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H.E. professor Mohammed G.A. Al Maadheed

Director General, Naufar

His Excellency Professor Mohammed Al Maadheed MD, PhD, MSc, is the acting Director General at Naufar and the Healthcare Advisor to His Highness Sheikh Jassim Bin Hamad Al Thani, the Personal Representative of His Highness The Amir. He has served as the Director General and Project Director of the Anti-doping Lab, Qatar, which was inaugurated in December 2012, and continues to provide stewardship as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees, receiving WADA Accreditation in 2015.

Professor Al Maadheed has undertaken key leadership roles in Qatar’s Healthcare Sector holding the position as the Vice Chairperson of the Board of Directors and Chairperson of the Executive Committee of the Supreme Council of Health (2014 – 2016). He was appointed as the Chairperson of the ‘Executive Group for a Healthy Population’ which was tasked with the development of the Qatar National Health Strategy (2011-2016). In October 2017, he was appointed as a visiting Professor at University College London (UCL) in the School of Life and Medical Sciences and in September 2019, as the Head, Centre for Metabolism & Inflammation, Research Department of Inflammation, Division of Medicine at UCL (at the Royal Free Hospital Campus). He also supervises PhD students in the fields of Sports Medicine, Strategic Planning and Management of Public Health and Humanitarian fields.

Professor Al Maadheed has over thirty years’ professional experience both nationally and internationally with governments, NGOs, and the private sectors in Healthcare, Sports Medicine, anti-doping, and Humanitarian fields in addition to being considered as a thought leader in Sports Medicine and Anti-Doping in the State of Qatar. As such, he has established the first National Sports Medicine Centre in Qatar in 1992 and been instrumental in transforming the vision for a comprehensive sports medicine facility into a new state-of-the-art and purpose-built Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Hospital as Director General of Aspetar (2003-2012). Professor Al Maadheed also served as member of the FIFA Medical Committee (2010 – 2017).

As the President of the Qatar Red Crescent since 2011, he has been active in the humanitarian fields, speaking internationally on different humanitarian issues and has been honoured by organisations worldwide. He was elected and served as the Vice-President of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent for Asia from 2009 to 2013. He was the Chair of the ‘Board Priorities Oversight Group’ for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent (2012-2013). He was Board Member of the Human Rights Commission of Qatar (2007-2011). He is also Board Member for Qatar International Development Fund and Qatar Fund for Social, Humanitarian & Sport Development and is on the World Economic for Middle East since 2011. In 2017, he was recognized as the ‘Person of the Year 2017 in the field of International Peace’ by Qatar Youth Hostels. In 2016, he was awarded with the ‘Presidential Medal for Social Responsibility’ in Sudan. He has also authored multiple articles and papers and has written and published on the subject of human dignity and other humanitarian issues.

Dr Khalifa Jeham Al-Kuwari

Assistant Director General, Naufar

Dr Khalifa Jeham Al-Kuwari, MD, is the Assistant Director General at Naufar. As a Senior Healthcare Management Executive and a practicing physician, he has undertaken many roles, internationally and nationally, in the field of healthcare.
Prior to working at Naufar, he was appointed as Chairman of the Medical Commission at the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (since 2016) and served as the Director General of Aspetar Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Hospital (2013-2016). His two decades worth of experience in the field have included working as a Specialist community Medicine Physician in Hamad Medical Corporation, and as the Chief Executive Office of Aspetar Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Hospital.

Dr Al-Kuwari’s extensive experience with complex healthcare systems have led him to be an esteemed member of the Weill Cornell Medical College Continuous Professional Development Advisory Board, and of the National Continuing Care Design Oversight Committee for Qatar’s National Health Strategy – which looks into constructing a framework for continuing care in Qatar through connecting and integrating services for rehabilitation, intermediate and long-term care, home care and community support.

His various achievements include attaining F-MARC Accreditation for Aspetar Hospital as a FIFA Medical Centre of Excellence since 2009, the GCC accreditation of Aspetar as the first GCC reference Centre for Sports Medicine 2013, and as a regional centre for the “Exercise is Medicine” Initiative in 2015. He was also able to have Aspetar attain an accreditation as an International Olympic Committee Research Centre for the Prevention of Injury and Protection of Athlete in 2014.

Additionally, he partnered with the Algerian Football Federation, the Paris Saint Germaine, and the Ivory Coast Team to provide medical coverage, inaugurated Aspire4Sport – the Global Summit related to Football Performance & Science in 2012.

Ms Annette Dale-Perera

Chief Excutive Officer, Naufar

Prior to Naufar, since 2014, Ms. Annette Dale – Perera was Director of adpconsultancyUK. She was a consultant and trainer for international agencies including the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the World Health Organisation (WHO); the European Monitoring Centre on Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA), Colombo Plan, ECOWAS, and international technology transfer centres (ITTC)s. From 2016, she was the lead consultant on quality assurance in substance use disorder (SUD) treatment for UNODC and Colombo Plan, working with over 20 countries to improve SUD treatment services and systems and helping establish the International Consortium on Quality (ICQ).

Ms. Dale – Perera is a visiting academic at Middlesex University in London, UK, and worked on transforming Universal Treatment Curricula (UTC) courses to on-line moodle platform. She is also an advisor on the Treatment Expert Advisory Group for the UTC, Colombo Plan.

Prior to this, Ms. Dale – Perera was NHS Strategic Director of Addition and Offender Health Care (2008-2014) based in London, UK and managed SUD treatment services for more than 10,000 patients a year, in the community, in-patient and in prisons.

Her national positions in the UK have included a UK government advisor (ACMD 2011-19). She was Director of Quality (for England) (2001-2008) for the National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse (NTA) responsible for ensuring the quality of treatment services during expansion by developing clinical guidelines, standards and inspection mechanisms, managing research grants, implementing national workforce initiatives and development of a national outcome monitoring system (TOP). Prior to this she was Director of Policy and Practice for DrugScope (1995-2001) – an NGO umbrella body for SUD treatment and prevention.

Ms. Dale – Perera has been involved in the development and as a Trustee of various charities including: Westminster Drug Project; Adfam and Build on Belief (peer-led charity for people with SUD).

She was a Research Fellow for the University of London (1989-1995). Annette began her career working in residential rehabilitation units and community-based opioid treatment services (1983- 1989). Her psychology degree is from the University of Leeds, UK , followed by 2-years post graduate training in psycho-therapeutic groupwork and counselling with the Richmond Fellowship in London.

Ms. Dale – Perera is an accomplished speaker, lecturer and trainer. She has written numerous national and international SUD guidance documents and is published in academic journals.


Mr Saleh Bin Ali Al Muhanadi

Chief Operation Officer, Naufar

Mr Saleh Al Muhanadi is the Chief Operating Officer at Naufar since 2016. He has served in key positions at Naufar as a trusted leader and a strategic thinker, contributing to significant progress for the organisation in the scope and volume of its operations during his service.

His strategic guidance is a strong contributor to Naufar’s journey to become a Centre of Excellence. During his tenure, Naufar has achieved various sustainability certifications and implemented an internationally recognized quality system.

Having started his career as a military leader, he has a strong passion toward peace making and preserving human dignity in difficult times. After years of volunteering for the noble cause of Qatar Red Crescent (QRC), he also served the role of the Secretary General of the Qatar Red Crescent , Director of, Relief, and International Relations Since then, he has been recognised locally and internationally for his commitment to the humanitarian cause.

Prior to this, Mr. Al Muhanadi was lead the Facilities and Support Services Department at Aspetar hospital for two years, a result of the added value of his extensive experience in humanitarian issues and training in the medical subjects, in addition to his personal interest in seeking public safety and wellbeing.

He has also represented QRC and the State of Qatar in major International Conferences and Forums leading discussions, emergency appeals and negotiations on behalf of the communication for the vulnerables during crises. As such, he represented the State of Qatar in Hugo Agreements in Japan in 2005 and at the United Nation Conference addressing Anti-Personal Mines. He was also a member of the board of trustees in the Independent Schools Education System and the Permanent Emergency Committee from 2005-2007.

Mr Al Muhanadi has given lectures and conducted research some of which are in the field of Resource Development in Civil Society Organizations. As a devoted volunteer with a passion for positive social development, he served several social and civil societies, NGOs and government bodies; and was entrusted to successfully lead community services and relief missions at the State level.