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Africa & Middle East - Associates

  • David Axtell

    David has been living in the Gulf since 1995. He has worked for 10 years for expatriates insurer Interglobal, setting-up their regional presence in the Middle East and managing the region from their office, then in Bahrain. Since 2000 he has set-up his own consultancy, IT Global, advising insurers throughout the GCC region

    Organisation: IT Global  

    Position: Consultant  

    Location:  Bahrain
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  • Abdellatif Imani

    After 10 years of investment banking with Societe Generale in France and Morroco, Abdellatif has founded Ascent Capital Partners, an independent investment bank specialised primarily in mergers & acquisitions, investment and infrastructure financing advisory, and capital raising from international financial and strategic investors.

    Organisation: Ascent Capital Partners 

    Position: Founding Partner

    Location:  Morocco
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  • Kevin Thomas

    Kevin has over 20 years experience in the international medical assistance market, managing medical claims management, international medical assistance services and evacuations and assisting clients in managing their medical expenses across multiple regions throughout Africa, and in particular in high demand countries such as South Africa, Kenya, Zambia, Egypt, Iraq. He holds board positions with leading TPAs of the continent: MSO and Interhealth.

    Organisation: MSO International  

    Position: Executive 

    Location:  South Africa
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  • Ziad Shuman

    Over 32 years of health insurance and reinsurance experience in a wide range of roles in many countries including USA, Bermuda, the Caribbean, Latin America and the Middle East. Ziad is currently in charge of the development of GlobeMed operations in Nigeria and across the southern Africa region.

    Organisation: GlobeMed Nigeria 

    Position: General Manager  

    Location:  SubSaharan Africa
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  • Dr. Ayham Refaat

    Dr Refaat is the founder of AccuMed, a healthcare management company specialized in the revenue cycle management of medical facilities in the Middle East. Prior to AccuMed, he has held several senior managerial positions in international insurance companies such as Alico and InterGlobal. His career allowed him to develop strong relationships with the main stakeholders of the healthcare sector in the Middle East and a wide exposure to the healthcare systems in the GCC region, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Libya, Sudan, UK, France, USA, Singapore, Philippine, Malaysia and Vietnam. 

    Organisation: AccuMed Practice Management 

    Position: Founder & Managing Director

    Location:  Dubai, UAE
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  • Danielle Rizk

    Danielle has over 20 years of management experience in diverse healthcare settings in business planning and growth, including executive roles in hospitals, insurance companies, consulting companies, and solutions providers. She has worked in various hospitals in the U.S. and the Middle East, in healthcare insurance at CIGNA International, and for health and wellbeing solutions provider Healthways, as the vice president of the international division, where she worked on winning government contracts to deliver population-based health management programs in Australia and France. Other International experience includes North America, Europe, Australia/Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.

    Organisation: Healthways International 

    Position: Vice President, International Business Development 

    Location:  UAE / Abu Dhabi.
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Business:  A boutique healthcare business consultancy covering the Middle East region and GCC region generally.
Industry Focus: The consultancy focuses on identification of potential acquisitions as well as product enhancement. Other areas include analysis and escalation of distribution channels, review of cost-containment measures, regional strategic reviews and recruitment. 
Location: Bahrain 

Business: Milliman, Inc. operates as an actuarial and consulting company
Industry Focus: Employee benefits, healthcare, investment, life insurance
Services: Pricing consulting; analysis and improvement of effectiveness of health management programmes; analysis of hospital efficiency; development of medical management programmes 
Products: Health Costs Guidelines - indicating the costs of many operations globally to enable better pricing, product design and prediction of future claim trend; Medical Underwriting Guidelines – indicating best practices per procedure; Med Insight: a data warehousing and analytical tool box
Locations: Based in Seattle, Washington with additional offices in the Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America, and North America. We work with its healthcare practice units, out of London and New York 
Contacts: Joanne Buckle, lead consultant in UK healthcare practice; Rob Parke: healthcare practice director, New York