Speaker Profile

M.D., President And Chief Operating Officer, Alector, Inc.

Dr. Suliman brings over 20 years of business development, drug development, strategic and operational expertise, and executive leadership skills to Alector. She joins Alector from Theravance Biopharma, where she served as senior vice president, corporate development and strategy, a position she held from July 2017 to March 2019. Prior to Theravance, Dr. Suliman worked for Genentech as a group leader and project team leader in the R&D Portfolio Management and Operations Group from September 2010 to May 2015 where she led and oversaw a number of neuroscience development programs. She was also vice president and global therapeutic head, Roche Partnering from June 2015 to July 2017. Dr. Suliman held various management roles of increasing responsibility at Gilead Sciences between January 2005 and September 2010. Before Gilead, Dr. Suliman was an investment banker with Lehman Brothers and Petkevich & Partners, advising public and private companies on buy- and sell-side transactions. She is a member of the board of directors of Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical, a biopharmaceutical company and 10X Genomics, a life science technology company. Dr. Suliman received her M.D. from the University of Cape Town Medical School, South Africa, and holds an M.B.A., with distinction, and M.Phil. in development studies from Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar.