Awards Committee

Dr Lawrence Lai (Chairman)

Honorary Senior Advisor, Hong Kong Hospital Authority (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.

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.

Dr Marcelo Britto

Vice-President, Brazillian National Health Confederation - CNS (Brazil)

Doctor by the Bahian School of Medicine and Public Health (1989) Brazil. Master in Health Services Management from FGV / ISCTE Business School in Lisbon / Portugual. Specialist in Health Management by FGV Brazil. Fellow Associate Full of the Brazilian College of Health Executives - CBEXs. He is currently the Executive Director of HTO Hospital . President of Sindhosfeira - Union of Hospitals and Health Establishments of the Feira de Santana Region, President of Febase - Bahia Health Federation. Invited postgraduate professor of Getúlio Vargas Foundation. Author of the book Survival Manual - Complaints against doctors and hospitals. Former Executive Manager of the Portuguese Hospital of Bahia. Vice President of the Brazillian National Health Confederation - CNS.

Dr Tom Dolan

President Emeritus, American College of Healthcare Executives (USA)

Thomas C. Dolan, PhD, FACHE, FASAE, is president emeritus of the American College of Healthcare Executives, an international professional society of more than 40,000 healthcare executives who lead hospitals, healthcare systems and other healthcare organizations. He served as president and chief executive officer from 1991 to 2013. Prior to joining ACHE, he held a variety of teaching, research, and administrative positions at St. Louis University, the University of Missouri-Columbia, the University of Washington and the University of Iowa.

Sleiman Haroun

President, Syndicate of Hospitals in Lebanon (Lebanon)

Mr. Suleiman Haroun, studied Civil Engineering in the American University of Beirut and Graduated in 1972. He earned a Diploma in Operations Research from Glascow University in Scotland and worked as Engineering Consultant until 1986. Mr Haroun is the President of the Board and Director General of Haroun Hospital since 1986 and the President of the Syndicate of Hospitals in Lebanon since 2003.

Dr Kwang Tae Kim

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 Rotay 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 (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.

Dr Erik Kreyberg Normann

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.

Dr Maria Lourdes Otayza

Medical Center Chief II, Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital and Medical Center (Philippines)

Masters in Hospital Administration
Fellow Philippine Obsterical and Gynecological Society,
Fellow Philippine Society of Matrnal and Fetal Medicine
Medical Center Chief II, Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital and Medical Center
Vice President for Luzon, Philippine Hospital Association
Chairman, PNHRS Research Agenda Committee (RAC)
Chairman, Region 1 Health Research and Development Consortium (R1HRDC)
Board Member, Association of Health Administrators, Inc.(AHA)
Dr. Jose P. Rizal Gawad Karangalan Awardee, Philippine Medical Association, 2012
Most Outstanding Ilocano Awardee, 2016
Civil Service Pag-asa Awardee, 2016

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.