Nicky Simpson

Responsible for the implementation of the communications plan and the planning of the Annual Meetings. 

Nicky Simson joined Astellas Pharma Europe in 2005 to establish the Congress Department responsible for execution of regional EMEA led congress activities across all Astellas key therapy areas. Since then, she has further expanded the remit of the department to include all event types, as well as to work cross-functionally to integrate a multichannel approach to event delivery. Prior to joining Astellas Nicky started out her career in medical communications implementing domestic, European and global medical education programmes for the pharmaceutical industry. She holds a BSc in Biochemistry and Genetics.

Nicky was on the Council since 2008 and part of the Annual Meeting project group for several years before taking up this position in 2019. 

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Christian-Claus Roth

Responsible for Compliance & Regulatory Topics, representing IPCAA in the IFPMA Ethics & Business Integrity Committee and member of ETHICS (International Society of Healthcare Ethics and Compliance Professionals)

Christian-Claus Roth has been employed at Novartis Pharma since 2001, in different roles of increasing responsibility. After his studies in Business Administration he started his career with the International Pharmaceutical wholesaler GEHE Pharma Handel GmbH and later Celesio AG, in Germany.

From there he moved to the Novartis Pharma affiliate in Bern, Switzerland, where he set up the congress and event department for the Swiss market, shortly later being promoted to the Global Headquarter in Basel with responsibility for the Pain and Urology Areas as International Congress Manager, with additional responsibility later for the Bone area.

Christian now oversees the Scientific Engagement Governance focusing on the impact of external regulatory requirements on global medical event management – one of several key areas for which the team is responsible. Additionally, he regularly participates as a panel member and speaker at conferences. In July 2017 Christian was honored by 'Successful Meetings' as one of the most influential strategists in the meetings industry worldwide.

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