Board of Trustees

 MENA HPF is governed by a Board of Trustees whose membership includes academics, practitioners, senior executives and experts in various fields of knowledge relevant to health policy research as well as representatives of key donor organizations.

The Board of Trustees comprises a maximum of thirteen Trustees, seven of which shall be drawn from the Members of the Forum.

The Board is currently chaired and presided over by Dr. Ahmed Galal 

The Board of Directors is entitled to take all and any decisions to ensure the good operations of the organization and oversee and enforce the application of MENA HPF Charter. The Board is also entrusted with the admission of members to the Forum and the renewal of the membership thereof.

The current members of Board of Trustees of the MENA HPF :


Dr. Ahmed Galal is currently the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the MENAHPF. He is also the President and Chairman of the Board of Forum Euroméditerranéen des Instituts des Sciences Économiques (FEMISE) and the former managing director of ERF. He is a member of the Board of the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI). Dr. Galal was Egypt’s Finance Minister between July 2013 and February 2014. Previously, he worked for the World Bank for 18 years where he conducted research and provided policy advice to govern­ments in several regions. 


Dr. Raeda Alqutob is a Professor of Public health (women and child health) and a physician by training. She is the Vice Chairperson of MENA HPF. She 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; a former Senator at Jordan Senate. (Deputy Chairperson).




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. Awad Mataria is the Regional Adviser for Health Economics and Financing at the WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean. Dr.Mataria has more than ten years of experience in health system strengthening and health financing. For the last six years, he has been supporting the countries of the Eastern Mediter­ranean Region to reform their health financing systems to move towards Universal Health Coverage. 




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.



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. 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.



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. 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. 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. 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.
















































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