Dr Hossam Elsharkawi is a seasoned professional and leader with over 30 years of experience in the humanitarian world, the healthcare sector and the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.
In his humanitarian journey, Hossam has been for past 10 years Vice President for the Canadian Red Cross. He has also worked with ICRC, IFRC, Norwegian Red Cross and Palestine Red Crescent.
Hossam has been leading the preparedness and response to complex humanitarian emergencies – including epidemics, earthquakes, hurricanes, and wars. He has managed teams responding to catastrophic events domestically and internationally. He has also focused on the capacity strengthening of National Societies, learning and innovation.
His extensive experience includes assignments to more than thirty-five countries and led complex humanitarian negotiations. He completed a one-year assignment as Senior Consultant for the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, where he developed a guidance document for medical teams responding to health emergencies in armed conflict and insecure environments. Hossam has a Bachelor of Science in Clinical Biochemistry from the University of Alberta, a Certificate in Healthcare Management from the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, and a PhD in Health Management from City University in London, England. He is currently an Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia and guest faculty at McGill and McMaster Universities. He teaches disaster response and healthcare in complex humanitarian crises. He has authored or edited more than a dozen publications and presentations on issues dealing with humanitarian work, disaster response, healthcare and medical technology, and capacity building.
Hossam, who is married and is a father of two, is fluent in English and Arabic, and possesses a basic grasp of French.