The IHF Secretariat carries out the day-to-day work of the Federation and serves as a global facilitator for health care delivery. It acts as a bridge between members in order to facilitate and support cross-fertilization of knowledge and experience in management and leadership of health organizations. The IHF Secretariat also engages in projects that support hospitals and improve health care, and pursues all possible avenues of collaboration with governmental and non-governmental organizations for developing health systems. This has resulted in research projects aimed at improving the quality of hospital and health care services. Overall, the IHF Secretariat is a “knowledge hub”, working through international events, management training courses, information services, publications, and consultations.
IHF Secretariat Permanent Staff
Eric de Roodenbeke
Chief Executive Officer
Eric de Roodenbeke assumed the position of Chief Executive Officer of the International Hospital Federation in June 2008. Between July 2007 and May 2008 he was Senior Health Specialist at the World Health Organization (WHO) for the Global Health Workforce Alliance (GHWA) during which time he was involved in support country action programmes to develop a response to the HRH crisis; development of strategies for regional networks in support of HRH development and was the focal point for follow-up actions in Francophone countries. He was Senior Health Specialist at the World Bank (AFTH2 & WBI) from 2004 to 2006 in which time he was Team leader (TL) for various health intervention, educational, management and capacity building programmes mostly in Africa. He was Director of the 700-bed University Hospital of Tours, and Senior Officer responsible for hospital and health financing interventions at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 2001 to 2003 and 1999 to 2001, respectively. Between 1996 and 1998, he was Senior Officer on hospital policy expertise at the French Ministry of Cooperation. From 1994 to 1996, he was Deputy Director of the 870-bed University Hospital of NANTES. 1989 to 1994, Dr. de Roodenbeke was the Expert, task team leader for a project involving construction, equipment, management of a 500- bed hospital in Burkina Faso. He was Deputy Director of Epinal- Vosges (France) General Hospital from 1984 to 1989.
Dr. de Roodenbeke has published widely on hospital organisation, health systems reforms human resources and health facility management, health policy, insurance and financing in developed and developing countries.
Dr. de Roodenbeke holds a Ph.D. in health economics - University of Paris 1, Sorbonne (France); a Hospital Administration Diploma from ENSP Rennes (France); and a Diploma in Public Health from the University of Nancy (France).
He speaks fluent French (native language) and English and basic Greek and German. He is a member of various social organizations and is affiliated to the French Health Economics Society.
Sheila Anazonwu, MSc, BA
Partnerships and Project Manager
Sheila Anazonwu joined the IHF in 1992 as Personal Assistant to the Director General and between 1997 and 2009 progressively rose through the positions of Publications Officer, Communications & Development Programmes Officer and Programme Development and Knowledge Manager to occupy her current post as Partnerships and Project Manager. Prior to joining the IHF, Sheila worked in the private sector in programme management. She also worked at the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Secretariat in Lagos, Nigeria. She has done voluntary work for Human Rights Watch (UK).She has a Master of Science degree in International Relations (University of Southampton, UK) and a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in European and Social Sciences, with a major in French Language (University of East Anglia - Norwich, UK).She is a Christian and an active member in her local church. She speaks fluent French, English and Ibo (mother tongue). She enjoys international affairs, sports and has travelled widely.
Sara Perazzi, MSc
Membership and Project Manager
Sara Perazzi, joined the Secretariat staff in January 2011 as Membership and Project Manager. She is responsible for member liaison activities and support of designated IHF projects; her tasks involve membership services activities, such as publication of the e-newsletter and development of a new membership database as well as provision of administrative support in the Secretariat.
Sara has a Master degree in international relations from the University FCSH-Nova in Lisbon (Portugal) and has a graduate degree in sociology from the University La Sapienza (Italy). In 2010, Sara underwent a 3 month internship at the World Health Organization (WHO) in the Department of Human Resources for Health. Sara is of Italian and Swiss nationality. She speaks Italian, French, Portuguese, English and some Spanish.
James Moreno Salazar
James Moreno Salazar has joined the IHF staff Office and Program Officer on 1 May 2012. His portfolio includes administration and projects. With his computer literacy background, he will also be in charge of IT and databases.
James has much experience working in the private and public sector. Before joining the IHF, from June 2009 to December 2011, he was at the NGO’s Service of the state of Geneva where he was in charge of analyzing submitted information from NGO’s and the development and maintenance of databases. Other experience includes working as a cost controller for an international airline catering at Geneva airport.
Mr. Moreno Salazar is a graduate of the University of Geneva where he completed a B.A. in Economic and social sciences and a Masters degree in Public Management in 2004. James is Colombian by birth and Swiss by nationality. He is married and he enjoys sports such as cycling and holds a black belt in taekwondo. He speaks Spanish and French as mother tongue and also English and Italian.
Cécile Reynes joined the International Hospital Federation as part-time French translator in 2000. She has a Licence d'Anglais from the University of Paris-Sorbonne and the Translator's Diploma of the Ecole Supérieure d'Interprètes et Traducteurs de Paris. She also works free-lance as a medical translator for various European companies. A gardening enthusiast and a fervent supporter of nature and wildlife, she tends a small vegetable allotment in South London and manages a natural wildlife reserve in France.
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