Malebona Precious MATSOSO
Director General, Department of Health of South Africa
Malebona Matsoso is director general in the National Department of Health of South Africa, a position she has held since June 2010. She has a Master’s degree in Law and Ethics from the University of Dundee, a degree in Pharmacy from the University of the Western Cape, and a post-graduate diploma in Health Management from the University of Cape Town. Ms Matsoso has worked in both the public and private sector at management level and was a director in public health innovation and intellectual property in the office of the Director- General of the World Health Organisation.Former leadership positions include her appointment as a head of the Medicines Control Council, serving as a member of the National Research Ethics Council of South Africa, and as director of the Essential Drugs and Traditional Medicines Programme for the Department of Health. Ms Matsoso has been a member of various advisory panels locally and internationally, with a primary focus on improving access to medicines.