|Samih Taleb Mahmoud Darwazah|
|Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources|
8 Jan 1995 – 4 Feb 1996
Born in Palestine and having studied for a masters degree at the American University of Beirut, Darwazah received a masters degree from the St. Louis College of Pharmacy, Missouri. He worked for Eli Lilly from 1964 to 1976, before establishing Hikma Pharmaceuticals in 1978. Between 1995 and 1996 he served as Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources to the Government of Jordan. He also founded the Jordan Trade Association and was a member of the Advisory Economic Council to His Majesty the King of Jordan. In 2007, Darwazah was named the Ernst & Young Middle East Entrepreneur Of The Year. Darwazah is the current chairman of Capital Bank.
Today, Dr. Darwazah enjoys ever-greater success as a senator in the Jordan parliament. His company, Hikma Pharmaceuticals (LSE: HIK) is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 250 Index.
In 2003, Darwazah took Hikma public with Merrill Lynch International as global coordinator, bookrunner, lead manager and sponsor of the listing; Citigroup as joint lead manager; and Export & Finance Bank as co-lead manager. As part of the promotional campaign for the IPO, Darwazah wrote his business memoir, which was published through Arbor Books. The memoir, titled Building a Global Success, launched in time to coincide with Hikma’s IPO and was recently reprinted in paperback. The deans of the business schools at both Harvard University and Columbia University endorsed the book.
He is a married to Samira Fadli and has 4 children, May Darwazeh, Said Darwazeh, Mazen Darwazeh and Hana Darwazeh.