Founder & CEO
Prof. Andreas Diacon is a consultant in Internal Medicine, Pulmonology and Intensive Care at Tygerberg Hospital, as well as a professor at Stellenbosch University. His main research interests are laboratory techniques and clinical methods for the evaluation of novel anti-tuberculosis agents and regimens.

Amongst other achievements, he was awarded a Rector’s Award for Outstanding Research at Stellenbosch University, the Swiss TB Research Award and the Scientific Prize from the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease for his exceptional contribution towards research. Link to publications.


Norma Hughes is in charge of the operational management for our sites. She has an extensive laboratory background and many years of experience in clinical trials in various fields.

Mrs Hughes has been at TASK since the inception of the company in 2005.

Jaco Swart oversees finances, data management (and other administration and supplementary teams) holding an MBA in the latter and a B.Sc. both from the University of Stellenbosch.

Mr Swart has 14 years of clinical trials experience, 10 of those years at TASK in managing roles of IT, Data and Finance.

Dr. Naadira Vanker is the head of laboratory operations.

She has been an investigator at TASK prior to her appointment as laboratory head. She has over 5 years of experience in clinical pathology in various leadership roles, and holds a MBChB and MBA.