The ASPED Executive Committee for the term 2018-2021.


Prof. Asma Deeb

I have lived through ASPED progress from its initiation. I have established the main founding strategies for ASPED and collaborated successfully with colleagues from the region and internationally to drive the society. I was successful in obtaining an educational grant to run the annual ASPED-ESPE in Endocrinology and have signed a contract to run ASPED-ISPAD Diabetes academy. I set up ASPED website and initiated the process for ASPED membership. In addition, I have established a business relationship with Dubai Association Center which progressed to official registration and enabled ASPED to function as a legal association. On the educational front, I hosted the second ASPED conference, 4 ASPED/ISPAD postgraduate courses and organized 4 ASPED/ESPE schools.


I see myself well suited for the position of ASPED President and I shall invest the leadership skills/experience I gained to promote ASPED. My chairmanship position in ESPE and advisory role in ISPAD set me best for a successful path in ASPED leadership.

Prof Asma Deeb is the chief of Paediatric Endocrinology and the chair of research and ethics committee at Mafraq hospital, Abu Dhabi. She is a clinical professor at the Gulf University, UAE.


Prof Deeb is the Secretary General of the Arab Society of Paediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes (ASPED) and the ASPED representative of the Global Pediatric Endocrinology Association.


She is the Chair of communication of the European Society of Paediatric Endocrinology (ESPE) and a member in the advisory board of the International Society of the Pediatric and Adolescent Diabetes (ISPAD).


Prof Deeb trained in the UK and obtained an MD degree from the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne. She held a position of ‘Clinical lecturer in Paediatric Endocrinology’ at the University of Cambridge.


She is a keen researcher and has various publications in peer-review journals. Her special interest is molecular endocrinology and the use of technology in Diabetes treatment


Prof. Rasha T. Hamza

The birth of ASPED was one of my proudest moments and being one of its founders is a bright spot in my career. Some might say that most international societies have no Vice President (VP) and that VP is only needed when President is on holiday! I would say ASPED is exception. It is a young and highly demanding society with limited fund thus, the presence of VP is essential to support the President and Secretary General.


My administrative experience at national, ASPED and ESPE levels together with my communication skills, enthusiasm and versatility made me suitable for being ASPED VP. I have collaborated with most ASPED members and I am confident that I will fit-in nicely in the executive team. ASPED is close to my heart, and I strongly feel that I have a lot to offer and the time has come for me to take an executive role.

Rasha is a Professor of Pediatric Endocrinology, Ain Shams University, Cairo. In addition to her usual commitments, she has various administrative roles at national, regional and international levels. She is an ASPED founding member, Deputy Chair of its Education Committee since 2012 and a Steering Committee member of ASPED-ESPE School since 2015. Professor Hamza has been a faculty member in ESPE schools, hosted two ESPE Winter Schools and contributed to the ESPE e-learning program. Recently she was elected as the Deputy Chair of the ESPE Education and Training Committee. At national level, Rasha is the Chair of Education Committee of Egyptian Society for Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes and has been involved in Faculty Leadership Development Project. She is an editorial board member of the Journal of Pediatric Endocrinology and Metabolism, published a lot of articles in Pediatric Endocrinology and has been a guest speaker in various national and international conferences.


Dr. Abdelhadi Habeb

I have been closely involved in ASPED politics and activities, since it was founded in 2012. I have enjoyed the success and faced the difficulties. Given the limited resources, what has been achieved over 6 years is incredible. Perhaps the highlight of ASPED success is establishing educational activities in collaboration with ESPE and ISPAD. These schools and courses have been running regularly, and I am proud to be part of them. I understand the responsibilities and the challenges of being a secretary general of a developing society. I believe that I have the time, vision and the required abilities for the position. In addition, my enthusiasm, links, management experience and communication skills will enable me to promote the society, leading it to a higher level. Obviously there will be some obstacles; however, team work and self motivation are the keys for success and these are some of my natural strengths.

Abdelhadi is the Chairman of Paediatrics at the National Guard Hospital, Madinah, KSA. He was trained the UK and practiced as consultant Paediatric Endocrinologist for 5 years before moving to Madinah in 2007. Dr Habeb set and chaired a number of committees and led quality improvement projects in the UK and KSA. He lectured in various countries and served as faculty and member of scientific committees for all previous ASPED conferences. Currently, he is the coordinator of the ASPED-ESPE school and a member of the steering committee for the ASPED – ISPAD Diabetes Academy. Dr Habeb is a fellow and examiner for the UK Royal College of Pediatrics and Child health, a member of the ESPE education & training committee and various scientific societies.  He is an editor for the LJM and reviewer for various journals. His research focuses on monogenic diabetes and published in different aspects of Paediatric Endocrinology.