Prof Rashid Bhikha, founder and director, began his careers as a registered pharmacist in 1969. He established Be-Tabs Pharmaceuticals in 1974, building it up to become the largest privately owned manufacturer of generic pharmaceuticals in South Africa by 2007, when it was sold to international company Ranbaxy.
In 1997, he introduced Unani-Tibb after researching different health therapies worldwide following a personal life trauma. He initiated the training of Unani-Tibb at the School of Natural Medicine at the University of the Western Cape in 2001.
As a previous member of the Allied Health Professions Council of South Africa, he actively participated in promoting the understanding and legislation of complementary and alternate medicine in South Africa.
In 2004 he completed his doctorate in education that explored the integration of Unani-Tibb into the practice of medical doctors and clinical primary healthcare nurses, as a solution to meet the challenges facing healthcare in the country. Professor Bhikha is passionate about health delivery to all South Africans. He has dedicated his life to health provision and philanthropy, and is actively involved in all aspects of the Institute.
Mrs. Nasima Mohamed, a director of the Institute, is responsible for the financial and administrative responsibilities of the Institute. She is one of the founding members of the Institute and has been a core member of the Tibb team for the past 20 years. Her background is in complementary health.
Mrs. Nasira Bhikha-Vallee, also a director of the Institute, is responsible for Copywriting and Public Relations activities. She is the third founding member of the Institute. Her background is in pharmacy and creative writing.
Dr (Hakim) Muhammed Abdul Haq – was awarded a degree in Eastern Medicine and Surgery and lectured at a number of prestigious institutions for more than 15 years. He has been actively involved in all endeavours of the Institute since 1999 and has provided invaluable research to the Education and Training programmes. Regarded as a leading “Hakim” in Southern Africa and abroad, Dr. Abdul Haq is an integral part of Tibb in South Africa and also runs his own practice in Johannesburg.
Dr John P. Glynn – has a Ph.D in biochemistry from the University of Leeds, UK. He has been involved for many years in technical training to the pharmaceutical industry, specifically designing and developing training material for distribution both locally and internationally. More recently he has been involved in compiling effective course material for several Tibb development programmes, as well as assisting in the research activities of the Institute.
Dr. Joy Saville – is a Tibb Practitioner qualified from the University of the Western Cape after completing the 5 year undergraduate course in 2009. She is responsible for develop- ing and training of community based care workers to promote health and wellness in the poorer communities around South Africa. She is passionate about health and wellness and enjoys the marriage between the ancient and modern systems of medicine. She is also involved with reviewing research which establishes Tibb as a form of integrative medicine.
Dr. Yumna Abrahams – is registered as a Unani-Tibb practitioner, after completing a Bachelor of Complementary Medicine (Unani-Tibb). Dr Abrahams is the senior consultant, at the Tibb community health clinics in the Western Cape. Her belief that there is no limit to the diseases that can be treated in Tibb medicine makes her an ideal candidate in her role as the Clinical Research Manager.
Dr. Mujeeb Hoosen – is a Tibb lecturer and researcher at the School of Natural Medicine at the University of the Western Cape. His research focus area involves investigating the role of herbal medicinal products on the immune system. His research work on Tibb has been presented at national and international conferences. He is actively involved in healthy living community initiatives based on Tibb an Nabawi.
Dr Pinky Mphahlele – qualified as a professional nurse 1981 with experience in community and primary healthcare as well as a clinical nurse practitioner in intensive care. She is a qualified African Traditional Healer and a Reiki master. In 2007 she completed the post-graduated diploma in Unani-Tibb at the University of the Western Cape. She currently runs her own practice in Johannesburg where she finds that the principles of Unani-Tibb, conventional medicine and African Traditional Medicine work hand in hand.
Magdalene du Sart- is personal assistant to Professor Rashid Bhikha since 2011. With a background in IT and administration, Magdalene is often the Institute’s calm in the storm. She ensures that the office functions efficiently, and manages Prof Bhikha’s diary, thereby enabling him to participate in the many areas he is involved in. Her role extends to all facets of the daily running of the Institute where she is involved in liaising with the various partnerships, communicating with the Western Cape branch, updating the Tibb website and social media forums, general office management and meeting co-ordination.