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Loyiso Mpuntsha is CEO of the South African National Blood Service. Loyiso's career started in 1986 as a Medical Officer in Cecilia Makiwane hospital near East London. 3 Years later, she worked as a private General Practitioner in Khayelitsha near Cape Town. Whilst in Cape Town she became involved in community projects for physically disabled children, traditional healers and church groups contributing in health education and fund raising. She also involved herself in organising black medical doctors for integration with the established association which focused mainly on the needs of white doctors at that time. This involvement led to Loyiso working for the South African Medical Association (SAMA) as an Executive responsible for Health Policy and HIV/AIDS from 1997 to 2002. She developed and managed the SAMA Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme for the medical profession before moving to the National Department of Health in 2002 as Director for Maternal, Women's Health and Human Genetics. Loyiso hails from the Eastern Cape, having been born in East London and matriculated at the former Healdtown in Fort Beaufort. She completed her Pre-Medicine at Fort Hare and her MBCHB medical degree at Medunsa. Later, she obtained a MPhil degree with a focus on Values based policy formulation, from Stellenbosch University. Loyiso's passion lies in supporting communities in health and welfare programmes. She is a Fellow of the seventh class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-South Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.