An International Partnership

Steering Committee

ASELPH's work is overseen by the Steering Committee which is chaired by Dr. Gail Andrews, the Chief Operations Officer in the National Department of Health. The Committee, which meets twice a year, is made up of the representatives below:

National Department of Health

Dr. Gail Andrews - Chief Operating Officer / Chair of Steering Committee
Ms. Jeannette Hunter -  PHC DDG

Provincial Department of Health Representatives

Ms. Sipho Motau - Acting DDG: Clinical Services Branch, Mpumalanga
Ms. Nomathemba Mazibuko - Chief Director: District Health Service, Northern Cape
Dr. Teboho Moji - Acting DDG: District Health Services, Kwa-Zulu Natal


Ms. Bernadette Moffat, ELMA Philanthropies
Mr. Derek Sedlacek, USAID

Sisulu Family Representative

Ms. Tumi Sisulu
Mr. Duma Sisulu

Independent Health Experts

Dr. Barry Kistnasamy - Executive Director of the National Institute for Occupational Health and the National Cancer Registry
Dr. Wezile Chitha - Assistant Dean for Strategic Affairs, University of Witwatersrand, Faculty of Health Sciences
Professor Helen Schneider - University of Western Cape, School of Public Health

Academic and Implementing Partners

Professor Tom Bossert, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Principal Investigator
Dr. Thabiso Makola, University of Pretoria - Program Manager and Secretariat
Professor Eric Buch, Univeristy of Pretoria - Principal investigator
Professor Thelmah Maluleke, University of Fort Hare - Programme Manager and Secretariat
Professor Pinky Seekoe, University of Fort Hare - Dean Faculty of Health Sciences
Dr. Judy Bigby, South Africa Partners - Executive Director
Dr. Mvuyo Tom, South Africa Partners - Technical Advisor

Principal Investigators

Pinky Seekoe

University of Fort Hare


Professor Seekoe is Head of the Faculty of Health Sciences at University of Fort Hare. She holds a Doctoral Degree (UJ), MBA UFH), M Soc Sc (UFH), BA Cur (UNISA). She is a Research Niche Area Leader on Mentoring for sustainable Rural Community Resilience and Public Health and currently leads a team of PhD and Masters students on Evaluation of the School Health Policy in the Eastern Cape. In her career she has held various management positions in public health and academia, has been the recipient of scholarship awards from the Human Sciences Research Council, the National Research Foundation and the Medical Research Council and has collaborated
with over five international universities.

Her specialties include academic leadership and change management, curriculum innovation,mentoring for sustainable rural community resilience and public health and evaluation of health policies.

Eric Buch

Eric Buch

University of Pretoria

Eric Buch, MBBCh FFCH(SA) MSc(Med), is Professor of Health Policy and Management in the School of Health Systems and Public Health at the University of Pretoria and Health Adviser to the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD). Eric was formerly Deputy Director General for Health Care of Gauteng Province in South Africa, Executive Director for Health, Housing and Urbanisation of metropolitan Johannesburg; a founder and Director of the Centre for Health Policy at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) and served as General Secretary of the National Progressive Primary Health Care Network, a key anti-apartheid health organisation. Professor Buch is a medical doctor and a registered specialist in Community Health.

Tom Bossert

Tom Bossert

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Dr. Bossert is a Senior Lecturer in Global Health Policy and Director of the International Health Systems Program of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He has worked around the world for organisations including USAID, DfID, the World Bank, WHO and the Inter-American Development Bank and teaches on the Harvard/World Bank Flagship Course on Health System Strengthening.

His specialities include health reform, decentralisation, strategic planning for health, political economy of health systems and organisational and institutional analysis.

Program Managers

Professor Thelmah Maluleke

Thelmah Maluleke

University of Fort Hare

Professor Xavela Thelmah Maluleke is an Adjunct Professor, Acting HOD Public Health and Programme Manager for the ASELPH Programme at the University of Fort Hare. She holds a doctoral degree from the University of South Africa (UNISA). She obtained her MSc (International Health) from Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh (Scotland). Before joining the University of Fort Hare she worked in a number of academic institutions as a Research Director at the Human Sciences Research Council; Research Associate Professor and Research Champion at Faculty of Health Sciences, Walter Sisulu University; Head of Department of Public Health at the University of Venda. She has successfully promoted and supervised doctoral thesis and masters’ dissertations respectively. She serves as an expert reviewer for a number of national and international peer reviewed journals. Prof Maluleke’s publication record spans from the authoring and co-authoring of several peer-reviewed journal articles, books, book chapters and conference presentations. She has received several awards for academic development and funding for research projects. Her areas of research interest include adolescent and youth health, sexual health, health promotion, gender, maternal and child morbidity and mortality, non-communicable diseases, indigenous knowledge systems and healthy villages.

Dr. Thabiso Makola

Thabiso Makola

University of Pretoria

Dr. Thokoe Thabiso Makola completed his medical studies, Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB), at the University of Cape Town in 2000.

This was followed by extensive clinical experience working in both the public and private health sectors in South Africa and in the United Kingdom. He enrolled and completed his medical specialization studies in Public Health Medicine at the University of Pretoria and the College of Medicine of South Africa in 2016. He holds a Master of Medicine (MMed) in Public Health Medicine from the University of Pretoria as well as the Fellowship of the College of Public Health Medicine (FCPHM) from the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa (CMSA).

Dr. Makola also has a postgraduate diploma in Tropical Health and Medicine (DTM&H) from University of Pretoria as well as a postgraduate diploma in HIV Management (Dip HIV Man) from the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa.

Dr Makola has special interests in the areas of Health Systems Strengthening, Health Economics including Health Systems Financing, and the overall political economy of health. Another important area of interest and experience is in Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) of Health programs. He has been involved in a number of health systems strengthening initiatives in South Africa as an independent public health consultant since completing his specialist training while initially working part time for ASELPH.

He was appointed as the Programme Manager for the Albertina Sisulu Executive Leadership Programme in Health at the University of Pretoria in 2018.


Professor Thomas Bossert, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
ASELPH gets managers to think beyond concerns such as what forms to fill out and how to hire. Instead it gets them focused on the leadership that’s necessary to motivate people in the health system and inspire them towards larger goals.
Professor Thomas Bossert, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health