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The RMs are the eyes and ears of the IGA and are responsible for working closely with key stakeholders in the Gaucher community such as patients, patient associations, doctors, industry, and policymakers; exploring and identifying new development opportunities; and identifying and addressing challenges faced by Gaucher patients in the region.

The Regional Managers project was started as a 12-month pilot project in 2018, and now covers four regions across the world: South Asia, Eastern Europe and the Balkans, Central America, and Caucasus and Central Asia. The RMs have been working on improving the awareness about Gaucher disease in their regions, and have conducted CMEs for healthcare professionals in countries such as Nepal (2019) and a virtual CME on LSDs in South Asia (2021). The RMs report to the Board and CEO, and provide a bi-monthly report about their planned activities.

Meet the team



Suyog Sathe (India)
Area of Responsibility: South Asia

Email Suyog


Markéta Smočková (The Czech Republic)
Area of Responsibility: Eastern Europe and the Balkans

Email Marketa


Patricia Lucki (Guatemala)
Area of Responsibility: Central America

Email Patricia


Adel Kaplan (Russia)
Area of Responsibility: Caucasus and Central Asia

Email Adel