Advisory Board Members


Dr. Piyush Agarwal

Head-Clinical Development, Dr Reddy’s Ltd, Hyderabad

A seasoned Pediatrician boasting 25 years of professional experience. With 18 years dedicated to clinical strategy and operations across US, EU, and India markets. Noteworthy contributions include prior involvement in the development of a Nasal Spray (505B2) for the US market. Instrumental in the success of COVID-19 initiatives, Dr. Piyush played a key role in the launch of both a COVID-19 Vaccine and an Oral Drug, reflecting a commitment to making a meaningful impact. A dedicated professional, Dr. Piyush's interests extend beyond medicine, encompassing a fervor for cricket and a fondness for enjoying Old Hindi music during leisure moments.


Dr. Siva Kumar Buddha

Director Pharmacovigilance, Head of Signal and Risk Management (Indegene)

Dr. Siva Kumar Buddha, a medical doctor holding an MBA in Leadership and Strategy, possesses over a decade of diverse Pharmacovigilance experience. Currently serving as the Director (Head of Signal and Risk Management) Pharmacovigilance at Indegene, he is renowned for his advocacy of PV automation, having spearheaded numerous automation initiatives to advance innovation in drug safety. Dr. Buddha is a prolific author, trainer, and mentor in the field, contributing significantly to signal analysis for PvPI and serving as a PV council member of ISCR. He is widely recognized as a distinguished speaker at global Pharmacovigilance conferences. Additionally, Dr. Buddha has trained over 500 PV professionals on Pharmacovigilance and related activities. He has also served as a consultant for organizations seeking to establish PV frameworks and evaluate automation use cases.


Sarabjit Sidhu

Manager Clinical Trial Transparency (GSK)

The author has over 13 years of multifaceted experience in the expansive realm of clinical research, having held a variety of positions at different levels. Her journey commenced with a significant role at the World Health Organization (WHO), providing her with an illustrious start and a deep understanding of the field's intricacies, later she worked with leading CRO and Pharma like Syneos Healthcare and GSK . Throughout her life, she has had an innate passion for teaching and mentoring, considering it an integral part of her daily routine. "Educating people" isn't just a job but a hobby that brings her immense fulfilment. Driven by her dedication to helping others, she has crafted this book as a guide specifically tailored for students want to make a career in different domains clinical research i.e., Clinical Operations, Pharmacovigilance, Medical Writing, Data management.  She authored 2 books, in 2022, the author published her first book, "Clinical Research and Medical Writing Career Guide," which received high praise and appreciation from its readers. In year 2024, she published her second book ‘Clinical Research Career Guide’  The content of the books is rooted in practical, real-world experiences gained throughout her tenure in clinical research.


Mr. Sivakumar Vaidyanathan

Vice President/Chief Operating Officer, Veeda Clinical Research Ltd., Ahmedabad

Mr. Vaidyanathan has more than 26 years of experience of which 21 years in clinical research operations experience with considerable Local / National / Global experience within the CRO and Pharmaceutical environment. Involved in various clinical research studies on Biosimilars, Novel Biologics, Novel Small molecules, and Generics in various therapeutic areas from phase I to phase IV. Mr Vaidyanathan has worked with Biocon Biologics Limited, Glenmark Pharmaceuticals, Novartis Healthcare Pvt Ltd, Jubilant Clinsys Limited, and Torrent Research Centre, Mr. Vaidyanathan is currently working as Vice President/ COO at Veeda Clinical Research.


Dr. Preeti Verma

Senior Director, Solution Architect Leader, Business Development, Qinecsa Solutions India Pvt Ltd

Preeti is a qualified and trained Gynaecologist and Pharmacovigilance Physician with over nineteen years of experience in clinical practice, Pharmacovigilance, ICSR Management, Literature Management, Aggregate Report Management and Signal and Risk Management. Experienced in major therapeutic areas including oncology, respiratory, endocrinology, infections, psychiatry and neurology. She is an experienced Client Partner and Solutions Architect with extensive experience in building and managing high performance global teams, developing high end strategic solutions addressing client challenges, process implementation and transition and driving innovation with effective communication and interpersonal skills.
At Qinecsa, Preeti is Senior Director, Solution Architect Leader, Business Development.
Preeti holds a medical graduate degree and specialization in Obstetrics and Gynaecology.


Manish Nandlal Thadhani

Feasibility Manager

Manish has more than 16 years of work experience of which 14 years have been in the Clinical research industry. Manish has work experience in Clinical Project Management, Line Management, Feasibility, Site ID & Start Up Services. Currently working as Global Feasibility Manager in ICON plc since Mar 2021. In past Manish has worked in reputed organizations Pharm Olam International, IQVIA variety of roles, Siro Clinpharm and Sanofi Aventis.


Samir Kagrana

Global Head of Strategic Deals – Fortrea Inc., Singapore

Samir is an experienced and successful leader with expertise in Deal Development, Strategic Pricing, Commercial Operations, and Business Development. He has gained diverse and cross-cultural experience in India & broader Asia-Pacific region, offering an impressive 25 years of background in the CRO and BioPharma industry.  In his current role, Samir supports Fortrea's Commercial Growth Strategy globally and leads Strategic Deal Development and Partnering efforts. Samir is based in Singapore. He is passionate to craft innovative solutions to partner with BioPharma customers to move healthcare forward and make the world happier and healthier. Samir is an IIM-Ahmedabad and Imperial College Business School, London alumni.


Dr Harsha Doddihal

Vice President Clinical Development- Glenmark Pharmaceuticals, Switzerland

Dr Harsha Doddihal has over two decades of experience across clinical, hospital, and pharmaceutical domains. He has experience in clinical drug development, competitive intelligence, medical affairs, strategic planning, medical monitoring, scientific affairs, omics, due diligence of oncology assets, entrepreneurship, and business development. He has been providing scientific and medical oversight to a wide array of oncology trials involving diverse drug modalities, underscoring his commitment to advancing medical research. His engagement in training team members, implementing digital initiatives, collaborating with key opinion leaders, and serving on critical committees further solidifies his impact on the field of oncology research. Dr. Doddihal's multifaceted contributions extend beyond clinical practice. As a previous co-founder of a company, his leadership in growth strategies, digital health initiatives, talent acquisition, and meticulous monitoring of patient services has been commendable. His involvement in marketing decisions, forging partnerships, and shaping new service offerings has significantly impacted the healthcare landscape. Moreover, his commitment to bridging healthcare accessibility for the elderly, coupled with his adept utilization of technology to demystify health navigation and promote wellness, reflects his dedication to the advancement of healthcare systems.


Meenu Girdhar

Founder & Director at TecLadder, Gurguram, India

Meenu Girdhar is a passionate HR professional with over two decades of experience in various facets of Human Resources. Her major experience has been in the pharmaceutical space along with a couple of stints in HR consulting and training. She has rich experience in Talent Acquisition, HR Operations, Employee Lifecycle Management, and Performance Management Systems are some of the areas. She is a founder of an HR services firm named TecLadder and works for various sectors like Pharmaceutical, Healthcare, and Services.