Wendy BurgersWendy Burgers


South Africa, Cape Town

 

Occupational Information


Occupation: Professional field

Occupational Position: Senior Research Scientist at University of Cape Town Institute of Infectious Diseases and Molecular Medicine

Professional History


Wendy A. Burgers is a biomedical research scientist working at the University of Cape Town. She has been involved in the development and testing of vaccines against HIV as part of the South African AIDS Vaccine Initiative. This work has taken her into the field of HIV immunology and she has embarked on a number of research projects examining immune responses in HIV-infected individuals in order to gain insight into mechanisms of immune control to apply to vaccine development.

She trains postgraduate students and has been involved in capacity development and training in HIV vaccine immunology at a number of African workshops. Her professional involvement in the field of HIV/AIDS is complemented by her voluntary work with a not for profit organization, SHADE, in empowering and equipping African women to set up social projects related to supporting those affected by HIV/AIDS in their local communities .

Qualifications


Masters degree in Medical Virology at the University of Cape Town PhD from Cambridge University, UK. Postdoctoral Research Fellowship awarded by the Medical Research Council in South Africa

Programs


2006 Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow

Featured News

Norman Smit
23 December 2017

Making a simple change can help realize one’s full potential. At TED Talent Search Lagos 2017 in Nigeria, Victoria Ohaeri describes the importance of changing her name to positively affect others' perceptions.  The 2016 Tutu Fellow tells her personal story about the effects of labeling, and how changing her name made all the difference.

Norman Smit
21 December 2017

Young farmers participating in a project started by 2017 Tutu Fellow Samuel Kariuki have had their first harvest and been paid for the fruits of their labour.  The new farmers in the agro-entrepreneurship Fort Hall Eye Project harvested two tons of beans. This green success is taking place in one of the most troubled counties in Kenya, where alcoholism has left almost no household unaffected.

Peter Wilson
21 December 2017

When nominations closed earlier this week, there were close to 300 really top quality nominations of emerging African leaders from across the continent for the 2018 Tutu Leadership Fellowship.  We were again impressed by the breadth of outstanding candidates who are applying for the Fellowship, reinforcing what we already know: that there is no shortage of excellent young leaders on the continent. 

Norman Smit
20 December 2017

The CEO of All On, 2015 Tutu Fellow Wiebe Boer is helping to build access to affordable sustainable energy for low income households, small business, and communities.  All On is an independent impact investing company.  As part of its approach it has also provided a grant to the acclaimed Nigerian tech incubator, Co-Creation Hub, to challenge Nigeria’s innovators on energy. Co-Creation Hub is run by 2017 Tutu Fellow 'Bosun Tijani.

A Selection of Tutu Leadership Fellows

About AFLI

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The African Leadership Institute (AFLI) is unique among leadership initiatives in that it focuses on building the capacity and capability of visionary and strategic leadership across the continent. Developing exceptional leaders representing all spheres of society, the Institute’s flagship programme is the prestigious Archbishop Tutu Leadership Fellowship. Offering a multifaceted learning experience and run in partnership with Oxford University, it is awarded annually to 20-25 carefully chosen candidates, nominated from across Africa. Alumni of the African Leadership Institute form a dynamic network of Fellows passionately committed to the continent’s transformation, bridging the divide between nations and ensuring that Africa is set centre-stage in global affairs.

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