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31 October 2022

HSRC appoints Prof Sarah Mosoetsa as the CEO

Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)
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Human Sciences Research Council

Pretoria, Monday 31 October 2022 – The Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) Board announces 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, the HSRC, and the Development Bank of Southern Africa. 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 inequality, economic transformation, and redress.

HSRC Board Chairperson, Dr Cassius Lubisi congratulated 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,” said Dr Lubisi


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About the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)

The HSRC was established in 1968 as South Africa’s statutory research agency and has grown to become the largest dedicated research institute in the social sciences and humanities on the African continent, doing cutting-edge public research in areas that are crucial to development.

Our mandate is to inform the effective formulation and monitoring of government policy; to evaluate policy implementation; to stimulate public debate through the effective dissemination of research-based data and fact-based research results; to foster research collaboration, and to help build research capacity and infrastructure for the human sciences.

The Council conducts large-scale, policy-relevant, social-scientific research for public sector users, non-governmental organisations, and international development agencies. Research activities and structures are closely aligned with South Africa’s national development priorities.

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