Dr Theo Mothoa-FrendoDr Theo Mothoa-Frendo

South Africa


Occupational Information

Job Title: Entrepreneur and healthcare consultant

Professional History

Theo is the founder of African Dermal Science which produces a skincare line for African skin. Passionate about increasing access to healthcare in Africa, Theo has experience in the pharmaceutical industry with both local, regional and multinational exposure. She graduated as a Medical Doctor and followed that by practicing medicine for a number of years in different South African hospitals in both urban and township areas. Having always had an interest in business, she then joined Roche Pharmaceuticals as a Medical Manager and has since served in various roles in medical affairs, market access and health economics in South Africa and the rest of Sub-Sahara Africa with special focus on Nigeria, Kenya, Botswana, Namibia and Mauritius. Theo has leadership experience in the development of local and regional strategic projects in Clinical Research, Medical Marketing, Public Sector Partnerships, Market Access Strategies and Healthcare Compliance. It was while Theo was the Head of Medical Affairs for Roche South Africa that she decided she wanted to start her own company and went on to launch Uso, her skincare range for African skin. She sits on the Board of the South African Marketing Code Authority. In 2019, her company's product, Uso Active Day Cream, won 1st and 2nd runner up in two categories in the SA Pharmaceutical and Cosmetics Review Awards, which recognize products for excellence in Formulation, Packaging, Regulations and Compliance, and Marketing.


Medical Degree from MEDUNSA


2009 Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow

 Additional Tags: Medical, Health, Dermal Science, Skincare, Leadership, Development, Pharmaceutical, Cosmetics


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The African Leadership Institute (AFLI) focuses on building the capacity and capability of visionary and strategic leadership across the continent. Developing exceptional leaders representing all spheres of society, the Institute’s flagship programme is the prestigious Archbishop Tutu Leadership Fellowship. Offering a multifaceted learning experience and run in partnership with Oxford University, it is awarded annually to 20-25 carefully chosen candidates, nominated from across Africa. Alumni of the African Leadership Institute form a dynamic network of Fellows passionately committed to the continent’s transformation, bridging the divide between nations and ensuring that Africa is set centre-stage in global affairs.