Dr Percy Mahlathi founded the African Institute of Health and also runs the Selizwe Leadership Academy. Previously he served as deputy director general for human resources at the Department of Health of South Africa, and before then he was CEO of the South African Medical Association, whose formation he spearheaded. Percy contributed to health policy development in various aspects but chiefly in the health workforce field. He played a major role in the development of the World Health Organization’s Code of Practice on International Recruitment of Health Personnel and participated in the Core Expert Group on Health Worker Retention in Remote and Rural Areas. Previously, he chaired the Ethics Institute of South Africa and was a member of the Council of the University of Limpopo. Percy received his MB ChB from the University of Natal Medical School, now the Nelson Mandela School of Medicine, his Masters of Philosophy from the University of Stellenbosch and his PhD from the University of Fort Hare. He has a certificate in advanced management from the Manchester Business School. He is a board member of Fort Hare Trading Solutions (a University of Fort Hare company). He is a Fellow of the fifth class of the Africa Leadership Initiative – South Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.He has recently self-published a book titled “Strategic Management of the Professional Health Workforce – A South African Policy Perspective”.