Emerging Market Explorer
Sitting Down With... Raman Singh, President, Mundipharma Asia Pacific, Latin America, Middle East and Africa.
How did your career get started?
Actually, with a bit of luck! When I first started out in healthcare, I didn’t realize I would be in the industry for so long. I haven’t done a PhD or a lot of research, and my undergraduate was in engineering and business. After graduating, I got an internship at Bayer and I saw firsthand the impact that healthcare and life sciences have on people and communities. It’s a fantastic industry to work in. When I first set out, the pharma industry was just getting started in countries like Vietnam and Cambodia – but no one actually wanted to go over there. I have a bit of a maverick streak, so I took the opportunity to work on an assignment for three months to set up operations in another country. The rest is history. I left my internship and joined Bayer full time. Later on, I moved to GlaxoSmithKline, but I’ve been with Mundipharma since 2011.
What is it that drew you to emerging markets?
Two thirds of the world’s population live in emerging markets and access to care is not as it should be. I’m inspired by the enormous, positive impact that we could have on this space. And when you’re working in these markets, you see those changes and transformations with your own eyes.
I’ve had the opportunity to work in Thailand, Singapore, South Korea, Australia, the US and the UK. Every market, whether emerging or developed, has its own nuances in terms of culture, people, healthcare systems, politics, and so on. Every time I step into a new country everything changes. And it excites me because it gives me an opportunity to understand and learn about that marketplace. I’ve learnt to adapt to new environments quickly and to make myself as globally relatable as possible.
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