Roche SA Leadership Team

Wendy Cupido is the General Manager of Roche Pharmaceutical South Africa & Sub-Saharan Africa.

Wendy embarked on her journey with Roche in August 2023, bringing with her over 20 years of South African healthcare experience. Throughout her career, Wendy has been dedicated to making a positive impact on patients' lives. Prior to joining Roche, she held diverse roles at Lundbeck, starting as a medical representative in 2002 and eventually assuming the position of County Manager in 2019.

Her career in the pharmaceutical industry began at Janssen-Cilag, where she completed a graduate program before moving to MSD between 2001 and 2002.

Her academic background includes an Honours in Biotechnology from the University of the Western Cape. Wendy has further expanded her qualifications in Business Management, Marketing, and Leadership through esteemed programs, including those at Lutzen in Switzerland.

As a proud South African, Wendy is filled with optimism for our passionate, diverse, and resilient country. She envisions a future where healthcare is truly patient-centered and accessible to all patients across South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Beyond her work at Roche, Wendy enjoys spending time with her family, indulging in her love for reading, running, swimming, and keeping up to date with politics.

Omair Haq joined Roche in 2012 as Regional Finance Controller for Diagnostics in the Gulf/Levant Region based in Dubai. In 2015 he was appointed Regional Commercial Controller for the whole Middle East Region driving commercial deals and commercial operations across 13 markets in the Middle East with various partners. In 2017, Omair moved to Switzerland to join the Global HQ as Finance Manager for Lab Automation lifecycle team advising on investments and R&D portfolio prioritization.  In 2019 he moved to Slovakia as Head of Finance, Logistics and IT, leading the organization's transformation.  In 2021 He moved to South Africa as Head of Finance & Operations for Roche Pharma. Omair Holds a bachelor's degree from  University of Oxford Brookes in Accounting and is also a member of Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. Passionate about performance coaching, Omair has done numerous courses on coaching and agile leadership.

In his free time, Omair enjoys cycling and travelling to experience different cultures.

Dorah joined Roche in August 2019 as Regulatory Affairs Manager and was promoted to the Head of Regulatory Affairs in July 2021.  Before joining Roche, Dorah worked as a Manager Clinical Trials at the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority for 5 years.  Prior to that, Dorah worked at the National Department of Health as a Pharmaceutical Policy Specialist; South African Pharmacy Council as a Manager CPD and Registrations and later Manager Education and Training: Quality Assurance in the same organization. 

Dorah holds Doctor of Pharmacy (Rhodes) degree, Masters of Business Leadership (SBL, Unisa), Masters in Medical Law and Ethics (UP), Bachelor of Pharmacy (UL) and Certificate in Total Quality Management (Unisa).  During her leisure time, Dorah enjoys painting artwork and spending time with family and friends.

Michael joined Roche in February 2019 as the Head of Legal and Compliance. Prior to joining Roche, Michael was at Pfizer for four years where he held the position of Associate Legal Director and was responsible for legal strategy and direction for Sub-Saharan Africa. Before that he was in practice at DLA Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr. Michael is an admitted attorney and notary and holds a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa

Nicholas joined Roche in 2016 as a Medical Manager for Breast and Gynaecology Oncology following which he became the Medical Lead in 2018. He did an assignment in Roche East Africa for an ad-interim medical director role in 2019. Prior to joining Roche Nicholas held the role of Medical Manager for South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa at Boehringer Ingelheim in Cardiovascular Medicine. Nicholas also spent earlier years in HIV vaccine clinical trial research and systematic review writing. Nicholas is a medical doctor by profession from University of Zimbabwe with a background of clinical epidemiology and pharmaceutical medicine.

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