Tayeb Al-Hafez

Tayeb Al-Hafez, MD, is a practicing physician and healthcare strategist. He has served as 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. Al-Hafez 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. Al-Hafez 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.

Paul R. Cook MD, MHA

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 provider-hospital organization provided advanced medical and business management services for its 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. 

Peter Gollnow

From the 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.

Michel Hirsig

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 and Operations Manager in Russia, the Middle East, Africa, and North America for Swiss Airlines Ltd, then General Manager of Kuoni Medical Congresses Department until 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 position in 2002. 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.

Todorka Ignatova Kostadinova PhD

Dr. Todorka 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 in Washington D.C.

Eduardo Missoni

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).

Sarah Keller PhD

Sarah Keller, PhD, is Chair and Professor in the Department of Communication and Theater at Montana University Billings. She and her colleagues have developed a social science research project for identifying strategies for suicide prevention in Montana. Dr. Keller was instrumental in creating innovative suicide prevention programs in Montana in partnership with GHEF and is experienced in community-based interventions, health education curricula and capacity-building projects. Dr. Keller’s research interests include mass media effects on adolescent sexual behavior and relationship beliefs; impact of public health media campaigns designed to promote reproductive health; adolescent media use and reproductive behavior; health communication; media effects on society; communication theory (persuasion; agenda-setting; framing; social network theory); development communication; and Internet studies.

Andrei Issakov MD, MPH, PhD

Andrei Issakov has worked in clinical practice, medical education and public health for over 40 years. Before joining the World Health Organization in 1985, he has occupied a number of clinical, academic and administrative positions at the Russian Medical University and Children’s Teaching Hospital in Moscow. Working as Program Manager and Unit Head with WHO Headquarters in Geneva in 1985-2009, he has focused on development and strengthening of health systems, health sector reform, health policy and systems research, organization and management of health service delivery, quality of care, patient safety, health technology assessment and management.  After leaving WHO, he established a private consulting firm Health Systems and Technology (HS&T) International Consulting based in Geneva, therefore continuing his active engagement in international health work. He is also a Health Systems, Services and Technology Adviser to the Geneva-based company Global Healthcare Advisory SA, and is engaged with several international non-governmental organizations serving as a Coordinator and Member of Executive Board of Swiss-Russian Health Forum; Member of Honorary Members Circle of International Hospital Federation; Member of Board of Directors of Commission for Advancement of Health Technology Management in Asia. He is a member of some 25 international and national professional associations, has been honored with several national and international professional awards and recognitions, and has over 50 publications – books, book chapters, articles and conference abstracts on a wide range of public health issues.