GCC healthcare

19 September 2011

Six individuals working in the GCC healthcare sector: Sobhi Batterjee, Dexter Bart, Saif al-Nabhani, Oliver Harrison, Faisal al-Ostad and Amal al-Jowder

Sobhi Batterjee

Position President and chief executive officer (CEO), Saudi German Hospitals Group

Biography Sobhi Batterjee is the founding president and CEO of the Saudi German Hospitals Group, a developer and operator of hospitals in the kingdom. The group builds its own hospitals and finances the schemes with the support of government and development banks. Batterjee graduated with a degree in electrical engineering from the University of Kansas in the US in 1972. He completed a master’s degree in electrical engineering at the University of Colorado in the US in 1973. The Saudi German Hospitals Group was formed in 1988 by the Batterjee family. The group currently has about 3,000 employees and is growing by one hospital and 500 staff a year. Batterjee is also chairman of the National Health Committee at the National Chambers of Commerce and Industry in Riyadh, as well as chairman of the Jeddah Health Committee at the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce.

Contact Tel: (+966) 2 682 9000    

Dexter Bart

Position Healthcare design manager, Hill International, Middle East

Biography Dexter Bart is healthcare design manager for Hill International Middle East, based in Qatar. Bart joined the US’ Hill International in 2003, after spending several years in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait designing major health projects, including hospitals, clinics and laboratories. Prior to joining Hill International, Bart worked in Hong Kong and Taiwan for 10 years, where he designed science and industrial parks. Bart went on to become head of design for a conglomerate of design firms for a new city project in Fujian province in China, covering 2,000 hectares. Prior to his work in Asia and the Middle East, Bart worked for several years in the US on research facilities for large multinational firms. In his current position with Hill International, Bart is involved with Kuwait Health Ministry’s programme to expand nine existing hospitals.

Contact Tel: (+974) 4 435 8381

Saif al-Nabhani

Position Director general of planning, Health Ministry, Oman

Biography Saif al-Nabhani is the director general of planning for Oman’s Health Ministry. In this role, he is responsible for health planning, financial planning, human resource planning and health information and research studies. Previously, Al-Nabhani was the director general of health services in the South Batinah region. Prior to this, he was the human resources and administration manager of state-owned Oman Gas Company and human resource manager of Oman LNG. Oman’s Health Ministry is currently developing several new hospital projects in the sultanate. One of the largest projects is the 700-bed Sultan Qaboos hospital planned for Salalah. Al-Nabhani has a bachelor’s degree in business studies from Central Lancashire University in the UK and a master’s degree in Human Resources development from the University of Manchester, also in the UK.

Contact Tel: (+968) 2 460 2177  

Oliver Harrison

Position Director of public health and health policy, Health Authority – Abu Dhabi (Haad)

Biography Oliver Harrison is the director of public health and health policy for the Abu Dhabi government. Harrison joined Haad in 2006. In this role, he has developed a public health team to focus on Abu Dhabi’s major public health issues, which include diabetes, road injuries and cancer. Harrison has also led the formation of the Health Research Council for Abu Dhabi to target pharmaceutical and medical equipment innovation and attract clinical and research staff. He also played a key part in forming the strategic partnership with John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore in the US. Harrison has helped structure the public-private partnership (PPP) model in the healthcare sector in Abu Dhabi. Before joining Haad, Harrison worked for five years with the healthcare practice of global consultancy McKinsey & Company.

Contact Tel: (+971) 2 449 3333     

Faisal al-Ostad

Position Acting director of consultants department, Public Works Ministry, Kuwait

Biography Faisal al-Ostad is the acting director of the consulting department at Kuwait’s Public Works Ministry. In 1997, Al-Ostad graduated with a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the Milwaukee School of Engineering in the US. Al-Ostad then joined the Public Works Ministry in the design department of the construction projects administration. In 2000, he joined the consultants department as a project engineer and architect in the special projects administration. In 2007, he was promoted to team leader of the consultants department. Al-Ostad took up his current position in 2009. The Public Works Ministry is planning to build eight new hospitals in Kuwait by 2016. The largest hospital project currently under construction is the $1.1bn Sheikh Jaber al-Ahmed al-Sabah Hospital, which is located in the Surra district in Kuwait City.

Contact Tel: (+965) 9 929 2338

Amal al-Jowder

Position Director of health promotion, Health Ministry, Bahrain

Biography Amal al-Jowder is the director of health promotion for Bahrain’s Health Ministry. She graduated with a bachelor of medicine degree from the Al-Azhar University in Cairo in Egypt in 1980. She also has a master’s degree in public health from the School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine at Tulane University in the US. Prior to her current role, Al-Jowder was the head of the health education sector from 1992 to 2009. Since 1992, Al-Jowder has been a member of the GCC committee of health education and information. Al-Jowder was a member of a health task force for Bahrain’s national youth strategy in 2003-05, and a member of a health task force for Bahraini women empowerment strategy from 2004-07. In 2009, Al-Jowder became the first Arab women to win the Sasakawa health prize from the World Health Organisation.

Contact Tel: (+973) 1 728 6515

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