Portia Nyeleti

Vice Chairperson 2021 -2024

My Story

I am a clinical research professional, with a career spanning over 13 years’ experience working in Clinical Research across various roles. My skills include Regulatory Submissions, Monitoring & Site Management, Project Management and Quality Assurance. I have worked in South Africa and across other African countries such as Kenya, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Malawi, Tanzania, Rwanda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. My main area of interest has been infectious diseases, working on both intervention and vaccine trials. I hold a BSc in Biomedicine, majoring in Pharmacology, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Medicines Development and is currently completing my MSc in Clinical Pharmacology. I am currently employed by the HVTN (HIV Vaccine Trials Network).
Over the years within my career, it has occurred to me that our industry is very demanding in terms of workload and problem-solving requirements. It is a dynamic environment which requires agility in adapting to continuous changes, all the while remaining abreast of new developments, locally, regionally and globally. Along with this, I also realized that not much attention is paid to the mental health of the worker force in our industry. One of my aims is to create an awareness on mental health-related issues.
I recently participated in the analysis and presentation of a survey conducted by SACRA. One of my recommendations was that we need to strengthen stakeholder collaboration within our industry and increasing our visibility. This will not only benefit us locally, for capacity building, but potential clients will also be able to get a visual representation of the magnitude and organized nature of the clinical research industry in South Africa. I believe SACRA is an ideal platform to foster these initiatives and many other initiatives.