Dr. Hossam Elsharkawi

Vice President, Health in Emergencies: Learning and Innovation

Dr. Hossam Elsharkawi is the Vice President of Health in Emergencies: Learning and Innovation at Canadian Red Cross.  He oversees the Health in Emergencies networking, standards, accreditation, and field trainings for preparedness and response to catastrophic events domestically and internationally.

For over 30 years, Hossam has been training teams, setting up field hospitals, and leading the response to complex humanitarian emergencies including epidemics, earthquakes, hurricanes, and wars.

His extensive experience includes being head of Canadian Red Cross’ Emergencies Response Team and Vice President of International Operations with assignments to more than thirty-five countries and complex humanitarian negotiations. He recently 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 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.