Meet the Team

One of our key strengths is our team.

Each team member brings significant expertise and many years of experience in the field of pharmaceutical and diagnostic solutions to IPS. This is coupled with unrivalled local and regional insight and know-how.
These elements come together to create a winning team for a company with a distinctive market edge.

  • Ahmed Yacout

    Chairman and CEO – IPS Group
    Ahmed Yacout is the founder of IPS Group and boasts decades of experience in the field mainly in the MENA region. Prior to IPS, he was the General...

    Ahmed Yacout

    Chairman and CEO – IPS Group
    Ahmed Yacout is the founder of IPS Group and boasts decades of experience in the field mainly in the MENA region. Prior to IPS, he was the General Manager of Sanofi Near East. He launched his career in the pharmaceutical industry in 1984 in Egypt with Roussel Uclaf before moving to Rhone Poulenc Rorer (RPR).

    His vision goes over and above pharmaceutical solutions. It leads him to drive the regional market with innovative and progressive solutions. He wants IPS to “Become, with the support of its highly-experienced people, the game changers of the region.”

    A strategist and a results-oriented professional, he has the essential know-how needed to grow the business and predict potential market opportunities.

    He founded IPS on the belief that, “Patients are the core of our presence and if we position ourselves in their shoes, we will strive to serve them better.”
  • Rima Helou

    Chief Operating Officer IPS Genomix
    Doctor of Pharmacy with advanced business education from world-renowned institutions such as INSEAD – France

    Rima Helou

    Chief Operating Officer IPS Genomix
    “Working with Passion is the Key to Success”
    Rima Helou is the COO of the Diagnostics and Personalized Medicine division of IPS (IPS Genomix). She was previously the General Manager of a leading multinational pharmaceutical company. Dr Helou has a successful track record of over 15 years of experience in marketing, sales and business unit management in the Levant region. A Doctor of Pharmacy with an impressive background in business, she propels this innovative division of IPS forward.
  • Abed Tayara

    Chief Operating Officer – IPS Trading
    Master’s degree in Public Health from the American University of Beirut. Member of INSEAD Alumni Club - YMP graduate

    Abed Tayara

    Chief Operating Officer – IPS Trading
    “Power is taken, it is never given”
    Abed Tayara has gained significant exposure to different functions in the Pharma industry throughout his career which spans over 21 years. He has assumed many pivotal positions during this time. He was manager of a business unit then headed marketing and affiliate strategy, and later became the General Manager of Sanofi –Iraq. His innovative way of finding solutions to business obstacles has been so highly recognized, it has placed him on global innovation programs. Taking risks and empowering those who work with him via the “learning organization” mindset has taken his team to new heights. Abed Tayara is very passionate about personal relations and his approach is, “always soft on the people, hard on the problem.”
  • Caroline Chami

    Chief Operating Officer - IPS MedCare
    Caroline Chami, a Doctor in Pharmacy graduate from USJ and a holder of Health Leadership and Management Diploma...

    Caroline Chami

    Chief Operating Officer - IPS MedCare
    Caroline Chami, a Doctor in Pharmacy graduate from USJ and a holder of Health Leadership and Management Diploma from the American University of Beirut , with more than 20 years of experience in the different aspects of Pharma commercial operations.

    Her career started from sales and became the Head of Marketing for Sanofi- Iraq. Her devotion towards customer service made her unique and different in her approach towards her internal and external customers.

    Caroline is a role model in bypassing business obstacles with passion , engagement and commitment to her business objective .

    “When there is a will , there is a way”
  • Olivier Gaudin

    Chief Financial Officer - IPS Group
    Before joining IPS, Olivier Gaudin worked for one of the leading multinationals in the pharmaceutical industry for around 20 years. 10 of these years...

    Olivier Gaudin

    Chief Financial Officer - IPS Group
    Before joining IPS, Olivier Gaudin worked for one of the leading multinationals in the pharmaceutical industry for around 20 years. 10 of these years were dedicated to Africa and the Near East. During his career he was exposed to the complete financial aspects of commercial and industrial operations. Oliver Gaudin is a graduate of l’Ecole Superieure de Commerce de Bordeaux (France).
  • Akram Zuhairi

    Corporate Affairs Director – IPS Group
    Executive MBA Management Center of Europe, MC. BE Civil Engineering, American University of Beirut, and USJ Diplôme Gestion Des Ressources Humaines, Lebanon...

    Akram Zuhairi

    Corporate Affairs Director – IPS Group
    “The future is bright for those who feed harmony and light”
    Executive MBA Management Centre of Europe, MC. BE Civil Engineering, American University of Beirut, and USJ Diplôme Gestion Des Ressources Humaines, Lebanon

    Akram Zuhairi has more than 25 years of human capital management experience amassed from working in various industries (Pharma, telecom, cement, construction). He has successfully developed organizations and teams through the creation and implementation of HR strategies and programs and knows how to address the complexity of the pharmaceutical business environment. Before joining IPS he was a regional HR Director Near East and board member of the management committee at Sanofi, was nominated Public Affairs & Security Partner for Sanofi Near East & Iraq, and was also appointed by Prime Minister Rafic Hariri and the Lebanese Government as a member of the advisory board at the Investment Development Authority for Lebanon (IDAL). Concerned about people, Akram Zuhairi is the Founder and President of the NGO National Cancer Association in Lebanon (NCA) and is also the Founder and a member of the Young Arab Leader organisation for Lebanon.
  • Sylvana L. Nader

    Chief People Officer – IPS Group
    Graduate of New York University and has taken advanced HR management programs given by prominent organizations

    Sylvana L. Nader

    Chief People Officer – IPS Group
    “If you inspire people to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a successful leader ”
    Sylvana Nader boasts over 15 years of experience in professional human capital management in diverse industries: pharmaceutical, healthcare, banking, insurance and technology. Before joining IPS, she was the Human Resources Director for the Near East Region at Sanofi and the Head of Human Resources at American Express Bank. She is highly adept at leading change and transformation initiatives, thus helping to build deep rooted corporate cultures and strong teams.
  • Wafi Chaar

    Managing Director Hloul
    Wafi Chaar has over 12 years of information systems management experience. Having worked at various multinational companies throughout his career...

    Wafi Chaar

    Managing Director Hloul
    Wafi Chaar has over 12 years of information systems management experience. Having worked at various multinational companies throughout his career, he has successfully designed, implemented and managed many information solutions notably in the domains of business analytics and digital promotion.

    Wafi Chaar has PhD in computer engineering from ULCO, France.
  • Selim Chami

    Chief Investment Officer– IPS Holding
    Selim Chami has over fifteen years of banking experience  out of which he spend the last ten years providing investment banking advisory services and capital raising with deals originating from Europe to the Middle East.

    Selim Chami

    Chief Investment Officer– IPS Holding
    Selim Chami has over fifteen years of banking experience  out of which he spend the last ten years providing investment banking advisory services and capital raising with deals originating from Europe to the Middle East. Prior to joining IPS, he was heading the investment banking services as deputy General Manager at BSEC-Structured Finance. He previously held different positions such as Senior Executive Manager at Qatar Islamic Bank where he was heading the structured finance and international finance business, and as a Senior Consultant at Deloitte & Touche Enterprise Risk Services division in the Middle East.

    His investment banking experience spans across financial services including M&A, private placements, securitization, project finance, syndication, and investments in private equity funds, mutual funds, real estate, etc.

    Selim holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering from ESIB (Lebanon) and a Masters from Ecole Superieure de Commerce de Paris.”