Dr. Salwa Najjab

Dr. Salwa Najjab is the Managing Director of Juzoor for health and social development and the treasurer for the MENA HPF. Dr. Najjab is an expert in women’s health issues and founder of a number of women’s health and maternal mortality reduction programs, including development of community health and specialized training programs for nurses and midwives.

Dr. Raeda Al Qutob

Dr. Raeda Alqutob is a Professor of Public health (women and child health) and a physician by training. Has over thirty years of experience in public health teaching, research, and policy. She held several professional and administrative top level leadership and management positions; currently a Senator at Jordan Senate, public health and children adviser to the First Lady of Jordan, dean Faculty of Medicine /University of Jordan, WHO/UNFPA regional advisor on reproductive health, director of UNICEF Jordan country program, secretary general for The National Council for Family Affairs (NCFA), and The Higher Population Council in Jordan, board member of national and regional development bodies. Dr. Alqutob is the president of the Women Advisory Panel of the Islamic Development Bank. She founded and directed a not for profit company and an NGO. She is an author of a number of publications and winner of regional and international awards.


Dr. Ahmed Galal

Dr. Ahmed Galal is Chairman of the MENA HPF. Previously, he was Egypt’s Minister of Finance (2013-2014),Managing Director of the Economic Research Forum- ERF (2007-2016) and a staff member of the World Bank staff for 18 years (1984-2006). While on leave from the Bank (2000-2006), he was the Executive Director and Di­rector of Research of the Egyptian Center for Economic Studies (ECES).Currently, he is a member of the board of CIGI (Canada),IIED (London) and Zewail City (Cairo). Galal authored more than dozen books and several journal articles and book chapters. In 2004, he was awarded a regional prize for his contribution to social sciences from the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences. Galal holds a PhD in economics from Boston University.

Dr. Mustapha Kamel Nabli

Dr. Mustapha Kamel Nabli is a Tunisian economist. He served as Governor of the Central Bank of Tunisia from January 2011 until June 2012. He was at the World Bank from 1997 to 2010, where he was Chief Economist and Director of the Social and Economic Development Department for the MENA region (1999-2008). From 1990 to 1995 he was Minister of Planning and Regional Development in Tunisia. He held various academic positions before that andholds a Master’s and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California at Los Angeles (1974). Dr. Nabli is an ERF Senior Associate.

Dr. Najib Harabi

Dr. Najib Harabi is currently a full Professor of Economics at the University Of Applied Sciences Of Northwestern,Switzerland. Previously he was Dean at the School of Business Administration at Al Akhawayn University, Ifrane Morocco (on leave). He held teaching and research positions at the universities of Zurich and Saint Gallen (Switzerland).

Dr. Nabil Kronfol

Dr. Nabil Kronfol is a Professor of Health Policy and Management and the President of the Lebanese HealthCare Management Association that focuses on the further development of policies and health systems in Leba­non and the MENA Region. He is also a co-founder of the recently established “Center for Studies on Ageing” in Lebanon and the MENA Region.

Dr. Luay Shabaneh

Luay Shabaneh, currently serves as Arab States Regional Director of UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund starting May 2016.

A native of Palestine, he has held a number of high-profile national and international public service positions over the last two decades in the area of official statistics, population census, population and develop-ment, monitoring and evaluation, programme management and advoca-cy within the UN System, in government and in the multilateral arena.

Dr. Lubna El- Ansary

Dr. Lubna El- Ansary is a Professor of Family Medicine at the College of Medicine, King Saud University (KSU). Her efforts in promoting evidence-based health care, allowed her to hold the Bahamdan Research Chair for evidence-based health care and knowledge translation at KSU. Dr. Lubna was a former member of the Shura Council.

Dr. Habiba Ben Romdhane

Dr. Habiba Ben Romdhane is a professor of Preventive Medicine and director of the Epidemiology and Prevention Research Department of Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) at the University of Tunis. Dr. Ben Romdhane was the Tunisian Minister of Health. She has been the Chief Executive Officer for the National Board of Family and Population. Dr. Ben Romdhane was elected through Distinction as a Fellow in the Faculty of Public Health at the Royal College of Physicians in the UK. Dr. Ben Romdhane has coordinated several epidemiological stud­ies on non communicable diseases (NCDs) and implemented the Healthy Urbanization Project in Tunisia.

Dr. El-Sheikh Badr

Dr. El-Sheikh Badr is a Public Health physician with expertise in health system and human resource development. Dr. Badr currently serves as the Secretary General for the Sudan Medical Specialization Board, the prime postgraduate medical education body in Sudan. Dr. Badr had a career in the Federal Ministry of Health over the last 14 years where he assumed leadership positions including director of the Department of Human Resources for Health Development.