Fostering young talent in the healthcare industry: Mentorship, career development, and professional network building in a hybrid work environment

21 September 2022 Webinar

21 September 2022






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Registrations for HYPER’s next webinar on career growth and development are open!

As employers shift to a hybrid environment in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, striking a balance between flexible work conditions and continued support for informal learning opportunities, mentorship, and development opportunities becomes critical.

Join HYPER and key industry leaders in this webinar to reflect on best practice during COVID-19 and transformations happening post-COVID-19 impacting professional growth and career development.

The event will be moderated by Alessandro Lazdins, Vaccine and Regulatory Policy Secondee, IFPMA and EU Regulatory Executive, GSK. Speakers include:

  • Anyango E. Adhiambo, Project Manager, Africa Health Business
  • Lara Martinez Gonzalez, Senior Director, Global Talent Strategy, AstraZeneca, US
  • Ben Thompson, Vice President, CMC and Non-clinical Regulatory Affairs, GSK.

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Alessandro Lazdins Vaccine and Regulatory Policy Secondee, IFPMA and EU Regulatory Policy Executive, GSK

Alessandro is currently on secondment at IFPMA, from GSK, focusing on vaccine regulatory policy. At GSK, Alessandro is an EU Regulatory Policy and Advocacy Executive, working to drive key EU regulatory policy topics to support GSK’s biopharmaceutical portfolio.

Alessandro has broader regulatory experience gained at GSK as well as experience working at WHO and pharmaceutical and academic R&D labs.
Alessandro holds a BMedSc and a PhD in micro and molecular biology from the University of Birmingham, UK.

Anyango E. Adhiambo Project Manager, Africa Health Business

A motivated pharmacist, passionate about patient-centred healthcare and the role of the pharmacist in clinical care and research.

Dr. Anyango has a demonstrated history of working in the hospital, pharmaceutical and general healthcare industry, with acquired skills in clinical research, clinical pharmacy, regulatory affairs, project management and business development.

She is currently a Project Manager at Africa Health Business in Nairobi, Kenya.

Lara Martinez Gonzalez Senior Director, Global Talent Strategy, AstraZeneca

Lara is a transformative leader passionate about helping people growth and develop while maximizing their impact.

She is the Senior Director of Global Talent Strategy at AstraZeneca being responsible for succession planning and accelerated development of the company talent.

Across her career, she has hold global roles with an increasing degree of responsibility in Employee Experience Transformation, Talent Management, and Learning and Development.

Before jumping to the private sector, Lara worked in Academia collaborating with the European Commission on Diversity and Inclusion initiatives.

Lara holds a BSc on Psychology, a BSc on Employee Relations, a MSc on Work, Organizational and Personnel Psychology and a Harvard Certificate on Strategic Management.

Ben Thompson Vice President, CMC and Non-clinical Regulatory Affairs, GSK

Ben is the Global Head of CMC and Nonclinical Regulatory for GSK. After completing a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry at the University of Cardiff, he started his career in Quality Assurance supporting Drug Substance manufacturing.

After several years in the manufacturing environment, Ben moved to a role in Regulatory Affairs and over the past 15 years has held leadership roles in pre-and post-licencing of Small Molecule, Biopharmaceutical and Cell & Gene Therapy product areas, prior to his current role of leading the CMC and Nonclinical Regulatory function.