Schools Development Authority (SDA) construction contractor trained, NASA Social Alum, InnovateHER NJ Finalist 2015, Amazon Associate, accomplished international and domestic Medical/Marketing Leader with expertise in medical communications, social media and blogging, project management, marketing and managing sales, marketing and regulatory affairs teams. Diverse experience in hematology oncology, solid tumors and critical care markets in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, food and beverage and real estate industries. Especially rewarded and recognized for communication and leadership in the release of ground breaking clinical trial results. A resilient, flexible manager with sharp listening and organizational skills able to manage multiple projects simultaneously and meet deadlines. Seamless ability to shift from strategy and analysis to on time impact execution with measurable results orientation. A self-starter and demonstrated entrepreneur who successfully utilizes strategic thinking and analytical skills in start up businesses and product launches. COBOL, Fortran and Samos high school proficiency and part-time pharmacy student lecturer.
EPI8 (Entrepreneurship Pioneers Initiative (EPI)™), Rutgers, The Center for Urban Entrepreneurship and Economic Development, Newark, NJ, USA (part-time 2016)
MBL (Master of Business Leadership), University of South Africa, South Africa (part-time 1990-1994)
Diploma, Marketing Management, Damelin, South Africa
M Sc, Pharmacology, Potchefstroom University for CHE, South Africa (1984-1986)
B Pharm, Potchefstroom University for CHE, South Africa (1980-1983)
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MBL Research report 1995: Factors influencing general practitioners in prescribing generic medicine.
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