Governance

The structure of our governance includes an Executive Committee, Governing Council, and General Assembly.

The General Assembly is the formal decision-making body of the IHF. During the annual General Assembly meeting, members are invited to take decisions concerning the organization's strategy, the annual membership dues etc. All IHF members are invited to participate in the General Assembly but only Full Members have the right to vote.

The Executive Committee oversees the operations of the IHF in between meetings of the Governing Council. The Executive Committee is composed of 4 people, usually the President, the immediate Past President, the President-Designate, and the Treasurer.

The Governing Council is composed of 25 elected members and meets three times per year to oversee the affairs of the IHF, within the boundaries set by the General Assembly. The Chair of the Governing Council is the IHF President.

The Audit and Finance Committee is the body for determining and approving budgetary and revenue policies and processes. It is composed of the Treasurer and four additional members from the Governing Council.

Our Honorary Members are Past Presidents and former Governing Council Members who are elected to serve as ambassadors of the IHF. In this way, our Honorary Members continue to formally contribute their healthcare expertise and institutional knowledge to the strategic development of the IHF.

Amb Dr Abdulsalam Al Madani

Honorary Member

Dr Abdul Salam Al Madani is the Chairman of INDEX Holding, a global healthcare business management company. INDEX is one of the host organisations for...

Amb Dr Abdulsalam Al Madani

Honorary Member

Amb. Dr Abdulsalam Al Madani is the Chairman of INDEX Holding, a leading global healthcare business management company. INDEX was one of the host organisations for the 45th World Hospital Congress to take place in Dubai.

Amb. Dr. Al Madani holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in Health Care Management and a Masters in Hospital Management. He also holds Ph.D. and Honorary Degree in Humanities. He is leading several organisations as a Chairman such as; International Congress for Health Specialties (ICHS) established in United Kingdom, DIHAD Sustainable Humanitarian Foundation, DIHAD Humanitarian College , Anti- Smoking International Alliance, and an Executive Chairman of the Global Scientific Dental Alliance (GSDA) and Global Family Medicine Scientific Alliance (GFMSA).
In his pursuit of encouraging awareness of various healthcare domains and in a bid to connect the global healthcare fraternity for a larger community welfare goal, Amb. Dr. Al Madani initiated and is the founder of world-renowned events such as AEEDC Dubai , Dubai Derma and DUPHAT. Amb. Dr. Al Madani lead the formation of the Waterfalls Initiative for Continuous Education from UAE to the World, a global not-for-profit initiative that aims to deliver continuous education to 1 million specialists through free online webinars that was supported and announced by the UAE Government.

In addition to his professional role, Amb. Dr. Al Madani holds the position as the (Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean) PAM Roving Ambassador for the GCC Region, and was the First Emirati to receive the PAM Personality Award. He is the author of the book “Life in 20 pages” a book that summarizes the years of leadership, experience and success that encourages positivity and happiness.

Being actively committed to Corporate Social Responsibility, Amb. Dr Al Madani’s philanthropic achievements have led to wide recognition within the UAE and internationally. Amb. Dr Al Madani has received appreciation and acknowledgment from HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Ruler of Dubai (Dubai Appreciation Award for Community Service in the corporate category and for organizing the first successful meeting of the IMF Board of Governors), He was Awarded with Community Service Medal by H.H. Lieutenant General Sheikh Saif Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior for unique contribution and great effort in supporting the local initiative which strengthens the position of the United Arab Emirates on an International level and for the contribution to the success of AQDAR World Summit Moscow, Further, he received an award from the State of New York, Office of the Governor, Mr George Pataki for distinguished contribution to the Dental Community through organizing the specialized AEEDC Dubai annually.

Mr Alexander S. PREKER

Mr Alexander S. Preker

Honorary Member

Mr Preker is President and CEO of the Health Investment & Financing Corporation and a Founding Member of the New York Chapter of the Keiretsu...

Mr Alexander S. PREKER

Mr Alexander S. Preker

Honorary Member

Mr Preker is President and CEO of the Health Investment & Financing Corporation and a Founding Member of the New York Chapter of the Keiretsu Forum and LLP with Keiretsu Capital. He is a Commissioner with the Global Commission on Pollution, Health and Development. Mr Preker is also a Member of the Board of the USA HealthCare Alliance and several healthcare companies.

Up until 2019, he was Chair of the Editorial Advisory Board for the IHF Journal.

Mr Preker has had a distinguished career, working at different times for International Bank of Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), International Development Association (IDA), International Finance Corporation (IFC) and World Health Organization (WHO).

He is an Executive Scholar at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, an Adjunct Associate Professor of public policy at New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Policy and an Adjunct Associate Professor for Health Care Management at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University in New York. In the past he has taught at the Berkeley/Cambridge and McGill University in Montreal. He was previously on the External Advisory Board for the Health Group at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Mr Preker has published extensively, having written many scientific articles and authored of over fifteen books.

Dr Andrei Issakov

Honorary Member

Dr Issakov has worked in clinical practice and public health for over 40 years, including at the World Health Organization.

Dr Andrei Issakov

Honorary Member

Andrei Issakov has worked in clinical practice and public health for over 40 years. He received his Medical Degree (with honours) from Pirogov’s Russian Medical University in Moscow, and then specialized in surgery, medical education, and public health in USSR and UK. He holds Ph.D. in Paediatric Surgery, and Master's Degree in Public Health. Before joining World Health Organization in 1985, he has occupied a number of clinical, academic and administrative positions at Pirogov’s Russian Medical University and Filatov’s Children's Teaching Hospital in Moscow.

Working with WHO Headquarters in Geneva between 1985 and 2009, as Program Manager and Unit Head, he has provided leadership and significantly contributed to several key areas of WHO program activities such as development and strengthening of health systems, health sector reform, health policy and systems research, organization and management of health service delivery, quality of care, patient safety, health facilities planning, health technology assessment and management. He successfully worked across all levels of the Organization and with various categories of stakeholders - governments, international organizations, donor agencies, academic and research institutions, professional associations, industry and civil society. He developed, mobilized funding, organized and implemented numerous complex multidisciplinary international projects in some 135 countries.

After leaving WHO in 2009, he established a private consulting firm Health Systems and Technology (HS&T) International Consulting based in Geneva, therefore continuing his active engagement in international health work.  He is also a Health Systems, Services and Technology Adviser to the Geneva-based company Global Healthcare Advisory SA, and is engaged with several international non-governmental organizations serving as a Member of Board of Trustees of Global Health Equity Foundation; Coordinator and Member of Executive Board of Swiss-Russian Health Forum; Member of Board of Directors of Commission for Advancement of Health Technology Management in Asia.

He is a member of some 25 international and national professional associations. He has been honoured with national and international professional awards and recognitions, including honorary life membership in several international professional societies, International Award from American College of Clinical Engineering for Leadership in Promoting and Advancing Quality in Healthcare Delivery, and USSR All-Union State “Komsomol” Award for Development of New Methods of Treatment in Paediatric Surgery. He has over 50 publications – books, book chapters, articles and conference abstracts on a wide range of public health issues.

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International Health Services Group, United States

Charles R. Evans, FACHE

President & CEO

As a Senior Advisor for Jackson Healthcare (JH), I have been involved with a JH company called VirtualMed Staff since its founding in 2011. This...

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International Health Services Group, United States

Charles R. Evans, FACHE

President & CEO

As a Senior Advisor for Jackson Healthcare (JH), I have been involved with a JH company called VirtualMed Staff since its founding in 2011. This is a full-service telemedicine company specializing in psychiatry, neurology and hospital medicine at hospitals, clinics and medical groups across the United States. It combines clinical, technology and telemedicine expertise to provide partners with a full-service telemedicine solution.

My interest in joining the Telehealth SIG Committee is to participate with a “community” of experts in advancing the role of virtual healthcare globally.

Dr Erik Kreyberg Normann

Dr Erik Kreyberg Normann

Honorary Member

Dr Erik Kreyberg Normann has served as Treasurer, President Designate, President and Immediate Past President of the IHF. He is the President of The Norwegian...

Dr Erik Kreyberg Normann

Dr Erik Kreyberg Normann

Honorary Member

Dr Erik Kreyberg Normann has served as Treasurer, President Designate, President and Immediate Past President of the IHF. He is the President of The Norwegian Hospital and Health Service Association (NSH). Dr Normann now runs his own consultancy company, working with different healthcare institutions and municipalities in Norway.

Dr Normann trained as a Pediatrician but for the last 20 years he has mostly been employed in different management positions. He has been the CEO of several hospitals in Norway. He was also the CEO of The Oslo Municipal Child and Family Services; the child protection service, child and adolescent psychiatry and family services in Oslo.

Dr Normann has been the Director of the Department of Hospital Services in the Norwegian Directorate of Health, the Secretary-General of the Norwegian Air Ambulance Foundation and CEO of the largest private diagnostic imaging provider in Norway. He also ran a private emergency clinic for children.

Dr Normann also served as the President of both the UNICEF Norway and the Nordic Society on Child Abuse and Neglect.

Prof. Ferdinand Siem Tjam

Honorary Member

Ferdinand Siem Tjam is a Medical Doctor from Suriname and former staff of the World Health Organization.

Prof. Ferdinand Siem Tjam

Honorary Member

Ferdinand Siem Tjam is a Medical Doctor from Suriname with a Masters of Public Health Degree in Planning, Organization and Management of Mental Health Services from the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health, in Baltimore, Maryland. He is now retired from WHO but still active in teaching and consultancy work. His early professional experience in health care is in Emergency Medicine and Traumatology. He then joined the Government of Suriname as Inspector of Health (1974-1978) and served subsequently as Director of the Ministry of Health in Suriname (1978-1983).

From 1983 until retiring in 2003, he was a staff member of the World Health Organization Headquarters in Geneva. His main occupation was studying, and advising on the development and administration of health systems and services in Developing Countries, with special emphasis on hospital services as integral part of Health Systems Development and Public Health Administration, their management at Local, District and National level, related hospital technologies, and Quality Assurance and Accreditation of Health Services Delivery.

Main activities: Providing Governing Bodies and Member States of the WHO with information on areas of responsibility. Analyze global trends and study salient events, and serve as a global resource person on areas of responsibility.

Major subjects of work: Organization and management of District Health Systems, Emergency Medical Systems, Selected issues in the Organization and Management of individual medical care services.

Since 2010 teaching International Public Health at the Taipei Medical University.

Languages: Dutch and English: academic level; Surinamese national language; French and German at semi-academic level; Spanish and Mandarin at primary conversation level; Hakka Chinese: mother tongue.

Interest and hobbies: Accumulated 3700 plus hours flying as jungle pilot, flight instructor, part-time company pilot and private pilot (US Airline Transport Pilot, Suriname Professional and Swiss Private pilot license). Classical music and folk music from China, Latin America and the Caribbean, India and Indonesia (Gamelang and Keroncong), played classic guitar, did sport shooting, hunting and fishing, study of political and military history, ancient arms and armament and the collecting of modern firearms,.

Dr Francisco Balestrin

Dr Francisco Balestrin

Honorary Member

Dr Balestrin is a board member of the Brazilian National Association of Private Hospitals (ANAHP) and Executive Vice President and Corporate Chief Medical Officer of...

Dr Francisco Balestrin

Dr Francisco Balestrin

Honorary Member

Dr Balestrin is a board member of the Brazilian National Association of Private Hospitals (ANAHP) and Executive Vice President and Corporate Chief Medical Officer of the VITA’s Hospital Group.

He served as IHF President from 2017 to 2019, and was the Past President in 2020.

Dr Balestrin has a degree in Medicine and completed his medical residency in Health Administration at the Hospital das Clínicas of the Medical School of the University of São Paulo (USP). He specialized in Public Health at the School of Public Health of the University of São Paulo (USP) and specialized in Health Administration at the Business School of Fundação Getúlio Vargas, (FGV) of São Paulo.

Dr Balestrin holds the title of Specialist in Health Administration from the Brazilian Medical Association (AMB).

Mr Gerard Vincent

Mr Gerard Vincent

Honorary Member

Mr Vincent served as IHF President from 2005 to 2007. Now retired, he has had a distinguished career in public health management. Notably, he became...

Mr Gerard Vincent

Mr Gerard Vincent

Honorary Member

Mr Vincent served as IHF President from 2005 to 2007.

Now retired, he has had a distinguished career in public health management. Notably, he became Chief Executive of Hotel Dieu de Paris hospital in 1977, aged 29. He went on to work as Director for Hospitals at the Ministry of Health, where he was in charge of a massive reform of the French hospital sector. This led to his role as Social Affairs General Inspector. He remains involved in healthcare as President of the Fondation Santé Service, an organization specialized in homecare in France.

He went on to become Director General of the French Hospital Federation and later President of the Standing Committee of the Hospitals of the European Union from 2002 to 2005.

Mr Vincent holds a diploma in Hospital Management from the National School of Public Health (Rennes, France), a degree in Political Science and a Master of Arts (Grenoble, France).

Dr Gillian Morgan

Honorary Member

Dame Gillian Morgan is the former Permanent Secretary of the Welsh Assembly Government and former Chief Executive of the NHS Confederation.

Dr Gillian Morgan

Honorary Member

Dame Gill Morgan becomes Chair of the Alzheimer’s Society in October 2013. She currently chairs the Clinical Board of the London Cancer Alliance and is Non-executive Chair of Compliwithus.

She was Permanent Secretary of the Welsh Assembly Government for over 4 years with responsibility for the 20 areas of devolved policy and a budget of £15bn.

Prior to this she was Chief Executive of the NHS Confederation for 6 years, ran a health Authority in Devon and was a Director of Public Health.

Gill is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and the Faculty of Public Health, a Member of the Royal College of General Practitioners and a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute. She holds an honorary doctorate in Science from the City of London University.

Gill was also the President of the Institute of Health Services Management in 1997-98.

She has served on a large number of national committees and working groups and is a past President of the International Hospital Federation.

Gill was appointed DBE in June 2004.

Dr Guillermo Fajardo-Ortiz

Dr Guillermo Fajardo-Ortiz

Honorary Member

Dr Guillermo Fajardo-Ortiz is a professor of health services management at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). He served as IHF President in 1985.

Dr Guillermo Fajardo-Ortiz

Dr Guillermo Fajardo-Ortiz

Honorary Member

Dr Guillermo Fajardo-Ortiz is a professor of health services management at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). He served as IHF President in 1985.

Dr Fajardo-Ortiz trained as a medical surgeon (UNAM) and holds a Master in Hospital Administration (University of Minnesota). He is also a Doctor in Medicine History (Autonomous University of Puebla).

Dr Fajardo-Ortiz has been president of the Mexican Hospital Association and was the first director of the Latin-American Hospital Association (Buenos Aires, Argentina). He has written more than 300 articles and 10 books about health management, and has won several awards from Mexican and Latin-American institutions.

Dr Fajardo-Ortiz served as a short-term consultant of the Pan-American Health Organization and the World Health Organization in Argentina, Chile, Cuba, Bolivia and Venezuela. He has also been a professor and acting director of the Inter-American Center of Social Security Studies.

Dr Fajardo-Ortiz has dedicated himself to healthcare services in Mexico alongside his extensive research. He has received many honours and awards for his contributions, including having a hospital in Mexico City named after him.

Dr Juan Carlos Linares

Dr Juan Carlos Linares

Honorary Member

Dr Linares is the President of the Latin America Hospital Federation. He is also the Vice President of the Argentine Chamber of Healthcare Companies and...

Dr Juan Carlos Linares

Dr Juan Carlos Linares

Honorary Member

Dr Linares is the President of the Latin America Hospital Federation. He is also the Vice President of the Argentine Chamber of Healthcare Companies and President of the Hospital and Clinics Federation of Buenos Aires.

He served on the IHF Governing Council for six years and was elected Treasurer before becoming an IHF Honorary Member.

Dr Linares previously served as Vice President of the Argentinian Hospital and Clinics Confederation, where he led working groups on education and accreditation programs aiming to improve the quality of healthcare services. In 2017 he became Vice President of CENAS (Specialized National Center for Regulation and Accreditation in Health).

Dr Linares trained as a Medical Doctor and later completed a Master in Business Management. He has published a variety of scientific and research papers and has lectured at several national and international congresses and scientific meetings. He also leads a teaching programme aimed at improving the training of hospital staff in the Province of Buenos Aires.

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Dr Juan Pablo Uribe

Honorary Member

Dr Juan Pablo Uribe is the Global Director for Health Nutrition and Population at the World Bank and Director of the Global Financing Facility for...

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Dr Juan Pablo Uribe

Honorary Member

Dr Juan Pablo Uribe is the Global Director for Health Nutrition and Population at the World Bank and Director of the Global Financing Facility for Women Children and Adolescents (GFF).

Previously, Dr Uribe was the CEO of Healthcare Providers for United Healthcare/Banmédica for Chile and Peru and served from 2018 to 2019 as Minister of Health and Social Protection of Colombia. Prior to that, he was the Director General of the Fundación Santa Fe de Bogotá, a leading organization in Colombia working in healthcare, health education and public health. Between 2009 and 2011, he was the World Bank’s Health Sector Manager for East Asia and the Pacific.

In his career, first as a medical doctor specializing in public health and public administration, and later in both public and private sector organizations, Dr Uribe has contributed significantly to the development of public health, health systems and public policies.

Dr José Carlos de Souza ABRAHÃO

Dr José Carlos de Souza Abrahão

Chairman

Dr Abrahão is President of the Brazilian National Health Agency (ANS). Dr Abrahão served as President of the IHF from 2009 to 2011. He is...

Dr José Carlos de Souza ABRAHÃO

Dr José Carlos de Souza Abrahão

Chairman

Dr Abrahão is President of the Brazilian National Health Agency (ANS).

Dr Abrahão served as President of the IHF from 2009 to 2011. He is now Chairman of the Honorary Members Circle.

He has also served as Chairman of the National Health Confederation (CNS) and President of the Hospitals Federation of the Rio de Janeiro State (FEHERJ).

Dr Abrahão is a pediatrician and has a specialization in Hospital Management and an Executive MBA in Management from Coppead (UFRJ).

Dr Abrahão holds the Medal of Legal Merit, granted by the Board of Deputies of the National Congress, the Tiradentes Medal from the Legal Assembly of Rio the Janeiro (Alerj) and the Merit Medal of Judicial Law Court of Rio de Janeiro.

Dr Kwang Tae Kim

Dr Kwang Tae Kim

Honorary Member

During his IHF presidency (2013–2015), Dr Kim initiated the IHF Awards Programme to promote IHF’s visibility and its role as a knowledge hub. Dr Kim...

Dr Kwang Tae Kim

Dr Kwang Tae Kim

Honorary Member

During his IHF presidency (2013–2015), Dr Kim initiated the IHF Awards Programme to promote the IHF’s visibility and its role as a knowledge hub.

Dr Kim trained as a general surgeon before moving into healthcare administration. He was elected President of the Asian Hospital Federation (2008–2009) and President of the Korean Hospital Association (2003–2004). Since 1969, he has served as Chairman of Daerim Saint Mary’s Hospital, Republic of Korea.

Alongside his healthcare roles, Dr Kim demonstrates his dedication to the community through over 40 years of Rotary Club membership. He served on Rotary International’s Board of Directors from 2005 to 2007.

Dr Kim enjoys wide recognition from the Korean government for his services to healthcare.

Dr Lawrence Lai

Dr Lawrence Lai

Honorary Member

Dr Lawrence Lai was an IHF Governing Council Member for six years before becoming an Honorary IHF Member in 2015. Dr Lai is currently Special...

Dr Lawrence Lai

Dr Lawrence Lai

Honorary Member

Dr Lawrence Lai was an IHF Governing Council Member for six years before becoming an Honorary IHF Member in 2015.

Dr Lai is currently Special Advisor to the Hong Kong University-Shenzhen Hospital, Honorary Professor of the Medical Faculty, University of Hong Kong, Consultant to the Macau Health Bureau and ISQua expert.

Dr Lai has also been actively involved in the work of the Asian Hospital Federation (AHF). He was elected President for two terms and is currently member of the AHF Trust Fund.

Dr Lai received various awards during his career, including the 40th Anniversary Gold Medal by the Australian Council of Healthcare Standards (ACHS) and the Bronze Bauhinia Star by the Hong Kong Government in 2009.

Dr Leke Pitan

Dr Leke Pitan

Honorary Member

In 2005, Dr Pitan (MBBS, MPH) became the first African Member of the IHF Governing Council, representing Nigeria. During this period, Dr Pitan served two...

Dr Leke Pitan

Dr Leke Pitan

Honorary Member

In 2005, Dr Pitan (MBBS, MPH) became the first African Member of the IHF Governing Council, representing Nigeria. During this period, Dr Pitan served two consecutive terms as Treasurer.

Dr Pitan has served in various capacities. He is a member of the Forum on Evidence-based Health Policy-making of the Nigerian Academy of Science and  is Chairman of the Project Advisory Committee of the Ford Foundation’s Health Journalists’ Immersion Program Maternal, Child and Newborn Health. He is also Executive Director of the Pitman-UK training Centre in Nigeria.

Dr Pitan studied medicine at the University of Ibadan (Oyo state, Nigeria) and holds a Master in Public Health from the Lagos State University.

Dr Pitan has had a varied career in administrative, clinical and political roles, including serving as the Honorable Commissioner for Health (Lagos State, Nigeria). He was previously Chief Medical Director of the Mayowa Hospital in Lagos. 

Dr Pitan is a winner of the National Merit Awards of the Nigerian Medical Association and the Association of General and Private Medical Practitioners of Nigeria, respectively.

Dr René Peters

Dr René Peters

Honorary Member

Dr Peters served on the IHF Governing Council between 2003 and 2009, before being appointed an Honorary Member. After completing simultaneous degrees in Medicine and...

Dr René Peters

Dr René Peters

Honorary Member

Dr Peters served on the IHF Governing Council between 2003 and 2009, before being appointed an Honorary Member.

After completing simultaneous degrees in Medicine and Law, Dr Peters served a stint as a conscript military physician in the Royal Netherlands Army. He later pursued a managerial career in healthcare.

He spent almost two decades in managerial and (chief) executive positions at a number of general hospitals and other healthcare facilities.

Dr Peters served as vice-chairman of the board of the Netherlands Hospital Association (NVZ). He was also actively involved in the foundation and subsequent governance of the Netherlands Institute for Accreditation in Healthcare (NIAZ) and the Netherlands Institute for IT in Healthcare (NICTIZ).

Internationally, he served on the Executive Committee of the European Hospital and Healthcare Federation (HOPE).

After a sabbatical in 2004, he started a private practice as a consultant on governance, strategic issues and executive interim management.

Dr Peters’ charitable work includes board membership of Amnesty International NL and the Netherlands Institute for Human Rights and Medical Assessment (iMMO).

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Dr Risto Miettunen

Honorary Member

Dr Risto Miettunen was the President of the International Hospital Federation from November 2019 to November 2021. He has retired as Emeritus Chief Executive Officer...

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Dr Risto Miettunen

Honorary Member

Dr Risto Miettunen was the President of the International Hospital Federation from November 2019 to November 2021. He has retired as Emeritus Chief Executive Officer of Kuopio University Hospital District in Finland where he was in charge of the preparation and implementation of board approved strategies, and ensuring quality care and service delivery, education, and research. He has been granted the honorary title of Sairaalaneuvos by the President of Finland.

Dr Miettunen started his career as a medical doctor and radiologist with a doctorate in medical physics before moving into high level international roles in the global medical engineering and pharmaceutical industries, later transitioning to healthcare leadership.

He is a well-known international speaker and lecturer on healthcare, and a senior technical advisor in quality standards development. He is currently acting as a Visiting Adjunct Professor for the University of Colorado Denver on international health, and as an affiliated scholar at the University of Eastern Finland.

Dr Miettunen joined the IHF Governing Council in 2013 and became Treasurer and a member of the Executive Committee in 2015. He was then elected President of the IHF in 2019, representing the Finnish Association of Local and Regional Authorities. As the Chairman of the Executive Committee and of the Governing Council, he played an essential role in IHF’s governance.

Mr Rulon Stacey

Mr Rulon Stacey

Honorary Member

Dr Rulon Stacey is the Program Director for Graduate Programs in Health Administration at the University of Colorado Denver Business School. Dr Stacey is currently...

Mr Rulon Stacey

Mr Rulon Stacey

Honorary Member

Dr Rulon Stacey is the Program Director for Graduate Programs in Health Administration at the University of Colorado Denver Business School. Dr Stacey is currently supporting the IHF’s Young Executive Leadership Programme.

During his career, Dr Stacey has served as CEO of several different health systems, including Fairview Health System in Minneapolis and the Poudre Valley Health System (PVHS) in Fort Collins, Colorado. Under Dr Stacey’s leadership, PVHS became one of the first healthcare companies to receive the United States’ most prestigious quality award, The Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.

Additionally, Dr Stacey has served as the Chair of the Board of Governors for the American College of Healthcare Executives, and was appointed by three different United States Secretaries of Commerce to multiple terms as the Chair of the Board of Overseers of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. Dr Stacey was twice selected by Modern Healthcare as one of the top 100 most influential people in US healthcare.

Dr Ton Krol

Honorary Member

Dr Krol is a former IHF President from 1999 to 2001.

Dr Ton Krol

Honorary Member

Ton Krol, who was born in 1946, graduated from the University of Groningen in the behavioural sciences, specialising in clinical studies, before taking a post-doctoral programme in economics and organisational studies at the University of Amsterdam. He also took the Management for Hospital Directors study programme.

From 1971, he worked in various managerial positions in healthcare institutions. In 1985, he became the chairman of the Dutch Association of Healthcare Providers for People with Disabilities and the vice-chairman of the Nationale Ziekenhuis Raad (‘national hospital board’), before becoming its chairman in 1991. The Nationale Ziekenhuis Raad, which later became the Nederlandse Zorg Federatie (‘Dutch healthcare federation’), was the umbrella organisation that represented the interests of every hospital, psychiatric hospital, nursing home, and disability healthcare organisation in the Netherlands. As an employers’ organisation, it was responsible for the conditions of employment of around 500,000 people in the more than 1,000 institutions. Its tasks also included representing the interests of the sector and influencing legislation in the Netherlands. The position of chairman, which Ton Krol held until 1999, entailed many national and international representative responsibilities. From 1992 until 1999, for example, he was a member of the Executive Committee of the Confederation of Netherlands Industry and Employers (VNO-NCW), and between 1996 and 1999 a member of the Social and Economic Council of the Netherlands (SER). His international positions included that of member of the Executive Committee of the Standing Committee for Hospitals in Europe.

From 1991 until 1993, he was a member of the Governing Council of the International Hospital Federation, based in London. He was subsequently re-elected in 1995, before being elected to the Executive Committee in 1997. In the period up to 2003, he was the President-Designate (1997-1999), President (1999-2001), and Immediate Past President (2001-2003). During his presidency, the organisation relocated from London to the region of Geneva.

In 2001, he became an honorary member of the South American Hospital Federation, and an honorary member of the International Hospital Federation in 2003.

Since 1999, he has held a large number of supervisory board positions in a variety of major companies and hospitals, housing companies, pension funds, and others. Today, he is still the president of the supervisory boards of five large companies, which are involved in the construction, insurance, and investment sectors, among others.

Ton Krol has been married to Thea since 1969; they have two children and six grandchildren.

In 1996, he was awarded the honour of Officer in the Order of Orange-Nassau.

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Dr Thomas C. Dolan

Honorary Member

Thomas C. Dolan, PhD, FACHE, FASAE, is President Emeritus of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). Before his appointment as President and CEO, he...

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Dr Thomas C. Dolan

Honorary Member

Thomas C. Dolan, PhD, FACHE, FASAE, is President Emeritus of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE).

Before his appointment as President and CEO, he served as ACHE’s Executive Vice President. Prior to joining ACHE, he held a variety of teaching, research and administrative positions at various universities.

Dr Nolan served as President of the IHF from 2011 to 2013.

Dr Nolan has chaired or been president of a wide range of healthcare management boards, including the American Society of Association Executives and the Institute for Diversity in Health Management. He is a board member of Volunteers of America.

He is board certified in healthcare management and a Fellow of both the American College of Healthcare Executives and the American Society of Association Executives. Dr Dolan is also a Certified Association Executive. He received his doctorate in hospital and health administration from the University of Iowa and his bachelor’s degree from Loyola University Chicago.

Dr Tsuneo Sakai

Honorary Member

Dr Sakai is an Honorary President of Japan Hospital Association. He is the former President of Seirei Hamamatsu General Hospital in Hamamatsu, Japan. 

Dr Tsuneo Sakai

Honorary Member

Dr. Sakai is President of Japan Hospital Cooperative, Inc. and Honorary President of Japan Hospital Association. He is the former President of Seirei Hamamatsu General Hospital in Hamamatsu, Japan.

He specializes in Neurosurgery. He graduated from Chiba University School of Medicine in 1970 and had a full neurosurgical training at State University of New York, Upstate Medical Center, Syracuse, USA.

Dr Yeoh Eng-kiong

Honorary Member

Dr Yeoh Eng Kiong was the first Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Hospital Authority.

Dr Yeoh Eng-kiong

Honorary Member

Dr Yeoh Eng Kiong was the Secretary for Health and Welfare between 1999 and 2002, Secretary for Health, Welfare and Food and a member of the Executive Council between 2002 and 2004 in the Hong Kong Government.

He studied medicine at Faculty of Medicine, the University of Hong Kong. After a 19-year career at Hong Kong government hospitals, he became the first Chief Executive of the newly formed Hospital Authority in 1990.

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