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.

Dr. Champion 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. 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.

Dr. John Gilbert

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. Abdullatif Mohammed Al Khal

Deputy Chief Medical Officer
Director and Designated Institutional Official (DIO), Medical Education Department
Chairman of National Pandemic Preparedness Committee
Senior Consultant, Infectious Diseasesand Head of Adult Infectious Diseases Division
Manager, National TB Program in Qatar
Director of Clinical AIDS/HIV Program in Qatar

Hamad Medical Corporation
Doha – Qatar
Office Tel +974 44391739 / 44391750
Email address: aalkhal@hamad.qa

Dr. Al Khal earned his MBBCh from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland in 1989. He undertook his internship at Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) in the State of Qatar, and in 1991,joined the Internal Medicine Residency Training Program at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, CT, USA, followed by completion of a 2-year fellowship in Infectious Diseases at Hartford Hospital. He was awarded the Diploma of the American Board in Internal Medicine in 1994 and Diploma of the American Board of Infectious Diseases in 1996. He was recertified in Infectious Disease in 2013.

Dr. Al Khal holds several clinical positions, chairs a variety of committees and has led number of strategic projects at HMC. Between 1999 – 2001, he served as the Chair of Family Medicine and as Chair of Department of Medicine from 2001 until 2012. Dr. Al Khal has been the Head of Infectious Diseases Division since 1998 and the Lead of the Communicable Disease Center and is also the National TB Program Manager and the Director of the Clinical AIDS Program. As Deputy Chief Medical Officer and Director of Medical Education/DIO, he has notably led HMC’s achievement of ACGME-I accreditation, and in 2018 received ACGME’s Physician International Award, to recognize his outstanding contributions to improving the quality of graduate medical education in Qatar. Dr. Al Khal also has an advisory role to several public health programs under the umbrella of Qatar’s Ministry of Public Health.
Dr. Al Khal has held a faculty appointment with Weill Cornell Medicine – Qatar since 2007 and was promoted to Adjunct Professor of Clinical Medicine in 2020. He also holds an appointment asClinical Professor of Medicine at Qatar University College of Medicine (QU CMED) as well as serves as QU CMED’s Director ofthe Clinical Affairs Department and was the College’s founding AssociateDean for Clinical Affairs.

He remains active in research and publishes regularly in the fields of Internal Medicine, Pharmacology, Infectious Diseases and Medical Education.