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

Russell Armstrong

Senior Research Officer

Sean Beckett

Research Fellow

Edward Buzigi

PhD Student

Samantha Chareka

PhD Student

Dereck Chitama

PhD Student

Dr Tamaryn Crankshaw

Programme Leader

Dr Gavin George

Programme Leader

Samuel Gormley

Operations Director

Zacharia Grand

PhD Student

Professor Sophie Harman

Visiting Professor

Cailin Hedderwick

PhD Programme Manager

Murphy Kajumi

PhD Student

Sarah Khanakwa

PhD Student

Emma Lansdell

Research Fellow (Data Management)

Professor Franklyn Lisk

Visiting Professor

Sylvester Louis

Accounting Officer

Nosipho Makhakhe

PhD Student

Dr Wilfred Masebo

Post-doctoral Research Fellow

Paul Mbanga

PhD Student

Tamlyn McKenzie

PhD student - 2015

Nomvula Mohoto

Research assistant

Limkile Mpofu

PhD Student

Sisonke Msimang

Senior HEARD Fellow

Dr Marcia Victoria Mutambara

Post-doctoral Research Fellow

Sandram Naluso

PhD Student

Happy Magama Ncube

PhD Student

Clemence Nishimwe

PhD Student

Dr Phiwe Nota

Post-doctoral Research Fellow

Regina Ombam

Visiting senior research fellow

Lilian Akoth Oogo

PhD Student

Professor Nana Poku

Executive Director (HEARD); Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University (UKZN)

Nalini Sharma

Financial controller

Dr Julia Heather Smith

Visiting research fellow

Mike Strauss

Research fellow

Dr Jesper Sundewall

Associate Professor

Priscilla Tamale

PhD Student

Vanitha Venkatas

Accounting officer

Robyn-Lee Wagner

Human resources officer

Professor Jim Whitman

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