AfOx insaka – with Prof Kelly Chibale and Prof Sandra FredmanThe AfOx insaka is a gathering for sharing ideas and knowledge about Africa-focused research with speakers from diverse and varied academic disciplines. There will be two events each term. Each event will feature two talks by speakers from different disciplines, followed by questions and discussion. Drinks will be served afterwards. The first insaka will feature Prof Kelly Chibale – who will speak about Pioneering and Seeding a pharmaceutical R&D Industry in Africa, and Prof Sandra Fredman – who will speak about Human Rights Law in Africa.
Prof Kelly Chibale – Founder and Director, Drug Discovery and Development Centre (H3D), University of Cape Town.
Prof Chibale’s research has been in the field of anti-infective (malaria, tuberculosis, schistosomiasis) drug discovery and has been underpinned by (Hit to Lead and Lead Optimization) medicinal chemistry. His drug discovery research has also extended to the structure-guided design and synthesis of domain-selective inhibitors of angiotensin converting enzyme for cardiovascular and fibrosis disease indications in collaboration with Prof Edward D. Sturrock (IDM).
Prof Chibale was awarded a Tier 1 South Africa Research Chair in Drug Discovery under the South Africa Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI) of the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and administered through the National Research Foundation (NRF) in 2008. In 2009, he became founding Director of the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) Drug Discovery and Development Research Unit at UCT. In the same year he was elected Fellow of UCT and the Royal Society of South Africa. In 2010 he became the founding Director of the UCT Drug Discovery and Development Centre (H3D). He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), UK in 2014. Awarded a 2-year Cheney Visiting Fellowship at the University of Leeds in the UK and the SAMRC Gold Medal for 2016.
Prof Sandra Fredman – Rhodes Professor of the Laws of the British Commonwealth and the United States University of Oxford.
Prof Fredman was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2005 and became a QC (honoris causa) in 2012. She is Honorary Professor of Law at the University of Cape Town and a fellow of Pembroke College Oxford. She has written and published widely on anti-discrimination law, human rights law and labour law, including numerous peer-reviewed articles, and three monographs: Human Rights Transformed (OUP 2008); Discrimination Law (2nd ed, OUP 2011); and Women and the Law (OUP 1997),as well as two co-authored books: The State as Employer (Mansell, 1988), with Gillian Morris, and Labour Law and Industrial Relations in Great Britain (2nd ed Kluwer, 1992) with Bob Hepple. She has also edited several books: Discrimination and Human Rights: The Case of Racism (OUP,2001); and Age as an Equality Issue (Hart, 2003) with Sarah Spencer; and has written numerous articles in peer-reviewed law journals. She was awarded a three year Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship in 2004 to further her research into socio-economic rights and substantive equality. She is South African and holds degrees from the University of Witwatersrand and the University of Oxford.. She has acted as an expert adviser on equality law and labour legislation in the EU, Northern Ireland, the UK, India, South Africa, Canada and the UN; and is a barrister practising at Old Square Chambers. She founded the Oxford Human Rights Hub in 2012, of which she is the Director.
This event is organised by the Africa Oxford Initiative and hosted by the Blavatnik School of Government.