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HONORE AYINKAMIYE

Position: Finished and Active PharmaceuticalProducts Registration Specialist Rwanda Food & Drugs Authority (Rwanda FDA)
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Mr HONORE AYINKAMIYE is a Pharmacist with experience of more than 10 years in the pharmaceutical sector, both in private and public institutions, where he has been involved in technical and managerial positions. Currently, he is working with Rwanda Food and Drugs Authority (Rwanda FDA) as a Finished and Active Pharmaceutical Products Registration Specialist.

HONORE has been involved in different regulatory activities at the country level and he is also contributing to the Medicines Regulatory Harmonization initiatives as the assessor of product dossier applications at the East African Community (EAC) level to insure the products’ quality, safety and efficacy.

He is also the Focal Person for the WHO/SRA Collaborative Registration Procedures (CRP), a facilitated procedure that aims to accelerate the registration process through improved information sharing between WHO PQ and national regulatory authorities (NRAs).

HONORE is passionate about ensuring equitable access to safe, efficacious and quality health commodities.

HONORE AYINKAMIYE

Finished and Active PharmaceuticalProducts Registration Specialist Rwanda Food & Drugs Authority (Rwanda FDA)

MR. ALEX JUMA ISMAIL

Position: Drug Registration Officer at the Tanzania Medicines and Medical Devices Authority (TMDA)
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Drug Registration Officer at the Tanzania Medicines and Medical Devices Authority (TMDA)

I work as a Drug Registration Officer at the Tanzania Medicines and Medical Devices Authority (TMDA) where I am involved in the evaluation of medicinal products dossiers.  Within TMDA, I have been the focal person for the SADC Medicines Regulatory Harmonization Programme (SADC MRH) for the past two years. Under the this Programme I have participated in many activities and initiatives to include co-chairing the SADC Variations Technical Working Group, and currently serving as a member to the current Technical Working Group (TWG) responsible for developing SADC Emergency Use Authorization Framework under the support of the German Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices.

I am currently the Focal Person and the Regional Technical Officer for the East African Community Medicines Regulatory Harmonization Programme where I coordinate all matters related to EAC joint activities including assessment of dossiers and quality assurance of reports as well as a serving as a member of the Expert Working Group on Medicines Evaluation and Registration of the Programme.

MR. ALEX JUMA ISMAIL

Drug Registration Officer at the Tanzania Medicines and Medical Devices Authority (TMDA)

Dr. SYBIL NANA AMA OSSEI-AGYEMAN-YEBOAH

Position: Ag. Principal Program Officer and Head of Public Health Division at WAHO
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A Pharmacist with 33 years’ experience and 23 years’ experience as Pharmaceutical and Quality Assurance Analyst. She holds MSc. in Pharmaceutical and Quality Control (1999) from KNUST-Ghana and currently a PhD candidate in Public Health Administration and Policy. She is a Fellow of the West Africa Postgraduate College of Pharmacists (2018) as well as a Fellow Ghana Post Graduate College of Pharmacists (2016).

Sybil has been working with WAHO for the past 12 years as the Professional Officer in charge of Pharmaceuticals, and now the Ag. Principal Program Officer and Head of Public Health Division.  She has expertise in policy and strategic plan development, medicines regulatory systems, quality control systems for laboratories, ensuring the accreditations of the national regulatory agencies and laboratories to international standards, building local pharmaceutical manufacturing capacities and establishing good manufacturing practices. She has coordinated the ECOWAS Regional Medicines Regulatory Harmonization process since 2014, trained and developed regional experts in the pharmaceutical sectors to strengthen the human resource for the work force, as well as led various initiatives to improve access to quality, safe and affordable medical products in the ECOWAS region. Has good working relationships with stakeholders and partners. Currently coordinating the ECOWAS COVID-19 vaccines Taskforce to ensure effective access of COVID-19 vaccines and other vaccines production in the region.

Dr. SYBIL NANA AMA OSSEI-AGYEMAN-YEBOAH

Ag. Principal Program Officer and Head of Public Health Division at WAHO

DR AHMED OGWELL OUMA

Position: Acting Director of the Africa Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
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In addition to his current title, he is also the founding Deputy Director, and, in these roles, he has led the strategic work and oversight of Africa CDC. He works closely with African Union Member States and partners to deliver on the mandate of Africa CDC of preventing and controlling diseases in Africa.

Ahmed has led the operations of Africa CDC during the COVID-19 pandemic, coordinating the planning, acquisition, and delivery of life-saving health products to African countries including test kits, personal protective materials, therapeutics, and vaccines. Formerly, he worked with the WHO at both the HQs and Regional Office for Africa, in combating NCDs & tobacco control.

Prior to that, Dr. Ahmed worked at country level in the Ministry of Health, Kenya, as Director for NCDs and then Head of the Office for International Health Relations. He has been at the forefront of advocacy and action to reform the health system in Africa including the need to establish an efficient & effective response mechanism for disease threats and health emergencies. He has over 25 years’ experience in public health and is an alumnus of the University of Nairobi in Kenya and the University of Bergen in Norway.

DR AHMED OGWELL OUMA

Acting Director of the Africa Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

DR. AMIT N. THAKKER

Position: PRESIDENT OF AFRICA HEALTHCARE FEDERATION AND EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN OF AFRICA HEALTH BUSINESS
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A visionary entrepreneur and an industry captain, Dr. Amit N. Thakker, has been a ground-breaking pioneer in the integration of private sector within the healthcare system in Africa. Dr Thakker actively supports governments, corporates, health organizations and development partners to foster effective public private partnership initiatives towards improved health outcomes.

He is the executive chairman of Africa Health Business, a health consultancy, advisory and investment firm that aims to improve access to quality affordable healthcare in Africa. He is also the president of Africa Healthcare Federation, chairperson of the Kenya Health Professionals Oversight Authority, and the former chairman of Kenya Healthcare Federation.

He has served as a director at LumiraDx, Seven Seas Technology, AMREF Flying Doctors. Action Aid and Ghanima Limited. As an active member of several institutions including international business group YPO Gold (Nairobi Chapter), Dr. Thakker also chairs the University of Nairobi Alumni Medical Chapter and serves as an advisor to Asia Africa Investing & Consulting Ltd, Coalition for Blood in Africa (CoBA) and Ministry of Health, Kenya.

Dr. Thakker founded Avenue Healthcare, a Kenyan based integrated private health service provider in 1995 which lead him to receive the “Best Male Entrepreneur of the Year” award by Rotary International in 1999. He also won the “Best CEO” award by Titans Global in the Business and Professional services category in 2017 and proudly received the Chairman’s Award for Kenya Medical Association in 2004.

DR. AMIT N. THAKKER

PRESIDENT OF AFRICA HEALTHCARE FEDERATION AND EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN OF AFRICA HEALTH BUSINESS

MR. KUDAAKWASHE KAPFUMVUTI

Position: Senior Manager - Health Products Authorisation at SAHPRA
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Bio:

  • Passionate about Health Products Regulation
  • Access to Safe, Quality & Efficacious Health Products
  • Motivated by success
  • Favorites: Music, Fitness, Travelling, Sport

Career:

  • Pharm (Hons), PG DiP Medicines Development & MBA
  • Senior Manager at SAHPRA since Jan 2021
  • Regulatory Officer/ Assessor at MCAZ (2.5 yrs.)
  • Regulatory Affairs in Pharma (6.5 yrs.) & FMCG (1.5yrs)
  • 5 years’ experience in R&D

MR. KUDAAKWASHE KAPFUMVUTI

Senior Manager - Health Products Authorisation at SAHPRA

Dr. BURHANI OTHMAN SIMAI

Position: Executive Director of Zanzibar Food and Drug Agency (ZFDA).
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Currently Executive Director of Zanzibar Food and Drug Agency (ZFDA). Over 20 years’ experience in strengthening Zanzibar Medicine Regulatory Authority from less resourced Pharmacy Board to the middle-income Food and Drug Agency.

He Participated in WHO assessment of Medicine Regulatory System in Sub Saharan African Countries, Devoted, Pioneering and Volunteering in Regional Medicine Regulatory Harmonization Initiatives and African Union Medicine, Policy and Regulation Reforms Expert Working Groups.

Dr. BURHANI OTHMAN SIMAI

Executive Director of Zanzibar Food and Drug Agency (ZFDA).

MR. NATHAN SEYOUM

Position: External Medicine Dossier Assessor at Ethiopian Food and Drug Authority (EFDA)
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External Medicine Dossier Assessor at Ethiopian Food and Drug Authority (EFDA) and

the Co-founder & Vice President of East Africa Regulatory Affairs Professionals Association (EARAPA). Mr. Nathan is also an assistant lecturer at the Addis Ababa University, School of Pharmacy, Department of Social Pharmacy and Pharmaceutics, Medicine Regulatory Affairs program.

He graduated from Clinical Pharmacy at the Addis Ababa University, and he’s currently finalizing his Master’s Degree in Medicine Regulatory Affairs.

I am an academician at the School of Pharmacy, in the Department of Pharmaceutics and Social Pharmacy.

MR. NATHAN SEYOUM

External Medicine Dossier Assessor at Ethiopian Food and Drug Authority (EFDA)

DR. LUCAS NYABERO KIMANGA

Position: CEO OF PHARMACEUTICAL SOCIETY OF KENYA
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He graduated from Doctor of Pharmacy (MCPHS University, USA).

After graduating he worked as a clinical pharmacist, owned, and ran a pharmacy, co-founded a Silicon Valley healthcare technology company, and ran a preventive healthcare company. Dr. Lucas is a co-patent holder for a neuropathic pain product. He is a certified pharmacogenetics/ pharmacogenomics pharmacist, Certified Immunization pharmacist since 2009, Certified Medication Therapy Management, among other.

His professional passions are:

  1. The provision, of Appropriate, Effective, Efficient and Safe pharmaceutical care…
  2. The recognition of the crucial and important role of pharmaceutical care to healthcare and economic productivity
  3. The reimbursement of cognitive pharmaceutical care services offered by pharmacist…
  4. The acknowledgement that Health Products and Technologies are pharmacist’s tools to achieve positive patient Outcome and as such we need to be heavily involved in ensuring quality…
  5. The capacity building of the pharmaceutical care service force

He serves as co-founder and Director at NewSpring Foundation that supports bright kids from Kibera. He is a Rotarian of the Rotary Club of Nairobi. His hobbies include Soccer Golf, Cycling, CrossFit and coaching his son soccer team.

DR. LUCAS NYABERO KIMANGA

CEO OF PHARMACEUTICAL SOCIETY OF KENYA

MS. ANGELA CONWAY

Position: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER AT ACRO (PTY) LTD
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With over 40 years of experience gained across all business areas and numerous industries, Ms.  Angela has uniquely placed herself to be able to operate strategically and operationally within the Clinical Research Arena.

She has qualifications in Hotel Management, honours in Industrial Psychology and is a Chartered Accountant. Angela has, over the years undergone intensive leadership training at Eli Lilly SA (Pty) Ltd, Emotional Intelligence courses, Employment equity, Labour, Tax and Corporate Governance updates.

Lifelong learning is one of her key beliefs and training and development is encouraged at all levels of the organization. Ms. Angela has represented Eli Lilly at IMSA and ACRO at PIASA, both key Industry organizations.

She was active on a task team at Endeavor SA, identifying and refining the process for talent management in organizations and for entrepreneurs. Ms. Angela started her career in the pharmaceutical industry in 1989 and has gained experience across all aspects of the business from HR, Finance, Risk Management, Operations and Corporate Governance. She has also been responsible for company startups as well as the establishment of legal entities in Kenya

MS. ANGELA CONWAY

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER AT ACRO (PTY) LTD

Dr. Catherine Mwendwa Maina

Position: the Regulatory Affairs Lead East Africa & Sub regional LPVRP –Kenya at Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Ltd.
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Dr. Catherine Mwendwa Maina (Kenya) is a pharmacist with over 13 years’ of experience in the industry (community, hospital and industrial pharmacy). She is currently the Regulatory Affairs Lead East Africa & Sub regional LPVRP –Kenya at Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Ltd. She is keen on leadership, thrives in problem solving activities, takes pride when out of box thinking enables business growth and development.  She is involved in policy development and implementation of regulatory and quality assurance of medical products and health product technologies. An action-oriented member of the Pharmaceutical Society of Kenya. Her day to day includes MP/HPT submissions, LCM, AE/ADR/PQC reporting, PV related periodic submission, Oversight of PV function in selected countries, Business support and Regulatory intelligence.

Catherine holds a BPharm & MBA – International business from the University of Nairobi, Post Graduate Cert – BIRS and pursuing Master’s degree – BIRs (Biotechnology Innovation and Regulatory science) from Purdue University.

Dr. Catherine Mwendwa Maina

the Regulatory Affairs Lead East Africa & Sub regional LPVRP –Kenya at Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Ltd.

MR. JOHN MWANGI

Position: Head of Regulatory Affairs (East & West Central Africa) – At Bayer
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John currently works at Bayer as Head of Regulatory Affairs responsible for East & West Central Africa Region based in Kenya, responsible for Pharmaceuticals and Consumer Health divisions and doubling up as Regulatory Policy & Intelligence Lead for EEMEA Region.  He has previously held different roles in Pharmacovigilance and Quality Control within the Pharmaceutical Industry. He has been an active member of several industry associations including KAPI (Kenya Association of Pharmaceutical Industry) where he has served as member since 2013 including as past executive secretary and continues to serve in in various committees within KAPI and as Board Member.

John is passionate about supporting the streamline of Pharmaceutical Regulatory Systems & Policy and is currently a member of the Africa Regulatory Network (ARN) within the IFPMA (International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Associations) where he is the immediate past co-chair. Additionally, John represents Bayer in the Africa Engagement Committee of the IFPMA and is currently a member of the Africa Strategy for the Global Self Care Federation (GSCF).

MR. JOHN MWANGI

Head of Regulatory Affairs (East & West Central Africa) – At Bayer

MS. NURAN IDRIS

Position: Healthcare Manager for Africa at GS1
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Nuran Idris joined GS1 Global Office in January 2020. She works in the Healthcare team as Healthcare manager for Africa. She is based in Nairobi, Kenya and is originally from neighboring Tanzania.

Nuran’s main role at GS1 is to support countries in Africa in establishing pharmaceutical traceability systems using GS1 standards.

Prior to joining GS1, she worked for multiple USAID funded projects in Tanzania and Malawi with short term engagements in Zambia and Ivory Coast. Nuran also briefly worked for one of Global Fund’s project in The Netherlands.

Nuran’s experiences have seen her engage multiple stakeholders from the grass root level up to senior levels in local and international settings. From the digital health angle, Nuran has conducted trainings and managed teams that deployed systems that have contributed positively to improvements in local supply chain operations.

With the power of standards, Nuran strongly believes that even more efficiencies and mostly, improved care to patients can be achieved in developing countries.

Nuran is a Political Scientist and a global eHealth specialist by training.

MS. NURAN IDRIS

Healthcare Manager for Africa at GS1

MR. STAVROS NICOLAOU

Position: Group Senior Executive for Strategic Trade Development at Aspen Pharmacare
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Stavros Nicolaou is the Aspen Pharmacare Group’s Senior Executive responsible for Strategic Trade Development. Previously he was CEO of Aspen’s Export Business. Aspen is Africa’s largest pharmaceutical manufacturer and a now world leader in Anaesthetics and injectable anti-coagulants. Aspen is one of South Africa’s most globalised multinational companies with a presence in over 50 geographies globally, with 26 manufacturing facilities across 6 continents. He was instrumental in introducing the first generic ARV’s on the African Continent developed by Aspen, which has gone on to save hundreds of thousands of lives in South Africa and on the African Continent.

Nicolaou has over 30 years’ experience in the South African and International Pharmaceutical Industry and is a previous winner of the SA Institute of Marketing Management (IMM) Health Care Marketer of the year Award. He was a previous recipient Monty Rubenstein Award for proficiency in Pharmaceutics from the Wits University Pharmacy Faculty. He was awarded, the Order of the Lion of St Mark by the Greek Orthodox Pope Theodoros II and recently received the title of “High Commander of the Order of the Apostle & Evangelist Mark” of the Patriarchate of Alexandria.  He has been inducted as a Fellow of the Pharmaceutical Society of South Africa (PSSA), one of the highest honours bestowed by the PSSA, and was recently awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Medicine from Wits University.

He has been a speaker at a number of conferences, including the Economist Roundtable, the World Economic Forum (WEF) and recently delivered a lecture on ARV developments at the Raigon Institute, a JV between Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts General Hospital.

He has previously and continues to serve on a number of Industry & associated structures, some of which include

MR. STAVROS NICOLAOU

Group Senior Executive for Strategic Trade Development at Aspen Pharmacare

Mr. EMEKA CHUKWURAH

Position: Team Lead Regulatory Affairs Projects at CQRAFF Solutions Ltd.
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Emeka Chukwurah currently leads the Regulatory Affairs Projects Team at CQRAFF Solutions Ltd. His focus is in simplifying regulatory complexities in West African countries for business growth by creatively interpreting and influencing regulations, bridging knowledge gaps and relationship building between Regulators and the industry. He understands the thinking of regulatory authorities and the regulatory challenges facing businesses in West African markets.

In his current role he advises clients on: Regulatory Strategy for Market access / entry. Regulatory Submissions and Intelligence, Marketing Authorization applications and Post Marketing maintenance, Product Registration and License Management, Site cGMP Inspection Readiness, regulatory audit support services for manufacturing facilities and any other regulatory activity that may arise.

CQRAFF Solutions is a company incorporated by law in Nigeria to render Corporate Regulatory Affairs services to Cosmetics, Pharmaceuticals, Medical Devices & Diagnostics, Food & Nutraceuticals companies/manufacturers with strong presence in Nigeria and Ghana.

Mr. EMEKA CHUKWURAH

Team Lead Regulatory Affairs Projects at CQRAFF Solutions Ltd.

Mr. Rostand Sagu Kenfack

Position: Director of Quality & Regulatory Affairs at Institut Africain du Médicament (IAM)
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Mr Rostand SAGU Kenfack is a Quality control and Quality assurance engineer, international regulatory expert for pharmaceutical, food and cosmetic in French speaking African countries. He is a holder of a master’s degree in quality and Assurance Control for Drugs, Foods and Cosmetic, a Master degree in Clinical Biochemistry, both obtain at University of Dschang in Cameroon.

He is having also an Assistant Project Manager Diploma in Clinical Trial, from the Clinical Trial Evaluation Center Timone Hospital Aix- Marseille University France. He has followed up many regulatory certifications training in Dubai, Ivory Coast and Cameroon. He is the Director of Quality & Regulatory Affairs at Institut Africain du Médicament (IAM) an international company in the pharmaceutical and cosmetics sector (Helioscience) based in Douala (Cameroon) and Marseille (France), which works for the improvement of quality and healthcare system in Africa, Registration assistance and regulation compliance for French speaking countries and distribution of pharmaceutical products.

Mr Sagu is member of international organization such as Industrial Pharmacy Section of the International Federation of Pharmacist (FIP), BackOffice Manager of the African Pharmaceutical Forum (APF) and promoter of Dubai International Pharmaceuticals and Technologies Conference and Exhibition – DUPHAT, in Africa since 2018. He is married and father of one.

Mr. Rostand Sagu Kenfack

Director of Quality & Regulatory Affairs at Institut Africain du Médicament (IAM)

DR. HALA ABU GHAZALAH

Position: Head of Regulatory Affairs, Africa & Middle East at Pfizer
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Hala Abu Ghazalah, Head of Regulatory Affairs, Africa & Middle East

Pfizer Biopharmaceutical Group with 25 years of experience in Regulatory Affairs, External Affairs, and Marketing, supporting various healthcare categories.

Pharmacist by education, licensed in both UAE and Canada.

DR. HALA ABU GHAZALAH

Head of Regulatory Affairs, Africa & Middle East at Pfizer