Dasman Diabetes Institute (DDI), which was founded by Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS), honored and celebrated the accomplishments of its previous Director-General, Dr. Kazem Behbehani, at the Institute with many of his family members and close friends on February 8th, 2016. The familiar sounds of the Kuwait national anthem began to play, and everyone rose for the occasion as the event commenced. Dr. Hilal Al Sayer, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of DDI, and Dr. Adnan Shihab-Eldeen, Director-General of KFAS, spoke fondly of Dr. Kazem and his milestones throughout his years at DDI.

Dr. Kazem has been an integral and vital part to DDI’s growth. He continuously dedicated his life to serving others. His purpose was to help people and improve the quality of life in Kuwait; he wanted to lower the number of people with diabetes and prolong the lives of those already suffering from it. And that is exactly what he did. After long hours and sincere devotion, Dr. Kazem helped put Dasman Diabetes Institute on the map today! A strong foundation has been built, making it more accessible to the public, by promoting health awareness in order to prevent the diabetes epidemic, and changing the face of healthcare systems in Kuwait as a whole. His contributions were all demonstrated through his leadership skills and commitment to the diabetes cause. Apart from the formation of several new departments, Dr. Kazem’s accomplishments at the Institute are endless.

However, one of Dr. Kazem’s crowning achievements was receiving the Order of the British Empire (OBE) recognition in 2014 in the field of medicine, from Her Highness Queen Elizabeth. This was a proud moment for all of Kuwait, especially His Highness the Amir, as nobody in the region had received this award before!

Much appreciation and gratitude is expressed to Dr. Kazem. We would like to thank Dr. Kazem for all of his years of service at the Institute. His invaluable leadership, hard work, and dedication is highly valued by the entire Dasman family. Dr. Kazem will be missed, but his legacy will continue to shine throughout the Institute forever. Thank you!