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Who We Are

Our story so far.

AHP started in 2005. Back then, we were a small but determined unit with a dream as simple as it was challenging: to recruit doctors to work in South Africa’s drastically understaffed rural hospitals.

Since then the team has grown and our focus has evolved. From recruiting 10 British doctors in our first year, we now place hundreds of local and international doctors annually – more than 4,100 in total – matching a diversity of skills and interests to local needs. These inspired and inspiring doctors have conducted more than 34-million consultations in some of the world’s most vulnerable communities.

We have also transformed our client packages to offer doctors end-to-end global health experiences. From comprehensive orientation programmes and professional support to a range of endorsed in-service learning opportunities, AHP’s packages offer you the opportunity to earn a salary while catapulting your career in global health.

Our organisation has grown and our target area has expanded beyond South Africa’s borders, but our mission remains the same: to understand where doctors are needed and get them there, while making their experiences as significant and rewarding as they can be.

Our people and partners

AHP believes in people power. When we started this journey 12 years ago, we chose to back human potential above all else – in our Johannesburg HQ as much as out in the field.

Connecting, learning, delivering: these are the foundations on which we have built our organisation, and the pillars upon which we will grow.

Our team

Dedicated professionals standing by to walk with you on your journey

  • Finance Manager
    Andrea Anthony
  • Cleaner
    Hazel Nkosi
  • Graphic Designer
  • Intern
    Jordan Hildebrand
  • Learning Experience Developer
    Justine Gallon
  • Recruitment Manager
    Leigh Bennie
  • Retention Officer
  • Human Capital Officer
    Pauline Carter
  • Recruitment Coordinator
    Rammule Elliot Moleko
  • Communications Officer
    Sally Cruickshanks
  • Chief Executive Officer
    Stacey Ann Pillay
  • Graphic Designer
    Tahlita Stebbing
  • Head of Organisational Design
    Tanya Petzer
  • Recruitment Officer
    Tracey Hudson
  • Recruitment Officer
    Tsholofelo Tshoeu

Our board

Inspiring thought leaders with relevant and complimentary skill sets


    Currently: Head of People & Sustainable Development at Discovery Limited. Dr Penny Moumakwa is a Director of Discovery Health, heading up Human Resources as well as Enterprise Development and Corporate Social Responsibility. She also serves on the Executive Committee of Discovery Holdings. Previously, Penny has held the roles of CEO of the Board of Healthcare Providers and Transmed Administrators. Penny also serves as a Director of Witkoppen Clinic. Penny holds a MBChB from the Medical University of South Africa, and a Diploma in Health Management from the University of California. Penny was elected as AHP's Chairperson in October 2014.

  • Douw van der Walt

    Currently: Divisional Executive: Client Coverage; Nedbank Corporate and Investment Banking. Douw has 33 years of commercial banking experience to his name. In addition, he serves on the boards of a number of health and other organisations, including Foundation for Professional Development (chairman), The Health Sciences Academy (chairman), The Institute of Bankers in SA and The Institute of Directors in SA. Douw's qualifications include B.Comm, CAIB(SA), MBL, AEP, TGM(INSEAD) and M. Inst.D(SA). He has been chair of AHP Pty Ltd's Board since the company's inception.

  • Saul Kornik

    Saul Kornik has been CEO of AHP since its inception in 2007. He was involved in setting up the Rural Health Initiative from its infancy in 2006 and led the merger to form AHP in 2007. Saul is a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Financial Analyst, and holds a MComm in Artificial Intelligence and Corporate Failure from the University of Cape Town. His global corporate experience includes Deloitte, Goldman Sachs and Lloyds TSB in South Africa, London and Bermuda. Saul was awarded the Archbishop Tutu African Leadership Fellowship in 2008. In 2013, he was selected as a Yale World Fellow and 2016 he was selected us a Rainer Arnhold Mulago Foundation Fellow.

  • Dr Gustaaf Wolvaardt
    Non-Executive Director, AHP NPC & AHP Pty Ltd

    Currently: Founder and Managing Director of Foundation for Professional Development (FPD). Prior to FPD, Gustaaf served as South Africa’s first health attaché in Geneva, representing South Africa at the WHO, UNAIDS, UNESCO and other United Nations organisations. During this period he was elected as the Interim Chairman of the UNAIDS governing board. He founded FPD, under the South African Medical Association, on his return to South Africa. Gustaaf holds a Master of Medicine in Internal Medicine and MBChB from the University of Pretoria with additional post graduate qualifications in business and higher education Gustaaf was involved in setting up The Placement Project, prior to the merger to create AHP. He has been involved at a strategic level in the organisation since then.

  • Prof Jannie Hugo
    Non-Executive Director, AHP NPC

    Currently: Head of Family Medicine at University of Pretoria. Previously, Jannie worked at the Medical University of Southern Africa (MEDUNSA) for 17 years. He has served on the executive and several committees of the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA), on the board of Enablemed, and is also a founder-researcher of the Madibeng Centre for Research. His interest is in Integrating Commpunity Oriented Primary Care (COPC), education, district and rural health, and the development of district campuses in urban and rural areas. Jannie was integral to initiating the development of a mid-level medical worker programme for South Africa. Jannie was involved in setting up the Rural Health Initiative from its infancy, prior to the merger to create AHP in 2007. He has been involved at a strategic level in the organisation since then.

  • Prelisha Singh
    Non-Executive Director, AHP NPC & AHP Pty Ltd

    Currently: Partner in the Public Law Practice at Webber Wentzel. Prelisha focuses on all aspects of constitutional and administrative law and has a particular interest and expertise in public procurement, health, education and local government law. After completing her articles at Webber Wentzel, Prelisha spent a year working as a legal researcher to Justice Van der Westhuizen of the Constitutional Court of South Africa. She was subsequently awarded a commonwealth scholarship to read for her masters in law. Prelisha holds B.Com and LLB degrees, both summa cum laude, from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. She also has a Bachelor Civil Law from the University of Oxford. She is a Mentor at the Webber Wentzel Empowerment Trust, a bursary programme for law students, and is the secretary of the Administrative Justice Association of South Africa.

  • Carlijn Nouwen

    Currently: Managing Partner at Dalberg Development Advisors. Carlijn Nouwen is a partner with Dalberg Global Development Advisors, and the Johannesburg Office Director. Carlijn has worked across a variety of sectors, most notably in healthcare and financial services. Currently she co-leads Dalberg's global Inclusive Business Practice. Prior to joining Dalberg, Carlijn spent seven years at McKinsey & Company, where she contributed to establishing the Healthcare Practice in the Netherlands. Carlijn holds a Master's degree in Industrial Engineering and Management Science from the Eindhoven Technical University and a Diploma in International Relations and Political Sciences from the University of Amsterdam.

Our partners

Believers in our mission, allies on the journey, friends along the path.

  • Foundation for Professional Development
  • I-TECH
  • Mulago Foundation
  • Discovery Fund
  • De Beers Fund
  • Anglo American Chairman's Fund
  • South African Department of Health
  • Aga Khan Health Service
  • Daeyang Luke Hospital
  • Stellenbosch University
  • IBM
  • Rudasa
  • The Aurum Institute
  • Health Systems Trust
  • SEAD
  • Right to Care
  • RHI Logo
  • Print
  • SIDA
  • The Atlantic Philanthropies
  • National Lottery Fund
  • Heineken Africa Foundation

“On the [AHP introductory] course I met a lot of other doctors who’d come to South Africa through AHP. Those are the people I’ve been seeing socially for the last year – having contact, spending weekends together. So aside from being a course where I learnt a lot, it was important from that point of view too.”
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– Dr Quirine Huygen

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