Emile MalanEmile Malan

South Africa


Occupational Information

OccupationMedical doctor

Occupational PositionGSK Area Medical Operations Director working across sub-Saharan Africa and Asia

Professional History

Emile’s motivation and approach to decision making is quite simple. Africa has an estimated 25% of the world’s disease burden, yet a mere fraction of the world’s healthcare resources. Anyone who can lend a hand should. His exposure as a doctor to the full weight and impact of the HIV epidemic in South Africa keeps him motivated to make a difference.

A Johannesburg based South African who lived in the UK for 8 years, he is currently Area Medical Operations Director (GSK) working across sub-Saharan Africa & Asia, deeply convinced that Africans and their partners must continue to collaborate to address the significant disease burden.

Asked why he has stopped practicing medicine and serving patients directly, he has a clear conviction that one can serve patients without having to directly treat them.

Amongst his key achievements he lists; team leadership and scientific engagements (2014 – 2016) and extensive work in HIV and implementation of GSK’s new travel sponsorship programme; he was instrumental in the setting up of a large independent biologic drug registry in 2011; a strategic partnership with private healthcare provider in 2009

His qualifications include an MBChB (2002, Pretoria) and an MBA (2009, Kingston-upon-Thames).

His areas of expertise and interest are healthcare, pharmaceuticals, management, mountain biking and being a good father.


Medical doctor, MBA


2016 Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow