Hitesh Upreti

Managing Director
Zenufa Laboratories

Hitesh comes from a humble background and started his career as Medical Representative in India. He worked with companies like Cadila Laboratories, Ranbaxy, and Novartis in India.Hitesh moved to Africa in 2006 and since then he has worked in Indian and African pharmaceuticals companies, predominantly in sub-Saharan Africa region. Since 2016, Hitesh is associated with an Africa focused private Equity fund -Catalyst Principal Partners. He is currently managing the 2nd largest pharmaceuticals company of Tanzania -Zenufa Laboratories Limited which is an investment of Catalyst.He has turned around the company in these 2 years, not only in terms of revenue OR profits but contributing by employing best HR practices, observing GMP in production thus offering best quality Medicines produced by a Tanzanian company. He strongly believes that we may not be the biggest but for sure, we need to be the best!Hitesh is Director of "Federation of East Africa Pharmaceuticals Manufactures", member of executive committee of "Tanzania Pharmaceuticals Manufacturing Association" & "Tanzania Association of Pharmaceuticals Industries". He works closely with government agencies in Tanzania and East Africa for the promotion of local manufacturing industries and harmonization of pharmaceuticals business of East African countries. At the country level, Hitesh is known as an ardent activist for the promotion of local pharmaceuticals manufacturing industries.Hitesh is a management graduate from India's prestigious management institute IIM-Calcutta in International Business besides a graduate in science. Hitesh is an endurance cyclist, a marathon runner, and working to be an Ironman before the age of 50.Hitesh is staying at Dar Es Salaam-Tanzania with his wife and 16 year's old son.