Dr. Leon J Levin 

Leon J Levin



Dr Leon Levin is a paediatrician who has been treating children with HIV for the past 20 years. He founded the Paediatric HIV Clinic at the Johannesburg Hospital in February 1996. Since March 2008, Leon has been the head of Paediatric programmes at the NGO, Right to Care. He was the Chairman of the Paediatric Subcommittee of the SA HIV Clinicians Society from 1999-2011 and the convenor of the Southern African HIV Clinicians Society Paediatric Antiretroviral Guidelines in 2000, 2002, 2005 and Co-convenor in 2009. He has also been on every SA DOH Paediatric and Adolescent ART Guidelines Committees since 2003. Since 2013 Leon has been on the SA DOH 3rd line Paediatric ART Committee. He founded and runs the South African HIV Clinicians Society Paediatric Discussion Group which is an Internet based forum for health care workers to discuss and learn about problems in paediatric patients with HIV. His passion is HIV viral resistance and he has run numerous HIV viral resistance workshops throughout South Africa and beyond our borders.

Dr. Grimwood


Dr Grimwood, CEO of Kheth’Impilo, a NGO made up of HIV experienced health care professionals and community care workers supporting the South African Government comprehensive plan for HIV treatment, care and support. He started working in HIV during his stay in Australia in the late 80’s and continued his work in South Africa since 1992.  He has extensive HIV experience in both public and private sectors with a community health focus.

Dr Grimwood was chair of NACOSA, currently served on the boards of Yabonga, Triangle project, and is currently serving on the Dira Sengwe board as well as being deputy chair for the Centre for Conflict Resolution.  He was previously Executive Director of ARK SA, Deputy Director of SAHIVAC as well as Director of the HIV Research Unit, Secure the Future and also the Discovery HIVCare Advisory Board.


Dr. Coceka Nandipha Mnyani
Coceka Nandipha Mnyani M.D., Ph.D., M.Sc.

Dr Mnyani is an obstetrician and gynaecologist, and currently a fellow in Maternal-Fetal medicine at the University of the Witwatersrand. She has been active in policy and training in the South African state sector services, and has worked in the public sector for the past 16 years. Her interests are in infectious diseases and their impact on maternal health, with a specific interest on the impact of HIV infection on maternal morbidity and mortality. She also has an interest in PMTCT

Dr. Gustaaf Wolvaardt

Gustaaf Wolvaardt

Managing Director Foundation for Professional Development

Dr Gustaaf Wolvaardt is a specialist in Internal Medicine with post graduate qualification in higher education and management. On leaving academic medicine he was appointed as the first South African Health Attaché based at the South African Permanent Mission in Geneva. On returning from Switzerland he established the Foundation for Professional Development (FPD) in 1997 where he serves as the Managing Director.

FPD is a private institution of higher education focusing on catalyzing social change through developing people, strengthening systems and providing innovative solutions (www.foundation.co.za). FPD annually provides, predominantly post graduate, training to more than 50 000 professionals across 16 countries in Africa, organizes various national and international conferences and implements a variety of donor funded health systems strengthening projects. Dr. Wolvaardt serves on numerous national and international governance structures and was recognised in 2007, by the South African Institute of Health Care Managers, as one of the 25 most influential South African health care leaders

Lawrence Long
Lawrence Long

Lawrence Long is currently the Deputy Division Head of the Health Economics and Epidemiology Research Office (HE2RO) and has a joint academic appointment at the University of Witwatersrand.

He has training in economics, finance, mathematics and research methodology and his research focus over the last 10 years has been on the economic impact of HIV and TB within South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa. He has over 25 publications in peer-reviewed journals, serves as a member of the Editorial Board of AIDS (Official Journal of the International AIDS Society), and serves as a peer reviewer for a number of journals and international conference committees.

He is currently the Program Director of a large, 5 year USAID Innovations Award. In addition he is the local principal investigator of a NIH funded clinical trial of same day HIV treatment initiation and serves as principal investigator on a number of other local research protocols.

Dr. Lee Fairlie
Lee Fairlie

Dr Lee Fairlie is Director: Child & Adolescent Health at the Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute. She has significant experience in clinical care and clinical trials in paediatric and adolescent HIV and co-morbidities, including TB. She has been an investigator in clinical research trials since 2007, including International Maternal Paediatric Adolescent AIDS Clinical Trials Network (IMPAACT) studies; a global network for HIV and TB prevention and treatment research for infants, children adolescents and pregnant women; and non-NIH studies in paediatrics, adolescents and pregnant women. She is the Shandukani Research Centre Leader and Investigator of Record on a number of studies, including Phase I/II pharmacokinetic studies, PMTCT studies, neurodevelopment studies, and vaccine studies involving children and pregnant women. She serves on the National HIV Guideline Committees for Children and Adolescents.  Dr Fairlie is leading the recently awarded Paediatric and Adolescent Scale-up Plan” project to increase HIV testing and TB screening in children and adolescents, with linkage to care, initiation of ART, retention and virological suppression on ART in the City of Johannesburg and additional work investigating mother-infant pairs in the inner city of Johannesburg.


Dr. Lenny Naidoo

Lenny Nadioo

Dr Naidoo graduated from the UKZN Medical School in 1988 with a MB ChB degree.
He spent most of my working career in the Eastern Cape and recently relocated to the Western Cape in October 2014. Lenny spent a few years working for the NHS in the United Kingdom during the years of 2000 and 2006. He is currently a Senior Medical Officer for the City of Cape Town, covering the Southern and Western sub-districts.
Dr Naidoo presented at the Pan African Infectious Diseases Conference in JHB in 2014 on ‘XDR-TB in the Eastern Cape’ as well as at the 7th SA AIDS Conference in KZN in 2015 on ‘Paediatric M/XDR-TB in the EC- case finding and early treatment outcomes in a decentralised setting’. Lenny also chaired a session on ‘Difficult TB Cases’ whilst at the latter conference.
Dr Nadioo is very passionate about his career and strives daily to make a difference in his patient’s lives. He has been managing patients with TB since 2006 and have a special interest in Drug Resistant TB and Paediatric DR-TB.


Dr. Lesego Mawela

Lesego Mawela

Dr. Lesego Mawela is the Mpumalanga Programme Manager for Right to Care. He has excellent skills in government relations, creativity and innovation, leadership, project management, clinical mentorship and currently leads a technical assistance team who provide health system improvement initiatives for Mpumalanga Department of Health, SA. Lesego has special interest in implementation science of evidence based public health interventions; he believes the current poor health outcomes in South Africa are due to failed implementation rather than intervention failure. He is a quality improvement coach in health care improvement towards healthcare delivery systems that are safe, timely, effective, efficient, equitable and patient centered. He is a certified Lean and Six Sigma practitioner in healthcare systems improvement (Society for Health Systems, US).

Dr. Nombulelo Magula
 Nombulelo Magula

(BSc, MBChB, FCP(SA), MSc, PhD)

Dr Nombulelo Magula is the Chief Specialist and Head of Department of Internal Medicine at the Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, University of KwaZulu-Natal. Following her postgraduate training in Internal Medicine, Nombulelo was awarded the Fogarty Fellowship towards her MSc in Clinical Research at Tufts University, Boston, Massachusetts. On return to South Africa, she was awarded the Discovery Foundation Fellowship for her PhD work and was also funded by the South African Medical Research Council. She has received several National and International awards. Her research interests include Non-communicable diseases in HIV infected patients, Management of Tuberculous Pericarditis, HIV and Tuberculosis control. Nombulelo is a member of the University of KwaZulu-Natal Senate and a Councilor on the College of Physicians of  South Africa’s Council.

Dr. Sindi van Zyl
 Sindi van Zyl


Sindi van Zyl is a passionate about Primary Health Care and HIV, especially mentoring nurses with NIMART Nurse-Initiated Management of Antiretroviral Treatment. Sindi was part of a team of three doctors that started training nurses on HIV medicine in 2010 in the Soweto ARV programme. Her teaching and communication skills have enabled her to impart HIV knowledge both on a basic and professional level.

Her passion for sharing this knowledge lead to www.qooh.me/DoctorSindi - a blog where people are able to ask questions anonymously about HIV-related matters. She is also the HIV columnist and expert for Bona magazine and www.health24.com.  The interest in the blog has resulted in a number of interviews with eNuus, eNews Channel Africa, MetroFM, SAfM, SABC 1, Alex FM, Jozi FM and several magazines

Mr Steven T. Smith

 Steven T Smith

Health Attaché and Regional Representative for Southern Africa,U.S. Department of Health and Human Services,U.S. Embassy, Pretoria, South Africa

Steven Smith is the Health Attaché to South Africa and United States Department of Health and Human Services Regional Representative for Southern Africa.  The major HHS Operating Divisions with activities in Southern Africa include the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

Mr. Smith has extensive overseas experience from his work with the United States Department of State in Cameroon, South Africa and Haiti.  In Cameroon Mr. Smith was responsible for HIV programs, and in South Africa Mr. Smith was Coordinator for the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief during its initial period of dramatic growth from 2004-2006. 

From 2007-2010, Mr. Smith served as Director of the Office of Global Research at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health.  The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases supports and conducts biomedical and behavioral health research in over 100 countries worldwide, including significant programs in South Africa

Dr Tim Tucker
 Tim Tucker

MBChB; PhD; FCPath(SA)Viro CEO, SEAD Consulting

Tim Tucker is a strategist and clinician-scientist in the SA health and research sectors, with an academic and programmatic track record in HIV, hepatitis viruses, vaccines and public health programs in Africa and beyond. He founded his health strategy business in 2005, after career in clinical medicine; clinical and laboratory research leading to a PhD; Clinical Virology specialization; vaccine experience; and leadership of South Africa’s largest R&D program, the South African AIDS Vaccine Initiative (SAAVI). Dr Tucker is a Clinical Virologist. He obtained a Ph.D. (UCT) in molecular virology. He has trained in business strategy (University of Witwatersrand).

Dr Tucker owns “SEAD Consulting” –a public health consultancy dedicated to improving the health of poor communities through health strategy consulting and public health interventions.  He has led the development of critical health strategies and interventions for public and private sector-funded activities. 

Dr Tucker has been a long standing honorary member of staff at UCT, where he lectures postgraduate students in the School of Public Health, the Institute of Infectious Diseases and Molecular Medicine and the School of Management Studies.  He is a Board member of the National Health Laboratory Service, the NHLS Research Trust, and the SA HIV Clinicians’ Society. He is a member of the US NIH AIDS Strategy Working Group

Jesse Coleman
 Jesse Coleman

Jesse Coleman is a Researcher at the University of the Witwatersrand and the mHealth Programme Manager at Wits Reproductive Health & HIV Institute (RHI) based in Johannesburg. Jesse has run a number of technology-focussed health projects covering HIV, TB, maternal health, and adolescent’s health in Kenya, Canada and South Africa. He is a Public Health PhD candidate at Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, where he is comparing health indicators of HIV positive pregnant women that were part of the MAMA South Africa project compared to standard of care. Jesse’s research interest areas include mHealth, global public health, maternal health, PMCTC, HIV care and support, ICT for health and randomised clinical trials.

Professor Charles Feldman
 Charles Feldman


Professor Charles Feldman obtained his MB BCh degree at the University of the Witwatersrand, in Johannesburg, South Africa and subsequently received his FCP (SA), PhD, and DSc. He was registered as a sub-specialist in Pulmonology in 1993, having trained in pulmonology and critical care, and was elected to the Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians (FRCP) in 1997. He acts as deputy Chair of the Human Research Ethics committee of the University of the Witwatersrand. He is a member of a number of national and international societies and has been President of the South African Thoracic Society on 2 previous occasions, as well as the Chairman of the Local Branch of the Critical Care Society of Southern Africa (CCSSA). He also is a recipient of the President’s Award of the CCSSA. He undertakes both clinical and basic research, and has a keen interest in ethical issues, particularly as they relate to Critical Care. He has more than 300 publications in books, book chapters, and in both indexed and DE accredited peer reviewed journals.

Professor Ian Sanne
 Ian Sanne Professor Sanne is a South African born infectious diseases doctor and has been involved in HIV research since qualifying as internist in 1996.  As the International Vice-Chair of the AIDS Clinical Trials Group, he is responsible for overseeing the network’s research at 25 sites in 13 countries. The focus of his research attention is an  integrated   program  of  HIV  and  TB  research  from  prospective   phase  I-IV  clinical  trials,  conducted predominantly through international collaborations with the NIH, EDCTP, Global TB Alliance and the Medical Research Council of South Africa, through observational and monitoring evaluation data produced as part of the Right to Care implementation program, to the epidemiologic and health economic evaluation of health care interventions. The  overall  aim  is  to  develop evidence based health  system  strengthening  interventions  to address  the  public  health  emergencies  facing  the  resource poor setting. The key focus in the ACTG collaboration is prospective research to inform prevention and treatment interventions to improve the diagnosis and optimize optimization the treatment of HIV and tuberculosis. At the intersection of clinical care, and clinical trial administration, Professor Sanne will continue to provide administrative expertise to the ACTG leadership from his experience as  the  founding  Director  and  Chief  Executive  Officer  of  Right  to  Care,  a  large  PEPFAR  and  Global  Fund supported non-profit organization

Dr James McIntyre
 James McIntyre James McIntyre is the Executive Director of the Anova Health Institute, an independent non-profit health research and technical assistance organization, based in Johannesburg, South Africa. He is an Honorary Professor in the School of Public Health & Family Medicine at the University of Cape Town, and an Honorary Senior Lecturer in the Department of Epidemiology at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. Dr McIntyre is also the Vice-Chair of the US National Institutes for Health funded International Maternal Paediatric and Adolescent AIDS Clinical Trials Network (IMPAACT). McIntyre is the Chair of the Board of the International Partnership for Microbicides. He was the first chair of the Proposal Review Committee for UNITAID, and chaired UNITAID’s Advisory Group on Funding Priorities. He is a Medical Advisor to the Board of the Elton John AIDS Foundation. McIntyre is an internationally recognised expert on mother-to-child transmission of HIV, and HIV prevention and treatment for men-who-have-sex-with-men, and has conducted research across the fields of HIV prevention, care and treatment, with over 250 publications. He has served as a consultant to the WHO, and other international agencies. He was jointly awarded the 2002 Nelson Mandela Award for Health and Human Rights, the 2003 “Heroes in Medicine” award of the International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care (IAPAC), and the 2009 N’galy Mann Award of the Foundation for Retrovirology and Human Health.

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