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Manuela Karin Fastner

Head of Healthcare, Munich

Head of Healthcare, Munich

As the head of Health at WE Communications in Germany, Manuela Fastner is responsible for developing the agency’s strategy within healthcare communications and helps manage its multi-functional team.  

With more than 15 years in the business, Fastner has gained extensive knowledge within the pharmaceutical and corporate industry. Fastner moved into the field of pharma with a traineeship program at Astra Zeneca GmbH for young executives as a state-certified pharmaceutical consultant. Working at companies such as MSD Sharp & Dohme GmbHSyneos Health Commercial Solutions and Aximpro GmbH, Fastner has done everything from planning, executing and leading several campaigns and product launches on the client-side to directing digital marketing accounts and corporate live programmes. At the regional and global level, Fastner has vast experience as a senior and global director, leading teams across both the healthcare and technology industries as well as designing communication and marketing initiatives with localization for several countries. From these roles, she has acquired experience in immunology, oncology, diabetes, women’s health, fertility, gastroenterology, aesthetic medicine, medical diagnostics, and respiratory, cardiovascular and rare diseases. She also  brings expertise in transnational account composition and setup — she has led this work in more than 80 locations. At WE, Fastner is responsible for the German Health business and works with the top 20 pharma companies, including several exciting smaller healthcare and medical technology enterprises.  

Manuela is in love with being a mother and being in nature. When she isn’t exploring the outdoors, she enjoys cooking, dancing and reading technical literature.