Board of Trustees
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 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.
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.
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 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.
Professor Chris Heginbotham is Emeritus Professor at the University of Central Lancashire, where he was Acting Head of the International School for Communities, Rights and Inclusion. He is also Visiting Professor at the University of Cumbria. From 2003 until March 2008 he was also Chief Executive of the Mental Health Act Commission in England and Wales. He has worked at senior level within the public and third sectors for over 40 years including a period as National Director of Mind at the National Association for Mental Health, and Chief Executive of two health authorities and two British Nation Health Service Trusts. He has held various non-executive appointments and is presently a Non-Executive Director of Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust.
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
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).
Peter Saladin lives in Köniz, Switzerland. He is a Consultant in Public Health. From 1990 to 2003 he was CEO of the University Hospital Inselspital in Berne, from 1998 – 2006 President of the Swiss Hospital Association. He acted 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 Swiss 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.