From left: Dr. Khatija Ahmed (SRC CEO), Mr. Ismail Adam(SRC CFO), Kgomotso Phohu (SRC COO)

Setshaba is a demographically diverse research site and is presently led by an Executive Committee (EXCO), which encompasses the four strategic leadership roles within the organization: CEO, COO, and CFO.

The organisation has a staff complement of approximately 90 employees. This comprises of medical doctors, research nurses, pharmacists, laboratory technologists, regulatory officers,  data management staff, quality assurance personnel, study coordinators, social scientists, counsellors, community engagement officers, retention officers and other administrative staff. All relevant staff are fully ICH GCP trained.

The EXCO reports to the board of directors, who maintain oversight of the key operations and performance areas of the site, including financial and key operational matters.

The CEO leads the site’s research agenda and maintains close oversight of all the site processes to ensure that high-quality clinical research is conducted and standards of excellence are maintained. More details regarding their research experience are outlined below.

Dr Khatija Ahmed: Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Dr Khatija Ahmed, who is a medical doctor and clinical microbiologist by profession, with a wealth of experience in HIV and TB research has led the site since its inception in 2004, and under her leadership and guidance, the site has excelled and expanded its research portfolio. Dr Ahmed sits on the CONRAD’s Project Advisory Committee on Microbicide Product Development. She is also an active member of the Research Triangle Institute (RTI) Steering Committee of Multi-Purpose Technology Product Development. She is part of the Advancing Care and Treatment (ACT) for TB/HIV Consortium and has collaborations with the TB National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) unit in South Africa. She is an active member of the TB Alliance Stakeholders Association. In addition, under her leadership, SRC is part of the Medinova Learnership Programme for the Development of early-career research staff. She has worked closely with many other research organizations, including both local and international organizations such as RTI, FHI360, Population Council and HVTN, to name but a few. She has co-authored a large number of research publications. Dr Ahmed has served as a Principal Investigator on many research trials, across different research focus areas and is committed to maintaining high standards of quality across all her studies.