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Prof. Charles Hongoro
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Prof Charles Hongoro is the deputy executive director of the HSRC's Developmental, Capable and Ethical State research division where he leads the division's Peace and Sustainable Security unit. He is also the acting coordinator of the HSRC's Africa Institute for South Africa. He holds a PhD in health economics and policy from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), University of London.

Before rejoining the HSRC in July 2013, Hongoro was the unit director of the Health Systems Research Unit at the South African Medical Research Council. His experience at the HSRC includes positions as the deputy executive director of the former Research Impact Assessment division and as the research director for health systems financing in a research group that focused on population health, health systems and innovation group. He was also a research director in the HSRC's former policy analysis unit.

Hongoro has been a programme director of health economics and systems at the Aurum Institute for Health Research in Johannesburg and a lecturer in health economics and systems at the LSHTM. He was also a senior medical research officer and health economist for the Health Systems Research Unit of the National Institute of Health Research (formerly known as the Blair Research Institute) in Zimbabwe. Hongoro has been an extraordinary professor of research at Tshwane University of Technology (2008-2020) and an extraordinary professor of health economics and systems at the University of Pretoria since 2017. He serves on several local and international technical or advisory committees and has done local and international consulting work, largely focusing on health economics analyses, programme development, as well as monitoring and evaluation in the health sector. His areas of research interest include sustainable development, poverty and inequality, health systems financing, the economics of non-communicable and communicable diseases including HIV/AIDS, health systems and policy-oriented research in general, as well as evaluation and impact studies. Hongoro's publication record spans the authoring and co-authoring of several conference presentations, peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters.