Conference Chair: Prof Eric Buch



Eric is Professor of Health Policy and Management at the University of Pretoria (UP) and lead its Albertina Sisulu Executive Leadership Programme in Health.

Eric was formerly Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at UP; Health Adviser for the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD); Deputy Director General for Health Care in Gauteng; Executive Director for Health, Housing and Urbanisation of Johannesburg and a Director of the Centre for Health Policy at Wits. He also served as General Secretary of the National Progressive Primary Health Care Network and co-founded the Wits Rural Health Services Development Unit in Bushbuckridge. Eric is a member of the Board of the National Health Laboratory Service and formerly served on the Boards of the Global Health Workforce Alliance and Health Systems Trust and the Ministerial Advisory Committee for the Academy for Leadership, and Management in Health.

In 2015 he was awarded the Public Health Association of South Africa’s Phila Lifetime Achievement Award.

Conference Co-chair: Dr Gwen Ramokgopa



Gwendoline Malegwale Ramokgopa is a Medical Doctor who is a Public Health Specialist and Consultant in Preventative Medicine, Public Policy and Development. She is a Trustee and Chairperson of the Board of the South African National AIDS Council (SANAC) and the Chancellor of the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT).   

Gwen is formerly the Deputy Minister of Health is the Republic of South Africa; the Provincial Minister of Health in the Gauteng Province; the Executive Mayor of the City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality; the Independent Development Trust (IDT) National Manager for Health; a Medical Health Officer at the now Dr George Mukhari Hospital; and briefly managed a General Medical Private Practice in Pretoria. She has been involved over the past thirty years as an activist, a professional and in governace in the area of  Health Policy and Systems Development over the past thirty years nationally, regionally and internationally.

Gwen believes that health is a human right, that society should aspire towards Universal Health Coverage and that Health Systems should be future ready.




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