High Praise for the First 2020 Global Ambassador Awards Event | HBA

High Praise for the First 2020 Global Ambassador Awards Event

For the first time, we brought together Ambassadors from Europe, Asia and Africa in November to celebrate their achievements, recognize program best practices and engagement and grow our Ambassador Community. This event exemplified the impact Ambassador programs are making in developing leaders of tomorrow and driving gender balance in healthcare.

The Global Ambassador program is still a youngster outside the U.S. having launched in Europe in 2015, but it is expanding rapidly with more than 600 Ambassadors today. Globally, the Ambassador program is growing by 50 percent annually reaching 30 active programs this year. Through Ambassador leadership development initiatives, women and men find a stronger voice and a platform to be braver, take risks, engage with senior leaders and move the needle for themselves in the short space of a year.

We were honored to welcome Silvia de Dominicis (MD medical devices, J&J Italy) and Sumant Ramchandra (president, Baxter) as our keynote speakers. Both gave the audience insights about how they lead, answered many participants’ questions and challenged the audience to try some new behaviors. 

The event also took time to honor the many individuals who make these programs possible. HBA Ambassador Champions give considerable time and effort to launching and maintaining their programs internally and the following individuals were recognized for their efforts:

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Elise Badoux, manager, supplier contracting services, Johnson & Johnson Belgium
Linda Broenner, Siemens Healthineers Germany
Dr. Deepa Desai, vice president, quality assurance, IQVIA India
Denisa Drnzikova, senior system admin, Johnson & Johnson Prague
Stefano Ermini, category manager, Johnson & Johnson Italy
Malin Ernebrant, director, renal R&D, Baxter
Alessia Ferrari, director, franchise engagement, Johnson & Johnson Belgium
Afra Janosch, project lead key accounts & upgrading EMEA, Siemens Healthineers Germany
Karuna Kapoor, associate director, regulatory affairs, Baxter India
Andrea Kearney, director, supply chain technology, Johnson & Johnson Zug, Switzerland
Kelly Little, regional head of clinical FSP, IQVIA Southeast Asia
Aysel Mammadli, continuous improvement lead, Johnson & Johnson Prague
Miriam Mosca, IT pharma director, Johnson & Johnson Italy
Nyawira Njeru, director global health – EMA, BD Middle East/Africa

We are also indebted to Ambassadors Beatrice Biliotti (BD Italy) and Rita Mantas (J&J Zug) for sharing their personal stories from their initiatives and to all the Ambassador programs. We congratulate Corporate Pathfinder Award winner Sahana Nayak (J&J) for paving the way for new J&J programs that will impact hundreds of people. Thanks to her vision and dedication, HBA and J&J will continue to build on this innovative initiative. 

We salute our Ambassador Impact Award winner IQVIA, India. Their “Empowering Women” initiative showcases best practices in creating a leader-led speed mentoring program giving women a safe environment to engage with senior executives to share challenges and experiences; build a culture of mutual support. 

Thank you to Laurie Cooke, our incredible speakers, Champions, advocates, advisors, organizing team and all of the Ambassadors for making the 2020 HBA Global Ambassador Awards event a fantastic milestone in our journey. We will be launching an official HBA Ambassador Community in early 2021 including our best practice and initiative library to allow Ambassadors to connect, share and continue the conversation. Stay tuned.

The HBA Global Ambassador Committee

The HBA Global Ambassador Program is a one-year grassroots, self-directed program designed specifically for HBA’s corporate partners with a commitment to accelerate the development, advancement and visibility of their talent pool.

To speak with someone directly about the Global Ambassador Program and how to get involved, please contact us.