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Chief Executive Officer: South Africa

Prof Vinodh Edward

BSc, BTech, MTech, DTech

Dr Vinodh Edward has been a basic sciences researcher involved in clinical trials management for 20 years. He is a registered professional natural scientist, which allows him to have a broad focus in the biological sciences. He understands working with various donors and delivering various projects simultaneously.

With a passion for building clinical trials capacity in South Africa, he strives to achieve efficiencies in all facets of clinical trials.

He recently held the position of Regional Chief Operating Officer for Health Research, where he led one of the largest and most diverse teams in South Africa, which focuses on TB and HIV, with sites in Klerksdorp, Tembisa, Rustenburg and Welkom.

He is currently the Principal Investigator for IAVI Protocol B – A prospective observational study to determine HIV incidence in preparation for future preventive HIV vaccine clinical trials and IAVI Protocol C – A prospective, observational, multi-center study to evaluate laboratory, clinical, immunologic and viral markers of disease progression in recently HIV-infected volunteers.
He is also the Chief Operating Officer for the Advancing Care and Treatment for TB/HIV Consortium (ACT4TB/HIV). This consortium, funded by the South African Medical Research Council (MRC), brings together several collaborators in South Africa to work on innovative ways to fight TB and HIV. Prof Edward was the interim Chief Executive Officer for Aurum Innova.

Prof Edward was recently appointed Honourary Associate Professor at the College of Health Sciences at in the University of KwaZulu-Natal and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Environmental Health Sciences Yale School of Public Health, New Haven, Connecticut, USA. 


Prof Edward holds a Bachelor of Science Degree with majors in Microbiology and Physiology as well as a Doctor of Technology Degree in Biotechnology. He has published in the areas of basic sciences and clinical research.

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