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Prof. Sarah Mosoetsa
Chief Executive Officer

Prof Sarah Mosoetsa is the former CEO of the National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIHSS), a position that she vacated on 31 January 2023 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. She currently serves as the interim chairperson of the South African Think Tank (SABTT) and is a member of the BRICS Think Tank Council (BTTC).

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, â??Eating from one Pot: Dynamics of Survival in Poor South African Householdsâ? (Wits Press) and co-editor of â??Labour in the Global South: challenges and alternatives for workersâ? (ILO), and co-editor of â??Precarious Labor in Global Perspectiveâ? (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). Mosoetsa sits on various Boards and Committees, inter alia, the National Minimum Wage Commission, the University of Venda Council, and the Advisory Board for the Southern Centre for Inequality Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand.