Head of Market Access & Public Affairs
Fady Robehmed

About the job:

What you do

As Head of Market Access & Public Affairs in a Pharmaceutical company, your job is to develop good relations with governments and other parties, to make sure that the pharmaceutical company you represent, has a good environment to work in and can deliver it's medicine to as many patients as possible.

Your job will be to facilitate activities such as the approval of new drugs at the government level to optimize the reimbursement to patients, along with creating the right advocacy plan to support better access conditions of the medicine to the patients. Think of it as a combination of ManagementGovernment Affairs and Pharmaceuticals


The tough stuff

As Head of Market Access & Public Affairs in a Pharmaceutical company, you will:

  • Face pressure. You'll likely work overtime, putting out fires and managing crises during deadlines. 
  • Need experience. This job requires intimate knowledge of the drug-approval process and regulations.   
  • Be required to stay up to date with changing regulations
  • Need to be a good researcher
The cool stuff

As Head of Market Access & Public Affairs in a Pharmaceutical company, you will:

  • Receive very good pay
  • Receive medical care, health insurance & more
  • Get plenty of opportunities
  • Work in a fast-paced environment
Typical work hours
  • 40+ hours per week

Are you the right fit?

Classes you should be good at
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Business/Economics
Best high school track(s)
  • Life Sciences
  • Economics/Sociology
Personal qualities
  • Understanding what you hear
  • Understanding written information
  • Expressing yourself verbally
  • Communicating your ideas in writing
  • Planning & Organization
  • Reasoning & Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Attention to Detail
  • Negotiation

Will you make money?

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Education stuff:

Education required
  • You must possess at least a Bachelor's degree in Business, Management or a Scientific field
  • You will need a scientific background if you plan on working in Pharmaceuticals
  • However, you can also hold this role in other industries, where pharmaceutical experience is not required
  • An MBA is preferred
Helpful resources
Local universities
International universities

Video Description

Do you want a career in the Pharmaceutical industry that involves going out there, interacting with the community and engaging with government organizations? If so, a career as Head of Market Access & Public Affairs might be right for you!


Fady Robehmed is currently the Head of Market Access & Public Affairs at Sanofi Pharmaceuticals in the UAE. Previously, he held several high positions in companies such as AstraZeneca, Abbott, and Janssen. He received his degree in Pharmacy at USJ and he has an MBA from Sorbonne in Healthcare Systems.