Dr Abofele Khoele

Dr Abofele Khoele

Vice President – Commercial Head: Sub-Saharan Africa


Born in Soweto, Dr Khoele is the youngest of three children. He attended schools in Johannesburg before studying medicine at the University of Cape Town. Following a clinical career that spanned seven years and two continents, he joined the pharmaceutical industry at Novartis, initially as a Medical Science Liaison, before gaining experience in Medical Affairs and Clinical Operations.

He spent two years as Chief Scientific Officer and thereafter joined Adcock Ingram in 2010 as the Group Executive responsible for Drug Management and Development. In this role, he was responsible for Group Quality Assurance, Group Regulatory Affairs, Medical Affairs, Research & Development, Group Project Management and Group Quality Control.

Dr Khoele came to Cipla in October 2014 as the Executive Director responsible for Regulatory Affairs, Medical Affairs and Quality Assurance. In this role, he oversaw that proper regulatory pathways and quality plans are incorporated into product and business development processes at Cipla.
In May 2016, Dr Khoele transitioned to lead the Cipla commercial business in Sub-Saharan Africa, where together with a young and high performing team, he has been able to restructure the business and set it on a growth trajectory ahead of the market. Dr Khoele is based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

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