Huda Abu-Saad Huijer RN, PhD, FEANS, FAAN Professor & Director, Hariri School of Nursing American University of Beirut (Beirut, Lebanon)


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Huda Abu-Saad Huijer RN, PhD, FEANS, FAAN

Professor & Director, Hariri School of Nursing American University of Beirut

(Beirut, Lebanon)

Dr. Abu-Saad Huijer is professor and Director of the Hariri School of Nursing at AUB. Her

research endeavors have focused primarily on pain management and palliative care in children

and adults. She is also interested in research addressing the expanded role of the nurse in relation

to chronic illness in the home setting. To that effect she has supervised a large number of PhD

dissertations and has been lead investigator on a large number of funded projects in the

Netherlands and in Lebanon on pain management, palliative care, and integrated models of care

for the chronically ill. Her research endeavors in Lebanon have focused primarily on pain

management & palliative care in adults and children. She is currently a lead investigator on a

number of national projects and has published more than 300 articles in national & international

refereed and professional journals and two books, one of which is on ‘evidence-based palliative

care across the life span’. Dr. Abu-Saad Huijer has served on a number of international expert

committees, most recent of which is the WHO expert panel on palliative care in children and the

Lancet Commission on Global Access to Pain Control and Palliative Care. At the national level,

she served as President of the Lebanese Society for the Study of Pain and is currently the

Vice-President of the National Committee on Pain Relief and Palliative Care. In recognition of her

work, Dr. Abu-Saad Huijer was elected International Fellow to the American Academy of

Nursing (FAAN) in 2010, is a fellow and founding member of the European Academy of Nursing

Science (FEANS), and has received the Life Time Achievement Award from the McMillan

Cancer Support and International Journal of Palliative Nursing in the UK in 2010.



Fariba A. Ahmed Al-Darazi, RN, B.Sc., M.Sc., PhD, MFPH (RCP, UK)

Coordinator, Health Workforce Development

A/Regional Adviser for Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Personnel

Department of Health System Development

Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean, World Health Organization


Dr Fariba Al-Darazi’s responsibilities include working with Member States of the Eastern Mediterranean Region to strengthen all components of Nursing and Midwifery services {education, practice, regulation, policy development, planning} and allied health personnel’s education as an integral part of the health system. She also coordinates the work related to the health workforce development team; she works with countries of the Region to develop human resources development processes and capacity especially in post conflict countries. She has been in this post since May 2000.

Dr Al-Darazi was one of the three first Bahraini tutors who joined the School of Nursing in 1974. She was a member of the team that worked with the consultants from the American University of Beirut (AUB) to transform the School of Nursing to a College of Health Sciences in 1976 which became a leading innovative health professions education institution in the region. She obtained her BSc from Concordia University in Canada in 1978 and a master degree from University of Illinois at Chicago. She obtained a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Nursing Sciences. (areas of Concentration: Health Promotion Research and Educational Administration) from University of Illinois at Chicago in 1986.

She was the first GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council Countries) national to obtain a Ph D in nursing. She was appointed as the Chairperson of the Nursing Division at the College of Health Sciences in 1987 and in 1990 the Division was designated as a WHO Collaborating Centre for Nursing Development and thus it became the First WHO Collaborating Centre for Nursing in the Eastern Mediterranean Region and she was appointed as the Centre’s Director. She was the chairperson of the scientific committee for the First Conference of the Global Network of WHO Collaborating Centres for Nursing and Midwifery Development held in Bahrain in March 1996.

Towards the end of 1990 she was appointed as the Director of Training at the Ministry of Health, Bahrain. She had an important role in developing the policy and plan for human resources development for health in the country. She continued in this post until May 2000. Prior to joining WHO, Dr Al-Darazi undertook several consultations in different countries in the field of nursing and human resources development. She was the coordinator for the first meeting of the Gulf Cooperation Council Technical Committee on Nursing when it was established in March 1992

In the area of community service, she has been involved with the civil societies including women’s societies in preparing and conducting training workshops for societies’ members, nursery teachers, women and the public in different areas of health. She was also the first president of the Bahrain Nursing Society.

Dr Al-Darazi received three national education achievement awards, the Bahrain Nursing Society’s award for voluntary work and nursing leadership, and an award for excellence from the Executive Board of the Ministers of Health of the Gulf Cooperation Council Countries. In, 2006, she was decorated by His Majesty King of Bahrain for Competence First Degree. In 2009, she received an award for excellence as a pioneering woman in health in Bahrain from the President of the Supreme Council for Women, Kingdom of Bahrain.



Anahid Kulwicki, PhD, RN, FAAN

Dean and Professor

Anahid Kulwicki earned her BSN at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon and MSN and doctoral degrees from Indiana University School of Nursing, Indianapolis. Her program of research focuses on the health of immigrant, refugee and minority populations in the areas of domestic violence, HIV/AIDS, infant mortality, teen health, maternal child health, smoking and cancer prevention. A hallmark of her work has been creative collaboration between public and private institutions across multiple disciplines. She established the first health research department for the Middle Eastern community in the US to promote health research and to serve as a conduit for other researchers. Dr. Kulwicki served as a Fulbright scholar in Jordan. She collaborated with nursing and medical faculty conducting research and publishing on honor crimes, HIV/AIDs and cardio-vascular risk factors. Because of her contributions to pioneering activities in community empowerment, Anahid was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing in 2000.

Dr. Kulwicki served as Health Officer and Director of Wayne County Health Department. She was later promoted to Deputy Director, Wayne County of Wayne County Health and Human Services, the eleventh largest county in the nation and the most diverse county in Michigan. Prior to becoming the Dean of CNHS at UMASS Boston, Dr. Kulwicki was the Associate Dean for Research and the Director of PhD in Nursing Program at the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Florida International University, Miami, Florida. She is currently the Dean and Professor, College of Nursing and Health Sciences at University of Massachusetts Boston. The College of Nursing is the 9th largest in the United States.



David C Benton


Chief Executive Officer

International Council of Nurses

David Benton took up post as Chief Executive Officer of the International Council of Nurses (ICN) on the 1st of October 2008. Immediately prior to this he worked with ICN for three years where he held the role of

consultant nursing and health policy and specialised in regulation, licensing and education.

He qualified as a general and mental health nurse at the then Highland College of Nursing and Midwifery in Inverness, Scotland. Over the past thirty years he has had over 100 articles published in relation to research, practice, education, workforce, regulation, leadership, and a range of policy topics. He has a PhD Summa Cum Laude from the University of Complutense for his work on researching an international comparative analysis of the regulation of nursing practice

David has held senior roles for twenty-five years across a range of organisation. These roles have included working as Executive Director of Nursing at a health Authority in London; as a senior civil servant in Northern and Yorkshire Region; as Chief Executive of a Nurse Regulatory body in Scotland and as Nurse Director of a University Trust Health System.

David has held several visiting appointments and is currently a visiting professor of nursing policy at the University of Dundee in Scotland.



Dr. Hester Klopper

Dr. Hester Klopper is President of STTI and CEO of the Nonprofit Organization FUNDISA as well as extraordinary professor of the University of the Western Cape and North West University Potchefstroom. Dr. Klopper has been the supervisor of more than 25 PhD students and 45+ master's students; she has published more than 60 peer reviewed publications, and presented her research and scholarly work at more than 100 international conferences. In October 2010 she was awarded the 2010 Nursing Education Association Nursing Excellence Award for Leadership in Nursing Education for her ‘dedicated and visionary leadership in the profession; and her competency, tenacity, passion and drive to promote the development of nursing education’. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Nursing of South Africa (FANSA), as well as an inductee into the Hall of Fame for Excellence in Nursing Research (FUNDISA).

Dr. Klopper has filled numerous leadership positions (appointed and elected) and acts as consultant for education and health care organizations on human resource development and research capacity development. Her professional offices include election as Director-at-Large of the International Board of Directors of Sigma Theta Tau International (2008-2011), Secretariat-Treasurer of the Tau Lambda-at-Large Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International (2005-2013), Member of the International Board of Directors of the International Network for Doctoral Education in Nursing (INDEN) (2009-2011), as well as Chairperson of the Forum of University Nursing Deans in South Africa (FUNDISA) (2007-2012). She is the first person outside of North America to be elected to the position of President of STTI (2013-2015).



Shaké Ketefian, EdD, RN FAAN

Name: Shaké Ketefian, EdD, RN FAAN

Professional Title: Professor Emerita, University of Michigan School of Nursing. Dr.

Ketefian is currently serving as Interim Director and Professor, Western Michigan

University, Bronson School of Nursing



: 3917 Bridle Pass, Ann Arbor, MI 48108

Mailing address

Dr. Ketefian was educated both in the U.S. and internationally; she has had a rich academic,

scholarly and administrative career. Throughout, she has worked extensively with U.S. and

international students and has consulted with many institutions worldwide, providing

curricular consultation, conducting faculty workshops and teaching. Dr. Ketefian’s research

and scholarly expertise and publications have focused on research utilization, ethical issues in

health care, measurement of ethical practice, research ethics, global issues in health care and

knowledge development, graduate- and doctoral education in the United States and

worldwide. Dr. Ketefian has been editor, associate editor, editorial board member and

reviewer for many international and domestic scholarly journals. She has provided extensive

service to the professional community internationally and has been recognized through many

awards and honors. She is a co-founder and founding president of the International Network

for Doctoral Education in Nursing. She retired from the University of Michigan, School of

Nursing and is Professor Emerita. Dr. Ketefian is currently serving as Interim Director and

Professor at Western Michigan University.



Dr. Loucine (Lucy) Huckabay

Dr. Loucine (Lucy) Huckabay is an International scholar and an educator. She has developed and started the first Baccalaureate degree nursing programs in the countries of Armenia and Oman (Arabia). As a curriculum development specialist in nursing, the World Health Organization had asked her to evaluate the status of nursing education in Oman, which eventually led to the development of the first BSN degree in that country. Dr. Huckabay is the director and professor of Nursing at CSULB. She has raised over $21 million dollars from private and governmental agencies to triple the School of Nursing’s enrollments and to build a new wing to house the new addition. She has published over 22 research studies, 45 conceptual articles and two textbook— one on nursing administration and one on principles of learning and instruction. She is a pediatric nurse practitioner. Her research studies have dealt wit

h immigrant health, parental stress factors in the pediatric ICU and the application of teaching /learning principles to patients, staff and nursing students.



Khaled M. Makkouk

K. Makkouk received his B. Sc. in Agriculture from Cairo University (1963), his M. Sc. in plant pathology from Louisiana State University (1971) and his Ph. D. degree from Univesity of California at Riverside (1974). Following graduation he served as (i) a researcher with CNRS (1974-1985), (ii) professor of plant pathology (part time), Faculty of Agriculture, AUB (1977-1985), (iii) senior scientist with the International Center for Agricultural Research in Dry Areas (ICARDA), Aleppo, Syria (1985-2002), (iv) President of Almanar University, Tripoli, Lebanon (2002-2004), (v) Regional coordinator, Nile Valley and Red Sea Regional Program, ICARDA, Cairo, Egypt (2005-2008). At present, Dr. Makkouk is serving as Advisor for Agriculture and Environment, CNRS, Beirut, Lebanon.

Dr. Makkouk contributed to the scientific knowledge through 174 articles in refereed journals, 27 articles in meetings proceedings and 16 chapters in books by international publishers. In addition to his research achievements, Dr. Makkouk played a leadership role within national, regional and international scientific communities. He is a founding member, secretary-treasurer, vice-president and president of the Arab Society of Plant Protection (ASPP). At present he serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the Arab Journal of Plant Protection published by ASPP. He also served as member, board member, vice-president and president of the

Mediterranean Phytopathological Union (MPU). In addition, Dr. Makkouk served as an active member in a number of international professional scientific groups such as (i) Special Projects Committeee of the

International Society of Plant Pathology (1983-1988), (ii) Chairman of the Mediterranean Fruit Improvement Council Steering Committee (1983-1999), (iii) Member of of the Plant Virus Sub-committee of the

International Committee for Taxonomy of Viruses (1988-1999), and (iv) Executive Secretary, International Working Group on Legume Viruses (1994-1996). Dr. Makkouk also guided around 25 graduate students (M. Sc. and Ph. D.) to conduct their thesis research in his laboratory.



Martha N. Hill, RN, PhD

Martha N. Hill, RN, PhD is Dean Emerita and Professor of Nursing, Medicine, and Public

Health at the Johns Hopkins University. She served as Dean of the School of Nursing from

2002 to 2014; she holds a doctorate in behavioral sciences from the Johns Hopkins

University School of Hygiene and Public Health. Dr. Hill served as the President of the

American Heart Association from 1997-1998; the first non-physician in that role. She is a

Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and a member of the Institute of Medicine

(IOM) of the National Academy of Sciences. Dr. Hill served on the IOM Council from 2007

to 2013, and served as the Co-Vice Chair of the Institute of Medicine Committee that

produced the 2002 publication “Unequal Treatment: Confronting Ethical and Racial

Disparities in Health Care.” Dr. Hill is international known for her research in preventing and

treating hypertension and its complications.



Leadership of Mrs. Helen Samaha Nuwayhid 2014:

Helen’s leadership can be seen through the formerly illustrated areas of her professional journey as nurse, whether in practice, education, and research. The highlight of her leadership in nursing is when she was elected as the President of the Order of Nurses (ONL) in Lebanon (by acclamation) June 2012-June 2015. Within her role as the President of the ONL, Helen is positioning nursing in Lebanon as a vital unique discipline at the national, regional, and global levels; having the voice of nurses heard, and making nursing visible and viable to the young; rewarding and publicizing success stories; and affirming the unique professional and economic value of nurses in traditional and innovative roles. Other areas that Helen is currently focusing on during her tenure as the President of the ONL involve addressing workplace violence in relation to nursing and enhancing the working condition for Lebanese nurses. At the policy level Helen is building powerful partnerships within nursing and with other stakeholders e.g. policy-makers and media etc, and to close the loops in the knowledge- service-policy cycle. Helen launched a massive campaign over the past six months to realign all delinquent constituencies, reinstated all legal terms required for practicing professional nurses , officially raised the number of registered nurses from 6ooo to 11, 620 nurses and doubled the revenues of the ONL for the first time since its inception. To ensure retired nurses their rights, a law was passed and signed by the president of the country, earmarking a monumental achievement after repeated failures to pass this law for the past five years. To upgrade educational standards and bridge the gaps between technical and academic education, and between academia and practice a national collaborative Learn-Serve- Teach- Improve is launched. This initiative will shift the paradigm in accreditation programs in under-privileged areas and for underprepared faculty and students as all the previous adopted measures to instate accreditation programs in the country were not palpable and merely punitive in nature.

Helen is a unique nursing leader that is transforming nursing in Lebanon despite of all the political and

economic insecurity, nursing shortage, and the uncertainty dominating everyday life. With all what is mentioned above, it is Helen’s humanism and caring for the fellow human, makes her a unique a remarkable NURSE deserving to be the recipient of the UMSON Visionary Pioneer Award.


19 Prof. Rowaida Al-Maaitah

An expert in public health systems Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST), Prof. Al-Ma'aitah earned her B.Sc. in nursing from The University of Jordan in 1978, and her master’s and doctoral degrees in Public Health from Tulane University in 1982 and 1989, respectively. She was also a post-doctoral fellow in Health Administration and Management at Louisiana State University in 1989, and attended a Senior Executives in State and Local Government program at Harvard Kennedy School. In 1996, Prof. Al-Ma'aitah was presented with the Abdul Hameed Shoman Medical Sciences Award for Young Arab Scientists.

Prof. Al-Ma'aitah held numerous key positions including Senator in the Upper House of the Jordanian Parliament, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Minister for Government Performance, Minister of Social Development, President of the Hashemite University, Vice President and Secretary General of the National Council for Family Affairs, Founder and former Director of the World Health Organization (WHO) collaborating Center of Excellence for the Development of Human Resources in Health.

Prof. Al-Ma'aitah was the first Jordanian woman to become a Dean and a Vice-President of a university, JUST, founding member and Director General of a teaching hospital, King Abdullah University Hospital at JUST and the first Jordanian woman to serve as a university President, The Hashemite University. She was also the first chairperson of the Executive Council of the Arab Women Organization at the Arab League, and Chairperson of the Arab Committee for Scientific Research on Women and Gender Studies, Health, Social, and Political Development. She served as a consultant to many organizations of the United Nations and WHO.

Her areas of interest and research include policy analysis, education, leadership, public health, gender, and social development. Prof. Al-Ma'aitah has authored a number of articles on public health, nursing, gender issues, social development and other subjects that have appeared in leading scientific journals. She was also the editor and author of a chapter in the first book published in Arabic entitled “Gender Dimensions of Women’s

Empowerment in the Arab World.”

Member of the Nurse Politicians Network, Member of the Advisory board of the Anna Lindh Euro-Mediterranean Foundation, Member of The Technical Advisory Committee to The Regional Director,

WHO/EMRO, Chairperson of the national committee for social, education and economic development under the JORDAN SCENARIOS PROJECT. Founding member of the National Women Health Care Center and vice president of the Council, Founding member of the Jordanian Nursing Council. Former Member of the Senate of the Euro-Mediterranean University (EMUNI University), Former Member of the innovation and

competitiveness national council, Former Chairperson of the Global Advisory Group in the World Health Organization/Geneva, Former Member of the Advisory Higher Committee for Women Empowerment in Malaysia, Former Member of the Jordan First Initiative.



Louise Fitzpatrick





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