Liesl Zühlke

Former President, South Africa Heart Association, South Africa

A paediatric cardiologist in the Dept. of Pediatric Cardiology at Red Cross Childrens Hospital, she now directs the Children’s Heart Disease Research Unit, focusing on needs within Africa.

She has received a number of national and internal research and academic awards. She was president of the Pediatric Cardiac Society of South Africa 2012-2016, President of the South African Heart Association 2016-2018 and the current chairperson of the Pan African Society of Cardiology Paediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery Task force. She was one of the organizers of the 6th World Congress of Paediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery 2013, the World Congress of Cardiology and Cardiovascular Health 2016 and the World Congress of Paediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery in 2017.

A previous board member of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of South Africa, she is now on the board of the Hatter Institute for Cardiovascular Research, an Associate member of IDM (institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Science), an honorary clinical fellow at Telethon Kids Institute, Perth Australia and president of Reach (Rheumatic Heart Disease-Evidence, Advocacy, Communication and Hope), co-founder with WHF of RHDAction. She is involved in research spanning congenital and Rheumatic Heart disease, HIV in adolescents, Grown-up Congenital heart disease and cardiac disease in women of childbearing age. She recently won the prestigious MRC/Dfid African research leader Award and is passionate about mentoring women and minority groups in Cardiology practice and leadership.


Monday, 9th December, 2019

12:25  -  13:15
LEARNING LABS – Session 3: Cases from the Field

Session 3: Cases from the Field
(Case Studies – Panel Discussion x 3 Speakers)

In this session, we will showcase the experiences of associations currently developing impact projects. Our moderator will lead a conversation with 3 representatives of associations actively engaged in strategies aiming to create more social value for their members and the community they serve.

Areas of impact: