Prof Olive Shisana
Chief Executive Officer, Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC), South Africa.
Prof Shisana ScD holds a Doctor of Science from Johns Hopkins University and is Chief Executive Officer of the HSRC, Honorary Professor at the University of Cape Town and immediate past President of the International Social Science Council. Prior to this she served as HSRC’s Executive Director of Social Aspects of HIV/AIDS and Health and previously Executive Director, Family and Community Health, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland. She continues to serve on the Executive Committee of the ISSC.
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 as 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 Nelson Mandela’s 46664 Boards. 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 won the South African Academy of Sciences, Science-for-Society Gold Medal in 2013. She has recently (2014) been awarded the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa by Monash University.