Prof Mosa Moshabela

Chairperson of the Board

Professor Mosa Moshabela is a Professor of Public Health and Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. He holds a MBChB from UKZN’s Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine; a MMed in Family Medicine from the Medical University of South Africa (now the Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University); MSc in Demography and Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine; and PhD in Public Health from the University of the Witwatersrand. Prof Moshabela leads the Quality Health Systems and Transformation (QuEST) Centre in South Africa, a collaboration with the TH Chan School of Public Health at Harvard University, and he is a faculty member in HIV, Infectious Disease and Global Health Research Institute (HIGH IRI) at the University of Washington in St Louis, USA. His contribution has primarily been in the improvement of access and quality healthcare to combat infectious diseases, in relation to HIV and TB, and in the areas of health systems, services and policy research. His research focus on implementation science cuts across multiple disciplines, and involves the design, implementation and evaluation of complex interventions in healthcare services and programs, and seeks to improve access, quality and equity in healthcare, for resource-poor settings in sub-Saharan Africa.

An esteemed academic and clinician scientist, he held a Wellcome Trust Fellowship from 2015 to 2018, and was awarded a Ministerial Special Covid-19 Award for Covid-19 Science Communication and Public Engagement. He is currently the Chairperson of the Standing Committee on Health in the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), and Chairperson of the committee to evaluate the Covid-19 health sector response in SA, commissioned by the National Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation. He is also the Health Commissioner to the Premier of KwaZulu-Natal, one of the seven multi-sector commissioners on the Premier's Provincial Planning Commission. Globally, he is a member of the international advisory board for the Lancet Healthy Longevity, Lancet Commission on Synergies Between Health Promotion, Universal Healthcare Access and Global Health Security, and the Commission of the US National Academies for Science, Engineering and Medicine on the Global Roadmap to Healthy Longevity.

Prof Moshabela is the Chairperson of the NRF Board.