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Keynote Speakers (Alphabetical Order)

Prof. David E. Bloom

United States

  • Chair, Department of Global Health and Population, Global Health and Population, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
  • Visiting Professor, FAC Faculty, Harvard Business School
  • Ph.D., Economics and Demography, Princeton University, January 1981
  • M.A., Economics, Princeton University, June 1978
  • B.Sc., Industrial and Labor Relations, New York State School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Cornell University, May 1976

  • Dr. David E. Bloom is Clarence James Gamble Professor of Economics and Demography in the Department of Global Health and Population at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Dr. Bloom is an economist whose work focuses on health, demography, education, and labor. In recent years, he has written extensively on primary, secondary, and tertiary education in developing countries and on the links among health status, population dynamics, and economic growth. Dr. Bloom has published over 300 articles, book chapters, and books.
  • Dr. Bloom has previously been a member of the public policy faculty at Carnegie-Mellon University and the economics faculty at Columbia University and Harvard University. He currently serves as a Faculty Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and is a member of the Board of Directors of PSI and of the Board of Trustees of amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research. Dr. Bloom also serves as Director of Harvard's Program on the Global Demography of Aging. In April 2005, Dr. Bloom was elected Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Bloom received a BS in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University in 1976 and a PhD in Economics and Demography from Princeton University in 1981.

Speakers (Alphabetical Order)

Ciraj Ali

United States

  • Is the Deputy Director of the Centre for Continuing Education and Interprofessional Development (CCEID), and Professor of Microbiology at Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE). A fellow and global faculty of the FAIMER (Foundation for advancement of International Medical Education and Research) Institute, Philadelphia, he is a recipient of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) - Early Career award (2006), Honorable Mention award (2010), UNESCO award for International Educators (2011) and Outstanding Mentor award (2012).

Cliff Kayser

United States

  • Admired for progressive thinking and expertise in the area of values and dynamics of value polarities, Cliff Kayser has dedicated 25 years to leadershipand organizational, executive coaching, and positive social change. Cliff is VP of Polarity Partnerships representing its east coast operations out of Washington, D.C. He is founder/president of XPERIENCE, LLC formed in 2007, which includes "Kayser Ridge," a retreat and learning center he built in Berkeley Springs, WV. In 2017 Mr. Kayser founded the non-profit Institute for Polarities of Democracy and in 2018 formed Sixseed, a forward-thinking healthcare coaching/consulting firm.

Fouzia Radouani


  • Dr Fouzia RADOUANI is a full time researcher at Institut Pasteur du Maroc, Morocco; Holder of a PhD degree in biology option immunology, she is head of Microbiology laboratory at the Institut Pasteur du Maroc (IPM), in Casablanca. Where she is leading the progress of numerous research projects targeting infectious diseases; Mainly Chlamydiae and Mycoplasmas infectioos and their association with different pathologies: Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Cardiovascular Diseases and Respiratory Tract Diseases.
  • She is also Principal Investigator (PI) of the H3ABioNet node at IPM, Responsible of the bioinformatics unit at the Institute, her big interest in research in bioinformatics , particularly genetic and genomics data analysis, clinical pharmacogenomics and precision medicine development across African populations. Her interest is also directed to databases and bioinformatics tools development.
  • Dr RADOUANI’s scientific background and expertise, whether in Immunology, Microbiology, Genetics, Genomics and Bioinformatics, is beneficial for the smooth running and success of her projects, training activities and also for PhD/Msc students supervision.
  • Dr RADOUANI authored many peer reviewed articles, contributed in the organization of many National and International conferences, meetings, courses and workshops.

Houcemeddine Othman

South Africa

  • Houcemeddine Othman is a bioinformatician and data scientist at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. He is a key member of a research team at the Sydney Brenner Institute for Molecular Bioscience studying the pharmacogenomic diversity in Sub-Saharan Africa and its implication on drug-response mechanisms. He obtained his Ph.D. in 2017 at Institut Pasteur of Tunis focusing on studying the mechanisms of actions of venom peptides and the drug-designing new inhibitory and immunosuppressing peptidomimetics targeting cancer and auto-immune diseases. He is also the developer of new computational tools to help expand the implementation of pharmacogenomics and precision medicine in the research and clinical sectors. He is an avid supporter of reproducible research practices and data sharing in bioinformatics and genomics fields. Doctor Othman is the co-founder of "Helixa Scientific" a startup for providing bioinformatics and genomic services that aim to bridge the clinical sector and the scientific research field with the new era of precision medicine and data-intensive practices. He is a member of the A3Africa/GSK consortium, the Wits Health Consortium in South Africa, the Pharmacogenomics Research Network, the H3ABioNet network, and the International Society for Computational Biology. He is also one of the founders of the Tunisian Association for Computational Sciences (TaCoS) and the creator of the Bioinformatics On Dunes (BOND) web blog.

Jack Boulet


  • Dr. Boulet recently retired from the positions of Vice President, Research and Data Resources, for both the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) and the Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER). Dr. Boulet holds a B.Sc. in Mathematics from the University of Western Ontario and both a M.A. and Ph.D. in Education, specializing in measurement and evaluation, from the University of Ottawa. He is a Senior Scholar at the University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Medicine, an Adjunct Professor of Medicine at the F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine, Uniformed Services University, and a Fellow of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare.
  • Over the past 25 years, Dr. Boulet has worked on the development of performance-based credentialing assessments in medicine. He has published extensively in the field of medical education, focusing specifically on measurement issues pertaining to performance-based assessments, including objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs) and various mannequin-based evaluation methodologies. In his role with FAIMER, he has also investigated workforce issues, concentrating on the characteristics of international medical education programs, the structure and value of accreditation systems, the international migration of health care workers, the contribution of international medical graduates (IMGs) to the labor force in the United States, and the quality of care provided by IMGs. Dr. Boulet currently serves on the editorial boards for Advances in Health Sciences Education: Theory and Practice, Education for Health, and Simulation in Healthcare. He is a Deputy Editor for Medical Education.

Janet Grant

United Kingdom

  • Honorary Professor in University College London Medical School
  • Senior Scholar, Department of Medical Education, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine
  • Emerita Professor of Education in Medicine at the UK Open University.
  • Personal Adviser to the President of the World Federation for Medical Education.

  • Janet is an educational psychologist and Director of CenMEDIC (the Centre for Medical Education in Context) and the FAIMER Centre for Distance Learning in London.
  • For most of her academic life, Janet conducted policy research in medical education for the UK government and professional medical and regulatory bodies. Her interests are in policy research, regulation, educational development, continuing professional development (she is author of The Good CPD Guide, Taylor and Francis, 2012) and curriculum. She has written extensively on contextual relevance in these topics.
  • CenMEDIC runs an international distance learning Master's course on accreditation and assessment in health professions education for the US Foundation for the Advancement of International Medical Education and Research [FAIMER] and Keele University Medical School in the UK. Her Centre also developed and manages Sci59, the online psychometric Specialty Choice Inventory and the online Diagnostic Thinking Inventory. Janet has been a regulator in both medical education and legal education.

John Gilbert

United Kingdom

  • C.M., Ph.D., LLD (Hon)., FCAHS
  • University of British Columbia, Dalhousie University, & Manipal University

  • John Gilbert has been a seminal leader in the education of health professionals in British Columbia, Canada and globally. His vision and leadership led to the concept of interprofessional education being developed as a central tenet of collaborative person-centred practice and care.
  • John is founding Principal and Professor Emeritus, College of Health Disciplines, University of British Columbia. He is a Senior Scholar, WHO Collaborating Centre on Health Workforce Planning and Research, Dalhousie University; Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Graduate Studies, Dalhousie University. He holds the DR. TMA Pai Endowment Chair in Interprofessional Education & Practice, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, India, and is an Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Health, University of Technology, Sydney. He is Founding Chair, The Canadian Interprofessional Health Collaborative and has given over 220 keynote presentations in the past 10 years.

John Norcini

United Kingdom

  • John Norcini, PhD is President Emeritus of the Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER) and Research Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Upstate Medical University. FAIMER has an active research program on international health professions education and physician migration, global fellowship programs for faculty from health professions schools, and databases of recognized medical schools around the world. Prior to FAIMER, Dr. Norcini held a number of positions at the American Board of Internal Medicine. He has more than 200 publications, lectured and taught in more than 45 countries, and is on the editorial boards of several peer-reviewed journals. He is an honorary Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners (UK) and the Academy of Medical Educators and has received numerous awards including the Karolinska Prize for Research in Medical Education.

Nicky Mulder

South Africa

  • Prof Mulder heads the Computational Biology Division at the University of Cape Town (UCT), and is a full member of the Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine. She leads H3ABioNet, a large Pan African Bioinformatics Network of 28 institutions in 17 countries, which aims to develop bioinformatics capacity to enable genomic data analysis on the continent. H3ABioNet has developed an extensive training program for African researchers. She also co-leads a Sickle Cell Disease Data Coordinating Centre and a Wellcome Trust Centre Data Integration Platform at UCT. She received her PhD in Medical Microbiology from the University of Cape Town and then worked for 8.5 years at the European Bioinformatics Institute in Cambridge, as a Team Leader. At UCT her research focuses on genetic determinants of susceptibility to disease, African genome variation, and microbial genomics and infectious diseases from both the host and pathogen perspectives. Her group provides bioinformatics services and training and develops new algorithms and resources for the analysis of complex African genetic data. Prof Mulder is actively involved in capacity development, including training, education and curriculum development in Bioinformatics. She also sits on a number of international scientific advisory boards.

Page Morahan

United States

  • Dr. Morahan is the founding director of ELAM and co-director of the Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER) Institutes. In addition, she is a tenured professor in microbiology and immunology at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia.

William P. Burdick

United States

  • is the Former Associate Vice President for Education at the Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research, and Co-Director of the FAIMER Institute. He is Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine at Drexel University College of Medicine and has been recognized for teaching excellence with the Lindback Award and the Trustees' Award. A graduate of Oberlin College, Cornell University Weill School of Medicine, and University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, Dr. Burdick completed training in Internal Medicine at Boston City Hospital and is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Emergency Medicine.

Yassmina Jaufeerally Fakim


  • YJ Fakim is a professor in biotechnology at the University of Mauritius (UoM) where she is responsible for teaching and supervision of projects in genomics and bioinformatics. Her background in biochemistry, immunology and molecular genetics has driven her research in genome analysis and gene evolution using bioinformatics. She is currently working on several regional projects and international collaborations on human genomics, while focusing on the diversity of genes of the immune system. Her interest in understanding genetic variants and their contribution to disease, motivates her contribution to the Precision Medicine group. She is presently a member of the CIViC Somatic Variants curation working group. She has been active in implementing bioinformatics training and education for several countries in Southern Africa. At UoM, she has developed modules for incorporating bioinformatics in undergraduate and postgraduate curricula. She has supervised several PhD and MSc students and is the present Chairperson of the UoM Ethics Committee. She has also been member of the Higher Degrees Committee of the UoM Doctoral School.
  • AWG- Senior lecturer Bioinformatics; Background in computer science. Expertise in bioinformatics tools and resources, protein-protein interactions, databases; working on projects for H3ABioNet. Teaching and supervision of projects at University of Mauritius. YJFakim was PI for a regional SADC/NEPAD project and an international EU-funded project. She was the PI for phase1 H3ABioNet and now co-PI for the phase2.

Yosr Hamdi


  • Yosr Hamdi is a Research Assistant at Institut Pasteur of Tunis, Tunisia. She is a specialist in cancer genomics and precision oncology. Dr. Hamdi is also a member of the H3Africa Consortium and recently joined the COVID-19 Human Genetics Initiative Consortium. She serves on the advisory boards of several pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies related to genomics and cancer targeted treatments. She followed her graduate studies at Laval University, Quebec, Canada where she started in the field of human genetics with Pr. Alan Anderson who led her graduation project on the Human Genome Project. Then, she had a Master degree in Cellular & Molecular Biology at the Faculty of Medicine, Laval University where she did bioinformatics studies on genes involved in oxidative stress and their association with breast cancer. In 2009, she joined the Genomics center of Laval University, where she obtained her PhD in Molecular Medicine.
  • By combining genomics, molecular biology and bioinformatics, Dr. Hamdi continues the genetic and molecular investigations of cancer in African populations by implementing genomic medicine and Precision Oncology.