Chairman of the Executive Board
Malebona Precious Matsoso has held the post of Director General of the National Department of Health of South Africa since June 2010. With more than 20 years’ work experience at executive management level, she has held key strategic leadership positions at national and international level for large international organizations, covering public health policy and programme development, ethics and research. She has extensive knowledge of and experience with developing countries, the United Nations system, high levels of government, and other key institutions.
She was a Director at WHO with responsibility for the implementation of the global strategy and plan of action on public health, innovation and intellectual property. Prior to that, she was the Director of Technical Cooperation for Essential Drugs and Traditional Medicine. She has published various articles and authored book chapters. She has served on numerous advisory bodies both nationally and internationally and was a member of the WHO Executive Board before taking up her present appointment.