Working to Advance
Health Equity in Africa

Meet the team

The staff team at HEARD is composed of 30 core staff, with interns and visiting fellows contributing to HEARD’s research. HEARD is directed by an experienced senior management team providing strategic, research and operational leadership. Our diverse staff at HEARD are united by a shared commitment in working to advance health equity in Africa.

Dr Carolien Aantjes

Research fellow

Ramatu Agambire

PhD student - 2016

Sean Beckett

Research Fellow

Patience Bulage

2018 PhD Student

Samantha Chareka

2017 PhD Student

Dr Tamaryn Crankshaw

Programme Leader

Dr Gavin George

Programme Leader

Dr Andrew Gibbs

Honorary Research Fellow

Samuel Gormley

Operations Director

Dr Kaymarlin Govender

Research Director

Mesfin Getahun Haileyesus

PhD student - 2015

Sophie Harman

Visiting professor

Cailin Hedderwick

PhD Programme Coordinator

Murphy Kajumi

PhD student - 2015

Emma Lansdell

Research Intern

Professor Franklyn Lisk

Visiting Professor

Sylvester Louis

Accounting Officer

Wilfred Masebo

Post-doctoral Research Fellow

Paul Mbanga

PhD Student

Tamlyn McKenzie

PhD student - 2015

Nomvula Mohoto

Research assistant

Limkile Mpofu

PhD student - 2015

Sisonke Msimang

Senior HEARD Fellow

Regina Ombam

Visiting senior research fellow

Lilian Akoth Oogo

PhD student - 2016

Professor Nana Poku

Executive Director (HEARD); Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Head of College: Law and Management Studies (UKZN)

Dr Tamlyn Rautenberg

Post-doc research dellow

Nalini Sharma

Financial controller

Dr Julia Heather Smith

Visiting research fellow

Mike Strauss

Research fellow

Vanitha Venkatas

Accounting officer

Robyn-Lee Wagner

Human resources officer

Professor Jim Whitman

Professorial fellow and Co-director of HEARD's PhD Scholarship Programme