The Elizabeth Foundation for Preschool Deaf Children
Waleed Alsafi
Trustee

Waleed joined our Board of Trustees in 2018.

“My place of birth is Mosul in Iraq in 1950, I was the last of 11 children. Deciding on Medicine as a future career I attended Baghdad Medical School and graduated in 1973.

“In 1976 I left Iraq for Dublin to pursue a Specialist qualification as a surgeon in ENT. Then intending to complete my further training I moved to the UK in 1983, soon after I met and married Linda and we now have two grown up sons.

“By the early nineties we were happily settled in Portsmouth where I spent 24 years working as an Near, Nose and Throat (ENT) surgeon in Queen Alexandra Hospital, finally retiring in 2014.

“During that time most of my paediatric ENT patients had hearing assessments carried out at The Elizabeth Foundation and I was soon aware of the great work they do. In recent months I have been privileged to become a little more closely involved, sharing the professionalism and passion with which they provide their service.

“My hobbies include walking, cycling, woodwork, listening to music and Theatre trips. I am not playing golf yet but enjoy spending time in Portugal.”

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