Prof Quarraisha Abdool Karim named in Forbes Africa list of 50 women over 50 leading throughout Africa
CAPRISA Associate Scientific Director, Professor Quarraisha Abdool Karim is among Forbes Africa's 50 women over the age of 50 list. Being the first of its kind, a compilation of 50 women over the age of 50 scaling newer heights and inspiring the next cadre of leadership on the African continent. The list is from business tycoons to technocrats, founders to CEOs, and activists to entertainers, that have broken barriers throughout their impactful careers and take up spaces to ensure others have a voice in those spaces. They are either making history or writing it was compiled and published by Forbes Africa Magazine in its February/March 2023 issue.
Professor Quarraisha Abdool Karim, a world-leading HIV and AIDS researcher, was elected to serve as the seventh President of The World Academy of Sciences (UNESCO-TWAS) for the advancement of science in developing countries. This made her the first woman to head TWAS. She now co-chairs a 10-member technical facilitation mechanism group set up by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.
Professor Abdool Karim shares the respected change-makers list with Africa's champions such as Dr Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka who is the former UN Women Executive Director's recent appointment as the Chairperson of the International Olympic Committee Advisory Committee on Human Rights; Dr Graça Machel The founder and Chair of the Board for the Graça Machel Trust, and Co-Founder and Deputy Chair, The Elders Mozambique-South Africa; former South African public protector, Dr Thuli Madonsela to mention a few.