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2. Sharon Fonn

Sharon Fonn is Professor of the University of the Witwatersrand which she has led since 2003. A medical doctor and registered public health specialist, she holds a PhD. She has previously worked for a decade   as research director of the University’s Women’s Health Project. Previously Prof Fonn set up ‘Birth-to-Ten’ (now Twenty), a unique birth cohort following over 3000 children in Soweto, South Africa. Prior to this she served the newly developed trade union movement providing health and safety training and research; and is an experienced manager-innovator of rural and urban public health services. Her work on cervical cancer and a national cancer control programme for South Africa is well-recognised.  
 
She was awarded the Ministry of Science and Technology’s Distinguished Scientist Award for contributions to the quality of life of women in 2005 and has been a member of the Academy of Science of South Africa since 2004; she is also Woodrow Wilson Centre Scholar. She serves on several national and international boards, and is involved in international and United Nations initiatives. She also contributes to research leadership and support, and has published 50 papers in peer reviewed journals, books and book chapters, and over 20 technical reports mostly in the fields of women’s health, gender and health and health systems development. Much of her work has resulted in policy development which has been adopted nationally and has influenced international discourse. She was the first woman invited to deliver the annual T N Krishnan Memorial Lecture at the Sree Chtira Institute in Kerala India. Prof Fonn has served as advisor to the South African Dept of Health and the Department of Science of Technology and is a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council. She has been a reviewer for the European Commission Framework programmes, the US NIH and the WHO.
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