Dr. Barbara Maxwell

Dr. Barbara Maxwell is Associate Dean & Executive Director of the Interprofessional Practice and Education Center at Indiana University. She is a professor of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at IU School of Medicine and adjunct Professor of Physical Therapy in the School of Health & Human Science.

Dr. Maxwell has been involved in interprofessional education and collaborative practice since the late 1980’s when she was involved with interprofessional teams in cardiac rehabilitation, and with rapid response community teams for individuals recovering from a stroke. She has worked in this field in the US, Europe, and Asia, and is active in the Interprofessional world both nationally and internationally.

She is a member of the American Interprofessional Health Collaborative (AIHC) and serves as the AIHC representative to Interprofessional.Global: The Global Confederation for Interprofessional Practice and Education. She has served on the Council of the National Academies of Practice and was the inaugural chair of the Physical Therapy Academy.

She is an a member of InterprofessionalResearch.Global, an international collaborative organization focused on bringing together experts in the field to advance interprofessional practice, research, and theory generation, at the global level.


Dr Alla El-Awaisi

Dr Alla received her Master of Pharmacy degree from Strathclyde University in Glasgow (UK), MSc in Prescribing Science from the Robert Gordon University (UK) and PhD in Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice from the Robert Gordon University (UK). She is an experienced academic administrator possessing creativity, innovation and dedication to her field. Prior to her academic career, she practiced pharmacy in Scotland for more than 9 years. She was the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs at the College of Pharmacy (2014-2022) and is the founding the chair of the Interprofessional Education Committee since 2014 and has led successful IPE initiatives locally and internationally including leading the First Middle Eastern Conference in Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice in December 2015. In addition to developing and coordinating the Interprofessional Education for Collaborative Practice module in MSc in Health Professions Education. She is an active member of the Global Confederation for Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice and leads the Interprofessional Collaborative Arab Network (IPCAN) and is a Co-facilitator of Interprofessional.
Global Global Impact. Her research expertise lies in the area of interprofessional education and collaborative practice, patient safety, medical and pharmacy education, pharmacy practice, student leadership and has published numerous articles in peer reviewed journals. She has received many awards including being the winner of the “Professional Achievement Award” in the National Study UK Alumni Awards 2019-20 in Qatar.

Prof. Champion N. Nyoni

Champion is an Associate Professor and Senior Researcher at the School of Nursing of the University of the Free State, in South Africa. He is a professional nurse who holds registration as a nurse in three countries within sub-Saharan Africa. Champion obtained a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Science from the University of Zimbabwe, a Master of Social Science in Nursing from the University of the Free State, a Master of Health Professions Education with a specialisation in Assessment and Accreditation (with distinction) from Keele University in the United Kingdom and a Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing from the University of the Free State. He also holds a Fellowship with the sub-Saharan FAIMER regional institute (SAFRI) and an International Fellowship in Medical Education.

He has more than 10 years’ experience in primary healthcare and nursing education. Champion was instrumental in developing competency-based programmes for undergraduate nursing education in various contexts within the African region. His research, which has been published in various platforms focuses on the development of a competent workforce that can influence the health parameters of the contexts they serve. He supervises Master and PhD students in nursing and in health professions education.

He serves in various boards and organisations with an influence in health professions education namely,

    • Co-Facilitator of the Interprofessional.Global
    • AMEE academic board
    • The WHO Academy as an advisor
    • Past Chair of the Africa Interprofessional Education Network (AfrIPEN)
    • Chair of the Association for Health Professions Education and Leadership


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.


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).