pharmacist conferences

Dear Friends & Colleagues

On behalf of the Organising Committee of South African Association of Pharmacists in Industry (SAAPI) it is our great pleasure to invite you to our annual conference, taking place virtually this year, Wednesday, 17 November – Friday, 19 November 2021.

The SAAPI Conference 2021 - “Your Future…Re-Imagine / Re-Invent …Are You Ready?” - will welcome both international and local experts in plenary sessions focusing on the importance of being future-oriented in times of rapid change and digital innovation. Our aim is to provide food for thought, spark your curiosity and energise you to prepare yourselves for a future that will require us to think out of the box and draw on skills we may never have thought necessary in the past.

The Virtual Conference will also offer delegates the opportunity to network with colleagues, trade partners and exhibitors within the virtual platform. It is the ideal time to rekindle past friendships and create new relationships for the future.

We look forward to welcoming you to our Virtual Conference and thank you in advance for your support in helping us make a successful SAAPI 2021 Conference.

Kind Regards
Tammy Maitland-Stuart
SAAPI - Executive Director

Organising Committee

  • Tammy Maitland-Stuart
  • Alison Blackhurst
  • Gina Partridge

Conference Organisers Contact Details


To receive a Complimentary Conference Box kindly register by no later than Monday, 15 November


  • Conference Box
  • Invitation to the Virtual Social Networking Evening - Wednesday 17 November
  • Access to all academic sessions via the online conference platform
  • Interact with Exhibiting Companies
  • Access to the online content for 1 month post conference
Registration Fees
SAAPI Member
R4 500
R5 000

International Faculty

Technical Officer at World Health Organization (WHO)

Dr Gwaza - Technical Officer at World Health Organization (WHO)

Luther supports access to medicines and health technologies in low- and middle-income countries by facilitating national registrations of medical products\recommended by WHO- prequalification and other reference authorities. His responsibilities include all aspects related to the Collaborative Registration Procedure and other facilitated registration mechanisms.

Mr Hugh McMahon - Principal Consultant QP/RP at Commissioning Agents

Experienced Quality Director, with 25 years experience in the pharma industry, managing site, global quality organisations and supply chains. Significant practical experience in API, Biologics, Vaccines and ATMP's. Strategic, pragmatic thinker who views Quality as a vital support function and who understands the role quality plays in driving improved customer satisfaction and business performance.

Principal Consultant QP/RP at Commissioning Agents
The Medical Futurist and the Director of The Medical Futurist Institute

Dr Bertalan Mesko - The Medical Futurist and the Director of The Medical Futurist Institute

analysing how science fiction technologies can become reality in medicine and healthcare. As a geek physician with a PhD in genomics, he is also an Amazon Top 100 author. He is also a Private Professor at Semmelweis Medical School, Budapest, Hungary.

Dr Stephan Rönninger - Director Quality External Affairs

Stephan works in Quality External Affairs at Amgen on Operations/CMC since 2013. He collaborates cross-functional internally and with external stakeholders by shaping regulatory guidelines, disseminating intelligence, and educate. He represents Amgen in EFPIA MQEG and represents EFPIA on GMPs/inspections.

Director Quality External Affairs
Director, Conformity Ltd

Mr Sion Wyn - Director, Conformity Ltd

Sion is an acknowledged expert in computer system validation and compliance and international regulations in this field. He assisted the FDA as a consultant with its re-examination of 21 CFR Part 11 and was a member of the core team that produced the FDA Guidance on 21 CFR Part 11 Scope and Application.

SAHPRA Faculty

Daphney Fafudi

Ms. Daphney Fafudi - Regulatory Compliance Manager

Daphney is a Pharmacist with 20 years of experience in various sectors of Pharmacy within South Africa with over 15 years of management experience and leadership roles. Qualifications include B.Pharm, MSc in Pharmacy and MBA from the University of the Witwatersrand.

Ms. Portia Nkambule - Chief Regulatory Officer

Portia is a pharmacist with a Masters degree in Public Health. Ms Nkambule studied her B.Pharm degree at the University of Witwatersrand. She received training on Pharmacovigilance at the Uppsala Drug Monitoring Centre in Sweden. She has worked for the Medicines Control Council of South Africa, now the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) since 2000.

Ms. Portia Nkambule
Deon Poovan

Mr. Deon Poovan - Senior Manager: Inspectorate & Regulatory Compliance

Deon is the Senior Manager: Inspectorate and Regulatory Compliance at the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority. He has a Bachelor of Pharmacy degree from the University of the Western Cape and hold a Master’s degree in Management in Public and Development Management from the University of the Witwatersrand.

Ms. Christelna Reynecke - Chief Operations Officer

Christelna is the COO of South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA). She holds Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Edinburgh Business School (Heriot Watt University). She also has a BPharm Degree from the University of the North West. In addition, she has been endorsed and certified many others for Business Strategy Execution.

Ms. Christelna Reynecke
Dr. Boitumelo Semete-Makokotlela

Dr. Boitumelo Semete-Makokotlela - Chief Executive Officer

Dr Semete-Makokotlela has a Ph.D. (Biochemistry) and also holds MSc in Management Finance and Investment. She is also a fellow of the African Leadership Initiative. Within the technology innovation space, she managed a biotechnology incubator at The Innovation Hub Management Company. She was with McKinsey & Company for 2 years as a McKinsey Leadership Fellow. Prior to that, she was at the CSIR as a Senior Researcher.

Academic Programme


Provisional Programme at a Glance

  • Wednesday, 17 November
  • 15h00 – 17h05 Opening Plenary Session
  • 17h30 - 20h30 Virtual Social Networking Cocktail Evening
  • Thursday, 18 November
  • 08h30 - 09h00 Online Platform Opens
  • 09h00 - 14h00 Virtual Conference
  • Friday, 19 November
  • 08h30 - 09h00 Online Platform Opens
  • 09h00 - 14h00 Virtual Conference
  • 14h00 Conference Close

Exhibition & Partnerships

Exhibiting is a very important part of hosting SAAPI 2021 and the Organising Committee would like to encourage interactive virtual stands, as the exhibition provides stakeholders and suppliers with a great opportunity to showcase their products and services to a targeted, relevant and appropriate market.

What is a virtual booth? it is a space within a larger virtual event. The aim is to generate meaningful conversations with delegates. Conversations can be instant, a contact form, or simply be a link to more.

A variety of assets/content can be displayed. These include static text, logos, banners, videos, brochures and chat boxes. Virtual exhibitors may also host live discussions, demos and even competitions.

    Benefits of Having a Virtual Booth/Space
  • Improved lead generation
  • Increased brand awareness
  • Extended audience reach
  • Cost effective and increased productivity
  • Sponsorship revenue opportunities

Within the Trade Prospectus you will be provided with, you will find a number of virtual sponsorship and exhibition opportunities to suit your company.

To request a copy of the Trade Prospectus and to secure your participation, contact: