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Dr. Hala Abu Ghazalah

Position: Vice President, Head of Regulatory Sciences, Emerging Markets - Pfizer
Categories: Advisory Board 2024 - RA

Dr. Hala has over 25 years of experience in Pharmaceutical and Healthcare industries and had several leadership roles within Regulatory Affairs, External Affairs, and Marketing.

She is a pharmacist by education, licensed both in the UAE and Canada.

Dr. Hala Abu Ghazalah

Vice President, Head of Regulatory Sciences, Emerging Markets - Pfizer

Dr. Amit Thakker

Position: Executive Chairman – Africa Health Business
Categories: Advisory Board 2024 - RA

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 organisations 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, a member of the Ethical Principles in Health Care (EPiHC) advisory board, he is a fellow of The Academy of Public Health (APH), and the former chairman of Kenya Healthcare Federation. He has served as a director at LumiraDx, Seven Seas Technology, AMREF Flying Doctors Action Aid, East African Health Platform and East African Business Council.

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/Director to AAIC Investment PTE. Ltd, Coalition for Blood in Africa (CoBA), United Asian Network (UAN), Ghanima Ltd, KEPSA (Kenya Private Sector Alliance) 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 Entreprenuer of the Year” award by Rotary International in 1999. He has served as the CEO for Amini Management Ltd, Africa Medical Investments plc, Momentum Kenya leading him to win “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 Thakker

Executive Chairman – Africa Health Business

Dr. Mona Al Moussli

Position: Co-Founder & Managing Director - PRA Consultancy
Categories: MedDev Speakers 2024, PV Speakers 2024, RA Speakers 2024

Dr. Mona Al Moussli is a trailblazer in the field of pharmaceutical and medical device regulatory affairs in the Middle East. With over twenty years of experience, she has firmly established herself as a seasoned professional renowned for her unparalleled expertise in navigating the intricacies of healthcare regulations.
Throughout her career, Dr. Al Moussli has demonstrated an unwavering dedication to upholding the highest standards of ethics and compliance within the industry. In 2013, she co-founded PRA Consultancy, a firm that has since become synonymous with regulatory excellence in the region.
Her impact transcends traditional boardroom boundaries as she actively works to shape the future of healthcare regulation through education and advocacy. Notably, Dr. Al Moussli played a pivotal role in the inception of the GCC Regulatory Affairs (RA) Course, a pioneering certification program designed to nurture the next generation of industry experts.
Fueled by her passion for advancing health and safety standards, Dr. Al Moussli has spearheaded numerous initiatives, including the renowned GCC Regulatory Affairs Pharma Summit and other significant gatherings focused on pharmaceutical-related regulations in the region.
Dr. Al Moussli’s commitment to advancing regulatory standards transcends borders, as evidenced by her initiation of the AFRI Summit. This crucial platform facilitates discussions on pharmaceutical and medical device regulations in Africa, fostering knowledge sharing and collaboration among stakeholders to improve healthcare outcomes across the continent.
Beyond her professional achievements, Dr. Al Moussli remains actively involved in community engagement, serving as an advisory board member at Dubai Pharmacy College and lending her expertise to the Women’s Business Council at the Dubai Chamber of Commerce. In recognition of her outstanding contributions, Dr. Mona Al Moussli was elected as a board member of the Emirates Medical Association – Pharmacy chapter for consecutive terms in 2021 and 2022.

Dr. Mona Al Moussli

Co-Founder & Managing Director - PRA Consultancy

2023 Speakers

Dr. Radwa El Moneer

Position: Head of Pharmaceutical Policies & Market Access Central Administration - Egyptian Drug Authority (EDA)
Categories: RA Speakers 2023

Dr. Radwa El Moneer is the Head of Pharmaceutical Policies & Market Access Central Administration at Egyptian Drug Authority (EDA) & also the supervisor of EDA Chairman Office.

Dr. Radwa El Moneer stands as one of the most prominent woman leaders in the field of pharmaceutical regulations in Egypt & …. Africa. Through her influential positions and dedication to improving the pharmaceutical industry, she has made significant contributions to the development and implementation of regulatory policies in the country, in a way that makes her contributions to the pharmaceutical industry in Egypt.

Dr. Radwa El Moneer

Head of Pharmaceutical Policies & Market Access Central Administration - Egyptian Drug Authority (EDA)

Dr. Mariam Maged

Position: Manager of human pharmaceuticals Variations Administration – EGYPTIAN DRUG AUTHORITY (EDA)
Categories: RA Speakers 2023

Dr. Mariam Maged is the Manager of human pharmaceuticals Variations Administration at the Egyptian Drug Authority (EDA), where being responsible for all types of post market changes for human pharmaceutical drugs.

She  started her career almost 11 years ago in the central administration of pharmaceutical affairs (CAPA) after graduation from faculty of pharmacy Future university with grade excellent with honor, in 2012 started the new career path as a registration specialist in CAPA .In 2020 with establishment of EDA Started a new career as manager of evaluation unit of specification and composition variation until 2021 where promoted to the current title in EDA as Manager of human pharmaceuticals Variations Administration.

Dr. Mariam Maged

Manager of human pharmaceuticals Variations Administration – EGYPTIAN DRUG AUTHORITY (EDA)

Dr. Hebatallah Ibrahim Abdel-Salam

Position: Head of biological Products Marketing Authorization Administration - Egyptian Drug Authority (EDA)
Categories: RA Speakers 2023

She had a bachelor’s degree in pharmaceutical science.

She had a master’s degree in business administration in project management.

She is EDA representative as a member in the African Medicine Regulatory Harmonization (AMRH) Technical Committee on Regulatory Capacity Development (RCD-TC).

She is EDA representative as Chairperson of RCD-TC Subcommittee on Vaccines Regulatory

Oversight.

She was the former head of post approval changes department of biological products.

She was a member in the WHO team for assessing Covid-19 vaccines submitted for EUL.

She was a member in the team of updating registration guideline of biosimilar product in EGYPT.

She was a member in the team of issuing Procedures for Registration of Biological products through Reliance pathways.

Dr. Hebatallah Ibrahim Abdel-Salam

Head of biological Products Marketing Authorization Administration - Egyptian Drug Authority (EDA)

Dr. Rania Ibrahim Hassan

Position: General Manager of The General Administration of Clinical Trials, C.A. of Biological, Innovative Products & Clinical Studies - Egyptian Drug Authority (EDA)
Categories: RA Speakers 2023

She has 19 years’ Experience as Regulator Covering different roles in in various fields as Good Clinical Practice – Good Pharmacovigilance Practice – Regulatory Affairs – Pharmaceutical Production – Quality Assurance – Technical Methodology – GMP Inspection – Health Care Quality , key functions such as Quality Compliance, Documentation, Personnel, Biosafety, Performance Improvement, Validation, and, Strategic Planning, Quality System Management, Management of Quality Function, Project Planning and Initiation, Quality Control Techniques, Production Steps through GMP Trainings and reviewing Manufacturer`s Master files and production summary protocols and working as operation and facility Manager in a Pharmaceutical Company During its renovation phase. And also responsible for assessing and evaluating and monitoring Conduction of different phases of Clinical Trials and also as being QPPV.

Furthermore, she has gained significant experience working through EDA task force through the journey of achieving ML 3 in Vaccine scope according to World Health Organization GBT

Dr. Rania Ibrahim Hassan

General Manager of The General Administration of Clinical Trials, C.A. of Biological, Innovative Products & Clinical Studies - Egyptian Drug Authority (EDA)

Dr. Rehab Mehrez

Position: Manager of the General Administration of Pharmaceutical References and Leaflets - Egyptian Drug Authority (EDA)
Categories: RA Speakers 2023

Rehab is the Manager of the general Administration of Pharmaceutical References and inserts, Central administration of Pharmaceutical Care, Egyptian Drug Authority

She is a board-certified Pharmacist in pharmacotherapy with a Master’s Degree in the field of clinical biochemistry and oncology

She has completed the clinical research scholarship at Harvard Medical School, postgraduate studies in Policy Development and Advocacy for Global Health at the University of Washington and The advanced leadership skills” training program by the National Training Academy.

Over the span of more than 15 years, Rehab has gained extensive experience in various areas of the life sciences sector, with a focus on Regulatory Affairs, Pharmacovigilance, Patient Safety, Drug/Medicine Information, Medical Affairs, Clinical Pharmacy, and Hospital Accreditation Standards.

In her role as the General Manager of Pharmaceutical References and Leaflets, She and her team lead the Electronic Labelling Project and they feel honored to be pioneers in the Middle East and Africa.

She participated in a number of strategic projects, such as the WHO rational Drug use survey, And also was among many expert Working Committees responsible for achieving the “Egyptian Clinical Pharmacy Standards of Practice”, “Egyptian guidelines of Medication Management standards” and Guidelines for Classification as Nonprescription Medicinal Products (OTC).

Dr. Rehab Mehrez

Manager of the General Administration of Pharmaceutical References and Leaflets - Egyptian Drug Authority (EDA)

Dr. Doaa Rady

Position: Lot Release administration manager - Egyptian Drug Authority (EDA)
Categories: RA Speakers 2023

Dr. Doaa Rady is a highly experienced regulator who has dedicated her career to ensuring the quality, safety, and efficacy of biological products. With over 10 years of experience in the biological product sector, she has developed a deep understanding of the regulatory landscape and is widely recognized as an expert in her field.

She began her career as a lot release specialist at National Organization for Research and Control of Biologics, where she was responsible for release process for several biological products including vaccines and plasma derived medicinal products. During her tenure, she gained extensive experience in different regulatory functions.

Over the course of her time at the Egyptian regulatory authority, Doaa held several leadership positions, including serving as a team leader for the team establishing the risk-based lot release policy in Egypt, team leader for lot release team achieving WHO ML3 for LR function during benchmark of EDA, Egypt, and deputy of lot release department manager. In these roles, she was responsible for overseeing the review of a wide range of biological products, as well as she has active participation in many working groups responsible for providing guidance to industry on regulatory requirements and best practices.

She has also been an active participant in several professional organizations, including the International society of Pharmacoeconomic & outcome research (ISPOR) and the African Medicine Quality Forum technical committee which is One of the key components of The African Medicines Regulatory Harmonization (AMRH) initiative.

She has served on various international committees and working groups at ISPOR including Health equity special interest group, clinical outcome special interest group, real world evidence interest group and biosimilars interest group.

She had the opportunity to provide her feedback and insights to different regulatory guidelines and papers including ICH- Q9 quality risk management guideline, ICH-Q14 analytical procedure development, WHO approach towards the development of a global regulatory framework for cell and gene therapy products, ISPOR report on mapping HTA agency approaches for biosimilars value assessment and Primer on health equity research in health economics and outcomes research an ISPOR report. Moreover, Doaa Rady serves as peer reviewer for value in health journal and has active participation in reviewing research manuscripts and abstracts.

Doaa Rady holds a Bachelor of pharmaceutical science from the Helwan University, Egypt, a Master of Science degree in Microbiology & Immunology from Cairo, Egypt and Pharmacoeconomic and Health Technology Assessment Diploma from Cairo university in cooperation with Bournemouth university in UK She is a recognized leader in the field of biological product regulatory authority and is highly respected by her colleagues and managers.

Dr. Doaa Rady

Lot Release administration manager - Egyptian Drug Authority (EDA)

Dr. Nabiha El Khaldia Boutarene

Position: Director of Technical Monitoring, Inspection and Vigilance - The National Agency for Pharmaceutical Products (ANPP)
Categories: RA Speakers 2023

Dr. Boutarene El Khaldia Nabiha, Director of Technical Monitoring, Inspection and Vigilance.

Previously head of the technical monitoring unit at the national agency of pharmaceutical products. Head of the Registration Department, then Head of Department at the National Laboratory of pharmaceutical products.

Dr. Nabiha El Khaldia Boutarene

Director of Technical Monitoring, Inspection and Vigilance - The National Agency for Pharmaceutical Products (ANPP)

Ms. Naoual Assam

Position: Technical-Regulatory Deputy Director at the Registration Department - The National Agency for Pharmaceutical Products (ANPP)
Categories: RA Speakers 2023

Biological engineer with quality control and analysis option, analysis at the national laboratory for the control of pharmaceutical products since 2013, auditor for the validation of quality control laboratories since 2016, inspector in the joint Anpp/Ministry of Commerce brigades since 2021, Currently I hold the position of technical-regulatory deputy director at the registration department of the national pharmaceutical products agency since April 2023.

Ms. Naoual Assam

Technical-Regulatory Deputy Director at the Registration Department - The National Agency for Pharmaceutical Products (ANPP)

Ms. Vanessa Msengezi

Position: Policy Advocacy Officer - African Union Development Agency - NEPAD
Categories: RA Speakers 2023

Vanessa currently leads the work on regulatory and policy reforms under the African Medicines Regulatory Harmonisation Programme at AUDA-NEPAD, primarily focusing on coordinating and facilitating the development and implementation of legislative frameworks that enable African Union member States to effectively and efficiently regulate medical products. She has over 12 years of experience in policy advocacy and communication as well in project and grants management in various sectors including health.  She holds and Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Sociology from the University of Zimbabwe, a Post Graduate Diploma in Public Health from the University of Pretoria and she is a certified PRINCE 2 project manager.

Ms. Vanessa Msengezi

Policy Advocacy Officer - African Union Development Agency - NEPAD

Dr. Ropafadzai Hove

Position: Chief Regulatory Officer – BoMRA (Botswana Medicines Regulatory Authority)
Categories: RA Speakers 2023

Ropafadzai Hove is a public health professional, with more than thirty years experience in medicines regulatory affairs and policy co-ordination at national, regional, and international levels.

As Chief Regulatory Officer at BoMRA, she provides technical and strategic direction to the Technical Teams in the regulation of medicines, medical devices, and cosmetics.

She chaired the Pharmaceutical Advisory Committee in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) resulting in the establishment of the SADC work sharing initiative for medicines regulators, ZaZiBoNa.

Ropah is a pharmacist, with a Masters of Science degree in Pharmaceutical Services and Medicines Control from Bradford University, United Kingdom.

Dr. Ropafadzai Hove

Chief Regulatory Officer – BoMRA (Botswana Medicines Regulatory Authority)

Ms. Silverani Padayachee

Position: Senior Manager: Pharmaceutical Evaluation Management – SAHPRA
Categories: RA Speakers 2023

Silverani Padayachee is the Senior Manager: Pharmaceutical Evaluation Management at SAHPRA and oversee five subunits of quality and bioequivalence of small molecules, registration of  biological, complementary and veterinary medicines. Silverani holds a Masters in the area of Pharmaceutics with over 30 years experience as a pharmacist in various fields of pharmacy i.e. in academia; hospital; manufacturing, clinical trials; pharmacovigilance, retail; research and over fifteen years experience in pharmaceutical quality, regulation and control at the Regulator (MCC and SAHPRA). Silverani has been invited by WHO Prequalifications of Medicines Programme (WHO PQ) to assist with assessments of medicines.

Silverani has participated in various health collaboration initiatives relating to Health System Strengthening and have been invited to speak on behalf of these initiatives at International conferences such as ICDRA (International Conference of Drug Regulatory Authorities) organized by WHO and to also chair international harmonization meetings.

Silverani also holds a Masters in Education with specialization in Adult Education and believes that adult learners are experiential learners  and the work environment is a key element in expanding the knowledge base of any field, all that is needed is to encourage and support people to share these learnings with others. Hence ongoing training or mentorship is key in ensuring that members of her  team are capacitated to ensure current global review standards are maintained.

Ms. Silverani Padayachee

Senior Manager: Pharmaceutical Evaluation Management – SAHPRA

DR. SYBIL NANA AMA OSSEI-AGYEMAN-YEBOAH

Position: Ag. Principal Program Officer and Head of Public Health Division at WAHO
Categories: RA Speakers 2022, RA Speakers 2023

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

MR. ABEBE ALAMNEH KASSAHUN

Position: Medicine Registration Expert - Ethiopian Food and Drug Authority (EFDA) & Vice Chairman -East African regulatory Affairs Professionals Association (EARAPA)
Categories: MedDev Speakers 2023, RA Speakers 2023

Abebe Alamneh Kassahun is a dedicated professional with a strong background in the field of medicine regulatory affairs. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy and a Master’s degree in Medicine Regulatory Affairs from Addis Ababa University.

Currently, Abebe serves as a Medicine Registration Expert at the Ethiopian Food and Drug Authority (EFDA), where he plays a crucial role in ensuring the safety, efficacy, and quality of pharmaceutical products in Ethiopia. With his expertise, he actively contributes to the regulatory processes involved in the registration and approval of medicines, ensuring compliance with national and international standards.

In addition to his role at EFDA, Abebe also holds the esteemed position of Vice Chairman at the East African Regulatory Affairs Professionals Association (EARAPA). As the Vice Chairman, he demonstrates exemplary leadership skills and actively participates in shaping the regulatory landscape within the East African region. Abebe collaborates with fellow professionals to develop harmonized regulatory frameworks, facilitate information exchange, and promote best practices in medicine regulation.

MR. ABEBE ALAMNEH KASSAHUN

Medicine Registration Expert - Ethiopian Food and Drug Authority (EFDA) & Vice Chairman -East African regulatory Affairs Professionals Association (EARAPA)

Mr. Samuel Asante-Boateng

Position: Head of the Drugs & Herbal medicine Registration Directorate - FDA Ghana
Categories: RA Speakers 2023

Samuel Asante-Boateng is a Ghanaian by birth and about 56 years of age. He is a professional pharmacist trained at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) Ghana 30 years ago and has also done further studies in MSc Pharm. Technology at the University of Bradford in UK. He has taken certificate courses in leadership, management and administration at the Ghana Institute of management and Public Administration (GIMPA). He currently works with the FDA Ghana as the Head of the Drugs and Herbal medicine Registration Directorate. He has been working in regulation for the past 17years. Before joining the FDA, Samuel Asante-Boateng worked in the pharmaceutical industry in Ghana for 12years.

He is part of the team of assessors at the FDA Ghana for the past 14years and has also participated in a lot of foreign GMP inspections.

In support of the West Africa Medicine Regulation Harmonization (WA-MRH) project, Samuel has been working as the chairman of the Expert Working Group for Medical Product Dossier Evaluation and Registration (EWG-MPDER) involved in the Regional joint assessment procedure in the ECOWAS region since its commencement in the year 2017.

Mr. Samuel Asante-Boateng

Head of the Drugs & Herbal medicine Registration Directorate - FDA Ghana

Mr. Amos Mulera Atumanya

Position: Senior Inspector of Drugs - National Drug Authority, Uganda
Categories: RA Speakers 2023

Amos is a pharmacist with over fifteen years of comprehensive domestic and international experience in drug regulation and policy formulation. Studied Pharmacy and Finance and is studying Master of Science in Pharmacy Administration and Policy Regulation.

Started his regulatory journey in 2006 working as an inspector of drugs at the ports of entry. Led South Western and Northern regions as a Regional Inspector of Drugs for over 10 years and briefly acted as head of enforcement. Thereafter coordinated the implementation of Good Distribution Practices and Good Pharmacy Practices for Pharmaceutical products.

Is a trainer and lead GMP inspector who has inspected over 160 pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities in Africa, Asia, Europe, and United States for compliance with Good Manufacturing Practices.

Currently working as a Senior Inspector of Drugs and NDA representative to the Allied Health Professionals Council. Have great interest in emerging trends in regulatory policy and how it affects access to medical technologies.

Eager to learn, grow and excel in regulatory policy and public health so as to contribute to team success through hard work, patriotism, attention to detail and excellent organizational skills.

Mr. Amos Mulera Atumanya

Senior Inspector of Drugs - National Drug Authority, Uganda

Mr. Lyoko Nyambe

Position: Assistant Director, Marketing Authorization - Zambia Medicines Regulatory Authority (ZAMRA)
Categories: RA Speakers 2023

Mr. Lyoko Nyambe

Assistant Director, Marketing Authorization - Zambia Medicines Regulatory Authority (ZAMRA)

Mr. Arthur Sichivula

Position: ICT Manager - Zambia Medicines Regulatory Authority (ZAMRA)
Categories: RA Speakers 2023

Mr. Arthur Sichivula

ICT Manager - Zambia Medicines Regulatory Authority (ZAMRA)

Dr. Elvis Temfack

Position: Senior Research Officer - Africa CDC
Categories: RA Speakers 2023

Dr. Elvis Temfack works at Africa CDC as Senior Research officer, based in Ethiopia. His background training is in clinical medicine and public health with over 15 years’ experience in clinical research and comprehensive clinical case management. Prior to joining Africa CDC, he joined Epicentre of Médecins Sans Frontières in Paris, a World Health Organization (WHO) collaborating Centre for Research in Epidemiology and Response to Emerging Diseases, working in Malawi for three years as field principal investigator generating relevant clinical evidence to support Malawian ministry of Health change pf policy for HIV first-line treatment from Efavirenz to Dolutegravir-based therapy.

He is a member of the European Society of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID), the International Society of Human and Animal Mycology (ISHAM) and a contributor to the Mycology One World One Guideline working group, an initiative of the European Confederation of Medical Mycologist (ECMM), ISHAM and American Society of Microbiology initiative (ASM). He has co-authored many peer reviewed publications in high readership international journals and is associate editor in some international journals. He is also a member of many collaborative working groups, serving in scientific and advisory groups addressing research in human health.

Dr. Elvis Temfack

Senior Research Officer - Africa CDC

MR. KARIM WANGA (M PHARM)

Position: Chief Principal Regulatory Officer - Pharmacy and Poisons Board Pharmacy and Poisons Board, Ministry of Health, Kenya
Categories: RA Speakers 2023

He is a pharmacist by training and graduated with Masters of pharmacy in Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacovigilance from University of Nairobi and recently completed a fellowship program in Anti-Microbial Resistance (AMR) from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

He is a chief principal regulatory officer at the Pharmacy and Poisons Board, in the department of product safety, having worked with PPB for over ten years across several regulatory functions which include regulatory inspections, clinical trials, pharmacovigilance and post-marketing surveillance. He has special interest in drug utilization studies and medicines regulatory science.

MR. KARIM WANGA (M PHARM)

Chief Principal Regulatory Officer - Pharmacy and Poisons Board Pharmacy and Poisons Board, Ministry of Health, Kenya

Dr. Richard Tendayi Rukwata

Position: Director-General at the Medicines Control Authority of Zimbabwe.
Categories: MedDev Speakers 2023, RA Speakers 2023

Richard is a pharmacist with 26 years’ experience starting off his career in hospital pharmacy in the public sector.  He has spent the last 19 years in the regulatory profession in various capacities.  He is currently the Director-General at the Medicines Control Authority of Zimbabwe.

Dr. Richard Tendayi Rukwata

Director-General at the Medicines Control Authority of Zimbabwe.

Ms. Rosemary Nkemdilim Onwualu

Position: Assistant Director, Drug Evaluation and Research - National Agency for Food & Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC)
Categories: RA Speakers 2023

Rosemary Nkemdilim Onwualu is a Scientist, GMP inspector, Lead Quality Auditor certified, and a regulatory Inspector with over 10 years in pharmaceutical GMP inspections and twenty three years’ experience with National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control [NAFDAC] Nigeria. Saddled with the responsibility to regulate medicinal products and medical devices. Rosemary is an experienced leader in the conduct of QMS internal auditing, inspection readiness activities, SOP development, quality document management, training, and technical paper reviews. She is recognized for her expertise in implementing QMS principles across settings and systems, a member of the quality team of her NRA, an active member of the NAFDAC-WHO GBT Team and has presented as subject matters topics regarding quality policy, quality objects, and other related matters.

She is the Nigerian Deputy GBT national focal person, that derived and championed the coordination and supervision of the Nigeria NRA GBT Program for Regulatory Inspection and Clinical Trial Oversight functions respectively to the successful attainment of maturity level three [ML3].

She contributed to several initiatives in terms of development of policy, guidance documents for Good Regulatory Practice in Nigeria.

A resource person in system strengthening programs, capacity building, training including mentoring of other NRAs on GBT Program in Nigeria and the Cote divoire for the attainment of ML3.

She participated in the review of WHO Listed Authority (WLA) guidance document.

Ms. Rosemary Nkemdilim Onwualu

Assistant Director, Drug Evaluation and Research - National Agency for Food & Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC)

Dr. Folasade Osho

Position: Chief Regulatory Officer - National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC)
Categories: RA Speakers 2023

Folasade is a Chief Regulatory Officer, at the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Nigeria’s Medicine Regulatory Agency.

While Folasade’s primary role in NAFDAC is to implement Quality Management Systems in line with ISO 9001, ISO 17025:2017 and WHO Standards at the National Quality Control Laboratory. She works on the Technical Working Group of the NAFDAC Traceability Office, supporting the execution of the five-year roadmap for implementing pharmaceutical traceability in Nigeria.

Folasade also serves on the NAFDAC-WHO Global Benchmarking Team. This team was constituted in 2018 to drive implementation and institutionalization of WHO Global Benchmarking Requirements in Nigeria’s regulatory System. Folasade coordinates the Laboratory Testing Function on this project. In 2022, the team’s efforts led to Nigeria attaining the WHO GBT Maturity Level (ML) 3 i.e. status of a stable, well-functioning and integrated regulatory system

Folasade trained as a pharmacist, at the University of Lagos, Nigeria. She has a master’s in public health (MPH) from the University of Western Cape South Africa and a Master of Public Policy (MPP) from the University of Oxford, UK.

Dr. Folasade Osho

Chief Regulatory Officer - National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC)

Dr. Ibrahim Mustafa

Position: Vice President of the General Authority for the Economic Zone of the Suez Canal
Categories: RA Speakers 2023

Dr. Ibrahim Mustafa

Vice President of the General Authority for the Economic Zone of the Suez Canal for Investment and Promotion Affairs Since his assumption in January 2023, he has been working to achieve several goals to improve the investment environment, develop infrastructure, and increase industrial and logistical investments, by focusing on sectoral and geographical promotion.

Prior to his position, he held several positions as follows: Dr. Ibrahim Mustafa, Executive Director of Tariq Company for Economic and Financial Consultations Consultant to the first economic partnership councils in an American company and former senior advisor to the Minister of Investment Consultant to a number of local and foreign companies in the field of investment and development and an expert in economics, investment and business development – former economics lecturer for MBA students at Canadian Memorial University..

Former Senior Adviser at the Ministry of Investment and former General Coordinator of the Economic Conference (Sharm) El-Sheikh in March 2015- and a former advisor at Price Water House and Allen & Overy..- Former founding partner of Masarat Consulting. 2016-2018 Member of the Board of Directors of Collins Insurance Brokerage Company Member of the Board of Directors of Our Advisory Member of the Young Businessmen Association

Holds

Bachelor of Economics and Political Science from Cairo University 1998 Master’s degree in political economy, Cairo University, 2010 Mini Master of Business Administration accredited by Cairo University 2012

PhD in political economy

Cairo University 2021

Dr. Ibrahim Mustafa

Vice President of the General Authority for the Economic Zone of the Suez Canal

DR. AMIT N. THAKKER

Position: President of Africa Healthcare Federation & Executive Chairman of Africa Health Business
Categories: RA Speakers 2023

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 & Executive Chairman of Africa Health Business

Dr. Feirouz Ellouze

Position: GM Consumer Health Care Egypt – Sanofi
Categories: RA Speakers 2023

With more than 20 years’ experience in the Pharmaceutical Industry, Dr. Feirouz strongly believes that working for a Healthcare provider, our mission is to improve people’s life. Our role is to bring innovative solutions to serving the communities and enhancing their quality of life.

During her journey she got the opportunity and the pleasure to experience different roles, under different scopes in different countries moving from pure manufacturing function to regulatory, to government affairs before taking the leadership and the ownership of the consumer Healthcare business in Tunisia, North Africa and very recently in Egypt.

Dr. Feirouz Ellouze

GM Consumer Health Care Egypt – Sanofi

Dr. Mohamed Larbi Jelassi

Position: Africa Public Affairs Head - Sanofi
Categories: RA Speakers 2023

Dr. Mohamed Larbi Jelassi

Africa Public Affairs Head - Sanofi

Mr. Franck Chauty

Position: Security Head - SANOFI Consumer Health Care
Categories: RA Speakers 2023

Mr. Franck Chauty

Security Head - SANOFI Consumer Health Care

Dr. Amal Fathy

Position: Africa Science Affairs Head - Sanofi Consumer Health Care
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More than 15 years’ experience in the Pharmaceutical Industry,

My career journey is diverse, and I had the pleasure to experience different roles in the pharmaceutical industry starting from Sales moving to Sales Force Effectiveness and then shifting to Regulatory, where  I found my passion and kept progressing in my career development till reaching my current role as “Africa Science Affairs Head in Sanofi Consumer Healthcare” responsible for all the science functions (Regulatory – Medical – Quality & Pharmacovigilance) across Africa.

Dr. Amal Fathy

Africa Science Affairs Head - Sanofi Consumer Health Care

Dr. Aliou Ndiaye

Position: Drug Serialization Department Directorate of Drug Approval and Serialization of Drugs and Other Health Products - Senegalese Regulatory Agency
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I hold a Doctorate in Pharmacy from the Faculty of Medicine, Pharmacy, and Dentistry (FMPO) and a Master’s degree in Health Facility and Program Management from the Faculty of Economics and Management Sciences (FASEG).

Additionally, I have received training in the evaluation of drug Marketing Authorization Applications (MAAs) and the digitization of the healthcare system. Throughout my career, I have been involved in the digitization of the healthcare system, particularly in the digitalization of patients’ medical records, care pathways, and healthcare services in Senegal. I have also worked on situational analysis and problem-solving related to the dispensing and misuse of codeine-containing medications.

Currently, I am working at ARP, where I am involved in the implementation of a drug serialization system. I am also engaged in market control and surveillance activities.

 

Dr. Aliou Ndiaye

Drug Serialization Department Directorate of Drug Approval and Serialization of Drugs and Other Health Products - Senegalese Regulatory Agency

SAFA’ ABU GHARBIAH, PHD

Position: Senior Director - Regulatory Affairs MENA - Hikma Pharmaceuticals
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BSc in Pharmacy from Jordan University, 1991

MSc in drug analysis from Monastir University, Tunisia, 1998

PhD in Pharmaceutical sciences from University of Lille II, France, 2005. PhD thesis was awarded with distinction, and it was nominated for “State Prize” at the Pharmaceutical Academy in Paris.

I have been working in the pharmaceutical industry for around 30 years. Joined Hikma Pharmaceuticals in 1991 and worked in different technical departments, with many years of hands-on experience in the formulation and process development, as well as analytical development of oral and injectable generic products. I held the position of Technical Director in Medicef (a newly established sister company for Hikma in Tunisia) for seven years, where I established all the technical departments: QA, QC, Product Pipeline, technical transfer and Regulatory Affairs. I also headed the Research and Development – Injectables department in Amman for around 10 years and successfully developed and registered new generic products targeting global markets in USA, EU and MENA.

Currently, I am heading the Regulatory Affairs activities in the MENA region, contributing to the development of the Regulatory strategy as well as setting the required implementation plans and programs that ensure effective and efficient function’s performance to best serve business needs across the region; while overseeing the Regulatory Affairs operations considering compliance with the internal and external policies and legislations, including submissions of new products in the pipeline and the maintenance of the existing portfolio in more than 14 countries in the MENA region, with local regulatory affairs teams in the majority of these countries. Work closely with health authorities and work on shaping the regulatory environment through liaising with the local agencies, local pharmaceutical organizations and associations and other stakeholders.

 

Other Activities in the Educational Field:

Jordan University of Science and Technology-Deanship of Scientific Research:

  • Member in the “Scientific Research Committee” during the scholar year 2019-2020.

Yarmouk University:

  • Member in the Faculty of Pharmacy board during the scholar year 2018 – 2019.

Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST) & Yarmouk University:

  • Deliver lectures to 5thyear Pharmacy students on the application of certain concepts and technologies in the pharmaceutical industry, focusing on bridging the gap between theorical knowledge and practical application (started in 2017 till now).

Jordanian Association for Pharmacists:

Received an appreciation and recognition award from the “Jordanian Association for Pharmacists” for the significant contribution to the development of pharmaceutical industry in Jordan (March 2019).

SAFA’ ABU GHARBIAH, PHD

Senior Director - Regulatory Affairs MENA - Hikma Pharmaceuticals

Dr. Hala Abu Ghazalah

Position: Head of Regulatory Sciences, Africa & Middle East - Pfizer
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Hala Abu Ghazalah, Head of Regulatory Sciences, Africa & Middle East, Pfizer

Hala has over 25 years of experience in Pharmaceutical and Healthcare industries and had several leadership roles within Regulatory Affairs, External affairs, and Marketing

Pharmacist by education, licensed in both UAE and Canada

Dr. Hala Abu Ghazalah

Head of Regulatory Sciences, Africa & Middle East - Pfizer

DR. SAHAR EBRAHIM

Position: Regional Head of Clinical Operations, MENA - IQIVIA
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Dr. Sahar Ebrahim is a seasoned Public Health Physician with over 28 years of experience in the biopharmaceutical industry. She obtained her medical degree from Alexandria University and has since dedicated her career to clinical research. Currently serving as the Regional Head of Clinical Operations for the MENA region, Sahar is based in Egypt.

For the past 17 years, Dr. Sahar has been an invaluable member of Quintiles/IQVIA, where she has made significant contributions to the field. Her expertise extends across various regions, including Egypt, Levant, Gulf countries, and North Africa. As a certified Good Clinical Practice (GCP) trainer, Sahar has trained numerous professionals in the industry.

Throughout her career, Dr. Sahar has been involved in over 750 clinical trials, spanning phases I to IV, and has successfully recruited more than 55,000 subjects across 250 sites. She has collaborated closely with regulatory agencies in Arabic-speaking Middle Eastern and North African countries, conducting landscape assessments and benchmarking against more mature markets. Sahar has also organized regulatory workshops to share best practices and develop transformation roadmaps.

With an impressive track record, Sahar has conducted 80 site audits, 12 system audits, and 18 regulatory inspections. Additionally, she has played a pivotal role in streamlining business processes through strategic partnerships. Sahar’s contributions have been instrumental in supporting the expansion of a Prime and partner sites Network in the Middle East.

With her wealth of experience and deep understanding of the biopharmaceutical industry, Dr. Sahar Ebrahim continues to make significant strides in advancing clinical research and healthcare outcomes across the MENA region.

DR. SAHAR EBRAHIM

Regional Head of Clinical Operations, MENA - IQIVIA

MR. KONSTANTIN IVANOV

Position: Co-founder and CEO of Utrace
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Konstantin has more than 15 years’ experience in IT products and implementation of complex B2B solutions for large and medium-sized companies. Six years ago, he set up Utrace, with the aspiration of making the complex and expensive process of compliance smooth and efficient by providing scalable, user-friendly and cost-effective solutions with high levels of automation. Now, six years later, Konstantin is proud to say Utrace has helped over 50 companies in the pharma and FMCG industries successfully comply with a host of complex requirements.

MR. KONSTANTIN IVANOV

Co-founder and CEO of Utrace

Mr. Arif Gadzhiev

Position: Business Development Director - Utrace
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Arif is the Director of Business Development at Utrace and expert in Track & Trace management, IT project management, Supply chain processes organization and post-implementation technical support. Since 2011, Arif has participated in various implementation projects in large logistics, pharmaceutical and FMCG organizations. Arif is an evangelist of Track&Trace Technologies and has conducted dozens of webinars and consultations on building serialization processes in production and logistics functions.

Mr. Arif Gadzhiev

Business Development Director - Utrace

Mr. Udit Singh

Position: CEO - ACG Inspection
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His primary role is to achieve the milestones set to meet the strategic vision and direction of the organisation. He has 18 years of expertise in anti-counterfeit packaging technology, global pharmaceutical Serialization, Supply chain traceability, Product Authentication and Quality Control for the pharmaceutical industry and strives to develop better technological practices in the sector. His mission is to enhance productivity and quality, ultimately providing end consumers and patients with better outcomes. His vision is for ACG to lead in the technology and solution space for the pharmaceutical industry beyond regulation, setting new benchmarks to make it better.

Mr. Udit Singh

CEO - ACG Inspection

Ms. Bicky Nyeleti

Position: Director at a CRO AfriLeadTech Research (PTY) LTD & Chairperson - The South African Clinical Research Association (SACRA)
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With over 17 years of diverse experience in the clinical trial field, Ms. Bicky currently works as a freelancer, serving as the Director at a CRO named AfriLeadTech Research (PTY) LTD and holding the position of Chairperson at The South African Clinical Research Association (SACRA). Ms. Bicky is driven by a passion for growth and excellence within the clinical research industry. Her journey has encompassed various leadership roles, including Project Operations Director, Local Clinical Trial Manager, and Regional Study Manager across Africa, Asia, and Europe.

A Results-Driven Project Manager:

Ms. Bicky excels in overseeing and managing project operations both locally and globally. As the Project Operations Director, she led a team of dedicated Project Managers and successfully delivered high-priority services to valued clients.

Seasoned Clinical Trial Regulatory Expert:

Ms. Bicky’s expertise lies in regulatory matters; her entry into the clinical research field began with SAHPRA when it was called MCC. Specializing in streamlining regulatory processes and timelines, she ensures a seamless and efficient journey. With a keen eye for detail, she manages intricate regulatory requirements, documentation, and communication with authorities. Leveraging her strategic insight and extensive expertise, she accelerates the initiation and progress of clinical trials in South Africa.

Training, Quality, and Compliance:

Ms. Bicky takes pride in crafting comprehensive SOPs and training programs for CROs and Research Sites. Notably, she developed a 6-month CRA Training Program and Accredited GCP material.

Driving Ethical Research Practices:

With a profound understanding of ethical guidelines, including GCP and the Declaration of Helsinki, Ms. Bicky collaborates with ethics committees and IRBs to ensure ethical conduct in clinical research. Currently, she leads the SACRA input to the ICH GCP R3.

SACRA Chairperson | Strategist and Ethical Advocate | Entrepreneur:

As the SACRA Chairperson, Ms. Bicky advocates for clinical trials and mentorship programs, consistently sharing knowledge and staying updated about the latest changes in the clinical trial landscape. Leading the SACRA international clinical trials day for the past three years stands out as a career highlight. Functioning as a strategist, enthusiast, and entrepreneur in clinical research, she founded a flourishing clinical research site that contributes significantly to capacity building in South Africa.

Ms. Bicky Nyeleti

Director at a CRO AfriLeadTech Research (PTY) LTD & Chairperson - The South African Clinical Research Association (SACRA)

Dr. Neveen Kamel

Position: Regulatory Affairs Director for Egypt, North Africa & Africa developing Markets – MERCK
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Neveen holds degree of Bachelor of Pharmacy – Faculty of Pharmacy – Cairo University. She is currently Head of Regulatory Affairs North Africa, Egypt  & Africa Developing Markets at Merck, supporting regulatory policy advocacy efforts for the region. She has over 20 years of experience in industry and 16 years of them as Regulatory Affairs, Prior to Regulatory Affairs she worked in several Multinational companies in different roles Commercial, Quality, Pharmacovigilance, Market Access & pricing. Neveen is also an active member of several trade associations including IFPMA Africa Regulatory Network (ARN); PhRMA Egypt Regulatory working Group; She participated in writing the Position paper for Registration Sampling & QC testing (IFPMA ARN)

Dr. Neveen Kamel

Regulatory Affairs Director for Egypt, North Africa & Africa developing Markets – MERCK

DR. HAYTHEM SABRY

Position: HEAD OF REGULATORY SOLUTIONS – GS1
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He graduated from the Faculty of Pharmacy in 2008, then he joined the marketing, sales and Business administration diploma at the American University in Cairo and the Naval Academy as well.

He started his career in the Egyptian Drug Authority (formerly the Ministry of Health and Population) in 2013 and worked gradually until he reached the Head of Digital Transformation in EDA.

His big focus was managing the track and trace project in Egypt from 2018 until 2020 adding to that he managed to transform the registration to be automatically and having company profile for each entity registering in EDA then he decided to move to GS1 Egypt, where he is responsible for helping in implementing the GS1 standards in the healthcare sector and continuing to manage track and trace and other projects such as the UDI project for medical supplies, which was implemented in Egypt in 2021-2022 and other projects related to the health care sector in Egypt.

DR. HAYTHEM SABRY

HEAD OF REGULATORY SOLUTIONS – GS1

Dr. Winnie Ng’ang’a

Position: Chairperson - Kenya Association of Pharmaceutical Industry (KAPI)
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She has over 10 years of experience in Regulatory Affairs and Government Affairs. She has worked at GSK as the Regulatory Affairs Director for FWCA, OWA and East Africa region. She is well versed with the Africa Regulatory environment and has wide array of achievements in product registrations, divestments, license maintenance, renewals, artwork, labelling, government affairs and strategic planning to support business objectives.

She has a strong skill set in advocacy, legislation, government affairs and is currently the Chairperson of the Kenya Association of Pharmaceutical Industry (KAPI). She has led the industry association in advancing regulations, advocacy, and stakeholder engagements to positively shape the pharmaceutical Industry within East Africa. She is also a council member of Africa Engagement Committee, committee member of the Africa Regulatory Network and Regulatory Science Committee in IFPMA.

Dr. Winnie Ng’ang’a

Chairperson - Kenya Association of Pharmaceutical Industry (KAPI)

Mr. Ahmed Ghazala

Position: Regulatory Affairs Manager for ELI countries at Amgen.
Categories: RA Speakers 2023

With more than +5 years of a demonstrated history of working in bio-Pharmaceutical and Pharmaceutical industry holding a bachelor degree of Pharmacy from Future University in Egypt, started my career in the academic field as a teaching assistant at Faculty of Pharmacy, Future University in Egypt, moved to regulatory affairs field in Biological Registration General Directorate in the Egyptian Health Authority., then Joined Amgen As Sr. Regulatory associate for Egypt & Iran and got promoted to Regulatory Affairs Manager for Eli countries.

Mr. Ahmed Ghazala

Regulatory Affairs Manager for ELI countries at Amgen.

Ms. Mariham Gergis

Position: EMEA RMC Regulatory Affairs Lifecycle Manager - Janssen
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At present, Ms. Mariham Gergis holds the position of the designated sub-team lead for life cycle management at EMEA Regulatory Management Center, where her scope of responsibility extends to the non-EEA region. She brings to the table a valuable nine-year span of local and regional regulatory experience.
Ms. Gergis embarked on her regulatory journey in December 2014 at MSD Egypt, assuming the role of Middle East labeling specialist. Through her tenure at MSD, she traversed through multiple roles, encompassing both labeling and regulatory capacities at the local level. Her oversight extended to pivotal areas like oncology and diabetes franchises.
In March 2020, Ms. Gergis transitioned to Janssen, the pharmaceutical entity under Johnson & Johnson, ushering in a new phase of regional engagement. Within the EMEA Regulatory Management Center, she assumed the mantle of Life Cycle Management, catering to the regulatory needs of the Jordan Egypt North Africa cluster /GCC, alongside the Kenya Nigeria Ghana clusters. Her journey within the organization culminated in a well-deserved promotion to her existing role.

Ms. Mariham Gergis

EMEA RMC Regulatory Affairs Lifecycle Manager - Janssen

Dr. Manal H El-Sayed

Position: Director of the Clinical Research Center (MASRI-CRC) at the Faculty of Medicine, Ain Shams University.
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Dr. Manal El-Sayed (Cairo, Egypt) is Professor of Pediatrics, Chair of the Pediatric department and director of the Clinical Research Center (MASRI-CRC) at the Faculty of Medicine, Ain Shams University.

Dr El-Sayed is a founding member of the Egyptian National Committee for Control of Viral Hepatitis (NCCVH) since 2006. She contributed to the establishment of a nationwide network of more than 120 specialized liver centers providing antiviral therapy for more than 3.5 million HCV-infected patients. Manal collaborated on the development of the national action plan for prevention and control of viral hepatitis published in 2014 with representatives from WHO, U.S. CDC, Pasteur Institute, and national stakeholders. In addition to co-supervising the nationwide mass screening program for adults and clinical director of the school screening program reaching so far more than >62 million people.

Manal is the secretary general of the Egyptian Liver Care Society, an NGO offering financial assistance to patients receiving hepatitis treatment or liver transplants as well as children with chronic viral hepatitis. She authored and co-authored numerous journal articles on hepatitis and participated in the development of the WHO’s global HBV, HCV and diagnostic guidelines. Between 2011-2015, Manal was Vice Chair of WHO’s technical advisory group for prevention and control of viral hepatitis in Egypt and is member of the Global Accelerator for Paediatric Formulations (GAP-f). She is governing board member of the International Coalition for Elimination of hepatitis B (ICE-HBV) since 2020 and among board of directors for the Hepatitis Fund (EndHep2030). In addition to co-organising and co-chairing

numerous international meetings on viral hepatitis and liver disease in Europe, US and Africa.

Professor El-Sayed co-founded and co-chairs the Conference on Liver Disease in Africa and is the President of the Society on Liver Disease in Africa (SOLDA). She received the Egyptian State Appreciation Award in advanced technological sciences that serve the fields of medical sciences in 2022.

Dr. Manal H El-Sayed

Director of the Clinical Research Center (MASRI-CRC) at the Faculty of Medicine, Ain Shams University.

Dr. Marielouise Abi Hanna

Position: Industry Leader in Corporate Strategy, Market Access & Founder of the Reg.Cloud
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Dr. Marielouise Abi Hanna, PharmD, boasts an impressive career spanning over 25 years, during which she led various roles within the pharmaceutical industry. Her expertise extends across Market Access, Global Regulatory Affairs, and Corporate functions, both at global and regional levels. Driven by a commitment to excellence, she has contributed to the success of major multinational corporations, including GlaxoSmithKline, Novartis, Sandoz, and Acino, covering Pharma, Biotech, and Generics.

In 2018, Dr. Abi Hanna embarked on a new venture, founding The Reg.Cloud, a specialized pharmaceutical consultancy. The Reg.Cloud provides invaluable services in Corporate Strategy, Due Diligences and Acquisitions, and is a trusted partner in driving Market Access throughout the product lifecycle.

With a global perspective, The Reg.Cloud empowers both emerging Small to Medium-sized Pharma Enterprises and established Multinationals to expand their reach, with a particular focus on markets spanning the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, CIS, and Eastern Europe.

Dr. Marielouise Abi Hanna

Industry Leader in Corporate Strategy, Market Access & Founder of the Reg.Cloud

Dr. Rima Nsheiwat

Position: Regulatory Access and Market intelligence Strategist and Consultant - B.V. Amsterdam Medical & Scientific Alliance
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With over 18 years of experience in regulatory access and market intelligence healthcare industry, I successfully assisted different MAHs, manufactures and companies in developing innovative strategies for entering new markets, focusing on all different market access perspective such as BD, regulatory, pricing and vigilance considerations.

Through my career in different healthcare stakeholders of which Shocair Group (Arab Drugstore, Arab Medical and scientific Alliance and Amsterdam Medical and scientific Alliance )which I served for more than 15 years which id Shocair group, I successfully established and managed different operational departments such as supply chain, quality compliance, in addition to regulatory and intelligence department, which gave me enrichment exposure to registration experience in different regions and from different perspectives. Moreover, I was part of the teams responsible for revision of different JFDA regulations, member in drug owner association, in addition to my active participation as a keynote speaker at numerous healthcare industry events, I regularly provide updates on the latest trends in regulatory affairs. Additionally, I serve as a business coach and trainer, helping companies unlock the potential of their employees through technical training and personalized coaching.

As for my qualification; by educations I`m a pharmacist with two master degrees; Public Health and MBA which both supported my remarkable achievements in different scopes. Moreover, through continuous education and commitment to unremitting learning I gained different professional certifications in different regulatory access and market intelligence fields such as quality pharmacovigilance auditing (International Colleague of London),  Professional GCC Regulatory Affairs Certificate (Dubai Pharmacy College), Certified Innovation Associate (GIMI), and Vocational Diploma in Regulatory Affairs of Pharmaceutical Products &Market Authorization (University of Jordan)

Recently, I`m working as a Regulatory Access and Market intelligence Strategist and Consultant through which I help companies to strategies their regulatory access in different countries with thorough market assessment. Support different MAHs in their regulatory projects within the region through creating innovative solution when coming to challenges faced with authority or other stakeholders. Furthermore, I create and implement effective business coaching plan for companies that positively reflected in their team achievements and increased quality of their work deliverables.

Dr. Rima Nsheiwat

Regulatory Access and Market intelligence Strategist and Consultant - B.V. Amsterdam Medical & Scientific Alliance

Dr. George Kamal

Position: Regional Regulatory Affairs Hub Lead MEAR - Merck Group
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Dr. George Kamal is Regional regulatory Affairs Head for regulatory Hub based on Egypt and supporting regulatory operations for Middle East, Africa, Russia, CIS markets & Turkey in Merck Healthcare KGaA, Before Merck, Dr. George was leading international markets RA team in one of top leading pharmaceutical companies in Egypt.

Holding a bachelor’s degree in pharmaceutical science from Ain Shams university (2005) & Master of business administration from ESLSCS business school (2019).

Dr. George Has more than 17 years of experience within pharmaceutical industry in regulatory affairs and business development in different international markets.

Dr. George Kamal

Regional Regulatory Affairs Hub Lead MEAR - Merck Group

Dr. Fatima Zaid Abu Zanat

Position: Regional Director of Regulatory Affairs & Scientific Office Middle East, Turkey & Africa – Ipsen Pharma
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Dr. Fatima Zaid Abu Zanat is an aspirational, committed, and experienced Regulatory Affairs/Quality Assurance (RA/ QA) professional with total of 17 years’ experience, with more than 12 RA/QA years in medical device, pharmaceutical and biotech industry across emerging markets with solid scientific background in product research/ development. Significant, strategic management exposure, where she is keen on developing optimum organization through performing periodical assessments, leading transformational changes, and developing best practices across the borders.

She was recently, professionally awarded the GCC Regulatory Affairs Award 2023 for the achievement “Woman of the Middle East” . She holds RAPS Dual Regulatory Affairs Diploma and Certificate (RAC Dual) in Medical Devices/Pharmaceuticals in addition to MSc in Pharmaceutical Technology. She is an active member in regulatory working groups within regulatory associations such as RAPS MENA local networking group as well as industry associations such as PhRMA MEA and formerly MECOMED. She is a licensed Basic Life Support Giver by American Heart Association and Licensed Specialist Pharmacist by UAE Ministry of Health and Jordan Food and Drug Administration.

She successfully established and managed multiple, UAE Scientific Offices for regional headquarters of emerging markets within Dubai, UAE; enabling organic/in-organic business growth. She built strong, direct channels with key, regional health authorities for continuous, shaping of the industry. She is experienced with development and management of teams on regional and global levels.

International publications:

  • RAPS E-BOOK: F.Z. ABU– ZANAT(2022). Section IV postauthorization commitments and studies: Chapter 18 Middle East and North Africa. In L.M. and P.T (Ed.). Postapproval Changes for Drugs: A Practical Guide (pp. 209 – 212). RAPS.
  • RP– LC Analysis Article: F.Z. ABU– ZANAT(2012). Ibuprofen Determination in Aqueous Solutions and Biological Samples. MedLab Magazine, 2012 (1): 36 – 42.
  • Research Article: F.Z. ABU– ZANAT et al(2011). A Promising Codrug of Nicotinic Acid and Ibuprofen for Managing Dyslipidemia. I: Synthesis and In Vitro Evaluation. Drug Development and Industrial Pharmacy, 37 (9): 1090 – 1099.

Honors and awards:

  • GCC Regulatory Affairs Award – 2023: For the achievement “Woman of the Middle East”.
  • Women of Ipsen Nomination – 2022: One of 68 nominated Women of Ipsen for 2022 and the only one from META region.
  • DUPHAT 2012 – 3rd Best Professional Poster Award: Professional Poster and Oral Presentation entitled “Synthesis and Evaluation of Nicotinic Acid and Ibuprofen Codrug for Managing Dyslipidemia by Newly Developed and Validated HPLC Method”, based on MSc Pharmaceutical Technology thesis dissertation.

Dr. Fatima Zaid Abu Zanat

Regional Director of Regulatory Affairs & Scientific Office Middle East, Turkey & Africa – Ipsen Pharma

Dr. Zakieh Ibrahim Al-Kurdi

Position: Regulatory Affairs & Public Policy Director for EMEA Region - USP
Categories: RA Speakers 2023

Dr. Kurdi earned her PhD Degree in Biopharmaceutical Science in 2015 from University of Greenwich in UK.

Dr. Kurdi is currently working as Regulatory Affairs & Public Policy Director for EMEA Region at USP. USP is a non-Profit non-Governmental Organization with mission of assuring Quality of Medicines. Main responsibilities are to engage with USP Stakeholders, mainly National Regulatory Authorities, National Control Laboratories, International Organization like WHO, Pharmaceutical Association, Drug Policy Makers with topics and initiatives related to Heath and Quality.

Dr. Kurdi has over 30 years of experience in pharmaceutical industry in Quality Control, Quality Assurance, Research and Development, Regulatory Affairs, Commercial and Business Development including Technology Transfer (TT) as well licensing activities. Dr Kurdi held executive and management position during her work with Pharmaceutical Industry.

Additionally, Dr. Kurdi served as a member with more than committee with Jordanian FDA and international; With United State Pharmacopeia as an expert in the advisory panels of General Chapter (1197) and with International Generic and Biosimilar Medicine Association (IGBA) member in Biosimilar Committee.

Dr. Kurdi has many research papers published in Scientific Journals and she is frequent speaker in Pharmaceutical Conferences.

Dr. Zakieh Ibrahim Al-Kurdi

Regulatory Affairs & Public Policy Director for EMEA Region - USP

Mr. Kent Briggs

Position: Director - VECTOR Life Sciences (Pty) Ltd
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Kent Briggs is the Managing Director at VECTOR Life Sciences. He began working with eSubmissions in 2002 and eCTDs when they were first implemented in 2003. He has provided industry workshops in the US, Canada, Europe, South Africa, India and Australia and has performed application compilation training with both big and small pharmaceutical companies around the world. In addition to performing evaluator training at over 20 health authorities, Kent has authored the eCTD specifications for 4 regions including the soon to be released specifications for ECOWAS. Since 2014, Kent has focused on the CTD in Africa and supporting the harmonization efforts through regional and continental activities.

VECTOR Life Sciences is a service provider for the African regulatory market with a key focus on the implementation and usage of electronic systems to improve regulatory efficiency. VECTOR supports customers in their transition from paper based methods to electronic processes by streamlining their regulatory operations and making their use of data more effective

Mr. Kent Briggs

Director - VECTOR Life Sciences (Pty) Ltd

Dr. Marlene Moonsamy

Position: Head of Regulatory Affairs for the African cluster - AstraZeneca
Categories: RA Speakers 2023

Marlene Moonsamy is the Head of Regulatory Affairs for the African cluster at Astra Zeneca since April 2023. Her career in the Pharma industry spans 15 years, with 13 of them being in Regulatory Affairs.

Her qualifications include Bachelor of Pharmacy and Master of Science in Medicine (Pharmacotherapy) degrees, from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Her regulatory affairs journey started with Novartis in 2010. She has since acquired considerable leadership experience and expertise across the African markets with Johnson & Johnson, GSK Consumer and Pharma divisions, and finally Abbott Laboratories, before joining Astra Zeneca.

She has led sustainable change, developed high performing teams, and engaged externally to influence the regulatory environment, while garnering awards and accolades along the way.

Dr. Marlene Moonsamy

Head of Regulatory Affairs for the African cluster - AstraZeneca

Ms. Susan Lin

Position: Senior Analyst - Public Health Advisor, Advocacy and Public Policy, PATH
Categories: RA Speakers 2023

Susan Lin is a qualified pharmacist with a Bachelor of Pharmacy from Rhodes University with extensive experience in the healthcare industry.

Susan began her career in the public sector but later progressed to the Managed Care industry where she managed several portfolios. Her positions included the Executive Manager: Medicines Risk & Electronic Benefit Management and Senior Manager: Heath Policy Development.

Her interests have been focused on the development of strategies for enabling access to pharmaceuticals and medical technologies. She is a passionate advocate of sustainable solutions in promoting access to innovative medicines in South Africa.

Susan has recently joined PATH as the Senior Analyst: Public Health Advisor, where she provides advice on Africa’s health research and development, medical countermeasures manufacturing, regulatory harmonization, public health system, pandemic preparedness and health security to inform policy actions.

Ms. Susan Lin

Senior Analyst - Public Health Advisor, Advocacy and Public Policy, PATH

Dr. Haidy Ahmed

Position: Director Regulatory Affairs, North, East & West Africa - GSK Consumer healthcare Egypt Limited (Now part of the Haleon group of companies)
Categories: RA Speakers 2023

After graduating from Faculty of Pharmacy-Ain Shams university, Haidy started her career at Egyptian Drug authority then joined Novartis CH as Head of regulatory for North Africa and Near East where she lead the regulatory function for English and French speaking Africa as well as LEVANT, in 2015 and as part of the Joint venture between Novartis and GSK Haidy joined GSK Consumer Healthcare leading the function within the same geography and now she is Director of regulatory affairs North, East and West Africa .She has a diversified experience across Africa and Near East in regulatory , pharmacovigilance and regulatory compliance while combining corporate and governmental legislative experience.

Dr. Haidy Ahmed

Director Regulatory Affairs, North, East & West Africa - GSK Consumer healthcare Egypt Limited (Now part of the Haleon group of companies)

Dr. Amal Abdelkhalek Ibrahim

Position: Regulatory Affairs and Pharmacovigilance Director - Egyptian International Pharmaceutical Industries Co. EIPICO
Categories: RA Speakers 2023

Visionary leader bringing over 30 years of experience in RA field by establishing big product portfolio in Egypt and over 70 export Countries at Middle East and Gulf Countries, Africa, Europe, Asian and CIS Countries. Ensuring company products are on track with updated regulations

Successful achievements in registering the first two Egyptian Sterile Pharmaceutical Products at WHO Prequalification Program.

I consider each dossier as a case to be filed for a court, challenging the whole process till we won the case

I am a painter, and this gives me a touch of creative expression as problem solving and thinking outside the box with high attention to details

Dr. Amal Abdelkhalek Ibrahim

Regulatory Affairs and Pharmacovigilance Director - Egyptian International Pharmaceutical Industries Co. EIPICO

Dr. Mona Mousa

Position: Regulatory Affairs Associate Director - Hikma Egypt
Categories: RA Speakers 2023

Dr. Mona Mousa has a bachelor’s degree of pharmaceutical Science from the

faculty of pharmacy Ain Shams University (2007).

She had been working in the Egyptian Drug Authority over the Past fourteen years,

Within managerial positions as head of Human Pharmaceuticals Regulatory and Technical Affairs

Administrations since 2019 till end of 2022.

Prior to that she had been working as a regulatory specialist in different departments at EDA,

Including Registration files review, Scientific and Technical Committee departments.

In addition to her experience as a pricing specialist and as an EDA Inspector.

Currently and since January 2023,

She is Regulatory Affairs Associate Director at Hikma – Egypt.

Dr. Mona Mousa

Regulatory Affairs Associate Director - Hikma Egypt

Dr. Inas Chehimi

Position: Senior Director - Head of Regulatory Affairs - Middle East and Africa - Novartis
Categories: RA Speakers 2023

Inas is a holder of Pharmacy diploma, and Master in EU and International Regulations and Healthcare Laws from Paris V University.

Inas has 20 years expertise in the European and Emergent markets regulations; she worked for various MNCs, and currently she is heading the Regulatory and Policy departments for MEA region in Novartis.

Her focus and interest are the Healthcare reforms and legislations, policy shaping with main objective to accelerate patient access to innovative medicines.

Inas chaired EFPIA and PhRMA association groups for 6 consecutive years, and actively participating as speaker in regional and international conferences.

Dr. Inas Chehimi

Senior Director - Head of Regulatory Affairs - Middle East and Africa - Novartis

Dr. Samia Gamal El Din Seleem

Position: Scientific & Regulatory Affairs Director - AbbVie
Categories: RA Speakers 2023

EDUCATION:

–     B.Sc. of Pharmaceutical science – Alexandria University, 1988.

  • Business Administration & Marketing Certificate (AUC) 1994
  • Health Economics – VSCR (Vienna School for Clinical Research ) 2008
  • Total Quality Management for Health care (AUC) Jan-2012

 

 

Joined Egypt Health Authority for 2 years after graduation as registration officer

Worked as regulatory officer for MUP (Egyptian pharmaceutical company –Egypt)

In 1992 Moved to multinational German company (Madaus / Rotta pharm/ Viatris pharma) as medical representative, then different function has been added to her responsibility as planning & production coordinator, Marketing, sales supervisor, till became Deputy General Manager

In 1999 Moved to Eli –Lilly working as Regulatory & Corporate affairs Manager and Quality for Egypt, Sudan & Libya

In 2013 joined the newly established research-based company AbbVie with enthusiasm to patient centric team

At the same time I am active with different pharmaceutical associations in Middle East, chairing RWG for pharma in Egypt for 10 years.

Support & coordinate pharmaceutical Industry & health authority to shape the regulatory environment in Egypt. Partnership with Health authority for capability building programs to support patients for better access & affordable medication.

Active Member of organizing committee of MERC 2015 & 2017, 2019, 2020 (virtual) and 2023.

Dr. Samia Gamal El Din Seleem

Scientific & Regulatory Affairs Director - AbbVie

DR. HEBA NABIL

Position: Regulatory Affairs Senior Manager for Egypt and Sudan - Pfizer Biopharmaceuticals, Egypt
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She graduated in the Faculty of Pharmacy Cairo University then started her career in the academic field as a teaching assistant up to senior supervisor in pharmaceutical technology department, Faculty of Pharmacy, Misr International University (MIU).

After that she moved to the regulatory affairs field where she joined the Registration General Directorate in the Central Administration for Pharmaceutical Affairs (CAPA), Ministry of Health and Population of Egypt. she worked as the Rapporteur of The Technical Committee for Drug Control then she became the Head of Human Pharmaceutical Drug products Registration Directorate before moving to her current position.”

DR. HEBA NABIL

Regulatory Affairs Senior Manager for Egypt and Sudan - Pfizer Biopharmaceuticals, Egypt

Dr. Yasmine Maher El-Shebiny

Position: Director Regulatory Affairs – MSD Egypt Cluster (Egypt, Libya Sudan & Yemen)
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Regulatory Affairs expert with 14 years of solid Regulatory Affairs background in the pharmaceutical industry.

Profile and Areas of Expertise:

Experienced in developing different regulatory strategies in-line with business needs, leading registration, and lifecycle maintenance plans. In addition to safety management, compliance, SOPs design and audit readiness. Managed different lifecycle stages of an organization (merger, integration, and spin-off).

Drive interactions with Health Authorities, influence regulatory reforms and shape the external regulatory environment and health care policies.

Aspired to drive processes enhancements (Lean Six Sigma green belt certified). Have led and been a team member of different successful cross-functional projects including but not limited to New Product Launches, CMC and Ancillary component management, Safety management and Digital transformation in pharmaceutical industry.

Respect and leverage human capital – Motivate, coach, mentor and lead talented professionals helping teams to reach high integrated performance.

Dr. Yasmine Maher El-Shebiny

Director Regulatory Affairs – MSD Egypt Cluster (Egypt, Libya Sudan & Yemen)

Dr. Hebal Adel

Position: Senior Manager Regulatory Affairs - GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)
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Position: Africa Cluster Manager – GSK

Lead Regulatory team for defined markets in relevant Cluster within EM organization as well as providing operational support including oversight and coordination of the operational matrix across Content Delivery, Region and Regulatory Third (3rd) Party Partners.

In my previous role within GSK Egypt, I served as Senior Regulatory Affairs manager, Planning and organizing the business goals, designing strategies to advance those goals. provide regular and constructive feedback, resolve problems and conflicts positively. Keep an eye on the regulatory environmental changes Develop effective and systemic approaches to regulatory intelligence, analyze relevant intelligence findings and communicate impact in an efficient format that facilitates awareness of business critical issues. I have a diversified experience across Pharma, Vaccine, Maintain governance and compliance, Internal control Frame work and business development.

I hold a bachelor’s degree of pharmaceutical science, a master’s degree of business administration in SMEs (Small and medium business enterprises) from the Arab Academy for Science, technology & Maritime transport.

Dr. Hebal Adel

Senior Manager Regulatory Affairs - GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)

Dr. Donia Fady

Position: Regulatory Affairs Head – Takeda Egypt
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Dr. Donia Fady is the RA Head at Takeda Pharmaceutical, Egypt

with 17+ years of experience in the pharmaceutical field, Donia has a proven track of record in regulatory strategic management utilizing strategic enterprise thinking and strong leadership skills. combining governmental and pharmaceutical companies’ experiences with strong Pharmacovigilance and QMS background.

Dr. Donia holds Bachelor’s degree of Pharmacy – Faculty of Pharmacy-Cairo university

Dr. Donia Fady

Regulatory Affairs Head – Takeda Egypt

Dr. Reham Alassily

Position: Associate Director, Regulatory Affairs NEMEA - IQVIA
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Reham Alassily occupies the role of Associate Director Regulatory Affairs for Near East, Middle East & Africa at IQVIA heading the regional Regulatory Affairs Hub.  Reham is armed with an extensive background of 15+ years in the field of regulatory affairs and has occupied several leading roles in key multinational companies managing wide range of portfolios (Biological, Pharmaceutical ,Consumer health and Medical devices). In her current role at IQVIA, She is supporting several companies across diverse geographics to achieve business growth via establishing solid regulatory strategies.

Dr. Reham Alassily

Associate Director, Regulatory Affairs NEMEA - IQVIA

2022 Speakers

DR. MICHEL HAMALA SIDIBE

Position: African Union Special Envoy for the African Medicines Agency ,(AMA)
Categories: RA Speakers 2022

Mr. Sidibé is a renowned tireless champion of African-owned solutions and has been an outspoken advocate for local pharmaceutical production of medicines and other essential health commodities. He contributed to the efforts towards access to quality and safe medicines and vaccines and in fighting global inequities.

In April 2021, he was appointed African Union Special Envoy for AMA. Thanks to his high-level advocacy efforts, the treaty entered into force on 5 November, much more quickly than expected.

A former Minister of Health and Social Affairs for Mali (2019-2020), Sidibé has championed a people centered approach to health and development for over 40 years.

He served as Executive Director of UNAIDS, holding the rank of Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations (2009-2019). Prior to joining UNAIDS, Mr. Sidibé worked at UNICEF and for Terre des Hommes, where his passion for advancing global health and social justice began.

Under his leadership at UNAIDS, more than 25 million people started life saving HIV treatment.

In 2021 he was appointed a board member of The Global Commission on Drug Policy.

An economist by training, Michel Hamala Mr. Sidibé is the recipient of various African and global awards, including honorary doctorates from world’s leading universities.

DR. MICHEL HAMALA SIDIBE

African Union Special Envoy for the African Medicines Agency ,(AMA)

MR. SAMUEL ASANTE-BOATENG

Position: Head of the Drugs & Herbal medicine Registration Directorate at FDA Ghana
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Samuel Asante-Boateng is a Ghanaian by birth and about 56 years of age. He is a professional pharmacist trained at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) Ghana 30 years ago and has also done further studies in MSc Pharm. Technology at the University of Bradford in UK. He has taken certificate courses in leadership, management and administration at the Ghana Institute of management and Public Administration (GIMPA). He currently works with the FDA Ghana as the Head of the Drugs and Herbal medicine Registration Directorate. He has been working in regulation for the past 17years. Before joining the FDA, Samuel Asante-Boateng worked in the pharmaceutical industry in Ghana for 12years.

He is part of the team of assessors at the FDA Ghana for the past 14years and has also participated in a lot of foreign GMP inspections.

In support of the West Africa Medicine Regulation Harmonization (WA-MRH) project, Samuel has been working as the chairman of the Expert Working Group for Medical Product Dossier Evaluation and Registration (EWG-MPDER) involved in the Regional joint assessment procedure in the ECOWAS region since its commencement in the year 2017.

MR. SAMUEL ASANTE-BOATENG

Head of the Drugs & Herbal medicine Registration Directorate at FDA Ghana

MS. MARGARETH NDOMONDO-SIGONDA, PhD.

Position: Head of Programme at AUDA-NEPAD
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Margareth Ndomondo-Sigonda, works for AUDA-NEPAD as the Head of Programme. She is responsible for providing technical lead and strategic oversight on health and pharmaceutical programs such as the African Medicines Regulatory Harmonization (AMRH) Initiative, the establishment of African Medicines Agency as a specialized agency of the African Union (AU), and promotion of local production of pharmaceuticals in Africa.  She currently leads the regulatory workstream of the AU Partnerships for African Vaccines Manufacturing (PAVM) Framework.

She previously served as Chief Pharmacist and Registrar of Pharmacy Board of Tanzania (1998-2003) and as the first Director General of the Tanzania Food and Drugs Authority (2003-2010).

She holds a PhD in Pharmacology from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.

MS. MARGARETH NDOMONDO-SIGONDA, PhD.

Head of Programme at AUDA-NEPAD

DR. MONA MOHAMED SAYED AHMED MOUSA

Position: Manager of Technical Affairs Administration for Human Pharmaceuticals at Egyptian Drug Authority
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DR. MONA MOHAMED SAYED AHMED MOUSA

Manager of Technical Affairs Administration for Human Pharmaceuticals at Egyptian Drug Authority

DR. HODA EL SAEED MOHAMED

Position: Development and advice unit manager in technical support administration in general administration of Biological products in Central Administration of biological, innovative products and clinical studies at Egyptian Drug Authority
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DR. HODA EL SAEED MOHAMED

Development and advice unit manager in technical support administration in general administration of Biological products in Central Administration of biological, innovative products and clinical studies at Egyptian Drug Authority

DR. REEM MAHMOUD EL TANAHY

Position: Variation unit manager in administration of registration in general administration of Biological products in Central Administration of biological, innovative products and clinical studies at Egyptian Drug Authority
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DR. REEM MAHMOUD EL TANAHY

Variation unit manager in administration of registration in general administration of Biological products in Central Administration of biological, innovative products and clinical studies at Egyptian Drug Authority

DR. REHAB ABDEL HADY AHMED MEHRIZ

Position: Manager of the general Administration of Pharmaceutical References and inserts
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DR. REHAB ABDEL HADY AHMED MEHRIZ

Manager of the general Administration of Pharmaceutical References and inserts

DR. NESMA GAMAL MAHMOUD

Position: Herbal medicines protocol unit manager in administration of protocols and studies follow up in general administration of clinical studies in Central Administration of biological, innovative products and clinical studies - RA
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DR. NESMA GAMAL MAHMOUD

Herbal medicines protocol unit manager in administration of protocols and studies follow up in general administration of clinical studies in Central Administration of biological, innovative products and clinical studies - RA

Dr. MANAL M. YOUNUS

Position: Head of Iraqi Pharmacovigilance Centre Based in MOH
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Dr Manal Younus is currently the head of Iraqi Pharmacovigilance Center based in MOH. Manal is a pharmacist with a Ph.D. in Clinical Pharmacy. Key achievements include the establishment and the expansion of the Iraqi pharmacovigilance system. Represent Iraq in the WHO international drug monitoring program (PIDM). She is an International Society of Pharmacovigilance (ISoP) Advisory Board member  and represent ISoP in the Council of International Organizations of Medical Sciences (CIOMS). Manal is the vice president of the ISoP Middle East chapter,  ISoP Pharmacovigilance Professional Qualification Framework SIG member and she had authored more than 30 articles in different drug safety related subjects. Finally, a member of the specialized committee for Antimicrobial Resistance of the International Academy of Public Health (IAPH).

Dr. MANAL M. YOUNUS

Head of Iraqi Pharmacovigilance Centre Based in MOH

DR. ASMAA FOUAD ISMAEL OMAR

Position: General Manager of general administration of Biological products in Central Administration of biological, innovative products and clinical studies at Egyptian Drug Authority
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DR. ASMAA FOUAD ISMAEL OMAR

General Manager of general administration of Biological products in Central Administration of biological, innovative products and clinical studies at Egyptian Drug Authority

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. CLARISSE KAUL-CLAMOUNGOU

Position: S / Director of the Approval of Medicines and Other Pharmaceutical Products at AIRP
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S/Directrice de l’Homologation des Médicaments et des Autres Produits Pharmaceutiques – AIRP

Membre de la Commission Nationale du Médicament et des autres Produits Pharmaceutiques (CNMPP) représentant l’AIRP

Membre du comité des experts pour l’évaluation technique des demandes d’homologation

Pharmacien inspecteur assermenté au sein de l’AIRP depuis Juin 2022

Experte en Affaires règlementaires avec plus de 15 ans d’expérience dans l’Industrie Pharmaceutique

Membre fondateur de l’ARAF (Association des Règlementaires de l’Afrique Francophone) créé en 2009

Ancien membre des GTT organisés par le LEEM.

DR. CLARISSE KAUL-CLAMOUNGOU

S / Director of the Approval of Medicines and Other Pharmaceutical Products at AIRP

DR. JANET BYARUHANGA

Position: SENIOR PUBLIC OFFICER, PUBLIC HEALTH AT NEPAD
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Dr. Janet Byaruhanga is a qualified medical doctor and public health expert that obtained her postgraduate diploma in public health research from the University of Edinburgh and has over 14 years of experience in international development with special focus in human and social sectors. Served as health policy officer at the African Union Commission since 2007 where she provided technical leadership and oversight in development and delivery of key strategic continental policy frameworks, programmes and initiatives geared towards strengthening the continent’s healthcare delivery system, food security and nutrition, and promoting the social well-being and rights of women and children.

Dr. Byaruhanga since 1st September 2017 joined the African Union Development Agency- NEPAD as a Senior Programme Officer-Health. She is in charge of coordinating and facilitating development and implementation of policies on health and medical products and ensuring their alignment with industrial development; trade; science, technology and innovation polices in advancement of the African Union’s African Health Strategy and the Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Plan for Africa (PMPA).

 

DR. JANET BYARUHANGA

SENIOR PUBLIC OFFICER, PUBLIC HEALTH AT NEPAD

MS. LORRAINE DANKS

Position: Backlog Clearance Programme Manager at South African Health Product Regulatory Authority(SAHPRA)
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She is a registered pharmacist with an MSc in Pharmaceutics (Bioavailability). After spending 22 years in the pharmaceutical industry in regulatory affairs, quality assurance and pharmacovigilance roles with companies such as Merck KGaA, Boehringer Ingelheim and Merck Sharp & Dohme, she joined the South African Medicines Regulator, SAHPRA, in June 2020 to head up the organisation’s Backlog Clearance Programme. When SAHPRA was established in 2018, it inherited approx. 16,000 in-process applications from its predecessor, the Medicine Control Council.

A dedicated Programme was set up to clear the application backlog and, to date, the backlog is 99% finalised due to the various initiatives piloted and implemented within the project.

MS. LORRAINE DANKS

Backlog Clearance Programme Manager at South African Health Product Regulatory Authority(SAHPRA)

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. FLORAH MATLALA

Position: Head of Pharmacovigilance Unit of South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA)
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Florah is a pharmacist by profession currently heading the pharmacovigilance unit of South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA). She holds BPharm and master’s in pharmacy with specialisation in Pharmacovigilance & Pharmacoepidemiology. She joined SAHPRA in 2011 as Medicine Registration Officer in the Pharmaceutical & Analytical Directorate and later Head the Vigilance unit since October 2015 to date. She has experience in different pharmacy sectors, including medicines regulation, retail and hospital pharmacy. She has attended different pharmacovigilance courses offered internationally including training by Uppsala Monitoring Centre.

She supports the National Immunisation Safety Expert Committee and member of African Union Smart Safety Surveillance (AU-3S) Joint Signal Management Group, aimed at facilitating cross-country signal management for COVID-19 vaccines in Africa, to support action in the interest of public health and safety.

DR. FLORAH MATLALA

Head of Pharmacovigilance Unit of South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA)

MR. KHAMUSI MUTOTI

Position: Biological Medicines Manager at SAHPRA
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MR. KHAMUSI MUTOTI

Biological Medicines Manager at SAHPRA

MS. DAPHNEY MOKGADI FAFUDI

Position: Head of Regulatory Compliance at the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA)
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She is the Head of Regulatory Compliance at the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA). She’s a pharmacist with over 20 years of experience in various sectors of Pharmacy within South Africa from clinical, drug utilisation review, regulatory and policy making. Qualifications are B. Pharm, MSc in Pharmacy and MBA from the University of the Witwatersrand.

She manages the activities of market surveillance and control function of medicines and medical devices in terms of the Medicines and Related Substances Act, 101 of 1965. This includes control of import activities; market surveillance program for monitoring the quality of medical products throughout the supply chain prevention; detection of and response to substandard and falsified medical products; control of promotional, marketing and advertising activities.

Her duties also include managing activities relating to consumption and reporting consumption (manufacture, import, export, distribution, possession and use) of narcotics and psychotropic substances to UN’s International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) in terms of the Conventions requirements. This includes supervision of activities relating to licensing, medical and scientific cannabis and she also represents the organisation in this regard.

Additional roles includes leadership coaching: Wits MBA students and she’s an ad hoc external examiner and assessor of postgrad pharmaceutical education qualifications/programmes.

MS. DAPHNEY MOKGADI FAFUDI

Head of Regulatory Compliance at the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA)

MR. DENIS MWESIGWA

Position: Director Inspectorate and Enforcement at National Drug Authority - Uganda
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MR. DENIS MWESIGWA

Director Inspectorate and Enforcement at National Drug Authority - Uganda

AGNES KEMIGISHA

Position: Senior Regulatory Officer at Uganda National Drug Authority
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AGNES KEMIGISHA

Senior Regulatory Officer at Uganda National Drug Authority

DR. IMÈNE MERSNI

Position: Pharmacist at Directorate of pharmacy and medicines (DPM) – Tunisia.
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DR. IMÈNE MERSNI

Pharmacist at Directorate of pharmacy and medicines (DPM) – Tunisia.

DR. SAMIHA TOUMI

Position: Public Heath pharmacies at Directorate of Pharmacy and IUD Medicine
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2006:Diplôme National en pharmacie

Faculté de Pharmacie de Monastir-Tunisie

2014:Diplôme National de Docteur en Pharmacie

Faculté de Pharmacie de Monastir. Tunisie

2017:Mastère Professionnel de Management de la qualité dans ledomaine de la Santé.

Faculté de Pharmacie de Monastir. Tunisie

2019-2020 : CEC Pharmaco-économie et Market Access :

Faculté de Pharmacie de Monastir. Tunisie

2021: Certificate: « Project management in Global health »

Certificate: « Leadership and management in health »

University of Washington-USA/Polygone Learning El Kram Tunisie

2022: Certificate: « Project Management in HIV »

University of Washington-USA/Polygone Learning El Kram Tunisie

EXPERIENCES PROFESSIONNELLES

2008-2013 : Officine Privée à la Marsa-Tunisie

Poste occupé : Pharmacien assistant

Missions :

  • Gestion d’une officine privée : (préparations officinales, dispensation des médicaments, gestion de stock, conseil en officine)

2013-Présent :Direction de la Pharmacie et du Médicament : Ministère de la Santé-Tunisie

Poste occupé : Pharmacien Principal de la santé Publique et chef de service de l’enregistrement des produits pharmaceutiques locaux

Missions :

  • Enregistrement des médicaments humains
  • Coordination du plan d’action National de lutte contre la résistance aux antimicrobiens

DR. SAMIHA TOUMI

Public Heath pharmacies at Directorate of Pharmacy and IUD Medicine

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

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)

MR. MAX GOLDBERG

Position: Leader of Global medical device reporting team for Worldwide Patient Safety at BMS
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Max Goldberg leads the global medical device reporting team for Worldwide Patient Safety at BMS. He holds a bachelors and master’s degree in engineering and has expertise in medical devices and combination products throughout the entire product lifecycle. Max has been involved in product development, risk management, manufacturing, and post market surveillance for medical devices, combination products, and biologics. He is involved in forming and implementing global combination product post market safety reporting regulation.

MR. MAX GOLDBERG

Leader of Global medical device reporting team for Worldwide Patient Safety at BMS

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. AALAA AFDAL MOHAMED

Position: Pharmaceutical Vigilance General Adminstration manager
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She is an American board certified for pharmacotherapy specialty, she has two master degrees, one in clinical. pharmacotherapy and the second in public Administration from the American University in Cairo.

She is a fellow at the Egyptian board for healthcare management. She has profound working history in regulating pharmaceutical practices in the Egyptian public and private sectors, she used to be managing the PV General administration for more than 2 years, supporting the additionally, she represents the Egyptian drug authority as an Observer at the international cooperation on cosmetic regulations working group ICCR. Previously, she used to be the antimicrobial stewardship national coordinator and participated in the development of the National Action Plan for Antimicrobial Resistance.

DR. AALAA AFDAL MOHAMED

Pharmaceutical Vigilance General Adminstration manager

MR. 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.

MR. HONORE AYINKAMIYE

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

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).

DR. PETER MBWIIRI IKAMATI, PHD

Position: MEDICINES EVALUATION & REGISTRATION EXPERT AT PHARMACY AND POISONS BOARD (PPB, KENYA) AND EAC MRH PROGRAMME (ASSESSMENT)
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Dr. Peter Mbwiiri Ikamati is a Medicines Evaluation & Registration expert at Pharmacy and Poisons Board (PPB, Kenya) and EAC MRH programme (Assessment). He is the current Chief Principal Regulatory officer, Product Evaluation and Registration and has been overseeing all the PPB regulatory functions (on behalf of the Chief Executive Officer) towards achieving WHO Maturity Level 3 from May 2021. He has interest in research and has published work on analytical methods development and development of microspheric systems for drug delivery. Dr Mbwiiri additionally has interest in clinical trials regulations.

Dr. Mbwiiri earned his Bachelor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Nairobi in 2000. He holds a master’s degree in pharmaceutical sciences with Management Studies from the Kingston University in London and a doctorate in Health Sciences (Targeted drug delivery systems) from the Aston University, UK.  He is an associate fellow of Higher Education (UK).

Dr. Mbwiiri started work at Ministry of Health as a Hospital Pharmacist and held various capacities upto the year 2005 when he joined the Pharmacy and Poisons Board (PPB; the National Medicines Regulatory Authority, Kenya). At Mbagathi district hospital, where he had risen to superintendent Pharmacist, he was part of the team that initiated piloting of HAART (Highly Active Anti-retroviral Therapy) programme that allowed for provision of antiretrovirals in public hospitals in Kenya.

Dr. Mbwiiri has a wealth of regulatory experience having served in various capacities within the Pharmacy and Poisons Board. He has been instrumental in initiating reforms on medicines evaluation and registration at the Pharmacy and Poisons Board (Kenya) and regionally (at East Africa Community (EAC) and Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD).

Dr. Mbwiiri is also a consultant with World Health Organization Prequalification Team (formerly WHO Prequalification programme).

DR. PETER MBWIIRI IKAMATI, PHD

MEDICINES EVALUATION & REGISTRATION EXPERT AT PHARMACY AND POISONS BOARD (PPB, KENYA) AND EAC MRH PROGRAMME (ASSESSMENT)

MR. FARAI B. MASEKELA

Position: Assessments Coordinator for the ZAZIBONA Collaboration & the Head of Evaluations & Registration at MCAZ
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Farai joined the MCAZ in 2011 and has been involved in regulatory affairs for over 10 years.

He has been involved with the ZAZIBONA collaboration since its inception in 2013.

Farai has coordinated the ZAZIBONA dossier assessment activities since 2015.

MR. FARAI B. MASEKELA

Assessments Coordinator for the ZAZIBONA Collaboration & the Head of Evaluations & Registration at MCAZ

DR. AMIT N. THAKKER

Position: PRESIDENT OF AFRICA HEALTHCARE FEDERATION AND EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN OF AFRICA HEALTH BUSINESS
Categories: RA Speakers 2022

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

MS. LENIAS HWENDA

Position: Founder and CEO of Medicines for Africa
Categories: RA Speakers 2022

Lenias Hwenda is the Founder and CEO of Medicines for Africa, a social enterprise that improves access to treatment. She is a recognized influential thought leader and practitioner who continues to contribute at the highest stage of international health affairs working with African governments in the World Health Organization for more than a decade. She has participated in and led a number of intergovernmental and industry negotiations seeking the best solutions to meet the health needs of vulnerable people around the world. Lenias recently co-chaired the historic World Health Organization negotiations between governments on improving the transparency of markets for medicines, vaccines, and other health products during the World Health Assembly in 2019. She is a tireless advocate using her deep knowledge of public health, international affairs and health security to drive initiatives that improve access to healthcare by underserved communities. She hosts “Let´s Talk about health in Africa” Podcast conversations highlighting challenges and opportunities for improving the health of Africans.

MS. LENIAS HWENDA

Founder and CEO of Medicines for Africa

MS. NEVENA MILETIC

Position: Regulatory Policy Lead, Global Regulatory Policy, F. Hoffmann-La Roche (IFPMA Africa Regulatory Network & IFPMA CPP Network Co-chair)
Categories: RA Speakers 2022

Nevena Miletic is a Regulatory and Policy professional, passionate about bringing innovative therapeutic solutions to patients in need around the world.

She is a pharmacist, with postgraduate studies in Pharmacoeconomics, regulatory affairs and quality assurance, and a certified QP, with almost twenty years of experience in pharmaceutical industry.

Currently she works in the Global Regulatory Policy group in F. Hoffmann-La Roche, Switzerland, and for the last six years, she is chairing IFPMA Africa Regulatory Network and IFPMA CPP Network.

She is also a member of research-based pharmaceutical companies associations and boards (IFPMA Regulatory Science Committee, IFPMA Africa Engagement Committee, DIA Middle East & Africa Advisory Board, EFPIA ERAO, IATF etc.), involved in numerous meetings, workshops and projects with regulators, cross-industry and public-private collaborative platforms (e.g. Pre-ICDRA, ICDRA, SCoMRA, IMI/IHI etc.).

Ms. Miletic is strong advocate for regulatory convergence and harmonization, as well as for modernization of regulatory frameworks to enable innovative approaches in drug development and review.

MS. NEVENA MILETIC

Regulatory Policy Lead, Global Regulatory Policy, F. Hoffmann-La Roche (IFPMA Africa Regulatory Network & IFPMA CPP Network Co-chair)

MS. CHRISTABEL KHAEMBA

Position: HEAD OF PHARMACOVIGILANCE AT THE PHARMACY AND POISONS BOARD
Categories: PV Speakers 2022

She is a pharmacist by training. She has specialized in Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacovigilance, currently enrolled for PHD studies in Clinical Pharmacology and Pharmacovigilance at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden focusing on strengthening safety monitoring in public health programs with a focus on mass drug administration.

She is the Head of Pharmacovigilance at the Pharmacy and Poisons Board, Kenya, and the Vice President of International Society of Pharmacovigilance, Africa Chapter. She has 15 years working experience in Pharmacovigilance related work and is responsible for leading the PV team in Kenya to develop regulatory systems to strength Pharmacovigilance within the health sector and pharmaceutical industry.

She is a member of the Pharmacovigilance and PMS technical working groups in Kenya, within the East African Community and The Intergovernmental Authority on Development Regional Economic Blocks and has contributed to development of various tools and guidelines for strengthening of PV in the region. Recently appointed as a member of the AMRH Technical Committee on Regulatory Capacity Development in Africa (ToR RCD)

She is passionate about patient safety and keen on strengthening pharmacovigilance systems and patients’ contribution to safety monitoring of medical products and health technologies, she is also keen in contributing to a pool of trained PV specialists in Kenya and gives honorary lecturers to both undergraduate and masters students at University of Nairobi.

MS. CHRISTABEL KHAEMBA

HEAD OF PHARMACOVIGILANCE AT THE PHARMACY AND POISONS BOARD

MS. HADEER SAYED

Position: EMEA RA Lifecycle manager at Janssen
Categories: RA Speakers 2022

My current title is EMEA RA Lifecycle manager at Janssen. I am handling lifecycle management activities for the Pharma portfolio for countries in the Non-European Economic area region (includes Africa).

I have 10 years of Regulatory experience in different Regional/Global roles from 4 different pharma companies like Pfizer, GSK, Amgen and Janssen. I keep it brief, but please let me know if you want more details.

MS. HADEER SAYED

EMEA RA Lifecycle manager at Janssen

DR. SAMEH JELLALI

Position: Public Health Pharmacist at the Department of Pharmacy and Medicine (DPM)
Categories: RA Speakers 2022
  • Depuis 2017 : Pharmacienne de santé publique  à la Direction de la Pharmacie et du Médicament (DPM) chargée de :
  • La réception et l’évaluation des dossiers d’Autorisation de Mise sur le Marché (AMM)
  • La participation aux travaux des commissions spécialisées (Neurologie, Psychiatrie, Ophtalmologie, Dermatologie, …) et la Commission d’Achat des Médicaments (CAM) à la Pharmacie Centrale de Tunisie (PCT).
  • La validation des bons de commandes fermes (ATU)
  • Suivi de la pénurie des médicaments
  • 2013-2017: Pharmacienne assistante  en officine privée.
  • Octobre 2012-Septembre 2017: Pharmacienne formatrice à l’Institut Tunisien de Santé
  • 2012: Préparation de thèse de doctorat en Pharmacie (Recherche à l’Institut Pasteur de Tunis : Laboratoire Parasitologie et Immunologie)
  • Septembre -Novembre 2011 : Stage officinal au sein d’une Officine privée «  Pharmacie Hattab Naouar Nouvelle Médina»: Dispensation de médicaments, Conseils, Préparations officinales, Préparations magistrales, Gestion officinale…
  • Décembre- Février 2012 : Stage en biologie clinique au sein de laboratoire de Biochimie et de Toxicologie de Centre Hospitalo-Universitaire la Rabta Tunis
  • Septembre 2009 – Février 2010 :
  • Stage de 1 mois en Pharmacie hospitalière à l’EPS Aziza Othmana Tunis: pharmacie interne, pharmacie externe, préparatoire, dépôt des médicaments et dépôt des dispositifs médicaux.
  • Stage de 5 mois d’Initiation à la Pharmacie clinique au Centre Hospitalo- à l’EPS Aziza Othmana Tunis: Service hématologie.
  • Juin- Juillet 2005 :
  • Stage d’Initiation aux soins infirmiers au service de maternité/Gynécologie de l’Hôpital Régional de
  • Stage au sein de la pharmacie de l’Hôpital Régional de
  • Juin 2004 : Stage d’Initiation à la pratique officinale au sein  d’une Officine privée  «  Pharmacie Hattab Naouar Nouvelle Médina»: Dispensation de médicaments, Conseils, Préparations officinales, Préparations magistrales, Gestion officinale…

 

COMPETENCES

  • Maîtrise des  Préparations hospitalières et officinales.
  • Maîtrise des  Préparations Magistrales.
  • Maîtrise des  logiciels de bureautique : Word, Excel, Power Point …
  • Permis de conduire

LANGUES

  • Français : lu, écrit et parlé
  • Anglais : lu, écrit et parlé
  • Arabe : langue maternelle
  • Allemand : lu et écrit

DIVERS

  • SPORT
  • LECTURE
  • VOYAGE

DR. SAMEH JELLALI

Public Health Pharmacist at the Department of Pharmacy and Medicine (DPM)

PR. NADJAT LOUMI-MEDEDJEL

Position: Director of the National Center for Pharmacovigilance and Matereovigilance (CNPM)
Categories: PV Speakers 2022

Pr Nadjat LOUMI-MEDEDJEL, Director of the Centre National de Pharmacovigilance et de Materiovigilance (CNPM), is a doctor graduated from the University of Algiers, holding a Diploma of Advanced Studies from the Faculty of Medicine of Paris (France), a university degree in pharmacovigilance from the university Claude Bernard of Lyon and a doctoral thesis in clinical pharmacology at the Faculty of Medicine of Besançon (France).

She took part in the creation of the CNPM with its founder Professor A Helali in 1998, whereshe has always been devoted to pharmacovigilance and materiovigilance.

Since 2016, she has introduced the concept of Phytovigilance, Réactovigilance, Cosmetovigilance, in addition to the vigilance of the drug, the medicaldevice and the vaccine alreadyestablished.

Teacherat the Faculty of Medicine of Algiers, wheresheteaches the module of pharmacology. She supervises the training of resident physicians in clinical pharmacology.

She supervises also the training of health professional in :

“Pharmacovigilance and Materiovigilance” ; “Medical good prescribing” ; “Monitoring plasmatic of medicine” ; “Rational drug use program”.

She is Editor of the independent Medical journal “la Revue Prescrire” since 2007.

PR. NADJAT LOUMI-MEDEDJEL

Director of the National Center for Pharmacovigilance and Matereovigilance (CNPM)

DR. KATE KIKULE

Position: Principal Technical Advisor for the pharmaceutical regulatory systems portfolio under the Medicines, Technologies and Pharmaceutical Services (MTaPS)
Categories: RA Speakers 2022

Kate Kikule is the Principal Technical Advisor for the pharmaceutical regulatory systems portfolio under the Medicines, Technologies and Pharmaceutical Services (MTaPS) initiative of the Medicines Sciences for Health (MSH), with expertise in regulation of medicines and health technologies. Kikule supports country programs by providing technical assistance to strengthen medicine regulatory functions, including medicine registration, regulatory inspections, licensing of premises, market surveillance, and pharmacovigilance. She also provides technical guidance for the development and implementation of policies, regulations, guidelines, and tools for strong and effective pharmaceutical regulatory systems. She is an experienced public health professional and pharmacist with more 20 years of experience in medicine regulation in emerging and low- and middle-income countries across Africa, Asia, and Europe. Kikule holds a Bachelor of Pharmacy (Hons) from the University of Dar-es- Salaam, United Republic of Tanzania, and an MPH specializing in health economics from the University of Capetown, South Africa.

DR. KATE KIKULE

Principal Technical Advisor for the pharmaceutical regulatory systems portfolio under the Medicines, Technologies and Pharmaceutical Services (MTaPS)

MR. GEORGE SABBLAH

Position: Chief Regulatory Officer and the Head of the Safety Monitoring Department at the Food and Drugs Authority.
Categories: PV Speakers 2022

George is a pharmacist by profession and had a Master degree in Public Health from the University of Ghana and a certificate in Pharmacovigilance and Pharmacoepidemiology from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Groningen where his thesis is focused on patients’ contribution to pharmacovigilance in Sub-Saharan Africa.

He is a Chief Regulatory Officer and the Head of the Safety Monitoring Department at the Food and Drugs Authority.

He has authored several abstracts and original research articles on medicine safety in peer reviewed journals.

George’s interest is in strengthening pharmacovigilance systems and patients’ contribution to safety monitoring of medicines and other health products.

MR. GEORGE SABBLAH

Chief Regulatory Officer and the Head of the Safety Monitoring Department at the Food and Drugs Authority.

MR. SANTOSH BALBHADRA TRIVEDI

Position: Senior Product Manager – Track & Trace at Honeywell
Categories: RA Speakers 2022

Santosh Balbhadra Trivedi has a Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) degree from G H Patel College of Engineering and Technology, Vallabh Vidyanagar, Gujarat, India, where he studied from 1998 to 2002. He has almost 20 years of overall experience and has worked in the Pharma & Life Sciences industry vertical for over 12 years in various roles from a Developer to Business Analyst, Product Owner, Serialization and Track & Trace expert, etc.

His current role since Feb-2022 is with Honeywell as the Senior Product Manager – Track & Trace facilitating governments/customers implementing Serialization and Track & Trace solutions to adhere to/implement the legal regulation requirements and/or to implement the value added solutions to improvise the supply chain visibility and integrity.

MR. SANTOSH BALBHADRA TRIVEDI

Senior Product Manager – Track & Trace at Honeywell

DR. KOUAME KOMENAN ERIC

Position: Head of Vigilance & Clinical Trials Department at the Ivorian Pharmaceutical Regulatory Authority (AIRP)
Categories: PV Speakers 2022

Brève présentation : Pharmacien, marié et père de trois enfants. J’ai treize (15) ans d’expérience professionnelle dont dix (10) ans dans le domaine de la réglementation et de la régulation pharmaceutique. Je suis dans l’amélioration continue du travail et j’ai une bonne capacité d’adaptation. Mes objectifs professionnels : Acquerir une excellente compétence dans la régulation pharmaceutique et Partager ces connaissances acquises en tant qu’expert.

DR. KOUAME KOMENAN ERIC

Head of Vigilance & Clinical Trials Department at the Ivorian Pharmaceutical Regulatory Authority (AIRP)

MR. ASHIFI GOGO

Categories: RA Speakers 2022

Ashifi founded Sproxil® in 2009 and currently serves as the company’s Chief Executive Officer. Under his leadership, Sproxil developed its award-winning solutions that have been used on over 2.5 billion product units available to consumers in 6 countries to verify the authenticity of their products and earn instant rewards for their loyalty.

In 2015, Ashifi was named to Fortune’s 40 under 40 list. He was awarded the Social Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2014 by the Schwab Foundation and joined the Fast Company Most Creative People in Business 1000 community. In 2013, Sproxil was named the world’s most innovative company in health care by Fast Company, and #7 most innovative worldwide, beating 99 of the Fortune 100 companies. Most recently, he has been picked as a finalist for the 2020 Global Business Hall of Fame presented by JA Worldwide.

Ashifi served on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Social Innovation and on the Meta-Council on the Illicit Economy. He holds a US Patent and earned a Ph.D. in Engineering from Dartmouth College, where he delivered the 2020 alumni remarks at Investiture. Ashifi holds a B.A. in Mathematics and Physics from Whitman College. He was Whitman’s 2018 commencement speaker and received an honorary doctorate. He is Dartmouth’s first-ever Ph.D. Innovation Fellow and teaches an executive seminar and a course in New Business Ventures Technology Management at Columbia University.

Ashifi volunteers for the Whitman College President’s Advisory Board and the Board of Advisors at Dartmouth’s Thayer School of Engineering.

MR. ASHIFI GOGO

DR. AMIRA AHMED AMIN

Position: Accreditation and development administration manager-Pharmaceutical Vigilance General Adminstration at Egyptian Drug Authority
Categories: PV Speakers 2022

Dr. Amira Amin received her Bachelor degree of pharmaceutical science. faculty of pharmacy, Cairo University in 2006 and Diploma in clinical pharmacy from faculty of pharmacy (Ain-Shams university) in 2010.

Today she is the deputy head of Egyptian pharmaceutical vigilance administration at Egyptian Drug Authority since September 2020 and joined from pharmacovigilance specialist at Egyptian pharmacovigilance center (EPVC) – (CAPA) – Ministry of health (MOH) where she honed her skills for 6 years.

DR. AMIRA AHMED AMIN

Accreditation and development administration manager-Pharmaceutical Vigilance General Adminstration at Egyptian Drug Authority

MS. TSHEPISO MABENA

Position: Clinical Operations Manager, International Business Unit at Tigermed
Categories: RA Speakers 2022

Tshepiso has assumed a role of a Clinical Operations Manager within one of the rapidly growing CRO organizations, Tigermed. She has prior experience as Head of Clinical Monitoring at one of the leading pharmaceutical companies, GSK.

Previously gained experience as a Local Study Manager, CRA, Study Coordinator.

In her recent clinical research journey and different roles, she gained experience in providing leadership, cultivating good relationships with internal and external stakeholders. Tshepiso is committed in delivering what is expected of her with integrity: by being dependable, accountable, with primary focus on doing what is right and of high quality.

MS. TSHEPISO MABENA

Clinical Operations Manager, International Business Unit at Tigermed

MR. GREG PERRY

Position: Assistant Director General at IFPMA
Categories: RA Speakers 2022

Greg Perry joined IFPMA on 1st February 2018 and has responsibility for IFPMA’s external outreach and stakeholder engagement in global health topics including innovation, access, and the international regulatory environment. Greg Perry brought with him more than 20 years’ leadership and advocacy experience in the public healthcare arena.

Prior to joining IFPMA, Greg worked as Executive Director of the Medicines Patent Pool, which he joined in 2013 and as Director General of the European Generic Medicines Association (1999 – 2013) in Brussels. Previously he worked as a partner in a UK public affairs company as a European Union policy advisor to corporate and non-governmental organizations, and before that as a Parliamentary Advisor to Members of the European Parliament. Greg is a Member of the Advisory Council of the Organization for Professionals in Regulatory Affairs (TOPRA) and is a former member of the Standing Advisory Committee before the European Patent Office (SACEPO). Greg also holds the Golden Cross of Merit of the Republic of Poland.

MR. GREG PERRY

Assistant Director General at IFPMA

MS. INAS CHEHIMI

Position: Senior Director & Head Regulatory Affairs Middle East & Africa In Novartis
Categories: RA Speakers 2022

Inas is a holder of Pharmacy diploma, and Master in EU and International Regulations and Healthcare Laws from Paris V University.  Inas has 18 years expertise in the European and Emergent markets regulations; she worked for various MNCs, and currently she is heading the Regulatory and Policy departments for MEA region in Novartis.

Her focus and interest are the Healthcare reforms and legislations, policy shaping with main objective to accelerate patient access to innovative medicines.

Inas chaired the EFPIA regulatory group for 3 years; And she chaired the PhRMA association regulatory group for 4 years. She also chaired the program committee for the Middle East regulatory conference in 2019, and actively participating as a speaker in regional and international conferences.

MS. INAS CHEHIMI

Senior Director & Head Regulatory Affairs Middle East & Africa In Novartis

MR. MITESH PATEL

Position: Data management and Data Privacy lead within Deloitte Analytics Africa.
Categories: RA Speakers 2022

He has more than 7 years of consulting experience within a variety of industries including, Financial Services, Energy and Resources and Life Sciences and Health Care. Prior to joining Deloitte, Mitesh gained 4 years of clinical experience as a Physiotherapist. His recent focus areas have been Data Strategy, Data Management, Data Privacy and Insights Driven Organisation.

MR. MITESH PATEL

Data management and Data Privacy lead within Deloitte Analytics Africa.

DR. SISAY ENDALE BIRU (B.Pharm,BA MSC.)

Position: Lecturer, Department of Pharmaceutics and Social Pharmacy, School of Pharmacy, College of Health Sciences, Addis Ababa University.
Categories: PV Speakers 2022

Sisay Endale Biru is an academician and researcher at Addis Ababa University, College of Health Sciences, School of Pharmacy, Ethiopia. He completed his Bachelor of Pharmacy from Addis Ababa University and Master of Sciences in Regulatory Affairs (Medicine Regulation Track) from the same university.

He also graduated from Admas University with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing Management. He is currently engaged in research, teaching, and advising. He is the coordinator of Pharmacovigilance (PV) at the Tikur Anbessa Specialized Hospital’s PV center in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He works with the Ethiopian Pharmaceutical Association as a trainer, PV course lead, and CPD course evaluator.

Additionally, he actively contributes to the development of policy, research, the development of PV training materials, and the assessment of medication dossiers for the Ethiopian Food and Drug Authority (EFDA). His research interests include health and drug policy analysis, drug regulation, and drug safety (PV).

DR. SISAY ENDALE BIRU (B.Pharm,BA MSC.)

Lecturer, Department of Pharmaceutics and Social Pharmacy, School of Pharmacy, College of Health Sciences, Addis Ababa University.

MS. PATRICIA SALAMI, Pharm.D

Position: Regional Regulatory Affairs Head - MEAR Region (Middle East, Africa, Turkey, Russia & CIS) at Merck Group
Categories: RA Speakers 2022

Patricia is a Pharm D. Grad. from ‘Saint Joseph University’, Beirut, Lebanon with 20 years of experience in the corporate pharma world (Novartis, Wyeth, Pfizer, Merck), mainly in the regulatory affairs arena.

She is currently heading the regulatory affairs of the healthcare business of Merck in the MEAR region: Middle East, Africa, Turkey, Russia & CIS countries; handling a wide & diverse team of RA professionals who are well engaged and acting as external pioneers in the industry via various trade associations i.e., IFPMA-ARN, IPASA, PhRMA, EFPIA: MERN, Russia-CIS & Turkey.

Since the beginning of her RA Career, Patricia was keen on enabling access of medicines and therapeutic solutions to patients around the world. Hence, she has been a highly active member in the industry via IFPMA/EFPIA/PhRMA associations and have contributed to multiple key events like pre-ICDRA, ICRDA, DIA MERC, Access to Innovation Webinars amongst many others, partnering with multiple Authorities in the MEA region.

Since March 2021, Patricia has been acting as the Chair of the PhRMA MEA RA Group; enabling, with the support of her seasoned esteemed peers, the design and implementation of multiple capabilities’ building programs for key Authorities in the MEA region like KSA, Algeria, Egypt & South Africa, which have been translated into enhanced and re-shaped policies & regulations.

Patricia’s belief is in passion to make great things happen with her motto being: “Regulate for a brighter future. Partner for earlier & better access”.

MS. PATRICIA SALAMI, Pharm.D

Regional Regulatory Affairs Head - MEAR Region (Middle East, Africa, Turkey, Russia & CIS) at Merck Group