Dr Ahmed Hankir MBChB MRCPsych

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

Professor Jane Frost

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. Hassan Rashid Al-Derham

Qatar University’s 6th President Dr. Hassan Rashid Al-Derham is recognized for playing a major role in advancing research activity at both university and national levels. Dr. Al-Derham assumed the position of President on 15 June 2015. He was previously Vice-President for Research from 2007 during which he guided QU to its current position as leader of research excellence in the GCC region, which was enhanced by its continuous success in winning the largest percentage of grants in the National Priorities Research Program (NPRP) and Undergraduate Research Experience Program (UREP) under the Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF). He also served in several earlier roles at QU including Associate VP for Research and Head of Civil Engineering at the College of Engineering.

He holds a Ph.D. and Post-Graduate Diploma in Construction Project Management from University of Glamorgan (currently University of South Wales), UK which followed obtaining a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Georgia Tech, USA. His undergraduate is in Architectural Engineering from North Carolina Agriculture and Technical State University, USA.

During his term as VP for Research, Dr. Al-Derham successfully developed and implemented the organization’s research policies, procedures, and priorities, as well as an ambitious research roadmap fielding strategic national priorities. Additionally, under his leadership, several research centers were initiated including the Gas Processing Center, Qatar Transportation and Traffic Safety Center, Qatar Mobility Innovations Center, KINDI Lab for Computing Research, Laboratory Animal Research Center, and the Biomedical Research Center. He also led the inauguration of the university Research Complex.

Dr. Al-Derham’s research interests include construction productivity, project optimization, legal contracts and procurement. In 2009, along with his research team, he won Best Paper of the Year in the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Journal of Construction Engineering and Management. He is also a member of several professional international societies and organizations.

Mr Jim Campbell

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.

Professor Jill Thistlethwaite

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.