Mr. Karim Smaira, CEO

  • 19 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, Chairman

  • 31 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, Chairman of Santhera Pharmaceuticals

  • Executive Board Member of Stallergenes S.A.
  • Non-executive Director of Jazz Pharmaceuticals.
  • 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.

Mr. Rick Pudner, Founder of Beehive Group DMCC

  • Former CEO of Emirates NBD.
  • Board Member of Galadari Group.
  • 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.

Dr. Samy Ashkar, Former CEO of 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.