SRC has a capacity of approximately 62 staff members comprising of Medical Doctors, Nurse Clinicians, Pharmacists, Medical Scientists, Social Scientists, Laboratory Technologists, Counsellors, Accountants, IT Administration and Support staff. All relevant staffs are fully ICH GCP trained and conduct all trials as per protocol requirements. The Centre is staffed from Monday to Friday and as determined by participants’ needs, the centre may be staffed on Saturdays, Sundays and / or public holidays.

The site has an organogram that clearly distinguishes roles and responsibilities. Sectional staff are managed by well-trained and experienced supervisors, who in turn are overseen by various line managers.

The SRC is lead by Dr Khatija Ahmed (Executive Director) and Dr Mookho Malahleha (Deputy Director). They both ensure that the SRC, supported by the dedicated and committed staff team, continues to strive to be a centre of excellence and to conduct good quality clinical trials and actively contribute to the field of research.


Dr Khatija Ahmed: Executive Director

Dr Khatija Ahmed is a qualified medical doctor, clinical microbiologist and experienced researcher who has been with the SRC since its inception in 2004. She has successfully lead and grown the organisation and under her leadership as Executive Director, the site has successfully conducted and completed many studies. She has lead large-scale efficacy and safety studies for many microbicide and PrEP regimens with international sponsors (Population Council, FHI360, and Conrad etc) and continues to work in the field of HIV prevention research both in clinical trials and socio behavioral studies. Her portfolio also extends to other vaccine trials (TB, HPV, Meningococcal etc), as well as TB diagnostics and treatment studies. Dr Ahmed strives to conduct good quality research that is beneficial towards the fight against HIV and other diseases and also to the community surrounding the organisation. She ensures that research conducted at SRC is done according to the approved protocol and all relevant regulatory requirements. There is utmost importance and focus on ethical standards and participant safety and well-being. She is a strong motivator and also serves as a mentor to junior investigators in the field of research and also post graduate students in the field of science.


 Dr Mookho Malahleha: Deputy Director

Dr Mookho Malahleha is a qualified Medical Officer and experienced clinical researcher. She currently leads the site as Deputy Director and ensures that the SRC conducts research of integrity and excellence, and in keeping with all regulatory requirements. She has extensive experience in the management of medical conditions and has a passion for clinical research. As a researcher, she has gained experience in HIV management, TB management and HIV prevention trials. She has also conducted trials with several pharmaceutical companies as a Principal Investigator. She is a hard worker, that is detail orientated and through her leadership and guidance, she ensures that the site functions optimally and effectively whilst maintaining high standards of quality.