NMCH CEO: Meet Dr. Mandisa Maholwana

The Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital has appointed a Chief Executive Officer, Dr Mandisa Maholwana. She assumed the role as the CEO of the newest paediatric hospital in Southern Africa in July 2017. Her vast experience in the medical industry has well placed her in a good position to drive the 200-bed facility.

An experienced medical doctor originally from the Eastern Cape, Dr. Maholwana has over 20 years’ experience in the healthcare sector.After she qualified as a medical doctor in 1995 from the then University of Natal, Dr.Maholwana started her career as a GP Physician in Soweto and then went on to establish her private family practice.

She spent the majority of her career in the innovative pharmaceutical industry, working for Merck and Sharpe & Dohme and GlaxoSmithKline, where she was an Area Medical Director: Developing Countries, overseeing medical affairs across 45 countries on three continents.

Before joining the NMCH, she was the Chief Executive Officer of Africa HealthCare, an integrated healthcare company that owns and manages hospitals in the West Rand and in the Free State and also provides emergency medical services.

Among other qualifications, she holds an MSc (Med) in Bioethics and Health Law from the University of Witwatersrand, an Advanced Management Program (AMP) from Manchester Business School, a Post Graduate Certificate in Pharmaco-Economics from Monash University.

Dr. Mandisa has extensive experience in Sub-Sahara Africa, the Middle East and South East Asia, in medical marketing practices, clinical research, medical education activities, and negotiations with regulatory authorities, partnering with external stakeholders such as patient organisations and liaising with international organisations.