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Dr. Ntuthuko Bhengu

Dr. Ntuthuko Bhengu

Commissioner National Planning Commission of South Africa


Dr. Ntuthuko Bhengu is a panelist of the Health Market Inquiry which, in 2014, was set up by the Competition Commission of South Africa (SA) to probe the private health sector holistically to determine factors that restrict, prevent or distort competition and underlie increases in private healthcare prices and expenditure. He is also the health expert on the SA National Planning Commission and a Chartered Director (SA) with many years' experience as a non-executive director. He completed a term of eight years as a board and advisory committee member of Nestle (SA) (Pty) Ltd. In 2017, he was elected to serve as a non-executive director of the Institute of Directors in Southern Africa.

Dr. Bhengu obtained the MB,ChB degree from Natal University and the Diploma in Anaesthetics from the College of Medicine of SA. His business management qualifications include MBA (Wales, Cardiff) and MPH Healthcare Management (Harvard) degrees. The Harvard degree gave him an in-depth understanding of global health policy and management of corporations in pharmaceutical, biotechnology, hospital and health insurance sectors. Over a career of more than 20 years, Dr Bhengu has operated as a clinician in South Africa and England and as a senior executive within the SA health care sector.

Dr. Bhengu has participated as an invited speaker at the Africa Business Conferences for the Imperial College (UK, 2016) and Harvard Business Schools (USA, 2017). He also delivered a keynote address at the Africa Directors Programme offered by the Stellenbosch and INSEAD business schools (SA, 2017). In March 2018, Dr. Bhengu was invited by the Harvard Global Health Institute to participate as a speaker at the London (UK) workshop on counterfeit and substandard medicines. The theme of the meeting was, "Medicines that Lie: A Deadly Public Health Crisis."

Dr. Ntuthuko Bhengu is a Fellow of the Africa Leadership Initiative.

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