Prof. Ossama A Hamid

Brief Biography:

Professor of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt

President of Pan African Federation of Otolaryngological Societies PAFOS

Member in national and international otolaryngology societies, including American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head Neck Surgery Speaker in national, regional and international conferences Publications in national and international peer-reviewed journals.

Prof. Isaac Muthure Macharia

Brief Biography:

Prof. Isaac Muthure Macharia MB,ChB M.Med (ENT), FCS (ECSA) Professor of ENT, University of Nairobi , Department of Surgery and Consultant ENT Surgeon, Kenyatta National Hospital. Past President of PAFOS and currently IFOS regional Secretary for Africa and Middle East More than 25 years experience in ENT, Head and Neck surgery with special interests in Allergy and Sleep Medicine, Ear and Hearing care, Laryngology, ENT, Head and Neck Surgery education.

Prof. Darlene Lubbe

Brief Biography:

Prof. Darlene Lubbe is an Associate Professor in the Division of Otolaryngology at Groote Schuur Hospital at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Her main interest is Rhinology, focusing on the resection of both benign and malignant lesions involving the sinonasal cavity and anterior skull base. She currently runs the Karl Storz training programme in endoscopic sinus surgery for Sub-Saharan Africa, running workshops across Africa.

She has recently started working closely with an Ophthalmology-Neurosurgery team for transorbital resection of intracranial and orbital tumours.

Prof. Pankaj Chaturvedi 

Brief Biography:

Dr Pankaj Chaturvedi  MBBS,MS,FAIS,FICS,FACS,MNAMS  is Professor and Head and Neck cancer Surgeon at Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai. Dr Chaturvedi did his medical schooling and post graduation in General Surgery at Banaras Hindu University. He was adjudged the best Intern and the best post graduate during his tenure in Banaras Hindu University. Later, he decided to work in field of surgical oncology and received his formal training at Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai. He has been invited as visiting faculty in 22 institutions in 18 countries.  He is member of several prestigious national and international organizations and he is reviewer of several leading journals and he is the editor of the Textbook of Head and Neck Surgery. He is the Assistant Editor of the International Journal of Head and Neck surgery. He has authored 6 book chapters and more than 100 papers in international peer reviewed journals.

Prof. Katrin Neumann

Brief Biography:

Prof. Katrin Neumann, M.D., is Head of the Dept. of Phoniatrics and Paediatric Audiology and of the Hearing and Cochlea Implant Center at the University of Bochum, Germany. She chairs the Technology Committee of Coalition on Global Hearing Health and chaired the Audiology Committee of the International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics (IALP) where she works also as consultant in the Fluency Committee.

Her research focuses are: examination of speech, language, and hearing processes with neuro-imaging techniques, implementation of new born hearing screening, language screenings for children, and of a neonatal CMV screening, diagnostic, and intervention screening programs for children, population medicine in paediatric audiology, nature and treatment of stuttering, signal analysis in voice physiology and pathology, singer´s voice, diagnostics, treatment and rehabilitation of children with hearing aids, CIs, and other hearing implants.

Prof. Johan Fagan

Brief Biography:

Prof. Johan Fagan is Chairman of Otorhinolaryngology at the University of Cape Town, President of the South African College of Otorhinolaryngologists, and executive committee member of the Pan African Federation of Otolaryngologic Societies (PAFOS) and the International Federation of Otolaryngologic Societies (IFOS). He has written >150 articles and book chapters.

He established the Karl Storz Fellowship in Advanced Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Cape Town and recently graduated the 10 African head and neck surgeon. He also maintains an educational website for surgeons in developing countries http://www.entdev.uct.ac.za/, and edits the free “Open Access Atlas of Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Operative Surgery” and “Open Access Guide to Audiology and Hearing Aids” http://www.entdev.uct.ac.za/guides/, of which chapters have been downloaded > ¾ million times.

Dr Shelly Chadha

Brief Biography:

Dr Shelly Chadha was trained as an otolaryngologist at the University of Delhi, India and subsequently undertook doctoral studies in public health at the same university. Prior to joining WHO in 2011, she was working as a Professor of Otolaryngology at the Maulana Azad Medical College in New Delhi, India. She has long-standing experience in community ear and hearing care, planning and policy development for hearing care.

Dr Chadha served as a member of the national committee for development of National Programme for Prevention and Control of Deafness in India. She was closely associated with the development of the Sound Hearing 2030 initiative in the South East Asia region and served as an advisor to CBM.

Shelly oversees WHO’s work on prevention of deafness and hearing loss including advocacy for prioritisation of hearing care; technical support to countries for development of hearing care strategies and development of technical tools and guidance.

Prof. James E. Saunders

Brief Biography:

Dr. James E. Saunders is an Associate Professor of Otology / Neurotology at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. He completed an M.D. at University of Oklahoma, Residency Training and a Research Fellowship in Otolaryngology at Duke University Medical Center, and a Research and Clinical Fellowship at the House Ear Institute in Los Angeles. In addition to an active clinical practice and teaching responsibilities, Dr. Saunders has published many articles on sudden sensorineural hearing loss, the microbiology of chronic otitis, hearing loss genetics, surgical management of ear disease, and the epidemiology of hearing loss. He serves as an Associate Editor for the Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery journal and as a reviewer for many other scientific journals

Dr. Saunders has been involved with many projects related to the etiology, prevention and treatment of hearing loss in the developing world including collaborations with the World Health Organization and the Global Burden of Disease Project. He currently serves as the Coordinator for International Affairs for the American Academy of Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery Foundation (AAO-HNSF) and is the former Chairman of Humanitarian Efforts and Regional Advisor for Africa for the AAO-HNSF.

Prof. Stefan Dazert

Brief Biography:

Stefan Dazert is Professor and Chairman of the Dept. of Ototrhinolaryngology & Head and Neck Surgery, Ruhr-University Bochum since 2005. He received his clinical and scientific training at the Depts. of ORL&HNS at the Universities of Würzburg and Essen. In addition, he performed a DFG research fellowship at the University of California San Diego (USA) in the field of inner and middle ear biology.

He has a broad expertise in surgical procedures in the field of ORL&HNS, in particular in middle ear, temporal bone and lateral skull base surgery including infectious diseases and implantable hearing devices. His main research interests include clinical investigations of indication and outcome of implantable hearing systems, as well as research projects to evaluate criteria for auditiory neuron survival and neurite extension to potentially improve cochlear implant efficacy. He presented his work in numerous international meetings and is author of more than 130 articles in national and international journals and book chapters.

Prof. Dazert is secretary of the German Society of ORL & HNS, chancellor CME of the German ENT Association and member of the Editorial Board of Laryngo Rhino Otologie.

In 2009, he was a founding member of the Master of Medicine Program in Otorhinolaryngology awarded by the University of Rwanda and continuously supports this project as a lecturer and surgical trainer.