Posted on October 02, 2016

Sidra Medical and Research Center (Sidra) today announced the appointment of Dr. Kholode Al-Obaidli (pictured) as its Chief Learning Officer (CLO).

Commenting on the appointment, Chief Executive Officer Peter Morris said: “We are very pleased to appoint Dr. Al-Obaidli as our Chief Learning Officer. Her appointment comes at the right time for Sidra. We are moving forward at great pace, as we gear up for our outpatient clinic becoming fully operational early next year as well as embarking on an extensive recruitment drive. With over 18 years’ experience in employee and leadership development, Dr. Al-Obaidli will spearhead learning and development programs to nurture the talent within Sidra but also to develop programs to attract and inspire future healthcare professionals.”

Prior to joining Sidra, Dr. Al-Obaidli was Vice President of HR National Talent Management at Qatar Airways Group.  She is credited with creating a competitive advantage for the Group through innovative talent management programs and educational initiatives linked to corporate strategy. Alongside her work in continued executive education for the leadership, Dr. Al Obaidli instigated a new wave of Qatarisation, with learning and education as foundational elements.

Dr. Al-Obaidli said of her appointment: “I am delighted to be joining Sidra at this exciting time.  I am part of a dynamic team of innovative healthcare leaders, researchers and academics who are passionate about providing the very best specialist healthcare services to the people of Qatar.  I look forward to supporting Sidra by strengthening it from the inside. I am also committed to building and strengthening the capabilities of Qatari nationals in the healthcare sector and aligning our corporate learning and development goals with that of the Qatar National Vision 2030.”

Dr. Al-Obaidli’s appointment comes at a crucial time for Sidra, as it prepares to step up its recruitment of the more than 4,000 employees needed in both clinical and nonclinical roles. As Chief Learning Officer at Sidra, Dr. Al Obaidli’s learning and development strategy will focus on opportunities for the entire organization to play a key role in realizing the organization’s vision and mission. Dr. Al-Obaidli holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Education from the University of Birmingham in the UK. She also has a master’s degree from the University of Manchester and a bachelor’s degree from Qatar University.