New Project Manager for Stakeholder Engagement and Communications

Posted 14th December 2020 by Nina Van Niekerk

I am thrilled to be joining the Target Malaria team as the new Project Manager for Stakeholder Engagement and Communications. I am particularly looking forward to working with a team that has diverse expertise and talent and are passionate about reducing the transmission of malaria. 

Following my formal qualifications in the field of molecular biology I have worked in and been exposed to diverse scientific fields in various roles. This has broadened my perspective which allows me to apply my knowledge to new fields.  

Prior to joining Target Malaria, I was a Project Manager for over 9 years at the Voice Computing research group within the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in South Africa. I managed a variety of projects that ranged from research and development to implementation and commercialisation. These multi-year projects involved working with stakeholders in the academic, industry and government sectors.  

One of my recent projects that I managed and lead, was a multi-year project working with researchers and a small development company to deliver an innovative technology that aims to bridge communication barriers experienced within a selected healthcare environment. This project required engagement and communication with a variety of internal and external stakeholders for which I was the primary point of contact. These stakeholders ranged from healthcare providers to Provincial and National Health Department representatives and Provincial Research Committees. In addition to managing the project I also lead the requirements elicitation and evaluation processes for the project which required significant community engagement. Three iterations of this technology were piloted across South Africa, covering a variety of demographics and geographical locations. 

I hold a BSc (Hons) in Molecular Medicine and Medical Biochemistry from the University of the Witwatersrand and am a certified Prince2 Practitioner.  

I have a personal affinity to contribute to society through science. When I am not working, I enjoy practising yoga, reading, spending time in the garden and venturing outdoors. I am also an avid baker and cook, and I love to try new recipes all the time. 

I am South African national but will be based in the UK at the Silwood campus. I hope to make a valuable contribution to Target Malaria.