SAHPRA Announces New CEO

03 Oct 2019

Dr Semete-Makokotlela holds a Ph.D. in Biochemistry (North-West University) and an MSc in Management Finance and Investment from Wits Business School. She undertook postdoctoral research at the University of Nottingham, UK and Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland. Her research focus was on TB drug delivery systems and she has published several scientific publications, review articles and book chapters.


Dr Semete-Makokotlela has extensive experience in the health technology innovation sector, building on her strong background in R&D and technology management. She has led numerous life science businesses, most recently as the Executive Cluster Manager at the CSIR’s Next Generation Health Cluster. Prior to that, she was Executive Director for CSIR’s Biosciences. She has assisted SMMEs with technology and business incubation, and managed a biotechnology incubator at the Innovation Hub Management Company.


Dr Semete-Makokotlela was a McKinsey Leadership Fellow for two years, working on health sector related programmes. She serves on several thought leadership projects including the African Union Strategy for Health Research, the East Africa Community Bioeconomy Strategy and the WHO Expert Panel on scaling health innovations in Africa.

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