The trustees of the Discovery Foundation

The trustees of the Discovery Foundation have been elected independently to ensure the Discovery Foundation is transparent and independent. They are responsible for ensuring the Foundation delivers on its goal of contributing to healthcare in South Africa. In consultation with experts, they review all applications and decide on the appropriate grants and funding.

Dr Vincent Maphai


Dr Vincent Maphai was the executive director of corporate affairs and transformation at the South African Breweries (SAB). He was also the chairperson of BHP Billiton SA and, before this, corporate affairs director of the South African Breweries (SAB) and non-executive chair of Castle Brewing Namibia. In an academic career spanning two decades, he taught at various universities both locally and overseas and consulted with several blue-chip companies on many HR issues. He was also a research executive director of social dynamics at the Human Sciences Research (HR) Council for three years. He has served on the boards of various companies as non-executive chair, and he has chaired the South African Broadcasting Corporation, SABC, the Presidential Review Commission into the restructuring of the Public Sector, and the South African Responsible Gambling Trust.

Bernadette Moffat


Bernadette Moffat is Executive Director of the ELMA Philanthropies Services (Africa)(Pty) Ltd, based in Cape Town, South Africa. In this role Bernadette oversees the philanthropic work of the ELMA Group of Foundations in 10 countries in Southern Africa. She also serves on the Boards of the ELMA Philanthropies Services (US) Inc, and the ELMA South Africa Foundation.

Prior to joining ELMA in 2006, Bernadette was chief executive officer of the Women’s Development Bank Trust, an organisation that promotes the participation of women at all levels of the economy through investing in leading South African companies, providing microcredit to poor rural women, supporting the growth of small and medium women-owned businesses and supporting the appointment of women to executive and board roles in major South African companies. She has served as non-executive director of the Bidvest Group Limited and Advantage Asset Managers (Pty) Ltd.

Bernadette has international experience as an entrepreneur and corporate lawyer. Previously she served as a consultant to the Commission on Gender Equality advising them on issues of women’s economic empowerment. The Commission published her work The Working Woman’s Manual, a volume on women and labour law in South Africa (1996). Honored by France with the Ordre du Mérite in 2007, she holds a magna cum laude BA degree from Wellesley College in the United States and a Juris Doctor from Columbia University, also in the United States

Dr Maurice Goodman


Dr Maurice Goodman joined Discovery in 1998 and is currently responsible for the health profession strategy area at Discovery Health. As such, he is responsible for all aspects of Discovery’s interface with medical and dental specialists, GPs and other healthcare professionals. After obtaining a medical degree from the University of the Witwatersrand, Dr Goodman worked for several years in emergency medicine and trauma surgery. After completing an MBA, he headed up the Southern African healthcare practice of a leading international consulting organisation before moving into the healthcare funding industry. After a two-year spell as a divisional director of a major healthcare funder, Dr Goodman joined Discovery. He also represents the Wits Postgraduate School of Business on the convocation executive committee at the University of the Witwatersrand.

Dr Jonathan Broomberg


Dr Jonathan Broomberg is a medical doctor and health economist, and is CEO of Discovery Health. He has spent most of his professional career working in health economics and finance, both in the public and private sectors. In 1994, he co-chaired the committee of inquiry appointed by the Minister of Health to propose reforms to the funding and delivery of healthcare in South Africa. In 2005 and 2006, Jonathan was appointed by the South African government’s ministerial task team on social health insurance to coordinate a consultative investigation into low-income medical schemes. Jonathan is also active in international public health. He served as a member of the technical review panel of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria for five years, including two years as chairperson. In 2010 he served as a board member of the Alliance for Health Systems and Policy Research, which is based at the World Health Organization’s headquarters in Geneva. He is also a director of the Soul City Institute for Health and Development Communication.

Prof Marian Jacobs


Prof Marian Jacobs is an Emeritus Professor of Paediatrics and Child Health at the University of Cape Town (UCT). After obtaining her medical, paediatrics and public health degrees, Prof Jacobs, who is passionate about children, has worked as a public health paediatrician and held several academic posts at UCT as lecturer, associate professor, professor and Dean (2006–2012). She has played a critical role in highlighting the importance of child health as the founding director of the Child Health Policy Institute and the Children’s Health Institute. Prof Jacobs has been published widely in her field and has held several leadership positions in governance of national institutions, including the Medical Research Council and the Health Systems Trust in South Africa. Internationally, she has chaired the Boards of the Centre for Health Research in Bangladesh, Council on Health Research for Development (COHRED) in Geneva and Population and Health Research Center in Kenya. She continues to advise the World Health Organization, Save the Children and Doris Duke’s African Health Initiative. A leader in the field of child health, Prof Jacobs currently serves AERAS and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement in the United States, and KhethImpilo in South Africa.


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