Ms. Avanthi Govender Bester

Position: Member of the Board, past Chair and Vice Chairperson - SAMED
Categories: MedDev Speakers 2023

Avanthi is the Associate Director-Regulatory and Quality at Alcon Laboratories South Africa across a portfolio of medical devices and pharmaceuticals. Prior roles involved various Regulatory and Quality responsibilities in Sub-Saharan Africa.


She is a member of the Board, past Chair and Vice Chairperson of SAMED, and an Associate Executive Member of the Industrial Pharmacy Section of FIP (since 2008).

Avanthi is a registered pharmacist, with a Master’s degree in Health Economics and Pharmacoeconomics.


She has worked in both the private and public sectors of South Africa covering the retail, hospital, academic and industry sectors, and in Singapore.

Avanthi has a particular interest in access to healthcare in Africa, specifically focusing on the regulatory mechanisms that enable these processes.