Associate Vice-President, Corporate anti-counterfeiting coordination Corporate Security
Geoffroy Bessaud is Associate Vice-President, in charge of anti-counterfeiting coordination activities at Sanofi. He started his career as a sales representative with ICI Pharmaceuticals, then joined Sanofi Pasteur and Sanofi where he became successively International Product manager, Marketing Director, Business Unit Manager, managing diverse programs in the USA, Europe, Latin America and Asia, with positions successively based in France, Italy, and Asia. He then joined Sanofi Corporate Communications as a spokesperson, also managing key global partnerships with Communications and Media Buying Agencies. Geoffroy is a Pharmacist by training and handles a MBA from HEC Business School (France). more
Specialist Pharmaceutical Assessor
Kurdistan Regional Government
I’m a trained pharmacist and pharmaceutical scientist. I’m a trained pharmacist and pharmaceutical scientist. I started my career as a clinical pharmacist for a couple of years and then as pharmaceutical assessor for the Kurdistan Regional Government-Iraq. My particular area of interest is investigating the influence of temperature & humidity on stability and quality of pharmaceuticals when stored outside guidelines and specifications. In addition, designing, developing and validating novel techniques for detection of counterfeit and fake medicines. Our work has been instrumental in developing an anti-counterfeit medicines programme in Iraq, which at the end of 2012 had successfully seized 400 tonnes of counterfeit medicines of major therapeutic classes that were previously rife in Iraq’s markets. As a result of my work I received a number of internationally recognised awards; most recently The Leadership in Pharmacy Award from The Royal Pharmaceutical Society. more
International Regulatory Project Lead
Dr. Darius-Jean Namdjou graduated as Ph.D. chemist from Aachen University, Germany, in 2006. After a two year Post-Doc stay at the National Research Council in Ottawa and further professional training, Darius joined the headquarter of Grünenthal GmbH, Germany as Regulatory Affairs Manager in 2009. Darius gathered two years experience with the coordination of marketing authorization and lifecycle activities in emerging and further RoW markets, covering the product portfolio of Grünenthal. Since August 2011, Darius leads Regulatory Affairs product teams, on a global level, for several of Grünenthal’s established pain products. Darius’ latest projects focus additionally on development activities for Europe, U.S. and Latin America. more
Monika Derecque-Pois was born in Graz/Austria and holds a master’s degree in Economics from the University of Economics in Vienna, where she specialised in International Trade and Marketing. Ms. Monika Derecque-Pois is the Director General of GIRP, the European Healthcare Distribution Association, which brings together over 750 pharmaceutical full-line wholesaling companies and their national associations from 32 countries. Monika was appointed to her current position in 2001, having previously served as European affairs consultant for GIRP. She has over 20 years of experience in European public affairs. Prior to her engagement with GIRP, she served as a director in a European affairs consultancy company and she also held a six-year post as Marketing and Client Support Manager at IMS Health Austria. more
Just after University Degree, Cinzia started working for Wyeth S.p.A. First, her responsibilities lay within Antidepressant Marketing. After 13 years, Cinzia transferred to Pharma BU including Sales and Marketing for Neuroscience, Ginecology and Vaccines. In 2010, Cinzia was appointed by Pfizer as Quality and Compliance Advisor for Affiliate Quality Operations Italy- Pfizer Global Supply Organisation. Today, as Affiliate Quality Operations Manger, Cinzia has growing responsibilities in International Team Working for Global Projects Implementation. more
Director – Abbott Nutrition Regulatory Affairs & Senior Leadership Team Member
Abbott Nutrition International
Dr. Vaibhav Kulkarni is Director Regulatory Affairs, Abbott Nutrition International & is also a Senior Leadership Team Member. He was appointed to his current role in April 2009. Previously, he served as Head – Regulatory & Innovation & was an Executive Committee Member for Novartis OTC Division.
Prior to joining Abbott, Vaibhav worked for various blue chip organizations including Novartis, Johnson & Johnson Medical & Sanofi Aventis & has a robust experience of more than 20 years managing drug regulatory affairs, clinical research, innovation, drug safety and pharmacovigilance. As a steering committee member for the DCGI, he was instrumental in paving the medical device law in India. Presently, he is an active member of various industry bodies like FICCI, CII, HADSA & PFNDAI. He is also on the board of Consumer Complaint Council at Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI) & International Life Science Institute(ILSI) & presently an industry expert on Specialized nutrition & played a major role in shaping the Food Categorization Regulation in India.
He earned his Master’s degree in Clinical Biochemistry and a Ph.D degree in Medical Biotechnology from the University of Mumbai & have several publications under his belt.
Director of StraTac Logical Limited (Threat, Risk and Harm solutions)
(Former Head of Drugs Threat & Intelligence – National Crime Agency)
Tony Saggers has very recently completed a 30 year law enforcement and intelligence career, his final role being the Head of Drugs Threat and Intelligence at the National Crime Agency, with an international portfolio to respond to the risk and harm, from organised crime threats impacting upon and within the UK.
His senior management and specialist experience facilitated representing the UK, NCA and his fields of expertise within a wide range of collaborations during the last 15 years. These include close working with Policing, Border Force, Military, Crown Prosecution Service, Home Office, Industry, international agencies and overseas law enforcement partners. Tony has performed evidence, intelligence, operational and training functions in over 30 countries around the world.
He is also responsible for designing, implementing and managing the UK law enforcement capability to provide expert evidence for a range of organised crime types, within prosecutions and civil court proceedings. He has an extensive portfolio of court room and conference speaker appearances, with examples in Canada, Japan, Central Asia, Africa, Europe, Indian Ocean region and New Zealand.
He is now the the Director of StraTac Logical Limited, collaborating with former peers to provide strategic and tactical solutions to threats, risks and harm. He is a specialist in evidence and intelligence strategies & tactics and a qualified teacher/trainer. more
Former editor of Pharmaceutical AntiCounterfeiting News, Director of the Global Forum on Pharmaceutical AntiCounterfeiting and Executive Editor of Medicines & Pharmaceuticals: A Manual of Anti-Counterfeiting Solutions. Currently a member of ISO’s TC 292 on security and resilience and key contributor to ISO 12931 on authentication solutions for material goods. more
Head of Healthcare
Glen is Head of Healthcare for GS1 UK and a member of the GS1 Global Healthcare Leadership Team. With more than 15 years’ experience in a variety of senior commercial and operational roles within the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries, Glen has a broad range of expertise having re-engineered supply chains, developed and implemented enterprise-wide homecare strategies and formed national clinical nursing teams as well as leading multi-hundred million pound business units.
Outside of GS1, Glen’s main hobby is supporting London’s greatest football team…. more
Associate Director, Distribution Quality
Paola is responsible for GDP compliance and governance of distribution quality activities across Europe and for Export at Norgine. She started her career in Italy in Novartis Vaccines, then worked as GMP / RA consultant in The Netherlands. Subsequently she joined Norgine, with various roles in Compliance, Commercial Quality, global Quality Operations and Contract Manufacturing Quality, until moving into distribution. Paola is an Industrial Pharmacist by training with specialisation in Pharmaceutical Manufacturing, acting QP and RP. more
The European Alliance for Access to Safe Medicines
Mike is Executive Director of the European Alliance for Access to Safe Medicines (EAASM) and the Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacy in the EU (ASOP EU) which are pan-European patient safety organisations, bringing together all concerned with eliminating falsified medicines from the supply chain as well as working to eliminate unsafe medical practices that cause patient harm. more
Senior Director, Operational Technology
United Therapeutics Corporation