Mr Derek Auret – Chairman
Derek Auret is a graduate of the University of Stellenbosch (Bachelor of Admnistration) and the University of Pretoria (Honours in Political Science and International Politics) and spent 25 years working in the Department of Foreign Affairs. He is currently Chairman of the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra.
Dr Charlotte Ingram – Medical Director
Prior to heading the SABMR, Charlotte Ingram served as Medical Director of the South African National Blood Service (SANBS). Her qualifications span clinical haematology [MMed (Haem) Wits] and haematopathology [FCP (PathHaem) Wits]. Her experience in academic and blood transfusion organisations includes managing HLA typing laboratories and cryopreservation of peripheral blood stem cells.
Mrs Theresa Schlaphoff – Deputy Director
An SABMR staff member since 1997, Terry Schlaphoff holds a Master’s Diploma in Medical Technology (cum laude) from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. She began her career in the then Provincial Blood Grouping Laboratory (now NHLS Laboratory for Tissue Immunology) and has vast experience in the applications of genetic marker systems, specialising in HLA typing for bone marrow transplantation.
Dr Robert Crookes
Robert Crookes is a graduate of the University of the Witwatersrand. He has a Post-Graduate Diploma in Internal Medicine (USA) and a long career in the field of transfusion medicine. His special interests include the treatment of patients by plasma exchange and the collection and cryo-preservation of peripheral blood and umbilical stem cells.
Mr David Cohen
David Cohen is a chartered accountant with his own practice specialising in business consulting, accounting and taxation. Prior to this, he served as director of a large audit practice. His experience covers a large spectrum of the commercial and industrial business world.
Juthika Hariram is an attorney with Right of Appearance in the High Court; her experience is in both civil and criminal litigation. She has also completed an MBA which she felt has empowered and encouraged her to broaden her thinking and take on any challenge. Juthika is also one of the SABMR unrelated stem cell donors. Together with her legal skills, she is able to bring a unique perspective to the Board of the SABMR.
Dr Shun Devan Moodley
Devan Moodley worked in the University of Witwatersrand’s Division of Medical Oncology as a senior specialist and lecturer until February 2006, while also running its Bone Marrow Transplant Unit. Presently in full-time private practice at the Wits Donald Gordon Medical Centre, his interests include breast cancer in solid tumour oncology and treatment of haematological malignancies.
Professor Nicolas Novitzky
Head of the Department of Haematology at the University of Cape Town, Groote Schuur Hospital and NHLS, Professor Nicolas Novitzky is the Founding Chairman and current Chair of the South African Stem Cell Transplantation Society. A member of the SABMR Medical Review Panel, he also serves as President of the African Blood and Marrow Transplantation Group and Director of the Blood Centre at UCT Private Academic Hospital.
Dr Manickavallie (Monica) Vaithilingum
Monica Vaithilingum has been a paediatrician for more than 25 years, 14 of which have been as a paediatric haematologist, spanning both public and private sectors. She is the current Chair of the South African Children’s Cancer Study Group and is integrally involved with relevant NGO and NPO groups.