HST has established a solid reputation of good governance and sound financial management and has consistently secured funding to support the work of the organisation. 


An independent Board of Trustees guides and provides oversight of HST. Board members collectively comprise a diverse group of individuals with professional standing and expertise in health systems development in and beyond South Africa.


Board of Trustees

Shadrack Shuping

The Chairperson, Mr Shadrack Shuping, is currently Chief Executive Officer of the Phambili-Dismed Group. He is a pharmacist with a Higher Diploma in Health Care Management and an MBA (General and Health Care). Mr Shuping headed Free State Province’s District Health, then Clinical Health Services and in an acting capacity, the province’s Health Department. His experience spans public healthcare service delivery, district health system development and health sector reform, governance and fundraising, community involvement and public-private partnerships

These Trustees are supported by the following Board members:  

Dr Unati Mahlati is a qualified and experienced public health specialist and medical practitioner. She holds a MBChB (University of Natal); MMed Public Health (University of Cape Town), and FCPHM (SA Colleges of Medicine).  Dr Mahlati has a track record of demonstrated accomplishments in the development and implementation of health policies and programmes within a diverse range of organisations in the public and private healthcare sectors in South Africa. She has worked as a clinician, technical advisor and manager in public health programmes, notably the HIV, AIDS, STI and TB programme in the Western Cape Department of Health. She has spent the last eight years in senior management and leadership roles in corporate organisations in the managed health care environment. She is passionate about social justice and health systems reform.

Dr Noncayana Tracey Naledi is a public health specialist with an MBChB from the former University of Natal, an MMed. in Public Health from the University of Cape Town, and  Fellowship of the College of Public Health Medicine of South Africa (FCPHM-SA). Her expertise in evidence-based policy development, planning, and M&E for health system strengthening and programmes in South Africa is built on her background in health risk management and managed care in the private sector, senior management experience in the provincial Department of Health, and running of a large USAID-funded primary health care project. She is a past Board member of Child Safe and a current Board Member of the Public Health Association of South Africa. 
 Ms Francisca Teressa Duduzile Nzama

Ms Francisca Teressa Duduzile Nzama(commonly known as Zethu), holds a BA in Law from the University of Cape Town and an LLB from the former University of Natal, and has gained 13 years’ experience as an admitted attorney. She is Executive Director of FZ Nzama Attorneys.

 Prof. Otto Chabikuli

Prof. Otto Chabikuli is a Family Physician and Health Systems and Policy Analyst with experience in clinical work, teaching, research and management in the public, private and non-governmental health sectors. Currently the Director for FHI 360’s (Family Health International) East and Southern African region, Professor Chabikuli has held honorary posts at Medunsa, Pretoria University and Walter Sisulu University and, recently, as an Honorary Associate Professor at Howard University, Washington DC. He previously served as Associate Professor in Family Medicine at the University of Pretoria; Director for the Centre for Health Policy, School of Public Health at Wits University; and an ISDS facilitator with Health Systems Trust.

 Mr Aziz Kader

Mr Aziz Kader brings deep experience in strategy, marketing, operations management and risk management in a number of industries and institutions in locations across Southern Africa. He has worked as senior management in insurance and actuarial consulting, and served as a non-executive director with Glenrand MIB Employee Benefits Company. He has managed a consulting firm operating widely in the South African market and served many international clients. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry and Chemistry from the University of Cape Town, and an MBA from the University of Cape Town's Graduate School of Business.

 Prof. Esther Kibuuka-Sebitosi

Prof. Esther Kibuuka-Sebitosi holds a PhD, an MBA (Open University UK/UNISA), an MSc, and a BSc (Hons) and is based at the University of South Africa's Institute for African Renaissance Studies where she is responsible for lecturing Master’s and PhD students. Her focus areas include public health, gender and HIV and AIDS, sustainable development, food security and indigenous knowledge systems. Prof. Kubuuka-Sebitosi’s active involvement in projects globally and in Kenya, Ethiopia and South Africa, as well as her previous work in Uganda, together with her training and experience in formal education, are highly valuable for HST’s expansion into accredited training activities and southern African regional involvement.

 Victor Litlhakanyane

Dr Victor Litlhakanyane is currently the Managing Director of Ditau Health Solutions and has extensive experience in both the public and private sectors. He held the position of Executive Director of Netcare Limited  from 2004 to 2011.  Prior to this, he was the Superintendent-General in the Free State Department of Health. Dr Litlhakanyane is registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa as a medical practitioner and radiation oncology specialist.


 Thulani Masilela

Mr Thulani Masilela is an Outcome Facilitator in the Presidency in the Republic of South Africa, responsible for facilitating Outcome 2: A Long and Healthy Life for all South Africans. As a qualified clinical psychologist, Mr Masilela has previously worked in the South African National Department of Health and in the non-governmental sector focusing on the health sector. His previous roles have included developing community-based mental health programmes; supporting the development of the District Health System; providing national leadership in planning and policy development, as well as strengthening health information management, monitoring and evaluation and health systems research.

 Wendy Matthews

Ms Wendy Matthews is a financial management consultant. She has a BA in Sociology from the University of the Witwatersrand and a B.Compt Hons from UNISA. She has over 25 years’ experience in financial management in the development sector. Since completing her articles in 1992, she has held the positions of Audit Manager for Douglas & Velcich, Financial Manager for the Urban Sector Network, and Chief Financial Officer for Mvula Trust.

Dr Flavia Senkubuge

Dr Flavia Senkubuge is a medical doctor specialising in public health medicine. She is the Vice-President of the African Federation of Public Health Association (AFPHA) and senior lecturer of Health Policy and Management at the School of Health Systems and Public Health (SHSPH), University of Pretoria. Her Interests lie in global health diplomacy, health policy and management, leadership, tobacco control and the social determinants of health.

Ms Edith Skweyiya

Ms Edith Skweyiya retired as Deputy City Manager of eThekwini Municipality after serving for seven years as a Deputy Director-General in KwaZulu-Natal’s Department of Health. Ms Skweyiya’s wide-ranging experience include hands-on health care, community involvement in HIV and AIDS and poverty alleviation initiatives, and her current contribution entails serving the country’s aged. She was a member of the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Senate, a founder member of the Democratic Nurses Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA), and Chairperson (nationally and provincially) of the Progressive Primary Health Care Network.

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