Dr. Ali El Haj

Chief Executive Officer - Ardens Health & Chairman Of Governance, Leadership& Research Division

Over the past 35 years, Dr. Elhaj worked as a Chief Executive Officer in several healthcare systems throughout the United States, Iraq and Lebanon.
He continued his studies in Human Rights Law, Educational Psychology, and Healthcare Management at Wayne State University, The University of Michigan and Saint Thomas University.

Currently, Elhaj is Chief Executive Officer at Ardens Health. Previously, he was Chief Executive Officer and a Board member at Clemenceau Medical Center Dubaiand before that the Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board of Directors at Faruk Medical City, Sulimania, Kurdistan Region, Iraq, the Chairman & General Manager of Veritas Scientific , Research & Development Council, Founding Governing Board member of Medrar Medical Center and a chair of the Executive Committee of the Board at Taiba Hospital in Kuwait, previously, Managing Director for Health Care Management. Oversaw the management and development of a full healthcare system in Lebanon and the Region, Chair of the scientific committee program (Norms/Health and Technology Management) at the Lebanese University, and a Healthcare Subject Matter Expert and a healthcare consumer protection expert and advocate. Previous advisor to the Ministry of Health, and a member of the Ministry of Health National Accreditation and standard development committee. Co-Author of the proposed Universal Healthcare Coverage proposal by MoH and a Co-Author the newly developed hospitals accreditation standards.

Elhaj served on the Board of Directors of several healthcare systems, most notably the National Association of Healthcare Systems in USA.
Elhaj received several awards including the CEO of the Year award for outstanding clinical and operational excellence from Charter Medical Corporation, Outstanding Services to the field of healthcare from the University of Nevada, and the President awards for outstanding services to support and promote the nursing profession from the American Psychiatric Nursing Association.

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Panel 5
September 26, 2023
9:30 am


26 September
Time:  9:30 am - 10:30 am


Strong leaders and leadership talents are essential in leading tomorrow's healthcare. They must possess the skills and qualities necessary to navigate the complexities of the healthcare landscape, drive innovation, and inspire positive change. These leaders are characterized by a unique blend of traits, including vision, adaptability, empowerment, ethical decision-making, collaboration, continuous learning, emotional intelligence, and strategic talent management.

Drawing from their successful careers as leaders of renowned healthcare institutions, our panelists from prominent Arab institutions will delve into their experiences and share their visions for future healthcare leadership. They will present real-world models that can serve as inspiration for the next generation of leaders. Through their expertise, skills, qualities, and talents, they will underscore the strategies needed to foster the development of future healthcare leaders. Their insights will focus on equipping the next generation with the necessary skills and capabilities to navigate the evolving healthcare landscape and play a pivotal role in shaping the healthcare workforce of the future.

By learning from these accomplished leaders and their journeys, the audience will gain valuable insights into the qualities and competencies required to effectively lead tomorrow's healthcare. This session will serve as a platform to inspire and empower the future generation of healthcare leaders, ensuring that they are well-prepared to tackle the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

They will have the opportunity to learn from them strong financial management skills, strategic planning expertise, collaborative approaches, data-driven decision-making, and focus on value-based care. These insights will help them navigate the challenges posed by escalating costs while ensuring the delivery of high-quality, accessible, and affordable healthcare services and will also shed light on the future of the workforce, providing valuable guidance for the leaders of tomorrow.

Panel 4
September 25, 2023
4:00 pm


25 September
Time:  4:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Leading tomorrow's healthcare ecosystem involves anticipating and embracing emerging trends, technologies, and challenges that will shape the future of healthcare.

Healthcare policy plays a vital role in shaping the future of the healthcare ecosystem by creating an environment that fosters collaboration, drives innovation, ensures quality care, promotes financial sustainability, facilitates data sharing, improves population health, and upholds ethical standards.

The future of healthcare financing is marked by the transition to value-based care and the increasing use of alternative payment models, as well the integration of advanced technologies that will lead to better outcomes, without forgetting the vital role of evolving standards, compliance, and regulations to ensure a resilient healthcare ecosystem.

A focus on patient-centered care is central to leading tomorrow's healthcare ecosystem and collaboration between healthcare organizations, governments, and other stakeholders to enhance patient access to healthcare and lead to more equitable healthcare systems.

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