SPEAKERS & PROGRAM
Dr Amit N Thakker (Kenya)
CEO: Kenya Healthcare Federation
Dr Amit N Thakker is a groundbreaking pioneer in the metamorphosis and integration of healthcare management in Africa. He has a Bachelor’s in medicine and surgery from the University of Nairobi, Kenya, and an Executive MBA from National Insurance Academy in India. He has also completed a health leadership training course at George Washington University, USA.
Dr Thakker is the chairman of the Africa Healthcare Federation, chairman of Africa Health Business Ltd (AHBL), founder and board director of the East Africa Healthcare Federation, chairman of the Kenya Healthcare Federation (KHF) and the co-founder of Avenue Healthcare.
In 2004, the Kenya Private Sector Alliance created its health sector arm, KHF. He was elected chairman in 2015. Under his guidance, KHF was instrumental in establishing the East Africa Healthcare Federation in 2012.
With the aim of facilitating the unification of all stakeholders in the health sector and to promote a platform for effective public/private dialogue to drive change in Africa’s healthcare systems, Dr Thakker established AHBL in 2015. AHBL stimulates the business of healthcare in Africa. It facilitated the Africa Healthcare Business Symposium in Nairobi during October 2016. It was at this meeting and through the initiative of Dr Thakker that the Africa Healthcare Federation was launched, unifying the five regions of Africa (central, north, south, west and east), bringing 45 countries together under a singular health platform. This federation is the voice of the private health sector in Africa. Its theme is One Continent: One Team. The directors on the board are drawn from all five regions and will facilitate pro-growth policies, foster public/private partnerships, encourage innovations and disruptive technologies, increase investments in health, and promote appropriate regulatory frameworks. Through this regional harmonisation, the delivery of quality healthcare to over 1.1 billion Africans is gradually becoming a tangible reality.
As an award-winning doctor, entrepreneur and health sector champion, Dr Thakker is also affiliated with several private companies. He has provided and continues to provide high-level advisory/consultancy to various developmental partners. In the private sector he is well recognised for his strategic consulting roles with Africa Medical Investments (Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Tanzania), Momentum Africa (South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia), Aetna Incorporated (USA and Dubai), Acacia Medical Centre, Guru Nanak Hospital and Humming Health (Kenya).
He was voted Best Male Entrepreneur of the Year by Rotary International in 1999. In 2004, he won the Chairman’s Award, and in 2005, he won the Best Chairman’s Award of the Round Table Association in East Africa.
He is a much sought-after speaker and mentor on social entrepreneurship, leadership and healthcare management, having given talks all over the world.
Cynthia Schoeman (SA)
Managing Director: Ethics Monitoring & Management Services Proprietary Ltd
Cynthia Schoeman is the Managing Director of Ethics Monitoring & Management Services Proprietary Ltd and a founding director of the Ethics Practitioners Association. She has over 15 years’ experience in the field of workplace ethics and governance, and has developed practical tools and services to support the effective and proactive management of workplace ethics. Cynthia is a published author in the area of workplace ethics, having written an ethics guide and two ethics books. She is a regular speaker on workplace ethics at conferences and is often interviewed on TV and radio as an ethics expert. Cynthia also lectures on ethics for most of South Africa’s top business schools.
Catherine Duggan (Rwanda)
Professor of Management and Political Economy and Vice Dean for Strategy and Research: ALUSB
Catherine Duggan is Professor of Management and Political Economy and Vice Dean for Strategy and Research at the African Leadership University School of Business (ALUSB), Rwanda. Prior to joining ALUSB, she was a professor at Harvard Business School (HBS) for nearly a decade, teaching courses on globalization, political economy, and leadership to MBA students and executives. She has also taught in MBA and executive education programs at Saïd Business School (SBS) at the University of Oxford, and the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) at the University of Pretoria.
At ALUSB Professor Duggan is teaching in the MBA, developing the school’s executive education programs, and writing a series of new case studies on business and the business environment on the continent. These projects continue work that she did at Harvard, where she helped develop and teach MBA and executive courses on the political economy of the business environment, and at Oxford, where she developed and taught Doing Business in Africa, an elective course offered in the MBA and Executive MBA programs.
Professor Duggan has won numerous awards. At HBS she was only the second woman in a decade to receive the Faculty Award for Outstanding Teaching in the Required Curriculum, an award she received in two consecutive years (2013 and 2014). Also at HBS she received the Charles M. Williams Award for Excellence in Teaching and was named the Berol Corporation Fellow.
She is the author of a number of case studies on African firms and countries, including three new ALU case studies: Sable Chemicals: Enhancing Growth in Zimbabwe; Investing in Kenya Power: The History of Future Performance; and Diversity in Control: Building a Board in the Rainbow Nation. She has previously written several cases for Harvard and Oxford, including the HBS cases Nigeria: Opportunity in Crisis?; and Uganda: The Constitution of Development; and the forthcoming Oxford cases Wecyclers: Seeking Sustainable Development in Lagos; Babban Gona: Growing Amidst Uncertainty in Rural Nigeria; Microfinance in Uganda: Between Financial Abuse and Inclusion; and Adjudicating Corruption: World Duty Free v. Republic of Kenya.
Her recent academic work includes the article Doing Bad by Doing Good? Theft and Abuse by Lenders in the Microfinance Markets of Uganda (Studies in Comparative International Development) and a book The Institutional Foundations of Lending: Indirect Regulation and State-Building (forthcoming from Cambridge University Press).
She earned a Ph.D. in Political Science from Stanford University, where she was the G.J. Lieberman Fellow for the Social Sciences. Prior to attending Stanford, she was an industry analyst for the telecommunications group at the law firm of Mayer, Brown & Platt (now Mayer Brown LLP), and received a B.A. with honors in Political Science from Brown University.
Dr Clarence Mini (SA)
Chairperson: Council for Medical Schemes (CMS)
Clarence is currently the Chairperson of the Council for Medical Schemes (CMS). He previously served as the Chairperson for 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. National Coordinator and Deputy National Director of Management Sciences for Health. Served as co-chairperson of National AIDS Convention of South Africa (NACOSA) - NACOSA wrote the first National HIV/AIDS Plan for South Africa in 1994. Served on the Committee of Inquiry into National Health Insurance (NHI). Served on the Board of Directors for the Hospice Palliative Care Association. Executive Director of the MESAB Palliative Care Initiative. Served on the core team that wrote the latest HIV/AIDS National Strategic Plan. The past President of the Gauteng Medical Asociation. Chairperson of the Gauteng Health Facility Accreditation Committee. Board member of the Institute for Human Evolution at Wits University. Trustee of St Andrews school for Girls. Served as a member of the Johannesburg Mayoral AIDS Council. Chairman of the Board of Directors for Africa Health Placements. Corporate Affairs Executive for Thebe ya Bophelo Healthcare Administrators.
Vulindlela Lester Ndlovu (Zimbabwe)
Chief Executive Officer: Cimas
Vuli is the Cimas Chief Executive Officer, a position he assumed from 1 January 2016. He joined the Group in 2013 as the Group Finance Executive and was elevated to the position of Group Chief Executive Officer in June 2015. He is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Accountancy degree from the University of Zimbabwe.
Dr Debbie Pearmain (SA)
Independent legal adviser
Debbie Pearmain has some twenty years of experience in the South African health sector in both the private and public environment. She spent about seven years working in the public health sector and was responsible for the drafting of major health legislation, the vetting of contracts and the management of litigation for the National Department of Health. Her experience in the private sector includes working for a medical scheme administrator, the Hospital Association of South Africa, BHF and for the last four years as an independent legal consultant. She has previously been appointed by the Minister of Health to the Council for Medical Schemes, the Medicines Pricing Committee and the Ministerial Advisory Committee on NHI.She has a BA LLB from WITS and a doctorate in health law from the University of Pretoria.
Kuldeep Singh Rajput (Singapore)
CEO: Biofourmis Pte Ltd
Kuldeep Singh Rajput is the founder and CEO of Biofourmis Pte Ltd, a Singapore-based data analytics company working around a singular challenge: to personalise healthcare. Its revolutionary health programmes tackle remote, home-based management of various conditions such as cardiovascular disease in the most engaging, effective and personalised way possible.
He is an active member of the healthcare innovation and entrepreneurship community in Singapore, with a specific interest in technology-enabled healthcare innovation. He is also a visiting research scholar at the National University of Singapore, where he focuses on building bioelectronics medicines, which aim to control biological processes and treat diseases by modulating electric impulses.
Prior to moving to Singapore, he held a research position at MIT Media Lab’s Camera Culture group, where he worked on designing wearable technologies and biosignal analytics for cardiac health monitoring. He believes in pushing out working prototypes and closing the gap between engineering and medicine.
He is a part of Google’s Solve for X community and has been invited to speak at various prestigious platforms like TED, HiMSS and EMBC on biomedical technologies. With his team at Biofourmis, they have begun their journey towards unlocking the potential of biosensors to give deeper and meaningful insights into health, through data. He seeks to connect ideas and people to spark innovation.
Charlton Murove (SA)
Head of Research: Board of Healthcare Funders of Southern Africa (BHF)
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 & 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 rationalisation of performance reporting on fund factsheets across the group. After a short stint at Metropolitan, he was appointed as a senior actuarial analyst and later an actuarial specialist at Alexander Forbes Financial Services, as the latter, 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 Benefit, solvency, managed health care, etc. Charlton is currently studying towards a Masters of Science in Epidemiology specialising in Implementation Science at the University of Witwatersrand.
Dr Katlego Mothudi (SA)
Managing Director: Board of Healthcare Funders of Southern Africa (BHF)
Dr. Katlego 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 healthcare, having held various positions in healthcare management and strategic leadership positions in both the public and private healthcare 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.
Katlego 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 Organizations 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.
Natalie Africa (SA)
Senior Director for Global Health and Private Sector Engagement: UN Foundation
Natalie Africa is Senior Director for Global Health and Private Sector Engagement at the UN Foundation. Since 2014 she has led private sector engagement for the UN Secretary-General’s Every Woman Every Child multi-stakeholder movement, mobilizing business actions globally in support of women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health and supporting innovation and public-private partnerships.
Natalie previously headed the Secretariat of the Business Call to Action, a business platform aimed at driving innovative, inclusive business models and hosted by the UNDP. Prior to joining UNDP she was Senior Program Officer at the International Finance Corporation where she designed and executed gender-inclusive programming with IFC investee companies in the financial, extractive and agribusiness sectors across Africa and South-East Asia. Natalie has also held senior positions within the banking sector, working for Absa-Barclays in South Africa and HSBC Bank Bermuda.
Natalie served as a diplomat with the South African Department of Foreign Affairs including during the Nelson Mandela presidency, serving as Counsellor for Multilateral Affairs in Paris and as Director for West Africa. She kicked off her career in the area of women’s development in South Africa, working for a start-up women’s micro-finance organization, the Women’s Development Bank, and driving a historic national non-governmental campaign around the UN Beijing Women’s Conference.
Natalie holds a BA in History from the University of Jean Moulin III in Lyon, France, and an MA from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. She serves on a number of non-profit boards and currently lives in New York with her husband and teenage daughter.
Dr Sipho Kabane (SA)
Acting Chief Executive and Registrar: Council for Medical Schemes
Dr Sipho Kabane is a senior strategist in the regulation of medical scheme industry. Senior Health Manager with an outstanding record in managing province-wide health service provision with a focus on quality, reform and continuous improvement. Skilled in managing diverse and multi-disciplinary teams as well as the financial and operational aspects of health departments. Experienced in building and communicating strategy and vision, has strong understanding of economics and its effect on health services. Competent and inspirational leader and project manager. Active and productive member of numerous committees contributing to the health and wellbeing of communities and individuals.
Media and Government Liaison Manager: Sonke Gender Justice
Commissioner Botha has worked for Sonke Gender Justice as Media and Government Liaison Manager for eight years. Through his advocacy work, Commissioner Botha has been featured in numerous newspapers such as City Press, Sowetan, Sunday Times, Sunday Independent and other Community based newspapers as both a commentator and columnist, radio and television features and interviews and is widely recognized for his work in South Africa and across the world. He has worked as the dissemination officer for the International Red Cross based in South Africa in the 1980s and was a founder member and Secretary General of the South African Men’s Forum where he dealt with issues of advocacy, training and community based structure building. He co-hosts weekly talkshows on many Commercial and Community radio stations, reaching millions of listeners each week, such as Motsweding FM, Radio 2000 and Lesedi FM. Commissioner Botha currently serves on the boards Lifeline (Vereeniging), Genderlinks and South Africa Institute for Social and Health Science, based at the University of South Africa. In 2007, during a women’s day celebration speech in Galeshewe near Kimberly, President Thabo Mbeki singled Mbuyiselo out for special praise and expressed his appreciation for Commissioner Botha’s work on men for gender equality in South Africa. Commissioner Botha sits on Finance committee of the CGE and he also chairs the IT and Communication Committee. He’s finalizing his Honors Degree in Gender studies with the University of South Africa.
Co-founder and CEO: Percept
Shivani is the co-founder and CEO of Percept: a multi-disciplinary consultancy driven by heart and curiousity. She is a healthcare actuary and a part-time academic at the University of Cape Town. She holds a number of governance positions including being a board member of the Council for Medical Schemes. She is also currently appointed as long-term advisor to the Government Technical Advisory Centre. The health system is the object of her intellectual affection, and she describes her work as bringing careful attention to bear on socially-meaningful problems.