PS5 - FIP-WiSE – Women’s Leadership Lab – Web Panel


Claire Thompson, FIP-WiSE Chair, UK


Women are powerful agents of change, and the benefits and effectiveness of equitable representation in leadership and decision-making are evident. The findings show that COVID-19 outcomes are systematically better in countries led by women. Still, women continue to be vastly under-represented in decision-making. In health care, why relatively few women lead in a profession where 70% of the workforce is female, is an ongoing paradox.

FIP-WiSE – Women in Science and Education- Women’s Leadership Lab creates a virtual platform to bring women leaders in pharmaceutical science and pharmacy education to support and enable women in these fields to achieve their full potential.



Facilitators: Nilhan Uzman, FIP Lead for Education Policy and Implementation, The Netherlands & Esther Anyango, FIP-WiSE Intern, Kenya

  • Opening
  • Part I: Keynote Speaker – Meltem Agduk, Gender Programme Coordinator at UNFPA (United Nations Population Fund), Turkey
  • Part II: What enables women in science and education to be at the decision-making table?

Leadership Skills

Pharmaceutical industry / Nadia Abdelhadi, North Africa Country Manager, Medtronic, Algeria

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step: What it takes to be a woman in academia

Academic leadership / Christina Chai, Head of Pharmacy Department, National University of Singapore, Singapore

Being a virtual leader using technology

Women in Technology / Leonora O’Brien, Founder & CEO, Pharmapod, Ireland

Leading gender transformative leadership 

Gender equity & education / Vibhuti Arya Amirfar, Associate Clinical Professor at St. John’s University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and  Clinical Advisor to the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, USA

Next generation of women leaders

Young women leader / Aya Jamal, President, International Pharmaceutical Students Federation (IPSF), Sudan

  • Part III – FIP-WiSE and Fearless!

Panel and then the audience to share when they were brave, even when they felt they had imposter syndrome, or weren’t fully equipped to do something, and what this led to? This discussion will encourage women to believe in their abilities, have competence in their competence and be brave (or fearless!).

  • Closing

Learning Objectives

At the end of this session, the participants will;

  • Learn about enablers for including women in decision-making at all levels
  • Identify practical ways to pursue leadership roles in pharmaceutical science and pharmacy education
  • Access to resources and opportunities about women’s leadership development