Dr Hamza al-Kateab

Dr Hamza Al-Kateab oversees the delivery of an innovative service that keeps charitable funds flowing into crisis zones where there are no banks. Currently serving hundreds of health facilities on the frontline, his team ensures that thousands of workers and their suppliers are paid. Their particular focus at the moment is the liquidity challenge precipitated by COVID-19, making it even harder for charities to deliver their programmes.

Al-Kateab is a Syrian doctor, human rights activist and public health advocate, well-known for having set up and managed the last remaining hospital (Al-Quds) in Eastern Aleppo, including during the siege. He was featured in the BAFTA-winning and Oscar-nominated documentary For Sama which was filmed, directed and produced by his wife, Waad al-Kateab.