Ms. Malebona Precious Matsoso

Director of the Health ‎Regulatory Science Platform | University of the Witwatersrand

Malebona Precious Matsoso, has over 25 years’ experience at executive management level in the ‎field of health management, ethics, and research. She held the post of Director-General of the ‎South African National Department of Health for nine and a half years. Under her tenure, the ‎largest programme to counter HIV infection in the world with 4.7 million people on treatment; she ‎oversaw the roll-out of the electronic Health Patient Registration System, which has over 44 ‎million patients registered. She was responsible for the development of e-Health, M-Health and ‎Digital Health Strategy for South Africa and was instrumental in the reform of District Health ‎Information Systems and Governance. She chaired the Ministerial Advisory Committee on e-‎Health. At an international level, she was the Director of Public Health Innovation and Intellectual ‎Property at the World Health Organization (WHO) Director. Prior to that, she served as WHO ‎Director, Department of Technical Cooperation for Essential Drugs and Traditional Medicine. She ‎has served on various advisory bodies both nationally and internationally. Chair of the WHO ‎Executive Board. A member of the UN High-Level Panel on Access to Health Technologies, ‎Chairperson of the Independent Oversight and Advisory Committee for the WHO Health ‎Emergencies Programme. She was the member of the Lancet Global Health Commission on High ‎Quality Health Systems. She was the Co-Chair of WHO Digital Health Advisory Group. She has ‎been recently appointed as the member of the Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness ‎and Response. Ms Matsoso is currently the Director of the Health Regulatory Science Platform, a ‎division of the Wits Health Consortium at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, ‎South Africa.‎