Dr. Hassan Al-Thani

Dr. Hassan Al Thani, MD, MBA, MBBch, CABS, FRCSI, FRCSC, FRCSP – GLASGOW, FACS, Sr. Consultant, Head, Trauma and Vascular Surgery Sections, Surgery Department Hamad General Hospital, Hamad Medical Corporation, Doha, Qatar.

Dr. Hassan Al Thani is the Head of Trauma and Vascular Surgery Sections of Hamad General Hospital, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ireland and Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He graduated from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and completed his surgical training in both Qatar and Canada. He completed his training in General Surgery, Trauma and Vascular Surgery at McMaster University Faculty of Health Sciences in Hamilton, Canada. In 2004, after completion of his training, he joined Hamad General Hospital as a Senior Consultant in the Department of Surgery. In the same year he established the Vascular Surgery Section. He has Master’s Degree in Logistics Hospitals Management from International Transport and Logistics Institute – Cairo, Egypt and recently finished his International Executive Master’s Degree in Emergency and Disaster Management in Georgetown University, Qatar.

Dr. Al Thani is the author or co-author of more than two hundred publications and peer-reviewed articles and he also has nine book chapters.

In addition, Dr. Al Thani was involved in a number of administrative duties which included Board Member of Hamad Medical Corporation from 2006-2008, Chairman of the Organ Transplant Committee from 2008-2009, Board Member of Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar from 2008 – 2012, Executive Board Member of the Gulf Vascular Society from 2007, President of the Gulf Vascular Society from 2009, and Board Member of Qatar Medical College and Chair of ATLS Chapter among others.


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.

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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


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.


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).