Dr. Ingrid Daniels
BiographyIngrid Daniels has been the Chief Executive Officer of Cape Mental Health, the oldest community-based mental health non-profit organisation in South Africa, since 2000. She obtained her Masters in Social Science (Clinical Social Work) and PhD in Social Work at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. She is currently President of the World Federation for Mental Health and will serve a two year term (2019-2021).
In 1996, she was awarded the British Council, Helen Suzman Chevening Award and completed a 4 months scholarship at the Institute of Epileptology at Maudsley & Kings College Hospitals in the United Kingdom. She was the Chairperson of the SA Federation for Mental Health’s Secretariat LOC that successfully hosted, for the first time in Sub-Saharan Africa, the World Congress of the World Federation for Mental Health Congress, in Cape Town in October 2011. She was awarded the prestigious SA Federation for Mental Health National Award for the Outstanding Individual in Mental Health for her leadership and for successfully managing the hosting of the Congress. She currently serves on South Africa’s National Mental Health Advisory Committee who advises the National Minister of Health on the implementation of the National Mental Health Policy Framework and Strategic Plan 2013-2020. Ingrid Daniels also serves on the Trust Circle Mental Health Advisory Board Council. Trust Circle provides innovative, accessible and affordable mental health mobile technology aimed at increasing access to mental health to millions across the world. She is an Executive Committee and Board member of the South African Federation for Mental Health. She teaches at Bochum University of Applied Sciences, Germany at the International Seminar on Diversity and Inclusion and has an extensive resume of presentations delivered at national and international levels. She also serves on the Rural Mental Health Campaign Committee who produced the first Rural Mental Health Campaign Report in South Africa in 2015.
She is committed to addressing global mental health challenges particularly in lower and middle income countries. She continues to actively advocate and seek creative and innovative solutions to address mental health service delivery gaps and to ensure that mental health becomes a reality for all global citizens.