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Directors

Independent Directors


Mr Douw
van der Walt

Chairperson
B.Com CAIB (SA), MBL, AEP (UNISA)


Douw Gerbrand Van Der Walt serves as the Chairperson of the FPD board of directors. He holds other managerial positions include, Chairman of the Health Science Academy (Pty) Ltd and Chairman of the Africa Health Placements (Pty) Ltd. Mr Van Der Walt is also currently the Divisional Executive for Nedbank Corporate Banking, this is following his 30 years experience he has acquired in the banking industry in both local and international platforms.


Dr Mohammed
Abbas

Director
MBChB (UCT), FCFP (SA), Dip Palliative Medicine (UTC), C.I.M.E. (A.B.I.M.E.)


Dr Mohammed Abbas is a Director at FPD and owns a private practice opened in 1992 to date. His professional career kicked off in 1989 where he worked as an Intern at Groote Schuur Hospital. He then worked as a SHO at Somerset Hospital for 6 months before going to Red Cross Children’s Hospital. In 1991, Dr Mohammed was working as a SHO at Groote Schuur Hospital prior to opening his own practice. Dr Mohammed received his MBChB and MCFP (SA) at University of Cape Town. Dr Mohammed has been a member of professional medical associations; he was the Treasurer of the SAMA Cape Town for 4 years prior to being the Secretary of the DAFA. He was then afforded the opportunity to be the Treasurer of DAFA. Amongst other memberships he held, He was also a board member and a Chairman of Finance committee at SAMA for 3 years.


Dr Angelique
Coetzee

Director
B.MedSci, MBChB, CAHM, H.Cert in Criminal Justice




Ms Ida
Asia

Director
B.Cur (Hons), MA (Nursing), MBL



Ms Ida Asia is the Managing Director of Jhpiego South Africa and serves on the FPD board of directors. Previously Ms Asia worked in the Save the Children UK, Pretoria, South Africa as a Health Advisor for 2 years. As a Managing Director Jhpiego South Africa, Ms Ida Asia provides overall strategic direction, managerial guidance and oversight, cultivates strategic relationships and works very closely with the Ministry of Health and Social Development, partners and other stakeholders. She is responsible for coordinating activity programming, action plan formulation and presentation of Jhpiego South Africa’s financial oversight and business development activities. Ms Asia has more than 21 years of dynamic leadership experience in the health field in South Africa. She has cultivated an intimate knowledge of the South African health system through her work as a Clinical trainer, and in Human Resources and Technical Management capacities. She has contributed to health systems strategies and held senior management positions focusing on health systems development within a number of national and international organisations.

Executive Directors


Mrs. Stacey-Ann
Pillay

Head: Academic Cluster
BA, Hon Psychology, HCM



Stacey Ann Pillay has recently been appointed as the Head of the Academic Cluster at Foundation for Professional Development, leading seven academic programmes as well as conferencing and learnerships. Stacey was the previous CEO of Africa Health Placements (AHP) and advanced in her career at the organisation from administrative assistant over a 10 year period. Stacey has supported hundreds of doctors in their transition to serving in underserved areas in Africa. In 2015, Stacey was one of 25 participants from six African countries selected by the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Development Policy and Practice for the ‘Leading in Public Life’ Programme. Stacey was also selected as a fellow by the Vedica Scholars Programme for the Global Programme for Women’s Leadership in 2019. In her various roles Stacey managed relationships with a range of key stakeholders including existing and potential donors, government and healthcare regulators. Stacey has led diverse teams of people and continues to mobilise her team and others around a social mission.


Dr Gustaaf
Wolvaardt

Managing Director
MBChB (Pret), M.Med (Int) (Pret), FCP (SA), AMP (MBS), PGCHE (Pret)


Dr Gustaaf Wolvaardt is the Managing Director of FPD. Prior to being appointed at FPD he served the South African Medical Association as a Healthcare Executive. Dr Gustaaf holds a Bachelors Degree in Medicine and Surgery (MBChB) (1983), a Masters Degree in Internal Medicine (M.Med) (1990) and a post graduate qualification in Higher Education (PGCHE) (2008) from the University of Pretoria. He is also a Fellow of the College of Physicians of South Africa and completed the Manchester Business School Advanced Management Programme in 1998. Dr Wolvaardt serves on the Board of Directors of the South African Institute for Health Care Managers, Dira Sengwe Conferences, Right to Care and Aids Accountability International. He has published a number of articles on international health and health management issues and advises a number of international clients on international health issues from time to time. In 2007 he was recognized a one of the 25 most influential South African healthcare leaders by the South African Institute of Health Care Managers.

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