Funeka Sokudela is a medical specialist and an academic in forensic and public mental health. She is an adjunct professor of forensic psychiatry, the head of clinical unit: clinical management, and the interim head of the forensic mental health unit of the Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Pretoria and Weskoppies Psychiatric Hospital, South Africa.
She is a Fellow of the Albertina Sisulu Executive Leadership Programme in Health (ASELPH) – a health systems management programme at The University of Pretoria, The University of Fort Hare and The Harvard School of Health Systems and Public Health. She is a member of the South African Society of Psychiatrists (SASOP) and the Africa Global Mental Health Institute. Sokudela has served in various portfolios recently she finished her term as the chairperson at The South African Society for Mental Health and Deafness (SASMHD).
She is an avid advocate for diversity training and anti-stigma sensitization in post-apartheid South Africa and is passionate about improving access to good quality health care services, especially mental health.
She holds a medical degree (MBBCh) from The University of Witwatersrand); a masters in medicine degree in psychiatry (MMed Psychiatry), and a postgraduate diploma in health systems management (PDHSM) from The University of Pretoria.