Director-General, National Department of Health, South Africa
Malebona Precious Matsoso was appointed Director General of the National Department of Health of South Africa in June 2010. She was previously the Director of the Public Health, Innovation and Intellectual Property programme at the World Health Organization (WHO), which was responsible for the implementation of the Global Strategy and Plan of Action on Public Health, Innovation and Intellectual Property. She also served as Director of Technical Cooperation for Essential Drugs and Traditional Medicine for the WHO. She served on several advisory panels at home and internationally, including as a member of the National Research Ethics Council in South Africa, the WHO Ethics Review Committee, and the Advisory Panel of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Prior to her international assignments, she was the Registrar of Medicines of the Medicines Control Council in South Africa, served on the Secretariat of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) harmonization initiative, and held several senior positions in the South African government.