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Lalita Harie has an illustrious career in the mental health field, spanning over 40 years, of which almost 20 were served as Executive Director of a large mental health NGO in South Africa. Ms Harie has a wealth of experience in strategy, people and community development, operational management, governance, and service delivery. Her formal qualifications include a BA in Social Work, an Honours in Psychology, and a host of courses in leadership and governance. She has received numerous recognition awards and acknowledgements, including being selected by the U.S Department of State for Mental Health Programmes for their International Visitors Leadership Programme (IVLP) twice, the second time as an IVLP Gold Star Alumni Participant. She has also participated in numerous conferences in the mental health field. 

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Salome Maswime is a Full Professor and the Head of the Global Surgery Division at the UCT; and an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist. She is a member of the Academy of Science South Africa. She is the vice-President of the Women in Global Health South Africa; and member of the FIGO Committee on Ethical Aspects of Human Reproduction. After specialising she completed her MMED and PHD in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. She did a postdoctoral research fellowship at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. She has received numerous awards for her research contribution, including the trailblazer and young achiever award by the President of South Africa in 2017, and the 20 Young Shapers of the Future in Health and Medicine by Encyclopedia Brittanica.


Mr Shadrack (Shad) K Mapetla is the founding shareholder and chairperson of Biotech Laboratories, the first black-owned and run pharmaceutical manufacturer in South Africa. His involvement in the pharmaceutical industry covers a number of years at a senior level for Aspen Pharmacare (as Chief Executive and Director: Corporate Affairs), Lesotho Pharma Corporation as Chief Executive and Boots Pharma in the UK. Mr Mapetla holds a number of qualifications which includes an MSc in Analytical Chemistry from the USA and a Drug Quality Assurance qualification from Stockholm in Sweden. He has held a number of directorships and is the current Executive Chair of Forever Afrika, the founding company of Biotech Laboratories.

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Mr Leo Deodutt has a Bachelor's degree in Accountancy, and a Master's degree in Taxation (UDW), and is currently finalising his DBA at UKZN's Graduate School of Business and Leadership. He is a Senior Lecturer based at UKZN's School of Accounting, Economics and Finance, where he is responsible for the Financial Planning Institute (FPI) accredited programmes. His focal areas include investments, portfolio construction, taxation and audit and risk management. He is the former acting Head of Internal Audit (UDW) and is currently serving as the Chairman of the UKZN Provident Fund and the Chairman of the UKZN Pension and Provident Fund's Investment committee. He is an active researcher, having successfully supervised many Masters students, and has published in High Impact Journals.

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Advocate Bridgette Sehlapelo holds an LLB degree, LLM (Masters in Tax), Certificate in Legislation drafting, and Certificate in Competition Law from the University of Pretoria. She further holds an MBL (Masters in Business Leadership) degree from UNISA School of Business Leadership. She was admitted as an Attorney in 2002 and started her career as a practising Attorney and later moved to various state-owned enterprises where she was an in-house legal practitioner on different levels, including Senior management/Executive.  During her tenure as an in-house legal practitioner, she worked in different institutions, specialising in various areas of law. Advocate Sehlapelo later joined the Advocate's Bar where she is presently practising as an Advocate.  

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Dr Themba Moeti is the Chief Executive Officer of the Health Systems Trust. He qualified in medicine and public health from the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He brings several years experience in the areas of health systems policy development and programme implementation, HIV and TB. He has co-authored several articles in the areas of HIV and TB. He serves as a member of the National HIV Think Tank and the Community Health Worker Think Tank of the National Department of Health.


Ms Lerato Matsau is a human resources practitioner and consultant with extensive private sector and NPO experience. She holds BA (Psychology and Sociology) and BSc Hons (Psychology) degrees.  She is the Director of the Human Palette, a human resource management and training consulting firm, is a certified facilitator and assessor for the Education Training and Development (EDTP) SETA and serves on the boards of Deliver a youth development NGO and Argon Securities​.

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Lerole David Mametja is currently the Head of Department, Core Operations with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA). Prior to that, he was Chief Programme Officer of the TB and HIV Care (an NGO that supports South Africa’s response to its twin epidemics of TB and HIV), as well as the National TB Programme (NTP) Manager (Chief Director), in the National Department of Health for 11 years until June 2019. He has more than 20 years of experience in public health. He has held executive management positions, including as CEO of the Health Systems Trust (HST), an NGO supporting public-private partnerships in health. He served as Programme Executive of TB HIV Care until December 2019, and has been a Non-executive Director/Board Member from January 2020. He holds a Masters’ Degree in Public Health (MPH) in Health Policy and Management from Columbia University, New York.

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​Dr Peter Barron is an independent public health consultant with extensive experience of health systems research, monitoring and evaluation, health sector management and delivery of primary health care and health systems strengthening, especially in sub-Saharan Africa (including in-depth expertise in the management of HIV, TB and MCH programmes). He has a keen understanding of The Global Fund and how it works at global and country levels. He has a background in accounting and understands the issues of health financing and sustainability from a developing country, sub-Saharan African perspective. He was a member of the TERG of The Global Fund (2018 to 2022) and is an honorary Associate Professor at the School of Public Health, University of the Witwatersrand (since 2017).

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