Sandra has worked in the Pharmaceutical Industry for 20 years. During this time, she has worked in various Multinational Pharmaceutical companies and has held various roles. She has market experience spanning from South Africa to Southern Africa and East Africa covering a total of 14 countries.
In her career she has worked with various product portfolio’s including Vaccines, Cardiovascular, Diabetes, Pain, Antibiotics, Hormone therapies, Birth control and Malaria. She has experience in product launches, entry into new markets, government tenders and improving access of novel contraceptive methods to women in South Africa. She has successfully created and implemented strategies across various markets which have improved patients access to medicines.
Sandra is a qualified Podiatrist with a special interest in Children’s walking deformities and prior to joining the Pharmaceutical Industry she worked in the public and private sectors in this field. During this time, Sandra published a paper relating to ‘Kaposi’s Sarcoma” in the Dermatology Journal of South Africa.
Sandra was a guest speaker at the Cold Chain congress held in South Africa in 2014 and she presented on the present status and future needs of cold chain distribution in Africa – especially for Vaccines.
In October 2016 Sandra was a speaker at the World Health Summit held in Berlin, as part of a panel who discussed how to improve the Access of Medicines and Commodities in Africa.
In December 2016 Sandra once again was a speaker at the International Aids Summit held in Harare as part of a panel discussing the Security of ARVs and other essential health commodities in Africa.
In April 2019 Sandra was invited as a speaker to the WHO AFRO Meeting in Cabo Verde where she presented on the importance of Vaccine Manufacturing on the African Continent.
Sandra has an MBA from WITS University with a thesis on Scenario planning and Strategy.
Currently she is the Managing Director of Baxter Healthcare South Africa & Southern Africa. She is a board member of PHARMISA (South African Pharmaceutical manufactures association) , sits on the PTG (Pharmaceutical Task Group) of South Africa and represents Pharmaceuticals on the PPGI (Presidents Plan for Growth initiative) task team.