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Annual programme for selected young executives to improve their management and leadership skills and network internationally.
Between May and November, participants attend a series of masterclasses in key healthcare leadership areas. Small group work to complete topical assignments are an opportunity for the selected young executives to share their insights across our global community. The capstone experience for participants is attending the annual World Hospital Congress, where they graduate to the YEL Alumni network.
The application process for the YEL 2023 programme is open until 6 February.
Since 2021, the IHF has partnered with WittKieffer, a leading global executive search and advisory firm. Together, both organizations collaborate to offer a unique experience to participants, and in turn contribute to improving healthcare through better leadership.Wittkieffer
IHF YEL programme provides great opportunities to develop and expand your network across the globe. I learned a lot from various masterclasses and each session at World Hospital Congress was fruitful. I wanted to attend multiple sessions at a time. My favorite session was when finally I met IHF YEL 2022 participants in person. It was such a priceless moment of togetherness. IHF YEL programme is a unique one that combines knowledge and engagement to finally blend in lifetime networking as YEL alumni.
I have done many leadership development classes and programmes throughout my career, but few have been as valuable as the YEL programme though IHF. Learning from others across the world in a structured way has improved my leadership abilities and given me a new perspective on healthcare. The classes are unique and give insight into a variety of leadership and healthcare topics. I highly recommend this programme for any leader seeking global knowledge of healthcare interested in meeting leaders from across the world.
The IHF’s YEL 2021 programme was simply great! I learned a lot more about leadership in health care context and about myself. The experiences of collaborating internationally with peers worldwide was invaluable as well. The cherry on the cake was the World Hospital Congress, in which we met each other and other health care influencers.
My participation in the YEL programme, thanks to my nomination by the Brazilian Hospital Federation (FBH), has been very important for my personal and professional development. During the programme activities, I had the opportunity to learn from professionals and YEL colleagues from different countries and cultures. In addition to the programme's activities, the World Hospital Congress, in Barcelona (Spain), was essential to seal the bonds and collaborations established, creating a great network of cooperation between leaders from all over the world. With YEL Alumni, I realize that participating in this group will continuously help in my training. I thank the kindness, commitment and dedication of the entire IHF team and Wittkieffer team for the YEL 2021.
Participating in the YEL programme gives a great chance to develop personally and professionally. Thanks to meetings with leaders from across the world, I now have a new perspective on the functioning of the health care system. The exchange of international experiences, especially in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, is one of the most valuable opportunities offered by the programme. It makes us realize that although the health systems different, we can all contribute to improving health through collective and meaningful action.
I am a pulmonologist and intensive care physician in Kaohsiung Medical University Hospital, Taiwan. I have committed myself to improve the medical information systems of our hospital for several years. It is a great honor to be one of the young executive leaders (YEL) 2020. Participating the YEL initiative is a great opportunity to network with young healthcare leaders worldwide. I got inspired by the various types of healthcare systems and hospital information systems worldwide. On the other hand, I shared our experiences in Taiwan as the medical service in Taiwan is probably one of the best in the world. Joining the YEL alumni, we can keep networking and keep learning from one another.
I am very grateful to the organization and my hospital for allowing my participation in this program. I hope that over the next few months we can see each other face to face with the 2020 participants. We have been able to work and co-create a lot of ideas during this time. We did a good job together.
I joined YEL to represent the United States in our efforts and opportunities in the provision of healthcare, to form relationships with like-minded young leaders around the world, and to gain a better perspective of what others are doing to improve health of their communities. Have absolutely loved being a part of such an amazing group of global healthcare leaders!
My motivation for joining the YEL was to widen my eyesight to outreach from a clinician to another level — administration. I am excited to get to know this network and build it up worldwide through YEL program.
These opportunities are invaluable for young leaders - we really had no rules or boundaries when we started and we defined what we wanted to do. It is a rare opportunity to have that kind of freedom and also then have a venue to present and celebrate our collective successes and achievements. This program should be nurtured and grown to continue to foster leadership development in health care internationally.
The YEL program was a unique opportunity to build an international network of young senior health managers sharing the same interests and highly committed to improve the health system of their own countries. It was also very interesting to mix people with medical and administrative backgrounds. I especially liked the opportunity to meet each other at the Oman IHF Congress. I plan to stay committed to this program as a YEL alumni.
My motivation for joining the YEL program was to obtain broader exposure to innovation in healthcare in order to help facilitate deeper and different thinking within both my organization and my expanded community of healthcare colleagues to solve more complex issues in a rapidly changing environment. Sharing my learnings and understandings from this experience has benefited not only my personal development, but has created lifelong connections with individuals I now consider friends
The International Hospital Federation and WittKieffer were delighted to welcome 2022’s Young Executive Leaders. From almost 200 applications across IHF member organizations, 42 candidates from 26 countries and territories were selected for the programme.
CFB Medical Centre, Zambia
IHF Member: Zambia Association of Private Hospitals. CMO and Head of Anaesthesia and Intensive care at CFB Medical Centre, combining clinical and administrative work.
R-Jolad Hospital, Nigeria
IHF Member: R-Jolad Hospital, Lagos. Leads business growth, operational and clinical transformation at a 135-bed hospital serving 80,000 customers with 350 staff.
MP Shah Hospital, Kenya
IHF Member: MP Shah Hospital, Kenya. Both clinical and operational experience, shaping healthcare facilities to align their strategy with their clinical and business goals.
Lagoon Hospitals, Nigeria
IHF Member: Lagos State Health Service Commission. Leads hospital operations, customer experience, facility operations, and strategic project execution and management.
Medland Health Services, Zambia
IHF Member: Medland Health Services, Zambia. Responsible for financial operations, instrumental in structuring the hospital’s finance department.
Baines Intercare Medical Centre, Zimbabwe
IHF Member: Baines Intercare Medical Centre, Zimbabwe. Pioneering groundbreaking services and the founder of a healthcare-centred consultancy firm project.
Aga Khan Health Services, Tanzania
IHF Member: Aga Khan Health Services. Manages donor-funded projects, a proposal development team and supports clinical and capacity building initiatives.
One Brooklyn Health, USA
IHF Member: American College of Healthcare Executives. Ensures operational effectiveness, efficiency and synergy across personnel, programmes, cost centres and multiple sites of care.
Royal Ottawa Health Care Group, Canada
IHF Member: HealthCareCAN. Oversees the quality, patient safety, and infection prevention and control portfolio at a large mental health tertiary care hospital.
Children’s Health System of Texas, USA
IHF Member: American College of Healthcare Executives. Leads and manages systemwide projects in construction, healthcare compliance and accreditation, clinical operations, and IT.
McGill University Health Center, Canada
IHF Member: HealthCareCAN. Responsible for technical services, including biomedical engineering, facilities management, emergency measures and sustainable development.
Saudi German Hospital, Cairo, Egypt
IHF Member: Saudi German Health. Works along with the Regional Director of Saudi German Hospitals Egypt and North Africa at a strategic level.
The Royal Hospital, Oman
IHF Member: Ministry of Health Oman. Leads the implementation of training towards the strategic goals aligned to the mission and vision of the hospital.
Aga Khan Medical Center Gilgit, Pakistan
IHF Member: Aga Khan Health Services. Works as ICP manager, safe-care assessor, climate change and quality assurance representative since 2020.
Saudi German Hospital, Cairo, Egypt
IHF Member: Saudi German Health. Monitoring and improving KPIs, managing physician’s performance, productivity and behaviour, and managing patient satisfaction issues.
Shaikh Khalifa Medical City, United Arab Emirates
IHF Member: Department of Health – Abu Dhabi. Focusing on performance management, clinical operations, patient safety, quality improvement, science and technology for healthcare delivery.
Elegancia Healthcare, Qatar
IHF Member: Elegancia Healthcare, Qatar. Member of the executive team and also serves as co-chair of the healthcare investment committee.
The Royal Hospital, Oman
IHF Member: Ministry of Health Oman. Manages the hospital's preconception genetic counselling and PGD counselling clinics.
Latifa Hospital, United Arab Emirates
IHF Member: Dubai Health Authority. Resident in the hospital's obstetrics and gynecology department since 2017.
King Fahd Specialist Hospital, Buraydah, Saudi Arabia
IHF Member: Ministry of Health Saudi Arabia. Hospital Director of a specialty and referral hospital of Qassim Health Cluster with a 1.6 million catchment area.
Khamis Mushayt Maternity and Children Hospital, Saudi Arabia
IHF Member: Ministry of Health Saudi Arabia. Hospital Director with a Masters in Public Health and Health Service Management.
Dibba-Fujairah Hospital, United Arab Emirates
IHF Member: Emirates Health Services. Consultant in family medicine working as an assistant director for the hospital's medical affairs.
IHF Member: Unicancer, France. Responsible for managing communication projects and contributing to the development of Unicancer’s international relations.
Kreiskliniken Reutlingen GmbH, Germany
IHF Member: German Hospital Federation. Executive assistant in charge of the commercial management of the hospital's outpatient medical centres.
Cliniques Universitaires Saint-Luc, Belgium
IHF Member: Cliniques Universitaires Saint-Luc, Belgium. Director of both quality and patient administration.
Diakonhjemmet Hospita, Norway
IHF Member: Norwegian Hospital and Health Service Association. Deputy lead of the hospital's department of patient safety and quality assurance since June 2019.
NHS Surrey Heartlands Integrated Care System, United Kingdom
IHF Member: NHS Confederation. Supports strategic and operational change across local healthcare and between the NHS and Local Government.
Centro Hospitalar do Médio Ave, EPE, Portugal
IHF Member: Portuguese Association of Hospital Managers. Member of the board of directors since 2016, in charge of HR, patient management and legal.
Parc Sanitari Sant Joan de Deu, Spain
IHF Member: Catalan Hospital, Health and Social Services Association. Head of the hospital's quality and patient safety unit.
Vitos gGmbH, Germany
IHF Member: German Hospital Federation. Focused on implementation of GDPR and digitalization projects of the Vitos group.
Fundacio Sanitaria Mollet, Spain
IHF Member: Catalan Union of Hospitals. Focused on the analysis of databases, dashboards and the creation of indicators linked to the improvement of healthcare quality.
UZ Brussel, Belgium
IHF Member: UZ Brussel, Belgium. Involved in hospital-wide strategic projects e.g., coordination of the formulation of strategic plans by medical departments.
Portuguese Association for Hospital Development
IHF Member: Portuguese Association for Hospital Development. Leads planning and innovation at the Portuguese Association for Hospital Development.
Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust, United Kingdom
IHF Member: NHS Confederation. Director of Operations for the hospitals's division of surgery, anaesthetics and critical care.
Tuen Mun Hospital/New Territories West Cluster, Hong Kong
IHF Member: Hong Kong Hospital Authority. Consultant anaesthetist and executive partner of Q&S Division in New Territories West Cluster.
Cimacan GH; Faculty of Medicine, Universitas Padjadjaran/Dr Hasan Sadikin Central GH, Indonesia
IHF Member: Indonesian Hospital Association – PERSI. Head of Neurological Service, while still teaching and developing model for telemedicine in stroke.
Deiparine Community Hospital, Philippines
IHF Member: Philippine Hospital Association. Structurally and financially growing a hospital whilst improving the provision of quality healthcare in a rural setting.
SA Health – Central Adelaide Local Health Network, Australia
IHF Member: Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association. Responsible for the strategic and operational leadership, governance and oversight of several units.
IHF Member: Paramarta Cardiovascular Hospital. Creator, innovater, and pioneer of the first preventive cardiology clinic in Indonesia.
Apollo Hospitals, India
IHF Member: Apollo Hospitals. Responsible for implementation and monitoring of standards of clinical care, and compliance to healthcare accreditation.
Davao Oriental Provincial Medical Center, Philippines
IHF Member: Philippine Hospital Association. Leads the administrative and ancillary division of the hospital.
Kaohsiung Municipal Ta-Tung Hospital, Taiwan
IHF Member: Taiwan Hospital Association. In charge of hospital marketing and publicity of the international medical business.
Members of the IHF Young Executive Leaders program join the YEL Alumni. The Alumni offers the opportunity to consolidate its members’ network and to remain involved with IHF’s activities. The members of the Alumni will have the opportunity to host a session at the IHF World Hospital Congress, to work together on blogs, to provide guidance for the newest YEL cohort, and to participate to exclusive masterclasses organized by the IHF.
Dubai Health Authority, United Arab Emirates
Chief Resident obstetrician as well as an Academic Days Adviser and lecturer teaching clinical skills to residents.
Juedisches Krankenhaus Berlin Service Company, Germany
Considers the biggest challenge to be a guiding leader, a role model who has a positive influence on each member of the team.
Providing technical and strategic support to managers and leading projects in different healthcare organizations in the Catalan public health system.
Sg2, United States of America
Director of a performance analytics, intelligence, and consulting organization and lecturer in healthcare administration at the University of Minnesota.
Cleveland Clinic, United Kingdom
Leads the cross-functional programme team to activate a greenfield 184-bed hospital and outpatient facility in London, England.
Vitos GmbH, Germany
Part of the higher management: planning, improving and evaluating all healthcare initiatives for Vitos by screening current trends and challenges.
Committed to eliminating maternal mortality on the African continent, with a natural affinity for obstetrics and gynaecology.
St. Joseph’s Health Care, Canada
Chartered accountant with a passion for healthcare and helping patients by supporting clinical programmes to unleash their potential.
Latifa Women and Children Hospital, United Arab Emirates
In charge of initiatives in quality improvement and key performance indicators related to the neurology services for optimal patient care and customer satisfaction.
Nursing management is one of the main pillars of the hospital, along with medical management. In the unit, more than 1,000 patients are treated every...
Associate Consultant, General Surgery, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Hong Kong
General surgeon in Queen Elizabeth Hospital, with special interest in vascular and trauma surgery.
Grenoble Alpes University Hospital, France
Building an international network of young senior health managers sharing the same interests and commitment to improve the health system of their own countries.
Centro Hospitalar de Leiria, Portugal
Seeing medicine beyond the curative effect, PRM aims to achieve the best autonomy and life quality, with multi-professional teams and a continuum of care.
Hospital Sant Joan de Déu, Spain
In charge of research at Hospital Sant Joan de Déu and the leader of the Sant Joan de Déu Foundation nursing research line.
Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital, Hospital Authority
One of the youngest promoted consultants in the Hong Kong Hospital Authority, specialized in obstetrics and gynaecology.
Fundació Sanitària Mollet, Spain
One of my biggest concerns is how to manage the engagement of professionals, with clarity that high commitment is directly related to high performance.
Registered nurse investing in academic training, specialization and masters studies, as well as opportunities to enrich my decision making and critical thinking.
Póvoa de Varzim and Vila do Conde Hospital Center, Portugal
Digital stakeholder in many national and international organizations and a speaker on change management, people management, leadership and digital transformation.
Nova Scotia Health’s Mental Health and Addictions Programme, Canada
Experience across the health continuum from ‘upstream’ health promotion/prevention strategies, brief/early intervention, to specialized treatment/recovery.
Intermountain Healthcare, United States of America
Joined YEL to gain a better perspective of what others are doing to improve health of their communities.
Kaohsiung Medical University Hospital, Taiwan
YEL is a great opportunity to network with young healthcare leaders and be inspired by healthcare and hospital information systems worldwide.
Hospital of St John of God Vienna, Austria
Managing about 100 staff as Head of Operation Theatre in the hospital of St John of God Vienna.
The Royal Hospital, Oman
At the largest tertiary care hospital in Oman. Hiba has a great passion for healthcare leadership and project management for patient safety.
Vitos digital health Ltd, Germany
CEO of Vitos Digital Health Ltd, responsible for the implementation of e-health solutions in the group's hospitals and other facilities.
Hospital Prof. Doutor Fernando Fonseca, Portugal
With YEL I’ve been learning, growing and, most of all, I truly believe in knowledge exchange as a fundamental path to new changes.
Mercy Clinic, USA
Pediatric emergency medicine physician and Clinical Director of Pediatric Operations for the Mercy healthcare system.
McGill University Health Centre, Canada
The youngest director in the history of the MUHC, in a role that involves contributing to organizational success.
Hong Kong Hospital Authority
Leading a service planning team to formulate clinical services plans for major clusters of public hospitals in Hong Kong.
The Nairobi Hospital, Kenya
Senior nurse and founder of Ja-Mbo Health, an online site on which promotes preventive health.
Regional Health Service, Madeira, Portugal
Board responsibilities include technological innovation, processes dematerialization and digital transformation.
Kanta-Häme Central Hospital, Finland
Part-time physician and researcher, mainly lead for radiology, clinical physiology and nuclear medicine.
Kaohsiung Medical University / Chung-Ho Memorial Hospital, Taiwan
Emergency room physician and physician educator, specialized in emergency ultrasound and medical education.
Queensland Medical Rural Service, Australia
Responsible for medical professionalism; recruitment and performance of doctors, and strategic medical workforce issues.
Grey’s Hospital, KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health, South Africa
Manages medical and allied health services, over 600 doctors, allied health professionals and support staff.
Lagos State Health Service Commission, Nigeria
Progressive experience in clinical and public health practice, and a passion for health promotion and preventive medicine.
Lagos State Health Service Commission, Nigeria
Coordinating quality improvement activities and programmes on non-communicable diseases in secondary health facilities.
Ministry of Health and Prevention, Dubai, UAE
Manages projects, initiatives, and programmes that are part of the UAE government vision 2021 on decreasing mortality from cancer and cardiovascular diseases.
Cluster Services Division, Hong Kong Hospital Authority
Prior clinical practice in obstetrics and gynaecology in public hospital services before joining the healthcare administration.
Groote Schuur Hospital, Western Cape Department of Health, South Africa
Manages the theatre and critical care functional business units, senior surgeons, anaesthetists, intensivists, and theatre and critical care nurses.
Royal Hospital, Oman
Involved with the quality team at the Ministry of Health in Oman to establish quality related policies and systems.
Tampere University Hospital, Finland
Leads information services and the development of knowledge management e.g. visual reporting and data analytics.
Agir – Health Management, Innovation and Results Association, Brazil
As well as compliance, a practising communicologist, quality manager, professor and health researcher.
Cleveland Clinic, USA
Experience in hospital administration. quality and clinical effectiveness, and critical care nursing.
Wellstar Health System – Wellstar Paulding Hospital, USA
Incoming President, Georgia Association of Healthcare Executives, and Fellow of American College of Healthcare Executives.
Cleveland Clinic London, UK
Previously worked at the US Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and US Food & Drug Administration.
Central Lisbon University Hospital, Portugal
Coordinates the Clinical Informatization Local Commission, and the Transportation Management Unit.
Healthscope, Peninsula Private Hospital, Australia
Responsible for the delivery of clinical services, currently sits on the Nursing Governance Council.
Centro Hospitalar Universitario do Porto, Portugal
Responsible for the pharmaceutical, orthopedic and physical medicine, rehabilitation and sterilization services.
Farah Medical Campus, Jordan
More than 12 years' experience in the medical field, and involved with clinical research and development in studies.
Northwell Health, USA
Helping the organization to embrace innovative care delivery models and improving patient outcomes through process improvement.
The Specialty Hospital, Jordan
More than 10 years of experience in the healthcare sector, passion for marketing medical tourism and reaching out to new markets to help patients receive...
Apollo Hospitals Group, India
Handles new initiatives, opportunities for growth, improving efficiency using digital tools, cost optimization for India's largest healthcare provider.
Aster DM Healthcare – Aster Clinics, Dubai, UAE
Brings significant efficiencies in the continuum of care through her clinical and management pedigree and exposure to various healthcare models.
Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, Canada
Taylor has worked in healthcare leadership in Canada, Ireland, and Australia. Her experience spans home care, social rehabilitation, and hospital services.
Polish Hospital Federation
Projects include cloud and other IT solutions, legal regulations, audits, health services marketing and in the use of innovation in the healthcare sector.
Aga Khan Foundation, Afghanistan
Leads a health team, coordinates with stakeholders, and provides support to members to carry out health and nutrition projects in rural areas.
The YEL programme is governed by a Steering Committee, which assists in the design of the curriculum, provides guidance on the main work activities and acts as oversight for the successful implementation of a high-quality programme.
Members of the Steering Committee are:
CJ is the IHF YEL Steering Committee. He is a highly regarded leader of Management Consulting and Executive Search firms.
Portuguese Association for Hospital Development (co-chair)
Vanessa leads planning and innovation at the Portuguese Association for Hospital Development. She is a YEL Alumni (2022).
International Hospital Federation
Ronald leads the IHF Secretariat, managing the team and its performance, with responsibility for all day-to-day activities, and executive reporting.
Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO), Canada
Taylor is CHEO Director in Child Development and Community Services and Head of the department of Autism. She is a YEL Alumni (2021).
University of Colorado Denver - UC Denver Business School
Jeffrey is an expert in healthcare financial operations management, healthcare process analysis and benchmarking, health information technology, and healthcare fraud detection.
Inga brings close to 15 years of global executive search experience for healthcare services, life sciences organizations as well as higher education institutions.
Applications and participation in the programme are free of charge. However, participants are asked to cover the travel and accommodation costs to join the World Hospital Congress in person. Thanks to the Dr Kwang Tae Kim Trust Fund and the Jackson Healthcare Foundation, 6 participants were sponsored in 2022 to attend the Congress and benefit from this unique growth opportunity:
Sponsorship was determined based on the country income classification according to the World Bank and to the Gross National Income of the country of origin of the candidate. Unfortunately, not all applicants to financial support were given a grant due to a lack of available funds.
Young executives working in an organization that is a member of the IHF.
Yes, we welcome applications from anyone up to the age of 40.
We announce the opening of the application process around January each year.
You must be in a leadership path/position in a member organization; be willing to spend time on the programme; and commit to attending to the World Hospital Congress at the end of the year. You will also need a good internet connection.
Yes, all activities for the programme are online except for the World Hospital Congress.
The programme runs from May to November each year.
Participants may be eligible for a grant from the Dr Kim Trust Fund to enable them to attend the World Hospital Congress.