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Executive Members

Dr William Mwatu,
Immediate Past Chair

  • Managing Director and Team Lead, Tried Approach Limited  Kenya
  • Immediate past Chairman: Kenya Association of the Pharmaceutical Industry.

Dr. Mwatu has over 30 years experience working the pharmaceutical and healthcare  industry having started his career in the late 1980’s.with the Minstry of Health in Kenya as District Pharmacist, before moving on  to the private sector , where is started off a Company Pharmacist and Quality assurance manager, a position he held for 4 years before moving to Regulatory Affairs and New products development role for two years following which he moved on to the areas of Regulatory Affairs, Clinical Research and Medical affairs an area where he spent over 10years and has extensive  experience in within the East and Southern African Regions

He has been instrument in the implementation of new antigens in the national immunizations programs in Kenya, Tanzania Ethiopia and Uganda, working with numerous stakeholders within the healthcare sector. He has also been key in the setting up and implementation of over 10 clinical studies within the region, for both Pharmaceutical and Vaccine studies recruiting patients across several  countries and sites.

As an industry leader Dr Mwatu has provided leadership to several industry associations’ across the region and contributed to the development of several guidelines and Regulations in the clinical research and Regulatory affairs Area., key among thes have the guideline that regulate the conduct of clinical trials in Kenya and Tanzania, in addition to new product registration guideline within the East African community.

Dr William Mwatu has also served in several key committees, including the Steering committee for the African Medicines Regulatory  Project that is looking at harmonization of Regulatory requirement within the East African Community and Africa, Served as a member of the National Bioethics committee in Key, Served as a member of the Pharmacy and Poisons Board in Kenya, in addition to serving at specific committees  to develop the Marketing and promotion code for Kenya, Parallel importation guidelines amongst many other within the region.

Dr Mwatu was also the Chair of the steering committee that developed the federation of East African Federation of the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers. He also also served as a member of the steering committee of NEPAD on the African Medicines Regulatory Harmonisation.

Dr Mwatu is also currently serving as a member of the Advisory Board of the TB Alliance looking at CMC requirements, to ensure access to new TB treatments across the world. He is also one of the lead consultants for ION Kenya, which is developing innovate supply chai solutions.

Dr. Francis
Dr. Francis Karanja,
Executive Secretary

Dr. Karanja currently works as the Regulatory Affairs Director for East Africa at Glaxo Smithkline Ltd. He has 3 years experience in clinical research operations (9 years)...

Dr. Vinod
Mr. Vinod Guptan,
Vice Chair

Mr. Vinod Guptan currently works with Surgipharm Limited as the General Manager (Sales & Marketing) and has a vast experience of over 23 years.