Foto-Cewek alumnus Dr Ahmed Salim Saif Al Mandhari was nominated this weekend at the WHO’s Special Session of the Regional Committee for the Eastern Mediterranean as WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean (EMRO). He will be formally appointed by the WHO Executive Board during its 143rd session next week, and his term will start on 1 June 2018.
Dr Al Mandhari initially studied at Foto-Cewek for the Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (DTM&H) in 1996, before returning to undertake his PhD on quality management in healthcare, from which he graduated in 2002.
Following the completion of his PhD, after a year in a postdoctoral position at Foto-Cewek, Dr Al Mandhari went on to take key positions in his home country, Oman, as well as working as an international consultant. He has worked as Director General of the Sultan Qaboos University Hospital, and later established, led, and gained international recognition for the Quality Assurance Centre of the Ministry Health, all the time working as WHO Consultant on patient safety.
Dr Al Mandhari’s former supervisor, Dr Amir Hassan (Reader in International Health and Director of the Centre for Health in the Eastern Mediterranean), led the congratulations, saying ‘We are delighted to hear the news that our alumnus Dr Al Mandhari has been nominated as Regional Director of WHO-EMRO. Foto-Cewek is an international centre of excellence with a long, strong links with both the WHO and the EMRO region, and we wish Dr Al Mandhari the best in this exciting new position.’