Dr. Manal Younus is currently the head of the Iraqi Pharmacovigilance Center based in MOH. Manal is a pharmacist with a Ph.D. in clinical pharmacy. She led the creation and expansion of the Iraqi pharmacovigilance system. Currently, she is an ISoP fellow and ISoP Advisory Board member, working as the Students Group coordinator to increase awareness regarding pharmacovigilance.


She is an Executive Committee member of the CIOMS organization. Manal is the co-founder of the ISoP Patient Engagement SIG, the vice president of the ISoP Middle East chapter. She has authored more than 40 articles on different drug safety-related subjects. She is a WHO benchmarking assessor. Furthermore, a member of the International Academy of Public Health’s (IAPH) Scientific Council and AMR Specialty Committee. Finally, she is currently pursuing a fellowship on patient safety with PSMF organization.


Dr. Fatima Zaid Abu Zanat is a highly accomplished Regulatory Affairs/Quality Assurance (RA/QA) professional with a total of 17 years of experience spanning the medical device, pharmaceutical, and biotech industries across emerging markets. Her academic qualifications include a Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Technology and the prestigious RAPS Dual Regulatory Affairs Diploma and Certificate. She possesses a strong scientific background in product research and development and is keen on strategic best practices implementation. Her dedication and contributions have not gone unnoticed, where she was honored by the GCC Regulatory Affairs Award in 2023 for her outstanding achievements and impact in the region as the “Woman of the Middle East”. She is actively engaged in regulatory and industry associations. She is also recognized for her leadership in establishing and managing UAE Scientific Offices, fostering growth, and building strong relationships with regional health authorities. Beyond her professional endeavors, Dr. Abu Zanat has made significant contributions to international publications, highlighting her thought leadership and expertise. Her accolades, including nominations such as the Women of Ipsen Nomination and the DUPHAT 2012 3rd Best Professional Poster Award, underscore her commitment to innovation and excellence.


Dr. Najiba has Co-Foundaed Professional Regulatory Affairs (PRA), a leading healthcare regulatory consultancy in the Middle East since 2013. To further uphold the ethics and compliance standards within the industry, she has also persevered with Dubai Pharmacy College, industry experts and authorities to set up the GCC Regulatory Affairs (RA) Course, a first-of-its-kind certification, which educates graduates and professionals on the new career advancements and opportunities in this sector to become industry experts.


Dr. Ahmed Hegazy is a Physician by education and holds a Master’s degree in Pharmaceutical Medicine

(First Class Honor), Mini MBA, Medical Quality Management Diploma and Hospital Management Diploma.

  • He holds certificates on programs or courses from:
    • The George Washington University, USA
    • Columbia University, USA
    • Royal College of Physicians, UK
    • Hibernia College, Ireland
    • Uppsala Monitoring Center, WHO
  • He attended many trainings in leadership, strategic thinking, decision-making, brand planning, building efficient teams, high performance, accountability, communication skills, and persuasion and selling skills.
  • Moreover, He attended courses in Outcome Research and Health Economics, Drug discovery and development, Medical Ethics, Biostatistics, Research Methodology, Regulatory Affairs, Medical Affairs, and Pharmacovigilance.
  • Ahmed had been trained on ISO 9001-2015 Quality Lead Auditor Certification and Lean and Six Sigma Greenbelt Holder.

Dr. Ahmed received various awards and recognitions in innovation (Upjohn Award), achievements and others.

  • He has scientific publications in international journals.
  • Advisory Board, Committee member or member to International Scientific Journals, Associations and Conferences.
  • He is a member of Emirates Medical Association
  • He is a member of Emirates Health Economics Society
  • He is a member of the ISoP society and was a committee member of the ISoP Middle East Chapter.
  • He was invited as a speaker for hundreds of local, regional, international events and on TV as well as various online programs.
  • He attended numerous (~100s) conferences and events.

He owns more than 25 years of wealthy experience in Pharmaceutical Industry in different regions and

functions (sales, training, medical, marketing and PV).

  • He is an Expert in the Medical Affairs as he worked for 11 years in various positions in the Medical Affairs (Sr. Manager, Regional Manager and Head) in which he got experience in all MA roles, clinical research, governance, compliance, quality. He possesses strong medical knowledge in various therapeutic areas and many products’ portfolios. Currently, he conducts medical development programs.
  • He was holding a position of Head of Global Patient Safety for Africa, Middle East, Turkey, Russia & CIS countries (82 countries) for 7 years in Merck in which he was managing more than 16 subordinates based in 8 different countries.

Currently he is a:

  • Consultant for Medical Affairs, and Pharmacovigilance for Global, Regional and Local companies.
  • Senior Auditor for an international EU-based firm.
  • Speaker, Lecturer and Trainer for some colleges, companies, and health authorities.