Global Business School for Health


Women in Healthcare Advisory Panel : Supporting the Next Generation

23 March 2023, 6:00 pm–8:00 pm

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Hear from the current female leaders in health? Attend our panel discussion to see what career options are available to you in this space.

This event is free.

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Global Business School for Health


Cinema room
One Pool Street
E20 2AF

The UCL GBSH warmly invites you to attend our 'Women in Healthcare Advisory Panel: Supporting the next Generation'. This dynamic panel of established leaders within the healthcare advisory space will be talking about their career journeys and opportunities outside the normal avenues of progression in the industry.

Why should you attend?

This is a chance to learn more about the variety of career paths in the Healthcare space. You will have the opportunity to meet potential mentors as well as getting a networking reception of a world-leading academic institution.

Speakers will include:

Nicole Damani - Partner/Principal at EY Parthenon

Nicole has 25 years of strategy consulting experience in the Life Sciences and MedTech sectors and leads EY’S Life Sciences Strategy and Transactions platform across Europe, Middle East, India & Africa.

Nicole has worked on over 500 buyside and sellside transactions in MedTech, life sciences and ambulatory care services. She’s worked across many life sciences segments across EMEIA, the USA and Asia (therapeutics, research tools and technologies, MedTech and diagnostics) and has assisted clients with issues such as strategic opportunity assessments, novel technology evaluations, product prioritization, product planning and commercialization, partnering / licensing and mergers and acquisitions.

Nicole holds an MA in History & Economics from Oxford University (UK) and an MBA from Kellogg Northwestern & WHU, Chicago/ Vallendar.

Julie Davies – Director at MBA Health Programme/Deputy Director at Global Business School for Health

Julie is Director of the MBA Health programme and Deputy Director Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, in the Global Business School for Health (GBSH), University College London.

Julie is a qualitative researcher with research interests in management education, strategic and hybrid leadership development, research impact, gender, and ethnic minority entrepreneurship. She is a practitioner Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and Association of University Administrators. She is an Associate Editor of Human Resource Development Review and has published in the Academy of Management Learning & Education; Employee Relations; Gender, Work & Organization; Journal of Business Research; Journal of Small Business Management; Stress and Health as well as Nature Index and the LSE Impact of Social Sciences blog. Her co-authored book Leading a Business School was published in January 2023.

Julie holds a PhD in Strategic Management from Warwick University.

Sharon Lamb – Partner at McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP

Sharon focuses her practice on transactional and regulatory advice in the health and life sciences sector and is head of the UK health practice. She advises on global transactional mandates, including mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures in health services, pharma and life sciences, digital health and health data technologies.

Sharon also provides strategic, regulatory and commercial support to UK and international clients on UK health and life sciences with a focus on health services, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, digital health and health data.

Sharon has practiced health law in the UK since 2002 and is recognized in Chambers and Legal 500. She has written and lectures widely on health and life sciences issues and has a wealth of experience with NHS law and policy, having worked on a 4-year part time secondment with the NHS and national health bodies in London.

Sharon holds an LLB and BCom from the University of Capetown.

Neha Shah – Managing Director at Houlihan Lokey

Neha is a member of Houlihan Lokey’s Capital Markets Group. Her primary responsibilities include working with the firm’s clients to raise debt and equity capital to support refinancings, recapitalizations, restructurings, acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, and growth capital initiatives, as well as advising companies on a wide range of capital structure matters.

Prior to joining Houlihan Lokey, Neha was at BMO Capital Markets, where she was a senior member of the Debt Capital Markets Group, focused on sourcing, structuring, and executing both public and private leverage loan and high-yield transactions in a variety of industries, including but not limited to healthcare and energy. Prior to joining BMO Capital Markets, Neha was a Vice President at CIBC World Markets/Oppenheimer, where she focused on structuring and executing leverage finance transactions for leading financial sponsors.

Earlier, Neha was at Wells Fargo, where she focused on providing asset-based loans for middle-market companies. She began her career at Deutsche Bank in the Financial Sponsors Group.

Neha holds a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance and minors in Economics and Art History from the University of Southern California.

The discussion will be moderated by Professor Nora Colton – Director of the UCL Global Business School of Health.

Nora is the Director of the UCL Global Business School of Health. She is a health and development economist with extensive experience in change management and strategy.

Previous to this role, Nora was the UCL Pro-Vice-Provost (Postgraduate Education) and Joint Director of Education at the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology and Moorfields Eye Hospital. She has been a Professor of International Economics at Drew University, USA; Dean of Business and Deputy Vice Chancellor at University of East London (UEL), UK; and a visiting professor in the School of Public Administration at the University of Electronic Science and Technology (UESTC), Chengdu, China as well as the American University in Beirut (AUB), Lebanon.

Nora holds a doctorate from University of Oxford, UK. She also has studied and taught at a number of leading universities including Harvard University; W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University; American University in Cairo; American University in Beirut and Barcelona Business School at University Pompeu Fabra, Spain. She holds a certificate in Change Management from Cornell University in the USA. She is also a certified organizational development coach. Her research interests are in healthcare management and health systems policies and practices.

These women are heavily involved key parts of the healthcare M&A advisory process, such as private equity, corporate finance, law and consulting. They will be talking about their individual journey to building a successful healthcare-related career.