Director, HealthValue Consulting (Pty) Ltd
Principal Researcher, Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance, University of Cape Town
Kirti Narsai has over 23 years of experience in the healthcare industry and has held several board positions of organisations including Johnson & Johnson, South Africa, American Chamber of Commerce of South Africa, Nepad Business Foundation and others. She was also a member of the African Regional Business Network of the World Economic Forum for Africa. She has recently been appointed to one of the workstreams on the Partnership for African Vaccine Manufacturing (PAVM) which is responsible for creating capacity for local manufacturing of vaccines in Africa. Kirti regularly speaks at conferences and webinars on healthcare, leadership and trade-related topics and has published several papers in international peer reviewed journals.
She currently runs her own consultancy focusing on health and trade policy issues in Africa while completing her PhD in Pharmaceutical Policy at the Utrecht University, Netherlands focusing on health products regulation in Southern Africa. She also holds a part time position at the Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance where she leads research on pharmaceutical value chains in the context of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA). During her spare time, she volunteers as a mentor for the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) and the Pan African Women in Health (PAWH). Prior to this, she served as Senior Director, Government Affairs & Policy at Johnson & Johnson with responsibility for Sub Saharan Africa where she was responsible for leading this function in the region in the context of the rapidly evolving health policy environment in support of the company’s core focus areas: medical devices, pharmaceuticals and consumer products.