KITES fly against the wind. This maxim on facing obstacles reminds people that a negative situation could be presenting an opportunity.

Dan Lester Soria Dabon was born on February 21, 1989. Dan’s biological parents went separate ways and his grandparents on the Dabon side raised him instead. The arrangement produced a well-adjusted young man who eventually learned how to fend for himself.

He earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree at Brokenshire College with a full academic scholarship granted by the Henry Lopez Academic Foundation. In 2013, he achieved the highest certificate in Healthcare Risk Management as a Certified Healthcare Risk Manager awarded by the University of Delaware, USA. Dan is now enrolled at the Swiss Business School for a Masters of Science in Healthcare Management degree. He will graduate on October 14, 2016, in Zurich, Switzerland with High Distinction as the youngest and the only Filipino student to do so.


DAN LESTER Dabon has a big reason to smile.

Dan works as a Quality and Risk Manager at IVI Middle East Fertility Clinic, a subsidiary facility of IVI Europe with more than 50 clinics worldwide. IVI is a world leader on infertility research and governed by the World Health Organization (WHO) standards. IVI is under the administration of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE). From 2012 to 2014, he worked as Risk Analyst at Burjeel Hospital, a Joint Commission International (JCI) accredited hospital. He was the youngest and only Filipino who completed the list of the executive committee of those institutions.

Dan’s major roles in the healthcare industry cover the development and improvement of systems and procedures, prevention of untoward incidents, and constant vigilance on best practices for saving lives.


THE FILIPINO Times awardees in the United Arab Emirates

This post-millennial achiever developed the Quality, Risk, and Patient Safety Facebook page that attracted more than 7,000 members worldwide. He posts quality and risk management improvement projects, real cases, training modules, inspiring stories, and international standards updates. Also, he posts healthcare recruitment-related topics for Filipinos who want to land a job in the UAE. Dan shares relevant tips about work license and employment.

For the past three years, Dan has been organizing the annual League for Legacy volleyball tournament in the UAE. The league aims to gather Filipino volleyball enthusiasts, cultivate rapport among them, and promote social responsibility. Proceeds from the tournament go to children with cancer in Davao City. Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and the City Social Services and Development Office (CSSDO) support this project.

Dan is on vacation in Davao City but had to sacrifice three days of his relaxation time because he went back to Dubai this month to receive his Healthcare Professional of the Year Award from The Filipino Times media outfit. The Filipino Times Awards is an annual red carpet event honoring the excellence of Filipinos in the UAE. The award-giving body opened its nomination to the public for fifty different categories covering individual, group, preferred brands, and company awards. More than five hundred nominations were taken in across all sectors.

Dan’s three-year experience as TV show host for local GMA Network’s defunct KUYAW weekly program must have helped hone his confidence to speak before a large audience. He was one of the international speakers at the recent Healthcare Quality and Risk Management convention – spearheaded by Dr. Samer Ellahham, founder of the Association of Healthcare Professionals in the UAE. Dabon also shared his expertise with his peers at Davao Doctors’ Hospital and MDRCC in Davao City.

Dan Lester Dabon is always ready to lend a helping hand because he understands the feeling of helplessness. This young Davaoeño is destined for great leadership roles.

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