Meet the team

The International Hospital Federation is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland.

Our amazing team

Our talented team bring a wealth of experience in hospital management, healthcare, and specialisms including events, communications, and skills development.


Ana Rubio Ruiz

Membership and Administrative Officer

Ana is responsible for the administrative function supporting the IHF team, as well as for the community of IHF Members and the governance bodies.

Anaïs Laigle

Programme Manager

Anaïs ​[anaˈis] manages outreach to current and potential members, coordinates governance activities, and supports training activities, such as the Young Executive Leaders programme.

Andy Garman

Andrew Garman

Senior Leadership Development Advisor | Geneva Sustainability Centre

Andrew (Andy) is an industrial psychologist, professor, award-winning author and educator – bringing decades of experience facilitating learning programmes to his consultancy role.

Aoife Kirk

Project Officer | Geneva Sustainability Centre

Aoife [ee-fa] manages projects for learning development focusing on sustainable healthcare.


Carmen Menéndez

Project Officer | Geneva Sustainability Centre

Carmen supports the development and activities of the Geneva Sustainability Centre, coordinating its projects and international collaborations.

Prof. Edda Weimann

Director – Learning Programmes | Geneva Sustainability Centre

Edda directs the development and delivery of an executive-focused learning programme and its faculty, including masterclasses, study tours and peer learning.

Eleonor Angeles

Awards and Programme Manager

Eleonor manages the annual IHF Awards and the Dr Kim Trust Fund, and provides marketing and sponsorship support for the World Hospital Congress.

Farrah Geddes

Communications and Marketing Manager

Farrah manages communications and marketing campaigns to support a variety of activities and programmes across the IHF and Geneva Sustainability Centre.

Ilona Johnston

Programme Lead

Ilona manages programmes and projects in special interest areas, such as digital health, female leadership in healthcare, and big data.

Karen Cabuyao

Karen Odessa Cabuyao

Events and Communications Officer

Karen supports the logistics and promotion of events and webinars, and manages digital content creation (website, podcasts, videos, WHC app).

Katherine Bennett

Senior Communications Manager

Katherine is responsible for the IHF and Geneva Sustainability Centre’s strategic communications and engagement activities across all work programmes and channels.

Linda Clark

Linda Clark

Director of Professional Development

Linda leads the training and development initiatives of the IHF Faculty, as well as coordinating events and membership activities across the Middle East region.


Mylene Dayola

Communications and Design Officer

Mylene (Myles) manages social media campaigns and creative content for programmes and events for the IHF and Geneva Sustainability Centre.


Patricia Mencias

Events Consultant

Patricia is a part-time consultant to the Events team for development of the annual World Hospital Congress and virtual events.


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.

Ryan Crowder

Programme Lead – Strategic Initiatives

Ryan manages partnerships related to programmes and resources as well as commercial strategies for the IHF and the Geneva Sustainability Centre.

Sara Perazzi

Senior Partnership and Programme Manager

Sara leads strategic liaison activities with international partners, advocacy initiatives, and networks such as the Association Leaders Circle.

Sonia Roschnik

Sonia Roschnik

Executive Director | Geneva Sustainability Centre

Sonia provides strategic leadership, with responsibility for the development and implementation of the Geneva Sustainability Centre’s vision, goals and workplan, and management of its operations.

Sylvia Basterrechea

Sylvia Basterrechea

Programme Lead | Geneva Sustainability Centre

Sylvia manages strategy and engagement related to leadership for sustainability, as well as the IHF’s international framework of healthcare leadership competencies.

What we do

Connect internationally

We provide our members with a platform for knowledge exchange and networking with different actors in the health sector. Motivated by a shared commitment to well-managed hospitals, our members act together to improve the standard, quality, and level of healthcare service delivery.

Knowledge exchange

Connect at the annual World Hospital Congress, virtual events, and study tours. Special interest groups focus on the key issues for today’s hospital managers. Annual IHF Awards recognize and share good practice.

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Leadership development

Dedicated groups for association leaders, and women in leadership, a development programme for young executives, and a leadership competencies framework.

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Outreach and partnerships

Advocacy and international collaborations help us to carry out our work more effectively and find creative solutions to support our members facing a variety of challenges.

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Geneva Sustainability Centre

Driving net zero, climate resilient, and sustainable health systems: supporting hospitals to become leaders for sustainability in their communities.

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