Awad, Ph.D.



Chief Business Officer and Executive Board Member at CILcare

France, USA and Denmark

  • Director of Business Strategy and Alliances at CILcare, Paris, France & Boston, USA  

  • International Business Development Manager at CILcare, Paris, France & Boston, USA 

  • Assistant Professor, Cairo University, Egypt

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, INRA (French National Institute for Agricultural Research), France

  • Director of Graduate Student Affairs, Associated Students of Colorado State University, USA

  • Vice President for External Affairs, Graduate Student Council (GSC), Colorado State University, USA

  • Senator for Graduate School, ASCSU, Colorado State University, USA

  • Teaching Assistant, Colorado State University, USA

  • International Presidential Fellow, Colorado State University, USA

  • Co-founder, Spokesperson, and Cairo University representative, Union of Young Faculty,  Egypt

  • Global Environmental Sustainability Fellow, CSU School of Global Environmental Sustainability

  • International Students concerns chair, National Association of Graduate Students (NAGPS), USA

  • Teaching Assistant and Assistant Lecturer, Cairo University, Egypt

  • Minister of Planning and International Collaboration, Shadow Cabinet, Egypt

  • Business Developer, Technogreen, Cairo, Egyp


• Dr. Awad has 15 years of international life sciences expertise in academia and industry. Chief Business Officer with an entrepreneurial mindset. I have a proven track record in business development, sales, academia, management, leadership and building collaborative partnerships and alliances. Having studied and worked in four countries, I have acquired a multidimensional and multicultural understanding of the complexities that can arise in both   industrial and academic organizations and the ability to approach them with an innovative problem-solving attitude.

• At CILcare (the world-leading Contract Research Organization (CRO) dedicated to ear disorders), I create new business   initiatives and build strategic alliances and partnerships with CRO, Biotech, MedTech and Pharma companies. Moreover, I   identify opportunities for sales and attend relevant conferences across the world to build rapport with potential key customers   and to respond to and follow through on inquiries, leads and prospecting. I manage the sales process: lead generation;   consultative selling; negotiation; close, to achieve clear targets and KPIs. 

• A major challenge in my current role is finding creative approaches to bring about the different actors in the healthcare domain   to work collectively towards mitigating the socioeconomic impacts of hearing disorders (hearing loss, tinnitus, and otitis).   Another challenge is to encourage biotech and pharma companies to increase the investment in this huge unmet medical need.   Solving the translational question and developing a centralized reading tool for monitoring hearing loss in clinical trials is a   challenge that I would like to help overcome. Helping to bring a drug for treating hearing loss or tinnitus to the market would be   a great starting point.