Dr. Fadi El-Jardali (Ph.D., M.P.H.) is a recognized health policy and systems expert and global advocate for strong health systems and for the use of science, data and evidence in policy and management decisions and practice. He has extensive international and regional experience and multidisciplinary background in public health policy, systems and management. He held several senior management and policy positions in public and private sector. He is Tenured Professor of Health Policy and Systems, Founder & Director of the Knowledge to Policy (K2P) Center; Director of the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center for Evidence-Informed Policy and Practice, Co-Director of the Center for Systematic Reviews in Health Policy and Systems Research (SPARK). He is also a Adjunct Professor at McMaster University in Canada. He is also the Co-Editor in Chief for Health Research, Policy and Systems (HARPS) Journal. He was inducted into the Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health. Dr. El-Jardali was nominated to the US National Academy of Medicine in 2021. He was recently appointed as a board member of the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems at WHO.
His work is connected to real world public health systems and priorities and grounded in the practical understanding of economic, social, environmental and political realities, constraints and context. He has published extensively on public health systems and policy (more than 140) in international peer review and impact factor journals in addition to book, book chapters, and several knowledge translation products on policy priority areas. He supported several governments (including ministries of health, clusters, district health councils, institutes and public health authorities) and health care organizations (including hospitals and primary health care centers) with many impactful initiatives. He mentored and coached more than 8340 policy makers, analysts, senior managers, decision makers and health care providers in more than 22 countries across the globe. He co-hosted the Global Health System Research Symposium (HSR2020) for the first time the Middle East and co-chaired its Program Working Group (PWG) related to theme of Reimagining Health Systems for Better Health and Social Justice. He initiated and led the COVID-19 Rapid Response Series Initiative that produced more than 25 policy products directed at government and health care organizations (several products translated to different languages). He leads the Mentorship Institute that provides mentorship and couching to research and policy organizations in the six WHO regions.
Fadi has worked and held senior positions with policy analysis related organizations in Canada such as the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (as Hospital Consultant), Federal department of health / Health Canada (as Senior Policy Advisor) and the Health Council of Canada. He was also a hospital CEO.
Dr. El-Jardali is a recipient of the Global Health Leadership Award and was elected twice to the Board of Health Systems Global (HSG) Society. He is a recipient of the Fellowship on Evidence Informed Policy from the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research. He is the founding member of the MENA Health Policy Forum. He is a member of the Global Steering Committee for the WHO Evidence-Informed Policy Network (EVIPNet). He is also a member of the WHO Strategic and Technical Advisory Group of Experts (STAGE) and the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) research and funding Committee. He has served on other high-level committees in United Nations Organizations, Wellcome Trust, etc.
He is an international accreditation surveyor and consultant (with ISQUA and Accreditation Canada). He is also an ISQUA (The International Society for Quality in Healthcare). He serves on high-level committees at the World Health Organization (WHO), Wellcome Trust, and other United Nations organizations. He led and directed several multi-country initiatives, projects, and initiatives in several countries including in the East Mediterranean; Asia and Africa. He has a master in Public Health (MPH) and PhD. in Public Policy from Carleton University in Canada.