dr. Omar has been involved in numerous projects, research endeavors, and committee memberships at both the university and national levels. Notably, he contributed to the Qatar University Development Project and served on the Equivalency Committee. He also held membership in several education and engineering associations and unions. Dr. Omar’s significant contributions have propelled scientific research and made remarkable advancements within the university and the nation.
Under his leadership in Academic Affairs, the university has completed several research projects that have supported FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. Additionally, these endeavors encompassed a wide range of areas, including infrastructure development, agricultural improvement, and the university’s participation in space research. Moreover, he made significant contributions to shaping the scientific research at the university, ensuring its alignment with national priorities and the National Vision 2030 agenda.
He played a fundamental and significant role in preparing for the university’s digital transformation across various aspects and curricula, which was spearheaded by the Digital Learning and Online Education Office. He actively fostered innovation in education, learning, and research while forging stronger ties between the university and external institutions. Additionally, he worked on developing the university’s vision and strategy, increasing its scientific and social impact, attracting distinguished researchers and scholars to the institution, and achieving a range of updates, developments, and achievements that have contributed to its realization.
In addition to the above, Dr. Omar has been a member of numerous national and international academic institutions and organizations, leaving a clear mark on the university and beyond. He has received several appreciation awards from academic institutions both domestically and internationally. Under his presidency, the university will achieve significant positive transformations on various levels, meeting the internal needs of its staff and the external demands of the labor market and national requirements. It will take progressive steps towards enhancing its scientific, research, and societal standing not only within Qatar but also across the Arab region and the world.


Biography: Mr Campbell oversees the development and implementation of global public goods, evidence and tools to inform investments in the education, employment and retention of the health and care workforce in pursuit of global health security, universal health coverage and the Sustainable Development Goals. His present portfolio includes measuring the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the health and care workforce, and implementation of WHO’s Global Strategy on Human Resources for Health: Workforce 2030.


Adjunct professor, Faculty of Health, University of Technology Sydney and clinical chair, hospital non-specialist program, Health Education and Training Institute (HETI), NSW Health, Australia

Keynote Title: Deconstructing ‘All Together Better Health’: What’s in a word?

Biography: After graduating from medical school in London, England, Professor Thistlethwaite became a general practitioner (family doctor) and worked for 10 years in the north of England and was involved in GP education. In 1996, she moved into academia at the University of Leeds and have subsequently worked in health professional education in the UK and Australia. She has a MMEd from the University of Dundee and a PhD from the University of Maastricht. For over 25 years, she has been a champion for IPE and is a senior associate editor of the Journal of Interprofessional Care. Also, she was editor-in-chief of The Clinical Teacher from 2014-2020. Professor Thistlethwaite writing includes 13 authored/edited books, and over 30 book chapters and 120 peer-reviewed papers, many focused on IPE. In 2020, she was awarded the President’s Medal by the Association for the Study of Medical Education (ASME) and in 2022 the Pioneer Award by the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education.