Biographies Speakers

Sabiha Essack, Professor in Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) is the South African Research Chair in Antibiotic Resistance and One Health. Professor Essack began her professional career as a hospital pharmacist in 1989. She joined academia in 1992, established the Antimicrobial Research Unit at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and secured several research grants from the World Health Organization, the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation, the South African Medical Research Council and National Research Foundation investigating strategies for the prevention and containment of antibiotic resistance. Professor Essack serves/d as expert consultant on antimicrobial resistance to the WHO Regional Office for Africa, the Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office and the South East Asia Regional Office. She is Vice Chairperson South African Ministerial Advisory Committee on Antimicrobial Resistance, founder and co-chair of the South African Chapter of the Alliance for the Prudent Use of Antibiotics (APUA), member of the FIP Working Group on Antimicrobial Resistance and member of the Global Respiratory Infections Partnership (GRIP). She serves on the South African Chapter of the Global Antibiotic Resistance Partnership (GARP) and the South African Antibiotic Stewardship Programme.