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Global Pharmacy - meet our speakers

Global Pharmacy: Meet our speakers

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We are fortunate to have colleagues from Brighton and Sussex Medical School, and the Universities of Brighton and Sussex teach on the Global Pharmacy programme. In addition we are very grateful for the input and enthusiasm of some internationally renowned speakers. Read more about some of them below.


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Trudi Hilton
After a 20-year career as a clinical pharmacist in the NHS, Trudi has been involved in medicines management projects in some of the disaster-prone areas around the world including Afghanistan, the Philippines and the Middle East. With the support of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, she set up the Humanitarian Aid and Response Network (HARN) to meet others also working in the field and to share learning and best practice. 
She has worked as a consultant with agencies such as the World Health Organisation, DfID and Save the Children to transfer skills and build capacity in the pharmaceutical supply chain in resource-limited settings. Through her work she has met up with many excellent pharmacists and collaborated with pharmacy associations in many countries as well as the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP), speaking at their annual conferences in Thailand, Germany and South Korea. 

Trudi was presented with the Special Recognition Award by the President of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society in 2015 for her work in the Humanitarian sector.
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Dr Marg Ewen
Dr Margaret Ewen is a pharmacist and researcher working at Health Action International (HAI) in The Netherlands. She coordinated the WHO/HAI Medicine Price and Availability project, which included developing a methodology to measure and compare medicine prices, availability, affordability and price components. She has provided technical support to more than 100 surveys undertaken in low- and middle-income countries using the methodology, and has worked with many governments on medicine pricing policies. Margaret also developed a methodology to measure and compare prices and availability of locally produced and imported medicines. She is currently co-leading a project to improve access to insulin, with Dr David Beran from the University of Geneva and Dr Richard Laing from Boston University School of Public Health.
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Dr Pamela Steele
Dr Pamela Steele has more than 25 years’ experience in the field of Logistics & Supply Chain Management, including strategic and operational supply chain management in support of development and humanitarian programmes. She is currently the director and principal consultant of the supply chain consultancy, Pamela Steele Associates Ltd, whose clients include UN agencies and INGOs. 
Previously she worked for UNICEF in Copenhagen as a Supply Chain Specialist focusing in programme and supply integration, and capacity development until 2011.
For more than 25 years, her career has focused on Logistics & Supply Chain Management in the humanitarian and development sectors both at headquarters and at the field level in low income countries. She has worked for UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund) as a supply chain specialist and capacity building; UNFPA (United Nation’s Population Fund) as the Humanitarian Logistics Specialist and before that for Oxfam Great Britain in various positions as the Deputy Head of Logistics & Supply. Other previous employers include the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and World Vision International. During these times she represented her organizations at the Global Logistics Cluster meetings to discuss humanitarian logistics challenges and improvement measures. She also served on the Advisory Committee that worked with the Fritz Institute and the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport to develop the Certification in Humanitarian Logistics.
She served on the Health Systems Strengthening working group steering committee, which lead to the formation of the People that Deliver (PtD) Initiative to improve human resources for supply chain for better health outcomes in low income countries. She later served on the Advocacy and Knowledge Management working group of the PtD initiative. She still contributes to PtD research initiatives and conducts research in public health supply chains in low income settings. 
She has a keen interest in mainstreaming gender and co-founded WISE, the Women’s Initiative for Supply Chain Excellence, to promote gender issues in the humanitarian supply chain community.
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Dr Kathy Holloway
Dr Kathleen Holloway was WHO Regional Advisor on Medicines for South East Asia until 2016. She is a UK doctor specialised in the public health of pharmaceuticals in low/middle-income countries, with an interest in promoting the appropriate use of medicines, including antibiotics. 

After qualifying she worked in both hospital medicine and general practice in the UK NHS for 11 years and gained membership of both the Royal College of Physicians and General Practitioners. After that she went to work for various NGOs in Asia, including Nepal, India and Myanmar for 10 years. During this time, she worked on TB, leprosy and malaria control, as well as an essential drug program in Nepal. She also gained her Masters of Public Health and a PhD on the Impact of User Fees on Prescribing Quality in Nepal. 
From 1999 – 2010, she worked for the WHO in Geneva, where she led a programme on promoting rational use of medicines. Whilst there, she also led the programme on containing antimicrobial resistance for 3 years. During this time, she organised many international training and research programmes, developed a global database on medicines use in primary care in low/middle-income countries, and was the technical officer responsible for WHO resolutions on antimicrobial resistance in 2005 and rational use of medicines in 2007.
From 2010 until her retirement in 2016, in her role as WHO Regional Advisor in Medicines in South-East Asia, she was responsible for providing advice to the governments of the region on all aspects of medicines management. During this time, she developed a method for government officials to undertake a rapid appraisal of medicines management for use in planning and advocacy. She is now based at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) on the University of Sussex campus. 
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Kate Enright MRPharmS

Having obtained an undergraduate bursary from the British Army at the age of 16, Kate chose to study Pharmacy at the University of Bath and graduated with First Class honours in 2005. Following a pre-registration year with Pfizer and Kent & Canterbury hospital, she attended the Royal Military Academy in Sandhurst for Officer training.  

During her seven years in serving with the Royal Army Medical Corps, Kate held a diverse range of positions that spanned clinical, supply chain, education, policy and governance. In addition, she had the opportunity to work in a variety of operational contexts, including two tours of Afghanistan and Iraq.

Kate left the Army as a Major in the summer of 2013 and entered the humanitarian sector – initially with MERLIN and, upon their acquisition, Save the Children. She supported a breadth of humanitarian, development, advocacy and emergency programmes during this time, including to Sierra Leone, Ethiopia, Chad and Myanmar. However, her real achievements lay in shifting the culture of this multi-national organisation. Astounded by the underutilisation of pharmacy as a discipline – and the impact of this knowledge gap – Kate campaigned tirelessly to obtain transformative investment in the pharmaceutical supply chain and the creation of a Global Pharmacy Team. 

In 2017 Kate joined UK-Med as the Pharmacy & Supply Chain Lead, where she is supporting the World Health Organisation initiative to create accountable and deployable "Emergency Medical Teams". Recently she founded Global Pharmacy Exchange, with the belief that a more connected, aware and empowered pharmacy workforce will be transformative for promoting the equitable access to medicines and healthcare.

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Marie Gill 

Marie joined Save the Children’s Global Pharmacy team in 2014 as the first and only pharmacist with a focus on pharmaceutical Quality Management system (QMS) and Quality Assurance (QA).The main focus of her role is the ongoing development, maintenance and support of the global QMS. This includes the creation, review, approval and lifecycle management of controlled quality documents (e.g. Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)) and supporting documents within Regulatory Affairs for a large INGO. These quality assurance processes and procedures ensure the organisation only procure, distribute and supply medicines for their global health programmes that are safe, effective and do no harm, meet internationally recognised standards on safety and efficacy for all beneficiaries while working in fragile and humanitarian contexts.

Alongside the QMS management, day to day she manages any pharmaceutical quality investigations or concerns, establishing effective and timely corrective and preventative actions (CAPA), to ensure the quality and safety of medicines to beneficiaries including being the pharmacovigilance lead. In addition, her role involves conducting and supporting pharmaceutical market assessments, Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) and Good Distribution Practice (GDP) audits and inspections globally. She acts as subject matter expert and key advocate pharmaceutical quality assurance for Save the Children movement which includes training of colleagues globally and driving continuous improvement of pharmaceutical quality systems. She is the organisational focal point for quality assurance on external and international forums such QUAMED and the WHO Expert Committee for Quality Assurance of Medicines. 

Marie’s background is working a clinical and technical services pharmacist (MPharm, University of Brighton) within the UK for 11 years with a PGDip in Pharmacy Practice (University of Brighton) and an MSc in Global Health From Brighton and Sussex Medical School. She is also a registered Lead Pharmaceutical Auditor on the International Register of Certificated Auditors (IRCA)  at the Charted Quality Institute (CQI).

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Manjiri Gharat

Mrs Manjiri Sandeep Gharat is an academic working with Prin K M Kundnani Pharmacy Polytechnic, Ulhasnagar, Maharashtra as Vice-Principal. She is the Vice-President of Indian Pharmaceutical Association (IPA) and Chairperson of Community Pharmacy Division of IPA, Vice President of Community Pharmacy Section of the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP). 

Apart from her academic and administrative responsibilities at her Institute, Manjiri Gharat has been active in the area of community pharmacy and consumer medicine education. She was instrumental in establishing a public-private partnership engaging community pharmacists in TB DOTS programme. Mrs Gharat is also involved in professional development of pharmacists through training them for various aspects of Good Pharmacy Practices (GPP), to help them play a vital role in public health and to promote responsible use of medicines by pharmacists and patients. She is known for her keen interest to involve pharmacy students in public health activities and known for newer experiments in teaching-learning process. She has been regular pharma columnist in regional newspapers and has a book "Aushadhbhaan" (Medicine awareness) to her credit. She received the fellowship of IPA and several other awards from social and professional organisations in the country. She is recipient of two global awards, one is Fellow of FIP in year 2016 and Ishidate Award of Federation of Asian Pharmaceutical Associations (FAPA) in year 2018 in recognition of her services to the pharmacy profession.

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Elizabeth Allen 

Elizabeth Allen is a Brighton-trained pharmacist with a Master in Public Health and a PhD in Clinical Pharmacology. After working in retail pharmacy, she moved into pharmaceutical clinical research in the UK and South Africa, thereafter managing academic clinical research in multiple African countries. She currently heads clinical research for the University of Cape Town (UCT) Collaborating Centre for Optimising Antimalarial Therapy. With a special interest in pharmacovigilance, she contributes to safety meta-analyses conducted by the World Wide Antimalarial Network, coordinates Global Pharmacovigilance, an online capacity-development resource for low and middle income countries (both based at Oxford University) and teaches aspects of drug safety for the UCT Division of Clinical Pharmacology’s post-graduate degrees.