Debra Mallowah

GlaxoSmithKline, East Africa
General Manager, Consumer Healtcare

Debra is the General Manager, Consumer Healthcare at GlaxoSmithKline, East Africa. Based in Nairobi, her remit covers 8 countries in East Africa & the Islands including Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Mauritius and Madagascar. She is a highly-accomplished leader with a wealth of experience in consumer packaged goods gained in leading multinationals companies. She has a strong track record of delivering growth at international, regional and local levels. She is considered a challenging and versatile leader and capitalises on strong business acumen and confident leadership talent to steer teams in new directions.

She holds a B. Com (Hons) degree from the University of Nairobi and an Advanced Management diploma from IESE, Spain. She sits on the Advisory Council of Womens’ World Banking and is a member of the Africa Leadership Network. She has served as an Advisory Council member of the Africa Retail Congress. She was honoured by the Marketing Society with a warrior award for developing world class brands in the region. She is a trustee of the Art of Music Foundation.



A drive to break stereo types in the way we portray women and men in our advertising and film. Gender Identity is changing. But has advertising and film production changed enough? By using our influence responsibly, we can contribute to positive cultural change and tackle the widespread prevalence of stereotypes often perpetuated through film and advertising. We should challenge ourselves to move away from unhelpful stereotypical portrayals of gender, especially for women and deliver fresh material relevant for today’s world.


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