Hamza Al-Kateab

Hamza Al-Kateab

Professional Title Doctor

Companies & Organisations Action for Sama

Session Title Conflict & Health

Dr Hamza al-Kateab is a Syrian doctor, human rights activist and public health advocate. Hamza was featured in the BAFTA-winning and OSCAR-nominated documentary For Sama which was filmed, directed and produced by his wife, Waad al-Kateab.

From 2012 to December 2016, Hamza delivered frontline medical care to thousands of people shortly after graduating as a doctor. He was one of the last remaining doctors in Eastern Aleppo as manager of Al-Quds Hospital, which he set up for the treatment of non-trauma cases. 

In December 2016, Hamza and his family fled Aleppo, moving to the UK (London) in 2018. He has, until recently, been working as Operations manager in Huozhi/Amanacard – a groundbreaking scheme that provides a financial lifeline to people trapped in crisis zones and aims to scale up its efforts across the Middle East. His work is helping fund more than 4000 health workers working in around 100 health facilities,10 thousand displaced families and 1000 orphans families.

He also dedicates time to continued advocacy efforts around ending the targeting of hospitals in Syria, and participates in events and talks across the UK and beyond. 

Dr al-Kateab is currently studying towards a Masters Degree in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.