Abdulkarim Ekzayez

Abdulkarim Ekzayez

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Biographical details

Dr Ekzayez is a Health System Expert at the Centre for Conflict and Health Research at King's College London. He is a Co-Investigator of a large NIHR funded project, Research for Health System Strengthening in Northern Syria (R4HSSS). His prior experience includes various academic and consultancy roles with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, American University of Beirut, Chatham House, Chemonics International, Blumont International and Integrity Global. He has also led major humanitarian health programmes for Save the Children International and Expertise France, with involvement in polio eradication programmes, Primary Health Care, health information systems and health governance initiatives. He specialises in Health Systems Strengthening, Humanitarian Health, Health Security, Epidemiology, the public health impacts of conflict and building health research capacity in conflict settings. His medical background includes clinical experience in neurosurgery, gleaned from his medical training program between 2010 and 2013. In 2013, Dr Ekzayez quitted his training to work in field hospitals providing war-related trauma care in Northwest Syria.

Dr Ekzayez has authored over 30 academic journal articles and contributed to four chapter books on topics related to health and conflict. He is the General Secretary of the Syrian British Medical Society, Deputy Chair of the Syria Public Health Network, Board Member of the Syrian British Consortium, Trustee at Shafak Syria and Amna (Refugee Healing Network). He was awarded his MD from Aleppo University and his MSc in Epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and his PhD on Health Systems and Conflict at King's College London.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Health Systems and Conflict, Doctor of Philosophy, Health system strengthening in conflict settings: a case study of a hybrid health system in northwest Syria between 2013-2021, King's College London (KCL)

1 Oct 20181 Jun 2023

Award Date: 1 Jun 2023

Epidemiology, Master in Science, Univ London, London Sch Hyg & Trop Med

22 Sept 201610 Sept 2017

Award Date: 1 Nov 2017

Medicine, Doctor of Medicine, University of Aleppo

15 Sept 200415 Jul 2010

Award Date: 29 Aug 2010

External positions

Deputy Chair, Syria Public Health Network

1 Jan 2023 → …

Associate fellow, Chatham House

11 Sept 20171 Sept 2021


  • RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine


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