Pr. Ambrose Ohumagho Isah

Professor Ambrose O. Isah graduated from the University of Ibadan Medical School in 1979 and had his postgraduate training in Internal Medicine at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital, Nigeria. He had his postgraduate training in Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics at the Wolfson Unit of Clinical Pharmacology, University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom obtaining his doctorate degree (MD) in 1995. He is a Fellow of the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria, the West African College of Physicians and the Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh.

He is a Consultant Physician and Clinical Pharmacologist at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital, Benin City. Professor Isah has served on the academic staff of the University of Benin Medical School since 1989. He is a Past Dean of the Medical School; Past Head Department of Internal Medicine and pioneer Head of the Department of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics. Professor Isah is the Pioneer Chairman of the Internal Medicine Subspecialty of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics of the West African Postgraduate Medical College and Past Chairman of the Subspecialty of the National (Nigerian) College. He is the immediate Past Chairman of the National Essential Medicines/Drug Formulary Committee

Professor Isah played a key role in the establishment of the Pharmacovigilance system in Nigeria.  He is the current Chairman of the National Drug Safety Advisory Committee (NAFDAC; MOH) and Immediate Past Vice President of the African Society of Pharmacovigilance (ASoP).

Prof Isah was the Lead in the development of the WHO reference standards for the Drug Use Indicators as well as the WHO Pharmacovigilance Indicators.  He served as a member of the WHO Expert Panel and Advisor to the WHO Uppsala Monitoring Centre, Uppsala, Sweden. He was a Work Package Lead of PAVIA an EDCTP sponsored Pharmacovigilance Project in Africa

Prof. Isah is a recipient of the University of Ibadan Most Distinguished Alumnus Award 2021; a Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Medicine; a Fellow of the British Pharmacological Society and a Fellow of the West African Society of Pharmacology. A keen lover of sports, documentary movies, he is married with three children.

Dr. Eduardo Jorge Monteiro Tavares

Eduardo Jorge Monteiro Tavares has a degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences, a postgraduate degree in Evidence-Based Health and a master’s degree in Health Economics and Pharmacoeconomics.

In 2004 he joined the Dr. Agostinho Neto Central Hospital, as Director of Pharmaceutical Services.

In January 2007 he joined the Agency for the Regulation and Supervision of Pharmaceutical and Food Products (ARFA), as Head of the Operational Planning and Markets Division and, in 2011, he was promoted to Director of the Pharmaceutical Regulation Department, where he remained until July 2016.

At the same time, in 2009, he began his teaching activity at the Jean Piaget University of Cape Verde and later, in 2010, at the Intercontinental University of Cape Verde.

In July 2016, he was appointed to the position of General Director of Pharmacy at the Ministry of Health and Social Security, having dedicated himself exclusively to this role until May 2019, when he took office as President of the Board of Directors of the Regulatory Entity Independent of Health, position held to date.

He was a member of the ARFA Advisory Board, a member of the High Studies Commission of the Forum of Medicines Regulatory Agencies of Lusofonia (FARMED), a member of the Rapid Action Technical Team, the Oncology Commission, and the Hospital Infection Control Commission of the Ministry of Cape Verde Health.

He participated in the preparation of several studies and legislative proposals in the areas of regulating medicines and pharmaceutical products.


Dr. Nahed Yaish

19 experiences in pharmaceutical Industry


13 years’ experience as Qualified Person Responsible for Pharmacovigilance/Local Safety Responsible, and as Quality Assurance Responsible Person


3 years’ experience as Consultant In RA & PV for local manufacturer in Jordan


Qualified International Trainer by International College in London


Dr. Aliou Ndiaye

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.



Mr. Lebogang Koitsiwe

Lebogang has over 12 years of working experience in the Pharmaceutical Industry, a fully registered Pharmacist with the Botswana Health Professions Council graduated with a Bachelor of Pharmacy from the Latrobe University, Bendigo Australia.


A Pharmacovigilance Manager with the Botswana Medicines Regulatory Authority (BoMRA), Lebogang has a firm grip in the Drug Regulatory systems, Market dynamics and pharmaceutical industry, currently responsible for core PV operational functions including Case Management, and Quality and Document Management, managing the operation infrastructure required to oversee all aspects of adverse event collection, processing, and reporting from clinical trials.


As the Immediate Past President of The Pharmaceutical Society of Botswana, Lebogang is involved in the development of Campaigns that promote health care industry and has gone to develop strategic relations and collaborations with stakeholders within the health industry in Botswana and the SADC region. A member of the Commonwealth Pharmacist Association Council, his role includes but not limited to advocating for collaboration and partnership amongst the Commonwealth Pharmacy Associations. A member of the joint taskforce for the Ministry of Health & Wellness and Business Botswana mandated with developing strategic projects that will see private sector collaboration in public healthcare delivery. Also, member of International Society of Pharmacovigilance


LK as he is affectionally known prides himself with the development of safety exchange agreements with license partners and distributors in support of PV collaborations, a firm believer that accomplishments validate facts you already know while setbacks teach the hard lessons.


He is the Division Manager for Pharmacovigilance and safety monitoring division at Rwanda Food and Drugs Authority (Rwanda FDA). He is a holder of bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from National University of Rwanda and master’s degree in Public Health Methodology from Université Libre de Bruxelles/Belgium. Currently, he Heads a division at Rwanda FDA that includes different regulatory functions mainly Pharmacovigilance, clinical trial oversight, Post marketing surveillance, promotion, and advertisement con trol.


He held different position in Health system in Rwanda including Deputy director of District Pharmacy and Chief Pharmacist at Bushenge Provincial Hospital for 5 years where he was focusing and dedicated in clinical Pharmacy practice, Quality Improvement, and supply chain management. He was involved in Pharmacovigilance harmonization process in East African Community. He was involved in establishment of different regulatory function at Rwanda FDA where He coordinated development of different regulations and guidelines especially these governing Pharmacovigilance, conduct of clinical trials, Post marketing surveillance, promotion, and advertisement of regulated products in Rwanda. He was involved in development of Hospital accreditation standards in Rwanda. He has different trainings especially trainings in pharmacovigilance, clinical trials, Translation medicines, Pharmacometrics, Assessment and registration of medical products.

Ms. Priscilla Nyambayo


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

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

Dr. Bassem Toeama

Dr. Bassem Toeama graduated in medicine and has worked in clinical medicine as an oncologist, in academia, in the education and capacity building industry, and in the pharmaceutical industry over the past 25 years. His experience has been primarily in oncology, health economics and outcomes research, medical writing and scholarly communications, pharmacovigilance, clinical research, basic science research, continuous medical education, and continuous professional development. He holds an MSc degree in Experimental Therapeutics at the University of Oxford, UK, an MSc degree in Experimental Medicine at McGill University, Canada, and a PhD degree in health technology assessment at the University of Toronto, Canada.


Dr. Bassem is an experienced health economist, skillful medical writer, public health consultant at the WHO office in Cairo, Egypt, the CEO and Founder of MD Pharma Consulting Group Inc., and the Chief Research and Medical Officer at BeMe AI, Toronto, Canada. His areas of research are internal medicine, medical oncology, epidemiology, pharmacovigilance, health technology assessment, decision analysis, and benefit-risk assessment.


Ph. Uchenna Elemuwa

Pharm Uchenna Elemuwa is a Pharmacist and the Director of Pharmacovigilance, NAFDAC Nigeria. I have a Master’s Degree in Clinical Pharmacy and Bio pharmacy and another Master’s Degree in Industrial Labour and Relations. I am a Fellow of the West Africa Postgraduate College of Pharmacists.