South African Young Academy of Science

Natisha Dukhi

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Dr Dukhi is a Senior Research Specialist at the Human Sciences Research Council in South Africa. She has spent over a decade working as a Medical Scientist, specializing in Human Anatomy, Physiology, Pathophysiology and Nutrition at various universities in SA. Since 2009, she has been involved with community health and NGOs, and served as an online mentor for the Triune Uganda 2009 Global Project for Pharmacy and Social Science students from countries in Africa, America, Europe and Asia. In 2016, she graduated with a PhD in Public Health at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. She is an eclectic behavioral scientist, with various interdisciplinary research focuses. Her areas of expertise include Nutrition, Maternal, Adolescent and Child Health, health promotion and non-communicable diseases, with special interest in mHealth, Artificial Intelligence, and Gender-based violence. She serves as a PI, co-PI and Project Director on various interdisciplinary survey. Her scientific experience and collaborations have led to various interdisciplinary publications, book chapters and conference proceedings.  She is on the Executive Board of Directors for the Public Health Association of South Africa (PHASA), and an Affiliate Member of the African Academy of Sciences (AAS), Fellow and President of the African ChangeMakers South African chapter, a Fellow of the Southern Africa Science Leadership Programme (S-ASLP), among others. She is a reviewer for various national and international journals. In 2018, she was a BRICS Young Scientist awardee, and a recipient of the Gro Brundtland Award for outstanding work in the field of public health and sustainable development.