Mr. Karim Smaira

  • 16 years of regional experience in Senior Executive roles
  • Launched and managed operations for several Biotech and rare disease products
  • Wide expertise and network in emerging markets, in particular in the MENA region, South East Europe and Russia.
  • Active member of several industry associations and business councils 

Mr. Kamel Ghammachi

  • 28 years of regional Pharma experience in Senior Executive roles within MNCs & Distributors.
  • Former Managing Director Examon MENA.
  • Former Managing Director Farbro Group.
  • Former General Manager Janssen Cilag ME I.
  • Honored by Rotary several times as Paul Harris Fellow for meeting outstanding personal, professional standards and charitable work.

Mr. Elmar Schnee

  • Non-executive Director of Jazz Pharmaceuticals
  • Former Chairman and CEO Cardiorentis Ltd.
  • Former MD Merck Santé s.a.s, Regular Member of the Executive Board and General Partner of Merck KGaA
  • Held senior positions in Strategy & BD at UCB, Sanofi & others
  • Currently serves on the board of directors of two privately-held life sciences companies.

Mr. Rick Pudner

  • Chairman of Beehive
  • Board director of Bukhatir Group
  • Former Board Director Emirates Islamic Bank
  • Former Head of Corporate Banking HSBC Middle East; President and CEO of HSBC Korea
  • Director in Emirates Fund Managers (Jersey) Limited, and a founder member of Visa CEMEA Advisory Forum
  • Former CEO of Emirates NBD; the largest regional bank by Assets

Dr. Samy Ashkar

  • CEO Sterling Natural Science
  • Former CSO Sopherion Therapeutics
  • Former Faculty member Harvard Medical School and The Children’s Hospital-Boston.
  • Author of several scientific publications in prestigious journals including Science and JBC
  • Holder of multiple international patents as a result of his scientific research work