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Hiring for Diversity

Diversifying the Pharma Workforce


Oct 25th - Room 4.1

Oct 25th    12:00 - 12:30 (CET)    Room 4.1, Conference Centre 4       

Oct 25th     12:30 - 12:50 (CET)     Room 4.1, Conference Centre 4              

Elisabeth Guitart, Head of HR China & International, Healthcare, Merck 

Oc 25th    12:55 - 2:15 (CET)    Room 4.1, Conference Centre 4


The pharma industry is in a constant state of change, innovation and evolution. The automation of old jobs, and the creation of new ones, represents a challenge for Pharma companies which must ensure a sustainable pipeline of talent to ensure longevity and to stay competitive.


Gathering leaders from across the industry, this panel discussion will explore challenges around recruiting and retaining talent


  • Addressing the pharma ‘Talent Gap’
  • Prioritising diversity in your hiring strategy
  • The current environment for DE&I in Pharma companies, what can we do better?
  • Steps for implementing a successful DE&I strategy in your organisation and teams


Mahmoud Assy, Founder and CEO, Eufonía Diversity

Sanobar Syed, Diversity Lead, Women Leaders in Pharma

Elisabeth Guitart, Head of HR China & International, Healthcare, Merck

Neil Kelly, Talent Acquisition and Development, Vector Partners & Talent Sandbox

Demetria Johnson, D&I Early in Career Partner - Americas, Genetech

Oct 25th    2:15 - 2:45 (CET)    Room 4.1, Conference Centre 4          

Before heading back to the show floor, take advantage of this unique opportunity to network with peers, and meet your speakers over a coffee.
In person - day 1

24th Oct       11.00 - 11.30 (CET)          

  • What does blockchain tech mean for pharma packaging, and how is it applied? 
  • Enabling ‘digital twin’ technologies, how will this disrupt the current supply chain setup?
  • How can this model be rolled out sector-wide, if not industry-wide? 

24th Oct    11.25 - 11.45 (CET)          

  • Highlighting new patient population opportunities
  • How 3D Printing can play a role in developing next-generation personalized medicine
  • How 3D Printing is helping to reduce waste and make manufacturing more sustainable

24th Oct       11.50 - 12.10 (CET)           

  • Enabling Continuous Process Verification
  • Improves Batch Manufacturing Process
  • Efficient Quality Assurance and Regulatory Compliance


Guglielmo Iozzia, Associate Director -Data Science, ML/AI, Computer Vision, Merck

24th Oct       12.15 - 12.35 (CET)           

Smart manufacturing puts together physical and digital processes within factories and across supply chain functions to optimize current supply and demand requirements. This session will discuss how to best implement the latest technologies and the advantages it brings 
  • Improved quality control and production scheduling
  • Better inventory planning
  • Faster problem resolution
  • Reduced overall costs 

24th Oct       12.40 - 1.30 (CET)           

  • Investing in the right tech
  • Managing change effectively
  • Talent acquisition and onboarding
  • Scaling organization-wide to avoid silos
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