Ali Okhowat, MD, is a physician, bioethicist, and humanitarian worker who is interested in the application of health technologies to a variety of sectors, from humanitarian action to personal well-being.
He is currently working at the World Health Organization’s Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office (EMRO) as a Health Emergencies Officer in the Emergency Response and Operations unit. In this capacity he is responsible for supporting WHO's humanitarian health response activities in EMRO countries, including in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Libya, Somalia, and Afghanistan, among others.
Prior to joining the WHO, Ali worked with the International Committee of the Red Cross in Gaza, Tajikistan, and Afghanistan. He is a licensed physician in Canada, having trained at the University of Toronto (U of T) and McGill University and is a PhD Candidate in Bioethics at the University of Montreal.
While a medical student at U of T, Ali spearheaded a national medical student wellness campaign as the National Wellness Officer of the Canadian Federation of Medical Students. His interests on the healthcare worker wellness have evolved with his roles in the humanitarian sector. To this end, he is currently researching how wellness technologies can help to reduce stress, enhance work-related fulfillment, and improve performance for professionals working in high-stress environments.