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31 October 2022

Appointment of Prof Sarah Mosoetsa as the Chief Executive Officer of the Human Sciences Research Council

Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)
Prof Sarah Mosoetsa

The Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) Board is pleased to announce the appointment of Prof Sarah Mosoetsa as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Council, effective 1 February 2023.

Prof Mosoetsa vacates her role as CEO at the National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIHSS) to take up the position of CEO at the HSRC. She was instrumental in establishing and setting up the NIHSS in 2013 and held the position of CEO at the Institute since 2014.

Prof Mosoetsa holds a Doctorate in Sociology from the University of the Witwatersrand. She is an associate Professor of Sociology at the same University and the author of several publications, including, amongst others, “Eating from one pot: Dynamics of Survival in poor South African households” (Wits Press) and co-editor of “Labour in the Global South: challenges and alternatives for workers” (ILO), and co-editor of “Precarious Labor in Global Perspective” (Cambridge University Press).

She has worked for various organisations, including the Society, Work and Politics Institute (SWOP), the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC), and the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA). Prof Mosoetsa sits on various Boards and Committees, inter alia, the National Minimum Wage Commission, the National Research Foundation Board, the University of South Africa Council, the University of Venda Council and the Advisory Board for the Southern Centre for Inequality Studies.

Prof Mosoetsa is passionate about the humanities and social sciences in South Africa, the continent, the globe and their contribution to societies grappling with challenges of poverty and inequalities, economic transformation, and redress.

Please join me in congratulating Prof Mosoetsa on her appointment as CEO. The HSRC is proud to welcome her and to share in and benefit from her thought leadership, her pursuit of excellence and her people-centric approach to organisational culture, and we look forward to working alongside her over the next five years.

The Board wishes to thank Prof Leickness Simbayi for his capable and enduring leadership as interim CEO since the departure of the former CEO, Prof Crain Soudien.

Dr Cassius Lubisi


Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)

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