Directors & Management


Executive Director

Willy Simon

Willy Simon, Executive Chairman

Willy Jules Simon is a banker and worked at Kredietbank N.V. and Citibank London before serving as an executive member of the Board of Generale Bank NL from 1997 to 1999 and as the chief executive of Fortis Investment Management from 1999 to 2002. He acted as chairman of Bank Oyens & van Eeghen from 2002 to 2004. From 2004 until 2012, Mr. Simon served as a non-executive director of Redi & Partners Ltd., a fund of funds. He was previously chairman of AIM-traded Velox3 plc (formerly 24/7 Gaming Group Holdings plc) until 2015 and had been a director of Playlogic Entertainment Inc., a NASDAQ OTC listed company. He is also a non-executive director of Tiziana Life Sciences plc.


Non-executive Directors

Kunwar Shailubhai

Kunwar Shailubhai M.B.A., Non-Executive Director

Kunwar Shailubhai, Ph.D., M.B.A. serves as chief executive officer, chief scientific officer and executive director of Tiziana Life Sciences plc. Dr. Shailubhai brings more than 25 years of experience within the life science industry, combined with a distinguished track record of success in translating drugs from concept through commercialisation to market. He also currently serves as chief executive officer of Rasna Therapeutics, Inc., a developer of therapeutics to address the high unmet need that exists for acute myeloid leukaemia and other forms of leukaemia.

Dr. Shailubhai has been serving as a member of board of Tiziana Life Sciences plc since 2015. He actively played key roles in development of growth strategies through several key licensings of technologies and drug candidates. Dr. Shailubhai steered the company through prioritisation of projects to focus on novel drug candidates for treatment of autoimmune and inflammatory diseases and cancer.

As co-founder, executive vice-president and chief scientific officer of Synergy Pharmaceuticals, Inc. he led the non-clinical, CMC and clinical development of Trulance™ from inception to approval by the FDA, having co-invented and pioneered Synergy’s platform technology for functional GI disorders, inflammatory bowel disease, GI cancer and other human diseases.  Dr. Shailubhai as the chief architect of the intellectual property estate, directed all aspects of intellectual property management, including timely submission of patent applications, directing office actions and coordinating with intellectual property attorneys.

Earlier, from 2003 until 2008, Dr. Shailubhai served as senior vice president, Drug Discovery and from 2001 to 2003, he held the position of vice president, Drug Discovery at Synergy, where he pioneered therapeutic applications of GC-C agonists in a variety of human diseases such as Asthma, COPD and cholesterol lowering.

Prior to Synergy, he was with Monsanto Company, serving as group leader, Cancer Prevention and previously served as a senior staff fellow at the National Institutes of Health, and as an assistant professor at the University of Maryland.

Dr. Shailubhai received his Ph.D. in microbiology from the University of Baroda, India, and his M.B.A. from the University of Missouri, St. Louis. He has more than 20 issued patents and over 50 peer-reviewed publications.

Tiziano Lazzaretti

Tiziano Lazzaretti, Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Lazzaretti acts as the Company’s chief financial officer. Mr. Lazzaretti has extensive experience in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industry and is chief financial officer of Tiziana Life Sciences plc and Rasna Therapeutics, Inc., from 2011 to 2016 he was group finance director at Pharmentis Srl, a spin-off from Teva Ratiopharm. Prior to this, Mr. Lazzaretti was an executive director at Alliance Boots Healthcare, and held senior positions at Accenture, SNIA Spa and Fiat Group.

Mr. Lazzaretti has a Bachelor of Science (BSc Hons) in Accounting and Finance from the University of Turin, Italy, was awarded a M.B.A. from Bocconi University, Milan and studied Corporate Finance at the London Business School.