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Philip Lefebvre

Philip combines 25 years of executive search experience, including three years in a global top-5 executive search firm where he led their Canadian pharmaceutical and biotechnology practice. Over the course of his career, he has supported clients in North America, Europe, MEA, and Asia Pacific. While in Canada, his focus was primarily assisting venture capital firms as well as Canadian-based biotech and pharmaceutical companies in their critical recruitment needs. He was also an active member of BIOTECanada – the leading Canadian biotech association.

In 2008, Philip relocated to Dubai and joined Ward Howell International to launch a practice focused on the pharmaceutical industry in the Middle East and Africa. He subsequently grew his client base across emerging markets to include Asia Pacific, where he continued to support a global client base in recruiting senior talent in technical, commercial and general management roles.

In addition, Philip led a top-5 multinational pharmaceutical company in structuring a research and development entity in the emerging markets for a portfolio of 3 molecules. Philip was also actively involved in supporting the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabian governments in establishing a regulated investment framework to support the growth of the biopharmaceutical and health services sectors in the region.

In 2016, Philip moved to New York City to assist in the launch of Ward Howell International in the US. Beyond his corporate development responsibilities, he remains active in supporting early stage biotech/biopharma, small and mid-sized pharmaceutical companies in their search for executive and board talent. Leveraging a vast international network, he also enjoys matching members of the investment and scientific communities to promote new technologies emerging from the international markets of Canada, Israel, Singapore and China.