Welcome to Stellenbosch University

​​​​​​​​​​Centre for Medical Ethics & Law



​REDSSA Core ​Team

The REDSSA Research Team is made up of a multi-national network of data scientists, bioethicists, legal experts, academics and administrative staff. The bioethics consortium includes representation from all over sub-Saharan Africa including Cameroon, eSwatini, Ethiopia, ​Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.​


Professor Keymanthri Moodley​​

Keymanthri Moodley is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Medicine and Director of the Centre for Medical Ethics and Law (CMEL), Faculty of Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University. Keymanthri is a specialist family physician, bioethicist and has served as a Principal Investigator on numerous clinical trials. In 2017, she was appointed as Adjunct Professor in the Department of Social Medicine, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (UNC), USA. Additionally, Professor Moodley is a member of the Academy of Science in South Africa (ASSAf) and completed an Executive MBA in 2015. She is an NRF rated researcher and has served on the SAMRC Board, the NHREC and in international organisations: WHO, International AIDS Society (IAS), NIH DSMBs and the WHO SAGE Ebola Working Group. The CMEL was re-designated as a Collaborating Centre in Bioethics in 2019 by the WHO. Professor Moodley serves as Principal Investigator for the REDSSA project.


Professor Stuart Rennie

Stuart Rennie is an Associate Professor in Social Medicine at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill (USA), Core Faculty at the UNC Bioethics Center and Extraordinary Professor in Medicine at Stellenbosch University. He obtained his Masters in Anthropology and PhD in philosophy from Leuven University (Belgium). A member of the HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN) Ethics Working Group, he is currently an investigator in projects on the ethics of HIV research with pregnant adolescents, decision-making in HIV cure trials, and the use of HIV DNA for public health surveillance. Professor Rennie’s current teaching and research interests focus on research ethics, public health ethics and medical ethics in developing countries, primarily in sub-Saharan Africa. Professor Rennie serves as co-Principal Investigator for the REDSSA project. ​


Nezerith Cengiz

Nezerith Cengiz is a bioethics graduate conducting empirical research on the REDSSA project at the Centre for Medical Ethics and Law at Stellenbosch University. She completed her undergraduate studies in Public Health from Monash University; and an Honours degree and Master of Science in Bioethics and Health Law at the Steve Biko Centre for Bioethics at the University of Witwatersrand. Her Masters’ thesis focused on carebots and virtue ethics. Nezerith has a background working as a research assistant in vascular surgery research and ophthalmology. Nezerith’s current research focuses on the perspectives of REC members and researchers on data governance in sub-Saharan Africa. Since 2022 she is an ad hoc member of the Tygerberg Clinical Ethics Committee.


​Dr Gonasagrie (Lulu) Nair

Lulu Nair is a senior lecturer and clinician with a background in public health, clinical trial research in HIV and TB treatme​nt and prevention, GCP training and bioethics. Dr Nair has an impressive publication record and has served on the UKZN REC and the REC of the South African MRC and is currently on the HREC of the Faculty of Medicine and Health. Lulu serves as a co-investigator to the REDSSA project.


Dr Adetayo Emmanuel Obasa

Adetayo Emmanuel Obasa is a medical virologist, lecturer at CMEL and HREC member at Stellenbosch University. He completed a postgraduate diploma in Applied Ethics and is currently completing a Master of Philosophy in Applied Ethics (Bioethics). He serves as a​ researcher to the REDSSA project.


Professor Sharon Kling

Sharon Kling is an emeritus associate professor in the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (FMHS), Stellenbosch University. She is a past president of the College of Paediatricians of South Africa and is currently a member of the Executive Committee of the Allergy Society of South Africa (ALLSA). She is a member of both the Clinical Ethics Committee at Tygerberg Hospital and the Undergraduate Research Ethics Committee of the FMHS. She holds an MPhil in Applied Ethics and is currently completing her doctorate, which critically examines the work of clinical ethics committees in South Africa. She serves as a co-investigator to the REDSSA project.


Qunita Brown

Qunita Brown completed her undergraduate studies (BA Degree) and postgraduate studies (Honours Psychology) and (Masters Research Psychology) (Cum Laude) at the University of the Western Cape. Ms Brown has a background working in research in the fields of crime and violence prevention, post-traumaticaumatic stress disorder and substance abuse. She currently serves as a research assistant on the REDSSA project.

Siti Kabanda

Siti Kabanda has a Master of Science and a Master of Public Health, both obtained from the University of Cape Town. She currently serves as a research assistant on the REDSSA project.

REDSSA Research Team 

Legal Experts (SA)

  • Professor Jerome Singh
  • Professor Annelize McKay
  • Dr Dirk Brand ​

Data Scientists (SA)

  • Professor Kanshukan Rajaratnam
  • Professor Bruce Watson

​Ethics Consultants

  • Dr Sergio Litewka (University of Miami, USA)
  • Professor Eric Juengst (University of Miami, USA) ​
  • Dr Caesar Atuire (University of Ghana)

Stakeholder Engagement 

  • Dr Suzanne Day​ (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
  • Dr Karel Caals​ (University of ​Singapore) 
  • Prof Walter Jaoko (University of ​Kenya)
  • Dr Cheryl Baxter
  • Dr Chad Beyer
  • A/Prof Wim Delva​​
  • Neetha Shagan Morar​​


  • REASA (Research Ethics Association of Southern Africa) 
  • ARESA (Advancing Research Ethics training in Southern Africa​)

consortium.jpgConsortium of African Bioethici​​sts

  • Cameroon: Marceline Djuidje Ngounoue
  • eSwatini: Babazile Shongwa
  • Ethiopia: Liya Wassie​
  • Kenya: Walter Jaoko, Stephen Ombok Muhudia, Lillian Omutoko
  • Lesotho: Francis Rakotsane
  • Malawi: Francis Masiye, Tiwonge Mtande​, Limbanazo Matandika
  • Mozambique: Esperenca Sevene
  • Namibia: Mareli Claassens
  • South Africa: Shenuka Singh​, Theresa Burgess
  • Uganda: Joseph Ochieng
  • Zambia: Alwyn Mwinga, Victor Chalwe
  • Zimbabwe: George Chingarande, Farayi Moyana​

Grants Management (SA)

  • Eugene Baugaard ​​​