SETTING THE SCENE
Dr Kamy Chetty was appointed as the Acting CEO of the National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS) in October 2017. She has been at the helm of the organisation since then – renewing, revitalising and re-positioning the NHLS to deliver more effectively on its mandate. Dr Chetty is not new to the public healthcare sector. She is a Medical Doctor herself and a Specialist in Public Health Medicine. She was the Head of Department (HOD) for the Gauteng Provincial Department of Health as well as a Deputy Director-General at both provincial and national levels. Dr Chetty’ s strengths include public health sector leadership, corporate governance, strategic planning, operational implementation, financial management, human resources and supply chain management. Her extensive experience in leadership and public health makes her a remarkable person within this important sector.
Eric Buch MBBCh, MSc(Med), DTM&H, DOH, FFCH(CM)(SA) is Professor of Health Policy and Management at the University of Pretoria (UP) and the lead of its Albertina Sisulu Executive Leadership Programme in Health. He is the Chairperson of the Board of the National Health Laboratory Service. Eric was formerly Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at UP; Health Advisor for the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD); Deputy Director General for Health Care of Gauteng Province; Executive Director for Health, Housing and Urbanisation of Johannesburg and a Director of the Centre for Health Policy at the University of the Witwatersrand. In 2015 Eric was awarded the Public Health Association of South Africa’s “Phila” Lifetime Achievement Award. .
Dr Pillay is the Deputy Director-General of the National Department of Health responsible for the following health programmes: HIV & AIDS, TB and MCWH. In addition, he is currently overseeing the strengthening of the district health system as well as communicable diseases, non-communicable diseases and nutrition programmes. He has recently co-authored the ‘Textbook of International Health: global health in a dynamic world (with Drs Anne-Emanuelle Birn and Tim Holtz).
Mr. Mmboneni Muofhe is the Deputy Director-General (DDG) for Technology Innovation at the Department of Science and Technology in South Africa. He was previously DDG for International Cooperation and Resources and has held several positions at the Department, including being Chief Director: International Resources, Director: Strategic Partnerships and Director: Global Projects. During this period, he oversaw South Africa's growing participation in EU Research Funding programmes, led the mobilization of Official Development Assistance funds to support South Africa science system and the Department’s partnership with Multinational Companies. Mr Muofhe’s earlier working and post-graduate years were mainly in agricultural biotechnology. He was a UNESCO Biotechnology Fellow at the Agricultural Research Council in 1997 before joining the Foundation for Research Development (now National Research Foundation) as Coordinator and then Manager for Technology and Human Resource for Industry Programme (THRIP). Mr Muofhe’s current responsibilities include overseeing the implementation of South Africa’s Space Science and Technology Strategy, Bioeconomy Strategy, Energy Research and Technology Strategy, Innovation Priorities Instruments (including new Research Areas) and oversight of the IP act.
Mr Ben Durham is Chief Director: Bio-innovation at the National Department of Science and Technology in South Africa. His responsibilities included the implementation of the South African Bio-economy Strategy, launched in January 2014, and he now is overseeing implementation of the three themes of Agricultural, Health, and Industrial sectors, as well as the Indigenous Knowledge based technology innovation. Ultimately the purpose is to develop and improve the efficiencies of the National System of Innovation, ensuring socio-economic benefits to the broader society. .