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Rami Scandar AstraZeneca Near East


The Near East is a relatively new cluster for AstraZeneca, created in December 2014. The Near East markets are Iraq, Iran, Lebanon, Jordan, Libya, Sudan, Syria, and Palestine where each market has its own unique business environment. Our goal is to create sustainable value for patients and customers in these markets.

In 2017, AstraZeneca ranks first among multinationals and local pharmaceutical companies in Iraq, second in Jordan and third in Lebanon. In addition, AZ Iran will add to this footprint following the signing of a comprehensive “Memorandum of Understanding” (MoU) with the Iranian Food and Drug Authority. This MoU includes several strategic projects that will further accelerate access to innovative medicines for Iranian patients, and will strengthen local research and advance scientific collaboration.

We believe that Scientific Leadership is key to achieving success in our markets. AZ Near East is committed to focusing on the contribution of our Scientific Leadership agenda that provides healthcare to society and patients. When all of us live the values and principles of our Code of Ethics – every day, in every job, in every country where we operate – we deliver lasting benefits to our patients and stakeholders.  We succeed responsibly. 

We earn and keep trust. 

We take pride in our company.

In AstraZeneca Near East, our people are offered a culture of respect, transparency & continuous learning.
In AstraZeneca Near East, employees are offered several activities such as job rotations and internal & external assignments in line with their career aspiration and growth, which enhance our employees' engagement and ensure their motivation, inspiration and their will to do their best in their respective roles.
  • In AstraZeneca Near East, we value corporate social responsibility as part of our sustainable strategy, and are committed to serving the environment & communities in which we live. We highly encourage our employees to take part in our community services and charitable events as part of their job without deduction neither from their leaves’ balance nor their salaries.
  • In Near East we have initiated several practices that include:

    1. Supporting refugees in the different Near East countries
    2. Supporting the elderly, orphans & children in need
    3. Moving to a “Green Building” in Amman that uses solar energy and recycled water to save our environment,
    4. Encouraging the use hybrid & electric cars in Jordan
    5. Inaugurating several waste recycling & coast cleaning initiatives in Lebanon in cooperation with several NGOs
    6. Launching rECOnsider program in Lebanon that limits the use of plastics – because we have no planet B

At AstraZeneca Near East, we offer our people - our greatest assets - a career not only a job through our robust learning & development culture and career progression opportunities. We encourage our people to take & adopt smart risks & learn from both success & failure.