Cape Town International Convention Centre, Monday, 26 August - Wednesday, 28 August 2019



Monday - Day 1

Registration and Exhibition opens at 09:00

Brunch in exhibition area at 10:00-11:15


Welcome by Conference Co-Ordinator, Kerishnie Naiker

Conference opening by Dr. Biren Valodia, Chairman, Hospital Association of South Africa


Opening address by the Honourable Minister of Health


The precariat, the global economy, and implications for leadership and business
Jon Foster-Pedley, Dean and Director at Henley Business School

The Nationsal Health Insurance


The National Health Insurance Bill unpacked

Dr. Anban Pillay, Deputy Director General, National Health Insurance, National Department of Health


The National Health Insurance Bill In Focus – Panel discussion

Moderator, Tanya Cohen, ex-Business Unity South Africa Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Anban Pillay, Deputy Director General, National Department of Health

Melanie Da Costa, Director of Strategy and Healthcare Policy, Netcare

Dr. Jonathan Broomberg, CEO, Discovery Health

Dr. Guni Goolab, Principal Officer, Government Employee Medical Scheme (GEMS)

Dr. Stavros Nicolaou, Chairman of the Pharmaceutical Task Group

Dr. Terence Moodley, Board member of SAMED

Dr. Chris Archer, CEO of the South African Private Practitioners Forum


Tea break in exhibition area


The many faces of universal health coverage

Barry Childs, Co-CEO, Insight Actuaries and Consultants


Memento Mori: value-based contracting at the end of life

Shivani Ranchod, Founder, Alignd and Founder and CEO, Percept Health


Networking Evening (Gallery Bar Area)

HASA AGM (invited guests only)


Tuesday - Day 2


Opening and announcements
Kerishnie Naiker



The flaws of quality improvement and patient safety - the human factor

Professor Dr. Michael Marx, Institute of Public Health at Heidelberg University: Health System development


Data and machine learning: shaping the future of healthcare today

Dr. Tapiwa Chiwewe, Research Manager, IBM Research South Africa

 Tea break in exhibition area


AI and value in radiology – unlimited horizons

Dr. Richard Tuft, Executive Director, Radiological Society of South Africa


Building a healthcare information and management system in the Eastern Cape
Dr. Rolene Wagner, ex-Deputy Director General, Hospitals and Support Services, Eastern Cape

Lunch break in exhibition area


Technology vs scarce healthcare resources

Josh Lasker, Founder and Director Abby Health Systems


On my mind: The Healthcare Chief Information Officer Forum – Panel discussion

Moderator, Valter Adao, Chief Digital and Innovation Officer, Deloittes

Raymond Plotz, Chief Information Officer, Mediclinic Southern Africa

Suren Govender, Chief Digital Officer, Life Healthcare

Tanya Vogt, Executive Officer of the South African Medical Technology Industry Association

Braam Oberholzer, Head Enterprise Architect, Netcare

Tea break in exhibition area

Collaboration in healthcare


Collaboration: The art of the possible

Dr. Sue Tager, Chief Executive Officer, Wits University Donald Gordon Medical Centre


Collaborating towards better health outcomes in Klerksdorp

Professor Binu Luke, Chief Specialist, Klerksdorp/Tshepong Hospital and Adjunct Professor, Wits University

18.30 for 19:00

Gala Event at The Gold Restaurant


Wednesday - Day 3


Tea, coffee & refreshments


Best Stand Awards (Exhibition area)

Opening and announcements
Kerishnie Naiker

Quality care


Contextualising value of care

Dr. Anchen Laubscher, Clinical Director, Netcare


Reimagining the patient experience

Jaco van den Heever, Chief Executive Officer, Sand Dollar Design

Tea break in exhibition area


Nursing of the future

Dr. Sharon Vasuthevan, Nursing and Quality Executive, Life Healthcare


Addressing the healthcare human resource challenge – Panel discussion

Moderator, Dr. Paul Soko, Clinical Directorate Executive, Life Healthcare

Professor Lungile Pepeta, Executive Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences, Nelson Mandela University

Dr. Anchen Laubscher, Clinical Director, Netcare

Muneeb Chohan, Funder Relations and Operations Management, Melomed Hospital Holdings

Professor Eric Buch, Chairperson of the National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS) Board and    Professor of Health Policy and Management at the University of Pretoria.


Closing by Dr. Dumisani Bomela, CEO, Hospital Association of South Africa

Kerishnie Naiker

Internationally-acclaimed speaker and conference host Kerishnie Naiker will host the conference in 2019.

Kerishnie Naiker is a pharmacist, businesswoman, philanthropist, television anchor, public speaker and former Director of Communications for Netcare Ltd. She studied towards a Masters in Pharmacy Practice focusing on Tuberculosis. She worked with Nelson Mandela and the South African Ministry of Health to facilitate public private partnerships. She established three hospitals, nine Tuberculosis clinics and The Chatsworth Youth Centre. She mediated the agreement between Vodacom, Altron, Gauteng Provincial Department of Health and RHRU to establish the AIDS Centre, Shandukani. She is a former board member of Vodacom Foundation and Smile Foundation.

*RHRU: Reproductive Health and Research Unit

“Advancing Healthcare”

The 2019 conference takes place at Cape Town International Convention Centre.