Our Team

Our Leadership

Dr. Olive Shisana

Dr Shisana is President and CEO of Evidence Based Solutions, with extensive research, management, policy development, fundraising, multilateral and networking skills spanning over 30 years in the USA, South Africa, and Switzerland. She is an honorary Professor at the University of Cape Town, Psychiatry & Mental Health Department.  She earned the Doctor of Science degree at Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health. She was awarded the degree of Doctor of Laws honoris causa by Monash University in 2014.

Dr Shisana served as the first Director General for the Department of Health in South Africa under the Mandela Administration, where she led the development of transformative policies and strategies for health service provision of the population and ensured services were provided to a population of more than 40 million. She also served as Executive Director (number 2 level) at the World Health Organization, directing programs for child health, HIV/AIDS, reproductive health and women’s health.  She served as CEO of South Africa’s Human Sciences Research Council for 10 years, the first woman to do so.  Prior to that, she was the founder and the first Executive Director of Social Aspects of HIV/AIDS as well as the founder of the Social Aspects of HIV/AIDS Research Alliance (SAHARA).

She is a social epidemiologist who conducts national research studies aimed at evidenced-based health policy and program development. She is a world-renowned expert in HIV, having published more than 100 journal articles, book chapters and monographs and is the 2013 Winner of the Academy of Science of South Africa’s “Science for Society” Gold Medal award.  She is also the 2008/2009 financial year winner of the Public and Utilities Sector of the CEO Magazine’s South Africa’s Most Influential Woman in Business and Government award, having led in the development of the national health insurance policy and plan for South Africa.   In 2013 she was named as one of the 100 World Class South Africans by City Press in association with Xtrata, alongside Former President Thabo Mbeki, Former Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, and Former Minister of Finance Trevor Manuel.   She won the 11th Standard Bank’s Top Female Public Sector Leader Award for the work  done as CEO of the Human Science  Research Council in 2014. She also led the development of the new University, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University.

She currently serves on the High Level Panel appointed by the South African Parliament to examine the impact of legislation on the transformation of the South African society. In particular, Professor Shisana serves as chair of the working group on poverty, unemployment and wealth distribution, summarized in this video.

She served on the Board of Emory University Global Health for five years. As Past President of the International Social Science Council, she chaired the 2015 World Social Science Forum, held in Durban, South Africa.  Recently she co-chaired the 2016 International AIDS conference also held in Durban, and attended by nearly 16 000 from 153 countries.

Managing Directors: 

  • Nkateko Okwera
  • Peter Okwera

Additional Team Members

Medical doctors and health economists will be contracted to provide knowledge on medical and economic issues related to health care as needed. These individuals  serve on a per project basis role with EBS.

To conduct research skilled personnel as well as research trainees who are undertaking a master’s or PhD degrees in a related area are employed on a per-project basis. The CEO’s existing relationships with local and global higher learning institutions help facilitate the acquisition of qualified personnel.

Our team includes a number of IT professionals skilled in the following areas :

  • SharePoint
  • Analytics
  • Web Development
  • Social Media
  • Online Collaboration
  • Graphic Design
  • Portal Design
  • PHP
  • .Net
  • Database design
  • SQL
  • Electronic survey design