Designation: Africa Chapter Lead
Department: Director, Quality & Risk, Global Safety and Medical Governance
William is a Director, Quality and Risk Management, Global Medical and Safety Governance, supporting the Africa and Developing Countries of Asia at GlaxoSmithKline. In his role, William he is responsible for providing technical support to Country Medical Teams across 53 distinct countries medical affairs, governance, pharmacovigilance, medical information and human subject research, aiming to strengthen and drive simplification in the operating model. At a Global level, he links the local units with the global teams driving organizational alignment and feeding into the development of global medical governance strategies. He began his career with GSK in 2011 as a Medical Advisor supporting 13 East African countries and worked across a wide range of medical affairs therapeutic areas including anti-infectives, respiratory, allergy, dermatology, cardiovascular, gastroenterology, oncology, neurosciences and vaccines. He also worked as a nominated safety contact, providing pharmacovigilance oversight to the Eastern African countries. In 2014 he became the Country Medical Director, a position he held for two years. William is a 2017 Oxford University-African Leadership Institute, Archbishop Desmond Tutu Fellow. He holds a First Class Master’s Degree in Pharmaceutical Medicine from Ireland and is a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery graduate from the University of Nairobi. He is a Top 40 Under 40 Awardee Kenya – 2015. He has co-authored articles on antibiotic resistance, burden of rotavirus gastroenteritis, influenza shedding and use of webinars for medical education. He was involved in the introduction and of pneumonia and rotavirus vaccines across several East Africa countries while overseeing the development of the new Malaria vaccine. He has been involved in launches of many other products across therapeutic categories within the region. Prior to joining GSK, William worked for the US CDC as a Researcher and at the Gertrude’s Children’s Hospital as a Doctor. He served patients in Kenya’s largest slum as a Doctor and Board of Trustees member for the University of North Carolina’s Carolina for Kibera program.