Management

President and Chairman of the Board:
Prof Michael Pepper

Professor Michael Pepper
MBChB (Cape Town), PhD (Geneva), MD (Geneva), Privat Docent (Geneva)

Michael has worked extensively in the field of clinically-oriented (translational) molecular cell biology, and his current interest include stem cells and the human genome. He leads a national team whict assists the National Department of Health with legislation concerning human tissues and has been involved with tissue banking for the past 10 years. Michael has > 200 medical and scientific publications and has received a number of awards for his research. He has been extensively involved in teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels and is frequently solicited as a speaker at local and international meetings. He interacts regularly with the media and writes for the lay press on medical and scientific matters.

Michael's current positions are Director of the Institute for Cellular and Molecular Medicine and Director of the South African Medical Research Council's Extramural Unit for Stem Cell Research and Therapy. He is a professor in the Department of Immunology in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Pretoria and is also professeur associe in the Department of Genetic Medicine and Development in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Geneva, Switzerland.

Vice-president:
Sandra Venter

Sandra Venter
Public Relations Officer: Centre for Tissue Engineering, Tshwane University of Technology

During the last 12 years she worked extensively with tissue donor families, the legal consent procedure and overseeing the national tissue procurement team, whilst focussing on professional relationships with key role players in the industry. In 2011 she was awarded an International fellowship in eye banking by the Eye banking Association of America where her vision for tissue banks grew substantially and she became committed to push forward with the idea of a formal tissue banking association. Her involvement as coordinator in the drafting of regulations for tissue banks, which were then promulgated in 2012, helped to develop her passion for "bringing people together" and a believe that collaboration is the only way to succeed in the South African context of tissue banks.

Board Member:
Dr Yvonne Holt

Dr Yvonne Holt
Medical Director: Netcells Biosciences

Dr Yvonne Holt is the Medical Director at Netcells Biosciences, a South African private stem cell and human tissue bank. Dr Holt graduated from Wits University as a medical doctor and has a diploma in Paediatrics and Transfusion Medicine. Netcells specialises in the long term storage of baby stem cells (umbilical cord blood and tissue stem cells), adult stem cells (peripheral blood and adipose tissue stem cells), Semen, Human heart valves, amniotic tissue membrane used in ophthalmic surgery and the production of umbilical cord blood serum eye drops.

Board Member:
Dr Charlotte Ingram

Dr Charlotte Ingram
Medical Director: South African National Blood Transfusion Service (SANBS)

Dr Charlotte Ingram is currently the medical director for the South African National Blood Transfusion Service (SANBS). Prior to this she headed up a molecular diagnostics unit for a reputable commercial business initiative for the sub Saharan African region & was the CEO for the clinical trial laboratory division of the Wits Health Consortium, a division of the University of Witwatersrand. Her qualifications include both clinical haematology - MMed (Haem) Wits and haematopathology - FCPathHaem (Wits). Dr Ingram was actively involved in HIV research & management of HIV disease & anaemia in the antenatal units of the Johannesburg hospital complex for many years. Her MBA thesis was in risk management and HIV in the transport industry. Her involvement with the REDS III study in South Africa started in July 2011, initially on the working group for the obstetric haemorrhage study. Dr Ingram is currently the project director and in country principal investigator (PI) for the REDS III SANBS study for South Africa. Her role is predominantly to manage the technical & administrative aspects for the project in South Africa and to support the hospital local PIs in blood transfusion matters in the transfusion in pregnancy (TIP) REDS III study. Since April 2013, Dr Ingram has also been the principal investigator for the SANBS CDC /PEPFAR Blood Safety & strengthening health systems program for SANBS in South Africa. Special relevance to her tissue banking experience & Bone marrow HLA typing is a 10year experience at executive management level in academic & blood transfusion organisations which includes direct involvement of managing HLA typing laboratories in SANBS and cryopreservation of peripheral stem & mononuclear cells over the past 10 years.

Board Member:
Ms Yvonne Cordner

Ms Yvonne Cordner
CEO: South African Burn Care Trust

Yvonne has a background in business and has been an entrepreneur for over 25 years. She is creatively inclined in all her endeavours and holds a degree in Visual Arts (BVA)hons.

This is coupled with strong leadership and business skills and she is also the President of the the Nguni chapter of BNI(Business Network International) and has become an expert in business networking systems and has won many awards in this area.

Yvonne is also the CEO of the South African Burn Care Trust.

Board Member:
Mrs Cleo Ndhlovu

Mrs Cleo Ndhlovu
Manager: The Centre for Tissue Engineering

Cleo is the current Manager of the Centre for Tissue Engineering, which she joined in 2005. She holds a B-Tech degree in Biotechnology from TUT, a Total Quality Management Diploma from UNISA and an International Master degree in Donation of Organs, Tissues, and Cells for Transplantation from the University of Barcelona in Spain. Her strong leadership skills and ability to deliver innovative new solutions to challenges, has ensured strategic resource utilisation and sturdy organisational development. She is also actively involved in ensuring the maintenance of a successful ISO 9001 & 13485 quality management standards.