ISSC President, Dr Olive Shisana named World Class South African

Dr O Shisana photo 2012

ISSC President Dr Olive Shisana, Chief Executive Officer of the South African Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC), has been recognised on a list of 100 World Class South Africans.

The accolade by the CityPress, a national newspaper in South Africa, lists her alongside other South Africans of note such as Nelson Mandela, Thabo Mbeki, Tim Noakes, Patience Ntunzi, and Charlize Theron. The list serves to act as a celebration of some of the country’s most extraordinary men and women — recognising outstanding achievements and status in the arts, sciences, business, design, civil society and sport. Featured South Africans are divided into ‘National Treasures’, ‘Heroes & Mavericks’, ‘Pioneers & Originals’, ‘Groundbreakers & Thought Leaders’, ‘Changemakers and Crusaders’ and ‘Newsmakers & Shapeshifters.’

Olive Shisana is a public health professional and during her expansive career, spanning over 30 years, she has sought to revolutionize the HIV/AIDS and global health landscape in South Africa. She was the first woman to be appointed as Director General for the National Department of Health and served as a specialist scientist at the South African Medical Research Council. Dr Olive Shisana was instrumental in the establishment of the School of Public Health at the University of the Western Cape, which has been in operation since 1993. She also chairs the recently appointed South African BRICS Think Tank that will undertake policy research and analysis to inform the group’s strategies.

The ISSC congratulates Dr Shisana on her achievement in gaining this recognition and is honoured by the work she has done in advancing the social sciences and her leadership as President.