Conference Speakers

Meet the speakers

Conference Speakers

The 5th National Health research Virtual Conference will feature 5 different key note speakers with diverse expertise in various fields of public health and clinical practice. These speakers will cover topics under the theme: COVID-19, an emerging and evolving public threat, the role of research. Tune in as they tackle how countries have implemented responses to the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact the pandemic has had on the health system.

Meet Our Speakers

Wafaa El-Sadr, MD, MPH, MPA

Dr. Wafaa El-Sadr is the founder and director of ICAP and an international expert in epidemiology and research on the prevention and management of HIV, tuberculosis, and other infectious diseases. She is also the director of Columbia World Projects

Gugu Maphalala

Chief Medical Laboratory Technologist,Eswatini National Blood Transfusion Services/ Ministry of Health. She holds a master’s degree in Medical Virology

Jessica Justman, MD

Senior technical director, ICAP. Associate Professor of Medicine in Epidemiology

Bongiwe Prudence Malinga, MD, MPH

Senior Medical Officer for Public Health in the Ministry of Health, Eswatini. She earned a Bachelor of Medicine and a Bachelor of Surgery in the University of Zimbabwe, 2006

Emmanuel Nkosinathi Ndlangamandla

Executive Director for the Coordinating Assembly of NGOs (CANGO). A professional nurse who has a Masters Business Administration Degree. Current Chair of the Health Cluster of the COVID 19 Response

Professor Shabir A. Madhi, M.B.B.C.H. (Wits), FCPaeds(SA), Ph.D.

Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences and Professor of Vaccinology at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

Dr. Velephi Okello

Deputy Director of Health Services, Ministry of Health , Eswatini. A Medical Doctor and holds a Master of Public Health Degree from Harvard Chan University USA

Dr Simanga Alex Tsela

Nuclear Scientist; a Pretoria based businessman, leadership coach, inspirational speaker; a leader of a global kingdom organisation, and an Author

Associate Professor Kennedy Otwombe

Associate Professor in the School of Public Health and the lead Statistician at the Perinatal HIV Research Unit (PHRU), University of the Witwatersrand