Prof Olive Shisana
Chief Executive Officer, Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC), South Africa.
Olive Shisana PhD is Chief Executive Officer of the HSRC, Honorary Professor at the University of Cape Town, immediate past President of International Social Science Council. Prior to this she served as HSRC’s Executive Director of Social Aspects of HIV/AIDS and Health, previously Executive Director, Family and Community Health, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland. She is an authority in HIV surveillance, having been a principal investigator for several second generation surveillance systems for HIV. She was one of the founders of the South African National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey as well as the Maternal and Child Mortality Surveillance. She served on many national and international scientific committees and advisory boards, such the Ministerial Advisory Committee on National Health Insurance, the US Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Methodological Challenges in HIV Prevention Trials, the Emory University Global Health Institute Advisory Board, the South African National AIDS Council and the chair of the Nelson Mandela’s 46664 Board. She has recently been appointed to head the South Africa’s BRICS Think Tank and chair of the Council of BRICS Think Tanks as well as the AIDS 2016 Global Conference South African Co-Chair. Professor Shisana recently won an award for the South African Academy of Sciences Science-for-Society Gold Medal.
Professor Shisana spoke about the need to explore and address gender issues in research and innovation that reflect and focus on the special concerns and opportunities found in Africa and Introducing the Gender Summit to Africa at the Gender Summit 4 EU 2014.