Principal Faculty

Introducing our principal faculty

Sinéad Whitty

Sinéad Whitty is a Co-Founder and Director of Learning at FCD.

Previously Sinéad was Head of Training, Teaching and Career Development at The Global Health Network and the Program Director of the PG Diploma in Global Health Research the University of Oxford. She was also the Pedagogy Coordinator at the Department of Medicine in Karolinska Institutet where she was responsible for the design, development and delivery of a suite of online, post-graduate capacity development programs in Pharmaceutical Medicine, Pharmacometrics, and Clinical Trial Management.

Sinéad has over twenty years’ experience teaching face to face, blended and online university programs. She is an advocate for technology that supports good teaching and learning practices. Sinéad’s programs are designed to align teaching, learning and the practical skills required to develop personal capacity. The programs are student-centered, outcomes-based and rooted in constructivism. Her research interests include universal design, learner support and effective teamwork.

Dr Tim Grant

Dr Tim Grant is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a PhD in Educational Psychology and an MSc in Biostatistics.  He has over 20 years experience designing and analysing clinical trials most of which is for the pharmaceutical industry.  In addition to experience with randomized controlled trials, Tim has also worked on various health research studies which includes, survival analysis, meta-analysis, and epidemiological studies.  He regularly teaches as an external lecturer at Trinity College Dublin and a Senior External Lecturer at Karolinska Institutet..  He is currently working in the area of health economics providing statistical support to decision making process.

Professor John A. Clendenin

Professor John A. Clendenin is Distinguished Visiting Professor at IE Business School and previously Senior Associate Dean of Post Graduate Studies at IE. Clendenin is a Senior Fellow at FCD with whom he works on a number of programs, and lectures on Leadership and Ethics in our Master and Post Graduate Diploma programs.

Professor Clendenin capacity development ethos draws on over 50 years of teaching in some of the world leading universities, including Harvard Business School where was a Senior Lecturer.  His teaching is also informed by his 23 years as a Lieutenent Colonal in the United States Marine Corp, 15 years as Director of the. Multinational Development Center at Xerox  where he became internationally recognised as a leading ‘change agent’ and international productivity expert.  

Professor Clendenin was a team member of the silver medal winning U.S.A. 1984 Olympic Modern Pentathlon Team. Since then he has worked with Olympic teams, professional athletes, educators and business professionals in the area of performance management, motivation and goal setting.  He holds membership in the International Society of Sport Psychology and the New York Academy of Sciences.

Dr Gabriela Zepeda Orozco

Dr Gabriela Zepeda Orozco has over 20 years of clinical practice supporting families and children to continue a healthy physical and emotional development. Gabriela was an investigator for phase III studies with vaccines, antibiotics and antimycotic drugs. She supported the implementation of the GCP quality system in the CPO of Novartis Mexico. She is a GCP certified trainer who has attended over 18 GCP, PV, POP, Compliance and GMP audits. She has supported the implementation of local phase II-IV studies from different Medical Affairs roles.

In addition, Gabriela has over 12 year’s experience working in the pharmaceutical industry as Medical Therapeutic Area Head of the Cardiovascular and metabolism group, Field Medical Excellence Manager/MSL Manager, Medical Information Manager, CPO Development Quality Assurance Manager, Medical GXP Training Manager, as well as Medical Scientific Liaison (MSL) in Diabetes and Hypertension.

Gabriela was a Sr. External Lecturer at Karolinska Institutet and the National Institute of Pediatrics. She has been an invited lecturer to universities, hospitals and congresses on diverse pediatric and infectious diseases topics.

Dr Pol Vendenbroucke

Dr Pol Vendenbroucke is Chairman, Global Longevity Council at the World Demography & Ageing. Dr Vandenbroucke’s career has been dedicated to Clinical Development, Medical Affairs, and Marketing in the U.S., Europe, Asia, and Latin America.

Before his current position, Dr. Vandenbroucke worked with Pfizer and his senior executive roles included Chief Medical Officer of the Hospital Business Unit, he also had responsibility for Pfizer’s Medical Strategy and for the Medical Affairs of Pfizer’s Essential Health portfolio in North America.

Dr Vandenbroucke led the Clinical Development of all Pfizer compounds in Asia, Central/Eastern Europe, Latin America, and Africa-Middle East and of Pfizer’s Established Products globally. He was also responsible for developing compounds specifically for diseases of the developing world, such as malaria and river blindness.

Dr. Vandenbroucke serves on the Board of AFAR and BIO Ventures for Global Health. He is a member of the Advisory Boards of the Steve Biko Centre for Bioethics, University of the Witwatersrand-Johannesburg, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and the Keck Graduate Institute, Claremont, CA. He also is a Fellow of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine of the Royal Colleges of Medicine of the United Kingdom.

Before joining Pfizer, Dr. Vandenbroucke was Medical Director, Sterling-Winthrop International, Cardiovascular and CNS Disease Manager at Novartis Mexico, and Professor at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM).

He holds a Medical Degree from the Catholic University of Louvain (Belgium), an MBA degree from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM), and an MSc in Pharmaceutical Medicine (First Class Honors) from Hibernia College, Dublin.  He is fluent in Dutch, Spanish, English, French, German and basic Japanese.

Professor Florence Oloo

Professor Florence Oloo is Director of the Centre for Research in Therapeuitc Sciences (CREATES) at Strathmore University, Kenya.  Professor Oloo received her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from the University of Nairobi, followed by a Master’s of Science degree in Chemistry from the University of Ibadan in Nigeria her and doctorate in Chemistry from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. Professor Oloo also pursues academic interests in professional ethics and rural and women’s issues.   She spent her sabbatical year in 2011, at the Council for Scientific and Industry Research (CSIR), South Africa, within the drug delivery group with a special interest in Encapsulation of Malaria drugs while undertaking lecturing as an  Associate Professor in Chemistry, at the Technical University of Kenya, (TUK) 

Prof Oloo is the Platform Coordinator of the Centre for Research in Therapeutic Sciences and the Director of Global and Community Engagement at the Technical University of Kenya (TUK) 

Professor Dermot Cox

Professor Dermot Cox graduated with a BSc in Pharmacology (University College Dublin, 1983) and a PhD in Immunology (Dublin City University, 1989). He led a GPIIb/IIIa antagonist drug project in Fujisawa Pharmaceutical Company, Osaka, Japan for 6-years. He then worked in the University of Sheffield where he started his work on platelet-bacteria interactions. He subsequently joined the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland where he is currently the pharmacology lead. He has extensive teaching and research supervision experience in the North and South America, Africa, Asia and Europe.

Professor Cox is a consultant to a number of pharmaceutical companies for both their pre-clinical and clinical programmes.  He is an academic editor for PLOS One and he is on the advisory board of the Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis.  He was meeting president for the International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis SSC meeting in Dublin in 2018.

Professor Manuel García Goñi

Professor Manuel García Goñi is Professor of Applied Economics at the Faculty of Economic and Business Sciences at Complutense University, Madrid, where he was Vice Dean of International Relations from 2015 to 2019. He has a Doctorate in Economics and a Masters in Political Economy from Boston University with a specialty in Health Economics and Industrial Economics. He has been Visiting Scholar at Columbia, Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University (Canberra, Australia).

Manuel has published scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals such as Value in Health, Health Economics, Health Policy, Research Policy, European Journal of Health Economics, International Journal of Equity in Health and Ageing, among others. Occasionally, international institutions such as the American TPG International Health Academy (United States) or the Ministry of Health and Social Protection of Colombia have requested his input as a world leading expert in his field. His research has been funded by prestigious institutions in various countries, such as the European Commission, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Centers for Medicare; Medicaid Services (United States), the Mitchell Institute for Health and Education Policy (Australia), and the Institute of Fiscal Studies and the Ramón Areces Foundation in Spain.

Mourice Rawago

Mourice Rawago is a certified Project Management Professional with profound international experience and exposure in the healthcare industry. Has wealth of knowledge in healthcare systems in Low and Middle income countries. Has led in the design and implementation of innovative and impactful access to medicines programs in Africa.

Mourice has an MSc. Pharmaceutical Medicine from Hibernia College, Dublin and a BSc. Biochemistry degree from Kenyatta University, Kenya. He also holds a diploma in Project Management from Kenya Institute of Management in addition to several certificate courses aligned to health.

Mourice, who is a Rotarian, has a passion for community and social work with a keen interest in Health Systems Strengthening, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion & ESG related topics.

Matt Corcoran

Matt Corcoran is an operational leader commanding extensive executive experience creating and overseeing the implementation of business strategy within the Biopharmaceutical industry. He confidently operates on a global and regional scale, delivering outstanding business results, compliance excellence, innovation and continuous improvement in a complex, highly regulated environment.

He is a thought leader on diversity and inclusion and has a proven track record of building and leading high performing teams.  A strong advocate of excellence in governance, he recently completed  a Diploma in Corporate Governance.  Matt’s goal is to contribute as a consultant within the Biopharma industry and as a Non-Executive Director, shaping operational strategy, integrated risk management, and guiding the long-term governance and direction of an organisation.

Professor Samuel Egieyeh

Professor Samuel Egieyeh is a seasoned and highly experienced pharmacist with a BSc and MSc in pharmacy, and a PhD in bioinformatics. He also holds a postgraduate degree in clinical research and drug development from the University of Basel, Switzerland. 

He is currently Associate Professor at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa and leads the Pharmaceutical and Regulatory Science Program in partnership with FCD. His research focuses on computational drug discovery and design, data science (including chemometrics, bioinformatics, machine learning, and biostatistical techniques) for predictive drug development, and precision medicine for infectious diseases.

Jeremy Whitty

Jeremy Whitty is a Co-Founder of FCD and Senior Visiting Lecturer at the Department of Cancer & Pharmaceutical Sciences, the Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine, King’s College London.

Jeremy is also Co-Director of the Regulatory and Pharmaceutical Science Program at the University of the Western Cape.

Previously, Jeremy was Professor of Operations in the Life Sciences at IE University, Madrid, Director of Development at the Global Health Network, University of Oxford and Director of Online Programs at the Dept. of Medicine at Karolinska Institutet.

Before his academic career Jeremy worked in the pharmaceutical industry. He was a senior scientist in research and development, a senior engineer in commissioning, qualification, validation and technology transfer projects and an operations manager.