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Operation Smile is an international medical charity whose global network of thousands of credentialed medical volunteers from over 80 countries is committed to helping improve the health and lives of children from more than 60 countries. Since 1982, we’ve worked with local medical professionals, governments, hospitals and other NGOs to deliver the safest care to each of our patients, and have established care centres wherever possible to give children ongoing medical treatment. Operation Smile continues to provide training and education for local medical professionals so they can provide care within their own communities and help others around the world. To date, we have provided more than 300,000 free surgeries for children and young adults born with cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities.




Dr William (Bill) P. Magee Jr., is a leading plastic and craniofacial surgeon who founded Operation Smile in 1982 with his wife, Kathleen S. Magee, and serves as the organisation’s Chief Executive Officer.

Dr Magee has trained and mentored thousands of physicians worldwide. A featured guest on many network television programs, Dr Magee is also a sought-after keynote speaker for corporate and national meetings. In July 2013, he gave one of the keynote addresses to the National Speakers Association (NSA) in Philadelphia.

Dr Magee received a D.D.S. from the University of Maryland, M.D. from George Washington University Medical School, served his general surgery residency at the University of Virginia Medical School, and received the Fulbright-Hays Scholarship Grant to study in Paris, France with Dr Paul Tessier in 1975. He then received his plastic surgery training at the Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Virginia.

Dr Magee has been awarded honorary doctorates from some of the finest universities worldwide, including the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden in 2014. He was awarded the American Society of Plastic Surgeons’ Honorary Citation Award in 2014, the American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons’ Tagliacozzi Award in 2013, was highlighted in US News & World Report’s issue “America’s Top Leaders” in November 2009, and was given the National Medal for Peace and Friendship Among Nations in Vietnam in 2009. In 2007, UNICEF presented the Magees with a special recognition on behalf of Operation Smile and he received the Distinguished Service Award from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

He entered into the Plastic Surgery Practice in Norfolk, Virginia in 1978 and became president of the group which at the time was the largest private training program in the USA.

Dr Magee maintains a private practice in Norfolk, Virginia, and is the Director of the Craniofacial Institute at the Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters. He is also an Associate Professor of Surgery at the Eastern Virginia Medical School, in Norfolk, Virginia.




Kathleen S. Magee, B.S.N., M.Ed., M.S.W., a former nurse and clinical social worker, founded Operation Smile in 1982 with her husband, William P. Magee Jr., D.D.S., M.D. Mrs Magee serves as the president of Operation Smile on a full-time, volunteer basis and is a lifetime member of the Board of Directors.

A dedicated advocate for children around the world, Mrs Magee travels overseas extensively to nurture and maintain key corporate, diplomatic and medical partnerships that enable Operation Smile to carry out its surgical missions. She has been instrumental in establishing several Operation Smile international foundations, which handle all of the logistical aspects of the medical missions and has led a majority of the organisation’s fact finding missions.

Mrs Magee is deeply involved with Operation Smile’s Student Programs, which provide the opportunity for students to learn about volunteerism and support Operation Smile’s work by raising funds and awareness. Since the mid-1980s, Student Programs have grown to involve thousands of students in hundreds of student associations around the world.

Mrs Magee’s work on behalf of children around the world has led to the receipt of numerous awards and honours including the first $1 million Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize in 1996 for “… exemplary and significant contributions to ease human suffering” and the Servants of Peace Award from the UN representative to the Vatican in 1997. In 1999, the Magees received the Golden Plate Award, “representing the many who excel in the great fields of endeavour” by the American Academy of Achievement. In February 2004, Mrs Magee was inducted into the Toledo-based Medical Mission Hall of Fame, in honour of making a difference in the health of her fellow human beings; and in 2004, the organisation was awarded The Humanitarian Rose Award from The People’s Princess Charitable Foundation, Inc., London, England. In 2005 Mrs Magee was awarded the Operation Smile Lifetime Volunteer Achievement Award, and in 2007, USAID presented the Magees with the President’s Call to Service Award from President George W. Bush.

Mrs Magee is the recipient of honorary degrees from Fordham University, Mt. St. Mary’s College, Loyola College, Old Dominion University, College Misericordia and Denison University and was inducted into the Alumni Association Hall of Fame at the University of Maryland in 2000. In 2014, she received a prestigious honorary doctorate from the Karolinska Instituet in Sweden. She has also remained active in the World of Children organisation and serves as a member of the Executive Committee for the Hilton Laureates Collaborative.

A New Jersey native, Mrs Magee received her B.S.N. from College Misericordia in Pennsylvania, her M.Ed. from the University of Maryland and her M.S.W. from Norfolk State University in Virginia. She also completed graduate work at the University of Virginia and the Jung Institute in Switzerland.

Board of Trustees

The current Board of Trustees maintains responsibility for governance and administrative issues, as well as providing leadership and opening doors for new fundraising opportunities to accelerate the growth of Operation Smile South Africa. The Board of Trustees is also responsible for signing off our annual, independently audited accounts found in our Financial Information section.



Larry was involved in setting up the financial structures of the company when it started in South Africa in 2006, and has been the financial director ever since. He attended the World Summit in Ireland in 2006, and has attended a conference at the Operation Smile Headquarters in Norfolk, USA.

Larry is a chartered accountant having served his traineeship with Arthur Young (now Ernst & Young), and has been in practice for over 40 years. He is currently a partner in Mazars, a mid-tier international auditing firm in South Africa. He specialises in business start-ups and consulting to foreign-owned companies, owner-managed businesses, high net worth individuals & trusts; and accounting & payroll outsourcing.



Jason Sive was introduced to Operation Smile at a medical conference in 2013, and has since attended 2 missions in Madagascar. Jason joined the board in 2014, and remains Chairman today. He is passionate about what we do and absolutely dedicated to the growth of Operation Smile South Africa.

Jason founded First Health Finance and First Asset Finance in 2008 and is remains a director of these companies.

The businesses focus on the funding of medical and other movable assets. Prior to 2008, he spent five years with the Transunion group in South Africa as well as banking in Sydney, specializing in risk management and outsourced administration services. Jason has since launched Mobicred, a Fintech lending business in the ecommerce industry.



Nokuzola Cossie is a trust and estates attorney who advises high net worth and ultra high net worth families in respect of the structuring of the estates, succession and other fiduciary related matters. She also advises charitable organizations on governance and sustainability, which is linked to her keen interest in Philanthropy.

She holds a BA, LLB (Rhodes University) and a postgraduate diploma in law specializing in tax law (UCT). She is an Admitted Attorney and Notary of the High Court of South Africa, whose career spans a decade in both corporate and private practice.

She joined Operation Smile South Africa as a director in August 2017.



Jacques has served on the Operation Smile South Africa board since 2017. He is a lawyer specialising in international succession, trust law, individual and corporate tax planning, international tax and trust planning for individuals and corporations. He regularly advises on the set-up and structuring of non-profit organisations in South Africa.



Anil completed his undergraduate medical studies at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal in 1980 and obtained the specialist plastic surgery Fellowship in 1988. He was awarded the first Visiting Scholar of the American Society of Plastic Surgeon and completed a fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania in 1990.

He was appointed as Professor and Head of Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa in 1994 and is still in this position.

His main interests are craniofacial surgery, cleft lip and palate surgery, paediatric plastic surgery, keloid and wound healing and various reconstructive fields.

Offices held includes being President of the International Society of Craniofacial Surgery (2009-2011), President of the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa (2010-2013), President of the Association of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeons of Southern Africa (2008-2010), President of the South African Burns Society (2003-2007) and Medical Director of Operation Smile South Africa (2006-date).

He has presented at several conferences and national and international meetings and has also been an Invited Speaker at various meetings. He has several publications in peer reviewed journals.

He has and is presently supervising several PhD and Master’s students. His awards include a Certificate of Merit from the Plastic Surgery Education Foundation of America and being chosen as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Persons (Medical category) by Junior Chamber International.

He has completed or led about 30 voluntary missions to third world countries to treat and perform surgery on patients with cleft lip and palate and other deformities. He has also been recruited by the International Red Cross to reconstruct post war deformities in Africa.


Working with a team of highly respected medical professionals, Operation Smile’s Medical Council sets the standards for recruiting and credentialing medical volunteers within South Africa. The drive of the council is to ensure that our Global Standards of Care are met and implemented on all medical projects and at every stage in the volunteer credentialing process.

The Medical Council is comprised of experts in their fields, who attend medical projects regularly and are in contact with fellow Operation Smile volunteers.

Prof Anil Madaree – Medical Director: Co-Chair Plastic Surgery

Dr. Conrad Pienaar – Co-Chair Plastic Surgery

Dr. Christian Kampik – Anaesthesia Chair

Dr. Pamela Rapiti – Paediatric Chair

Olivia Haslam (RN) – Nursing Chair

Robin Whittal – Bio-medical Chair

Basil Sodalay – Dental Co-Chair

Marius Van der Walt – Dental Co-Chair

Erika Bostock – Speech Therapy Chair