Pfizer to train KSU pharmacy students

Updated 16 July 2018
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Pfizer to train KSU pharmacy students

In collaboration with King Saud University, Pfizer Saudi Arabia Ltd. has announced the organization of an extensive training course on Monday and Tuesday for students from the university’s College of Pharmacy. The course is part of many programs organized by Pfizer in cooperation with different Saudi universities with the objective to contribute to developing and qualifying Saudi students as well as enhancing their pharmaceutical skills. The programs come within the company’s efforts to effectively participate in the realization of the objectives of Vision 2030.
The training course will be offered by international experts and specialists from Pfizer with the aim to develop this vital sector in the Kingdom.
General Manager of Pfizer Saudi Arabia Ltd., Dr. Alaa Abdul Ghani explained that the course intends to empower Saudi pharmacy students and enrich them with practical and scientific experience that can enable them to work in the pharmaceutical sector and contribute to building their communities and nation. “At Pfizer we have used practical methods to express our commitment toward the Saudi community as well as our vision to contribute to the realization of Vision 2030, which is particularly concerned with employing Saudi youth. In this context, we launched this program to collaborate with colleges of pharmacy across the Kingdom,” he added.
Dean of the College of Pharmacy at King Saud University, Dr. Aws bin Ibrahim Al-Shamsan expressed his appreciation to Pfizer for taking the initiative by organizing this course and inviting international experts to enrich the Kingdom’s pharmaceutical industry by transferring their knowledge to Saudi students. He revealed that this program is the first of more pharmaceutical training programs to come in cooperation with different partners and sectors.
In early 2017, Pfizer Saudi Arabia Ltd. opened its new integrated plant at King Abdullah Economic City with an investment value exceeding $50 million. The plant aims to manufacture Pfizer products locally and transfer expertise, technologies, and trained personnel to the Kingdom. The new plant contributes to the provision of medications for different categories of patients, and also creates the opportunity to develop industrial expertise and qualify local competencies to manufacture drugs inside the Kingdom.
Pfizer Saudi Arabia Ltd., which falls under its parent company located in the US, has been operating in the Kingdom since the 1960s.


PepsiCo. launches region’s first Million Women Mentors chapter

Updated 21 August 2018
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PepsiCo. launches region’s first Million Women Mentors chapter

PepsiCo., the global food and beverage company, has launched the region’s first Million Women Mentors chapter in Riyadh. Million Women Mentors is a global movement designed to support the engagement of millions of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) mentors, both male and female, to increase the interest and confidence of girls and women to succeed in STEM programs and careers.
With female representation in the STEM fields still lower than that of their male counterparts, Million Women Mentors (MWM) aims to be a platform to give women early in their careers the boost they need to thrive in their professions and form the future of the society envisioned by Saudi Vision 2030. The pillars of Vision 2030 support a thriving economy in which men and women have the capacity to contribute to the community’s growth and successes.
“Vision 2030 aims to increase women’s participation in the workforce to 30 percent, and encouraging more women into the male-dominated STEM industries will significantly contribute to this goal,” said Satyavrat Pendharkar, general manager and vice president, Saudi Snacks Foods Ltd, PepsiCo. Saudi Arabia. “PepsiCo. has a global commitment to empowering communities, as well as to creating equal opportunities for anyone to succeed within our company. By deploying the principles of our Performance with Purpose philosophy here in the Kingdom, we hope to provide women with the backing they need to be confident when entering STEM careers.”
MWM started in 2014 and had more than 2 million mentor commitments by 2018 with a goal of reaching 3 million by 2020. The new chapter in Riyadh is the first in the MENA region, with 12 mentors and mentees signed up so far across the fields of supply chain, information technology, research and development, and finance. New mentees will be enrolled into the annual program each year.
Within the coming five years, PepsiCo. aims to have at least two of the program participants in leadership positions.
“PepsiCo. walks the talk when it comes to providing women with opportunities to thrive within the company,” said Delel Chaabouni, chief information officer, PepsiCo. Middle East and North Africa. “I am thrilled to have had the opportunity to launch this important initiative in Saudi Arabia. As a woman in a traditionally male-dominated field, I have first-hand experience in forging a career within a STEM sector, and believe that MWM has the potential to give women the boost of confidence they need to realize they can achieve success in whatever industry they want.”