Chadi Khatib Honored as One of the 2021 JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World

September 10, 2021, St. Louis, USA — For his dedication and careful attention to his own culture, Dr. Chadi Khatib of Syria has been selected as a 2021 JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World (JCI TOYP) Honoree in the category of Medical Innovation. 

Dr. Chadi Khatib is a Syrian pharmacist who holds a PhD in Medical Science History and Traditional Medicine. He’s a doctoral student in Pharmacognosy and Medicinal Plants. Among his achievements, he holds 11 patents, serves as the Head of the Syrian Society of Complementary Medicine and is a member of the Syrian Pharmacist Association. He is a role model for anyone who aspires to scientific achievements, and he has displayed an overwhelming ambition for his field of research. Dr. Chadi graduated from Aleppo University in 2003, received his first postgraduate degree in 2004, his second postgraduate diploma in 2006, his first Master’s Degree in 2010 and his second masters degree in 2018. 

He received his Syrian pharmacist board certificate from the Syrian Commission for Medical Specialties and the Syrian Ministry of Health, specializing in drugs and medicinal plants in 2019. He is about to get his second PhD in drugs and medical plants from Damascus University. Dr. Chadi’s interest in medicinal herbs was kindled early on by the ancient manuscripts of Arab scholars who excelled in pharmacology and medicine. Inspired by these scholars, Chadi has focused on developing natural Syrian herbal and cosmetic products, eventually leading to his 11 patents.

What’s more, Dr. Chadi has not held on to this knowledge, but works hard to share this gathered expertise internationally. He has served as a lecturer in the pharmaceutical scientific conference accompanying the meeting of the executive office of the Arab Pharmacists Union in Movenpick-Cairo, Egypt in 2017, and has spoken at other conferences in Tunis, Dubai and Paris. 

From 2015 to 2019, he was the head of the scientific committee at the Syrian Pharmacist Association where he organized several local, regional and international scientific conferences supporting creativity and innovation in the field of pharmacy and drug industry. He was awarded a gold medal in the 8th International Exhibition of Innovations for China for his invention to treat Cutaneous Leishmaniasis, served as a member of the IFIA General assembly in 2018, was awarded the Shield of Appreciation from the Iraqi Ministry of Higher Education and the University of Babylon in 2020 and served as an international jury member at the 2nd Beirut International Innovation Show in 2021. Dr. Chadi has authored many scientific publications in the field of phytotherapy, is a current member of Everest International of Invention and many more accomplishments. 

About JCI TOYP: JCI (Junior Chamber International) honors ten outstanding young people under the age of 40 each year. These individuals exemplify the spirit of the JCI Mission and have extraordinary accomplishments regarding individual development, business and entrepreneurship, community action and international cooperation. Whether through service, innovation, determination or revolutionary thinking, these young leaders create beneficial solutions on a local and global level.

The ten honorees will be recognized at the 2021 JCI Awards Ceremony at the 2021 JCI World Congress in November.

About JCI: JCI, a global leadership organization, provides personal and professional development opportunities to young leaders age 18 to 40. Through its international network of around 110 countries, JCI unites all sectors of society and empowers the leaders of tomorrow to turn challenges into opportunities today. For more information, visit

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