Dr Amar Kureishi

Dr. Amar Kureishi is a leading expert in healthcare with over 20 years of international leadership experience in biopharmaceutical drug development. He has led teams and helped developed drugs for registration in such diverse geographies as US, Canada, the EU, China, India, South Korea and Japan.

In his professional career, Dr. Kureishi has held formal R&D appointments with companies such as Bayer, Alcon/Novartis, and Quintiles, and acted as a consultant and advisor to companies such as Millennium Pharma, Takeda, Janssen, Merck Serona, and Samsung Biologics.


Dr. Amar Kureishi obtained his degree in medicine from the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, and subsequently specialized in infectious diseases in Vancouver. Prior to joining industry he was Associate Professor of Medicine and Consultant in Infectious Diseases at the University of Calgary, and was a frequent advisory to government regulatory authorities and to the pharmaceutical industry as a key opinion leader (KOL) in infectious diseases. Dr. Amar Kureishi is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada, an alumnus of INSEAD and a facilitator with the Asian Leadership Institute. 

Key Highlights:

Dr. Amar Kureishi:

  • Is an experienced leader and executive coach with the proven ability to build high performance teams and transform organizations
  • Has broad bench-to-bedside healthcare experience across industry, academia, and hospital patient-care
  • Brings a global mindset with extensive international experience in Asia, Europe, and North America
  • Is a strategic thinker with a repeated track record of successfully introducing innovative, game-changing initiatives
  • An excellent communicator, public speaker, writer and media spokesperson who has lectured in over 20 countries in 4 continents.
Amar Kureishi

Born in Pakistan and educated in Canada, Amar Kureishi is a physician, business executive, author-poet, and transformational coach with over 20 years of professional experience.

Amar has a degree in medicine from the University of Alberta, Canada, and is a Royal College of Canada certified specialist of Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases. He was Associate Professor at the University of Calgary, and Consultant Physician in Infectious Diseases at Foothills Hospital in Calgary. He has worked across the globe, holding senior executive roles in Canada, the US, Germany, China, Singapore, and South Korea. He has worked as the Head of Global Clinical Development and Medical Affairs for Bayer Healthcare in Asia, Chief Medical Officer for Quintiles Asia, and head of R&D for Alcon Laboratories in the Asia-Russia Region. He is currently the Chief Scientific Officer at Novartis Korea.

Amar sees the purpose of life as self-discovery. He believes that the true Self is far more varied and mysterious than the imagination can conjure. Amar’s interests lie (to paraphrase WB Yeats’ in Sailing to Byzantium) in helping people discover the holy fire within and to become the singing masters of their souls. He is focused on helping leaders reignite their sense of purpose and to lead with greater empathy and self-awareness.

Amar is a writer, painter, and poet, and has published a full-length novel titled Victim of Excellence. In his free time, he likes to travel alone to far and unseen places.