Young Executive Leaders

Annual programme for selected young executives to improve their management and leadership skills and network internationally.

Share insights across a global community

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.

About our programme partner

WittKieffer

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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.

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What our members say

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What our members say

Mega Febrianora

Indonesia, YEL 2022

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.

John Kueven

United States, YEL 2021

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.

Emil Ackerman

Finland, YEL 2021

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.

J. Antônio Cirino

Brazil, YEL 2021

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.

Urszula Szybowicz

Poland, 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.

Ming-Ju Tsai

Taiwan, YEL 2020

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.

Omar Rodríguez Forner

Spain, YEL 2020

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.

Scott Mortensen

United States, YEL 2019

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!

Daniel Wong

Hong Kong, YEL 2019

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.

David Ross

Canada, YEL 2019

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.

Guillaume Duriez

France, YEL 2019

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.

Melinda Bemis

United States, YEL 2019

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.

Abel Mwale

CFB Medical Centre, Zambia

Dr Abel Mwale

CMO and Head of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care
Young Executive Leaders 2022

IHF Member: Zambia Association of Private Hospitals. CMO and Head of Anaesthesia and Intensive care at CFB Medical Centre, combining clinical and administrative work.

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R-Jolad Hospital, Nigeria

Akolade Oni

Chief Operating Officer
Young Executive Leaders 2022

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.

Cynthia-Kanda

MP Shah Hospital, Kenya

Dr Cynthia Kanda

Deputy Chief Medical Officer
Young Executive Leaders 2022

IHF Member: MP Shah Hospital, Kenya. Both clinical and operational experience, shaping healthcare facilities to align their strategy with their clinical and business goals.

Idowu-Adebiyi

Lagoon Hospitals, Nigeria

Dr Idowu Adebiyi

Chief Operating Officer
Young Executive Leaders 2022

IHF Member: Lagos State Health Service Commission. Leads hospital operations, customer experience, facility operations, and strategic project execution and management.

Ms Miyele Kaliwanda

Medland Health Services, Zambia

Miyele Kaliwanda

Finance Director
Young Executive Leaders 2022

IHF Member: Medland Health Services, Zambia. Responsible for financial operations, instrumental in structuring the hospital’s finance department.

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Baines Intercare Medical Centre, Zimbabwe

Searchmore Chaparadza

Managing Director
Young Executive Leaders 2022

IHF Member: Baines Intercare Medical Centre, Zimbabwe. Pioneering groundbreaking services and the founder of a healthcare-centred consultancy firm project.

Theresia Mohere

Aga Khan Health Services, Tanzania

Theresia Mohere

Programme Manager
Young Executive Leaders 2022

IHF Member: Aga Khan Health Services. Manages donor-funded projects, a proposal development team and supports clinical and capacity building initiatives.

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One Brooklyn Health, USA

Alyeah Ramjit

System Vice President
Young Executive Leaders 2022

IHF Member: American College of Healthcare Executives. Ensures operational effectiveness, efficiency and synergy across personnel, programmes, cost centres and multiple sites of care.

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Royal Ottawa Health Care Group, Canada

Danielle Simpson

Director, Quality and Patient Safety
Young Executive Leaders 2022

IHF Member: HealthCareCAN. Oversees the quality, patient safety, and infection prevention and control portfolio at a large mental health tertiary care hospital.

Kean

Children’s Health System of Texas, USA

Kean Villarta

Manager, Programme Development and Project Management
Young Executive Leaders 2022

IHF Member: American College of Healthcare Executives. Leads and manages systemwide projects in construction, healthcare compliance and accreditation, clinical operations, and IT.

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McGill University Health Center, Canada

Pierre-Marc Legris

Director, Technical Services
Young Executive Leaders 2022

IHF Member: HealthCareCAN. Responsible for technical services, including biomedical engineering, facilities management, emergency measures and sustainable development.

Dina El-Maghraby

Saudi German Hospital, Cairo, Egypt

Dr Dina El-Maghraby

Technical Office Manager
Young Executive Leaders 2022

IHF Member: Saudi German Health. Works along with the Regional Director of Saudi German Hospitals Egypt and North Africa at a strategic level.

Iman-Al-Nadabi

The Royal Hospital, Oman

Iman Al Nadabi

Section Head of Training and Continuing Professional Development
Young Executive Leaders 2022

IHF Member: Ministry of Health Oman. Leads the implementation of training towards the strategic goals aligned to the mission and vision of the hospital.

Imtiaz-Hussain

Aga Khan Medical Center Gilgit, Pakistan

Imtiaz Hussain

Manager Infection control and prevention
Young Executive Leaders 2022

IHF Member: Aga Khan Health Services. Works as ICP manager, safe-care assessor, climate change and quality assurance representative since 2020.

Mohamed-Ameen

Saudi German Hospital, Cairo, Egypt

Dr Mohamed Ameen

Inpatient Manager
Young Executive Leaders 2022

IHF Member: Saudi German Health. Monitoring and improving KPIs, managing physician’s performance, productivity and behaviour, and managing patient satisfaction issues.

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Shaikh Khalifa Medical City, United Arab Emirates

Dr Moustafa Abdelwahab

Quality Manager – Clinical Quality and Patient Safety for Abu Dhabi Region
Young Executive Leaders 2022

IHF Member: Department of Health – Abu Dhabi. Focusing on performance management, clinical operations, patient safety, quality improvement, science and technology for healthcare delivery.

Nauman

Elegancia Healthcare, Qatar

Nauman Jan

Cluster Director – Strategy & Business Planning
Young Executive Leaders 2022

IHF Member: Elegancia Healthcare, Qatar. Member of the executive team and also serves as co-chair of the healthcare investment committee.

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The Royal Hospital, Oman

Dr Salwa AlUbaidani

Prenatal Genetic & PGD counsellor
Young Executive Leaders 2022

IHF Member: Ministry of Health Oman. Manages the hospital's preconception genetic counselling and PGD counselling clinics.

Shatha

Latifa Hospital, United Arab Emirates

Dr Shatha Bahutair

Chief resident doctor in obstetrics and gynecology
Young Executive Leaders 2022

IHF Member: Dubai Health Authority. Resident in the hospital's obstetrics and gynecology department since 2017.

Turki-AlMogbel

King Fahd Specialist Hospital, Buraydah, Saudi Arabia

Turki Abdullah AlMogbel

Hospital Director
Young Executive Leaders 2022

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.

Turki-Asiri

Khamis Mushayt Maternity and Children Hospital, Saudi Arabia

Turki Asiri

Hospital Director
Young Executive Leaders 2022

IHF Member: Ministry of Health Saudi Arabia. Hospital Director with a Masters in Public Health and Health Service Management.

Yosra-Al-Salami

Dibba-Fujairah Hospital, United Arab Emirates

Dr Yosra Al Salami

Assistant Director for Medical Affairs
Young Executive Leaders 2022

IHF Member: Emirates Health Services. Consultant in family medicine working as an assistant director for the hospital's medical affairs.

Giulia-Petrarulo

Unicancer, France

Giulia Petrarulo

Project Manager
Young Executive Leaders 2022

IHF Member: Unicancer, France. Responsible for managing communication projects and contributing to the development of Unicancer’s international relations.

Jan-Begenat

Kreiskliniken Reutlingen GmbH, Germany

Jan Begenat

Executive Assistant
Young Executive Leaders 2022

IHF Member: German Hospital Federation. Executive assistant in charge of the commercial management of the hospital's outpatient medical centres.

Jean-Stoefs

Cliniques Universitaires Saint-Luc, Belgium

Jean Stoef

Director Quality & Director Patient Administration
Young Executive Leaders 2022

IHF Member: Cliniques Universitaires Saint-Luc, Belgium. Director of both quality and patient administration.

John-Arnfinsen

Diakonhjemmet Hospita, Norway

John Laurence Arnfinsen

Deputy head of the Department of Patient Safety and Quality Assurance
Young Executive Leaders 2022

IHF Member: Norwegian Hospital and Health Service Association. Deputy lead of the hospital's department of patient safety and quality assurance since June 2019.

Lucy-Clements

NHS Surrey Heartlands Integrated Care System, United Kingdom

Lucy Clements

Health Integration Policy Lead
Young Executive Leaders 2022

IHF Member: NHS Confederation. Supports strategic and operational change across local healthcare and between the NHS and Local Government.

Luis

Centro Hospitalar do Médio Ave, EPE, Portugal

Dr Luis Andrade Moniz

Executive Administrator – Member of the Board of Administration
Young Executive Leaders 2022

IHF Member: Portuguese Association of Hospital Managers. Member of the board of directors since 2016, in charge of HR, patient management and legal.

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Parc Sanitari Sant Joan de Deu, Spain

Maria Rubio Valera

Head of Quality and Patient Safety
Young Executive Leaders 2022

IHF Member: Catalan Hospital, Health and Social Services Association. Head of the hospital's quality and patient safety unit.

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Vitos gGmbH, Germany

Nadja Köhler

Chief Data Protection Officer
Young Executive Leaders 2022

IHF Member: German Hospital Federation. Focused on implementation of GDPR and digitalization projects of the Vitos group.

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Fundacio Sanitaria Mollet, Spain

Dr Natalia Allué Orduña

Chief of Clinical Documentation
Young Executive Leaders 2022

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.

Olivier-Costa

UZ Brussel, Belgium

Olivier Costa

Staff Member in support of the Executive Committee
Young Executive Leaders 2022

IHF Member: UZ Brussel, Belgium. Involved in hospital-wide strategic projects e.g., coordination of the formulation of strategic plans by medical departments.

Vanessa-Ribeiro

Portuguese Association for Hospital Development

Vanessa Ribeiro

Head of Planning and Innovation
Young Executive Leaders 2022

IHF Member: Portuguese Association for Hospital Development. Leads planning and innovation at the Portuguese Association for Hospital Development.

William-Roberts

Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust, United Kingdom

William Roberts

Chief of Operations
Young Executive Leaders 2022

IHF Member: NHS Confederation. Director of Operations for the hospitals's division of surgery, anaesthetics and critical care.

Carmen

Tuen Mun Hospital/New Territories West Cluster, Hong Kong

Dr Carmen Lam

Consultant Anaesthetist
Young Executive Leaders 2022

IHF Member: Hong Kong Hospital Authority. Consultant anaesthetist and executive partner of Q&S Division in New Territories West Cluster.

Fathul

Cimacan GH; Faculty of Medicine, Universitas Padjadjaran/Dr Hasan Sadikin Central GH, Indonesia

Dr Fathul Huda

Head of Neurogical Service; Senior Lecturer
Young Executive Leaders 2022

IHF Member: Indonesian Hospital Association – PERSI. Head of Neurological Service, while still teaching and developing model for telemedicine in stroke.

Dr James Deiparine

Deiparine Community Hospital, Philippines

Dr James Deiparine

Medical Director
Young Executive Leaders 2022

IHF Member: Philippine Hospital Association. Structurally and financially growing a hospital whilst improving the provision of quality healthcare in a rural setting.

Jessica

SA Health – Central Adelaide Local Health Network, Australia

Jessica Gannon

Nurse Lead, Acute and Urgent Care Programme
Young Executive Leaders 2022

IHF Member: Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association. Responsible for the strategic and operational leadership, governance and oversight of several units.

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Indonesia

Dr Mega Febrianora

Cardiologist
Young Executive Leaders 2022

IHF Member: Paramarta Cardiovascular Hospital. Creator, innovater, and pioneer of the first preventive cardiology clinic in Indonesia.

Pritindira-Kaur

Apollo Hospitals, India

Pritindira Sachdeva

Lead Apollo Quality Programme and Regional Head Quality
Young Executive Leaders 2022

IHF Member: Apollo Hospitals. Responsible for implementation and monitoring of standards of clinical care, and compliance to healthcare accreditation.

Rizza

Davao Oriental Provincial Medical Center, Philippines

Rizza Jean Rivera

Supervising Administrative Officer
Young Executive Leaders 2022

IHF Member: Philippine Hospital Association. Leads the administrative and ancillary division of the hospital.

Tien-Ching-Lee

Kaohsiung Municipal Ta-Tung Hospital, Taiwan

Dr Tien-Ching Lee

Associate Consultant
Young Executive Leaders 2022

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.

Safia

Dubai Health Authority, United Arab Emirates

Dr Safia Alhammadi

Chief Resident
Young Executive Leader 2020

Chief Resident obstetrician as well as an Academic Days Adviser and lecturer teaching clinical skills to residents.

KUlrich

Juedisches Krankenhaus Berlin Service Company, Germany

Kristina Ulrich

Managing Director
Young Executive Leader 2020

Considers the biggest challenge to be a guiding leader, a role model who has a positive influence on each member of the team.

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Cristina Adroher

Health economist
Young Executive Leader 2020

Providing technical and strategic support to managers and leading projects in different healthcare organizations in the Catalan public health system.

MBemis

Sg2, United States of America

Melinda Bemis

Director, Strategic Analytics
Young Executive Leader 2019

Director of a performance analytics, intelligence, and consulting organization and lecturer in healthcare administration at the University of Minnesota.

RBogues

Cleveland Clinic, United Kingdom

Renee Bogues

Head of Activation
Young Executive Leader 2020

Leads the cross-functional programme team to activate a greenfield 184-bed hospital and outpatient facility in London, England.

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Vitos GmbH, Germany

Jonas Staudt

Head of Department
Young Executive Leader 2020

Part of the higher management: planning, improving and evaluating all healthcare initiatives for Vitos by screening current trends and challenges.

CObwaka

Kenya

Dr Christopher Obwaka

Young Executive Leader 2020

Committed to eliminating maternal mortality on the African continent, with a natural affinity for obstetrics and gynaecology.

DRoss

St. Joseph’s Health Care, Canada

David Ross

Director of Finance and Health Information Management
Young Executive Leader 2019

Chartered accountant with a passion for healthcare and helping patients by supporting clinical programmes to unleash their potential. 

Samar

Latifa Women and Children Hospital, United Arab Emirates

Dr Samar Almuntaser

Pediatric Neurologist
Young Executive Leader 2020

In charge of initiatives in quality improvement and key performance indicators related to the neurology services for optimal patient care and customer satisfaction.

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Spain

Omar Rodríguez Forner

Head of Nursing
Young Executive Leader 2020

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...

MCheng

Associate Consultant, General Surgery, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Hong Kong

Dr Mina Cheng

General Surgeon, Hong Kong
Young Executive Leader 2019

General surgeon in Queen Elizabeth Hospital, with special interest in vascular and trauma surgery.

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Grenoble Alpes University Hospital, France

Guillaume Duriez

Director of International Affairs, Fundraising and Innovative Patient Pathways
Young Executive Leader 2019

Building an international network of young senior health managers sharing the same interests and commitment to improve the health system of their own countries.

MBartolo

Centro Hospitalar de Leiria, Portugal

Mafalda Bártolo

Physical and Reabilitation Medicine (PRM) Service Director
Young Executive Leader 2020

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.

LValls

Hospital Sant Joan de Déu, Spain

Laura Lahuerta Valls

Leading nurse
Young Executive Leader 2020

In charge of research at Hospital Sant Joan de Déu and the leader of the Sant Joan de Déu Foundation nursing research line.

DWong

Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital, Hospital Authority

Dr Daniel Wong

Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecology
Young Executive Leader 2019

One of the youngest promoted consultants in the Hong Kong Hospital Authority, specialized in obstetrics and gynaecology.

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Fundació Sanitària Mollet, Spain

Marcel Pujol Borràs

Human Resources Director
Young Executive Leader 2019

One of my biggest concerns is how to manage the engagement of professionals, with clarity that high commitment is directly related to high performance.

VBraga

Portugal

Vanessa Braga

Young Executive Leader 2020

Registered nurse investing in academic training, specialization and masters studies, as well as opportunities to enrich my decision making and critical thinking.

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Póvoa de Varzim and Vila do Conde Hospital Center, Portugal

Rita Veloso

Executive member of the Board of Directors
Young Executive Leaders 2020

Digital stakeholder in many national and international organizations and a speaker on change management, people management, leadership and digital transformation.

SamHodder

Nova Scotia Health’s Mental Health and Addictions Programme, Canada

Samantha Hodder

Senior Director
Young Executive Leader 2019

Experience across the health continuum from ‘upstream’ health promotion/prevention strategies, brief/early intervention, to specialized treatment/recovery.

SMortensen

Intermountain Healthcare, United States of America

Scott W. Mortensen

Operations Officer for McKay-Dee Hospital and System Med/Surg Operating Lane
Young Executive Leader 2019

Joined YEL to gain a better perspective of what others are doing to improve health of their communities. 

STsai

Kaohsiung Medical University Hospital, Taiwan

Dr Ming-Ju (Siegfried) Tsai

Pulmonologist and intensive care physician
Young Executive Leader 2020

YEL is a great opportunity to network with young healthcare leaders and be inspired by healthcare and hospital information systems worldwide.

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Hospital of St John of God Vienna, Austria

Florian Trummer

Head of Operation Theatre
Young Executive Leader 2020

Managing about 100 staff as Head of Operation Theatre in the hospital of St John of God Vienna.

Hiba

The Royal Hospital, Oman

Hiba Al Naabi

Senior member of the Quality & Patient Safety team

At the largest tertiary care hospital in Oman. Hiba has a great passion for healthcare leadership and project management for patient safety.

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Vitos digital health Ltd, Germany

Laura Kuhlmann

CEO
Young Executive Leader 2020

CEO of Vitos Digital Health Ltd, responsible for the implementation of e-health solutions in the group's hospitals and other facilities.

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Hospital Prof. Doutor Fernando Fonseca, Portugal

Eduardo Castela

Hospital Manager
Young Executive Leader 2020

With YEL I’ve been learning, growing and, most of all, I truly believe in knowledge exchange as a fundamental path to new changes.

HaiHua

Taiwan

Hai-Hua Chuang

Young Executive Leader 2019

Mercy Clinic, USA

Dr Alison Curfman

Clinical Director of Pediatric Operations
Young Executive Leader 2021

Pediatric emergency medicine physician and Clinical Director of Pediatric Operations for the Mercy healthcare system.

McGill University Health Centre, Canada

Dawn Singerman

Director of Financial Resources
Young Executive Leader 2021

The youngest director in the history of the MUHC, in a role that involves contributing to organizational success.

Hong Kong Hospital Authority

Dr Christy Lam

Senior Manager (Strategy & Service Planning)
Young Executive Leader 2021

Leading a service planning team to formulate clinical services plans for major clusters of public hospitals in Hong Kong.

The Nairobi Hospital, Kenya

Bernard Gitonga Mutai

Senior Nurse
Young Executive Leaders 2021

Senior nurse and founder of Ja-Mbo Health, an online site on which promotes preventive health.

Regional Health Service, Madeira, Portugal

Cátia Ferreira

Executive Board Member
Young Executive Leader 2021

Board responsibilities include technological innovation, processes dematerialization and digital transformation.

Kanta-Häme Central Hospital, Finland

Dr Heikki Yli-Ollila

Head of Imaging
Young Executive Leader 2021

Part-time physician and researcher, mainly lead for radiology, clinical physiology and nuclear medicine.

Kaohsiung Medical University / Chung-Ho Memorial Hospital, Taiwan

Dr Hsin-Liang Liu

Secretary, Superintendent Office / Chief, Division of clinical skills, education and training
Young Executive Leader 2021

Emergency room physician and physician educator, specialized in emergency ultrasound and medical education.

Queensland Medical Rural Service, Australia

Dr Hwee Sin Chong

Executive Director
Young Executive Leader 2021

Responsible for medical professionalism; recruitment and performance of doctors, and strategic medical workforce issues.

Grey’s Hospital, KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health, South Africa

Dr Logandran Naidoo

Senior Manager – Medical Services
Young Executive Leader 2021

Manages medical and allied health services, over 600 doctors, allied health professionals and support staff.

Lagos State Health Service Commission, Nigeria

Dr Omolara Oyadotun

Assistant Director Medical Services
Young Executive Director 2021

Progressive experience in clinical and public health practice, and a passion for health promotion and preventive medicine.

Lagos State Health Service Commission, Nigeria

Dr Morenike Abidakun

Senior Medical Officer
Young Executive Leader 2021

Coordinating quality improvement activities and programmes on non-communicable diseases in secondary health facilities.

Ministry of Health and Prevention, Dubai, UAE

Dr Sara Al Shaya

Head of Specialized Care Services
Young Executive Leader 2021

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

Dr Sharon Wong

Chief Manager (Medical Grade)
Young Executive Leader 2021

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

Dr Shrikant Peters

Manager: Medical Services – Main Theatre, ICU & Anaesthesia
Young Executive Leader 2021

Manages the theatre and critical care functional business units, senior surgeons, anaesthetists, intensivists, and theatre and critical care nurses.

Royal Hospital, Oman

Fatma Al Jahwari

Head of Patient Safety and Risk Management
Young Executive Leader 2021

Involved with the quality team at the Ministry of Health in Oman to establish quality related policies and systems.

EmilAckerman

Tampere University Hospital, Finland

Emil Ackerman

Knowledge Architect
Young Executive Leader 2021

Leads information services and the development of knowledge management e.g. visual reporting and data analytics.

Agir – Health Management, Innovation and Results Association, Brazil

J. Antônio Cirino

Chief Compliance Officer
Young Executive Leader 2021

As well as compliance, a practising communicologist, quality manager, professor and health researcher.

Cleveland Clinic, USA

James Houser

Administrator of Hospital Medicine
Young Executive Leader 2021

Experience in hospital administration. quality and clinical effectiveness, and critical care nursing.

Wellstar Health System – Wellstar Paulding Hospital, USA

John Kueven

Senior Vice President and Hospital President
Young Executive Leader 2021

Incoming President, Georgia Association of Healthcare Executives, and Fellow of American College of Healthcare Executives.

Cleveland Clinic London, UK

Kushal Kadakia

Special Projects Manager, Office of the CEO
Young Executive Leader 2021

Previously worked at the US Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and US Food & Drug Administration.

Central Lisbon University Hospital, Portugal

Leandro Luis

Health Administrator
Young Executive Leader 2021

Coordinates the Clinical Informatization Local Commission, and the Transportation Management Unit.

Healthscope, Peninsula Private Hospital, Australia

Linda Jorgensen

Director of Nursing
Young Executive Leader 2021

Responsible for the delivery of clinical services, currently sits on the Nursing Governance Council.

Centro Hospitalar Universitario do Porto, Portugal

Márcio Reis

Hospital Manager
Young Executive Leader 2021

Responsible for the pharmaceutical, orthopedic and physical medicine, rehabilitation and sterilization services.

Farah Medical Campus, Jordan

Nadine Abu Kaoud

Senior Research & Development Specialist
Young Executive Leader 2021

More than 12 years' experience in the medical field, and involved with clinical research and development in studies.

Northwell Health, USA

Rachael Spooner

Vice President, Clinical Transformation
Young Executive Leader 2021

Helping the organization to embrace innovative care delivery models and improving patient outcomes through process improvement.

The Specialty Hospital, Jordan

Shereen Abu Manneh

Marketing and Business Development Manager
Young Executive Leader 2021

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

Sriram Ramachandran Sheshaadri

Vice President – Strategy
Young Executive Leader 2021

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

Sudha Pathak

Manager of Operations
Young Executive Leader 2021

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 Johansen

Director, Autism (Child Development and Community Services)
Young Executive Leader 2021

Taylor has worked in healthcare leadership in Canada, Ireland, and Australia. Her experience spans home care, social rehabilitation, and hospital services.

Polish Hospital Federation

Urszula Szybowicz

Chief Operation Officer
Young Executive Leader 2021

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

Zahra Najafi

Regional Coordinator, Health Programme
Young Executive Leader 2021

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 Bolster

WittKieffer (co-chair)

CJ Bolster

Managing Director for Global Operations

CJ is the IHF YEL Steering Committee. He is a highly regarded leader of Management Consulting and Executive Search firms.

Vanessa-Ribeiro

Portuguese Association for Hospital Development (co-chair)

Vanessa Ribeiro

Head of Planning and Innovation

Vanessa leads planning and innovation at the Portuguese Association for Hospital Development. She is a YEL Alumni (2022).

Ronald-Lavater

International Hospital Federation

Ronald Lavater

Chief Executive Officer

Ronald leads the IHF Secretariat, managing the team and its performance, with responsibility for all day-to-day activities, and executive reporting.

Taylor Johansen

Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO), Canada

Taylor Johansen

Director, Autism

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

Dr Jeffrey Helton

Academic Director of Health Programs and Clinical Assistant Professor

Jeffrey is an expert in healthcare financial operations management, healthcare process analysis and benchmarking, health information technology, and healthcare fraud detection.

Inga Walter

Wittkieffer

Inga Walter

Managing Director

Inga brings close to 15 years of global executive search experience for healthcare services, life sciences organizations as well as higher education institutions.

Financial support

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.

Can you offer support?

If you would like to support a YEL candidate to attend congress, you can make a donation to the Dr Kim Trust Fund.

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