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Managing Director: Implementation Research Division

Prof Keitshepile Geoffrey Setswe


Prof Setswe’s research interests are in the behavioural and social aspects of HIV/AIDS/STI and TB, health policy, epidemiology and global health issues where he has about 98 publications and more than 60 conference presentations in these fields. He has supervised or co-supervised 45 completed Masters and Doctoral degrees in public health and health sciences.

He previously worked for the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) as Executive Director of the HIV/AIDS/STI/TB (HAST) research programme where he had grown through the ranks from Chief Research Specialist, Research Director and Deputy Executive Director from 2006 to 2017. Prof Setswe has served as Professor of Public Health at Monash University and was the founding Head of the School of Health Sciences at Monash South Africa where he also served as Chair of the Senate (Board of Studies) between 2010 and 2013.

He has a Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) Degree from the University of Limpopo and his Masters of Public Health (MPH) degree was obtained from Temple University in Philadelphia, USA, where he was a Fulbright Scholar in the 1990s.

Prof Setswe was the founding Director of the AIDS Research Institute at the University of Witwatersrand where he coordinated AIDS research between 2003 and 2005. He was deputy chair of the AIDS Consortium from 2005-2011. He has previously worked at the Medical University of Southern Africa (MEDUNSA) as a lecturer, senior lecturer and professor of public health over an 11-year period where he was in the founding staff of the National School of Public Health (NSPH). In 2008-2012, he served as Co-Chair of the Research, Monitoring and Evaluation (RME) Technical Task Team (TTT) of the SA National AIDS Council (SANAC) and has served on the Board of the Medical Research Council (MRC) as a non-executive director. He is a member of Council of the University of Venda and is also Extraordinary Professor and Adjunct Professor at Universities of Stellenbosch and Venda respectively.
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