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MENA Chapter

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Chapter was launched in December 2019. The launching took place at the 4th International Conference on Mass Gathering Medicine in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and was led by the efforts of Dr. Anas Khan.


  • Define relevant disaster and mergency health care practice issues in the region; including Mass Gathering Medicine, Emergency Medical Response and CBRN;
  • Promote the importance of disaster and emergency health care through publications, social media and other media, and conferences and other professional events that provide a platform for to showcase the Chapter’s activities in the MENA region;
  • Develop, promote and exchange scientific and professional information relevant to the MENA regional;
  • Develop disaster health care cooperation regionally through the MENA region;
  • Inform and advise the WADEM BoD on matters related to the Regional Chapter.

Chapter Officers

Anas Khan, MBBS, MHA, SBEM
ChairSaudi Arabia

Dr. Khan is currently the Director-General of the Global Center for Mass Gatherings Medicine (GCMGM), Ministry of Health, Saudi Arabia, a WHO Collaborative Center. In addition, he is a Faculty and Attending of Emergency and Disaster Medicine at King Saud University (KSU). He earned his MBBS from the College of Medicine and his Master of Health Administration (MHA) from the College of Business, at KSU. He got his residency training in Emergency Medicine in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and became Saudi and Arab Boards certified. After that, he went to pursue his fellowship in Disaster Medicine at Harvard and became an active member of the Harvard Arab Alumni (HAA), and Saudi Harvard Alumni Club. Moreover, He got certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP) and Healthcare Quality (CPHQ).

Dr. Khan participated in many national committees. He has published many articles in peer-reviewed journals and wrote chapters in text-books. In addition, he lectured at many international conferences and universities in Saudi Arabia and the United States. Lastly, he is the Track Supervisor for Disaster Management in the MPH at KSU.

Khaldoon Alkhaldi, MD
Vice ChairUnited Arab Emirates

Dr. AlKhaldi is a Consultant of Emergency Medicine in Shaikh Khalifa Medical City (SKMC) Abu Dhabi. Dr. AlKhaldi is a UAE Graduate from the Medical School of UAE University and board-certified in Emergency Medicine from Rennes University-France. Dr. AlKhaldi completed three Harvard Affiliated fellowships: Disaster Medicine, International EMS and Pre-Hospital Care and Crisis leadership. Among many exercises, he participated in evaluating the medical response in the Federal Capstone Exercise 2014: Alaska Shield, a federal disaster drill, and worked as a section author on the new edition of Dr. Gregory R. Ciottone's Disaster Medicine Book.

He is an evaluator in UAE government excellence programs. His particular interests within the realm of disaster medicine include Mass Gathering Medicine, International EMS, and Disaster Preparedness. Also, he has extensive experience in emergency and healthcare management, demonstrating exemplary leadership credentials and organization skills whilst working for the Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA). A dedicated individual with a proven track record in successfully directing the execution of strategies and ensuring the effective delivery of safe and reliable healthcare across the SEHA entities through healthcare-related projects. Dr. AlKhaldi has held many leadership positions while working in Corporate SEHA (among which was Executive Project Manager and Acting Deputy Chief of Total Quality Division).

Chapter Committee

  • Dr. Nomai Mukhtar, Chapter Secretary
  • Dr. Nisreen Maghraby
  • Dr. Abdullah Al-Hadhira
  • Dr. Loui Alsulimani
  • Dr. Yousef I. Al-Awad
  • Dr. Nidaa A. Bajow
  • Mr. Ahmed A. Aldayes
  • Dr. Taha Masri
  • Mr. Mohammed Abahussain
  • Dr. Adham S. Bardeesi
  • Mr. Maged Alsaihani