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Meet Kelly Chibale, one of Fortune magazine’s 2018 50 World’s Greatest Leaders

Written by: Neo Koza

The founder and director of Africa’s first integrated drug discovery centre‚ Professor Kelly Chibale is one of Fortune magazine’s 50 World’s Greatest Leaders for 2018.

Chibale was selected among a group of influential people ranging from Bill and Melinda Gates to the presidents of France‚ Emmanuel Macron‚ and South Korea‚ Moon Jae-in‚ as well as tennis player Serena Williams.

He was chosen for pioneering work in developing infrastructure to support scientific research after founding H3D, an integrated drug discovery center at UCT in 2010.

The professor joined Azania on her weekly Friday Profile, to talk about the project and what inspired it.

In the scientific world, there is a low expectation both on the part of the non-African and Africans themselves that they do not believe that we can innovate - for example in the case of contributing to discovering new medicines -and they think that this can only happen in the Western world. That is a challenge I took and changed this perception.

Professor Kelly Chibale, founder of H3D

Us South Africans, we have been beneficiaries a long time of the innovation and research that has happened elsewhere. How can we work together collectively to address human challenges? Just as we have benefited from innovations that have come out of the research in the developed world, it is only right that we contribute as well and not just be recipients of that.

Professor Kelly Chibale, founder of H3D

Click on the link below to listen to the full interview...


This article first appeared on 702 : Meet Kelly Chibale, one of Fortune magazine’s 2018 50 World’s Greatest Leaders




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