Keynote Speakers

Professor Ncoza Dlova

Professor Ncoza Dlova is a Chief Specialist and Head of Dermatology at the Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine and was awarded her PhD in 2015. Dlova was appointed as Dean and Head of School of Clinical Medicine at UKZN and is the first African and first Woman to hold this post in the 70yr history of UKZN Medical School. She is the only female medical dean out of the 9 Medical schools in SA.

In 2016, she was elected as the international member of the prestigious American Dermatology Association in recognition of her research, local and international contribution to Dermatology. She was instrumental in the establishment of the African Society of Dermatology and Venereology (ASDV).

In 2016, she received the MEC’s award for service excellence and commendable leadership, and has been the recipient of the best teacher award from the undergraduate and postgraduate students.  She has received numerous awards for her research and leadership. Prof Dlova is actively involved in many dermatology outreach projects and is the founder and inaugural President of the Women’s Dermatological Society of South Africa (WDSA).

She has more than 75 peer reviewed scientific publications, contributed more than 10 chapters in major dermatology textbooks, written 3 books on dermatology, supervised Masters and PhD students and presented in more than 30 countries as an invited speaker and chair at international dermatology meetings. In May 2018 she was listed amongst the Top Ten Research Publishers at the school of clinical medicine. In 2019 she received the MEC award for excellence in research. She also received a special recognition from the President of the Dermatology Society for being a great ambassador for dermatology in SA and internationally.

In August 2019 for Woman’s month, she was awarded the “Professional of the Year” by the Durban Chamber of commerce, as well as the
Recipient of Presidential Research Excellence Award from Bio Africa (2019);
Recipient of Mail and Guardian Recognition for Women Leaders in Health Science (2019).

She was honoured by SAFM during women’s month, August 2019 as one of the powerful women leaders in South Africa.

She has just been selected as an Associate Director for the International League of Dermatological Societies (ILDS) 2019;
Recipient of International Society of Dermatology Maria Duran Award for Excellence in Dermatology (2019): First African to receive this award;
Recipient of recognition and award as Ambassador for the SA Dermatology Community 2019.                       

Dr Martin Kassir

Dr. Martin Kassir is board-certified in dermatology and specializes in cosmetic dermatology and laser procedures. His procedural skills and valued clinical protocols have helped develop an exclusive dermatology practice in Dallas and New York City catering to a national and international clientele. As an internationally recognized speaker and educator on aesthetic procedures, Dr. Kassir has lectured and conducted seminars in over 35 countries on six continents.  He has also served as course instructor on lasers and IPL, Radiofrequency and other Energy Based Devices, BOTOX®, Dysport®, Fillers, Needling, Threading and Skin Care. Local, national, and international dermatologists and doctors rotate through Dr. Kassir’s office to learn the latest esthetic and laser procedures and to learn how to treat patients of different ethnicities and skin types.

Dr. Kassir is also Founder and Chairman of Worldwide Laser Institute, a teaching institution in the State of Texas. This school further allows Dr. Kassir the opportunity to properly train physicians and health care practitioners from all over the world. Dr. Kassir continues to serve on the Board of Directors of the International Society of Dermatology (ISD) to help promote dermatology care all around the world.  He is the Founding Chairman of the ISD Global Outreach Task Force, the current Chairman of the ISD Fundraising and Co-Chair of the ISD Mentorship Committees and past Vice President of the ISD. He also serves as Associate Editor of the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology.

Dr Paula Luna

Photography and biography to come.

Professor John McGrath

Professor John McGrath is the academic head of St John’s Institute of Dermatology in London. He holds the Mary Dunhill Chair in Cutaneous Medicine at King’s College London and is Honorary Consultant Dermatologist to the Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals. Within the UK, he has key roles in national genomics and bioresource projects. He is a past President of the European Dermatology Forum and the European Society for Dermatological Research. His research focuses on the molecular characterization of inherited skin diseases and the development and testing of novel treatments for rare skin diseases.


Professor Aldo Morrone

Scientific Director of San Gallicano Dermatological Institute.
Full biography coming soon.

Dr Amanda Oakley

Dr Amanda Oakleyisan is Adjunct Associate Professor of the Department of Medicine of the University of Auckland. She is the senior dermatologist at the Department of Dermatology at Waikato Hospital and in private practice at Tristram Clinic in Hamilton, New Zealand. She was a Bristol graduate and first worked at Waikato Hospital as house surgeon and medical registrar; then trained as a dermatologis tin Auckland, London and Durham, returning to Waikato as a consultant in 1987. Dr Oakley is passionate about the Internet and its use for diagnostic teledermatology, medical education and consumer health education. Her clinical and research interests include dermoscopy and vulval diseases.

Professor Eli Sprecher

Professor Eli Sprecher received his MD and PhD degrees from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and specialized in dermatology at the Rambam Medical Center, Haifa. He spent a post-doctoral fellowship at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia and served as attending physician at the Rambam Medical Center until 2008. During this period, he was Deputy Director for Academic affairs at the Rappaport Institute for Research at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, and founded as well as directed the Center for Translational Genetics at the same institution. He became Chair of the Department of Dermatology at the Tel Aviv Medical center in 2008, Professor of Dermatology at the Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University in 2010 where he also received the Frederick Reiss chair of Dermatology in 2014. He also served as Deputy Director General for Patient Safety till 2019 and is now  Deputy Director General for R&D at the Tel Aviv medical center. He has co-authored over 290 scientific publications, has mentored over 40 students and has received numerous national and international prizes and honors. His research focuses on the genetic basis of skin diseases. His group aims at understanding the molecular genetics of both simple and complex traits, deciphering their pathogenesis and then attempting at translating this new knowledge into innovative therapeutic tools.

Professor Andrew Steer

Professor Andrew Steer MBBS BMedSc MPH FRACP PhD is a paediatric infectious diseases physician at the Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne; Director of the Infection and Immunity Theme, and Group Leader of the Tropical Diseases Research Group at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute; and Professorial Research Fellow in the Department of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne.  Professor Steer leads a broad research program on novel approaches to the prevention and control of poverty-related tropical infectious diseases, particularly Strep A disease and neglected tropical diseases including scabies. He leads a world-first human infection study of Strep A pharyngitis, and a series of large community-based trials of mass drug administration for the control of scabies and other neglected tropical diseases.

Professor Ingrid Winship

Professor Ingrid Winship MBChB, MD, FRACP, FACD, FAICD.
Professor Ingrid Winship is a clinician scientist in Clinical Genetics, Cancer Genetics and Genodermatology. In 2006 she became the Inaugural Chair of Adult Clinical Genetics at the University of Melbourne, a position she combines with Director of Genomic Medicine at The Royal Melbourne Hospital. She was also at this time appointed as Melbourne Health’s Executive Director of Research and during her 12-year tenure launched the Clinical Trials Research Centre in the city campus. Professor Winship is currently a Director of the Boards of the Australasian College of Dermatologists, the Australian Genome Research Facility and Global Variome. She is Chair of the Australian Health Ethics Committee and a member of the Health Research Strategy External Advisory Group for New Zealand.