AJAY K. SINGH, MBBS, MBA, FRCP
Chief Academic Officer (CAO), Harvard Medical School Dubai Center (HMSDC) Executive Director, Dubai Harvard Foundation for Medical Research
Dr. Singh is Chief Academic Officer at HMSDC and Executive Director, Dubai Harvard Foundation of Medical Research. Dr. Singh did his undergraduate and medical training in England at University College School of Medicine. He moved to Boston in 1987 for his clinical and research renal fellowship at Tufts-New England Medical Center, which he completed in 1992 and joined the faculty at Tufts. In 1998 he moved to the Brigham and Women’s Hospital as Clinical Director of the Renal Division and Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. The Brigham of Women’s Hospital is one of the principal teaching hospitals of Harvard Medical School. This past year, he accepted the position of Director, Postgraduate Medical Education in the Department of Medicine at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
Dr. Singh’s interests are in clinical research – with a particular focus on chronic kidney disease, and in education both in leading several Harvard CME courses as well as lecturing both nationally and internationally. He is the author of over 100 original contributions and review articles, as well as author/editor of 3 books in nephrology. Dr. Singh is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in London UK and has an MBA from Boston University.
ROBIN WHEATLEY, MA
Director of Administration and Resource Development of the Dubai Harvard Foundation for Medical Research
Robin Wheatley joined the Dubai Harvard Foundation for Medical Research in June 2004, having worked previously at the University of Miami, Florida, and The Johns Hopkins University and Medical Institutions, Baltimore, Maryland. His experience in academic fundraising and program development has included matching philanthropists, philanthropic organizations, foreign governments and government agencies with faculty research programs. He has worked extensively in the Middle East, Central and South America, and Europe.
He is responsible for the planning and implementation of the Foundation’s development goals, as well as the short- and long-term operations which includes: working with the Foundation’s generous donors and Founder Members, Board of Trustees, members of staff in Boston and Dubai, Harvard Medical School’s and Harvard University’s administration, and the Harvard and broader international scientific research and academic communities.
JASMIN MEHOVIC, MA
Program Manager, Dubai Harvard Foundation for Medical Research
Jasmin Mehovic manages local and international operations of the Dubai Harvard Foundation for Medical Research and administrative systems for the Foundation’s Boston office. He also manages Foundation's grants and fellowships programs, general financial operations and foundation's events planning, including scientific symposia, Science Writer Fellowships program and fundraising events in United States and abroad. Working closely with Foundation and Harvard Medical School (HMS) senior staff and international partners, he helps plan and implement communication and public relations policies, procedures and strategies for the Foundation. Jasmin joined the Dubai Harvard Foundation in 2006. He also worked as the Program Coordinator for the Giovanni Armenise-Harvard Foundation for Medical Research in 2006-2007.
Prior to joining Dubai Harvard Foundation, Jasmin has worked at the Harvard Institute for English Language Programs, Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Georgetown College, Washington, DC. He holds a Master’s degree in Communication, Culture and Technology from Georgetown University.
DR. MUNA AL-SAFFAR, MBCHB, MSC, CCGC
Research Project Manager, Dubai Harvard Foundation for Medical Research
Muna Al-Saffar joined the DHFMR team in 2007. She is responsible to identify regional investigators to collaborate with other international researchers, identify potential research fellowship candidates for training & funding, and assist in the development of research policies. Currently, she is based in Dubai and in charge of the Autism Study in the UAE in collaboration with Dr. Walsh’s Laboratory and the Children’s Hospital in Boston.
Muna has more than 25 years of experience in the clinical and research field of immunology & genetics in different countries including Iraq, Kuwait, Canada, and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. She holds a Medical Degree that enabled her to enhance her knowledge during her training in Montreal. In the year 2000, she attained Masters Degree in Genetic Counselling from McGill University and the Canadian Certification for Genetic Counsellors (CCGC). She enriched her skills through clinical research at McGill University for about 10 years. While she gained her extensive genetic training through the genetic program at Montreal General Hospital, Royal Victoria Hospital & the Children’s Hospital in Montreal. Her publications reflect her interest in immunogenetic research and academic involvement in the field of hereditary cancer genetics.
Senior Executive, Dubai Harvard Foundation for Medical Research
Sulaiman Baharoun joined the Dubai Harvard Foundation for Medical Research in September 2008. He is responsible of day-to-day operations and provides administrative support to the DHFMR Dubai office. Prior to joining Dubai Harvard Foundation, Sulaiman has worked at continuing medical and professional education programs at Harvard Medical School Dubai Center (HMSDC). He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from UAE University, and is a graduate of the trainee program with Tatweer.