About AHP

Our People

Saul Kornik

"Health for Africa, powered by people"

As the CEO, Saul’s role is to ensure the organisation performs through inspirational leadership and by setting a compelling vision made manifest in storytelling and strategy. This includes enabling AHP to fulfill its purpose by ensuring it is funded to deliver pragmatic solutions. Saul is a strong advocate for leadership through culture – culture being “how we do things around here”. AHP's culture is expressed in the behaviour of the people at AHP, and leaders acting as role models who influence these group norms. At AHP the culture has been codified so that the organisation can fulfill its mission to plan for, find and keep the workforce to deliver health for all.

Kate Thiers

“Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.” - Albert Einstein

Kate Thiers joined AHP in her role as head of AHP operations in 2010. Since then, she has overseen the growth of the organisation by three-fold. Kate has eight years of corporate experience with Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics, Comcast, Johnson & Johnson and Andersen Business Consulting in the US and UK. She has a Bachelor of Science in Economics from The Wharton School in Pennsylvania, where she graduated magna cum laude, and an MBA from Oxford University.

Lisa Mulenga
Chief Innovation Officer

“Whoever I am, or whatever I do some kind of excellence is within my reach.” 

Lisa joined AHP from the US government agency, CDC in 2013. At CDC Lisa was the Biomedical HIV Prevention Team Lead. Prior to CDC, Lisa worked as the Programme Manager for the Men Taking Action Programme at the Catholic Medical Mission Board. She also practised medicine as the Chief Medical Officer in a clinic she ran in Lusaka, Zambia. Lisa studied medicine in Germany before completing a Master's degree in Public Health at Wits.

Kedumetse Mvula
Retention Manager

"Strive to achieve your goals with passion, hunger and drive"

Kedumetse manages the Retention Programme.The purpose of this team is to find, place and keep healthcare workers in alignment to planned solutions. AHP currently runs the programme in nine districts and one sub-district across South Africa. Kedumetse manages the team to positively affect retention of healthcare workers to meet contractual obligations made to partners. She has worked in private, public and NGO health sectors and has a background in radiography, the management of TB and HIV programmes, and the implementation of health systems.  Prior to working at AHP, she was an Operations Systems Manager at Ndlovu Care Group.

Katia Da Silva
Finance Manager

"With power comes responsibility"

Katia Da Silva is AHP's Finance Manager. Katia joins AHP in this critical role as our budget soars and our new financial management systems for the non-profit company are implemented. Before joining AHP, Katia worked at Soul City where she was the Finance Manager.

Nokuzola Gumede
Recruitment Coordinator

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit"

Zoe is a Recruitment Coordinator at AHP. She manages the submission of compliant documentation to ensure successful processing of applications by regulatory bodies. She comes to the role with an understanding of the push and pull factors for doctors from her experience in conducting the Community Service Officer survey in 2012.  

Tracey Hudson
Recruitment Officer

"Carpe Diem"

Tracey is a Recruitment Officer at AHP. She recruits healthcare workers to meet the contractual obligations made to AHP's partners in several districts in KwaZulu-Natal. Tracey needs very little introduction, as a founder of the fore-runner to AHP, an ex-manager within AHP and a very well-known personality in rural Human Resources for Health.

Nonhlanhla Radebe
Retention Officer - Zululand

"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step"

Nonhlanhla is a Retention Officer based in Zululand in KwaZulu-Natal. She positively affects the retention of healthcare workers to meet contractual obligations made to partners and is the single point of contact for AHP district activities. 

Nonhlanhla worked at Performance Solutions Africa as an HR Administrator for three years – handling recruitment, job contracts, induction, training and development, performance management, payroll, the HR budget and more. Prior to that she worked at the HR Development unit of the Department of Economic Development. Nonhlanhla has an Honours degree in HRM.

Mandla Masiza
Recruitment Support Team Leader

"My passion is to serve. To serve God, my Family and Community"

Mandla is a Recruitment Support Team Leader at AHP. He effectively oversees activities of Recruitment Coordinators to support the meeting of contractual recruitment obligations. Mandla studied Marketing at the Border Technikon. Working at UCT under one of the founders of AHP, Steve Reid, Mandla started a recruitment office for rural students wanting to study medicine. 

Busi Masombuka
Recruitment Coordinator - Foreign Workforce Management Programme (FWMP)

"You must remain focused on your journey to greatness"

Busi is a Recruitment Coordinator at AHP. She works at Foreign Workforce Management at the Department of Health. She manages the submission of compliant documentation to ensure successful processing of applications by regulatory bodies. She recieved her certificate in HR management from College campus, and is currently busy with her National Diploma in Tourism Management. 

Funani Ntontela
Retention Officer - OR Tambo

"We are out to celebrate the roots of the spirit of fire"

Funani is a Retention Officer based in the OR Tambo district in the Eastern Cape. He positively affects the retention of healthcare workers to meet contractual obligations made to partners and is the single point of contact for AHP district activities. Funani trained as a professional nurse at Frere Nursing College and has a Honours degree in Public Administration from the University of Stellenbosch.

Esther Dlamini
Recruitment Team Leader

"Always make the decision to do that which benefits others, that way you're bound to help someone out along the way"

Esther is AHP's Recruitment Team Leader. She effectively allocates and oversees activities of Recruitment Officers to meet contractual recruitment obligations. When asked about her work, Esther said: "I love rural areas, people there still know what it means to live life regardless of what you have. Rural communities are often neglected and yet they have so much to offer, even with the very little they have."

Obakeng Lekoko
Retention Officer - Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati

"Our prime purpose in this life is to help others and if you can't help others, at least don't hurt them"

Obakeng is a Retention Officer for the Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati district in the North West. He positively affects the retention of healthcare workers to meet contractual obligations made to partners and is the single point of contact for AHP district activities.  He has a national diploma in Municipal Administration, a BTech in Public Management and an Honours degree in Public Management from Stellenbosch University. Before joining AHP, Obakeng worked at Deloitte as a Project Administrator.

Liz Schroeder
UK Public Health Advisor

"Life is not about the number of breaths you take - but the moments that take your breath away"

Liz has been with AHP since its inception in 2005 (as part of the Rural Health Initiative). Having completed her undergraduate studies in South Africa she now works in research in the public health sector, currently completing a doctorate at Oxford, UK.  Passionate about healthcare in Africa and delighted to support serving doctors from the 'other side of the ocean', Liz is happy to assist in any way she can.

Therese Hansen
US Liaison

"Leap and the net will appear"

That’s what Therese tells doctors as she urges them to take their talents to Africa! As our US liaison, Therese helped launched AHP in North America in September 2008, after spending extended time in South Africa. Her job is to expand our programme's reach at several target conferences each year including the gatherings of the family physicians, pediatricians, emergency physicians, internists and the American Tropical School of Medicine & Hygiene. Therese’s responsibilities also entail recruitment strategic planning, and interfacing with medical schools/clinics/associations to build twinning projects linking American doctors with South Africa's rural hospitals. She lives in Seattle 'most' of the time.