Administration and Board of Trustees - Geneva
Tayeb Alhafez, MD, FACP, Founder and President GHEF-USA and GHEF-Geneva
Tayeb Alhafez, MD, is a practicing physician and healthcare strategist. He has served as a Regional Medical Director while working with a healthcare delivery organization. He fostered communication and knowledge-sharing among medical directors in several hospitals, and provided mentoring and coaching that helped them excel in their leadership positions. His work helped them improve their relationships with their hospitals and affiliated physicians.
Dr. Alhafez has experience leading successful inpatient hospital programs in non-profit, for-profit and academic healthcare settings. He takes on a wide range of responsibilities for improving care and controlling costs. He has practiced in North Carolina, Alaska, Hawaii, South Carolina, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and California.
Dr. Alhafez is continuously working to share his knowledge and expertise in the areas of strategic planning and policy development through active participation in global forums and initiatives in health care.
Tim Collier, Operations Officer, GHEF-Geneva
Tim Collier was Vice President Business Operations from 2008 until 2010 of Essent Trading International S.A based in Geneva. RWE Supply & Trading, one of Europe's top five leading electricity and gas companies, acquired this company in 2010. From 2009 to September 2012, Collier was a member of the Programme Office to prepare the acquisition, and to align and integrate business activities following the effective date. In parallel, Collier was appointed to Global Head of Facilities, Services and Business Continuity Management. In 2012, Collier joined the management team of Global Health Equity Foundation as Operations Officer. Collier was born in 1968 in Brussels, Belgium, to parents who are both British nationals. He acquired Swiss citizenship in 1997.
Collier graduated from the University of Aston in Birmingham, UK with a degree in International Businesses and Modern Languages. After joining Philip Morris International from 1991 to 1997, he spent several years in Paris working for SITA, a Global telecommunications service provider owned by the world's airlines, moving from Financial Controller to Senior Finance Manager. Collier qualified as a UK Chartered Management Accountant (CIMA/CGMA) in 2001. In 2002 he transferred to Nestlé's international headquarters in Vevey, Switzerland, as senior Financial Analyst in charge of Nestlé's Global Consolidation and Financial Analysis. In 2003, he joined Rolex S.A as head of Financial Control, and in support of the new CFO in bringing changes to the organisation. In 2004, Collier joined UBS Global Wealth Management and Business Banking to manage investment performance, acquisitions and disposals of customised portfolios for High Net Worth Customers. He joined Essent Trading International S.A in 2008.
Peter Gollnow, Treasurer, GHEF-Geneva
From his headquarters in Geneva, Peter Gollnow serves as CEO for Global Healthcare Advisory SA, a company he founded. Gollnow is also a member of the Board of Trustees for Global Health Equity Foundation. Prior to this assignment he was founder and CEO of GenevaServicesGroup, a consulting firm specializing in service audits, customer satisfaction measurement, total quality management with business process reengineering, and service business development. Gollnow taught the first customer satisfaction measurement course in the TUV academie in Munich, Germany. As a consultant, Gollnow served as certified services auditor in the telecommunications industries for central Europe and the Middle East, as well as FDI development for the Canton and State of Geneva, (responsible for Germany and Eastern Europe). As European Services Operations Manager for Digital Equipment Corporation in Geneva, he was responsible for the IT service operation in seventeen countries. During his time at Digital Equipment, Gollnow founded the Swiss chapter of the USA based Association for Service Management International (AFSMI). Gollnow is certified as an Informatic Engineer and holds the MBA for service operation.
Mazen Kherallah, MD, FCCP, Chairman, Syrian International Coalition for Health, GHEF-Geneva
Dr. Mazen Kherallah received a medical degree from University of Damascus in 1987. His education in Damascus was followed by an internal medicine residency at the University of Illinois in Chicago, and infectious disease and critical care medicine fellowships from University of Illinois in Chicago, University of Chicago, the Medical College of Wisconsin and Wayne State University. He has been certified by the American board of Internal Medicine in his three specialties since 1995. Dr. Kherallah has worked as an infectious disease and a critical care consultant at several facilities in the USA and abroad. He is currently a critical care and infectious disease consultant at Sanford Health System in Fargo, North Dakota, and at King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center in Riyadh. Dr. Kherallah has worked with the WHO office in Syria as STC since 2009, providing consultations and conducting workshops related to health care matters in the fields of infectious disease and critical care medicine. His area of research has been focused on quality, safety and management in critical care units, severity of illness scoring systems for ICU patients and the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic.
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Peter Saladin lives in Köniz, Switzerland. He is Consultant in Public Health. From 1990 - 2003 he was CEO of the University Hospital Inselspital in Berne, from 1998 – 2006 President of the Swiss Hospital Association. He held the function as a project leader of the Swiss National Project on Migrant Friendly Hospitals 2004–2006 and is editor of the book "Diversity and chances for equality, fundamentals for effective action in the microcosm of the health care institution" (2006). Prior to these functions he made a career in the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs (international trade, finance and development cooperation) where he held the post of Secretary General. He graduated from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. He is Doctor Honoris causa at the Medical University of Varna – Bulgaria.
Paul R. Cook is President and CEO of Rocky Mountain Health Network, Inc. He is responsible for the executive leadership, strategic direction, and oversight for a 530-plus member provider-hospital organization in Montana and Wyoming. The PHO provided advanced medical and business management services for it members, which included over 260 physicians, over 250 of all other allied health professionals, seven hospitals, including St. Vincent Healthcare which is one of two tertiary care health systems in the state of Montana, surgery centers, home health, and other organizations. Provided principal interactions with health plans, state and federal legislators, and various health interests across the state and region. Interview with Paul Cook.
Eduardo Missoni, Scientific Coordinator for GHEF-Geneva
Eduardo Missoni, MD, MSc (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine) with a Specialization in Tropical Medicine (Rome La Sapienza University), is a professor at the Bocconi University in Milan (Italy) and at its Post-graduate Management School (SDA-Bocconi). His teachings and research activities include Management of International Institutions and Non-profit Organizations, and Global Health and Development. Since 2001, he also holds a Global Health course at the Faculty of Sociology of the Bicocca University in Milan (Italy), and in the years 2009-2010 was visiting professor at the University of Geneva (Switzerland) where he held a course in Ethics and International Organizations. From 1987 to 2002, he was an Adviser to the Directorate General for Development Cooperation in the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. During the same period he acted as the liaison officer with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Panamerican Health Organization (PAHO), and represented Italy at international meetings (including WHO Executive Board and World Health Assembly) and expert groups (including the G8 health group, which he chaired in 2001).
Prof Chris Heginbotham MSc MA MPhil is Professor of Mental Health Policy and Management at the University of Central Lancashire, where he is Acting Head of the International School for Communities, Rights and Inclusion. Until March 2008 he was also Chief Executive of the Mental Health Act Commission in England and Wales (from 2003). He has worked at senior level within the public and third sectors for over 40 years including a period as National Director of Mind (the National Association for Mental Health), and Chief Executive of two health authorities and two NHS Trusts. He has held various non-executive appointments and is presently a Non-Executive Director of Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust.
Todorka Ignatova Kostadinova, PhD
Ms. Kostadinova is a professor at the University of Medicine in Bulgaria. She holds a Ph.D. in Economy and Management of Social and Cultural Activities from the University of National and World Economy in Sofia, Bulgaria. Professor Kostadinova is Dean of Faculty for Public Health at the Medical University of Varna, Bulgaria. She is an expert at the National Civil Council to the EU Commissioner for Consumer Protection. Ms. Kostadinova has worked with many national and international agencies around the world, including WHO, UNICEF, HOPE, UN, and the Association of Bulgarian Hospitals. She has served as a professor of global health at The George Washington University.
Khaldoun Dia-Eddine, originally an electrical engineer, is a lecturer at Zurich University of Applied Sciences in Switzerland. He teaches strategic management, international business and international negotiations as well as Islamic finance. He is also a consultant on behalf of the university to companies active in the renewable energy sector and in the Middle-East region. A long international career as manager and consultant has seen him work in different fields from engineering development to leading humanitarian organizations through finance, insurance, IT and industry. He is actively involved in various projects with think tanks, associations and ministries both in Switzerland and abroad.
Michel Hirsig is an economist, presently the Deputy Manager of the Economic Development Office of the Republic and State of Geneva. Until December 1990, he was Marketing, Sales & Operations Manager in Russia, in the Middle East, Africa and North America for Swiss Airlines Ltd, then General Manager of Kuoni Medical Congresses Dept up to March 1992. He then joined the public administration of the State of Geneva where he was in charge of the Public Transport System before he moved to his present activity 10 years ago. He teaches Marketing and TQM in several specialized schools and universities in Switzerland. He is the founder and General Manager of Robertson Business Advisory, a Hong Kong based company with branches in Switzerland and USA.