Dr Princess Nothemba (Nono) Simelela, from South Africa, was most recently WHO’s Assistant Director-General for Family, Women, Children and Adolescents. She has more than 30 years of experience as an obstetrician, academic, advocate and government official, and has previously served as Special Advisor to the Vice President of the Republic of South Africa on Social Policy, where she supported the multisectoral, government wide response for HIV.

Other previous senior leadership roles held by Dr Simelela include serving as the Chief Executive Officer of the South African National AIDS Council, and as the Director of Technical Knowledge and Support for the International Planned Parenthood Federation.

Dr Simelela has presented and published widely on women’s health and contributed to the development of key guidelines on the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV