Zola Mtshiya is the Head of Stakeholder Relations and Communications at the Board of Healthcare Funders of Southern Africa. She manages a diverse community of stakeholders in Government, government agencies, funding industry, pharmaceutical and Hospitals and other sectors within healthcare in more than 13 countries. Zola has over 20 years experience working in the Healthcare Industry, of which two years were in an executive role. She recently played an instrumental role in setting up the first ever Africa Health Federation SA, a multisectoral Public Private Partnership established to assist Government in the implementation of NHI and other health initiatives in South Africa.
Zola conceptualised and implemented various industry projects such as the Titanium Awards, that seek to recognise and celebrate excellence in healthcare. In 2016 Zola spearheaded the concept and implementation of the BHF Trustee Development programme accredited by Wits Business School, and pitched at NQF Level 07. This is a course designed to equip students with tools and strategies on how to improve the health status of medical scheme members; the ethics, roles & responsibilities of trustees.
She implemented the BHF360 into Healthcare Magazine and is editor in chief. This is a thought leadership magazine that aims to drive change in the industry. Following her passion to promote other women in healthcare. She launched a women in leadership dinner in 2017, a networking platform that enables women to connect with each other and share ideas and inspiration.
With skilful capability to plan and execute big events, she meticulously organises various events such as the Annual BHF conference. She also served in various conference organising committees to include; International Health Federation (IHF) conference in 2017, hosted in partnership with the south African Government; the CMS Fraud Waste and Abuse Summit and the Africa Health Federation (Kenya) Summit held in South Africa in 2018.
Over the years, she has been instrumental in raising sponsorship for several organisations.
Her areas of expertise are in strategic planning, product development, sponsorship & Exhibition, Brand management, strategic marketing, Public relations and Communications, project management, seasoned programs facilitator and presentations.