Dr. Kathryn Pahl
Chairperson and Founder
Kathy is well known in the South African social development sector. She headed the social development department at Valkenberg Psychiatric hospital in Cape Town, was the CEO of Epilepsy South Africa, and more recently was a researcher within the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Cape Town, where she investigated the outcomes and impact of HIV and AIDS programmes in South African schools. She has consulted with a number of national nonprofit organisations in areas of management and governance.
Zukie was previously the Chief Executive Officer of Thebe Capital. Prior to that, she held various senior positions at the Barclays Africa Group, Old Mutual, Royal Bafokeng Holdings and South African Breweries. Zukie currently serves as a non-executive director at Wescoal Mining, African Bank, York Timber Holdings, Toyota Financial Services and Ogilvy Mather South Africa.
Dr. Dino Rech
Dino is a recognized global health leader, published researcher, and ER physician with first-hand knowledge of how technology can both help and hinder clinical workflows. He has dedicated his career to the advancement of global health through research and innovation, holding various leadership and technical roles at organizations such as the Centre for HIV and AIDS Prevention Studies (CHAPS), the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, The Aurum Institute and Audere. As the former Group Director & Regional Chief Operating Officer of The Aurum Institute, Dr. Rech managed the organization’s business development team, responsible for introducing new strategies and innovation to its projects, and led one of the largest HIV care and treatment programs in South Africa. Dr. Rech was the Founder and CEO of the Centre for HIV and AIDS Prevention Studies (CHAPS), which reached over 750,000 people with lifesaving HIV prevention, education, testing, and surgeries during his tenure at the organization. Currently as the CEO of Audere, a Seattle-based digital health nonprofit, Dino enthusiastically drives Audere’s vision forward and implements its strategy. Born and raised South African, he is passionate about Audere’s mission to find solutions to the challenges facing low- and middle-income countries.
In 1985, Bill Underwood cofounded Catalyst Consulting Team with Sean Gerrity, emerging from their start-up work with Boston University’s Executive Challenge Program in Santa Cruz, CA. As CEO, Bill designs and leads leadership programs focused on organizational effectiveness, strategic leadership, managerial skills, and high performing teamwork. He coaches executive leaders and their teams on implementing their vision and strategy, making strategic choices, and aligning company culture with leadership behaviours. Clients learn to engage in productive dialogue that result in informed decisions to actions.
The core of Bill’s practice is consulting and coaching executive leaders and management teams. He applies best practices from cognitive, emotional, and behavioural sciences to help organizations confront the pressing challenges they face. Bill focuses on the knowing-doing gaps, supporting people to close the gaps between their aspirations and results. Clients learn to utilize their differences to advance intelligent progress. His coaching and personal facilitation create meaningful relationships that encourage fully showing up with others in an increasingly complex world.
Kanya Ndaki is a seasoned health communicator. She is currently the director of communications at The Aurum Institute and has just over 2 decades of media and communications experience; thirteen of which were as an award-winning journalist and editor. Ndaki was previously the head of communications at the South African National Aids Council where she was in charge of providing strategic communication support to the body’s units and structures. Prior to that, as regional editor for UN humanitarian news service Irin News (now The New Humanitarian), she covered humanitarian and development issues and co-founded PlusNews, Irin’s dedicated HIV/Aids news service in 2001. Ms Ndaki also serves as a Board Member of the Bhekisisa Centre for Health Journalism and the Panos Institute of Southern Africa.
A/Prof Goodman Sibeko
A/Prof Goodman Sibeko is a Medical Doctor with specialist Psychiatric training. He holds a PhD in Psychiatry from the University of Cape Town where he currently serves as Head of the Division of Addiction Psychiatry and as Director of the US Department of State-funded International Technology Transfer Centre – South Africa. His work has focused on interventions using non-specialist workers in the management of severe mental illness, and he has a developing research portfolio focused on task sharing models for the treatment of harmful substance use, mental health and HIV. He has an established international collaborative network and has been instrumental in advancing the strengthening of mental health training for community health workers through the national department of health’s Foundation phase training for community health workers. He has led and participated in several policy development and implementation activities locally in South Africa and further afield on the African continent.
Clement Shirilele, an attorney with over three decades of experience admitted to practice in the High Court since 1990, holds a B.Proc, LLB, and an LLM in Constitutional Law. Committed to legal education, he served on the panel of the Attorneys Entrance Board Exams in 1997 and tutored at the Practical Legal Training School.
Clement’s life reflects a dedication to the legal profession, a commitment to education, and active involvement in community service. A passionate long-distance runner, he also contributes significant time as a black law practitioner to pro bono work, addressing individual cases and broader societal concerns.
In addition to his role as an attorney, Clement Shirilele’s versatility extends to acting as a Judge in the Gauteng Division of the High Court. His commitment to community service is evident through his participation in Round Table, where he served on the National Council of the Association of Round Tables in South Africa in 2002/2003.