Meet the Team

Our Team

Our team has extensive experience in drug development, successful design, and the execution of clinical trials. We therefore understand and appreciate the complexities involved in sourcing the most appropriate medication.

We use our science-based approach, operational expertise, and global experience to effectively, ethically, and efficiently specify, source, and supply comparators and devices.

Managing Director

Vanessa Dekou

Vanessa started her career as a research associate at Scotland Yard, and then joined LGC Group. Subsequently, she joined IQVIA where she worked with some of the largest biopharmaceuticals and biotechs to provide innovative solutions.

She has extensive experience in drug development from preclinical to registration and commercialisation strategies. She has secured product registration for several orphan and first-in-class drugs. She was also Chief Commercial Officer in a leading technology provider for patient access to clinical trials.

Vanessa was Senior Advisor to DiGamma Capital.

She is on the Enterprise Advisory Board of CW+ and undertakes extensive charity work.

She has a PhD in Cardiovascular Genetics from UCL, an MBA from Cambridge, and a Master's Degree in Market Access from the University of Lyon.

Head of Operations

Cesar Rodrigues

Cesar worked in many blue-chip companies before joining CSI. Namely, he worked at Procter & Gamble as a European Supply Manager, Coca-Cola as a Business Analyst, and Archimedes Pharma. At Parexel International, Cesar was in Global Category Sourcing with a focus on procurement, project management of global studies, stock management, and financial analysis.

He is very knowledgeable in modelling supplies to ensure minimum wastage, supply/demand planning, regulatory requirements specific to drug distribution, project management of multiple vendors, and delivering comparators to global studies on time and budget.

Cesar has a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering, and a Diploma in Management studies.

Finance Director

Maurizio Tassi

Maurizio has over 30 years’ experience in Investment Banking. He has interests and expertise in Healthcare, and a keen eye for early stage innovative biotech and medtech companies

Maurizio was on the Board of Molmed SpA, listed in Milan, and on the Board of Lay Line Genomics. Before joining CSI, he was a Financial Advisor of San Raffaele Hospital, Milan, and a Fund Manager of Luxembourg SICAV (Long-Short Strategy European stocks).

He started his career as Head of New Issues, Schroders, and subsequently Managing Director, Capital Markets, Citigroup.

He is an Honorary Member of the Italian Medical Society of Great Britain.

Maurizio earned his BSc in Anthropology from UCL, and Master's Degree in Economics from LSE.

Head of Quality

Vasia Dekou

Vasia is an APMG certified Project Director, with more than 15 years’ experience working in complex management environments. Vasia started her career at St Thomas’s Hospital where she worked as a research associate and patient liaison manager. Subsequently, she was a Director at the Gates Foundation and led a global, multi-centre HIV Vaccine Discovery Consortium. Vasia has extensive experience and expertise in drug discovery, clinical trials, matrix driver performance management, and multiple vendor management.

She is an Innovation Business Partner at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Trust.

Vasia brings unique expertise into all quality-related matters of complex projects in a drug development environment and is responsible for overlooking quality and compliance at CSI.

Vasia has a BSc in Biochemistry and an MSc in Molecular Medicine from UCL.

Operations Manager

Dimitra Tsavou

Dimitra has a First Class, Dean’s List Degree in Biomedical Science from the University of Essex and a Master’s in Pharmaceutical Formulation & Entrepreneurship from UCL. Her expertise is in drug interaction and formulation along with an emphasis in regulatory framework requirements.

She has undertaken several research-based projects involving cell breakage, ELISA, immunoassays, spectroscopy, enzyme assays, protein purification, gene cloning, UV analysis, HPLC & microscopy, and PCR & real-time PCR.

Her solid scientific background allows Dimitra to critically evaluate requirements and offer science-based solutions.

Dimitra plays basketball on an international level for her national team and also mentors young athletes.

Qualified Person

Steven Girdlestone

Steve is a veteran of the pharmaceutical industry having started his career at Pfizer in research, development and formulation of novel compounds. Subsequently he worked as Head Pharmacist in some of the largest NHS Trust Hospitals in the UK, where he gained invaluable experience in stock control, manufacturing, clinical trials and validation procedures.

Subsequently Steve moved back to the Pharmaceutical and Manufacturing Industry and has extensive expertise in all aspects of site quality and regulatory compliance, (MHRA and ISO), third party EUGMP audits, QP product release on MIA (IMP) license, Responsible Person and Quality Controller.

Steve is a Member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, Member of the General Pharmaceutical Council and Member of the Joint Pharmaceutical Analysis Group

Steve is a qualified Pharmacist B.Pharm. (Hons) and has a Diploma in Psychiatric pharmacy.

Operations and Quality Leader

Ashna Shah

Ashna graduated from King’s College London with a Masters in Pharmacy. She worked in the community sector for 2 years in various pharmacies where she gained experience in patient interaction and gained extensive knowledge on all medications. As a pharmacist, Ashna’s main responsibilities involved legal and clinical validation of every prescription prior to dispensing medication to the public, giving her a keen eye for detail with safety and quality being paramount to all processes.

After achieving nearly 90% in all her qualification exams, she knew her strengths lay in the clinical and mathematical aspects of pharmacy. With a passion for learning beyond the books, clinical trials were the best space to contribute to drug development.

Aside from pharmacy she travels frequently, especially to spend time with her extended family in Kenya and India.

Sales and Operations Leader

William Hayes

William has a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences from Durham University and a Masters in Global Health and Development from University College London. At Durham he specialised in molecular and cellular biology with a specific interest in Immunology and Oncology. Subsequently at UCL he applied this scientific expertise to gain a more holistic understanding of the pharmaceutical and healthcare sector with emphasis on pricing structure of global markets and country level legal requirements.

William is an ex rugby player, second raw and rowed at a competitive level for many years; he now coaches juniors at his local club at Henley. William applies his competitive spirit to find outstanding solutions for our clients. Between his undergraduate and postgraduate degrees William spent a year working on sea turtle conservation projects based in Greece and Thailand.