SPEAKERS & PROGRAM
Torrie Fields, MPH (USA)
Senior Manager, Advanced Illness & Palliative Care: Blue Shield of California
Torrie Fields is Senior Manager, Advanced Illness & Palliative Care at Blue Shield of California. She leads the development and implementation of programmes and processes that support people with serious illness and their families. In addition, she is a director for the Center to Advance Palliative Care Quality Alignment Hub and is responsible for developing an accountability and measurement framework that will advance access to high-quality serious illness care across settings.
Prior to her current position, she worked as the Director of Palliative Care at Cambia Health Solutions and as a consultant for health plans, purchasers, and educational institutions to assist them in understanding the impact of palliative care on the medical system. She has developed highly successful palliative care initiatives including benefit design, case management, caregiver support, medical home development, and policy and engagement efforts. In addition, she has worked as an actuary and health services researcher in a variety of settings.
She holds a Master’s degree in Public Health from Oregon Health and Sciences University, a Certificate in Gerontology from Portland Community College, a Bachelor of Science degree in sociology from Portland State University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication theory from the University of California, San Diego.
Dr Brenda Kubheka (SA)
Co-founder and Managing Director: Health IQ Consulting
Dr. Brenda Kubheka is a medical practitioner with special interest in ethics, risk management and digital health. She has worked in both private and public sectors in senior and executive management positions. She has taught Bioethics and Health Law. She holds an MBA from GIBS and a certificate in Clinical Bioethics from Harvard University, among others. She is a co-founder and MD of Health IQ Consulting, a principal in an emergency medical practice and a PhD student at the University of Witwatersrand’s School of Public Health.
She worked as a medical advisor at Medscheme providing support to hospital, pathology and forensic departments where she was later appointed to a role of a Senior Operations Manager before joining Mpumalanga Department of Health as a Chief Director overseeing Provincial Hospital Services, Emergency Medical Services, Pharmaceutical and other support services. She has consulted in various roles including external surveyor for COHSASA, Medical advisor at Thebe Ya Bophelo Healthcare Administrators and both an ethics officer and Chief Medical Officer for Clinix Health Group. She is a published scholar and has presented in both national and international conferences. She currently serves as a board member at Leratong Hospital and, is also a principal in the medical practice providing Accident and Emergency medical services. She is a co-founder and MD of Health IQ Consulting specializing in risk management in healthcare, ethics and medical law. She is a member of various organisations including SA Medicolegal Society, International Association of Bioethics, Society of Hospital Medicine, to name a few.
Victoria Barr (SA)
Economist and Senior Director: FTI Consulting
Victoria Barr is an economist and Senior Director at FTI Consulting. She is also one of the co-founders of Alignd, a multidisciplinary collaboration developing comprehensive financing solutions for medical aid schemes. Alignd’s solutions are designed to enable patient-centred and cost-effective healthcare.
She joined FTI Consulting in London in 2012 and transferred to South Africa in 2016, where she is developing FTI’s South African economic consulting practice. She has worked as an economic consultant since 2008 and her experience covers economic regulation, public policy, economic development and competition issues.
Since 2011, she has specialised in healthcare economics. Her work has focused on three main areas: healthcare financing, including pricing and contracting strategy; regulatory framework design; and economic and financial modelling, including cost-benefit analysis. Recent clients include the World Health Organization and the National Treasury of South Africa.
During a two-year secondment at Monitor, the healthcare sector regulator in England, she acted as Deputy Director of Pricing, implementing large-scale reform of the payment system for the National Health Service. She has also worked with healthcare providers and funders in England on a range of pricing and contracting issues.
Shivani Ranchod (SA)
Co-founder and CEO: Percept
Shivani Ranchod is a healthcare actuary and academic. She is the co-founder and CEO of Percept, a multidisciplinary consulting firm. She is also the co-founder of Alignd, an innovative provider of value-based contracting solutions.
She is the former Head of Actuarial Science at UCT, and is currently a senior lecturer. She is also a long-term advisor to the Government Technical Advisory Centre. She has consulted to medical schemes, administrators, managed care organisations and healthcare providers, including hospitals, regulators, national government and international agencies. She is an outspoken advocate of change in the South African health system, having worked across both the public and private sectors and on both the supply and demand sides of the system.
She holds a MBusSc and a BBusSc, both from UCT. She is a Fellow of the Actuarial Society of South Africa.
Cynthia Schoeman (SA)
Managing Director: Ethics Monitoring & Management Services Proprietary Ltd.
Cynthia Schoeman is Managing Director of Ethics Monitoring & Management Services (Pty) Ltd. She is a founding non-executive director of the Ethics Practitioners Association (EPA), and sits on the investigating committee of the Independent Regulatory Board for Auditors (IRBA).
She has over 15 years’ experience in the field of workplace ethics and governance. She has developed practical tools and services to support the effective and proactive management of workplace ethics within organisations and consults to private and public sector organisations in this regard.
She is a published author in the area of workplace ethics and her works include Ethics Can: Managing Workplace Ethics (2014), Ethics: Giving a Damn, Making a Difference (2012) and An Employee’s Guide to Workplace Ethics (2011). Her articles are widely published. She is a regular speaker on workplace ethics at conferences and is often interviewed on TV and radio as an ethics expert. Since 2000, she has lectured on ethics and governance as external faculty on executive and academic programmes at South Africa’s top business schools.
She holds a BA from UNISA and an MBA from Wits Business School.
Professor Laetitia Charmaine Rispel (SA)
DST/NRF SARChI Research Chair on the Health Workforce, School of Public Health: University of the Witwatersrand
Professor Laetitia Rispel holds a South African Department of Science and Technology/ National Research Foundation Research Chair, entitled Research on the Health Workforce for Equity and Quality, and is Professor of Public Health at the University of the Witwatersrand.
Professor Rispel has extensive and wide-ranging experience of research, teaching, and health leadership in different settings, and has published extensively on different aspects of health policy and the transformation of the South African health system. She has won several national and international awards.
Professor Rispel is an inaugural member of the International Academy of Quality and Safety in Health Care, established under the auspices of ISQUA. She is the current president of the World Federation of Public Health Associations, the first woman from Africa and the third in the 50-year history of the organisation to achieve this honour.
Dr Ntanganedzeni Muambadzi (SA)
Specialist Nuclear Medicine physician: Polokwane Hospital
Dr Ntanganedzeni (N) Muambadzi is a specialist nuclear medicine physician. She is Acting Head of the Department of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging at Polokwane Hospital. She obtained her MBChB degree from the then MEDUNSA (now Sefako Makgato University) in 2006. She furthered her studies by specialising in nuclear medicine and molecular imaging at the University of Witwatersrand. Her research efforts in advancing nuclear medicine and molecular imaging have contributed to an MMed focusing on the imaging of parathyroid adenomas.
She left Johannesburg for the rural areas of Limpopo because she believed that is where the most attention is needed. In her short time in the province, she has already been a guest speaker at two events and a member of the breast cancer steering committee of Pietersburg/Mankweng Hospital. She has improved and raised awareness of a nuclear medicine department that was failing and losing hope. Statistics show that patient turnover is now 50% more than it was prior to her arrival. She runs a lot of interdisciplinary meetings and lectures other departments on the value of nuclear medicine.
She has contributed to the local community by starting an NPO foundation that helps the most vulnerable. It assists patients with chronic illnesses such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, diseases of lifestyle, hypertension, diabetes and breast cancer.
Dr Khama Rogo (Kenya)
Lead Health Sector Specialist: World Bank Group
Khama Rogo, MBChB, MMed O/G, PhD, trained as an obstetrician/gynaecologist. He has been an articulate advocate for reproductive health and rights for over two decades and is strongly committed to community and reproductive health.
As Ipas Vice-President for Africa and Global Affairs (1998-2000), he introduced MVA in Africa against formidable forces and built a scale-up programme to implement Ipas’s regional and global strategic vision to promote women’s reproductive health and rights.
He is a former President of the Kenya Medical Association, President of the Kenya Cancer Society and Chairman of Kenya's National Council for Population and Development. He led the Kenya Obstetrical and Gynecological Society for many years and is currently spearheading the formation of the East, Central and Southern Africa College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ECSACOG).
He is the founder of the Centre for the Study of Adolescence in Nairobi as well as the Nairobi Oncology Centre, the first specialist cancer care and advisory clinic in east Africa. He is also founder of two innovative hospital programmes in Kenya, one of which is the only specialised hospital for women in east and central Africa, providing care for victims of gender-based violence and rape as part of a comprehensive package of services.
He is currently the Lead Health Sector Specialist and Head of the Health in Africa Initiative, a private-sector health-focused programme of the World Bank Group. Prior to this he was Senior Advisor for Population and Reproductive Health at the World Bank. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers, chapters and books, and continues to pursue an academic career through numerous adjunct professorial appointments, lectures and the supervision of postgraduate students at universities in Africa, Europe and North America.
Leon Wang (China)
Executive Vice President International and China President: AstraZeneca
Leon Wang is Executive Vice President, International and China President at AstraZeneca. He is responsible for the overall strategy for the region and for driving sustainable growth across our activities in China, Asia Area, Australia, New Zealand, as well as Latin America, Brazil, Russia, Eurasia, the Middle East and Africa. As a member of AstraZeneca’s Senior Executive Team, Leon reports to the CEO, Pascal Soriot.
Leon joined AstraZeneca China in March 2013 as Vice President for GI, Respiratory, Anaesthesia and Anti-infection (GRA), and was promoted to President of AstraZeneca China in 2014. Under Leon’s leadership, China has become AstraZeneca’s second-largest market worldwide, and AstraZeneca has become the second largest and the fastest-growing multinational pharmaceutical company in China. In January 2017, Leon was promoted to Executive Vice President, Asia Pacific Region at AstraZeneca, with responsibility for the strategy and sustainable growth of businesses in China, Asia Area, Australia and New Zealand.
As a local leader, Leon grew up, studied, and developed his career in Shanghai, and he is devoted to the long-term development of AstraZeneca’s business in China as well as the nation’s pharmaceutical industry.
During his tenure, Leon has advocated and driven the commercial innovation strategy in China. Focusing on the core company value of ‘Putting Patients First’, he has led the company’s efforts to establish strategic collaboration with cross-border partners, to provide innovative integrated diagnosis-and-treatment solution covering the entire patient journey and help for establishing an innovative healthcare ecosystem in the industry.
With twenty years of extensive management experience in the pharmaceutical industry, including a series of positions of increasing responsibility in marketing and business leadership at Roche, where he was a Business Unit Vice President before joining AstraZeneca, Leon has developed deep and unique insights into China’s healthcare and pharmaceutical industries.
In addition, Leon holds several positions in local trade associations and other prominent organizations. These include Member of the 12th Jiangsu Provincial Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, Deputy to the 16th Wuxi Municipal People’s Congress, Senior Vice President of China Pharmaceutical Enterprise Association, Vice Chairman of the 7th Council of the Shanghai Association of Enterprises with Foreign Investment.
Leon holds an EMBA from China Europe International Business School, and a Bachelor of Arts from Shanghai International Studies University.
Nir Kaminer (Ireland)
Founding partner: Medical Reviews International
Nir Kaminer is a founding partner of MedRev – Medical Reviews International. He has built up a team of internationally experienced clinical and business executives who operate a global network of medical specialists in all medical areas. He brings to his work years of management consulting background and more than 10 years of experience in helping healthcare insurers to optimise their claims operations and improve healthcare provisioning.
Dr Neil Nyirongo (Malawi)
Chairman: Medhealth Medical Scheme
Neil Nyirongo holds a PhD in Business Administration, an MPhil and a BSocSci. He worked for the Reserve Bank of Malawi for 33 years, retiring in 2010 as Head of Economic Services. Since then he has been teaching at university level and consulting in economics and finance. He has undertaken major assignments with institutions such as the African Union Commission - to establish the African Central Bank in Abuja, Nigeria; the African Development Bank - in an attempt to induce resumption of direct budget support to Malawi; and Bankable Frontier Associates of Boston, USA - to enhance use of electronic payments in Malawi.
As Head of Economic Services at the Reserve Bank of Malawi, he was responsible for implementation of the monetary policy mandate, starting with framework design, and the attendant strategies to attain Malawi’s macroeconomic objectives. These included staff deployment and development, with particular attention to teamwork and welfare that enhanced a sense of belonging and commitment to duty. He worked as a major link on technical issues, both internally on monetary policy stance and externally on fiscal aspects, with bilateral and multilateral institutional consultations.
Charles Dalton (UK)
Senior Health Specialist: International Finance Corporation
Charles Dalton has 30 years of operational and strategic management experience in public, private and health insurance settings. He started his career in the NHS UK working in three large hospitals and then Kings College London before the Audit Commission UK with their health service value-for-money team. Thereafter he moved to South Africa and in 1998 established the KPMG South Africa health advisory practice where he completed over 100 advisory engagements. He joined EOH Health in 2011 and then IFC in 2013 as a senior health specialist, where he advises globally on IFC’s health service investments from the perspective of business model market relevance and strategic fit, management arrangements, operational and service models, quality and review of financial projections for investment decision-making.
He has gained considerable emerging market knowledge from investment opportunities in the private health sector through to ‘whole health system design’ and implementation of policy/strategy.
He has a practical understanding of challenges facing health systems in emerging markets and the opportunities presented for relevant and sustainable public-private collaboration. He also has a strong process understanding of the operational and service practicalities necessary to make health systems and service work.
Michael Mncedisi Willie (SA)
General Manager, Research and Monitoring: Council for Medical Schemes.
Mr. Michael Mncedisi Willie is currently employed as General Manager for Research and Monitoring at the CMS. He has extensive experience in advanced and predictive analysis, policy research and has worked on the various dataset from various sources and industries including compensation for occupational diseases and injuries. Michael has a BSc in Mathematics and Applied Statistics and an MSc in Mathematical Statistics and Risk Analysis from the University of the Free State. He has completed advanced strategic and marketing management post graduate programs and is currently completing an MBA degree. Michael is currently a member of the Institute of Directors (IoD) and has a keen interest in leadership programs, especially governance in the private health sector.
Dr. Odwa Mazwai (SA)
Clinical and Operations Executive: Sizwe Medical Fund
Dr Odwa Mazwai is Clinical and Operations Executive of Sizwe Medical Fund. He holds an MBChB from Walter Sisulu Medical School. He served as a medical officer in the public sector in Gauteng, earning his Diploma in Anaesthesiology from Wits.
Dr Mazwai has extensive clinical experience and integrates this with public health, health economics and health policy knowledge. He remains excited about the changes that are on the horizon for healthcare in South Africa and believes the ripples of these changes for the better will permeate throughout the continent.
Barry Childs (SA)
Joint CEO: Insight Actuaries and Consultants
Barry Childs is Joint CEO of Insight Actuaries & Consultants. He holds a BSc (Hons) and a Postgraduate Diploma (Health Economics). He is a Fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries and Chair of the healthcare committee of the Actuarial Society.
After starting his healthcare career at Liberty Health, hey moved to Discovery Health where he specialised in managed care analytics and healthcare provider risk management strategies. He started his consulting practice in 2007; this was merged into Insight Actuaries & Consultants in 2013.
He is passionate about healthcare and provides advice to a wide range of public and private healthcare role-players on matters including strategy, analytics, and policy. Areas of interest include fintech, case mix and risk adjustment, reimbursement models, quality measurement and improvement, product design, wellness and behavioural science.
Mark Bayley (SA)
Managing Director, Universal Healthcare Administrators (Pty) Ltd
Mark Bayley holds a BSocSci and a Postgraduate Diploma in Management. He is currently Managing Director of Universal Healthcare Administrators. A highly seasoned executive, he has a solid commercial background with extensive experience at executive level in the healthcare, financial services, information technology and consulting sectors.
He has extensive experience in developing strategy and in managing people, processes, systems and operational infrastructure and has run a number of complex businesses. He has been responsible for the deployment of large-scale strategic initiatives in order to create commercial business value. These have included the deployment of new operating models leveraging best-of-breed strategy and human resources, as well as process and technological solutions.
He is accountable for managing the Strategic Business Unit of Universal Healthcare Administrators, with full profit and loss accountability, and ensures that budgets, business plans and contracted services to clients are delivered effectively. He is responsible for managing all operational and administration services to the schemes under Universal Healthcare’s administration. Included in his portfolio are scheme governance, benefit design, the management of multiple contact centres, contributions management, membership management, scheme and business unit finance and claims processing. He is also responsible for ensuring service excellence to client schemes’ members and patients.
He currently serves as a director on the Board of Healthcare Funders. He is involved in a number of healthcare industry initiatives, including the facilitation of transformation of the sector to align with NHI, while ensuring affordable universal access to quality healthcare.
Charlton Murove (SA)
Head of Research: Board of Healthcare Funders of Southern Africa
Charlton Murove is the head of research in the newly established in-house specialised research unit of the Board of Healthcare Funders of Southern Africa (BHF). He is a qualified actuary with a strong track record in healthcare and retirement funds. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce honours degree in actuarial science from the National University of Science and Technology (NUST), Zimbabwe.
Charlton worked as a trainee actuary at Quantum Consultants and Actuaries before joining QED Actuaries and Consultants. In 2009 he was appointed as a mid-level actuarial specialist at Metropolitan, where he managed projects in the product development department, developed tools to sell the product offering and oversaw rationalisation of performance reporting on fund factsheets across the group.
After his short stint at Metropolitan, he was appointed as a senior actuarial analyst and later an actuarial specialist at Alexander Forbes Financial Services; in the latter role, he managed technical work for medical schemes and post-retirement medical aid subsidy valuations. In 2014 he was appointed by the Council for Medical Schemes as a senior researcher, where he worked on issues affecting the medical schemes environment such as medical inflation, prescribed minimum benefits, solvency and managed health care. He is currently studying towards a Master’s of Science in epidemiology specialising in implementation science at the University of Witwatersrand.
Dr Clarence Mini (SA)
Dr Chairperson: Council for Medical Schemes (CMS)
Clarence Mini is currently the chairperson of the Council for Medical Schemes (CMS). He previously served as chairperson of the Board of Healthcare Funders of Southern Africa (BHF) and board member of the Government Employees’ Medical Scheme.
Prior to his current commitment, he also previously successfully fulfilled the following roles: principal medical officer for Port Elizabeth Municipality, national director for Family Health International and national coordinator and deputy national director of Management Sciences for Health.
He has served as co-chairperson of the National AIDS Convention of South Africa (NACOSA). NACOSA wrote the first National HIV/AIDS Plan for South Africa in 1994. He has served on the committee of inquiry into National Health Insurance (NHI), on the board of directors for the Hospice Palliative Care Association and as executive director of the MESAB Palliative Care Initiative.
He was a member of the core team that wrote the latest HIV/AIDS National Strategic Plan, the past president of the Gauteng Medical Association and the chairperson of the Gauteng Health Facility Accreditation Committee. He served as member of the board of the Institute for Human Evolution at Wits University and as a trustee of St Andrew’s School for Girls. He has been a member of the Johannesburg Mayoral AIDS Council, chairman of the board of directors for Africa Health Placements and corporate affairs executive for Thebe ya Bophelo Healthcare Administrators.
Dr Katlego Mothudi (SA)
Managing Director: Board of Healthcare Funders of Southern Africa (BHF)
Dr Mothudi is the managing director of the Board of Healthcare Funders of Southern Africa (BHF).
He is a qualified medical practitioner with over 21 years’ experience in health care, having held various positions in health care management and strategic leadership positions in both the public and private health care sector. Prior to joining the BHF, he worked at Sizwe Medical Fund, initially as the executive head for operations and clinical services, and then as the principal executive officer.
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree, in chemistry and applied chemistry. As a medical doctor he specialised in sports medicine. This afforded him an opportunity to work with various sports organisations and teams caring for athletes in different sporting codes. He has served on several boards and was also a deputy chairman of the Doping Subcommittee of the South African Football Association.
Johann Van Zyl (SA)
Johann has 12 years’ experience as a general practitioner coupled with some 19 years’ experience in health management, managed healthcare, health analytics and clinical and procedure coding. He specialises in clinical and procedure coding and the clinical analysis of health claims data.
Johann advises medical schemes, healthcare service providers, medical practitioners and corporate clients on the development, implementation and monitoring of clinical risk management strategies and has a passion for finding mechanisms that will ensure access to appropriate care leading to optimal health outcomes.
Johann has a particular interest in the measurement of the quality of health provided and received together the associated health outcomes. He has been the lead consultant to Health Quality Assessment (HQA) for the last eight years and has been instrumental in the development of HQA into an authoritative provider of health quality information. He has presented at numerous conferences on the topic of health quality measurement.
Education and Credentials
▪ Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (Studies in Medicine – University of Stellenbosch)
▪ Master’s in Business Administration (University of Stellenbosch)
▪ Registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa
Evan Bradley (SA)
Partner & Consulting Actuary: 3ONE Consulting Actuaries
Evan Bradley is a qualified actuary, a Fellow of the Actuarial Society of South Africa and a chartered enterprise risk actuary. He holds a Bachelor of Business Science degree in actuarial science from the University of Cape Town as well as a Healthcare Practising Certificate from the Actuarial Society of South Africa.
He started his career with a large international employee benefits firm, providing consulting solutions to a variety of blue chip institutions, including employers, medical schemes and retirement funds. As a senior member of the actuarial consulting division, he was responsible for performing and overseeing the provision of advice in the areas of healthcare actuarial consulting, retirement fund consulting and corporate strategy.
In 2015, he founded 3ONE Consulting Actuaries together with two other healthcare actuaries, growing the firm into one of the most prominent independent healthcare actuarial consultancies in southern Africa. Offering highly valued strategic advice to over 80 clients across 10 countries, he continues to embrace solutions that are collaborative and innovation-driven. The consulting areas he is involved in within the healthcare space, include: medical scheme and health insurance provider benefit design and contribution pricing; reimbursement modelling; claims experience analytics and business intelligence systems; governance; risk-based capital reviews; health outcome analyses; dynamic reporting solutions; provider profiling and sales and distribution strategy.
Advocate Rebaone Gaoraelwe (SA)
Council Member: CMS
Advocate Rebaone (Rebs/Reba) Gaoraelwe has been an admitted advocate since 2008. He holds an LLM degree from the University of Pretoria, a Higher Diploma in Company Law from Wits University, LLB & BProc degrees from the University of Natal (now UKZN) and a Certificate in Public Sector Governance & Strategy from UNISA’s School of Business Leadership.
He has extensive board and committee experience and is currently a council member of the Council for Medical Schemes. He previously served as: Deputy Chairperson of the Council for Tshwane University of Technology and is also a former Chairperson of the Appeals Committee for the SA Institute for Drug-Free Sport; a former Member of the SA Dental Technicians Council and a former Member of the Attorneys Fidelity Fund’s Governance and Policy Committee. He is a seasoned former corporate executive. He is the CEO/ Registrar of the SA Board for the Sheriffs Profession; he is the former Divisional Executive: Statutory Functions at the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) and has also worked for the Presidential SOE Review Commission as a legal and governance specialist; he worked for the South African Maritime Safety Authority and Alexkor (SoC) Ltd as Company Secretary and Legal Counsel; as well as the National Department of Public Enterprises as Director: Legal and Governance.
He has extensive consulting experience and a background in corporate legal governance; strategy, regulation and compliance. He has consulted or is consulting to such entities as the Seychelles Planning Authority, the Engineering Council of South Africa, the South African Council for the Quantity Surveying Profession and Mjindi Farms (Pty), to mention but a few.
Dr Visegan Subrayen (SA)
Programme Manager for the GP Care Cell model: PPO Serve
Dr Visegan Subrayen holds a Bachelor’s degree in Dental Surgery from the University of the Western Cape and an MBA from the University of Cape Town.
He is Programme Manager for the GP Care Cell model at PPOServe and has played an integral role in the conceptualisation and development of the programme. He has diverse experience within the South African healthcare landscape. The design and implementation of innovative and disruptive solutions to improve healthcare accessibility is a personal mission. He is a qualified dentist having worked at two public hospitals, where he was responsible for their oral health programmes, and also had a short tenure in private practice. In the corporate environment he was the General Manager of a private hospital for a publicly listed group. He has been a freelance consultant in the hospital commissioning space. Further experience involves two entrepreneurial ventures in retail and manufacturing after completing his MBA. His special interest is quality management in healthcare.
Grace Khoza (SA)
General Manager: Stakeholder Relations at the Council of Medical Schemes (CMS)
Grace Khoza is an expert in corporate communications, strategic relations and strategy development. She holds a Masters’ degree from the London School of Economics and an Honours’ degree in journalism from Rhodes University.
In September 2018, she took up the position of General Manager: Stakeholder Relations at the Council for Medical Schemes. She is responsible for reputation management and marketing the council to a broad range of stakeholders: general public, healthcare sector, government and international bodies. She is also responsible for its education and training function, the aim of which is to empower the various stakeholders in medical schemes including boards of trustees, principal officers, brokers, scheme members and the public.
She began her career as a researcher and assistant producer on Carte Blanche. She then worked as a journalist and producer at the SABC. Her career in the public sector culminated at the Department of Foreign Affairs, where she worked closely with former Minister Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma (former Chair of the African Union Commission) as Head of Strategic Communication and Marketing.
In the private sector, she served as a strategic advisor to leading media houses including M-Net and MultiChoice Africa. She later worked as Head of Public Relations at the acclaimed consultancy, Bain International.
Between 2014 and 2018, she served as an executive director responsible for corporate affairs and group marketing at the AfroCentric Group. In this role, she was responsible for overseeing all marketing, PR and reputation activities within South Africa and internationally.
Over the years, she has also provided AfroCentric with guidance and support on stakeholder relations with government and respective state actors like the Government Employees’ Medical Scheme (GEMS), Parliament and the South African Police Medical Scheme (Polmed). Between 2016 and 2018, she provided guidance on AfroCentric’s participation in the Health Market Inquiry.
Johannes Malose Seoloane (SA)
Johannes Malose (Joe) Seoloane was appointed Curator of the South African Municipal Workers Union National Medical Scheme (SAMWUMED) in October 2018. SAMWUMED is a fully funded, self-administered scheme offering cover for local government employees in South Africa.
He has been curator of several other schemes and is a healthcare turnaround specialist who assists in turning around schemes with trustees unable to comply with their fiduciary responsibilities. He has an in-depth understanding of the business of the Council for Medical Schemes.
He co-founded Pro Active Health Solutions in 2000, a joint venture with Old Mutual South Africa, as its CEO focusing on health risk management, introducing the integration of health funding, disability management, wellness and ill health management for government employees and state-owned enterprises. He joined Mx Health as Managing Director of the administration and managed healthcare business in 2004. During this time he also assisted GenHealth, a scheme under curatorship, to stabilise its administration and management. He was the Corporate Clients Director for Fedsure Health until 1999.
He was formerly Chief Executive Officer of Sanlam Health where he was responsible for among others, overall strategy, risk, compliance and financial management of the healthcare management business.
Anthony Pedersen (SA)
Chief Executive Officer: Medscheme Holdings
Anthony Pedersen is a qualified chartered accountant with over 19 years' experience in the medical aid industry in various roles. After completing his articles, he joined Momentum Medical Scheme Administrators Proprietary Limited (formerly Sovereign Health Proprietary Limited) where he progressed to Financial Director. He moved within the Momentum Group to CFO of Group Benefits, before relocating to Mauritius in 2007, where he was responsible for establishing a new health insurance business for the Group.
Anthony joined AfroCentric in 2010, initially as Managing Director of the Group's International operations, before being appointed COO of Medscheme South Africa. He has been Managing Director of Helios IT Solutions since 1 May 2016.
In January 2018, he was appointed as Medscheme Chief Executive Officer, to lead the South African, African and International operations of Medscheme.
Michael D. Fratkin (USA)
Managing Director: FAAHPM
Michael D Fratkin, MD, FAAHPM, is a builder, innovator and dreamer who approaches life and the practice of medicine with love and respect. Incorporating principles of value-based payment, technology-enabled service delivery and interprofessional team integration, Dr Fratkin and his team created ResolutionCare Network to build capacity for high-quality home-based palliative care in rural northern California and beyond.
These principles have been the foundation for bringing care to hundreds of people over thousands of square miles while delivering the best possible value to people and families, as well as much needed relief to rural health systems and health plans. Through professional training, technical assistance and consulting support, ResolutionCare Institute is a catalyst for palliative care programme development across the globe as communities seek to address challenges of workforce deficiency, large distances, professional resiliency and the slow acceptance of concurrent palliative care complementing disease-directed care. By giving voice to people navigating serious illness and the professionals called to serve them from within complex legacy health delivery systems, Dr Fratkin is gathering collaborators with the courage to build the future of person-centred healthcare around the world.
Tryphine Zulu (SA)
Senior Manager: Government Employees Medical Scheme (GEMS)
Tryphine Zulu is a Senior Manager: Government Employees Medical Scheme (GEMS). She holds a BPharm, MSc Med (Pharmacotherapy) and MPH (Health Economics) and is a PhD candidate (Public Health).
In her position at GEMS she is responsible for disease risk and medicines management. She trained as a pharmacist and is a public health scholar specialising in health economics. She has a keen interest in the social determinants of health as drivers of the observed inequality and inequity in the effective coverage of healthcare services for non-communicable diseases.
Dr Ntuthuko Bhengu (SA)
Panel member: Health Market Inquiry, Commissioner: SA National Planning Commission and a Chartered Director (SA).
Dr Ntuthuko Bhengu is a panel member of the Health Market Inquiry, Commissioner on the SA National Planning Commission and a chartered director (SA). He completed a term of eight years as a board and advisory committee member of Nestle (SA) (Pty) Ltd and more than seven years as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Road Accident Fund. In 2017, he was elected to serve as a non-executive director of the Institute of Directors in Southern Africa and currently chairs the Certifications Committee of the board. He is a Fellow of the Africa Leadership Initiative.
Dr Bhengu obtained his MBChB from Natal University and a Diploma in Anaesthetics from the College of Medicine of SA. His business management qualifications include an MBA and MPH: Healthcare Management. The latter degree from Harvard gave him an in-depth understanding of global health policy and management of corporations in pharmaceutical, biotechnology, hospital and health insurance sectors. In March 2018 he was invited by the Harvard Global Health Institute to participate as a speaker at a London (UK) workshop on counterfeit and substandard medicines. The theme of the meeting was: ‘Medicines that Lie: A Deadly Public Health Crisis’.
He has an interest in the application of blockchain in the health sector. Over the past year, he has attended several international blockchain conferences and has delivered speeches on the subject.
Mondi Govuzela (SA)
Senior Researcher in the Research and Monitoring Unit.
Mondi Govuzela holds a BSc (Wits) and BSc Hons (Med) (MEDUNSA) and has been employed in various positions at the Council for Medical Schemes for the past 13 years; he is currently Senior Researcher in the Research and Monitoring Unit.
He works on policy monitoring, focusing on the maintenance of the healthcare utilisation statutory returns system, healthcare utilisation analysis and reporting and healthcare finance policy research. He recently completed the WHO advanced course in healthcare financing for low- and middle-income countries.
Vulindlela Lester Ndlovu (Zimbabwe)
CEO: Cimas Medical Aid Society
Vulindlela is the Chief Executive of Cimas Medical Aid Society in Zimbabwe. He is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Accountancy degree from the University of Zimbabwe. He is the past President and council member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Zimbabwe.
Vuli is a former Managing Director of BancABC and of Lufuno Capital Partners, where he worked on private equity and consulting assignments in Africa and worked with Small Enterprise Assistance Funds (SEAF) in promoting the SEAF Global Vintage Flexible Fund. He is a former partner at KPMG Zimbabwe, where he started the KPMG Corporate Finance practice in Zimbabwe in 1997.
Neo Khauoe (SA)
Principal Officer: Polmed
Neo Khauoe is an accomplished multi-skilled individual with more than 25 years’ managerial experience in the medical schemes environment, which includes serving as Principal Officer of Polmed and Sizwe Medical Fund, General Manager, Scheme Executive, Client Relationship Manager and Provider Relations Manager. This experience has contributed to her acquiring high-level management, administrative, strategic, organisational, stakeholder liaison, networking, decision-making, diplomacy, marketing, protocol and communication skills.
She began her career as a nurse at Baragwanath Hospital, where she excelled before moving into the medical schemes industry 25 years ago. She was instrumental in managing the administration and managed care contract that contributed to Polmed’s success, as reported in the media by independent companies such as Alexander Forbes.
In 2014, she spearheaded the takeover of the strategic management of Sizwe Medical Fund out of curatorship. Thanks to her proven track record of good governance, ensuring effective and efficient functioning organisations, member participation and stakeholder management, when she left the scheme was stable with a good financial outlook. She is currently Principal Officer of Polmed.
Dr Stan Moloabi (SA)
Chief Operations Officer: Government Employees Medical Scheme
Dr Stan Moloabi is a qualified medical practitioner registered with the HPCSA.
He obtained his primary medical degree – MBChB – at the then Medical University of Southern Africa (MEDUNSA). His other qualifications include a Diploma in Business Management with Damelin Management School and a Certificate in HIV Management. He also studied towards a Masters in Family Medicine. He is a member of the Institute of Directors of South Africa.
He started his medical career as a general practitioner, successfully running a clinical private practice for 13 years. He joined the corporate sector in August 2005. He worked at Medscheme occupying the positions of Medical Advisor, Senior Manager Hospital Benefit Management, Senior Manager: Client Liaison for the GEMS account and served as a member of the managed care division’s Exco. He then joined GEMS as Executive of Healthcare Management where he also served as Acting Principal Officer for a year. He left GEMS to become Principal Officer of Medshield, one of the top ten open medical schemes in South Africa, a position he held until 15 May 2018.
He is currently Chief Operations Officer of GEMS, the second biggest medical scheme in South Africa, a position he took up on 1 June 2018.
Nicolas Garcia (France)
Business Unit Director (Connect Objects/Biometric Terminals) for Sub-Saharan Africa: IDEMIA
Nicolas Garcia is currently IDEMIA’s Regional Director of Sales (Connect Objects/Biometric Terminals) for Middle East and Africa. He started his career in France as an information technology specialist when floppy disks were still in use, many moons ago.
In 2002, he moved to South Africa to work for the French Embassy’s Trade Commission as IT Manager for Southern African operations, a position he held for two years. He was subsequently introduced to access control and biometrics in 2004 when he joined IDEMIA - then called SAGEM South Africa. SAGEM was a France-based company and world leader in biometrics and access control at that point entering the African market.
Over the past 18 years, he has occupied key positions such as Technical Manager, Sales and Operations Manager, Sales and Marketing Director and Business Unit Manager.
Stephen Uanjengua-ije Tjiuoro (Namibian)
CEO: Namibian Association of Medical Aid Funds (NAMAF).
Stephen Uanjengua-ije Tjiuoro holds the following qualifications: a Postgraduate Diploma in Strategy and Innovation from Oxford University, UK; a Certificate Programme in Finance and Accounting (Wits Business School – RSA); a Bachelor of Law degree (B Juris) from UNISA and a National Diploma in Police Science from the Polytechnic of Namibia. He is currently pursuing an LLM degree through UNISA.
He is currently the CEO of the Namibian Association of Medical Aid Funds (NAMAF). He assumed the position on 1 April 2017. He has overall responsibility for the leadership, management and performance of the functions of NAMAF, a juristic body created to control, promote, encourage and co-ordinate the establishment, development and functioning of medical aid funds in Namibia. Prior to this he worked as a public prosecutor, as principal assessment officer of the Motor Vehicle Accident Fund and subsequently also as its first chief operations officer and de facto CEO.
Vuyo Mafata (SA)
Commissioner: Compensation Fund
Vuyo Mafata is the Commissioner of the Compensation Fund, a public entity of the Department of Labour in the Republic of South Africa. The Compensation Fund is a healthcare funder in the area of occupational injuries and diseases and provides social security safety net in the event of an injury in the workplace.
He was appointed to this role in June 2015, on an assignment which was meant to be for a short period and confirmed to stay on permanently in April 2016. Prior to his assignment at the Compensation Fund he was the Chief Financial Officer of the Unemployment Insurance Fund, another entity of the Department of Labour, where he had been for 10 years in various roles.
Together with his management team, Vuyo Mafata has embarked on a process to improve the fortunes of the Compensation Fund and to ensure that it lives up to the important role that it has been established to do in the South African labour market. In the short space of time, there are already signs that Vuyo and his team are achieving the desired results, though the complete turnaround will be realised over a longer period of time.
Bongani Bingwa (SA)
Presenter: Radio 702
Bongani Bingwa has established himself as a respected and well-known presenter. His passion for broadcasting was implanted in him at a young age, in 1993, when he worked as a presenter for children’s television on SABC’s TV1. Following that he quickly progressed to presenting for a more mature audience on shows like Your Own Business and Channel O on DSTV.
For more than a decade of his career he has been a presenter and journalist for one of South Africa’s longest running investigative shows, Carte Blanche. During his career Bongani has interviewed thought leaders, senior politicians, captains of industry, authors, celebrities and headliners on the global stage. More than a few wrongdoers have come under the glare of his probing questions for the show.
Another remarkable feat under his belt is when he was anchor host on The Oscar Pistorius Trail Channel 199, which was viewed by audiences around the world.
In addition to his successful career in broadcasting and presenting, Bongani has facilitated discussions at big conferences as well as spoken at corporate, government and charity events. He has likewise conducted on-stage and camera interviews with international figures, like Tony Blair, Thabo Mbeki, Al Gore, Rudi Giuliani, Graca Machel as well as CEO’s and other leaders in various industries.
Bongani started his career as a journalist in 2005 on Talk Radio 702 as a new anchor. He quickly progressed to hosting his own show, Talk at Nine. He is a recognised leader in the industry and in Vanity Fair’s July 2007 Africa feature he was highlighted among a select few journalists and media specialists.
Before starting his career, Bongani studied politics and holds a Bachelor of Arts from UNISA.
Rajesh Patel (SA)
Head of Benefit and Risk: BHF
Dr Rajesh Patel is currently head of the benefit and risk department at the Board of Healthcare Funders of Southern Africa (BHF). Prior to that, he worked as a family physician from 1987 to 1995. After leaving private practice he joined the medical aid industry. His roles in the industry have included medical advisor, scheme manager and clinical risk manager. Prior to joining the BHF in 2005, he spent two and a half years in the pharmaceutical industry. His special interests are quality assurance, value-based medicine and the application of public health principles in health risk management in the private sector.
Dr Ali Hamdulay
CEO: Metropolitan Health, Chairperson: BHF
Dr Ali Hamdulay is currently CEO, Metropolitan Health (a division of MMI Holdings). He was appointed in January 2017. His previous role was Executive Manager: New Ventures within Metropolitan Health. Ali also currently serves as Chairperson : Board of Healthcare Funders (BHF).
Having served the healthcare industry for over 20 years in many senior positions, Ali has developed vast expertise in healthcare business, administration and managed care. As a strategic thinker and leader, he has successfully researched, planned and lead the implemented novel models of healthcare to improve the health business’ capabilities. In addition, he has successfully provided leadership and management of large teams to improve business performance in delivering against its strategic objectives of growth, profitably and margin conversion.
Ali has a comprehensive understanding of the healthcare ecosystems, identifying critical role players in this ecosystem, markets dynamics, inter-dependencies and functioning. He has forged strong relationships across the supply side (health practitioners and facilities), funder community, regulatory bodies and government leaders, and has developed a prominent reputation in the health industry as an industry thought leader. He has excellent communication skills and considerable media exposure contributing to several industry discourses via numerous conference presentations, radio interviews and print media.
Dr Guni Goolab (SA)
Principal Officer: GEMS
Dr Guni Goolab, Principal Officer of the Government Employees Medical Scheme (GEMS), has extensive executive experience, which is augmented by sound public and private healthcare understanding garnered over three decades.
Dr Goolab is a qualified medical practitioner, who graduated from the University of Witwatersrand in 1985 and later completed an MBA with the University of Cape Town. He commenced his career as an intern at the former Baragwanath Hospital (now Chris Hani-Baragwanath Hospital) in 1986 where he also occupied the position of Senior House Officer in the Department of Paediatrics.
In later years, Dr Goolab worked as a senior executive within the pharmaceutical industry. He was the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of AstraZeneca in South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to occupying the position of CEO, Dr Goolab spent several years with Novartis South Africa and Sandoz Products.
Dr Goolab has been extensively involved in the South African healthcare industry and was appointed President of the Pharmaceutical Industry Association of South Africa (PIASA) from 2004 to 2006. He further served on in the B-BBEE Working Group of PIASA. Additionally, he was an Executive Member of the Private Health Forum.
Under the leadership of Dr Goolab, AstraZeneca was one of the fastest growing pharmaceutical companies in South Africa. During his tenure with the company, three flagship products (Nexium, Crestor and Symbicord) were launched, each featuring among the top twenty pharmaceutical brands in the country.
Between 2008 and 2013 Dr Goolab was responsible for leading the expansion of AstraZeneca into Sub-Saharan Africa, with a particular focus on Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya and Angola.
Dr Goolab’s leadership and experience has been of considerable benefit within GEMS, South Africa’s largest closed medical scheme. Since his appointment Principal Officer in August 2013, GEMS financial, clinical and corporate governance has been strengthened. Further, GEMS has since been positioned as an integral role-player of driving transformation in the South African healthcare industry. Dr Goolab is a Director of the Board of Healthcare Funders and serves on the Universal Health Coverage Sub-Committee.
Michelle Beneke (SA)
Director: Volvere (Pty) Ltd
Michelle Beneke is director of Volvere (Pty) Ltd, a corporate and commercial legal advisory consultancy and is an admitted attorney with over 22 years’ experience in corporate and commercial law. Michelle has practised as an attorney, has experience in a corporate environment and has been a partner at a management consultancy.
She has experience in legal practice but has spent the majority of her career in corporate environment having advised clients on acquisitions and disposals in the private sector in various countries in Africa (including South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania, Gabon, Egypt and Mauritius) as well as in Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
She has advised clients in the private and public sector in various industries including advertising, energy, engineering, mining and exploration, grant funding, forestry, hospitality, healthcare funding, heavy industrial, infrastructure, investment holdings, IT, logistics and supply chain management, manufacturing, media and film, military procurement, property, rail, retail, robotics, software and tertiary education.
Michelle is the company secretary for the Board of Healthcare Funders of Southern Africa NPC and has spear-headed the development, implementation and improvement of corporate governance within the BHF environment with a focus on practical, implementable solutions whilst ensuring adherence to best practice.
Mosima Mabunda (SA)
Innovation Principal Director: Accenture's Health Business
Mosima is an Innovation Principal Director in Accenture’s Health Business. She is passionate about improving quality of health care and increasing efficiencies of health systems. She is excited about the role that technology can play towards attainment of better health outcomes and efficient health systems.
Mosima has diverse health industry experience gained both in South Africa and the UK, where she also worked with a leading pharmaceutical company’s product development division.
Her work in Accenture puts her at the intersection of business and technology. This affords her the privilege to experience the impact technology innovations have in transforming the health care delivery landscape.
Mosima holds an MBA from University of Oxford and an MBCHB from University of Cape Town
Chantell Ilbury (SA)
Scenario Strategist and Facilitator: Mindofafox
Chantell Ilbury is a globally-respected specialist in scenarios and strategy, a facilitator, speaker and top-selling business author. She is also a founding partner with Clem Sunter of mindofafox. She specialises in guiding organisations through strategic conversations, especially in times of uncertainty, and draws on her experience working in strategy across a diverse array of sectors, including resources, mining, agriculture, transportation, medicine, finance, and manufacturing.
Her work has also taken her as far afield as the UK, the US, the Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, Italy, Ukraine, Australia, Jamaica, Kuwait, Singapore, India, Mauritius, Réunion Island, as well as throughout Africa.
Chantell holds a BSc in Chemistry, a post-graduate Higher Diploma in Education, an Executive MBA from the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business, and
has studied Strategic Negotiation through Harvard Business School in Boston. It was at UCT in 2000 where she first met Anglo America’s Clem Sunter and shared her ideas on scenario planning that lead to the writing of their best-selling books The Mind of a Fox (2001), Games Foxes Play (2004) and Socrates and the Fox (2007). The three books were later published together as The Fox Trilogy in 2011. Her latest book
- A Fox’s Tale: Insights from one of Africa’s most creative strategic thinkers - was published by Penguin in July 2016. She is also a guest lecturer on strategy and scenario planning at a number of top business schools and is an accomplished speaker on scenarios and effective strategy in times of uncertainty.
Amongst the main areas that Chantell is asked to speak on are strategic thinking and the structure of a strategic conversation, business scenarios, global scenarios, global climate change scenarios, and scenarios for Africa.
Dr Imtiaz Ismail Sooliman (SA)
Chairman & Founder: Gift of the Givers Foundation
Dr Imtiaz Ismail Sooliman was born 7 March 1962 in Potchefstroom in the North-West. He matriculated at Sastri College in Durban in 1978 and qualified as a medical doctor at the University of Natal Medical School in 1984. He commenced private practice in Pietermaritzburg in 1986 and had to terminate it in June 1994 to concentrate fully on Gift of the Givers Foundation which he founded on 6 August 1992 and has developed into one of the world's most respectable humanitarian organisation.