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The World Vitiligo Day Meeting conducted in 2020 was an online meeting that attracted 18 countries. The 2024 meeting is now in the planning stage. Please send your ideas and contributions to to make this meeting even more successful.


Read about our international speakers below the program


Join us for a Virtual World Vitligo Day webinar on Saturday 27 June 2020.

To register: email or what app 0662692776 or DM @vitiligosocietysa.

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VSSA program 2020

Meet our overseas panel of speakers

(in the order in which they appear in the program)

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Dr Marwa Abdallah, dermatologist,  was born in Cairo and studied Medicine in Ain Shams University graduated in 1988 (MBBCh) with honors. Dr. Abdallah completed her Masters (MSc) and Doctrate (MD) degrees of Dermatology with distinction. Her main fields of interest are vitiligo, phototherapy and laser. She’s the Head of the Phototherapy Unit, Dermatology Department, Ain Shams University and Board Member of Cutis Clinic a private integrated Dermatology-Laser Therapy Practice Clinic. Dr. Abdallah has more than 30 publications (National and International). She is a member of the scientific organizing committee of Sharmderma congresses is currently Secretary General of Egyptian Society of Aesthetic Dermatology (ESAD). Dr. Abdallah is also a member of the Vitiligo Global Issues Consensus Group (VGICG), Vitiligo Working Group (VWG), Skin of Color Society (SOCS), and the European Society of Laser Dermatology (ESLD). In addition, Dr. Marwa is a board member in “Cutis, The Skin Clinic”, a private, integrated skin clinic for general and cosmetic dermatology and laser since 1999 till to date.

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Dr. Iltefat Hamzavi, dermatologist., earned his Bachelor of Arts degree, with honors, in Sociology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.  He received his medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School and graduated with academic honors in a variety of specialty rotations. After completing his residency in dermatology at Wayne State University he went on to spent time in Europe training at some of the world’s leading skin care centers. In 2001, Dr. Hamzavi completed an advanced one-year laser and photo-medicine fellowship at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. 

Dr. Hamzavi is an active clinic researcher in vitiligo, hidradenitis suppurativa, photomedicine, and other conditions. He is also a senior staff physician at Henry Ford Health System's Department of Dermatology, and teaches medical students at Wayne State University. He has co-authored over 100 peer reviewed papers which have been cited over 2000 times in highly respected journals. He also volunteers his time with a variety of non-profit organisations  He has served as founding Co-Chair of the Global Vitiligo Foundation and as President of the Hidradenitis Suppurativa Foundation.

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Daniel Rusar. Bratislava, Slovakia. Consultant and coach People Elements.

"I have been working with the group and with individuals since 1988. Through business and management, I have gradually worked my way up to coaching, lecturing and consulting, which is the area in which I work to this day. During my many years of experience, I have collaborated on many inspiring domestic and international projects, and in addition to soft skill training and coaching, I also focus on stress management, creativity and business skills. I am fascinated by the world of introverts and I deal with this topic if I am also interested in training. Among other things, my hobby is writing books for children and young people."


Rumbidzai Faith Mugabe. Zimbabwe, is a self taught Chef by profession and I absolutely loves her career choice. "Working with food is the best choice of artistry anyone could ever be associated with, if you do it right that is. If you see me in person you will notice my skin looks different visually, but I am still the same person. I have Vitiligo (a chronic skin condition, which means it cannot be treated).

It’s not painful nor does it itch. I struggle in summer because of sunburn and of course have to use a high SPF sunscreen. In March 2012. I have grown to embrace and love the new me. It’s a chance to make a great difference in my community and country because people will never forget me. People’s stares made me very uncomfortable. I would rather have an individual who asks instead of staring. Staring is impolite.

My biggest inspiration is my family. They push me to become a better version of myself everyday.

Zimbabwe has a Vitiligo support group which can be found at

0783362775   & Vitiligo Zimbabwe on Facebook

You can also follow Chef Rumbie on;

Twitter MugabeRumbidzai

Join a cooking class with Chef Rumbie

Dr Kannenberg qualified as a medical doctor (MBChB) in 1999 at Stellenbosch University. After spending two and a half years working as a medical officer in general medicine in the United Kingdom, she returned to work at Karl Bremer and Tygerberg Academic Hospital as a medical officer in general medicine and paediatrics. She specialised in dermatology under the training of Prof H Francois Jordaan and Dr Willie Visser and received her Master’s degree in Medicine in the field of dermatology (MMed Derm) cum laude from Stellenbosch University in 2012.


Dr Khoza is an Executive Committee member of the Dermatology Society of South Africa (DSSA) and inaugural Secretary of the African Women’s Dermatologic Society. A past EXCO member of South African Society of Dermatologic Surgery (SASDS) and inaugural advisory committee member of the South African Epidermolysis Bullosa Interest Group (SAEBIG)

She travels extensively attending international conferences and meetings so as to bring the latest and scientifically proven global trends and innovations to her Durban patients.


Dr Smith has an interest in all aspects of dermatology, with a special interest in aesthetics, dermatological surgery, Vitiligo and Psoriasis. He has lectured at the Aesthetic Medicine Congress and published several papers in dermatological journals. Jonathan has served on the executive committee of the Dermatology Society of SA since 2000 and is the current treasurer. He obtained his MMed cum laude in SA and USA.

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