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Chief Executive Officer – Dr Karmani Chetty

Dr Chetty has wide experience and expertise relevant to the requirements of a CEO of the NHLS. She is a medical doctor and Specialist in Public Health Medicine and has a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning. She has over 30 years’ experience in the healthcare environment, of which over 20 years have been in senior management and executive positions. She has been an HoD of a provincial health department, and a Deputy Director-General at both provincial and national levels, as well as having had some private sector experience. Dr Chetty’s strengths include public health sector leadership, corporate governance, strategic planning, operational implementation, financial management, health economics, human resources planning, training and development, health information, supply chain management, and research.

Executive Manager: Academic Affairs, Research & Quality Assurance – Prof Koleka Mlisana

Professor Koleka Mlisana is the Executive Manager: Academic Affairs, Research & Quality Assurance at the NHLS, since July 2018. Prior to this she was the HOD Medical Microbiology at UKZN/IALCH; and also served a term as a member of the NHLS Board. Her previous contributions include being a co-investigator and Project Director of the CAPRISA 004 tenofovir gel trial at the eThekwini site and Head of HIV Pathogenesis and Vaccine Research Programme at the Centre for the AIDS Program of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA). She has undertaken seminal research which has revealed how the body responds during acute HIV infection. She was the Protocol co-Chair and Project Director of the CAPRISA 002 study, a >10 year follow-up study of patients with acute HIV infection. Her current research interests include TB diagnostics, drug resistance as well as Sexually Transmitted Infections and has co-authored more than 130 peer reviewed journal articles. She has been a member of the Board of the South African Medical Research Council and currently serves on the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Antimicrobial Resistance and is a member of the Board of Trustees for the South African National AIDS Council.

Chief Information Officer – Sibongiseni Hlongwane

Mr Hlongwane holds a Master of Business and a Master of Technology in Business Information Systems.
Mr Hlongwane joins the NHLS from the position of Director of Information Technology Service Management in the Gauteng Department of Education, where he also acted as Chief Director. Prior to this he was IT Support / Delivery Service Manager at IBM / Masana Consortium.

Chief Financial Officer – Michael Sass

Mr Sass is a Chartered Accountant and Certified Internal Auditor and holds a Master’s Degree in Commerce.
Mr Sass has vital private and public sector experience and know-how for his role in the NHLS. Prior to joining the NHLS, Mr Sass was the Deputy Director-General in the Gauteng Provincial Government and Accountant General in the National Treasury. He was also CFO at Verimark, and a Director at Morvest, Business Innovation Group (BIG) and Grant Thornton.

Interim Executive Director NICD – Prof Adrien Puren

Executive Director: NIOH – Dr Spo Kgalamono

Company Secretary – Adv Mpho Mphelo

Manager SAVP – Megan Saffer