Co-Founder and Board Member
Dr Ajay Patel is a pharmacist by profession, having graduated with a Bachelor of Pharmacy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. With his clinical pharmacokinetics and retail and whole pharmacy experience, Dr Ajay Patel teamed up with Dr Raju Mohindra to form Dawa Life Sciences. He is responsible for coordinating the operations and growth strategy with the company's CEOs.
Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors
Dr Raju Mohindra is a consultant radiologist by profession, having graduated with a Master of Science in Radiology from Nairobi University. Dr Raju Mohindra is a co-founder of Dawa Life Sciences and serves as the Strategy Committee chair. He is also deeply involved in local social impact projects and philanthropy.
Reema is a finance expert (BSc Management Science from the London School of Economics). She has experience as an auditor with various companies such as PwC, Del Monte. She now serves as a Board Member for Dawa Life Sciences.
Fritz Sacher is an independent consultant focused on Africa. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Food technology from the Technical University of Munich. He was previously the VP of Merck, responsible for the implementation of the Africa Strategy. He also has experience working for several companies such as Boehringer-Ingelheim, American Cyanamide, SmithKline Beecham, Gotha Plast and Milupa.
Arun Mathur is an independent advisor based in Kenya. He graduated with a degree in Metallurgical Engineering and a Diploma in Statistical Methods from IIT, Banaras Hindu University (BHU), Varanasi. Arun started his banking career with the State Bank of India and, through the years, has gathered all-around experience in various banks in India, Bahrain and East Africa. He retired as the CEO of I&M Bank group and now serves on the boards of multiple companies. He firmly believes in the ethical growth of African businesses.
Chief Executive Officer, Pharmaceuticals
Pedro Filipe holds a degree in Naval Engineering from Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon but has built his career in Pharmaceuticals. He has vast experience in pharmaceuticals, Hikma, Generis and Natiris. Currently, he is the CEO, Pharma for Dawa Life Sciences and the GM, Shareholder & Senior Consultant at Biscobis, a regulatory consultancy.
Chief Executive Officer, Animal Health
Ashvani Kalpushu is a Masters Graduate in Sciences and has been with the Dawa Life Sciences since 1998. He started his journey with Dawa Life Sciences as a Sales Manager and has risen to the ranks of CEO for its fastest-growing verticals. He has travelled extensively across the African continent, where he has established deep market knowledge and relations.
Chief Financial Officer
Sandip Devani qualified as a Chartered Accountant (ICAEW) from Deloitte and is now the Chief Financial Officer of Dawa Life Sciences. Since 1994, he has worked in the Middle East and West Africa. He has led and managed large teams, working at the most senior levels in institutions, giving him the ability to implement strategic visions and delve into details when required. He played key roles in finance and risk with Dubai Aluminium and Emirates Aluminium.
Group Chief Quality Officer
Dr. Frank Hoffmann is a Pharma Operations Leader with 23 years of experience in the International Pharmaceutical Industry (i.e. Merck, Sandoz, Novartis, Midas). His experience covers Development, Production, Operational Excellence, Project Management, Supply Chain and External Manufacturing. He is of German nationality and holds a PhD in Pharmaceutical Technology from the University of Frankfurt.
Head of Business Development and Communication
Mwai has a Masters in Biochemical Engineering from UCL and with over 20 years’ experience in the pharmaceutical industry, he is highly passionate about Africa’s self-reliance in Healthcare and. Mwai Ngibuini is currently Group Head of Business Development and Communication for Dawa Life Sciences.