Mr Alf Farrell
Executive Director and CEO, Wits Health Consortium
Founder of the Great Leap Forward, a Division of Wits Health Consortium. University of Witwatersrand. Johannesburg.
A highly skilled financial manager with more than 22 years commercial experience in senior and executive financial management positions. As CEO, Alf has directed the Wits Health Consortium portfolio of development and research programmes, including Commercially Funded Clinical Trials, ensuring that the growth of Wits Health Consortium is combined with high standards of delivery. Under Alf’s tenure the total income of Wits Health Consortium has grown from R150 million in 2002 to over R2 billion in 2021.
Alf’s vision for the Great Leap Forward is to unlock entrepreneurial capacity by supporting academic entrepreneurs to find funding by purposefully leveraging knowledge, skill and strategic relationships through coaching, mentoring, performance psychology, group workshops and self-directed learning.