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NEC 2011-2014


National Executive Committee

2011 – 2014

Dr Ahmed Alshafi


Dr Alshafi has worked on reforming the IMA UK since 2009; playing a key role in updating the constitution and actively encouraging non-medical professionals such as dentists, pharmacists, nurses and students to get more involved. Testimony to this is their increased activity within the IMA UK most of whom have become members. He was elected as President of the IMA UK for the term 2011-2014. His vision is for a representative, inclusive, open, professional, democratic body that serves the members interests. Dr Alshafi offers a fresh approach to an established organisation such as the IMA UK. He endeavours to listen and serve members’ interests within its remit as a professional body. 

Mr Ameir Al-Mukhtar


Mr Al-Mukhtar has worked with the Interim EC as president in a successful bid to revive the IMA. He has had extensive experience in management and a lot of passion and commitment to the IMA. As a consultant surgeon now working at North Middlesex University Hospital, in London, he has more time and is in a better position to focus to further the IMA in its aims and objectives. He plans to further stabilise the IMA and help bring back members from across the United Kingdom, and to reunite Iraqi Medical professionals in the UK and Ireland He is a much needed ‘senior’ colleague among the new EC supporting the newer generation in the IMA and to support the new President in his function to lead the IMA for first term.

Mr Haider Twaij


Haider graduated from St George’s Hospital Medical School in 2007. He currently works as a Research Fellow in London. He has had fleeting involvement with the IMA in the past, most notably as a cofounder of the Student IMA. He hopes to help organise and modernise the IMA, and to increase its user base and help the IMA provide more to its members and medical care in Iraq

Dr Ali Latif

Communications Coordinator

Ali Latif is currently a specialist registrar in Public Health Medicine in London. He has been involved in numerous organisations in the past including the Iraqi Prospect Organisation that worked to help empower young Iraqis in Iraq to successfully navigate the post-war transition. He is also a keen writer and he regularly contributes to the British Iraqi Forum . His main aims for the IMA UK are:

1. To meaningfully engage its members in order to create a dynamic platform for collective work.
2. Facilitate opportunities for UK-based doctors to support colleagues in Iraq
3. Support junior doctors and medical students along their career path

Dr Hasan Haboubi

Regional Coordinator

Graduated from Imperial College, London in 2006. During his time in University, he was one of the founding members of the Imperial College Iraqi Society, holding positions as treasurer and vice-president. His determination to pursue social, charitable and academic activities within the UK Iraqi community in professions allied to Medicine was a driving factor in his role as a co-founder of SIMA, where he orchestrated a number of successful teaching activities. Since graduating, he undertook his initial training in the North West Thames Deanery where he successfully held yearly medical finals tutorials. He is currently working as an Academic Gastroenterology Registrar in the Wales Deanery where he is undertaking a PhD in the Molecular Carcinogenesis of Oesophageal Cancer. His passion for networking and teaching led him back to the IMA in 2011 where he was successfully elected as the Regional Officer. His interests in this role are to unite Iraqi medical professionals throughout the UK, and continue his immense enthusiasm for teaching to the SIMA groups. In his spare time, Hasan’s main hobby is spending time with his wife and newly born daughter. Oh, and he is an avid Chelsea fan (but don’t get him started!)

Mr Jaafar Al-Rubei

Events Officer

Jaffar Al-Rubei is pharmacist who has worked at Stoke Mandeville Hospital for the last 3 years after studying pharmacy at Portsmouth university. There he helped set up the Arabic society and was president for 2 years, arranging numerous discussions, dinners, lectures, fund raisers, trips and small conferences. In his spare time, he coaches football to children and adults on the weekends. Jaffar has lots of experience in organizing and promoting events which have been very successful in the past with good feedback and sell-out attendances. He brings good organisational skills, enthusiasm and communication skills. He hopes to bring all the medical professionals together on a regular basis for social and academic events to build strong medical teams to serve our compatriots back in Iraq. He hopes to use his experience and expertise with other healthcare professionals to pen a specialist cancer centre in diagnosing and treating all types of cancers especially those in children.

Dr Ferial Ahmad


Dr Ferial Ahmad has worked as a consultant microbiologist since 1980 at Ealing Hospital, London. She now works part time in the same hospital. As one of the IMA UK Founders, she has been involved with it consistently since its inception in 1991 until now. In that time she has occupied various positions including President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Scientific Committee and Event Organiser. She is without a doubt the most experienced and successful of the IMA UK Committee. Despite wanting to step down in 2011, she was asked to run again by all Executive Committee members to ensure that all is well for the new committee. She has helped a large number of doctors & scientists, by giving them advice & direction. Her charitable efforts are not limited geographically as she has arranged Clinical Attachments to a large number of doctors in different specialties in the UK as well as visiting pathology laboratories and giving lectures across Iraq. For many years she acted as an external examiner for 6th year medical schools in Iraqi Kurdistan. Currently, she is part of pathology group (ICILG) with Royal college of Pathologists, trying to improve the level of pathology in Iraq, and to introduce the Part One Exam of the Royal College of Pathologists, starting in Erbil and soon after in Baghdad. She aims to continue to help the Iraqis both inside and outside Iraq.

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