Abdullah-Ben-Nakhi--MDAbdullah Ben Nakhi MD

Consultant Physician, Diabetologist

Deputy Director of Dasman Diabetes Institute in Kuwait

Founding member of Kuwait Diabetes Society (KDS ) and the Gulf Group for the Study of Diabetes ( GGSD)


Monira-Biography-photosMonira Al-Arouj, MD

Consultant Phsycian, Diabetologist

Assistant Director of Dasman Diabetes Institute in Kuwait

Founding member of Kuwait Diabetes Society (KDS ) and the Gulf Group for the Study of Diabetes ( GGSD)


DAR-photo-r-akifMehmet Akif Buyukbese, MD

Professor of Internal Medicine, Clinical Diabetes Research & Management Center, KSU School of Medicine, Kahramanmaras, 46100, TURKEY

Member of IDF, Trustees of Turkish Diabetes Foundation. International diabetes management and research experiences at NY, TX and NIH. Worked in UK (Leicester Univ, Diabetes Research), in USA (Phoenix, Kronos). Served for Southeastearn Anatolia Diabetes Project for 6 years. Now, Kahramanmaras City Coordinator of ‘Presidency of Turkey Diabetes-Peer’ Project. Carrying on diabetes patient and family medicine physician (gp) education programs as well as phase 3 and phase 4 diabetes drug clinical studies.



Head of Diabetes Center at Al-Noor Specialist Hospital, Makkah

Member of National Gulf Diabetes Committee,, Saudi Doctor Evaluation Committee, Saudi Society of Family & Community Medicine, IDF, EASD, ADA

Among many publications :

Recommendations for Management of Diabetes During Ramadan ( Diabetes Care , Volume 33, Number 8,August 2010. Diabetes Education in the Arab World : A Call For Action ( Clinical Diabetes Volume 7 , Number 4 , Fall 2008 ) . Recommendations for Management of Hyperglycemia in Type 2 Diabetes in the Arab Countries ( Clinical Diabetes Volume 6. Number 3. Summer 2007 )



Dammam Central Hospital – Diabetic center

Honorary Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine (Dammam University, College of Medicine at King Faisal University),

Honorary Lecturer and Diabetes Diploma Tutor, Cardiff University Hospital (UK).

Consultant Internist & Endocrinologist.

Head, section of Endocrine & Diabetes Department and previous Deputy Chairperson of Internal Medicine Department, Dammam Medical Complex, Director of Diabetic Centre (Eastern Province), Dammam, Saudi Arabia).

Member of the Arab Diabetes consensus Group and the Middle East Insulin Working group.

More than 25 years experience in the field of Medicine and more than 19 years experience in training and examining undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Involved in the teaching program to medical students as well as examiner at the College of Medicine, King Faisal University since 2001 up to date, contributed to the GP and physician local (different regions of the kingdom) training course in diabetes as a speaker, as well as postgraduate board training courses and Review since year 2002 up to date.Diabetes Diploma Tutor,Cardiff University Hospital (UK)


DAR-photo Dr Madani- PhotoDr. Abdulrazzaq Ali Al Madani

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Dubai Hospital-DHA.

President of the Emirates Diabetes Society (EDS). Chairman of the Gulf Group for Study of Diabetes (GGSD). Editorial Board chairman of the “Diabetes Positive Living Magazine” a social initiative of the EDS.

Among many distinctions, Dr. Madani was awarded the Sheikh Rashid Award for Scientific Achievement in 1988 and was honored with the Dubai Government Excellence Program Award in 2002 under the Category – Distinguished Employee.


DAR-photo Dr ShabeenDr. Shabeen Naz Masood


Consultant Obstetrician & Gynecologist Medical Department, Karachi Metropolitan Corporation Government of Sindh.

Consultant Obstetrician & Gynecologist Aga Khan Hospital for Women Karachi Pakistan

Regional Coordinator and Principal Investigator, Pakistan, for International CORONIS Study in collaboration with University of Oxford UK.

Special interest in research regarding Gestational Diabetes Mellitus and Diabetes and Ramadan


Muhammad-YakoobProf. Muhammad Yakoob, F.C.P.S. (Pak)

Deputy Director Baqai Institute of Diabetology & Endocrinology (BIDE),

IDF Centre of Education

Professor of Medicine

Baqai Medical University, Karachi-Pakistan

Professor Muhammad Yakoob Ahmedani is currently working as a Professor of Medicine at Baqai Medical University, Deputy Director, Consultant Physician and Diabetologist at Baqai Institute of Diabetology & Endocrinology (BIDE). Prof. Yakoob has more than 10 years experience of teaching at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Currently associated with the College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan (CPSP) as a Supervisor and an Examiner for FCPS – Medicine. Prof. Yakoob’s fields of interest are Diabetes and its complications, Metabolic Syndrome, Ramadan and Diabetes as well as Type 1 diabetes. Prof. Yakoob is also the Project Director of “Insulin-my life” programme, a collaboration of Baqai Institute of Diabetology & Endocrinology and World Diabetes Foundation. The aim of this project is to initiate a program for children with Type 1 diabetes who do not have access to insulin and other medical supplies, all over the Sindh, province of Pakistan. So far, 1239 subjects with Type 1 diabetes have been registered in the electronic data base of “Insulin-my life” project. Prof. Yakoob is heading the Ramadan Study Group and has done more than five studies on different aspects of Ramadan and diabetes including recently published “Ramadan Prospective Diabetes Study”. Prof. Yakoob is also author of more than 40 publications published in national and international indexed journal. Prof. Yakoob is associated with Pakistan Endocrine Society as a Executive Member and Associate Editor of Journal of Diabetology, an official Journal of Diabetes in Asia Study Group (DASG



Prof-Abdul-Basit-cv-+-photoProf. Abdul Basit, F.R.C.P. (Lon)

Director Baqai Institute of Diabetology & Endocrinology (BIDE),

Professor Abdul Basit is Director of Baqai Institute of Diabetology & Endocrinology (BIDE) which was established in 1996 under Baqai Medical University in Karachi, Pakistan. The Institute offers Diploma in Diabetology for family physicians, the first of its kind in Pakistan. So far 300 plus doctors have been trained providing a firm infrastructure for future development of nationwide diabetes care network. Prof. Abdul Basit is Regional Chair for IDF Diabetic Foot Programme-MENA Region. BIDE is also amongst one of the eight centres of diabetes education recognized by the IDF. Under his Chairmanship, National Diabetes and Diabetic Foot Programme has been successfully completed. Insulin My Life project for type-1 diabetics is also run by BIDE. Lately Gestational Diabetes project for a nationwide campaign has also been approved. He is also author of more than 60 publications published in national and international indexed journal. Studies on Primary Prevention of Diabetes, Ramadan Fasting and Genetic Studies are his main research interest.


DAR-photo-Dr-Wasim-Hanif-Bio-PhotoDr Wasim Hanif MBBS MD FRCP

An eminent authority on ethnic health and works with following national bodies to address health inequalities in the UK.

Chairman of Diabetes Working Group of South Asian heart Foundation (SAHF)

Member of fourth independent advisory NICE Appraisal Committee, on the use of health technologies in the NHS 2009.

Member of UK/India/Norway Australia joint research collaboration for the prevention of diabetes and cardiovascular disease in IT professional in India as a part NCD prevention strategy of CDC USA and PHFI India, 2012.

Member and advisor for the NICE committee on definitions of Obesity and Waist circumference in British South Asians 2012.

Member of Professional Development group of NICE on prevention of diabetes in high risk group, 2009s.

Member of Parliamentary and Stakeholder Diabetes Think Tank advising All Party Parliamentary Group on Diabetes Chaired by Adrian Sanders MP.

Member of Parliamentary Best Practice Consensus Group on Diabetes in South Asians Chaired by Right Hon Virendra Sharma MP. Authored a diabetes toolkit for the group that was launched in Parliament House on the 11th of May 09.

Member of Parliamentary Consensus Group Engaging South-Asian Community in Local diabetes services Chaired by Lord King.

Member of good diabetes care for all : Tackling Health Inequalities in Diabetes Working Group set-up by Rowan Hillson National Clinical Director of Diabetes.

Trust Board of Directors Apnee Sehath : A Social Enterprise delivering Ethnic Health in UK. Launched DVD’s and community programme that were launched at the Houses of Commons and won 3 prestigious national awards for innovation of health care deliver.

Chair and Coordinator for National education programme for healthy living in South Asians “Sache”.

Chair of diabetes endocrinology Network in Midlands working to Network among consultants in the Midlands.

Stakeholder and advisor for NICE committee’s on physical activity, type 2 diabetes, new agents for treatment of type 2 diabetes and Rimonobant STA



DAR-photo-Yunus-Dudhwala-Photo2Imam Yunus Dudhwala

Imam Yunus Dudhwala is a self-motivated Imam and Chaplain with extensive experience in pastoral and religious care to service users and employees within the Public Sector including the NHS and HMS Prison service. He is one of the leading Muslim Healthcare Chaplains in the UK and the first person from a minority faith to head a chaplaincy service in the NHS. He served as the Muslim Chaplain to the Olympic and Paralympic Games in London 2012 leading the Athletes in Friday prayers at the Athletes Village. He is a regular trainer and lecturer on national chaplaincy courses and frequent speaker at Islamic events and youth meetings. Imam Yunus is also a volunteer to many organisations supporting health, halal food, charities, mosques, multi-faith, and social cohesion.


DAR-photo-Marian-Carey-PhotoDr MARIAN CAREY PhD, BA (Hons), DPS (Loughborough)

Marian Carey is a senior member of the Leicester Diabetes Centre, a leading European research facility. As Director of the DESMOND Programme, a portfolio of group structured education interventions in Type 2 diabetes and other long term conditions, Marian has been associated with self management education since 2003. Marian is an experienced qualitative researcher with a doctorate in information science, and many years experience of working in a variety of health and social care related areas in the public and not-for-profit sectors. She has an active research portfolio as co-investigator on a number of major collaborative studies, and is currently the Deputy Theme Lead for Self Management and Education as part of NIHR LNR CLAHRC. Marian has also worked in the field of knowledge management and communications in the national media, and in industry, and has a special remit for Communications in the Leicester Diabetes Centre.


DAR-photo-MHirst-photograpgh-2009SIR MICHAEL HIRST

President, International Diabetes Federation

Michael Hirst was elected President-Elect of the International Diabetes Federation in 2009, and became the President for the triennium 2013-2015 on 1 January 2013.

His interest in diabetes started over 25 years ago when his younger daughter was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 5. He was then a Member of the UK Parliament and campaigned vigorously for improved care for people with diabetes. He was elected to the board of trustees of Diabetes UK, and served as Chair from 2001-2006.

He was Deputy Chair of the international steering group of UNite for Diabetes, the campaign for a UN Resolution on Diabetes secured in December 2006. Currently he co-chairs the TIDES project which seeks to improve diabetes services in emergency and disaster situations.

Michael is a graduate in law, a qualified chartered accountant, and was a partner in KPMG until his election to Parliament. After fifteen years in front-line politics, he returned to a career in business, and is now non-executive chairman of the Pagoda Public Relations Group and the Millstream Group. He was knighted in 1992 for political and public service, and holds a number of voluntary appointments in charities and public bodies.

In 2012, he was elected to Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh in recognition of his services to diabetes.



DAR-ShahZad-Khan-Photo-120Dr Shahzada Khan

is the Diabetes Clinical Lead for Newham in East London. He is also a full time GP Principal. Dr Khan started a Ramadan Project in the Newham area in 2010 to assist the large numbers of Muslims with Diabetes that wanted to fast in the month of Ramadan. The successful project was presented via oral presentation at Diabetes UK 2011. It has since become an annual fixture in the Newham calendar and has been exported to other areas too. Dr Khan is a leading figure in the Newham GP community and his other special interests include Practitioner and Student Education and Development.



DAR-photo-GilaniMs Gilani

is a Health Inequalities pharmacist who established a bi-lingual medication review service in 2002. She ran the “MELTS” service (Minority Ethnic Long Term Medicines Service) for a decade within NHS Glasgow. The MELT service was an open referral medication review services and received referrals from both primary and secondary care.

Over the last decade she has also been running outreach clinics for south asian diabetics in various locations e.g. mosques, elderly centres. She is a member of the diabetes working group for the South Asian Health Foundation and the first pharmacist on the Primary Care Diabetes Society committee. Recently she set up and is chair of a Scottish sub-group for the South Asian Health Foundation. She has hosted several diabetes awareness days in community venues promoting SAHF and NHS services. She was chair of the NHS Glasgow Diabetes Ethnicity and Inequalities Group. Her interests lie in ethnic inequalities and diabetes. She has received several awards for her work and the service has been recognised locally and nationally. She is on the editorial board for the Diabesity



DAR-photo-AlexAlex Silverstein (photo)

Alex Silverstein is President of the IDFs Young Leaders in Diabetes Programme, which helps train tomorrows leaders in the International Diabetes community to develop projects that support people with diabetes worldwide. He also works for Diabetes UK managing their Young Leaders Action Group, an advisory group built of young adults from across the UK that act as a sounding board for the organisation to develop products and services that benefit all people with diabetes, but especially young adults.


DAR-photo1grandhamMrs Srl GRANDHAM
Have been working as Highly Specialist Dietitian in the area of Diabetes and endocrinology for the last 6 years
Honorary Lecturer at Bangor University
DAFNE Lead Educator and National DAFNE Educators’ Peer Reviewer
Contributed in developing Structured Education for Diabetes and Ramadan


DAR-heather-Photo-120Mrs Heather Daly

I have worked as a Nurse Consultant at the University of Leicester for past 10 years, working collaboratively with primary care trusts to improve diabetes services across Leicestershire. The last 28 years of my nursing career have been spent working in the field of Diabetes. This was provisionally in Nottingham and Derby, and now in Leicester.

More recently I moved into a Nurse Consultant role in collaborative leadership in Applied Health Research and Care. My research interests are in developing and testing structured education programmes which support self-management in people with diabetes and in the prevention of diabetes including the training and quality developments of healthcare professionals delivering these interventions. I have enjoyed being instrumental in setting up the Diabetes Masters Programme with the University of Leicester and have a keen interest in healthcare professional education to improve standards of care for people with diabetes.

Underpinning all of these patient and HCP programmes, my philosophy has always reflected an empowerment approach.