Our Genesis

Metanoia is an Africa based international pharmaceutical consulting company that exists to assist international and local companies to explore and navigate the African pharmaceutical space calmly and to realise the investment opportunity it presents.

We listened to all the myths and misconceptions about the African pharmaceutical market and the developing local industry. We heard the varied, but mostly inaccurate and prejudiced views about the possibility of the local production of pharmaceuticals on the continent;and were struck by the conviction with which many speak about the African market and industry, despite a clear lack of knowledge and proper information about Africa as a continent generally; and the pharmaceutical market and opportunity specifically One day, we decided that it was enough, that it was time to debunk all these uninformed notions about the African continent and the pharma market and provide evidence-based information and data that would help companies seriously considering entry into these markets, and to assist them to cut through the noise and realise the massive opportunity that Africa and its Pharma market present.

It was this courageous/bold decision that gave birth to Metanoia Pharma Consulting.



Dr Skhumbuzo Ngozwana

- MBChB (U.C.T) MPharm Med (UP) MBA (GIBS-UP)

Dr Ngozwana is an internationally recognized Pharmaceutical Expert with extensive knowledge and understanding of the African and global pharma industries.


  • Pharmaceutical research: policy, strategy, sector or market research
  • Strategy: market entry, stakeholder engagement
  • Business development and business linkages
  • Regulatory and compliance advisory


  • MD: Metanoia Pharma Consulting
  • Consultant for the United States Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) on the Promoting the Quality of Medicines Program and the Global Health Impact Programs
  • Consultant for the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
  • Board member of the Federation of African Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association (FAPMA).
  • The Centre for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR) Biosciences Research Advisory Panel


  • Joint Deputy CEO – Cipla Medpro
  • Pharmaceutical Expert and International Lead Consultant – UNIDO
    • Lead Consultant: development of the strategic plan (‘business plan’) for the Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Plan for Africa (PMPA);
    • Co-author of the PMPA strategic plan, which plan has been endorsed by the African Union Heads of State and
      Government, and the international public health community including WHO, UNAIDS, AMRH, ANDI among others.
  • Chairman and board member of the National Association of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers (NAPM) of South Africa,
  • Founding chairman of the Southern African Generic Medicines Association (SAGMA);
  • Founding member of Federation of African Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association (FAPMA).
  • Past member of the International Generic Pharmaceutical Association (IGPA) management committee
  • Former Association/Regional advisor (Africa) to the editor of the Journal of Generic Medicines.


  • As chairman of the NAPM, he successfully led the NAPM into the International Generic Pharmaceutical Alliance as associate member in November 2008, and to full membership two years later.
  • Served on the IGPA management committee, and successfully lobbied for the hosting of the IGPA conference in Cape Town, South Africa; which conference was hosted (for the first time on the African continent) in November 2011.
  • Has delivered presentations on the African Pharmaceutical industry at many leading regional and international
    pharmaceutical and public health conferences, including the Global Generic Strategy Summit, the International Generic Pharmaceutical Alliance, World Generic Medicines Congress and UNIDO’s Industrial Development Board. He was recently invited to present at the invitation only HBM Healthcare Summit (March 2014) in St Moritz, Switzerland.
  • Co-Author of PMPA
  • University of Pretoria – TuksAlumni Laureate – Highest University Alumni Award, bestowed on outstanding Alumni


We aspire to be the first port of call for local and global bio-pharmaceutical companies and other organizations with a desire to explore and/or enter the African pharmaceutical market, to attain leadership position in the African pharmaceutical consulting space, to be known for innovation, superior service and unparalleled/exceptional project delivery capabilities.


Our mission in captured in 3 short words:

Conceive. Connect. Commit

We exist to assist global and local operating in or intent on entering the African pharma market and to conceive best in class interventions, connect with the market place and form strategic, sustainable and mutually beneficial relationships; and to commit to offer the highest quality service.


Our core values are:

  • Integrity
  • Innovation
  • Respect
  • Service excellence