Dr Nthabiseng Legoete wins ILA 2017

Nthabiseng Legoete

Dr Nthabiseng Legoete, founder of Quali Health, a social enterprise focused on delivering affordable primary healthcare to marginalised communities in South Africa, has won the Inspired Leadership Award (ILA).

The Inspired Leadership Award was founded in 2006 and is presented at The Performance Theatre each year. It is awarded to emerging leaders who have shown that they have the potential to achieve positive, sustainable change on a global scale. The award was presented by Jeremy Hillman, chairman of the ILA committee, at The Performance Theatre in Singapore.

Dr Nthabiseng Legoete, said:

“I am delighted to receive this award and to have the opportunity to join such an incredible group of leaders in Singapore. My ambition is that all South Africans have access to high quality healthcare. We’ve demonstrated that economically marginalized communities can be served sustainably. Our focus is now on rapid scale up.”

ILA committee chairman Jeremy Hillman said:

“Dr Nthabiseng Legoete is a truly inspiring young leader working to expand access to healthcare for the 82% of South Africans who are not covered by health insurance. Nthabiseng is bringing affordable, high quality, sustainable healthcare to people in townships and informal urban settlements who can’t afford private healthcare but find it difficult to access public healthcare. It is a model with huge potential to scale across other African countries.”

Watch the BBC World News team announce Dr Legoete as this year’s Inspired Leadership Award winner, here.

We would like to congratulate the other five inspirational young leaders who were short-listed for this year’s award: Dr Jamie Chiu; Masami Sato; Lindsay Stradley; Jun Yuan Tan; and Mani Vajipeyajula.