Norina Sookmoulla

Norina Sookmoulla     

She is Founder & MD of Norina Co. Ltd, a Pharma company in Mauritius, and Awarded as Africa’s Most Influential Women in Business & Government Award 2016 by CEO Global, Norina is a role model for many. She launched her first pharmacy, Noripharm in 2003 and soon a second, Noor Pharma. In 2004, she became treasurer of the Pharmacists Association. In 2008, she officiated as secretary and finally in 2014, she became President of the prestigious Pharmacists Association of Mauritius.

Her passion and contributions in the sector have resulted in a number of achievements to date which includes the Pharmacy Council Bill: A concept which was shelved for more than 30 years and where Norina worked with the Ministry of Health to put forward the bill to regulate and control the profession. She also worked with Mauritius Pharmacy Registrar on registration fee of pharmaceutical products to prevent monopoly.

Her many prestigious recognitions include: Healthcare Woman Icon of the Year at the 2nd Icons of Healthcare Summit & Awards organised by BERG Singapore on July 21, 2017, ‘Africa’s Most Influential Women 2016’ in Business and Government in Chemical, Pharmaceutical and Petrochemical sector; 100 Most Influential Women in Mauritius, among others.
Ever breaking new ground with a deep commitment to serve society, she offers free medical examinations and donates medical devices every year. She says, “the gratifying nature of my profession has allowed me to evolve towards a social entrepreneur whereby I have leveraged my network of health professionals to establish a number of free health events carried out by my pharmacies.” These health promotions events are heavily attended by members of community as they act as education sessions and provide specific assistance, advice and services to them.

Her technical knowledge in pharmacy and leadership skills have led her to hold a number of senior roles within pharmacy bodies and worked with relevant stakeholders to promote and improve wellbeing of the pharmacy profession. Norina studied pharmaceutical sciences in LM college of Pharmacy of Gujarat, India. In 2014, as President of Pharmaceutical Association of Mauritius, she worked with the Ministry of Health and various stakeholders towards the Pharmacy Council which was voted in 2015.

This exercise, whilst being lengthy and exhaustive, required a lot of consultations and negotiations amongst all concerned parties for its fruitful completion. A dear Soul Sister who brings together empathic and passionate leadership with strong business acumen, negotiation skills and flair for business development toward empowering the healthcare ecosystem.