Awards Committee

Dr Lawrence Lai (Chairman)

Honorary Member, International Hospital Federation (Hong Kong)

Dr Lai obtained his medical qualification in Hong Kong in 1970. He was promoted to Consultant Physician in 1980, Senior Assistant Director in the Medical and Health Department in 1982 and Deputy Director, Hospital Services Department of the Hong Kong Government in 1989.

Dr Lai joined the newly established Hospital Authority (HA) in 1991 and had held various senior positions since. He was appointed Cluster Chief Executive from 2005 to 2009 and was responsible for the overall management of Queen Mary Hospital, a teaching hospital, and 6 public Hospitals and other healthcare institutions in the Hong Kong West Cluster.

Representing HA, Dr Lai has been actively involved in the work of the Asian Hospital Federation (AHF). He was elected AHF President for two terms from 1999 to 2003 and immediate past President from 2003 to 2005. He continued to serve AHF as a member of Board of Governors from 2005 to 2011, and member of the AHF Study Group since 2012. Dr Lai has also been closely associated with IHF since 1999. He was elected IHF Governing Council Member in November 2005 for a six-year term, appointed Special Advisor for the Asia Pacific Region since January 2012 and Honorary Member since November 2015.

Dr Lai has been associated with the Australian Council of Healthcare Standards (ACHS) and been involved in the implementation of the Pilot Scheme of Hospital Accreditation in Hong Kong since 2009. He was bestowed the 40th Anniversary Gold Medal in 2014 by ACHS. He has also been associated with the International Society for Quality (ISQua) and was appointed ISQua expert in 2012.

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

For his service to Hong Kong and healthcare community, Dr Lai was awarded the Bronze Bauhinia Star by the Hong Kong Government in 2009.

Dr Bassim Al Bahrani

Director, National Oncology Center, Royal Hospital (Oman)

Dr. Bassim Al Bahrani is working as Director National Oncology Center, Royal Hospital Oman since 2010. Done advance training in Medical Oncology in Australia and earned a fellowship from the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. He is an honorary Fellow of the Royal College of physicians and surgeons of Glasgow, and Ph.D. from University of Rome Tor Vergata. He is a member of the European Society of Medical Oncology, American Society of Clinical Oncology, Gulf Federation for Cancer Control, and Medical Oncology group of Australia. He is an author of over 40 research articles published in peer-reviewed international journals.

Prof Carlos Pereira Alves

President, Portuguese Association for Hospital Development (Portugal)

(2016-) – President of the Portuguese Association for Hospital Development
2010-2015 – Member of Governing Council of the International Hospital Federation
2007-2009 – President of the “Sociedade Médica dos Hospitais Civis de Lisboa”.
2002-2015 – Vice Chairman of the Portuguese Association for Hospital Development
2000-2018 – Prof. of Surgery at the Lisbon Medical School (FCM-UNL)
1997-2004 – Hospital Director of the Hospital Subgroup Capuchos – Desterro – Arroios of Lisbon
1997 – Foreign Clinical Assistant – Saint Thomas Hospital – London
1985 – Founding Member of the Portuguese Society of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery
1984-1986 – Member of the Board of Directors of the College of General Surgery of the Ordem dos Médicos (Medical Portuguese Association).
1982 – Internship of Vascular Surgery at the Groupe Hospitalier Pitie – Salpetriere
1980-1995 – Medical Director of the Welcome Foundation
1979 – Internship of Vascular Surgery in Paris, at St. Joseph Hospital
1976 – Founding Member of the Portuguese Society of Surgery

2005 – Innovation in Payment Healthcare in Europe INSEAD
2004 – Accelerated Inspiration Program Innovation. INSEAD
2002 – Avira managers week course – Administration French School of Fontainebleau. INSEAD

2001 – Honorary Member of Societie Françaiise de Phlebologie
1990 – Fellow of the American College of Surgeons
1986 – Overseas Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine and of the Venous Forum

Author of several published medical papers and Vein Diseases chapters in the book “Patologia Cirúrgica” the Surgical Portuguese Book published by Mc Graw Hill.

Coordination and Principal Investigator of Clinical Trials / Phase III on Venous Thromboembolism and one Clinical Trial Phase IV on Chronic Venous Insufficiency

Jan Beeckmans

General Director, University Hospital Brussels (Belgium)

Jan Beeckmans, born 20th September 1954, has studied Master in Applied Economics and is the current General Director of the University Hospital Brussels.

He started his career at the University of Ghent as Researcher on the organization of the Hospital Sector. After that he conducted several positions such as Staff Member at the Department of Economic Affairs for the City of Ghent; Staff Member Healthcare Sector for the Study and Documentation Centre Emile Vandervelde (S.E.V.I.) which is a research center of a political party; Financial Director at the University Hospital Brussels and Coordinator of the Centre of Health Economics and Hospital Policy at the University of Brussels. During this period Jan Beeckmans was a Lecturer at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Brussels, regarding Hospital Financing Systems.

Before his current position as General Director of the University Hospital Brussels, he was during a period of 15 years Program Officer responsible for Health and Hospital Policy at the office of successive Belgian Ministers of Social Affairs within the Federal Government of Belgium.

Jan Beeckmans currently conducts mandates as Board Member of following institutes:

  • Consultative Committee New Hospital Policy, advisory committee of the Federal Minister of Social Affairs
  • Council of the University Hospitals of Belgium
  • National Board for Hospital Facilities, official advisory body of the Belgian Government
  • Belgian Association of Hospitals

Former mandates, which he doesn't fulfil anymore today, were as President ad interim of the Committee for Budgetary Control at the National Institute for Health and Disability Insurance and as President of the Multipartite, official consultation body between hospital administrators, physicians and insurance institutions.

Charles R. Evans

President, International Health Services Group and Senior Advisor, Jackson Healthcare (USA)

Charles R. Evans, FACHE is President of the International Health Services Group (IHSG) and Senior Advisor at Jackson Healthcare. IHSG is a social enterprise he founded in 2007 to support health services development in underserved areas of the world. It is the mission of IHSG to work with established organizations to supplement their capabilities in healthcare management and development as they work to achieve their broader missions. Current projects are located in Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America. IHSG also founded and supports the Leadership Corps for management capacity building. Finally, IHSG is active in encouraging international hospital partnerships between US hospitals and hospitals in economically developing countries.

Jackson Healthcare is an Atlanta-based consortium of companies that provide physician and clinician staffing, anesthesia management and healthcare information technology solutions proven to improve clinical and financial outcomes to hospitals, health systems and physician groups throughout the U.S.

Evans serves as a member of the boards at Jackson Healthcare, MiMedx Group & WellStreet Urgent Care. Additionally, he serves on the boards of non-profit organizations including FaithBridge Foster Care and the American International Health Alliance.

In 2012, he attained the Board Leadership Fellow credential of the National Association of Corporate Directors. He is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE); served as a Governor of the College from 2004 – 2007; Chairman Officer from 2008 – 2011; and was the recipient of the 2014 ACHE Gold Medal Award – the highest honor the organization bestows. He currently serves as Special Advisor to ACHE on International Affairs, and Honorary Member of the International Hospital Federation.

Evans' other professional experience includes Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) where he managed company divisions including North Carolina, MidAmerica, and Southeast. He was named President of HCA's Eastern Group in 2004, and was responsible for operations in the Eastern half of the company. Prior to joining HCA, Evans served in executive positions at Memorial Medical Center of Jacksonville, Florida, and Community Hospitals, Indianapolis, Indiana.

A West Virginia native, Evans received an undergraduate degree from West Virginia Wesleyan College, a Master of Arts from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA from Indiana University.

Salma Jaouni

Chief Executive Officer, Health Care Accreditation Council (Jordan)

Ms. Jaouni is the CEO of the Health Care Accreditation Council (HCAC) since May 2012, the Arab region's only independent not-for-profit organization that aims at improving the quality of health and social care services and promoting safer care through accreditation and consultation. Ms. Jaouni has led HCAC into a regionally and internationally recognized institution, growing its impact on improving care and advocating for patient safety.

Ms. Jaouni served previously as the Senior Advisor to the Prime Minister of Jordan on public and social policy; leading the Prime Minister's Agenda on health and education improvement, social development, youth engagement and public sector reform. She was instrumental in formulating and supporting the implementation of new government policies, programs and initiatives related to the wellbeing of citizens, while leading the team in creating and implementing the Prime Minister's community outreach and field visits. She was also the founding director and four-year manager of the Jordan Breast Cancer Program focusing on raising awareness, setting the guidelines and driving breast cancer screening. , Ms. Jaouni has also a wide range of experience consulting on strategy, policy and operations working with Booz Allen Hamilton and holding key positions with World Bank and USAID funded projects.

Ms. Jaouni holds a Master's degree in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School, a Post Graduate Diploma in Health Systems Management from the School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London and a Bachelor of Sciences degree from the American University of Beirut in environmental health. Ms. Jaouni sits on several National Boards in Jordan as well as the Board of International Accreditation program for the International Society for Quality in Healthcare (ISQua); she is an ISQua conference abstract reviewer and has been an ISQua expert since 2014. In addition to having an excellent track record in leadership, negotiation, and communication skills. Ms. Jaouni is the recipient of several awards on leadership.

Dr Kwang Tae Kim

Past President, International Hospital Federation; Chairman, Daerim Saint Mary’s Hospital (South Korea)

Dr Kim was President of the IHF in 2013-2015. During his presidency, Dr Kim initiated the IHF Awards Program, to promote IHF visibility and its role as knowledge hub.
Dr Kim was President of the Asian Hospital Federation (2008-2009) and President of the Korean Hospital Association (2003-2004).
Since 1969 Dr Kim is Chairman of Daerim Saint Mary's Hospital.
Dr Kim is a general surgeon. He is a graduate of Catholic University Medical School, Seoul, Korea.
He has been a member of Rotary Club since 1977 and RI Director from 2005 to 2007.
Dr Kim has three children and five grandchildren.
He enjoys playing golf and winetasting.

Dr Satoru Komatsumoto

Director, Ashikaga Red Cross Hospital; Vice-President, Japan Hospital Association (Japan)

Vice-President of Japan Hospital Association(JHA)
Chief Executive Officer, Director, Ashikaga Red Cross Hospital, Tochigi, Japan

1969-1975 M.D. Keio University, School of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan
1975-1979 Graduate School of Medicine, Keio University, Tokyo, Japan
2004-2005 Ph. D. Graduate School of MBA course, Tokyo Medical and Dental University, Tokyo, Japan

1979-1983 Resident Department of Neurology, Keio University, Tokyo, Japan
1984-1986 Cerebrovascular Research Center, Department of Neurology (Prof. M. Reivich), Department of Biochemistry/Biophysics (Prof. B. Chance), University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
1987-1989 Chief Physician Department of Neurology, Keio University, Tokyo,Japan
1990-2007 Ashikaga Red Cross Hospital, Tochigi, Japan
2008 Director, Ashikaga Red Cross Hospital, Tochigi, Japan
2010 Visiting Professor, Keio University, Tokyo, Japan
2013 Clinical Professor, Dokkyo Medical University, Tochigi, Japan
2014 Clinical Professor, Gunma University, Gunma, Japan
2017 Vice-President of Japan Hospital Association(JHA)

Dr Wui-Chiang Lee

Chief, Department of Medical Affairs and Planning, Taipei Veterans General Hospital (Taiwan)

Dr. Wui-Chiang Lee is the Chief of Department of Medial Affairs and Planning, Taipei Veterans General Hospital, one of the world-known medical centers in Taiwan. No only a highly-acclaimed gastroenterologist, Dr. Lee dedicates himself to quality and patient safety on a global scale. Deciding to open a new chapter, Dr. Lee joined Johns Hopkins and earned a PhD (2005) and MHS (2002) from the Department of Health Policy and Management. After coming back to Taiwan, he assumed top-ranked positions, such as CEO of the Joint Commission of Taiwan (JCT), and Director-General of the Ministry of Health and Welfare. Soon thereafter, Dr. Lee was appointed as president of the Asian Society for Quality in Health Care (ASQua) and successfully led its four glory years. He has also served as an institutional board member and Chairman of Education Committee of International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua) since 2014. The highly-praised international fellowship program among ISQua/ASQua/JCT is one of his many accomplishments. Now he engages in an international project for patient safety culture measurement and improvement. His dedication to saving lives is as infallible as our trust in him.

Prof Dr Mondher Letaief

Regional Adviser, Patient Safety and Quality, WHO EMRO (Tunisia)

He is a regional adviser at the Health System Development department responsible for Healthcare Quality and Safety programme at the Eastern-Mediterranean Regional Office of the World Health Organization.

Dr Mondher Letaief is also a Professor of Preventive Medicine at the University Hospital of Monastir, Tunisia. Dr Letaief's areas of expertise cover Quality and patient safety improvement (training, research, implementation of QI interventions and assessment) as well as preventive medicine and public health.

Dr Letaief was leading the coordination of a national research unit on quality and patient safety as well as many academic and international educational activities in the field of quality and patient safety

He collaborated with WHO on a number of projects such as the EMR Adverse Events study, the Patient Safety Friendly Hospital Initiative, the training on Patient Safety Research, the WHO tools for Data-poor Hospital project and the pilot implementation of the Performance Assessment Tool for Hospitals, the WHO Patient Safety in primary care experts panel and the WHO Patient Safety Research ethic guidelines experts and the WHO PS curriculum implementation.

Dr Mondher Letaief is also member of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) JCI advisory council, the advisory board of the MENA Health Policy Forum and the JCI Editorial Advisory Board. He is also member of the editorial board of the Journal of Patient safety and Risk Management, expert reviewer for the International Society for Quality in Healthcare, reviewer for several international journals. He published more than 60 papers in peer reviewed international journals.

Dr Erik Kreyberg Normann

Immediate Past President, International Hospital Federation; CEO, Normann Consulting (Norway)

Erik Kreyberg Normann is Norwegian and has been a member of the Governing Council since 2009. In the period 2011 – 2013 he was Treasurer, in 2013 – 2015 President Designate, in 2015 - 2017 President and now Immediate Past-President of IHF. He is the President of The Norwegian Hospital and Health Service Association (NSH). NSH hosted the 38th IHF World Hospital Congress in Oslo in 2013. Dr. Normann is now running his own consultancy company, working with different healthcare institutions and municipalities in Norway.

Dr. Normann is 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 or near by Oslo, like Ullevaal University Hospital, Buskerud Hospital and Akershus University Hospital. In the last one he was leading the process in preparing and moving the hospital from an old inefficient building into a large, new hypermodern hospital. 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. For three years, he was part time employed by the Norwegian Health Department involved in establishing a new system of financing the hospitals. He has been the Director of 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.

For 10 years, he was together with some colleagues running a private emergency clinic for children.

While Dr. Normann worked as a clinician, he had different interests, and published several papers in national and international publications and books in the areas of neonatology, endocrinology, infectious diseases and social pediatrics.

Dr. Normann has been the President of both the UNICEF Norway and the Nordic Society on Child Abuse and Neglect.

Prof Adrian Pennington

Chief Executive, Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service (Australia)

Adrian has 40 years health care experience of which some 20-25 years has been at executive and senior management levels both within acute hospitals and leading national programs within the National Health Service, United Kingdom. Adrian was named Australian Healthcare Chief Executive of the year in 2018 at the National Celebration of Australia Health in Sydney.

During Adrian's career he has managed every department within a hospital including support services.

Adrian's previous employment includes Chief Executive Officer, James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Chief Executive NHS Heart Improvement.

Chief executive of national heart disease programme for seven years reducing mortality figures from 130,000 to 68,000 per annum. Led clinical redesign work including introduction of clinical Microsystems lean and six sigma.

Adrian has acted an advisor to the Minister of Health British Columbia to develop a strategy for Health re-design within British Columbia.

Adrian has over sixty published documents recognised internationally and has presented in many countries including the United States, Canada, Czech, Finland, Australia and New Zealand.

Whilst Chief Executive Officer at the James Paget University Hospitals, Adrian raised the profile of the Trust to that commensurate with University Hospital status, delivered the first six week one stop pathway across all specialities from GP referral to surgical event, delivered a surplus financial position performance exceeding 15% annual turnover, achieved highest possible quality recognition from the HCC rated at excellent / excellent, published “How to avoid a CDiff outbreak in healthcare” which became a national guide reference for all hospitals in England, and also won cleanest hospital of the year award in 2008.

Adrian also led the development of the quality accounts framework in the NHS in 2011.

Adrian has lectured for Harvard and Stamford Universities in regard to process improvement activity and developing a strategy for country- wide service improvement strategies.

Dr Ary Ribeiro

Vice President, Board of Directors, Anahp – Brazilian National Association of Private Hospital and Superintendent, Commercial and Ambulatory Services, HCor - Hospital do Coração – SP (Brazil)

Dr. Ary Ribeiro is Vice President of the Board of Directors of Anahp – Brazilian National Association of Private Hospital and Superintendent Commercial and Ambulatory Services of HCor - Hospital do Coração – SP.
He is also member of Board of Directors of Hospital Mater Dei.
He has more than18 years of experience in Health Services Management.
He is graduate in Medicine and Medical Specialist in Cardiology and Clinical Physiology, in Sweden.
PhD in Medical Sciences from the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden.

Kawaldip Sehmi

Chief Executive Officer, International Alliance of Patients' Organizations (UK)

Kawaldip oversees the strategy and direction of the International Alliance of Patients' Organizations (IAPO). He has extensive public health experience at national and international level.

Kawaldip previously held the position of CEO at Richmond Psychosocial Foundation International and worked as Managing Director of Coram Children's Legal Centre. He has European and international public health experience as Director of the Global Health Inequalities Programme and as Chairman of the European Network of Quitlines.

Kawaldip's qualifications include an MSc in the Public Health International Programme from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, an MBA in Business Administration from the London Business School and Open University, and an LLB (Hons) from the London College of Law.