Scientific Committee


Graduated from University of Mosul college of Medicine as MB ChB, and completed my internship, rural services, and military services as well as SHO at Yarmook hospital in 1982. Thereafter he completed his MPH, PhD, and FRCP from UK to go back to Mustanseriya University and appointed as HOD of Family and Community Medicine at Tikrit University, then he worked as associate professor at Sanaa University and consultant WHO before he worked for 10 years at Melbourne University before joining the University of Sharjah in 2005.

As a Professor of Family and Community Medicine, he have over 40-years experience in education, research and leadership. Most recently he is the founding member of the college of medicine at the University of Sharjah in the UAE. As part of his roles, he is the Head of Department of Family and Community Medicine and Behavioural Sciences and the founding Director of Sharjah Clinical and Surgical Training Centre. He is a senior consultant at the University of Sharjah, and a Senior Research Fellow at the Baker / International Heart and Diabetes Research Institute, Melbourne, Australia. With my experience, I have over 100 publications, presentations and posters.

He has worked in several universities in Australia, UK, UAE, Yemen and Iraq, winning several research and education awards & grants. He is the principle investigator of several qualitative and quantitative diabetes and NCD research projects in Sharjah, UAE and Melbourne, Australia, including two NHMRC grants one on diabetes (the PEACH study: Patients Engagement and Coaching for Health) and the other on the effectiveness of spirometry in General Practice Asthma Care. Before coming to Sharjah as a founding member of the College of Medicine, He spent 10 years as a senior lecturer and senior research fellow at the Department of General Practice, The University of Melbourne, Australia. He is also a lifelong member of WONCA.

Aricia is the Operations and Programming Director for The Network: TUFH. She is responsible for managing the annual conferences, virtual regional conferences, TUFH Symposiums and Workshops, TUFH Academies, ISAT, iSTEP, Digital Aspects, Social Media, Communications and Membership. In addition, Aricia is the liaison to the Student Network Organization Aricia holds a Masters in Health Education and Promotion from Ghent University and a Bachelor in Midwifery from Erasmus Hogeschool.

She works as an independent midwife in Belgium and gives prenatal lessons, prenatal care, and postnatal follow-up. Prior to The Network: TUFH Aricia worked as a midwife in Gambia, Finland, United Kingdom, and Belgium in low-risk birthing units. She co-founded and was the first president of the Student Network Organization in 2015. She has been attending TUFH annual conferences since 2012.

Executive Director, The Network: Towards Unity For Health (TUFH)

Nicholas Torres (M.Ed.) works at the cross section between the private sector, government, and not-for-profits and aligns them toward collective social impact goals and public policy. Nick has over 20 years of experience in executive management. Nick founded and currently leads a social sector “think-tank” organization; and teaches at the University of Pennsylvania.


Prof. Basema Saddik is an Associate Professor at the College of Medicine, University of Sharjah. She is an epidemiologist and has widespread experience in public health research conducted in Australia, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and the UAE. She has been instrumental in the design and methodology of large epidemiological studies investigating the burden of disease in vulnerable groups and is an international collaborator for the Global Burden of Disease Study. She is also the recipient of various research grants in Australia as well as in Saudi Arabia including the prestigious KACST grants and more recently the Sheikh Hamdan Medical Research Grant in the UAE.

Dr. Basema currently chairs the Epidemiology and Biostatistics Unit at the University of Sharjah and is Coordinator of the “Clinical Epidemiology Research Group”. Her research interests are in the burden of disease and disability associated with tobacco and tobacco alternative products, the impact of occupational exposures on health, the effect of globalization on newly emerging health issues and the use of health information systems and technology to improving health outcomes.

Dr Mohamed Elhassan Abdalla Elsayed, MB.BS, MHPE, PhD, FAcadMed
  • Senior Lecturer in Medical Education, School of Medicine-University of Limerick, Ireland
  • Co-Chair Taskforce of Social Accountability and Accreditation, The network-TUFH
  • Chairperson, Group on Social Accountability, Association of Medical Education in the Eastern Mediterranean Region (AMEEMR)
Graduated with an MB.BS from Faculty of Medicine, University of Gezira, Sudan and then got a master’s and PhD degrees in Health Professions Education. He is a fellow of the Academy of Medical Educators, UK.
He has work experience in Medical Education in Sudan, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Ireland with contribution to the Medical Education in other different countries.
Dr Mohamed Elhassan has memberships and affiliations to regional and international organizations work in Health Professions Education such as the Network-TUFH, International Reference Group on Social Accountability of Medical Schools, Association of Medical Education in the Eastern Mediterranean Region and the Society of Cost and Value in Health Professions Education.
Dr Moahmed Elhassan’s publications and research interests in Medical Education are in the areas of social accountability, Teaching and learning, Accreditation and Cost and Value.


Dr Mohammad H. Taha MBBS, PG Dip, MSc (HPE), PhD

Dr. Mohammad H. Taha is an Assistant Professor of Medical Education at the Medical Education Centre and College of Medicine University of Sharjah. With over 15 years of experience in Medical/Health Professions Education and educational research. He is currently the director of the Medical Education Centre and the coordinator of the Master of Leadership in Health Professions Education at the University of Sharjah, as well as the chair of the College of Medicine's curriculum committee. Before joining university of Sharjah, he served as the head Of Faculty Development Unit at college of Medicine, University of Qassim, Saudi Arabia, and director of Medical Education Unit, at Public Health Institute and Academy of Health Sciences in Sudan.

He also act as member several international organizations of The Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) and The Network: Towards Unity for Health TUFH and he serves as a consultant for various undergraduate and postgraduate medical curricula in the region Eastern Mediterranean region (EMRO region).

Dr. Mohammad H. Taha has authored numerous articles on curriculum development, social accountability, online learning, students and residents learning environment, and residency training, and he is working as editorial board member in several medical educational journals.

Dr. Wail Nuri Osman Mukhtar, MD, MHPE.

- MD Otorhinolaryngology head and neck surgery 2007
- MSc in health professions education (MHPE) 2011

Associate professor and Consultant of ORL, Head and Neck Surgery.
Dean Faculty of Medicine, University of Gezira -since Oct 2019
Former Head of the Medical Education Development and Research Center (2014 – 2019)
Head of the Curriculum Committee, ENT Head and Neck council, Sudan Medical Specialization Board (2018)
Member of the training committee, ORL council- Arab Board for Medical Specialization (2018 up to date).
Head of academic office, Sudan ORL, Head and Neck Society.


Dean Faculty of Medicine, Professor and Chairman of Urology Department, Suez Canal University, Ismailia, Egypt

Prof. El-Sakka graduated from medical school, completed his residency-training program in Urology and Andrology and obtained master’s and doctorate degrees in Urology from Suez Canal University, Ismailia, Egypt. He was trained as a fellow at the department of Urology, University of California San Francisco. Prof. El-Sakka obtained a joint master’s of Health Professional Education "With Honors" from the university of Maastricht, the Netherlands.

Prof. El-Sakka holds several positions including Dean Faculty of Medicine, Chairman of Urology department, Director of the Technology Innovation and Commercialization Offices, and Chairman of research committee at Suez Canal university. He was also the President of Middle East Society for Sexual Medicine, President section of Andrology at Egyptian Urological Association and Vice President of the Egyptian Society for Sexual Medicine and Surgery. Prof. El-Sakka was also a member of the executive board of directors of the Egyptian Permanent Scientific Committee for promotion in the field of Urology and he is also a member of the Medical Research Council Academy of Scientific Research and Technology.

Prof. El-Sakka list of publications includes over 155 original papers, review articles and book chapters in addition to participation in more than 300 national and international conferences and meetings. Prof. El-Sakka supervised and judged several doctorate and master’s theses and evaluated more than 700 papers in more than 30 international journals. He is also a member of editorial board in several international journals and a member of numerous medical associations and societies. Prof. El-Sakka participated in several national and international projects that were funded by NIH, California Urology Foundation, Zorgniotti grant award, British Council award grant, Egyptian Ministry of Higher Education fund award and Egyptian Academy of Scientific Research and Technology fund award.

Prof. El-Sakka list of awards and prizes includes the American Urological Association “Western Section” prize three times in the years 1997, 1998, 1999. He was also the recipient of the Egyptian Academy of Scientific Research and Technology prize in 1999 and Egyptian state prize in the medical science two times in the years 2002, 2008. He also received plaque and certificate for his distinguished achievement from the Egyptian Physicians General Syndicate 2004, 2010. Prof. El-Sakka also received the medical science prize for young Arab researchers from Shoman foundation, Jordan 2004. He also received Mansoura medical prize 2008 and received honorary doctorate of “Medical Science” 2008 from The Yorker International University U. P. F. Florence, Italy. Prof. El-Sakka also received the Egyptian State Award of Excellence 2018 and Medal of Sciences and Arts (First Class) 2019. His CV was presented on the front page of the International Society for Sexual Medicine as a distinguished international expert in the field.


Ms Joyce D’Souza B.Com, MBA

Ms Joyce D’Souza is the Senior Administrative Officer at the College of Medicine, University of Sharjah since 2005. She has a vast organizational experience related administrative duties in the medical college including academic coordination of all educational activities at the College of Medicine, smooth running of the examinations and also liaise with Unit Coordinators in the preparation of timetable and various courses. She coordinates in handling conferences and scientific programs at the College of Medicine. Ms Joyce D’Souza has done her Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Marketing Management. Before joining College of Medicine, University of Sharjah, she worked for Arabian Gulf University, College of Medicine & Medical Sciences in the Kingdom of Bahrain from November 1996 to July 2005.


Mohamed Hany Shehata, MSc, MD, MHPE, Faimer Fellow 2015
Professor of Family Medicine and chairman of Family and Community Medicine Department- College of Medicine and Medical Sciences- Arabian Gulf University - Kingdom of Bahrain and Faculty of Medicine Helwan Univeristy - Egypt . Faculty member in EMR Ain-Shams regional FAIMER Institute.

He founded the Medical Education Unit in Helwan University. Worked as an educational consultant in the Egyptian Fellowship Board of medical specialties. In Suez Canal University - Egypt he led the school's teams of field training, Clinical teaching and OSCE. He has multiple international publications in medical education.

Mohamad Alameddine is a professor and dean college of Health Sciences, University of Sharjah at the department of Health Management and Policy. Before Joining University of Sharjah he worked as Professor of Health Management and Policy, College of Medicine, Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences, Dubai Health Care City, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and at American University of Beirut. Prof Alameddine also worked at University of Toronto as the Director of International Development at the Faculty of Medicine. Prof Alameddine holds a PhD in Health Management and Policy from the University of Toronto and a Masters of Public health from AUB. His main research interests include studying health human resources labor force dynamics, recruitment and retention practices, resilience of health systems and the quality of work environments. Prof Alameddine has multiple publications in the field and is regarded as a regional expert on health human resources planning and managements and quality of work environments.


Prof. Manda Venkatramana, currently the Vice Chancellor Academics and Dean, College of Medicine at Gulf Medical University has been associated with the Thumbay Group for more than 16 years. He is a Clinical Professor of Surgery and Consultant Surgeon at Thumbay Hospital, Ajman. He graduated from Saurashtra University, India and is a Fellow of Royal College of Surgeons from Edinburgh and Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, UK. Prof. Manda has more than 29 years of teaching and clinical experience as a General Surgeon and more than a decade of administrative experience in a medical university. He is the recipient of the ‘Best Teacher Awards’ conferred on the basis of popular choice by students. He introduced new student-centered pedagogy and assessment strategies considered international best-practices and innovative new programs like the ‘Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences’ and ‘Associate Degree in Preclinical Sciences’ which are the first of its kind in the country.

He was instrumental in establishing the American Heart Association Accredited Life Support Training Center offering Basic and Advanced Life Support Training Courses at GMU in his capacity as the Director of the state-of-the-art Center for Advanced Simulation in Healthcare. Prof. Manda’s areas of clinical research include ‘Diabetic foot’ and ‘Urolithiasis’ which resulted in publications in peer-reviewed national and international journals. He has also contributed to chapters in books.

His special interest in educational research is in the area of ‘Early Patient Contact (EPC) and its impact on the communication skills of medical students.’ This action research resulted in the implementation of EPC as a regular part of the medical curriculum which was much appreciated by students, and also was presented in many international medical education conferences. Under his leadership, the college has grown manifold and is well on its way to become a leading medical college in the country and the region.


Manal Awad is a Professor of Dental Public Health and currently, she is the Vice Dean of the College of Dental Medicine, University of Sharjah, UAE. She obtained her BDS degree from the University of Alexandria, Egypt, her Masters’ Degree in Dental Public Health from the University of Alberta, Canada and her PhD Degree in clinical epidemiology from McGill University, Montreal, Canada. Prof. Awad’s research is in the field of population health, with a focus on the assessment of therapies for chronic oral conditions, particularly tooth loss. Prof. Awad’s area of expertise is in the design of randomized clinical trials and the use of patient-based outcomes and quality of life measurements in the assessment of therapies. She has over 60 publications in international peer-reviewed journals. She received several research grants from local and international funding agencies, as well as, industrial research support. Professor Awad, is the former President of the International Association of Dental Research, UAE section, she also has served on the editorial board of the prestigious Journal of Dental Research and Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology Journal. She is currently an editor of the International Journal of Dentistry and on the editorial board of the JDR Clinical and Translational Research Journal.


Professor of Emergency Medicine, Drexel University

Physician educator and network connector in development of the global health workforce. I led the creation of the FAIMER Institute and FAIMER Regional Institutes which has helped over 2000 health professions educators in 45 countries strengthen their education, leadership, innovation, and program evaluation skills. My goal is to continue to build and support a community of health systems and health workforce innovators who can move global policy to local action.

Mustapha Aminu Tukur is a sixth year Medical Student of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria who is passionate about achieving Universal Health Coverage using an interdisciplinary service delivery lens. He is the current president of the Student Network Organization.


Head, Commissioned Research & Engagement at The George Institute for Global Health

Epidemiologist, Disease detective – Using data and evidence to create real change in the world
With 20 years of experience working across the world, in both government and not for profit sector, I have been solving complex health problems – the Covid-19 pandemic, vaccine hesitancy, antibiotic resistance, diabetes, air pollution, and even making our complex health systems work better. I have worked in big organisations like OECD, NHS, NSW Health, and The George Institute to create change. I am a board member of TUFH – Western Pacific representative.
I work on solving the worlds pressing health problems, the big complex ones. I help people to do more good, to make better decisions and increase their impact to create real change. I work with people to create new knowledge by investigating health problems using data and evidence and build public health expertise globally by sharing knowledge and telling stories. The world is unfair and not equal. My mission is to help change it so everybody enjoys good health regardless of the colour of their skin or where they live or how much money they have.


Professor Department of Public Health, Babcock University

Godwin N. Aja, DrPH, is a Professor of Public Health at the Graduate School Public Health Department, Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies, Philippines, with 28 years’ experience in public health teaching, research and community service. He was formerly the Chair of Department of Public Health, Babcock University, Nigeria. He is the current President of Association for Public Health Teaching, Research and Service; Member, Advisory Board of Cochrane Nigeria; Treasurer, Women and Health Together for the Future; and Africa Representative on the Board of The Network: Towards Unity for Health.


Dr. MOHAMED M. AL-ERAKY, MBBCh, MSc, MMEd, PhD, is Associate Professor of Medical Education and Director of the Masters of Health Professions Education Program at Gulf Medical University, Ajman, UAE. Dr. Al-Eraky has Masters in medical education from Dundee University (UK) and PhD in health professions education (HPE) from Maastricht University (The Netherlands) on: Faculty Development for Medical Professionalism.
Dr. Al-Eraky has contributed to planning, tutoring and assessment and supervision in different Master and PhD programs in HPE in Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Egypt, UK and the Netherlands over the past 11 years. Also, he acted as a project manager and a team leader of 250+ faculty members for various academic initiatives to advance the practices of: clinical teaching, field training, student support, professional exams, active learning, students’ portfolio, project-based learning and virtual patients (VP).
Dr. Al-Eraky has designed and conducted presentations, courses and workshops in international conferences over the past 15 years in the Netherlands, Canada, Italy, United Kingdom, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Pakistan, China and Malaysia.


Activist, Gender, Health & Human Rights

  • Human Rights lawyer and activist with a background in journalism and clinical psychology
  • Actively involved in research and advocacy of human rights violations for a decade now.
  • Social Media Expert and a catalyst between online and offline activism.
  • Founder Member of human rights organisation ' AHSAAS' involved in educating people in the field of human rights by way of providing legal remedies and aid to victims of economic, social, psychological and physical oppression in Punjab.
  • Chevening Scholar at the Institute of Common Wealth Studies at the London University.
  • Experience of working with Interights on a research project on honour killings in Asia and with Amnesty International on a campaign on domestic violence with special reference to the grass root NGOs in the developing world.
  • Vision of educating and training on rights based approach in the Non Profit Sector especially in the area of Women Rights.
  • To bridge the gap between the implementation of the International Human rights mechanism with the National legal mechanism of various countries and translating the human rights language at the grass root level for activists Specialties: Advocacy and training on International Human rights and its adaptation in domestic laws , writing, litigation , legal counselling,especially issues of violence against women and human rights education.


Professor in Nursing, VIVES University of Applied Science, Belgium
Coordinator VIVES LiveLab: Interprofessional Education Researcher Centre of Expertise for Care Innovation, VIVES
He is the TUFH European Regional Board Member in the Board of Directors for The Network: TUFH.
He is one of the moderators of the International Student Training and Exchange Program by TUFH and VIVES.

Senior Lecturer, Department of Family & Community Medicine at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine

Amy Clithero is a faculty member in the Department of Family & Community Medicine (FCM) at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. Dr. Clithero has a PhD in Family Medicine from the University of Kwazulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa as well as a Masters of Business Administration with a health systems concentration and a Masters level certification in Medical Education from the University of New Mexico. In addition to teaching medical students about social determinants of health, health policy, and health services research, Dr. Clithero participates in numerous educational research initiatives focusing on educational best practices, health services research, and social accountability within medical education. As of December 2022, Dr. Clithero has written two book chapters, has over two dozen peer reviewed papers and has presented at almost 60 conferences worldwide.


Professor & Director Health Professions Education Liaquat National Hospital & Medical College Karachi Pakistan

Nighat Huda is Professor and Director of Health Professions Education at Liaquat National Hospital and Medical College Karachi. She is the pioneer of health professions education in Pakistan and has continued her career for more than thirty years. She has been instrumental in introducing Problem-Based Learning and assessment system in medical schools. She has worked as consultant in academia and international organizations. She has special interest in community-based initiatives and women’s health. She has been associated with TUFH for nearly twenty-five years. Currently she is TUFH Board member and founding member of Women & Health Together for Future. She serves on the National Committee on Maternal and Neonatal Health (NCMNH) Pakistan as Education & Training.


Ranya Moustafa Mahmoud Hassan, Associate professor Department of Clinical pathology faculty of medicine Suez Canal University, Egypt. Had her Master in clinical pathology by 2004, and her PhD in clinical pathology by 2010 from centre of AIDS research Kumamoto university Japan. Member of Towards Unity For Health network(TUFH).Deputy vice dean of faculty of medicine for student affairs and education, Had her Diploma of health profession education DHPE from Faculty of medicine, Suez Canal University, 2015.
Research interest:
Clinical immunology; molecular biology and clinical microbiology


Fadwa Hashim is an assistant professor of ophthalmology (MD Ophthalmology and MSc HPE) at the Faculty of Medicine, Gezira University for eleven years (2011-2022), participating in the education and training of undergraduate students of medicine, dentistry, and nursing. She has been working at Sennar University for ten years (2001-2011). She is a member of the Ophthalmology Council at the Sudan Medical Specialization Board (SMSB)for ten years (2012-2022) participating in the clinical, surgical and research training of ophthalmic residents. She is a member of the Family Medicine Council at SMSB participates in the primary eye care training. She has been the director of Gezira Education Development Center for one year (2020) and has been participating in the activities of the center for seven years (2015-2022) as a member of the curriculum development, faculty development, evidence-based practice, and student assessment committees. She is a member of Bashir Hamad Chair for Research in HPE.


FRobert F Woollard, MD, CCFP, FCFP Professor, UBC Department of Family Practice Dr. Woollard is Professor of Family Practice at UBC. He has extensive national and international experience in the fields of medical education, the social accountability of medical schools, ecosystem approaches to health, and sustainable development.


Sara Osman is a community medicine physician with 13 years of experience in strengthening the health system and medical education at the national, regional and international levels; she worked with national governments where she remained an advisor to the Ministers of Health of Sudan, Pakistan, Iran, Iraq, and Afghanistan (from 2015 to 2020) and served as Director General Department of the Global Health Directorate at the Federal Ministry of Health, Sudan.
She has represented the Eastern Mediterranean Region on several boards of UN organizations, multilateral and bilateral institutions (e.g. WHO, World Bank, Global Support Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, GAVI, etc.).
As for the medical education part, she served as Director of Accreditation for the Faculties of Medicine, Dentistry, and Pharmacy in Sudan (from 2012 to 2022) and participated in setting the career pathway of health professions. She has been working with the World Federation for Medical Education as an assessor in the recognition program since 2019, partnering with other accreditation bodies, for example, the Jordanian and Egyptian Commissions.
She is currently the Director of Program Evaluation and Accreditation at Gulf Medical University. She also teaches medical students and postgraduate students in the Master of Public Health, Health Care Management, and Health Professions Education at the University of Khartoum, Ahfad University for Women, and Gulf Medical University.


The Advisory Board of The Network: Towards Unity for Health were also involved in the scientific agenda of TUFH 2023