The Arab British Chamber of Commerce, in association with The Embassy of Lebanon in UK and Healthcare Engineering at University College London (UCL), invites you to join ABCC Webinar  “EMERGENCY RECONSTRUCTION OF BEIRUT HOSPITALS - How we can help” on 9th December 2020 from 11:00 to 12:00 GMT.

This event will address the immediate and longer term needs of the health sector in Beirut as the people continue to recover from this devastating experience and start to rebuild Beirut. The discussion will explore the options for co-operation between UK and the Lebanese health sector.


His Excellency Mr Rami Mortada, Ambassador of Lebanon to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland

H E Mr Rami Mortada is the Ambassador of Lebanon to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland having taken up his post in London in 2017. His Excellency joined the Lebanese foreign service in 1993 and was promoted to ambassador in 2012.
During his career, he has served his country in various capacities in many different countries with postings in Muscat, Paris, New York, Damascus and Brussels. Prior to coming to the UK, H E Mr Rami Mortada was Ambassador to Belgium and the European Union from 2013-2017. 
He was educated in Beirut and Paris where he gained academic qualifications in international law and political science.
The ambassador is married with two children.

Prof. Rebecca Shipley of healthcare engineering at University College London (UCL).
Rebecca Shipley is a Professor of healthcare engineering at University College London (UCL). Her research focuses on the development and application of computational models in biology and medicine, for example in cancer growth and response to therapy, nervous system tissue engineering, and data-driven learning of physiological models of intensive care patients. She is co-director of the UCL Centre for Nerve Engineering, the first Centre in the UK to bring together engineering and physical sciences with the life and clinical sciences to tackle translational nerve engineering problem, and she also holds an EPSRC healthcare technologies fellowship in this area. In 2020 Rebecca was awarded an EPSRC Hub for Mathematical Sciences in Healthcare, to set up a new research Centre to bring together the mathematical, statistical, engineering and computational sciences to develop new data-driven models of human physiology, and use them to inform clinical design making in intensive care. Rebecca is Director of the UCL Institute of Healthcare Engineering and Vice Dean (Health) for the UCL Faculty of Engineering Sciences. In these roles, she coordinates interdisciplinary research activities within healthcare engineering across Engineering, SLMS and the UCL Partner Hospitals at UCL. In 2020, Rebecca co-led an interdisciplinary team (UCL Ventura) to develop life-saving breathing aids for COVID-19 patients. The programme is a collaboration between UCL mechanical engineers, UCLH doctors and Mercedes-AMG HPP (Formula 1). The team manufactured 10,000 devices which are now in use in over 110 NHS hospitals. They have made the designs available at no cost to over 1900 teams in 105 countries, and have worked extensively with UK government and international teams to enable manufacture and supply of the UCL-Ventura kits globally. The UCL-Ventura team were awarded the Royal Academy of Engineering President’s Special Award for Pandemic Service in Summer 2020.

Dr Jihad Makkouk ,MD,MBA/MHM, Chief of Hospitals, Dispensaries, And Medical Professions Service at The Ministry of Public Health. 
Dr Jihad Makkouk is the chief of hospitals, dispensaries and medical professions service at the Lebanese Ministry Of Public Health since 2016, he received his education in Italy gaining a doctor of medicine from the University of Padova; and double master’s  degree in Hospital and Health Management from the Ecole Supérieure des Affaires (ESA), Beirut, and in Public-Health from the University of Paris Diderot University-Paris VII.

Professor Mark Wilson OBE, Consultant neurosurgeon at (Imperial Hospitals NHS Trust)
Mark Wilson is a Consultant Neurosurgeon (Imperial Hospitals NHS Trust) and Pre-Hospital Doctor (Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance). He is also Clinical Professor of Brain Injury (Imperial College London) and Hon Professor (the Gibson Chair) of Pre-Hospital Care (Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh). His specialist interests are traumatic and hypoxic brain injury. He has worked extensively overseas in many medical roles. Mark is also co-founder and medical director of GoodSAM (, a platform that is revolutionising volunteering and emergency services around the world through crowd-sourcing care and the innovative use of video and artificial intelligence to aid emergency response. This, and his work for (providing a free advanced telemedicine service), has been recognised nationally and internationally. 

Nour Najem, BS, BA, MBA, Social Entrepreneur.
Nour is a serial social entrepreneur. She believes design’s true purpose is to draw change and out of the box solutions. Through her eponymous label, she has consulted and partnered up with Caritas, L’Artisan du Liban, Phenomenal Women, as well as other vulnerable communities. In 2013, she founded Kenzah in parallel to her brand, to preserve, develop and transmit traditional craftsmanship, and more recently Lebanon Needs, to provide vulnerable populations with essential survival requirements. She believes design can activate social led change for the country.

Prof. Mervyn Singer MB BS MD FRCP(Lon) FRCP(Edin) FFICM, Professor of Intensive Care Medicine,  University College London. 
Mervyn Singer is Professor of Intensive Care Medicine at University College London. His research focusses primarily on sepsis, tissue oxygenation, shock, and novel monitoring techniques. He was the first intensivist to be awarded Senior Investigator status by the National Institute for Health Research, is current Chair of the International Sepsis Forum, co-led the ‘Sepsis-3’ international taskforce that redefined sepsis, and sits on the UK Covid Critical Care Guidelines Committee. 
He has authored/edited several textbooks including the Oxford Handbook of Critical Care and Oxford Textbook of Critical Care. He developed a haemodynamic monitor now in use in >30 countries, a monitor of tissue oxygenation currently in clinical trials, and has two novel ‘home-grown’ drug therapies in development, one of which will hopefully progress to human trials in 2021-2. He was part of the UCL-Mercedes F1 team that developed the ‘UCL-Ventura’ CPAP respiratory support device now being used in many countries around the world.

Dr Naji Abi Rached, Medical Director,Lebanese Hospital Geitaoui-UMC.
Dr Naji J. Abirached is a Cardiologist and Medical Director at Lebanese Hospital Geitaoui-UMC, in Beirut. He received his education in Lebanon and France gaining a doctor of medicine from the St Joseph University, Beirut in 1998; subsequently, he studied at the Faculty of Medicine of Paris-Est Créteil University (Paris XII) where he was awarded a Diploma in Interventional Cardiology in 2000. More recently, Dr Abirached received a Hospital and Health Management from the Ecole Supérieure des Affaires (ESA), Beirut. 


Mr Bandar Reda, Secretary General & CEO, The Arab British Chamber of Commerce.
Mr Bandar Reda took up his position as Secretary General and CEO of the ABCC on 1st March 2019. As CEO for the Chamber, Mr Reda will contribute his expertise and a proven track record, along with his combined experience as a diplomat and extensive hands-on experience in the private sector to help bring the Chamber to the next level. Mr Reda has a distinguished professional career of more than a decade in banking and corporate industry at SABB HSBC Saudi Arabia, prior to taking up senior positions in the diplomatic service of his country, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, as the Commercial Attaché in the UK & Europe and before that in Italy and the Saudi delegation to BIE in Paris. Mr Reda holds a BA in Economics and Business Administration from Orlando USA. He was an Executive Member of the Saudi-Italian Business Council, Council of Saudi Chambers; a Member of the Business Youth Committee, Jeddah Chamber of Commerce; a Member of the Saudi Economy Association; and a Member of the Saudi Arabian legal accountants. Mr Bandar Reda’s undoubted experience and abilities is clearly demonstrated in his extensive career of service in both public and private sectors. This appointment will enable him to make a vital contribution to the strengthening of the Chamber’s activities and extend its influence as the leading strategic business services organisation in the UK working to improve bilateral trade.

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