Director - Knowledge, Ethics and Research
Dr Najeeb Al-Shorbaji has been working as Director of the Department since 1 September 2008. Prior to that he held the posts of Information Scientist at the WHO Regional Centre for Environmental Health Activities (CEHA), Amman, Jordan between 1988 and 1993. He moved to the Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean in Alexandria in June 1994 then to Cairo, Egypt in August 2000. He worked there as Officer-in-Charge of Health Literature Service, Regional Informatics Officer, Regional Advisor for Health Information Management and Telecommunication and Coordinator for Knowledge Management and Sharing. Dr Al-Shorbaji is from Jordan, born in 1954, married and holds a PhD in Information Sciences since 1986 from University of Wales, United Kingdom.
While at the Regional Office in Cairo between 2000 and 2008, Dr Al-Shorbaji lead the regional eHealth programme. He initiated a number of regional projects, convened the regional conference on eHealth on a regular basis and developed the regional strategy for knowledge management. During the same period he managed the knowledge management and sharing programmes and coordinated the publishing, translation and web services. He organized on a regular basis the regional conference on virtual health sciences library and the regional conference on medical journal publishing.
Dr Al-Shorbaji's current portfolio covers WHO publishing activities and programmes, library and knowledge networks, eHealth, knowledge translation and WHO Collaborating Centres.
Dr Al-Shorbaji’s publications in both Arabic and English in addition to the more important conference presentations appear in the adjacent list. Dr Al-Shorbaji is invited to scientific and professional conferences as keynote speaker and thought leader in the areas of eHealth and access to knowledge in global health.
Dr Al-Shorbaji believes in Universal Health Coverage and committed to universal access to quality health information.